I’ve played tennis since the age of 5. I was fortunate to play Varsity tennis in high school, taught young kids and adults during my summers and was signed on to play with Regis University up until they decided to pull the women’s program a month before leaving for school. It’s always been a passion of mine and something I’ve wanted to pass along to others. I love the feeling of being out on the court doing something that I love so much. Plus you can’t beat the workout!
Since I wasn’t able to play in college, I picked up my love for playing again a couple years ago. I don’t play as often as I would like, but I still get to be out on the court and that’s all that matters to me. Last week, I played singles in the Longmont Open, a pretty big week-long tournament in Longmont, Colo. Aside from league play, I try and play a couple tournaments every summer – singles or doubles. Going into the tournament, I had this good feeling (call it crazy!) that I was going to win it. Sure enough, I won my division! I guess positive thinking does help. I hadn’t been in a tournament final since the state championships in high school my sophomore year with my doubles partner, Stephanie. We took second place in the number two doubles spot for Class 4A. Pretty amazing feeling to be in a final. On Saturday, I had the same feeling I did nearly 14 years ago when I walked onto the court to play for the title. I told myself not to be disappointed if I didn’t win, but to just have fun and be proud of myself for getting this far. Well, I won 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 and didn’t go into a third set once the entire tournament. It’s a great accomplishment and to be called a champion feels pretty darn good!
“Tennis begins with love.” ~Author Unknown