Remembering a Friend

This morning, we awoke to the terrible news that Steve, who tweeted at @ShankTennis and ran the great, lost his battle with cystic fibrosis.

Steve was a great friend to The Changeover and to tennis as a whole. His insight, humor, writing, tweeting, and unrelenting dedication to the sport–particularly to Irish tennis and the Challenger circuit–will greatly be missed.

We wanted to take a moment out here on the blog today to look back at some of our favorite tweets and articles by Steve. Please feel free to share your favorite memories in the comments below, and hopefully we will be able to send to his family and close friends.


His investigation into the ban of David Savic was one of the best pieces of tennis writing in 2012. It was thorough, smart, and fearless. It was something that nobody else was covering.

His compilation of tweets about Andrew Castle still makes my stomach hurt from laughing.

He highlighted some of the most obscure and interesting things about 2012 that few tennis fans knew about.

He wrote eloquently about his appreciation for Jurgen Melzer.

Here are just a few of his tweets from the last couple of months that showcase his wit:

RIP, Steve. You will be missed.

4 Responses

  1. Miguel
    Miguel August 30, 2013 at 1:42 pm |

    This is a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man (and tennis writer). Thanks, Changeover. Steve’ll be missed!

  2. Alvin
    Alvin August 30, 2013 at 3:24 pm |

    RIP Steve/@ShankTennis

  3. Macieq
    Macieq August 30, 2013 at 3:28 pm |

    He is a legend. May he rest in peace

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