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Mahopac Native Serves Inspirational Tennis Stories

Judy Aydelott

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-Author Judy Aydelott decided to share her love of tennis with others by telling the personal stories of famous and fascinating unknown senior players in her new book, “Sport of a Lifetime: Enduring Personal Stories From Tennis.”

Aydelott grew up on the historic Hill-Agor Farm in Mahopac. Her parents ran the farm as a dude ranch and played host to as many as 35 guests at a time.

“It was very popular during World War II,” Aydelott said. “All the soldiers would come during their R&R and the Rockettes would come, too. I loved it. It was a beautiful place.”

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Then, when she was around 12 years old, her parents turned the ranch back into a farm and her father focused his efforts toward creating Lake MacGregor in Mahopac and developing the properties around it.

Aydelott now lives in Katonah, and though health issues have kept her off the tennis court, it hasn’t stopped her from sharing her experiences.

“I decided that if I couldn’t play tennis, I would write about it instead,” she said.

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