"We're still just as competitive (as the open players)," she said.
It has not taken long for Public Courts to make an impression on McClean.
"If I'm going to play a tournament during the year," she said. "This is the one I am going to play."
A dripping wet Doug Poindexter came into the trailer to report the score from his two-hour 3.0 men's singles match he had won 6-7, 6-1, 1-0 (6).
"The competitiveness is there," he said while toweling off and downing a water.
Poindexter's first competitive tennis was played in this tournament in 2002.
Switching hands at times to hit two forehands and mixing in a variety of spins and angles he is somewhat the prototypical intermediate.
A role he embraces.
"The intermediate game is completely different," he said. "You may see a weak shot one time and then a really strong shot."
He believes intermediate players tend to watch other intermediates a lot more than they do the best players.
"Those are guys I've played against," he said. "I can't put myself in a match with Patrick."
NOTES: One open player not in this year's tournament is defending women's champion Erica White.
The former George Washington star just wrapped up a successful college career at Gardner-Webb.
She was named the Big South Conference Player of the Year and she and her doubles partner ended up nationally ranked.
She is working as a nurse at Charleston Area Medical Center Memorial Division.
While she said her singles days are done, she and Scott Zent are the top seeded team in the open mixed doubles division.