Too on One: Dobson tennis coach tells about being a mom and a coach.
Q: How many children do you have?
A: Two. Adam, 26 and Allison, 24.
Q: Do they do a good job on Mother’s Day?
A: Yeah, they do. I had knee-replacement surgery recently, and my son came over (Saturday). I’ll see my daughter during the week.
Q: What was Mother’s Day like when they were younger?
A: All I wanted was time (with them). They’ve always been really good about doing a breakfast or a lunch with me.
Q: Any plans for today?
A: We normally do something on the day, but I’m not really mobile enough to do anything because of the surgery. They both just got married, so I said to go spend it with the in-laws and we’ll catch up later.
Q: Was it tough balancing motherhood and teaching/coaching when they were younger?
A: It was busy, absolutely. But it was wonderful to have a job with the same kind of schedule they were on. When they were off, I was off. I coached my daughter (in tennis) for two years, and that was great.
Q: What was her initial reaction to having Mom as coach?
A: I’d always coached her sports when they were little. I was like, “Are you sure you want me to be the coach?” Her friends said it would be fun, but it would have been her decision (to not let Veeh coach).
Q: Do they come out to matches now?
A: My daughter came out (during the season). It’s hard because they’re busy. But they’re always asking about it. “How’s the team doing, Mom?” They’re supportive.
Up close and personal
Favorite TV show: “Monk”
Favorite movie: “Sound of Music”
Last book you read: The Associates
What do you drive: Toyota Camry
Song you would sing on American Idol: Can you mime? Something where I could do sign language.
Superstitions: I’ll usually miss the last serve in warm-ups.
Worst habit: Trying to do too many things in a day.
Ringtone: Basic cell ring. I don’t know how to change it.
First job: Lifeguard.
Last meal: Steak.
Person you’d love to switch places with for a day: Serena Williams.
Favorite place to visit: Cancun.
Food you refuse to eat: Liver.
Favorite fast-food restaurant and item: Wendy’s chicken nuggets.
Your hero: My husband after all the stuff with the knee surgery.
Bucket list: Hitting all the tennis grand slams. We made it to Wimbledon last summer.