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JULY 2014 - CAPTAIN OF THE MONTH
TOM HEAVRIN
LOUISVILLE, KY


 

How did you become a captain?  My first experience with league tennis was the 2009 winter / spring. The team was captained by committee and it was a little disorganized. The following year I volunteered to manage arranging practices and really just took over from there. I also wanted a little more control over when I played!

How long have you been a captain?  I have been a captain since 2010.

 Do you have a co-captain?  Justin Clark has been co-captain for our 3.0 and now 3.5 teams for the last several seasons and Dale Holmes has co-captained our 4.0 team with me.

Have your teams won any Local Championships?  Our 3.5 team advanced to the state tournament in 2012 and this year our 3.5 18+ team is headed to the state as well.

Any family members participate in league or play tennis?  My wife, Samantha, plays recreationally and my son, William (12), has been involved in lessons, clinics and school teams for several years, but no junior tournaments yet.

How long have you been playing tennis?   6 years

How did you start playing tennis?  I started playing the spring of 2008. I belong to Blairwood and thought I would take a stab at it. I took a 6 week adult beginner clinic at LTC with Robin Romanick and then Dave Compton and showed a little aptitude for the sport. I progressed to fast feeds and other adult clinics when Jose Chipe (pro) invited me to practice with his men's 3.0 team, which is still the team I play with today.

How did you feel when you learned you were nominated?  I was definitely surprised and it's nice to be appreciated. I like the fact that the team is pretty well organized and we have fun. We have a good group of guys that we all enjoy playing with.

 Who is your favorite tennis player?  Current player would have to be Juan Martin del Potro. I love his game and attitude. All time is Agassi, well before my playing days but I remember watching the Sampras-Agassi battles. Looking forward to the next great male American player.

What kind of racquet do you use?  I play with a Prince EXO3 Warrior 100

 How many racquets do you carry to a match?  3

What is your favorite tournament to watch?  US Open, love the night matches!

What is your best shot?  My forehand. Over the years I’ve developed good pace and placement. I'm working on more topspin and building a better stroke now.

Do you prefer backhand or forehand? 
Definitely forehand, it’s the go to shot for me.

Do you like to play singles or doubles? 
I enjoy both, but my game is better suited for doubles.

Why do you enjoy being a captain? 
I enjoy making sure everyone on the team has a good experience and gets to play, which can be difficult when you are trying to succeed overall as a team and have various skill levels, but it’s one of my priorities as a captain . Organizing practices, match play and tournaments for multiple teams can be challenging, but it’s worth it.

What do you like most about playing league tennis?  It’s really about measuring my game against others. When you spend as much time as we do practicing, working on strokes and strategy, it’s nice to put that to the test and see where you have improved and where you need improving. It’s great competing and succeeding (on occasion).

If you could attend one Grand Slam, which one would it be? 
That's a tough call, but if I had to choose I’d say Wimbledon.

 

 

 

 

   

 

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