Glancing at Mike Edison's trophy shelf is parallel to observing a crown with a key jewel missing.
There's a surplus of shining trophies.
The array of sparkling accolades showcased are a testament to the success that the well-traveled Beach Tennis standout has enjoyed.
All around the world.
Edison, a Florida native, has logged more miles than a leech-like vagabond while ascending to BTUSA superstar status.
The sport of Beach Tennis has grown by leaps and bounds in a number of scenic sandspots-- Aruba, Jamaica, Bermuda, to name few. Edison has enjoyed success nearly everywhere he's played.
In New York, however, the highly-touted Edison's fingers are naked.
While he's stamped his imprint on the Long Beach coastline, he's never taken home the trophy. A national championship, something he will have a shot at on an action-packed Labor Day Weekend, has never been attained.
And so that is the significant vacancy in Edison's Beach Tennis resume, a benchmark the young Florida native has yet to reach.
"I'd love to win a national championship," said Edison, who plays for Team Rhino alongside Brett Johnson.
"That's one tournament we haven't won. Aside from that, we'd love to win an international championship. We've played all over, really. Italy, Aruba, Bermuda. We recently got invited to go to the Czech Republic."
Team Rhino has emerged into a Top-10 team in the world. They are currently hovering around the top-five area in the national rankings.
While they are burning to re-write the script and boast their first-ever national championship, Team Rhino knows it will have some elite company (see Mingozzi, Alex @ alexmingozzi.blogspot.com or Whitesell, Phil) to tangle with.
Edison, an innate tennis player who has mastered the transition to tennis on the beach, will be fishing in a pool of sharks this year.
Before the neophyte entertains national championship thoughts, however, he needs to stay focused on the task at hand.
"We definitely have lofty goals for California," explained Edison, referring to the upcoming tournaments in San Diego and Long Beach, CA.
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This year, Beach Tennis USA's national tour has been a who's who of premiere players.
With the exception of the BTUSA Key Biscayne Open--an event smothered in top-notch talent--not all of the top-tier teams have competed against each other.
This abruptly changes the fateful weekend of Sept. 5, when BTUSA has a full deck of highly-touted cards...
Top-flight teams, wild cards, and battle-tested sleepers will compete in a barometer match to ready themselves for this blowout event.
We need some more of these sleepers, those unknown to the Beach Tennis massess. Whether they are battle-tested or not. They have the chance to win $$$$$ and take up a burgeoning new sand sport.
CALLING ALL ATHLETES/BEACH BUMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Beach Tennis USA hosts the Windjammer in Isle of the Palms, S.C.
This tournament will not only provide the heart-stopping, gut-wrenching action that has been witnessed on this year's national tour. It will readily prepare teams before hurling them into Sept. 5, when they'll embrace the bedlam and fireworks that underscores the top of Beach Tennis' pantheon.
"We're going to be ready," said the crafty Edison, a youngin whose hellbent on knocking out antique players Whitesell and Chris Henderson.
The skeptics have already surfaced, saying the Whitesell-Henderson tandem is getting old and could be spiraling into abyss after this season...
Many have quipped about the duo hanging their rackets up after this season and entering a career in Beach Tennis broadcasting.
IF YOU'VE NEVER PLAYED BEACH TENNIS.....
-Beach tennis merges the worlds of tennis and beach volleyball into one exciting sport. It can be played both competitively and recreationally and because it’s so simple to play, it appeals to athletes and non-athletes of all ages.
So what exactly is beach tennis? It’s like regular tennis except it’s played on a regulation beach volleyball court. Using tennis racquets, two players on each team volley back and forth, hitting a slightly depressurized tennis ball directly over the net without letting it bounce... it’s hard to make the ball bounce on sand! One hit per team is all that’s allowed.
Your team scores a point each time your opponents hit the ball outside the lines or let it hit the sand.
An important aspect of Beach Tennis is left out here. Beach Tennis is NOT heckle-free. We encourage the fan-base to get rowdy and start a ruckus at all times. To paraphrase announcer JR Rarrick, Beach Tennis is "the anti-tennis."