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Book: Tennis

Chapter: Preface to the Second Edition

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.30653


This is the second edition of the highly acclaimed and bestselling comprehensive history of tennis which was 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 20th 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 authoritative text on tennis for years to come.

Chapter Contributors

  • Heiner Gillmeister ( - hgillmeister) 'University of Bonn, retired'