NOT your average tennis book this one of the top sports psychology books out but it really can change the way tennis is played.
Over thirty years old, it's helped hundreds of thousands of people improve their mental game AND their results.
“Introduced to The Inner Game of Tennis as a graduate student years ago, I recognized the obvious benefits of [W. Timothy] Gallwey's teachings. . . . Whether we are preparing for an inter-squad scrimmage or the National Championship Game, these principles lie at the foundation of our program.”—from the Foreword by Pete Carroll
It doesn't serve up techniques and drills like most books on tennis. It focuses on the mental game which can really keep players from winning and is so often overlooked. This can provide a big bonus to your game with a relatively low time investment.
I've coached sports personally for several years - specifically rock climbing. When it comes to the mental aspect, there are closer ties to tennis than you might think. The same mental aspects are still massively overlooked in both. Rather than deal with the dimishing returns of always focusing on the physical or technical aspects, rounding out your skills by also looking at the mental aspect.
The Inner Game of Tennis is suggested around the net as a way to improve your mental game in general, not just on the court. It's why I originally picked it up but since it draws obvious parallels to tennis, it had a pretty obvious benefit on my game despite it not being my original intention.