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A Social History of Tennis in Britain (Routledge Research in Sports History) Hardcover – 13 Oct 2014


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'At every stage, Lake manages to place what was going on in tennis in the wider context of social, cultural, political, and economic developments, and also makes links between tennis and other sports, especially in relation to themes such as commercialism and professionalism. We have waited a long time for a book such as this, and I am confident that Lake's work will fill the gap in the historiography of British sport ...' Martin Polley, Director of the International Centre for Sports History and Culture, De Montfort University, UK 'A fascinating, comprehensive history of British tennis, providing a detailed analysis of tennis's place in, and influence on, wider British society while also examining the leading role Britain played in the development of the game world-wide.' Marcus Hunt, MA Sport, Culture and Society

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Robert J. Lake is a faculty member in the Department of Sport Science at Douglas College. His research focuses chiefly on the history and sociology of tennis, particularly related to social class, gender, nationalism, social exclusion, coaching and talent development


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