"Being a sports-minded person, I was looking for a form of exercise that had a 'score' and represented some sense of competition. I had been talking to a few other ladies and they were in the same boat. Not necessarily about the competition thing, but about finding a way to exercise that would be fun. (I had to be somewhat choosy with what sport I could play since I had had reconstructive knee surgery.)
We started in a beginner class called '6 with a Pro' at a local tennis club. I was 36 at the time, and didn't realize what tennis would mean in my life. I learned a lot of the basics in that class, but quickly realized it became something I loved and wanted to do all the time. I tried my hand at a real 'league' and jumped in with both feet.
The very next year, I became pregnant with our fourth child and thought I would have to give it up for a year, but I was ready to play again three months later. It's been nearly seven years since I've started playing and I have formed lasting friendships with women who share the same love of sport.
For me, it's about having something that's my very own. Apart from the kids. Apart from the responsibilities. For me, playing tennis is my therapy and anti-depressant. I can also measure the progress I've made and (hopefully) I am getting better. But at the end of the day, it's not about the score, although 40-Love is always nice to hear. "
--Stacey Roath, Ballwin, Missouri
Photo courtesy of Stacey Roath