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

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  49 Ratings  ·  9 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 game

The 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.

Kindle Edition, 309 pages
Published (first published August 27th 2008)
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Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would fit nicely into a 3.5/5 rating.

Good, straight ahead look at McEnroe and Borg as they came up through the 70s and had their 'epic' matches at Wimbledon and the US Open in 1980.

Those two matches are separated by each of their own little tennis biographies. Reminded me of a John Feinstein book (which is good). Lots of great descriptions of their matches, but unless you saw them all, these kinds of books beg for a TV adaptation with some highlights. Luckily there kind of is one in 'McEnroe/Bor
Douglas Perry
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best chapters of the book are those describing the way Borg and McEnroe started playing tennis, their vastly different training methods in the juniors and their respective pathways to the professional circuit.
Tyler Lingle
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used this book as a primary source of information for my undergraduate Senior thesis. I consulted this book as an in-depth, third-person account of the 1980 Wimbledon match between Borg and McEnroe. Matthew Cronin, tennis journalist, discusses the rise of both players while layering this discussion with a narrative of both the 1980 Wimbledon and U.S. Open final matches. This is his first book, yet he has written on multiple topics in tennis for various publications. To ensure an unbiased accou ...more
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
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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.
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book- lots I didn't know about Borg but it was intense and hard to put down.
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