It was reported to me that veteran senior tournament player (and super photographer) Ralph Grieco of Roswell, GA died Wednesday of a heart attack.
Several years ago (when I was playing tournament singles), Ralph and I had a grueling, marathon three-set, three-hour match. Afterwards, we shook sweaty hands and became friends forever after.
Just last January at Sanchez-Casal’s CAT II tournament, I watched him beat my good friend Tony Williams; and they both ran all over the court chasing down balls.
Most of us feel healthy and plan to live and play well into our 80’s – and maybe into our 90’s. But it is news like this that reminds us how fragile life can really be … and that we should enjoy every day like it might be our last (because it might be).
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