Interviewing Dartmouth’s Dan Martin

1) So Dan, I became aware of your junior play in Canada once when seeing where my site was on Google’s traffic.  I was thrilled to see someone named “Dan Martin” playing tennis at a high level.  What were your biggest results in junior tennis? My tennis “career” started very early and I’m proud of…

Interviewing Butler University’s Preston Cameron

[Note: I was a teacher and assistant tennis coach at Saint Xavier High School in Louisville during the 2018 season in which Preston was a 12th-grade student] 1. As a high school player, you won 3 consecutive state doubles titles with three different partners. What are your thoughts on that unique accomplishment? It was really…

Is Tennis Dying in the US? Part 2 – Prognosis Negative

Note – On one hand, this column is quite anecdotal.  On the other, there are a lot of wrecked public tennis courts across this country. This sign should read “Courts Are for Tennis Play and the Cultivation of Plants that can Crack Decoturf II Only” Klondike Park is attached to Klondike Lane Elementary School in…

Infinite Jest: Not an Easy First Reaction

I Started Reading Infinite Jest Not an Easy First Reaction (Some Spoilers) Prologue – My History with DFW I first read David Foster Wallace in the summer of 1996 when I was a work-study intern at Georgetown University.  Our office was full of tennis fanatics (always a good thing for me).  One of my bosses…

Imperfectly Perfect – Part 4: Unexpected Champions

We entered our eighth match facing a school that had a lot of good athletes as well as 4 really strong players.  If we were playing them 1-14, I would have felt good, but we were playing our top 7 versus their top 7.  This was going to be a coin flip of a dual…

Madie Cook Interview: 4 Year NCAA Division 1 Player

I will hopefully be doing more interviews as part of this site.  Madie Cook was kind enough to answer some questions about tennis. 1.  You won a Kentucky High School state title in singles in 12th grade.  What was that like?  Did it help you entering college tennis? It was one of the best memories…