When I was a boy, like many others, I dreamt of being a full-time athlete; and now in my old age, dreams are almost coming true.
Growing up in Brooklyn in the middle of the last century, my idols were PeeWee Reese, Duke Snider, Carl Furillo, and the rest of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Now, my idols are tennis players like Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, and David Ferrer – all who worked very hard on and off the court to get where they are.
In my “almost-full-retirement,” I have the time to devote to doing what I love … getting and being “in shape.” For those of you who know me personally, you know my ideal week is playing six days and includes three singles and three doubles matches (Sunday being my day of tennis rest).
But in addition to that, there is the daily stretching routine; throwing in Pilates every other day; and weight training about three times a week.
When you throw in food preparation for a “healthy diet,” that consumes a lot of hours in the day. Yes, it can be viewed as an obsession; but I think a “healthy obsession” that may help me get to another one of my life goals: being nationally ranked in the 90s age division!
And on that note, Alex Swetka passed away yesterday morning from complications of bladder cancer at the age of 94. Alex Swetka not only won 73 national tennis titles and started Swetka’s Tennis Shop over 43 years ago, but according to Jimmy Miller ( who works in the shop and is #1 on our Newk team), “He was a terrific friend, mentor, and inspiration to a lot of us here on the West Coast, and will be greatly missed.”