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spiceboy
Jan 7th, 2009, 06:11 PM
Since it looks Sarah isn't updating her blog anymore :sad: we can all enjoy Megan's hilarious adventures on Tour :bounce:

Just a random entry from $75K Dubai last month :lol:

http://meganmoultonlevy.blogspot.com/2008/12/wow.html
Wow! (http://meganmoultonlevy.blogspot.com/2008/12/wow.html)


I don’t even know where to begin. This has been one of the most interesting weeks that I have had since I have been on the tour. Audra and I landed in Dubai late last Wednesday evening. On Thursday we arrived at the courts only to see that there were two courts on site. If we knew what was going to be in store for us we would have turned right around.
Obviously because there were only two courts finding a time and a court to practice on was difficult. We were approached by a girl from china who asked us to come and hit with her. Given the limited practice situation we jumped on the opportunity to get some hitting in. We began warming up and 10 minutes into the hitting session there were some men on the court telling that we could only play until “the boss” came. Everyone was talking about the boss, the boss.
“The boss” was the owner of the hotel where the tournament was held and quite frankly he could have owned Dubai for all we know. This man is stinking rich, I am talking like one of the richest men in the world. We did not know this when he asked us to play doubles against he and his friend. I am still not sure if it was a good or a bad thing that we agreed to play…
“The boss” is a tennis fanatic and plays tennis every day. In fact he stopped the tournament—which remember was only held on 2 courts—so that he could play from 2.30-4pm. Every day he would invite different girls from the tournament to come and play with him. After our tennis match he asked us to join him for dinner. Again at the time the only thing we knew about him was that he owned the hotel. My initial thought was what an honor and he must be such a kind gentlemen—which in some respects he is. Dinner consisted of a group of 10-15 other people who I will call his entourage. By his request Audra sat next to him and he spoke to her throughout the whole dinner.
Now let’s pause. What would you do if a billionaire offered to ensure that your dreams would come true and it would all be paid for only if you were to be his girlfriend? The next morning this is exactly what he proposed to Audra! At this point both of us were a little panicked thinking that if she says no he might kidnap her or something crazy like that. So she decided to call her mother during the wee hours of the night. If had a picture to go along with this it would be priceless. We were at practice courts that were surrounded by skyscrapers. That part of Dubai kind of looks like Gothem city in the Batman movie. The construction being done around Dubai produced a constant drone. Then there is Audra pacing around the court on the phone with her mother trying to figure out if she needs to flee the country! Needless to say with the drone, the wind which was a byproduct of the artificial produced paradise and the chaos that “the boss” added to the mix, it was not one of our best practices.
By this time it was Friday, time to sign in for qualies and more girls had arrived. There is always a buzz around the tournament, but this particular instance it was poignant information for me so I actually listened. The word around the street was that this was the tournament to come to if you were willing to sleep with someone of high rank for one year of an all expense paid sponsorship. Upon doing more investigation we realized that this is not uncommon at all. “The boss” often made these kinds of propositions, and for his chosen few he gives them a gift—a bag with a tiffany’s pen and a necklace. I only received one because I was rolling with Audra. We saw quite a few others sporting the necklace! So we quickly realized that this was no reason for Audra to flee the country. He was basically harmless this was just a part of the Arabic culture.
We decide to try and ignore the confusion and focus on tennis as much as we could. Since I had to play the next day we decided that she should decline the offer for dinner that night and we just went back to the hotel and hung out by ourselves.
On our way to dinner we stopped by the board to see what time I played the next day. I was looking she was looking neither of us saw my name on the draw or on the order of play list! We are both freaking out. Audra keeps asking me if I signed in. Of course I did! I remembered writing my name down. Anyway what happened was “The boss” gave me a wild card into the main draw basically because he wanted Audra, but I was also told that I got it because I am a minority. “The boss” thought I needed an opportunity. This caused me to question is it there such a big difference between America and here? Assumptions are made all around the world.
Anyway Monday finally rolls around and got to play a match. I played the 4th seed and lost 7-5, 6-4. Somehow I managed to play some good tennis in the midst of all the craziness. Despite the fact that I lost I think I played very well and implemented the things that I have been working so hard on. I was very proud of myself.
Now doubles is a different story… Audra and I played doubles the same day. I cannot say I was as proud of my doubles playing. We were up 4-0 in the first and lost the set 6-7. We won the second 6-2. We lost the third set 13-11 in the third set breaker. We had 3 match points
I am very frustrated with my doubles. I made the decision to pursue a professional tennis career because I wanted to do well in doubles. I mean let’s be honest who thought I was going to be able to crack the top 600 in singles. I couldn’t crack an egg in college. But now it seems like I am making these great strides in singles. I can see improvement almost every match I play. What about my doubles, my passion? I sometimes feel like I am playing worse than I did in college. Considering the fact that doubles was the reason why I continued to play, I hope everyone can understand my frustration with not doing as well as I expect in doubles.
Aside from me working on dealing with my frustration with doubles the one thing that I learned from the this tournament is that I need to learn to exercise cultural relativism. I could come into this country and judge the way that Arab men deal with women, but I don’t think that is fair. Who knows Donald Trump might do the same thing!
I am off to India tomorrow and I will spend Christmas there. My partner in crime went back to Miami so I am solo:( If I don’t write again before Christmas I wish everyone a merry merry Christmas and I happy new year!
Until next time…

