Tennis Identity

Tennis gifts | New tennis books

Due to the winter weather and crowded indoor courts maybe you’re not able to play as much these days. Kick off your sneakers and curl up with one of these tennis titles. (The second one isn’t out for awhile, FYI, but is available for pre-order.)

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: The Lives and Careers of Two Tennis Legends

As the blurb on Amazon accurately states, “Neither [Federer nor Nadal] career would have been nearly as successful without the decade-long rivalry that pushed them to excel to the peak of tennis excellence.” Author Sebastián Fest takes a look at how two tennis immortal’s careers have intersected and intertwined over the years, combining for 31 Grand Slam singles titles between them…and counting.

The decade of the Nadal/Federer rivalry will undoubtedly be considered a second golden era of our game. For some of us, we can’t get enough.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: The Lives and Careers of Two Tennis Legends


Trophy Son

You’ve heard of a trophy wife. How about a trophy son? A pushy obsessive father dominates his tennis playing son, pushing him through the tennis ranks.  Trophy Son tells the story of Anton Stratis, a young tennis talent trying to find balance in his life, while navigating his Dad’s laser focused plans, girls, traveling the world, performance-enhancing drugs, and the lure of wealth and celebrity as well as the sacrifices that go with it.

Set in modern day time, Trophy Son takes us from Anton’s home court as a lone junior accompanied by his father to a world top player complete with traveling entourage. New York Times bestselling author Douglas Brunt has clearly done his research as so much rings true. The prevalence of PEDs? I hope not.

Anton’s spirits rise and fall again and again as he climbs the tennis ranks and searches for an identity not wrapped with a racquet. The battle for pro players is most definitely not just on court. The third novel by Brunt is due May 30, 2017. You can pre-order it now.

Trophy Son



Breaking and Holding: A Novel

The old saying is “Tennis Is A Love Sport.” And from the looks of it, it can be a bit, er, steamy too. Author Judy Fogarty wrote this one, and we’re just getting started on it. So far, so good. Here’s the synopsis from the back cover:

“For Patricia Curren, the summer of 1978 begins with a devastating discovery: an unfamiliar black pearl button in the bed she shares with her controlling husband, Jack. Seeking the courage to end her desolate marriage, Patricia spends a quiet summer alone on beautiful Kiawah Island. But when she meets Terry Sloan, a collegiate tennis player trying to go pro, their physical attraction sparks a slow burn toward obsession.”

Whoa, is a mini-series on Netflix coming too? Fifty shades of backhands!

Breaking and Holding by Judy Fogarty



Good tennis reads. Enjoy.

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