METROPOLITAN TENNIS GROUP

WYMAN MEERS

Social Events Director

 

Duties of the Social Events Director

The Social Events Director is responsible for developing, planning, and overseeing the schedule of social activities and events for the membership including, but not limited to, securing event locations and preparing other necessary arrangements.

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When and why did you join MTG?

I first joined MTG in ... either late in 1998 or early in 1999.  A long time ago!  I was young and having fun in NYC, but realized that I really didn't have any gay friends.  Social media didn't really exist and I was too shy to go to bars, so I found the Metropolitan Tennis Group.  It was a great way to play tennis, which is the only sport I've ever loved, and make friends while doing it.  All these years later, I can honestly say that the majority of my really good friends are people I have met playing tennis with MTG. Joining the group was one of the best decisions I've ever made.   

Tell us more about your tennis background and how long you have been playing?

I was around 14 years old when I started. I used to go into the backyard and hit tennis balls against the garage wall, imagining I was Gabriela Sabatini.  I knew she hit with a lot of topspin, so I wanted to make the ball spin, too.  Playing on uneven grass, the ball didn't bounce much.  I could only get the ball back if I sliced. I saw the ball jiggle and skip, so I thought I was doing it right. And that is how my unorthodox tennis game was born. I like being different, even if it turns out that I'm more Monica Niculescu than Gaby Sabatini!

When and why did I become [board position]?

I'm very new to the MTG Board.  I was elected as Social Events Director earlier this year and my term officially started in September 2017.  MTG has been an integral part of my life for so long, but I hadn't done a whole lot to give back.  I realized that I didn't want to just be a member of the group anymore. I wanted to be a part of making it a success.  

What are some of the pros/cons of your position? 

I think of the social side of MTG - the friendships, the connections you make - as equally important (if not more so) to the tennis itself.  In large part because of the tennis friends I have in my life. It's wonderful to have the opportunity to try and foster that aspect of MTG.  Candidly, though, my expectations of what this position would entail have already proven to be a little naive.  People are busy, have so much going on off the courts, and getting people to think about their tennis group as more than a chance to play has been more difficult than I thought it would be. 

It's kind of funny.  I'm still shy with people when I first meet them, so I don't know that I'd be the first guy who might come to mind for a position with "social" in the title.  In a way, though, it kind of helps me because I know well the sort of awkwardness that can come with introductions and early friendships. I also know how amazing it can be when a group like MTG helps you overcome that. Hopefully the work I do with the Board will help the Metropolitan Tennis Group be for others what it has been for me.  

 

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