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A tennis battle of the sexes

  • The Monadnock Indoor Tennis Club hosted a Battle of the Sexes on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Monadnock Indoor Tennis Club hosted a Battle of the Sexes on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Monadnock Indoor Tennis Club hosted a Battle of the Sexes on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Monadnock Indoor Tennis Club hosted a Battle of the Sexes on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Monadnock Indoor Tennis Club hosted a Battle of the Sexes on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Monadnock Indoor Tennis Club hosted a Battle of the Sexes on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Monadnock Indoor Tennis Club hosted a Battle of the Sexes on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, January 22, 2018 4:58PM

Two tennis players – one male, one female – took the court on Friday night in a battle of extreme biological importance. In the style of 1973’s Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs match – the infamous “Battle of the Sexes” – Monadnock Indoor Tennis Club pitted Tami Vezina and Tedd Petro against one another, and the war for gender superiority was on.

“I was very concerned,” Vezina said. “I thought if I lose today, it sets womenkind back 50 years, easy, maybe more.”

The sidelines and balcony of the tennis club were packed with cheering fans, the match about to begin. First, a cadre of ladies rolled Petro out onto the court in a makeshift rickshaw. Like Riggs before him, Petro was adorned in yellow, as were the ladies, a sponsorship from Sugar Daddy the seeming culprit for the loud attire.

Then, Vezina emerged from a side door, borne by four men on a litter in the style of Cleopatra. She flexed, whipping the crowd into a frenzy, as Petro took to the microphone, pointing the women in the audience to the kitchen and dubbing the digs the “Men’s Indoor Tennis Club.” Taking one more chug from a giant chalice, Petro was through, and the match began in earnest.

While rumor had it that Vezina was playing with a fractured right wrist, she seemed to have little trouble with her boastful opponent. Meanwhile, Petro’s pregame hydration and bulky Sugar Daddy jacket weren’t doing his game any favors, and Vezina put him away in straight sets.

“I wasn’t aggressive enough,” Petro said. “I should have gone after her some more. She did a good job.”

Vezina was presented with an oversized novelty check for $860,000, which she vowed to put toward remaking the tennis facility into a women’s tennis club.

“Tedd, he pushed a lot of buttons,” Vezina said. “Men’s club - what is that? We have to turn it into the women’s club. I’m going to donate all this money, all of it, every penny goes to the women’s cause.”

A doubles match followed, with Tracey Bean and Sandy Harrington winning 3-1 over Charlie Werth and Ed Surprenant, after a last-minute rule change that demanded all play with wooden rackets.