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The Mad Dog, the Beast, and Other Animals

In Uncategorized on September 2, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Greetings from the end of the summer, the first day of school here in the Berkshires. July and August held some memorable book events: a second appearance at the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport and talks at the Belmont Country Club and the East Chop Tennis Club on Martha’s Vineyard. President Obama arrived on island the same day we did but apparently did not notice the fliers advertising my appearance.

My slideshow/book reading has been catching on at historic old tennis clubs, such as those mentioned above. I’ll be bringing it to the Longwood Cricket Club, host of the very first Davis Cup competition in 1900, on September 14; and clubs in northern California and Texas have also expressed interest in having me come out. Also this fall, I’ll be appearing at a couple of local libraries, Brandeis University (my alma mater), and even a retirement center near Boston. Visit and click on “Events” for details.

If you get Sirius satellite radio, you can hear me interviewed on Chris Russo’s “Mad Dog Unleashed” show live from the U.S. Open today, Sept. 2, at 4:35pm. Chris will be live at the Open, that is. I’ll be on the phone at home. Unfortunately, no book events at the Open have materialized. Luckily, I’ll be there on Saturday for the second reunion of the early-1980s Brandeis tennis team. We were going to play tennis the day before, but certain team members have gotten so old that we are going to play golf instead.

My friend Tom Doe at Longwood made an effort to bring me and Jon Wertheim (author of the Federer-Nadal book) together in New York City for a mock debate on which was the greatest tennis match ever, but it doesn’t look like that will happen. However, there we are side by side on The Daily Beast’s U.S. Open spread. Not sure I’ve ever been called an “expert” before.

Finally, I have to report that the movie-rights deal I announced in May has fallen apart. New York billionaire financier Ted Forstman, a former tournament tennis player himself, liked the book and reached an agreement with my agent, Candace Lake, on May 14. Two months later, however, after a number of other suitors had been turned away, but before paper contracts had been signed, he changed his mind. Candace is now going back to the other parties, as well as a few new ones who have expressed interest. If anything happens, I’ll let you know.