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Brookesville's Jeanette Named USTA Florida Tennis Volunteer of the Month

November 4, 2014 10:42 AM
Jeanette_Judy-bigFew tennis players in Brookville (just north of Tampa) or Hernando County don't know the name Judy Jeannette, who has for more than 30 years worked to grow and nurture area tennis from the grassroots level.

The USPTA-certified Elite Teaching Professional says she remembers well her early days where players in the area were few and far between.

"Tennis was practically no-existent in Hernando County back in the '80s, but I loved the rural setting and stuck it out," she says. "I encouraged as many as I could to 'Grow the game.' That is what I do. I am presently cycling through the third generation of tennis players in my area."

This year she also went out of her way to lead a campaign to raise money for the family of teen tennis player David Cotney, who died in August from cancer.

"I have been helping to raise money for the family to offset expenses. He would have been a freshman this year and tried out for his high school tennis team," she said, "but he never even got to go to the first day of the school year."

There are few tennis-related causes where the veteran teaching pro is not seen.

"Judy helped to actively rally the tennis community behind the Cotney family as they had to deal with the illness of David Cotney, a young high school student in Spring Hill," said Elizabeth McLeod, a local player who nominated Jeanette. "She did this by e-mailing her tennis network, and holding raffles and special tennis events to bring the community together. She was a catalyst that helped unite her tennis community during a very difficult time, helping to raise over $1,100 to help with David's medical expenses. Judy is a bedrock for tennis in Hernando County."

To boost junior play in Hernando and Citrus counties, Jeanette also organizes the five-tournament Junior Circuit Tennis series, with divisions for high school and middle/grade school players. Participants are guaranteed two matches, with a focus on preparing for tournament play and getting match play before the school seasons begin.
Whether teaching kids or the children of former students (or their children), Jeanette remains a fixture in the Brooksville area and continues to hook future generations on the sport of a lifetime.

"Tennis is for a lifetime, and I want to share that interest and love with everyone who wants to learn," she says.

USTA Florida congratulates Judy Jeanette as the 2014 November Volunteer of the Month and thanks her for her effort in growing tennis in West-Central Florida.


Bettsville, Ohio
Family: "I have only a couple living aunts...my immediate family are all gone...plenty of cousins!"
Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump
Favorite Food: pickles
Favorite Travel: "Mountains...anywhere"
Favorite Shot: volley and net play

My earliest tennis memory was..."Almost breaking a window in the gymnasium with the first forehand I ever hit behind the court I was playing on."

If I could play tennis with three people, they would be..."Bille Jean King, Martina Navratilova, and the Bryan brothers."

When I am not playing tennis I am..."At home doing chores in my yard, garden or home."

My best tennis memory is..."Gosh, there are so many good memories with college, friends and students -- too many to pick."






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