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Maintaining Nutrition Goals at Christmas

English Institute of SportFrom the “English Institute of Sport“.  Here is a few excerpts from the article:

English Institute of Sport Performance Nutritionist Emma Gardner has given us some tips to help maintain your nutrition goals at Christmas:

Choose wisely

Emma says: “Whether at a buffet or a Christmas dinner base your meals around lean protein options and vegetables/salad. Take the time to browse and see what is on offer first so you don’t fill your plate with poor choices from picking at impulse.

“If the food is a buffet try not to linger by the food so you are not tempted to graze through conversation! See the food swaps at the bottom of the article to help you choose the wiser choice.”

Christmas Dinner Swaps

SWAP turkey legs/thighs and skin FOR turkey breast

Turkey is a lean meat but the darker leg and thigh meat can have a higher fat content especially with the skin on.

SWAP gravy FOR bread sauce/fruit sauces

Fruit sauces such as cranberry, chutneys, pickles and jams contain no fat.  Limit your gravy intake and add some fruit sauce/jelly to add moisture to the dish.

Read More – HERE

Former ATP Executive Chairman / President lost niece in the Newtown Tragedy

The tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut have touched the lives of many people, including former ATP Executive Chairman & President Adam Helfant, who is the uncle of one of the young victims, Grace Audrey McDonnell.

Mr Helfant provided the following statement … on behalf of the family.

“We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from so many people.  Our daughter Grace was the love and light of our family.  Words cannot adequately express our sense of loss.”

Lynn, Chris and Jack McDonnell

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Pete Sampras Reveals His Opinion of Olympic Tennis

Pete Sampras serving, 2008

Pete Sampras serving, 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article – From “10s balls” blog via “Bleacher Report” is excerpted below.  See the whole article – HERE

Pete Sampras won most things he craved during his tennis career with the exception of the French Open. At the time the lack an Olympic gold medal in his trophy collection didn’t seem such a disappointment but now he thinks otherwise.

Nevertheless, Sampras has called for Olympic tennis format to be overhauled and turned into a competition with a much stronger team format.

“I just feel they should change the format in some way to make it a little more unique,” said Sampras who who contested the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, before opting to miss out the tennis events in Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000). “Maybe the Olympics should be a bit different.”

WTA – What does it Take?

A few days ago I ran a story about how much more there is to running an ATP Tour stop than just running a few tennis draws – the Special Events that go along with it.  Today I am going to look at the WTA and what it takes to get the resources to run everything.  Today’s topic – Sponsorship.

So how many sponsors does a modern tournament need – a look at a stop on the Women’s Tour with $220,000 in prize money.  $220,000 is a relatively small tournament so does it need 5 sponsors? or 10? or15?

Well, the recently concluded Swedish Open in Bastad had a total of 42 Sponsors and partners.  The Title Sponsor – Xperia – the SONY Smartphone.

Xperia Hot Shots

Game, Set and Match for Xperia Hot Shots

Next Come the Principal Partners:

Elite Hotels of Sweden




Collector Finance & Law

Mercedes Benz

and 35 other companies that provide cash and/or services in exchange for promotional considerations:

10 Official Partners, 1 Official Clothing Partner, 2 Partners, 6 Media Partners, 5 Official Suppliers, 5 Suppliers, 5 Exhibition Partners

For the complete Sponsor List – CLICK HERE

To put it another way, to sign up this many sponsors in a year you would have to resign old sponsors or sign new sponsors at the rate of 4 every 35 days.

So the answer to our question – What does it Take? It takes a lot of time and effort and a lot of sponsors to make a WTA Event.

Recent RT’s (Retweets from Twitter)

From ITF Olympic Tennis:

Sneak Preview 0f Wimbledon as an Olympic Venue

From Jamie Murray:

My Brother is a champion. He may not have won but he is a champion.

And to be able to stand up after all that and take a microphone and deliver that speech shows what kind of person he is.

Ps. Roger – You’re a champion too! 17 and counting. Congratulations.

Thank you to everyone for their support and kind words about Andy. It has been overwhelming. His day is coming.

