Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Covering the Un-Civil Wars in Tennis

High Strung: Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and the Untold Story of Tennis's Fiercest Rivalry by Stephen Tignor ★★★

I think that tennis had more compelling rivalries and personalities in the late 1970s and 1980s than it does today. Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Ilie Nastase and Ivan Lendl were some of the more notable players and personalities. Nastase, Connors and McEnroe were the bad boys of tennis. Their gamesmanship was as potent as the strokes and talents they brought to a match.
 They drove umpires, line judges and fans crazy with their on court antics.

 Tignor covers the madness and  also focuses on the more civil rivalry between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe. and does a very good of fleshing out their personalities, demons and what drives them.

Good but not great tennis book. I read this book on my Kindle. $12.99 is a high price even if it was a new book. Should have been priced at $9.99.

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