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We have been off to a slow start on the tennis courts this season. However we are now full go, and all we need now is Mother Nature to cooperate with us. We still have a week until the junior tennis program gets started so hopefully she will start working with us. Remember to get your son or daughter signed up for juniors. This will make the first day easier to get the kids out on the courts.
Here’s a schedule for the adult drills: Monday and Wednesday – 8am-9am Sunrise Drill, 11am-12am Cardio, 130pm-3pm 3.0+ drill. Tuesday and Thursday – 8am-9am Sunrise Drill, 1030am-12pm Mom’s Drill and 330pm-430pm Cardio. All of these drills are for both Men and Women. Also if you are interested in any other times for drills please let me know.
Another reminder, June 26th is the Margarita Mixer at 6pm. This event is for Men, Women and couples. Sign-up with Justen if you are interested.
It’s state tournament week for the Mahtomedi Zephyr Boy’s Tennis team, so if you know anyone on the team please say good luck to them.
Here is this month’s tips:
Tip #1 Many players have trouble determining how close to the net they should stand in doubles when their partners are serving. Should you position yourself right on top of the net, or do you hang back close to the service line?
The answer: When standing in a comfortable position as if you were preparing to hit a chest-high volley, you should position yourself where you can at least see the T (the intersection of the service line with the center line) over the net, as opposed to through the net. Use this as a beginning point and adjust depending on what your opponents do or don’t do well. For example, if they lob regularly, you can stand a little farther back.
Tip #2 If you’re like most players, your idea of practice is getting in a few sets. While there’s lots to be said for that, the problem is that we tend to play to win these practice sets and therefore don’t make an effort to do the very thing that practice is supposed to be about: working on the weaker parts of our game. But there’s an easy way around this dilemma, one that simulates the situations you might face in a match while de-emphasizing the pressure to win. Play points instead of sets.
Try this: The server must win three points in a row to win a game; if you lose any of the points before reaching three, your opponent gets a chance to serve and win three consecutive points. This forces both of you to concentrate and become dominant. You’ll find that there are times when players compete for hours and never win a game.
Finally, remember that the tennis phone number is now my cell phone number and my email is the same. My cell phone is 651-269-7802 and email is Justen@dellwoodcountryclub.com
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