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Anyone for Tennis?: The Telegraph Book of Wimbledon (Daily Telegraph) Hardcover – 20 May 2010


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (20 May 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1845135431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845135430
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 4.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 574,776 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ellie on 18 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Grammer on 23 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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This is a great read so far as I've read already which has been hours of dipping but not yet a straight read through.

So far I cannot find two of the best matches I've ever seen and it completely puzzles me why these would be omitted. The second, perhaps, as it was not a semi-final or final, but the first was the enthralling and superb final of 1972 which Stan Smith narrowly won over the magical Ilise Nastase. I watched that match just as I had watched both the semi-finals, and I'll never forget any of those matches and to omit all mention that I can discover of this wonderful final is outrageous and shocking.

At first Smith though very competent seemed a little boring and so many of use were hoping Ilie would win. The match went to and fro as all great finals do and as Ilie became more and more inspired, he lifted Stan to be exactly the same. In the end it was just one of those things - a tiny advantage and Stan managed to take it. Unforgettable, beautiful, classic tennis.

The second very important match, that I think is only glancingly referred to in a few words somewhere later, is when the great Sampras was beaten by the (later) even greater Federer in that enthralling 2001 match. Perhaps the Telegraph's remit was to avoid articles on earlier rounds no matter how seminal, but it seems a shame this seminal match is omitted when it proved the end of Sampras so unexpectedly and the start of Federer's wonderful reign.

There are always some real turning point matches that usher in new eras. It was not Federer's 2003 win that did that but his defeat of Sampras 2 years earlier at Wimbledon that really brought in Federer's era though no-one knew it at the time - sometimes the subtle changes are as exciting to read about as the big wins.
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Like another reviewer, I purchased this book expecting - wrongly - that there were going to be lots of photographs of Champions past and present along with a host of all other things tennis and therefore it was MY mistake as the product description clearly states what the book is all about.
That said, once I started reading it I found it extremely interesting because I didn't want a book that gave me a list of records and scores and suchlike data to check, after all I'd been watching Wimbledon since Rod Laver first graced its' lawns as an Amateur. I have to say that I didn't really know or care too much about Suzanne Lenglen or Bill Tilden and names like Helen Wills Moody and Maureen Connolly were just that, people to whom my father had referred. I find it impossible to relate to Dan Maskells' 'Top 10 Greatest WIMBLEDON Male Players' afficianado that he was basically because it was made-up pre-Pete Sampras and also contains at least 4 players I have never seen play and don't know but that's just a personal thing and it's always extremely hard to construct such lists comparing one generation or decade against another in ANY sport.However, the main contributions to the book from the early days of A.Wallis Myers, Lance Tingay and John Parsons along with many from players along with their many anecdotes and letters from members of the public make the book a very good read.
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