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 develop into an elite, best 20 tennis participant within the 45-and-over age division—veritably glows with the incandescent ardour that permits a few fortunate souls to event participatory activities as a wonderful, life-shaping and reworking adventure. The weekend warrior is alive and good and in reliable palms with Krueger! —Peter Bodo, writer of THE COURTS OF BABYLON and THE CLAY RAN crimson
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I spent my summers there throughout college. That is where I was forced to learn topspin. There was something great about hitting something that doesn’t hit back so every ball I hit as hard as I could. Not having any coaching, I figured out if I gripped the racket with my palm over to the right I could keep the ball in the court and still swing hard. I developed a semi-Western forehand grip without any coaching, or any clue. If I hit the ball with two hands on my backhand I could also keep the ball on the court and swing hard.
He got involved in ROTC and spent part of one summer riding a bicycle from the Seattle to Maine. We still played occasionally in the summer when he told me that he was committed to the military. “I want to be president and I think it is important for a president who will send troops to war to have experience in the military,” he said. It wasn’t bravado or posturing. I could tell that is what he believed. He joined the officer training program in the Marines. He thrived as leader of his platoon.
I could tell that is what he believed. He joined the officer training program in the Marines. He thrived as leader of his platoon. He was given great responsibilities and showed great dedication and leadership. He and his men were scheduled to go to Afghanistan, but were diverted to help with aid to Haiti after the earthquake. Then he was transferred to a mission that Ed described as so secret that Nick would not tell him the destination. With what was going on in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan I imagined the worst.
45-Love. My Yearlong Quest to Fulfill a Lifelong Dream in the Sport of Tennis by Ray Krueger