Tony Acosta from the Mid Atlantic Section lives in Fairfax, Virginia by way of Texas. After spending many years traveling the globe with the US military, Acosta now spends much of his time playing tennis and captaining many tennis teams in nearby districts.
How did you started playing tennis?
While stationed in Panama in 1994. I just picked it up and have enjoyed it ever since.
Why you love the game?
It is a great sport and structured under a stupendous foundation. The USTA along with its Sectional, District staff/friends is great to be part of. I enjoy captaining and the fun and entertainment of it all.
Who is your favorite tennis player?
I have to say Andre Agassi. Although one would argue that while not the best player ever, he set some records and was a great crowd entertainer/pleaser.
What is your favorite surface to play on?
What kind of racquet do you use?
I use a Head racquet and very pleased with it.
What is your favorite tennis tournament and why?
Indian Wells... Great weather and atmosphere.
What is your favorite professional sports team, if any?
Ah, this is easy... Growing up in Texas - America's Team - How 'Bout Them DALLAS COWBOYS!!!!
What is the best part of your tennis game? (ie: Forehand, backhand, net play).
I would say my forehand.
If you could choose any doubles partner, who would it be?
Now that is a tough task... whoever is willing to pair up with me.
How did you start captaining?
Coming to this area in 1995, I joined a Mixed Dubs team. The team was comprised of a close group of friends. The following year, the captain moved out of the area. The team needed someone to step up - I did! I still wonder about this - after serving a career in the US Army, we were always told to - "never volunteer for anything!" Guess I still haven't learned... But looking back it has all been good.
Why do you enjoy being a captain?
Actually, it is entertaining. Being a peoples person, I enjoy the fun and of course the competitiveness of it all. There are a lot of great captains out there and being able to be part of it... is a thrill in itself.
What is the best aspect of playing USTA League tennis?
This is a little complex. Like any structured activity it starts from the top on down.
Having been to several National events (just 3 alone last year), I can attest that our USTA National staffers are remarkable. They do an impeccable job ensuring that all required information is disseminated out correctly and on time. I have never experience any problems!!!
Our Mid Atlantic Sectional (MAS) staff- I must say that I have the utmost respect for each of them. They do a tremendous job in making all of the leagues available and fun; moreover, providing the finest services. During their typical 10-12 hour workday they work hard in ensuring that the Districts are well informed of new and changing league requirements. They have established and have maintained a culture where their leadership, ideas and decisions impact the well-being of the USTA Mid-Atlantic purpose and spectrum that's our bottom line. But more importantly, the balance they incorporate into the MAS arena benefits the Districts and to the nearly 39,000 MAS USTA players alike. They know that they will find that perfect balance between timely responsiveness and Sectional representation. It's great!!!!!
Our District's staff are the back-bone of it all. They do a remarkable job ensuring that the infrastructure is formed and ready to go for not only League Coordinators, captains; but moreover for our players. I too have great admiration for what they do.
If you haven't been to a District or Sectional event, you have missed out in witnessing what a GREAT job the Sectional and Districts offices do for the players; and as part of their job, are not directly compensated working the long weekend hours. Their top level of services has drawn an outburst of appreciation among the USTA players. This makes our job as captains easier.T his is what it is all about.
If you could attend one Grand Slam tournament, what would it be and why?
Well, I have been to the US Open... I would say the French. I would enjoy watching a clay court tourney.