Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ilias Lalousis: Beware of a Greek Bearing A Tennis Racket!

Ilias Lalousis has likely never encountered Marcos Baghdatis on a tennis court, but he and the 42- ranked player on the men’s professional tour, have one thing in common. They are both from Greece. Baghdatis still lives and trains in Cyprus, but Ilias came to Los Angeles about 6 years ago to study, and started working there after graduation. He is enjoying the weather, which, he says “is perfect for playing tennis throughout the whole year!” In fact, says Ilias, “ is the reason I became addicted to tennis again!”

It was a long hiatus. “I started when I was 7-8 years old, and was taking classes.” But he stopped when he was 16 years old because he decided to focus more on track and field, “where I was more competitive,” he recalls. He had played a few times since then, “but I really got into tennis again when I joined Tennis LA!”

Despite what he thought when he was a 16-year-old kid, he has proved to himself that he can be very competitive in tennis. He is now a 4.0 player who not long ago moved from the Advanced to the Elite Division, with an overall record of 27-4 and a Winter Season 4.0 Championship title.

Obviously, Ilias has come a long way since he was referred by a friend who was already playing in the league. He started with the partner program in September, and then joined the winter season league. The he reached the Winter Season final. “That was a great match,” he recalls. “We were both very close in the score. Every point mattered. The match could have gone either way.” As he describes it, the match was one that turned “on the details.” And, what do you know? It turned his way.

Ilias doesn’t have any league rivalries yet but is “looking forward to having them in the future!” So look out players in Tennis LosAngeles. Ilias Lalousis has traveled the distance from Greece to California and plans to keep on moving through Tennis LosAngeles as a winner.

Ilias plays about 3 times per week. What he likes most is “the diversity of the players and the flexibility of the program…I am also really impressed with the very responsive Tennis LA administrative team. Keep up the good work!”