By Tom LaDue, USTA.com
TUCSON, Ariz. - To say that they have known each other for a lifetime would be an understatement.
Four women from the Midwest team from Ann Arbor, Michigan first met each other when they were playing junior tournaments back in the 1970’s.
“Who would have thought we would have the opportunity to play together all these years later,” laughed Midwest team captain Marissa Pollick.
After high school was college where three of the ladies attended the University of Michigan and all played on the varsity tennis team. The fourth friend still stayed in touch but went to play varsity tennis for Duke University.
After college they all went their separate ways, got married, had children and finally year’s later, found time to play tennis again.
“We became reacquainted through the local USTA leagues in Michigan and decided that it would be great to get together once again and play tennis – 30 years later as seniors,” replied Marissa Pollick. “Isn’t it interesting that competitors can become friends.”
And so the story goes. The teams members along the way have added many new friends through playing in the USTA League programs.
“The game of tennis has a profound effect on each of our lives, shaping our very core. Even though tennis was and is very important to each of us we did not let competition get in the way of our friendships,” replied Pollick. Our team has become successful because it is built on our love of the game and our respect for each other – old friends and new. It is safe to say that without these leagues our paths would never have crossed. We are glad they did – thanks USTA!”
The women are hoping that this weekend they will be “Leaving on a Jet Plane” with the illustrious title of USTA League presented by Chrysler 4.5 Senior National Champions and they don’t know when they’ll be back again.