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Sporting gentlemen : men's tennis from the age of honor to the cult of the superstar

Author: E Digby Baltzell
Publisher: New York : Free Press, ©1995.
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History of men's tennis from the late 19th century to date.
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Baltzell, E. Digby (Edward Digby), 1915-
Sporting gentlemen.
New York : Free Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)647315004
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: E Digby Baltzell
ISBN: 0029013151 9780029013151
OCLC Number: 31411547
Description: xi, 420 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: Leveling Upwards and Leveling Downwards --
2. The Anglo-American Amateur Tradition, the Making of a National Upper Class, and a Gentlemanly Code of Honor in America, 1880-1914 --
3. The Rise of Lawn Tennis: The Harrow and Harvard Era, 1877-1887 --
4. The Expansion of Lawn Tennis in an Age of Innocence, 1887-1912 --
5. Class Complacency Challenged in 1912: The Sinking of the Titanic and the First California Invasion of the Eastern Grass Court Circuit --
6. The Old Order Changes: Amateurism Becomes an Issue, the Davis Cup Goes Down Under in 1914, and the Championships Are Moved from Newport to Forest Hills --
7. Two Philadelphia Gentlemen: William J. Clothier, Father and Son --
8. Racism and Anti-Semitism: The Gentlemen's Achilles Heel --
9. William Tatum Tilden II: A Philadelphia Gentleman as World Champion --
10. The Finest Five Years in Tennis History: The French Musketeers Finally Topple Tilden --
11. Big Bill Tilden: A Gentleman Possessed by Genius --
12. The Grass-Court Circuit Becomes a Melting Pot, and Perry Jones Leads a Second California Invasion of the Eastern Establishment --
13. Gentleman Jack Crawford of Australia, and Fred Perry, the Last Great Englishman --
14. Budge and the Baron: The Greatest Match of them All and the First Grand Slam --
15. Indian Summer of a Golden Age: Riggs, Kramer, Gonzales, and the Pro Tour --
16. Lean Years in American Tennis and the Reign of Harry Hopman's Australians --
17. The Great Revolution of 1968-1992: The Rise of Open (Pro) Tennis and the Decline of Civility.
Responsibility: E. Digby Baltzell.

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In this history of men's lawn tennis, the author traces the careers of a privileged Anglo-American elite, against a setting of public schools, clubs and country mansions. He relates tales of  Read more...

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