LeagueTennis.com Newsletter
November 2007/ Issue 3
HAPPY TURKEY DAY !

Wow! It is hard to believe that our first season is almost in the books and Fall playoffs just around the corner! The first set of LeagueTennis.com City Champions will be determined in Atlanta & Houston on December 15th! We would like to say THANK YOU to everyone for your support! We launched our site late August, 2007, and in just three short months, our membership has grown faster than we dreamed!

We thought you should know that the staff at LeagueTennis.com is made up 100% of individuals who are crazy about tennis. Consider that we play in so many recreational leagues, our spouses consider themselves tennis widows; we are known to plan our family vacations around professional tennis tournaments; we all subscribe to the Tennis Channel (and pray for the day they go High Def!); we own weird things like a pair of autographed shorts worn by Andy Roddick in the 2003 US Open; and we all have this crazy ailment that keeps us home from work four times a year (we call it "grandslamitis")!

So we are really excited to be supported by such a great group of players and tennis professionals who are as crazy about tennis as we are! We promise to work really hard to make LeagueTennis.com the best tennis community around!

Sincerely,

The Staff at
LeagueTennis.com...Tennis on Your Terms!

IN THIS ISSUE:

Happy Turkey Day!
Latest News
Our Sponsors
Tennis & Fitness Tips
In the Spotlight
LeagueTennis.com Bag Tag Unveiled!
Scoring 101
A Message from Tennis Players Network
Herman's Flat Iron Steak
Quick Links

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Learn More
Find a Partner
Register for a League
Refer Players

Spread the Word!

Tell all your friends about LeagueTennis.com!

Tennis on your Terms!

EVERYONE PLAYS FREE
WINTER 2008!

LATEST NEWS

PLAYOFFS  Playoffs are right around the corner! If you are currently playing in our Fall leagues, you must opt-in to the playoffs by 12/2/07 to be considered for the draws. You can opt-in to playoffs at the bottom of the My Schedule page. Click here to see the unveiling of the LeagueTennis.com bag tag!

NEED A PARTNER?  Find a Partner was launched on our Website this month! So don't let the lack of a partner keep you off the courts this Winter! Find a partner for any of our doubles leagues!

PLAY FOR FREE!  Try our leagues absolutely free this Winter! Make hitting the courts your New Year's Resolution! Register today!


NEW CONTRIBUTOR  Please welcome our newest newsletter contributor Jeff Michaud! Jeff is a personal trainer and tennis instructor and will be writing our Tennis & Fitness Tips column!

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TENNIS & FITNESS TIPS
by Jeff Michaud


Groundstroke tip, Forehand tennis swing

Don’t wait too long to get your tennis racquet back, you want the racquet back by the time the ball crosses the net. I prefer a setback swing rather then a loop swing, the above tip works for both tennis swings.

Don’t snap the wrist over; topspin is not created from here but rather by hitting the ball out in front of the front foot in a low to high tennis swing.

On the finish I like to complete my tennis swing looking much like a golfer with my racquet resting on my opposite shoulder, for the right handed tennis player, finishing on the left shoulder and depending on how much time a player has to hold the finish remain there for a second or two. In practice I like to have my players hold this for several seconds to exaggerate the proper finish.


Holiday Fitness Tip, Holiday Shape up
During the holiday season it is doubly important to stay on your exercise and dietary program.

The key is to make the time to do your workout. One option if you have a problem getting to the gym on a regular basis is to do your work out in the morning before work. Waiting to do your work out later in the day, all matter of things can happen that will cause you not to be able to workout.

The optimal time for a work out is about 45 minutes, beyond that most people tend to waste time. It is best to keep the workout quick and fun.

I recommend doing weight bearing exercise every other day and aerobic activity almost every day. The key to developing the program is to start up slow and build up slowly to the above mentioned info. Remember before starting any program you should consult with your doctor especially if you have a medical history or illness.

Jeff Michaud is an Atlanta personal trainer and tennis instructor who can help you lose weight, improve your tennis game, train for your next triathlon and meet your personal fitness goals. He is USPTA & AMFPT CERTIFIED



Visit www.FitnessWithJeff.com

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

This section is devoted to spotlighting local tennis businesses!


HOUSTON SPOTLIGHT



Sportsnet International

9600 Bellaire Blvd.
Suite 137
Houston, Tx 77036

Tel:
  713-771-8905
Toll Free
:   1-877-378-3223
Website:
  www.sportsnetonline.net
Email:   jumpsmash@aol.com

Sportsnet International carries a complete line of tennis & badminton products that can be purchased in the store or online! Plus ONE HOUR RACQUET STRINGING SERVICE!!


