“I was probably 70 years older than anybody there and I played in the men’s singles (tournament),” he told Kansas City’s KSHB News.
Then I had pains in my upper arms and right shoulder. I went to no fewer than seven physiotherapists in three countries - the UK, the U. I went to my friend, the osteopath Andrew Ferguson, who treats the Royal Ballet.
At 78, I'm a reasonably athletic person - gym three times a week, tennis most Sundays, and a fair amount of walking in the city and countryside.
I keep to a good diet, too, and I don't smoke or drink a lot of alcohol.
-- When you reach the end of your life, what will go through your mind?
Which areas of your life will you scrutinize and take inventory?
He suggested it might be polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) - an illness I'd never heard of, despite my father and brother having been distinguished doctors.