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The Bluffer's Guide to Tennis (Bluffer's Guides) Paperback – 1 May 2014

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Bluffer's; New title edition (1 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909937169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909937161
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 841,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I read this straight after Wimbledon as I have loved watching tennis for ages. This is another of the Bluffers tongue in cheek books. They are fun to read. Found the scoring quite hard going and think there is an easier way to present this information. It is a fun book with information to help the reader understand all there is to know about tennis in a whistle stop tour.I have read the Bluffers guide to wine and will read the Bluffers Guide to Etiquette next. Hope there will be one for the Tour De France watching and learning as I write this review.
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I've read several "Bluffer's Guides..." and they are usually witty and informative. This one is quite smart-ass in its approach. It lacks background information and concentrates on trying to be cleverly amusing. The last chapter about types of club players is like something from the Fifties.
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Thought this was excellent.

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!
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I really did love this!! I have always loved watching Tennis and it is pretty much the only sport I follow. However, I always felt my knowledge in the sport perhaps lacked a little in a few or more areas and so now that I have filled these 'gaps' I can't wait to immerse myself into the game even further! I have bought a few copies for my friends.
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The "Bluffers" series of books concentrates on telling the fan what he needs to know to appear knowledgeable about a given game. The notes on what to say in a sporting discussion are often wittily cynical.

"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.]
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