Monday, September 29, 2014


                             2014 League Playoffs  ------->
           Make sure you play your matches on time !
All matches to be completed by November !!
If matches are not played winners will be 
decided by points obtained in the League !!!
What I did for love.....
League Players love tennis and go out of their way to express their love for tennis. Here is a pictorial montage to some of them.

  Here are some examples of how much our League Players love tennis and/or how they express it:
The Terminator 2 has tennis tattooed on his arm !
Not to be outdone,The Terminator Greg Tellier is so passionate about the game that he is known to  punch  his racquet strings during a match !
The Terminator (R) and sparring partner even played on Xmas eve-outdoors !
Kevin Dodd has played many matches in pouring rain
High Priestess Milly Back's iconic picture of her practicing in the rain
And this player did not let the prospect of a tick or Lyme disease interrupt his tennis !
Scott Rubinstein goes to play tennis even in a snow storm !
And Francine Wizner really,really loves tennis !!
      And now a tribute to Coach John ....
John Kasten has helped numerous tennis players in our area to improve their game and realize their potential. 
                    The Three Sisters
The three sisters  is an agricultural technique used by Native Americans long before the advent of pesticides and is considered a symbiotic and ecologically sound method of cultivation :
(There is also a '4th sister'-the Rocky Mountain bee plant which attracts bees to pollinate the plants)
 League Players also can benefit from 3 tenets:
1.Eyes: Focus on the ball from the time your opponent gets ready to hit it and all the way to your racquet.
2. Feet: Move your feet to get into position to hit the ball.
3. Hands: Your left hand (for righties) should  push or pull the racquet  to get your shoulders turned and to get the racquet head in position behind the ball before the ball bounces on your side. 

This tennis version of the Three Sisters will get your game consistent and dependable rally after rally.
2009 Three Sisters commemorative dollar coin 
Zen Tennis : A guide for League Players to reach Tennis Nirvana

2014 Tennis League concludes ! 
Thank you all !
Despite the fact that the total number of matches played were less than last year,there is no question of the fact that
 it was a lot of fun !
The play offs to decide the winners are also concluding soon and we wish to thank each one of you for your support of the Hudson Valley's largest tennis league.
As a celebratory tribute to League Players,please enjoy watching this video of the 2014 Bastille Day fireworks over the Eiffel Tower:

The all body stretch in 5 minutes or less !
Details at:
                  Zen Tennis :a series of articles to help League Players reach tennis Nirvana

This week on Zen Tennis: Playing with heart
"You can have my name,you can have my number ...but you can never have my heart"
                                                      -Theme song from the Bond movie,'Skyfall'.

Even when your opponent is playing well,you can still create a significant impact if you have heart.
Playing with 'heart' means playing  with the intention of winning. The thought of losing is not even an option.  Think Jimmy Connors. He played every match like he was going to win.-giving it his 110%.
 In order to play with 'heart'. you need to :
1. Get back to back to basics: watch the ball,move your feet,and avoid risky shots.
2. Play each point as if it were match point.
3. Focus on the moment not the aches,the heat or the result.
These 3 things will make you change the fulcrum point of the match and you might even come from behind!
                 Better late than never !
The article below,on Malala Yousafzai, was published last year on this web site just before the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded. Unfortunately she did not receive the prize last year but won it this year along with an Indian children's rights advocate. Malala is Pakistani and having an Indian and Pakistani share the Nobel Peace Prize just as India and Pakistan are going to war,is ironical-to say the least.

