4 Biographies about Tennis Champions

YPRL Staff

7 February, 2024

Tennis Star Biographies

How have you been enjoying the Australian Open? Has it piqued your interest in learning more about tennis stars past and present?

Want to learn more about what it takes to become a champion and overcome challenges on the path to success?

Well, you are in luck because we have quite a few title options to choose from. See below, in player alphabetical order!

Open: an Autobiography 


Arguably one of the most famous autobiographies to emerge from the tennis world, Andre Agassi opens his story with a startling confession: his body is breaking down, he’s facing the end of his career – oh, and he hates tennis, but he’s not sure if he’s ready for it all to be over. Quite the predicament.  

The writing is terrific – in fact, if you’d like to learn more about its ghostwriter, J. R. Moehringer, there is an article at the New Yorker about his recent project – writing Spare with Prince Harry.  

My Dream Time

Barty addresses the question of whether she is old enough to write a memoir by being very clear about her motives: she stresses the importance of being able to tell her own story her way. Not only this, but she states this is an opportunity to honour and thank those who have helped her during her career.  

Written in a relaxed, conversational tone fans will remember (and miss!) from her post-match interviews, this book makes quite an impact.  

The Master: The Brilliant Career of Roger Federer 


Written by Christopher Clarey, a journalist with substantial personal access to Federer, this book might not have the first-person ‘I’ voice revelations this list otherwise contains, but more than compensates for in its analytical depth.

It’s quite clear that Clarey has gathered as much information as possible to account for the talent Federer possesses and chart the trajectory of his career.  

All In: An Autobiography  

All In – it’s right there in the title. Billie Jean King changed the tennis scene in her own time and influenced the future for all women in sport, business and any place that faces the vagaries of social injustice. Impressive doesn’t even come close to describing her accomplishments.

This biography has lots of photographs to pour over and appreciate (keep an eye out for Elton John!). 

Have you read any of these? Do you have any favourites? What player are you hoping will put out a biography soon? 

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