Sports Spotlight: Tennis

By Kat La Mantia | May 6 2024 | Pop CultureBlogAdultsChildren'sGeneralAll

It’s tennis season, and the sport has never been hotter with Zendaya’s latest movie Challengers exploding at the box office, the Olympics coming up in July, and of course pleated tennis skirts and preppy tennis style continuing to trend high in the fashion zeitgeist. Serve up this tennis moment with books from PRH, including deluxe coffee table books about iconic tennis court looks, biographies on legendary champions of the game, and sporty kids books!

We’ve listed our top ten favorites down below, but you can browse our tennis category to explore even more!

(Bonus: Also on trend is tennis’s more low-key cousin, pickleball! Check out The Complete Book of Pickleball, the must-have book for any player.)

The Tennis Collection
A History of Iconic Players, Their Rackets, Outfits, and Equipment
978-0-8478-7396-8
One of the largest collections of tennis memorabilia including sneakers, hundreds of vintage rackets, rare tennis accessories, and tennis ensembles worn by the sport’s most iconic players.
$75.00 US
Mar 26, 2024
9 x 12
Hardcover
320 Pages
Rizzoli

Carrie Soto Is Back
A Novel
978-0-593-15870-8
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • "An epic adventure about a female athlete perhaps past her prime, brought back to the tennis court for one last grand slam" (Elle), from the New York Times bestselling author of Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones & The Six, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo"Sharp, smart, potent . . . I’ll take a piece of Carrie Soto forward with me in life and be a little better for it." —Emily Henry, author of Book Lovers and Beach Read
$18.00 US
Jun 06, 2023
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
400 Pages
Ballantine Books

Naomi Osaka
Her Journey to Finding Her Power and Her Voice
978-0-593-47243-9
Timed to publish as Naomi Osaka returns to tennis after the birth of her first baby, a deeply reported, revealing biography of tennis phenomenon and activist Naomi Osaka, written by Ben Rothenberg, telling the story behind her remarkable, grand slam-winning career and her headline-making advocacy for racial justice and mental health.
$35.00 US
Jan 09, 2024
6 x 9
Hardcover
496 Pages
Dutton

All In
An Autobiography
978-1-101-97147-5
An inspiring and intimate self-portrait of the champion of equality that encompasses her brilliant tennis career, unwavering activism, and an ongoing commitment to fairness and social justice.
$19.00 US
Apr 25, 2023
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
528 Pages
Vintage

Who Is Billie Jean King?: A Who Was? Board Book
978-0-593-52092-5
The latest addition to the WHO HQ program: a biography of tennis star and activist Billie Jean King, created specifically for the preschool audience!
$8.99 US
Aug 06, 2024
7 x 7
Board Book
24 Pages
Rise x Penguin Workshop
Age 2-4 years

I am Billie Jean King
978-0-7352-2874-0
Billie Jean King, one of the greatest tennis players of all time, is the 17th hero in the New York Times bestselling series of biographies for ages 5 to 8.
$16.99 US
Feb 05, 2019
7-1/2 x 7-1/2
Hardcover
40 Pages
Rocky Pond Books
Age 5-9 years

Who Are Venus and Serena Williams?
978-0-515-15803-8
The dynamic story of the top-ranked sisters of professional tennis.
$6.99 US
Aug 08, 2017
5-5/16 x 7-5/8
Paperback
112 Pages
Penguin Workshop
Age 8-12 years

I Look Up To... Serena Williams
978-0-525-64442-2
If you can see it, you can be it! Introduce your child to powerful feminist role models with this series of inspirational board books.
$7.99 US
Jun 11, 2019
7 x 7
Board Book
22 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Age 0-3 years

String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis
A Library of America Special Publication
978-1-59853-480-1
An instant classic of American sportswriting--the tennis essays of David Foster Wallace, "the best mind of his generation" (A. O. Scott) and "the best tennis-writer of all time" (New York Times)
$19.95 US
May 10, 2016
5-1/2 x 8-3/4
Hardcover
158 Pages
Library of America

The Inner Game of Tennis (50th Anniversary Edition)
The Classic Guide to Peak Performance
978-0-593-73203-8
The timeless guide to achieving the state of “relaxed concentration” that’s not only the key to peak performance in tennis but the secret to success in life itself—now in a 50th anniversary edition with an updated epilogue, a foreword by Bill Gates, and an updated preface from NFL coach Pete Carroll“Groundbreaking . . . the best guide to getting out of your own way . . . Its profound advice applies to many other parts of life.”—Bill Gates, GatesNotes (“Five of My All-Time Favorite Books”)
$28.00 US
Jun 04, 2024
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
192 Pages
Random House