My tennis hate for Road to 4.5 Tennis blogger PJ Simmons has just reached a new high. It was already simmering when he told me it took him just five years to improve from a brand new, 2.5 beginner to a 4.0 player. (I've been playing for 10 years now, and have stalled at 3.0.) When I learned that he's created the US Tennis Congress, a new tennis immersion experience for adult recreational players, my Tennis Hate churned into a rolling boil.
"Amy, I'm doing it! I'm living my life around tennis!" he said as he slid onto the bench across from me at my favorite SoHo cafe. We were meeting for the first time, after corresponding through e-mail and text. I spotted him immediately. He was carrying an unstrung tennis racquet.
Great, no strings. Easier to slip the racquet around his foot and trip him on his way to get his cappuccino.