These are Sarah’s 10 Best Tennis Novels.

1 Love Match by Ali Vali

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

Also available on Audible

Synopsis

Parker “Kong” King is the number one tennis player in the world with a real talent for getting women in her bed. To prepare herself for the one title she’s never won—and avoid the press and her ex—she retreats to a secluded home in Press Cove, Alabama. There she’ll also be safe from the Soldiers of God who’ve threatened to kill her for what they see as her depraved lifestyle.

Commercial pilot Captain Sydney Parish loves the order that comes from a well-constructed plan for everything, her only failure being her personal life. She hopes a vacation will help heal her bruised heart, but soon finds that might not be possible when she discovers she’s one house over from Parker King.

When Parker and Sydney meet, sparks fly, but not from attraction. They have the summer to see if they have a love match, or will the Soldiers of God kill their chance for a relationship?

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lucky loser by yolanda wallace2 Lucky Loser by Yolanda Wallace

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

Also available on Audible

Synopsis

In the high stakes world of women’s tennis, love means nothing. Or at least that’s how Sinjin Smythe sees it. Then she begins to fall for her friend and former doubles partner Laure Fortescue. Having had her heart broken by one player, Sinjin isn’t willing to have it happen again. The talented but oft-injured Brit enters Wimbledon fighting her feelings—and struggling to resurrect her career.

Laure Fortescue has fame, fortune, and a ranking inside the top ten. She has everything she ever wanted. Everything except Sinjin Smythe. As a rule, Laure doesn’t date other players. A rule she would gladly break if it means winning Sinjin’s heart.

Both women reach Wimbledon desperate to claim tennis’s crown jewel—Sinjin because it would be her greatest victory, Laure because it could be her last.

Where does love fit in a game that only one can win?

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3 Code of Conduct by Cheyenne Blue

Publisher: Ylva

Synopsis

Viva Jones was great once. A top ten tennis player with a grand slam trophy to her name, she had the world at her feet. Then an overzealous lineswoman’s bad call knocked her out of the US Open, and a persistent injury crushed her career. While battling to return to the game she loves, a chance meeting with the lineswoman, Gabriela, forces Viva to rethink the past…and the present.

Away from the court, Gabriela is sexy, athletic, and lives for her career as an umpire. She seems to be falling for Viva as hard and fast as Viva is for her. There’s just one problem: players and officials can’t date.

A lesbian romance about breaking all the rules.

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4 Match Point by RL Burgess

Publisher: Bella Books

Synopsis

After giving up her Grand Slam dream for love five years ago, Jodi Richards is ready to make a comeback. Her heart is broken but her mind is clear: tennis is her only true love. Hoping to earn the wild card entry for the US Open, she rehires her coach and starts the grueling work of getting back on the pro-circuit. It’s a long shot but she’s more determined than ever…

A successful Juniors coach, Miranda Ciccone jumps at the chance to join Team Richards as Jodi’s assistant coach. Thrown together constantly as they travel to major tournaments, the two women fight their growing attraction. When Miranda realizes she can no longer ignore her feelings for Jodi, she must choose: stay at the risk of distracting Jodi from her biggest professional opportunity, or silently turn her back on the possibility of love. Either way—she could end up destroying Jodi’s dream.

Settling for either love or tennis would be easy—but having both seems nearly impossible. Will Jodi and Miranda play it safe or step up their game for the chance to win it all?

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5 Courted by Celia Cohen

Publisher: Bella Books

Synopsis

What could be a better assignment for a lesbian cop than handling personal security for the hottest player on the women’s tennis circuit? After just 10 minutes on the job, Officer Wendy Lynn Kotter can think of a million things—like walking barefoot on broken glass or chugging a bottle of Tabasco sauce. It seems that off the court, angel of Wimbledon Alie de Ville is spoiled, conceited, rude, and—to make matters worse—a thousand times more attractive and desirable than any of her Sports Illustrated covers can convey.

Tennis isn’t the only game Alie excels at. Her winning streak extends to her bedroom—and she’s got her sights set on a new trophy. Rich, powerful, and on her home turf, the professional athlete appears to have the advantage. But former softball champ Kotter is no stranger to tough competition. Could the champion have met her match?

