Reviewed by Lynette Fowlston for Readers' Favorite
The life of any sports professional can be hectic and hard on the family. "The Education of a Tennis Player" is the account of Rod Laver, the only tennis player to have ever won all four major tennis titles. With two Grand Slams and a four time Wimbledon champion, this is his story from beginning to end. How, as a child in his home town in Australia, he was always on the tennis court with his brothers to the grinding tours to the off time as he shares being an amateur to becoming a pro. After each chapter the reader will find tips and strategies on improving their tennis game. He shares all the details of his life: how he almost did not make it to his own wedding, wondering if he would be there in time for his first child to be born, and his stroke in 1998. Rod Laver is a very down to earth man and not one to let the game go to his head.
Tennis fans will cherish this book. Originally published in 1971, this book was revised in 2009 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his memorable second Grand Slam and recovery from his near fatal stroke.