Read “Hardcourt Confidential Tales from Twenty Years in the Pro Tennis Trenches” by Patrick McEnroe with Rakuten Kobo. An entertaining and unfiltered look. I have been reading the new Patrick McEnroe/Peter Bodo book. I like it though it’s not as “confidential” (that’s in the title, “Hardcourt. In “Hardcourt Confidential,” Patrick McEnroe tells what the world of tennis is like, on and off the court. Read an excerpt of the book below, and.

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Hardcourg clutched the armrests with both hands, hoping that we’d make it home. I know how the USTA is perceived in the coaching community. Jakob and I had no illusions about what we were in for that day, because just hours before the doubles final, Jakob had beaten John in a thrilling five-set singles final.

Nobody knew if Brad Gilbert would be a good coach when he took his first coaching job but he proved himself. It started just days confiidential John and Tatum made their final decision to divorce, and he was so devastated that he was barely functioning.

I was hoping for more of a gossipy, snarky backstage look at the tennis world. Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that confidentil reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

I was enjoying myself, thinking, Great, we got another break, let’s just cruise on through. He went through all the familiar shirt-tugging and lip-licking rituals.

That was fine, it would give Jared and me time to do our drills and get in a good hit. John played with his usual intensity that night; the only thing that made it different from the two previous times we’d played was that it was no beatdown. That traditional and once useful notion of trying to take every ball on the rise isn’t as effective as it once was; it represented playing tennis in a straight line, rather than a circle. I told him I’d be happy to go out and present the trophy, but if I were to do hardcurt on-court interview as well, I was going to ask the uncomfortable question.


Maybe feeling like he was taking care of his little brother took his mind off his own problems. It is a brutal, grueling grind, though the winning makes it tolerable.

Hardcourt Confidential: Tales from Twenty Years in the Pro Tennis Trenches by Patrick McEnroe

He comes across as level-headed and good-hearted, a likeable guy and a likeable read. You submitted the following rating and review. I had already backed out of one such commitment earlier in the tournament, owing to my obligations as a commentator.

I found this book very entertaining. I will buy it. He shook his head in disbelief and started laughing. Sep 21, Angela rated it it was ok. My concerns were unfounded, and it made me realize it wasn’t me who was out of step.

Here, McEnroe uses his years in the trenches to tell true tales and wild stories about the players you think you know from Sampras to Agassi to Roddick to the Williams sistershow and why the game has changed since he first swung a racket, and what the future holds for American tennis.

Yes, Patrick McEnroe has a lot of insight for a tennis fan. Mar 26, Cathie Easley rated it it was ok.

We confkdential knew that the greatest source of his anxiety was the custody of the two children he had with Tatum. Jul 30, Paul Palandjian.

If he fails, he fails. Our USTA policy hrdcourt to help any American player, male or female, famous or down on his luck, if it makes sense.

‘Hardcourt Confidential’ by Patrick McEnroe

And the women’s tour is awash with parents, almost all of them fathers, whose control over their daughters is comprehensive. Everyone thinks the USTA has a huge checkbook, and hopes to collect a big check.

I told him we had an indoor court booked at 10 in the morning, and he said he’d come an hour later. I could put it down. But Jose saw that much of what he did was based on general ideas that could be taught. It probably enhanced my enjoyment tremendously to be eating and sleeping and reading tennis all at the same time. But they only want to reveal it at a price. Although the steady player usually takes the deuce right side to set up opportunities most of the break points are played in the left, ad courtI preferred the ad side because of my excellent return, especially with the backhand.


By the way, Hardcourt Confidential was a fantastic read. John groused about my desire hardclurt play the ad court, but he grudgingly agreed to move over to play the deuce side on confideential grounds of his superiority and experience. Furthermore, ESPN was aware that some of us in tennis wear multiple hats, but they didn’t want one of their people out there if the relevant questions were not going to be asked. While we aren’t trying to buy champions or create a tennis welfare program, we’ll help anyone.

And it was bardcourt satisfying that so many of the messages were from frontline, respected, fair journalists. The real role of coaches like Nick Bollettieri? Despite that, if you are a tennis fanatic like me, this is definitely worth reading.

The author has Inscribed and Signed on half title page ” Best Wishes! Aug 31, Dale Stonehouse rated it liked it.

‘Hardcourt Confidential’ by Patrick McEnroe – ABC News

Meanwhile, guys like Jose Higueras and his hardckurt top aides, Jay Berger head of men’s tennis and Ola Malmqvist head of women’s tennisare out doing the fieldwork. Oops bubble wrapped and shipped promptly in a box.

I wrote Jill an email and said Serena certainly didn’t look very hardckurt to me. When I got the job as head of player development for the USTA in the spring ofJose was the first man I wanted to call and the last one I did call after interviewing other candidates and half-a-dozen long talks with Jose himself.

Jun 16, Laura rated it it was ok.