Tuesday, June 14, 2016

COURT REPORT SUMMER 2016

             Ulster County Open Doubles Results           
                    
Branden Belaski and Bailey Kretschmer 3.5 Mixed Dbls Champs


Congratulations to all the 2016 Ulster County Doubles Champions:

Open Men's Doubles -- Dave Jutton and Shawn Holzmann
Open Mixed Doubles -- Shannon Mulcahy and Shawn Holzmann
Sr. Men's Doubles -- Tom Turco and Ravi Ramaswami
Super Senior Doubles -- Tom Turco and James Steinberg
3.5 Women's Doubles -- Lisa Cutten and Elissa Staub
3.5 Mixed Doubles -- Branden Belaski and Bailey Kretschmer  
3.5 Men's Doubles -- Larry Lux and Jake Guralnick
                             Lone Star
 
Bill Roberts

The other day when Bill Roberts showed up to play,he was greeted with empty courts and no players on a  perfect for tennis weekend morning. But there was one player he befriended who is always willing to hit,never complains,never cheats and gives a great workout: Mr. Wall.
The wall is one of the most under rated practice partner for League Players. Apart from the exercise it can also be very useful to practice your form and technique. 
Using a foam ball or a speedball to hit against the wall makes it even more fun.
So, in our tennis challenged environment,Bill met a loyal tennis partner and then drove away in his sleek convertible,a happy tennis player.


            
                   Forsyth Courts Renovation Update
               Court gets state of the art Center strap adjuster
As the town stumbles through their tennis court renovation project,the tennis strap buckles that control net height continue to rust and slip.
No worries. Someone in town came up with a state of the art apparatus to prevent the strap from collapsing in mid play.
 This is expected to save the town a few bucks which they can invest into the engineer who will confirm that the courts need renovation.
 And just to make sure all court net straps are addressed the courts now have a standard supply of the adjusters. 
 
                        The Rumor Mill
    Kingston High School Tennis Courts to close ?
The Kingston High School courts may face a storm it cannot weather
According to a source close to another source close to an inside source ( hence the term 'rumor' ), the Kingston High School tennis courts aka MJM courts are expected to vanish.
                                             The Kingston High School is in the midst of a multi-million dollar renovation project (presumably to enhance education). 
However the architectural blueprints supposedly do not show the tennis courts ! In fact, it is believed the site of the present courts is going to be the 'bus turn around' area where the school buses dropping off kids can make a U-turn.
                                                  There is a covered walkway adjacent to the courts that will lead into the new building.
                                                  To substantiate these rumors is a 2013 'master plan' developed by the Kingston Rec Department that states that there are far too many courts in the Kingston area than needed . On pages 21 and 24 of the document it states that    Kingston has 16 courts ( of course 6 of those courts have weeds growing on them and are abandoned-but why bother about details?) and based on the demographics,the city decided that  Kingston only needs 6 tennis courts now and possibly 7 in the next 10 years. 
 To view the report and see pages 21 & 24 go to:
http://www.kingston-ny.gov/filestorage/8463/10614/Draft_kingston_recreation_master_plan.pdf

Is there going to be a rainbow guarding the courts this time around ?

So 4 courts at Forsyth Park and 2 at Loughran Park makes it 6 courts  and one at Hutton Park makes it 7. 
Therefore the 4 Kingston High School courts could be the surplus and hence to be relegated as a parking lot where skateboarders will not have to invade the tennis courts 
...because there will be no courts !

             One-on-one with  Saif Ali 
Tennis pro, Saif Ali, talks to our readers about the service toss and how to get consistent with it. League players,take note !
 
     An easy way to exercise for tennis
We have published this before but is worth a repeat viewing.
The exercises shown are simple to do,takes about 5 minutes to do and has been tested and found effective by League Players.  
 (Please turn up volume-and it's not the voice of Ellen DeGeneres !)

                   

                    How much exercise ?
 
League Players try to keep in shape to excel in their matches.In fact most coaches agree that even marginally improving your fitness can take your game level up a couple of notches.
                                              Tennis is mainly an anaerobic exercise as opposed to an aerobic exercise like jogging or cycling. What that means is that tennis has short bursts of intense activity followed by a brief rest period as opposed to jogging where you have sustained activity.
In tennis,this short burst of activity does not give you enough time to breathe and you have to function with less oxygen since you do not have time to take full breaths. Hence the term 'anaerobic exercise' is used regarding tennis.
So how much and what kind of exercise benefits
 the League Player ? 
The answer is : short bursts of intense activity followed by an extended cool down period. For example: light jogging for a couple of minutes followed by a mad sprint for 15 seconds followed by a minute of walking to cool down. A recent NY Times article even simplifies it further : just three 20 second (a total of ONE minute ) of intense sprints in a ten minute work out. We highly recommend this. Try it for a week or two and you will be amazed at the improvement in your court conditioning:


