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A few of us who are around the sixty mark don't play that much these days and if you are taking on a couple of guys in their forties it is very difficult.
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But if we can play at our pace in our age bracket we can play much better and have more fun with the crowd. I would like to play with Roche at Wimbledon again and the opportunities are running out.
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By the time I got to the hospital, I certainly realised that I had a problem because I couldn't write or print at that time, which lasted luckily only about four months. I'd gone numb here and on my tongue and the right foot a little bit.
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I chose to stay with tennis and they didn't understand that at the school.
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I first went to Wimbledon in 1961 and have been every year since with the exception of 1975 when I had a cartilage out.
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I had started my love affair with Wimbledon.
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I realised that I had allowed the emotions of the Centre Court to envelop me. Matches like that are part of the reason why in 1970 I was able to realise what was happening to me against Rosewall and get out of it.
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I tried out for the cricket team, then found out I had to play Saturday mornings... or Saturday afternoons and practice twice a week.
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I was a pretty feisty young kid.
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I was in the main draw from the start, my opening match was on Court One against Jan Eric Lundquist of Sweden who was about eight in the world at the time.
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I was not able to play in 1972 because I was under contract to World Championship Tennis and in 1973 there was the player boycott.
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I wouldn't, a little bit frightened but throughout my life I'd learnt that when you're in the serious situations, you've got to try to stay calm. Because that's the way you get out of them.
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I'd also made the first tennis team. I was number two player in the school at 11 years of age and that didn't sit very well with people.
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In the morning of course, I'd have to, John would have to go round and apologise to everyone for what Jack had done or said to them.
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My first trip was with the Australian team with Fred Stolle, Bob Hewitt, Ken Fletcher. I had just turned 17.
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One of the best doubles matches we played was in the 1968 final against Stolle and Rosewall. We were out there for nearly five hours.
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So there was a fire inside me. And that fire inside you, it can be turned into a negative form or a positive form. And I gradually realised that I had this fire and that it had to be used in a positive way.
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That match was late evening and I had the experience of the electricity of the Centre Court because it was packed, a full house for the whole match. It had been a great year for me, first time there and I had the full taste of Wimbledon.
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The best would have to be the final over Rosewall in 1970 because that signalled my arrival at the top in open tennis.
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They wrote it that my moustache was insured for 13 million.
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Well, he can't be dumb, I mean, because he's been president for four years and he's president again, so you're going to get caught out if you're really bad, aren't you? Unless millions and millions of Americans are dumb.
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Yeah, well, John is me. Uh, Jock used to come out about 10 o'clock at night, and then about 11:30 at night, Jack would escape.
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You have to be firm with your convictions. You can't mess around in today's world. Otherwise they'll take you apart.
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You know, I eat, I ate pretty well anyway so, I'm basically living the same, I just curtailed the stupidity.
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You know, I was a regular on the Friday afternoon drill squad. Um, which... The year after I left school, I went back and thanked the sergeant major because I was so fit.
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