SparkPeople Tennis Players Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=10102 Anyone who enjoys the sport of tennis SparkPeople Tennis Players Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=10102 Summer Leagues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x64396177 I'm playing in a USTA 3.0 women's doubles/singles league this summer. It's fun because it's social and there aren't any guys who nail the ball straight at you. <BR> <BR> I play in a rec league the rest of the year, but they don't do it in summer for some reason, so I'm glad I can play on the USTA team. There aren't a lot of options at 3.0 though - one of my reasons for wanting to get better at tennis is to have more teams I can play on. <BR> <BR> Are you playing on any teams this summer? Sun, 22 May 2016 10:05:53 EST Calories burned playing tennis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17034x10102x63935004 When I play tennis, I use the timer on my fitbit and enter the number of calories it says I burn into a custom exercise on SparkPeople. That's usually 460-530 calories, depending on whether it was singles, doubles, or a workout. That's probably an underestimate because it's only counting steps, not the effort needed to swing the racket. <BR> <BR> If I actually log "tennis" on fitbit, it's more than 600 calories. I assume that counts too much for the breaks between points and sets. <BR> <BR... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 12:27:48 EST Another tennis player http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x62986677 Hi all! <BR> <BR> This team seems pretty quiet... <BR> <BR> I've been playing tennis for maybe 5 years. This year I finally joined a USTA adult league (I'm a 3.0). Tennis is one of my motivations to lose weight - I think I'd be a little faster on the court and have more endurance during matches. <BR> <BR> I like singles better than doubles because I'm not letting my partner down when I mess up :) but doubles is more social, so I've played a little of both. <BR> <BR> We have a good set of... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 14:34:07 EST New to the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x62333448 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> New to the team, though a veteran of SP. <BR> <BR> How's everyone doing? Anybody watching/watch the Davis Cup? I don't have cable so unfortunately I don't get to watch as much as I'd like. <BR> <BR> <em>132</em> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 20:00:25 EST Who watched the Australian Open? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x56612719 I was disappointed that Federer didn't win, but happy that Stanislas Wawrinka did win! Stan's been coming so close in the past months (especially when he almost beat Djokovic at the U.S. Open). It's also good for men's tennis that another player broke the 4-player stranglehold at the top. <BR> <BR> I was also glad that Li Na won the women's championship. Extremely glad Shriekapova lost in an upset. <BR> <BR> Upset being the operative word at this year's Australian Open. Many of the big ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 08:47:42 EST Tennis addict post college athlete http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x56367913 Hello! I was so glad to see that spark people had a tennis group! I have played tennis since I was eight years old. I played for the University of Nebraska at Omaha. My senior year we went to Division one. Loved every minute of the four years!! I am currently a 3rd grade teacher :) Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:10:31 EST Favorite balls? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x51464871 OK - had a "discussion" with my partner yesterday...she could care LESS about the ball type, and if it's practice, I don't care, but for a match, I want Penn's. I say it's because they keep their bounce longer, but it probably is because my Mom likes them the most, and I blindly took her word for it. <BR> <BR> Do you have a favorite brand? Why?? <BR> <BR> Kathy - Penn Queen Fri, 4 Jan 2013 07:29:48 EST Tennis-Addict http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x51436338 Hi! I'm 41, been playing tennis for 10 years, and completely addicted. I had a right knee replacement in Oct '12 because of a car accident when I was 15 - I got tired of compensating for not being able to use the knee much. But I learned to play with a bum leg, and it never slowed me down - I'm a 4.0, and just REALLY good at anticipating so I can get to where I need to go. I am SO ready to get this weight off - hopefully with my new knee, and new attitude I can drop 75 pounds or so and ma... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 15:15:04 EST Message Removed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x48813338 Message Removed Tue, 3 Jul 2012 17:58:54 EST San Diego Tennis Peeps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x48279725 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the group and always looking for other tennis fans. Is anyone located in San Diego who would like to go out and hit some balls? I beloing to a couple of tennis meetups but looking to just to casual/not group for a while. Thanks! Tue, 29 May 2012 14:35:13 EST My story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x47894861 In June 2011, I turned 30, and for the last 10 years have been piling on the pounds. My weight of 160 at age 20….has slowly crept to 235pounds! If I am to be frank, I know this is because I am a person that lives to eat versus, eating to live. Though my body has adapted to carry this extra weight, I have been feeling progressively more lethargic, weak and stressed. This translated in poor stamina, focus and sometimes a diminished mood. <BR> <BR> Since the start of 2012, I have been promising... Thu, 3 May 2012 13:01:07 EST Cool court http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x47875787 Found a neato court to play on tonight in a new town new state while vacationing. Wed, 2 May 2012 11:05:19 EST Heeeeeyyyy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x46798823 Hi! .. My name is Jessica. Im 23yoa and in the worst shape of my life!! lol .. I want to be able to say just the opposited within the next 2 yrs. Any tips??? Mon, 27 Feb 2012 17:35:32 EST Heeeeeyyyy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x46765031 Hi! .. My name is Jessica. Im 23yoa and in the worst shape of my life!! lol .. I want to be able to say just the opposited within the next 2 yrs. Any tips??? Sat, 25 Feb 2012 17:18:59 EST Fresh newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x46628016 Hey all!!! Looking to lose some of my belly weight before my honeymoon. Had heart issues in college where its hard to run for a long period of time without having problems. Any help would be greatly appreciated and need some motivation to get up and lose some weight. ANy ideas? Fri, 17 Feb 2012 09:03:46 EST New to Community http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x46580523 Hi! I'm 40 something and ready to do something (finally) about my health and fitness. Getting older is NOT a joke, I'm finding out. It's been much more difficult to motivate and get myself to be serious about getting and staying healthy. Hopefully I will find support here and be able to reach the goals I set for myself! Tue, 14 Feb 2012 10:57:28 EST Nadal vs. Djokovic. WOW. Words almost fail me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x46307300 I started watched the men's final of the Aussie Open this a.m. Play started at 2:45 am, Central Standard Time. <BR> <BR> First set - Nadal. Uh oh. Novak was going to have a bumpy road, if he couldn't get going. Novak was nervous and having problems getting his shots in. <BR> <BR> Second and third set to Novak. Huzzah, Novak got back on track and it was U.S. Open 2011 all over again. Novak ran Nadal side to side like a puppet master. He had his foot firmly on Nadal's throat and set 4 ... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 17:14:35 EST So long, Shriekapova!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x46291403 Despite myself (and because there was nothing on the tube to watch) I checked out the women's final (2 am, Central on ESPN2), with the "mute" button on. <BR> <BR> It was also to prevent me from listening to Chris Evert's nasal/Valley Girl comments on the tennis (she interjects "you know" every 8-10 words - it's tiresome). <BR> <BR> Anyhoo, Azarenka dispatched Shriekapova in straight sets: 6-3, 6-0. The male commentator described it as a "beat down" and I can't argue with that. Azarenka ha... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 17:46:45 EST Hypnosis - Lap Band Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x46273325 I am considering doing the Hypnosis Lap Band Surgery. I have read a lot of good feedback, but is it all !real? Who really knows. I eat because I get bored & stressed. I am at home most of the day, so after housework & meditation I am bored and eat! I'm not even hungry, weird huh! I need to keep myself busy, but I don't know anyone around here that I can do things with (physical activities) I'm very careful about walking alone, I have been mugged twice since being in Arizona. I now li... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 14:57:40 EST Beginner here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x46273194 I would really like to meet some people to play tennis with. It's been a couple of years, but I love playing. I live in Gilbert, AZ. How do we go about doing this? Please advse. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 14:50:19 EST AUGH!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x46258089 I watched all 3-1/2 hours (it seemed twice as long) of the Nadal/Federer match. <BR> <BR> As much as it pains me to write this, Federer did not win. Although you would not have guessed the outcome if you'd watched the first set. Federer came out like gangbusters, to take a 4-1 lead. Then Nadal caught up. They took that first set to a tiebreaker, which Federer won. Sigh of relief on my part, but then the second set started, and then the wheels went off the bicycle. <BR> <BR> At one poin... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:32:30 EST Can somebody please duct tape Shriekapova's mouth? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x46228065 Maria Shriekapova is the worst offender of the women pros who grunt, scream, whoo, when they hit tennis balls. <BR> <BR> I heard on my oldiest but goodies radio station yesterday that there is a rule against this, but it is rarely adhered to (no kidding)! <BR> <BR> I think fans should be allowed to start screaming, whooing, grunting and moaning whenever a player does this. <BR> <BR> OTHERWISE, give a point to a player's opponent whenever they make sure bloodcurdling screams - that will s... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 06:58:02 EST Australian Open 2012 - Who'll win? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x45973960 I'm hoping and sending out good vibes for my man Federer to win (he was fantastic at the end of 2011!!!!). For the women's side, I'm hoping Sam Stosur will repeat her U.S. Open win (and if she beats Serena Williams again, that's even better!). <BR> <BR> TV coverage will begin next MONDAY (1/16/12). I'll post the times tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Seriously, what is Serena Williams' problem? She's very gracious when she wins, but she's been a total witch when she's losing. She should be ashamed o... