Federer and Me

Federer and Me

A Story of Obsession

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In this wildly entertaining and informative memoir reminiscent of Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch --but set in the world of tennis--one man recounts his all-consuming obsession with Roger Federer and delves into the fascinating history of professional sports and fandom.

For much of the past decade, William Skidelsky has had an obsessive devotion to Roger Federer, whom he considers to be the greatest and most graceful tennis player of all time.

In this mesmerizing memoir, Skidelsky ponders what it is about the Swiss star that transfixes him and countless others. Skidelsky dissects the wonders of Federer's forehand, reflects on his rivalry with Nadal, revels in his victories, and relives his most crushing defeats. But in charting his obsession, Skidelsky also weaves his own past into a captivating story that explores the evolution of modern tennis, the role of beauty in sports, and the psychology of fandom.

Thought-provoking and beautifully written, Federer and Me is a frank, funny, and touching account of one fan's life.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2016
Edition: First Atria Hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501133947
9781501133930
Branch Call Number: 796.342 FED 2016
Characteristics: 264 pages

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shirleyhhudson
Dec 03, 2017

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marthabwaters
Oct 17, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this, but I do have to add the caveat that I'm not certain this is one of those sports books that would appeal to folks who aren't already fans of the sport in question. There's a lot of stuff about the history of racquet technology, etc. that I, as a tennis fan, found fascinating, but which others might not enjoy as much. However, the best parts of the book are when Skidelsky deconstructs the mythology surrounding Federer and his achievements -- it has certainly made me view him in a slightly different manner, and, I think, appreciate him all the more. Tennis fans will want to check this one out. (Though Nadal fans [like me!] will have to tune out some of the Rafa-bashing. Also, I'd just like to note that loving Federer and Nadal aren't mutually exclusive. Minor quibble, though.)

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