Best Tennis books reviewed
When you love something, you’ll always want to know more about it. The game of Tennis has a lot of lovers and fans, and this brought about books written solely for the sport. The books are written by fans of Tennis, sports journalists, retired tennis players, or active tennis players.
Now, we have tons of books about the game, but getting a quality book can be an issue. Rest assured as it will no longer be an issue. This article has filtered these books and has compiled a list of quality Tennis books. Follow through, and I am confident that you will find your choice here.
9 Best Tennis books
Open: An Autobiography
This is by far one of the best books about Tennis. It is referred to as the #1 national bestseller. It is a fascinating story about a remarkable life. ‘Open’ is a long book written by a celebrated Tennis player; Andre Agassi in which he tells stories about his scared, lonely, and rebellious transition from childhood to adulthood. He was assisted by J.R. Moehringer, the man who turned Agassi’s taped conversation into a book.
The book explicitly describes Agassi’s achievements, struggles, awards, and mistakes. It describes the various relationships he had with family and friends; and how he started playing Tennis at the age of 13. It is a narration of Agassi’s most profound thoughts and intentions as he fought through a lot of issues as his life had already been mapped out even before his birth.
This book captivates both Tennis fans and other people that happen to read it. It tries to paint the pictures of significant games he ever played. How he was in the spotlight for a while, lost it and then came back by winning Wimbledon is 1992.
He is one of the most loved Tennis players of all time. ‘Open’ is commended for its honesty, truth, and absolute reality it projects to the readers. It is a very motivational and didactic piece for all.
The Inner Game of Tennis
This book (1) serves as a guide to the mental side of the peak performance, and W, Timothy Gallwey, Pete Carroll, et al wrote it. W, Timothy is a life and sports coach that became famous as a result of this book. The book was released in the 1970s, and it has been relevant ever since.
It is a book that helps to get over nervousness, self-doubt, and lapses of concentration that may affect a player’s game. This book is well written and neatly arranged. It has also been described as a convenient and engaging book that dwells on the match on Tennis.
It also helps players focus on the essential skills of the game of Tennis and so it is a must-read by tennis players. This book also helps to enter a mental state of excellence in performance.
The book is not all about Tennis as it also discusses how the game of life itself works, making it readable by non-lovers or players of the game of Tennis. It is available in the form of hard copies, ebooks and even as an audio version. It is now available in a revised paperback edition, and it is a classic bestseller. (1)
‘Winning ugly’ is a beautiful book written by the renowned ESPN analyst and Olympic gold medalist, Brad Gilbert (2) and assisted by Steve Jamison. This is a book that keeps readers engaged as the writer shares lots of techniques, tips, and tricks on the game of Tennis.
It reaches out to players that play Tennis for professional or recreational purposes. It has been reviewed several times and with each new edition comes more stuff. One of the versions gives tips from recognized players like Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and some others. The aim of this is to help you think outside the box and be able to beat the toughest opponents.
There is an audio edition in which Charles Constant gives a balanced talk on Gilbert’s advice, descriptions of matches and anecdotes. All the versions are written with wit and clarity to instruct and guide Tennis players to win more.
With this book, you can outplay and outthink your opponents. You also learn how to beat very good players without even playing as much as they do. ‘Willing Ugly’ is also gives you both physical and mental techniques that teach you how to play, not excellently but smart.
50th Anniversary US Open Tennis Book
This book was written to mark US Open’s 50th anniversary. The book contains the best events in the world of Tennis. It is a book produced beautifully that includes various moments that have added to the spice of the game of Tennis within the US Open.
It is a book that comprehensively talks about the beginning and evolution of Tennis and the legends of the game. It dwells on the life of great players like Arthur Ashe, Roger Federer, Billie Jean Kings, and several more. It lets every fan know how far the game has come.
The book is compiled by coaches, fans, journalists, and players who love the game and thus, saw a need for the book. This book is one that can be gifted to any lover of Tennis. It also contains vivid and exclusive pictures of several games and players.
It is referred to as a tribute to the fans, the sport and those that have made names in it. This book is chronologically organized by decades, and it houses a lot of beautiful moments. From champions holding the trophies to champions losing the same medals. It also contains stories that happen behind the scenes and gives insights into the lives of some major players.
Rafael Nadal is a player that has started winning trophies from an early age of 19. He won the French Open Grand slam title in 2005 when he was 19. Rafael Nadal began training for Tennis from the age of 4 and hadn’t stopped playing ever since.
He had half of his autobiography written in 2011 as John Carlin assisted him. This book gave his followers and fans an exposition into the life of their loved Rafael Nadal. ‘Rafa’ describes a man that is feisty and passionate about racing, horses, and especially the game of Tennis.
