RIGGS, Bobby. Tennis Is My Racket. New York: Simon and Schuster. 1949, 1st edition. 8vo. 8.25"x5.75". Green boards. Pictorial dust jacket. Photographic plates. 245 pp. Several significant chips around jacket edges. Front flap detached but included in mylar wrap. Rectangular sunning inside rear cover where newspaper clipping about this book is laid in. Very good book in fair dust jacket.
RIGGS, Bobby; MCCANN, George. Court Hustler. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott. 1973, 1st edition. 8vo. 8.5"x5.75". Brown cloth. Pictorial dust jacket. Photographic plates. 203 pp. 4.5" scuff on front jacket cover. Severat small tears around jacket edges. Several passages highlighted throughout book. Good book in very good dust jacket.
This is a pair of first edition memoirs by controversial tennis champion Riggs. Tennis Is My Racket was released early in his career when he was beginning to foster a reputation as a cocky upstart. Court Hustler was released decades later immediately following his victory over Margaret Court, well into Riggs' "aggressive sexist" phase when he was best known for challenging female tennis champions to prove male dominance. History has given Court Hustler an ironic coda; several months after the release of this book, Riggs would be thoroughly trounced by Billie Jean King in the legendary "Battle of the Sexes," rendering much of this memoir's braggadocio more than a bit pathetic. Item #1028