By Ray Krueger
Ray Krueger's story—that of a 275-pound teen who fears leaving his own residence for worry of operating into his personal father, yet is going directly to turn into an elite, most sensible 20 tennis participant within the 45-and-over age division—veritably glows with the incandescent ardour that permits a few fortunate souls to adventure participatory activities as a wonderful, life-shaping and reworking event. The weekend warrior is alive and good and in solid palms with Krueger! —Peter Bodo, writer of THE COURTS OF BABYLON and THE CLAY RAN crimson
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It is not work, family or even tennis. It is injuries. Goers described how back troubles had knocked him out of national tournaments for a couple of years. I told him my story of overcoming three herniated discs when I was 32, combining chiropractic, yoga, weight training and conditioning to be in the best shape of my life at 45, with no back pain in years. As I said that I realized I had set myself up for re-injuring my back. But I also told myself that is the kind of negative thoughts and emotions that can only add unneeded stress to my life.
After the rain, the courts were playing even slower and we both were exceedingly cautious leading to even longer points. He wasn’t appearing to tire, but my friend was coming back. The sun re-emerged. It went from 95 degrees to 65 degrees and was heading back to 85 degrees. He started getting tired. I just kept retrieving. There were a couple of more double faults in key points, but I kept it together long enough to win 6-4. “He got a lot better,” Giacometti graciously told Rebhuhn as we gave in our scores.
I shoveled courts to play in the winter as I didn’t make enough money to pay for indoor court time. Winter tournaments were a great deal. It cost $25 an hour for indoor court time back then and it would cost $25 to enter a tournament, which would guarantee at least one two-hour match and sometimes more. My work/tennis obsession led to one failed relationship after another, but I didn’t really care. One girlfriend convinced me to see a psychologist to discuss my problems. We talked weekly about the stress I was feeling about my work schedule getting in the way of the tournaments I would need to play to earn a ranking.
45-Love. My Yearlong Quest to Fulfill a Lifelong Dream in the Sport of Tennis by Ray Krueger