Tom Trotter is probably one of the most passionate and hardest promoting players in all of Tennis League Network. We absolutely love his dedication to the game and helping us try to grow the program. Which league are you a member of?
The league makes it easy to meet new
tennis opponents. The flexibility of scheduling and playing matches. The
generally high quality people one meets and interacts with through the
league. The online record keeping. The End Of Year National (now the East
Coast) tournament at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on Key Biscayne in Miami.
Tell us about your most memorable
They're all memorable in some way.
Who are your favorite rivals in the
I like playing people who are
generally better players than me but who I'm competitive with. I usually learn
the most from these sorts of matches.
Do you have any other interesting
comments about your experiences with the league?
The league has been a continual
source of new friends and valued acquaintances. It's one of the most important
components of my lifestyle, which keeps me engaged, and active, and about as
fit and healthy as I can expect to be at my age. It keeps my spirits up.
How did you get started playing
I played almost every day for about
a year when I was in my late 20s. Then picked it back up again when I
moved to Fort Lauderdale in 2009. I was just hitting against a practice
wall a couple of times a month when, one day in March 2012, I noticed the flyer
advertising the Tennis Fort Lauderdale affiliate of the Tennis League Network.
What level player are you? (NTRP
I'm a 3.0. But I feel that I'm
on the cusp of transitioning into a solid 3.5. (Though I might have to go
bionic to achieve that.)
What do you love about tennis?
The skill involved in hitting the
ball well, consistently. The generally high quality people one meets
through tennis. The fact that it's regularly televised and very popular
throughout the world. It keeps me regular. It complements my
Who are your favorite pro players?
Ken Rosewall, because of his super
solid style of play, and the fact that he was a top world class player for
almost 25 years in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, and John
McEnroe for their styles of play. And, of course, Roger Federer.
Tell us a little bit about yourself,
for example: What do you do? Where did you grow up? What are your hobbies
(besides tennis)? Feel free to share any interesting details about your life.
I'm retired. Was born and
raised in the Cincinnati area. My other hobbies are composing music on
and electronic keyboards, and
painting (acrylics and watercolors).
Floyd Pettaway absolutely enjoyed the new 2017 franchise TennisHamptonRoads.com which services Norfolk and Virginia Beach VA. In the Summer Season he played an amazing 31 matches which was nearly 1/3 of the matches by himself.
He has stated about his experience: It's FANTASTIC compared to the other ladder league we've used in this area.
They did not have an app at all, it was very basic/primitive and you could only use a web version on your phone.
I've really enjoyed this League, the App and the Match Play.
I'm looking forward to continuing with this league and trying to get others to join in this area.
There are a lot of people who may benefit from the flexibility of the league and they may enjoy the incentives, the matches and the
possibility of the year end tournament.
Questions we asked him:
1. Which league are you a member of?
Hampton Roads Tennis League
2. How long have you participated in your league?
I started TLN on June 13th and played my 1st match on June 15th.
3. How did you first learn about it?
I got an email about the TLN from on of the local guys that's all about Tennis in Hampton Roads.
4. How often do you play?
I play 3 to 4 times a week right now.
5. What do you like most about the league?
The "FLEXIBILITY" being able to have a list of guys you can text when you want to play and you can play when it's convenient for both players.
6. How did you get started playing tennis?
I started playing tennis at a Church Picnic in 2003 when I decided to retire from Adult Basketball Leagues.
7. What do you love about tennis?
I Love that Tennis is a sport that you can continue to play as you mature.
Adam Cooper has been playing in TennisDC.com since June 2011 racking up a 162-83 record while playing in the top division. This is his comments about the Citi Open. I made my annual pilgrimage to the Citi Open in
DC this past week. The tournament has been around for decades: when I was
in High School I saw the likes of Michael Chang and Andre Agassi (with long
hair) duel it out here. The facility, like many used for professional
events, is open to the public the rest of the year, and I've played on these
courts from time to time. The rest of the year the place looks a bit
rusty and worn-down, but it gets all dolled up for this smallish tournament
every late July when the ATP comes to town. DC is always oppressively hot
then, with daytime highs in the 90s and plenty of humidity. I remember
one muggy match between Stefan Edberg and Patrick Rafter where both players
keeled over in heat exhaustion after the last point (Edberg won). For the
last few years the facility has also hosted a smaller WTA International Event
simultaneously, so there's plenty of men's and women's matches to see.
