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Teams capture titles at WTT Rec League National Finals
Schedule set for 2007 WTT Rec League qualifiers
48 teams. 19 states. 10 titles. 1
That sums up the story of the 2006 WTT Rec League
National Finals presented by Advanta, held at the
Indian Wells Tennis Garden last month.
Teams from California, Florida, Missouri and New
York topped a field of 48 recreational and corporate
tennis teams during the 3-day event to win titles in
ten divisions: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, Senior 3.5,
Senior 4.0, Corporate 3.5, Corporate 4.0, Corporate
4.5 and Open.
Teams advanced to the national finals by either
qualifying from their respective division in six WTT
Rec League national qualifying tournaments or by
winning their local Corporate League. The weekend
kicked off with a clinic hosted by WTT co-founder
Billie Jean King. To read more about the WTT Rec
League National Finals, visit www.WTT.com.
While some teams are probably still celebrating
their 2006 titles, the chase for the 2007
championships begins soon with the first national
qualifier of the new year, Feb. 23-25, in Bradenton,
Fla. Registration for the Bradenton qualifier is
open until Feb. 9.
2007 WTT Rec League National
23-25: IMG Bollettieri Academy - Bradenton,
Fla. (register by Feb. 9)
April 20-22: Darling Tennis Center - Las
Vegas, Nev. (register by April 6)
July 20-22: Dwight Davis Tennis Center –
St. Louis, Mo. (register by July 6)
August (tentative): Location TBD - Raleigh,
N.C. (register July TBD)
Aug. 28-30: Heritage Park - Irvine, Calif.
(register by Aug. 14)
Oct. 5-7: DuPont Country Club -
Wilmington, Del. (register by Sept. 21)
2007 WTT Nationals: Nov. 1-4 at the
Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.
Final results from the 2006 World TeamTennis Rec
League National Finals presented by Advanta
Nov. 3-5 – Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian
3.0 DIVISION: Braemar (Encino, Calif.) def
Slammers I (Virginia Beach, Va.), 31-17
3.5 DIVISION: Plash (Troy, N.Y.) wins with a 5-0
record. Ng’s Tennis Nutts (Las Vegas, Nev.) are
4.0 DIVISION: Game-Set-Match (Key Biscayne,
def. Roadrunners (Albuquerque, N.M.), 31-30
4.5 DIVISION: San Diego Roamers (San Diego,
def. Tornado’s (San Diego, Calif.), 33-20
SENIOR 3.5 DIVISION: Good Vibrations (Downey,
Calif.) def. Young at Heart (Las Vegas, Nev.),
SENIOR 4.0 DIVISION: Young at Heart
def. Braemar Fabulous Fifties (Tarzana, Calif.),
CORPORATE 3.5:(pictured above)
NoWaitFreight (Boca Raton, Fla.)
def. GE Energy (Delanson, N.Y.), 31-19
CORPORATE 4.0 DIVISION: US Southcom (Miami,
def. Sports Explorer (Los Angeles, Calif.),
CORPORATE 4.5: Smith Barney (Miami, Fla.)
wins with a 4-0 record. Boston Scientific
(Minneapolis, Minn.) finished second.
OPEN DIVISION: San Francisco Tennis Club (San
Francisco, Calif.) def. Sherwood Country Club
(Thousand Oaks, Calif.), 26-23
King crowns 2006 Delaine Mast Award Winners
Ronita Elder of Los Angeles and Rich Gottfried of
Rockville, Md., were recognized as the 2006
recipients of the Delaine Mast Award at the WTT Rec
League National Finals in Indian Wells last month.
The annual award recognizes a male and a female
World TeamTennis Rec League director who contributes
to the growth of tennis and WTT, as well as being a
leader and role model in their local tennis
community. Award namesake Delaine Mast
Director of the WTT Recreational League, joins
(from l. to r.)Gottfried, Elder and King for
WTT names top Rec League directors
Who are the top Rec League directors in the U.S.?
World TeamTennis officials today named 12 top Rec
League directors based on the numbers of players
that play in their WTT Leagues throughout the year. In
addition to the recognition, the directors receive
Wilson, Bälle de Mätch and WTT incentive gifts.
The top WTT Rec League directors for 2006 are:
- David Bell, Raleigh, N.C.
- Ann Bent/Orly Mayron, Broward and Palm Beach
Counties in Fla.
- Martin Brody, Tulsa, Okla.
- Mary Cook/Harvey Jones, Atlanta, Ga.
- Scott Hanover, Kansas City, Mo.
- Mike Hasan, San Diego, Calif. (North County)
- Mark Johnson, Mobile, Ala.
- Carol Jory, San Diego, Calif.
- Pat Purcell, St. Louis, Mo.
- Steve Riggs, Irvine, Calif.
- Tri City Tennis Association, Albany, N.Y.
- Elaine Wingfield, Key Biscayne, Fla.
Tennis Tips from Wilson
PLAY BETTER DOUBLES WITH POSITIVE COMMUNICATION!
To be a winning doubles team requires more than
solid strokes, sound strategy and being in
reasonably good physical condition. It also takes
healthy, positive communication.
