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101 Incredible Moments in Tennis: The Good, the Bad and The Infamous Hardcover – 25 Mar 2010


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  • Hardcover: 230 pages
  • Publisher: JR Books Ltd (25 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906779465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906779467
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 351,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“…a fun book came across my desk not long ago. It's called 101 Incredible Moments in Tennis by Joshua Shifrin. You can pick this book and delve into it almost anywhere and find yourself deep into some of the more dramatic, tense, riveting or even absurd moments in the history of the game. This one has stocking-stuffer written all over it.” - Peter Bodo, Senior Editor, Tennis Magazine

“Recently, I read an intriguing book called “101 Incredible Moments In Tennis” (“The Good, The Bad And The Infamous”), authored by a teaching pro and tennis coach named Joshua Shifrin…his boundless enthusiasm for tennis is evident across every page of his book, and he has chosen a wide range of remarkable moments and packaged these pieces of history well. In the process, he has taken us back to some historic landmarks and allowed us to relive or recapture those times of consequence.

At no stage is this book monotonous. The 101 most incredible moments are an eclectic collection. It is a fine mixture of the game at it once was long ago along with the modern world of tennis we know so well. We venture back to Virginia Wade winning Wimbledon in 1977, to “Big Bill” Tilden’s “triumphs and tragedies”, to Fred Perry becoming the first man to record a career Grand Slam in the 1930’s. We travel to Roland Garros, where the young American Kathleen Horvath becomes the one and only player to topple Martina Navratilova in 1983, to the overpowering serving excellence of Ellsworth Vines, who releases 30 aces in only 12 service games against Bunny Austin in the 1932 Wimbledon final.

There is more. We return to the scene of John McEnroe’s disqualification against Mikael Pernfors at the 1990 Australian Open, to “Little Mo” Connolly’s Grand Slam in 1953, to Suzanne Lenglen’s one and only meeting against Helen Wills in 1926. On these pages, Arthur Ashe is producing a strategic masterpiece to strike down defending champion Jimmy Connors in the1975 Wimbledon. Michael Chang is serving under-handed on a crucial point against Ivan Lendl during a stunning upset at the 1989 French Open, the pivotal moment for Chang en route to taking his only career major title. We follow the exploits of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, and marvel once more at the greatness of these two towering champions.

Yet all is not joyous in this book. The reader is taken back to the spring of 1993 in Hamburg, when19-year-old Monica Seles was stabbed in the back at a changeover when she was at the height of her powers. Seles had won eight Grand Slam singles championships, and was seemingly on her way to the double digits, but after the tragedy in Hamburg she took only one more major. Another Shifrin moment occurred in 1983 during a U.S. Open junior match. Stefan Edberg hit a serve down the T, and center service linesman Dick Wertheim got hit in the head. As Shifrin writes, “Wertheim, reeling from the blow, fell forward and struck his head on the court. Although he was rushed to a nearby Flushing Meadow, New York hospital, he had suffered a brain hemorrhage and never regained consciousness. In a devastating turn of events, Wertheim died at the age of 61.”

Each story resides in a separate chapter. Some are amusing and irreverent. Others are monumentally important. A few are relatively obscure but still enjoyable. All are worthy of inclusion. The reader is free to bounce back and forth throughout. Shifrin deliberately does not move chronologically through these vignettes, knowing that his audience would surely like the freedom to move from era to era and story to story without any constraints. On the whole, his formula works. The author is to be commended for sharing his passion with a segment of the public who are similarly devoted to tennis. As he writes, “From playing to watching I am truly consumed by every aspect of the game.”

Anyone who picks up this enjoyable book will recognize that the author is unabashedly a tennis enthusiast. He is to be commended for the originality of his work and his deep appreciation of those who play the game for a living.” – Steve Flink, The Tennis Channel --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Joshua Shifrin has been teaching tennis on a full- or part-time basis for nearly 25 years. Dr. Shifrin has been a high school tennis coach and the co-number one player for his state championship high school tennis team as well as the number one singles and doubles player for Clark University in Massachusetts. Dr. Shifrin lives with his wife and sons in New Jersey. Dr. Shifrin is a licensed psychologist and continues to enjoy playing, watching and writing about tennis at every opportunity. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lobster on 10 April 2008
Format: Paperback
Good writing, interesting stories, easy to read - a chapter at a time or a
pleasant afternoon of tennis anecdotes that the tennis buff will thoroughly enjoy.
Well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Scoley on 22 Feb 2011
Format: Hardcover
Short stories about incredible moments in tennis history, a collection of all the best, most exciting, contraversial and amazing moments in succinct stories of 2-3 pages each.

Very enjoyable, you can read a bit at a time if you're a busy person, ideal for your teabreak!

I must just let Rafa fans know about this book The Poetry of Passion (for People with a Pulse)which I love, it's got 80 poems in about how us fans feel about him, the highs the lows and his lovely humble personality and his sexy looks, and the other poems about love are good too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By An Avid Reader on 22 Feb 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is great for tennis fans and describes 101 incredible moments in bite size chunks, each story is approx 2-3 pages long so it's ideal if you haven't got much time, you can read about one of the "incredible moments" when you get a moment!

It includes statistics in the incredible stories and makes a really interesting and enjoyable read, memories of past Champions including a match between Nastase & McEnroe when chaos broke out with Nastase being disqualified & then re-instated (now I want a copy of that, I must see it!) right up to the recent classics with (my favourite) Nadal's triumph at twighlight at the 2008 Wimbledon.

Rafa fans will also love The Poetry of Passion (for People with a Pulse) as it has a long chapter called "A Fan's Feelings" of 80 poems about Rafa, his career, his personality & his good looks (& the rest of the book is brilliant too) No Rafa fan should be without it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The True #1 on 17 Jan 2011
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Shifrin ably draws the reader into exciting stories about a game I love to play and watch. What I value most about this book is the author's multi-faceted approach to sharing this collection of "Moments." Yes, details about actual matches are shared, but so are player reactions to wins and losses, commentary on the impact of fashion selections, rule changes over time, the perceived prestige of various tournaments, prize money disparity, friendships & feuds among exciting personalities, and so on... In short, the author provides details that allow the reader to better appreciate not only the excitement of the overall plot of these stories, but insightful details about the cultural backdrop that make the reading experience so very enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mom to 3 on 15 Jan 2011
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was great to re-live matches that I've seen and learn about some incredible matches that I have missed. It really made me want to pick up my racquet and start playing again.
Makes a great gift for tennis and history lovers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marc Stoler on 12 Dec 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've been a huge tennis fan for years and have read many books on the subject. I can honestly say that '101 Incredible Moments In Tennis' tops the list. There were more than a handful of stories that I have never heard before and I loved reliving some of the landmark moments from the history of the sport. The stories were well written and the book was a page turner. I highly recommend this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By frodo2010 on 23 Nov 2010
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Some of the great matches are listed in this Nadal & Federer Wimbledon 2008 & Federer & Roddick 2009. Along with some controversial moments in tennis. This should be updated agin soon with the longest tennis match ever with Isnet & Mahut in Wimbledon this year would definitely be in the top 5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AKA on 18 Sep 2010
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Lots of stories but can easily read it in one setting. Best as a coffee-table book.
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