ATLANTA SPOTLIGHT



DSI Tennis Academy

The Riverside Club
6450 Riverside Dr., NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30328

Tel:
  404-255-3580
Website:
  www.dsitennis.com
Email:   dsi@dsitennis.com

DSI Tennis Academy is led Brian de Villiers and Grant Stafford of deVilliers/Stafford International, and is one of the finest tennis academies in Georgia.


DALLAS SPOTLIGHT


L.B. Houston Tennis Center

11225 Luna Road
Dallas, Texas 75229

Tel:
  214-670-6367
Website:
  www.lbhoustontennis.com

L.B. Houston is a public tennis center owned by the City of Dallas. The facility includes a fully-stocked pro shop, sixteen (16) lighted tennis courts, lesson programs, and league programs. Reservations for courts are taken one day in advance. Open daily at 9:00 a.m


LEAGUETENNIS.COM BAG TAG UNVEILED!

We are excited to unveil the design for the LeagueTennis.com bag tags! In just a few short weeks the Division Winners will be decided and then soon after, the City Champions & City Finalists at each playing level. Each will receive a bag tag to hang in a place of honor! Who doesn't love the clink, clink sound of a bunch of bag tags hanging from the side of your tennis bag? :)


A MESSAGE FROM GEORGIA'S TENNIS PLAYERS NETWORK

Hey Georgia Tennis Players! Tennis Players Network is a fairly new web site created to assist you, the Georgia tennis player! You deserve the best pros, courts, tournaments, attire, and up-to-date information Georgia tennis offers you. Please enjoy the web site and communicate with us about what you need for your most enjoyable sport, which is what we are here for.

Check us out -

  1. Maps
  2. Directions from MapQuest
  3. Store Sales
  4. Luke Jensen Audio
  5. GET TO KNOW A PRO
  6. Tournament Info
  7. Mental Toughness
  8. Tennis Club Information
  9. INCREDIBLE FREE NEWSLETTERS
  10. University Team Info
  11. SO MUCH MORE...
Our free monthly newsletter is a great way to stay connected. If you are not on the mailing list you can sign up on the homepage and receive free trading cards. (They are great stocking stuffers)

We are just now working on a campaign for your benefit – Get to Know a Pro – so look for info on this campaign coming your way real soon!

Play safe, honorably, and enjoy Georgia’s crisp fresh air!

Sincerely,
Beth McCaskill
www.TennisPlayersNetwork.com
Beth.mccaskill@TennisPlayersNetwork.com
678-622-3708

SCORING 101

Check here each month for a refresher course on tennis rules for LeagueTennis.com matches. (To view the complete set of LeagueTennis.com rules, click here)

  • The server should always call out the score before serving.
  • If there is a dispute over the score, players should try to handle them in one of the ways below (and in the order shown):
    • First choice: Count all the points/games that the players agree on and replay any disputed points/games.
    • Second choice: Play from the score that all players can agree on.
    • Third choice: Flip a coin.

A loose interpretation of "Scoring" from the USTA's The Code - The Players' Guide to Unofficiated Matches. 

HERMAN'S BACKHAND FLATIRON STEAK

Okay, so you may ask yourself what this recipe has to do with tennis...not much really, except that it was served up by Herman, who is a darn good tennis player and an even better cook! So we thought we'd share it with you! Enjoy!

½ onion, minced
1 tbs dried thyme leaves
3 tbs packed dark brown sugar
¼ cup soy sauce
3 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 ½ pounds flat iron steak
¼ cup water
2 tbs butter
½ lb. mushrooms or as many as you want

Combine the first seven ingredients in a freezer-type Ziploc bag.  Add the steaks,  squeeze out as much air as possible and seal the bag.  Put the bag in a medium bowl in the fridge to marinate overnight, turning bag several times for even coating.

Drain the steaks, reserving the marinade.  There will not be much.  Pour the marinade into a small saucepan.  Rinse the bag with ¼ water and add to marinade.  Add the mushrooms and simmer 4 to 5 minutes and stir in the butter. 

Grill the steaks to medium-rare.

Let stand for 4-5 minutes before slicing.  Thinly slice at an angle across the grain.  Bring the mushroom/marinade/butter mixture to a boil and pour over meat. 

Wolf it on down.

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