Photo Credit: Kenny Kemp, Charleston Gazette
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — On a recent visit to Charleston Tennis Club’s indoor tennis facility, Jane Shuman kicked a tennis ball into the wall. She was upset.
Shuman typically avoids tennis. It brings up memories. All the mother-son trips she chaperoned to tournaments across the United States. The images of an aggressive baseliner — her son, William A. Shuman, “Willy” — who had powerful groundstrokes and a heavy topspin forehand and, his mother remembers, “a little crooked smile that just lit up the room.”
Tennis is a reminder of a life cut short.