Monthly Archives: July, 2011

The Right Shoes for the Right Game


So, if you only play tennis for a little amount of time, that makes you casual. You get on the court, swing a racket around for a little while, and then get off the court again. Not a big deal.

On the other hand, if you’re going to be playing recreationally, or go even further than that, you’re going to need a little back-up on that one. After all, what you’re doing is you’re slamming your joints into a hard surface, over and over and over again. That’s hard on the structure of your body. You can be looking at things like twisted ankles and such like that. It can get worse than that, too – you could be looking at a twisted knee as well.

What you need is a good set of tennis shoes to give you the proper structure to play the game. These are distinct shoes because they stabilize your body in a side-to-side motion versus a forward motion like running shoes. You run the risk of rolling your ankle in a running shoe. Deck shoes won’t roll, but you won’t get much insulation from the pounding of your joints either.

In a pinch, basketball shoes will do well enough. But ultimately it is better to have a tennis shoe for tennis.

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Tennis for Everyone – Fatso Tennis

Yes, there is a site called Fatso Tennis:

“Winning Tennis for the Overweight and Hopelessly Out of Shape”

Capital Challenger

The last update we will feature from this past weekends tournament scene is the Capital Challenger at Tri City.  This Level 1 Junior Tournament has been a summer staple for just about 15 years.  This years tournament drew 64 players in all age groups for singles and doubles.

The Singles Finals results were:

BOYS 12 and Under

Patrick Sebastian of Fairport, NY defeated Edwin Yang of Troy, NY 4-6, 6-2, 6-1

BOYS 14 and Under

Anthony O’Connell of Troy, NY defeated Michael Zhu of Guilderland, NY 7-6(6), 6-3

BOYS 16 and Under

Emerson Kelby of Oneonta, NY defeated Nathan Wolf of Ballston Lake, NY 6-0, 6-2

BOYS 18 and Under

Jacob Huber of New York, NY defeated Stefan Kuhar of Albany, NY 6-2, 6-3

GIRLS 12 and Under

Alice Pinho of Woodside, NY defeated Christina Lau of Niskayuna, NY 6-4, 6-3

GIRLS 14 and Under

Adrienne Travis of Scarsdale, NY defeated Julianne Melita of Saratoga Springs, NY 6-0, 6-1

GIRLS 16 and Under

Hannah Friend of Brunswick, NY defeated Stephanie Behrans of Cohoes, NY 1-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4

GIRLS 18 and Under

Kathryn Crummey of Loudonville, NY defeated Kirsten Ackerman of Guilderland, NY 6-0, 3-6, 7-6 (4)

For complete results – CLICK HERE and pick the draw you are interested in from the drop down menu on the upper right of the page (it will say “Choose and Event”)

Six iPhone Apps for Tennis Players & Tennis Fans

If you are a tennis fan and tennis playing addict, then you are going to love these six iPhone apps that I have found. I’m going to show you my top picks to check the score of the big match, play a round of virtual tennis, or track your own personal statistic. Check these out…

Tennis Trakker – Free to $12.99

MyTennisTracker – $2.99

Net News Wire – Free

Sports Tap – Free

Tennis Games – $0.99 to $3.99

iExcercise – $2.99

For details about these apps – CLICK HERE

Why Tennis Players Should Be Required To Get A College Education

(Contributor) on July 19, 2011
From The Bleacher Report – Tennis
The 1,878th (tied for last in the ATP Standings) singles player in the world, Tilen Zitnik, has made a combined total of $4,219 in singles and doubles play in his entire career.

The minimum wage in the lowest paying state, Minnesota, is $6.55 an hour.

If Zitnik was working a normal nine-to-five every day with a one-month vacation and a one-hour lunch break, he would receive $11,004 for the year.

Tennis is one of the few individual, as opposed to team, sports. That helps and hurts the professional player, but mostly it hurts him. Usually the top-100 players make a decent living, and that’s all.

So far this year, the 100th ranked player in the world, Edouard Roger-Vasselin has made $144,097. In his entire career he has earned $949,027.

Vasselin is 27-years-old. He could have received a bachelor’s degree and an MD by now.

According to, in 2008, there were over 661,400 doctors in the U.S.

