That annual evocation of the glorious British summer, Wimbledon, began once again this week. To celebrate, why not visit our Information and Research department and take a look at some of our classic tennis books? Three of the best are described below:
- Lawn Tennis (Brigadier J.G. Smyth). Published in 1953, this is a concise yet entertaining guide to the history of lawn tennis, from the early Victorian days to the more recognisably modern era of the 1950s. The book contains a number of nostalgic portraits and photographs, showing the “more leisurely and less earnest early days of the sport.”
- Rothmans Wimbledon on Camera: Arthur Cole’s Pictorial History of the World’s Greatest Tennis Tournament. From 1981, this volume is almost entirely dedicated to in-action shots of tennis greats, past and (the book’s) present. While it’s true there are no photos of such modern stars as the Williams sisters or Andy Murray, the book will be a delight for anyone who first encountered Wimbledon during the days of such players as Fred Perry, Arthur Ashe, Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert or John McEnroe.
Bud Collins’ Tennis Encyclopaedia. Although this volume was published as long ago as 1997, it still contains a wealth of useful and interesting information – including a year-by-year history of the game, engaging pen portraits of the great players and an appendix of rules and results. There’s enough fascinating information in this book for even the most dedicated fan to get truly lost within its pages.
All of these books are available to borrow and take home, but remember – you can arrange to have these, or any other, books in our library service reserved for collection at your local library. You might also be interested in biographies of Roger Federer, Raphael Nadal, Serena Williams and Andy Murray or Epic: the John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, and the greatest tennis season ever