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The Art of Lawn Tennis   By: (1893-1953)

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In "The Art of Lawn Tennis" by William Tatem Tilden, readers are provided with a comprehensive guide to the sport that not only details the intricacies of the game but also explores the mental and psychological aspects that contribute to success on the court.

Tilden's experience as a professional tennis player shines through in every page of this book. His expertise and deep understanding of the game are evident as he delves into the technicalities of various shots, footwork, and strategies. The author's explanations are clear and concise, making it easy for both beginners and advanced players to grasp the concepts he presents.

What sets "The Art of Lawn Tennis" apart from other instructional tennis books is Tilden's focus on the mental aspect of the game. He emphasizes the importance of concentration, determination, and a positive mindset while playing. Tilden's anecdotes and personal experiences provide valuable insights into the psychological challenges faced by tennis players, offering practical advice on how to overcome them.

One particularly admirable aspect of Tilden's writing style is his ability to engage and captivate readers. The book's conversational tone and relatable examples create an enjoyable reading experience. Tilden's passion for the sport shines through as he exudes enthusiasm and encouragement, inspiring readers to improve their game and reach their full potential.

Furthermore, the illustrations and diagrams included throughout the book are invaluable visual aids, enhancing the reader's understanding of various techniques and strategies. The visual representations effectively complement Tilden's explanations, helping readers grasp the concepts more easily.

Although "The Art of Lawn Tennis" was originally published several decades ago, its contents remain relevant today. The fundamentals of the sport, as explained by Tilden, are timeless and applicable to both amateur and professional players. This enduring quality is a testament to the author's deep understanding of the game and his ability to communicate its essence to readers of any generation.

In conclusion, "The Art of Lawn Tennis" by William Tatem Tilden is an indispensable resource for tennis enthusiasts of all levels. Tilden's expertise, combined with his engaging writing style and emphasis on the mental aspect of the game, make this book a must-read for anyone looking to improve their tennis skills and deepen their appreciation for the sport.

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To R. D. K. AND M. W. J. MY "BUDDIES" W. T. T. 2D


Tennis is at once an art and a science. The game as played by such men as Norman E. Brookes, the late Anthony Wilding, William M. Johnston, and R. N. Williams is art. Yet like all true art, it has its basis in scientific methods that must be learned and learned thoroughly for a foundation before the artistic structure of a great tennis game can be constructed.

Every player who helps to attain a high degree of efficiency should have a clearly defined method of development and adhere to it. He should be certain that it is based on sound principles and, once assured of that, follow it, even though his progress seems slow and discouraging.

I began tennis wrong. My strokes were wrong and my viewpoint clouded. I had no early training such as many of our American boys have at the present time. No one told me the importance of the fundamentals of the game, such as keeping the eye on the ball or correct body position and footwork. I was given a racquet and allowed to hit the ball. Naturally, like all beginners, I acquired many very serious faults. I worried along with moderate success until I had been graduated from school, beating some fairly good players, but losing some matches to men below my class... Continue reading book >>

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