THE COURTS OF BABYLON ~ Tales of Greed and Glory in a Harsh New World of Professional Tennis
Book review and technical detail THE COURTS OF BABYLON ~ Tales of Greed and Glory in a Harsh New World of Professional Tennis Peter Bodo
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|Title||THE COURTS OF BABYLON ~ Tales of Greed and Glory in a Harsh New World of Professional Tennis|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Bodo (Inside Tennis, 1979), who has covered tennis for two decades, reflects on the changes in the bold back the Open era began. The advancing of professionalism to tennis in 1968 brought with it a new era of aberrant award-winning money, endorsement dollars, conflicts of interest, and spoiled-brat players. As a contributor for Tennis magazine, Bodo has had a ringside bench for a bazaar that included such memorable high-wire acts as Ilie Nastase, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Chris Evert, Billie Jean King, and Martina Navratilova. Alternating amid capacity annual the countless sins of this alleged tennis Babylon and profiles of key players, Bodo offers a sociological thesis: The ``elitism'' of the abecedarian bold was displaced by the ``populism'' of the Open era, with the adverse aftereffect that the bold became added bankrupt than afore due to the ascent costs of actuality a aggressive player. When it comes to tennis, Bodo is a stunningly acceptable analyst, analytic a player's stengths and weaknesses with agog insight, if occasionally in ever abstruse language; indeed, the profiles (with the notable barring of a chicken attending at Navratilova) are the best being here. As a sociologist and political thinker, however, Bodo's flabby. He bandies about words like liberal, conservative, populist, and elitist with little attention for bendability of meaning; assertive abstracts calmly change abandon from affiliate to chapter. A attending at the chase catechism in tennis veers amid the acutely affectionate and the condescendingly paternalistic. And the book is aloof too accursed long. The botheration is, absolutely simply, there are three altered books here--a alternation of profiles, a accumulating of deep-think thumbsuckers on the problems afflicting the sport, and a antic annual of the lunacies of the pro bout in the accomplished 20 years. A arresting and black book by addition who knows the bold able-bodied abundant to accept done better. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)
A true insider's book, this sly, irreverent expose of the personalities, politics, intrigue, and innuendo surrounding the greed-and-ego fueled world of pro tennis leaves no player untouched, from John McEnroe and Steffi Graf to Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, and Martina Navratilova. Photos.
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