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Johnson, Joan D.
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Eighth edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : McGraw-Hill, [2003]

Physical Description:
viii, 231 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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GV995 .J62 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"Tennis "is the essential book for anyone looking to learn tennis or improve his or her game. Along with basic descriptions of skills and fundamentals, it includes updated information on equipment, tennis organizations, rule changes, and more.

Joan D. Johnson is a professor emeritus at UCLA.

Paul J. Xanthos is a professor emeritus at Los Angeles Pierce College.

Ann Lebedeff is an associate professor at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges.

Author Notes

Joan D. Johnson, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Physical Education and former Chair of the Department of Physical Education and Athletics at California State University, Los Angeles. She has competed in Grand Slam events in Australia, England (Wimbledon), and the United States. Recognized as a pioneer in intercollegiate tennis for women, Johnson has coached teams at the national collegiate level, and several of her players have won national championships. Selected as the U.S. Women's Tennis Coach for the World University Games held in Sofia, Bulgaria, Johnson has been inducted into the Women's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame
Paul J. Xanthos, M.S., is Professor Emeritus of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Los Angeles Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California. As men's tennis coach at Pierce, he led teams to five consecutive Western States Conference Championships. In the Metropolitan Conference, his teams won 13 Conference Championships. Xanthos was honored as Conference Coach of the Year 18 times. Named a Master Professional by the U.S. Professional Tennis Association, Xanthos has been inducted into the Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame
Ann V. Lebedeff, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Physical Education and Athletics at Pomona College and Head Women's Tennis Coach at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. As a collegiate player, Lebedeff won many national doubles titles. As a coach, she has led the Pomona-Pitzer team to consistent top-ten finishes and to the NCAA Division III Doubles title in 2000. A three-time recipient of the NCAA Coach of the Year Award, Lebedeff has been named Coach of the Decade for Division II Women's Tennis. Her honors include the Tennis Educational Merit Award (International Tennis Hall of Fame) and the Rolex Meritorious Service Award (Intercollegiate Tennis Association)

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
1 The Game of Tennisp. 1
2 Skills Essential for Everyonep. 12
3 Better Players Master These Strokesp. 53
4 Progress Can Be Speeded Upp. 81
5 Patterns of Playp. 113
6 Rules of the Gamep. 135
7 The Unwritten Rulesp. 157
8 The Language and Lore of Tennisp. 171
9 Facts for Enthusiastsp. 185
10 Playing the Gamep. 203
Appendix A Selected References, Readings, and Websitesp. 217
Appendix B USTA and USTA Section Addressesp. 221
Indexp. 225