spiceboy
Jan 7th, 2009, 06:15 PM
By this time it was Friday, time to sign in for qualies and more girls had arrived. There is always a buzz around the tournament, but this particular instance it was poignant information for me so I actually listened. The word around the street was that this was the tournament to come to if you were willing to sleep with someone of high rank for one year of an all expense paid sponsorship. Upon doing more investigation we realized that this is not uncommon at all. “The boss” often made these kinds of propositions, and for his chosen few he gives them a gift—a bag with a tiffany’s pen and a necklace

You can call me mean but I have always wondered why all these blonde eastern European girls would play in expensive Dubai (especially when no Hopitality is provided). Now I understand why :angel:

spiceboy
Jan 7th, 2009, 06:19 PM
I am very frustrated with my doubles. I made the decision to pursue a professional tennis career because I wanted to do well in doubles. I mean let’s be honest who thought I was going to be able to crack the top 600 in singles. I couldn’t crack an egg in college

:haha:

You rock, Megan :haha:

spiceboy
Jan 7th, 2009, 06:20 PM
OMG her entry for $50K in Delhi gets even better :bounce:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_k3PgVFLkeuk/SVnmkWvCJPI/AAAAAAAAAB8/8rM2QclHKK8/S240/220.JPG

http://meganmoultonlevy.blogspot.com/2008/12/last-blog-of-year.html
Last Blog of the Year! (http://meganmoultonlevy.blogspot.com/2008/12/last-blog-of-year.html)


It seems that my last blog has produced some off season excitement! I am glad I could provide some entertainment in the down time and welcome to the new readers.

Based on what I heard in Dubai I was almost ready to not go to India. I was told that there were going to be rats running around, the smell would be unbearable and it would be dirty beyond belief. When I blew my nose there were black buggers so that was evidence of the dirt, but besides that India could not have been better. All week Emily Webley-Smith and I cruised around in what the locals called an Auto—it had a motor, but it only had three wheel and no doors!

As I mentioned Delhi was polluted and very noisy, but that takes a back seat to the fact that there is something indescribable about India. This place is special. No matter how poor some of the people were they all had giant sometimes toothless smiles. Everyone was always smiling and wagging their heads! Early on in the summer I read a book called Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts which was situated in India. The book gave me some great insight into what India was going to be like. This is an awesome book and anyone who is looking for a good read or is going to India and wants to know what to expect about the culture and or the people this is the book for you.

Everyone treated us like we were famous. The hotel staff knew our names “Hello Miss Webley, Miss Moulton. Welcome, welcome how was the game today?” They love their sports women as they called us. In fact I think everyone we met asked us if we knew Sania Mirza. She is an Indian icon, but I think we right up there with her. Well at least for the week.

Despite the fact that I contemplated forgoing the tournament India I am obviously glad that I went. Emily and I had the pleasure of making the draw… at the time I didn’t think that I did a good job. Even though they were incredibly supportive after I told them about draw I know Kevin and Natasha were not very happy. They had hoped that I could get a break. Two seeds back to back and this time it was the second seed. Upon arriving to India I hadn’t practiced in three days and I was thinking that I might be able to make Christmas at home after all.

