The USC collection includes personal touches as well. This photo shows a message from Pierre Etchebaster to Billy Haggard. The book, Etchebaster’s “Pierre’s Book: The Game of Court Tennis”, is being held by Jeffrey Makala.
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina knows tennis.
Lendl and Van der Meer established their academies here, and a “best tennis resorts” list doesn’t print without spots on Kiawah Island and Hilton Head Island.
The state’s tennis enthusiasts, though, have been overlooking a rare tennis distinction here for years.
Miles away from the islands, at a special library at the University of South Carolina, a historical tennis collection awaits. Among its texts: “The Art of Lawn Tennis”, circa 1921, “The Annals of Tennis”, 1878, and “Tratto del Givoco della Palla” by Antonio Scaino, the first printed book about tennis, 1555. Read the rest of this entry »