Tennis Ace of the Month – Joyce Scott
Where were you born and raised?
Monessen, Pa. 30 miles south of Pittsburgh
If you aren’t from Pittsburgh or the surrounding areas, what brought you to Pittsburgh, PA?
See the answer above.
How long have you been associated with the Highland Park Tennis Club? In what capacities?
I am one of the founding members of the club since 2001, I’m currently the Treasurer.
At what age, where and with whom did you first begin playing tennis?
18, I start playing in college with my roommate Terry Gooden.
Did you play for any school teams? If so, what teams, when and at what schools?
I played on the West Virginia State college tennis team in 1978.
What level tennis player are you now? What was your highest ranking?
I just got bumped up to 4.5
Do you play in tournaments now? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, I love to compete and always figure out a way to beat my opponent.
Do you prefer singles, doubles and or mixed play? Why?
Doubles, less running and I get help from my partner to win.
Name two of your favorite tennis players and tell why they are your favorites.
Steffi Graf – because she never gave up when she was playing. Roger Federer – because of his demeanor on and off the tennis court.
If you could ask each of them a question, what would the questions be?
I’m not sure what I would ask them.
What is it about the game that you like? Why?
Competing, exercise, you meet a lot of wonderful people who play tennis.
Is there anything about the game that you don’t like and if so, what is it and why?
No. There isn’t anything I don’t like.
If you could change one thing about tennis, what would it be?
The USTA ranking system. I don’t like how they bump you up and you really can’t win an appeal over their decision.
What do you consider the strongest aspect of your tennis game? Why?
Ball placement, I do my best to hit that ball where my opponent is not.
What part of your tennis game would you most like to improve? Why?
Backhand – I’d like to have a stronger backhand. Actually, I love to hit a backhand like Roger Federer. SMILE.
Do you have a personal tennis match that stands out in your mind? Please share the circumstances of that match with us.
I played in the Mid-Summer Classic tennis tournament and played in women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles. I made it to the semi-finals in all 3 categories and played them all on Saturday and won all 3. Then the tournament director told me I had to play all 3 finals on Sunday. I won 2 out of 3, that was when I was very young, I could not do that today.
Aside from tennis, in what other athletic activities do you participate?
I go to a exercise class twice a week and I ride my exercise bike every morning before I go to work.
What is your favorite type of music?
Name your favorite musical artist/group?
What is your favorite food?
Salmon, veggies, any dessert
What can always be found in your refrigerator?
Vodka, yogurt, bottled water
What is your favorite vacation spot?
If there is anything that you would change about the world in which we live today, what would it be?
Find a way to get the guns off the streets and so accessible to our young people.
What would most others be surprised to know about you?
I am really shy when it comes to speaking in front of a crowd, I have over 100 trophies from all of the tennis tournaments that I have played in.
Is there anything you would like to add?
I am very proud to be a part of such a great tennis club and working together with some really wonderful people. We are giving back to the community in so many ways and my greatest joy besides tennis is helping people that are less fortunate than myself.