Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tennis Coaching - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Tennis Coaching. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tennis Coaching - August 2021

Master your  game from the inside out! With more than 800,000 copies sold since it was first published thirty years ago, this phenomenally successful guide has become a touchstone for hundreds of thousands of people. Not just for tennis players, or even just for athletes in general, this handbook works for anybody who wants to improve his or her performance in any activity, from playing music to getting ahead at work. W. Timothy Gallwey, a leading innovator in sports psychology, reveals how to • focus your mind to overcome nervousness, self-doubt, and distractions • find the state of “relaxed concentration” that allows you to play at your best • build skills by smart practice, then put it all together in match play Whether you're a beginner or a pro, Gallwey's engaging voice, clear examples, and illuminating anecdotes will give you the tools you need to succeed. “Introduced to The Inner Game of Tennis  as a graduate student years ago, I recognized the obvious benefits of W. Timothy Gallwey's teachings. . . . Whether we are preparing for an inter-squad scrimmage or the National Championship Game, these principles lie at the foundation of our program.”—from the Foreword by Pete Carroll

  • Author: W. Timothy Gallwey
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Revised ed. edition (May 27, 1997)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Coaching
  • ISBN: 978-0679778318
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.44 x 8 inches


2. Stretching: 40th Anniversary Edition

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tennis Coaching - August 2021

Stretching is the most popular fitness book in the world, having sold over 3¾ million copies in 40 years. It has been translated into 23 languages. In this new edition there are stretches for improving the bad posture attributable to cell phone usage ("tech neck”), and for people using computers. This is the book that people tell their friends about, that trainers suggest for virtually every sport and activity, and that medical professionals recommend to people just starting to get back in shape. Stretching first appeared in 1980 as a new generation of Americans became committed to running, cycling, aerobic training, and workouts in the gym ― all of which are commonplace now. It features stretching routines specific to a variety of people, including sports enthusiasts, travelers, children, gardeners, and people in wheelchairs. There is a new section titled “Stretches for the Digital World,” with stretches for people using cell phones and/or computers, as well as tips for better posture and stretches to do in an office environment.

  • Author: Bob Anderson
  • Publisher: Shelter Publications; Anniversary edition (October 6, 2020)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Winter Sports
  • ISBN: 978-0936070841
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.75 x 10.75 inches


3. Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis--Lessons from a Master

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tennis Coaching - August 2021

The tennis classic from Olympic gold medalist and ESPN analyst Brad Gilbert, now featuring a new introduction with tips drawn from the strategies of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Andy Murray, and more, to help you outthink and outplay your toughest opponents. A former Olympic medalist and now one of ESPN’s most respected analysts, Brad Gilbert shares his timeless tricks and tips, including “some real gems” (Tennis magazine) to help both recreational and professional players improve their game. In the new introduction to this third edition, Gilbert uses his inside access to analyze current stars such as Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal, showing readers how to beat better players without playing better tennis. Written with clarity and wit, this classic combat manual for the tennis court has become the bible of tennis instruction books for countless players worldwide.

  • Author: Brad Gilbert
  • Publisher: Touchstone (May 31, 1994)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Coaching
  • ISBN: 978-0671884000
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.38 inches


4. Master Your Tennis Game: 50 Mental Strategies and Tactics

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tennis Coaching - August 2021

Get the advantage―mental strategies for acing tennis. Get your head in the game. Master Your Tennis Game serves up quick mental techniques, tactics, and tips for boosting your overall performance and beating your opponents. Train your brain and be the best tennis player you can be. Concise, fun, and easy to read, this book offers 50 practical and actionable methods that show you how to stay calm and concentrate during any tennis game. Even if your rival is tough competition, outsmart them with these targeted mental approaches. Master Your Tennis Game includes: Streamlined strategies ―From choosing your mood music to analyzing your opponent’s play style, apply these easy-to-understand tactics to your tennis game right away. Overpower any opponent ―Find techniques for beating common play styles, including aggressive baseliner, left-hander, and more. Popular player profiles ―From Serena Williams to Roger Federer, learn all about your favorite tennis pros (and their strategies, too!). The ball is in your court. Focus your mind and win the match with these highly effective mental strategies for honing your tennis skills.