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 17:37:28 EST Very new tennis player http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x45698980 Hi Everyone, <BR> I've been watching my daughter play tennis the past 5 years through school. This fall I decided to take indoor group lessons. It was pretty reasonable at $10 per lesson 1 1/2 hrs every Friday night. We live in northern Minnesota. So far I know nothing about scoring but I've learned to volley pretty well. I look forward to playing tennis this summer and getting back into SparkPeople. <em>260</em> <BR> <BR> Roz Thu, 29 Dec 2011 13:20:39 EST Barclays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x45186741 How many are watching? What was your favorite match so far??? Mine was the Fish/Nadal match yesterday because I love them both but I've loved watching Marty this year! Mon, 21 Nov 2011 16:59:00 EST Is anybody out there??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x44537800 I'm beginning to think that most of the tennis players on this page are off of Spark right now. Does anyone want to actually participate in this team? Please let me know. Thanks. Tue, 11 Oct 2011 12:49:03 EST Is Tennis enough to keep the weight off? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17034x10102x44473734 Not for this little 5'2" body. I've been on Sparkpeople for about ten years??? Wow. I've worked the diet plans and journal my food. I also workout every day and play tennis four times a week. Even with all of that, I still found myself gaining slowly but surely every year. <BR> <BR> The doctor found a slow metabolism for which I started taking medication about six months ago...still nothing...until now. I visited my son and daughter-in-law in August and again about a week ago. My son... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 10:23:12 EST I'm a new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x44456735 Hey everyone, from the Dallas/Fort Worth area in Texas. Happy/excited to be trying a new thing with SparkPeople, and curious if there are any tennis players in the area. <BR> <BR> Wes Thu, 6 Oct 2011 10:42:44 EST Besides playing tennis what do you do to exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x44422092 I have a ping pong passion that also helps my tennis game. In my opinion Ping Pong gives you a much better understanding of spins, overheads, and placement. I also walk two miles a day, do 400 sit ups and work out on my stationary bike when I'm watching television. It's amazing how many miles I can get in during a grand slam. Tue, 4 Oct 2011 11:58:31 EST winter league plans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x44421076 So, now that our time playing outdoors is quickly disappearing, whats everybody got planned for the winter months? <BR> <BR> I've signed up at my club for a few things: <BR> <BR> Weekly Mens Doubles Round Robin <BR> In House Singles/Doubles RR League <BR> In House Singles Ladder League <BR> <BR> on top of that, we have monthly mixed doubles social parties. <BR> <BR> What about you all? Tue, 4 Oct 2011 11:00:50 EST wish me luck folks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x42467109 back on March 24th, I royally messed up my wrist hitting a routine overhead backhand shot. 3 months later, i've gone through xrays, an MRI, an arthrogram, physical therapy, and cortisone. yesterday at PT, the therapist gave me the green light to grab a racquet and try hitting a ball around against a wall to see how it reacts. <BR> <BR> wish me luck! being stuck away from tennis for 3 months is AWEFUL ! Thu, 16 Jun 2011 15:29:49 EST Tryin to play college ball http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x42004938 So here's the scenario: <BR> <BR> I'm going into my senior year of college and my one goal since getting accepted was to make the team play 1 varsity match before I graduated. I'm running short on time, but I'm continuing to make big strides in the school's club team, I'm second singles and first doubles. Just trying to lose weight to add some speed. Tue, 24 May 2011 00:02:37 EST ECU Tendonitis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x41173678 anybody ever had it? Im experiencing it right now, and let me tell you, its a nightmare. Not being able to hold or swing a racquet for a month is terrible. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 10:26:10 EST Have you used a ball machine? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x40658840 I am thinking having one of these would do wonders for my game. Up until now, I have just relied on the backboard for practice in between games. But I have no idea where my shots will land and I often find out the hard way when I am on the real court. I like the idea of a machine feeding me 200 straight topspin hits to my backhand and then trying to perfect my swing by going cross-court, down the line, and back. Sounds good in theory. Anybody have some experience with these? Sat, 19 Mar 2011 14:22:03 EST game is in disarray http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x40257316 So for the last 2/3 weeks, my game has been in complete disarray. I've lost two straight Mixed Doubles matches, 6 straight mens doubles matches, and 2 straight Singles matches. <BR> <BR> Flat out, I'm in a terrible losing streak, and finding that I am very quickly losing my focus and patience on the court and conceding games rapidly due to it. ONce I start hitting mistakes, I fall apart time after time. <BR> <BR> So, hows everybody combat that? I'm extremely competitive and KNOW i'm bett... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 13:39:58 EST Mixed Doubles Leagues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x39779454 Curious to see how people approach mixed doubles leagues, if anybody here plays in them. <BR> <BR> I am in one. It's a USTA league. To me, since its a formal USTA league, it's competitive. However, my partner didnt hesitate to point out her concerns about how hard I hit and how I should "tone it down" when serving to the ladies since mixed doubles is meant to be somewhat friendly and social. I've also had other members in the team say flat out that its competitive and to play how you usu... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 12:59:15 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x39109805 Hello Sparking Tennis Players! <BR> I am new here and have been playing tennis for exactly 1 year. I have been sparking for 6 mos. I would love to make some tennis player friends on Spark so friend me if you'd like! <BR> <BR> <em>260</em> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 17:41:05 EST Meal Plan for Tennis Players? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x39076389 Does anyone know where I can find good meal plans and nutritional info on eating for tennis players? Tue, 11 Jan 2011 15:23:10 EST new year, new leagues? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x39026982 Its the start of a whole new year, and that usually means USTA leagues start up. <BR> <BR> Anybody join a USTA league? I joined a 6.0 Mixed Doubles league, but I'm afraid the skill level may be a bit below where I'm at. We'll see though. <BR> <BR> Aside from that, i'm continuing my clinic, doubles RR night, and a singles in house ladder league that I finished 7-1 in last year. <BR> <BR> What else are folks doing this new year with their clubs? Sun, 9 Jan 2011 22:36:41 EST Hello...not sure if this is the team I am to be on http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x37545569 OK, My name is April and I am just getting into fitness and still have a low fitness level (can only play tennis or workout in general for about an hour before I start almost dying) LOL. I got a couple rackets and some balls and my husband and I tried playing. It turned into chasing the balls, but either way I think I like tennis and would like to get into it. <BR> <BR> I don't know how to play or anything. And right now until I really know I really want to play this I am not going to inves... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 10:56:48 EST Sets challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17034x10102x37514868 I've posted a new challenge for the team! Lets combine for 500 sets of tennis per month, and see how we do! Join the goal effort and track them as you go! Sun, 24 Oct 2010 22:50:51 EST Hey folks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x37514800 Since the team leaders have not been active in so many days, and I've got experience leading teams via the Planet Fitness team, I volunteered to act as another Team Leader until Buzz or Annie come back, or end up sticking with me as the leader permanently. <BR> <BR> SO! With that said, I'd like to get this team more active. Anybody have any fun and creative ideas? Post em up! Tennis is a RIDICULOUSLY great fitness crutch to lean on, so lets make it known! Sun, 24 Oct 2010 22:45:51 EST Any women over 50 playing competitive tennis? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x36953097 Love to speak to you. I have been playing quite well for the last month or so but had a disasterous Doubles match yesterday <em>234</em> . Only excuse was they were a VERY good team and we think our courts were "flipped". Oh well, just have to work harder. <em>198</em> Mon, 27 Sep 2010 13:45:33 EST New to the team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x36520689 Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm not new to Spark (joined back in June), but never thought to look for a team of tennis players before! I've been playing tennis regularly for two decades now, and have been part of a company league (captaining and coordinating) for many years. I've played no matter what my weight at the time, but my level of play has gone up and down based on mobility, knee/ankle injuries, etc., all caused by my weight. While tennis is not my primary reason for losing weight, I'm look... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 16:29:35 EST How much does it cost you to play? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x36472749 I was just wondering how much everyone pays for their club memberships, lessons, leagues, etc., if you're willing to share (a ballpark figure or range is fine). I'm new to tennis and I just want to see if how much I pay is comparable because it seems like a lot. For me, the gym membership is about $43 a month and you HAVE to be a member to play in the leagues or attend Cardio Tennis classes and those have separate fees too. Doubles league is almost $10 a week and singles league is about $1... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 22:05:20 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x36468746 Hi - I'm Woody and I love to play tennis. I started back up a while back after about 3 years without playing and I was trying to pack about 270 pounds around the court. Slow and clumbsy - even reaching down to pick up a ball was awkward due to my big gut hanging out there in the way. <BR> Now I'm playing in two doubles leagues so I get to play two or three times a week and am down to 250. I'm still slow and clumbsy but enjoying a much better game now and am dedicated to reducing down be... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 17:39:58 EST Hey everybody http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x36077564 New guy in town here! I've been an avid tennis player my whole life with the exception of the early 20s. I've been using tennis as the motivating factor in working out. Lookin forward to talk in to you all! Mon, 16 Aug 2010 00:53:23 EST Hi Ya'll!