Wimbledon, Wooden Racquets, and Improving Your Tennis Game

If the fourth of July is almost here, Wimbledon must be starting up, and as the third of the tennis grand slams gets under way, now is the time to step up your tennis game as well. Did you know the library has instructional books and DVDs that can help you improve your play on the court? From something as simple as the correct way to hold your racquet, to improving your serve, to mastering the serve and volley – the library has materials that will help you take your game to the next level. Check out these items we have that can help you lift your game:


















Speaking of Wimbledon, did you know the library has a couple of DVDs with two of the greatest Wimbledon matches in the history of the prestigious event? First, there is the classic 1978 women’s final between Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert – two of the biggest rivals the women’s game has ever seen. And then, the library also has what is considered by many to be one of the best matches in the history of the game – the 1981 Wimbledon final between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe. Both are great entertainment and will have you longing for the days of wooden racquets and short shorts.









There have also been some great characters (i.e. John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors) and model human beings (i.e. Arthur Ashe) to take to the tennis court. And if the blandness of many of the players on tour now have you longing for the past, the library has wonderful biographies of some of the great personalities who have played on tour such as:

















So let the library help you enjoy tennis this summer both on and off the court.

I'm the Red Carpet Librarian and work to bring lifelong support services to the Topeka and Shawnee County area through outreach and programming. I also am a sports enthusiast, work closely with the library's sports collection, and provide programming to engage the community's sports fans.