Cathy Tobin, a captain of a 8.0 mixed doubles team out of Central Pennsylvania District (CPD), was just one of the many players who competed in the recent 18 and Over Mixed Doubles Section Championships. And like most captains, Tobin spent the weekend (and the past season) organizing, managing and playing.
Tobin, who has been around the game of tennis for three decades, said she loves the atmosphere of USTA League Tennis and is always keeping busy with the sport.
Tobin is known by her teammates as a great captain and friend. She also describes herself as a tennis pro “wanna-be.”
Middle States sat down with Tobin to discuss being a captain, and tennis in general.
Started Playing: 30 years ago, Competitively 20 years ago
Best Part of Captaining: “Win or lose, it’s a fun sport and I have made so many great friends along the way.”
Summer Schedule: In the summer, Tobin goes from playing once or twice a week to once or twice a day because she also teaches.
Favorite Player: Serena Williams, also Rodger Federer and Kei Nishikori.
Favorite shot: Cross-court Forehand
Tennis Memory: When Tobin first started playing mixed doubles with her partner, Eric Weitzel, Weitzel would bring his son, Ryan, to the courts with him. Tobin would joke around with Weitzel’s son and say, “Some day, I’m going to trade your Dad in and take you as my partner.” As the years went by, Tobin and Weitzel split up due to a ratings bump. Since then, she made true on her promise. Tobin teamed up with Ryan, and the two are currently on-court partners.
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