We played doubles first on Monday which is always good for me. Some where in the middle of the first set there was a lob that was hit that was hanging just in the air. I called it, but Emily thought I said you got it instead of I got it and of course she hit me in the forehead with her racquet. I thought about walking off the court and just catching a plane home. I was done, finished, ready to go home. Another freak accident was the last thing that I wanted to happen. Someone please tell me why I love doubles so much? It seems to be the place where I get injured the most. We managed to squeeze out a victory this time, but I thought that was going to be the last one. That match was not pretty.

Had we lost doubles I don’t know if I would have been as motivated to win my singles match. I figured I had to be here until Wednesday might as well go for it all. I can’t quite decide if thought I was going to win the match prior to walking on court. However, when we started the warm up I thought I was going to get crushed. I couldn’t even return one of her balls. It shocked me when the first game took 10 minutes. I started to think that I could hang with Miss Ruutel. I lost the first 4-6, but in the second set she won a huge point on a let court and screamed “COME ON” very loudly. I thought there odd going on here… I began to get the feeling that she was nervous and she thought she could possibly lose this match. She began to crack. I got more fired up, pumping my fist and hitting attacking forehands!!!!! Even though towards the end of the match I couldn’t make a forehand to save my life I won the match 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. This was a huge win for me. My third win over a top 200 player since October. Now, the hardest thing to do after a win like that is to go out and win another match. It is even harder when it is a match that you should easily win.

This was the case for my second round singles match. I played a young girl from Slovakia who was ranked in the 700s. She swung as hard as she could at everything. Normally this would be a great thing for me. I love playing people like this and at the beginning of the match I still loved it. But what happens when the fearless little 17 year old starts to make everything and hitting winners left and right? I crawled back into my comfort zone of pushing and running which obviously doesn’t work against a girl who is hitting rockets right threw me. I was down 3-4 in the second and something familiar started to happen. I could sense tightness, I could smell the fear and once again my opponent started to crack. I was just waiting for the moment to occur so that I could start my grind to victory. Wasn’t playing my best tennis but sometimes positive body language is enough to do the trick. That day it was. After having a mild break down in the first set I came back to win the match 6-1 in the third.

Doubles was almost as special. Emily had lost a tough 3 setter against the number 1 seed and was bummed but ready to play. I on the other hand was in la la land. I think I was mildly exhausted after my back to back emotionally draining 3 set singles matches and I came out flat. It was a tough match to play because there was a huge discrepancy in the level of play of our opponents. The girl who I had to play in singles the next day was a solid player. She was formally top 100 in singles and doubles. She only made 3 errors the whole match. And the other girl a tall girl from France who looks like she is should be a model. Either she would hit a winner or hit the fence so hitting to her was a gamble. Some how we got lucky and won the first set 7-6 and I think they just gave up in the second set allowing us to win it 6-1.

This brings us to Thursday, Christmas day. In the morning when I woke up I was wired. This was a result of me wanting to win a little too badly. This is never a good thing for me. If I am really nervous at times have an inability to channel my energy properly and I spin my wheels. My warm up for the singles match was like that. I was way to over excited and I was spraying balls every where. Through my pre match routine was able to achieve my optimal arousal level and played the most even quelled match of the tournament. There were no mental lapses. I played solidly. I hope and waited for my opponent to crack. She did… I think everyone was ready for the season to be over and to get home. I was just able to hang on a little bit longer than most.

We played the Uberoi sister in doubles. They are both stellar players and to be honest I did not think we were going to win this match. We definitely got some help from upstairs to win this match. At key moments in the match they had sitter volleys and they missed almost every one! I don’t know how that happened but it all worked out in our favor so I am thankful, but I cant say it is because we beat them. They lost the match. They didn’t win the big point when they mattered most and it is because of that that we won.

Although I played the most well constructed singles set of my life, I got complacent. I think I was so shocked by the fact that I had made this far—the semis of singles and finals of doubles—in the tournament and I made it through my first Christmas by myself that I was not mentally prepared to fight as hard as I need to win both matches of Friday. Don’t get me wrong, by no means did I tank or give up at any moment, but I cannot say that I could have been carried out on a stretcher. In retrospect I want to kick myself for not completely laying it on the line. I must also give credit to both of my opponents. The girl in singles was crying—I think it is some sort of weird strategy to distract her opponents—in the beginning of the third set, but was able to step up when in counted. The girls in double played absolutely flawless doubles. Emily asked me what I would have done differently if we had to play them again and I said nothing, I would have played exactly the same way. They played very well and deserved to win the tournament.

