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SVM Editorial Board Roundtable: The new Westwood Tennis Center opened this week. What are your experiences with tennis?

The Sterling Park District opened its new Westwood Tennis Center this week. Do you play tennis? What are your experiences with the sport?

Question of the week: The Sterling Park District opens its new Westwood Tennis Center this week. Do you play tennis? What are your experiences with the sport?

Peter Shaw, Shaw Media trustee, corporate strategy coordinator

I am often asked whether I miss living in Chicago, and overall, the answer is no. The reality of our lives since having kids has made Dixon a clear and easy choice.

However, there is one aspect I desperately miss – tennis. I love tennis. I miss tennis. I miss my neighborhood tennis family (John, Anne, and many more).

I miss the friendships and the rivalries. I miss gunning for those better than me, and all of a sudden fending off those who I had erroneously thought weren’t.

I miss getting lost in the game for 2 hours, only thinking of that volley or the next serve.

I don’t know whether my back is ready to start playing again, but I am excited to know that the Westwood Tennis Center is now open, and ready when I am.

Hopefully I can start rebuilding another new tennis family. Now to find the time …

Jennifer Heintzelman, SVM advertising director

I think it's great the Sterling Park District has added the Tennis Center to its already impressive facility. Giving people plenty of options to stay active is important. There really is no excuse for not staying active, with all the options provided through the Park District.

I bought my first tennis racket just last year. Actually, I bought four and a sleeve of tennis balls. We have tennis courts where I live, and while I hadn't played since high school gym class, I thought it would be a good way to get the family out and active.

The kids enjoy it, and we usually share a few laughs. We are in no way good enough just yet to compete, but will continue to work on it this summer.

My go-to sport is running. It's the one sport where I can accomplish a workout but, more important, I can clear my mind. I'm a huge supporter of staying active. For my family, that includes walking the dogs, kayaking, hiking, running, biking and now tennis.

It's tough to stay active during the winter months, so right now the kids join me in doing a Pinterest-saved workout. They also enjoy my inability to do pushups and planks!

Jeff Rogers, SVM editor

I probably could count on one hand the number of times I've played tennis. I grew up in Lanark, and we played baseball, basketball and (allegedly) football. There were tennis courts at the high school, but I didn't use them.

So, of course, three of our four kids played tennis in high school. One played well enough that he's now a junior on the tennis team at Cornell College in Iowa. So, while I haven't played much tennis, I've watched a lot of it.

And there are a LOT of kids playing tennis. More than I knew, anyway.

So, I think the new Westwood Tennis Center is a smart addition by the Sterling Park District that will benefit the community and its residents. It's a relatively inexpensive sport to play. You can play with a junk racket if you want. Tennis balls are pretty cheap, unless you lose a bunch of them. And if you lose a bunch of them, you probably shouldn't be playing tennis.

And tennis is a good, fun, physical workout for those who play it. ... Or so I'm told.

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