Mercklinghaus of Vero Beach named USTA Florida Tennis Volunteer of the Month

The best captains in the USTA League are on a good line between posting competitive line-ups while ensuring that all team members have court time, provide good communication without domination or dictatorship, and provide guidance and When to provide support to teammates.

Vero Beach, Fla. For women 55 and older at the Boulevard Tennis Club in New York, the captain is Joanne Merklinghaus, who led the 55-and-over teams in segments last year while serving as an ambassador for the club and assisting the head. Is Prof. who recruits players and special events.

Boulevard player Lauren Kusher says, “She comes to every match to watch and support her team, and she also provides balls for every court, while refusing to take money from the team to get her back. Boulevard player Lauren Kusher says.

Merkelhaus’ support for her teammates during the matches reflects a quote from one of her favorites, Serena Williams: “Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to others. We are strongest when we make each other happy. “

“I love organizing doubles partners and it’s a pleasure to see my teammates succeed in the game,” said Merklinghaus, who joined the USTA this year. Participated in League 55-and-over and tri-level competitions. “Last season we made it to the finals and had to play in the final. Unfortunately, we lost, but our goal is to go to the finals and win the final! “

Kusher said that while caring for her ailing father recently and visiting a babysitter for a daughter who underwent surgery, she still caters to the needs of her team.

“He never lost a beat to make sure the team was taken care of,” said the Boulevard player. “As a result of his excellent captaincy skills, club players are always asking him to captain teams and want to play on them. Joanne also tries her best to include the right players in the matches to give the teams the best chance to win, but she does her best to include other players in the matches whenever possible. ”

Raised in New Jersey, Merklingshaus could also offer intelligence to his team as a former certified fitness trainer who now works in the fitness industry after previously working as a newspaper owner and publisher in New Jersey.

“As life changes, so do careers,” says Merklinghaus. “Exercise is the best way to prevent disease and prevent aging. Exercise increases productivity and gives people more energy. When I made fitness a regular part of my life, I experienced it myself. I saw it in others when I brought it in. “

USTA Florida would like to thank Joan Merklinghaus as the USTA Florida Volunteer of the Month for hosting tennis at Vero Beach and captaining the team to promote fitness in March 2022.

About Joan

place of birth: new Jersey
Family members: My husband Jim, my son Ryan, my daughter Cassandra, my daughter-in-law Ashley, and my 2-year-old granddaughter McKenzie are my tennis stars in training.
Favorite movie genre: Summer
Favorite food: salmon
Favorite travel destination: Bahamas
Favorite shot: One-handed backhand

It was my oldest tennis memoryਜਦੋਂ “When Billy Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in 1973.”

If I could play tennis with three people, they would be“Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Ashley Barty.”

When I’m not playing tennis I am… “Playing my piano, detecting metal, and fishing.”

I have the best tennis memory… “Watching Serena Williams play at the US Open.”

I like to volunteer in tennis because“I love organizing doubles participants and watching my teammates succeed in the game.”

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