As ironical as setting up a good point and then flubbing the put away shot !                                                                     
                         I am Malala (published 10/8/13)
Malala Yousafzai

    Malala Yousafzai is a 16 year old Pakistani girl who was going to school when the Taliban entered the school bus and shot her for daring to get educated. She was left bleeding but ultimately rescued and sent to England for treatment of her complicated injuries. A piece of her skull had to be replaced with a titanium piece.She now carries that piece of her skull as a reminder of her mission-a mission to provide education to girls all over the world. She has been a spokesperson for education despite continuing to be on the Taliban's hit list.
Her book entitled " I am Malala" was released this month and the words " I am Malala" has been incorporated by children all over the world as a rallying cry and support for Malala and women's education.
She is a favorite to get the Nobel Peace Prize this year-to be announced Friday 10/10/13.
We applaud her courage-and as a reminder to League Players : persistence and passion can get you from impossible situations to successful ones.
  For League Players who don't want to practice.....
                   (Thanks,Donna Viertel, for sharing this quote !)
                   Eye on the ball .....
We all have been told to do that and here are some pros who do just that !

  League Players Shine in Woodstock Open !!
League players left their mark on the clay courts at Woodstock with 6 of them reaching the finals !   
Jihyuk Han and Don Tegeler were in the Open Doubles finals.

Claudia Brown beat Elyssa Staub in a match with long rallies. 

In the Men's Finals Steve Hack beat
the defending champion ,The Terminator, Greg Tellier. 
Greg had won last year's championship defeating 
Ulster County Champion Shawn Holzmann, in the finals. So by this calculation, Steve can be considered the best player in Ulster County---and he is a League player too !
Welcome to the Elite Group,Steve !!                                                       
Don Tiegler/Jihyuk Han ( extreme right) Doubles Finalists
Steve Hack beat The Terminator in the Men's Singles Finals
Claudia Brown(L) d Elyssa Staub in the Women's finals.

                           3 degrees of separation ! ! 
Steve Hack won the 2014 Woodstock Open Singles defeating
-->The Terminator,Greg Tellier who --> beat Ulster County Champion,Shawn Holzmann in the 2013 Woodstock finals.

So doesn't that make Steve the #1 player in Ulster County ?
We think so !

Or as Fox News would say : " We report -you decide" !!
                       The Lone Rangers
2 beautiful mornings this weekend and no one playing tennis !
Except for the Lone Rangers....
League Player Lisa Carbone and her  husband were the only occupants of the 7 courts at UCCC
The Terminator Greg Tellier(R) and friend were the loners at Forsyth Park

                      The void....
When the pot holes outside the tennis courts were glistening with new gravel and shiny paving material,it had less to do with the town's new found love for tennis but more to do with putting on a happy face for the attendees of the 'Touch a Truck' ( yes that was the name) expo. The tennis courts were empty but that was probably because there was no place to park for tennis players !
Empty courts...

Full parking lot for the truck expo !
             Fall League Begins !!
The Fall Edition (groan....!) of the Mid Hudson Tennis League has begun !
Players in the Spring League are automatically enrolled in the Fall League at no extra charge and retain their points ! New entrants are welcome too. This will give League Players some extra playing time till mid October when the play offs take place.
So don't hang up your racquets and make use of the extended summer weather we are having !!
                     Coach of the Year: Pete Zeeh
Ace Coach Pete Zeeh at his home court
 Pete Zeeh was the dominant tennis player in the area since 1962 when he won the first of his eleven Ulster County Tennis titles. He owned and operated the Ulster Tennis Club and later taught tennis at UCCC and Zena Rec Club.
                                  He now gives private lessons at his home court at Sawkill Road in Kingston in the summer and teaches in Englewood,Florida in the winter.
                  He also gives FREE lessons at Forsyth Park on Saturdays at 10 a.m.
                                  Pete has a very simple yet very effective approach to teaching. He takes the technique used by a player, and simplifies it without modifying it. The result is instant improvement (we have tested and tried it!)
Pete Zeeh can be reached at:
and at 845-331-4355.
We recommend him highly !!
                           Winners !!
Extreme left (back row): Vicky Madonna and Kevin Madonna
 League Players Vicky and Kevin Madonna were honored on Center Court at the New Haven Yale Tennis Center during the Connecticut Open. They reached the finals of the Husband/Wife Division of the New Haven Family Classic.
 Vicky and Kevin won their first three matches on July 20, but lost in the finals played on August 21. Their runner-up trophy was presented to them by James Blake on center court after the conclusion of the women's quarter finals.
                                                       Kevin is also heading to Tuscon,AZ to play for his USTA team at the National Championships. We wish him the best !