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x36034343 Hi! My name is Dotti. I'm 30 and I live in OK. After not playing for 12 years, I got back into playing tennis again this past spring in a USTA league. I had totally forgotten how much I missed playing! If any of you are Okies and want to play sometime let me know!!! Best of luck to everyone in reaching their goals! Fri, 13 Aug 2010 16:22:41 EST What is your best & most frustrating shot? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x35707870 What stroke is your favorite to hit, and what shot do you just dread getting? <BR> <BR> <BR> For me my backhand is one of my favorite strokes, but the backhand volley gives me some trouble. <em>334</em> Thu, 29 Jul 2010 11:00:53 EST (SPOILER ALERT) AUGH!!!!!! ROGER LOST!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x34517477 I watched Roger's match with Robin Soderling today (hanging tough through the rain interruptions), and screamed myself hoarse. Luckily I was the only one in the house at the time. <BR> <BR> Roger played as well as he could, but he made some errors at times where he couldn't afford them. And Soderling had blistering serves (141 mph on the best of them) and killer ground strokes. (Seriously, where does he get off?) <BR> <BR> I admired Roger's guts and chutzpah, though. Because when he cou... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 15:00:32 EST How many sets did you play yesterday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x34354431 Two sets of doubles. 7-6, 6-4. Mon, 24 May 2010 15:14:33 EST Back into tennis big time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x34223994 Took a 15-year break and now getting serious about my game. My problem is that I am 20 lbs heavier than when I last played. Besides losing weight my biggest goal now is to develop a strong kick serve for my second serve. As yet, I am not even close. Anybody have some tips to get me on the right path? Tue, 18 May 2010 12:09:04 EST Paribas Open http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x32820903 Has anyone been watching the open? Roger had a bad day when he lost to Baghdatis. Who do you think will be in the finals? My pick is Nadal vs. Roddick Fri, 19 Mar 2010 18:48:33 EST Hi from Kansas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x31953731 I'm joining this team with an issue/question I'll post in the general discussion forum. <BR> <BR> I was competitive in USTA junior tennis during my teens, but hadn't played for over 25 years until a few weeks ago. I'd been working out over a year and a half (mostly at a gym) to lose weight and get back into shape. While working out at the gym, tennis was on TV a few weeks ago. I realized I missed it, it would be more fun than the workout I was doing, and went searching for a way to get b... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 18:26:20 EST Hi From PA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x31665691 I joined sparkpeople Dec 2009 and just found this team. I love to play tennis. I try to play 2 to 3 times a week in the winter. Only just got back after being off for 3 years, did not realize how much I missed it. Watched the Australian Open and have now going into withdrawals not being able to watch it on TV everyday. I do have the tennis channel so I do get my fix in. <BR> Hope to chat with all you tennis fans Wed, 3 Feb 2010 15:22:10 EST Roger ROCKS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x31598336 I'm glad I was wrong about the Australian Open going to four sets, with Federer as the victor. <BR> <BR> Roger only needed 3 sets to get the title, although that last set (he beat Andy Murray in a tiebreaker 13-11!) certainly had its suspenseful moments. <BR> <BR> Murray gave a very touching, sweet speech. <BR> <BR> And Roger was very gracious (and happy). <BR> <BR> Can't wait for May, when the French Open starts. I think Roger is going to win it, for the second time in a row. <BR> <B... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 12:54:58 EST Sign in the stands during the Tsonga/Federer match http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x31523502 "New word for the English dictionary - Federized" that was a sign in the stands that the ESPN2 camera panned over, and was mentioned by one of the tennis commentators during the Tsogna/Federer semifinal match. <BR> <BR> I like that word almost as much as the phrase "Fed Exed." <BR> <BR> <BR> SPOILER ALERT! <BR> <BR> I stayed up until 2:30 am to watch the match last night and it ended after 1 hr, 28 minutes of play. Guess who won. 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 - FEDERER. I felt sorry for Tsonga. Maybe... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 17:14:31 EST Hit for Haiti http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x31203798 I am sending props out to Federer & friends who, in less than 24 hours, organized and participated in the fundraising exhibition, "Hit for Haiti" to raise money for the relief efforts in that devastated country. I loved it!! Very entertaining and for a great cause. Ü I think microphones should be worn in all matches. I loved seeing the personalities of the players come out in a less competitive environment. **If you missed it, there are some great clips on youtube. Mon, 18 Jan 2010 17:57:55 EST Australian Opportunity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x31203061 As much as I love to watch tennis majors, it is counter productive. If you aren't fortunate enough to own a treadmill, a recumbent, or some other stationary cardio machine, then try reworking your fitness plan to where you have an "in front of the TV workout." It's easy to do and is more to the point for those of us who aspire to playing even an occasional point the way Roger does it. <em>34</em> Mon, 18 Jan 2010 17:29:22 EST Today's tv coverage. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x31191767 ESPN2 is covering the Australian Open at 2pm, 8pm, and 2am (Central time - check your tv listings for your area). <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Annie <BR> <BR> <em>132</em> <em>132</em> Mon, 18 Jan 2010 11:27:38 EST Bye, bye Shriekapova! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x31191470 Last night was a good night for the Australian Open. Shriekapova got bounced in the first round by a fellow Russian, Maria Kirilinko. Both women wouldn't play at the net if the backcourt were on fire. Although on two occasions (at least) Shriekapova did venture to the net, and put away winners. <BR> <BR> I always have to mute my remote whenever I watch Maria S. (and I watch her matches as little as possible). I miss out on the announcers' insights, but it beats hearing that scream from h... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 11:19:50 EST Australian Open - TV Coverage starts Sunday night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x31114701 Check your TV Guide for your area. ESPN2 will be showing early rounds of the tournament, starting Sunday 1/17, at 6 or 7 pm (Central time). <BR> <BR> Enjoy. <BR> <BR> I can't wait! <BR> <BR> Annie <em>132</em> Fri, 15 Jan 2010 13:12:13 EST Has anyone seen my stroke? Lost it in the snow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x31093685 We have started a 3 day weather window here in Northern VA and my doubles group was out in force. My volley didn't show up though and groundies were late. Better luck tomorrow. <em>67</em> Thu, 14 Jan 2010 19:09:44 EST New to all of this, not new to tennis. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x30981673 I am a 63 year old very athletic woman, living in the Los Angeles area, who is addicted to tennis. Because I rode horses for many years I didn't start playing tennis until about 6 years ago. Dead beginner. I am now a solid 3.5 player hoping my knees will last long enough to get to 4.0. Our 3.0 USTA team played at nationals in 2006, which was definitely the high point of my tennis career. I used to play every day but now I can only manage 3-4 times a week if I am lucky. I need to start ... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 12:48:25 EST Latest issue of "Tennis Magazine" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x30953362 Guess who's on the cover? Hint, it's not Federer (amazing!). <BR> <BR> My man Federer was named Player of the Year for 2009, however. Way to go, Rog!!!! Good article with interesting photos (including him smashing a racquet in April at a Miami tournament. <BR> <BR> Can't wait until the Australian Open starts. <BR> <BR> Federer to win the men's, Sam Stosure for the women. <BR> <BR> Annie <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>260</em> Sun, 10 Jan 2010 16:07:42 EST How do you track tennis workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x30941232 Okay - I am super new at this but how do you track playing doubles for a couple of hours on the fitness page? The calories burned for the tennis category seems way too high. Do you just decrease the minutes? Sun, 10 Jan 2010 08:44:55 EST Dreaming of warm outdoor courts. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x30826169 Brrrr it's cold here in northern VA. Got to loose some weight so I can give those whipper snapper boys of mine a lesson in humility. <em>411</em> Wed, 6 Jan 2010 13:08:37 EST Who do you think will win the Australian Open? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x30757472 For the men: my money's on Federer. I hope he has another terrific year. <BR> <BR> For the women: Anyone but Serena Williams. She was an embarrassment at the U.S. Open last year. I do hope she's learned her lesson. <BR> <BR> The event's first round starts 1/18. I can't wait!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Annie <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 4 Jan 2010 15:47:23 EST What's your favorite tennis book? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x30687109 I just finished reading "Open" by Andre Agassi. Fascinating book. His father should be charged with child abuse, however. <BR> <BR> My favorite tennis book is "Strokes of Genius" - it's about 2008's Wimbledon final - Nadal vs. Federer. FANTASTIC! <BR> <BR> It also gives a glimpse of how tennis parents ought to be (Federer's). Roger's mom noticed how he liked hitting tennis balls, suggested to the club instructor to see if her son wanted to get more instruction, then left him alone. The... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 13:44:25 EST Just found this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x30600296 Hi everyone. I'm so glad to have found a tennis group. I play league tennis - 3.5/4.0 rating. it is very competitive and I really need to get into better shape to play at this level. I look forward to some great tennis talk and support from this spark team. Wed, 30 Dec 2009 08:23:16 EST Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x30088747 For league, I'm last in the points standings now, after last night's match marked my 5th consecutive loss, which stinks, especially since it was my goal to NOT be last. There are still two weeks left though so maybe... I'm also trying to remember how my instructor said that even if the others have more points they're essentially last if they've used a sub more than twice (only four of us have either never used a sub or done so only once or twice). I don't know, maybe I'm expecting too much... