Historical Dictionary of Tennis

Historical Dictionary of Tennis

by John Grasso


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The sport of tennis has been played in one form or another for more than 800 years. It can trace its roots to games played by monks in the 12th century. Through the years the game has evolved from one in which the ball was struck with the hands to the modern game in which rackets are used to propel the ball in excess of 150 miles per hour. From the sport of the elite to the sport played by elite athletes, tennis has grown immensely in the past 135 years and it remains one of the few sporting pastimes that is played extensively by people of all ages and all nationalities. The Historical Dictionary of Tennis presents a comprehensive history of the game through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, photos, and over 500 cross-referenced dictionary entries on places, teams, terminology, and people, including Arthur Ashe, Björn Borg, Don Budge, Chris Evert, Roger Federer, Billie Jean King, Rod Laver, Suzanne Lenglen, John McEnroe, Rafael Nadal, Martina Navratilova, and Bill Tilden. Appendixes of the members of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the Major Championships of Tennis, and the Olympic games are included. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about tennis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810872370
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/16/2011
Series: Historical Dictionaries of Sports Series
Pages: 444
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

John Grasso is an Olympic historian and Treasurer of the International Society of Olympic Historians.

Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword - Jon Woronoff
Acronyms and Abbreviations
A. International Tennis Hall of Fame Inductees
B. Wimbledon Champions
C. United States National Champions
D. French National Champions
E. Australian National Champions
F. Davis Cup Champions
G. Wightman Cup Champions
H. Federation Cup Champions
I. Olympic Games Champions
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