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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (8 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006388108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006388104
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 587,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gordon Forbes played tennis for the South African Davis Cup team in the 50s and early 60s and returned to the circuit as a writer and observer.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. Grisogono on 9 Jun. 2010
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Gordon Forbes is an excellent writer. He was also a good tennis player, at a time when top-level tennis was fun and not a Big Serious Business. He has a gift for describing the quirks of his contemporaries and himself, laughing, sometimes wryly, at the experiences that befell them as they toured the tennis circuit. He writes lightly, yet meaningfully, capturing atmosphere and emotions as well as events. "A Handful of Summers" summed up the bright enthusiasm and innocence of youth. "Too soon to Panic" is its sequel, and displays the same sense of humour, from the vantage point of maturity. Anyone familiar with the tennis scene will revel in both books For non-tennis fans, they make a great read, and give insight into the players' minds, what life after a tennis career is like, and what happens behind the scenes of the world's great tournaments.
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A toast to old friends and the joy that tennis brings 28 Oct. 1997
By "bingsley" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Gordon Forbes struck gold in 1978 with the publication of A Handful of Summers, a joyous bacchanalian romp inside the international tennis tour in the 50s and 60s. His new book is more of an afterword to the original. Many of the same characters appear and there is little doubt that Mr. Forbes had a great time during is glory days. While not a disappointment, this novel is not really a novel. It has no plot, it has no rising action, it has no resolution--what it does have is a memory. A memory of times when great tennis players traveled the world for glory, not gobs of cash, and knocked back a few beers at the pub after the daily match was over. An older and wiser Mr. Forbes also pays touching tribute to his sister (wife of tennis starr Cliff Drysdale) who recently passed away. Although unspoken, the reader is compelled to understand that tennis is a vehicle whereby people can socialize together and form the bonds that are both personally important and enjoyable. No doubt, there are many funny anecdotes here (most involving his doubles partner known as Big Abie). However, Mr. Forbes does not seem to have his heart in the telling of them. Rather, he seems to be taking stock of his life and the things that matter to him. Still, it is well written and engaging. This will not disappoint anyone who plays tennis and loves the history of the game.
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Lovely and thoughful tennis memoir 2 Aug. 2002
By "andicat1" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In Too Soon to Panic, South African tennis player Gordon Forbes interweaves tales of his life on the tennis circuit during the 1950s and 1960s with visits to the professional tennis tour of the 1990s. The book is a delightful reflection on his travels to the sport's greatest hangouts- Roland Garros, Wimbledon & Queen's Club, Manhattan, the Foro Italico. As Forbes returns to these venues his senses are stirred and he relates anecdotes, usually accompanied by diary entries or notes he made thirty years earlier. The result is a personal, thoughtful and entertaining read.
You will enjoy this book if you want to read stories about the days of amateur tennis, when the players did not receive prize money. Forbes and his friends are lively characters, none more so than Forbes' doubles sidekick, Abe Segal. His sketches of
Rosewall, Ashe, Torben Ulrich and others are also worth the price of the book. A typical yarn recounts the first ever meeting of the players union, presided over President Newcombe, Secretary Riessen and Treasurer Ashe (who kept the players'
$50 membership dues in his pocket.) My own imagination cannot come up with a scenario in which Sampras, Agassi, Safin, Hewitt meet to discuss anything.
Forbes is equally engaging on the subject of his childhood tennis exploits in South Africa, his sister Jean, and his second (and third) careers as a lighting salesman and tennis court manufacturer. The writing is very nice, and by the end of the book you feel as if you inhabited Forbes' memories for a while.
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A Staple for Tennis-Lover's Library 31 July 2011
By Atlanta Summer - Published on Amazon.com
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Philosophy, ethics, tennis history -- and a forward by Bud Collins! Can't ask for more in a book filled with memories. Glad I have it!
Another Trip Down Memory Lane....Required Reading For Today's Tennis Players 8 April 2014
By bob bayliss - Published on Amazon.com
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While A Handfull of Summers is the greatest book about tennis ever written, Too Soon To Panic comes in second.. The same flowing prose that Forbes used in his first hit is back and as smooth and poetic as ever. More stories and flashbacks to supplement those in the first book and the perspective of a man who has enjoyed life in and out of tennis to balance it make this sequel ALMOST the equal of its predecessor. For today's serious tennis player and fan it is imperative that he/she explore the world of tennis in its days just before open tennis in 1968 to understand that today's players are clearly missing the boat in their approach to the game that provides them their sustenance. This should be required reading for those joining the ATP Tour.
Good Read 1 May 2013
By doogie - Published on Amazon.com
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Not quite as good as A Handful of Summers, but still worth the read..Anyone who lived and played tennis in the 50's-60's will appreciate Gordon Forbes....Nice to remember when tennis was a true sport, and not a money machine......
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