What are the best books about tennis?

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    #1Rafa

    Rafa

    Rafa is a memoir of tennis player Rafael Nadal written by himself with the help of John Carlin wherein he reveals his secrets on becoming a world champion and his inspiration behind his success. 

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    Barbara Little
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I needed the best books on tennis. I found Rafa, a memoir of tennis player Rafael Nadal where he reveal his secrets on becoming a world champ. Its a great read."
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    #2The Inner Game of Tennis

    The Inner Game of Tennis

    The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance by W. Timothy Gallwey, Zach Kleinman and Pete Carroll is a non-fiction book that was originally published in 1974.

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    Janice James
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This fantastic book cured me from stagefright. I suffered from stagefright that was so severe that I would instantly start sweating, shaking and panicking to the point that I could not remember, let alone play, a single note of my piano music. Then my piano teacher suggested I buy and read this book. I learned about the Ego driven Self One and how it wants to run everything and the sensitive, creative Self Two who really knows what is going on and can produce wonderful creations, achievements and performances if Self One will get of the way. My piano teacher and I embarked on a variety of techniques for me to get Self One off my back and occupied somewhere else. The method worked beautifully. I often think of Gallwey's suggestion about watching the tennis ball come at you and observing the patterns on it, the texture, etc. I would call this getting into the observer mode. Another helpful tip from this book was the idea of approaching my playing from a place of awareness, not judgment. I am a musician, not a tennis player. As soon as I just become aware of my technique in playing a piece of music, it takes the judgment off of it and I can fix the problem easier. In fact, the awareness often allows for the problem to fix itself. Much of the time, I need do nothing. I also have "The Inner Game of Music," and got a lot out of that as well, but this book was available to me in 1980 when I was dealing with my stagefright. I am forever grateful to Mr. Gallwey for sharing this wisdom with me. As a result of reading this book and doing the work within its pages, I was able to go on and have a successful career as a performing artist"
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    #3Open

    Open

    Open is an autobiograhpy written by Andre Agassi wherein he shares his experiences while he was a tennis players from his rigorous trainings to being a world champion. 

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    Gloria Keller
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "tennis is fun"
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    #4Infinite Jest

    Infinite Jest

    Infinite Jest is a postmodern novel by David Foster Wallace. It is composed of four different narratives, all connected through a fictional film entitled Infinite Jest. The book is known for its unconventionality in style.

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    Chirag Verma
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I don't see how this book is about tennis, but it was an interesting read nonetheless. The author was funny and witty when writing this book."
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    #5You Cannot Be Serious

    You Cannot Be Serious

    You Cannot Be Serious is an autobiography written by John McEnroe wherein he shares his experiences while he was a tennis player from qualifying in the semifinals of the Wimbledon at the age of 18-years-old.

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    May Deng
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Can a bad boy settle down? You Cannot Be Serious is John McEnroe's autobiography. Learn of his experiences on the court and making it at Wimbledon. He also discusses his marriages as well as current more settled role as father, tennis player and radio commentator."
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    #6Tennis Shoes (Shoes)

    Tennis Shoes (Shoes)

    Tennis Shoes is the second book in the young adult series Shoes written by Noel Streatfeild which follows the life of the Heath Family's who is a family of tennis players. 

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    Juan Cruz
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I tried reading Tennis Shoes after reading the first book in the series, and I was disappointed. I thought that the story of the first book was much stronger, this just felt like more of the same."
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    #7A Champion's Mind

    A Champion's Mind
    A Champion's Mind is an autobiography written by tennis player Pete Sampras wherein he shares his experience in the tennis world and how he became an elite athlete in the world. 
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    Mark Foster
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "A Champion's Mind is one of the best worth-reading thick books. My son read it over and over and couldn't get tired of it. It's one of those books that live in one's mind even when they grow old. "
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    #8The Roger Federer Story

    The Roger Federer Story
    The Roger Federer Story is a biography book written by Rene Stauffer which is about the greatest tennis player Roger Federer based on many interviews with him and his family. 
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    #9Crooked Little Heart

    Crooked Little Heart

    Crooked Little Heart is the second book in the fiction series Rosie Ferguson written by Anne Lamott which centers on Rosie Ferguson who is an aspiring tennis player. 

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    Johnny Stanley
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "playing tennis is captivating"
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    #10Days Of Grace

    Days Of Grace

    Days of Grace is an inspiring memoir written by American professional tennis player Arthur Ashe wherein he shares his story from being a tennis champion, social activist, and diagnosis with AIDS. 

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    Pamela Coleman
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This book was more about AIDS/HIVs than tennis. It's about a tennis player, so it kind of has a connection, but I was looking for a heavier focus on tennis than this book. The book itself is interesting, but not what I was looking for."

Summary

Best What are the best books about tennis
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1RafaBooks 46 Paid
2The Inner Game of TennisBooks 41 Paid
3OpenBooks 39 Paid
4Infinite JestBooks 38 Paid
5You Cannot Be SeriousBooks 36 Paid
6Tennis Shoes (Shoes)Books 32 Paid
7A Champion's MindBooks 31 Paid
8The Roger Federer StoryBooks 30 Paid
9Crooked Little HeartBooks 27 Paid
10Days Of GraceBooks 24 Paid
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