Being a man or a woman in your early 60s is different than it was a generation or two ago, at least for the more fortunate of us. We aren't old...yet. But we sense it coming: Careers are winding down, kids are gone, parents are dying (friends, too), and our bodies are no longer youthful or even middle-aged.
Learning to play tennis in your 50s is no small feat, but becoming a serious, competitive tennis player at the age of 60 is a whole other matter. It requires training the body to defy age and to methodically build one's game - the strokework, footwork, strategy, and mental toughness.
Gerald Marzorati started playing the game seriously in his mid-50s. He had the strong desire to lead an examined physical life, to push his body into the "encore" of middle age. In Late to the Ball, Marzorati writes vividly about the difficulties, frustrations, and triumphs of his becoming a seriously good tennis player. He takes on his quest with complete vigor and absolute determination to see it through, providing a rich, vicarious experience involving the science of aging, his existential battle with time, and the beautiful, mysterious game of tennis.
©2016 Gerald Marzorati (P)2016 Tantor
I'm a 50 year old tennis pro/corporate geek and father of a nationally ranked junior player. A buddy of mine turned me onto this title and I've got to say this is one of the most well written, entertaining and thought provoking tennis books I've ever read. If you're new to tennis, stopped playing and considering playing again, or a tennis bum, this book will inspire and motivate you to get back onto the courts. What made it especially enjoyable to me was the humility shown by the author, his writing style, acquired knowledge of the game and the people he describes. I also learned a few things! And most importantly I'm playing tennis today because of this.
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