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Epic : John McEnroe, Bj÷rn Borg, and the Greatest Tennis Season Ever,9780470190623

Epic : John McEnroe, Bj÷rn Borg, and the Greatest Tennis Season Ever

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1st
ISBN13:

9780470190623

ISBN10:
0470190620
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
4/19/2011
Publisher(s):
Wiley
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Summary

A top tennis writer tells the story of the greatest Wimbledon, the greatest U.S. Open, and the greatest rivalry in the history of the gameThe epic 1980 Wimbledon final that ended with John McEnroe's defeat by his idol, Bjorn Borg, is considered the greatest tennis match ever. The U.S. Open final later that year, when McEnroe got his revenge, is considered the greatest U.S. Open ever. These two matches marked McEnroe's transformation from tennis player into an American icon, the high point of tennis's gigantic leap into the national consciousness, and the beginning of Borg's rapid and surprising decline. This book takes you back to that amazing summer at the height of the golden age of tennis. Includes fascinating details about John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg both on and off the court, from grueling practice sessions to late-night partying Packed with stories and anecdotes of top tennis players and coaches, including Vitas Gerulaitis, Mary Carillo, Lennart Bergelin, and others Highlights a pivotal moment in the evolution of the game?from quiet to loud, from wood to metal racquets, and from European to American dominance Written by veteran tennis writer and analyst Matthew CroninWhether you're a longtime tennis fan or a recent convert, Epic will give you a deeper understanding of the game and of two of the most amazing players ever to have played it.

Author Biography

Matthew Cronin is the main tennis columnist for Fox Sports and a senior writer for Inside Tennis magazine. He contributes regularly to Reuters and USTA.com and appears fre-quently as a tennis analyst on radio and television stations throughout the United States and abroad. He is the main writer for TennisReporters.net, the award-winning, second-largest pro tennis site in the United States, and is a radio analyst at all the Grand Slams: the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xiii
Introduction: July 5, 1980p. 1
Wimbledon
Taming a Passionate Spiritp. 7
A Losing Set Is Not So, Much after Allp. 19
˘A Little Boy or a Midget in Disguise?÷p. 23
Better Call a Cabp. 42
The Sport's First Rock Starp. 46
˘I Can Do Anything with a Tennis Ball÷p. 70
France to Stanfordp. 74
A Four-Hour Matchp. 92
˘Borg Is Borg÷p. 96
The Battle Beginsp. 111
To the Ends of the Earthp. 114
Both Still Alivep. 125
In Search of the True Geniusp. 128
The War of 18-16p. 146
˘A Notch above Son of Sam÷p. 149
Love and Setsp. 165
The Genius Tested in Londonp. 181
True Naturep. 195
˘Something in Me Wilted÷p. 207
Living the Momentsp. 211
The U.S. Open
Rock of Gibraltarp. 221
The Cowboy Bucks Upp. 226
˘I Didn't Know What Was Happening÷p. 234
The North Star of Vitasp. 237
Willing and Ablep. 243
Among the Bad Actorsp. 247
Frozen in Timep. 251
˘You Are Not Going to See a Tougher One÷p. 254
˘Poetry Written on Water÷p. 261
Epilogue: The End of a Great Rivalryp. 266
Bibliographyp. 275
Indexp. 279
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