The life of a pro tennis player is often jammed with airplanes, rental cars and hotel rooms in unfamiliar cities.
Alexandra Mueller is getting a break from that this week.
The 27-year-old is competing in this week’s Koser Jewelers Tennis Challenge, a 25k USTA Pro Circuit Event at Hempfield Area Recreation, just 75 miles from her home town of Abington. With past experience and a high level of success in this event before, it’s a week that Mueller always looks forward to.
“It kind of feels like a home tournament to me,” Mueller said after her Wednesday singles win over Ulrikke Eikeri. “I’m only about an hour and a half from home, and I feel pretty comfortable here. I like the courts and everyone is super nice. I always look forward to it.”
Mueller won the singles and doubles titles at Hempfield in 2010 when the tournament was still a $10,000 event. She’s won 14 USTA Pro Circuit doubles titles and four singles titles in her career.
With the goal of adding to that list, Mueller dominated on Thursday, taking down Eikeri quickly, 6-0, 6-2. She faces Robin Anderson, another former champ at Hempfield, Friday around noon in the quarterfinals.
Mueller is also again competing in doubles, where she’s teaming with Sophie Chang. They’ll face Brynn Boren and Nadja Gilchrist later this afternoon in the doubles semifinals, meaning that when one match ends, it’s time to get ready for the next.
“It’s tough, but it’s just part of it,” Mueller said of playing multiple matches in a day. “After you get done with one match you just try to recover.”
After this tournament, Mueller said she’ll take a week at home and then head to Quebec for another event. She then plans on traveling to Albuquerque for a 75k event.