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Tennis champ hopes to recreate success

Posted: December 25, 2013 - 12:08am
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10.0 Mixed Doubles National Champions USTA Southern from Savannah, Ga. From left to right: Brandi Cox, Victor Ventura, Ivor Savage, Tammy McMonigle, Daryl Bondurant (captain), Paul Thoesen, Maria Primatic.  Special Photos
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10.0 Mixed Doubles National Champions USTA Southern from Savannah, Ga. From left to right: Brandi Cox, Victor Ventura, Ivor Savage, Tammy McMonigle, Daryl Bondurant (captain), Paul Thoesen, Maria Primatic.

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Evans resident Tammy McMonigle is hoping to do for this area what she has done twice before elsewhere.

In late November, her United States Tennis Association Mixed 10.0 team traveled to Arizona from its home base in South Carolina for the USTA National Championships, winning the title.

The national title was the second for McMonigle, who won the 2011 USTA Mixed 10.0 championship with a separate group.

The mixed group is the highest rating, combining 5.0 females and 5.0 males. They first had to win the state tournament and then win the Southern sectional tournament, where state champions play for the right to advance to the nationals.

McMonigle was the head tennis professional at Hilton Head’s Wexford Plantation and joined with players from different areas of the state.

“I sort of had an all-star team if you will in cooperation with people from Charleston and Myrtle Beach,” said McMonigle. “Pretty much took the whole country by storm, basically.”

McMonigle, who played at Seton Hall University in New Jersey from 1994-1998, captaining the last two years, was also part of a women’s 5.0 team that advanced to the nationals in Palm Springs, Calif., earlier in the year, finishing fifth.

After getting married in August, McMonigle moved to Evans and has been looking for work since. In the meantime, because of the rules governing how teams are comprised, McMonigle is trying to get ready for the 2014 mixed competition.

“Once you win sectionals, the USTA does not allow you to bring that same team in for the following year because obviously that team won so they’re going to keep winning.”

To that end, McMonigle will try to get the 2011 group back together. “I’m hoping to take that captainship and bring it here in Augusta to bring that recognition to Augusta,” she said.

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