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Lifting the Covers: The Autobiography [Paperback]

Alan Mills
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5 Jun 2006
The sight of Alan Mills, walkie-talkie in hand, peeping out from the side of Centre Court as the first drops of rain start to fall, is all-too-familiar to tennis fans. In the 22 years that Alan Mills refereed at Wimbledon, he became as synonymous with the tournament as strawberries and cream. Now retired as tournament referee, he looks back over a career that started as a professional player (he twice reached the last 16 at Wimbledon himself) and went on to encompass the top job in tennis.

In turns amusing, surprising and highly revelatory of the closed world of professional tennis, this is the fascinating story of the man who, for many, is the enduring public face of the world's most popular tennis tournament.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (5 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755312309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755312306
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 16.9 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the tennis world by the hugely popular Wimbledon referee, Alan Mills.

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Born in Lancashire in 1936, Alan Mills OBE played at Wimbledon from 1955 until 1972. He made tennis history in 1959 when he won a Davis Cup singles match 6-0 6-0 6-0 in 32 minutes, and he was the first Englishman to beat the Australian champion Rod Laver in 1961. He took over as Wimbledon referee in 1983 and retired after the 2005 tournament. He continues to coach and referee at other grand slam tournaments around the world, travelling around eight months a year.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must for Wimbledon or tennis fans 24 July 2012
I really enjoyed this book. Mills comes across as a very likeable chap. I had the pleasure of meeting him (briefly) and my impressions were confirmed: a gentleman of the 'old school'

His descriptions of tackling the herculean task of scheduling without the benefit of modern technology provide for a fascinating behind the scenes account.

Add in his treasury of anecdotes from his many long years running the tournament, and this is the perfect read for any fan of tennis and Wimbledon (the perfect summer holiday read!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alan Mills 14 May 2013
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Wonderful book especially for a tennis fan. However, the anecdotes and story will be enjoyed by anyone. A true gentleman and icon of tennis and Wimbledon
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