12/03/2013 - December Tennis Newsletter

December 2013
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

  • McEnroe, Courier, Roddick and Philippoussis to Compete at BJCC
  • Toys 4 Tots Social Mixer at Greystone YMCA
  • USTA League
  • USTA Flex League
  • LJCC Courts Become Available to Nonmembers
  • LIFETIME Indoor After-School Tennis
  • FCA Tennis Camp
  • Trussville Racquet Club Tennis
  • UA Men's Tennis Schedule and Junior Program
  • LETT Program Seeks Volunteers

McEnroe, Courier, Roddick and Philippoussis to Compete at BJCC

The Champions Shootout will take place Thursday, February 13th at the BJCC Auditorium. For more information, visit http://www.powersharesseries.com/champions-shootout-birmingham/.

Toys 4 Tots Social Mixer at Greystone YMCA

Toys 4 Tots Social Mixer on Saturday Dec 7th from 9am-12pm. Cardio Tennis from 9am-10am and doubles mixer from 10am-12pm. Sign up asap! Entry fee: Unwrapped Toy AND 2 bags of non-perishable candy. For more information contact Cain Mashego at cmashego@bellsouth.net or 205-566-6027.

USTA League

USTA 2013 year end ratings are now published on TennisLink!

USTA Birmingham winter women's adult 18 & over league registration will open approximately Dec. 3rd on TennisLink with the initial team registration deadline being Thursday, December 19th. Players can register for both weekday and the Saturday leagues with levels of play being 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0+.

The weekday play opportunities are as follows with all weekday play beginning at 9:30:

2.5 - Wednesday

3.0 - Friday

3.5 - Tuesday

4.0 - Thursday

4.5 - Wednesday

The Saturday play opportunities will be 12:00 or 2:00 depending upon court availability for all levels including the 5.0+ level.

Maximum number of players per team is sixteen (16) and all players must be current members of USTA throughout the local league season. Anticipated weekday start date is Tuesday, January 6, 2014. Anticipated Saturday league start date is Jan. 4th. Start dates do depend upon the total number of teams that register within a level.

Format for the 2.5 and 5.0+ level is one singles and two doubles; format for 3.0 through 4.5 is two singles and three doubles. All play a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set.

The 2014 Alabama Adult 18 & Over Championships will be hosted by Mobile June 26-29. All levels will play that same weekend. Do note that you can only plan on one team at the 18 & over championships.

The 2014 Southern Sectional Championships are scheduled as follows:

Levels 3.0, 4.0, 5.0+ Women and Men hosted by Auburn, AL July 25-27, 2014

Levels 2.5, 3.5 and 4.5 Women and Men hosted by July 25-27, 2014

For more information, please contact Ruth Anne Bendall at 995-1398 or at rbendall7@gmail.com.

USTA Flex League

Play on your schedule!! Singles, doubles and mixed divisions are available in both the DAYTIME and EVENING/WEEKEND leagues. Registration is open through January 19th. The season will run January 24th through April 13th. www.ustaflex.com. For more information, contact Kevin Theos at theos@sta.usta.com.

LJCC Courts Become Available to Nonmembers

The Levite Jewish Community Center is going to open their tennis courts so that non-members, for a fee, may play on teams already formed. The LJCC courts will also be available for lease to those teams looking for home courts in order to play in USTA and LITL league play.

Players need to be aware that the LJCC's Premier Court Surface provides the best of court cushioning. In comparison cushion values of Premier Court to clay or fast dry type surfaces, the numbers show that the Premier Court provides a cushion surface throughout the court, often time twice as much as the clay or fast dry court! This means that it is easy on the body! Players who do not like playing on a "hard" surface will love these courts! For more information, contact Dale Clark at dclark@bhamjcc.org.

LIFETIME Indoor After-School Tennis

LIFETIME TENNIS is offering an after-school indoor tennis program.

Pre-futures (ages 4-5) Mon-Fri 3:30-4:00pm
Futures (ages 6+) Mon-Fri 4:00-5:00pm
Challengers (ages 8+) Mon-Fri 4:00-5:30pm


The Futures is designed or the beginner tennis player who is just geting started in tennis. They will be introduced to competition and begin to develop the skills necessary to start their journey to beconming a future tennis champion. Each Futures player will be assessed by our teaching pros and based on age and skill level will train with either the Red or the Orange ball.


The Challengers is designed for the intermediate tennis player who has begun to master the basics of tennis. They will contine to develop their playing skills, understanding of tactics and scoring through competition based play and training. Each Challengers player will be assessed by our teaching pros and based on age and skill level will be traning with either the Red, Orange or Green Balls.

Champions (ages 9+) Mon-Fri 4:00-6:00pm
Grand Slams (ages 11+) Mon-Fri 4:00-6:00pm
The Champions and Grand Slams play on the outdoor courts.

For more information, call the Tennis Desk at 205-547-3192.

OBI Ashley Brooke, Noah, Jackson 180* FHG
OBI Ashley Brooke, Noah, Jackson 180* FHG
FCA Tennis Camp

FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) Tennis camp Dec. 30th and 31st
1:00-5:00 all levels ages 10-16. Cost $100. Tennis camp with fundamentals,
strategy, positioning and match play. Spiritual topics: A Biblical
perspective on winning, our position in Christ, knowing Him and making him
known. For more info email Boo Mason at boo@hoovercc.com. To register go to

Trussville Racquet Club Tennis
UA Men's Tennis Schedule and Junior Program

Crimson Tide Junior Tennis Academy clinic is offered Monday and Wednesdays 4-6pm (rain or shine) through the school year on our varsity tennis courts. It is open to all players 8-16 years of age and is lead by the Men's Tennis staff (Head Coach George Husack, Assistant Coach Ryler DeHeart). For more information contact George Husack at ghusack@ia.ua.edu.

Men's Tennis Schedule



18 UAB/Alabama A&M/Troy Tuscaloosa, AL 10am/3pm/6pm

25 Cal (ITA Indoor Kickoff) Malibu, CA 10am

26 Pepperdine or San Diego Malibu, CA TBD


1 Texas Austin, TX 1pm

8 Oklahoma State Tuscaloosa, AL 1pm

9 Oklahoma Tuscaloosa, AL 1pm

14-17 USTA/ITA National Team Indoors Houston, TX TBD

21-23 Blue-Grey National Tennis Classic Montgomery, AL TBD

28 Mississippi State* Starkville, MS 1pm


2 Ole Miss* Oxford, MS 1pm

7 LSU* Baton Rouge, LA 1pm

9 Arkansas*/Citadel Tuscaloosa, AL 1pm/6pm

14 Auburn* Tuscaloosa, AL 5pm

17 University of Southern California Tuscaloosa, AL 5pm

21 South Carolina* Columbia, SC 3pm

23 Florida* Gainesville, FL 1pm

28 Vanderbilt* Tuscaloosa, AL 5pm

30 Kentucky* Tuscaloosa, AL 1pm


4 Texas A&M* College Station, TX 1pm

11 Georgia * Tuscaloosa, AL 5pm

13 Tennessee* Tuscaloosa, AL 1pm

17-21 SEC Tournament Nashville, TN TBD


9-11 NCAA Regionals TBA TBD

15-26 NCAA Championships Athens, GA TBD

*SEC Match

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. 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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