While I did well on the tennis court it was such an enlightening experience to come to India. On Friday after Emily and I lost the finals we went back to the hotel dropped our things off and went shopping at the local markets to get some gifts. Naturally people selling things at the markets want to make a huge profit so they initially charge you a huge amount. We were told by some people at the tennis club that we would be stupid to take the starting price. We should slash the original price in half and work your way from there. Emily and I thought we were both going to be no good at it because off court we are big softies... When we got there we both turned into monsters! Haggling has got to be one of the most exhilarating things that I have ever done in my life. It is an empowering feeling to know that you have the ability to wheel and deal and bargain.

After Emily left I ventured out by myself before my flight. Not so sure if that was a great idea. The two guys who had taken us shopping yesterday took me out to explore Delhi. They took me to see quite a few temples, the gate of India, the dwelling of the President and many other things. I didn’t have shopping in mind, but I think my tour guides has other plans for me. I went into one of the temples and when I came out they all swarmed around me. Shoving booklets in my face telling me to buy buy buy. I said thank you but I don’t have any more money. Apparently that was the wrong thing to say. I was then drilled with a million questions. “Who comes to India without money? Don’t you have credit cards? Why are you staying at a 5 star hotel when you have no money? How much money did you make from tennis? Next time you stay at cheap hotel and save money so you can shop!” I guess in their culture it is rude for me to say that I have no money, but it is not rude for them to quiz me about my financial history.
After my lecture from Mohan—the driver—he told me that we have to visit one more place, the textile district. You cannot come to Delhi without going there. Mohan gave me strict instruction about how to avert buying things without being rude. I listened carefully and repeated them back to him before I went in. Let me tell you shopping at the market is not so empowering if you don’t plan on shopping. Mohan told me to find something that I liked talk to the guys about how much it is and then tell them I will come back later. Sounds easy right? NOT!!!!!! I took pictures of a particular rug told them how much my mom would love it and I wanted to go back to the hotel to get the money to pay for it. “Ok well do you want to sign the rug before you leave?” I scratched my head and said “ahhh no thanks I guess I can do that when I get back?” “Ok well we will send one of our men with you to get the money so you don’t have to come all the way back here.” Again scratched my head and said “ahhh no thanks I would prefer to go alone with my drivers.” Next thing I know the men from the shop are outside talking to Mohan and the other gentleman in Hindi and Mohan is asking me in a worried tone “Did you say you were going to take the rug!?!?!?!?!?” I got in the Auto and asked if we could leave. All of you who know me know I was sweating giant bullets. I was so nervous, flustered, and confused about what had just happened I was ready to get out of there. Once my two men got in the Auto I said “no more shopping guys.” They both just started laughing at me. They thought my bewildered state was quite humorous.

Aside from my minor hiccups on my last excursion, out of all the places that I have visited since I have been playing I have fallen in love with India. I got to feed monkeys bananas, see cobras dance, held a snake in my hand and one around my neck! It doesn’t get much cooler than that. This is one place that I will have to come back and visit without tennis.

Some of you have been apart of my journey for years and others are just joining. Whatever the case is I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all of the support than you all have provided. For me knowing that people enjoy reading the blog makes writing worth while. I wish that all of you could be there in person, but I hope I give you enough to make you feel like you are there with me.

Wish everyone a happy and joy filled New Year. Until next year!

spiceboy
Jan 7th, 2009, 06:24 PM
We played doubles first on Monday which is always good for me. Some where in the middle of the first set there was a lob that was hit that was hanging just in the air. I called it, but Emily thought I said you got it instead of I got it and of course she hit me in the forehead with her racquet. I thought about walking off the court and just catching a plane home. I was done, finished, ready to go home. Another freak accident was the last thing that I wanted to happen. Someone please tell me why I love doubles so much? It seems to be the place where I get injured the most

:tape: :lol:

spiceboy
Jan 7th, 2009, 06:31 PM
If you want to know more about Megan:

http://www.monroenews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090103/SPORTS/101039976

Sports Names: Moulton-Levy travels world on pro circuit

, last modified January 02. 2009 11:56PM
Megan Moulton-Levy has visited India, Spain, Greece, England and Mexico on business in the last couple of months and made some money in the process.

The 23-year-old Monroe woman joined the professional tennis tour in June and already has pocketed $16,000 in winnings while moving up the rankings ladder.

