Meet Julie Garvin
“What is mixed doubles?”
Julie Garvin of Indianapolis remembers asking the question to the friend who introduced her to tennis. Garvin had always dabbled in the sport but never realized her potential until she was out on the tennis court with her mixed doubles partner. With a laugh, Garvin remembers the match as not being one of her finest moments, but something even better happened that day: Garvin become hooked on tennis.
“There’s this whole world of people that play this sport, and no one told me this kind of thing happened out here,” Garvin exclaimed.
From there, Garvin wanted to learn everything she could about the ins and outs of the tennis community and signed up for as many clinics as she could. Garvin began to make a name for herself at her local club, so the title of Tennis Ambassador fell naturally into place.
Garvin describes herself as a natural people person, so to her, serving as a Tennis Ambassador means acting as a friendly face for new players. Garvin has only been a part of the sport herself for about a year and a half and still remembers how intimidating joining something new can be.
“It’s nice to be able to offer that support to people who aren’t in the know,” said Garvin. “It’s so exciting and super rewarding.”
As a Tennis Ambassador, Garvin has met countless individuals who are just as passionate about the sport as she has become. Garvin stresses that the tennis community is so much more than people playing tennis. It’s a family.
“I didn’t realize I was missing anything until I started playing,” said Garvin. “I didn’t realize that you could do something that could be exercise, socially fun and something I wanted to keep developing.”
Garvin now captains multiple teams and serves a guide at her club for new members every day. Though she has not been part of the sport for long, she feels as though she is where she is meant to be.
“You don’t have to be a professional tennis player, anyone can do it [play tennis], and anyone can benefit from it.
“It’s been so rewarding to me to meet all of these amazing players with this strong bond of tennis.”
Garvin is excited to see what a new year of tennis brings her and her teammates and looks forward to ushering in new players each day to the sport she cherishes.
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