COURT ON COURT: A Life In Tennis by Margaret Smith & George McGann Court

COURT ON COURT: A Life In Tennis

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KIRKUS REVIEW

One of tennis' all-time greats serves up her life story. A ""tomboy"" from Albury, New South Wales, Margaret Smith took up the game at the age of eight and proved herself a natural. Her strong (manly) serve-and-volley game was so impressive that she left home when only fifteen for specialized training in Melbourne. The youngest Australian National Champion two years later, she became the first Australian woman to win at Rome, Paris and Forest Hills despite her feelings that the Australian Law Tennis Association was exploiting her amateur status to turn a tidy profit. Ostracized after criticizing the ""self-serving hypocrisy"" of the LTAA, she finally man-aged to overcome her ""centre court nerves"" to take her first Wimbledon crown in '63. After retiring for a year to marry and settle in Perth, Mrs. Court returned to the tour and the riches of open tennis (the birth of two children later necessitated two additional difficult comebacks). Considered the dominant female player between 1960-'73, the author has racked up a record 61 Big Four titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles in addition to becoming only the second woman ever to win the Grand Slam by capturing the Australian, French, Wimbledon and U.S. Open in 1970. A simple, earnest autobiography with enough tennis action to give you a good workout.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1975
Publisher: Dodd, Mead