  • Author: Ken DeHart
  • Publisher: Rockridge Press (November 19, 2019)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Coaching
  • ISBN: 978-1641528467
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.48 x 7 inches


5. Fans: How Watching Sports Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Understanding

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tennis Coaching - August 2021

The perfect book for everyone cheering from the couch during the Tokyo Olympics Larry Olmsted’s writing and research have been called “eye-opening” ( People ), “impressive” ( Publishers Weekly , starred review), and “enlightening” ( Kirkus Reviews ). Now, the New York Times and Washington Post bestselling author turns his expertise to a subject that has never been fully explored, delivering a highly entertaining game changer that uses brand-new research to show us why being a sports fan is good for us individually and is a force for positive change in society. Fans is a passionate reminder of how games, teams, and the communities dedicated to them are vital to our lives. Citing fascinating new studies on sports fandom, Larry Olmsted makes the case that the more you identify with a sports team, the better your social, psychological, and physical health is; the more meaningful your relationships are; and the more connected and happier you are. Fans maintain better cognitive processing as their gray matter ages; they have better language skills; and college students who follow sports have higher GPAs, better graduation rates, and higher incomes after graduating. And there’s more: On a societal level, sports help us heal after tragedies, providing community and hope when we need it most. Fans is the perfect gift for anyone who loves sports or anyone who loves someone who loves sports.   “Olmsted opens a window into a psychologically compelling world of passion and purpose.” —Harvey Araton, author of  Our Last Season: A Writer, a Fan, a Friendship

  • Author: Larry Olmsted
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books (March 2, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Politics & Social Sciences


6. Successful Coaching

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tennis Coaching - August 2021

As America’s best-selling coaching text, Successful Coaching has helped over a million coaches develop their coaching philosophies; improve their communication, teaching, and management skills; and understand their responsibilities as a coach. The updated fourth edition of Successful Coaching offers students as well as new and veteran coaches a comprehensive guide to every aspect of coaching. Written by Rainer Martens, a respected and renowned sport pyschologist, longtime coach, and lifelong competitive athlete, Successful Coaching, Fourth Edition , details the principles, knowledge, and skills that will help coaches build a foundation for their decisions and actions. Working through the text, coaches will define their philosophy, identify their objectives, and determine their coaching style. Next, coaches will learn how to become skilled communicators and motivators by applying psychological principles and recommendations for positive management of athletes’ behavior. Knowing the skills required for each sport is as important as knowing how to teach and shape those skills. With Successful Coaching , coaches will become more effective instructors as they learn the games approach to teaching technical and tactical skills, a proven method of helping athletes become smart tactical players of their sports. Successful Coaching also discusses the team management responsibilities of the coach and details how to manage relationships with athletes, other coaches, administrators, medical personnel, officials, parents, and the media. Also addressed are the legal responsibilities of a coach and strategies for reducing risk. Readers will find the latest research in the fields of physical training and nutrition, including new information on creatine, energy drinks, caffeine, and hydration. Successful Coaching also provides a straightforward discussion of drug abuse among athletes, offering all-new content on methamphetamines, prescription drug abuse, and drug-testing recommendations. Sidebars provide focused insights on a range of coaching topics and offer personal encouragement and advice for coaches throughout the season. In addition, quotes from well-known coaches provide perspective on what it takes to be a successful coach. Reflection questions at the end of each chapter encourage readers to think critically about the content and apply it to their own current or future coaching situations. Written by a coach for coaches, Successful Coaching blends the latest research and accepted practices in the sport sciences with practical advice from seasoned coaching veterans. Successful Coaching helps readers think critically about their motivation for being a coach and establish a coaching philosophy and style that pave the way for a fulfilling sport experience for coaches and their athletes. The fourth edition of Successful Coaching has been carefully revised to meet or exceed the guidelines of the National Council for Accreditation for Coaching Education and the recommendations of the National Standards for Sport Coaches. Successful Coaching is the primary text for the Coaching Principles online or classroom course offered by the American Sport Education Program (ASEP). Coaching Principles is a part of ASEP’s Bronze Level coaching certification, a three-step certification involving coursework essential for coaching any sport, teaching sport first aid, and conveying advanced sport-specific knowledge.

  • Author: Rainer Martens
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; Fourth edition (February 17, 2012)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Coaching
  • ISBN: 978-1450400510
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches


7. Catching-101: The Complete Guide For Baseball Catchers

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tennis Coaching - August 2021

CATCHING-101: The Complete Guide for Baseball Catchers is the most comprehensive book ever written for baseball catchers. It contains tips, drills, and proper mechanics that will help every catcher or coach better understand the most difficult position on the field. This book contains information on EVERY aspect of catching that Coach Barksdale has learned through his years of experience from coaching nationally ranked NCAA teams, and playing at almost every level from Little League to professional baseball. A few of the topics covered in CATCHING-101 are: ; Receiving ; Blocking ; Catching Pop Flies ; Throwing ; Fielding Bunts ; Plays at Home Plate ; Drills ; Pitchouts ; Pass Balls/Wild Pitches ; Giving Signals ; And More! If you have been searching for a source with lots of high quality information about catching, this is the book for you! CATCHING-101 was written by Coach Xan Barksdale who is currently an NCAA Division I baseball coach and an ex-professional baseball player. Coach Barksdale played in the Atlanta Braves organization and has been a featured speaker at the prestigious ABCA (American Baseball Coaches Association) national convention.

