Bob's Reviews > A Terrible Splendor: Three Extraordinary Men, a World Poised for War, and the Greatest Tennis Match Ever Played

A Terrible Splendor by Marshall Jon Fisher
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Aug 15, 2009

really liked it

Very interesting story of early tennis greats Don Budge (American) and Baron Gottfried von Cramm of Germany, as well as Bill Tilden and some others. WW2, and prejudice against homosexuality play a big part in the story (both Tilden and von Cramm were gay).
It's a shame these players and their big matches are largely forgotten now. With all the talk of Federer being the greatest of all time, players like Tilden and Budge (and possibly even von Cramm) definitely need to be included in those conversations. The war and various other political things greatly hampered the careers of so many early players. Bill Tilden is one of the most interesting people I've ever read about.

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