New York: Coward - McCann, Inc., . First printing. Hardcover. 8 1/2 by 5 3/4 inches; 218 by 149 mm. 192 pages. Hardcover, in good condition, bound in green cloth with black lettering, in a very good blue-and-green jacket with illustrated with two photos of the author. Slight lean to spine; head of spine bumped; underlining in blue pen on pages 55, 63, and 65 (13 total lines); slight browning from previously laid-in newspaper clippings visible on parts of pages 110-115. Jacket shows some rubbing and has short closed tears, but only a little loss, along the top and bottom edges, mostly at the top and bottom of the spine panel and at the flap folds. Jacket enclosed in a clear, archival-quality, removable protective cover. Item #574
Inscribed in blue ink on the front free endpaper, "To ____/+ _____ _____/Best Wishes/Arthur Ashe Jr". Ashe's first book, written when he was just 22 or 23 and still an amateur player, but full of interesting comments and insights that take on greater meaning when seen in the light of his entire career and life. Signed copies are uncommon.