What paddle do you play with and why?
I play with
the Viking OZ paddle. I love the way the paddle feels when I'm playing.
It does alot of the work for me when I'm competing. It is a stiff
paddle that offers quite a bit of power without much effort. You
can't argue with it's success, it's been the best selling paddle
of all time.
is Gambino your partner?
I have played
with Chris Gambino since the 1999 season. I play with Chris because
not only is he incredibly talented but he is a great guy and one
of the nicest competitors that play the sport at the highest level.
The first time I saw him play I remarked to a few people that he
would definitely be a National Champion in the future so I figured
why not ask him to play.
it difficult to play and / or practice with Gambino because of your
different geographic locations Chicago / New York?
Chris and I
actually never practice together. He and his wife Melinda moved
to Chicago last May when Chris took a job with a financial firm.
Who are your most difficult opponents and why?
opponents are Flip Goodspeed and Scott Mansager. In the 7 or 8 matches
that we've had with them they have always been tough matches. I
know if we win that means we've played our best and I'm sure they'd
agree if they win they have to do the same. Their incredible record
of winning 6 Nationals in March is amazing. Great competitors and
nice guys to boot.
any of your students defeated you and / or do you ever think that
one of your students will defeat you in the future?
None of my students
that I have taught in the Viking Academy to date have beaten me
yet. Someday not too soon though It would be nice to lose to one
of my students.
have been the #1 ranked player a few years. Would you want to retire
from tournament competition on top as #1 or will you be competing
in tournaments until you are old and grey?
I would want
to retire from competitive play after winning another National or
two and being ranked # 1.
the limited number of people that play platform tennis, do you ever
wish there was more competition?
I wish the game of platform was larger and reached more people.
We are hoping that our exhibition with the Jensen brothers in Cincinnati
will help to grow this great sport.
you have a weakness on the court?
If I had to
admit a weakness I'd have to say it's my serve since I never practice
Will Gambino and yourself defeat the Jensens?
I don't want
to say whether we will defeat the Jensen brothers or not. I'm hoping
we have a fun and challenging match. It is our hope that the Jensen's
enjoy the weekend and spread the word about what an amazing game
platform tennis is being that it is not a mainstream sport.
Is there any deal in the works or any chance in general of Gambino
/ Ohlmuller on Tennis court to take on the Jensens?
be no chance that we will play the Jensen's in a Tennis match. I
wouldn't want to subject my partner Chris Gambino to that humiliation
being that I would be by far the weakest link on that court.
Where do you see Platform Tennis in 5 years?
I work for the # 1 company in platform tennis there are many reasons
why I want to see this game grow. From a business perspective if
the game grew we would be able to sell more paddles, balls, etc.
From a personal standpoint I'd like to see the game grow because
I love the game. It will be a great day when we are somehow able
to get this game out of the country clubs and more to the general
public. We feel at Viking that we are doing our part by trying to
promote this game wherever possible, whether it be by attending
the Tennis Super Show at the US Open, the Jensen exhibition, the
Viking Academy and our continued support of Jr. paddle across the