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Work Hard, Play Hard

The U.S. Tennis Association Eastern Long Island Region recently honored Westbury resident Susan Alvy at a celebratory dinner, presenting her with the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award for her longtime commitment to tennis. The Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury hosted the 23rd annual awards dinner, which honors tennis champions from Nassau and Suffolk County.


Awards including Vitas Gerulaitis for the Love of Tennis Award and Arthur Ashe Multicultural Award are given to the most deserving tennis affiliates, but Alvy’s lifetime achievement award is perhaps the most prestigious. The USTA carefully chooses individuals who have not only shown talent and dedication on the court, but who have given their time and abilities to tennis ventures off the court, as well.


A recently retired Alvy spoke about her love for the job that she felt she was meant to do. The tennis aficionado managed Rockville Racquet Club in Rockville Centre, overseeing all operations, especially the leagues, and making sure that every aspect of the business ran smoothly. After 20 hardworking years, she retired this past December and joyfully reflects on the job. “It was a fabulous job; I loved it,” she said.


As the award mandates, Alvy’s tennis achievements are not centered solely on her professional life. Ever since she first picked up a racquet at age 11, the athlete has possessed a passion for the sport which is exemplified in her talent. She played on her high school team and earned placements in National Championship games. Alvy took a short break from tennis after high school, but loyally returned to the sport once again at age 24.


While she claims that she has “done her duty when it comes to working,” Alvy cannot live without the game she has grown up playing.

She still plays on a team and believes that tennis should be enjoyed no matter the age or skill level of the player. “Take it slow and enjoy it,” she advised. “If you’re a recreational player, you don’t have to be a great player. Enjoy the sport at any level.”


Through the wins and losses, ups and downs, and work and play, tennis is something that Alvy has always felt strongly about and she continues to pursue her hobby, which throughout the years has become more of a lifestyle. The competition, the championships and the rewarding hard work are all aspects to be cherished, but Alvy stated that her favorite thing about playing is the friendship she made along the way—friendships that will last forever, all for the love of tennis.