 
                   Footprint Erasers
James Steinberg (left) and Matt Canzonetti discuss conversion to solar energy for their club
 First they erased the footprints their club members had left on the tennis courts by resurfacing the courts.
                                            Then they went one step further by erasing their own carbon footprints by installing 168 solar panels making Hudson Valley Indoor Tennis (HVIT) the only all-tennis facility in New York to be fully powered by the sun.
"Our solar panels provide power to completely light our tennis courts",  said Matt Canzonetti,co-owner of HVIT.
"When we checked our electric meter",added co-owner James Steinberg,
" it was running backwards even with all our lights on !" 
That meant they were producing surplus energy with their panels.
                                                 Though closed for the summer except on rainy days,the HVIT reservation system for contract times is open for next winter. 
We encourage League Players to sign up and support HVIT where you can play tennis on great courts, managed by extremely friendly people and with the knowledge that you are being eco-friendly now that the lights are powered by El Sol.    

 

  
 
      How serious are you about tennis ?

Take our poll !! ( 1 point for every 'yes' answer )

1. When someone asks about your partner, do you immediately think of your doubles partner ?

Image result for tennis doubles


2. Does a bagel mean more to you than your breakfast staple ?

 tennis-bagel
3. Do you take a  surreptitious whiff every time you crack open a new can of tennis balls ?
smell-of-tennis-balls


4. Do you find yellow ball fuzz everywhere in your house ?

tennis-ball-fuzz


5. Do you have  tan lines in unique areas ?
 Image result for tennis tan lines

 tennis-feet-tan-lines

5. Is your tennis bag filled with more stuff than you need ?
 big-tennis-bag
   
Score:
1-2 : Serious League Player
3-4 : Obsessed League Player
5 : We feel proud you are one of us !
       

              BREAKING NEWS !!!
           Forsyth Park Renovation Update
             
                  Court gets new center strap !!
Brand new center strap on Court 2

 ...But the rest of the courts look like ( insert appropriate noun) !

It seems hope is around the corner ( though we don't know which corner). In its eternal quest to renovate the Forsyth Park courts the entities involved actually put a new center strap on one of the courts -perhaps to distract attention from the rest of the courts-namely the PLAYING SURFACE !!
                                     
League Players are not going to be unmindful of the ever increasing cracks on the court surface as the town council ponders to vote to authorize payment of $4000 to an engineer to evaluate the tennis courts for repair !  
( Perhaps the $4000 is better spent on a tennis resurfacing  company who can actually repair the courts rather than have an engineer tell you the courts need to be repaired ?)
A lawsuit waiting to happen...
 Or perhaps the town is waiting for the first lawsuit to happen before exercising common sense ? But then again common sense is contrary to the requirements of a politician. Just ask President Trump !!
                                    *****************                         
                    LEAGUE BEGINS !
The Terminator flanked by Bill Blake (r) and Jihyuk Han
 The Terminator inaugurated the Better Ladder Than Never Tennis League which began with a singles match between Jihyuk Han and Bill Blake. More matches took place over the perfect-for-tennis weekend including a doubles match featuring once again Bill Blake who with his partner Don Guidi took on  Michael McNicholas and  Zach Conlon.
L to R:Bill Blake,Don Guidi,Michael McNicholas and Zach Conlon.

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Better Ladder Than Never (Men's Singles Ladder)



Ravi Ramaswami  tennis4u@yahoo.com


Kevin Dodd  doddhvg@aol.com




Jory Serota  jory@joryserota.com
 

Joel Iskowitz  iskart@hvc.rr.com

Jihyuk Han  jihyukh@yahoo.com









Michael  McNicholas mcnicholasmj@aol.com



Chris Jaros jaros.chris@yahoo.com



Don Guidi m8i6d@aol.com


Zach Conlon zconlon@yahoo.com


Rains Newton  rainsnewton@yahoo.com

David Loewen Pilatesonmain@gmail.com

 

Rick Lange  deluxe4514@aol.com

Nils Schlebusch nilsphoto@gmail.com
                                                                                                                        
Jacob Feinberg zemophonz@aol.com

Michael Snow serve@snowcreative.com




 Jake Guralnick jakgur@gmail.com

Cary Bayer successaerobics@aol.com


Raphael Stern rstern9@gmail.com

Larry Lux nytennis40@gmail.com

Larry  Arvidson libinia@hvc.rr.com

Bruce McPherson bmcphersonco@gmail.com 


Tomasz Andruczyck  tkandru@yahoo.com



Steve Hajek shajek@hvc.rr.com



Joe Reilly  jkjs1948@aol.com




Bill Roberts  bill2roberts@earthlink.net 


Natan Borsky  natan@hvc.rr.com

Larry Lux nytennis40@gmail.com

David Gatta dgatta4@gmail.com