It also gives us an overview of how Nadal felt during major championships like the 2008 Wimbledon. In that game, he played against Roger Federer and won the title. It also explains some other stuff that occurred as he was growing up. With intelligence and honesty, Nadal exposes the readers to his spectacular journey alongside the virtues he holds high; love and unity for his family.
‘The Outsider’ is an autobiography of the Tennis champion Jimmy Connors. He started playing in the 1970s and had a resolute dedication to his craft. This dedication won him lots of admiration from the public.
He explicitly reveals how his life and career unfolds. It is referred to as ‘a grand slam of a memoir written by a man who was once again at the top of his game, as feisty, unvarnished, and defiant as ever.’ The book talks about how he won 95 out of 99 matches as he wore the same white shorts he always washed in the bathroom of his hotel.
He describes how to set and broke records, also describes the relationship he had with his mother Gloria, Chris Evert, and different opponents he played with. He tells his readers how he dealt with gambling, dyslexia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other infamous issues.
He also shares how he changed the game of Tennis with his epic rivalries, two-handed backhand, and his two-fisted lifestyle. He retired from Tennis a while back, and he went away from public eyes. But in his book, he is very confident and courageous. It is also known as a book that projects the alpha-male spirit of Jimmy Connor’s entire career.
Serve to Win: The 14-Day Gluten-Free Plan for Physical and Mental Excellence
This book is authored by the Tennis star, Novak Djokovic from Serbia. This man is ranked the #1 by the Association of Tennis Professional and widely recognized. In his book, Djokovic tells the reader of how he survived the Belgrade bombing and how he rose from the warzone to the spotlight.
He also describes how he discovered the right diet that transformed his health and made him a star. The book explains how that Novak’s body couldn’t digest wheat, and so he had to find something that suits his body.
He says he had to remove gluten from his system entirely and that made him feel lighter, more precise, quicker, and better off without it. The gluten elimination routine gave him the mental and physical edge he needed to achieve his two major goals. He won Wimbledon and became one of the world’s best Tennis player.
The year 2011 was the best single-season a player could ever ask for. Djokovic won 5 Grand slams, 10 titles and 43 games consecutively. In the book ‘Serve to Win,’ Novak urges the readers to try the gluten-free plan for 14 days and watch out for the outcome. He also encourages people by stating that you do not have to be a professional athlete to live better and healthier.
A Champion's Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis
This book is one that gives an insight into the minds of a champion and what can be learned for it. It is also an autobiography of the life of a Tennis star, Pete Sampras (3). This is a player that went through lots of hurdles and hard work to get to where he is today, but he didn’t used to talk a lot until this book.
He is one player that prefers talking with the racket than with the mouth. But he exposed a lot of him when he wrote this book. He has won 14 Grand slams and has also been ranked as world number one before. Pete writes about the challenges he has faced in life, like the death of his friend and also his coach. How he fought through various stuff even when he was in the spotlight.
This book describes one of the best, successful players of all time. It is a book that centers majorly on his time in the court and anything relating to Tennis than an exposition into his personal life. Reviews about the book have said the author speaks highly of everyone that loves the game of Tennis. He describes how that consistency, skill, and focus can get you ahead in life.
Chris Bowers writes this book about Roger Federer achievements in life. The book describes Roger’s life from his early days of tentative strokes with a racket to when he was sent out of the training academy. It also explains how he dealt with the sudden death of his mentor and coach.
The book talks about how Federer fought the illness that affected him for a while and made him lose his consecutive wins of Wimbledon to Rafael Nadal. He eventually overcame the illness and won several awards after that.
This book also tells us about how much of a philanthropist Roger is, as well as his charm and professionalism. All these have made a lot of colleagues and fans respect and adore him. Some even say, he is on the verge of becoming the best Tennis player ever.
The book portrays him as one that is balanced as a player and a man, as he has been labeled as one of the complete players of the game of Tennis. ‘Federer’ is also regarded as the one of the best books that has been written about the player. It shows how a man rose through persistence, hard work, and perseverance.
Several Tennis books are autobiographies of Tennis stars. This shows that they see the importance of communicating with their fans and the world at large. Writing of papers is an incentive to bring the players closer to their followers and fans.
The best pick in this article is ‘Open.’ It is a long book written by a celebrated Tennis player; Andre Agassi in which he tells stories about his scared, lonely, and rebellious transition from childhood to adulthood.
The book explicitly describes Agassi’s achievements, struggles, awards, and mistakes. It describes the various relationships he had with family and friends; and how he started playing Tennis at the age of 13.
It is a narration of Agassi’s deepest thoughts and intentions as he fought through a lot of issues as his life had already been mapped out even before his birth. This book captivates both Tennis fans and other people that happen to read it.