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