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…

Can Tennis Save My Life?

The title may be a bit of hyperbole, but I am 42-years-old, I need to lose weight, and I have a stressful situation surrounding one of my children.  I don’t know if you have noticed, but Tennis Abides has had a bit of a sporadic last 12 months in terms of my ability to post….

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…