10/29/2013 - November Tennis Newsletter

November 2013
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

  • Pelham Men's 2.5 Team Reaches USTA League Final
  • Free USTA Team Up Event November 1st
  • Riverchase Pro Am Benefit November 15th and 16th
  • Hoover Country Club Level 4 Tournament November 15th to 17th
  • USTA Women's Winter League 18 and Over
  • LETT Program Seeks Volunteers
Pelham Men's 2.5 Team Reaches USTA League Final

From www.usta.com

One man's love and passion for the sport of tennis has motivated and inspired his players and USTA League teams to reach the highest level in league tennis.

Omar Alcaino is the non-playing captain of the USTA Southern men's team from Pelham, Ala., which advanced to the USTA League Adult 18 & Over 2.5 National Championships in Indian Wells, Calif.

The 53-year-old Alcaino, a club pro at the Pelham Racquet Club, has not only coached beginning tennis players at the club, he has led his 2.5 men's teams to USTA League Nationals the last three years in a row.

"I have been involved with the USTA for the last 10 to 12 years," said Alcaino. "Within the last four years, I've gotten more involved with teams, putting them together, being [a] captain and coaching them. Putting teams together is something that has always come easy for me. It's part of what I do."

Alcaino, a native of Santiago, Chile, enjoys watching the players he coaches progress not only on the court, but off the court as well.

"When I see someone who never picked up a racquet before and started to compete and learn about the game and then I see them two, three years down the road and they're still playing," said Alcaino. "That means I've made a change in their lives and their playing a game hopefully they will play their rest of their lives. That's the enjoyment I get."

In addition, the team aspect of tennis has a special place in Alcaino's heart.

"I like the development, because they become friends," he said. "Tennis brought them together, otherwise they would just go their separate ways. That is the part about team tennis that I like. I really look forward to have the team together. It's fun."

Keeping his third straight trip to the USTA National in perspective, Alcaino said his team is in California to have fun. On the other hand, recent success ought to make the Southerners confident that they can capture a title. In last year's 2.5 Nationals, Alcaino's team finished third, losing to the eventual champion Caribbean Section in the semifinals.

And if not that, then a powerful endorsement from their coach should help.

"This year, we're a little more balanced," said Alcaino. "We're very strong in singles, but we [also] have strong doubles. This is the most complete team that I've brought here."

"We are blessed to have Omar as a coach," said team member Rohen Porbanderwala. "The fact that we are here today, all of the credit goes to him. Speaking on behalf of the whole team, we are thankful to Omar for getting us here. We greatly appreciate him."

Free USTA Team Up Event

When you're part of a team, you're part of something special.

Bring a friend, make new ones, play tennis, get teamed up for our Winter League season.

Pelham Tennis Center 315 Ballpark Road

Friday, November 1st 6:30-9:00pm

RSVP to Ken Vines at kvines@pelhamonline.com

Phone inquiries: 205-620-6428

Riverchase Pro Am Benefit

LETT the Games Begin!


Riverchase Country Club

November 15th and 16th

All proceeds benefiting the LETT Program

"Improving the lives of children through tennis and education"

Entry fee includes a t shirt, team photos and dinner Friday evening and breakfast Saturday morning by Riverchase Country Club. Lunch on Saturday will be provided by Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe. There will also be a silent auction on Saturday with a signed racquet from the Bryan Brothers. Fast/Slow Serve competition will take place on Saturday with radar gun! Former World #1 Doubles Player Ellis Ferreira will be playing along with other outstanding area pros.

Friday November 15th

Open courts for practice Noon-4pm

Warm up with the Pros 4-5pm

Tournament Check-in 5-6pm

Pro-Am Match Rounds #1 & #2 (6-8pm)

Pro-Pro Exhibition Matches 8-8:45pm

Saturday November 16th

Breakfast and Silent Auction starts at 7:30am

8:30am: Pro-Am Match Rounds #3 & #4

Fastest (and slowest) Serve Competition

Lunch sponsored by Taziki's Mediterranean

Drinks, & Dunlop Demo Day

Noon-2:30pm Pro-Am Match Rounds #5 & #6

Entry fee $95.00/person to benefit tennis and education programs for underserved children.

LETT is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children through tennis and education. Since 1998, LETT has offered in school, after school and summer programs to thousands of Birmingham area youth. LETT uses tennis and the ideals of tennis legend Arthur Ashe as the hook "to gain attention of young people in the inner cities so that we can teach them about matters more important than tennis..." All proceeds from the tournament will go directly to LETT's after school tennis and life skills programs. For information on LETT and ways to get involved, please visit www.lettennis.org

Register online at www.lettennis.org. For more information, call or email Johan at aluspta@gmail.com or 205-637-6240.

Hoover Country Club Level 4 Tournament

The USTA Level 4 Thanksgiving Classic tournament will take place at Hoover Country Club November 15th to 17th. Register at http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=128292. For more information, contact Boo Mason at Boo@hoovercc.com.

USTA Women's Winter League 18 & Over
The Birmingham USTA women's winter league will offer the following opportunities for the 18 & over age type:

Weekday, 9:30 match time:

2.5 - Wednesday

3.0 - Friday

3.5 - Tuesday

4.0 - Thursday

4.5 - Wednesday

Saturday, 12:00 or 2:00 match times - all levels.

All players must be current members of USTA throughout the league season and must have either a current NTRP rating or a self-rating. USTA projects that the year end ratings will be published on TennisLink late November. Registration will open shortly thereafter.

Play could begin as early as Saturday, January 4th and conclude approximately March 8th. The weekday league will need to conclude before softcourt begins!

The format of play for the 2.5 level is 1 singles and 2 doubles; the format for 3.0 through 4.5 is 2 singles and 3 doubles with all playing a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set. The registration fee is $15.00 plus the TennisLink $3.00 user fee per registration. Players can play in both the weekday and the Saturday league!

The 2014 Alabama 18 & Over Championships will be hosted by Mobile, Alabama and are scheduled for June 26-29 for all levels!

All questions can be directed to Ruth A. Bendall at rbendall7@gmail.com

LETT Program Seeks Volunteers

The Learning Excellence Through Tennis (LETT) program is seeking paid tennis instructors for its beginner level youth programs. Training is provided.

Tennis clinics at West Homewood Park ages 4-18 years Saturdays 9-10:30am.

Seeking ways to give back to the community? Learning Excellence Through Tennis is looking for volunteers to help teach inner city after school tennis and life skills starting end of September. Volunteer would be paired with trained tennis instructors. Programs are for youth ages 7-10 and will last for 10 weeks. Volunteer time once a week for an hour!

For more information, contact Jacquelyn Marshall at lett.tennis@gmail.com.

Learn more about the organization at www.lettennis.org.

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