LARS ULRICH's Father Talks Art, Tennis

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich's father, Torben, is currently preparing an exhibit of his artistic renderings on rice paper. Samples of his work can be viewed at the following links: #1, #2, #3, #4.

Torben Ulrich recently spoke to the Sports Illustrated about his days as a fixture on the tennis tour, having reached the fourth round of the U.S. Open, the third round of Wimbledon and played more than 100 Davis Cup ties for Denmark.

Ulrich turns 76 next week. When he's not returning to Denmark (where he is a minor celebrity) or traveling to catch a METALLICA concert ("With my background in jazz, I have a good ear for tempo so I usually critique that"), he lives in downtown Seattle where he can buy a piece of fish at the Pike Place Market and then prepare it as he watches the sun set over Puget Sound. Though he's not beyond hitting some tennis balls with Lars — a top junior player as a teenager who did some hard time at Nick Bollettieri's AcademyTorben's tennis is mostly limited to striking balls coated in paint against paper, and accompanying the images with "athletically or musically oriented" essays. Read more.

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