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Epic: John McEnroe, Bjrn Borg, and the Greatest Tennis Season Ever

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  7 reviews
A top tennis writer tells the story of the greatest Wimbledon, the greatest U.S. Open, and the greatest rivalry in the history of the gameThe epic 1980 Wimbledon final that ended with John McEnroe's defeat by his idol, Bjorn Borg, is considered the greatest tennis match ever. The U.S. Open final later that year, when McEnroe got his revenge, is considered the greatest U.S. ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published March 10th 2011 by John Wiley & Sons (first published August 27th 2008)
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Douglas Perry
Professional tennis in the 1970s always has been the perfect subject for a book. You’ve got jet-setting athletes, disco, cocaine, short-shorts, sideburns and a newly freewheeling attitude about sex. How could you go wrong?

There is a problem, however. A lank-haired Swede named Bjorn Borg dominated this so-called "Golden Age" of tennis. Awed observers called him The Viking God, and while the moniker fit, it wasn’t enough to make him interesting. It was always his absence -- his inward focus that e
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Okay so ... dude does a good job of pulling from the tennis press of the time. Even if it doesn't cite them properly. Yes, I care about this, even if I'm the only one who does. But he also makes a lot of stretched comparisons, possibly to try to make things seem more meaningful. Like, Woody Hayes and Roman Polanski. He also didn't win any points from me when he called Billie Jean King the most influential women's libber of her time. I may not have the phrase exactly correct but I know he used th ...more
Being a tennis nut, I couldn't give this book one star but I thought about it. The book jumps around constantly and doesn't really have a good flow to it, even though it keeps coming back to the 1980 Wimbledon final. A lot of the statements in the book seemed like they were recycled from earlier chapters, which made it feel like I was reading a bunch of magazine articles that had been shoved together. I enjoyed learning some tennis history but this book could have been much better if written dif ...more
Joel Larmour
An enjoyable read if you like tennis, which I do. A bit too much detail about the actual matches but this didn't bother me too much. A great insight to what made Borg and McEnroe tick and a helpful glance at the time in which they played.
Really good tennis writing. It doesn't hurt that the two main "characters" are such interesting and compelling characters. The writing is great especially the blow by blow tennis commentary. A great read if you're a fan.
May 16, 2011 Jonathan marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I interact with this seemingly tireless tennis scribe on Twitter, and his book was put out by my employer, Wiley Publishing, and so I feel like I best get on top of it. Soon enough.
Loved this book- lots I didn't know about Borg but it was intense and hard to put down.
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