by Michael Velazquez
In my younger, more athletic days, I was a decent tennis player. My college roommate was a Division I scholarship recipient, and even though he would never step on the court with me, he did share some technical and tactical points. There is a good likelihood that some of it sunk in. I was further inspired by some of the tennis stars of the day, whom, by stark contrast to today’s pros, seemingly exhibited a lot more flair and personality. Some of you may remember the likes of Ilie Nastase, Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe. Some of their matches were dramatic and breathtaking; a beautiful ballet of gifted athletes on top of their game.