The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 60,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Where did they come from?
That’s 148 countries in all!
Most visitors came from The United States. The United Kingdom & Canada were not far behind.
We will be featuring tennis wishes from the tennis world every few hours starting at midnight.
People in countries throughout the world have seen the Adirondack Tennis Blog (okay so most countries it’s not too many people, maybe one or two, but still people in a lot of different countries have seen the blog). So in how many different countries has someone clicked on the Adirondack Tennis Blog at least once? Well since February 25th of this year – when WordPress started keeping track, we have been visited by people who, at the time they clicked on us – were located in 120 different countries. Are there any countries where people have not clicked on the Adirondack Tennis site? Sure. As far as I can tell there is no tennis in Greenland and I know that noone in Greenland has ever visited our site. Also, no one from Mainland China or North Korea have visited our site – no surprises there, the language is different and the internet isn’t exactly open in those countries, although that comment probably will guarantee that this posting never makes it to China or North Korea either. Hopefully, something we write in the future, will touch people in those countries too. China and Greenland are, by far, the largest land mass countries we have never touched with the blog with China, of course, being the largest by population too.
Bolivia is another country where no one has ever clicked through, but we did do an article that would be of interest there. Former Cobleskill standout Mauricio Ballivan went on to a great college career at Drake. Mauricio was an exchange student from Bolivia (see link to article below). Likewise, no one in neighboring Paraguay has ever clicked through to the blog either.
When I first started researching this article I was going to write about how no one in Nicaragua or El Salvador have ever visited the site but since then we have had 5 hits from El Salvador. Still, Central America is not a strong area for Adirondack Tennis readership. Come on Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and Panama – we need you.
So how about The Continent. We seem to have every major country accounted for but then again, there are a lot of English speaking tennis players in just about every country there.
All and all, this has been an interesting journey for me. I never imagined the blog would be read, or at least clicked on, by people in 120 different countries and I admit it – I had never heard of Macao before (more on Macao below). To say that this shows that tennis is an international game is redundant, but there it is, I said it again and it’s more true than ever. Thanx for reading the blog. Feel free to contribute ideas and even articles to it.
Macau (Chinese: 澳門), also spelled Macao ( //), is one of the two special administrative regions of the People’s Republic of China, the other being Hong Kong. Macau lies on the western side of the Pearl River Delta across from Hong-Kong which is to the east, bordering Guangdong province to the north and facing the South China Sea to the east and south.
The territory’s economy is heavily dependent on gambling and tourism, but also includes manufacturing. The history of Macau is traced back to the Qin Dynasty (221–206 BC)
People get to the Adirondack Tennis blog in a variety of different ways. One way that people find us is by doing a search engine search. Whether it’s Google, Yahoo, Bing or any one of the hundreds or even thousands of web search engines, we have a report that covers all of them combined. It’s interesting to see what people are looking for when they find us. In other words, what did they search for.
As you can imagine, some of the searches are pretty straight forward. Players, their friends, opponents and family search for their name and find something in our blog. It could be Ronan Jachuck (a 10 and under boy) or it could be Cat Crummey (an 18 and under girl) – or it could be anyone in between. In recent weeks, there have been quite a few searches for Halloween tennis and tennis costumes. The search that has led the highest amount of people to the blog in the past week is WTA Istanbul – no surprise since we did an article on the Istanbul tournament this past week. Meanwhile, US twirling logo searches have resulted in people finding our blog 4 times this past week. We did a posting on the different USTA tennis logo’s and we included examples of USTA logo’s that were not from the United States Tennis Asociation – hence we show up in a search for the United States Twirling Association. In case you are wondering, the United States Twirling Association is a baton twirling group, not a spaghetti twirling group but you probably figured that out. Of course searches for adirondack tennis have resulted in people finding our blog which makes sense since it is the first thing that shows up in a web search for those terms. One of the best searches that resulted in a hit on our blog this week was “I dont want to play high school tennis”. The people who searched for “section v tennis girls sectionals” were probably disappointed with what they found – we are in section II, not section V and my blog does not have section V results or draws. So what’s the all time highest search term – Adirondack tennis, of course. But surprisingly, Dubai tennis is a close second. Below are links to some of the posts that resulted in the searches finding our web site (don’t ask me what page “I dont want to play high school tennis” landed on, it could be any high school tennis update). By rthe way – my favorite? “Peter Green tennis” – of course.
Fall Foliage season in the Adirondacks and tennis at the Glens Falls Tennis & Swim Club. Does it get any better than that? This morning I had the pleasure of playing tennis in one of the nicest settings around. The weather was a little brisk when we started – 43 degrees – but we all had a great time. Like Linda Boden said “The crisp air brings out the best in people’s tennis.” Don Pompliano described it as follows, “Crisp cool air with beautiful foliage.” Fred Giardinello – former club President told me “this is like Hilton Head weather, it’s like January and February in Hilton Head.” Not that anyone was mistaking it for summer. Joe Sayer simply said “It’s cold,” everyone on his court agreed.
