Suggested Reading List
Author: Novak Djokovic: The Sporting Statesman
Description: In this study of both Djokovic and Serbia, Chris Bowers paints two powerful portraits. He traces the story of the boy from modest surroundings, telling of how he met the woman who not only taught him tennis but how to deal with life as a high-profile icon, charts his battle with illness and his relationship with a volatile father, and how his on-court deeds have made his country proud. But he also tells the story of Serbia, pulling no punches about its role in the 1990s wars but offering a sensitive interpretation of the hopes and aspirations of a people with a troubled past. Bowers, biographer of Swiss tennis star Roger Federer and the British deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, weaves together these sporting and geo-political strands to present a sensitive portrait of a man and his people, and how determination married to sensitivity can create a sporting statesman
Author: Federer - The Biography
Description: Chris Bowers is an official member of the International Tennis Writers Association, a commentator for BBC Radio, and a writer for the "Independent," the "Observer," and the "Times."
Author: Roger Federer: The Greatest
Description: This acclaimed sports biography, researched and written by the experienced and multilingual tennis writer Chris Bowers, considers who Federer is as a person and what place he will occupy in tennis and sporting history. Roger Federer is a legend not only in the world of tennis but also in the wider sporting arena. With a record-breaking tally of 16 Grand Slam titles to his name, he shows no sign of slowing down and in 2010 added another Australian Open win to his collection, as well as taking the trophy in the end-of-season ATP World Wide Tour Finals in London. This authoritative and affectionate biography traces the rise of Federer, from his first tentative strokes with a tennis racket to how he dealt with being sent away to a training academy where he struggled to communicate in a French-speaking part of Switzerland; and how he handled the sudden death of his first real coach and mentor. It looks at his development as a sportsman and how he has matured into a family man with his marriage to Mirka Vavrinec and the birth of their twin girls. It also examines how Roger bounced back from arguably one of the most challenging periods of his career as, following a serious illness and a dip in form, his run of successive Wimbledon championship wins was ended and he was toppled from the number one spot by his long-time rival Rafael Nadal. In characteristic style, Federer silenced his critics by winning the French Open title for the first time, reclaiming his Wimbledon crown and ending 2009 at the number one position for the fifth time.
Author: The International Tennis Federation: A Century of Contribution
Description: lively retelling of the history of tennis, using never-before-published photographs and rare memorabilia. For all fans of tennis, this lavish edition features all the highlights of the game as it developed from the early traditions of lawn tennis to the wildly popular spectator sport of today, including notorious matches; the advances in technology and physical standards for players; the politics of tennis as impacted by world events; and the legends of the game, who have influenced players at the grassroots level. Full-color action shots by the sport s top photographers are accompanied by an impressive collection of archival photographs and memorabilia. One of the few comprehensive and beautifully produced books on tennis, this volume will become an instant classic and an important addition to any collection of sports books.
Author: The Wenger Code: Will it Survive the Age of the Oligarch?
Description: Arsene Wenger; coach, manager and enigma at the heart of one of the greatest London football clubs. He is a walking conundrum of ideas, philosophy, sports psychology and an unwavering sense of self. He is the talisman of a Gunners side who have ridden the highs and the lows of the Premiership, but who in the modern game has employed a unique code of management. The Wenger Code explores the essence of Wenger's genius and what makes him standout as Arsenal Manager and leader unmoved by the gargantuan finance of 21st century football. In the no nonsense writing of life long fan, Richard Evans, the reader is given the painful truth, the inspiring truth and the future hopes for Arsenal Football Club as it builds upon the intense vision and belief of one man, one manager, and one code. With evidence vividly brought to life from the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, The Wenger Code is a must read for football fans; as much a book about football management itself as a book about the mighty Arsenal FC.
Author: Open Tennis: 25 Years of Seriously Defiant Success on and Off the Court
Description: Richard Evans is among the select few who have followed and fully understood the inside story of open tennis since it exploded on an unsuspecting public 25 years ago. As professional tennis has defied every economic downturn, Evans has followed the action of each tournament closely, observing a continual growth in prize money, spectator interest and international television coverage. This book analyses the phenomenal impact that John McEnroe and other superstars have had on sporting conduct, charts their greatest matches, and reveals the very latest insider politics that helped create the new ATP tour. As well as examining the heady early days of open tennis and such greats as Laver, Newcombe and Rosewall, this book comes right up-to-date and tackles such topical issues as the bizarre behaviour of Monica Seles, the increase of bigger rackets wielded by bigger players and the shortcomings of power tennis.
Richard Evans and John McEnroe
Author: The Davis Cup: Celebrating 100 Years of International Tennis
Description: Throughout 1999, the International Tennis Federation is celebrating the centenary of the Davis Cup, the oldest team competition in tennis. In this text, Richard Evans tells the story of the Davis Cup, from its beginning as a match between the United States and Britain, to the late 1990s era
Author: Mc Enroe: Taming the Talent
Description: The Authorised Biography. Based on interviews with McEnroe, this book describes his middle-class New York Irish upbringing, his rise to stardom and the slump in his career. It goes on to examine his renowned on-court behaviour, his stormy relationship with the press, and marriage and fatherhood
Author: Ilie Nastase
Description: Review: "This is a wonderful biography of one of the greatest talents and most controversial personalities of Open Tennis which I highly recommend to any tennis fan. The book, written by someone who knew well and understood Nastase goes a long way in exploring and analyzing the multifacets of Nastase’s complex character and personality."