Recently, however, her knees have been giving her trouble, as she
has talked about seeking surgery.
Even still, she plans to keep playing for years to come, even if
it's just doubles, she said.
"I told myself that I was going to play to 100, until when I got
it right," said Louie, who helped the United States finish second in
the Maureen Connolly Cup back in the spring in Perth, Australia.
"Unfortunately, I might have to do it in doubles. I love the game and
I'm very passionate about it."
In 2001, Louie was a member of the U.S. team that finished first
at the Connolly Cup, defeating Australia in the final.
Throughout her career, she has been crowned doubles champion in
her age division seven times and singles champion three times,
spanning numerous tournaments.
Louie has earned many awards during her tennis career, including
Southern California Tennis Association's Senior Player of the Year in
1992, among others.
But it's not the awards, accolades, rankings or finishes that
Louie loves most. The sport provides a release for her competitive
"I love the competition and feel of working hard, sweating an
hopefully doing well," she said. "I really enjoy the strategy and
counter strategy that goes on during the matches."
Louie moved to Newport Beach from Northern California in 1984 to
start a new life, following a divorce, she said.
But her tennis playing days span way back to her roots, in Hawaii,
where she picked up the sport.
Originally a track athlete in high school, her coach talked her
into taking up tennis because "there wasn't much of a future in track
and field in Hawaii," she said.
In tennis, however, there was, and she has been playing the sport
competitively ever since.
After high school, Louie attended the University of Hawaii, where
she studied and played tennis. But directly following graduation, she
moved to the mainland and started taking classes at San Jose State
for her teaching credential.
She met her former husband, Yit Louie, through playing tennis at
SJSU and the two married and had two children.
The genes passed on, as her younger son, Casey Louie, went on to
play the sport for Cal Berkley.
Judy Louie, now a member at Palisades Tennis Club, said her most
memorable playing experience, aside from winning the Connolly Cup,
was about 18 years ago at the National Hardcourt championships in San
Diego. Her fingers were cramping up in the final and she wasn't able
to hold the racquet quite right, she said. But she was able to hold
on and battle back to win the match.
Now she is battling her knees.
"I have almost bone on bone," she said. "I'm looking at knee
replacement in both knees, but hopefully it won't come too soon.
There have been other seniors who have done it, so I am hopeful."
Louie currently teaches tennis in Newport Beach, a profession she
has done for the majority of her life. But it's playing the game that
she truly enjoys.
And whether she has knee-replacement surgery soon or in the
future, she plans to play until she's 100.
"[My knees] have got to hold me up until I reach perfection," she