Big Bill Tilden by Frank Deford
The Triumphs and the Tragedy (Hall of Fame Edition)

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The classic biography of America’s first tennis starWhen he stepped onto the Wimbledon grass in 1920, Bill Tilden was poised to become the world’s greatest tennis star. Throughout the 1920s he dominated the sport, winning championship after championship with his trademark grace, power, and intelligence. He owned the game more completely than Babe Ruth ruled baseball, making his name, for more than a decade, synonymous with tennis. Phenomenally intelligent—he completed his first book on tennis in the three weeks before his first Wimbledon triumph—Tilden’s success came with a dark side. This classic biography by legendary sports writer Frank Deford tells of Tilden’s dominance, which was unlike anything the sport had ever seen—and the big man’s tragic fall.

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Frank Deford is a sportswriter and sportscaster whose work appears in "Newsweek" and "Sports Illustrated". He is also a regular commentator on NPR and ESPN. He has published works of fiction, written movie screenplays and won an Emmy and a Cable Ace award. And he has served for over 10 years as the chairman emeritus of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Published June 28, 2011 by Open Road Media. 233 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Deford expands upon his recent two-part series in Sports Illustrated with this thoroughly engaging portrait of a sportsman who ""was tennis, body and soul."" A ""Philadelphia patrician of intellectual pretension,"" William T. Tilden II couldn't even make the varsity tennis team at the University ...

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The author ends the book, “I’m often asked if Tilden would be more open about his sexual life were he in his sexual prime today instead of eighty years ago… If anything, in fact, I think Tilden would have a tougher go of it today… (As) for Tilden the tennis player: he would be the same great cham...

May 26 2011 | Read Full Review of Big Bill Tilden: The Triumphs...

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