Friday, April 30, 2010


Cousin Alex, take it away...
My cousin Alex Goldberg is a pretty good tennis player and has a playful sense of humor. He lives in Pembroke Pines, Florida and also has a rental property in Naples, so he gets to play tennis all year. I see Alex [at left]  only occasionally, which is when I am in Sarasota.
Alex has some equally playful friends and acquaintances, including a guy named Chris, who plays tennis with a group of guys Alex knows, including his friend Howard. Alex, a loyal reader of Tennis Is Tops (he has to be; he’s a relative.) has offered this entertaining contribution about a new book on tennis by Chris, one of the players in the tennis group. Chris wrote to his friends about his book.

It’s not a book about the ATP or WTA, or tennis champions, past or present. It’s for recreational players struggling to improve and manage their games and emotions, as well as to bend the rules of tennis to their advantage, just for fun. The table of contents alone is hilarious, which gives you taste of what’s yet to come. I can’t wait to read the book (if it is yet written). Although some of the chapters refer to his friends, there is something here for everyone.

Here’s an opportunity for Tennis Is Tops readers to get in on this project. Chris’s book still needs a title (or at least I don’t see one). If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment or write to me at You can also write to Alex at (please copy me.)

This is the email from Chris that was forwarded to Alex by his friend Howard.
Dear Friends,
Many of you may not realize it, but I've been very busy over the last few years of retirement putting my thoughts and ideas together into a book.

I believe my new book on TENNIS gives the reader valuable playing

tips and insider information I've gained through my years of lessons, struggle and experiment. I am very proud of the results, and to assist with marketing, I am asking friends and family to help me out. I hope you find this a useful tool to help you enjoy your game much more while you enjoy the great outdoors.

The cost is only $9.95. Don't wait until they're all gone !!!!

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1 - How to Properly Pick a Different Partner than the One the Cards Gave Me.

Chapter 2 - How to Call a Ball Clearly in "OUT"

Chapter 3 - How to Sit on My Racket while partner Returns Serve.

Chapter 4 - How to Hit the Underhand Serve.

Chapter 5 - Teaching Barry the Right Time to Hit the Under Hand Serve.

Chapter 6 - Using Bodily Functions to disturb Opponents.

Chapter 7 - When to Implement Handicap "Serve".
Chapter 8 - Proper Excuses for Drinking Beer Before 9:00 AM ( Bill Talbot Rule)

Chapter 9 - How to Get Rated to a 4.0 ( Play with Barry )

Chapter 10 - How to Get Rated out of 4.0 ( Play for Les Leise )

Chapter 11 - How to Find a Mark for the Ball when  Everyone else saw Hit the Line.

Chapter 12 - How to Play the Rope a Dope

Chapter 13 - Using Curse Words Creatively to Control Partners Shots.

Chapter 14 - How to Relax Partner by blaming him for every Mistake.

Chapter 15 - How to Get Varun to Hit you in the Throat.

Chapter 16 - When to Suggest Major Swing Corrections to Your Opponents..

Chapter 17 - God and the Meaning of the Break Point Double Fault.

Chapter 18 - When to sell your Racket.
Chapter 19 - Throwing Your Racket: An Effective Stress-Reduction Technique. ( Taught by Bill and Heath ) [even the cool and calm Roger Federer - left- gives into his frustration.]

Chapter 20 - Can You Purchase a Backhand?

Thanking you in advance for your order.

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