Tennis: A Cultural History

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NYU Press, Jul 1, 1998 - Sports & Recreation - 452 pages

The first comprehensive history of tennis, Henry Gillmeister's Tennis may also be considered the first truly scholarly history of any individual sport.

Supported by a startling wealth of linguistic and documentary research, Gillmeister charts the global evolution of tennis from its origins in the early Middle Ages to the appearance of the modern game in the twentieth century. Along the way, he debunks several firmly established myths about the history of the game, including those surrounding the invention of the Davis Cup. Rare photographs and never before published medieval and renaissance drawings generously adorn the text, and a treasure trove of bibliographical information provides its coda.

A delight for the sports fan and the scholar alike, Tennis will prove the athorative text on tennis for years to come.

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About the author (1998)

Heiner Gillmeister is a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Bonn and is a world authority on the history of ball games.

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