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'History of Tennis' Makes a Great Holiday Gift

NEW YORK — Bud Collins, the man who many call the walking encyclopedia of tennis, has a new, updated second-edition version of his famous tennis encyclopedia and record book THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS - just in time for the holidays.

The 816-page second-edition volume - the most authoritative compilation of records, biographies and information on the sport of tennis - is dedicated to John Isner, Nicolas Mahut and chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani, the three “survivors” from the record-breaking longest match of all-time at 2010 Wimbledon, won by Isner 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68 in 11 hours, five minutes, featuring a record 113 aces from Isner.

“Has the Isner - Mahut match ended yet? You can find out in this book!” quipped Collins.

THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS ($35.95, New Chapter Press) is the ultimate compilation of historical tennis information, including year-by-year recaps of every tennis season, biographical sketches of every major tennis personality, as well as stats, records, and championship rolls for all the major events. Collins is the longtime columnist for the Boston Globe and a 1994 inductee into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. His personal relationships with major tennis stars offer insights into the world of professional tennis found nowhere else.

New Chapter Press also recommends its other tennis book titles by and about such standouts as Rod Laver, Roger Federer, Jan Kodes, and Cliff Richey.

Collins co-wrote the official memoir of Rod Laver — THE EDUCATION OF A TENNIS PLAYER ($19.95) - which is Laver’s first-hand account of his famous 1969 Grand Slam season, capped off by his win over fellow Australian Tony Roche in the final of the U.S. Open. Laver also writes about his childhood and early days in tennis, his 1962 Grand Slam and offers tips on how players of all levels can improve their game. He also shares some of the strategies that helped him to unparalleled success on the tennis court. Originally published in 1971, the book was updated by Laver and Collins with new content including his recovery from a near-fatal stroke in 1998 and helping Australia once again win the Davis Cup in 1973.

ROGER FEDERER: QUEST FOR PERFECTION ($19.95, www.RogerFedererBook.com) was written by Rene Stauffer, the esteemed Swiss tennis journalist who has covered Federer since the budding tennis champion was a 15-year-old. The book chronicles Federer’s life as a tempermental junior player, his early struggles on the ATP Tour, his break-out win at Wimbledon in 2003 through his record-breaking 15th major singles title at Wimbledon in 2009. The book also focuses on his values, how he has been marketed, his relationship with the media as well as his numerous charitable pursuits.

JAN KODES: A JOURNEY TO GLORY FROM BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN ($49.95,) is a coffee table book, originally published in Czech, that provides a narrative and illustrated history of Czech tennis through the eyes of former Wimbledon and French Open champion Jan Kodes and author Peter Kolar. The book, filled with hundreds of unique and personal photographs, documents the successful journey of Kodes from political turmoil of the Cold War to international tennis fame, detailing the early days of darkness and family persecution in communist Czechoslovakia and the complexities of becoming a professional tennis player under a totalitarian regime. Entertaining anecdotes featuring Czech tennis legends Ivan Lendl and Martina Navratilova are also featured as well as the stories behind Kodes’ victories at Wimbledon and the French Open and his two runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open.

Former U.S. No. 1 and Davis Cup hero Cliff Richey inspires readers with his triumph over depression in his new book ACING DEPRESSION: A TENNIS CHAMPIONS TOUGHEST MATCH ($19.95, CliffRicheyBook.com). Richey calls depression among adult males as “the silent tragedy in our culture today” and details his life-long battle with the disease that afflicts approximately 121 million people around the world. Co-written with his oldest daughter Hilaire Richey Kallendorf, ACING DEPRESSION is a first-hand account of the life and tennis career of Richey, providing readers with his real-life drama - on and off the tennis court.

Among those endorsing THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS include the two women who hold the Wimbledon record for most total titles - Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King - who both won 20 Wimbledon titles in their careers. Said Navratilova, “If you know nothing about tennis, this book is for you. And if you know everything about tennis—Hah!—Bud knows more, so this book is for you too!” Said King, “We can’t move forward if we don’t understand and appreciate our past. This book not only provides us with accurate reporting of the rich tennis history, it keeps us current on the progress of the sport today.” Also endorsing the book is author, commentator and Sports Illustrated contributor Frank Deford, who stated,“No tennis encyclopedia could be written by anyone but Bud Collins because Bud Collins is the walking tennis encyclopedia—the game’s barefoot professor. The only thing missing about the sport from his new edition is a section about Bud himself. But everything else is there—and it’s easy to open and use for the whole family.” Said Dick Enberg of CBS Sports and ESPN, “Did you ever see an encyclopedia walking? That’s Bud Collins (who sometimes runs, too). Plunge into his book and swim joyfully through the history of tennis. It’s all here.”

Founded in 1987, New Chapter Press is also the publisher of “Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games” by Tom Caraccioli and Jerry Caraccioli, “The Lennon Prophecy” by Joe Niezgoda (www.TheLennonProphecy.com), “Bone Appetit, Gourmet Cooking For Your Dog” by Susan Anson, “The Rules of Neighborhood Poker According to Hoyle” by Stewart Wolpin, “People’s Choice Cancun - Travel Survey Guidebook” by Eric Rabinowitz and “Weekend Warriors: The Men of Professional Lacrosse” by Jack McDermott, among others. More information can be found at NewChapterMedia.com.

 

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