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Top 5 Tennis Books

Top 5 Tennis Books

Table of Contents


  1. String Theory
  2. Open: An Autobiography
  3. Betting Industry
  4. Rafa
  5. Federer

1. String Theory

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Considered a classic of American sportswriting, String Theory, written by David Foster Wallace, is a compilation of five of his most famous essays. These essays describe different facets of the game, from gameplay to the individual profiles of great tennis players. This book not only is written extremely well, but David Foster Wallace is a tennis buff. Not only does his expertise shine through, but he gives accurate and fair depictions of all facets of the sport of tennis. Extremely well written and considered one of the best tennis books of all time, this book definitely deserves a spot on this list.

2. Open: An Autobiography

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Written by Andre Agassi, one of the best tennis players in the history of the game, this autobiography follows his unconventional training methods, his struggles, and really is a raw look into the struggles of being in an extremely rigorous career. This autobiography is really an unadulterated, uncut take on his life and his struggles. Not only is this an amazing read for tennis fans, it also is an amazing story of a human and their incredible story to be one of the best tennis players to ever live. This book is well-liked due to its raw and new-angled take on the sport of tennis and what it takes to get there.

3. Betting Industry

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Betting Industry, while not a book entirely about tennis, deserves a spot on the list because of the content relating to tennis. Written by Simon Kostrava, this surprisingly simple book includes a lot of information on the darker side of tennis betting, and some of the issues that the sport has had to deal with. Fans verbally abuse players because of betting and many other issues that you would not generally see when watching tennis. This book gives a look into the inside of sports betting and the issues included. This is very deserving of a spot on the list because of its unique take on certain sports.

4. Rafa

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Rafa, an incredible memoir written by Rafael Nadal and award winning journalist John Carlin, follows the life of Rafael Nadal and how he became the legend he is today. Not only does this book follow the stories behind his life, but he reveals the secrets of how he has become one of the most dominant athletes ever. This book deserves a spot on this list not only because of the writing, which is incredibly done by these two people, but the stories of his life that he attributes to his success is incredible. This really is an amazing read for fans of tennis or fans of a good story.

5. Federer

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This incredibly recognizable name is exactly what you expected. Federer, written by Chris Bowers, is an incredible book that chronicles the life of one of the most legendary tennis players. Not only does it follow Roger Federer's successes, but looks at his many failures and how they have affected his life. Considered already a legendary player, Federer has had an incredibly tough time in his tennis career and his bounce back from an illness is nothing short of incredible work ethic and dedication. This book is popular because of how influential Federer has been on the sport and is an extremely well written book of his life.



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