By Carla Sanchez, USTA.com
Surprise, Ariz. – What a bunch of driven players we have in National Championships! From big cities to small towns these teams have to go through a lot to get here. Here are few stories from teams across the nation and their challenges and victories to get here:
The Manheim Tennis Club thrives on Super Seniors league players. This facility located in Manheim Pennsylvania is known for their talented pool of players. The average age of their 100 club members is 67 years! This is the fifth year their Super Senior team has qualified for the National Championships.
Inspired by Billie Jean King and the Virginia Slims matches that came to Denver in the late 70’s and 80’s, the ladies from North Jeffco Tennis Club in Arvada Colorado, are proud to represent the Intermountain Section in the National Championships in Surprise, Arizona. After rethinking their league competitions and giving away to younger players, USTA League Super Senior got created and gave them a new opportunity to compete in their beloved sport. The team formed in 2002 and with eight original members, they said that the 2003 Super Senior Turkey Trot became a binding thread in their nine year friendship. They look forward to a great championship tournament and meeting ladies from all over the country who find tennis to be an ageless game.
After facing the challenges of a teammate relocating to another state, another recovering from shoulder surgery and three others dealing with unforeseen medical issues involving their husbands, the Kickin’s Aces from the Eastern Section are here. Last year this team won the National Championship with a last minute wild car entry and they still enjoyed the praises and congratulations from their fellow club members. They consider themselves a close knit team that thrives on driving each other to do their bet yet always cherishing our friendship and having a good time no matter what. Captain Alice Daly says she is proud of her team and what they have achieved. Go Kickin’s Aces!
Captain Jim Keller from Hanover Pennsylvania has reasons to be proud. His team is on their third National Championships in a row considering that they come from such a small town. He says that the commitment the player for the past five years has made it a pleasure to be their team captain.
The 8.0 Women New England almost didn’t get to Nationals. The day prior to their Sectional finals they lost their bags and racquets. Why? Police towed their car! Team members had to go and get them at 2am. It worked out since they are here!
Middle States 8.0 women teams have a strong team building activity, almost as likeable as their tennis matches. These lovely ladies celebrate and cry with happy hour. They even took over their hotel lobby for lack of space for a pre championship pow wow. They swear that’s the reason for their success.
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