Tennis is the sport of a lifetime — or so the saying goes. How many sports have an 80-and-over division? But in 1994, just a year out of college, I was told that I would never play again. Doctors agreed that the two herniated disks in my lower back were so severe that playing any sport that involved running would only increase the intense pain I was experiencing. So, at 23, tennis disappeared from my life, apparently for good. I had no idea that, nine years and one morphine-induced epiphany later, it would return. With a vengeance.
-- by Marc Howard, Tennis.com Magazine, January/February 2007