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Dante Bichette is a USTA champ

Mar 29, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT


You hear a lot about how ex-ballplayers spend the, oh, 40-60 years of their retirement playing golf.  Dante Bichette isn’t most ex-ballplayers. He’s a USTA tennis champ:

Having just thrown a 110-pitch complete game for his adult baseball league, Dante Bichette rushed to Daytona Beach. His team was facing elimination in the United States Tennis Association Florida state tournament this winter.

Showing no signs of fatigue, Bichette and doubles partner Ed LeMasters rallied in a 10-point tiebreaker to advance. The next day, the team won the title.

The dude hits serves at 130 miles per hour, which is apparently pretty good.  I hear that he looks even more impressive playing tennis in Denver, but that once you look closely, he’s really not all that great there.

  1. JBerardi - Mar 29, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    “Having just thrown a 110-pitch complete game for his adult baseball league, Dante Bichette rushed to Daytona Beach.”

    Bill Lee must have been busy pitching in the Danish Senior’s league or something.

  2. pmcenroe - Mar 29, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    I played in that league for a few years after college, it was no joke and Bichette was still quite a stud. I’ve never played against anyone who swung out of his ass more than him though.

  3. psousa1 - Mar 29, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Did he celebrate by assaulting his wife again? ‘L’

  4. handsfour - Apr 13, 2011 at 3:39 AM

    Like pitching, good serving is as much or more about location as speed – but 130 mph is definitely world-class. Plenty of top pros don’t serve that fast.

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