|WTT Rec League Open Division Nationals
moves to Las Vegas in 2008
What You Play in Vegas - Stays in Vegas!
The Rec League Open Division Nationals will be held during the Las Vegas National Qualifier, April 18-20, 2008.
In response to the requests from the Open Players and League Directors, the WTT Nationals for the Open Division will be held in Las Vegas. Winning teams from local recreational leagues or corporate leagues are invited to participate along with players forming a team if they do not have a local league to play in.
Sign up now by contacting Jennifer Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-TEAMTEN.
Advanta donates racquets for kids
Advanta's "Ready, Set, Racquet!" program is the gift that keeps on giving. WTT National Finals presenting sponsor Advanta donated 60 tennis racquets to local programs designated by each of the 10 winning teams from the National Finals.
Dr. James Chong, captain of the 3.5 Corporate championship team, the GrandSlammers, presented 60 junior racquets to the Boys and Girls Club of Boca Raton (pictured at left).
Other team donations issued to date include:
Corporate 4.5 Champions - Boston Scientific-Heart Strings (Minneapolis, Minn.):
4.0 Division Champions -- Hanover (Kansas City, Mo.):
- Barry Park tennis program - a public tennis program on the courts in Kansas City North, Mo., and;
- Stephanie Waterman Foundation, which houses its program on court during the spring/summer/fall at the Plaza Tennis Center. This group has offered tennis and tutoring to inner city youth for years.
4.5 Division Champion: Aces Up, Studio City, Calif.
- Tri-Valley Special Olympics - Tri-Valley Special Olympics providesyear-round sports training and competition in 12 sports at 23 venues throughout the Tri-Valley Area. Tri-Valley Special Olympics provides free year-round sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
- Neighborhood Junior Tennis Program (pictured below) is a non-profit organization in Sylmar, Calif. NJTP runs a year-round program that teaches tennis to children and adults at a low cost. Their mission is to improve their community through tennis.
Open Division Champions -
Las Vegas Longshots (Las Vegas, Nev.):
- Youth programs supported by The Milwaukee Tennis & Education Foundation (Milwaukee, Wis.)
- Youth programs supported by Indiana University (Bloomington, Ind.)
- Youth programs supported by The JW Marriott Resort and Spa (Palm Desert, Calif.)
- Youth programs supported by Colorado University - La Alma Recreational Center (Denver, Colo.)
- Youth programs supported by The Royal Oaks Country Club - The Memorial Park Tennis Center (Houston, Texas)
- Youth programs supported by the Arbors Tennis Club (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Corporate 4.0 - Sports Explorers (Los Angeles, Calif.)
- Adventure Camp After-School program, Marvin Avenue and Queen Anne Elementary schools - Los Angeles area
|Novo Nordisk to sponsor Donnelly Awards;
scholarship applications being accepted now
Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care, has signed a three-year agreement with World TeamTennis to sponsor scholarships for young tennis players with diabetes.
The Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards will annually award $15,000 in scholarships including two one-time $5,000 scholarships given to two young people, ages 14-21, who have diabetes and play tennis competitively in tournaments or on their school team. Two regional finalist awards of $2,500 each have also been added to the scholarship program. The awards are to be used for education, tennis development and/or medical care.
World TeamTennis is currently accepting applications for the 2008 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards. Applications must be must be received by May 1, 2008, along with two letters of recommendation and a short essay regarding the significance of diabetes in the applicant's life. For more details on the Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards and to download an application form, visit www.WTT.com. For more information, contact Diane Donnelly Stone at email@example.com or 212-586-3444, x. 20.
The recipients of the $5,000 scholarships will receive their awards at a World TeamTennis Pro League match in July 2008 from WTT co-founder Billie Jean King.
Wilson Tip of the Month:
WHAT ABOUT YOUR RACKET?
What About Your Racket?
How do I know . . .
How often to re-string my racket?
§ The number of times per week you play is how often you should re-string your racket per year. (Play 2x a week, re-string every 6 months).
§ Every racket should be re-strung once a year to keep the strings fresh.
How tight to string my racket?
§ Every racket has a range for the recommended string tension.
o Stringing on the tight end of the recommendation will give you more control.
o Stringing on the loose end of the recommendation will give you more power.
What string to use?
§ If you want more feel, use natural or multifilament strings (like Wilson Natural Gut or Wilson NXT).
§ If you want added durability, use monofilament strings (like Luxilon ALU Power).
§ If you want the combined benefits of 2 different types of strings, consider using a hybrid set (like Wilson Champions Choice).
What grip is best for me?
§ For more comfort, use a softer, cushioned grip (like Wilson K-Grip).
§ For more control and feel, use a thinner grip (like Wilson True Grip or Wilson Leather Grip).
