Vic Braden on Vic Braden

Reviews and views on Vic Braden‘s latest book “If I’m only 22, why a I 82?” which is subtitled “Tennis is more than just a sport.

From Chris Howard – Prescott, Arizona – “The Daily Courier

Unassuming, humble, funny, keen and articulate – very on the ball, with a full life of continuing work in many more avenues than “just” the game of tennis, Vic Braden has done it once again in writing about his life with the book, “If I’m Only 22, How Come I’m 82?”

Vic’s tennis book/bible, “Tennis for the Future,” came out in 1977 and was one of the best-selling instructional tennis books of all time.

From that point on, Braden seemed to be everywhere in the world of tennis and the only way to really capture the essence of how capable he was and continues to be is to read all 115 pages of his latest biography. It’s not only his life, but a history of tennis from the 1940s to the present.

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From Jack Neworth – “Santa Monica Daily Press

Has there ever been a greater ambassador for the game of tennis than the sport’s best-selling author, Vic Braden? Possibly, but certainly none any funnier. In his latest book, “If I’m Only 22, How Come I’m 82?” Braden jokes about the problems of getting older. “When you’re in your 80s and you haven’t seen someone for a long time, they tend to think you’re dead.” (Ouch!)

In a remarkable Walter Mitty life, Braden has traveled the world, teaching and inspiring hundreds of thousands of tennis enthusiasts and countless celebrities from all walks of life in his 70-year fascination with tennis. The book is a must for anyone who loves the game or loves life as much as Braden does.

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and. of course, from his original hometown newspaper the “Monroe (Michigan) News”

Vic Braden is arguably the best-known sports personality ever to come out of Monroe.
The man who came from humble beginnings in family of seven children in Monroe became the coach and friend of hundreds of stars in the fields of sports, entertainment, politics, education and the military.

Braden’s love for tennis began when he was about 12 years old. He was on his way to Navarre Field to play football when he passed the tennis courts and saw a man opening a new can of tennis balls. “I heard the strange noise coming out of the can and the new white balls were fascinating,” he wrote at the start of the book. “I determined that I would like some tennis balls and so I hid behind the solid wooden fence at the end of the courts. When a ball popped over the fence, I would grab it and throw it to my pal who was stationed a good distance away.” But city recreation employee and longtime Monroe High coach Lawrence Alto was too smart and joined in catching the balls. He told young Vic that he could go to jail or learn to play tennis. “That was a no-brainer for me,” he wrote. “I have paid tribute to Lawrence Alto a thousand times. His interest in helping a young man in trouble helped me to help others for years to come. After my experience … I fell in love with tennis.”

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If you want a great read, contact Vic Braden at and buy his book.


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