John Powless passed away today (Thursday May 20th, 2021) after a long illness. He was 88.
John was vivid. An extroverted extrovert and definitely an optimist. I knew him from tennis. He was one of the great senior players, and a real friend of senior tennis. He promoted the senior sport and played all over the world…I saw him play on grass in Perth, Australia, on red clay in Turkey, Austria, Croatia and Chile. He never forgot a name. He had a classic serve and volley game which was smooth.
I don’t think John ever met a stranger…anyone he met seemed to be a friend shortly thereafter. He was a popular guy, a really nice person.
This afternoon, Erin Nevin (from Wisconsin, as was John) and I were talking about him after a tennis match. Erin was telling us how she would practice with him when she was in Wisconsin, and said he never missed. Twenty minutes later we found out he was gone.
John also appeared in the Gold Balls movie (available on Amazon prime).
John, we were lucky to have known you. We will miss you.