Arthur Ashe in 1966 in patriotic colors. Check out the accompanying SI story on the groundbreaking legend here.
And this is my new racquet. It’s not as pretty as Ashe’s old wooden ones, but nor is it completely ugly by today’s standards.
For years I’d been stuck where most recreational players get stuck: the dreading ratings-system number known as 3.5 (though I always had a big serve). This season I’m finally breaking through and hope to reach 4.0, which would be considered more of a club-level proficiency. It came about as a combination of physical and mental breakthroughs. Never doubt the importance of the “inner game of tennis,” the power of meditation, and a good coach.
If you feel like you’re destined to be stuck at 3.5 for life, perhaps the video below can show the way forward. — CC