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 10:47:29 EST Tournament http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x29904429 I'll be playing in my third tournament this year/ever over Thanksgiving weekend. I'm excited but afraid of embarrassing myself. Trying to not worry/think about and realize that no matter what happens, it'll be okay. Draws come out in three days so not sure if I'll be asked to join the other division(s); there are only 5 women registered for singles, two 4.0, two 3.5, and me (in 3.0). Sun, 22 Nov 2009 16:34:18 EST New to Spark - not so new to Tennis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x28921390 Hello all, <BR> <BR> I'm a 3.0 (borderline 3.5) male player. 6'4" 216 pounds <BR> <BR> I joined spark to help me lose some weight and better understand my eating habits. <BR> <BR> I play tennis 3-5 times per week sometimes for up to 3 hours at a shot. I have recently re-added cardio (elliptical) training to my regimet and hope to add some weight training as well. I hate weight training. <BR> <BR> Anyways, that's me in a nutshell. Nice to be aboard. <BR> <BR> Brad Wed, 7 Oct 2009 13:39:31 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x28809438 How do I know I'm where I'm "supposed to be"? Maybe there's no such thing but I've been playing and having lessons for about six months so maybe I'm right where I should be. I have high expectations of myself and I just feel like I should be further along or a better player than I am. I make mistakes and am still working on footwork. I guess I'm frustrated because of my errors as well as in playing in a doubles league, my team (we have different partners every week) only won one set once,... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 11:27:17 EST So glad this team is here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x28315501 Tennis is a big part of my life so I was pleased to find this team on sparkpeople! I look forward to getting to know some, hopefully most, of you guys along the way. So far this site has been nothing short of a perfect fit for my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Here's to good tennis and good health. <BR> <BR> Cheers! Thu, 10 Sep 2009 14:05:07 EST Tennis Newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x27350313 Hello My name is Cynthia you can call me CAT. I just started tennis lessons. I've always been interested, but never tried. I'm excited! Just learning how to handle the racket is a work out. Feel free to check out my page and give me some tips. <BR> <BR> CAT <BR> <em>260</em> Thu, 30 Jul 2009 07:50:30 EST Chick with a stick.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x26863931 Hahaha! Hello there! I'm new to this team and to the website but I've been playing tennis for about 5 years now. <BR> <BR> I am a 2.5, guess why!?! yep you guessed it because I am carrying around so much extra weight I can't get to the ball in time. <BR> <BR> hoping to remedy that situation soon! <em>260</em> Wed, 8 Jul 2009 17:27:36 EST First tournament http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x26789753 I have my first tournament coming up and I'm trying to not get too nervous since it's still a few days away. I just hope I don't embarrass myself. I have no idea how many people will be there. Just curious, are any tournaments self-officiated? Also, any tournament advice would be appreciated. I'm not sure if my doubles partner will be able to do it but I'll be playing singles for sure. Sun, 5 Jul 2009 19:23:45 EST League match play http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x26143561 I was hoping to play in the 2.5/3.0 level league this year (I've only been taking lessons for about six months) but the head pro where I take lessons said (via email) he and the other instructors didn't think I was ready yet. I emailed him back and told him I was disappointed but appreciated his honesty. Then he emailed me back and said that after the first email he sent he looked at the list and didn't recognize many names so thought I might fit in there just fine and that I should give it... Sun, 7 Jun 2009 21:05:45 EST Just Joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x25767696 Hi everyone. Just joined today. I haven't actually joiined a tennis team yet, but I plan on it. I love tennis! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting all of you. Sat, 23 May 2009 22:43:32 EST Strength and cross training http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x25424001 What does everyone do for strength or cross training, if any? <BR> <BR> I'm new to tennis and had been doing cardio, strength, and cross training when I started taking tennis lessons. <BR> <BR> I just finished my second half marathon yesterday. <BR> Sun, 10 May 2009 13:29:58 EST Just playing tennis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x24915341 Hi, my name's Hannah and I've been playing tennis for a grand total of 2 days. I'm not part of a group, so I just use the "wall" over at the local park near my house. <BR> <BR> I've been looking for a way to get into shape, and so far, this has been the most exciting way for me. <BR> <BR> Hope to get to know you. <BR> <BR> Hannah. Tue, 21 Apr 2009 21:25:48 EST Questions from a beginning player http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x24841077 I just started taking lessons (maybe 18 one-hour sessions so far, some one-on-one and some in small groups of 2-4) and have a couple of questions. One, I asked what skill level I'm at because summer leagues require a person to be Level 2.5 or better and I'm at Level 2.0. How long does it take to get better? Two, what is a reasonable price to pay for private (one-on-one) lessons per hour? Sun, 19 Apr 2009 12:26:00 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x24329469 I've been on SP for a couple months now, but just joined this team today. I was excited to discover there was a Tennis Players team because I absolutely love the sport and it would be fun to chat with other tennis enthusiasts! Wed, 1 Apr 2009 10:43:24 EST Hi from Thailand! Learning Tennis! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x23143023 Hi, Im an american living in Thailand. <BR> I have recently started playing tennis regularly a few months ago. I used to play when i was younger, but I can't remember much of my coaching. <BR> I have a friend Im playing with who is pretty alright, but I was wondering if I could get some tips on form. Easy stuff, like holding the racket, how to control the ball so it doesn't fly wildly over the fence or into other people's games. And serving, etc. <BR> Thanks alot, happy to be in this team! <... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 12:28:52 EST keeping stats during a match http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x22240695 Does anyone have a good way to chart during a match. I would prefer to do it on paper. I have found a lot of software ideas online but no charts for doing it by hand. Sun, 25 Jan 2009 14:42:47 EST Australian Open http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x22035571 Any thoughts on the Open from down under? <BR> <BR> I caught Federer's match this morning. Seppi gave him a run for his money. The announcers were talking about how they don't think he'll ever be number one again, and how he has toned up and trimmed a bit of weight to be more competitive. <BR> <BR> I was bummed that we lost so many Americans in the first round. Must be that vegemite! Mon, 19 Jan 2009 13:11:40 EST Teaching tennis to your kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x21410229 So this week, I took my 10 yo twins to the courts three times to hit balls. They've both taken tennis lessons at the local rec department during the summers, but that's the sum of their experience. So here's my question: do you try and teach your own kids tennis or is it better to sign 'em up for classes with a pro? I'm not looking to make them into pros themselves, but now that they're both over 5 feet tall, I want them to be ready-made tennis partners for ME. And if I teach them myself, is ... Sat, 3 Jan 2009 07:58:44 EST More action, less delay http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x19792513 I played a two-hour doubles match today, and something struck me. I've noticed that my play is improving now that I'm carrying a lot less weight around the court, but what I just twigged to today is that whereas I used to saunter around the court when it came time to retrieve tennis balls, now I jog to get the balls in an effort to keep my heart rate up. That's not a huge deal, but believe me, six months ago, I needed that sauntering around time to get my breath and give me knees a break. No... Thu, 30 Oct 2008 14:44:49 EST DISNEYGAL2 & SKINNYSOON13 MEETING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x19511459 Hey all you tennis buddies! Just thought I'd share a picture I got today with our own DISNEYGAL2! :-) <BR> <BR> We met today, got a nice match in, and documented our meeting for your pleasure! :-) Mon, 20 Oct 2008 22:15:58 EST Sparkie to play John McEnroe and Jim Courier!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x19501695 Hey Sparklers, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to share some good news with you.... <BR> <BR> Ever since I was in grade school, I have always wanted to be a professional tennis player, just love playing tennis...but growing up in the small Ohio town, there was no way for me to pursue that..or even play competitive tennis for that matter.... <BR> <BR> Well earlier this year, I found a group called the GLTA (Gay & Lesbian Tennis Alliance), and they host about 52 tournaments per year, and actually h... Mon, 20 Oct 2008 15:53:56 EST Anyone have any NTRP specific goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x19387443 Personally, over the years, I've been working my way up the NTRP ratings. I started as a 3.5 about 10 years ago, and currently a 4.5, and working my way up to 5.0. <BR> <BR> I've discovered over the years, that while tennis does require a fair amount of technical knowledge, it requires a tremendous physical effort. Just wondering if anyone is persuing their tennis goals actively and enthusiastically, and how are you going about doing it? <BR> <BR> Personally I only get to play 3-4x a week... Thu, 16 Oct 2008 10:30:43 EST The latest exercise craze (or should be) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x19306174 It's called having your stupid electric hedge trimmers give up after 5 minutes and spend the next 2 hours trimming 100 ft of hedge with hand shears. I couldn't lift my arms by the end of it. Mon, 13 Oct 2008 18:53:50 EST A weekend without tennis is 2 days without FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x19088857 Saturday it was POURING rain all morning (so much for getting together with my regular tennis bud). <BR> <BR> Instead, I woke up at 4:30 am (on a SATURDAY!!!!!! - AUGH!!!!!!), let in the kitty cat - for once she zoomed right in, rather than sniffing at plants, the sidewalk, the door, etc. I did some cleaning of my bedroom, then at 6 am drove to Wally World to buy some food/sundries, then gassed up the van ($76 worth - 23 gallons - OUCH). <BR> <BR> Then made myself breakfast. Swept mopped ... Mon, 6 Oct 2008 08:52:09 EST Tennis "FUN" - might make you crazy.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x18944972 This might make you crazy....the most I've been able to get is 6!!! :-( <BR> <BR> <link>www.funstufftosee.com/optustennis.ht<BR>ml </link> Tue, 30 Sep 2008 19:23:27 EST Once you've played your matches this weekend..