Tennis, anyone? That’s the question being asked around Judi Evans’ (Bonnie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) house ever since she, husband Michael and their 9-year-old son, Austin, took up the sport last summer.
“I used to play, years ago, in high school,” says Evans. “I was first alternate on our school team. I didn’t see much action. Everybody else was a lot better than me, but I always enjoyed it.”
So when her son said he wanted to learn how to play, she was thrilled. “It came totally out of the blue,” recounts Evans. “Austin and I went to Wal-Mart, because they have tennis rackets for 15 or 20 bucks. We got a couple and started playing. Austin liked it. Then, my husband started playing and he liked it. So we went out to the SportMart and bought better rackets.”
Evans and her son “used play two or three hours a day at some public courts near where we live. It was usually in the hot sun, when nobody else was there,” she laughs. “When my husband came home from work, the three of us would go play. We played like that every day.”
All that court time had its rewards. “I found I could eat more of what I wanted,” marvels Evans. “Tennis is really good aerobic exercise without feeling like you’re exercising. I actually put on a few pounds when it was cold, because I wasn’t able to go out and play. Luckily, I’m in California. I’ve been hitting the courts the last few days, because it’s been warm.”
Of course, with Austin in school during the day, Evans has lost her regular partner, but that hasn’t stopped her. “I go to the courts by myself and hit balls over the net. Then, I go to the other side, pick up all the balls and practice my serve,” shares Evans. “Eventually, a couple of people will come along and say, ‘Hey, do you want to play with us?’ It’s usually senior citizens, and they kick my butt.”
But Evans’ favorite tennis partners remain her husband and son. “We have so much fun, and it’s wonderful because it’s a family activity,” she smiles. “And the skirts are cute, too.”