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.)
from Long Island, New York originally. I moved out to Cleveland to attend
Case Western Reserve University. I stayed around after graduating and
really love Cleveland and what is has to offer. Besides tennis, I enjoy
working out at CrossFit CLE, climbing at Cleveland Rock Gym, and enjoying
to get in 1-2 matches per week. Availability waivers though! So I
play more when I have more time.
do you like most about the league?
the competition is great. Most players are respectful, flexible, and fun
to play against.
us about your most memorable match(es)
a pretty epic match against Paolo Argentieri. We have similar games, so
we have very close matches and points. Our match turned into a really
tight three-set slog in hot and tiring conditions. That was my type of
competitive and fun match.
are your favorite rivals in the league? Why?
favorite player to play against is Louis Burnoski. He has an unusual game
that is really fun to play against. I have been doing better and better
against him. One day I hope to actually win a match!
you have any other interesting comments about your experiences with the league?
just been a very flexible and fun league! It's been around 8 years since
I was playing tennis regularly, so it's been an enjoyable and competitive way
to get back into it.
did you get started playing tennis?
mom taught me and then took lessons growing up before blossoming into a
slightly above-average high school player!
level player are you? (NTRP rating)
do you love about tennis?
mental struggle. I struggle with the inner game of tennis, but have
learned to appreciate this inner game and to embrace this challenge.
Tell us a little bit about
yourself, for example: What do you do? Where did you grow up? What are your
hobbies (besides tennis)?
I am father of two
wonderful kids even though despite my best efforts have no interest in tennis.
I was born and raised in Dedham, MA and still live here to this day. I love the
sense of community that is here and I could never imagine ever having to leave.
I also work for the Town of Dedham as the Director of Engineering. It is great
to be able to give back to the community that has given so much to me growing
up. My other sport of passion is football. If I am not on the tennis court
during the fall, it is because I am spending it on the football field coaching
my son's football team. It is completely different from tennis where it is up
to only you to win your match, you now have to become a member of a team and
work together as 1 unit in order to win. I love being able to watch my son
learn the life lessons that football gave me growing up and also being able to
share and contribute to those experiences. Although I know nothing about
soccer, I even volunteered to be an assistant coach for my daughter's
soccer team. I just love any extra time I can spend with my kids. Kids grow up
so quickly, so I try do do as much as I can with or for mine whenever given the
I try to stay in shape
going to the gym 3 - 4 times a week which is probably not enough given that I
have an outrageous sweet tooth. I am a foodie at heart and pretty much enjoy
anything home cooked or baked! I also discovered recently that I enjoy
hiking and try to hit a few different trails around the area during the
summer with the kids.
I learned about Tennis
Northeast through searching the internet for competitive outdoor tennis
leagues that are inexpensive to join.
How often do you play?
I try to squeeze in 1 - 2
matches per week.
What do you like most about
It really is hard to boil
it down to one particular thing, but I would have to say that the ability to
meet people of all ages who simply love to get outdoors and play tennis.
Tell us about your most
Although I have only been
member for 1 year, I guess it would be the match I played to win the 3.75 Men's
2016 Spring Season. When the season began I was placed in the 3.0 group, then
moved up to the 3.5 group and just near the end of the season moved up to the
3.75 group. I had only played one match at 3.75 before the championship match
against Rich Grief who had just won the Winter Season. I almost
psyched myself out not thinking I had the ability to play with someone as
good as Rich. I was able to muster just enough confidence to carry me through a
tough 2 set victory.
Who are your favorite
rivals in the league? Why?
I haven't been a member
long enough to have a favorite rival, but I'm sure within another year or two I
will have a few.
Do you have any other
interesting comments about your experiences with the league?
Where does one start? There
is so much that is great with this league!! I never had a hard time scheduling
at least 1 match per week. The people in this league are just as anxious as I
was to get out and play. Even if you can't grab someone to play, there are
several weekend round robins throughout the season where you can get a definite
two matches in! Plain and simple....great people and great tennis!!
How did you get started
I began playing when I was
7 or 8 years old with my parents who were members of our hometown's Tennis
Association (somewhat like Tennis Northeast, but on a much smaller scale).
During breaks at their weekend round robins they would take me onto the courts
to swing the racquet around. It didn't take long before I knew that this was a
sport for me. Once I was old enough to join the Association I played as much as
I could with whoever wanted to play. I played on my High School tennis team and
then went on to play on my College tennis team. Once out of college I joined a
local tennis club, but had to give it up once my first kid was born. It has
been 14 years since that day that I have been able to pick up a racquet and
play. I had been watching the league though the internet for several years just
waiting for the opportunity when my kids were old enough that I could finally
get some time back for myself to get out and play again. That time came this
year and here I am.
What level player are you?
Who are your favorite pro
My favorite player
growing up was Andre Agassi. To me, he was a complete bad-ass as far as tennis
was concerned. He went completely against the grain of what a typical tennis
player was supposed to be and I found that to be extremely exciting and
entertaining to watch. At that time in tennis, a majority of the players
were just big servers and not much on ground stroke rallies. He was the complete
opposite. Most of his matches were won through his return of serve and baseline
play. Win or lose, his matches were the most exciting to watch because
opponents had to rally with him in order to win.