As a published author and member of the United States Tennis Writers Association, I recently had a chance to read and review Wimbledon: 101 Reasons to Love the Best Tournament in Tennis. Written by David Green and published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang, this wonderfully illustrated book offers readers an opportunity to travel back in time. Encompassing over a century of history, the author uses photographs, facts and charming stories to take you on a visual tour of the All England Club. Wimbledon included all of my favorite players throughout history – and even some I’m not so familiar with. From Lottie Dod in 1887 (the youngest player to ever win the illustrious title – age 15) to the greatest player who ever picked up a racquet, Roger Federer, the book offers distinctive looks into the careers of the men and women who made the tournament what it is today. Furthermore, the book is chock full of interesting tidbits of information – the tradition of strawberries and cream, the “graveyard of champions”, Church Road, Aorangi Park (a.k.a. Henman Hill and Murray Field), and the use of hawks to drive the pigeons away from the hallowed grounds…just to name a few.
Reason 101- Victory
Wimbledon. It’s the ultimate championship in tennis – on par with the Super Bowl, the World Cup, and Olympic Gold. It’s played on the most hallowed grounds in the sport, and victory here defines a player’s place in history and reminds us all each year, of the importance of strength, perseverance, sportsmanship, and achievement. And nowhere does it mean more than on Centre Court at the All England Club.This book is not yet available to the public, but will soon be at all the usual places. So please be sure to get your copy when it becomes available. My review copy is on my coffee table for all of my guest to enjoy. I'm sure you'll love it too!
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