| The Education of a Tennis Player is Rod Laver's personal reflection on his tennis career. Originally published in 1971, this updated version was released on the 40th anniversary of Lavers historic second Grand Slam. In collaboration with tennis personality Bud Collins, Laver delves into his lifelong tennis career while interspersing 25 lessons with technical feedback for the tennis student. His lighthearted personality beams through the pages even as he wrote of his darkest days when he suffered a devastating stroke at the age of 59. Laver's encounters on and off the court highlight his champion spirit and passion for the game.