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