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Tennis For Dummies Paperback – 28 Jul 1998


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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (28 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076455087X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764550874
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...(helps) all aspects from buying your first racket to tips to hone your game..." ( Ace Magazine , June 2006)

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"Tennis For Dummies is an invaluable guide for anyone looking to improve their game." —Pete Sampras "Patrick McEnroe guides you through the tactics and strategies that will make you play like a pro." —Monica Seles Features Photos, Illustrations, and Court Diagrams! Tennis … Everyone? Find out why "Love" means nothing — how the game is scored Equip yourself with the right apparel, racket, and other accessories Polish your skills — from your serve to overhead shots and lobs Shape up with expert advice on physical conditioning Bounce back from common injuries like shin splints and tennis elbow Sharpen your ‘mental game’ and keep the edge on the competition Exercise the finer points of tennis etiquette — on the court and in the stands Discover how to find the best tennis instructor for you Ace the fundamental strokes — with step–by–step instructions and illustrations

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By kelleher on 14 Mar 2014
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Delivery swift - reads well - if only I could put into practice what it says then it would be a perfect book - not much more to say on this one.
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By william armstrong on 15 Dec 2014
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verry interestingbook. just what i was looking for, eill use again.
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 July 2002
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This book will defenitely be useful if you are an absolute beginner or this is your very first book on tennis; but then this can apply to any other tennis book!
If you're already a tennis player and looking to improve your game,you have to go through loads of junk before comming across some good stuff.
Summary: There are much better options around!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Excellent introduction to the world of tennis 13 Jun 2004
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Actually i'm fourteen but I bought this book entering my freshman year of high school to get acquainted with the game. It really does a thorough job of introducing one to the tennis world, covering everything from gear, tennis racquets, grips, strings, and the different types of strokes (forehand, backhand, volley, lob, serve, spins), and what the strokes ARE, but does not focus on how they should be implemented during matches. Advanced tennis players will probably already know most of the info in the book, but absolutely superb for beginners. It really helped me get started with tennis and reduced a LOT of beginner's confusion (eg. what stroke is that again... which is my forehand/which is my backhand, and what they should look like, how do i score, what in the world is a volley?? really detailed information on gear, how to score, what the grand slams are, short bios on historical players, and a lot more) really, really helpful and a must read for all beginners, a good reference book for intermediate players. After attending 6 weeks of tennis camp and hard work outside of tennis camp, I got into my school's JV team, muchly thanks to this book but also thanks to the fact that we didn't have cuts this year because too many people dropped out of tryouts.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Perfect for a beginner 10 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I am an advanced player who has been training everyday for several years. This is an excellent overview of tennis. It does not get very detailed into anything, but it covers everything. What do I mean? For example, when it talks about forehand, it shows you basically how to hit it but doesnt include much more information like about open stance, semi-open stance, hip rotation, etc. It does include the very basic information. It also gives you information about the pro tour, how the tournaments work, and grand slams. I also like a few creative pages of information like "a day in the life of a pro" and "mommy, where do pros come from?" I recommend it for any beginner to intermediate player and it could even add one or two tips to the knowledge of the advanced player (afterall, no one knows everything!).
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A very good tennis book for a beginner 10 Oct 2002
By Anton Krilloff - Published on Amazon.com
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I think it's a good and well-written book for a beginner. I wish it had more detailed pictures when authors are explaining techniques of the game . It has some, but the majority of techniques described in words rather then pictures. However, I wasn't able to find much better book with regard to visual explanations. On the other hand, when it comes to keeping in mind a novice, you can't beat the Dummies books.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Too many errors 29 Aug 2010
By L. Qi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was quite confused by this book which supposed to be simple. Later on I realized some part of the book is wrong.

e.g. The picture of the ad/deuce side of the court is exactly the opposite, although some text to describe them in later chapter seems to be correct.

The description of grips is even more confusing. I don't understand, why can't the book just simply mark it on the racquet and your hand? Is that so hard to do?

I don't know whether the author made those mistakes or the printer just mis-printed them, but after reading this book, I had to do a lot of research on line to finally get the basic rules.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
You can only love this book !! 7 Feb 2001
By Lorenzo Cellerini - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'd suggest this book to everyone who is interested in tennis. It's very complete, it ranges from the very first steps to the greatest tennis matches ever, from injury prevention to strength building. It doesn't matter if you are an absolute beginner or a veteran: it's so involving that after reading it, you'll certainly become addicted to tennis !
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