I’ve played a lot of matches on these courts, hundreds of practices, a lot of times with my teammates and friends. The overall experience of being on a team and really just having everyone there for you and having people you can go to to talk to or just hang out with and be with is just great. It’s been great to have people just there for you by your side the entire time. From bonding over 6 a.m. practices and all having to get up early, to just hanging out together off the court. That’s invaluable. You have a family and that’s one thing that being a part of a team is always made such a difference. Having had a year and a half off from playing tennis I had a lot of thoughts of, ‘I want to play, but can I still compete at that level?’ And time and time again, I was able to prove to myself that I could. After a lot of challenging three-set matches. During one point, I was actually the deciding point, so having my teammates rush onto the court and just cheer because I had just won is something that I’ll never forget. You work your entire life to be an athlete and having that coming to an end is going to be bittersweet. Those long four or five years coming to a close, it’s honestly something that’s hard to describe. It’s something that you don’t want to end. It’ll definitely be bittersweet, and I’m sure that by the end of the afternoon, I’ll be pretty emotional thinking back on everything that I’ve experienced here. All that it’s done to change my life for the better, it’ll be hard to leave.

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Dennis Veasley

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