For donating her time & for sharing her story with us, Ronni will receive a FREE SPECIALTY CLINIC!!!
Ronni grew up locally, in the Mahopac/Carmel area. She was involved in several sports as a child, including soccer and softball. Her first experience with tennis was during her summers at Camp Kiwi in Carmel. Her parents belonged to a club in the area, so she also played there from time to time.
In high school, she decided to try out for the tennis team. Since there was no girls’ team, she joined the boys’ team, and it became a co-ed tennis team. After high school she didn’t have people to play with, so she stopped. Ronni set off to attend college in Boston. After her first year—at just 18 years old—she had knee reconstruction surgery, but she didn’t let that stop her. Ronni has always had a love of sports and staying active.
Eventually, she started a family and she now has three children: her son Jordan, daughter Dakota, and son Cameron. With each of her children, she shares a special bond. Cameron and Dakota are twins, so she said it is especially important to have some special activity to do together with each of them. With her eldest son, she plays golf. With her daughter, they paint and do artistic activities together. With her youngest son, she plays tennis.
Cameron’s interest with tennis was sparked by playing the Mario Tennis video game. She got him playing here at 8 years old, before it became Taconic Sport & Racquet. She said the kid program was thinning out, so they changed over to another local club. They went there for the season, until Ronni started hearing good things from people about TSR. Adam Gentile, who she knew outside of tennis, told her about the renovations and how much the club had improved. It wasn’t long before she returned to see the improvements for herself, and she was impressed.
While on vacation at Long Beach Island, she tried playing a little on some free courts with her son—after she had put her racquet down for over 30 years. When she noticed that Cameron could rally and got a chance to hit the ball around with him, she realized how much she missed tennis. Her fiancée Carlo also grew up playing the sport and had taken a long break from it. She wondered why she had ever stopped playing in the first place. Since her son really enjoyed the program here, they decided to join TSR together.
Ronni said she really likes the junior pathway and the “X2” practice & play philosophy. She said she sees the difference when her son is playing two times a week. For her son, the social interaction is also a huge plus. She finds that the group of younger tennis professionals are easier for him to relate to. They have developed a big brother and little brother type of rapport that makes Cameron feel more comfortable.
Another thing Ronni mentioned is how much she enjoys the TV monitors with the view of the courts. She really appreciates the ability to observe her child and monitor his progress without being a distraction. She feels that sometimes when a parent is within view, the child can be affected by their presence and will look to them for approval. The TV access helps her avoid this issue, so that her child can focus on the instructor and improving his tennis skills.
It wasn’t long before Ronni decided to try some specialty clinics and then a mixer. She said she loves using her ‘sports brain’ to play tennis, by applying her knowledge and skills from softball and soccer. Tennis is great exercise, and it’s especially useful as cardio for Ronni, in between her Cross-Fit workouts. She said specialty clinics are a flexible option that’s perfect for a mother of three kids with a busy schedule, because they do not require long term commitment and allow you to pay as you go.
She was a little hesitant to join a tennis club, but Ronni said everyone is very welcoming at TSR. The warm, inviting environment and great group of staff and members made it a comfortable fit for her. The instruction for her son and the variety that the club offers appealed to her. She also feels that the diverse styles and personalities of our tennis professionals offer something for everyone. She said that those things, along with our convenient location and well-kept facility, make her happy to be a member.
Her parents Steve and Alice even play now too! They participated in our Instant Rally adult beginner clinic together. Currently, they have moved onto a regular TSR clinic session on the weekends. Both in their mid-to-late seventies, they are a shining example of the fact that it’s never too late to get into tennis.
Now that she and Cameron are playing, her eldest son has even joined in on the fun.We often see them all heading out to the courts together. Recently the crew—Ronni, her parents, and her son Cameron—came in to play some doubles together and take advantage of our Easter court time special. It was pretty awesome to see three generations of a family having fun out on the court together!
They really are a great bunch of truly kind people. We appreciate having them as part of our Taconic Sport & Racquet community!!! Their family illustrates our TSR objective to build connections, to strengthen relationships, and to facilitate growth.
They show that it’s about more than just tennis!