A.J. "Drew" Feustel is headed to space on March 21, with a couple of tennis racquets in tow. The experienced astronaut will spend six months at the International Space Station, while finding time to fit in some baseline rallies.
"Tennis has always been a part of our family. When I was young my grandparents were into tennis," Feustel said. "Once I met my wife Indira at Purdue University in 1988, I started getting back into tennis because she comes from an avid tennis playing family. She has played and taught tennis for most of her life, even making the Purdue team as a walk-on."
Naturally, the tennis bug extended to his two sons, Ari and Aden.
"Our sons played varsity tennis for Clear Lake High School and taught tennis, as well," Feustel said. "They were ball kids for 10 years in Houston at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships."