Holiday gifts that for that special tennis player that you’ll find in the bookstore (Released in the past year or so):
When Andy Murray finally overcame Novak Djokovic in a five-set thriller to secure the 2012 US Open, it was a dream fulfilled for the man from Dunblane. After four previous defeats in Grand Slam finals, Murray had finally achieved what no British man had managed since the 1930s. But the story of how he got there was just as compelling as the final itself, with as many twists and turns along the way. Writer Mark Hodgkinson has been covering that story since the start – he was actually the first person to interview Murray for a national newspaper back in 2004, and has worked closely with Judy Murray in the past.
In Andy Murray: Champion, Hodgkinson explains how Murray first emerged as a tennis player of true quality, and how his rivalry with his brother Jamie spurred him on. He looks at the close relationship Murray has with his mother, and the various coaches who haved worked with him to assess their influence on his game. In a hugely competitive era of tennis, with Federer, Nadal and Djokovic all counted to be among the greatest tennis players of all time, Murray has earned the right to be ranked alongside them all – and this book explains how and why he has done so, becoming a true national sporting icon in the process.
Parker “Kong” King is the number one tennis player in the world with a real talent for getting women in her bed. To prepare herself for the one title she’s never won—and avoid the press and her ex—she retreats to a secluded home in Press Cove, Alabama. There she’ll also be safe from the Soldiers of God who’ve threatened to kill her for what they see as her depraved lifestyle.
Commercial pilot Caption Sydney Parish loves the order that comes from a well-constructed plan for everything, her only failure being her personal life. She hopes a vacation will help heal her bruised heart, but soon finds that might not be possible when she discovers she’s one house over from Parker King.
When Parker and Sydney meet, sparks fly, but not from attraction. They have the summer to see if they have a love match, or will the Soldiers of God kill their chance for a relationship?
TENNIS CALENDARS – 2013
Tennis Anatomy Book. Focusing on the exercises and tecniques you need to improve your strength, speed and agility, this book will provide an education like no other. Learn how to modify exercises to target specific areas, improve your skills, and minimize injury. Every tennis player has specific needs and Tennis Anatomy allows you to understand and implement training on both an informative and practical level.
“In Tennis Anatomy, the authors do a terrific job of explaining how to use a balanced strength and conditioning program. Theinformation is practical for all levels and an invaluable tool for better performance on court.” – Paul Annacone (Current coach of Roger Federer and Former Coach of Pete Sampras)
“Tennis Anatomy is an essential resource for both players and coaches. Roetert and Kovacs provide expert instruction and a one-of-a-kind look inside the game.” John Isner (United States Davis Cup Player)
– 72 effective exercises with step-by-step descriptions and full-color anatomical illustrations highlighting muscles in action.
– Exercises for both baseline and net
– Illustrations of active muscles for forehands, backhands volleys, overheads and serves, showing how each exercise you do is fundamentally linked to your tennis performance
“For several years, tennis aficionados wondered whether they could really call Roger Federer the greatest ever tennis player. In 2009, Federer ended that debate by completing his collection of career Grand Slams and overtaking Pete Sampras’ all-time record of 14 major titles. With his olympic gold medal from 2008, Federer is now recognised as the greatest tennis player and has achieved legendary status in the wider sporting world. This authoritative and affectionate biography traces the rise of Federer, from his first tentative strokes with a tennis racket to how he dealt with being sent away to a training academy where he struggled to communicate in a French-speaking part of Switzerland; and how he handled the sudden death of his first real coach and mentor. It looks at his development as a sportsman and how he has matured into a family man with his marriage to Mirka Vavrinec and the birth of their twin girls. It also examines how Roger bounced back from arguably one of the most challenging periods of his career as, following a serious illness and a dip in form, his run of successive Wimbledon championship wins was ended and he was toppled from the number one spot by his long-time rival Rafael Nadal. In characteristic style, Federer silenced his criticsby winning the French Open title for the first time, reclaiming his Wimbledon crown and ending 2009 at the number one position for the fifth time.”–Publisher’s description.
