Born in Philadelphia Jody McVeigh is self-confessed die-hard fan of all Philly teams but we shouldn't hold that against him because, despite his love of all things Philly, he has lived in LA for the past 13 years. He plays in the Tennis Los Angeles (Westside) league and has done so since 2010. Now a level 4.0 player he does try to play tennis between one and three times a week.
A big fan of team sports through college Jody only played tennis sporadically until he played with a group of friends. However, he knew if he wanted to improve his game he would need access to better, more committed players… that’s when he joined the league.
For Jody, tennis is about so much more than winning, it is about exercise, competition and the psychological challenge that each and every league match demands. However, he won’t take the easy route to success and likes nothing better than taking on players who are better than him in order to improve his game. Jody has played about 225 games since 2010 and feels that the experience he has gained gives him the edge of some of his more skilled but less experienced opponents.
Jody won the 3.5 Championship a couple of years ago with an epic 3 set final when he came back from 2 or 3 love in the third set to win the match and championship. These are the matches Jody remembers the most, those matches where you have given it your all and throw your fist in the air when you win or curse when you lose. It doesn't need to be a final, but the shear physical effort you dedicate to any match that you come from behind to win is reward enough and its matches such as these that he remembers fondly.
Like any keen, competitive sportsman Jody has league rivalries and for those in the league who play regularly and are extremely evenly matched these games become keenly contested. Jody has a pool of experienced and committed players at his disposal to ensure he never gets bored, nor is he given an easy ride either.
Outside of Tennis Jody works in the hectic world of television as an Editor, you may have seen Drunk History on Comedy Central. Whilst his wife is not a tennis player, Jody is adamant that when they have children they will be keen players… let’s hope they don’t prefer soccer!
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