High Strung

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-06-26
  • Publisher: Harpercollins
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The golden age of tennis came crashing down suddenly at the 1981 U.S. Open when the stoical Swede, BjÍrn Borg, lost to his brash young rival, John McEnroe, in the final at Flushing Meadows. Through the lens of that era's final tournament, and the play of the other semifinalists, Jimmy Connors and Vitas Gerulaitis, High Strungchronicles the lives and careers of the men who made those Wild West days of tennis so memorable: "Ice Borg," who secretly harbored an inner madman; McEnroe, the tortured, bratty genius; Connors, the game's beloved blue-collar anti-hero; Ilie Nastase, the Romanian clown; Gerulaitis, the New York charmer; and Ivan Lendl, who became a harbinger of tennis's high-powered future. The struggles these men shared were as compelling off the court as they were on.

Author Biography

Stephen Tignor is the executive editor of Tennis magazine. He writes a daily blog on Tennis.Com, where he has written about the sport for the past twelve years.

Table of Contents

The Angel and the Bratp. 1
Barbarians on the Lawnsp. 16
The Next Victimp. 29
Lingering Deathp. 40
The Dark Prince of Queensp. 49
Exile on Park Avenuep. 67
The Valley of Ashesp. 83
Tearing the Cover Off the Gamep. 96
Taking Love on the Risep. 107
Mr. Nastyp. 119
The Lord of Disciplinep. 135
Fallen Angelp. 145
Nobody Beats Vitas Garulaitis…p. 156
Ivan the Powerfulp. 166
Heroes and Villainsp. 175
Super Saturdayp. 187
Requiem for an Assassinp. 200
Epiloguep. 219
Acknowledgmentsp. 237
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