Reviews of the first edition:
...Gillmeister has once again trawled the archives to produce a narrative that adds significantly to the evolving body of knowledge of tennis history.
Journal of Sport History

The first edition awarded the 1999 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles award

Reviews of the first edition:
A definitive account of tennis a splayed from the Middle Ages to the present... will sate the curiosity of the most avid tennis enthusiast.
Publishers Weekly

Well Researched... [Gillmeister] keeps a light tone even when vilifying minute details like the physical layout of Henry V's tennis court.
Library Journal

The Economist

. . . the book is exemplary, and the scholarship particularly of the first five chapters sets a high standard for the history of any sport.
American Studies International

For any budding tennis historian it’s required reading.
Robert McNicol, Librarian, Kenneth Richie Wimbledon Library on

If you’re into the true nitty-gritty of tennis history, this one is for you.
Tennis Identity Summer Bookshelf 2017

Professor Heiner Gillmeister’s Tennis, A Cultural History covers every aspect of the game from its beginning as court tennis and its evolution into lawn tennis. Originally written in German and translated into extremely literate English by the Professor himself, who taught English at the University of Bonn, Germany, it is a work of monumental scholarship that leaves no stone unturned ... and contains many wry and insightful observations of subtle and sophisticated humor.
Joseph B. Stahl address to the US Tennis Collectors Society at the New Orleans Tennis Club on October 5th 2019