Tennis: A History from American Amateurs to Global Professionals

Tennis: A History from American Amateurs to Global Professionals

by Greg Ruth
Tennis: A History from American Amateurs to Global Professionals

Tennis: A History from American Amateurs to Global Professionals

by Greg Ruth

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Overview

Analyzing how tennis turned pro

The arrival of the Open era in 1968 was a watershed in the history of tennis--the year that marked its advent as a professionalized sport. Merging wide-angle history with individual stories of players and off-the-court figures, Greg Ruth charts tennis’s evolution into the game we watch today. His vivid account moves from the cloistered world of nineteenth-century lawn tennis through the longtime amateur-professional divide and the battles over commercialization that raged from the 1920s until 1968. From there, Ruth details the post-1968 expansion of the game as it was transformed by bankable superstars, a popular women’s tour, rival governing bodies, and sponsorship money. What emerges is a fascinating history of the economics and politics that made tennis a decisive, if unlikely, force in the creation of modern-day sports entertainment.

Comprehensive and engaging, Tennis tells the interlocking stories of the figures and factors that birthed the professional game.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252052798
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 08/24/2021
Series: Sport and Society , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 368
File size: 12 MB
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About the Author

About The Author
Greg Ruth is an independent scholar.

Table of Contents

Cover Title Page Copyright Contents Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction: Tennis Amateurs and Tennis Professionals 1. Amateur Associations along the American Atlantic Coast 2. The West Coast Game 3. The Cause Célèbre of the Pioneering Professional 4. Depression-Era Developments in Amateur and Professional Tennis Photo Section 1 5. Wartime Southern California Professionals 6. The Cultural Contexts of Mid-Century Women’s Tennis 7. The “Kramer Karavan” 8. The World Champion from “The Wrong Side of the Tracks" 9. Tennis Opens Photo Section 2 10. The Rise and Demise of World Championship Tennis 11. The Impact of Sports Agents and Agencies on Professional Tennis 12. Women’s Professional Tennis in the Early Open Era Conclusion: Professional Tennis as Global Entertainment Notes Selected Bibliography Index
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