Bill Biggs and his wife
© Photo courtesy of Bill Biggs
By Doug Drotman, USTA.com
TUCSON , Ariz. – Bill Biggs from Fairfax, Virginia has cheered Andy Roddick to victory in Portland, James Blake in Spain and the Bryan Brothers in Sweden. But this weekend he is cheering the Mid-Atlantic men’s team at the 2009 USTA League 3.5 Adult National Championships in Tucson.
You see, when he is not running his small business, playing tennis or serving as captain of the Fairfax, Va. squad, Biggs is a “Net Head” – an official cheerleader for the U.S. Davis Cup team. And in that role, he joins 30-60 other tennis fans at US Davis Cup events to make sure Captain Patrick McEnroe’s squad has hometown support.
“Since joining the Net Heads in 2003, I have seen the US David Cup team play in Portland, Winston-Salem, Madrid, Seville, the Czech Republic, Belgium and Sweden,” admits Biggs. “At times, like in Seville there are 28,000 opposing fans and just 28 of us. It’s all good natured cheering, but our goal is to make sure the American players know they have our support.”
“It’s great when we get a reaction from the players,” explains Biggs. “We know they hear us, but Andy (Roddick) gives us the most reaction. When he does, it inspires to cheer even louder.”
Although he cherishes every Davis Cup trip and memory of meeting the players and coaches, the experience of winning the David Cup in Portland is at the top of his list. Although that list that might change if the men from Fairfax play up to their capabilities this weekend. On Friday they split their two matches, but in their wide open division their dreams of playing on Sunday are still alive as play begins on Saturday.
Due to an arthritic knee, Biggs was forced off the court this season but held onto his role as the captain of the 3.5 men’s team playing out of the Fairfax Racquet Club this season.