Date: February 9, 2011
by: Rachel S. O'Hara | Staff Photographer


Carole Thoms learned how to play tennis from her husband, Andy, years ago when they were dating. Since then, Thoms has enjoyed playing tennis, especially on Longboat Key. Thoms has played in leagues at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center for years and specifically enjoys playing singles matches. *** WATCH VIDEO BELOW ***

What is the best part of your game?
The best part of my game is my steadiness. I try to get to the ball, and I try to return it. Hopefully, I don’t try to do too much with it, but just keep it in play and hope that I wear the other person down.

What would you like to improve?
Well, I think probably my serve. If I had a bigger serve, I could really do more damage right off. If I had a serve like Rafael Nadal or even Kim Clijsters, I’d be in good shape.

So, your husband got you into the game?
I remember when we had one of our first dates he took me to play tennis … all he remembers is what I wore! My husband, Andy, is a good player — he’s an excellent player. I’m an OK player.

Who do you like to watch professionally?
I like, even though she’s not an American player, Samantha Stosur’s style.

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