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x18820039 Check out ESPN2 at 2 pm (Eastern Standard Time). <BR> Per the 9/29/08 issue of "Sports Illustrated." <BR> <BR> "National Scrabble Championship - Spending a Sunday afternoon watching the NFL is fine if all you care about is X's and O's. If the other 24 letters of the alphabet also intrigue you, check out this tape-delayed coverage of the annual Scrabble smackdown. (This year's event was held in Orlando in July.) The winner gets $25,000." <BR> <BR> I knew I should have gone pro.......... ... Fri, 26 Sep 2008 08:25:50 EST OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR 12 WK CHALLENGE STARTING 10/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x18800212 Hey all my favorite tennis players! I wanted to let you know about a challenge that's accepting NEWBIES! I've run this challenge for 21, and "retired" this round, but I'm still captaining a team. <BR> <BR> Basically, what it is - there are colored teams which you are assigned to. You weigh in every Tuesday with your team, and post daily as a support to each other. It's a GREAT group of people, and we've lost THOUSANDS of pounds over the 21 months. <BR> <BR> If you're interested, check out t... Thu, 25 Sep 2008 13:28:32 EST Any advise on tennis specific strength training? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x18768134 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> After a fun first lesson I have to humbly admit that I have lost a lot of strength in my arms. I managed to keep up in terms of general cardio fitness that I have been working on by doing HIIT but about half way through the lesson my arm was struggling and by the end it felt like lead. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any advice for specific strength training to help? <BR> <BR> <em>132</em> <em>85</em> <em>30</em> Wed, 24 Sep 2008 13:23:58 EST Who do you want to win Davis Cup? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x18741086 Too bad about the U.S. vs. Spain. They did give it the old college try, and I was very impressed with Sam Querrey. He's a guy to watch. I really enjoyed watching him play Nadal this past Saturday. Querrey won the first set, but then lost the next three (although those sets were hard fought by both men). <BR> <BR> I'm rooting for ARGENTINA now. Go Del Potro!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Annie <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>260</em> Tue, 23 Sep 2008 17:02:24 EST Why do you play tennis? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x18740819 I'm reading an interesting book, titled "Vic Braden's Mental Tennis - How to psych yourself to a winning game." At the start of chapter 5 "Know what you want from tennis" he writes about one of his staff conducting a survey (as part of her graduate thesis in psychology), asking people at his Tennis College why they played that particular game. <BR> <BR> I'm interested in your response(s) to the question. THEN next Tuesday, I'll write his staff member's findings. She interviewed more than ... Tue, 23 Sep 2008 16:52:50 EST Hello, anybody out there???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x18645695 Are Skinny and I the only ones still playing? Are the rest of you buried in a snow drift already??? <BR> <BR> Hope all of you are still on the wagon and striving towards your goals! <BR> <BR> Please check in and tell us what is new!! <BR> <BR> love or luv, <BR> <BR> Jess Sat, 20 Sep 2008 10:58:08 EST Skinny's First USTA match... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x18633438 So, today was my first USTA match. I was really nervous! :-( Only because I didn't want to let my team down, and this is my first real "competitive" match! <BR> <BR> So, I texted my old pro and an hour later, as I was pulling into the parking lot, I got a message! As always, he knew exactly what to say to make me laugh, cheer up, and have something to fall back on mentally while playing. <BR> <BR> Basically, he told me to rely on my forehand. I have this really strong, hard forehand, and m... Fri, 19 Sep 2008 19:40:47 EST tennis league started today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x18349271 Ouch I hurt!! We had a 3 hour and 10 minute match. Unfortunately my partner and I lost 7-5, 4-6, 5-7. All four of us played well and had long rallies. They are about 10 years younger than us. both my partner and I are 50. We were at 5 all in the third but it just didn't happen for us today. Still I know it was a well played match and we'll get them next time. Jess Tue, 9 Sep 2008 19:43:02 EST Blowing out the rust http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x18318108 I had my first game of the season on Saturday and it felt great to be playing again but it's going to take a while to blow out the rust. Some of the touches were still there like my dropshots and topspin lobs but my serving was a bit hit or miss and I was strugling a little with the timing of my groundstrokes, Oh well it just feels good to be playing again. Mon, 8 Sep 2008 18:36:45 EST My tennis finals weekend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x18309391 This past weekend was the second weekend of our local charity tournament. My partner and I played in the 4.0 semifinals on Saturday. We won a 3 set match against a very good team. <BR> <BR> We lost in the finals on Sunday. We played someone I knew and it wasn't a fun match. Some things were done by her at the beginning of the match and I let it put me in the wrong frame of mind. No one's fault but my own. I am thankful to have made it to the finals and get to play all that great challe... Mon, 8 Sep 2008 13:03:08 EST THIS is your tennis life! How's your game? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x18185236 I got to play tennis this past Saturday (for 2 hours). Couldn't get my partner out there at 7 am, but we started at 7:30 am, which was almost as good. She beat me 4-6, 5-7. Oh well, it was good practice. <BR> <BR> AND the temp was bearable. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I practiced with my partner's mixed doubles partner (he's at least 6-8 inches taller than me, and at least 20 years YOUNGER than me). We practiced for at least 30 minutes, then he wanted to play a match. I had spent at least 40 ... Wed, 3 Sep 2008 14:16:40 EST tennis family http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x18170692 I uploaded some pics from this weekends Disney half marathon to my sparks page. I'm wearing my tennis outfit cause I had to go straight to my match. Can't wait to get some of this excess weight off... I don't like having my picture taken. I used to be as thin as my daughter. I do thank God that I am healthy and able to do sports and things. I just want to take better care what He has blessed me with. Jess Wed, 3 Sep 2008 00:57:45 EST HELP!!!!! Roger's in trouble http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x18163021 I'm keeping an eye on the Federer/Andreev game and it's 2 sets all. Roger has made an incredible 48 unforced errors!! and Andreev last 3 service games have been won to love!! <BR> <BR> Come on Roger you can do it!!!!!!! Tue, 2 Sep 2008 19:47:23 EST Ola from Portugal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x18155793 Hi everyone :) <BR> <BR> I love tennis and have played since I was a kid. The last 18 months for me have been spent recovering from an op and gaining weight in the process. I started cardio work a couple of weeks ago and have booked some tennis lessons for next week. We play on clay over here which is a bit different and a lot more slippery <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Looking forward to joining in with this group... <em>41</em> Tue, 2 Sep 2008 15:01:03 EST Recent Matches http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x18055529 I thought it would be fun to have a place where we could share our recent match experience. <BR> <BR> I've been away from competing for 10 weeks. Last night, I played combos - I'm a 3.0, my partner is a 3.5. We won the first set 6-0, then our opponents switched sides and I think I was a little too comfortable (a little full of hubris) -- and the second set started getting away from us 2-2, 2-3, 3-3, etc. until it was 6-6 and we had to play a 7 point tiebreak for the set. We eeked out a w... Fri, 29 Aug 2008 06:30:28 EST tennis update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x18025392 Hello everyone... <BR> <BR> well my weight loss has been stalled for a while. It seems once I hit that 149 my self sabotage button kicked in and I started "cheating" to see how much I could get away with. I must stop and get back to good habits or it will come back... <BR> <BR> On a tennis note I had a good tournament this past weekend. My tennis club had its member/guest tournement. My partner that I play with from another club and I usually play 4.0 tournaments. Since we won the las... Wed, 27 Aug 2008 23:12:50 EST Who is your pick to win the US Open http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x18023788 I'm hoping that Roger Federer will win. <BR> <BR> I'd like to see one of the ladies from Serbia win on the ladies side but I think its going to be one of the William sisters. Wed, 27 Aug 2008 21:56:45 EST U.S. Open: news for the next two weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17973187 Well Nadal won his first match (Phau took him to 3 sets, way to go Phau!!!!). Also note to other guys who play Nadal in the matches leading up to the finals: Keep stretching out those matches to 3-5 sets. Not that Federer needs any help, but..... <BR> <BR> Blake played Young last night, but I don't know who won. (I'll have to check the usopen.org site - and no, I don't get $$$ for plugging their website). <BR> <BR> Dementieva (gold medal Olympic winner - I finally found that out LAST Sa... Tue, 26 Aug 2008 09:07:10 EST HI HO, HI HO, IT'S OFF TO TENNIS I GO!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17967579 I'M SOOOOOO EXCITED!!!! I've lived in my new house 26 days, and I'm FINALLY getting out to play some tennis in my new town!!!! <BR> <BR> I called the club down the street, and found out I can bring my kids to the club while I do a clinic, so they're going to sit in the "observation" area while I play! Woohoo! <BR> <BR> So, taking a lesson from my hero Annie, I plan to visit some free courts up the street and hit some balls so I won't look absolutely PATHETIC on my first day! Maybe I can im... Mon, 25 Aug 2008 23:55:18 EST I miss you, Gene Kelly..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17912277 Woke up at 4:30 AM today. Could have had something to do with the fact that I went to sleep last night at 8:30. <BR> <BR> Anyhoo, futzed around, did laundry, made a light breakfast, since I planned on playing tennis at 7 am today. <BR> <BR> Finally finally it was 6;30 am. Called my tennis partner. NO ANSWER. AUGH!!!!! Resolved to be optimistic, left message. <BR> <BR> Back up plan, just go to the court and practice serve and groundstrokes. <BR> <BR> Ten minutes later phone rings. Sa... Sat, 23 Aug 2008 18:27:00 EST tennis round robin for Annie's birthday..l http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17863724 Annie's having a birthday today... so visit her spark page and bring your tennis racket... Surprise party! <BR> <BR> Jess Thu, 21 Aug 2008 16:52:01 EST It's my party and I'll gloat if I want to.