By Erin L. Cox
Yesterday marked the first day of Wimbledon, the world’s leading tennis tournament, held at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club outside London. In between matches, you might check out some of these books about tennis from around the world:
BUY ICONIC IMAGES: “Centre Court: The Jewel in Wimbledon’s Crown” by John Barrett and Ian Hewitt, is a photographic celebration of some of the most historic matches held on the court. Featured in the May 17th BBC’s “A Centre Court Celebration.”
EXPLORE THE PHENOMENON:“The Prince of Tennis” (Tenisu no Ojisama) a popular manga series by Takeshi Konomi, which has sold 40 million copies in Japan, been adapted into an anime series and an animated movie, and a second manga series,“The New Prince of Tennis.” Published in March 2009 by Shueisha in Japan.
EXAMINE HISTORY: “A Terrible Splendor: Three Extraordinary Men, a World Poised for War, and the Greatest Tennis Match Ever Played,” by Marshall Jon Fisher, about the 1937 match between the top two players in the world, American Don Budge and German Gottfried von Cramm, as their two countries verged on WWII.