Play Winning Tennis Today


by Helle Sparre Viragh with Jim Schock

Foreword by Rosie Casals and Vic Seixa


$24.95  / ISBN 1-58790-066-1 / 144 pages  /  paperback  /  7” x 10”


Sports / Tennis


This book teaches club and tournament players how to improve their tennis game in an afternoon. The key is a system of play that answers the 4 big questions about doubles tennis: 1) What should I have done?, 2) Where should I have been?, 3) How could I have gotten that?, and 4) Whose was that? Written in a refreshing personal style and using mini-court illustrations, it gives both new and experienced players insight into how to view the different areas of the court, the nuances of the game, and the strategy of getting to the right place in time to hit a winning shot. Tennis players who immerse themselves in Helle’s talent and experience, while making her techniques and tips their own, will find themselves scoring wins over more powerful, higher-ranked opponents time after time.


Helle Sparre Viragh was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1956. She began playing tennis at age six and by age 18 she won 36 National Championships, including the European Championship for Girl’s 16’s. In 1978 Helle advanced to the round of 32 at Wimbeldon and later on that year she won the U.S. Clay Court Women’s Doubles Championship. In 1997 Helle competed for the victorious U.S. Women’s 40’s team in the World Cup and won the 40’s World Doubles Championship. Helle is currently the Head Tennis Pro at Scott Valley Swimming and Tennis Club in Mill Valley, ten minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Jim Schock’s distinguished career in broadcasting includes stints as a producer for ABC-TV sports. When he produced his first tennis program, he was inspired by the power and elegance of the game, especially doubles matches. When he met Helle and witnessed firsthand her ability to improve doubles players, he immediately agreed to collaborate in assisting her to transfer her skills from the court to the pages of this book. Mr. Schock is also a novelist and screenwriter. His newest screenplay is “Blue Ladies.”

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