Posted on December 7, 2010
Filed under X8
Posted by Tim Xue
To the Editors of “On the Move” Newsletter:
My name is Tim Xue and I’m a sophomore studying biomedical engineering and English at Duke University. I live in Fountain Valley, CA and I’ve also been a member at Los Cab since 1999. This past semester, I wrote a piece in my Creative Nonfiction class that I hope you will consider for publication in the next issue of “On the Move.”
The piece, titled The Wall: A Handbook on the Basic Elements of Tennis, is a first person narrative about my experiences with tennis through the years, centered around the lessons I’ve learned by practicing against a wall (I know it may sound odd, but give it a chance). I’m aware that the newsletter’s primary purpose to inform club members of events and get them further involved, but I’ve occasionally seen longer articles profiling a recent outstanding accomplishment by a member, a new tennis coach or fitness trainer, or a longtime member and his or her unique experiences at the club. My work falls into the latter category as a longer article, and there are several reasons why I believe it is a great fit for the newsletter.
Two of the main focuses of my work, Wojtek and the wall, are rooted at Los Cab—Wojtek has taught hundreds of children, teenagers, and adults tennis throughout the years, and I know for a fact that there are other people besides me who practice at the wall. My piece also contains elements that appeal to non-tennis members as well—the themes of disciplined learning, agony over injury, and recovery as a journey that pervade my work are things many athletes have experienced and I think would enjoy reading about.
I’ve attached my piece in both Microsoft Word and PDF format. Its current design, layout, and title are catered towards the class for which the project was written; I can certainly see it being condensed into a more traditional publication format, and of course, I am also open to any further modification suggestions you may have should we decide to pursue and continue this process. Please enjoy reading my work, and thank you in advance for your consideration.
You can reach me at the following addresses:
Cell: (714) 914-9925