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17850284 Gloat, if I want to. You would gloat too if it happened to you!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to share this with my tennis buds. Today is my birthday. I'm 81 pounds lighter than this time last year, 6 jeans sizes smaller than this time last year, and I can actually play tennis for 2 hours now, without crawling off the court, and stay in bed for the next two days. <BR> <BR> Without your help, support, encouragement, and humor, it wouldn't have been possible. <BR> <BR> A big <em>304</em> t... Thu, 21 Aug 2008 08:49:32 EST It's my party and I'll gloat if I want to.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17850263 Gloat, if I want to. You would gloat too if it happened to you!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to share this with my tennis buds. Today is my birthday. I'm 81 pounds lighter than this time last year, 6 jeans sizes smaller than this time last year, and I can actually play tennis for 2 hours now, without crawling off the court, and stay in bed for the next two days. <BR> <BR> Without your help, support, encouragement, and humor, it wouldn't have been possible. <BR> <BR> A big <em>304</em> t... Thu, 21 Aug 2008 08:48:49 EST Funny blurb in "Tennis Mag" - 'The Tennis Ten' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17798853 From the September, 2008 issue, p.16. <BR> <BR> "1. The Top 3 players in men's tennis-Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic-are elected to the ATP Player Council. Djokovic's main concern: more off-season. Nadal's main concern: more tournaments in Europe. Federer's main concern: less Nadal." <BR> <BR> Too true, too true (or at least, get Nadal worn out in the semis before you have to face him in the final - it worked for Djokovic!!!!) <BR> <BR> Annie <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> ... Tue, 19 Aug 2008 12:24:38 EST Let's start rating & debating re: U.S.OPEN!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17798683 Has anybody besides Magic & I read the latest "Tennis Magazine?" (They pick Novak Djokovic and Ana <BR> Ivanovic to win their respective singles finals.) <BR> <BR> Who do you pick? <BR> <BR> Me, you know I'm going for FEDERER. I'm also choosing SAFINA. She's shown a lot of maturity lately. I also have to admit, one of the lesser reasons I like her is because she's QUIET!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Remember: U.S. Open starts 8/25. Get your tivo, DVR, or VCR's (the latter is me, I'm still low tech ... Tue, 19 Aug 2008 12:18:25 EST No longer bummed, just sore as heck, campers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17741736 My regular tennis partner was available Sat. morning (she was even awake when I called her at 6:30 am - she'd gotten up at 5:30 am - I almost fainted!). <BR> <BR> She was ready for tennis at 7 am (on the dot!). <BR> <BR> My mind/spirit were willing, but my body didn't wake up until 8 am. We practiced for about 30 minutes, then started a match. <BR> <BR> I lost 0-6 first set. <BR> <BR> In my own defense, I haven't slept well in the past 4 days, I job coached a client for the past two ... Sun, 17 Aug 2008 12:35:34 EST Once a jerk, always a jerk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17741298 McEnroe really needs to take oh, about a year-long anger management course. Maybe then he'll grow up (maybe not - I think he's hardwire to be an out-of-control, whiny, brat!). <BR> <BR> Anyhoo, this from my local paper: <BR> <BR> "McEnroe Erupts <BR> Just like old times for John McEnroe. <BR> Volatile as ever, McEnroe got tossed from his opening-round match at the Hall of Fame Champions Cup on Thursday for a new kind of triple fault: cursing, arguing with the chair umpire and making an obs... Sun, 17 Aug 2008 12:14:06 EST William's Sister's going for the Gold http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17729060 Venus and Serena will compete for the Gold medal for woman's doubles. I hope they win it, they are the best and deserve it in my opinion! The match is on Sunday 8/17. <em>104</em> Sat, 16 Aug 2008 19:23:34 EST Federer get's the Gold in Olympic Double's Match http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17729003 Congrats to the Swiss team on winning Gold against Sweden. This is Roger's First Gold medal, I am so happy as I was disappointed in his loss to Blake. <em>250</em> <em>243</em> <em>285</em> Sat, 16 Aug 2008 19:20:32 EST New Tennis lover here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x17728285 Hi, just joined the Tennis team today. I enjoy playing Tennis as much as possible. I also have a new spark name, I was formerly known as Ingridiane. <BR> Nice to meet fellow tennis enthusiasts. I vacationed at the Colony Tennis resort in Florida, it was <em>250</em> Sat, 16 Aug 2008 18:32:50 EST Neil, this quote's for you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17696993 This is in this week's "Sports Illustrated" (8/18/08 issue - love all those 8's don't ya!!!) - in their <BR> "They said it" squib: <BR> "Gail Emms British badminton player, on how her Chinese opponents reacted to having to face her and partner Nathan Robertson: 'They probably looked at the draw and said, 'S---.' Well, maybe 'S---' in Chinese.'" <BR> <BR> And yes, SI, put in those little hypen marks to spare their sensitive readers. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend, Neil! Hope y... Fri, 15 Aug 2008 11:35:41 EST Federer vs. Blake - who's going to win? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17696820 In my newspaper from 8/14, they listed that Federer will be facing Blake. "Blake, the lone American to survive the first round of men's singles, is 0-8 against Federer and has won only one of their 22 sets." <BR> <BR> OUCH! <BR> <BR> I am not un-American, but sorry, I'm rooting for Federer. <BR> <BR> Both the Oxygen and USA channels are showing tennis today (USA is showing a bunch of Olympic events, starting at 1 am - central time - get your VCR's/DVR's, TiVo's ready). As much as I LOVE ... Fri, 15 Aug 2008 11:30:46 EST Sometimes the magic works http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17677053 They were predicting scattered thunderstorms this morning in the Chicago 'burbs. My weekly doubles game started at 8 (trying the beat the heat) and we finish around 10 (going over if we need the time to finish a set). Well sir, it was cloudy with a light breeze -- absolutely perfect tennis weather IMHO. At 10:20 as we were playing our last game, it started to sprinkle, but my team was down 40-15 so I didn't want to give up. We finished the game (and my team won!) and just as we started walkin... Thu, 14 Aug 2008 17:24:27 EST 3 weeks 2 days and counting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17647628 well the tennis season kicks off on the 6th September with our clubs open day. I'm really looking forward to it, although I'm hoping the weather improves. Wed, 13 Aug 2008 18:08:03 EST I'm bummed - part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17633323 OK, here I go again. I'm supposed to play doubles this week for my summer tennis league. We change partners every damn week, which is a pain in itself. I've called my partner for this week 3x. I actually got to talk to her yesterday, but she was busy and couldn't talk. I gave her my phone number for the 3rd time. She said she'd call back. I'm not holding my breath. <BR> <BR> My co-worker e-mailed me yesterday that she can't practice tomorrow morning. She's going out of town for a bus... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 09:40:34 EST Thought I was hallucinat ting...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17601201 I was watching tv last night, and during the commercial for my program I started channel surfing. I stopped at a commercial for Geico. <BR> <BR> The caveman was in tennis whites and talking to BJK!!!! <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, it was the end of the commercial and BJK was at that point in the commercial sitting on a bench, and not saying anything. <BR> <BR> If anyone has seen this, could you please add a comment to this post? <BR> <BR> I'm baffled. <BR> <BR> Annie <BR> <BR> <em>40</e... Tue, 12 Aug 2008 08:39:31 EST Non-Olympic Pro Tennis Tournaments - next 2 wks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17586435 Friday - 8/15 - Leggs Mason Classic. 2/1c ESPN2 <BR> <BR> Saturday - 8/16 - Leggs Mason Classic. 1/noon c, ESPN2 <BR> <BR> Sunday - 8/17 - Leggs. 3/2c, ESPN2. <BR> <BR> ------------- <BR> <BR> Friday - 8/22 - Women's Tennis: Pilot Pen <BR> noon/11 am c, ESPN2 <BR> <BR> Friday - 8/22 - Tennis: Pilot Pen 7/6c, ESPN2 <BR> <BR> ---------------------- <BR> <BR> Saturday - 8/23 - Women's Tennis: Pilot Pen <BR> 1/noon c, CBS <BR> <BR> Saturday - 8/23 - Tennis 7/6c, ESPN2. <BR> <BR> <B... Mon, 11 Aug 2008 18:23:56 EST Olympic TV Listings - TENNIS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17586300 These were taken from the 8/11-8/24 2008 "TV Guide" issue, page 71. You might want to check your newspaper's listings as well. <BR> <BR> Also, they don't indicate what order the event will be in. Sorry! <BR> <BR> 8/13 - Tennis, Equestrian, Gymnastics Highlights. <BR> 6/5c/5m/6p OXYGEN. <BR> <BR> 8/15 - Equestrian, Tennis, Gymnastics Highlights. <BR> 6/5c/5m/6p OXYGEN. <BR> <BR> 8/15 - Tennis, Field Hockey, Cycling, Table Tennis. <BR> 2am/1c/midnight m/11p, USA. <BR> <BR> 8/16 - Beach V... Mon, 11 Aug 2008 18:18:17 EST Has anyone seen our team leader?!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17548986 It says it is BUZZCOCK. Is he active any more? What do we need to do to find out? Does anyone know? <BR> <BR> If not I want to nominate Annie as our new team leader!!! <BR> <BR> Do I have a second?! <BR> <BR> Gotta' Serve Somebody, <BR> <BR> Billy Sun, 10 Aug 2008 14:28:00 EST TV Listings that are NOT about tennis. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17528732 But they're funny, so I wanted to share them with you. <BR> <BR> These are from "Entertainment Weekly" - their current issue (8/15/08). <BR> <BR> p. 58 <BR> "Athlete to watch - Michael Phelps - Swimming. <BR> Phelps is in a no-win situation. Or, rather, he is in a should-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-and-win situation. The swimmer has entered eight events including the 200m butterfly (which starts on Aug. 11) and the 200m individual medley (Aug. 13). If Phelps doesn't win them all, he'll ... Sat, 9 Aug 2008 17:46:01 EST Pro Matches on TV this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17401510 Skinnysoon, you asked for it, you got it (and anyone else who wants to know this week's tennis tournaments on tv, or as I like to shorten it, TTTV). I obtained this info from this week's "TV Guide," p. 47 (they didn't have am/pm, so I assumed). "TV Guide" also doesn't show the Tennis Channel, or Versus channel, so in that respect, you're on your own. I did what I could. <BR> <BR> Consider this a housewarming present. (You're worth it!) <BR> <BR> Friday - 8/8 - Countrywide Classic 10 am (... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 16:50:30 EST Get out your stopwatches!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17400521 I'm printing this blurb (from the August iessue of "Tennis" magazine p. 20) in its entirety (if I mispell anything, it's because I just slowly drank a lite beer - a mere 110 calories!!!) <BR> <BR> 'TICK TOCK When it comes to time between points, some players could use a helpful reminder <BR> <BR> Warning. The following question contains explicit language that could offend tennis purists. <BR> <BR> Does tennis need a "serve clock"? <BR> <BR> In recent years, the game has produced three gr... