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High Strung: Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, and the Last Days of Tennis's Golden Age par [Tignor, Stephen]
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“This is good stuff, and it’s written with flair. In fact, it made me want even more. ” (The Oregonian)

“A book full of aces...Even for those who know the outcomes of the many matches he recounts, Tignor’s descriptive prose and flair for dramatic writing make “High Strung” a true page-turner.” (Associated Press)

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“A book full of aces....A true page-turner.”
Associated Press

“This is good stuff, and it’s written with flair.”
The Oregonian

High Strung by Stephen Tignor is the gripping untold story of the fiercest rivalry in the history of professional tennis. Viewed through the lens of the fabled 1981 U.S. Open match between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, High Strung brings the golden age of tennis vibrantly alive once more. A fascinating chronicle that orbits around the four greatest, most enigmatic talents in the sport at the time—McEnroe, Borg, Jimmy Connors, and Vitas Gerulaitis—High Strung is a superior sports history, a must read for anyone who truly loves the game.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book and brings the reader back to a vintage era in tennis history but did notice a number of inaccuracies 4 septembre 2012
Par tennis maestro - Publié sur
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Great book and returns the reader to a vintage era in tennis history but did notice a number of in accuracies. On page 13 It was claimed two years before the 1980 US Open five-set semi-final between Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, the same two players clashed at the US Open in the quarter-finals which is actually INCORRECT. Connors and McEnroe played out a semi-final at the 1978 US Open. On page 38 It was claimed Mark Edmonson lead Bjorn Borg two sets to one in an early round at the 1977 Wimbledon Championships which is actually INCORRECT. Edmonson lead Borg two sets to love before losing in five sets. On page 145 It was claimed Bjorn Borg's name had sat on the highest rung in the mens draw at the US Open every year since 1975 but in 1981, Borg as the number two seed, had suffered the indignity of tumbling 127 places to the very bottom rung which is actually INCORRECT. Borg was only seeded number five at the 1975 US Open and was seeded number two at the 1976 US Open. On page 147 It was claimed in 1981, Bjorn Borg didn't play in the months of July and August, between Wimbledon and the US Open which is actually INCORRECT. Borg won the Stuttgart Outdoor in July 1981 defeating Ivan Lendl in four sets in the final. On page 154 It was claimed Bjorn Borg thrashed Guillermo Vilas in the 1976 WCT Final in Dallas which is actually INCORRECT. Vilas was beaten in four sets and only after the Argentine won the opening set 6-1. On page 170 It was claimed in the final of the 1986 Masters, Boris Becker and Ivan Lendl played to a fifth set which is actually INCORRECT. This battle between Boris Becker and Ivan Lendl which saw the German prevail in five sets took place in the 1988 Masters final. The 1986 final was won in three straight sets and this time, a win for Ivan Lendl over his German rival.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent book with a very misleading title 22 janvier 2012
Par Charbel Eid - Publié sur
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I've been a big fan of Steve Tignor's writing on for several years, so I came in with a good idea of how descriptive and balanced his writing is. This book fulfills my expectations and exceeds them in a few areas. It is extremely well-researched and well-written, and Steve's hard work is apparent in the pages. The book flows between chapters, and is very fluid in its transitions.

What this book is not, is 220+ pages on Borg and McEnroe, and their rivalry. I actually don't quite understand how those involved decided on this particular title, because it's almost laughably misleading. Instead, this is a book about the late 70s and early 80s tennis scene, as the sport transitioned from the amateur to the pro days. The main characters do include Borg and McEnroe, but more than a few dozen pages are used to follow the exploits of Jimmy Connors and Vitas Gerulaitis, and to some extent Ilie Nastase and Ivan Lendl. The author also spends a good amount of the book setting the various scenes, describing the evolution of tennis in the US, its high-class and grass past, and the transition to the modern game. The rivalries and tensions that marked the 70s-80s era of tennis are wonderfully described.

I bought this book simply because I wanted to learn more about the history of tennis. I've heard so much about Borg, McEnroe, Connors, the "old days" and the raucous nature of tennis back then. This book takes the reader straight to that period of time, and lets them explore every facet of that world. I left feeling well-versed and even more intrigued by this bygone era. Highly recommended for pretty much any tennis fan.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Memories from the golden era of tennis! 16 août 2012
Par Leandro - Publié sur
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It was very satisfying to re-enact the greatest match ever in centre court, even tough the Federer - Nadal rivalry has claimed a place among these legends, but to know the intimate way in wich Borg, and Mc Enroe came to be who they were, was a very different sort of tale, and one that we are not allowed to know as simple fans of the players and their sport.
There are many more chapters about Jimmy Connors, Nastase, Gerulaitis and others who made these years great for the sport, and who thrived in clay, grass, or the hard courts of New York. The most amazing fact is that Bjorn never conquered his personal nemesis: The US open and yet he's known as the greatest ever player who walked through the lawns of the sacred All England Lawn & Tennis club at the so called ' Championships'
It was a great read and it was worth every penny!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 you are serious 6 octobre 2012
Par Roland P. Stockland - Publié sur
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Having watched these great players on tv and in person it is great to go behind the public image for a real look at the early days of tennis when it was wooden racket tecnology and mental toughness. The chance to think back to those memorable matches and see players with an attitude of survival of the fittest and using their mind to constuct a point rather than blasting away with modern day technology is what tennis should boday. Sadly, those days will not be again so all we can do is enjoy the finely written book about the real greats of tennis.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great tennis history lesson, the best. 4 août 2013
Par Peter Miller - Publié sur
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I really enjoyed this book. I remember when tennis, with Connors, Borg, and McEnroe
was must watch television, prior to the television business being take over
by the cable business. This book goes into great detail about all three, as well as the
way the three did, or didn't get along. I particularly got a kick out of reading about McEnroe,
who is really a likable competitor. Who'd have thought?...

I don't understand how anyone could write a negative
review about this book, it's a winner.
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