What are Venus and Serena Williams, Pete Sampras, Anna Kournikova and Andre Agassi really like? And what it's like to be up close to John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova and Jimmy Connors?
Tennis fans often ask me about these legends when they aren't bending my ear with their unminced opinions about the latest burning issue.
Aficionados follow tennis so fervently because it's an individual sport -- doubles notwithstanding -- and its top players are supreme individualists who command our attention. Besides performing spectacularly, they express themselves through compelling, not-so-private lives. Anna's latest beau, Andre's new $23 million mansion where he and Steffi will live, the Williamses' many business, entertainment, and educational pursuits, and all their verbal volleys matter as much as their on-court volleys.
Tennis followers, in contrast to those in some other sports, nearly always play or have played the game themselves, and that makes them quite knowedgeable. They also care deeply about a sport they feel doesn't get a fair shake from the mainstream media.
This book is a collection of my best articles, which have appeared in magazines and newspapers around the world. It culminates my longtime effort to give tennis lovers what they relish: insights into the top players, a chance to relive the greatest matches in history, in-depth analyses of momentous controversies and fascinating trends, and juicy quotes and amusing factoids that add yet more flavor to our riveting sport.
I decided to include Q & A interviews, which almost never appear in sports
books, because they best allow athletes to show their minds and speak from their
hearts. I hope the interviews I've chosen will enlighten and entertain you. Some may enrage you. But tennis players, thank heaven, don't let their rackets do all the talking.
Before I share my 25-year adventure as a freelance tennis writer with you, I would like to assure you that I have never been beholden to a magazine publisher or any of the professional and amateur organizations that administer tennis. I strived to write with neither fear nor favor both to inform my readers and improve the sport that has given me and millions of others such great pleasure.
I hope you enjoy reading Tennis Confidential as thoroughly as I've enjoyed writing it.
Feel free to e-mail me with your comments.
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