A look behind the glamour of the international tennis circuit tells a story of ruthless parents, punishing schedules and cut-throat competition. Anna Kournikova, Jennifer Capriati and the Williams sisters are among those we follow from one tournament to another. We learn how players are made, watching as 11 and 12-year-old prodigies struggle to develop their talents. Maggi Maleeva recalls how her mother encouraged her to fulfil her ambitions - subjecting her to a seven-day-a-week training schedule, all year round. Now injury threatens to abort her career. A fascinating, but depressing, insight into a business that used to be a pastime for sporty gels and chaps at country house parties.
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