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• USHA One-Wall Nationals
• Mayor's Cup
• King of the Courts
• NYC Big Blue Championship

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Dori Ten
by Ben Brighton


Dori about to make a great return during the 2001 Nationals Doubles match.
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Dori about to make a great return during the 2001 Nationals Doubles match.
It takes a body of work over a period of years; production plus longevity equal excellence, to be considered a star. I would place Dori Ten in that category. Dori has carved her own niche and cemented her place in the record books. She has won 7 National titles (2 in singles and 5 in doubles) and has rounded out her resume by winning the Mayor's Cup and the World championships. At 40 plus Dori is still a dominating player in both singles and doubles. There was a time when a 40 year old athlete had to settle for thumbing through their scrapbook and reminiscing about past glories. But thanks to advances in nutrition and training and athlete's longevity has been greatly extended if he, or she, is willing to pay the price.

That price is hard work,dedication, sticking to a healthy diet and training regimen. All of which Dori follows. At 5' 9" she doesn't have an ounce of fat. She often starts her days off by running a few miles to warm up and insure that she gets a workout. I once saw her running the boardwalk while jumping rump, and she never missed a step! She begrudgingly interrupts her playing to take a short lunch break and continues playing until darkness.

Appropriately nicknamed the "volley queen", she has tremendous stamina and court coverage. Any opponent who makes the mistake of volleying with her better have plenty of oxygen on the sidelines.

A left-hander with a more than adequate opposite hand, she has improved her shots to the point where she is dangerous anywhere on the court.

She has tried her hand at 3 and 4-wall with modest successes. The trips to different cities give her a welcome break from her demanding job as a physician's assistant.

Dori has shown that by her consistent excellent play and the respect of her peers that she deserves to be called a star.

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