Manfred Welfonder, an 11-year resident of Longboat Key, began playing tennis as a young man in Germany. He has found exercise, challenges and fun in the game, which he plays five times a week at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center, the Longboat Key Club, Seaplace and The Players Club.
Why did you begin to play tennis?
It looked like a challenging game, and the players I saw seemed to be enjoying it.
How often do you play and where?
I play five times at week. I have a regular morning game at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center, but I also play at the Longboat Key Club, Seaplace and The Players Club.
Do you have any routines before a game?
I always have my oatmeal before a morning game. And, before any game, I always warm up.
Do you prefer singles or doubles?
I like both. I just like to play tennis. Maybe mixed-doubles a bit better.
What is your best shot?
Are you a competitive player?
I like to win, so I play to win.
What has been your most memorable game?
Several years ago, in Bermuda, I played mixed-doubles with former New York Mayor David Dinkins. He was 82 at the time. I’ll be playing with him again in a couple of weeks because he will be visiting a friend in the area.
What has been your most interesting tennis play?
I played at The Colony Beach and Tennis Resort for several years. During that time, I played with or against 3,000 men and women. This is where I learned to adjust my game in accordance with whom I was playing.
In addition to the exercise and challenge, what makes tennis so interesting?
I have met so many different people on the tennis court. I have especially enjoyed socializing with them off the court.
Do you play any other sports?
Maybe a game of golf twice a month. Not exactly a sport, but I do workout at the gym seven days a week.
Currently 0 Responses
22 Nia with Gail on Anna Maria Island
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
23 Nia with Gail on Longboat Key
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
23 Wine Tasting for Mote at Harry's on Longboat Key
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
26 St. Armands Fine Art Festival
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
A Cinderella story
A 10-week-old miniature pinscher puppy found a “happily ever after ending” at the Celebration of Pets April 12, at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds.
Pharmacy brings dose of medicine to Publix
The in-store pharmacy of Longboat Key Publix opened Monday, approximately 16 months after the completion of the new store at 525 Bay Isles Parkway, in the Shoppes of Bay Isles.
Golfer scores victory with less than a stroke
The Longboat Key Masters Golf Tournament, which took place March 28 through March 31, at the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s Islandside and Harbourside golf courses came down to less than one stroke’s difference between first-place winner Kevin Preston and second-place winner Michael Russell, of Longboat Key.