The lowest average salary a general pediatrician makes is $97,750 a year. That’s almost what Vasellin made this year and pediatricians far outnumber tennis players.

The life span of a tennis player is short. Players tend to retire at age 30-35. If a male turned pro at age 18 (very generous) and then earned the same amount as Vasselins, i.e. $144,097 each year, he would end up making a grand total of $2,593,746 during his tennis career, assuming he retires at age 33. That may seem like a lot, but it is spread over an entire career. The costs associated with playing on tour are not minimal. Training, coaching and travel all eat away at earnings.

The critical question is what happens to a professional player after he retires. Does he have a future if his education ended with high school?

Most (if not all) professional tennis players start training for the pros at a very young age.

All they know how to do is pick up a racquet.

The schools they go to focus strictly on tennis, and little else is taught.

An injury can quickly put an end to a tennis career. Expectations often exceed reality. Choosing to pursue a tennis career can result in too many bad scenarios.

Requiring tennis players to complete college would protect them from having nothing to fall back on if tennis fails them. College tennis programs would benefit, and a college degree would give players an entry into other fields if they cannot pursue tennis because of injuries, age or not being up to snuff.

Colleges do more than educate. They also change lives, providing an environment for maturing, discovering interests and abilities and for having fun.

Even if a player is able to turn pro and be successful, a college degree will make it much easier to obtain a job when the tennis career ends. A bachelor’s degree helps out more than you’d expect. College graduates with bachelor’s degrees earn an average $31,900 more than high school graduates.

Are there always going to be tennis players who are can make loads of money and not need college? Yes, but not many. I would say around 25 people every five years can make it through life just playing tennis.

You have to remember the rankings don’t really change too much. The same players are always in the mix and those players stay around for about 5-10 years.

This is a warning for a young tennis athlete who may think he is the next Roger Federer. There’s a one in a billion (maybe even less) chance of that happening. Go to college first, and then think about how realistic a tennis career is for you.

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Seven Male Tennis Players that Most Changed Tennis

This is from an article at “”

It’ll be interesting to see how Wimbledon plays out.   I think we’re all obviously hoping to see Nadal and Federer meet yet again.  When you think about it, it’s been one hell of a last 4-5 years in the sport.   These two guys have been dominating like nothing we’ve seen since Sampras and Agassi but even those two weren’t nearly as dominant.

In any event, it brought to might an interesting topic.  I was thinking of tennis players who actually influences and changed the sport of tennis.

Seven come to mind….

Bjorn Borg

In a time when there weren’t too many slick tennis players out there, Borg changed the sport completely.  He was handsome, had long hair, and had a style that no players had.   Plus his winning ways made him a total icon.   Never in the history of the sport had a player been that “celebrity.”  He set the stage for future players.

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SCTA Hardcourts Adult Tournament Results

Check Out for free clipart!This weekend I had the pleasure of playing in the SCTA Adult tournament at Central Park – Schenectady. Larry Yakubowski – Tournament Director – always puts in the extra effort at these tournaments. As a result, there were players in all draws. Larry will be running the Tri County Open at the Albany Tennis Club (Ridgefield Park) on Labor Day weekend. To enter online – CLICK HERE.

SCTA Summer Hardcourt Tennis Championships –   2011 RESULTS


Ryan Schmitz

ROUND OF 16: Dan Nault def. John Taft 4-6, 6-0, 6-0. Emilio Pagan-Yourno def. Ron Barzlai 6-0, 6-1.

QUARTERFINALS: Dave Lencewicz (2) def. Paul Warren 6-1, 6-0. Dan Nault def. Tom Reifenheiser (3) 6-3, 6-4. Ryan McCormick def. Dan Burton 6-1, 6-0. Ryan Schmitz (1) def. Emilio Pagan-Yourno 6-1, 6-0.

SEMI-FINALS: Lencewicz def. Nault 6-4, 6-3. R. Schmitz def. McCormick 6-3, 6-3.

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: R. Schmitz def. Lencewicz 6-1, 6-1.


ROUND OF 16: Andre Arnold def. Guy Mallory 6-4, 6-4. Phil Yourno def. Jeff Mastro 6-1, 6-3.