Saturday, September 27, 2014


                                  2014 League Play Offs

1.There are 2 Qualifiers and 2 Eliminators
(except in events where there are insufficient number of  players who qualified)
2. Qualifier # 1: Winner goes to the finals and the loser gets another chance in Qualifier #2.
3. Eliminators: Winner of Eliminator # 1 vs Eliminator #2  gets into Qualifier # 2 .
4. Qualifier #2: Winner goes to the finals
5. With the exception of forfeits,all unplayed matches will be ruled in favor of the person with more points.

-->All matches to be completed by October 20th<--

Men's A Singles:
Kevin Dodd(2)  15
Michael McNicholas 12
Ravi Ramaswami(1) 10 
Jihyuk Han 9
Wyatt Sprague 8
Qualifier # 1: Dodd d McNicholas
Eliminator # 1: Han d Sprague STB
Eliminator #2 : Ramaswami d Han
Qualifier # 2 :  Ramaswami d McNicholas
Finals: Dodd vs Ramaswami

Men's B Singles Division 1 : 
Mark Murasso 24
Michael McNicholas 20 
 Rains Newton 18
Andrew Lynch 9
Charles Lay 7
Qualifier # 1:McNicholas d Murasso 
Eliminator# 1: Lynch d Lay
Eliminator #2: Lynch d Newton
Qualifier # 2 : Lynch d Murasso
 Finals: Lynch vs McNicholas

Men's B Singles Division 2 : 
Mike Hommel(4) 7 
Wally Cook 6
Steve Hajek 5
Larry Arvidson 5
Bob Nicol 4 
Nat Borsky 4

Qualifier # 1: Cook d Hommel
Eliminator# 1: Hajek d Arvidson
Eliminator #2: Nicol d Borsky
Eliminator #3:  Nicol d Hajek
Qualifier # 2 : Nicol d Hommel
 Finals: Nicol d Cook STB (10-6)

Women's B Singles:
 Melissa Bamford(1) 10
Amy Keller 9
Donna Viertel 4
Sharon Crego(2) 4
 Lisa Cutten 2

Qualifier # 1:Bamford vs Keller
Eliminator# 1 : Cutten d Viertel
Eliminator # 2: Crego vs Cutten
Qualifier # 2 : Q1 loser vs E2 winner
Finals: Winner Q1 vs Winner Q2

C Singles: 
Nicholas Millas 6
Dennis Jones 2
Finals:   Jones d Millas 

Super Senior Singles:
Larry Arvidson 12
Ed Biro 7
Bob Nicol 6
Bob Guidubaldi 4
 Bill Roberts 2

Qualifier # 1: Arvidson vs Biro
Eliminator #1 :Roberts vs Guidubaldi
Eliminator #2:Nicol vs E1 winner
Qualifier # 2 : Q1 loser vs E2 winner
Finals: Winner Q1 vs Winner Q2

Super Seniors Doubles
Larry Arvidson/Bruce Sumber 9
Ed Biro/Joe Reilly 2
Finals:  Arvidson/Sumber d Biro/Reilly 

Men's B Doubles:
Firoz Bhamla/Hal Hauck (1) 9
Ed Biro/Joe Reilly 7
Don Guidi/Tony Sarowitz 5
Nick Malvai/Doug Milford 4

Qualifier # 1: Biro /Reilly d Bhamla/Hauck 
Eliminator #1 :Guidi/Sarowitz vs Malvai/Milford
Qualifier # 2 :Winner E1 vs Bhamla / Hauck
Finals: Winner Q1 vs Winner Q2

Women's C Doubles:
 Francine Wizner/Donna Viertel(1) 2
Tracy Oakes/Gail Bradney 2

Finals: Wizner/Viertel vs Oakes/Bradney

A Mixed Doubles:
Milly Back/Ravi Ramaswami(1) 2
Vicky/Kevin Madonna 1
Finals: Back/Ramaswami vs Vicki/Kevin Madonna

B Mixed Doubles:
 Melissa Bamford/Paul Mushlit (3) 20
Teri Jordan/Nick Malvai (1) 8
Lisa Carbone/Bob Nicol (4) 6 
Lisa Cutten/Steve Hajek 5
Jody/Scott Mallen 5

Qualifier # 1:Bamford/Mushlit vs Jordan/Malvai
 Eliminator #1  :Cutten/Hajek vs Jody/Scott Mallen
 Eliminator #2: Carbone/Nicol vs E1 winner
Qualifier # 2 : Q1 loser vs E2 winner
Finals: Winner Q1 vs Winner Q2

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Men's A Singles
Kevin Dodd(2)  15
Michael McNicholas 12
Ravi Ramaswami(1) 10 
Jihyuk Han 9
Wyatt Sprague 8
Scott Taylor 6
David White 5
Steve Hack (4) 5
TN Thompson 4
Steve Hack (4) 5
Ed Rogers 5
Rains Newton 4
Mark Murasso 2
Joel Iskowitz 1
Men's B Singles
Mark Murasso 24
Rains Newton 18
Michael McNicholas 20 
Andrew Lynch 9 
Charles Lay 7 
Mike Hommel(4) 7 
Wally Cook 6
Steve Hajek 5
Larry Arvidson 5
Bob Nicol 4 
Nat Borsky 4
Peter Van Loan 2
Bruce Sumber 2
Michael Snow 2
Paul Solis-Cohen(3) 2
John Dorfner 1

Women's B Singles
Melissa Bamford(1) 10
Amy Keller 9
Donna Viertel 4
Sharon Crego(2) 4
Lisa Cutten (3) 2
Mourka Rudnay(4) 2
C Singles
Nicholas Millas 6
Dennis Jones 6

Super Seniors Singles
Larry Arvidson 12
Ed Biro 7
Bob Nicol 6
Bob Guidubaldi 4
Bill Roberts 2

Super Seniors Doubles
Larry Arvidson/Bruce Sumber 9
Ed Biro/Joe Reilly 2
Men's B Doubles
Firoz Bhamla/Hal Hauck (1) 9
Ed Biro/Joe Reilly 7
Don Guidi/Tony Sarowitz 5
Nick Malvai/Doug Milford 4
Women's B Doubles

Women's C Doubles
Francine Wizner/Donna Viertel(1) 2
Tracy Oakes/Gail Bradney 2

A Mixed Doubles
Milly Back/Ravi Ramaswami(1) 2
Vicky/Kevin Madonna 1
B Mixed Doubles
Melissa Bamford/Paul Mushlit (3) 20
Teri Jordan/Nick Malvai (1) 8
Lisa Carbone/Bob Nicol (4) 6 
Lisa Cutten/Steve Hajek 5
Jody/Scott Mallen 5
Sharon/Randy Crego 4 
Adrianna Kaufman/Firoz Bhamla 3 
Maria DeFranco/Paul Solis-Cohen 2

