SoCal's coach Marco Casesa.
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By Danielle Elliot and Kevin Wittner, USTA.com
TUCSON, Ariz. - Some couples spend the first weekend of wedded bliss honeymooning on a tropical island. For others, it’s a European adventure or a cruise. But a weekend at the USTA League 3.0 Adult National Championships? That seems a bit of a stretch. Even if the tournament is in sunny Tucson.
Newlywed SoCal coach Marco Casesa’s wife seems to agree. Last weekend, she was by his side as the two wed in a small ceremony in Carmel, Calif. This weekend, they’re about 400 miles apart. She is at home in San Diego while he is coaching in Tucson.
“Why be with one woman when I could be with 12?” Casesa joked.
He’s quick to reiterate that he’s joking. He’s only one week into the marriage, after all.
The couple planned to postpone the honeymoon long before his team advanced to nationals. His wife, Rhianna, is a third grade teacher. It would’ve been difficult to take off during the school year. They will most likely honeymoon in Europe in early June, Casesa says. They are also planning a long weekend sometime soon.
“What’s really funny is we didn’t plan it knowing this was the weekend of nationals. We could have picked [this weekend] to get married, you know?”
Had that happened, he would have had quite the dilemma. He has been coaching this team for about two years, always working towards this tournament.
Player Amy Fallmer says Casesa is “dedicated and great with strategy. He’s strong, loud, funny, but kind of no nonsense. He’s very dedicated and very serious about tennis. He was very excited about our team making it to sectionals and nationals.”
Then again, he’s also excited about his wife. “We hear she is the best girl ever; that she’s his soulmate,” Fallmer adds.
And as his soulmate, Rhianna respects his obligation to the team. “We’ve been together for a long time,” Casesa says, “so we’re both understanding of one another’s work and everything.”
Yet that understanding only goes so far. When asked what he would’ve done had the honeymoon and nationals overlapped, Casesa again cracks a smile. “What do you think?” he asks. “You gotta make the woman happy!”