This summer would haved marked 40 years of playing tennis, had I not gotten sick a few years ago and missed the last four years. Mostly played hard-court tennis in California, very aggressive game and the knees are now complaining about the abuse. LOL
For the last 12 years or so, played out of Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach, CA. When I joined that club, there were 16 touring pros playing out of there, led by #1 Ranked Lindsay Davenport. A great facility and a lot of great people. www.palisadestennis.com
if anyone wants a peek. Over the years, I've made more friends and put together more really fun dates through meeting people that I played tennis with than any time I spent hanging out in bars.
When I was with Marriott, and we were looking for people to visit our time-share, tennis was a major part of our program. We worked at tournaments all over the U.S. My favorite was the Bank of the West Classic every year at Stanford University. Just a great setting and a beautiful campus. Good tournament , too. AS Roy Tucker said, it's nice to see the pros in restaurants and grocery stores. The first year that I worked the BOW Classic, I stopped in a Denny's for breakfast and, right after I was seated, the hostess brought 3 people over and sat them at the next table. It was Venus, Sareena and Richard Williams. I said hi but didn't want to interupt their timing. Richard, immediately jumped into a conversation. Very friendly guy. Later that day, he came by our booth to see what we did and say hi. I worked that tournament for almost 10 years and every year he would come by and say 'hi'. He has been blasted in some tennis circles but I have always found him very nice----I think he got a bad rap. He usually brought the girls by as well but I can't say I was as impressed by them. Venus was nice but Sareena, petulant and moody.
Over the years with Marriott, I worked over 60 professional tourneys, sold a couple of players tours, worked Davis Cup (U.S. vs. Netherlands, in Newport Beach) and Fed Cup U.S. Germany in La Jolla, CA) tourneys and generally had a ball around this wonderful sport. For the Davis Cup match (played at Palisades in Newport) I was the Driver for the Dutch team and picked them up at their hotel and took them to practice, matches, dinner, etc. every day during the rubber. IIRC correctly, that was a match that either Aggassi or Courriour had to come back from 5-0 or 5-1 down in the third set to keep the Americans in the match. Just thrilling to be there. (Not so thrilling for the Dutch team going back to the hotel.
I've just had so much fun on a tennis court! It's kept me young(ish), kept my weight down and provided me with plenty of exercise and mental challenges that I can't recommend this sport enough. There are a lot more stories but maybe that's for another time.