C Mixed Doubles 
Cindy Kowalewski/Joe Siuta 2

Monday, September 1, 2014


Red denotes challenge matches
STB : 3rd set super tie-break
Men's A Singles
Kevin Dodd d Don Tegeler
Kevin Dodd d Jihyuk Han STB
Kevin Dodd d Joel Iskowitz
Wyatt Sprague d Kevin Dodd (2)
Jihyuk Han d Michael McNicholas
Kevin Dodd(2) d Joel Iskowitz
Michael McNicholas d Rains Newton
Kevin Dodd(2) d Joel Iskowitz
David White d Rains Newton
Rains Newton d Joel Iskowitz
Jihyuk Han d Rains Newton
Kevin Dodd(2) d Joel Iskowitz
 Kevin Dodd(2) d Wyatt Sprague
Kevin Dodd (2) d Joel Iskowitz 
Kevin Dodd (2) d Joel Iskowitz
Steve Hack (4) d Kevin Dodd STB
Kevin Dodd (2) d Joel Iskowitz 
Kevin Dodd (2) d Joel Iskowitz
Michael McNicholas d Wyatt Sprague
Jihyuk Han d Wyatt Sprague
Kevin Ddd(2) d Joel Iskowitz
Wyatt Sprague d Don Tegeler
Scott Taylor d Wyatt Sprague
Kevin Dodd(2) d Joel Iskowitz
Scott Taylor d Jihyuk Han STB
TN Thompson d Jihyuk Han  STB
Ravi Ramaswami (1) d Jihyuk Han
Wyatt Sprague d Ed Rogers  STB
Ravi Ramaswami(1) d Wyatt Sprague
Scott Taylor d Ed Rogers
Ravi Ramaswami (1) d Amy Keller
Steve Hack (4) d Wyatt Sprague
Michael McNicholas d John Dorfner
Ravi Ramaswami(1) d Kevin Dodd (2)
TN Thompson d Don Tegeler
Wyatt Sprague d John Dorfner
Michael McNicholas d David White
Men's B Singles
Andrew Lynch d Mark Murasso
Andrew Lynch d Peter Van Loan
Nat Borsky d Steve Hajek STB
Larry Arvidson d Bruce Sumber
Larry Arvidson d Andrew Lynch STB
Mark Murasso d Mark Snow
Rains Newton d Mark Murasso
 Mark Murasso d Steve Hajek
Mark Murasso d Mark Snow
Mark Murasso d  Peter Van Loan
Mark Murasso d  Nat Borsky
Mark Murasso d  Bob Nicol
Mark Murasso d Andrew Lynch
Rains Newton d Tomasz Andruczyk
Rains Newton d Bill Roberts
Mark Murasso d Bruce Sumber
Rains Newton d Larry Arvidson
Mark Murasso d Steve Hajek
Cary Bayer d Larry Arvidson
Charles Lay d Wally Cook
Michael McNicholas d Charles Lay STB
Steve Hajek d Bruce Sumber
Charles Lay d Steve Hajek
Wally Cook d Nat Borsky
Wally Cook d Steve Hajek
Rains Newton d Larry Arvidson
Charles Lay d Rains Newton
Bruce Sumber d Steve Hajek
Nat Borsky d Steve Hajek
Rains Newton d Mike Hommel (4) STB
Mike Hommel(4) d Steve Hajek
Rains Newton d Steve Hajek
Michael McNicholas d Mark Murasso
Peter Van Loan d Larry Arvidson STB
Wally Cook d Andrew Lynch
Michael McNicholas d  Mike Hommel (4)
Paul Solis-Cohen (3) d Michael McNicholas STB
Mike Hommel (4) d Michael Snow
 Michael McNicholas d Andrew Lynch
Mark Murasso d Larry Arvidson
Steve Hajek d Nat Borsky
Michael Snow d Bruce McPherson
 Rains Newton d Wally Cook
Michael McNicholas d Nat Borsky
Bob Nicol d Steve Hajek
Bob Nicol d Michael Snow
Mark Murasso d Steve Hajek
 Larry Arvidson d Bruce McPherson
Andrew Lynch d Steve Hajek
Michael McNicholas d Peter Van Loan
Larry Arvidson d Steve Hajek
Rains Newton d Bob Nicol
Andrew Lynch d Houston Porter
Mark Murasso d Bruce McPherson
Mike Hommel d Andrew Lynch
Mark Murasso d Mike Hommel (4)
Women's B Singles
Melissa Bamford d Francine Wizner
Donna Viertel d Magda Toro
Melissa Bamford(1)d Lisa Cutten
 Amy Keller d Melissa Bamford (1)
Lisa Cutten(3) d Amy Keller
 Amy Keller d Mourka Rudnay(4)
Mourka Rudnay(4) d Donna Viertel
 Melissa Bamford (1) d Amy Keller STB
Donna Viertel d Bonnie Wagner
Melissa Bamford (1) d Magda Toro
Amy Keller d Magda Toro
Amy Keller d Sarane Connor
Sharon Crego (2) d Magda Toro
Sharon Crego(2) d Sarane Connor
C Singles
 Dennis Jones d Cindy Kowalewski
Dennis Jones d Francine Wizner
Nicholas Millas d Cindy Kowalewski
Nicholas Millas d Mia Roosa
Nicholas Millas w/o Kathleen Grable

