01/02/2014 - January Tennis Newsletter

January 2014
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

  • McEnroe, Courier, Roddick and Philippoussis to Compete at BJCC
  • Jr. High Tennis Camps at Hoover Country Club
  • Free Men's Clinic at Pelham Tennis Center
  • 26th Annual Polar Bear Tournament
  • USTA Flex League
  • Men's USTA League Tennis
  • Altadena Valley Adult and Junior Tennis
  • LIFETIME Indoor After-School Tennis
  • Gardendale Junior and Adult Tennis
  • LJCC Courts Become Available to Nonmembers
  • 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/.

Jr. High Tennis Camps at Hoover Country Club

Hoover Country Club will host two Jr, High Tennis camps for kids trying out for their Jr. High Tennis teams. The camps will be Saturday Jan. 4th and Saturday Jan. 11th 9:00-12:00 and the cost is $35 per Saturday. To register go to www.boomasontennis.com or e-mail Boo Mason at boo@hoovercc.com.

Free Men's Clinic at Pelham Tennis Center

Beginners or low-level men (players with no league experience) are invited!

Instructor: USPTA Elite Pro Steve Faulkner

Saturdays: 10:30-Noon (starting Jan 11th) - there will be a series of 4 clinics - rain dates TBA.

Coach Faulkner will cover all the basic rules, court etiquette, stroke techniques and related footwork. Plus, there will be fun play-type drills to teach doubles strategy.

To register, please email Ken Vines kvines@pelhamonline.com or call PTC (620-6428)

Numbers will be limited so please call/email early to reserve a spot. There will be some loaner rackets available if you need to borrow one.

26th Annual Polar Bear Tournment

Sunday, January 26th 1-4pm

Sign up as an individual and play both regular and mixed doubles in a mini-match, round robin format.
This is a pot luck event - bring something scrumptious to eat!
Minimum donation: $25 per person
Monies collected will go to Two by Two Animal Rescue. Also, there will be a donation box if you would like to donate some dog food, blankets, dog toys, etc......

Please email Ken at kvines@pelhamonline.com or call PTC (620-6428) - draw will be limited so enter early USTA 2013 year end ratings are now published on TennisLink!

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.

Men's USTA League Tennis

The 55 & over Spring Registration onTennisLink will open January 23, 2014

Matches for the 55&over league will start in February.

The 18 & over and 40+ Spring Registration onTennisLink will open January 31, 2014

Matches for the 18's and 40+ will start early in March.

Team captains may choose when their home matches are to be scheduled according to facility availability and personal preference.

Any questions? Email USTA Local League Coordinator, Ken Vines, at kvines@pelhamonline.com

Altadena Valley Adult and Junior Tennis

After school Tennis Programs are available, for all levels and ages. Drop in and Commitment pricing available.

Juniors getting ready for School tennis are invited to Friday Boot Camps 4 to 6pm. $20.00 per time
Jan. 10th, 17th , 24th and 31st.


All Ladies are invited to participate in our weekly USTA Clinics. Drop in price of 15.00 for 1 1/2 hour clinics.
Please e-mail us for days and times.
And....USTA Drop in Clinics for all Ladies. $ 10.00 for hour and half clinic.

2.5/3.0 will be Thursdays 9:30till 11am

3.5/4.0 will be Wednesdays 9:30till11am

4.5 and up will be Mondays 9:30 till 11am

Clinics will start week of January 13th.
For more information contact Tery Sherer at terysherer@att.net.
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
Gardendale Adult and Junior Tennis

Marie Zassoda will be having a ladies clinic on Thursday mornings at Gardendale 9:30 2Hr $15.00 Clinic and hit for the 3.5 and up ladies. Starts January 9th Thursday

Also looking for players for USTA Junior spring team - all those kids that did not make a school team - come play tennis in Gardendale!!! All ages welcome for the spring Junior teams. Teams can qualify this season for State Tournament in July. See you on the courts. For more information contact Marie Zassoda at mariezassoda@yahoo.com or 205-365-7019.

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.

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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