Kenneth R. Nelson, Sr.
Hello tennis fans: Federer, the Williams sisters, Nadal, and the other professionals all practice exceptionally long hours! That, my friends, is the reason they get paid the big bucks! We, on the other hand, are no superstars; therefore, when you see one of us alone or there is just one or two of us on the courts, that is what we are trying to do! We share the courts with the Pickleball Club. COVID-19 has caused us to be affected by the yo-yo effect; we can’t be sure what is going on, so we play or don’t play, which is a personal choice, I guess. Oh well, at any rate, the schedule has also yo-yo’d a bit:
Sunday: Drop-in: 11:30 a.m., Sonny Sanico coordinator, 480-594-5513
Monday: Men’s Doubles: 10 a.m., Mel Terechenok coordinator, 480-895-6734
Monday: Ladies Doubles: 8:30 to 10 a.m., Holly Benson coordinator, 602-818-0236
Tuesday: Men’s Doubles: 10 a.m., Jack Barber coordinator, 602-405-1668
Wednesday: Ladies Day: 9 a.m., Holly Benson coordinator, 602-818-0236
Friday: Mixed Drop-in: 9 a.m., Jack Barber coordinator, 602-405-1668
We are just about rolling, as the past couple of sessions we have had 12 men, which is enough for three courts, and some good tennis is being played.
Next month, I will continue my profiles from the courts! I was thinking about asking for volunteers to be reported on. President Schlenker suggested I mix it up with the ladies also. If anyone wants to volunteer, give me a call or email some basic facts about yourself and I will meet with you and we will fill in the blanks.
We shall see—Sonny Sanico, Dave Vu, Jack Barber, Nick LaVista, Barb Hall, the Stephensons (J.D. and Sue) (welcome home, Sue, get well and will see you on the courts), Byron, Jim Seaman, The “Turtlenecks” (there I go, taking poetic license where implied) “Ter-ech-e-noks” (Mel and Christine), John Schlenker, Hal Reimer, Glen Ketchum, Harry Laughary, Bob Filere, “Fish” (Dave Fischer), Terri Bitler, Holly Benson, your smiles and tennis have improved my memory, but don’t count on it lasting too long. I recalled each of you without any help! What I will do is post a couple of pictures of you folks that I took.
Remember the Bradshaw Tournament? Applications are now being taken for entries at Cottonwood. Contact Al Wagner at 480-802-7142 for more information. I’ll try to have more for next edition.
If I seem a little out of sorts, on Jan. 30, one of my grandsons had his 17th birthday, and on Feb. 2, he passed away on the couch at home. We found out it was from complications from an undiagnosed case of diabetes. The kid lit up every room he walked into and would give you the shirt off his back. Anthony Malik Nelson, rest in peace, son!
That is it for this month. Remember your follow through; you should have your racket and lead foot pointing at where the ball went when it left your racket! Keep your head down!