TEMPLETON, Calif. — Cal Poly women's tennis players Emily Monaghan and Delanie Dunkle gained some valuable experience this past week when they competed as a doubles tandem against professional players at the Central Coast Pro Tennis Open in nearby Templeton, Calif., an ITF World Tennis Tour event.
Monaghan, a senior, and Dunkle, a freshman, received a wild card into the main draw and competed against two professionals in Romania's Gabriela Talaba and Mexico's Marcela Zacarias. Monaghan and Dunkle won the first set 7-6 (4) before dropping the next set 6-1 and the tiebreaker 10-4.
Despite the loss, Monaghan said the experience playing against professionals will only help them get better and help them prepare for this upcoming season.
"I am so grateful Delanie and I had the opportunity to compete in such a high-level tournament so close to home," Monaghan said. "It was an amazing experience to play in the main draw against experienced professional players, and it has made me even more excited for this season moving forward."
The Central Coast Pro Open took place at the Templeton Tennis Ranch and featured nearly 50 professional tennis players from all over the world.
Photo courtesy of Lori Sortino