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November VOM – Carl Weathington

December 2, 2008 12:52 AM

In November, USTA Florida gives thanks to longtime volunteer and lifetime USTA member, Carl Weathington of Tallahassee.  Carl has served on numerous councils for the section since 1987, and now is ending a volunteer position as Grievance Committee Chairman on the Adult League Council.  During the past 18 years, Carl has worked as a tournament director for many Region and Section USTA League Tennis tournaments, including the 2007 BMW Combo Section Championships and Adult Mixed Section Championships.  Combined, those two tournaments welcomed close to 1500 tennis players!

“I like to see players enjoy their time, play great matches and want to continue playing in USTA events,” Carl said. 

"One thing I've tried to do is develop new volunteers to possibly work as tournament directors for future events.  I’d like to expand that into a full tournament director training track to improve tournaments while lowering costs where possible.”

Carl may work behind the desk as a tournament director, or stay busy organizing teams as a captain or growing leagues as a Local League Coordinator, but you will certainly see him on the tennis court as well.  He recently competed in his first Super Senior regional league event and finished second at the 4.0 Senior Section Championships in May 2008 with his team from Tallahassee.  Locally, he was one of the founding members of the Tallahassee Tennis Association and received recognition by the city when he was selected for the “Walk of Fame” for service to tennis in Tallahassee.

During his twenty years of volunteerism for the section, Carl has collected highly regarded honors including Tennis Family of the Year, Male Merit Award, League Coordinator of the Year and Association of the Year (Tallahassee Tennis Association).

“The growth and friendship I have received from USTA Florida staff members and volunteers over the years is why I like to volunteer in tennis,” Carl said.  “The USTA volunteer community is special and I am proud to be part of it.”

Q.  What was your earliest tennis memory? 
A.  Playing tennis when I was about 10 years old on a smoothed over corn field in north Alabama with lime chalk marking the lines.  We could only play after the crops were in.  Very few people played in that small town so I'd only get to play when my family and relatives were in town.  The lights were three street lights hung on lose wires over the courts and balls just rolled until they stopped.

Q. If you could play tennis with three people, who would they be?
A.  My dad, my son and John McEnroe.

Q. When you are not playing tennis you are?
A. Riding my motorcycle or fishing.

Q. What is your best ever tennis memory?
A.  My first USTA Regional tennis tournament I played.  It was in Pensacola and I was playing on a 4.0 team.  We lost, but the weekend and camaraderie left a mark on me that I will never forget.






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