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Friday, July 8, 2011

Inmates at San Quentin State Prison learn integrity through tennis - Tennis - SI.com

Inmates at San Quentin State Prison learn integrity through tennis - Tennis - SI.com: I've played tennis in countless venues and in what I thought was every imaginable setting. The dusty red clay courts in Paris, immaculate grass outside of London, Ivan Lendl's backyard U.S. Open replica court, numerous stuffy clubs and decrepit public courts with weeds growing through the cracks in the surface. But until recently I had never associated the sport with concertina wire, constant loud alarms and tower guards with rifles.

Ironically, it was a group of convicted felons who were perhaps the best-behaved and most ethical group of competitors I have ever witnessed.