We have a hardy group at the club. Susie Dick told me “our goal is to continue play into December” and Joan Rhodes added “we hate to see it end.” Everyone agree’s that nature put’s on a great show for us. According to Fran Ambrosini “it was wonderful, great. The leaves are beautiful.” Another great things about fall tennis at the club – “No bugs, no humidity”. That , from Steve George. And Dave Schryer, the club manager stated it this way – “Fall, Fresh Air, Fun and Friends, how can you beat that.” Dave also noted that there were 6 courts going all morning and that has been the norm.
It’s great that we have the club and it’s great that we have the players. We plan on enjoying the club deep into the fall season and as Jack Henegan says – “Thank God.”
We are getting into the part of the season where tournaments are sparse but that doen’t mean they are smaller. In the next few months the area is hosting two national events and a sectional event – the designated tournament – that counts for both sectional points and national points. The designated tournaments determine who will represent the Eastern Section at the major national events. Next month there are just two tournaments – both for juiors. One is the Boys and Girls 18 and Under National Open at Tri City, the other is a level 1B tournament at Sportime. Both events are Thanksgiving Weekend. We are also sanctioning the area'[s first Quick Start Tournament at Capital Region that same weekend so there will be events in our area for all junior players – from beginner to nationally ranked. As usual, there is an up to date calendar at the Capital Region website – formerly the Glenwood Tennis website – where you can click the name of the tournament to go directly to the tournament homepage. Also there are links there to the rankings page, the rules pages and other tournament information. Just follow the link below. Watch this blog for information about the Quick Start tournament.
Unfortunately, we were not able to come up with a plan that would keep the Glenwood Tennis Center/Queensbury Racquet Club open. I know that you are as disappointed as I am. I have talked to several other tennis club owners, but I have not found anybody interested in a 3 court facility.
In the end there were too many changes that had to be made and the costs of operating the club just too high to be economically feasible. All of these changes were expensive.
1) The building needs a new roof.
2) The parking lot has to be paved.
3) The building has to be brought up to code – including the installation of a sprinkler system.
I want to thank Rich Schermerhorn of Schermerhorn Holdings for all that he did. I appreciate all of the support we have gotten from the tennis community and even though I was not here for much of it, I appreciate the support you have given to the club for the past 30 years. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
What do a closed health club and a closed hotel have in common and what do they have to do with indoor tennis?
The Adirondack Nautilus in Queensbury is now owned by Lou Pellino and is now located in Glens Falls. When the Nautilus moved out of their long time location on Glenwood Avenue it spelled the end of the Glenwood Tennis Center (formerly Queensbury Racquet Club). The tennis club does not generate enough revenue to support the desk staff – they previously split the cost of support staff with the Nautilus. That’s not to say that there won’t be tennis there in the Fall. A new architectural plan which retains the tennis courts is being worked on, but no lease agreement has been presented nor will there be a proposal until the plan is approved and priced out. Stay tuned.
In Albany the problem is a hotel. Capital Region Tennis & Fitness and Regency Inn & Suites sit on a parcel of land owned by and leased from Jack Dennis. The hotel has been closed for 5 months since a flood knocked out power in February and needs approvals to reopen. In the meantime, the owners of the club & hotel have no plans to close the club. The club is still selling full year fitness memberships and seasonal court time contracts for next year.
In the case of the Glenwood Tennis Center/Queensbury Racquet Club there have been rumors for the past three years, not that the club was closing, but that the club had actually closed. It all brings to mind a famous quote from Mark Twain when his obituary appeared in the New York Journal – “Reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated”
Today’s first round matches mark the start of the 3rd biggest sectional event in the area in terms of participants. Our July tournament has even more and of course the Sectional Championships in January/February, held at clubs throughout the area easily qualifies as the biggest. The Glenwood Winter Championships also has the strongest depth of field of any area tournament outside of the Sectional Championships and, of course, National tournaments played in our area.
Speaking of National Events, there is going to be a new national schedule, but it looks like the national tournaments we have locally at Tri City will remain on the new schedule. The February tournament date may move back a week to the tail end of the February break. We will know for sure when they finalize the schedule.
Glenwood Tennis Center is participating in the USTA’s Tennis Across America program. There will be a FREE community junior tennis event – Saturday, February 27th featuring Quick Start tennis for 7-10 year old beginners from 6:00pm-7:00pm and tennis games for older kids from 7:00pm-9:00pm. There will be free refreshments for the participants Racquets will be available for those needing one. The event is open to any junior interested in playing tennis. For more information or to sign up email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Peter at 229-0323.