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Prayer in the Art of Tennis

Robert Damesworth
Robert Damesworth

By Sue Levine, USTA.com

Indian Wells, Calif. - It was a hard-fought battle to the 3.5 Senior USTA League National Championship for the Farmington Tennis Club. The team is out of Farmington, Michigan, and represents the Midwest Section.

Team captain Jerry LeLito says it looked like the chances of getting to the National Championship were “slim and none, and slim left town”. But Robert Damesworth knows how his team made it. He says it was an answered prayer.

Damesworth is on the team. He says the team members all agreed they should pray for God’s favor and protection. So he volunteered to be the team chaplain.

Each of the five teams competing for a trip to the finals had two wins and two losses. Damesworth says everything “had to line up perfectly for us to win”.

It all came down to one set. The team from Wisconsin had to lose for the Farmington Tennis Club to advance.

Most of the team went home before the deciding set, fearing it was a lost cause. But LeLito and Damesworth stayed to see it through,

It looked bad for a while, with Wisconsin ahead 9-5 in the 3rd set tie-break. But then, Damesworth said, they couldn’t believe what was happening right before their own eyes. Wisconsin went down, with a final score of 13-11, sending the Farmington Tennis Club team to the National Championships.

Some might call it luck.

But the team chaplain knows better. Damesworth has no doubt it was a miracle because “the only variable was prayer”.

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