Friday, September 15, 2017

Tom Trotter: Growing the sport through love of the game

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?

How long have you participated in your league?
Since around March 2012.  5.5 years.

How did you first learn about it?
From a flyer posted on my local tennis courts.

How often do you play?
Usually 3 days per week.

What do you like most about the league?
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 match(es)
They're all memorable in some way.

Who are your favorite rivals in the league? Why?
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 tennis?
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 rating)
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 artistic endeavors.
Who are your favorite pro players? Why?
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 piano
and electronic keyboards, and painting (acrylics and watercolors). 
Music and Art:
Art and Music on Facebook:

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