Now that the winter season is settling in, you're going to need some good tennis books to keep you occupied between those trips to the indoor court. Below are five of the best tennis books on the market to inform, entertain, and help you sharpen your game during the colder months.
1. The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey
Considered by many to be the "Bible" of tennis psychology, "The Inner Game of Tennis" contains powerful insights that will show you how to overcome many of the mental barriers that keep tennis players from performing at their highest level. If you've ever struggled with self-doubt, discouragement, distractions, nervousness, or other mental habits that can diminish your on-court effectiveness, you will appreciate Gallwey's systematic approach to breaking through these barriers in order to boost your tennis performance.
Tennis is just as much a mental battle as it is a physical contest, and this perennial classic will show you how to let go, trust in your body's abilities to perform, and shut off that inner critic that so often sabotages your better instincts.
2. Open by Andre Agassi
This #1 national bestseller is far more than just a memoir of Andre Agassi's stellar rise to legendary status in the world of professional tennis--it's also a deeply introspective account of the author's many struggles with fame, fortune, marriage, and the search for true fulfillment.
3. A Handful of Summers by Gordon Forbes
Considered to be a cult classic among hardcore tennis enthusiasts, "A Handful of Summers" captures the spirit of an era in tennis that has been largely forgotten--the 50s and 60s. A moderately successful doubles player from this bygone era, Gordon Forbes guides the reader through the many off-court antics and misadventures of the professional players who dominated the tennis circuit during that time.
4. Championship Tennis by Frank Giampaolo with John Levey
From the world-class tennis coach who authored the acclaimed book "The Tennis Parent's Bible," Frank Giampaolo offers an innovative approach to help you assess the strengths and weaknesses of your game in order to identify areas of improvement that will boost your on-court performance. Also offering dozens of valuable insights from Tennis Magazine editor John Levey, Giampaolo's "Championship Tennis" is a tour-de-force of expert tennis instruction that will teach you how to increase your winning percentage, eliminate unforced errors, and elevate every aspect of your game.
5. Winning Ugly by Brad Gilbert
Often referred to as a "combat manual" for the game of tennis, "Winning Ugly" offers razor-sharp insight into the subtleties of the game that can give you an upper hand against your opponents. Author, Olympic gold medalist, and renowned ESPN analyst Brad Gilbert provides you with a winning formula that will help you analyze and pick apart the weaknesses in your opponent's game, so that you can outwit and outplay them on the court.
Far more than just a manual on improving your backhand or boosting the speed of your serve, "Winning Ugly" focuses on the importance of playing smart percentage tennis, which often takes you farther than sheer power or athleticism ever could. Whether you play tennis at the recreational or professional level, you'll find plenty of valuable nuggets in this book that can help you improve your game.
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