The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey

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Picador USA
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5.3 X 8.2 X 0.8 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author
Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of Heaven (FSG, 2015) and The Ground (FSG, 2012). He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and the GLCA New Writers Award for Poetry, and of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in New York City.

"Phillips keeps the pages turning with an easy yet exacting style and keen observations. Tennis nerds in particular will enjoy his parsing of Federer's retooled backhand . . . Phillips's wit suffuses this text . . . The Circuit is a welcome palate cleanser, a license to enjoy an underrated sport at its best." --Andrew Lawrence, The Atlantic

"Rowan Ricardo Phillips's The Circuit is a tennis romance, and unique. Phillips knows the love. He is a sportswriter and poet, and remarkably, because tennis love isn't easy to explain, he has found the right supple, sometimes tactile, and tender language for it . . . " --Lynne Tillman, Bookforum

"The touchstone for any tennis writer is John McPhee, who wrote Levels of the Game, the finest book in the history of the sport. Mr. Phillips has writing skills comparable to Mr. McPhee's, which is high praise." --Tom Perrotta, The Wall Street Journal

"As an aficionado and player, Phillips is especially attuned to tennis' weirdness among other sports . . . Phillips' lyrical impulses ignite his compressed, efficient, accurate, lively and always liquid prose . . . Phillips wields his prose like an elegant, one-handed backhand, fending off florid metaphors and deflecting the canards about sports, to present the tour's basic process: the sport is a distraction." --Walton Muyumba, Los Angeles Times

"Phillips reveals his love of tennis on every page. There is a generosity of spirit toward the reader . . . a joy to read: a poet's love song to the game of tennis." --Geoff Macdonald, The New York Times Book Review

"A delightful book, told with a true aficionado's passion. The Circuit's engrossing account of the 2017 professional tennis season opens out into unexpected vistas of meaning." --Ian Frazier, author of Travels in Siberia

"For those who follow tennis, The Circuit is the book to read. With sharp insight into the key players' mannerisms, dazzling physical description, and lyrical, gorgeous prose, it's a pure treat. Rowan Ricardo Phillips's passion for the sport, its subtle geometries and self-defeating head games, is unequaled: game, set, match." --Phillip Lopate, author of To Show and to Tell