By Richard Dedor, USTA.com
TUCSON, Ariz. - For two women competing this weekend at the 2008 USTA League presented by Chrysler 4.5 Senior National Championships, it’s just like old times.
Pam McDougal and Kim Lewis, both of Edmond, Okla., are identical twin sisters and are living out a dream that began four decades ago.
The story begins when the sisters were 13 in Chicago. McDougal picked up her mother’s old tennis racquet that had been stored away, an old wooden frame from her college days and wanted to play. But they needed two to play together. Their mother purchased an aluminum frame for Lewis and it was a match made in heaven.
“We caught the fever,” McDougal says laughing when she talks about how the two got started.
Shortly after becoming fans of the game, the family moved to Atlanta where the sisters teamed together in high school and then at the University of Georgia. After two years the two parted ways as McDougal had fell in love with Oklahoma State. As a result the two wouldn’t play together again for almost three decades.
In 2003, Lewis moved to Oklahoma, and by chance, it was where her sister had already been living. It was then that to two started to play doubles together again, almost 30 years after their time at Georgia.
“We’ve really made up for lost time,” Lewis said. The two both agreed they’ve had fun playing together again, both on and off the court. They also said they never fight because they know each other so well.
“We live and enjoy life together,” McDougal said. “Plus our families are wonderful supporters of us playing.” They both laughed and said their families were probably already online looking for their score because they hadn’t had time to send text messages back home.
This is the siblings’ first trip to national championships but in their lives they’ve climbed fences to play together and this weekend is no different. In fact, back in Chicago they’d literally climb the fences of local courts just to play.
Coming home with a national championship on their first trip would be icing on the cake for the pair. They are enjoying their time in Tucson together like they always have. Like when they were 13 and picked up the racquet. Like when they would climb fences in Chicago just to play. Just like old times.