Joel Drucker: Fantastic Voyage
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
Six weeks after my wife Joan's death, I arrived at a place I could be most real: a tennis fantasy camp.
Conjures up wealthy folks having a kindly hit with ex-pros. Dozens such events occur all over the world. But at "Tennis Fantasies with John Newcombe and the Legends," the camp I've attended for nearly 20 years, fantasy and reality take a different twist.
One night at Tennis Fantasies, Charlie Pasarell told a story. In 1969, in the first round of Wimbledon, he walked on to Centre Court versus Pancho Gonzales. It's a story worthy of Tolstoy, a tennis war that took two days, more than five hours. Seven match points for Pasarell were erased, Gonzales winning 11-9 in the fifth.
While many tennis events are at heart friendly clinics, Tennis Fantasies emphasizes competition. Under the eyes of camp founder and director Steve Contardi, campers play on teams, coached by legends such as Pasarell and Hall of Famers Newcombe, Roy
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