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The Courts of Babylon: Tales of Greed and Glory in a Harsh New World of Professional Tennis

Bodo, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0684812967 / ISBN 13: 9780684812960
Published by Scribner, Old Tappan, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1995
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: The Courts of Babylon: Tales of Greed and ...

Publisher: Scribner, Old Tappan, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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An expose+a7 of professional tennis and the celebrity cult surrounding it provides an insider's look--including overzealous parents, pampered athletes, sex, politics, commercialism, constant travel, and world-weariness--at those who have it all too fast and too young. 15,000 first printing.

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Tennis was the last major sport to abandon the British ideal of the gentleman amateur, which it did with the advent of so-called open tennis in 1968. The results of that seismic change are detailed in this chronicle by reporter-analyst Bodo, who has covered the sport for two decades for Tennis magazine. The first result in the U.S. was that the amateur game was all but abandoned, with outstanding players often turning pro at the age of 14 or 15, especially girls. The second was the erosion of sportsmanship and its replacement by what Bodo calls the puppy-eat-puppy world of cutthroat young players, the extreme cases being Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe. Bodo considers all the factors involved, including parents, coaches, the controlling associations, television, even the born-again Christian movement. But his greatest strength lies in discussing the players, all of whom he likes enough to see the individual beneath the media image. He may veer at times into pop psychoanalysis, but he adduces enough personal data from his in-depth interviews that his portraits have the ring of truth.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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