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  1. Master Ace
    Master Ace May 20, 2013 at 8:38 am |

    Glad to see you say take a wait and see approach on Wozniacki. Despite her being 9th in the Race which is on the strength of making the final at Indian Wells, her season has not been good as she lost to players that she defeated in 2010-2011 when she was at the top. Another thing about her is she is not holding nice leads in deciding set and/or won the first set and leads by a break to get a straight set win.

  2. S
    S May 20, 2013 at 9:40 am |

    Loved Strokes of Genius and James Blake’s book. Wertheim is always a good read.

  3. mastrale
    mastrale May 20, 2013 at 11:15 am |

    Other tennis books worth reading are, in my modest opinion, “Levels of the Game” by John McPhee, describing the semi-final match in the 1968 U.S. Open Championship at Forest Hills, played between Clark Graebner and Arthur Ashe and the histories of the two players, and “Jimmy Connors saved my life” by Joel Drucker.

    High Strung is excellently written as well.

    1. 3GamesToLove
      3GamesToLove May 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm |

      In addition to the aforementioned books, I would also recommend “A Terrible Splendor,” which is about WWII-era tennis and the 1935 Davis Cup final at Wimbledon. Centers around Don Budge, Gottfried von Cramm, and Bill Tilden.

      And while they’re not “books,” you simply have not read about tennis if you haven’t read David Foster Wallace’s tennis writing.

      Most are probably familiar with “Roger Federer as Religious Experience,” (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/20/sports/playmagazine/20federer.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0), and it is really brilliant.

      But sometimes overlooked is this one written about the Canadian Open Qualies in 1995.


      Wallace does a good job writing about the footsoldiers of tennis and how they lived. Published in Esquire as “The String Theory,” it was later published in one of his collections as “Tennis Player Michael Joyce’s Professional Artistry as a Paradigm of Certain Stuff about Choice, Freedom, Discipline, Joy, Grotesquerie, and Human Completeness”

      I’ve also heard good things about John Feinstein’s “Hard Courts,” which is based around one year on tour (1990). It’s on my list for this summer.

  4. Patrick of La Verne
    Patrick of La Verne May 20, 2013 at 11:44 am |

    Agnieszka Radwankska’s recent troubles probably are to some extent at least the result of the shoulder injury that has caused her to pull out of Brussels this week despite having a lot of ranking points on the line as defending champion.

    It’s no wonder she has shoulder issues. She plays more matches than most, longer points than most top players, and probably averages more games per set and more sets per match than the other top players, because she can’t really blast anyone off the court. That adds up to a lot of balls hit.

    With their exhausting style of play, I’ve been saying for nearly a year that she and Angelique Kerber both need to cut back their heavy tournament schedule. Sadly, the chickens have come to roost for both women albeit belatedly.

  5. Jane
    Jane May 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm |

    It a Shame too see Caroline lose early round, I still think she has so much Potential to do more if she improve her game, I think her serve is one area in her game that can improve the most. I also think she could a new coach IMO her father as done a good job on the success she already have in her career but I like too see her get an new coach too help her take her game too the next level

  6. Jane
    Jane May 20, 2013 at 12:42 pm |

    I kinda also think Tsonga at his best he one those player that can win a slam outside the Big 4, I hoping he can breakthrough soon as well, I think if he get an good draw at RG, he can make an deep run. & as far as ryan I agree there alot in his game that can Improve I hoping he can make those movement

  7. neilintoronto
    neilintoronto May 20, 2013 at 7:56 pm |

    I personally wouldn’t bother reading Agassi’s Open, if you were ever a fan of his. Although well written by his ghost writer, to me at least Agassi comes off as sort of a prick. He really should have titled it Blame, because that’s all he does, things were his dad’s fault, or Brook’s fault, or tennis’ fault. Horrible, and i used to really like the guy.

    1. 3GamesToLove
      3GamesToLove May 20, 2013 at 11:13 pm |

      I thought “Open” was one of the best reading experiences I’ve ever had.

    2. S
      S May 22, 2013 at 10:51 am |

      Agreed. He comes off as a real cad. Maybe Brooke Shields IS shallow (who really knows?), but the way he wrote about her just was not classy.

  8. Prashant Paul
    Prashant Paul May 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm |

    Andy Murray’s ‘Coming of Age’ is an interesting read especially for current fans. It has his career up to the end of 2009. You come across how he had his own doubts of success and his goal has always been to win just 1 slam. You see how different he is from the rest of the Big 4 and it makes you appreciate how hard he has tried. It certainly sound brutally honest. He ends the book saying “If I don’t end up winning a slam be sure that I would have given it my best shot” Kind of reflects him as a person, doubts his own success, has the fear of failure and does not have as lofty goals as some of the other champs around him

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