The Master (Post Retirement Edition)
by Christopher Clarey

Reviewed by John Yandell

Wimbledon junior champion 1998.

I've known Chris Clarey for a lot of years and closely followed his reporting on tennis in the New York Times. In my view, this biography of Roger is the best thing he has written and the most important.

Yes it's about Roger. And that in itself is enough to make it interesting. The subtitle is “The Long Run and Beautiful Game of Roger Federer." Both true.

But to me what makes this book a must is the interweaving. We see the detailed story of Roger's development as a young player and a young person. We see the competitive moments from the juniors and the full sweep of Roger's playing career from the inside--with the views of Roger, his coaches, and his family.

We see his family dynamics, the ins and outs of his business life, and the incredible number and variety of enterprises he was and is involved with. And the ease and grace, candor and dry humor he seemed to maintain effortlessly.

It's also a snapshot history of modern tennis. Roger's rivals, his predecessors, his coaches. With a lot of inside detail.

Honestly I don't read a lot of tennis books or tennis history books, or tennis biographies. But I buzzed through this one in three days of continuous reading. I had to do some other things, but every chance I had I came back to this book.

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John Yandell is widely acknowledged as one of the leading videographers and students of the modern game of professional tennis. His high speed filming for Advanced Tennis and Tennisplayer have provided new visual resources that have changed the way the game is studied and understood by both players and coaches. He has done personal video analysis for hundreds of high level competitive players, including Justine Henin-Hardenne, Taylor Dent and John McEnroe, among others.

In addition to his role as Editor of Tennisplayer he is the author of the critically acclaimed book Visual Tennis. The John Yandell Tennis School is located in San Francisco, California.

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