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Total tennis : the ultimate tennis encyclopedia
Collins, Bud.
Publication Information:
Toronto, Ontario : Sports Media Publishing, [2003]

Physical Description:
xxi, 938 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
"Sport classic books"

"Building on the foundation of three editions of Bud Collins' Tennis Encyclopedia, 'Total Tennis' seeks to raise the ante as it incorporates extensive new sections devoted to each of the four major championships as well as illuminating the characters of the men and women who defined the game. In addition, this inaugural edition marks the introduction of the game's first detailed historical player registers."-- dust jacket.
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GV990 .T68 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This is the fourth book in the successful series of Total Encyclopedias.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This third edition of Collins' unique perspective on the tennis world includes a wealth of information about a sport that has come in and out of the limelight over the last 20 years. Collins has loved tennis all his life, and tennis has been his life in his job as a sports journalist. He once again brings his significant credentials to this encyclopedic treatment of the professional and significant amateur players of tennis over the last century. The first half of the volume is a year-by-year chronology noting the highlights for each year, starting in 1919 and stopping in 2002. Statistics for championship singles, doubles, and mixed-doubles winners in the major events are included. For a handful of players, Collins provides articles reprinted from magazines of the time. Comprehensive statistics and a brief history for the major tournaments--the French Open, Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the Australian Open--are contained in the middle section of the encyclopedia along with a selection of color photographs. Similar information is provided on the Davis Cup, the Olympics, and other tournaments. A biographical section has entries for elite players and others who made a significant contribution to the game. Finally, there is statistical information for nearly 400 of the best players in tennis as chosen by Collins using a variety of criteria. Whether a reader is interested in the articles on the players or the statistics, this is an excellent reference source on tennis. Recommended for most sports collections. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Tennis journalist Collins serves an ace down the "T" with this definitive new reading and reference guide of the sport, which integrates, updates, and expands upon material from the previous three editions of his Tennis Encyclopedia (o.p.). Collins seeks to create "the most complete and exhaustive history of tennis ever published" and he succeeds. Perhaps most impressive is the newly created "Register," with its singles tournament statistics for nearly 400 of the game's best players from the Amateur and Open Eras. Easy-to-read charts include biographical data, a year-by-year record of each player's career and year-end rankings, match records in international team events, and the four major tournaments. Open Era players' stats, beginning in 1968, also take into account non-Grand Slam meetings and are further broken down by surface-clay, grass, hard court, or carpet. The Big Four contests merit additional coverage, and Collins delivers extensive new information. Scores are posted, and every imaginable record is inventoried. (A blip: in what must have been a mad dash to include the 2003 Australian Open, a few numbers are inconsistently reported for Down Under winners Navratilova, Agassi, and the Williams sisters.) Thankfully, this book is much more than an array of numbers and the cataloging of records. Several articles previously published in Sport magazine complement Collins's own colorful and in-depth player and tournament profiles. He examines the game's earliest years, starting in 1874, and transitions into engaging year-in-reviews (1919-2002), all of which help the reader to understand and appreciate the sport's long and rich history. Despite a couple of blips, this is highly recommended for all sports collections.-Howard Katz, New York City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.