Tennis Expert's New Book Swings onto Amazon Best-Sellers List Serving up On-Court Tips and Life Lessons for Readers

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‘Look at All That Room Above the Net’ Brings ‘Wit and Wisdom from a Lifetime in Tennis’

Barkhouse Bay Publishing today announced the release of Look at All That Room Above the Net: Wit and Wisdom from a Lifetime in Tennis, the brand-new book from legendary Seaside, FL resort tennis coach Tracy Townsend. Look at All That Room Above the Net features tennis tips as well as relatable life lessons that anyone can enjoy. Already ranked in the top 10 on the Amazon Best Sellers list for Tennis Books, Townsend’s debut offers a new way for the avid tennis player, the novice, and even those who’ve never picked up a racket to learn more about the game from a master of wit and tennis.

“I walked onto a tennis court for the first time as a 46-year-old at one of Tracy’s clinics in Seaside. From the first drill, his common-sense coaching and disarming, sarcastic wit resonated with me and sparked an interest in tennis that has since become my competitive outlet,” says Phil Savage, Senior Adviser to the New York Jets.

“This book is a treasure trove of tips, tactics and stories that can help any level player improve their game.”

As a kid learning to play on an asphalt court with a chain link fence for a net, Tracy Townsend never imagined he’d run a wildly successful resort tennis program in the world’s first New Urbanist town.

The Tennis Director in Seaside, Florida, for over 20 years, Townsend has coached thousands of players who return time after time because they love the tennis community he has created with his magnetic personality, entertaining delivery, and famous “Tracyisms.”

As a tennis instructor, Townsend believes tennis should always be fun, a philosophy that has driven his 35-year teaching career. Now it’s in print so tennis players worldwide can share in the experience.

Look at All That Room Above the Net isn’t your ordinary tennis tips book on doubles tennis strategy, the backhand stroke, or advice on improving your serve (although all of those are covered). This book is entertaining — offering fun and funny advice — served up with sarcastic wit that only Townsend can offer.

In between solid tennis pointers for volley technique and forehand tips, you’re reminded that you play because you love tennis. You’re supposed to be having fun on the courts, and as Townsend always says, “Winning is more fun than losing!”

Advance reviews for Look at All That Room Above the Net are outstanding.

“Thoughtful analysis and impeccable insight delivered with a keen sense of humor,” says Koco Eaton, Tampa Bay Rays Team Physician.

Fans of the sport and retired players alike will enjoy Townsend’s stories and analysis. He also shares his tennis drills so other tennis pros can use his book as a framework for their own lessons. Look at All That Room Above the Net is the perfect tennis gift for everyone on your league tennis team, your doubles partner, your pro, family members, and anyone who loves the sport.

Even Robert Davis, the famed founder of Seaside, Florida, has weighed in on Townsend’s new book.

“Tracy’s own enjoyment of his work as a coach is palpable. Reading this book will be almost as pleasurable as playing the game itself,” Davis says.

Townsend has spent his career in elite company, previously teaching alongside Arthur Ashe, Rod Laver, and Jim Courier.

Look at All That Room Above the Net: Wit and Wisdom from a Lifetime in Tennis is already an Amazon Best Seller in the Tennis Books category based on preorders. It’s listed among the top 10 tennis books worldwide on Amazon alongside The Inner Game of Tennis and books about Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Billie Jean King, and Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams.

Look at All That Room Above the Net will officially be available for order in hardcover starting November 16, at $28. For more information visit the book’s official landing page and to order, check out the book on Amazon. The book is also available at The Seaside Style flagship store and Sundog Books in Seaside, Florida.

Tracy Townsend is available for select in-person television interviews in Florida and Zoom-based interviews worldwide.

About Tracy Townsend: Tracy Townsend is a resort tennis expert and the Tennis Director in Seaside, Florida. He's taught tennis drills with some of the greatest tennis players of all-time including Arthur Ashe, Rod Laver, and Jim Courier. Learn more at

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