Absolute Tennis

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Absolute Tennis is a thorough and comprehensive guide to improving your tennis. In this insightful and visually engaging book, Martin 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. Recognizing that tennis is a highly athletic, tactical, and mental game, he 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, movement, and endurance, 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. A forward thinker, he not only discusses the strokes of today, but also the future. Martin 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.


Marty Smith has been the Director of Tennis for more than 20 years at the famed New York Athletic Club, the No. 1-rated athletic club in the United States. A native of Australia, he was a top five-ranked Australian junior players from the 12s to the 16s and was the four-time Southern Conference singles and doubles champion at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He graduated from UTC with a double degree in Economics and Finance and also received his MBA at St. Thomas University in Miami. He is a resident of Pelham, NY. Fred Stolle is a former winner of Roland Garros and the U.S. Championships and a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.