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Bud Collins History of Tennis, The Paperback – 15 Jan 2016
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About the Author
Bud Collins was an internationally renowned tennis journalist and historian. A long-time columnist for the Boston Globe, he covered the U.S. Open for CBS Sports and Wimbledon for NBC Sports and also contributed to ESPN and the Tennis Channel in his later years. Collins was a recipient of the Red Smith Award for sports journalism and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1994. He was also the coauthor of The Education of a Tennis Player and Evonne! On the Move and the author of My Life with the Pros. He was a long-time resident of Boston.
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on 16 February 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
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Fantastic book! A reference!
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The best Tennis stats book period
on 7 January 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
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I'll keep at simple. The best book on Tennis bar none! If you crave Tennis history info folks this is the book to get. RIP Bud Collins, what a wonderful parting gift you left for us Tennis lovers!
This encyclopedias light will never go out. Bud Collins is a wit, poet and professor but did notice a number of inaccuracies.
on 27 September 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
This encyclopedias light will never go out. Bud Collins is a wit, poet and professor but did notice a number of inaccuracies. On page 173 It was claimed Jimmy Connors following his finals win against Bjorn Borg at the 1974 US Clay Courts was off on a seven-match run in what developed into the rivalry of the 1970s in the mens game. Their lifetime head-to-head ended up 10-7 for Borg which is actually INCORRECT. Their lifetime head-to-head ended up 15-8 for Borg. On page 192 It was claimed Roland Garros celebrated its golden anniversary during the 1978 French Open Championships where Bjorn Borg asserted himself as one of the greatest by winning the most important clay court test for the third time, five days past his 20th birthday which is actually INCORRECT. Borg won the title for the third time, five days past his twenty second birthday. On page 199 It was claimed in the womens singles at the 1979 US Open, seven of the top eight seeds reached the quarters which is actually INCORRECT. Australians Dianne Fromholtz and Wendy Turnbull, seeded No.6 and No.7 respectively, both failed to reach the quarter-finals. On page 231 It was claimed at the 1986 Wimbledon Championships, Jimmy Connors, the two-time champion and five-time finalist, seeded No.3 was shown the London gate in the first round by Robert Seguso which is actually INCORRECT. Connors was a four-time finalist, losing the mens final in 1975, 1977, 1978 and 1984. On page 231 It was claimed at the 1986 Wimbledon Championships, the bottom half of the draw was pockmarked by upsets, most notably Miloslav Mecir's dismissal of second-seeded Stefan Edberg and fifth-seeded Mats Wilander's loss to Pat Cash, who entered the tournament as a wildcard, which is actually INCORRECT. Mats Wilander was the No.2 seed and Stefan Edberg the No.5 seed at the 1986 Championships. On page 291 It was claimed Steffi Graf triumphed in 22 of 53 career major events, an astonishing success rate which is actually INCORRECT. The German competed in 54 major events, ten main draw appearances in Melbourne, sixteen appearances in Paris, fourteen appearances at Wimbledon and fourteen appearances in New York. On page 342 It was claimed 2011 was the fifth time Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer squared off in a French Open final which is actually INCORRECT. Nadal-Federer contested four French Open finals in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011. On page 354 It was claimed at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships Sabine Lisicki of Germany defeated defending finalist Aga Radwanska 6-2, 1-6, 9-7 in the semi-finals which is actually the INCORRECT scoreline. Lisicki defeated Radwanska 6-4, 2-6, 9-7. On page 354 It was claimed heading into the 2013 US Open Serena Williams was tripped up by Victoria Azarenka for the second time during the year in the final of Cincinnati by a 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 margin which is actually the INCORRECT scoreline. Azarenka defeated Williams 2-6, 6-2, 7-6. On page 376 It was claimed in Major Singles Final Appearances, Andre Agassi reached three finals in Australia and five finals in America which is actually INCORRECT. Agassi reached four finals in Australia - 1995, 2000, 2001, 2003 and six finals in America - 1990, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002 and 2005. On page 362 It was claimed at the 2015 French Open, Novak Djokovic after grinding out a four-set semi final win over his other gritty rival, Andy Murray, seemed poised to finally clasp his holy grail which is actually INCORRECT. Djokovic-Murray was a five-set semi final, the Serbian prevailing 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 6-1. On page 377 It was claimed Steffi Graf suffered five Final Losses at the US Open which is actually INCORRECT. Graf was beaten in three US Open finals, 1987, 1990 and 1994. On page 436 It was claimed Natasha Zvereva defeated No.2 seed Martina Navratilova in the semi-finals of the 1988 French Open championships which is actually INCORRECT. Zvereva defeated Navratilova in the fourth round. On page 471 It was claimed in Most Major Singles Final Appearances, Chris Evert, Charlotte Cooper Sterry and Serena Williams all reached ten finals at Wimbledon which is actually INCORRECT. Serena Williams, including her 2016 final, played nine finals at Wimbledon - 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016. On page 475 It was claimed at the 1971 Wimbledon Championships, American Tom Gorman defeated top seed Rod Laver in the fourth round which is actually INCORRECT. Gorman defeated Rod Laver in the quarter finals. On page 515 It was claimed John McEnroe reached six singles finals at the US Open which is actually INCORRECT. McEnroe reached five finals - 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984 and 1985. On page 579 It was claimed having made her Wimbledon debut in 1977, Tracy Austin was a semi finalist in 1979 and 1980, losing to the champs Navratilova, 6-4, 6-7, 6-2 and Evonne Goolagong, 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 which is actually INCORRECT. Navratilova defeated Austin in 1979 in two sets, 7-5, 6-1. On page 625 It was claimed in 2002, Justine Henin defeated Serena Williams 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 in the German Open final which is actually the INCORRECT scoreline. The Belgian defeated Williams, 6-2, 1-6, 7-6. On page 640 It was claimed in 1984, Ivan Lendl seized the first of his eight major titles of seventeen finals which is actually INCORRECT. Lendl reached nineteen major slam finals.