Double Fault

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A confessional story that reads like fiction, this is the true story of a famed tennis star who went from being ranked fourth in the world, dueling the sport’s greatest players to lying to police in several countries to avoid jail. Roscoe Tanner’s life is a complicated story that include years of one-night stands with groupies, a private fortune amassed and then lost, multiple failed marriages and relationships, business plans that fizzled, fleeing to Europe for a last chance, the pounding on the door by two German detectives that led to an involuntary stay in the Karlsruhe jail, and, ultimately, finding redemption. Double Fault is Tanner's story-arrests, cons, lies, and all in an attempt to share it with others to prove that when you hit bottom you can still pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward.


Roscoe Tanner was one of professional tennis's strongest left-handed players during his years on the men's professional circuit from 1972 to 1984. He won a Grand Slam singles championship at the Australian Open in 1977. After his professional career ended, he played briefly on the senior tour before becoming a tennis instructor. Mike Yorkey has authored, coauthored, or collaborated on 50 books, including Holding Serve by Michael Chang; In His Court by Betsy Nagelsen McCormack; and Up, Up, and Away with Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. He lives in the San Diego area. Stan Smith is a former professional tennis player and a two-time Grand Slam singles champion.