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The Wimbledon Final That Never Was . . .: And Other Tennis Tales from a By-Gone Era Format Kindle
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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.
Charlie Chaplin, Errol Flynn, and Bobby Fisher , the chess player, all included.
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