Curiosity: A New Federer Biography Can Help You Play Better Tennis

Joel Drucker

Chris Clarey's new, definitive book on the master, Roger Federer.

In the halls of an imaginary Tennis University, there surely is a department known as "Federer Studies." No player in tennis history has been so extensively dissected.

Instructors have devoted thousands of hours picking apart his strokes, from the ultra-smooth forehand and sculpted service motion, to the highly stylized way Federer's eyes remain focused on the contact point well after he's hit the ball. To see high speed footage of Federer's game in the Tennisplayer High Speed Archive Click Here.)

This past August marked the publication of what I believe will stand the test of time as the definitive book on Federer, Christopher Clarey's The Master: The Long Run and Beautiful Game of Roger Federer. (Click Here.)

It's notable for many reasons, but for me especially for what it says to all players at all levels about developing their games. Federer's curiosity and openness to everything about tennis, and especially the entire range of possibilities about how to play a truly complete game. It makes this biography a lesson.


Historians have of course previously charted his career arc, including a compelling book authored by Randy Walker called The Days of Roger Federer, and then Jon Wertheim's superb Strokes of Genius, a deep dive into the incredible 2008 Wimbledon final between Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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Joel Drucker is one of the world’s best known tennis writers, having written for years for Tennis and many other publications. He is a consultant and background researcher working with some of the top commentators for the Tennis Channel. Joel is also the author of the book "Jimmy Connors Saved My Life." He lives in Oakland, California and plays regularly at the Berkeley Tennis Club.

"Jimmy Connors Saved My Life"

"Jimmy Connors Saved My Life" is a unique account of the career of the legendary American champion, James Scott Connors, and how it intertwined with the life of the author in a relationship both real and imagined. The book combines the perspective of an intellectual, a devoted tennis player, a professional writer, and a student of society searching for meaning and identity in a defining period of American history, a period in which tennis became a big time, big money, and big media sport.

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