Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Konda Reddy - Loves the genuine friendships made through the league

We caught up with Konda Reddy out of the Milwaukee Tennis League. He's been playing with us since 2021 and has already played an amazing 109 matches at the time of this profile.

Tell us a little about yourself, for example: What do you do? Where did you grow up? What are your hobbies (besides tennis)?

I grew up in India and moved to USA in 2012 San Diego, CA, and relocated to Milwaukee in 2014 part of work. I started loving Milwaukee culture and settled in Mequon which is north of Milwaukee where I settled with my wife and son. I work in technology as IT Manager for Red Wing shoes, and I love the company culture. My hobbies include running, network building apart from tennis and love to spend time with family on travel.

Which league are you a member of?

Milwaukee Tennis league

Who are your favorite rivals in the league? Why?

Having a group of rivals like Max Dickman, Anil, Tyler and Issac. It is always fun and competitive to play these players, most often leading to 3 sets, a lot of deuces, and more than 2 hours duration. Overall, their varying play styles, strengths, and techniques have challenged me to grow as a player.

How long have you participated in your league?

I started playing in this league in August 2021.

How did you first learn about it?

When I started researching tournaments to build network around tennis and improve my skills, I found multiple leagues, but I found Milwaukee Tennis league that offered a wide range of singles and doubles matches. This league was the perfect fit for what I was looking for with flexibility. Not only did finding a variety of competitive levels cater to players of all skill levels.

How often do you play?

I play tennis daily, participating in approximately 2-3 weekly matches and practicing on non-match days.

What do you like most about the league?

The friendly community with all the players flexible to accommodate each other along with getting a chance to play with players at my skill level and just able to easily get back into playing. It’s incredible how a common interest in the game brings people together, allowing for the formation of genuine friendships along with my understanding of the game and empowering me to become a more versatile player.

Tell us about your most memorable match(es)

I had quite a few of the most memorable matches in league but the most memorable one is with Tyler Welch on the Spring playoffs in 2023. The game was more than 2 hours with either of us wanting to lose a single point but at the end Tyller won (6-4/3-6/6-4). A couple of matches with Max very hectic with lot duces points with duration almost 3 hours games and each of us won one game each.  

Do you have any other interesting comments about your experiences with the league?
It’s nice that people can be moved up or down in skill level groups, it's a goal of mine to have fun and improve game build network.

How did you get started playing tennis?

I became interested in playing tennis in 2015 by watching my son play and started practice matches with friends’ tennis created more interest in game and became a sport I truly enjoy.

Do you play to compete or for fun?

Both I like to build skills and play compete games with fun 

What level of player are you? (NTRP rating)
Currently a 3.0

What do you love about tennis?  
I love tennis. It helps me to keep my fitness and developing mental strength to focus on game during critical phase and provided opportunity to build social network.

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