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selesfan1
Jun 7th, 2008, 07:28 PM
The USTA Missouri Valley section hosted a block part during the Red Earth Native American Festival in Oklahoma City today. The focus of the event was to promote health and well being and how basketball and tennnis can help individuals achieve that. I helped recruit some volunteers for the event and I had the chance to talk to Tara for a little bit. Among the highlights:
She now lives in the Dallas area after having lived in Houston for 5 years.
She now attends SMU.
She no longer has her signature seven earrings.
She mentioned that her friend who went to UC Berkley had just retired ( I didn't bother to ask which friend)from the tour.
She says she still keeps in touch with Ansley Cargill and that they are good friends.
She is working with Olympic gold medalist Lynette Woodard( Basketball 1984) to possibly host more events to bring in people to tennis and basketball.
She mentioned how she liked the event in Oklahoma City but felt it was "unfortunate" the event moved to a larger arena in 2000 and 2001 because often the day sessions would be very empty and when it was at the Greens Country Club the environment was more intimate and the club members would be around to watch matches.
She said Vanessa Webb was one of her good friends on tour and that she could really serve and volley. Had a good lefty serve and good volleys.
I was surprised she seemed a little disconnected from the tour. We were talking about scheduling and she said well that in January the players were in Australia and then Asia and then came back to the states for Memphis and Philadelphia.

That's pretty much it. I took some video on my phone but don't know how to upload it. Any questions?

Ryan
Jun 7th, 2008, 07:48 PM
Thats awesome, congrats! How was she in physical shape-wise, packin on some pounds or still pretty fit?

spiceboy
Jun 7th, 2008, 07:55 PM
Did she mention she was the second (and so far the last) player ever to be defaulted from a WTA match? :devil:

Pebbles
Jun 7th, 2008, 07:55 PM
Aww thats great, how you get to meet her? :D

MLF
Jun 7th, 2008, 08:24 PM
Did she mention she was the second (and so far the last) player ever to be defaulted from a WTA match? :devil:

I think you've forgotten Ms Rodionova in Cincinnatti last year.

I liked Tara,she was pretty feisty on court, but another held back by injuries.

spiceboy
Jun 7th, 2008, 11:28 PM
I think you've forgotten Ms Rodionova in Cincinnatti last year.

I liked Tara,she was pretty feisty on court, but another held back by injuries.

Oh yeah, how to forget Nasty Nastya :o

scottsue
Jun 7th, 2008, 11:41 PM
That was very interesting selesfan1. I enjoyed reading all about the players once they have finished.

Wtatennis212
Jun 7th, 2008, 11:41 PM
Great how old is she now? She had a lot of talent when she was playing I'm surprised she didn't do better!!!

selesfan1
Jun 8th, 2008, 12:45 AM
I believe she is 31. She is actually in pretty good shape. She doesn't have the leg ton of most tennis players but is still in pretty good shape. It's interesting how up close you can notice the little details that would set her apart from regular players. She still has top 50 like shots.

auntie janie
Jun 8th, 2008, 01:16 AM
I have a lot of respect for Tara ever since she spoke up about that pervert coach, Joe Guiliano, who is now permanently banned from the Tour. That took a lot of courage and may have encouraged other players to come forward. :hatoff:

selesfan1
Jun 8th, 2008, 01:53 AM
I wanted to ask her about Joe but thought I'd better not. It was a really happy occassion and she was great with the kids, very patient.

Rising Sun
Jun 8th, 2008, 02:34 AM
Tara :)
Did she say if Ansley's ever coming back on tour? :confused:

Rising Sun
Jun 8th, 2008, 02:34 AM
Did she mention she was the second (and so far the last) player ever to be defaulted from a WTA match? :devil:
Didn't know that. What happened? :o