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"Paul Fein hits an ace with Tennis Confidential."

— Pete Sampras,14-time Grand Slam champion

A must-read for tennis fans!''

— Jon Saraceno, sports columnist, USA Today


Briskly written, authoritative though not infallible (what is?), Paul Fein's book is as informative as they come among contemporary tennis compendiums. You have to be a long-toothed veteran to miss here the nuanced expertise of writings on tennis. Fein has the writer's facility to enliven his text with half-page boxes which he titles "Fascinating Facts." They're fun... So do add Paul Fein's book to your tennis bookshelves.

— Edward T. Chase, Tennis Week


This informative and entertaining collection of previously published features, essays, and interviews provides much to savor. A tennis journalist for 20 years, Fein wishes "to give tennis lovers what they relish" — and he delivers.

His insights and high regard for the sport are evident as he covers a wide range of topics. Features about former legends and today's headliners are expertly written, and boxes filled with "Fascinating Facts" are scattered throughout. Not every fact actually fascinates, but some surely grab your attention, e.g. that 96 percent of the estimated $20 million that Anna Kournikova earned in 1999 came from endorsements.

Fein analyzes the sport's hot issues and controversies, including equal prize money and the ranking debate. Ardent fans keenly aware of the game's amazing all-time records will appreciate Fein's discussion of how tennis generally pales in comparison to the promotional efforts of other sports in these matters. These achievements should be proudly publicized argues Fein, whose case is bolstered with a full accounting of the game's most cherished records. His lively description of the ten greatest matches in tennis history is a fitting end to a book that would make an excellent addition to sports collections in public libraries.

— Editorial Review from the LIBRARY JOURNAL
by Howard Katz, New York
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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