Super Seniors Singles
Ed Biro d Bill Roberts
Bob Nicol d Nat Borsky
Bob Nicol d Larry Arvidson
Bob Guidubaldi d Bill Roberts 
Larry Arvidson d  Bob Guidubaldi
Larry Arvidson d Ed Biro  STB
Bob Guidubaldi d Bill Roberts
Ed Biro d Bruce Sumber
Bob Nicol d Brucer Sumber
Larry Arvidson d Bill Roberts
Larry Arvidson d Nat Borsky
Larry Arvidson d Bruce Sumber
Ed Biro d Bill Roberts

Super Senior Doubles
 Larry Arvidson/Bruce Sumber d Bill Roberts/Bob Guidubaldi
Larry Arvidson/Bruce Sumber d Robert Greenwood/ Josh Aronson 
Larry Arvidson/Bruce Sumber d Bill Roberts/Bob Guidubaldi
Ed Biro/Joe Reilly  d Larry Arvidson/Bruce Sumber 
Larry Arvidson/Bruce Sumber d Robert Greenwood/ Josh Aronson
Men's B Doubles
Ed Biro/Joe Reilly d Firoz Bhamla/Hal Hauck(1)
Nick Malvai/Doug Milford d Firoz Bhamla/Hal Hauck(1)
Firoz Bhamla/Hal Hauck(1) d Nick Malvai/Doug Milford
Ed Biro/Joe Reilly d Wally Cook/Tony Matessi
Don Guidi/Tony Sarowitz  d Joe Siuta/Rob Jankowski
Firoz Bhamla/Hal Hauck(1) d Nils Schlebusch/Ernie Enzien
Firoz Bhamla/Hal Hauck (1) d Joe Siuta/Rob Jankowski
Don Guidi/Tony Sarowitz d  Firoz Bhamla/Hal Hauck(1) STB
Firoz Bhamla/Hal Hauck(1) d Don Guidi/Tony Sarowitz STB

Women's B Doubles

Women's C Doubles
Francine Wizner/Donna Viertel (1) d Cindy Kowalewski/Melissa Mayes
Tracy Oakes/Gail Bradney d Melissa Mayes/Cindy Kowalewski
A Mixed Doubles
Milly Back/Ravi Ramaswami (1) d Vicky/Kevin Madonna STB
B Mixed Doubles
Melissa Bamford/Paul Mushlit(3) d  Amy Keller/ Bob Guidubaldi
Melissa Bamford/Paul Mushlit(3) d  Jodi/Scott Mallen
 Lisa Carbone/Bob Nicol(4) d Mourka/Mick Rudnay
Teri Jordan/Nick Malvai (1) d  Lisa Cutten/Steve Hajek
Teri Jordan/Nick Malvai (1) dSharon/Randy Crego
Melissa Bamford/Paul Mushlit(3) d Sharon/Randy Crego
Lisa Cutten/Steve Hajek d  Mourka/Mick Rudnay
Jody/Scott Mallen d Elizabeth Collins/Joe Siuta
 Lisa Cutten/Steve Hajek d Amy Keller/ Bob Guidubaldi
Melissa Bamford/Paul Mushlit(3) d Lisa Cutten/ Steve Hajek STB
 Lisa Carbone/Bob Nicol(4) d Jody/Scott Mallen  STB
Maria DeFranco/Paul Solis-Cohen d  Melissa Bamford/Paul Mushlit(3)  STB
Melissa Bamford/Paul Mushlit(3) d Amy Keller/ Bob Guidubaldi
Melissa Bamford/Paul Mushlit(3) d Mourka/Mickey Roudnay
Melissa Bamford/Paul Mushlit(3) d Elizabeth Collins /Joe Siuta
Teri Jordan/Nick Malvai (1) d  Elizabeth Collins /Joe Siuta
Melissa Bamford/Paul Mushlit(3) d Vicky/Scott Mallen
Teri Jordan/Nick Malvai (1) d Melissa Bamford/Paul Mushlit(3) STB
Adriana Kaufman/Firoz Bhamla d  Elizabeth Collins/Joe Siuta
Jody/Scott Mallen d  Teri Jordan/Nick Malvai (1)
Melissa Bamford/Paul Mushlit(3) d Adriana Kaufman/Firoz Bhamla STB
Lisa Carbone/Bob Nicol(4) d Elizabeth Collins /Joe Siuta
Sharon/Randy Crego d Mourka/Mick Rudnay
Sharon/Randy Crego w/o Elizabeth Collins/Joe Siuta
C Mixed Doubles 
Cindy Kowalewski/Joe Siuta d Mia/Mark Roosa


