The Art of Tennis II: An Exploration of Planet Tennis – Book Review

The Art of Tennis II: An Exploration of Planet Tennis

The book boasts over 120 little stories which give a fresh insight into the game, the highest of highs and lowest of lows.  Starting at Wimbledon 2018, and following the women’s and men’s tours over the  12 months, join Dominic J. Stevenson takes a look at some of the most interesting stories in this truly global sport.  Covering big names including Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka, Novak Djokovic, and Ashleigh Barty, the book also examines the games of many of tennis’ young guns; names such as Alexander Zverev, Bianca Andreescu, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Belinda Bencic, and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

I enjoyed this book immensely. I cannot explain how readable this book is. The chapters knit together really well and flow from one to the other. I began reading this in the departure lounge at the airport and literally buried my nose in it for the duration of my trip. One page leads to another and before you know it you are turning the last leaf of the book. It reads like a blog. Small, manageable stories perfectly proportioned which tell of the toil on tour as well as the big wins, the injuries, the break outs and the curtain calls for big stars.

Dominic Stevenson is such a descriptive writer and is massively creative with his choice of words. Who can forget about the championship match at the US Open between Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams. Stevenson criticises Serena’s status ‘as a mother, almost holding up a photo of her little daughter to justify her ugly words and the manner in which she viciously launches them with the world watching on.’  He is completely correct in his take on this situation. Serena clearly could have dealt with this situation in humility and grace.

Andy Murray fans will appreciate the open letter to the Scot following his 3am victory at the Washington Open in August 2018 . Andy battled for a 3 set victory against Marius Copil. Stevenson then follows this up with a piece on the Australian Open 2019 first round match against Roberto Bautista Agut.  Clearly a big fan, Stevenson like many tennis fans would love to see Andy back on court again.

If you enjoy watching the professional game then this book is a perfect read. Birthday present, mothers or fathers day gift; The Art of Tennis is full of little tit bits from the tennis tournaments throughout the year. I have already recommended it to my tennis following friends. It is definitely worth a look. You can check it out here.

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