QUARTERFINALS: Larry Yakubowski (2) def. Brian Matwa 6-0, 6-1. Andre Arnold def. Mark Buddle 7-6, 6-1. Phil Yourno def. Jim Motta 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Paul Arciero (1) def. Craig Nicholls 6-1, 6-3.

SEMI-FINALS: Yakubowski def. Arnold 6-1, 6-2. Arciero def. Yourno 6-0, 6-1.

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Arciero def. Yakubowski 6-3, 6-3.


SEMI-FINALS: Phil Ackerman def. Sig Sapinski 6-0, 6-0. Gene Breaznell def. Peter Green 6-2, 6-0.

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Ackerman def. Breaznell 6-0, 6-1.


ROUND OF 16: Josh Sagaille/Jeremy Sagaille def. Keith Dobbs/Russell Wilday 6-1,
6-2. Ron Barzlai/Craig Nicholls def. Joe Holm/Anthony Phillips 6-1, 6-4. Dan Burton/Peter Green def. Paul Warren/Dickson Roberts 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.

QUARTERFINALS: Paul Arciero/Larry Yakubowski (2) def. Kim Olsen/Joe Nocera
6-0, 6-1. Thomas Schmitz/Phil Sykes def. Josh Sagaille/Jeremy Sagaille 6-2, 6-0. Dave Denny/Mark Piro (3) def. Ron Barzlai/Craig Nicholls 6-1, 6-2. Ryan Schmitz/Reynaldo Rivieros (1) def. Dan Burton/Peter Green 6-1, 6-1.

SEMI-FINALS: T. Schmitz/Sykes def. Arciero/Yakubowski 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
R. Schmitz/Rivieros def. Denny/Piro 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: T. Schmitz/Sykes def. R. Schmitz/Rivieros 6-4, 7-5.


QUARTERFINALS: Suzannah Dormon def. Christina Delella 6-0, 6-1.

SEMI-FINALS: Claire Schmitz (1) def. Suzannah Dormond 6-0, 6-0. Lisa Allison def. Peggy Keigley 6-4, 6-2.

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: C. Schmitz def. Lisa Allison 6-1, 6-0.


SEMI-FINALS: Claire Schmitz/Mitali Das def. Lisa Allison/Nicole Kellogg 6-3, 6-4. Marisa Hansen/Arilee Bagley (1) def. Suzannah Dormond/Kerry Strnad 6-1, 6-4.

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Hansen/Bagley def. C. Schmitz/Das 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.

Gut Strings

At the Clay Court Nationals

We had several winners today in the first round of the Clay Court Nationals at Delray Beach,, Florida.   First off – in the Boys 16’s –  Jake Crawford defeated Jackson O’Gorman-Bean 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.  In doubles he teamed with Matt Nardella of Manlius to win their first round match against William Chiu (San Diego, Ca) and Tyler Hanson (Poway, Ca) by a score of 6-4, 7-5 and their second round match against Brian Granoff (Pinecrest, Fl) and ChristianLlangmo (Boca Raton, Fl) by a score of 6-0, 4-6, 10-5.

Alex and Ian Van Cott also are playing at Delray Beach and they too won their first round matches.  Ian beat Joshua Cogan 0f Batavia, Il 6-3, 6-1.  Alex beat Kosuke Hasegawa 7-5, 6-0.  In doubles, the Van Cotts beat Kolar & Vogt 6-2, 6-2.

We will continue to follow these players tomorrow and throughout the week as long as they keep on winning.

Local Juniors play Sportsplex – New Windsor

Three local players traveled to New Windsor (outside of Newburgh) to play this weekends level 1 junior tournament.  Michael Haelen lost in the first round of the 14 and unders to Colin McCullough 6-4, 6-1.  Lars Olson lost to Jacob Stillman 6-3, 6-1. In the Girls 14 and unders Niskayuna’s Ann Phillips won here semi final match over Mackenzie Patterson 7-6(8), 6-2 and lost in the finals to Sophia he 6-1, 7-5.

Our Little Northern Region players take on the whole Northern Region of the country and win

Ronan Jachuck and Max Benson are participating in this years Little Mo tournament.  The first step is an Eastern Section Little Mo qualifier.  Both of these talented young players got through the qualifiers to the next round – the national regionals in Chicago.

