A real treat,
This review is from: George Hillyard: The Man Who Moved Wimbledon (Hardcover)
this book is a real treasure. In fact it's not just about the life of George Hillyard and his influence on tennis and in particular Wimbledon, but about the early history of tennis itself. As you progress through the book, you gain a wonderful insight into the world of tennis in its early days in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Packed with supporting photos throughout the book, you discover sporting life in a bygone age: styles of play, clothing fashions (both on and off the court), the social backgrounds of the stars of the day, the launch of a European tour (revel in some of the transport arrangements), the prevalence of betting on matches and much, much more.
And entwined with all of this is the life of George Hillyard and his influence on tennis, both as a top ranking player and as an administrator. He owned perhaps the best private grass tennis court in the country at his home in Leicestershire and the best players from home and abroad would regularly attend events there (both for the tennis and the social occasions that went with it).
I really enjoyed this book - the author has an easy going style and his passion for tennis shows throughout. Anyone with an interest in tennis or sporting and social history should enjoy it too.