From Tennis Kids Zone:

How cute is little @RafaelNadal via@RafaelNadalFC #tennis

From The Slice:

New practice partner @andreapetkovic? (pic via Porsche Tennis Grand Prix)

From Jalena Jankovic:

I went to the driving range today with my coaches.

Betting on Fed for the Long Run

Tennis Camp Deal

Looking for a deal on an overnight tennis camp?  Check out this one.

The Federal Reserve owns a tennis court!

When we think of the federal Reserve we think of a press conference where the difference between saying”the money” and “the monies” can be the difference between stock going up or down all over the world.  We don’t particular think of the Federal Reserve as a tennis court owner, but yet they actually are the owner of exactly one tennis court.

“Since the mid-1970s the Fed has maintained a public tennis court in a park nestled between its Washington offices and the State Department.”

“Known formally as the Edward J. Kelly Park Tennis Court, the property is owned by the National Park Service, but is managed by the Fed.”

“One recent board member who played on the court is Kevin Warsh  (NOTE: Kevin is a graduate of Shaker High School), who joined the Fed in 2006 and departed in 2011. Mr. Warsh said he and Mr. Greenspan occasionally challenged Timothy Geithner, then president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and former Treasury Secretary John Snow.”

Read More about the court at the Wall Street Journal – HERE



Siena Women’s Tennis – Year End

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The Freshmen are coming.  Siena has 3 new players coming on board for the 2012-13 season.  Maria Varano from Kennebunk, Maine.  Before Siena: Attended Kennebunk High School where she has been a Daniel Cardillo Scholarship Fund recipient since 2009…This scholarship funds are awarded to teenagers who show exculpatory dedication and passion to their sport, and do their personal best to reach their goals and dreams in their sport…The 2011 State of Maine singles high school champion (posted a perfect 18-0 record)…Reached the #2 state (Maine) ranking and #9 in USTA New England Section…Went 25-18 in USTA Tournament play between 2010 and 2011.  Coach’s Comments: “Maria is a quality person who will thrive and blossom in the Siena College environment.”  More on Maria – HERE

Allysa Singh hails from Phoenix, Arizona.  Before Siena:Attended Horizon Honors High School…Allysa reached state of Arizona ranking of #7, and USTA Southwest Section ranking of #67…Her USTA tournament record was 16-10 from 2010-2011…A three-star recruit on…Won four different USTA sportsmanship awards from 2006 to 2011.  Coach’s Comments: “Allysa is one of the friendliest people I have ever met, and her family is very welcoming and easy to talk to…She will fit in perfectly at Siena.”  More on Allysa – HERE

Erika Reagan is from Mt. Laurel, NJ.  Before Siena: Received All-Conference, All-Non Public and All-South Jersey awards as well as her team’s MVP award…Qualified for the state tournament during her freshman and senior year, and served as team captain as a senior…Ranked 76th in the USTA Middle Section, and has been playing USTA junior tournaments since 2004. In 2011, she represented the Middle States section at World Team Tennis Junior Nationals…A member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society…Participates in a variety of volunteer projects that help the less fortunate, including: serving as a tutor for HOPE Tutoring, cooking and delivering food to home-bound community members, and participating in the Homeless Project at Bishop Eustace High School where she goes to school.  Coach’s Comments: “Erika is an outstanding addition to our program. She excelled throughout her junior career with strong results in high school and USTA, and she brings a very motivated work ethic. Her personality was a perfect fit with the team, coaching staff and school from the very beginning. She is a very good communicator. This young lady has incredible qualities on and off the court and exemplifies Siena’s Franciscan values. In addition, Erika is a Siena College presidential scholar.”  More on Erika – HERE

Tennis Rectuiting Pages for the incoming Siena players

Maria Varano – a 1 star recruit

Alyssa Singh – a 3 star recruit

Erika Reagan – a 1 star recruit

Siena Finish the year with an 8-11 record.  Their MAAC Conference record was 3-4.

The Siena women’s tennis team dropped a hard-fought 5-2 decision to visiting Fairfield Friday at Schenectady’s Central Park, and in the process the team was eliminated from MAAC Tournament contention. Prior to the match, the Saints recognized their senior class of Jennifer GalanteKellie ScullinNicole RossDanielle Crill and Jasleen Sandhu.

