By Gianna Addario
---- — MANCHESTER — Little did Caitlin Whoriskey know when she woke up yesterday morning that she’d be playing in her first Mylan World Team Tennis match that evening.
Better yet, that she’d be on the courts for her home team, the Boston Lobsters.
Whoriskey got a call early in the morning wondering if she would be able to join the team on a part-time basis after the Lobsters’ first round draft choice, Sharon Fichman, was injured in the squad’s opening match of the season Sunday night.
“I woke up early and was contacted by (general manager) Darlene Hayes, and she told me to come up as fast I can,” explained Whoriskey. “I was out the door by 9 a.m. and got here by 11. I was overwhelmed a little bit, but I was able to practice to get used to the courts.”
The 26-year-old Mashpee native had her first crack at the WTT circuit by facing off against the Washington Kastles, who have won four of the past five WTT championships. She had extra time to prepare for the defending champs since rain delayed the start of last night’s match until 8:25 p.m. Whoriskey played in women’s doubles with teammate Megan Moulton-Levy and squared off against Anastasia Rodionova in singles action.
Whoriskey started playing tennis at an early age and moved to Florida when she was 12 to attend the Evert Tennis Academy.
“My mom and her friend played a pickup game of tennis one day and decided that I should give it shot,” Whoriskey said. “I seemed to enjoy it and took lessons here and there. I ended up liking it more and more and stuck with it.”
Her college years were spent at University of Tennessee, where she picked up three All-American nods and was named the 2010 College Senior Player of the Year. She and partner Natalie Pluskota finished as the runners-up in doubles at the 2010 NCAA Womens Tennis Championship.
In June of that year Whoriskey won her first-ever professional title, teaming with Kaitlyn Christin to take the doubles crown at the Mt. Pleasant Women’s Pro Classic by defeating Petra Rampre and Shelby Rogers in the final. She also managed to take home another doubles title at the Ladies Cleveland Open later that month.
Most recently, she won her first Pro Circuit singles title in Hilton Head, S.C. after toppling Elise Mertens over Memorial Day weekend. Whoriskey and partner Sonja Molnar also won the doubles title at the same event.
She also spent about a year-and-a-half playing in Europe and working with a coach before deciding to move back to Massachusetts.
“I wanted to have a home base. It’s nice to literally be at home and practicing with my family,” explained Whoriskey.
Since Whoriskey lives in Sandwich now, she was able to make it up to Manchester in just under two hours.
There’s no word yet on how long her stint with the Lobsters will last, but she plans on enjoying every minute of it.