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It's your serve.

WHO? Amy Miller Holmes, CAE

WHAT? Vice President of Communications

WHERE? Equipment Leasing Association, Arlington, Virginia

WHEN? Since 2000

Q: How did you start playing tennis?

A: I didn't pick up a racket until January 2003. My husband and I were on vacation in Negril, Jamaica--recovering from serious burnout--and the resort where we stayed offered free tennis lessons. It was there that I found my passion for the game.

When we returned home, I kept playing and attended an adult tennis camp. My husband was a tennis champ in high school, so he's glad that I've taken up the game. He and I play tennis once a week. Next fall I hope to play in a tournament, and I want to participate in my association's member tournament as well.

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Q: Why do you like the game?

A: Playing tennis is a fun way to exercise and stay in shape. It also provides a great social outlet. I travel a lot, but I am able to play while I'm on the road because I meet other tennis players and do drills with them to improve my serve and form.

I have gotten up at 6 a.m. to play a game, and it made my day. The game forces you to focus. You can't think about work because it takes 100 percent of your concentration to play. It's a welcome diversion that refreshes me.

Q: What advice do you have for others learning to play?

A: Be patient with yourself. It takes time to learn a new skill. I think playing tennis is a good character-building exercise because it forces you to focus and be patient. You don't learn the game overnight. You have to relax, observe the ball, and hit it to make your shot. It's really worth it if you stick with it and really learn the rules and strategy of the game.

Q: How has the game influenced you professionally and personally?

A: Tennis has helped me with strategic planning. When you play, it forces you to plan ahead. You have to size up your opponent and then try to outsmart the other player.

Playing has also helped me to relax both on and off the court. You become more patient and forgiving of yourself. You realize that you can take risks and make mistakes. When you do, you take a couple of deep breaths and say, "OK, this didn't work. Let's try to hit the ball somewhere else."
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Date:May 1, 2005
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