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6 Break Point by Yolanda Wallace

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

Synopsis

Germany’s Meike von Bismarck is rich, famous, and the top-ranked amateur female tennis player in the world. She seems to have it all, but the Nazis want more. Can Meike deliver the victories Adolf Hitler requires on court while keeping her soul intact off it?

Brash American Helen Wheeler has reached the upper echelons of women’s tennis, but her fiery temper and headline-grabbing social life have prevented her from being accepted by the genteel sport’s fans. When a shadowy government agent presents Helen with compromising photographs of her with Meike von Bismarck, her one-time doubles partner and former lover, will Helen allow her career to be derailed by an inevitable morals charge or will she agree to spy on the woman she once loved?

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7 One-Love by Lynn Ames

Publisher: Phoenix Rising Press

Synopsis

Trystan Lightfoot allowed herself to love once in her life; the experience broke her heart and strengthened her resolve never to fall in love again. At forty, however, she still longs for the comfort of a woman’s arms. She finds temporary solace in meaningless, albeit adventuresome encounters, burying her pain and her emotions deep inside where no one can reach. No one, that is, until she meets C.J. Winslow.

C.J. Winslow is the model-pretty-but-aging professional tennis star the Women’s Tennis Federation is counting on to dispel the image that all great female tennis players are lesbians. And her lesbianism isn’t the only secret she’s hiding. A traumatic event from her childhood is taking its toll both on and off the court.

Together Trystan and C.J. must find a way beyond their pasts to discover lasting love.

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8 Forty Love by Diana Simmonds

Publisher: Bella Books

Synopsis

American tennis champ Julia Ross is at the top of her game and the top of the world. With corporate sponsors and adoring women falling at her feet, the gloriously talented athlete believes she is living a dream. And she is – until a career threatening injury wakes her to the harsh reality that fans are notoriously fickle and fair-weather friends (and lovers) are a dime a dozen.

Australian painter Eliot Bancroft is wealthy enough to lead a very comfortable life, and her active lifestyle keeps her beautiful body tanned and toned. But for what? Trapped in a loveless marriage, Eliot has wrapped her life around her beloved seven-year-old daughter, ignoring her own inner feelings – and desires.

A chance meeting between these two women will soon change their lives forever. And one of them will be forced to decide how high a price she dares pay for the embrace of the woman she loves.

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9 Beautiful Game by Kate Christie

Publisher: Bella Books

Synopsis

It’s 1991 and Melissa Etheridge is a brand new voice on the radio. In Southern California, it’s almost–but not quite–safe to say the word lesbian out loud. For Camille Wallace, a sophomore attending San Diego University on a soccer scholarship, life is sweet. She has gay friends, the sport she loves, and a future full of possibilities.

Her possible futures don’t include a woman like Jess Maxwell. Potential all-American, star-caliber tennis player and in every way the perfect co-ed, Jess isn’t likely to notice Cam’s admiring glances. Even if she does, chances are she’ll never regard Cam as more than a fan.

The brilliant sunshine might be one reason Cam sees a side of Jess that no one else has realized is there. But it will take more than training and tenacity to find out if Jess wants to be the woman Cam believes lurks within. It may take more than Cam can possibly risk.

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10 Sudden Death by Rita Mae Brown

Publisher: Bantam USA

Synopsis

Outrageous, irrepressible and endlessly entertaining, the bestselling author of Rubyfruit Jungle and Bingo spins a behind-the-scenes tale of women’s professional tennis that dramtically intertwines the heart-stopping excitement of competition and the lingering heartache of intimate human bonds. Carmen Semanan loves three things passionalty: tennis, money and professor Harriet Rawls. Just twenty-four, Carmen is at her peak as one of the world’s top-seeded tennis champions, determined to win the coveted Grand Slam. She is protected from everything but the grueling demands of her sport by an avericious agent and her devoted gusty Harriet. All the odds are in her favor. But there are weeds growing in her paradise patch. Carmen’s vey latin brother, Miguel, parlays her succes into a financial house of cards with deals that include smuggling, forgery, and fraud. Susan Reilly, Carmen’s archrival and former lover, leaks word of Carms’s relationship with Harriet to the press–and tennis’s best-kept secret is blown into a front-page scandal. From the French Open to Wimbledon, jealousies, ambitions and passions are set to explode. Now, with everything she cherishes on the line, Carmen must test the true depths of her feelings-both on and off the court.

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