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New York (Press Release) —In the ultra-competitive landscape of professional sports, American tennis players have carved a niche—on the world's doubles courts. American Doubles explores the phenomenon of the United States' doubles prowess from the successes of such legends as Billie Jean King and Stan Smith to today's top-ranked men's doubles players Bob and Mike Bryan.

American Doubles is packed with touching stories of how some players conceded a chance at Book Cover American Doublessingles stardom to preserve ties with a doubles partner, how sibling pairings are tough to beat, and how Americans thrive in a team environment. Readers will learn that the success of Americans in the doubles game runs deep—at the junior and college levels, wheelchair tennis, mixed doubles, World TeamTennis and the pro tours.

The story of how Americans have come to rule the doubles court is a fascinating and surprising tale told by longtime journalist and tennis insider Marcia Frost. Stanford University's Director of Tennis Dick Gould, who coached the Bryans as well as John and Patrick McEnroe, says the book offers "a close-up view that is intriguing, exciting and impossible to put down."

“We’ve felt a renewed interest in doubles the past few years and this book will help the great game even more," says Bob Bryan, who won the doubles championships at the ATP Masters Series Rome this past weekend with brother Mike. "We love the dynamics of the team thing and it is captured so well by Marcia Frost in this work." It was their doubles team who clinched the 2007 Davis Cup Final for the United States.

The book, published by Mansion Grove House (ISBN-13: 978-1-932421-16-3), runs over 200 pages with photographs. It's available on Amazon.com, BN.com, and at Barnes & Noble and other fine book shops.

Marcia Frost is a longtime journalist, based in New York, who started covering tennis in 1981. Her work includes editing and writing for CollegeAndJuniorTennis.com (published by the Port Washington Tennis Academy in New York), Tennis.com, USTA magazine, Smash Magazine, Tennis Life, Racquet Sports Industry, and Tennis Championships magazine. She volunteers on the USTA/Eastern college tennis committee and speaks at college showcases.

These schools have players who are mentioned in AMERICAN DOUBLES by Marcia Frost:
Auburn University at Montgomery
Boise State University
Brigham Young University
University of California
University of Central Florida
Clemson University
The College of William and Mary
University of Denver
Duke University
University of Florida
Foothill Community College
University of Georgia
Georgia Tech University
Gustavus Adolphus College
Harvard University
University of Illinois
Northwestern University
Notre Dame University
Ohio State University
Pepperdine University
Princeton University
University of Kansas
University of Massachusetts
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California
Stanford University
Syracuse University
University of Tennessee
University of Texas
Texas A&M University
Trinity University
Vanderbilt University
University of Virginia
Wake Forest University
University of Washington