KEN ROSEWALL: Twenty Years at the Top by Peter & Ken Rosewall Rowley

KEN ROSEWALL: Twenty Years at the Top

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A lifeless match-by-match biography of the self-effacing Aussie star who's won more major championships (26) than anyone else in the history of the game. Born in a suburb of Sydney in 1934, Rosewall started swinging a racket as a tot before he was taught ""Fred Perry's forehand and Don Budge's backhand"" by his father. A teenage prodigy on the court, he won both the French and Australian Championships in 1953 when only eighteen. Much of this book consists of highlights of the competitor in action against Hoad, Seixas, Trabert, Gonzales, Laver, Connors, et al. Author Rowley attempts to show that ""Muscles"" Rosewall should be considered ""the quintessential tennis star""--a highly debatable evaluation in spite of his notable career and remarkable longevity. Even if the ""nice, quiet, hard-working family man"" is neither dynamic nor particularly colorful, this is a drab testimonial at best. The replay's the thing.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1976
Publisher: Putnam