Chasing Points: A Season on the Pro Tennis Circuit

Chasing Points: A Season on the Pro Tennis Circuit

by Gregory Howe

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At 34 years of age, Gregory Howe quit teaching to chase his childhood dream of becoming a world-ranked tennis professional. He started his year-long journey in the minor leagues, playing across four continents, as far afield as Bangkok, Kampala and Lahore, initially struggling against younger, fitter aspiring pros. Breaking through to the elite Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tour, he got within volleying distance of some of the greats of the modern game. Eventually, he managed to juggle competing on the ATP tour with holding down a nine-to-five job. Along the way he encountered almost everything the tennis world has to offer, from rising stars racing to the top, to players whose hopes are slowly being shattered.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785314155
Publisher: Pitch Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Gregory Howe still regularly plays competitive tennis.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

Prologue 14

1 The Futures Tour Bangkok 19

2 Rod Laver Country Queensland 36

3 Operation Entebbe East Africa 50

4 Edge of the World Namibia 73

5 Heart of Darkness Southern Africa 90

6 The Way Back London 100

7 In Hannibal's Footsteps Tunisia 110

8 In Limbo: In Europe Norway-Germany 131

9 The Challenger Tour Manchester 146

10 Chasing More Points Senegal-Pakistan-Sudan 160

11 Into the Big Time Beijing ATP 173

12 Kingfisher Open Mumbai ATP 193

13 Beginning the Season Doha ATP 208

14 Living the Dream Dubai ATP 224

Postscript 245

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