“It was an emotional day for everyone,” head coach Andy Christodoulou said. “We are graduating five wonderful young ladies. We played hard, and I am very proud of the team. I will miss them all, but they know once a Saint always a Saint.”

Siena features former Shaker stars Jasleen Sandhu and Nicole Ross.  Jasleen played #1 for the Saints and compiled an 11-13 record for the year including tournament play.  Her record in doubles was 9-11.  Nicole’s record was 5-6 in singles, mostly at #5.  In doubles she was 12-12.  Shenendehowa grad Jessica Macaluso also played mostly at #5 and her record, including tournaments was 11-11 in singles and 8-13 in doubles (she played #2 doubles).

High School Tennis Results – May 17

CLASS A Sectional Semi Finals

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Spartans: 6  def.  Gloversville Dragon Huskies: 1

Nate Ligon(G) def. Nate Wolf 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-0
Matt Bunch (BH) def. Andrew Beckham 6-0, 6-0
Ethan Baker (BH) def. Kyle Gargulio 6-2, 6-4
Max Batty (BH) def. Matt Blanchard 6-1, 6-0
Shane Crowley (BH) def. Scott Bruce 6-0, 6-2
Brad Hjelmar/Vincent Fulgieri (BH) def. Mike Marotta/Jordan Coughlin 6-0, 6-4
Nolan Hale/Geoff Putman (BH) def. Ryan Flint/Sheldon Billa 6-0, 6-0

Scotia-Glenville Tartans  4  def.  Albany Academy Cadets 3

Rob Schmitz (SG) def Stefan Kuhar 6-3, 6-3
Peter Campito (AA) def Christian LeVielle 6-1, 6-3
Josh Motta (SG) def Peter Lobel 6-4, 6-0
Matt Benton (AA) def Matt Ashcroft 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-1
Jake Miorin (AA) def Josh Culora 7-5, 6-1

Seamus Sweeney/ Ryan Carroll (SG) def Alex Silver/James Xu Li 6-1, 6-2
Adam Ashcroft/Aaron Keegan (SG) def Nick Abel/Kevin Butler 6-1, 4-6, 6-2

Match Notes
The match was played at Scotia-Glenville High School
With the overall team score at 3 to 3, Scotia’s  2nd doubles team pulled out the deciding match
Finals will be played next Week
SG will be making their13th  STRAIGHT Sectional Final Appearance-
SG has won 8 Sectional Championships in the last 12 years

Class AA Sectional Quarterfinals Tennis Scores

Bethlehem Eagles  8   def.   Shenendehowa Plainsmen 1

Rohin Bose (B) def. Tom Flaim 6-3, 6-1
Nick DeLuke (B) def. Logan Suouitan 6-1, 6-2
Nick Mashuta (B) def. Ishan Parashar 6-1, 6-1
Jimmy Ding (B) def. Sanjay Achar 6-4, 6-4
Jay Gu (B) def. Caleb Dorn 6-3, 6-4
Ben Sanders (B) def. Ritwik Kishra 6-0, 6-3

Ronald Shi/Nick Warren (B) def. Eric Pittz/Jacob Esposito 6-7, 6-3, 7-6
Connor McMahon/Josh Dubey (B) def. Jack Loughran/Joshua Bay 6-1, 6-2
Mark Brenner/Joe Raspante (S) def. Artem Timofeev/Sam Heller 7-6, 4-6, 7-6

Bethlehem improved to 13-0 on the season and will face Saratoga in the Sectional semi-finals at 8:30am in Schenectady’s Central Park.  Guilderland will face Ballston Spa in the other semi-final match.  The winners will meet in the finals tomorrow afternoon at 1:00.

Calling All High School Boys Tennis Players

We need your help in collecting scores for Sectional matches.  Many people are looking to the blog for scores but we get a results from a limited number of coaches.  Some coaches are emailing us results which we out on the blog, but some coaches fax in their results and we do not have a fax machine.  Any information about your team matches including any schedule changes, location changes or scores will help us publish the information people are looking for.  Even just a team score (TeamX  5  def. TeamY 4)  is useful.  Additional stories, facts and pictures will help us better serve the high school tennis community.   The email address is

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