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Reviews by Tony Trabert and Jim Westhall

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You may not always agree with Paul Fein, but you can never ignore him. Whether recording tennis trivia, important facts, and colorful quotes or methodically analysing some of the game's great philosophical issues, he obeys the three most important journalistic commandments -- to be accurate and fair, and to be readable. Another of Fein's characteristics, easily discernible in his book TENNIS CONFIDENTIAL, is his care for the soul of tennis. As well as writing on tennis, he has played the game at a high standard and taught it, organized and run tournaments, commentated for television, and acted as a referee. Such knowledge and breadth of experience is reflected in the depth and balance he applies to his writing. 'Tennis Confidental' consists of some of Fein's best articles and essays written between 1984 and 2001, plus his account of what he considers the 10 greatest matches of all time. He is noted for the quality of his interviews: among the most revealing here are those with Pete Sampras, Bobby Riggs, Arthur Ashe and Ted Tinling. If you are proud of your tennis library, you must have a copy of TENNIS CONFIDENTIAL.

-- Alan Trengove, Australia's leading tennis writer and the author of
"The Story of the Davis Cup" and "Australia and the Davis Cup: A Centenary History"


From his coverage of the greatest matches in tennis history to his interviews with Pete Sampras, Bobby Riggs, and others, to his portraits of current stars, Paul Fein has done a wonderful job of touching all the bases. If you like tennis, this is a must read.

-- Tony Trabert,
Tennis Hall of Famer and TV Tennis Analyst


"If you're as passionate about tennis as I am, you'll find Paul Fein's TENNIS CONFIDENTIAL is the kind of thought-provoking book you'll return to again and again. Highly entertaining and always engaging, it makes a terrific addition to any collection of tennis literature."

-- Alan G. Schwartz
Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA


"Very Impressive."

-- Patrick McEnroe,
U.S. Davis Cup captain and ESPN TV tennis analyst


The game of tennis has been in Paul Fein's cloth for many years, not only as a writer, but as a teaching pro, referee, and television commentator. He has an insightful way of taking his readers inside the covers of his books to give them a behind the scenes look at the world of tennis.

Paul's book, "Tennis Confidential" is another excellent example. He provides you with the inside scoop about Agassi, Serena, Martina, and a host of stars in full-length stories. The Q&A interviews with Ashe, McEnroe, Connors and Sampras are real eye-openers.

Paul Fein analyzes, with unusual depth and fairness, the tennis issues and trends in the game. You'll especially like his authoritative perspectives on the power crisis, equal prize money and on-court coaching.

History buffs are treated to the ten greatest matches in history with detailed explanations why they were so thrilling and momentous. I gleaned lots of new information in Paul's 20th century retrospectives, especially that metal rackets and open-throat frames first appeared in the 1920s. Sprinkled throughout the book are amusing trivia and startling significa that you'll really enjoy, too.

Bottom line, "Tennis Confidential" is a terrific read.

-- Jim Westhall,
Tournament Director and founder of the Volvo International Tennis,
voted the best in the world in 1987

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