  • Author: Xan Barksdale
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (July 28, 2011)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Coaching
  • ISBN: 978-1463439613
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.41 x 9 inches


8. Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tennis Coaching - August 2021

In the 2008 Wimbledon men’s final, Centre Court was a stage set worthy of Shakespearean drama. Five-time champion Roger Federer was on track to take his rightful place as the most dominant player in the history of the game. He just needed to cling to his trajectory. So in the last few moments of daylight, Centre Court witnessed a coronation. Only it wasn’t a crowning for the Swiss heir apparent but for a swashbuckling Spaniard. Twenty-two-year-old Rafael Nadal prevailed, in five sets, in what was, according to the author, "essentially a four-hour, forty-eight-minute infomercial for everything that is right about tennis—a festival of skill, accuracy, grace, strength, speed, endurance, determination, and sportsmanship." It was also the encapsulation of a fascinating rivalry, hard fought and of historic proportions. In the tradition of John McPhee’s classic Levels of the Game, Strokes of Genius deconstructs this defining moment in sport, using that match as the backbone of a provocative, thoughtful, and entertaining look at the science, art, psychology, technology, strategy, and personality that go into a single tennis match.With vivid, intimate detail, Wertheim re-creates this epic battle in a book that is both a study of the mechanics and art of the game and the portrait of a rivalry as dramatic as that of Ali–Frazier, Palmer–Nicklaus, and McEnroe–Borg.

  • Author: L. Jon Wertheim
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (June 1, 2010)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Coaching
  • ISBN: 978-0547336947
  • Dimensions: 5.31 x 0.55 x 8 inches


9. Mind Gym: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tennis Coaching - August 2021

Praise for Mind Gym "Believing in yourself is paramount to success for any athlete. Gary's lessons and David's writing provide examples of the importance of the mental game." -- Ben Crenshaw , two-time Masters champion and former Ryder Cup captain " Mind Gym hits a home run. If you want to build mental muscle for the major leagues, read this book." -- Ken Griffey Jr. , Major League Baseball MVP "I read Mind Gym on my way to the Sydney Olympics and really got a lot out of it. Gary has important lessons to teach, and you'll find the exercises fun and beneficial." -- Jason Kidd , NBA All-Star and Olympic gold-medal winner In Mind Gym , noted sports psychology consultant Gary Mack explains how your mind influences your performance on the field or on the court as much as your physical skill does, if not more so. Through forty accessible lessons and inspirational anecdotes from prominent athletes--many of whom he has worked with--you will learn the same techniques and exercises Mack uses to help elite athletes build mental "muscle." Mind Gym will give you the "head edge" over the competition.

  • Author: Gary Mack
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1st edition (June 24, 2002)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Sports & Outdoors


10. Absolute Tennis: The Best And Next Way To Play The Game

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Tennis Coaching - August 2021

Absolute Tennis is thorough and comprehensive guide to improving your tennis. In this insightful and visually engaging book, Marty Smith, an NCAA Division I Southern Conference Champion and long-time Director of Tennis at the New York Athletic Club, shares his extensive knowledge of tennis technique, strategy, psychology and fitness in easy to understand language. His meticulous explanations of the strokes, coupled with narrated individual and sequenced photos of the world's best players, will help you develop powerful and consistent swings, play with more confidence and win a lot more. A forward thinker, Smith not only discusses the strokes of today, but also the future. Marty goes through the evolution of the game, and makes a compelling and persuasive case for three unconventional strokes that may become accepted techniques as the game continues to evolve and become faster. Recognizing that tennis is a highly athletic, tactical, and mental game, he also dedicates a large part of the book to the body, singles and doubles strategy and the mind. You will learn how to improve your footwork and movement, integrate winning game plans that highlight your strengths and expose your opponents' weaknesses, and use your inner voice to remain focused, positive and energetic, helping you attain peak performance.

  • Author: Marty Smith
  • Publisher: New Chapter Press (October 3, 2017)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Coaching
  • ISBN: 978-1937559748
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.8 x 7 inches