Tennis and Metallica
Ulrich was equally reluctant to follow rules during tournament time. A talented clarinet and saxophone player, he would spend his Roland-Garros evenings in the district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, living out his passion for jazz at legendary basement club Vieux-Colombier with his friend and follow tennis player Jörgen.
As a result of his all-night jam sessions he was never available to play the following morning. “It was impossible for him to be on court before 2 pm because he was always asleep,” said his friend Gil de Kermadec.
Ulrich has fed his enduring love for music by attending festivals and concerts, writing columns in a major weekly publication and hosting radio shows that have proved a hit with young Danes, who identify themselves with his openly non-conformist attitude to life. He has passed that love on to his son Lars, the drummer of Metallica.
Though well into old age at 91, Ulrich still wears a long beard and the tender gaze of the player who earned such admiration during his playing career, since when he has nurtured his famously independent spirit by dabbling in painting, literature, dance and, of course, music.