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More aggressive, dear!

Zachary Leader, 31 July 1997

My Aces, My Faults 
by Nick Bollettieri and Dick Schaap.
Robson, 346 pp., £17.95, June 1997, 1 86105 087 9
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... at the end of the match he complained of fatigue, one could see why: he’d been tight as a drum. Nick Bollettieri, self-styled ‘best tennis coach in the world’, claims he can help prevent such collapses, a view shared (for varying periods of time) by Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Monica Seles, Mary Pierce, Jim Courier, Anna Kournikova and Mark ...

John McEnroe plus Anyone

Edward Said: Tennis, 1 July 1999

The Right Set: The Faber Book of Tennis 
edited by Caryl Phillips.
Faber, 327 pp., £12.99, June 1999, 0 571 19540 7
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... of the game to shine through into the contemporary era: the tyranny of rapacious coaches like Nick Bollettieri, the psychology of the great player, and all the things that don’t change – the punishing travel, locker-room experience, physical discipline, and most of all, the sheer, ephemeral beauty, the never-to-be-repeated duels, the spectacular ...

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