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The Young Tennis Player

Sanchez Vicario, Arantxa

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ISBN 10: 0789404737 / ISBN 13: 9780789404732
Published by DK Publishing, Inc. (Dorling Kindersley), New York, NY, 1996
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Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 48 p. Glossary. Tennis Rules. Index. From Wikipedia: "Aranzazu Isabel Maria "Arantxa" Sanchez Vicario (born 18 December 1971 in Barcelona, Spain) is a Spanish former World No. 1 professional tennis player. She won four Grand Slam singles titles, six Grand Slam women's doubles titles, and four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario started playing tennis at the age of four, when she followed her older brothers Emilio Sanchez and Javier Sanchez (both of whom became professional players) to the court and hit balls against the wall with her first racquet. As a 17-year-old, she became the youngest winner of the women's singles title at the 1989 French Open, defeating World No. 1 Steffi Graf in the final. (Monica Seles broke the record the following year when she won the title at age 16. ) Sanchez Vicario quickly developed a reputation on the tour for her tenacity and refusal to concede a point. Commentator Bud Collins described her as "unceasing in determined pursuit of tennis balls, none seeming too distant to be retrieved in some manner and returned again and again to demoralize opponents" and nicknamed her the "Barcelona Bumblebee". She won six women's doubles Grand Slam titles, including the US Open in 1993 (with Helena Sukova) and Wimbledon in 1995 (with Jana Novotna). She also won four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. In 1991, she helped Spain win its first-ever Fed Cup title, and helped Spain win the Fed Cup in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1998. Sanchez Vicario holds the records for the most matches won by a player in Fed Cup competition (72) and for most ties played (58). She was ITF world champion in 1994 in singles. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario was also a member of the Spanish teams that won the Hopman Cup in 1990 and 2002. Over the course of her career, Sanchez Vicario won 29 singles titles and 69 doubles titles before retiring in November 2002. She came out of retirement in 2004 to play doubles in a few select tournaments as well as the 2004 Summer Olympics, where she became the only tennis player to play in five Olympics in the Games history. Sanchez Vicario is the most decorated Olympian in Spanish history with four medals two silver and two bronze. In 2005, TENNIS Magazine put her in 27th place in its list of 40 Greatest Players of the TENNIS era and in 2007, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She was only the third Spanish player (and the first Spanish woman) to be inducted. In 2009, Sanchez Vicario was present at the opening ceremony of Madrid's Caja Magica, the new venue for the Madrid Masters. The second show court is named Court Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in her honor." Good in good dust jacket. Ex-library. Usual Library markings. DJ in palstic sleeve pasted to boards. DJ signed by two on front (believe to be professional tennis players) First American Edition [stated]. First printing [stated]. Bookseller Inventory # 68599

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Title: The Young Tennis Player

Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc. (Dorling Kindersley), New York, NY

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Full-color captioned photographs, including step-by-step sequences, demonstrate the essential skills, rules, and fundamental tactics of tennis for young readers.

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Grade 4-8?This ambitious entry in the DK lineup serves up both the virtues and vices found in other titles in the series. In one page, it attempts to give the historical perspective of the game?going all the way back to 500 B.C. and progressing through monastery games, to the relatively modern first Wimbledon match in 1877. The following double-page spread gets down to business with the equipment and clothes needed to play the game. The young Andorran author's insights into the world of professional tennis will fascinate young readers. The format is crisp, with an abundance of photographs supplemented by sidebars. Although this treatment is great for a catalog approach to clothes and equipment, it does not work when demonstrating movement. Tennis novices' heads will be spinning as they try to follow the basic shot spreads that offer up to 12 photos breaking up movement, diagrams of the court, tactical advice, italicized information, captions, and variations. Some of the shots described as "basic" are clearly for advanced players. Newcomers to the game will fare better with Skip Singleton's The Junior Tennis Handbook (Shoe Tree, 1991) or George Sullivan's Better Tennis for Boys and Girls (Putnam, 1987; o.p.).?Marilyn Payne Phillips, University City Public Library, MO
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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