New Tennis Books: Help with Strokes, Strategy and Tennis History
Tennis Made Easy by Kelly Gunterman is a how-to tennis manual. Gunterman, currently the Director of Tennis at the Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island, has a 30 year history with the game at all levels and a knack for explaining tennis technique.
The manual was written to help beginner and intermediate players but advanced players may also find it helpful as it serves as a reminder that less is always more. Included are tactics, strategies, practice drills and a range of topics including perfecting your serve, positioning, pressuring the opponent, and how to play singles or doubles. Clear information on choosing equipment and deciding what to pack in a tennis bag is also included.
If you can only afford a private every once in a while, this book (loaded with photographs of current WTA and ATP pros in action) offers a helpful way to hone your technique and game without shelling out the big bucks.
Find it: Tennis Made Easy: Essential Strokes & Strategies for the Modern Game by Kelly Gunterman (2010-07-01)
Bud Collins has also just released the second edition of The Bud Collins History of Tennis An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book.
This 816-page volume – a compilation of records, biographies and year-by-year recaps – is dedicated to John Isner, Nicolas Mahut and chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani, the three principles from the record-breaking longest match of all-time at 2010 Wimbledon. This is an update of the book he released in 2003 (which had Serena on the cover wearing Puma).
Facts and more facts. “If you know nothing about tennis, this book is for you. And if you know everything about tennis—Hah!—Bud knows more, so this book is for you too!” says Martina Navratilova. It’s a great refresher on what’s gone down over the years in our game. No tennis home should be without it.