Author and tennis historian Steve Flink profiles and ranks the greatest tennis matches in the history of the sport. Roger Federer, Billie Jean King, Rafael Nadal, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Rod Laver, and Chris Evert are all featured in this book that breaks down, analyzes, and puts into historical context the most memorable matches ever played. Practically providing readers with a courtside seat at tennis’ most historic and significant duels, this resource is sure to be the start—and end—of many tennis debates.
Amazon Customer Reviews
Richard continues to provide his unique insight into the tennis world. His perspective and style make this an excellent read for not just the tennis fan but for anyone interested in what it takes to be at the top of your profession.
Another excellent book by Richard Kent, noted sports writer from Connecticut. Kent has once again captured the essence of profesional tennis. A must read for the serious tennis fan– this one even better than his inside look at the US Open.
Solid groundstrokes, a confident net game, a dictating serve, a sharp return game, and specialty shots for every situation—build your game from the ground up with the techniques and shots that are essential for success in today’s versatile and powerful game. Combine that with winning tactics for singles and doubles, and Tennis Skills & Drills is your blueprint for taking your game to the next level.
Start with assessing the basic techniques for the various strokes and see how you can improve your footwork, grip choices, and swing patterns. Then increase your options with spins, angles, and depth. Complete instruction for all of the strokes along with over 110 practice drills is like having your own personal coach.
Some highlights from the tennis blog “The Slice”
Andy Murray is one of 12 people nominated for the BBC’s Sportsman of the Year
Murray, who became the first British man to win a grand slam singles title for 76 years when he triumphed in the US Open and also won an Olympic gold for good measure, is ranked third favourite with the bookies ahead of Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis.
On a Saturday morning in Stockholm, Robin Soderling is taking the dog for a walk.
“Can you hold on for a second, please?” Soderling asks over the telephone. “A car is coming, and I have no leash.”
He and longtime partner Jenni Mostrom became parents for the first time six weeks ago, and together they live in a newly purchased apartment. Given Soderling’s career earnings of more than $10 million, money isn’t an issue.
It all seems so perfect, and Soderling knows he has it good.
Soderling has consulted numerous doctors, even flying to California in the spring for another expert opinion. Earlier tests revealed that his thyroid wasn’t functioning properly, leading to extreme fatigue. Now the results are improved, but the Swede isn’t 100 percent.
“In some people, mono can affect them for a long period of time,” Paul Chatrath, a London-based ENT consultant and surgeon who has treated mono patients, said in a telephone interview. “Others seem to get rid of it more quickly. It is thought to be due in part to the severity of the initial infection and also to do with the individual person’s own immune system and the ability to fight it off from the first attack.”
Soderling thinks about the summer of 2011 and wonders whether pausing before or after the French Open would have limited the damage. “Wimbledon was not good at all,” Soderling said. “I was vomiting in the morning, and I had a fever. I don’t know why I played. But then it’s Wimbledon and you want to play, and that’s what you’ve done your whole life: You’ve pushed away your feelings of tiredness and tried harder.”
Meet Roger Federer with 2 Tickets to the US Open Plus Take Home a Signed Racket
Tennis fans- here is your opportunity to meet Roger Federer!
- 2 tickets for 1st round match at US Open (2013)
- Meet and greet plus a photo with Roger Federer
- Signed Roger Federer racket
- Signed Roger Federer match shirt
Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player who as of November 2012 is ranked World No. 2 by the ATP. Many sports analysts, tennis critics and former and current players consider Federer the greatest tennis player of all time.
To Bid – CLICK HERE
Found this through The “Beyond the Baseline” blog at Sports Illustrated:
Originally from The Daily Mail Online:
The progress in Murray’s game has been clear, with his forehand and second serve noticeably better, but it is on the mental side where Lendl seems to have had the most effect, instilling a belief in his man to maintain a positive approach.
Lendl is in Prague this weekend for the Davis Cup final, hoping to see his home country win the title for the first time since he helped Czechoslovakia to the crown in 1980.
