Tennis Ace of the Month – Debbie Rosen
Tennis Ace – May 2017
Where were you born and raised?
If you aren’t from Pittsburgh or the surrounding areas, what brought you to Pittsburgh, PA?
My ex-husband was from Squirrel Hill.
When were you first introduced to the Highland Park Tennis Club and by whom?
When we opened Tennis Village 40 years ago, I became aware of a lot of tennis events and activities.
How did you get interested in tennis?
I had never watched a tennis match until my ex-husband started Tennis Village, and I figured that I should learn to play.
Is it true that you are not a tennis player?
Yes. I took lessons, but I never had enough time to play. I was working 6 days a week, raising 3 children, and very involved in volunteering for my favorite organization.
What are some of your hobbies?
I love going to the theater, concerts, and dance performances.
Tell us about your involvement with Tennis Village? How did you get started, when, why, with whom, etc.
My ex-husband and his friend started Tennis Village in 1976 and I was a substitute teacher and part time helper. I went on to take over owning the business on my own and after all these years I still love being a part of the tennis community.
Has the business changed since you first opened it? How?
There are so many changes in every way in 40 years. An example, Nike was a new company. They wanted Tennis Village to carry their merchandise to help them get better known in the tennis world. They put Nike product in the store on consignment.
Are there any changes you’d like to make to the business in the future?
No. But I do know that I will eventually have to retire.
Has being a small business owner been a challenge? If so, how/why?
Any small business has challenges, but it is worth it.
In business people say, “Location, Location, Location”. If at any time you could relocate Tennis Village, where would it be? Why?
I will not relocate. Shadyside is a great place.
It appears that you have almost everything a tennis player needs: clothing, shoes, racquets, strings, dampers, stringing machine to string racquets, wraps, etc. What is your biggest selling item?
Our most consistent service is easily our racquet stringing.
Is there anything you would like to sell but don’t have space for it?
I would like to have a practice wall so people could test racquets in the store.
If there is one thing about your business that you would change, if so, what would it be?
It would be nice to have just a little more space.
What would you like for your patrons to know as it relates to your business?
We strive hard to give great service. We carry a lot of items in our small space so there is something for everyone or we will order it.
How can patrons better assist your business?
Tell everyone that we are here!
Have you attended any of major WTA/ATP tennis tournaments?
I have attended the U S Open and Southern and Western.
Who are your 2 favorite tennis players?
I enjoy watching Roger and Serena play.
If you could ask each of them a question, what would the questions be?
What is the most memorable moment in your life or career?
What is your favorite type of music?
Classical, oldies, and dance music.
Name your favorite musical artist/group?
What is your favorite food?
What can always be found in your refrigerator?
Fruit, vegetables, and Jarlsberg cheese
What is your favorite vacation spot?
What would most others be surprised to know about you?
I owned a 14 ft sailboat for 18 years.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Pittsburgh is a special place. I love this city.