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Tennis & Racquetball

Biography and History

Agassi, Andre
Open: An Autobiography
GV994.A43 A43 2009
The biggest revelation in this revealing autobiography is that Agassi hated tennis and was forced to become a tennis player by his father.
Collins, Bud
The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book
q GV992.B78 2008x
Compiled by the famous tennis journalist, this book is the ultimate compilation of historical tennis information, including year-by-year recaps of tennis seasons, biographical sketches of major tennis personalities, as well as stats, records, and championship rolls for the major events.
Fisher, Marshall Jon
A Terrible Splendor: Three Extraordinary Men, a World Poised for War, and the Greatest Tennis Match Ever Played
In 1937, with Europe on the brink of war, Don Budge, a 22-year-old American, and Baron Gottfried von Cramm of Germany, 28, competed for the Davis Cup. James Thurber described the Budge-Cramm five-set marathon as "the greatest match in the history of the world" and it wasn't just between two players. (Read a review in the Wall Street Journal.)
Gray, Frances Clayton and Yanick Rice Lamb
Born to Win: The Authorized Biography of Althea Gibson
GV994.G53 G73 2004
"The first African-American woman to win both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, Gibson (1927-2003) was one of the most gifted athletes, male or female, of the second half of the 20th century." -- Publishers Weekly
Harris, Cecil and Larryette Kyle-DeBose
Charging the Net: A History of Blacks in Tennis from Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe to the Williams Sisters
GV992.H37 2007
The history of Black tennis players in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Phillips, Caryl
The Right Set: A Tennis Anthology
GV991.2 .R54 1999
From stately lawns and gentlemen players to Andre Agassi and Venus Williams: 65 great writings on tennis that chronicle the transformation of the sport.
Sampras, Pete
A Champion's Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis
GV994.S16 S36 2008
In A Championís Mind, the tennis great who so often exhibited visible discomfort with letting people "inside his head" finally opens up.
Williams, Serena with Daniel Paisner
On the Line
GV994.W55 W55 2009
Williams talks about her childhood with four sisters and parents determined to make them tennis players.

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Training Books

Antoun, Rob
Women's Tennis Tactics
GV1002.69.T7 A58 2007
Women's Tennis Tactics shows you how to play to your strengths and your opponents' weaknesses with more than 68 drills to practice match tactics.
Knudson, Duane
Biomechanical Principles of Tennis Technique: Using Science to Improve Your Strokes
GV995.K55 2006
The science of tennis technique is explained in this guide that practically applies the lessons learned from studying the forces and motions of tennis strokes. Through the implementation of six basic biomechanical principles players can make subtle adjustments to their strokes, creating stroke variations that not only improve their game but also reduce their risk of injury.
Roetert, Paul and Todd S. Ellenbecker
Complete Conditioning for Tennis
GV1002.9.T7 C66 2007
Complete Conditioning for Tennis details how to make the most of your training time with exercises, drills, and programs designed to-assess your fitness level,-improve footwork,-increase speed and flexibility,-enhance stamina,-boost mental focus, and-prevent common injuries. Includes a 90-minute DVD.
Roetert, Paul and Mark S. Kovacs
Tennis Anatomy
GV1002.9.T7 R64 2011
This Human Kinetics book includes more than 72 of the most effective exercises for increasing strength, speed and agility, each with step-by-step descriptions and full-color anatomical illustrations highlighting muscles in action.


Developing Proper Footwork Patterns for Tennis
(DVD) GV1002.9.T7 D48 2007x
Provides an overview of proven drills that tennis coaches can employ to enhance the footwork of their athletes.
Dynamic Tennis Warm-Ups
(DVD) GV1002.9.T7 D96 2004x
A Human Kinetics DVD that shows you how to get your muscles ready quickly and correctly for tennis training and competition using a dynamic warm-up.
Dynamic Warm-Up Routines for Tennis
(DVD) GV1002.9.T7 D965 2007x
Get a simple, yet easy-to-use, series of exercises, involving rotational activities that tennis players can utilize to prepare their bodies for the physical demands of their sport. Includes warm-up routines for three key areas of the body.
Essential Practice Drills for Tennis
(DVD) GV1002.9.T7 E87 2007x
Get eight proven drills for developing the requisite skills and techniques involved in tennis, developing movement, ball position, execution, timing, concentration, control and consistency.
Modern Tennis: Essential Tools
(DVD) GV1002.9.T7 M63 2011x
Covers tennis tactics, mentality, and conditioning at three levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

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Web Sites



  • ATP World Tour (Association of Tennis Professionals)
    The governing body for the men's professional tennis circuit
  • Australian Open
    The major Australian tournament in January-February
  • Davis Cup
    The Davis Cup is an international team event in men's tennis run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
  • International Racquetball Federation
    "Racquetball was invented by Joe Sobek in 1949 on a Connecticut handball court...By the early 70's, court clubs could be found in every state and the sport enjoyed a rapid and steady rise in popularity...Internationally, the sport has also attained great heights in its short history -- with World Championships held bi-annually since 1981, the addition of five International Olympic Committee approved events and its debut as a Pan American Games Sport in 1995."
  • International Tennis Federation
    The site of the governing body of tennis
  • International Tennis Hall of Fame
    A non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis
  • Roland Garros (French Open)
    The major French tournament in May-June. An English version is available.
  • Women's Tennis Association
    The site of the governing body of Women's professional tennis tour
  • Wimbledon Championships
    The official site for the English tennis championships in June-July