The U.S. Open: Reads and More Served By Your Library

One of professional tennis’s Grand Slam Tournaments, the U.S. Open has been described as a fourteen-day Superbowl. This single tennis championship, held annually in New York City, attracts top professionals from around the globe, generates more money than any other sporting event–or any other sport over an entire season–and attracts more than 700,000 attendees and millions of television viewers.

This year the Open runs from August 30-September 12, and this is a great time to read about some tennis legends, or enjoy some tennis themed fiction and DVDs.

Here are some resources that your Livingston Library card makes available.

All In: An Autobiography by Billie Jean King

An inspiring and intimate self-portrait of the champion of equality that encompasses her brilliant tennis career, unwavering activism, and an ongoing commitment to fairness and social justice.

Arthur Ashe : A Life by Raymond Arsenault

The first comprehensive, authoritative biography of American icon Arthur Ashe–the Jackie Robinson of men’s tennis–a pioneering athlete who, after breaking the color barrier, went on to become an influential civil rights activist and public intellectual.

Battle Of The Sexes (DVD)

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles

Black And White : The Way I See It by Richard Williams

The fascinating, revealing, and in-depth memoir of Richard Williams, a self-made businessman, tennis coach, and father to two of the greatest athletes of all time–Venus and Serena Williams.

Borg vs McEnroe (DVD)

Wimbledon, 1980. The rainiest summer in decades. The world is waiting to see the number one tennis player in the world, Bjorn Borg, claim his fifth Wimbledon title. But few know of the drama behind the scenes: at only 24, Borg is close to the end, run-down, worn out and ridden with anxiety. Meanwhile, the challenger John McEnroe, 20, has decided to replace his former hero on the Wimbledon throne. A story about the price of success.

Breakpoint (DVD)

Two odd-couple brothers who have lost touch are brought together when they decide to compete in a grand slam doubles tennis tournament despite not having played together for years. Starring Jeremy Sisto, Adam DeVine, and J.K. Simmons.

The Divine Miss Marble : A Life Of Tennis, Fame, And Mystery by Robert Weintraub

The story of 1930s tennis icon Alice Marble, and her life of sports, celebrity, and incredible mystery

Drop Shot by Harlan Coben

Valerie Simpson is a young female tennis star with a troubled past who’s now on the verge of a comeback and wants Myron as her agent. Myron, who’s also got the hottest young male tennis star, Duane Richwood, primed to take his first grand slam tournament, couldn’t be happier. That is, until Valerie is murdered in broad daylight at the U.S. Open and Myron’s number one client becomes the number one suspect.

Federer And Me : A Story Of Obsession by William Skidelsky

In this mesmerizing memoir, Skidelsky ponders what it is about the Swiss star that transfixes him and countless others. Skidelsky dissects the wonders of Federer’s forehand, reflects on his rivalry with Nadal, revels in his victories, and relives his most crushing defeats. But in charting his obsession, Skidelsky also weaves his own past into a captivating story that explores the evolution of modern tennis, the role of beauty in sports, and the psychology of fandom.

Hardcourt Confidential : Tales From Twenty Years In Pro Tennis Trenches by Patrick McEnroe

An entertaining and unfiltered look at professional tennis as only Patrick McEnroe can offer.

40 Love by Madeleine Wickham

A weekend tennis party becomes a study of modern marriage for four very different couples of varying economic, social, and interest levels as together they encounter two days of anger, shock, revelations, and romance.

Love Game : A History Of Tennis, From Victorian Pastime To Global Phenomenon by Elizabeth Wilson

Telling the stories of all the greats, from the Renshaw brothers to Novak Djokovic, and of all the advances, from wooden racquets to network television schedules, Wilson offers a tennis book like no other, keeping the court square in our sights as history is illuminated around it.    

On Tennis: Five Essays by David Foster Wallace (Audiobook)

A collection of five brilliant essays on tennis, from the author’s own experience as a junior player to his celebrated profile of Roger Federer at the peak of his powers. With infectious enthusiasm and enormous heart, Wallace’s writing shows us the beauty, complexity, and brilliance of the game he loved best.

Open by Andre Agassi

 Agassi writes candidly about his early success and his uncomfortable relationship with fame, his marriage to Brooke Shields, his growing interest in philanthropy, and—described in haunting, point-by-point detail—the highs and lows of his celebrated career.

Own The Arena : Getting Ahead, Making A Difference, And Succeeding As The Only One by Katrina Adams

From the former President and CEO of the United States Tennis Association–the first black woman and youngest person ever to hold the position–comes a behind-the-scenes look at the leadership skills involved in hosting the U.S. Open, the largest and most lucrative sports event in the world–lessons that can be applied across business and to any life challenge.

Rafa by Rafael Nadal

In his memoir, written with award-winning journalist John Carlin, tennis star Rafael Nadal reveals the secrets of his game and shares the inspiring personal story behind his success.

The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger

A dishy tell-all about a beautiful tennis prodigy who, after changing coaches, suddenly makes headlines on and off the court. The novel brings us exclusive behind-the-scenes details from all the Grand Slam tournaments: the US Open, the French Open, the Australian Open, and Wimbledon. Charlie Silver jets around the globe, plays charity matches aboard Mediterranean megayachts, models in photo shoots on Caribbean beaches, walks the red carpet at legendary player parties, and sidesteps looming scandals–all while trying to keep her eyes on the real prize.

Unstoppable : My Life So Far by Maria Sharapova

From the five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova, the candid, captivating story of her rise to tennis stardom.

For fans of the sport, Tennis Magazine is available to borrow via Libby.

Kanopy has several documentaries on tennis greatS, and videos on beginner and advanced tennis skills.

-Archana, Adult Services and Acquisitions Librarian

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