the golf outings Kim makes each year. She goes south to golf school at least once each winter, then there’s the annual family trek to Hilton Head in August. When she’s not traveling or working, she makes every attempt to get out to her home course at the Westchester Country Club for either a round or lessons.
No less authorities than Lee Elder and Renee Powell have complimented Kim on her golf temperament because she rarely gets flustered, even when faced with some horrific lies. Most times after she hits what she considers a bad shot, she will abandon her cart and try to walk off the miscue. “I go through my drills mentally,” she says. “I ask myself, `How was the club hit? How was my alignment? Was my weight on my back foot or my inside back foot? How was my eye contact with the ball?’ I just try to regroup. The key is that you can’t let it rattle you. If you do, you can kiss your golf game goodbye.”
Kim admits to having tried tennis before but says its very hard to try and do both well. “Tennis is a very good workout,” she reasons, “but golf is a mental workout because you’re constantly challenging yourself.”
EXECUTIVE PROFILES IN TENNIS
Sometimes in the quiet of the morning, before the phone calls and the endless appointments, Robert Johnson slips out the back door of his tk- square foot house in the Audubon Terrace section of Washington, D.C., and enjoys one of life’s simple pleasures. With the flick of a wrist, the swing of a racquet, the 51 year old founder, CEO and Chairman of Black Entertainment Television is in a world of his own. Such are the advantages of having a tennis court in your own backyard.
Johnson, an avid tennis player with a strong baseline game, has had a special affection for tennis since growing up in Freeport, Illinois. That affection has grown to the point whereby these days, he makes a point of mixing tennis with business and speaking freely on the state of the game.
“If professional tennis is going to remain a TV sport, it has to do something about the game. It’s no longer attractive,” says Johnson, who you might say knows a little about the business of entertainment. “The games are over too test and players are becoming one dimensional in that they have big serves. It’s come down to who can out-serve the other guy,” he says. “Tennis has lost some Of the excitement of the longer rallies that you got when Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg played the game. And it certainly doesn’t have a black superstar like Tiger Woods to draw a more diverse viewing audience. It’s still pretty much a country club, suburban sport. It hasn’t really penetrated the psyche of inner city youth.”
With Johnson’s help though, the game may one day flourish in Anguilla. Two years ago, while visiting the Caribbean island, he befriended a couple of aspiring