In the French open in 1989, a 17-year-old, Michael Chang, worked his way through the groups to the fourth round and to playing number one-seeded and three-times champion, Ivan Lendl. As the game progressed, the outlook was bleak for Chang, who lost the first two sets. However, he won back the second two to find himself serving at 4-3 in the fifth. Then he did the unthinkable. He served underhand. Lendl was flustered, lost concentration, the crowd roared, and Chang went on to win the game.
This is just one of many amazing on-court stories of bravery, skill, luck and much much more that keeps us watching our tennis stars time and again. And here, for the first time, is a fascinating collection of true stories from courts across the world, from outrageous outbursts to extraordinary events such as an unexpected death, and involving a host of characters from Authur Ashe to Lindsay Davenport and everyone in between including Borg, Conners, Navratilova, Nastase and Cash.
Humorous, gripping and surprising by turns, 101 Incredible Moments in Tennis is packed full of fascinating stories, and often happy memories, for die-hard tennis fans and casual followers alike and will always serve up an ace.
Joshua Shifrin is a tennis coach for nearly twenty years and is a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association. He continues to play, watch and write about tennis.