Since the age of four, when I carried a large, wooden racquet, bigger than my height, onto the court, to hit with my dad, like the air that I breathe, the blood that pumps through my veins, tennis has been part of and shaped my life.
I am now 67, so this means it's 63 years and counting AND I want as many people to have tennis as part of their lives as possible.
'Show me the boy and I show you the man' Tennis has shaped who I am as a boy and a man.
It was one reason why I got selected to enter the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and then to be a commissioned Army officer.
It was THE reason I joined REME. I was lucky enough to become REME, Army and (very) occasionally Inter-Services Champion.
How many have a boyhood dream of playing at Wimbledon? Well, my boyhood dream happened around twenty years in succession (and still to this day!) playing against the best that the RAF and Navy could throw at us.
I have played for The International Club Of Great Britain and for tennis clubs around the world (wherever I was serving HM Forces)
On leaving the Army I became the first right-hand man for UK's first large scale indoor tennis centre. And staged televised events for the young Mark M'Cormack and IMG.
That prompted me to join a start-up Sports Marketing Agency and one of my client accounts was the Benson and Hedges Super Series Tennis event where I was Event Director for two years with the likes of McEnroe, Connors, and Bjorg taking part!
On entering into the overseas real estate market, with a large landmass in Mexico I was lucky to meet and sign up Jimmy Connors to do his first-ever tennis Academy (which never happened due to the 2008 crash)
Whilst working with Jimmy to invent a very new type of tennis ranch, getting to the core of Jimmy, that eventually inspired me a few years later to create big Point Player, bringing my Army training into tennis to train ordinary tennis players into becoming extraordinary tennis players at critical moments under pressure.
And so to Between The White Lines SUMMIT and the treat and privilege of being a catalyst for extraordinary human beings and GREAT tennis people to bump start bringing Private Enterprise together from around the world, create a (peaceful) Army, modernize, grow and BUILD this great sport, postcode by postcode.
It's OUR turn to serve!