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?
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).