The 52-year-old told the BBC World Service: ‘As long as it works for both of us, I can see myself being with him for the rest of his career.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2234223/Andy-Murray-times-better–Ivan-Lendl.html#ixzz2CvsbLyxS
So who has the most “Fans” on Facebook – Roger Federer (11,838,140) but while Roger has slightly more “Fans” on Facebook that Nadal – 11,341,889 – Nadal also has 3,347,544 “Followers” on Twitter for a total of 14,689,433. Sharapova has 8,600,852 Facebook “Fans”. Djokovic has 3,807,966 combined fans and followers while Serena has 4,542,723. Anna Kournikova still has 1,846,049 Facebook Fans, Venus has 2,061,737 Fans and Followers and Andy Murray has 2,180,095 Fans and Followers. No other tennis player has more the 1 million. For a complete list of the top 96 tennis players on social media go to:
Drop Shot Dispatch Blog did an interesting breakdown of how the Big 4Men got their points. Below is a graph of Novak Djokovic’s points. To see Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal’s graphs and read the rest of the article – CLICK HERE
A lot is made about the fact that there has been no British Men’s Champions a Wimbledon in 76 years but “The Tennis Space” looks at the Top 10 achievements by British players at Wimbledon including Fred Perry‘s previously mentioned win, Tim Henman‘s 4 semi finals, Virginia Wade‘s victory in the Women’s draw in 1977 and Andy Murray‘s three consecutive semi finals appearances. Read all about the British achievements – HERE
- Watson looking to continue Wimbledon run (itv.com)
- British tennis unveils its (somewhat) bright(er) future at Wimbledon 2012 (thearmchairpundits.com)
- Quiet please! Wimbledon decorum adheres to tradition (nbcsports.msnbc.com)
- Tim Henman knows Andy Murray won’t worry over critics (standard.co.uk)
Another good post from the “Heavy Topsin” blog. The author looks into statictics for returners and shows us who are the hardest players to ace. He also offers a lot of good explanations. Here are some excerpts (the article was posted on March 26th).
Last night, Florian Mayer solved the John Isner serve, breaking the American three times en route to a straight-set victory. Over the last 52 weeks, Isner has amassed a 17.1% ace rate, meaning that about one in six of his serves are untouchable. Last night, he barely managed 10%, as Mayer allowed him only six aces. As it turns out, last night was an aberration for the German. Mayer is below-average at ace prevention, allowing 8% more aces than an average player, ranking 80th among the 139 active players whose results I analyzed.
By contrast, the best returners get their racquets on just about everything. Atop the list is Gael Monfils, who allows barely half the aces that we would expect him to. The top eight returners all reduce expected ace rates by at least a third.
Here are the top 3 returners when it comes to not getting aced. Click below to see the whole article and the whole list.
Player Rank Matches vAce% expAce% Diff Gael Monfils 1 62 3.5% 6.8% -48% Benoit Paire 2 23 3.8% 6.3% -40% Andy Murray 3 81 4.4% 7.3% -39% CLICK HERE for the entire article
Another good article from Steve Tignor at Tennis.com.
Here are a few excerpts.
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This morning I could have sworn that I saw a quote from Roger Federer where he referred to early-round losers at the Grand Slams as “the left side of the draw.” I can’t find the line now in the interview he did with Swiss journalist Rene Stauffer, and he probably never said it, but I like the euphemism nonetheless.
If you’ve ever seen a practice session by one of the pros, you know that they pull off shots that they never even try during matches. On the one hand, it’s depressing to see how supernaturally skilled they are; on the other, you also realize that they get tight in matches just like we do. For instance, Andy Murray can often be seen ripping forehands without hesitation when he’s working out, and then playing them much more safely later the same day when he’s out there for real. I was curious to see today whether Murray would try, if he got ahead, to bridge that gap and work on being more aggressive during live points.
All of which, in its way, shows why Nadal is better in the big matches than Murray is: He can up his game in the later rounds. In the Monte Carlo final against Djokovic, Rafa went after all of his shots—serve, forehand, backhand, return—with more conviction and aggression than he did today.
Read the entire article – HERE
Much has been made of Andy Murray’s new buzzcut. The Herald newspaper described the haircut as “a rallying call for the nation. It’s a sign that says ‘I’m no longer happy to be a fringe success. I want to be Number 1.’ It’s a sign that our collective inferiority complex is being cast aside. It’s a sign that re-asserts the Braveheart motion he’s prepared to go out there and battle.”
