04/27/2013 - May Tennis Newsletter

May 2013
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

  • Huge Success at Pelham Racquet Club Kids Day
  • Rusty Wilkes Wins USPTA Southern Assistant Pro of the Year Award
  • May 5th "LETT Them Eat Cake" Tennis Festival and Bake Sale
  • Men'sTri-Level Registration Initial Deadline May 7th
  • Flex League Registration Closes May 26th
  • Individual Session Tickets for BB&T Atlanta Open Now on Sale
  • Men's and Women's Round Robins at Trussville Racquet Club
  • Gardendale Tennis Programs
  • Player's Choice Tennis
  • Levite Jewish Community Center Summer Junior Tennis Camps
  • Life Time Fitness Adult Tennis Programs
  • Life Time Fitness Junior Tennis Programs
  • Lakeshore Summer Tennis/Sports Camps
  • Host Families Sought for Exchange Students with Tennis Interest
Huge Success at Legacy Community Federal Credit Union $25,000 Pro Circuit Challenger Kids Day

On Friday, April 12th, Pelham Racquet Club hosted a Free Kid's Day event. Rusty Wilkes, USPTA Level 1 Pro, was the Tennis Director for the Kids Day event at the Legacy Women's $25,000 Pro Circuit Challenger.

In 2012 150 kids attended. This year, 175 kids attended. Wilkes organized several B'ham area USPTA Tennis Professionals, USTA staff, & 7 WTA Tour Pro's to teach intermediate to advanced juniors age 11-18, & USTA 10 and Under Programs. All kids received USTA prizes, free clinic from the pro's, free food/drinks, & free invitation to watch feature Pro Circuit matches Friday night! Once again this Kid's day event was another huge success!
Rusty Wilkes Wins USPTA Southern Assistant Pro of the Year Award

Rusty Wilkes has just been awarded the USPTA Southern Assistant Tennis Pro of the Year for 2013! The success of the Kid's Day event in 2012 & 2013 was a big part of that, w/ more than 300 kids attending all total. Wilkes, also coached a 12 & Under team to win the 2012 Alabama State Championship in Auburn last summer, for USTA Junior Team Tennis. This was the 14th team in the past 10 years from Rusty's Tennis Academy, to win State, & represent Alabama at the USTA Southern Sectionals. The success of the Junior Team Tennis program has helped 9 players from Rusty's Tennis Academy to gain college tennis scholarships, in just the past 6 years! This is the 5th USPTA award for Coach Rusty Wilkes. He won this same Southern Assistant Pro award in 2005 & 2009. Also, Wilkes won Alabama Pro of the Year in 2005, & State Assistant Pro in 2007. Congratulations to Rusty & Pelham Racquet Club! 12 years of Rusty's Tennis Academy at PRC has helped hundreds of junior players through successful summer camps, year-round clinics, special events, USTA Junior Teams, & Tournaments.

"Let Them Eat Cake" Tennis Festival

Sunday, May 5 from 2-4pm

Crestwood Park

The festival will include a bake sale hosted by students of Altamont School with proceeds benefiting the


LETT is a nonprofit improving the lives of children through tennis and education.

Fun for All Ages

Door Prizes

Tennis Games, Face Painting, Arts and Crafts and many more activities for Ages 4 and up!

Entertainment provided by the Altamont Musicians Society.

Questions: studentsforlett@gmail.com

Men's Tri-Level Registration Initial Deadline May 7th

Tri-Level Registration is now open for the 18+ men and the 40+ men on TennisLink! Teams will have until May 7th to get the minimum number of players registered (six). As always, home captains will get to choose when they want to have their home matches (according to court availability at their home facility).

The USTA Tri-Level doubles league allows 3 different levels of doubles play for each match. There are two different levels for the 18&over and the 40&over: 3.0/3.5/4.0 and 3.5/4.0/4.5.

So, for the 3.0/3.5/4.0 level, each match would consist of 3 doubles courts, one 3.0 doubles court, one 3.5 doubles court, and one 4.0 doubles court. Players can play up one or two levels meaning that a 3.0 would be eligible to play on the 4.0 doubles court. Therefore, most teams have more lower level players since they can sub up if needed.

If you have any questions, please contact Ken Vines, USTA B'ham Men's Local League Coordinator

kvines@pelhamonline.com or 205-620-6428

Flex League Registration Closes May 26th
Play tennis on your schedule! USTA Summer flex league registration is open until May 26th. The season will run June 3rd to August 25th. Singles, doubles and mixed are all available. Results DO NOT affect your NTRP rating. Birmingham has had the largest USTA flex league in the country three years running. Give it a try!! Register at www.ustaflex.com. Also...Please "Like" the "Birmingham Flex League" page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/BirminghamUstaFlex For more information, please contact Kevin Theos at theos@sta.usta.com or 205-790-7256.
Individual Session Tickets for BB&T Atlanta Open Now on Sale

Individual Session Tickets for the BB&T Atlanta Open Now on Sale


ATLANTA, April 18, 2013 - Individual session tickets to Atlanta's premier tennis tournament - the BB&T Atlanta Open - are now available for purchase. The BB&T Atlanta Open will be played July 20 - 28 at Atlantic Station in the heart of Midtown Atlanta.

