Wilmington Country Club hosted a group of top-ranked female tennis players from all over the east coast last week for the annual Addie Cup Tennis Tournament. The players, ranging from ages 40-79, came to Wilmington from four states and competed in four age categories.
The hot weather clearly played a factor in the matches, but it did not hold many ladies back.
Especially Central Pennsylvania team captain Ann Clark.
Clark is captain and player for the Central Pennsylvania District (CPD) 5.0 team and has been playing tennis for more than 30 years.
Middle States had a chance to sit down with Ann to talk about being a captain and tennis in general.
Enjoys most about being a captain: Clark said she has a lot fun while playing organized tennis with friends, and also loves the team atmosphere. She enjoys traveling around to various places and meeting new people.
Started playing: 14 years old
Favorite part of playing tennis: Competition and exercise, and also the tennis atmosphere as a whole.
“I like how you can play tennis with anyone such as your friends or family, and how tennis is a sport I can play for a lifetime,” she said.
Plans for remainder of summer: Clark will be playing in various women’s tournaments all around the east coast, some even at a national level. She will also keep busy with team activities and practices, as well.
Even though Clark has been playing for most her life, she still continues to work hard to get better every day.
About the Addie Cup
USTA Eastern, Mid-Atlantic, Middle States and New England all competed at the 35th Addie Cup, with Eastern winning the 2015 competition.
Addie Cup is part of Intersectional play. In this type of tournament, participants compete for the section in teams (generally between 4-12 players). The location of each cup rotates on an annual basis amongst the participating sections.