We answer your questions about any aspect of tennis !  
Please send your questions to :

Q. How do you resolve a scoring dispute during a game ?
A. The 'easiest' thing to do would be to count the points starting with the most recent point played since this is the freshest in memory. So the conversation on a 30-40 vs 40-30 would go like this: ' The last point was won by Player A (15-0 A),the previous point was one by B (15-15),A had hit an ace (30-15 A) , Player A missed a volley(30-30), no one can remember or agree on the 1st point (still 30-30). So the game resumes at 30-30. The dispute can  also be resolved with a coin toss. At other times,if every point is disputed,then the game resumed with the last point played since that is often undisputed- being the freshest in memory. If all else fails then start the game over.
Q. Who can call a let and when ?
A. Generally ANYONE playing the match can call a service let but lets can also be called at any other time.However there are a few guidelines expected ( but not enforceable) to be followed:
1. It has to potentially interfere with play.
2. It cannot be called from anyone outside the court including players playing on an adjacent court whose ball rolls in.
3. Players generally call lets on their side of the court. ( So if you are at the net finishing off a volley and a ball rolls BEHIND you and your opponents calls a let to 'save' themselves, it does not merit as a let since it did not interfere with your winning shot).
4. If a wrong call is made and corrected,it is NOT a let. The wrong caller loses the point.
5. Outside interference like people yelling or camera flashlights DO NOT merit a let unless very
 dramatic ( like an explosion ).
6.Unless the time between the first and second serves gets very long (more than 20 seconds), it is not required to play a let for mundane actions such as clearing a ball that hit the net or returning a ball to another court.

Q. Why was Serena penalized for hindrance at the US Open while Razzano was given a warning for hindrance at the French Open ?
A. At the 2011 US Open, Serena got a point penalty because it was a deliberate hindrance-her shouting "C'mon" before the point was over.
 At the French Open, it was an involuntary hindrance-Razzano yelping in pain after she hit the ball. That’s why Razzano got a warning first  and a point penalty for a subsequent hindrance.
 Of course the umpire probably got carried away and ended up awarding two more hindrance point penalty.

Q. Is the point over if the ball is hit past the opponent ?
A. The surprising answer is ,'No' ! If the ball is not returned by the opponent, the point is over only AFTER the ball bounces twice or hits anything  after bouncing once. So if your opponent touches the net before this happens the point is yours ! Even if the shot was an obvious winner, it does not matter. For example if your opponent drills an overhead past you and touches the net before the ball bounces twice or hits the fence-you win the point ! The famous Serena hindrance ruling at the U.S. Open ( Serena had shouted 'Come on' after she hit a winner past her opponent but yelled before the ball was dead ) was also based on this.

Q. Can my opponent make calls on my side of the court ?
A. The rule of thumb is that all players make calls on their side of the court with the exception of foot faults which can be called by your opponent. Calls made the players on their side of the court include out calls,touching the net,double bounces and the ball hitting them or their hat or clothing. Technically once the ball bounces all calls are made by the person on whose side the ball bounces till the ball bounces on the other side.

