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Tennis Newsletter | November/December 2010 |
Classes Offered Year Round at Owl Creek 
If you're worried about working off that Thanksgiving turkey and holiday ham, have no fear!  Owl Creek has tons of new classes and clinics to get your heart pumping and keep you in prime tennis-playing shape all fall and winter long.

Cardio Tennis is full of intense exercise and fast-paced tennis. Doubles and singles strategy clinics will keep your match play sharp. Weekend classes give those with a tight work schedule a chance to unwind with some time on court.

Whether you're new to tennis or have been playing for your whole life there's a class for you!

And don't forget about the kids! Owl Creek offers year-round classes for children of all ages and all playing levels. Whether your child is one of those adorable four-year-olds we all love to watch play tennis, or a serious tournament player ready to bring their best game on court, there is a class for them.

You and your child can even take a class together with Family Tennis - a great way to spend time together in the midst of those busy weekdays.

For any questions or to sign-up, please call Owl Creek at 385-2695.
Welcome Back, Wayne Keeler!  

WayneWe would like to welcome tennis professional Wayne Keeler back to the staff at Owl Creek. Wayne brings a tremendous level of experience and enthusiasm to our teaching staff. He began playing the sport at the age of 8 and has been teaching since he was 18. Wayne has taught at the Mid-Town Tennis Club in Chicago, New England Tennis Holidays and Saddlebrook Resort in Florida. Please call our front desk to schedule a lesson with Wayne.
Pro Tip: Read Your Opponent
 by Owl Creek Staff

One of the most important skills that any tennis player can have is the ability to size up their opponent quickly and easily. Often times, a player will face someone they have never played before or have never seen play before. Whether playing for high school, college, a recreational league or even in the professional ranks, the ability to size up your opponent is a huge advantage.

During the warm up, concentrate on getting yourself physically and mentally prepared for the match. Remember to keep an eye on your opponent early on for any apparent strengths or weaknesses.

Here are a few things to be watching for:
  • Stroke Preferences: Hit your shots down the middle of the court and see if your opponent favors one side over the other. For example, do they run around their backhand to hit their forehand every time?
  • Strokes: Does your opponent practice all the strokes in the warm-up? Some players will skip volleys or overheads all together. Others will only hit one or two balls before changing to something else. This could give you an indication as to their strengths and weaknesses. Hint: Players typically warm up with their strengths.
  • Volleying: Hit your groundstrokes to them and determine where they stand on the court. Do they come forward to the ball? Are they aggressive? Include a few lobs, hitting a few over their opposite hitting shoulder and see if they come forward after the overhead.
  • Serving: Does your opponent only practice their first serve, blasting it all around the court? How many serves do they hit? Are they in control of their swing and can they control the ball? Does the ball seem to go in the same direction all the time or do they rotate the placement of their serve?

Studying your opponent in these four areas will give you an excellent read of their game even before the match begins. Any advantage you can gain early on will be a huge boost for you throughout the match.

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Recipe of the Month
Flatbread With Bacon and Scallion Pesto
This makes a great appetizer for any holiday party!


Round Robin
Held Wednesdays from 8 - 9:30 pm
Runs in 5 week blocks

$60/session or $15 as a drop-in

Call the pro shop for details at 385-2695


Drop-In Clinics
Looking for a weekly clinic that allows for a flexible schedule?
If possible, call the pro shop 24 hours in advance at 385-2695
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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
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