A unique tennis history book that summarizes 143 years of tennis history.
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- The beginnings of the Australian Championships – Part III – 1908-1924
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- The history of the Australian Championships (1946-1968)
- The history of the Australian Championships (1969-1987)
Welcome dear Visitor,
All available tennis history books tackle tennis history unevenly in two main respects. They usually give very little information on the pre-1919 years and do not give enough weight to professional tennis before 1968. I decided to overcome these limitations in my book.
It was not until the groundbreaking publication of Joe McCauley’s “The History of Professional Tennis” (Short Run Book Company, Windsor, 2000) that substantial information on early professionals became available.As for the first four decades of tennis history before World War I, there is still little detailed information, so I visited the Kenneth Ritchie Wimbledon Library to collect results from contemporary tennis magazines.
I have devoted one page for each year between 1877 and 2020. Each page contains a short summary of the major events in that particular year, and year-end rankings in tabulated form that show the performance of the top players at the major events.
The greatest novelty lies in the rankings, as no world rankings have yet been published before 1913, and professional players have usually been omitted from rankings before 1968. To arrive at my rankings I have taken into account contemporary classifications made by tennis journalists, and official national rankings. In combining amateur and professional players before 1968 I took into account the rankings of Ray Bowers and Robert Geist, and had fruitful discussions with them and some other tennis experts.
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With kind regards,
The Author, Karoly Mazak, PhD
Title: The Concise History of Tennis
Reviewed by Attila Hardy
Summary: A terrific book about the history of tennis!
Description: Highly recommended for everyone interested in the history of tennis, particularly to those who seek information about the early years of the sport. The wealth of information that can be found in this book is outstanding.