This year some of the key players in the men's draw were Dominic Thiem, Juan
Martin del Potro, Milos Raonic, and Gael Monfils; for the women we had Simona
Halep, Eugenie Bouchard, and Kristina Mladenovic.
It's always fun to stroll through the pleasant
bustle of fans, each slurping $10 beer, $8 hot dogs, or $5 popsicles.
It's crowded but not overwhelming: DC is not a sports-crazy town.
Politics is the big game here. I make sure to visit the serve speed
booth, where you can wait in line to give your own serve a whack and see what
you register on the radar gun (I managed an underwhelming 83MPH, and later
noticed a scrawny teenager had hit 114MPH... always good for my
confidence). You can often catch a few pros out on the practice courts if
you get there early. Seeing them up close you're struck by just how
consistent the strokes they produce are, getting the same basic solid shot from
any kind of ball fed to them (slice, topspin, short, deep, etc.). You
also notice just how TALL all the players are now. Six feet is just a
starting point for these bronzed, lanky athletes.
I stayed for the evening matches, eager to catch
a glimpse of Dominic Thiem's backhand, but the weather had other plans as a
massive summer thunderstorm broke right over Rock Creek Park. Fans were
sent scurrying like rats for the few flimsy tents that were set up, or else
huddled under the bleachers. I was hoping it would be a passing storm
that would just delay things but the sheets of rain kept falling for over an
hour. After the clouds finally moved on, the ground crews leapt into
action, drying the courts with rollers, blowers, and even on their hands and
knees with towels. I watched this excruciating 40-minute low-tech process
for a while wondering if there wasn't a better way... roof, anyone? The
match was set to finally get going, but then, dishearteningly, a few more drops
started to fall. Tennis, especially on hard courts, is kind of unique as
a sport in just being completely intolerant of rain. It messes with
strings, balls, and--most importantly--brings the risk of slipping and falling
hard on concrete. By this time it was almost 9PM and I gave up and headed
home. They were able to get the matches in after the second shower: the
final ball was struck around 1:45AM, but I was in bed long before then.
has her mother to thank for leading her to the sport of tennis.
was a highly skilled tennis player back in the day, and she used to bring her
daughter, Marcela, along to her matches. When Marcela was a very young child,
she was unsure what to make of the sport, but by age 8 she picked up a racquet
herself and started taking lessons.
It didn’t happen
right away, but eventually she fell in love with it. Now, decades later, Marcela is still playing. Her mother introduced her to the sport, but
she continues playing matches to this day because she enjoys it herself.
played over 200 matches with Tennis League Network, and she’s found success
forming friendships, winning intense battles and staying active and invigorated
along the way.
“I love playing
tennis,” she said. “I’m very committed to that, and I think that’s what keeps
me finding partners and trying to play as much as I can.”
from tennis to ballet when she was around 10, and after that she dabbled in
softball as a kid. She’s the kind of person who likes to focus on one sport at
a time, making sure she specializes enough in that craft so she can get the
most out of the experience.
Around age 20,
she picked up tennis once again, and she’s found her niche with TennisNorthEast.com the Metro Boston Tennis League a division of Tennis League
Network recently. She now plays tennis exclusively, and it’s one of her
favorite hobbies. Her love for the sport is the main reason she plays so much,
but she also enjoys the personal side of tennis.
close with Mary Heasley, a fellow veteran who has played even more matches than
Marcela. All it takes is an email, and they start collaborating to zero in on a
day they’re both free. In no time, they’re on the courts, hitting groundstroke
after groundstroke, trying to outwit and outhit the other.
become very good friends,” Merino said.
When it comes to
her style of play, the Newton, Massachusetts resident Merino is tenacious and
relentless. After over 200 matches, Her record is close to .500 overall, and she has a winning record
in three-setters and third-set tiebreakers. Marcela's Career stats.
She rarely gives
in, and she’ll do anything it takes to get the win. Oftentimes, that means
unleashing a slick slice at the exact right moment.
me that I have sort of a nasty slice,” she said, laughing.
But that doesn’t
mean there’s not room for improvement. Merino said she wants to improve her
serve – both the accuracy and speed. The great thing about tennis is that she
can do that by herself.
Once she feels
comfortable with her new technique, she can try it out against Mary or another
She said she enjoys
TennisNorthEast.com because it’s the right level of competitiveness. The goal
is to win, but it’s also to have fun and there isn’t too much stress or
dozens of matches and here's Marcela's current division, and she’s showing no signs of slowing down.
She wouldn’t be the player she is without her mother, and for that she’s both proud
“My mom was very
influential in getting me into the sport,” Merino said.