9780803220416

Little Pancho

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  • ISBN13:

    9780803220416

  • ISBN10:

    0803220413

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-05-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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Summary

Born into a poor family in Ecuador, Pancho Segura was an undersized and undernourished kid working as a ball boy at an exclusive tennis club when he first picked up a racket.Little Panchois the story of how this improbable athlete, with his bandy legs, infectious smile, and unorthodox two-handed style of play, became one of the greatest and most beloved tennis players of all time. During his twenty years in pro tennis, general audiences appreciated his spirit as a master entertainer, while tennis fans adored him. Drawing on interviews with many in the game who knew or admired Pancho, Caroline Seebohm provides a close-up picture of the unlikely pro as his career first emerged in Ecuador and then developed further in the United States during the 1940s, where he broke down social and political prejudices with his charm, naturalness, and brilliance on the court. Little Panchofollows Segura from the University of Miami, where he won three consecutive NCAA championships (still a record), to his time on the U.S. professional tennis tour. On the pro tour of that time, Segura and his fellow players struggled to earn a living and find acceptance in the traditional, sometimes elitist tennis world, which scorned "professionals" as outcasts.Little Panchoshows us Segura when he quit the professional tour to become a coach at the Beverly Hills Tennis Club, working with movie stars such as Charlton Heston, Barbra Streisand, and Lauren Bacall. And finally, we hear for the first time from some of the later champions Segura coached, including Jimmy Connors. This history of tennis in the midcentury also is the inspiring story of how one poor Latino kid, through sheer grit, grace, and talent, changed the face of the sport forever.

Author Biography

Caroline Seebohm is the author of numerous books, including No Regrets: The Life of Marietta Tree and the novel The Innocents. She is a keen tennis player, but her only title is the singles championship at her boarding school in England. She now lives on the Delaware River in New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Prologue: A Match to Rememberp. vii
Miracle in Ecuadorp. 1
The Education of a Tennis Prodigyp. 13
Hasta Luego!p. 24
Love On and Off the Courtp. 40
The Professional Circus Actp. 49
A New Contenderp. 61
Big Pancho and Little Panchop. 75
Playing Hard, Playing Toughp. 93
Coach to the Starsp. 107
Happy Days in Beverly Hillsp. 121
Jimbo Rules!p. 134
Lows and Highsp. 150
Staying Loose at La Costap. 163
"Tennis Is My Life"p. 176
Acknowledgmentsp. 185
Appendix: From The Tennis Partner by Abraham Verghesep. 189
Bibliographyp. 197
Indexp. 199
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