That is a question I get asked every time the subject of this fabulous annual experience comes up in conversation. But it is very tough to answer.
Sure, we learn how to hit a volley better… where to stand in doubles … how to get more pop on your serve. But those are minor things compared to the major lesson I have learned over my dozen years of going to camp.
Like most “campers” I first came to New Braunfels looking forward to getting some pointers from the great legends of tennis in person. But now, like most of the others, we return for the sheer joy of being with each other – and the tennis Legends.
Since Roy Emerson and I “shared” prostate cancer surgery about the same time eight years ago, I have had a renewed sense of the really important lesson to be learned…
Life and health are precious – and fleeting. Enjoy and expand both while you can.
Evidence of this two camps ago, when there was an 80-year-old “rookie camper,” who just always wanted to come to Fantasy Tennis. And then that was surpassed this past year by Dick Eitel who flew in from Seattle WA to attend his first Fantasy Camp AT THE AGE OF 86. Just two examples of people who still have the desire to check things off their “bucket list.”
In the words of George Bernard Shaw, “You don’t stop playing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop playing.”
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