Ronan Jachuck was a big winner in his age group.  Ronan came in as the #3 seed and won his first round (over Aly Ba 6-0, 6-0) and then his second round (over Kieran Foster 6-2, 6-1) his semi final (over #2 seed Holden Koons 6-2, 6-3) and the finals (over top seeded Ronald Hohmann – by default).

Max Benson played the 11 and unders and started off with a tough loss in a 3 1/2 hour match against Ben Powis.  The last time they played Ben won 6-3, 6-0.  On Friday, Max lost 3-6, 7-6 (10), 6-3.  To show how close the match was, the second set tiebreaker was decided on a shot that hit the net and trickled over giving Ben the win.  Max had to turn around and play his second round match – which also went 3 1/2 hours with just a one hour break in between.  Max managed to beat Adam Kush 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.  Max finished off with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Perry Hoag, Jr.; a 6-1, 6-0 win over Alex Kane and a 6-1, 6-4 win over Kemal Aziz.  Max ended up finishing 2nd.  Both players advance to the National Championships in Austin, Texas in October.

Tennis Footwork


Great Tennis Footwork is Efficient, Eleagant and Explosive


I call it the 3 E’s. These 3 key points are present in all the top professional movement “specialists” on tour today. You’ll notice that great players will have excellent tennis footwork. They move around the court similar to a dance, they appear as if they are always smooth-sailing around the court. They are always in balance.

Improve Tennis Footwork


Tennis Footwork plays a key role in the game of tennis. If your tennis footwork is immaculate, you can become a better tennis player. Usually players must not only be quick to have perfect tennis footwork. You must focus, concentrate and practice a lot to perfect your tennis footwork. Speed is one of the important factors that help a lot to make your footwork perfect. Accurate footwork can help to turn a losing game into a winning tennis game. If your footwork in tennis is correct, you can cover more court.

Proper tennis movement allows you to play shots as well as quickly recover to prepare yourself for the next shot. Hence the tennis footwork plays a vital role to win in this game. There are certain methods and techniques to make your footwork perfect.


Split Step Tennis Footwork


The split step is generally the first reaction to every shot. The split step is usually performed when you jump up in the air about inch or two by pressing your toes towards as you see your opponent is about to hit the shot. Your feet should be separated a distance of about your shoulders and your knees should bent slightly to land on earth back. Your body position keeps you off your heels and enables you to move quickly at any position in the court. The split step in usually used you are returning serves, ground strokes, and approaching the net to play a volley.

In tennis footwork, the split step is often ignored by many players when they are heading towards the net to take the shot. Many times, player’s immediately go towards the net through the split step to hit a volley. For this shot, it’s eminent to be close to net and for this you have to be flawless in getting your split step right as the tennis footwork plays the important role to hit any shot.

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Colonie Golf & Tennis pays big bucks for Tennis

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Greg Roman has brought some excitement to the Northern Region tennis scene by holding several big money tournaments and attracting a highly talented pool of players to the area for these tournaments.  The upcoming event July 31 weekend should be no exception.  These tournaments allow our local players to compete at a higher level without having to travel downstate to tournaments that are so spread out that you often have to take time off from work to play them.  The caliber of players traveling to the area for these tournaments is impressive.  Many local tournament players – adult and junior – have enjoyed testing their skills at these events.

Greg Roman

Director of Tennis

Colonie Golf & Country Club

141 Maple Rd Rte 85A

Voorheesville, NY 12186

703-801-5164 c

518-765-4230 w

uly 30-31 – $3,000 Clay Court Championships (Open, 35, 45-50, 55, 60) M/W singles, doubles, mixed

In addition the Men’s and Women’s Opens, we also have age divisions, 35, 45, 55, 60 and mixed doubles.

You may sign up on tennislink.  You can sign up by phone with a credit card or mail by check.

Please forward this email to anyone you think might be interested in any of these events. 

I appreciate all your help in getting the word out about these tournaments.  Without you and your support these events wouldn’t be the success they are and will continue to be.

$2,000 Men’s Money Payouts:

Singles Winner – $800

Singles Finalist – $500

Singles Semis – $100

Doubles Winners – $350

Doubles Finalists – $150


$1,000 Women’s Money Payouts:

Women’s Winner – $400

Women’s Finalist – $300

Women’s Doubles Winner – $200

Women’s Doubles Finalist – $100