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The Wimbledon Final That Never Was . . .: And Other Tennis Tales from a By-Gone Era [Format Kindle]

David Wood Sidney Wood

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The only time in the history of Wimbledon that the men’s singles final was not played is told in detail by the crowned champion in this illuminating tennis biography. Sidney Wood won the 1931 Wimbledon title by default over Frank Shields—his school buddy, doubles partner, roommate, and Davis Cup teammate—in one of the most curious episodes in sports history. Wood tells the tale of how Shields was ordered by the U.S. Tennis Association not to compete in the championship match so that he could rest his injured knee in preparation for an upcoming Davis Cup match. Three years later the story continues when he and Shields played a match at the Queen’s Club for the Wimbledon trophy. Also included are a compilation of short stories that deliver fascinating anecdotes of the 1930s and a signature document of the play and styles of 20th-century tennis legends.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2369 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 206 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0942257847
  • Editeur : New Chapter Press (1 juin 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0054KD58U
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Amazon.com: 3.6 étoiles sur 5  7 commentaires
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A most interesting book 7 janvier 2013
Par david Lane - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I know alot about tennis but this was just so interesting.
Charlie Chaplin, Errol Flynn, and Bobby Fisher , the chess player, all included.

A great Read
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Naturalmente ilustrativo 28 août 2014
Par Carlos Ortiz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Sencillo en su formato pero con un contenido que nos muestra jugadores, técnica y anécdotas del deporte que amamos en épocas incluso previas al profesionalismo.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fabulous Stories! 5 octobre 2013
Par Ewing S. Walker - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Everything from Brooke Shields' grandfather to Bobby Fisher, Errol Flynn and Charlie Chaplin. Endless stories of great amusement. Great entertainment.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Wimbledon Final That Never Was...And Other Tennis Tales from a Bygone Era 5 juillet 2011
Par Cynthia Cantrell - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
As its title suggests, Sidney Wood's "The Wimbledon Final That Never Was...And Other Tennis Tales from a Bygone Era" takes readers on a literary journey far beyond the 1931 tournament in which then-19-year-old Wood won the biggest title in tennis in a walkover when fellow American Frank Shields was forced to withdraw.

Shields may be better known today as grandfather to actress and model Brooke Shields, but as Wood notes in the book, "he was a legend of a man in his time." After meeting at the Roxbury School in Cheshire, Conn., the pair became lifelong friends, doubles partners, Davis Cup teammates, business partners, and co-inductees into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1964.

The book, published by David Wood after his father's death in January 2009 at age 97, is a well-written and often humorous collection of Sidney Wood's joyfully recalled memories of his youth, in which he "literally lived in tennis shoes," and highlights from his remarkable tennis career.

Stories include becoming the youngest-ever player to compete at Wimbledon at age 15, when he faced No. 1 seed Rene Lacoste in 1927; the infamous non-match for which Shields was ordered by the USTA to rest his injured knee for Davis Cup duty (which the Americans ended up losing to Great Britain); the "private understanding playoff" duel between he and Shields three years later; cavorting with celebrities such as Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx, and Errol Flynn; and business ventures such as partnering with golf legend Arnold Palmer to open a laundry and dry cleaning chain.

Additionally, Wood critiques the best strokes and players from his lifetime. In some areas, David Wood weaves narration to provide context. This is appropriately accomplished in a sparing and unobtrusive manner.

In the introduction, David Wood notes that bedtime was different for the children of their Wimbledon champion father, who thrilled them not with fairy tales, but with stories of Bill Tilden, Don Budge, and other early 20th century tennis legends.

In "The Wimbledon Final That Never Was...And Other Tennis Tales from a Bygone Era," the rest of us have the opportunity to benefit from Sidney Wood's gifted storytelling of a lifetime of adventures.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Tennis fans will appreciate the history 14 mai 2013
Par J. Klein - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I agree with two of the previous reviews. As a tennis fan, I enjoyed the history aspect of the book. I knew nothing about the Wimbledon final that was never played. Heck, didn't even realize there was a walkover final. But seriously, how much more could be written about a match that didn't take place? I think this book covers that. Also enjoyed reading about how Sidney Wood would give the "World's Most Interesting Man" a run for his money with all the celebs he crossed paths with. But I really didn't need the last several chapters about how the players rank. Kinda breezed through those pages. One thing is for sure, Sidney Wood got around.
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