Remembering Jay Kaylor
JAY M. KAYLOR
Just 10 days after attending the World TeamTennis Nationals in Indian Wells, Calif., Jay M. Kaylor, 66, passed away on Saturday, November 17, 2007 at his home. He was married to Pamela J. Hershey Kaylor for 31 years.
He and his wife, Pam, were avid World TeamTennis players. Pictured here with friends and teammates from Lancaster, Pa. (Jay - far right), they were finalists in the senior division at the National Qualifier in Wilmington, Del. Pam also played on the team at the National Finals in Indian Wells. Jay and Pam enjoyed riding bikes and traveling together, taking vacations to Alaska, Hawaii, Wimbledon, and most recently Indian Wells, Calif.
An educator and a coach, Jay taught fourth grade at the Riverview Elementary School in the Donegal School District for 31 years, retiring in June of 2003. Jay served as the head coach for the Donegal Boys Tennis Team for three years and as the assistant coach for the Donegal Girls Tennis Team for eight years. He also coached the Donegal Junior High Soccer Team.
In 1991 Jay received the Marietta Jaycees Outstanding Educator Award and in 1996 was honored as Educator of the Year, in the Donegal School District. He was a member of the Donegal Education Association, and the Pennsylvania State and National Education Associations.
Photos: Tom Brewster
|Sacramento selected to host
2008 WTT Championship Weekend
The 2008 World TeamTennis Championship Weekend presented by Advanta returns to the Sacramento area, July 24-27, on the home court of the defending WTT Champions, the Sacramento Capitals. This is the 5th time the Capitals have hosted the League championship.
Sacramento (pictured below) is the winningest team in WTT history, having defeated the New York Buzz last summer to win their sixth championship. They will have an opportunity to repeat with a guaranteed spot in the Championship Weekend when five teams battle for the King Trophy at Allstate Stadium at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville in Roseville, Calif.
The top two teams from both the Eastern and Western Conferences automatically qualify for the playoffs, along with a wild card team. The wild card will either be the host team or the team with the fifth best overall League record (if the host team qualifies as one of the top two teams from their conference).
Conference champions will be decided during the regular season. The five teams advancing to the Championship Weekend will be seeded based on their regular season record, regardless of conference. The top three teams automatically advance to the semifinals while the No. 4 seed and the wild card team face off in a wild card playoff match. The winner of the wild card match advances to the semifinals to face the No. 1 seed.
The WTT Finals are set for Sunday, July 27, however the final schedule for Championship Weekend will be determined at a later date. Depending on team travel, TV schedules and weather, action will either begin on Thursday, July 24 or Friday, July 25. If there is a Friday start, two semifinal matches will be played on Saturday.
Photo: Fred & Susan Mullane/Camerawork USA
Michelle Larcher de Brito
(Sacramento Capitals) won the girls' 18 title at the Orange Bowl in Key Biscayne, Fla., on Dec. 9. The 14-year-old posted a 7-5, 6-3 victory over American Melanie Oudin. Read more about Michelle at WTT.com
Bob and Mike Bryan (KC Explorers) clinched the first Davis Cup title for the U.S. in 12 years. Their doubles win over Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev of Russia on Dec. 1 in Portland gave the U.S. an insurmountable 3-0 lead. The Bryans and their teammates, Andy Roddick and James Blake ultimately defeated Russia 4-1.
The ITF also named the Bryan Brothers as the Men's Doubles World Champions for a record fifth successive year.
U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe celebrates the win with Billie Jean King.
Visit Billie Jean King's website (www.billiejeanking.com
) to read her take on several issues. Her most recent My Take blog
recounts a visit to Fordham University with USA Softball standout Jessica Mendoza.
WTT Spotlight photos
(unless otherwise noted):
Fred & Susan Mullane / Camerawork USA
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|Deadline for Bälle de Mätch WTT special extended to Jan. 1
Bälle de Mätch
has extended the deadline to Jan. 1, 2008 for their WTT member specials.
Between now and Jan. 1, Bälle de Mätch will make available any of its 2007 Fashion merchandise for
35% discount off Suggested Retail! (while supplies last)
Call 800-356-1021 to make your purchase (credit card only).
Please identify yourself as a WTT player/ captain/ coordinator and the Bälle de Mätch Customer Care Team will be happy to tell you what is available in Men's, Kid's and Women's. We are also able to send you electronically a file of existing styles.
Visit www.balledematch.com to view SOME of the product available but there is much more that can be purchased which is not shown on the site.
Photo: Tom Brewster
Las Vegas, Nev.
Kansas City, Mo.
Oct. 31 - Nov. 2
Indian Wells, Calif.
Contact Jennifer Smith at 800-832-6836 or firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions.