- Tapa blanda: 416 páginas
- Editor: Allen & Unwin; Edición: Main (4 de junio de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1760111260
- ISBN-13: 978-1760111267
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Rod Laver: An autobiography (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 4 jun 2015
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An excellent autobiography * Sunday Times * The greatest champion our sport has ever known. -- Roger Federer
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'From my earliest tennis memories, Rod Laver stood above all others as the greatest champion our sport has known.' Roger Federer Rod Laver's autobiography tells the inspiring story of how a diminutive, left-handed, red-headed country boy became one of the greatest ever sporting champions. Rod was a dominant force in world tennis for almost two decades, playing and defeating some of the greatest players of the twentieth century. In 1962, Rod became the second man to win the Grand Slam - that is, winning the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US titles in a single calendar year. In 1969 he won it again, becoming the only player ever to win the Grand Slam twice. His book is a wonderfully nostalgic journey, transporting readers from the early days of growing up in an Australian country town in the 1950s, to breaking into the amateur circuit, to the extraordinary highs of Grand Slam victories. Away from on-court triumphs, Rod also writes movingly about the life-changing stroke he suffered in 1998, and of his beloved wife of more than 40 years, Mary, who died in 2012 after a long illness. Filled with anecdotes about the great players and great matches, set against the backdrop of a tennis world changing from rigid amateurism to the professional game we recognise today, this is a warm, insightful and fascinating account of a great sportsman.Ver Descripción del producto
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Another aspect I liked, which is very much in the style of " The Education Of A Tennis Player " is that the text reads more like a conversation or story telling than a narration. This makes Rod's memoir read more like a personal journal or that he is sitting there in your head telling you his story. Since I have listened to a number of interviews with him, it's easy to hear his voice through his book.
To conclude, even if you aren't familiar with Rod Laver, this is a great book. If you are, you will even more get an idea of the history of the game & the only two time Grand Slam winner.
I also would like to express my personal thanks & appreciation to him for the inspiration I have gotten from watching him play & reading his books. I even got a chance to shake his hand at a Legends stop in Nashville in the early 80's. I got to see him warming up for the finals against Rosewall which Laver won & then he teamed up with Ken in the doubles final. I still consider that the greatest tennis day of my life.
So read this book & enjoy !
Laver is the only man ever to win the Tennis' Grand Slam in Singles twice. More astonishingly, although Laver's status as a professional player prevented him from competing in the four Grand Slam tournaments for a significant portion of his best years as a player, he still won all four of the Grand Slam tournaments twice in the same year-in 1962 before he turned pro and again in 1969, after tennis professionals were allowed to compete in these tournaments again.
Laver is the only player ever to win the Grand Slam in Singles two times. He stands alone among players as having accomplished such a physically and psychologically demanding achievement.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book - it gives the reader enormous insight into the history of the great game and also gives one an idea about how the game has evolved over all these years. It is also a great story about how Laver coped with his illness and successfully defied death with his gritty will. The only reason I gave the book four stars is because it has its share of borrowed text from newspapers, magazines and books but all of them are credited appropriately and they go along with the book's flow.
After reading about Laver's career, I somehow feel that Roger and Rafa are still far behind in the GOAT discussion. Thank you, Rocket Rod Laver, for recounting your inspiring life story and for everything that you have done to the beautiful game of tennis.