James Hyndman’s Third Book: Between Ups and Downs

The accomplished tennis player, talented actor and writer James Hyndman signs his third book this year, false bounces, in which he combines his passion for this sport and that of the right word. This true pleasure of reading navigates between humor and more serious passages, such as the ups and downs in human relationships. He is peppered with anecdotes and confessions. Short stories are interspersed with notes on the highlights of tennis history.

James Hyndman, a pen writer who is both very fair and very elegant, with style, will delight tennis fans with this new book. Even those who are less familiar with this sport will find it interesting.

In an interview, James Hyndman explains that his books always have a mosaic effect and confirms his passion for tennis.

“I have been playing all my life. I come from a family for which tennis was a religion. I competed. I still play. It has been a great passion of my life and it still is.

This book was born from the chronicles that he has published since 2015 in the magazine tennis magazine.

“I am a fan of what is called sports literature, which is a genre that does not exist in Quebec, but is very much alive and present in France. There are many renowned writers (Goncourt prize winners, Renaudot prize winners) who have written about sport. They are literary writings that speak of sport, of life around sport. It is a great tradition and in France all kinds of literary prizes are awarded to so-called sports literature books. It is a genre that has always fascinated me.

When he began writing his columns for the magazine, he immediately thought of writing them based on a book.

“I began to project myself into the future, I imagined chapters, themes. I put that in my little box and from time to time I put an article for the magazine and from time to time I put a chapter that I saved for the book. Is […] half and half of the articles that were published in the magazine tennis magazine that have been reworked and chapters that have been written specifically for the book.”

He wanted to write a book like we have rarely seen, that deals with current tennis as well as his personal history around tennis, and how tennis is, in his opinion, a way of learning to live.


He also inserted what he calls microfictions into this book, which allow him to wander around tennis and have fun.

“There are dialogues and the final chapter is a kind of made-up dream that allows me to insert all kinds of elements from the previous chapters, like motifs that go back to the dream.”

He had fun.

“There is the chapter of a guy who lives in the imaginary town of Sainte-Pauline-des-Battures, who makes a speech Very Quebecois, very local, from Bas-Saint-Laurent, because he won a local tournament.

He finds his hybrid work.

“I wanted to be very surprising for the reader, so that it could interest both people who know tennis and people who don’t know anything about tennis.”

There is always a great humanity and deep reflections in James Hyndman’s texts.

“The goal is to be as authentic as possible: how do I see sport, tennis, practicing sports?”

  • James Hyndman is a comedian known for his roles on stage, television, and film.
  • He has started filming a new Serge Boucher TV series.
  • He is also an accomplished writer. he signed oceans in 2018 and an adult life in 2020.


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Of the great champions, I like the flaws and weaknesses perhaps even more than the weapon feats. Nadal who stumbles and fights as he can with hitherto unknown drops in confidence, that’s what brings me closer. For Serena to collapse at the dawn of a historic victory is heartbreaking, of course, but in a world where the demands of perfection and performance triumph, remembering that victory eludes even the greatest, that the size of what is in game sometimes also paralyzes them. – reconciles us with our own fallibilities.”

-James Hyndmanfalse bounces, XYZ Editions

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