The world of college tennis – both varsity and recreational – offers a myriad of opportunities for those who participate.
There are many career opportunities for those who have played college tennis. Some follow the path to professional tennis careers and travel the world. Others find the excitement and satisfaction of teaching and coaching players of all ages and abilities, sharing their love of the game and the life lessons it provides. Some represent companies involved in the tennis industry – balls, racquets, strings, clothing, shoes and more. Others parlay their tennis knowledge into careers as promoters, player agents, or in media and broadcasting. A significant number of the SCTA staff members have played either varsity tennis or Tennis on Campus, and are now involved in the administrative side of the game. For former players in the world of business and finance, their college teammates are often the foundation of their contact lists, and lots of deals are made on tennis courts. And the list goes on…..
Maybe best of all, a lifetime of fun awaits those who continue to play beyond their college years. At the recent USTA 18 and over League Sectional Championships, we saw many men and women representing a cross-section of varsity and recreational players. Maybe most amazing was seeing six former USC Trojan varsity women on the courts – Lea (Antonoplis) Inouye, Stacy (Margolin) Potter, Sue Pendo, Anca Anastasiu, Dianne Matias and Alison Ramos – on several different teams. There were many former Tennis on Campus players on lots of different teams scattered throughout the three sites. All these players loved being part of a team in college, and they still love the team atmosphere and camaraderie. The competition is just as fierce, but now there is a more social aspect to being out there competing together.
Offering further proof that tennis is indeed “the sport for a lifetime,” it is also worth noting that the draws for our Senior tournaments are filled with former collegians. The 80, 85 and 90 age division draws feature, among others, John Bennett (UCLA), Bob Seymour (UC Berkeley), Roger Hing (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo), Gordon Davis (USC) and Bob Isenberg (UCLA). The pattern is continued on down through the senior divisions, and into the Open divisions. Many former college players still love the heat of the competition.
On a final note, we invite all of you to come out to the David Marks Tennis Stadium at USC in late October. The 60th Southern California Intercollegiate Championship will run October 28 through October 31, and feature the top collegiate talent in the area, as well as some from out-of-state. Although most of the teams are Division 1, the tournament is unique in that schools from D2, D3 and NAIA are invited to participate. The impressive list of former champions includes Grand Slam tournament winners Alex Olmedo, Rafael Osuna, Arthur Ashe, Stan Smith, Bob Lutz, and Luke Jensen. Spectators are welcome, and there is no charge for admission.