Q. Lane, where did you grow up?
A. I was born in Franklin, Louisiana in St. Mary Parish but my family moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana when I was very young and that is where I grew up.
Q. How old were you when you started playing tennis?
A. I want to say I was probably five years old when I first picked up a tennis racquet.
My earliest memories of tennis are attending summer tennis/sports camp at the Lake Charles Racquet Club with head tennis pro Alfredo Trullenque. I played Louisiana junior tournaments throughout the state as a kid, and also high school tennis. I guess my only real competitive tennis achievement was that I was Louisiana 3A State runner-up in 1997. Impressive, right!
Q. Who were the persons who influenced and contributed to your love for tennis?
A. Definitely my father, Mike McNulty and grandfather Judge Mickey McNulty along with the Lake Charles Racquet Club tennis pros Alfredo Trullenque, Pontus Lavefalk, and Ronnie Walters. The present tennis pro at LCRC is Bobby Walker and he has been a great mentor to me in my professional career. Bill Phillips, president of the USPTA southern section has also helped me out tremendously and a great source of guidance.
Q. What is your educational background?
A. I attended St. Louis Catholic High School then went on to Ole Miss where I received a B.A. degree in 2002 and then Tulane Law School where I received a J.D. in 2010. I also had a brief stint at Notre Dame. I played in intramural tennis leagues in college and law school.
Q. What is your present professional position?
A. I am the interim director of tennis for the Atkinson-Stern Tennis Center, a New Orleans Recreation Department public tennis facility. I started at the Atkinson-Stern Tennis Center almost two years ago as assistant tennis pro but most recently took the helm after Louis Hill, the previous director of tennis, retired.
Q. What are your certifications?
A. I am both USPTA and USPTR certified.
Q. Please share with the readers your visions and goals for this “historic” tennis facility?
A. I have a few visions for the Atkinson-Stern Tennis Center. First, I want to make it a beautiful and welcoming public tennis facility for the citizens of New Orleans and all visitors looking for a place to play tennis. Second, I want to continue the tradition started by Nehemiah Atkinson emphasizing diversity and inclusion to adults and children who might not otherwise have access to learning the lifelong sport of tennis. Third, we now have three teams (U10, U12, U14) involved in USTA junior team tennis as well a Ten and Under/kiddies tennis program for beginners. I’d say we have a weekly average of 75 kids of all ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds playing tennis at the Center. I want to continue to expand junior tennis. We also had the first USTA sanctioned adult tournament at the facility this fall since the tennis center opened after Katrina. I would like to have more adult and junior USTA sanctioned tournaments in the future.
Q. What other hobbies/interests do you have other than tennis?
A. I am a runner and have competed in marathons and triathlons. I really enjoy playing tennis tournaments and being involved in USTA league tennis. I really like to cook. I enjoy a good book. Most of all, I really like socializing with friends and the tennis players both kids and adults at the tennis center. I think that is my favorite part of tennis, the social atmosphere.
Q. What has the game of tennis meant to you?
A. Tennis has meant a tremendous amount to me as a kid growing up playing the game as well as a tennis professional. I was never cut out to be an attorney. With tennis, I found an occupation where you never really feel like you are at work. Not a week goes by where I don’t meet at least ten new adults and children. Tennis appeals to my need for social interaction and it has been rewarding to see new players get the tennis bug and improve. Lastly, there are a lot of pretty girls that play tennis.