I’m the guy towards the left in the blue shirt and sunglasses.
This article discusses how I became a tennis fan and later a tennis writer. I thought that some of you, especially those who read me more frequently, might find it illuminating, and it’s interesting for me to look back on it too.
In the beginning, there was Maria Sharapova.
I entered the undergraduate program at Stanford University in 2006, which meant that I had an unusually long summer holiday. Following the quarter system, Stanford does not start its fall classes until late September. In the last few weeks before leaving for California, I had most of my evenings to myself. Baseball was the sport that claimed most of my attention at that stage, but I had grown accustomed to switching channels to other programs during commercials. I can’t recall exactly why or when I switched to the US Open at some time that August or September. Although I had played tennis as a child, I never had enjoyed watching it on televi...