Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Outside of a Dog, #19

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx.

The US Open started on Monday August 25th. For tennis aficionados, this two week tournament is one of the biggest tennis events of the year. If you can’t be there in Flushing, New York to see the action up close and personal, here are reading recommendations we hope you enjoy.

Sampras, Pete
A Champion’s Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis
Written by one of the game's all time greats, Sampras offers readers a unique look at his growing up years, early struggles, major championships wins, and his ultimate decision to retire from the game.
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Blake, James
Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won my Life Back
Currently ranked as one of the top ten players in the world, James Blake struggled through some particularly difficult years. He suffered from a serious physical illness caused by a fall on the tennis court; his beloved father died during this time period from a long and painful illness. In spite of these challenges, he rallied and re-entered the professional tennis world stronger than ever.

Spadea, Vince
Break Point: The Secret Diary of a Pro Tennis Player
Sort of a silly book but still fun for fans, Spadea, one of the long standing but lower ranked players on the professional tennis circuit offers a behind the scenes look at what really happens on and off the tennis court. You can’t help but get caught up in his irreverent and humorous look at his own experiences, the game in general, and some of the biggest names in the game playing today.
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Many local libraries (Warren Civic Center and Arthur Miller included) have Tennis magazine. and instructional Tennis books and videos.

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