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by Stephen Tignor

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Author: Stephen Tignor
ISBN: 0062009842
ISBN13: 978-0062009845
Language: English
Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (May 17, 2011)
Pages: 256
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The golden age of tennis came crashing down suddenly at the 1981 .

The golden age of tennis came crashing down suddenly at the 1981 . Open when the stoical Swede, Björn Borg, lost to his brash young rival, John McEnroe, in the final at Flushing Meadows.

High Strung by Stephen Tignor is the gripping untold story of the fiercest rivalry in the history of professional tennis. Viewed through the lens of the fabled 1981 . This is good stuff, and it’s written with flair. High Strung by Stephen Tignor is the gripping untold story of the fiercest rivalry in the history of professional tennis.

Viewed through the lens of the fabled 1981 . Open match between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, High Strung brings the golden age of tennis vibrantly alive once more. A fascinating chronicle that orbits around the four greatest, most enigmatic talents in the sport at the time McEnroe, Borg, Jimmy Connors, and Vitas Gerulaitis High Strung is a superior sports history, a must read for anyone who truly loves the game. 3 people like this topic

The golden age of tennis came crashing down suddenly at the 1981 . Bjorn Borg, the stoical Swede who had become the richest and most famous player in the sport's history, had just lost to his brash young rival, John McEnroe, in the final at Flushing Meadows. After his last shot floated out, Borg walked to the net, shook McEnroe's hand in silence, and disappeared from the game he had dominated for the last decade

This book chronicles the lives and careers of the men who made those Wild West days of tennis so memorable. He writes a daily blog on Tennis. com, where he has written about the sport for the past twelve years

This book chronicles the lives and careers of the men who made those Wild West days of tennis so memorable. com, where he has written about the sport for the past twelve years. Country of Publication.

High Strung: Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, and the Last Days of Tennis's Golden Age. by Stephen Tignor. A fascinating chronicle that orbits around the four greatest, most enigmatic talents in the sport at the time-McEnroe, Borg, Jimmy Connors, and Vitas Gerulaitis-High Strung is a superior sports history, a must read for anyone who truly loves the game. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

I'm a huge fan of Steve's work at tennis

I'm a huge fan of Steve's work at tennis. com, and was very excited to find out that he was writing a full-length book. This is a pretty good read with a misleading subtitle (Steve has mentioned on his blog that his publishers made him change the original title). You get a lot of interesting stories regarding not only Borg and McEnroe, but some of the other major players of the time (the then up-and-coming Ivan Lendl, Vitas Gerulaitis, Jimmy Connors, Ilie Nastase). After his last shot floated out, Borg walked to the net, shook McEnroe's hand in silence, and disappeared from the game he had dominated for the last decade.

The story of the 1980s tennis rivalry between the placid Björn Borg and the volatile John McEnroe. Автовоспроизведение Если функция включена, то следующий ролик начнет воспроизводиться автоматически. Безопасный режим: выкл.

The sport of tennis is defined by great rivalries, particularly so in the .

The sport of tennis is defined by great rivalries, particularly so in the post-1968 era which saw the game trade in amateur gentility for intense professionalism.

“A book full of aces....A true page-turner.”—Associated Press

“This is good stuff, and it’s written with flair.”—The Oregonian

High Strung by Stephen Tignor is the gripping untold story of the fiercest rivalry in the history of professional tennis. Viewed through the lens of the fabled 1981 U.S. Open match between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, High Strung brings the golden age of tennis vibrantly alive once more. A fascinating chronicle that orbits around the four greatest, most enigmatic talents in the sport at the time—McEnroe, Borg, Jimmy Connors, and Vitas Gerulaitis—High Strung is a superior sports history, a must read for anyone who truly loves the game.

Comments to eBook High Strung: Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, and the Untold Story of Tennis's Fiercest Rivalry
Usishele
If you are not a diehard tennis fan, this book will most likely not interest you. If, however, you are passionate about tennis, and if you, like I, remember the epic matches between Borg and McEnroe during the 1980s, then Tignor's behind-the-scenes look at the mercurial Borg, the volatile McEnroe, and some of the other "unusual" characters found on the pro tennis tour in that era will prove to be quite entertaining.

Professional tennis was different back then. Rather than today's refined and carefully manicured pros, it was much more rough-and-tumble, with many goings-on that would not be permissible in the politically correct arena we live in today. Some of Nastase's antics are worth the price of the book by themselves.

