On June 5th & 6th, our very own pro Carol Levine played in the 2017 Women’s Addie Cup Invitational. This year, the event was held in Charlottesville Virginia. The top players from the United States Tennis Association (USTA) were invited to compete among other sections within the association. These sections include Eastern, New England, Middle States, and Middle Atlantic. Each section sends competitive participants in ten year age divisions spanning from 40’s to 80’s. The 40’s through 60’s consist of three singles matches and two doubles matches, the 70’s has one singles and two doubles, while the 80’s has one doubles match.
Carol represented the Eastern Section, which was seeded number one. She competed in two singles and two doubles matches at the first position in the 60’s division. She won all matches, never dropping a set. Eastern faced the Middle States in the semi-finals and prevailed in an extremely competitive match 10-9. The following day, Eastern faced New England for the Cup, losing in a heartbreaking third set tie-break with a final score of 9-10.
Next year, the Eastern section will host the event. Carol described the experience as a “truly amazing event.” As she competed in and watched the various matches, she was watching the evolution of the tennis player as they gain experience. “One sees first hand the difference of play in the age groups. As the pros age, you see less power and speed but incredible control, consistency, and working the ball to win a point. It is poetry in motion.” These are words to remember as we continue with the life-long game of tennis.