Very sad news about George

We are extremely sad to let everyone know that dad unexpectantly passed away yesterday in his sleep. As you all know, it was a very trying few months from his heart surgery through the diagnosis of blood cancer / treatment… and we think it all finally got the better of him. A lot of you have already reached out to us and we are very grateful and comforted that he touched so many lives and was a positive force in the world.

We will be doing a small, private family remembrance this week and at some point in the future will be doing a larger memorial service and will keep you all informed as we figure things out. We will also send out information about donations to his favorite charity in lieu of gifts or flowers and his obituary.

With sadness,

Jeremy, Chris and DeDe.

14 thoughts on “Very sad news about George

  1. Jeremy,

    My condolences to you and your family. I always enjoyed receiving George’s emails and the topics he wrote about. I received a lot of great information from George and those who commented on this site. My prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

  2. Jeremy, Chris and DeDe,
    I will be for ever grateful to George as my friend. Pattie and I send our condolences to you and your family.

  3. It is with great sadness that we’ve lost another giant of senior men’s tennis, a dear friend to everyone! He will be greatly remembered for his kindness, and All his contributions to his friends of the tennis community.
    All my prayers for him, and his family going through their loss.
    Love, Peace, and prayers Mrs Kelli Turville

  4. Judy and I are so saddened over George’s passing. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
    George lived life to the fullest and always gave 100% to everything he did. He was a true straight shooter. It was a privilege and a pleasure to have known him.

  5. I will miss George. We shared a passion for tennis competition and fitness discipline to allow us to compete as well as we could. His blog was a consistent, interesting, and educational format but I will miss his presence at tournaments even more. He called it as he saw it – did not hesitate to disagree or critique which made his praise even more valued.
    For his family, I wish you the best at adjusting to this loss and to move forward positively as he would want.

  6. Well….: this just sucks!!! Best wishes to all of you … wishing you strength courage and clarity during these challenging times . I for sure will miss George a lot .

  7. Even though I did not meet George in person I knew him by his book and blog. First, I would say he was a very sincere, knowledgeable, honest, funny person and a great tennis player. Second, I have learned a lot about tennis from his writings. Third, I have in my Bucket List a tennis game against him,I guess, it will be in heaven!!
    For all his family my sincere condolences. YOU MUST BE VERY PROUD OF HIM

    I will miss his blog and the fine jokes at the end

  8. Dear Tennis Friends and Jeremy:

    What a great, positive guy and passionate tennis player George was.

    I read his book, some great tips, and input from friends and experienced players on his Sr. Tennis blog.

    I was fortunate to play with George and always had fun and learned something.

    Just last week I checked his blog because I had not gotten any emails and inferred he was trying to recover from a bout of something.

    I know George made an impact in Florida on the Senior Tennis Circuit, playing USTA and creating his own leagues as he did in Connecticut.

    RIP to George…a life lived well and a memorable friend to all.

    Condolences to Jeremy and the Wachtel family.

    We will be thinking fondly on George as we hit the courts this summer.

  9. Jeremy,

    My sincere condolences to you and your family. I didn’t ever meet George in person, but I felt like I knew him from reading his articles about tennis and fitness. He was a great person, writer and tennis player. He had a passion for the game, and he had a special talent for writing.

    Billy Scruggs

  10. I’m so sorry to hear this and offer my sincere condolences to George’s friends and family. Though we never actually met, George created an amazing community of senior tennis players through his book and website. He brought together those that love and play the game for the right reasons. I hope someone continues the site in George’s memory. It’s a fantastic legacy.

  11. Very sad news. I only met George once (briefly, at a tournament) and I told him how much I enjoyed his blog and especially the comments from his readers. I hope one or more of his friends can keep the blog going. It was a great source of news, items of interest, tournaments, and also fitness and medical advice, opinions, and comments from all the readers that were willing and able to share. I’ll miss all that greatly. All the best to his family!

  12. I cannot remember exactly when I first met George. I know it was in Texas, however, when he attended Tennis Fantasies camp for the first time and I was, by then, a several year veteran. (My first year was 1993.) We both attended many, many times after and, over the years, I came to regard George as a friend, as did literally everyone else who ever met George through Tennis Fantasies (and I am sure through any other means of introduction). George was more than just a “mensch” when it came to tennis. He was a real “mate”. Tennis Fantasies will never be the same without him.

    I never met anyone, anywhere, who had more passion, enthusiasm, wisdom, and sheer love for the game of tennis than George. No one. He was a walking encyclopedia about pieces of instruction and tidbits of information that he had gleaned over the years from the Legends. Trying to figure out why you keep hitting high volleys into the net? Go ask George, and he will tell you something about your technique that Woody told him 15 years ago to prevent that from happening.

    George was truly an inspiration to ever player who knew him, and a source of a tremendous amount of my knowledge of the game. This has a lot to do with his blog — this blog — which I always read religiously every time I would get an email from him announcing a new topic. (I also read his book cover to cover, and I still pick it up for tips on things when I am not playing well). But it was also his general demeanor. You could not have a conversation with George about anything and the topic would not slip back to tennis in 15 minutes. World affairs? Russia threatening war on Ukraine?? No problem. George would somehow find a way to redirect the topic to a discussion about how this might affect some up and coming player from Kiev, and then launch into a monologue about what an unusual, but highly effective, backhand that player has.

    But that was George. Friend to all tennis players. Tennis guru. My friend.

    I cried when I heard of George’s passing, and I am not embarrassed to say I am crying now as I write this.

    RIP, mate. You truly made a difference. You touched many lives, all positively. You enriched mine. You will be greatly missed. Tennis Fantasies will never be the same again. What a loss.

  13. So very sorry to hear of George’s passing. I am very fortunate to have known him over the years from Newk’s and will miss him terribly. May he rest in peace.

  14. It was with great sadness that I learned of George’s passing. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. My prayers and thoughts are with the entire family. George’s life was way too short. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Although, I never got a chance to meet George personally, I feel blessed to have known him through his wonderful tennis blog. I enjoyed commenting on his various topics…rules, strategy, instruction, tactics, etc. It didn’t matter. It was all excellent material that made you think, discuss and learn. His knowledge and passion for the game of tennis touched many people through the years. For all who knew George personally or through social media, his memory will not be forgotten. I wish the family peace and healing during this time.

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