The focus, though, is primarily upon the two protagonists, Borg and McEnroe, each highly strung in their own very different ways. Why did Borg walk away from riches, glamour, sex and fame by retiring at the height of his career? What prompted McEnroe's famous meltdowns on the court and his legendary abuse of linesmen and umpires? Tignor's analysis of each personality and behind-the-scenes events provides most of the answers.

The emphasis is less on the legendary matches between Borg and McEnroe, and more a study of what brought them together, what made each highly successful, and the demons that haunted two players at the top of their sport during what is often considered to be "the golden age of tennis." It is an easy read, a revealing insight into one of sport's greatest rivalries, and most interesting to me, a journey into the minds and motivations of two of the more recognizable sports figures of our age.
Very Old Chap
Great book and returns the reader to a vintage era in tennis history but did notice a number of in accuracies. On page 13 It was claimed two years before the 1980 US Open five-set semi-final between Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, the same two players clashed at the US Open in the quarter-finals, which is actually INCORRECT. Connors and McEnroe played out a semi-final at the 1978 US Open. On page 38 It was claimed Mark Edmondson lead Bjorn Borg two sets to one in an early round at the 1977 Wimbledon Championships, which is actually INCORRECT. Edmondson lead Borg two sets to love before losing in five sets. On page 145 It was claimed Bjorn Borg's name had sat on the highest rung in the mens draw at the US Open every year since 1975 but in 1981, Borg as the number two seed, had suffered the indignity of tumbling 127 places to the very bottom rung, which is actually INCORRECT. Borg was seeded number five at the 1975 US Open and was seeded number two at the 1976 US Open. On page 147 It was claimed in 1981, Bjorn Borg didn't play in the months of July and August, between Wimbledon and the US Open, which is actually INCORRECT. Borg won the Stuttgart Outdoor in July 1981 defeating Ivan Lendl in four sets in the final. On page 154 It was claimed Bjorn Borg thrashed Guillermo Vilas in the 1976 WCT Final in Dallas, which is actually INCORRECT. Vilas was beaten in four sets and only after the Argentine won the opening set 6-1. On page 170 It was claimed in the final of the 1986 Masters, Boris Becker and Ivan Lendl played to a fifth set, which is actually INCORRECT. This battle between Boris Becker and Ivan Lendl which saw the German prevail in five sets took place in the 1988 Masters final. The 1986 final was won in three straight sets and this time, a win for Ivan Lendl over his German rival.
watchman
It was very satisfying to re-enact the greatest match ever in centre court, even tough the Federer - Nadal rivalry has claimed a place among these legends, but to know the intimate way in wich Borg, and Mc Enroe came to be who they were, was a very different sort of tale, and one that we are not allowed to know as simple fans of the players and their sport.
There are many more chapters about Jimmy Connors, Nastase, Gerulaitis and others who made these years great for the sport, and who thrived in clay, grass, or the hard courts of New York. The most amazing fact is that Bjorn never conquered his personal nemesis: The US open and yet he's known as the greatest ever player who walked through the lawns of the sacred All England Lawn & Tennis club at the so called ' Championships'
It was a great read and it was worth every penny!!
Lbe
My Dad is a huge tennis fan. Now in his 70's he still play several times a week and watches the Tennis Channel like it is real TV. I got this book for him and he liked it so much he had me read it.

As a child of the 70 back when TV's only had 3 channels I was forced to watch "the tennis" for more hours than I had wished. This book brough that era all back. The hayday of tennis! It was a great read and provided great insight into what I had witness back then.

Good stuff for the super fan and those who recall the era.
Ylal
I really enjoyed this book. I remember when tennis, with Connors, Borg, and McEnroe
was must watch television, prior to the television business being take over
by the cable business. This book goes into great detail about all three, as well as the
way the three did, or didn't get along. I particularly got a kick out of reading about McEnroe,
who is really a likable competitor. Who'd have thought?...

I don't understand how anyone could write a negative
review about this book, it's a winner.
Fek
I've always enjoyed books about or written by John McEnroe. John is woven throughout this book, as are Borg and Connors and Geruliitis. A very excellent read.
Frei
Loved it! Very enjoyable. Lots of interesting, behind the scenes info about the players, rivalries as their epic battles. Fun, easy book to read.
Having watched these great players on tv and in person it is great to go behind the public image for a real look at the early days of tennis when it was wooden racket tecnology and mental toughness. The chance to think back to those memorable matches and see players with an attitude of survival of the fittest and using their mind to constuct a point rather than blasting away with modern day technology is what tennis should boday. Sadly, those days will not be again so all we can do is enjoy the finely written book about the real greats of tennis.
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