The Circuit

Author(s): Rowan Ricardo Phillips

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An energetic, lyrical, genre-defying account of the 2017 tennis season.


In The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey, the award-winning poet--and Paris Review sports columnist--Rowan Ricardo Phillips chronicles 2017 as seen through the unique prism of its pivotal, revelatory, and historic tennis season. The annual tennis schedule is a rarity in professional sports in that it encapsulates the calendar year. And like the year, it's divided into four seasons, each marked by a final tournament: the Grand Slams.


Phillips charts the year from winter's Australian Open, where Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal renewed their rivalry in a match for the ages, to fall's U.S. Open, when Maria Sharapova returned to the game as only she could--by shocking the world. Along the way, Phillips paints a new, vibrant portrait of tennis, one that captures not only the emotions, nerves, and ruthless tactics of the point-by-point game but also the quicksilver movement of victory and defeat on the tour, placing that sense of upheaval within a broader cultural and social context. Tennis has long been thought of as an escapist spectacle: a bucolic, separate bauble of life.

The Circuit will convince you that you don't leave the world behind as you watch tennis--you bring it with you.

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  • : 9780374123772
  • : Farrar, Straus & Giroux
  • : Farrar, Straus & Giroux
  • : November 2018
  • : .01 Inches X 5.38 Inches X 8.25 Inches
  • : books

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  • : Hardback
  • : Rowan Ricardo Phillips