First published in 1991 and now available in paperback, an insider's account of what it was like to play tennis on the international circuit in the 1950s and 1960s, as the tennis world stumbled from amateur status into professionalism.
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A Handful of Summers is a cult classic. It's a delightfully uninhibited insider's account of tennis on the international circuit - both on and off the court - in the fifties and sixties, the glory days of Fred Perry, Roy Emerson, and Virginia Wade. Forbes begins with his childhood on a farm in South Africa, where he learned to play tennis on a gravel court. His game takes him to Europe, as a South Africa Davis Cup player, and finally to Wimbledon. Along the way he cavorts with extraordinary characters among the world-class players, and their tales, and his, shine throughout this memoir of irresistible wit and humility. (5 X 7 3/4, 352 pages)
... the best book by a tennis professional. -- The New York Times Book Review, George Plimpton
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