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Jason and Renee Weiss Reach Nationals on Different Teams

Jason and Renee Weiss show their love for each other at the 2011 USTA League 2.5, 7.0 & 9.0 Mixed National Championships in Tucson, Ariz.
Renee Weiss watches her husband Jason in action at the 2011 USTA League 9.0 Mixed National Championships in Tucson, Ariz.
By Matt Birch, Special to USTA.com
Tucson, Ariz. --- Jason Weiss has been involved in tennis throughout his life and is competing in his fifth lifetime National Championship this weekend with his 9.0 level team from Ocala, Fla. His wife, Renee, recently started playing tennis and is a member of the team representing the Florida Section at the 2.5 level this weekend.

For the past ten years, Jason has operated the Fort King Tennis Center in Ocala, where he also works as the head teaching pro. He got started in teaching tennis as a teenager in Gainesville, Fla., where he worked with the tennis coaches at the University of Florida, and has taught tennis as his career ever since.

Jason and Renee have known each other for 12 years and have been married for seven. Despite Jason’s profession in the tennis industry, Renee did not begin to play tennis until three years ago. This weekend marks the fifth Nationals appearance for Jason, and his first since 2003. Renee is competing at the National Championships for the first time.

Jason explained that he has worked with a significant amount of people over the years teaching tennis, but it is different when he tries to teach Renee.

"When I work with Renee, I find myself not able to be as patient as I am with other people, because I am emotionally involved. I want her to be so good, but it’s definitely something I need to work at and am getting better at. When you’re a tennis director and you run a club, you see a lot of tennis and you see how competitive people get sometimes, but tennis is about recreation and having fun."

Both Jason and Renee are excited about this opportunity to compete at the National Championships during the same weekend.

"The fact that we’re both here playing Nationals at the same time is great," Jason said. "I hope it could happen again, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it never happened again. We’re going to do our best to make sure it does."

"It was really exciting when we figured out that we were both going to go," Renee added. "It made it awesome that we both get to compete in the same weekend. The overall experience has been great, and we’ve had a lot of fun."

In addition to teaching tennis, the Florida teams are committed to another great cause this month. John Sperling, Jason’s teammate and the 9.0 team captain, is helping raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer by participating in "No Shave November." The movement involves starting the month clean shaven, and not shaving for the entirety of the month. Millions of dollars have been raised in the past few years as a result of donations related to No Shave November.

These Florida section teams share a very unique bond and have added a charitable cause to  their special weekend at the National Championships.


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