By Sophia Whitfield
IF you are a tennis fan then the place to be today was on Centre Court at Wimbledon where fans, including David Beckham and Bradley Cooper, were treated to a stellar display of tennis.
If you weren’t lucky enough to have a golden ticket to the Lawn Tennis Championships then reading Lauren Weisberger’s latest novel will give you a little insight into the life of a tennis player. In preparation for writing The Singles Game Weisberger shadowed tennis player Daniela Hantuchova who gave her an inside glimpse at what it feels like to compete at the very top level.
Charlie Silver has been playing tennis since the age of four. Standing at six foot she has the stature but the mental stamina sometimes eludes her. After taking time out to recover from an injury she fires her dutiful kind coach Marcy and replaces her with the notoriously tough Todd Feltner.
Todd transforms Charlie’s image from girl next door to edgy warrior princess. For the first time she must attend parties and wear the clothes she is given to fulfil contracts and sponsorships. But Charlie’s father and brother, who have fostered her talent, don’t like the change they see in Charlie.
Todd now dictates her life; what she eats, drinks, how much she sleeps and where she goes. It’s a lonely life for Charlie Silver as she edges her way back to the form she needs to win a Grand Slam.
As Charlie moves around the globe from Wimbledon, LA and the Mediterranean, she must decide if her itinerant life is worth the prize.
A fabulously fun read to pack in your beach bag.
Melissa Harrison is a freelance writer and photographer whose clients include the Guardian. She was the winner of the John Muir Trust's 'Wild Writing' Award in 2010, and Clay is her debut novel....On February 13, 2013
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