Balls And Brats

HARD COURTS by John Feinstein; Villard; 457 pages; $22.50

Baseball isn't really for strong, quick fellows who can bat .296; it is for skinny nonathletes who can memorize earned-run averages. Football is for Republicans. But what character flaw is fed by watching tennis six hours a day for two weeks when the French Open, Wimbledon or the U.S. Open is on the tube?

That's the sort of question a certified tennis nut asks himself halfway through Hard Courts, John Feinstein's long and relentless examination of the men's and women's pro-tennis tours. If the game's mood is as brackish and the players...

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