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Unstoppable: My Life So Far
by Maria Sharapova

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English

Pages

283

Publication Date

September 12, 2017

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<p><b>From Maria Sharapova, </b><b>one of our fiercest female athletes, the captivating—</b><b>and candid—story of her rise from nowhere to tennis </b><b>stardom, and the unending fight to stay on top.</b></p><p>In 2004, in a stunning upset against the two-time defending champion Serena Williams, seventeen-year-old Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon, becoming an overnight sensation. Out of virtual anonymity, she launched herself onto the international stage. “Maria Mania” was born. Sharapova became a name and face recognizable worldwide. Her success would last: she went on to hold the number-one WTA ranking multiple times, to win four more Grand Slam tournaments, and to become one of the highest-grossing female athletes in the world.</p><p>And then—at perhaps the peak of her career—Sharapova came up against the toughest challenge yet: during the 2016 Australian Open, she was charged by the ITF with taking the banned substance meldonium, only recently added to the ITF’s list. The resulting suspension would keep her off the professional courts for fifteen months—a frighteningly long time for any athlete. The media suggested it might be fateful.</p><p>But Sharapova’s career has always been driven by her determination and by her dedication to hard work. Her story doesn’t begin with the 2004 Wimbledon championship, but years before, in a small Russian town, where as a five-year-old she played on drab neighborhood courts with precocious concentration. It begins when her father, convinced his daughter could be a star, risked everything to get them to Florida, that sacred land of tennis academies. It begins when the two arrived with only seven hundred dollars and knowing only a few words of English. From that, Sharapova scraped together one of the most influential sports careers in history.</p><p>Here, for the first time, is the whole story, and in her own words. Sharapova’s is an unforgettable saga of dedication and fortune. She brings us inside her pivotal matches and illuminates the relationships that have shaped her—with coaches, best friends, boyfriends, and Yuri, her coach, manager, father, and most dedicated fan, describing with honesty and affection their oft-scrutinized relationship. She writes frankly about the suspension. As Sharapova returns to the professional circuit, one thing is clear: the ambition to win that drove her from the public courts of Russia to the manicured lawns of Wimbledon has not diminished.</p><p>Sharapova’s <i>Unstoppable</i> is a powerful memoir, resonant in its depiction of the will to win—whatever the odds.</p>
Open
by Andre Agassi

Language

English

Pages

402

Publication Date

December 24, 2009

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<p><b>#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER</b></p><p>Far more than a superb memoir about the highest levels of professional tennis, <i>Open</i> is the engrossing story of a remarkable life.<br /> <br />Andre Agassi had his life mapped out for him before he left the crib. Groomed to be a tennis champion by his moody and demanding father, by the age of twenty-two Agassi had won the first of his eight grand slams and achieved wealth, celebrity, and the game’s highest honors. But as he reveals in this searching autobiography, off the court he was often unhappy and confused, unfulfilled by his great achievements in a sport he had come to resent. Agassi writes candidly about his early success and his uncomfortable relationship with fame, his marriage to Brooke Shields, his growing interest in philanthropy, and—described in haunting, point-by-point detail—the highs and lows of his celebrated career.</p><br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>
The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of...
by W. Timothy Gallwey

Language

English

Pages

161

Publication Date

June 22, 2010

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The Inner Game of Tennis is a revolutionary program for overcoming the self-doubt, nervousness, and lapses of concentration that can keep a player from winning. Now available in a revised paperback edition, this classic bestseller can change the way the game of tennis is played.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>
Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis--Lessons from a Master
by , Steve Jamison

Language

English

Pages

242

Publication Date

May 28, 2013

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The tennis classic from Olympic gold medalist and ESPN analyst Brad Gilbert, now featuring a new introduction with tips drawn from the strategies of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Andy Murray, and more, to help you outthink and outplay your toughest opponents<BR><BR>A former Olympic medalist and now one of ESPN’s most respected analysts, Brad Gilbert shares his timeless tricks and tips, including “some real gems” <I >(Tennis </I>magazine) to help both recreational and professional players improve their game.<BR> <BR>In the new introduction to this third edition, Gilbert uses his inside access to analyze current stars such as Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal, showing readers how to beat better players without playing better tennis. <BR> <BR>Written with clarity and wit, this classic combat manual for the tennis court has become the bible of tennis instruction books for countless players worldwide.
Mind Gym: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence (NTC Sports/Fitn...
by , David Casstevens

Language

English

Pages

240

Publication Date

June 24, 2002

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<p><b>Praise for <i>Mind Gym</i></b></p> <p>"Believing in yourself is paramount to success for any athlete. Gary's lessons and David's writing provide examples of the importance of the mental game."<br /><br />--<b>Ben Crenshaw</b>, two-time Masters champion and former Ryder Cup captain</p> <p>"<i>Mind Gym</i> hits a home run. If you want to build mental muscle for the major leagues, read this book."<br /><br />--<b>Ken Griffey Jr.</b>, Major League Baseball MVP</p> <p>"I read <i>Mind Gym</i> on my way to the Sydney Olympics and really got a lot out of it. Gary has important lessons to teach, and you'll find the exercises fun and beneficial."<br /><br />--<b>Jason Kidd</b>, NBA All-Star and Olympic gold-medal winner</p> <p>In <i>Mind Gym</i>, noted sports psychology consultant Gary Mack explains how your mind influences your performance on the field or on the court as much as your physical skill does, if not more so. Through forty accessible lessons and inspirational anecdotes from prominent athletes--many of whom he has worked with--you will learn the same techniques and exercises Mack uses to help elite athletes build mental "muscle." <i>Mind Gym</i> will give you the "head edge" over the competition.</p>
You Cannot Be Serious
by , James Kaplan

