February 2016 Hanna Spearman

February 2016 HPTC Ace of the Month

Hanna Spearman

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Hanna Spearman, HPTC Founder

Where were you born and raised?

            Pittsburgh, PA

If you aren’t from Pittsburgh or the surrounding areas, what brought you to Pittsburgh, PA?

            See answer above.

How long have you been associated with the Highland Park Tennis Club? In what capacities have you interacted with the club?

            I am one of the founding members of the Highland Park Tennis Club.

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At what age, where and with whom did you first begin playing tennis?

            I was about 25 years old and joined the first and only black tennis club in Pgh., as Blacks were not accepted in the white tennis community.  They were self-taught and read tennis books.  They taught me as well.  We travelled across the country and played the American Tennis Association (ATA) Circuit.  They taught me well as I won some tournaments, singles and doubles.  Later I took lessons from several tennis Pros.  My strength’s were my quickness, passing shots, and net. I would have liked to have a stronger serve.

Did you play for any school teams?  If so, what teams, when and at what schools?

            I did not play for any school teams. I did play on the USTA and PTL teams.

What level tennis player are you now?  What was your highest ranking?

            My highest ranking was 4.0. 

Do you play in tournaments now?  If so, why do you play?  If not, why not?

        I no longer play tennis because of knee problems.

Do you prefer singles, doubles and or mixed play?  Why?

        I enjoyed playing all.  Singles was my favorite as I played only singles for about 10 years.

Name two of your favorite tennis players and tell why they are your favorites.

            Of course Serena, the Queen of tennis, Arthur Ashe and Althea Gibson, the first great champions of color.

What is it about the game that you like? Why?

            I enjoyed the competitiveness.

Is there anything about the game that you don’t like and if so, what is it and why?

            There is nothing about the game that I don’t like.

If you could change one thing about tennis, what would it be?

            I wish the sport was not so expensive to play.  The USTA needs to invest more into youth programs.

What do you consider the strongest aspect of your tennis game? Why?


What part of your tennis game would you most like to improve? Why?


Do you have a personal tennis match that stands out in your mind?  Please share the circumstances of that match with us.

            None come to mind.

Aside from tennis, in what other athletic activities do you participate?

            Ballroom dancing, Steppin’ (a kind of dance) and working out in the gym.

What is your favorite type of music?


Name your favorite musical artist/group?

            Boney James

What is your favorite food?


What can always be found in your refrigerator?

        Lots of fruit.

What is your favorite vacation spot?


What would most others be surprised to know about you?

            I’m a sensitive person.

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