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FEBRUARY 2015 - CAPTAIN OF THE MONTH
GEORGE HAYS
LOUISVILLE, KY

I am truly honored that someone thought enough of my work as team captain to nominate me for such an esteemed recognition.  I first started playing tennis at Seneca Park in the Tennis Patrons Foundation program in the summer of 1956 at the age of 13.  I have enjoyed the sport ever since.  I played on Georgetown College Tennis Team a couple years in the early seventies.  In 1975 I took lessons from Pam Sullivan at Louisville Tennis Club, she managed to help me raise my level of game.

In 1980, myself along with five other guys bought Blairwood Tennis and Swim Club.  While the investment was lucrative, during that time I enjoyed playing tennis less because it became a business and no longer just recreational.

I remember when the NTRP rating system was developed and when Volvo and  BMW were team tennis sponsors.  I played in my first Southern Sectional Championship in 1990.

In 1992 after turning 50 I began playing on a "Senior" team, later taking over as the captain.  One of the players made a "Hays Hawks" team flag that we carried to all of our matches until it wore out.  This team advanced to Southern Sectional Championships six times coming close in 2011 to winning.

My favorite player is Bobby Riggs, he seemed not to take the game too seriously and just had fun.

I like to approach the court with one racquet, no bag, to make my opponent think I am a "hayseed".  When the oversized racquets came out, I kept using my old smaller sized Tony Trabert C6 for years.  Then when the wide body racquets  went narrow, I kept using my Wilson Wide Body until just last year.

My favorite shot used to be to drill a sizzling forehand down the line when my opponent was not expecting it.  Currently my favorite shot is the drop shot followed by a baseline lob.

My wife Betsy has played USTA League tennis and has advanced to her share of Sectional Championships as well.

 

For exercise I now go to Jazzercise with my wife three times a week, that keeps me fit to play tennis!

 

   

 

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