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2022 Tentative Tournament Schedule

January 28-294th Annual Frostbite Invitational
February 25-262nd Annual Playing for the Crown
March 11Shelby County Tournament
April 1-3USTA Nationals 55 & Over NTRP Singles
April 8-10USTA Nationals 55 & Over NTRP Doubles
April 28-May 1USTA State League 55 & Over Championships
May 15-22Pelham Racquet Club Women’s $60,000 Pro Classic
May 31-June 5Southern Callen Cup
June 11-12USTA JTT Qualifier
June 25-27USTA Southern Boys & Girls 16s L4 Closed
July 23-25USTA Summer Closed L5
August 25-28PRC Summer Classic
September 3-6USTA Southern Boys & Girls 14s L4 Open
October 14-16USTA Fall Championships
November TBAUSTA Fall Jr Classic L7
December TBA USTA Holiday Jr Classic L7
TBASocials, Adult Camps, Junior Camps

Tennis Tips

Think of your match in a more long term way, like a 5k run. If you start off running as fast as you can and maintain that pace, you will run out of gas before the finish line. If you play too aggressive in your match too early, you are taking all the risk and you may make too many errors or your opponent may adapt before you finish the match. Instead play percentage tennis:

  1. When serving concentrate on getting your first serve in (50% or more) instead of hitting aces.
  2. Serve to the backhand or into the body early and serve out wide when you have game point.
  3. Work to keep the ball in play, hitting crosscourt when behind the baseline and down the line when approaching the net.
  4. When returning serves concentration getting the ball back deep into the center to take away angles. Never miss second serve returns.
  5. Look for and be aware of the opportunity “point” or “game” (30-love or 3-1), be aggressive when you are ahead, be consistent when behind.
  6. Use the drop shot and lob early in your match to control your opponent.

These are the tactics top pro’s use. They don’t need to win 6-0, 6-0. They want to win consistently!

Watch the ball and bend your knees! This old tennis pro adage from years ago is still true today. Suffering from miss hits, hitting the ball into the net or out too often in your match? Try the following:

  1. Focusing and watching the ball instead of you opponent will help you concentrate and avoid “miss hits” or “shanks”. Keeping your head “still” as you swing is also essential for success.
  2. Bending your knees gives you good balance and helps you hit better shots by transferring weight into the shot when you step forward. This allows for a better shot trajectory to avoid hitting the net or hitting it out.

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