07/02/2013 - July Tennis Newsletter

July 2013
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

  • 11 and Under Tennis Play Day Circuit
  • Men's Combo Doubles Initial Team Registration Closes July 7th
  • Birmingham Tennis Reunion
  • Junior Tennis at Altadena CC
  • Trussville Racquet Club Junior Tennis
  • Trussville Racquet Club Round Robins
  • Gardendale Tennis Programs
  • Levite Jewish Community Center Summer Junior Tennis Camps
  • Fast Track Performance Speed, Agility and Endurance Training
  • BB&T Atlanta Open Tickets on Sale
  • Host Families Sought for Exchange Students with Tennis Interest
11 and Under Tennis Play Day Circuit

The 11 and under summer play day circuit is a first ever for Birmingham!

These events are for kids 11 and under who can somewhat serve, rally and keep score on a 60 foot court with orange balls. Players who cannot serve overhand yet will be allowed to bounce hit the serve.

Most events will run on a Saturday from 9:00am to noon.

Each player will play a minimum of three timed matches (30 minutes). The matches will be a mix of singles and doubles.

Boys and girls may or may not play against each other depending on how many of each register.

We will have pizza for the participants.

The final event will be "grand prix." To qualify for the grand prix, players must participate in at least two of the qualifying events. The grand prix will run more like a tournament.

Play Day Schedule:

  • June 1st - George Ward Tennis Center
  • June 15th - Trussville YMCA
  • June 29th - Inverness CC
  • July 6th - Riverchase CC
  • July 19th - Altadena CC (Friday 5:30)
  • July 26th - Hoover Country Club (Friday 1:00)
  • Grand Prix - Either August 3rd or August 31st TBD

Online registration is required and the fee is $15 PER EVENT.

Register at www.birminghamtennisplaydays.com

For more information, contact Kevin Theos at theos@sta.usta.com or 205-790-7256.

USTA Men's Combo Registration

The online registration on TennisLink is open for Men's Combo Doubles - the deadline for having the minimum number of players (6) on teams is July 7th. Match play should start in July.

The levels offered are as follows:

5.5, 6.5, 7.5, 8.5, & 9.5

This includes three different leagues: 18&over, the 40+, and the 55's

Please let me know if you have any questions about Combo Doubles.

Ken Vines

USTA B'ham Men's Local League Coordinator

Ph: 205-620-6428

Email: kvines@pelhamonline.com

Birmingham Tennis Reunion
Do you remember what it feels like to hit a tennis ball just right? ...to laugh and have fun with your friends on the tennis court? ...to play tennis and forget all your worries for a little while??
If you haven't played tennis in some time we invite you to our Alabama Tennis Reunions.
The Birmingham tennis reunion will take place Friday, July 26th from 6:00-9:00pm at Riverchase Country Club.
Online registration is required at www.alabamatennisreunions.com. The fee is $5.00. A current USTA member may only participate if he or she gets a non-USTA member to register.
This event is made possible through the sponsorship of USTA Alabama.
If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Theos at theos@sta.usta.com or 205-790-7256.
Junior Tennis at Altadena CC


Junior Tennis

Session 2 July 9th-August 1st

Mighty Munchkins (Ages 4 to 6)

8:15am till 9:00am

Tuesday and Thursday

Members $10.00/Guests $12.50 Drop In: $15.00

ROOKIES: (Ages 7 and up)

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am -11:00am

Members $100.00/Guests$120.00 Drop In: $15.00

CHALLENGERS: (Ages 8 and up)


Beginner Tourney and Middle School Team

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (2or 3 day Option) Drop In:$ 25.00

2 Days a Week/ Members: $150.00/Guests $185.00/ 3Days: Members $180.00/Guests $220.00


Altadena Tennis Pro Shop terysherer@att.net 205-967-5326

Trussville Racquet Club Junior Tennis
Shelley Wirt will be doing group clinics and private lessons thru the summer.
juniors getting ready to go into middle school can use the summer to get ready to play on their school team.

Advanced and intermediate juniors can use the summer to be ready for high school teams.

Contact Trussville Racquet Club at 661-0861 for more information.

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

Gardendale Tennis holds 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.

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.

Fast Track Performance Speed, Agility and Endurance Training

Helping Athletes Reach Their Full Potential

Speed! Agility! Endurance!

We won't just test your Speed, Agility, and Endurance, we'll make them better.

Effective warm up stretches and routines/40 yard dash timing/Shuttle timing/ Broad jump/Endurance tracking and more!

Kids must bring their own bottle water, Gatorade etc. Please leave valuables at home, or in the car. Sunscreen is strongly suggested.

Only $10 per child! Cash only! For both girls and boys, ages 12-18. Pay when you arrive at the park.

All testing and tracking will be done by collegiate or former collegiate players from the Birmingham area; U.A.B, Alabama, Gadsden State, Sanford, Troy Univ., and more.

8 a.m.-10 a.m. Every Saturday, Starting May 25th-August 17 at Bradford Park Field( Edwards Lake Road, Birmingham, AL 35215). Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to sign in. We will only cancel for bad weather days. If there is any other reason we cancel, we will give you a call.

Availability: First call basis (Slots are very limited. Only 40 slots per Sat). Registration begins May 17th. We hope to see you there!

For more info please contact: Gerald Henderson(USPTA Pro 205-835-4345),M.J. Dudley(205-422-0454), D'Andre Mostelle(256-458-6071) to reserve a slot.

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.

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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