First 2008 Rec champs crowned in Bradenton,
Vegas next stop
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Recreational tennis teams from Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Jersey and South Carolina won regional championship titles last month at the World TeamTennis Rec League National Qualifier at IMG Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Next up for Rec players is the Las Vegas National Qualifier, April 18-20, 2008, at the Darling Tennis Center. The deadline to register is April 4.
While teams in six divisions will be competing to advance to the Finals in November, the Vegas event will also serve as the Finals for the Open Division. Winning teams from local recreational leagues or corporate leagues are invited to participate in Open Division finals, 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
Regional competition will be held in six other divisions (3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, Senior 3.5 , Senior 4.0) with the winners advancing to WTT Nationals, Oct. 31 - Nov. 2.
Complete Bradenton results HERE.
Pictured above: The Pace Makers of Boca Raton, Fla., will make a return trip to the WTT Nationals after winning the Senior 3.5 Division with a 33-23 over Slo Mo of Longboat Key, Fla.
Wilson Tip of the Month:
FIRE YOUR GAME UP WITH YOUR FOREHAND
By Tracy Almeda-Singian
"He is a forehand and a haircut." That is how tennis great Ivan Lendl described 19-year-old Andre Agassi in 1988.
Often times a player's favorite shot is the forehand ground stroke. Take a page from the pros book to make your forehand work for you. Integrate how the pros use their forehands into your own game.
Rafael Nadal always makes his opponent work. Hit the ball high. One of the toughest shots for anyone to return is a ball that they have to hit above their shoulder. Aim 4 to 5 feet above the top of the net and hit with as much topspin as possible. Make sure you are swinging from low to high.
Concentrate on swinging from the bottom of the ball to top of the ball. Finish your follow through up over your left shoulder for righties and right shoulder for lefties. Much like a golf swing, make sure the tip of the racket finishes hitting you in the back on your follow through.
Andy Roddick loves his forehand. Who needs a backhand? If your forehand is your best shot, put yourself in position to hit as many forehands as possible during a point.
Run around your backhand and use three quarters of the court to hit forehands. Control the court with your forehand to dictate play.
Andre Agassi's timing is everything. Catch your opponent off guard and take the ball on the rise. Make sure you make contact with the ball before it reaches the peak of the bounce.
A small backswing with quick preparation is essential to hit the ball cleanly. Taking the ball a split second earlier, gives your opponent less time to get to the next ball and puts you on offense.
So for all you weekend warriors, take the ball early, fire forehands at your opponent, and remember using spin will help you win!!
Tracy Almeda-Singian is a former WTA Tour Player, USPTA Professional, and current Grassroots Manager for Wilson Racquet Sports.
GREEN TIPS FROM FIRMGREEN
TUNE YOUR HVAC SYSTEM
You save energy and money by cleaning or changing the air filters on your system regularly. Spring is a great time to have the system tuned by a licensed contractor - before the hot days of summer!
BE SMART WITH POWER MANAGEMENT
A battery charger uses energy while plugged into the wall, even when you're not using it to recharge your phone, PDA, or laptop. Unplug these and other appliances when not in use. You'll save energy and keep more green in your pocket!
Visit www.whatsmycarbonfootprint.com/ to calculate your carbon footprint and see more helpful green tips.
Bälle dê Mätch discount still available
for WTT members, directors
Don't forget about the special WTT discount from Bälle dê Mätch, the official apparel of World TeamTennis.
WTT Rec League Directors and players receive a discount on Bälle dê Mätch apparel when ordering through their Customer Care phone number (1-800-356-1021).
- WTT Rec League Directors and players will receive 30-35% off retail price.
- More options in 2008! This discount applies to all fashion and team apparel.
- Discount is only applicable when buying via the Bälle dê Mätch Customer Care number at 1-800-356-1021. Please identify yourself as a WTT Rec League Director or player to receive the discount.
The Bälle dê Mätch website (www.balledematch.com) is currently being renovated with a relaunch scheduled for the spring. Until then, WTT League Directors and players can call the Customer Care number to request a 2008 Bälle dê Mätch catalog. You can also view the apparel options online by visiting web retailers like Tennis Warehouse.com (www.tenniswarehouse.com).
Please keep in mind that to order Bälle dê Mätch merchandise, you must call the Customer Care number at 1-800-356-1021. Discount does not apply to online purchases.
|Billie Jean King to host star-studded
Women's Sports Foundation gala
Interested in supporting a great cause and getting to hear music superstar Elton John in concert? If so, there's still time to purchase a ticket for The Billies.
The Billies is a west coast gala fundraiser for the Women's Sports Foundation hosted by WTT co-founder Billie Jean King, on Tuesday, April 15, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. The annual event, which honors media excellence in women's sports and physical activity, also features a performance by King's long-time friend, Sir Elton John.
Last year, The Billies raised more than $1.7 million to benefit the Women's Sports Foundation and its GoGirlGo! Program and we hope to surpass that amount this year.
California First Lady Maria Shriver is the Honorary Co-Chair of the event.
Other co-chairs include Laila Ali, Geena Davis, Sheryl Crow, Ross Greenburg, Jamie McCourt and Kathy Smith. There are many ways to participate in The Billies whether you are able to attend the event or just want to make a donation. Ticket and table opportunities range from $1,250 to $50,000. Every level of involvement is important to the mission of the WSF.
For more than 30 years the Women's Sports Foundation, has been dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. Year round, the WSF works every day to ensure that girls and women find the physical activity that is right for them, and to make more opportunities available for them to participate. The WSF's GoGirlGo! initiative is aimed at "getting girls off the couch and into the game."
For more information, please contact Heidi Lindsay at the Women's Sports Foundation at 516.542.4700 ext 164 or email HLindsay@WomensSportsFoundation.org. Visit the WSF website at www.WomensSportsFoundation.org.
Learn more about The Billies.
Photo above: WTT CEO Ilana Kloss, Elton John and Billie Jean King at the 2007 Billies. Photo courtesy of the Women's Sports Foundation.
Click HERE to see the list of
2008 WTT member benefits.
(New York Sportimes
) returns for his 8th WTT season this summer. The fiery Hall of Famer will play three road matches for the Sportimes:
7/14 - Philadelphia
7/15 - Washington, D.C.
7/22 - Newport Beach
McEnroe joins an all-star lineup for the 2008 season, which runs July 3-23
in 11 cities.
Other top players include:
(Newport Beach Breakers)
(St. Louis Aces)
(St. Louis Aces)
Bob and Mike Bryan
(Kansas City Explorers)
Team rosters will be completed on April 1 when WTT holds its annual player draft in Miami. Follow the draft live on WTT.com at 10 a.m. Eastern.
for the 2008 WTT schedule.
Photo: Fred & Susan Mullane/Camerawork USA
(also includes Open Division National Finals)
Las Vegas, Nev.
Kansas City, Mo.
Oct. 31 - Nov. 2
Indian Wells, Calif.
with any questions.
for registration deadlines.