Mother and Son enjoying the evening
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Mom has a clear view of her son's match
© Jen Pottheiser/USTA
Indian Wells, CA. - For Scott Ansay, tennis was never just a sport. It became something that brought endless opportunities.
A collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay allowed Ansay to compete throughout the Midwest. As an instructor at Mequon Elite Racquet & Fitness for the past 10 years, he has had the chance to share his passion for the game with his students.
However, this weekend presented an opportunity for Ansay to spend some quality time with the person who first introduced him to the game – his mother, Diane.
Both mother and son discovered that they could potentially get together at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the 2008 USTA League presented by Chrysler 5.0 Adult National Championships back in March.
Diane, Director of Adult Senior Tennis for the USTA Midwest Section, was pleasantly surprised when she was given her annual assignment and was scheduled to work in Indian Wells as part of the tournament staff.
Reaching the Nationals had never been an easy task for Scott and his team, who were runner-ups at last year’s Midwest Section Championships. Scott and his mother were well aware of the tough competition at the 5.0 level, which made his team’s first National Championship berth that much more special when they clinched the Midwest Section title.
Diane was thrilled to be courtside during her son’s match as she gave him support and encouragement.
“When I was young, I didn’t really want her to watch me play,” Scott said. “Now it’s nice for her to be able to watch. She’s always been supportive.”
Diane began as a USTA Volunteer in the 1970’s. From volunteer, to team captain, to District League Coordinator, it would be an understatement to say she’s worn a few hats within the organization.
Tennis has always been a staple in the Ansay household. Avid club and USTA League players, Diane’s success on the court resulted in a home filled with trophies, which quickly caught Scott’s attention.
“I wanted trophies of my own,” Scott said, as he spoke about how he developed and continues to have a passion for the sport.
That wasn’t always the case though. For two years after college, Scott stepped away from the game. Fortunately, it was that brief hiatus that rejuvenated him and allowed him to get back out on the court. Eighteen years later, he still enjoys the competitive environment that USTA League tennis provides, as well as the camaraderie that he and his teammates share.
“It’s so satisfying to see him reap the benefits of League Tennis,” Diane said. “It makes me realize how many other people it transfers to.”
Diane also loves to see how tennis has become such a significant aspect of her son’s life. Her passion for tennis was passed on to Scott and that passion has now been passed down to his three year-old daughter, Amelia.
“It’s so special seeing him start to teach his daughter,” Diane added.
There are no signs of Scott’s tennis game slowing down.
“Now that we’ve made it here (USTA Nationals) and gotten a taste of it, we’ll definitely want to come back,” Scott said. “I guess this year it was in the cards for us – destiny.”
And perhaps a lucky charm called Mom.
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