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Love Match: Knoxville team sports partners on court and in life

November 23, 2013 09:41 PM
Morgan Lamons and Matt Cupp, doubles partners on the USTA Southern team from Knoxville, will be getting married next summer.

By Sarah Gulbrandsen, special to USTA.com

All the way from Knoxville, Tenn., the USTA Southern 6.0 team has been a delight at the 18 & Over mixed 6.0, 8.0, 10.0 National Championships in Tucson, Ariz., highlighted by Morgan Lamons, 24, and Matt Cupp, 30, who are quite the match.

In fact, 19 months after meeting through USTA League, Matt popped the question, and Morgan said, “Yes!”

Lamons grew up in Greeneville, Tenn., and is a labor and delivery nurse at Knoxville Hospital. Cupp is from Knoxville and manages facilities and branding projects for General Motors. Both attended the University of Tennessee.

Cupp, who played baseball for 26 years, began playing USTA League five years ago, after deciding he needed a way to “quench his competitive spirit.” Lamons joined her league team two years ago, after her mother and sister got her into tennis. Little did she know that picking up a racquet would introduce her to her future husband.

“Tennis has been a great form of exercise for us both, but more than anything, we have added many great friends through tennis,” said Lamons, who teams with Cupp to play doubles on the Knoxville team. “Tennis has been great for our relationship. Matt and I have pretty much become permanent hitting partners.”

Lamons and Cupp are getting married on Aug. 30, 2014. The proposal was romantic and thoughtful, with Cupp planning quite the event.

“I grew up in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and Matt has known that they have always been so beautiful to me and are my favorite view,” Lamons said. “We had talked about getting married and actually got a head start on looking at different venues to host.

“Matt made a fake marketing brochure from a wedding venue in the Smoky Mountains, as well as a fake invitation to a wedding open house there, and then had them both sent to me. So I'm thinking that we are going for an open house, and he had actually spent the whole day with his parents setting up and decorating the perfect spot in the mountains with a great view.

“We drove up, parked and then he walked me over to this spot where he had a bench waiting for us. We sat, and he told me how much he loved me and about our future together, got on one knee, and asked me to marry him. I said, ‘Yes!’ He also arranged for both of our families to be hidden on the back porch of a nearby cabin so they could share the moment, too.”

Partners on court and partners in life, Cupp and Lamons are eager and excited to be in Tucson for the National Championships, playing the game that they share together.

Said Lamons, “[Tennis] is something that we both love, and it’s afforded us many memories together that we both have shared and experienced as a couple.”

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