USTA Pacific Northwest | June 11, 2018
Marlys Morton (pictured above) has been a USTA League player in Alaska for about four years. In that short period of time, she has already made a big difference. When it comes to tennis, Marlys hardly ever says "no" to anything - whether it's playing in a match, captaining a team, or volunteering to work a tournament desk. During Alaska's Mixed League season, "She reached out and said if I hear of any team having a default...to just let her know. She would be happy to bring players from her team to play in the default court so everyone gets to play!" says Dana Griffin, Regional Manager of Recreational Tennis and Leagues. For Marlys, it's about getting everyone playing tennis. "She has become an awesome supporter of getting new players into Leagues," Dana adds. To find out where this passion came from, we asked Marlys some questions. Let's see what she had to say below!ADVERTISEMENT
Who got you in to the game of tennis and when did you start playing?
One of my sisters is a talented tennis player; I admire her athleticism and always had an interest in learning to play, but not the opportunity. Then, a few years ago my fabulous friend Jen asked our book club members to join her in a weekly tennis clinic. I agreed and we continue to play together.. It took about a year for us to engage in match play. Learning tennis has been a never-ending challenge and adventure!
When you're not playing tennis, what others sports do you enjoy?
I also hike, bike, swim, run, kayak, strength train, and practice yoga.
Do you like playing singles or doubles more and why?
I have predominantly played doubles and enjoy working with a partner to figure out strategy and gain perspective on points, play, and opponents. I am intimidated by singles play but intend to overcome my fears and start standing alone on the court.
What do you like best about being on a team?
The best part about about being on a team is the camaraderie and confidence it fosters. It is motivating to share goals and accomplishments with fellow players. I am grateful to the coaches and captains that have supported our local teams.
Well said, Marlys! We are grateful to you too.
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