Max Pavon, a wholehearted competitor in tennis and a literary romantic off the court, has found that his two passions are not so far apart.
Pavon, who has a doctorate in Spanish literature, published "Amor y Muerte in Spanish Poetry," an anthology of bilingual verse, and Lorca's translation of Romancero gitano "Gypsy Ballads" in 2000. "You might say this is 'pure poetry in motion,' which is what tennis is supposed to be," he observed. "Though seemingly unrelated, I have managed to marry both throughout my life."
Although he is now retired from academic life, Pavon still teaches tennis part time when he is not competing.
Pavon has held a USTA Hawaii Pacific Section ranking of No. 1 on the veteran level for several years. He also earned an International Tennis Federation ranking. "As my veteran rankings indicate, I like to compete and do so as often as I can," Pavon was the winner for the fith time of the men's 70s singles and 65 doubles division in the 2012 USPTA International Championships at the USPTA World Conference in Monterey, California, and was named the USPTA Hawaii Division Senior Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016.
In July 14, 2015, Max won the GOLD Medal at the National Senior Games in Minneapolis, MN.
In 2016, Pavon achieved a highest national ranking in his age group after winning the backdraw at Laguna Woods, California. Then, he learned he had to fight the match of his life against cancer. Fortunately, with the great support and prayers of family and many friends he overcame his cancer and in 2017 began to rebuild his strength and stamina enough to be able to play the 37th ITF Super Seniors World Championships in Lake Nona, Fl. USA.
This Elite Professional member of USPTA has taught all ages and levels on all surfaces in the United States and Europe. Lately, he has been engaged with serious tennis players interested in either learning or improving their games.