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Tennis Newsletter | August 2009 |
With the heat of the summer upon us, why not hit the court in the climate controlled bubble at Owl Creek Tennis Center?  Call 385-2695 to reserve your court time!
In addition, Owl Creek offers a wide variety of programs for both junior and adult players.  Please click on the appropriate link to the right for a detailed listing of programs.  Also, if you are interested in any of the following, please email and we will be glad to assist you with your tennis needs.
  • Joining a USTA Team
  • Joining one of our luncheon league teams
  • Find playing partners
Play Tennis, Feel the Burn 

According to research from Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the average 155 lb. person burns more calories playing tennis per 1 hour (493) than the following: Tennis
  • low impact aerobics (352)
  • stationary bike (387)
  • hiking (422)
  • playing volleyball (281)
  • golfing (carrying clubs - 387)
  • weight lifting (422)


Recipe of the Month

This smoothie recipe, courtesy of Emeril Lagasse, is sure to please kids and adults alike!
Check out the Before and After at Owl Creek Tennis Center! 
After two and a half months of renovations, all twelve outdoor courts at Owl Creek Tennis Center have been resurfaced and converted to US Open blue coloring.  Check out the amazing transformation below!
Before Owl Creek         After Owl Creek
Pro Tip: Get a Grip!
Many of us were brought up learning incorrect grips that make our games somewhat one dimensional. Most pros will consistently stress the importance of proper grips for your tennis strokes.  Why?  Adjusting your grip is a way of altering the angle of the racquet face as it meets the ball, which is important for a number of reasons: 
  • Variety of stroke selection
  • Ability to Produce Spins
  • Placement of the Ball 

View this Grip Guide to learn the proper grips in tennis.  (from

Get Ready for the 2009 US Open!
The games kick off on August 31st and run through September 31st.  Visit the US Open Official Site for news, schedules and ticket packages.
Tennis Racquet Care Keep Your Racquet in Top Shape
  • Don't expose it to extreme temperatures. 
  • Keep it out of the sun when you're not playing.
  • Put protective tape over parts of the outer surface that you might scrape reaching for low balls.
  • Install a fresh overgrip whenever your grip gets slippery.
  • String within the recommended range.
Save 20%
20% Off Stringing at Owl Creek Tennis Center

Bring this coupon in to Owl Creek Tennis Center and save 20% off your next stringing.  Limit one per customer.
Offer Expires: 9/15/09
Owl Creek Municipal Tennis Center
Location: 928 S. Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach | Phone: (757) 385-2695
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 9pm | Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 5pm
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at
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the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association.