LEAGUE CAPTAIN OF THE MONTH:
Tess Limberg (El Paso, Texas)
July 1, 2017
District: Greater El Paso Tennis Association
Occupation: OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner
Started playing league in: 2010, My son was a junior player and made the game look "easy & fun." I had never picked up a racquet before. I took a development class with one of the pros to find out the game was NOT easy, but was indeed great fun. I loved it & started playing league right away.
Favorite player: Sloane Stephens
Superpower: Opponents drop shot to my forehand - love to hit a cross court shot into the alley for a winner.
Racquet: HEAD Radical
Hobbies: Tennis (of course) and gardening
Where do you play out of? El Paso Tennis Club
How many years have you captained? Five
How many teams have you captained in 2017? Six (Tess has played on 51 total league teams since 2010)
How many years have you played USTA League tennis? Seven
Most memorable on-court experience in the Southwest? Why? My best moment on the court was finding out that the 2014 40+ team was going to nationals. ADVERTISEMENT On the final day of competition @ sectionals we were tied for first place. We edged out the other team by virtue of head to head competition.
What made you want to be a League Captain? I became a league captain probably because I have a "Type A personality" and am organized & super competitive. As a tennis captain both my personality traits can be fed!
Best advice for new captains: Take the job seriously and give it your best. Your team deserves to have a captain that doesn't just put a lineup on the court but gives it thought and planning. Try to put all your players in the best position to win. Every player on the team has a something that makes them strong. The captain should try to recognize their potential and help foster their success. Individual player's success will translate into team success.
WANT TO NOMINATE YOUR LEAGUE CAPTAIN AS A FUTURE 'Southwest Captain of the Month'?
Please tell us why your captain deserves some acclaim for the work he/she does for your team, or, let us know how they're helping to grow league tennis participation in your area. Contact USTA Southwest League Coordinator Shelby Payne at email@example.com with suggestions.