Moulton-Levy made it to the singles semifinals of a tournament in India last month, reached the finals in doubles in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and lost in the finals of an event in Mexico.

The daughter of Dr. George Levy and Dr. Paulette Moulton-Levy uses her sister, Natasha Moulton-Levy, as her manager/agent. Megan is coached by Kevin Epley who had been her coach at William & Mary University. Audra Cohen of Miami is her new doubles partner.

"Normally I don't get to see much of the country I'm playing in, but in India I went indoor skiing in the desert," Moulton-Levy said. "We visited Indian temples, fed monkeys bananas and I held a snake around my neck.

"I love Europe since I lived in Switzerland for five years while going to school, but India was very, very special. It was very real. I saw everything, lots of poverty, but these people who are living on the street are smiling. They are living life and enjoying life, and that's eye-opening for me."

Epley left his coaching job at William & Mary to open a bakery and now attends most of Moulton-Levy's tournaments, although he's not allowed to coach her during a match. "I got really lucky," she said. "He's a very special person who helps me on and off the court."

She also has changed her tennis style. "I went from being more of a counter-puncher to trying to attack more," she said. "It's contrary to my nature as a person, but I'm playing at a different level. I can't play like I have in the past."

Moulton-Levy is ranked 243rd in the world in doubles and No. 312 in singles. She was ranked 766th in mid-summer and now has beaten three top 200 singles players since October. Her goal is to reach the top 100. She is taking a couple weeks off before leaving Jan. 12 for tournaments in Florida and California.

She still has to spend more than she's made, but that could change as she continues to move up. She won her first professional tournament July 27 in Evansville, Ind.

"I'm working on having a home base in Florida. It's tough going week to week living out of a bag. It could drive you insane," she said. "I am working really hard. I'm nowhere near my potential. My Number 1 goal is to reach my potential, wherever that takes me."

Petkorazzi
Jan 7th, 2009, 06:35 PM
:hearts:

^bibi^
Jan 7th, 2009, 06:54 PM
OMG :haha: this is awesome :lol:

CrossCourt~Rally
Jan 7th, 2009, 11:15 PM
Omg, i love her sense of humor! :hearts::worship: I hope we see her in the upcoming Cali ITFs :cool::bounce:

iGOAT
Jan 7th, 2009, 11:47 PM
I love her :hearts: (metaphorically :lol:)

njnetswill
Jan 8th, 2009, 07:35 AM
:lol:

StephenUK
Jan 8th, 2009, 09:54 AM
Great blogs and it is really good to see the fun side of the tennis life when it is often presented as so serious. Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase 'wild card', lol! Megan's improvement has been really noticeable and maybe she will soon be in the top 200, which is all the more impressive as she seems to play a lot more tennis outside the USA than the average US ITF player. Maybe we should start a campaign to get her a US Open wild card!!

Kai
Jan 8th, 2009, 11:57 AM
Megan :hearts:

Dorien.
Jan 9th, 2009, 05:08 PM
:d

Wiggly
Jan 10th, 2009, 02:19 AM
Fairly entertaining.
Wish her the best.

St.Sebastian
Jan 11th, 2009, 04:59 PM
I think I've become a fan! :)
Very entertaining to read!

brunof
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:56 AM
Man, that's a good read. She appears really buff. Has anyone seen her play? Top 100 potential? I hope she makes it doubles!

kittyking
Jan 19th, 2009, 04:06 AM
:lol: Love the crack an egg line!

wolf_is_the_man
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:51 AM
Man, that's a good read. She appears really buff. Has anyone seen her play? Top 100 potential? I hope she makes it doubles!

I have seen her play twice (ironically once against Sarah) and much as she is a really nice girl, but from what I saw she is not quite good enough to make top 100 imo in singles.

spiceboy
Feb 14th, 2009, 04:10 PM
Megan is back for the new season :bounce:

http://meganmoultonlevy.blogspot.com/2009/02/3-time-zones-in-3-weeks_14.html

spiceboy
Mar 19th, 2009, 02:37 PM
New entry for Meghan...interesting stuff about getting a doubles partner in WTA events :lol:

http://meganmoultonlevy.blogspot.com/2009/03/i-have-safely-arrived-in-cairo.html

Petkorazzi
Mar 19th, 2009, 03:34 PM
Oh i read that yesterday, thought it was posted. :lol: