Wiedmer: Scenic City may never see another tennis player and person the equal of Wes Cash

Staff file photo / Chattanooga tennis great Wesley Cash counts 21 USTA national championships among his court honors. He starred at Baylor School, never losing a match in singles or doubles in four years as a prep player, before going on to the University of Georgia to earn All-SEC recognition.

The cellphones of Jack Webb and Pem Guerry have been ringing nonstop for more than a week. More than 200 calls total had arrived by weekend's dawn, all of them voicing concern for their great and dear friend Wesley Cash, who's struggling mightily to overcome esophageal cancer.

"They're trying to limit the visits to 15 to 20 minutes each because so many people want to check on him, just tell him how much he's meant to their lives," Webb said Thursday. "There's easily been more than 100 visitors, and Wes hasn't said no to anyone."

They are coming from everywhere. Last weekend, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga tennis player George Jarck drove all the way from Charleston, South Carolina, to spend less than 30 minutes with Cash.