Player Profiles: Jessica Guyaux and Scott Kahler

October 18, 2018

Jessica GuyauxPlayer Profile-Jessica Guyaux

Guyaux reached the semifinals of the 2018 APTA National Championships (with Kerri Delmonico) and started off this season in great form, winning the Patterson Club Open NRT/Viking PCQ with Myrthe Molenveld).

Q: Hometown:
A: Sewickley, PA

Q: Occupation:
A: Racquets professional

Q: Children:
A: Cam age 5 and Haley age 4

Q: Did you play college tennis/other sports?
A: I played tennis at University of Maryland and Marshall University.

Q: How long have you played platform tennis/how were you introduced to the game?
A: I grew up playing. My parents played a lot.

Q: When you started, what were the biggest adjustments you had to make as a tennis player?
A: Learning the way to volley in paddle and patience.

Q: How do you make practicing fun?
A: I try to make a certain amount of balls in a row.

Q: Where is your favorite place to play?
A: Chicago

Q: List one or more highlights of your platform tennis career OR the funniest or best thing that happened to you on a platform tennis court:
A: Playing the semis of 2018 APTA Nationals.

Q: What is your trick/mental fix to use when you feel pressure in a match?
A: I eat candy and drink Diet Coke.

Q: Who do you wish was watching you at your best match?
A: My parents and kids

Q: List any other favorite hobbies you have:
A: Working out

Q: What is your favorite vacation spot?
A: Outer Banks, North Carolina

Q: Do you have a favorite sports movie?
A: Mighty Ducks

Q: Please finish this sentence "You'd be surprised to know that I…"
A: Played in the finals of the NCAA D1 doubles

Q: What is your pre-match warmup/routine?
A: I work out on the step mill for 99 minutes.

Q: What is your favorite shot?
A: Backhand drive

Q: What is your favorite part or playing doubles and the best part of competing?
A: Trying to figure out with my partner what our strengths are and how to maximize them against our opponents’ weaknesses.

Scott KahlerPlayer Profile-Scott Kahler

Kahler began the 2018-2019 season with a victory at the Patterson Club Open NRT/Viking PCQ (with Graham McNerney).

Q: Hometown:
A: Pittsburgh, PA

Q: Occupation:
A: Director of Racquet Sports, Fox Chapel Racquet Club

Q: Did you play college tennis/other sports?
A: Tennis/Furman University

Q: How long have you played platform tennis/how were you introduced to the game?
A:  I began ten years ago when I started working at a club that had platform tennis courts.

Q: When you started, what were the biggest adjustments you had to make as a tennis player?
A: Shot selection

Q: How do you make practicing fun?
A: We play for money!

Q: Where is your favorite place to play?
A: Fox Chapel Racquet Club

Q: List one or more highlights of your platform tennis career OR the funniest or best thing that happened to you on a platform tennis court:
A: I like getting to compete against the best players in the country at various tournaments.

Q: What is your trick/mental fix to use when you feel pressure in a match?
A: I try to stay in the moment.

Q: List any other favorite hobbies you have:
A: Golf, tennis

Q: What is your favorite vacation spot?
A: Las Vegas

Q: Do you have a favorite sports movie?
A: Rudy

Q: Please finish this sentence "You'd be surprised to know that I…"
A: Don't like to eat vegetables.

Q: What is your pre-match warmup/routine?
A: I re-grip my paddle.

Q: What is your favorite shot?
A: Drop volley

Q: What is your favorite part of playing doubles and the best part of competing?
A: Teamwork and competing in the moment

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