Paul's Books


Author:  Paul Fein
Published:  2021
Length:  511 pages

The Fein Points of Tennis

What makes The Fein Points of Tennis different from all other tennis instruction books?

This easy-to-read, authoritative collection of Paul Fein’s most incisive articles features topics seldom written about, such as the “modern forehand,” the “strike zone,” grip firmness, the critical importance of balance, and the geometry of tennis. It also provides an in-depth analysis of several underemphasized topics, such as playing in the wind, the half volley, match momentum, running speed, the subtleties of touch shots, and the arts of anticipation, lobbing, and wrong-footing.

The games of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, and other stars are dissected so you can learn—and copy—the secrets of their greatness. Thought-provoking topics are comprehensively covered, including the two-handed vs. the one-handed backhand, how analytics changed tennis, what videography reveals, how America can produce tennis champions again, and whether Djokovic has the perfect game. How you can play better defense and close out tight matches, whether you should elect to start a match serving or receiving, and why and how you should use sidespin are among the many fine points you’ll discover in this unique instruction book. In addition, more than 90 action photos, with detailed captions, demonstrate the technique discussed in the text.

In a first for instructional books, Fein interviews some of the world’s leading coaches and teaching pros. Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash covers every aspect of the volley with unparalleled expertise. Renowned teaching pro Rick Macci, who guided Serena and Venus Williams, Jennifer Capriati, and Sofia Kenin during their formative years, imparts his vast knowledge about the forehand and backhand. Patrick Mouratoglou, Gene Mayer, Toni Nadal, David Macpherson, and Nick Bollettieri, the latter having coached ten world No. 1 players, also share their wisdom. The insights and advice of these experts about technique and tactics will help improve your game, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced player, or even a successful tournament competitor.

Fein is a longtime tennis writer whose articles have received more than 40 writing awards and have been published in more than 30 countries. Two other vantage points inform his instruction writing: his career as an award-winning USPTA teaching pro with an Elite rating and his experience as an accomplished tournament player, ranking No. 5 nationally among seniors. Reading tennis, like playing it, should be fun. Accordingly, Fein’s book treats you to fascinating facts and stats, humorous and revealing quotes, and memorable anecdotes—all of which enliven the content.

The Fein Points of Tennis will appeal to and inspire the millions of recreational and tournament players, club and municipal teaching pros, in addition to high school, college, tennis academy, and pro coaches. The eclectic nature of this book will also engross tennis lovers of all kinds, athletes and coaches in other sports, tennis journalists and historians, and the merely curious.


Tennis Confidential

The book on tennis players that started it all...

With this outstanding collection of features, essays and interviews, Paul Fein takes the reader into the world of the pro tennis tour with inside scoops about the game's greatest stars, past and present.  "Tennis Confidential" includes up-close and personal interviews with such all-time greats as Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe and Jimmy Connors, along with eye-opening features about the careers of today's headliners like Andre Agassi, the Williams sisters, Jennifer Capriati and Anna Kournikova. Fein also reviews the careers of pioneering legends like Martina Navratilova, Bjorn Borg, and Rod Laver.

"Tennis Confidential" tackles the sport's burning issues, such as charismatic but controversial teen queens, bad dads, equal prize money, race questions, rule change proposals, and the power crisis. Fein gives you a front row seat when he captures the drama of the ten most important and thrilling matches in tennis history.  Well-researched and filled with fascinating anecdotes and juicy quotes, "Tennis Confidential" gives fans at every level a unique perspective on this exciting sport and its storied history.  Fein takes you on a tennis adventure you'll always remember.


Tennis Confidential II

Highly acclaimed "Tennis Confidential" gave you an insider's look at the colorful characters, intriguing story lines and heated debates that headline professional tennis.  These dynamic elements all come together again in Paul Fein's latest book, "Tennis Confidential II: More of Today's Greatest Players, Matches, and Controversies".  Fein gives you the behind-the-scenes scoop about the sport you love with his insightful analyses and thought-provoking conclusions on a myriad of hot-button topics, plus fascinating features and probing interviews with popular players, past and present.

Who is the greatest men's and women's player in history?  Is it clever or counter-productive to let players challenge line calls?  How about on-court coaching and scoring system changes?  Television and tennis' ruling bodies fervently push these controversial reforms, but do they help or hurt tennis?  How can America produce tennis champions again?  Fein, who has received more than 25 writing awards, debunks conventional wisdom as only he can, and his in-depth knowledge of the sport provide a welcome perspective.  Whether you agree or disagree, you'll think about these controversies in new ways.

Fein also chronicles the extraordinary evolution of women's tennis, explores the "Russian Revolution," bemoans the near-extinction of serve-and-volley play, explains the lure of doubles, and celebrates the fun-loving Australian dynasty of yesteryear.  Feature stories about Maria Sharapova, Pete Sampras, and Andre Agassi capture their triumphs and travails. And riveting interviews with former greats − Jim Courier, Stefan Edberg, Michael Chang, Mats Wilander, Martina Hingis and Yannick Noah − tell (almost) all about pro tennis on and off the courts.

This entertaining and compelling compendium of tennis interviews, features, and essays is sure to intrigue, inform, and enlighten. Anyone who enjoys tennis will find "Tennis Confidential II" a winner. 


You Can Quote Me On That

The greatest quips, insights and zingers from the world of professional tennis.

"You Can Quote Me on That" isn't about the polite, country-club sport where players shake hands over the net and offer congratulations on a fine drop shot.  It views tennis from inside, where competition is grueling, tempers flare, and egos collide.  Top tennis journalist Paul Fein has compiled hundreds of the most outrageous, most significant, and most illuminating quotes on, by and about tennis's biggest stars and hottest controversies.