Are you a self learner? Or do you want to know more about tennis? 

There are so many good quality tennis books on the market and if you haven't read them yet you definitely should! Some will help you with your mental game, some with technical aspects, tactical tips or fitness for tennis. Let’s go through some books that we recommend. 

Whenever I feel stuck or frustrated with my game performance I usually reach for one of this book:

Must read

  • The Best Tennis of Your Life, Jeff Greenwald - 50 mental strategies for fearless performance

This book is so great. It has 50 short chapters each about a different topic. Every chapter is unique and I can always relate with the situation. Definitely must read! This book will definitely help you with your performance.

  • The Inner Game of Tennis, W. Timothy Gallwey

Another great book and definitely a must read! One of the bestseller and every tennis player should read this book. It gives you a different approach to learning tennis technique. Very well written, this book is going beyond the level to be just a tennis book but how to enjoy every day life.

  • Winning Ugly, Brad Gilbert

Another bestseller and must read. I've heard from many players how this book changed their tennis performance and improve their mental strength. Even Andre Agassi says "Brad understands the mental part of tennis better than anyone I have ever met and helped me improve my game." This book gives you great tips and a clear vision of how to win.

  • Open: An Autobiography, Andre Agassi

One of the best sport autobiographies. Open, honest book about the hard life of tennis pros. 

  • Tennis tactics: Winning pattern of play, Jim Courier, USTA

This book includes 63 drills how to practice your service, return, groundstrokes, etc. All drills are described in visual way so it’s very easy to understand. Even though the book is from 1996 it has lots of relevant material to offer and has many great tips. 

  • Tennis anatomy, E. Paul Roetert, Mark S. Kovacs

Mark S. Kovacs is actually my favorite author. He is an expert in his field. He has worked with many great pro players and as well his lectures and workshops are worth to watch. This book includes 72 exercises for tennis. Every exercise is well described with pictures and the great thing is an explanations of how each affects tennis performance.

 

Tennis tactics

  • Women’s Tennis Tactics: Winning today’s game, Rob Antoun, LTA

Another book with game situation and drills to practice them. It’s implement into women’s game what is more aggressive in general. 

  • International Book of Tennis Drills, PTR

This book goes through drills for different age groups as well as performance and recreational players. It’s good for some fun drills for children but it’s quite general. 

 

Mental strength

  • Zen Tennis: Playing in the zone, Dr. Joe Parent, Bill Scanlon

Bill Scanlon is know for Golden set (winning a set 6-0 without the loss of a single point). He is only one in the history of men’s professional tennis. Dr. Joe Parent is well know coach of performance psychology.  This book how to separate mind from the body and get the best of you. 

 

Tennis movement

  • How the Tennis Gods Move, Daniel McCain

This book describes the movement on the court in today’s tennis. Going through individual footwork pattern and how to maximize the momentum in tennis with drills to practise. This book is good but sometimes I find myself getting lost as some description are unnecessarily long and could have instead used more pictures.

 

For geeks :)

  • The Science for Tennis Players, Howard Brody

As the name says this book is about science of tennis, literally the physics is implement into tennis game (including lots of charts, stats). If you are interested how strings, different racquet shape, weight and size effects your performance. For me personally it’s book quite hard to read.

 

Did you guys read any of these books? Leave me a comment below with your favourite tennis book.

Tereza

 

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