Tickets are available for purchase in each of the 11 sessions from qualifying weekend July 20-21, starting as low as $6, through the two finals on Sunday, July 28. Weeklong Ticket Packages, Weekend Ticket Packages, and Individual Session Tickets are available at http://www.bbtatlantaopen.com. Special discounts for groups of 10 or more are also available for select sessions by calling 404-881-2000, visiting http://www.bbtatlantaopen.com or emailing foxgroup@foxtheatre.org.

Ticket options this year include Market Street Suites, Lexus Inner Circle, Platinum, Gold and Silver seats. All Suite, Inner Circle and Platinum ticket purchasers will receive access into the indoor, air-conditioned VIP lounge. Weeklong and Weekend ticket packages are also available, which offer tickets in the same location for each match for a discounted price.

Tournament Director Bob Bryant also announced today that NUSSLI, a leading international supplier of temporary stadiums, will make their United States debut with the construction of the BB&T Atlanta Open Stadium Court. NUSSLI will transform the main court with their customized, aluminum modular stadium forming a bowl with no breaks. For the first time at the tournament, all of Stadium Court's nearly 4,000 spectators will enjoy individual seats with backs. Lexus Inner Circle and Suite seats will feature padded, tip-up seats.

Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, NUSSLI has worked on with numerous sporting events, trade fairs and exhibition across the world, including the Davis Cup in Spain, the London Olympics and the FIFA World Cup.

"It is our goal to make each fan's experience at the BB&T Atlanta Open this year even more entertaining and memorable than last year," Bryant said. "Our focus is on great tennis, a fun festival-like environment, fan comfort and convenience. The new BB&T Atlanta Open Stadium Court will have all the advantages of a permanent seat venue while still being in one of the most unique sites on the ATP World Tour."

For the first time the Bryan brothers are scheduled to play the tournament. The Bryans are recognized as the best men's doubles team of all time, holding the records for Grand Slam victories, tour crowns and end-of-the-year No. 1 rankings. Returning players include two-time champion Mardy Fish, former Georgia Bulldog John Isner and defending doubles titlist Ryan Harrison.

An ATP World Tour event, the BB&T Atlanta Open is the first men's event in the Emirates Airline US Open Series. Last July, the BB&T Atlanta Open set a new standard for tennis events during its inaugural year at Atlantic Station, which was universally praised as an outstanding site for fans, players and sponsors.

Connect with the BB&T Atlanta Open on their social media networks by liking their Facebook Page, www.Facebook.com/BBTAtlOpen, and following on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/BBTAtlantaOpen with the hashtag #ATLOpen. For more information about the BB&T Atlanta Open, visit www.BBTAtlantaOpen.com.

Men's Round Robins and Women's Round Robins at Trussville Racquet Club
We have a men's round robin on Monday and Wednesday nights and a women's round robin every Tuesday night. We have openings for subs. No fee and no obligation for players wanting to be put on the list to be called. Average of 3.0 and 3.5 players. Play begins at 6:30. For more information call 661-0861 at Trussville Racquet Club.
Gardendale Tennis Programs

Beginning in June, Gardendale Tennis will hold mixed doubles nights every Thursday starting at 6:30. Cost $5.00 and all levels are welcome.

Players needed for beginner and intermediate 14 and under junior team tennis teams that plan on going to the state tournament. For more information, call Marie Zassoda at 365-7019.

Player's Choice Tennis
Save an EXTRA 50%OFF all clearance clothing. The sale racks are bulging---lots to chose from---let us help you put some cute outfits together for the upcoming season!

Sale merchandise is always FINAL SALE

NEW NIKE ---Summer 2013 Arriving Now Shoes, Clothing and Accessories for the whole family

Also just in......Lija, Jerdog, Babolat French Open Pure Drive Racquets 2013, Thorlo/Experia Socks, Adidas Slides, Bolle Competivision Sunglasses, 40 Love Courture Bags, and a whole lot more.

USTA Tri Level Registration is now open through April.

Please Note....We are now open on Sundays from 12-4 pm through the Summer

Shop Locally!! Have a great day,

Deb and The Staff

Levite Jewish Community Center Summer Junior Tennis Camps
LJCC will offer tennis camp for kids (ages 6 and up) that are beginner, advanced beginner and intermediate. Camps will be ½ day (9 - 12) or full day (9 - 3:30).

