New book: “Late To The Ball”
Taking up the sedentary pursuits of painting or chess at age 60 is one thing. Deciding to become a competitive player senior player on the USTA circuit is quite another thing- and much more more demanding! (Marzorati wrote about this subject several years ago, a prelude to this book.)
However, this book isn’t merely about playing tennis. While there’s a lot of that, it’s more about your finals match against Father Time.
The author’s focused foray into competitive tennis at age 60 is evidence that, although there are challenges associated with being older (and the book does spend time on this), the game can still be played and enjoyed, at a “later’ age.
Younger players may not find the benefit of such wisdom, but those of us in the Baby Boomer generation may want to check this one out…and then visit (or revisit) the court. A little Ben Gay application won’t be far behind.
On court photos from the New York Times. Portrait photo of Gerald Marzorati by Kathy Ryan.