By Elizabeth Wilson
No one is healthier outfitted to inform this tale than novelist and historian Elizabeth Wilson. With a penchant for tennis’s inherent drama, she unearths its center: a mental face off among flamboyant personalities navigating the ebbs and flows of fortune within the confines of a seventy eight x 36–foot box—whether of clay, grass, or DecoTurf. strolling the finely kempt lawns of Victorian England, she exhibits how tennis’s early position as a social hobby that incorporated either males and women—and therefore, plenty of sexual tension—set it except so much different activities and their dominant masculine allure. Even at the present time, whilst energy and patience are extra very important than ever, tennis nonetheless calls for that the physique behave gracefully and with finesse. during this approach, Wilson exhibits, tennis has retained the colourful spectacle of human drama and wonder that experience continuously made it certain, not only to activities lovers yet to well known culture.
Telling the tales of the entire greats, from the Renshaw brothers to Novak Djokovic, and of all of the advances, from wood racquets to community tv schedules, Wilson bargains a tennis booklet like no different, preserving the court docket sq. in our points of interest as historical past is illuminated round it.
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Love Game: A History of Tennis, from Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon by Elizabeth Wilson