Chloe’s Corner: An interview with Scott Hanover

Scott Hanover

APRIL 2017 – Scott Hanover is the Director of Tennis at the Plaza Tennis Center. Hanover is responsible for all public tennis lessons, programs and events. Previously, he managed at Clayview Country Club.

Hanover was Chairman of the National Parks Committee and is a two-time Chairman of the USTA National Community Tennis committee. Additionally, he was Chairman of the USTA Heart of America Hall of Fame. Hanover was also treasurer of the National Public Parks Tennis Association.

He is an accomplished 4.0 singles, doubles and mixed player, and was player/captain of the 2007 World Team Tennis Recreational League National Championship. He was Kansas City’s first WTT National Champion. He also coordinates the World Team Tennis Recreational Leagues and was named the 2004 National WTT coordinator of the year.

He sat down with Chloe Norris for an exclusive interview for Kansas City Sports and Fitness Magazine.

Chloe Norris: How long have you been directing tennis tournaments? Do you still coach?
Scott Hanover: I have organized tennis tournaments since the late 1980s. I still coach and teach tennis as my time allows. Alice Eaton in Des Moines, Iowa first showed me the ropes, and I learned a lot from her.

Chloe Norris: Did you play college tennis?
Scott Hanover: I played college tennis in the NAIA with Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. We were second in our conference when I was a junior. St. Ambrose was by far always the best, so second was the best anyone else could get.

Chloe Norris: What are your major accomplishments as a coach/tennis player?
Scott Hanover: On court, I have been blessed twice to win co-ed World Team Tennis Rec League National Championships, 2007 and 2013. I have been to nationals a few other teams as well. I love the format of singles/doubles/mixed that Billie Jean King created. It’s my favorite competition. I love the team camaraderie. It’s just a blast!
As a coach, we had a USTA Junior Team Tennis squad finish third at nationals about three years ago. That was equally fun.
I enjoy coaching and captaining squads, and feel I bring a lot to the table as a strategist.

Chloe Norris: Where did you go to high school? Did you play tennis there?
Scott Hanover: I went to Des Moines Roosevelt for high school, but only played JV tennis. The competition for top six was very difficult.

Chloe Norris: What are you favorite tournaments to direct? Why?
Scott Hanover: I really enjoy every event, but I am particularly enjoying the non-elimination events a lot, where folks get to play multiple matches in a timely manner. Many years ago we piloted the compass format, and third set tiebreakers with a USTA adult doubles tournament, and it’s always been a favorite of mine. I also enjoy our USTA Husband Wife nationals, and I enjoy the valley level junior events.

Chloe Norris: What is the most challenging part about being a tournament director?
Scott Hanover: Weather! I can handle the players, parents, coaches and logistics pretty well.

Chloe Norris: Do you travel a lot for tournaments? Where is the farthest place you’ve traveled?
Scott Hanover: I don’t have time to travel to events to play very often. When I do have free time, I prefer to go to professional events like WTT, the US Open, et cetera and be a spectator. I am a huge pro tennis fan.

Chloe Norris: Did you play junior tennis in Iowa? What is your fondest memory?
Scott Hanover: I started my tennis in the USTA National Junior Tennis League of Des Moines. It’s now called National Junior Tennis and Learning. What I remember most fondly about NJTL was the team aspect. We were new to tennis, but playing matches right away against other parks. And I was thrilled to get my first trophy as an individual competitor, and as a team. And it made me stay with the sport ever since.

Interview by Chloe Norris. Chloe is a 14 year old, high school freshman, who loves tennis, writing, her dog Chester and her family. She is a member of the Park Hill South Varsity Tennis team. Watch for her interviews each month in Kansas City Sports & Fitness.

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