“In preparing for and playing their sport, many athletes have habits or rituals that seem superstitious to others. When playing tennis, I always wear my Ocutech hat. The hat reminds me of the superior design and precision manufacturing of Ocutech products, and that translates into nailing the precision shots that have made me a trophy-winning tennis player. Superstitious? I think not!” said David Lewerenz, OD, FAAO.
Dr. Lewerenz, Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Eye Center and Clinical Diplomat in Low Vision from the American Academy of Optometry, was the runner-up in the 2019 Denver Gates Tennis Center Men’s 3.0 Fall Tournament.
But, he says, “here’s the totally true story of how this coveted trophy came to occupy a prominent place of pride in our home-- There were about 12 of us in the Gates Tennis Center’s 3.0 men’s fall tennis ladder. Each ladder has a post-ladder tournament, for which a trophy is awarded to the champion and the runner-up. Only 4 of us signed up for the tournament in my division, so a single elimination bracket was put together. I immediately began to brag to anyone who would listen that I had made the semifinals of a tennis tournament. Well, one person had to drop out, so the tournament was reorganized as a round-robin between Steve, Mike and me. I played Steve and lost in straight sets, but to be fair, they were close sets (6-4, 7-5). Mike was never available to play at any of the scheduled times. So, in summary, I played one match, lost in straight sets, and won the runner-up trophy!”
My favorite hat to play tennis in is my Ocutech hat (see attached photo). After winning this trophy, I began to wonder, “Why is a trophy-winning athlete like me advertising for Ocutech for free? So, I reached out to Ocutech and said please have your people contact my people. I’ll leave the discussion of dollars to my agent, but I will tell you that you could get me on board for a lot less than Roger Federer.”
“We offered David a lifetime supply of caps, but evidently he feels that negotiations need to be ongoing,” said Henry Greene, OD, FAAO, co-founder and President of Ocutech!