Megan Moulton-Levy has flown into her debut season of Mylan WTT and lived to blog the tale (Photo: Vomund Photography).
Doubles specialist Megan Moulton-Levy is playing her debut season for the Sacramento Capitals and is blogging about her experiences. Check out her first entry below and follow her on Twitter @moultonlevy.
Megan’s Memoirs #1: Sacramento Soul Sisters -- July 9, 2013
I've been asked many times over the past few days if Mylan World TeamTennis is anything like I expected it to be. My answer is yes and no.
Our first two matches were a battle and much more competitive than I thought it would be. I assumed that my experience on teams would be more of a relaxed atmosphere but I could not have been more wrong. It is also more of a grind then most people probably think. We play late (until about 10:30 pm) and wake up early for practice.
Although I see the other WTA players week in and week out, Mylan WTT just has a different feel to it. Every team has the same goal - to win the title. Before the match, we all give each other hugs and chit chat, but once we step out on the court, it’s show time!
I have to say that I've really enjoyed being part of a team and having everyone's support on the sideline. It kind of reminds me of my college days at William & Mary, when I wasn't just playing for myself but also for my team. It motivates me to perform better when I know there are other people counting on me to do my part.
Mylan WTT has also given me the chance to get to know some of the men's players. Mardy, Mark and Ryan are awesome, to say the least, and I especially love their towel slaps on the sidelines whenever someone on our team hits a great shot. It lightens the mood and serves as a reminder that we should also be having fun out there.
This is my first time playing mixed and I love it! My partner, Mark, is obviously great to play with. Mixed is a much faster pace than women's doubles, which is why I enjoy it so much. I feel less nervous because there is not as much time to think about your next move...you just have to go for it.
And I can't forget Taylor and Nicole, who have been vital, critical, AND essential to our first two wins of the season. They tore it up during their singles matches. I believe there were a lot of towel slaps by the boys during their sets :)
And Taylor, even with her being so young, was calming me down on court when I was acting like a frazzled mess during our doubles match last night against Philadelphia! I am very excited to play with her for the next three weeks.
Wayne even gave us our very own nickname, the "Sacramento Soul Sisters". And that's exactly what we are going to do - bring a little soul to each match :) Until next time.....