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Book Recommendation: A Terrible Splendor by Marshall Jon Fisher

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Hello all!

So, I’ve reading a lot lately since being on break from college, and I must say that I realized something this past decade in tennis: there have been numerous high quality tennis biographies, memoirs, non-fictions published. Titles that come to mind instantly include:
* Open by Andre Agassi
* On the Line by Serena Williams
* A Champion’s Mind by Pete Sampras
* Break Point by Vince Spadea
* A Terrible Splendor by Marshall Jon Fisher

As I continue this blog, I will share my recommendations. Feel free to add your two cents!

A Terrible Splendor by Marshall Jon Fisher is the latest tennis-related book I could get my hands on, and I must say it was an excellent read.

The book title states, “Three Extraordinary Men, A World Poised For War, And The Greatest Tennis Match Ever Played,” and although that last phrase may be up for debate (think Roger Federer versus Rafael Nadal in the 2008 Wimbledon final), I wholeheartedly agree with the other statements.

Fisher does well in capturing the personalities of American tennis great, Don Budge, the German star athlete, Baron Gottfried von Cramm, and the man that was considered one of the first champions of the sport, “Big” Bill Tilden. An excerpt from the novel’s jacket reads, “This deciding 1937 Davis Cup match, played on the hallowed grounds of Wimbledon, was a battle of titans: the world’s number one tennis player against the number two; America against Germany; democracy against fascism. For five superhuman sets, the duo’s brilliant shotmaking kept the Centre Court crowd – and the world – spellbound.”

I must say, it did particularly well in keeping my interest piqued as well. Through a riveting account of the match itself, with each set marked as a separate section quite creatively, Fisher brings to life the aforementioned individuals that greatly altered tennis for years to come. By reading A Terrible Splendor, I fond myself immersed in the compelling history of the time, the personalities of the players, and the enormity of such an epic match.

My opinion: This is certainly a must-read for sports historians, and tennis fans alike.

A Terrible Splendor’s Official Website

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