A story of tennis, obsession and Roger Federer for tennis fans and the general reader alike.
William Skidelsky is a well-known journalist and literary editor. He has been literary editor for the Observer and the New Statesman as well as deputy editor of Prospect magazine. He has written about tennis for the Observer and for Prospect, and is the tennis correspondent of The Economist's sports blog, Game Theory. He played tennis to county level as a junior and now plays at a club in south-east London, where he is the men's captain. He lives in London with his wife and two children.
"Hilarious... Thought-provoking" -- Matt Williams BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo Drivetime "Thought-provoking, instructive and highly readable. Positively gripping" -- Simon O'Hagan Independent "Skidelsky is excellent at deconstructing the appeal of Federer ... This is the kind of book that sports fans will read over the summer, sitting in their gardens or in the stands of the All England Club, with a bowl of strawberries near at hand. It is gentle and wise, discursive but pointed" -- Matthew Syed The Times "Brave... Engaging... Ultimately poignant" -- Edmund Gordon Spectator "With clarity he illuminates the champion's striking position as both a preserver and innovator of the sport" -- Laurence Scott Financial Times "A splendid deconstruction of Federer's technique" -- Ed Smith Sunday Times "Compelling. Its excellent chapters on the technical changes in the game, the rivalry with Nadal and the relationship between sport and beauty are well worth the admission money" -- Simon Barnes Newsweek "Skidelsky also knows that Federer's tennis is more than just Federer's tennis; but for him it is not a metaphor, rather something which has been absorbed into the texture and meaning of his own life" -- Julian Barnes Guardian "Examines the evolution of modern tennis, the role of beauty in sport and the psychology of fandom" National "It's a dry comic look at devotion to sport" Forever Sports