Gordon Forbes Too Soon to Panic

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Too Soon to Panic

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9780006388104: Too Soon to Panic

An insider's account of the world of pro tennis -- from Ashe to Agassi."Too Soon To Panic" is Gordon Forbes's long-awaited sequel to his hilarious, best-selling look at the international tennis tour, A Handful of Summers. With his entree into the sport's hidden corners and the keen insights and observations of a writer undercover, Forbes reveals the goings-on of the international tennis circuit from the late sixties to the early nineties with the same humor and exuberance that made A Handful of Summers a cult classic. "Too Soon To Panic" brings us from the era of Arthur Ashe through the reigns of Vilas and Borg and into the period dominated by John McEnroe and Andre Agassi. We meet players, coaches, and the myriad other characters of the tennis world in their moments of great triumph, humiliating defeat, bad behavior, and daring escapades.Written with mastery and grace, "Too Soon To Panic" is sure to take its place beside its predecessor as another great tennis treasure.

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Gordon Forbes emerged from South Africa in the '50s to the high life of what then passed as the international tennis circuit. He achieved his real notoriety off the court, though, with his rollicking 1978 cult standard, A Handful of Summers, an annal of that life. In Too Soon to Panic, he's finally loaded up his second serve. Forbes has certainly lost none of his good humor in the intervening years, even if the game he writes so knowingly about has. Still, with a raconteur like Forbes lending his wit to the proceedings as he lobs anecdote after anecdote, the net result is another ace.

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Gordon Forbes, professional tennis player in the fifties and sixties, has gained certain immortality in his eloquent and hilarious best-selling memoir, A Handful of Summers. Too Soon to Panic is Forbes's long-awaited sequel.With complete entrée into the sport's hidden corners and the keen insights and scrutiny of a writer undercover, Forbes reveals the goings-on of the international tennis circuit from the late sixties to the early nineties - first as a player, and then as an observer. Too Soon to Panic is a court-level look at the tour from the era of Arthur Ashe through the reigns of Vilas and Borg and into the period dominated by Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi.Consorting with the top players, coaches, and myriad other characters of the tennis world, Forbes bears witness to their moments of great triumph, humiliating defeat, bad behavior, and daring escapades. He has troubles of his own, constantly battling bouts of panic and an astonishing sleepwalking affliction. Along with Abe Segal, his outrageously funny doubles partner, he travels the world from Wimbledon to the U.S. Open and beyond, bounding from one adventure to the next in an effort to make sense of the world of tennis and the world at large. Too Soon to Panic is a heartfelt and hugely entertaining chronicle of his days on the courts of life. (61/4 X 91/4, 340 pages)

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