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Anyone for Tennis?: The Telegraph Book of Wimbledon (Daily Telegraph) [Hardcover]

Martin Smith
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20 May 2010 Daily Telegraph

Wimbledon has progressed from vicarage tea-party pastime to the greatest tennis tournament in the world. It is the one Grand Slam event that today’s multi-millionaire players yearn to win above all others. The only one still played in whites and fought on grass, and one of the few surviving bastions of true sportsmanship. The names of Perry, Lenglen, Wills Moody, Tilden, Budge, Laver, Borg, McEnroe, Navratilova, Sampras, Graf, Federer and the Williams sisters – etched among the immortals on the All-England Club’s honours board – will be remembered more for their exploits in SW19 than at any other tournament. Through the expert analysis and reporting of tennis correspondents such as A. Myers Wallis, John Olliff, Lance Tingay and John Parsons, the Daily Telegraph has chronicled the skill, artistry and courage of the game’s greatest exponents since the Championships first began in 1877. In over 130 years there has hardly been a cross-court winner, backhand down the line, overhead smash or double-fault that has passed unnoticed or uncommented. But Wimbledon is so much more than a tennis tournament. The Fortnight is a cornerstone of the mid-summer social season, as renowned for its gargantuan consumption of Champagne, smoked salmon and the ubiquitous strawberries and cream as for its controversies, tantrums and umbrellas on court. It is the only sporting event of the year that bursts off the sports pages and invades such diverse sections as fashion, cookery, television and property. Not to mention the front page, leader page and letters column – as The Daily Telegraph Book of Wimbledon now delightfully demonstrates. Over the years the Telegraph has attracted such notable writers as Michael Parkinson, Sebastian Faulks, Russell Davies and Taki to enthuse about Wimbledon, as well as providing a platform for insightful comment from great players of the past like John McEnroe, Fred Perry, Chris Evert and Billie-Jean King. Now we collect the very best of that writing to present the complete history of England’s greatest sporting institution.
So kick back with that Pimms spritzer, and read on!
Martin Smith was for many years Assistant Sports Editor of The Daily Telegraph.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (20 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845135431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845135430
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A picture might say a thousand words, but there's well over that number in Anyone for Tennis?, which feature extracts from the best writers ever to expound on the goings-on at SW19, dating back to the first Championships in 1877. Boris Johnson's musings on his first visit to Wimbledon, to watch the 2008 men's final in which Rafael Nadal deposed the King of Centre Court, make for a joyous read." -- Sport

Anyone for Tennis features extracts from the best writers ever to expound on the goings-on at SW19 -- Sport Magazine

About the Author

Martin Smith was assistant sports editor of the Telegraph for many years. He has edited previous Telegraph anthologies for Aurum on the Tour de France, Formula One, Wimbledon, horse racing and cricket letters. He lives in Bedfordshire.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Strawberries... and the cream of tennis 18 Jun 2010
By ellie
As a tennis nut, I was drawn to this book by the the idea of having a chronicle of 130 years of Wimbledon, but also as an admirer of the work of Sebastian Faulks, whose name leapt out of the varied list of contributors. I wasn't disappointed. Faulks' piece from a trip down to London SW19 is from his pre-novelist days as a Telgraph hack in 1985, and it oozes wit, style and authority. There is more fine writing, notably by Michael Parkinson and Paul Hayward (on the arrival of Roger Federer). The journalistic efforts of of Boris Becker, Bill-Jean King, Chris Evert, John McEnroe and Fred Perry are also intriguing. Breaking up the flow of reports and profiles are letters to the editor, both amusing and pompous (as you might expect from the Telegraph!) and even recipes for the hazy days spent glued to the TV for "The Fortnight" -- all underlining the fact that Wimbledon is a great social event as a well as a festival of tennis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Serving up a real treat 23 Jun 2010
Wimbledon. One word which conjures up so many pictures. Rain. Strawberries and cream. Pimms. White. Centre Court. The roof. More rain. Wimbledon is not just a tennis Grand Slam, it is a British tradition, engrained in our national psyche. How apt, then, that one of Britain's great traditional newspapers should mark this year's tournament with a wonderful trip down memory lane.
Editor Martin Smith has sympathetically collated more than a century's worth of archive material from the Daily Telegraph. The Telegraph tennis correspondent is a rare breed indeed. Until Mark Hodgkinson was appointed in 2005, there were only four in the previous 95 years! These fine gentlemen, ably assisted by the likes of Sebastian Faulks and Michael Parkinson, have given Telegraph readers an unsurpassed insight to everything Wimbledon. This book gives everyone else the opportunity to join the fan club.
Historians will enjoy the report of A Wallis Myers on June 27 1922. New Wimbledon was open, King George and Queen Mary were guests of honour. And it rained! Sports fans will relish the erudite contributions of John McEnroe, Billie Jean King, etc.
Anyone For Tennis is a cracking read, a fascinating timeline of massive social change against the backdrop of a major annual event in the British sporting calendar. It's easy to pick up and browse. Perfect for those rain breaks...
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