INTRODUCING OUR NEWSLETTER
The Suncoast Tennis League is a huge conglomeration of people living in Sarasota and Manatee counties, Florida. From October to March each year 1,900 players compete in doubles. There are 32 clubs officially signed up for competition. The league began in 1980 when John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg were both at the height of their powers. Once a week team captains are responsible for telling the public the results of every match played. Most captains send out newsletters. But only one captain (Jon Dietz, President of the Paradise Duffers Golf Association and captain of the University Park Red tennis team, uses the newsletter as an opportunity to tell wild outlandish tales. Sure, the scores are accurately tabulated. But beyond that, what one reads is as likely to involve aliens as often as carbon-based lifeforms (CBLF). What you will be reading from now until the league starts up again are selected archived newsletters that have tickled the funnybones of lots of people. The stories may be dated, but then so was every joke Henny Youngman ever told over a sixty year career. Enjoy. - Jon
ASSISTANT TENNIS PRO OLGA BACKHANDYA OF SHADY STROKES TENNIS CLUB PREPARES JON DIETZ’S NEW RACKET FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON.