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THE HISTORY OF PROFESSIONAL TENNIS    
McCauley, Joe
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Publisher: The Short Run Book Co Ltd
ISBN: N/A
Edition: 1ST
Pages: 262
Condition: NEW
Binding: Paperback
Notes: RECOMMENDED !
The late Joe McCauley was the official historian of the Australian Tennis Championships and was the foremost compiler of professional tennis statistics in the pre-Open era. His attractive, privately-published 2001 book provides a revealing look into the world of the old pro tours prior to the introduction of Open Tennis in 1968. Before then, entry into Wimbledon and the other Grand Slam tournaments was restricted to amatuer players only, and it was an annual ritual for the Wimbledon champion to turn professional and embark on a head-to-head world tour against the reigning world professional champion. Thus it was that in 1962 Rod Laver, fresh from his first amateur Grand Slam, found himself very much a rookie professional when he went on the road with seasoned professionals like Ken Rosewall and Pancho Gonzales in a tour promoted by Jack Kramer. These touring troupes played fiercely competitive matches night after night, but newspapers virtually ignored them, in the main reporting only the results of officially-sanctioned amateur tournaments. Joe McCauley's fascinating book gives an informative year by year account of the development of the professional game from the early 1920s through to 1968, plus an 85-page appendix of detailed results, many of which would otherwise have gone unrecorded. THIS BOOK IS ONLY AVAILABLE FROM TENNIS GALLERY WIMBLEDON.
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