If you are looking for a powerful athlete’s story as we approach the London 2012 Games try Titanic: The Tennis Story a book about two American tennis players Richard Norris “Dick” Williams and Karl Behr that wind up in the most unthinkable of situations – aboard the Titanic. And even more amazing they both manage to live through it with a small number of survivors.
Karl Behr was the more well known of the two players at the time their paths crossed aboard the ship the fateful week of April 1912. Williams was aboard the ship with his father en route to the USA to transfer to Harvard from Switzerland where he had been living. He was a rising young tennis player and his father was a very popular businessman in Switzerland as well as his coach and trainer.
Behr was one of the top ten players in America at the time and a member of the 1907 Davis Cup Team as well as a Wimbledon doubles finalist in 1907. He was on the Titanic in pursuit of the love of his life, Helen Newsom, and desperately was trying to win over her parents to ask for her hand in marriage. This romantic part of the story pales the blockbuster film love story with Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCabrio and by one moment of circumstance his life is saved.
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