Tennis Ace of the Month Meg Cooper
Tennis Ace Meg Cooper
Where were you born and raised?
New York City (Greenwich Village) then Carl Place, NY (Long Island suburban Levitt prototype house, “little boxes all look alike”.
If you aren’t from Pittsburgh or the surrounding areas, what brought you to Pittsburgh, PA?
Carnegie Tech. 1964
How long have you been associated with the Highland Park Tennis Club? In what capacities?
Seems since it was founded. Served as recording secretary.
At what age, where and with whom did you first begin playing tennis?
I think I was around 6 and the opponent was the side of the barn belonging to my Great Aunts Blanche and Alma. Even at that young age I had first hand knowledge of being able to “hit the side of the barn”. If I missed, there was cow pasture and you know what that means. At 12 I was offered $10 to throw a match. After that, winning was never a top priority, I like to keep things in perspective.
Did you play for any school teams? If so, what teams, when and at what schools?
I Tried out for tennis in High School but always went for Softball as it was a “team” sport.
At Carnegie Tech, I played 2nd singles … but can’t remember anything else.
What level tennis player are you now? What was your highest ranking?
I am 3.5 … was 4.0 and also in my 70th year.
Do you play in tournaments now? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I try to play in the local tournaments, I play to support the tournaments and to meet people. But I am on 3 USTA teams and a PTL team. Women in the area participate more in USTA and PTL. Leaves little time for a 10 day tournament.
Do you prefer singles, doubles and or mixed play? Why?
I prefer to play tennis doubles I like the competition . Again the age thing and I get lonely playing singles.
Name two of your favorite tennis players and tell why they are your favorites.
WOW ! Too tough to answer.
What tennis player would you most like to meet or have met? Why? What would you ask them?
Agassi and McEnroe … the bad boys. Then Arthur Ashe and Althea Gibson (the color barrier breakers).
What is it about the game that you like? Why?
I like all the people that the game has introduced me to. Such a broad spectrum of people. !
I prefer playing a close game than winning BIG.
Is there anything about the game that you don’t like and if so, what is it and why?
I don’t like the USTA tennis rating system. it allows too many players to be bumped out of their team actual playing level. The team is the thing, not the individual tennis player. I like the PTL system better, you move up or down as a team. I dislike all the complaints about the incorrect rating of your opponents, just play the match.
If you could change one thing about tennis, what would it be?
Keep tennis courts in shape and grow the game.
What do you consider the strongest aspect of your tennis game? Why?
The Serve, maybe.
What part of your tennis game would you most like to improve? Why?
Backhand a net play.
Do you have a personal tennis match that stands out in your mind? Please share the circumstances of that match with us.
I try not to dwell on any match with the theory that another will come along soon enough. However that match where I was offered money to throw it is really a stand-out. I wonder where that girl is today. Probably in her own Hell.
Aside from tennis, in what other athletic activities do you participate?
Hiking, biking, kayaking.
What is your favorite type of music?
Rock and Roll, the 60’s, what else is there.
Name your favorite musical artist/group?
Stones and Beatles
What is your favorite food?
Mashed potato, Salad.
What can always be found in your refrigerator?
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Beach and surf
What would most others be surprised to know about you?
I was a MATH major.
I have 3 Masters Degrees ( probably an indication of stupidity)
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
Have more PJs in the world. What a Gold Standard. She helped everyone.