We have all seen it (or experienced ourselves) where
a doubles team implodes due to conflicts between
the two partners. Yes, it can be frustrating to have
to play with the “wrong” partner (You could also be
the “wrong” partner in the other person’s mind!)
especially so if you don’t have the choice of whom
you will team up with in a match.
Regardless of whether you are able to choose your
partner or the choice is made for you, many of the
inevitable challenges which arise (particularly when
you are losing and/or playing poorly) can be
minimized or eliminated entirely, by good
Before I share what I believe are the three most
important aspects of good communication between
doubles teams, I will mention the #1 communication
complaint I have heard over the years.
In general, tennis players do not like to be coached
by their partner during a match. Here are a few of
-- After one person hits a double fault their partner
says, “Just get your serve in.”
-- After the receiver hits the ball at the net person
who promptly hits a volley for a winner; their partner
says, “Do not hit your return to the net person. It
needs to go crosscourt.”
These types of comments drive most people crazy.
Nobody is trying to lose or make mistakes on
purpose. Most people who have played the sport for
awhile understand what is necessary for success.
Too many of these types of comments will lead
someone to think the match is being played with three
people against one – their opponents and their
partner versus them! Therefore, instead of coaching
your partner, use these communication
ENCOURAGE - This can be an enormous help,
especially if your partner is playing poorly. Instead
of noting the need to “just get your serve
in” after your partner hits a double fault, say
“It’s okay, here we go. It is on to the next
point.” (Notice the emphasis on “We” instead
of “You.”) Rather than dwell on your partner’s
mistake, help them and yourself think about the
future, the next point. This also works well after
someone blows an easy shot.
SHARE INFORMATION – Your partner,
particularly when serving or returning serve, may
everything about your opponents that you do. The
situation is of course reversed when you are serving
or returning. Therefore, share information with each
other . . . “Do you notice every time we serve to
Joe’s backhand he floats the return?” As a
match progresses each partner should be collecting
information based upon the habits of the opponents.
Share this information with each other.
STRATEGY – This is a natural continuation of
the Share Information section . . . i.e., “Sally is
having trouble with her volley so let’s make her have
volley even more.” If you are going to be an
effective team, there must be some discussion about
strategy and tactics during the course of play. In
order to execute a sound strategy, there must first
be a sharing of information.
Finally, sometimes simply a good laugh or chuckle (at
your own play; not that of your opponents) between
your partner and you is all that's needed to help
you both relax. Most of us are playing tennis in our
free time so we should do everything possible to
make sure we are having fun and enjoying the
Good communication skills are like good strokes, they
take practice. Improve upon your communication
skills and you may discover you are a better doubles
Dave Kensler has 24 years of teaching experience
with Peter Burwash International (PBI), the most
successful international tennis management
company. PBI directs tennis programs at 60+
exclusive resorts, hotels and clubs in 23 countries
and has taught over 3 million students in their 30
year history. For information on PBI tennis
destinations and employment opportunities please go
to http://www.pbitennis.com/. All PBI Tennis
Professionals play with Wilson rackets, use Wilson
bags and wear Wilson shoes. The year 2006 marks
the 20th Anniversary of PBI Tennis Professionals
using Wilson products.
WTT Pro League Notes
Around the League
HEADIN' WEST: The road to the WTT
Championship and the King Trophy will lead
to a mall parking lot in Northern California.
Westfield Galleria at Roseville, the new home of the
Sacramento Capitals, will host the WTT Championship
July 27-29. Tickets to the WTT Championship
Weekend are currently available as part of the
Capitals season ticket packages. For ticket
information, visit www.gocaps.net or call (916) 638-
The regular season runs July 5-25 with the top two
teams from both the Western and Eastern
Conference advancing to their conference
championship matches on July 27 and July 28. The
conference champs face off in the WTT Finals on
July 29. The Philadelphia Freedoms are the defending
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Look for the WTT
regular season schedule to be released much earlier
in 2007. The schedule, which is traditionally
released in mid-April, will be unveiled by the
beginning of February. Season ticket packages are
already on sale in several team markets. For more
information, visit www.WTT.com.
Bälle de Mätch offers special deals for WTT members
Get a sneak
preview of the 2007 Bälle de Mätch line. WTT
members get 15% off suggested retail on Bälle de Mätch
Team and Basic apparel at www.balledematch.com.
Bälle de Mätch, which is the official apparel of the
WTT Rec League, is well-known for its broad
selection, fit, unique styling and top quality.
Order product from Bälle de Mätch directly online
by visiting the special WTT League Player page at balledematch.com.
To place an order, login using the WTT League
Player user id (wttplayer) and password
Order online or call Bälle de Mätch directly at
1-800-356-1021 and speak to a customer service
representative about the program by mentioning WTT
For the latest Bälle de Mätch merchandise, visit
WTT HOT SHOT
Darian Chappell, grassroots programs manager for
Wilson Sporting Goods, recently wed Andres
Borowiak, who works for The Tennis Channel, on the
courts at the appropriately named Darling Tennis
Center in Las Vegas. Now that's LOVE . . .
congratulations Darian & Andres!