By Ray Krueger
Ray Krueger's story—that of a 275-pound teen who fears leaving his own residence for worry of working into his personal father, yet is going directly to turn into an elite, most sensible 20 tennis participant within the 45-and-over age division—veritably glows with the incandescent ardour that permits a few fortunate souls to adventure participatory activities as an excellent, life-shaping and reworking adventure. The weekend warrior is alive and good and in sturdy fingers with Krueger! —Peter Bodo, writer of THE COURTS OF BABYLON and THE CLAY RAN pink
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I would have to wear him down. I got off to a fast start and took the first set 6-4, before his superior game took over the second set 6-1. But he appeared to tire in the heat of the third set so I was able to prevail 6-4, and win another 250 points. My last major of the year was the jewel of the schedule, the National clay courts in Savannah, Ga. The tournament is run like a professional tour event with amazing hospitality, a beautiful setting and scores of local residents coming out to see the matches.
But he wanted out. I don’t know if it was physical or mental. But he was toast. He flew some balls wide and long, and I took the second set and the match. I went back into work/life mode. He went into formal tennis player who loses mode. I have learned in the past that the traditional “nice match” said by the winning player at the handshake is a dangerous thing to say. Many a time I heard the comeback “I didn’t play nice. ” and then have to listen to all the reasons they lost, which always seemed a bit insulting.
And that is what I did. Garbage flew everywhere. Bees came flying out. A strange thing happened. Everyone watching, even players on the other team cheered. That was the first positive reinforcement I ever received from strangers. If I wasn’t hooked on this sport before, I was now. I ran after every ball, crashing into fences, players on the next court, the net, everything. I still didn’t win a game, but the crowd was drawn to that fat kid in the too-tight shorts. The next match I would debut a new maneuver, falling over the net chasing a drop shot, and doing a full flip landing on the other side and bouncing back up again That is when I came up with the term full-contact tennis.