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Section Vice President Is Marked Man

October 12, 2013 03:57 PM

By Ron Cioffi, USTA Southern

Take a look around the Copeland-Cox Mobile Tennis Center and you’ll find a USTA Southern vice president masquerading as a competing player. Or vice versa.

Section Vice President Derek White took some time out of his playing schedule on the Georgia (A) 40 & Over 8.0 team to observe the operations of the 2013 USTA Southern Mixed Doubles Sectional Championships.

White remarked, “I walked around yesterday after my matches. I heard absolutely no complaints. The staff is doing an awesome job, making this a super tournament. I am blown away.”

He remarked, “If we replicate what we’ve got here – the right people in the right places for the right reasons – then we’ll have a great event” throughout the Section’s nine states. “The facility is clean. The courts are in great shape. The staff is responsive.” He mentioned the expert support of Mobile Tennis Director Scott Novak and his able staff of city employees.” Joan McCants was one of the many municipal workers who impressed White.

“The lunches for players, families and supporters was a great touch. It’s that kind of relationship with community businesses that really shows how these tournaments makes a huge impact on the city’s commerce.”

White is in his fourth two-year term as a member of the USTA Southern Board of Directors. He also served on the board of the Macon Tennis Association, a USTA Community Tennis Association. His opponents have noticed his notoriety. 

“I’m not getting any more love than anyone else,” the Pooler resident joked. “Maybe they want to beat me even more.” White's team finished with a 2-2 record.

This is White’s first trip to a Sectionals tournament as a player. “I’ve played USTA League for four years. Before that, I played in sanctioned tournaments.” White reached No. 2 in doubles and No. 41 in singles in Georgia.
However, the demands of White’s law practice reduced his ability to compete in adult tournaments. 

In talking about USTA League, he mentioned, “This is so much more relaxing. I tremendously regret not getting into League teams earlier.” 




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