Tennis For Dummies

Tennis For Dummies

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This trainer begins with the very basics and rules of the game and is an introduction to the game for all those whose tennis experience involves sitting on the sofa and not moving during the last week of June and the first week of July each year. The book then takes the reader through the sport and discusses the hardware of the game - racquets, balls, nets and court surfaces. The text is filled with expert tips and side-bars from some of the most famous names in tennis. Patrick McEnroe discusses all the greats (including his brother) and the shots they were most famous for. Along with simple instruction, this book guides readers through the basics of tennis. This includes the serve to the forehand and backhand, playing to the net and, most importantly, holding one's nerve against any opponent and winning the match. The book features comprehensive coverage of ATP and WTA tours and gives a full explanation as to how their ranking system works. The book features photographs, illustrations and court diagrams for proper technique, practice and conditioning elements. It also includes tips on the right diet, exercise, flexibility and attaining the levels of mental and physical fitness required to get the level of tennis the reader wishes to obtain.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 193.04 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 703.06g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • illustrations, diagrams, photos
  • 076455087X
  • 9780764550874
  • 605,347

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"Tennis For Dummies is an invaluable guide for anyone looking to improve their game." --Pete Sampras "Patrick McEnroe guides you through the tactics and strategies that will make you play like a pro." --Monica SelesFeatures Photos, Illustrations, and Court Diagrams!Tennis ... Everyone?Find out why "Love" means nothing -- how the game is scoredEquip yourself with the right apparel, racket, and other accessoriesPolish your skills -- from your serve to overhead shots and lobsShape up with expert advice on physical conditioningBounce back from common injuries like shin splints and tennis elbowSharpen your 'mental game' and keep the edge on the competitionExercise the finer points of tennis etiquette -- on the court and in the standsDiscover how to find the best tennis instructor for youAce the fundamental strokes -- with step-by-step instructions and illustrationsshow more

About Patrick McEnroe

About the Authors Patrick McEnroe is a top-ranking ATP tour singles and doubles player. He has earned 16 career titles, was selected to the Davis Cup team three times, and has competed in every Grand Slam tournament. When he's not playing professional tennis, McEnroe is a tennis commentator for ESPN and CBS. Peter Bodo is a senior writer for Tennis magazine and has covered professional tennis for more than 20 years. As an award-winning journalist, he has written two books about the sport and is an "Outdoors" columnist for the New York Times.show more

Table of contents

Introduction. PART I: Tennis Anyone? Chapter 1: What Is Tennis? Chapter 2: Meet Me on the Grass, Clay, or Hard Courts. Chapter 3: The Well-Equipped Tennis Player. Chapter 4: Scoring in Tennis: Love Means Nothing. Chapter 5: Knowing All the Rules and Regulations. Chapter 6: Tennis Etiquette: Do You Really Want to Throw That Racquet? PART II: Playing the Game. Chapter 7: Mastering Your Tennis Fundamentals. Chapter 8: The Forehand: Your Bread and Butter. Chapter 9: Your Backhand: Use It or Lose It! Chapter 10: The Volley: An Exclamation Point. Chapter 11: The Serve: It's Entirely in Your Hands. Chapter 12: Completing the Arsenal: Lobs, Overheads, and Drop Shots. Chapter 13: Winning Strategies and Tactics. PART III: Taking Your Game to the Next Level. Chapter 14: Enjoying Your Amateur Status. Chapter 15: Practice: The "P" Word. Chapter 16: Physical Conditioning for Tennis. Chapter 17: When the Machine Breaks Down: Common Tennis Injuries. Chapter 18: Improving Your Game with Lessons. PART IV: Tennis Aficionados Only. Chapter 19: The Pro Game. Chapter 20: I'll Take Four Grand Slams and a Cup, Please. Chapter 21: Tennis from the Stands and on TV. PART V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 22: Ten Tennis Tips. Chapter 23: The Ten Best Men Players of the Open Era. Chapter 24: The Ten Best Women Players of the Open Era. Chapter 25: The Ten Greatest Matches of the Open Era. Index. Book Registration Information.show more

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