Camp I May 28 - 31st (4 days)

Camp II July 1,2,3 and 5th (4 days)

Camp 3 August 12 - 16th.

For more information, contact Dale Clark at dclark@bhamjcc.org.

Life Time Fitness Adult Tennis Programs
We hope that the programs help to meet your tennis needs. If you desire another tennis specific program please let us know. We look forward to exceeding your tennis dreams and helping your realize your tennis goals.

Dr. Dave Marshall
Tennis Department

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Spaces are limited- Pro Ratio 5 to 1

Adult 2.5 Clinic 8:30-10am $25
Adult 3.0-3.5 10am-11:30 am $25
Adult 4.0-4.5 11:30-1pm $25

Drop in Social and Round Robins for Doubles

We will provide the tennis balls, the organization to run the event, a smile and you will have all the fun!

Thursday Ladies all Levels Thursday 2-330pm $20

Thursday Night Men's Night 6-730pm $20

Friday Night Mixed Doubles 6-730pm $20

Sunday Ladies Night Out 6-730pm $20

Evening Drills- All Levels

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Nights from 6-730pm $20

Weekend Drills

Saturday and Sunday

Adult 2.5-3.0 8:30am-10am $20
Adult 3.0-3.5 10am-11:30am $20
Adult 4.0-4.5 11:30-1pm $20

We look forward to seeing everyone on the tennis courts. We are so excited to get the ball started. If you are interested in signing up for any of the programs above, please email Dave at dmarshall@lifetimefitness.com. All clinics and drills have a minimum and maximum number of particpants so please sign up as soon as you can. We do reserve the right to modify things if needed.

Ellis Ferreira
Tennis Department Head

Life Time Fitness Junior Tennis Programs
Below you will find in detail all the information that you will need about the Junior Development Program. Point of contact person is Director of Junior Tennis Jenny Robb. Please email Jenny directly if you have any questions or want to sign up. Her email is JRobb@lifetimefitness.com.

The Red ball group is ages 4-8 using red low compression tennis balls and 19-21 inch rackets on the 36 foot court.

The Orange ball group 8-11 using the orange low compression ball, 23-25 inch rackets on 60 foot court.

The Green ball group is ages 9-12 using the green low compression ball, 25-26 inch rackets on the 78 foot court.

The Next level after Green is Junior Development using the regulation tennis ball and court.

The Last Level is High Performance which trains the National Level Junior Players.

Thank you,

Dr. Dave Marshall

Lakeshore Summer Tennis/Sports Camp
Lakeshore Academy will be conducting a tennis/sports camp this summer from 9:00-4:00 for 5 weeks. Info may be found at btasummercamp.com
Host Families Sought for Exchange Students with Interest in Tennis

Host an international high school exchange student for a semester or academic school year with international Experience-USA www.ie-usa.com.

International Experience USA (iE-USA) is a non-profit educational exchange organization that supports high school students from around the world wishing to attend a US high school and live with an American host family for a semester or academic school year. We have a number of students from Germany, Montenegro, Spain, Thailand and Finland this year with a special interest in tennis, as well as many other activities, and hope you or someone you might know might be interested in hosting one of our great kids!

We are looking for wonderful hosts (traditional families, singles, empty-nesters, etc.) who would like to share their homes and hearts with these bright students. Visiting students are expected to participate as active members of the family and integrate into their host's routines, traditions and rules just like any other family member. Hosting an international student is a great way to open your family's eyes to the world, and promote a sense of lifelong learning and adventure.

Our students carry their own insurance and spending money for all other expenses (personal items, travel expenses, gifts, school and sports expenses, etc.) Our local iE representatives are ready to work with you personally and will help identify a student that will be a great match with your family.

For more information please give us a call at 888-266-2921 or visit our website www.ie-usa.com to learn more about our student applicants.

Here are a few of our student participants we thought my be of interest to your members:

Marja, Germany, F (15) I have been playing tennis and piano for four years. I also like to read books and dance. I love to spend time at the water, like sailing with my dad or just hanging out at the beach with my friends. I would love to learn how to surf. After finishing school, I would like to go to a college and become a brain surgeon.

Jovan, Montenegro, M (17) At the age of ten I started playing tennis and since then I practice it every day .Tennis is my true love and I would love more than anything to continue playing tennis in the States. I took part in many tennis tournaments in Montenegro and in some neighboring countries. I am super excited and feel this experience will be an outstanding one that we nor I will ever forget.

Chanon, Thailand, M (15) My favorite hobbies are playing tennis, watching movies and reading books. I like to learn new things and explore new ideas. Showing people about the Thai culture will be fun for me. I hope to make more life long friends while I am in the US.

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