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10 and Under Tennis Event in Yonkers, NY

Follow the link to information to this very important event  at Cross County Center in Yonkers, NY 10 and under tennis.

I apologize for late notice since it happens this weekend but if you are available it will be worth the trip down there.

This new concept from the USTA is getting a lot of good press including a visit from the First Lady Michelle Obama at the demonstration at the US Open. I have not seen it live but it makes sense to me. You can find the official web site by following the link on this page. It includes the option to sign up your youngster for a free membership in the US Tennis Association (USTA).

Americans did okay at the US Open

On the surface it may appear that Americans came up short at the USO but not so fast. Sure the Bryan brothers our number one ranked Mens’ doubles team went out in the first round , but the number four Womens’ double team of  Lisa Raymond and Liezel Huber won the championship. They won against another American Vania King and her partner from  Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova, good going ladies. Serena Williams could not make it to the top podium in the Womens’ singles final losing to Samantha Stosor however we had a Junior Girls’ winner achieved by Grace Min. The Juniors Girl team of  Taylor Townsend and  Gabriel Andrews were runner ups  in the finals.  Then the Mixed Doubles championship was also taken by the American youngsters Melanie Oudin and Jack Sock, this was a great win for them. Congratulations to all,  no matter what else they all  do in their tennis futures they will always be US Open Tennis champions.

Congratulation to Novak Djokovic (Serbia) and Samantha Stosur (Australia) as the 2011 US Open Champions.

The American men did not make it to the final day but their performance this year gives us hope for next year when Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick will lead Donald YoungJohn Isner, Sam  Querrey and the others back to our national tournament. I predict that we will see an American male as a winner again in the near future.

Follow this link to the 2011 USO Prize Money page to see how your favorite player made out USO Prize Money.

One American woman emerges from 3rd Round of USO and her name is..

Serena! Serena (28) was able to beat back a second set surge from Victoria Ararenka (4) to take her out in two 6-1, 7-6. we did not see much of the beat down of set one but set 2 was an excellent example of  professional women’s tennis. Williams vs Ararenka. The match was settled in the second set tiebreaker after Serena had failed to close it out with 4 previous match points. Congratz to Serena for advancing after losing a full year of tennis activity due to illness and injuries. Victoria on the other hand got no love as number 4 seed and having to face Serena in the third round. The USO seeding committee, unlike the Wimbledon committee, does not have a history of adjusting seeding outside of ranking and Victoria paid the price.

Vania King had the unfortunate luck of the draw to come up against the number one ranked tennis player in Caroline Wozniaki. Caroline still got stress for not yet winning a major but she is not number one for nothing. Vania who is a major winner in doubles with Yaroslava Shvedova and is seeded number 3 at the Open so she is not done yet. The other three youngsters, Stephens, McHale and Falconi  all looked excellent in their debuts in the second round of the Open and I’m sure we will see them again. Big time tournament experience is a must for up-and-coming players and almost no one gets it right the first time. Of the three, McHale impressed me as being the closest to being ready and Stephens demonstrated the most potential. Falconi is older because she has done some college but, as in most sports, college and the pros are two different ballgames.

The American men are guaranteed two in the fourth round because top American Mardy Fish(8) has already advanced and two Americans ( Bogomolov vs. Isner(21)) square off in the third round today. Two Americans lost to fellow Americans yesterday, Robby Ginepri and Jack Sock. Jack played his idol and mentor in the night session and was not able to make an impression on Andy’s game. Andy Roddick(28) and Donald Young must get past veterans to make their way into the next round. If we have two American men in the second week of the Open I would consider it a successful year. And if Donald Young steps up and demonstrates the potential many thinks he has American men tennis is looking much better in the coming years.

Good Luck to all the Americans going into the second week of the US Open!

Americans do well to get to 2nd round of Open

Our American women have done well in the first round of the US Open in Flushing Meadows, NY. Including Venus Williams who has since pulled out due to an illness, seven women made it to the second round. The most impressive to me was Christina McHale who has already taken out  #8 seeded  Marion Bartoli in the second round. Besides Venus and Christina, the list of ladies in the second round include Serena, Sloane Stevens, Vania King, Madison Keys and Irina Falconi. Congratulation to them all. Sloane, Christina,  and Madison are all teenagers and Irina a college student who was player of the year at Georgia Tech in 2010.

Jack Sox is the boy’s champion and he leads a group of eight American men into the second round. Mardy Fish is now the top ranked American but Andy Roddick and James Blake old familiar names also made good on the first two days of play. Donald Young has been a hopeful for the last few years as an up and coming, he is joined also by Alex Bogomolov, Robby Ginepri and John Isner ready for the next round. Fish and Isner have both had a  great summer in the lead up tournaments called the US Open Series where Mardy won first place. That means if he wins the US Open he receives an extra one million dollars  in prize money to go with the 1.4 million awarded the the Open winner.

