David Weiss con The Top of the Draw: The Greatest Tennis Players Face-Off (1980-2017)
Have you ever wondered what would happen if Yannick Noah and Jo Wilfred Tsonga would play one another in their prime? What about Boris Becker vs John Isner? Would Amos Mansdorf be able to make any headway against Roger Federer? Would Michael Chang be able to fend off the big forehand and powerful serve of Paradorn Srichipan? While we’ll never know for sure how these players would do against one another in their prime, this book offers some clues. Fantasy sports, cross-generational match-ups and all kinds of “what if” scenarios seem to have captured the imagination of sports fans. In this book I imagine “what if” this tournament could actually could happen. How would things play out?
While I love almost every tennis book that I have read, I just don’t think there’s enough out there. Tennis fans will find this book thought provoking and fun. It’s not a Bud Collins, John Feinstein or Frank Deford classic, but I’m sure that it will get you thinking and be a great way to keep tennis at the forefront of your thoughts.
I am sure that readers will disagree with who wins and loses certain matches as well as other things like seedings. For this reason, there is a “comments” section at www.ExpertPromotions.org where people can debate and discuss. This book is the top half of the 128-man draw. One man will emerge to play the winner of the bottom half of the draw. Each match is analyzed and explanations are given for who wins and why. Before each first round match there is a brief biography of each player. Their prime year is in bold somewhere in their bio. These ‘fantasy matches’ take place on a hard court and both players are plucked right out of their prime.
This book pits players from 1980-2017. In some cases, these players did play one another during their career, but their prime was, of course, not exactly at the same time. It’s always fun to think about seeing players during their absolute peak. Often times a player’s coming-out-party is their prime. With players such as Becker, Chang and Sampras, I use their initial grand slam win as their prime. While they may have gotten better and added new wrinkles to their game, there’s nothing like that initial, unbridled sharpness when a player first bursts on to the scene.
I used just Wikipedia (and I donated to them, what an amazing resource) and YouTube. And let me tell you, I used A LOT of YouTube! I am sure that I forgot to include certain players who were in the top 128 and I know I threw in a few wildcard players, but I did the best I could with this fun/challenging task. In these cases (wildcard-like players) I decided that some players have great entertainment value or I have good memories of them. While Max Mirnyi wasn’t really a top singles player, he was amusing. Omar Camporese was included because he’s simply a personal favorite.
So while this book isn’t meant to be the greatest piece of tennis literature of all-time, those who have previewed it have found it thought-provoking, insightful and a topic that needs to be explored. It is priced at the bottom of what Kindle allows based on the number of words and other factors in their formula. Why? Because it is meant to be affordable and fun for the reader. I want as many people as possible to read this and to comment at the website. The bottom half of the draw will be available in September of 2017, two months from the date of the release of this book. Enjoy!
First Round Matches
#1 Roger Federer vs Amos Mansdorf
Ronald Agenor vs Jonas Bjorkman
#3 Pete Sampras vs Ramesh Krishnan
Paul Annacone vs James Blake
#5 Boris Becker vs John Isner
David Wheaton vs Alex Corretja
#7 Stefan Edberg vs Byron Black
Nikolay Davydenko vs Albert Costa
#9 Novak Djokovic vs Kent Carlson
Paul Haarhuis vs David Ferrer
#11 Andre Agassi vs Omar Camporese
Alberto Berasetegui vs Jan Siemerink
#13 Sergi Brugera vs Feliciano