RARE BOOK: THE CENTRE COURT STORY by Maurice Brady (1957)
CONDITION Excellent, previously owned, with pictorial dust wrapper also in excellent condition
POSTAL WEIGHT 0.8 kilograms
This classic title has a beautiful dust jacket featuring a painting of the Centre Court as it was in the 1950s. Author Maurice Brady writes a chapter about each of the leading champions and personalities of Wimbledon from the dashing GERALD PATTERSON in the early years of the 20th century through to Australia's LEW HOAD and KEN ROSEWALL in the mid-1950s. He includes quotes which fuel the debate about who is the greatest of all time. For example, Sir Norman Brookes, speaking in the 1950s, observed after seeing Ken Rosewall in action: "The best backhand of all time." High praise indeed, and not to be taken lightly when it comes from Wimbledon's first overseas champion who had competed against the likes of the Doherty brothers, Anthony Wilding, Bill Tilden and Jack Crawford.
This volume was purchased at Wimbledon in June 1957 by the late AUBREY JONES, one of the UK's leading 20th century tennis bibliophiles, and is one of the best examples of this title we have ever seen.
THE CENTRE COURT STORY by Maurice Brady (W. Foulsham & Co. Ltd, 1957, 1st edition, hardback, 227 pages)