The Bluffer's Guide to Tennis (Bluffer's Guides) Paperback – 1 May 2014
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An amazing amount of solid fact disguised as frivolous observation. --The Sunday Telegraph
About the Author
Dave Whitehead began playing tennis as a child. It seemed to him to be more civilised and less brutish than sports like rugby and bare-knuckle fighting, and it was also readily available in sunny San Diego, California, where he then lived. So young Dave got better at tennis than at other pursuits, such as school, and when a mediocre US university needed to make up the numbers of its tennis team, he gladly accepted an offer of a scholarship. Eventually, he took and somehow passed the United States Professional Tennis Association certification test in 1980. After playing and preaching tennis etiquette for many years, it occurred to him that he might share his knowledge about the game with the sort of misguided and undeserving people who hadn t yet sought his services as a coach. So in a burst of unaccustomed idealism and overt greed, he wrote The Tennis Junkies Guide (To Serious Humor) an unheralded classic , in the words of Mrs Whitehead. More than three decades after becoming a pro, Dave is still working on his backhand.
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Top Customer Reviews
As someone that knows nothing about tennis, but has friends who endlessly drone on about it (especially now that Wimbledon has begun), I felt the urge to acquire some vague knowledge on the subject.
But this book gave me a lot more than that — I am now basically a tennis pro! (Albeit a lazy one that likes to drink gin and bore people at the pub.)
Anyway — bravo, Bluffer's!
"You are now a bona fide expert in the art of bluffing about one of the world’s oldest and most keenly contested racquet sports. And bear in mind that the only bluffing skill you really need to master is to talk a good game – while avoiding anything that might actually involve attempting to play it. That’s never a good idea."
And that is where this "Tennis" version disappoints: a few diagrams of the playing service and the types of racket strokes are desperately needed. Instead, ambiguous word images tantalize but don't enlighten. The name-dropping stories about the great players that follows entertain, but don't make up for the lack. And, please, explain WHY the game was slowed down recently, rather than simply discussing at length how players adapted.
[I received a free ebook copy to review from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program June 2014 batch.]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun and informative and now I feel completely up to date with the game, it has made it that whole lot more enjoyable. Read morePublished 13 months ago by TLJD
Very witty and informative.
The chapter on the history of excuses was very funny.
Perfect for Wimbledon — and Cliff Richard barely features.