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A list of key readings about Tennis.
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  • United States Tennis Association, its Midwest Website, [1]
  • The History of Professional Tennis, by Joe McCauley, Short Run Book Company, Windsor, Berkshire, England, 2003, with no ISBN shown. This is a year-by-year account of the professional tours and tournaments between 1926 and 1968, then has 80 additional pages of year-by-year results of as many tournaments, tours, and head-to-head matches as the author, a long-time writer for World Tennis, could find.
  • World of Tennis Yearbook 1971, by John Barrett, London, 1971. Apparently an annual yearbook about tennis.
  • Rich Hillway, a tennis historian, who interviewed various famous old-time players in 2005 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. The complete interviews can be found at [2]
  • Tennis: Its History, People, and Events, by Will Grimsley, Prentice-Hall, 1971
  • The Tennis Book, edited by Michael Bartlett and Bob Gillen, Arbor House, New York, 1981, ISBN 0-87795-344-9. An anthology of 30 short pieces about various aspects of tennis from various magazines and books.
  • The Years with Ross, by James Thurber, Little, Brown, 1958, Boston. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 58-11443. A highly regarded biography of Harold Ross, the eccentric and celebrated first editor of The New Yorker magazine. It has a brief mention of tennis reporting in the early years of the magazine.
  • Man with a Racket, The Autobiography of Pancho Gonzales, as Told to Cy Rice, A. S. Barnes and Company, New York, Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 59-7068 1959. An autography by a great player written at the very height of his game.
  • The Lone Wolf, by S. L. Price, Sports Illustrated, 26 June 2002. A hard-hitting but affectionate article about Pancho Gonzales some years after his death.
  • The Game, My 40 Years in Tennis, Jack Kramer with Frank Deford, G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1979, ISBN 0-399-12336-9. The autobiography of the great player and long-time promoter, frank and informative.
  • Tennis Is My Racket, by Bobby Riggs, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1949, no ISBN or Catalog Card Number. An apparently ghost-written autobiography of the great mid-century player and well-known hustler who in 1973 played Billie Jean King in the famous Battle of the Sexes.
  • Court Hustler: An Autobiography by Bobby Riggs, by Bobby Riggs with George McGann, J. B. Lippincott, Philadelphia, 1973. A second autobiography of Riggs, published after his famous match with Billie Jean King.
  • "The 18-Hole Hustle," by Tom LeCompte, American Heritage Magazine, August/September 2005, Volume 56, Issue 4. An article about golf and tennis hustling and in general, but mostly relating antedotes about Bobby Riggs.
  • Big Bill Tilden, The Triumphs and the Tragedy, by Frank DeFord, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1976, ISBN 0-671-22254-6. A biography of the greatest of the early players.
  • Once a Champion: Legendary Tennis Stars Revisited, by Stan Hart, Dodd, Mead & Co., New York, 1985, ISBN 0-396-08544-X. An idiosyncratic interviews of former tennis champions by a somewhat neurotic editor-writer who also played matches with a number of them.