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Tennis Whiz

posted Jan 9, 2011, 10:49 AM by Kitty Smith   [ updated Mar 28, 2012, 6:46 AM by Janice Ward ]
National Tennis Ranking Green Thumb, Dorcas Miller, with tournament director, Matt Fraenza.

Congratulations to Dorcas Miller on achieving national tennis ranking! Dorcas is now 7th among all USA senior women, and 3rd in doubles.

 Dorcas and her husband Ken have been called “the quintessential tennis couple.” It was their dream in 2008 that has become the New England Senior Slams tournament series (see  http://www.neseniortennis.org/YaleSlam/NewEnglandSeniorSlam--Hardcourts3.htm).

 Dorcas says, “We do not look smooth and athletic like the professional players that you see on TV, but we love tennis and compete hard. This is the first year that I have attempted to do all the four Category 1 national tournaments, since I turned 70 and would be a ‘young player’ in the age group.

We play on clay, grass, indoor hard court, and outdoor hard court.  I have acquired a great deal of respect for the pros, as I now understand how challenging it is to play on all the surfaces and in different time zones from one tournament to the next one.  

“It is not a glamorous life—you practice, play, eat, and do laundry, and there is not much time for anything else.  But I've had a great year, and had some good wins.  I can't wait to do it again next year!”

Green Thumbs members have many and varied talents and accomplishments. We are delighted to feature Dorcas’s accomplishments, and suspect that there are other members who are also stars. Do send us tips so that we can do future features on our members!