Get the real story HERE
- Andy Murray accidentally gave himself a buzzcut (sports.yahoo.com)
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“Here’s a look at the young players on both sides of the sport that seem to have the best chance at winning a Slam title.” While the article includes Bernard Tomic – who is on everyone’s list of players who will someday win at least one slam, it is hard to guarantee anything in tennis, or in sports for that matter. That sentiment is echoed in one of the comments to this article. “Guaranteed is too strong a word for these guys. None of them are as talented as Djoko or Murray. Remember Murray was already a clear No.4 at Raonic‘s current age of 21, and has already beaten the likes of Federer at the masters level by that age. Raonic’s talent, to me, looks as good as Delpo‘s, but is below the Big 4.” Click above to view the slide show and see if you agree with the author.
This is from the “Tennis Times” blog. Andy Murray announced he was thinking of skipping the entire clay curt season to concentrate on Wimbledon. The April 1 timing of the announcement should have been clue for his followers.
Though Andy can sometimes be seen as “moody” and “grumpy” on court, these times are such a good reminder that he is quite a hilarious personality off court and is considered quite a joker among his fellow players on the ATP Tour.
Andy had this to say at his Announcement, “I spoke with Ivan and it just makes so much sense. At the French, I was looking at a semi at best, especially with Rafa around, so it’s down to me to get a head start on Nole and the others for my home grand slam. Right now, Wimbledon is my number one goal.”
CLICK HERE to see more of Andy and his April Fools history
With all that’s going on and all I have to write about on the tennis blog I was going to pass this up but I just had to include it on the blog. Jon Wertheim – who writes the “Inside Tennis” blog and podcast at Sport’s Illustrated interviewed Andy Murray. Here are a few excerpts. I recommend the reading the whole interview or listening to the podcast (both links are below).
Jon Wertheim: You’ve always seemed to really have a fondness for the U.S. You seem to like it here?
Andy Murray: Yeah, I always really liked the people. The first time I came over I started liking New York because of the way the juniors got treated. I loved the U.S. Open. They treated the juniors really, really well. The first time I stayed in a really nice hotel was during the U.S. Open juniors.
You think you have one rival, three rivals, or no rivals? Or 147 rivals?
Yeah, there’s a lot of rivals. But Rafa and Novak are probably my main rivals because of the age, the amount of times I’ve played against them, the amount of times I’m probably likely to play against them. Roger I’ve played against a lot as well, but probably those two I view as being my main rivals.
It’s funny, I used to practice with Rafa a lot. We had some unbelievable practices. I would have loved to have watched some videos of some of the practices we had. I’ve lost some tough matches, and not every match I’ve played against him has been ultra-close, but I’ve played matches against him that have been very, very close as well. We always seem to play, normally, good tennis against each other. I also practice with Novak a lot, but the intensity in the practice isn’t quite the same as it is with Rafa. But I tried to avoid all that in the last year or so.
There is a great posting on tennisoxygen.com about the Murray/Garcia Lopez match. Here is an excerpt. The article refers to a previous blog posting which is also linked at the bottom of this page.
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What a difference a couple of weeks can make. Two weeks ago, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez lost in straight sets to the 67th player in the world, Xavier Malisse, in the first round of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. Two nights ago, he defeated the number 4 player in the world, Andy Murray, in straight sets at Indian Wells.
I have seen similar matches go the other way. So often the lower-ranked player will dominate during the first set, only to unravel in the second set because they are unable to maintain a high level of play as the match progresses. It happens all the time, but great players are always able to weather the storm. Agassi was the master of weathering the storm because opponents would get so pumped up to play him and bring their “A game” early in the match. Agassi, like the great champion that he was, would always keep his cool knowing that his opponent would not be able to maintain that high level of play. His opponents would eventually self-destruct and Agassi would edge out his opponent after a close first set. Next time you take a look at a draw sheet, check out the score difference between the first and second set of Djokovic‘s, Nadal‘s, and Federer‘s early round matches when playing much lower-ranked players. You will see a pattern repeat itself.
Here is a link to the entire article – CLICK HERE
Here is a link to the previous article – CLICK HERE
- Andy Murray baffled after Indian Wells upset against world No92 (guardian.co.uk)
- Andy Murray Hits Unexpected Bump In the Road (the1lackstertennis.wordpress.com)
- Jon Wertheim: Best of Three: Murray’s inexplicable play; prospects making noise (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)