On this week's episode of the SI Tennis Beyond the Baseline Podcast, Sports Illustrated executive editor and host Jon Wertheim talks with former editor of The New York Times magazine Gerry Marzorati.
Marzorati joins Wertheim in the NYC studio to talk about his new book, Late to the Ball: Age. Learn. Fight. Love. Play Tennis. Win., where he sets out to learn and play tennis—not just recreationally but with a goal to become very good and elevate his level of play. (You can read an adaptation of the book here.) Part memoir and part sports book, Marzorati talks about what it was like to write about tennis, how he decided to choose tennis as the topic for the book, how he kept track of his progress during the lead-up to the book and more. Wertheim and Marzorati also talk about the current state of tennis, how the game looks different on TV and why, in the end, he fell in love with doubles.
Also on the podcast, Marzorati talks about his time as editor of The New York Times magazine and about the idea behind Play, the Times' sports magazine. He talks about the role of the magazine in today's media landscape and what he would write about if he could write one tennis story.
Check back on SI.com next week for another episode of Beyond the Baseline.