Tennis Ace of the Month – Kathy Fine
Tennis Ace – January 2017
Where were you born and raised?
Burlington Township, NJ
If you aren’t from Pittsburgh or the surrounding areas, what brought you to Pittsburgh, PA?
love brought me to Pittsburgh 30 years ago.
At what age, where and with whom did you first begin playing tennis?
I had played infrequently over the years when I was challenged to a match by a friend that I met in Costa Rica. After a couple of routes, I started taking lessons with Doug Brooks at the Mellon Park Bubble.
Did you play for any school teams? If so, when and what schools?
What level tennis player are you now? What was your highest ranking?
Started as a 3.5 and 9 years later, still a 3.5! Guess I’m a slow learner!
Do you play in tournaments now? If so, why? If not, why not?
I have participated in USTA leagues for several years and have played in a few HPTC tournaments, but I enjoy playing less structured tennis with friends more.
Do you prefer singles, doubles and or mixed play? Why?
I like ‘em all! I love the cardio aspect of singles and the strategy and comradery of doubles and mixed play.
Name two of your favorite tennis players and tell why they are your favorites.
Rafa Nadal is by far my favorite player. His grit and never say die fortitude on the court and his outstanding sportsmanship are attributes to which we should all aspire.
Right now, I am liking Madison Keyes. She also exhibits a cool demeanor on the court and is delightful in her youth off the court.
What is it about the game that you like? Why?
I like the physical exercise and the challenge of improving my game.. But I especially love meeting a whole bunch of new friends, from members of the HPTC to folks from all over the city and beyond.
Is there anything about the game that you don’t like and if so, what is it and why?
If you could change one thing about tennis, what would it be?
I would love to see much more access to tennis for kids throughout the city. The work of the HPTC is exactly the type of organization that we need to see replicated through Pittsburgh.
What do you consider the strongest aspect of your tennis game? Why?
At my age, I believe that my fitness enables me to stay competitive and to continue to improve my game. And my forehand is getting better!
What part of your tennis game would you most like to improve? Why?
I am continually striving to improve my mental game. Staying steady and calm mentally is something that I struggle with, but I am slowly working toward a winning attitude!
Do you have a personal tennis match that stands out in your mind? Please share the circumstances of that match with us.
I had an exciting match at USTA Sectionals 2 years ago. My partner and I were 0-3, but we pulled out our last match of the weekend. Our celebratory hug was even in USTA magazine!
Aside from tennis, in what other athletic activities do you participate?
I work out 3 times a week and walk.
What is your favorite type of music?
Too much music to choose one type! I have everything in my music library: classic and indie rock reggae, singer songwriter, rap and pop. Also, I am a bit of a (Grateful) Deadhead!
Name your favorite musical artist/group?
Michael Franti and Spearhead is one of my favorites. Seeing him live is an amazing experience.
What is your favorite food?
It would be easier to ask what is my least favorite food, because I like almost everything.
What can always be found in your refrigerator?
Apples, blueberries and blue cheese
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Play Junquillal, Costa Rica
What would most others be surprised to know about you?
That I was shy when I was little!
Is there anything else you would like to add?
If there was one thing about the world that you would change, what would it be?
I would ensure that all children, regardless of race or socio-economic status has a world-class education.