Defying the odds, skeptics and Father Time, the duo of David Minke and Jeff Niederloh defeated Leah Galaudet and Cynthia Odens in the 2015 Youth Fundraising Tennis Challenge by a score of 10-8. The two teams captivated a throng of onlookers with a series of thrilling rallies, precise shots and of course, the occasional double-fault. Ball Girl and head cheerleader Eilir Zimmermann called it the most exhilarating tennis match she has witnessed in all her years on the circuit.
Momentum swung to the ladies early on as they surged to a quick 7-3 lead behind the strong net play of Miss Odens. Ms. Galaudet, who now likely regrets her decision to play left handed to “even things out”, clearly had the guys on the run. The tide turned when Mr. Minke suddenly realized he wasn’t playing a video game and started to domi- nate with his serves. Throughout the match, Mr. Niederloh displayed the same awkwardness and all-around ineptitude that has embarrassed his par- ents for decades and led them to request multiple DNA tests in the hope there was a mix up at the hospital. In the end though, it was experience – all 118 years of it – that prevailed over beauty and skill.
Like many epic matches, this one wasn’t without controversy. In what is being called “Servegate”, multiple sources have reported they heard accusa- tions of oversized rackets and improper serves. These claims went largely ignored by the victors, presumably because they forgot to turn on their hearing aids.
The participants were a collection of people from various backgrounds that came together for a wor- thy cause. Mr. Niederloh, having given up com- petitive tennis in the early 1990’s, now comes out of retirement for the occasional charity event. Mr. Minke, who has played tennis consistently since the Harding administration, simply had to get up from his second nap of the day to participate. Ms. Galaudet is a tennis player of some renown and has been known to display her considerable musi- cal talents in a local church. Miss Odens, the youngest of the players has been seen on local ten- nis courts playing for her school team.
The match was held to raise awareness and money for our youth to attend the National Youth Gather- ing. All the participants would like to thank those who came to watch, cheer and donate money. Thank you for supporting our youth!