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How L. Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated Spends His Sundays

In his nearly three decades at Sports Illustrated before becoming executive editor, the journalist L. Jon Wertheim bounced all over the world of sports, covering mixed martial arts, the N.B.A., sports psychology and pool hall hustlers.
He became a correspondent for “60 Minutes” in 2017, and is now an on-air analyst for the Tennis Channel, where he covers the four Grand Slam tournaments, including the U.S. Open, which runs this year through Sept. 10. Mr. Wertheim, 53, has also written or co-written 10 books, including “Strokes of Genius,” which painstakingly annotates every shot of the 2008 Wimbledon men’s final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
But until recently, his weekends were devoted to family life.
“A few years ago, this routine would have been very different: coaching girls’ softball, recitals, trying gently to make sure homework gets done,” said Mr. Wertheim, who lives in Chelsea with his wife, Ellie Wertheim, 51, a lawyer and doula. The couple’s two children, Ben, 22, and Allegra, 19, are in college. “Now we’re empty nesters,” he said.

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