You can follow the US Open on ESPN2 and The Tennis Channel starting at 11am. Plus you can follow on line at USOpen.Org

Come back for more American players news and progress at the Open tomorrow as the second round is completed.

Go American Tennis Stars !!

Five kids, five tennis balls, three racquets, and sunshine still equals FUN!

Thank you! to the parents and guardians of John Paul, Anthony, Vanessa and the Genua siblings for bringing the kids out to Fulton Park, Waterbury for a fun day in the sun playing and learning tennis. We were able to have fun and progress their skills in hitting a tennis ball with the most limited of resources. Even with a hurricane bearing down on us, it was a beautiful day and we were able to run around the courts getting some exercise and a tan as an added bonus.

Thanks to Waterbury science teacher Jerry Genua for his expertise in keeping the kids interested and even retrieving wayward tennis balls. We started with only three balls and were able to scavenge a couple more around the outside of the courts (thank you to those past players who were not willing to look for them). This was enough for the kids to do some drills: learning racquet grip, hitting stance, hitting balls over the net not over the fence (this is not baseball guys) and moving to the ball for contact. After that we played “JAIL” and “1 on 1” tennis matches, all for about an hour and a half. Congratulations to the winners!

I am also very happy to see that we were not the only ones out on the beautiful Fulton Park courts. Two couples were out enjoying the day giving me the opportunity to remind the kids of tennis court etiquette; how important it is not to run or even walk on to another court when others are playing.

A fun and easy way to learn to play tennis, part one

US Open Tennis Tournament TV Schedule (http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/ontv.aspx?articleid=787&zoneid=7)

The US Open is the fourth and last major of the tennis year and of course it is held in Flushing Meadows of New York City. Tickets sell out very fast but it is worth the trip down there to see tennis live from the greatest players from all around the world.

In contrast the former Pilot Pen up at Yale has always had trouble attracting spectators to the point that Pilot had to give it up this year and has become a ladies’ only tournament called New Haven Open. This is still a great place to go to see world class players and up and coming women playing the qualifying rounds and doubles. The number one tennis player in the world Caroline Wozniacki comes there every year, joined this year by three other top ten players, Li Na (5), Francesca Schiavone (8) and Marion Bartoli (9). The atmosphere is very cozy on the outside courts so you can get a close up look at each player’s style.

The purpose of this posting is to remind you that one of the best ways to learn to play is to watch the pros play and try to mimic what you see. Tennis is a sport where television allows you to see close up how each player swings the racket and of course with pause and slow mo you can study at your leisure. Two channels on Comcast carry 90% of tennis for our area.  The Tennis Channel shows the most tournaments throughout the year plus many great tennis programs including instructional features. On Comcast the channel is a part of their sports package requiring an additional charge. I believe it is a regular offering from DirecTV who also have some great additional feature like a channel for each of 12 courts at Flushing Meadows. The other channel is ESPN2 that will show a great deal of tennis from all major tournaments throughout the year.  Then the major networks (CBS, NBC) will have limited coverage of the majors usually on the weekends.

There will be plenty of tennis to watch in the next two weeks. So watch what the pro do and try to duplicate. The link to the TV schedule is  http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/ontv.aspx?articleid=787&zoneid=7

Hello Waterbury! Let’s Play Tennis

We need to get our children back outside in the sun and exercising.

We need to get American children back into tennis.

For the first time in three decades we have no American woman in the top ten and only one male, go Mardy Fish (ranked #7) and the Bryan Brothers who are still number 1 in doubles. The Williams’ sisters are still great but they are now 30-years-old plus (Venus is 31 and Serena turns 30 next month) not ancient but old in any professional sport.

Tennis in the USA is still a pathway to college for all the major universities in every part of the country. Right now many of those scholarships are going to foreign players because there are not enough good players in the states. This means your child can benefit without going pro.

Like any pro sport not every player gets rich but the winning purse at the upcoming US Open is 1.4 million. That is for both the top man and woman while the winning doubles team splits $750K

I would like to offer my services to get your child started in this great sport.

I am currently offering to get your young tennis player to the point that they can consistently hit a forehand  inbounds and rally forehand to forehand for  no charge. Advancing to backhand and serve will cost and by that time we will be able to determine if they have the interest to continue.

Your initial investment will be the purchase of a child size racket, a tennis ball hopper and as many new and old tennis balls as you can