​Absolute Tennis


“With detailed explanations of the strokes illustrated by photos of the greats, and in-depth discussion of tactics, psychology and fitness, Absolute Tennis helps players achieve their best game. Marty Smith is an outstanding teacher and his advice will work for you as it has for his many students over his decades of coaching.” - Fred Stolle, winner of 19 major single and doubles titles and member of the International Tennis of Fame

“Marty Smith is not only an enthusiastic and wise teaching pro with boundless knowledge of mechanics, technique, and strategy. He is also a cutting-edge theorist. This is a book for recreational players, promising young players and their parents, club pros, college-level coaches or anyone who grasps that clear, comprehensive understanding is a means to improvement. Absolute Tennis will transform your game – and could well transform the game itself.” - Gerry Marzorati, former editor of The New York Times Magazine and author of Late to the Ball

“Absolute Tennis is the definitive modern tennis instruction book. It covers tennis with advice that is interesting, incisive, and useful. There are the chapters on psychology and fitness that my friends on the pro tour will find helpful, while the chapters on strategy and strokes will guide recreational players to play smarter and hit the ball with more power, control, and belief.” - Alex Bogomolov, former top 40 ATP singles player

"A well written, completely comprehensive guide to the sport of tennis. This books seems to cover it all, across the three main sections within it - body, strokes, and mind. The photographs were really well executed and added a lot to his explanations and discussions. Very fun and forward-thinking chapter on strokes of the future. Also appreciated the chapters on singles and doubles strategy. Clearly, Smith has both a passion for his sport and a rare ability to write about it well!! A must have resource for any tennis player, aspiring or experienced!" - Amazon Customer

"As a former tennis professional player I thought I knew all there is to know about tennis strokes, however this book tought me the tricks and tips behind the mechanics. Absolute tennis is an amazing text book about how and why of tennis strokes filled with great explanations and great practice drills. I now use these tips to be a better tennis coach and I fully recomend the reading to begginer and advanced players as well as coaches. There is a little bit for everyone to enjoy and learn." - Amazon Customer

"This is a great book for all players, from beginners to advanced players. Absolute Tennis deals comprehensively with all aspects of the game, and includes illustration shots of pro players that really help to make the points clear. In our family are players of different ages and abilities, and this book has been very useful to all of us. It has helped us to think about strategies in a new way, and to understand developing aspects of the game. It has improved our play, and also enhanced our experience as spectators. We highly recommend it!" - Amazon Customer

"This is a fantastic book for all players at all levels. It is full of robust information and photos that make it truly helpful in understanding tennis technique. Marty is an insightful writer and an inspirational coach and his command of the game is evident in his terrific book." - Amazon Customer

"I love this book. This is clearly the best tennis book I've encountered for players at all levels. Entertaining to read while valuable from an instruction perspective as well." - Amazon Customer

Great book...so informative and creative…great pictures and intelligent insight. (Amazon customer)

I brought this book hoping I could understand tennis techniques better. I’ve always loved tennis, but I started playing recently. Unlike the author, I am far away from being a pro, but his tips and guidance make me feel that I can get there one day. It’s very easy to read, and invaluable reference, with amazing and effective photos. It helps you understand the different strokes and techniques. Amazing tennis book! (Amazon customer)

I have read many tennis books and would consider this to be one of the best. As a tennis instructor I find the instruction to be excellent. (Amazon customer)