Taking Your Tennis On Tour Book Review:
Taking Your Tennis On Tour

by Bonita Marks

I was given an advance copy of Taking Your Tennis On Tour and asked to comment on it for the back cover. I was very excited about this book because I have yet to see anything that really helps players making the transition to professional tennis. While there were a few things I was a little apprehensive about, the book is well-worth getting if you are even considering a career in professional tennis.

Taking Your Tennis On Tour has some very good information on Sponsorship and Travel for tour players. I also absolutely love the quotes from players about the best & worst aspects of circuit life. There is no better way to hear the truth than from those who have lived it.

The nutritional information starts out very good. I like the approach about good nutrition without suggesting specific diets, but then I started to feel like I was in high school biology. Now I have to preface this by saying that Biology was the least favorite class I ever took in my life, but I do think the detailed scientific information in Taking Your Tennis On Tour is a bit much.

While the first chapter on "The College Route To The Pros" may not depict everything there is to know about college tennis, it's a good start on explaining the harsh differences between college tennis and professional tennis. I do have to say in defense of college coaches that all of those I know do consider Academics important and helping their players is their number one priority whether its helping with a test or with a backhand.

Despite a few complaints, Taking Your Tennis On Tour is the first publication I have seen which offers advice on the physical and mental aspects of playing as a professional on the tour. The book offers insight into the world of pro tennis to a newcomer, including specific training instructions, nutritional information, sponsorship & sports agent advice, and even tax tips. The author dives into the harsh reality of going pro.

Marcia Frost

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Taking Your Tennis On Tour is published by Racquet Tech Publishing and is available at Amazon for $12.97

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