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Love Game: A History of Tennis, from Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon [Format Kindle]

Elizabeth Wilson

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Excellent ... Wilson makes a passionate, partisan case that tennis should be treated differently from all other sports. In fact tennis shouldn't be treated like a sport at all, but should instead be seen as a kind of burlesque gymnastic seduction, a business of passion and, above all, of love. Tennis, Wilson argues, has been tarnished by being lumped in with more mainstream sports, with their linear scoring systems, their slavishly enacted win-lose-draw dynamic. It should instead be kept apart from the world in its own tennis-shaped love-box, allowed to bloom and bud as it wishes, a thing of beauty to be stroked and cosseted and made much of. (Barney Ronay Guardian)

Hers is a sporting history unlike any I've read - one that, in its sophistication and thoughtfulness, shows up the hollowness of most other accounts. (William Skidelsky Observer)

A love-all letter to the beautiful, sweaty, glorious, grunting game (Saga)

A richly textured history distilled through an illuminating private passion --Literary Review

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Tennis's gladiatorial beauty, its stylish duelling and fashionable court-wear make it a romantic's dream. Ever since young men and women first came together to play on vicarage lawns, this most Victorian of games has always had a peculiarly passionate undercurrent - love even makes it into the scoring system. And passion in other forms - the rivalry of Federer and Nadal, and John McEnroe's legendary angry outbursts.

Beyond the romance, tennis has always been a barometer of the times. French star Suzanne Lenglen was a celebrity trailblazer, Jimmy Connors channelled punk, and Henman Hill is unrecognisable from the days when the All England Club ostracised working-class Fred Perry - and the great English tennis champion who is now more famous as a leisure clothing brand than a sportsman.

Love Game is the must-have companion for tennis fans during Wimbledon 2015. It tells the story of tennis' journey from upper-middle-class hobby to global TV spectacle, taking in the innovators and trendsetters, the great players, heroes and iconoclasts, and the politics, class wars and culture clashes of what could rightfully be called the 'beautiful game'.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 4157 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 353 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1846689104
  • Editeur : Serpent's Tail (1 mai 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00IT03W30
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting read, great retro cover! 28 mai 2014
Par Michael John - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is a great book if you're a keen tennis player, or a fan who wants to brush up on the history of the modern game. If you're like me, a child of the 70s, your tennis knowledge probably doesn't extend much further back than Virginia Wade, Borg etc – and this will give you the lowdown on their forebears: greats like Laver, Lenglen, and Tilden. It will take you back to the days when you'd probably have been chain smoking and drinking martinis on the veranda, while waiting for the next free court. Yeah! Seriously, though, this is as well-written and as comprehensive a history of the game as you're likely to come across, and has obviously been pain-stakingly researched and put together with, well, love. My only criticism is that the author seems to have an overly reductive view of the 21st Century game. It seems a bit simplistic to say that advances in racquet technology and the arrival of corporate money have ruined the game. Corporations are everywhere now, it's just part of life, and you only need to go to your local tennis club to see how much fun relative newcomers to tennis can have with the latest generation of graphite racquets – which are much more forgiving than the wooden ones many of us started with. I think it's also a tad unfair to say that modern players are somehow less charismatic than ones of previous generations. It's as pointless as claiming that the current crop of top pros are better players than those who came before them – an argument that Elizabeth Wilson quite rightly takes issue with. Anyway, if you're not spending your summer evenings in the park having a knock-up, bag yourself a copy of this and get up to speed on the best game ever!!
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