Language

English

Pages

372

Publication Date

June 10, 2002

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John McEnroe stunned the tennis elite when he came out of nowhere to make the Wimbledon semifinals at the age of eighteen—and just a few years later, he was ranked number one in the world. <i>You Cannot Be Serious </i>is McEnroe at his most personal, a no-holds-barred examination of Johnny Mac, the kid from Queens, and his “wild ride” through the world of professional tennis at a boom time when players were treated like rock stars. Here he candidly explores the roots of his famous on-court explosions; his ambivalence toward the sport that made him famous; his adventures (and misadventures) on the road; his views of colleagues from Connors to Borg to Lendl; his opinions of contemporary tennis—and his current roles as husband, father, senior tour player, and often-controversial commentator—in a “bracing new serve-and-volley autobiography” (<i>The Boston Globe</i>).
Ways of Grace: Stories of Activism, Adversity, and How Sports Can...
by , Carol Taylor

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

June 27, 2017

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<p>Inspired by Arthur Ashe’s bestselling memoir <em>Days of Grace</em>, a collection of positive, uplifting stories of seemingly small acts of grace from across the sports world that have helped to bridge cultural and racial divides.</p><p>Like many people of color, James Blake has experienced the effects of racism firsthand—publicly—first at the U.S. Open, and then in front of his hotel on a busy Manhattan street, where he was tackled and handcuffed by a police officer in a case of "mistaken identity." Though rage would have been justified, Blake faced both incidents with dignity and aplomb. </p><p>In <em>Ways of Grace</em> he reflects on his experiences and explores those of other sports stars and public figures who have not only overcome adversity, but have used them to unite rather than divide, including: </p><p>Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, a Pakistani Muslim and Amir Hadad, an Israeli Jew, who despite the conflicts of their countries, paired together in the 2002 Wimbledon men’s doubles draw. </p><p>Muhammad Ali, who transcended racism with a magnetic personality and a breathtaking mastery of boxing that was unparalleled. </p><p>Nelson Mandela, who spent twenty-seven years in prison for his commitment to social reform, peace, and equality yet never gave up his battle to end apartheid—a struggle that led to his eventual freedom and his nation's transition to black majority rule.</p><p>Groundbreaking tennis legend Arthur Ashe, who was a model of courage, elegance, and poise on the court and off; a gifted player who triumphed in the all-white world of professional tennis, and became one of his generation's greatest players. </p><p>Weaving together these and other poignant and unforgettable stories, Blake reveals how, through seemingly small acts of grace, we can confront hatred, bigotry, and injustice with virtue—and use it to propel ourselves to greater heights.</p><p></p>
Absolute Tennis: The Best And Next Way To Play The Game
by , Fred Stolle

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English

Pages

322

Publication Date

July 15, 2017

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<DIV><I>Absolute Tennis</I> is thorough and comprehensive guide to improving your tennis. In this insightful and visually engaging book, Marty Smith, an NCAA Division I Southern Conference Champion and long-time Director of Tennis at the New York Athletic Club, shares his extensive knowledge of tennis technique, strategy, psychology and fitness in easy to understand language. His meticulous explanations of the strokes, coupled with narrated individual and sequenced photos of the world's best players, will help you develop powerful and consistent swings, play with more confidence and win a lot more. A forward thinker, Smith not only discusses the strokes of today, but also the future. Marty goes through the evolution of the game, and makes a compelling and persuasive case for three unconventional strokes that may become accepted techniques as the game continues to evolve and become faster. Recognizing that tennis is a highly athletic, tactical, and mental game, he also dedicates a large part of the book to the body, singles and doubles strategy and the mind. You will learn how to improve your footwork and movement, integrate winning game plans that highlight your strengths and expose your opponents' weaknesses, and use your inner voice to remain focused, positive and energetic, helping you attain peak performance.</DIV>
Coaching For Life: A Guide to Playing, Thinking and Being the Bes...
by Paul Annacone

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English

Pages

194

Publication Date

August 18, 2017

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Coaching for Life is based on master coach and former top player Paul Annacone's insights into the professional game of tennis and how the processed-oriented journey that has helped champions with their game can be applied universally to us all. With this book, universal techniques are served up to help with overcoming adversity, how to plan and process to attain goals, and finally, how to live in the pure belief of oneself. With over 125 photos of the world's most enduring tennis greats, inside-the-game anecdotes and step-by-step guides for personal growth and success on any level.
At the Line Pickleball: The Winning Doubles Pickleball Strategy
by Joe Baker

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English

Pages

160

Publication Date

February 05, 2017

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<p>Would you like to learn the winning strategy used by all of the top pickleball players? Look no further than this shot-by-shot guide that will take you through every phase of the game, showing you the highest percentage shot for about every playing situation. Players at all levels can benefit from this well illustrated and easy-to-understand strategy guide.</p><br /><br /> <p>Author Joe Baker’s videos on pickleball strategy have been watched by hundreds of thousands of fans. In collaboration with top players and coaches in the sport, he is now sharing the techniques and strategies in this guide.</p><br /><br /> <p>Baker also covers topics like court coverage teamwork and communication, dinking targets, the pitfalls of too much aggression, ball striking technique, and his winning philosophy. Diagrams make the information easy to follow.</p><br /><br /><p>Advanced pickleball strategy is not obvious and as a consequence, most players never reach their potential. Not understanding the best strategy is often what keeps a good recreational player from becoming a tournament player. This book can help you avoid common mistakes and help speed your way to playing high-percentage pickleball. Quizzes at the end of each chapter test your knowledge of the material and help you process the advice.</p>

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