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 16:11:46 EST Weeping and wailing for Roger - there's a new #1! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17362528 I'm going into mourning for a while. Roger (as of 8/18/08) will no longer be the #1 men's tennis champ. <BR> <BR> Nadal takes that place of honor. And I must admit Nadal has earned it. <BR> <BR> Roger was #1 for 4-1/2 YEARS (I was trying to think of the last men's champion who held the #1 ranking for that long, but off the top of my head, I can't. <BR> <BR> My only request of Nadal is stop taking so long while you're serving (42 seconds at one point during the match against Djokovic Satu... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 14:03:10 EST Being grateful - tenniswise - part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17282479 That my tennis partner is willing to get up and play tennis at 7 am SATURDAY morning, as long as I call her at 6 am. <BR> <BR> No problem!!!! It's expected to get up to 102 tomorrow with a heat index of 108!!!!!!!! Yes you read that correctly. Lord, have mercy on us all. <BR> <BR> After my tennis workout tomorrow, I'm driving to the gym and laze in the hot tub, then perhaps jump in the cold pool (naaaaaah - just stay in the hot tub). That's to work out the kinks from tennis, really!!! <... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 12:54:29 EST Tracking fitness minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17245423 I play primarily doubles tennis. The fitness tracker just includes "tennis" as an exercise, and I know I didn't burn 1500 calories when I played for two hours this morning. What do others do? Can I just look up calorie burn for doubles tennis and add it to my list (like I do for foods on the nutrition tracker)? <BR> Thu, 31 Jul 2008 12:18:23 EST What are you grateful for - tenniswise???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17134502 For starters, I'm graterful my little toe (left foot) is healing and I've been able to actually wear a tennis shoe on it this past weekend!!!!! (Little things mean a lot.) <BR> <BR> I'm grateful that despite high gas prices, I'm able to indulge in buying new tennis balls (you can never have enough of those). <BR> <BR> I'm grateful that despite I still have a way to go regards losing the lard, I'm at least halfway there, and it's getting easier to move around the courts. <BR> <BR> I'm grate... Mon, 28 Jul 2008 12:53:10 EST Time to brag on yourselves, bunkies!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17126679 How was your weekend, campers? I practiced for 1 hour 45 minutes Saturday morning. My partner and I got together at 7:30 am (if she didn't need to drink coffee, I could have dragged her over by 6:30 or 7:00, but what are you going to do? <BR> <BR> I practiced my serve for 30 minutes Sunday at 1 pm (despite the fact it was 90 out there). It got up to at least 100 degrees by late afternoon). AND I watched two tournaments on ESPN2. The ATP finals (in Canada) - Nadal beat Kiefer, unfortunat... Mon, 28 Jul 2008 09:38:42 EST Just need to vent today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x17008546 It's Thursday and I'm bummed. Haven't been able to get together with ANYONE to play tennis since last week. My practice partners mostly have valid excuses, except for one RUDE person on the tennis team. I've called her twice, just to practice, and she doesn't have the manners just to return my call. I wouldn't mind if she just said, "Sorry, I don't think you'd be much of a challenge for me (right now I'm at 2.5 ranking, she's 3.0), or I wouldn't get much from practicing with you." But to... Thu, 24 Jul 2008 11:03:22 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x16996893 I am a huge Tennis fan! Yes... I have been known to get up in the middle of the night to watch a match. I played several years ago, but sadly have not picked up a racquet in some time. I am taking a month long clinic to get back into it starting 8/9. I look forward to getting to know you guys, getting tips and of course talking about the game. US Open is right around the corner. Wed, 23 Jul 2008 23:39:56 EST I'm old, but I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x16800379 Hello All -- I'm a new team member and relatively new (couple of weeks) to SparkPeople. I've played tennis since I was in grade school and I made a lot of marks on my WOOD racket by throwing it in the basket on my bike and riding to the local park for group lessons. I've never been a star, but I've always been decent. In my 30s, I switched to racketball for logistical reasons (there were RB courts at the health club next to my office and no tennis courts). When I switched back to tennis in my... Thu, 17 Jul 2008 18:13:04 EST Hi from a new member (anyone from Portland, OR)? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x16777551 Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been working on my fitness for a couple months and making good progress (I just passed 50 lbs lost, which is sadly only half way to my goal). <BR> <BR> But now that my Cardio and fitness are better, I'm looking to get back into some fun activities to keep making progress and meet some new people. <BR> <BR> As I kid, I played pretty competitively. I stopped playing until I moved to S. Florida years ago, and the tennis community was so strong there that I picked the game ... Thu, 17 Jul 2008 02:25:29 EST How was your weekend, and your game? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x16682607 Just happy to be out and about this weekend. Despite my sprained/broken little toe, I've been out on the courts, practicing. <BR> <BR> Managed to practice 3x this past week (including Saturday and Sunday). My shots, serve, and placement are good, I just miss moving, but I'm consoling myself with the fact that time and patience will give me healing. <BR> <BR> My tennis partner and I practiced Sunday morning (I had wanted to play by 8 am, but my tennis partner couldn't get to the courts unt... Mon, 14 Jul 2008 10:22:08 EST How was your weekend, and your game? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x16682589 Just happy to be out and about this weekend. Despite my sprained/broken little toe, I've been out on the courts, practicing. <BR> <BR> Managed to practice 3x this past week (including Saturday and Sunday). My shots, serve, and placement are good, I just miss moving, but I'm consoling myself with the fact that time and patience will give me healing. <BR> <BR> My tennis partner and I practiced Sunday morning (I had wanted to play by 8 am, but my tennis partner couldn't get to the courts unt... Mon, 14 Jul 2008 10:21:26 EST Hurry up, U.S. OPEN!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x16548380 I'm still in mourning from Wimbledon. You were so close, Roger, so close! <BR> <BR> My money is still on Federer for the U.S. Open. Mens/Womens 1st round starts August 25th. <BR> <BR> I think Roger's going to come out with racquet blazing and blow Nadal into the dust (hope hope hope). <BR> <BR> I also wish Nadal would stop pulling at the back of his pants. Tacky tacky tacky. The guy won $1.1 million and change at Wimbledon. Can't he buy some underwear that fits????? <em>39</em> Wed, 9 Jul 2008 15:44:20 EST Hurry up, U.S. OPEN!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x16548314 I'm still in mourning from Wimbledon. You were so close, Roger, so close! <BR> <BR> My money is still on Federer for the U.S. Open. Mens/Womens 1st round starts August 25th. <BR> <BR> I think Roger's going to come out with racquet blazing and blow Nadal into the dust (hope hope hope). <BR> <BR> I also wish Nadal would stop pulling at the back of his pants. Tacky tacky tacky. The guy won $1.1 million and change at Wimbledon. Can't he buy some underwear that fits????? <em>39</em> Wed, 9 Jul 2008 15:41:46 EST Hurry up, U.S. OPEN!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x16548302 I'm still in mourning from Wimbledon. You were so close, Roger, so close! <BR> <BR> My money is still on Federer for the U.S. Open. Mens/Womens 1st round starts August 25th. <BR> <BR> I think Roger's going to come out with racquet blazing and blow Nadal into the dust (hope hope hope). <BR> <BR> I also wish Nadal would stop pulling at the back of his pants. Tacky tacky tacky. The guy won $1.1 million and change at Wimbledon. Can't he buy some underwear that fits????? <em>39</em> Wed, 9 Jul 2008 15:41:18 EST Who do you want to win Wimbledon? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x16314126 <em>260</em> <BR> <BR> My favorite is Roger Federer. And anybody BUT the Williams sisters. In today's paper, which reported yesterday's results, Serena/Venus' mother was complaining about the court her daughters had to play on yesterday. Give me a break. If you want to find the definition for poor sportsmanship in the dictionary, you'll find ALL of the Williams family there. <BR> <BR> My only quarrel with the Wimbledon coverage is that they start it at 6 am here (Arkansas). For some ... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 11:26:22 EST Hi I'm a new team member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x16131703 Hi I'm a new team member. I'm also relatively new to tennis, but found a good tennis buddy that is very patient and nice and helpful. We use the wall alot and I'm getting way more confident. Now I just have to move that to the court! LOL! Wed, 25 Jun 2008 11:57:27 EST Won a tournament! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x15576579 Just have to share how much fun I had the last two weekends playing in our annual "Adoption guild" charity tennis tournement! <BR> <BR> I played in the 4.0 ladies doubles. We were seeded #3..we've made it to the finals of a couple other tournaments this year but lost twice to the number one seed. <BR> <BR> The first weekend was memorial day weekend and we won 3 rounds. The following Saturday we played a team that we had lost to in two previous finals this year. We had a better strategy p... Fri, 6 Jun 2008 11:08:39 EST Playing in the summer heat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x15572557 I thought I would start a new topic since summer is in full swing. <BR> <BR> The summer heat along with the smoke you leave on the courts can make for some very high temperatures. <BR> <BR> The question is -- how are you keeping cool on the courts in the summer heat? <BR> <BR> Sandy Fri, 6 Jun 2008 09:09:34 EST French Open http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x15211693 Comcast is showing the Tennis Channel for free Sun, 25 May 2008 10:23:54 EST too cold to play tennis in PA this spring :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x14960687 Hi everyone! I "love" tennis and am glad there's a tennis spark team. I grew up in the south where everyone played tennis and up here in frigid PA -- hardly anyone plays! My dear husband is stuck playing tennis with me. . . (he's a trooper) Anyway, just wanted to inroduce myself and get involved with this team! have a great day! Thu, 15 May 2008 22:11:59 EST Tournaments around Atlanta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x14750918 Hello, <BR> Do any of you play tournaments around the Atlanta area? How do you find out where and when they are? I play league tennis but thought it might be fun to find a local tournament. Thu, 8 May 2008 08:53:14 