Nick Farr: Son of a Gun

Nick Farr
WORDS - CAMPBELL MATTINSON

When Nick Farr was 18 he was determined to be a tennis coach. He was born into a wine family but he planned to study human movement. He was out on the tennis court up to five days each week. He played footy too, on weekends, and it was on the wide, grassy footy fields that the course of his life was altered. One afternoon, a rival player landed on his shoulder so hard that it took 40 minutes to re-set the dislocation. He has not set foot on a tennis court since – over 10 years later – and still can’t lift his left arm much above shoulder height; if he tried to serve, he wouldn’t be able to execute the ball toss. He had to find another career.

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