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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Peter Bodo. An entertaining and unfiltered look at professional tennis as only Patrick McEnroe can offer. Patrick McEnroe has been in the world of professional tennis in one way or another for most of his life.
As a player, coach, and ESPN commentator, he's seen it all. The significant tennis books of recent years have all been autobiographies--famous players burnishing their image or An entertaining and unfiltered look at professional tennis as only Patrick McEnroe can offer. The significant tennis books of recent years have all been autobiographies--famous players burnishing their image or attempting to set the record straight within carefully controlled memoirs.
No one has been willing to do a book that pulls back the curtain and presents an honest, no-holds-barred look into the ultimate gentleman's sport and the larger-than-life personalities that inhabit it. Patrick McEnroe does just that. Curious to know which marquee player threw a tantrum and bailed early on a tournament? Why Roger Federer, presumably the greatest player of all time, has a losing head-to-head record with Rafael Nadal?
Why certain tennis prodigies burned out early? The real role of coaches like Nick Bollettieri? Which player is as much of a diva off the court as on? The greatest match ever played? In Hardcourt Confidential , McEnroe uses his twenty-five-plus years in the trenches of the game to tell true tales and wild stories about the players you think you know from Sampras to Agassi to Roddick to the Williams sisters , how and why the game has changed since he first swung a racket, and what the future holds in store for American tennis.
McEnroe takes an unapologetic look at the men, women, and events of the past three decades, right up to the epic Federer vs. Nadal rivalry that dominates the game today. He's got a lot to say and he's not afraid to say it.
Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published June 8th by Hachette Books first published January 1st More Details Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Hardcourt Confidential , please sign up.
Be the first to ask a question about Hardcourt Confidential. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Mar 07, David rated it really liked it. Great anecdotes in this nice, light read from Patrick McEnroe. He covers pretty much all the tennis he's seen and been a part of with a special emphasis on his own game and Davis Cup experience.
You also get lots of commentary on other greats of the tennis world and growing up a McEnroe. Worth reading if you're any kind of fan of tennis.
Feb 21, Kristin rated it liked it. Since my favorite sport is tennis, I've been meaning to read this book for a few years now. I've always enjoyed Patrick as a TV commentator. I was most interested in the behind-the-scenes comments about the Davis Cup matches. I found those really interesting. I also didn't know a lot about Patrick's singles career, so that was also quite insightful. I did take some offense to Since my favorite sport is tennis, I've been meaning to read this book for a few years now.
I did take some offense to his patriarchal comments about women tennis players - I think had this book been written now vs. For fans of the great American era of tennis Well written. Reads easily and is a collection of separate monographs on different aspects of professional tennis with a common theme. He gives the reader his personal opinions about well known tennis stars of the day, his famous brother, and the machinations of professional tennis.
Tennis history is discussed. One gets an introduction and education on Davis Cup throug For fans of the great American era of tennis Well written. One gets an introduction and education on Davis Cup through some exciting matches. Overall it was a very enjoyable read of which I was sorry to find the end. Nov 22, Jonathan rated it it was ok. Beyond rarely do I quit on a book, let alone one about tennis, but this was an outlier.
I could put it down. Sep 02, Kristi rated it liked it. I was a big fan of John McEnroe despite his "bad" behavior. I didn't know as much about his brother Pat.
Both are very important to Patrick McEnroe who coached the team for many years. He especially sings the praise of Roddick who appears to be a top notch "team" player which is unusual for the top seeded players. If you are a tennis fan, I recommend this book. Otherwise, it might be a I was a big fan of John McEnroe despite his "bad" behavior. Otherwise, it might be a bit dull.
Oct 19, Pan rated it really liked it Shelves: favorites. This was a very enjoyable read. Definitely gave me a new appreciation for the Davis Cup, which I now look forward to following more closely. Patrick McEnroe has some great insights into the nuts-and-bolts of tennis play as well as the behind-the-scenes USTA suit stuff.
I appreciated his frank criticism of the way women's tennis is played. The anecdotes about his experiences as a color commentator are funny and interesting and sometimes heartwarming. This is an all-around good book.
Perfect for b This was a very enjoyable read. Perfect for breaking up other, heavier reads or taking on a long road or plane trip. Dec 09, Sally rated it really liked it. Fascinating insight into the sport and the players. Stories are loosely gathered by subject, going through a typical calendar year. PMac knows a lot of people in the sport, both players and behind the scenes folks and he doesn't shy away from being honest about them. The tales I found most revelatory were 1.
A quality read for anyone who has an interest in the sport. Aug 08, Amy Cohen rated it did not like it. I found the chapters in this book to be lacking focus. The book is more like a review of major tennis tournaments from the s through that Patrick was involved in, whether as a coach, player, USTA employee or commentator.
Unless the reader is familiar with tennis stars from those eras he or she probably won't find this book interesting. I learned a few new things about how the professional tennis world operates but I was hoping to learn more about that world rather than about Patrick's l I found the chapters in this book to be lacking focus. I learned a few new things about how the professional tennis world operates but I was hoping to learn more about that world rather than about Patrick's life or the lives of individual players.
Sep 01, Shay rated it liked it. I was hoping for more of a gossipy, snarky backstage look at the tennis world. But, McEnroe does present a very interesting look at what goes on in the world of tennis.
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