By Jeff Sikes, special to USTA.com
For Sedona, Ariz., native Lynn Sanford, there aren't enough hours in the day to squeeze in all the tennis she wants to play—and if there were, she'd probably still ask for a couple more.
This never-stop-going lady has a crazy love for the sport, so much so that she and her husband, Bob, recently purchased a patio home in Phoenix so that she could find a way to get in more court time by adding in Central Arizona leagues on top of her steady play in Northern Arizona leagues in her USTA Southwest Section.
Sanford had been wearing out the pavement between Sedona and Phoenix on an almost-daily basis, driving nearly 100 miles back and forth five times a week for the last couple of years to get her fill of USTA League tennis. It didn't take long for Lynn and Bob to come to the conclusion that the simplest thing might just be to have a place in both spots.
"We wanted to get out of the cold in the winter [and] needed a scenery change so I can play more tennis on several different leagues, which all start in September," said Sanford, referencing Sedona’s chilly climate for part of the year, due to its 4,500-foot elevation above sea level. "There are more leagues in the valley and the weather is perfect to play tennis from fall to spring."
An already-frequent player before the home purchase—she’s played on 43 league teams since 2001 while running her own small advertising business—Lynn has upped the amount of USTA League teams she's on this year to seven. She began play with an early-start league team in Central Arizona, so she's already getting a jump on 2013. The 66-year-old has played in virtually every division she's been eligible for the last couple of years and has been a regularly seen competitor at Southwest Section Championship events.
In 2012 alone, Sanford played on teams in the Tri-Level, Adult, Senior, Senior Mixed, and Super Senior divisions, and she doesn't appear to be stopping any time soon.
"There are times I think I'm crazy for playing so much tennis but then I'm off for a day and I miss playing," said Sanford. "It's a good obsession to have. The challenge of winning and the exercise is good. I've made a ton of friends through playing tennis, so many. It's definitely aided in me having a good healthy social life."