There Was A Lot More To Kenny Rogers Than Country Music

Jackson Sawa | June 17, 2019 12:55 pm

Best known for his successful country music career, Kenny Rogers grew to become one of the best-selling artists of all time, producing timeless hits such as “The Gambler,” and “Islands in the Stream.” He was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and topped the country and pop charts for more than 200 individual weeks throughout his career. Although his music career spans more than six decades, Rogers was far more than just a musician. Take a look into Rogers’ incredibly interesting life, and see everything that made him such a unique individual.

He Was A Ranked Tennis Player

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Roger’s explained: “I played tennis for 10 years, eight hours a day every day and developed a national ranking while I was on the road playing with Wimbledon champs.”

Kenny Rogers on a tennis court

When he was on tour, he would sometimes bring professional tennis players along with him to keep up his skills. He claims that “We just flew from city to city and we’d get into town and we’d play the pro and the assistant pro at one of the clubs. And I developed a very good doubles game.” In the end, he chose music over tennis.