EST HI HI HI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x14112454 Hi tennis fans. I am a high school boy's & girl's varsity tennis coach. I want to get rid of the weight desparatly. Primarily so that I can keep up & play, not just coach and second, because I want to be an example to my great group of girls. I began Sparks in Feb but am having trouble staying on track. I think because I have so much to lose and the mountain seems so big. I feel though that I am in a 5th set tie-breaker and have to take it or my lifestyle won't ever change. I have 2 kids that... Thu, 17 Apr 2008 10:46:20 EST Plantar fasciitis (say "PLAN - ter fash - ee - EYE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x13712043 Hi, <BR> I'm a mid 40's avid tennis player. The inside part of my left heel has started to really ache after matches or being on my feet all day. I looked on web m.d.and found this Plantar fasciitis. Does anyone else have this and what do you do for it? Fri, 4 Apr 2008 19:16:23 EST doubles vs singles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x13643127 Do you prefer to watch/play doubles or singles. <BR> <BR> I prefer to play singles but I like watching doubles. I don't know why they don't show more of it on television in all the big tournaments. They always concentrate on the singles and doubles rarely gets a mention. Wed, 2 Apr 2008 17:30:51 EST Hi all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x13608118 Hi everyone, I'm Neil, a keen tennis player from New Zealand. It's been our best summer on record this year so I've gotten plenty of tennis in this year and haven't done too badly in the competitions. I have a big serve and good drop shot but not much in between. Unfortunately the season is over here so I've moved into my winter sport of Badminton (I've set up a team for fellow badminton fans if anyone's interested) but hopefully I can get in a couple of games of tennis a week over the win... Tue, 1 Apr 2008 17:53:46 EST Are you in training? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x13018788 How many of you are "training" and/or taking lessons? I used to compete as a junior and eventually quit due to burnout (oh if I could only go back!). I've started playing again over the past few years, and really over the past few months have had that competition bug back in me. Jump roping is great for footwork. I've been wanting to try cardio tennis. What all do you do to help your tennis game? Tue, 11 Mar 2008 09:26:23 EST Waiting out winter in Minnesota http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x12754324 Hey. I'm Mary. I joined SP about a week ago and just started using it in the last 2 days...wow. The amount of info on this site is impressive and a bit overwhelming. <BR> I used to play a lot of tennis and started back again a few years ago. Several bumps in the road later and I am really wanting to play frequently this summer. I may be 20+ years older than when I last played competatively, but I am determined to be as fit as I can be come court time. <em>67</em> Sat, 1 Mar 2008 23:13:55 EST Monica Seles.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x12427535 Did you hear that Monica is going to be on the new "Dancing with the stars" premiering in March?? Should be fun! Tue, 19 Feb 2008 21:30:21 EST Trying to get back on the court http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x12081467 I have been a tennis fan for quite some time. I am not playing right now because of knee and back problems. However, I watch a lot of tennis and I am trying to get back on the court. Fri, 8 Feb 2008 00:18:36 EST HI everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x12026910 just wanted to introduce myself. My name is monika. I am working hard to lose 30 pounds before I turn 30. I am a tennis fun so this team seems to be ideal for me. I'm at the beginnig of my challenge so I welcome any advise especially regarding exercise and staying focused. I've started so many times but always failed. HOw do you do that? Wed, 6 Feb 2008 10:43:21 EST AUS OPEN 2008 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x11007279 Starts Jan 14. No wagering. <em>304</em> Sun, 6 Jan 2008 01:46:48 EST Fantasy tennis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x11007253 Anybody now of any fantasy tennis leagues or contests out there? <BR> <BR> Please let us know. <em>303</em> Sun, 6 Jan 2008 01:44:47 EST Tennis Channel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x11007183 FINALLY my cable company (Wide Open West) has added the Tennis Channel to my service in Chicagoland. Maybe my constant emails badgering them has finally paid off. My 3 year wait is over! Forgive me if I never post a message here again. I'm busy watching tennis programs. <BR> <BR> So what do you guys like or dislike about the Tennis Channel? <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sun, 6 Jan 2008 01:39:41 EST Regions Morgan Keggan Tourney in Memphis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x11001529 If you've never been, this is a great tournament to go to. The Racquet Club of Memphis is a really nice facility and you are really close to the players. We saw a fabulous doubles final last year. You run into the players all over the place. Lots of great tennis. Tommy Haas, one of my favorites, won the last 2 years and has committed to being there again this year. Sat, 5 Jan 2008 21:13:25 EST Aussie Open Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x10861856 Here's my challenge -- how many minutes of exercise can you (and we as a team) put in between now and the opening game of the Australian? Tue, 1 Jan 2008 12:55:00 EST What are your New Year's resolutions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x10853178 I'm going to develop a 2nd serve kick out wide on the ad side and put away any lobs to my backhand side with a BH overhead SMASH!!!...tired of hitting them out wide with nothing on them like a weakling! <BR> <BR> <em>260</em> + <em>189</em> meets <em>132</em> = <em>230</em> + practice = <em>264</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2008 01:57:49 EST New girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x10459754 Hey guys. I was happy to see a tennis players team! As you might guess by my user name, I love to play. Winter in Pennsylvania has somewhat cut back my playing time, but I do play at least once a week indoor. Once Spring rolls around I play in 2 leagues so this keeps me going until then. <BR> <BR> Good luck to you all! <BR> Terry Thu, 6 Dec 2007 18:37:31 EST Shanghai Masters Series http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x10036643 So -- who do you think will win? My money (sorry -- not really betting!) is on Roger. What do the rest of you think? Mon, 12 Nov 2007 17:07:48 EST Any USTA members out there? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x9158113 <em>260</em> <em>250</em> Thu, 27 Sep 2007 03:51:16 EST What's your NTRP rating? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x9158092 <em>58</em> currently 4.0 but am striving to reach a solid 4.5 by spring of '08 and 5.0 by 2009. <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 Sep 2007 03:47:34 EST Hello all you tennis player members out there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x9112905 <em>81</em> <em>81</em> <em>260</em> <BR> <BR> I'm so glad to see so many great individuals joining this group. Thanks for being here/there/everywhere. Hopefully we can be a big help to each other. So when are you guys gonna be in the Chicago area and have a hit with me? Tue, 25 Sep 2007 04:35:47 EST US OPEN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x8571696 Who are your picks for the Open this year? Mine are Roger <em>129</em> (second choice is James Blake) and Serena (second choice is Jelena Jankovic) Tue, 28 Aug 2007 16:14:58 EST Another new person http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x8103029 I took beginner tennis at age 30 because I was getting out of shape and needed a new hobby. From the first class I was hooked, some would say obsessed. Eventually I became a tennis teacher so I could be on court all day. <BR> <BR> Last Fall I relocated to the woods of NH with my family, also was pregnant, gained weight, had c-section. <BR> <BR> So now - I am enjoying running as something I can do with my baby (stroller) as I rebuild my body. <BR> <BR> Tennis is a bit on hold but I real... Sat, 4 Aug 2007 19:34:34 EST The Ligter Side of Boobalee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x7867814 Well I'm an Aussie chic in training to go into the Royal Australian Navy. I love Tennis, Baskeball (knicks) NRL Football, (Penrith Panthers), Rugby (Wallabies and the Warratahs). I'm a bit of a smart @ss with an out whack sense of humour, Cheeky as all hell, but importantly I can take it just as good as I give it. <BR> I know I'm being a traitor when I say this but I CAN'T STAND LLEYTON HEWITT & RAFAEL NADAL but I adore Alicia Molik, Roger Federer and both of the Williams sisters in particula... Tue, 24 Jul 2007 06:16:16 EST new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x7628965 hello...i'm a tennis fan and have been watching the sports for a couple of years now..just starting to take some lessons....think it's great that there is a spark team dedicated to all tennis fans Wed, 11 Jul 2007 20:50:10 EST new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x7628951 hello...i'm a tennis fan and have been watching the sports for a couple of years now..just starting to take some lessons....think it's great that there is a spark team dedicated to all tennis fans Wed, 11 Jul 2007 20:49:27 EST Tennis Brotha http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x7534693 Hello all. I am Wil and I am big tennis fan. My wife can get into the sport, but I love it. My second favorite sport after football. It will be good to meet you all here. Fri, 6 Jul 2007 23:10:31 EST hi im new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10102x7451464 hey <BR> <BR> great to see that there is a tennis spark team, im an avid tennis fan and supporter!!! im currently addicted to wimbledon at the moment (go Henin), my favourite player!! great to hear from you guys and hope to learn some cool new things and meet some awesome people <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Jul 2007 19:21:19 EST Favorite Tennis player http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x7443334 Who's your favorite tennis player? You're least favorite? Got a particular tennis player that just grinds on your last nerve? Or one that you stand behind no matter what? Let's discuss.... <BR> <BR> LOVE: <BR> Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi(though retired), and Marat Safin. <BR> <BR> HATE!!!!! <BR> Roger Federer. Mon, 2 Jul 2007 13:09:17 EST Spark Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x7260898 1 <em>46</em> Fri, 22 Jun 2007 10:37:51 EST Whate state did you play in? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x5962009 I played in Michigan. My school was between two small towns (Ovid and Elsie), which joined to create the school system. Fri, 13 Apr 2007 08:43:38 EST Did you play tennis in High School? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10102x5961888 I was a four year letter winner in high school. I was the only freshman on the team. <BR> <BR> I preferred to play doubles, which I changed partners every year because I was teamed up with upper classman. However, I did play number 4 singles once or twice. Fri, 13 Apr 2007 08:38:43 EST