Q. In doubles may the receivers switch positions for a point (i.e.  the person receiving in the deuce side switches to receive in the ad side)  ?
A. USTA Rule 27e states that if an error is discovered, the altered order should continue till that game gets over and the original order  be resumed at the next receiving game.
 Rule 27d states that if the wrong server serves the error should be corrected immediately if discovered before the game gets over. If it is discovered AFTER the game is over,the altered service order continues for the rest of the set.
In either case there is no loss of point. 

Also the order of serve/receiving can be changed at the end of the set.

Q. If my opponent corrects an 'out' call to 'in' do we play a let ?
A. As of 2011, the rules state that if a ball is 'in' but called 'out' and then corrected, the person making the wrong call loses the point. A 'let' is NOT played.

Q. How high is the net supposed to be ?
A. The net is 36" high at the center strap.

Q. Is a let played if a ball strays into the court between the first and second serves ?
A. Unless it interfered with the server i.e. while he was serving or it took a long time to clear the ball a let is not played.

Q. Is it a let if a server completely misses ('whiffs') a serve ?
A. Actually it is a fault.

Q. Where can a receiver's partner stand in doubles ?
A. Anywhere he likes on his side of the court but if the serve hits him on the fly his team loses the point.

Q. In the first point of the serve, if the serve goes down the middle can the receiver's partner return it ?
A. Until 2011 that was a legal shot but now once the players establish where they are going to receive from, the other person cannot return out of turn.

Q. How do you play a tie-break ?
A. This is something that creates confusion even among some experienced tennis players. So here is a primer:
1. A tie-break is played when the score is 6 games all.
2. The person whose serve it is at 6-6 ( it is always the person who STARTED the set) gets to serve once from the deuce court.(Of course, if you miss the first serve you do get a second serve)
3.After this both opponents get  TWO serves serving from the ad court first and then the deuce course.
4.Players change ends at 6-6 in the tie-break and after every 6 points.
5.First one to seven wins or if the tie-break score is 6-6 a difference of 2 is needed to win e.g. 8-6,9-7  etc;

Q.What is a Coman tie-break ?
A. A Coman tie-break is played the same way except the ends are changed every 4 points instead of every 6.
The premise of this is that the sun and wind factor are equally distributed to the players and ,in doubles, the same players serve from the same ends.

Q. What is a match tie-break ?
A. Fall League players play a match tie-break in lieu of a third set. Even on the pro level many tournaments have this format. A match tie-break is a 10 point tie-break (played either regular or Coman style) where the first one to 10 wins. At 9-9 the winner needs a difference of 2 e.g.  11-9,  14-12  etc;

Q. Why do some players say,"Stay for one" after a set ends ?
A.  There is a misunderstanding whether one should change ends after a set. In reality if the game ends in an even score e.g. 6-2 or 6-4 then there is no change of ends at the start of the next set. If it is an odd score like 6-1 or 7-6 then the player change ends.

Q. Who starts serving after a tie break is completed and do you change ends ?
A. The person who begins the tie-break receives serve at the start of the next set. Another way of looking at it is that the person that started the set  will receive the next set (after the tie-break). Yes there is a change of ends after the tie-break.

Q. In a recent league match, my opponent called my serve out, then corrected the call but returned the serve. She wanted to play a let. Is that the right thing to do ?
A. As per USTA 2011 rules, any corrected calls will result in the point awarded against the person making the wrong call. So if she called the serve out and corrected it- you win the point just based on her wrong call. This rule was instituted to avoid players from calling a good serve out just to be able to neutralize the advantage of the server.

Q. What if a string breaks during play ?
A. Point continues if it happens during a rally. If the receiver breaks a string during a first serve return and needs to replace the racquet, it is a first serve let. If a server breaks a string during a first serve fault, it is second serve.There is no rule saying you cannot play a match with a broken string.So you can play the whole match with a broken string.

Q.What if a ball breaks during play ?
A. If a ball breaks during a rally, a let is played. If it is discovered immediately after a point is completed, a player can request a let and it is usually honored.

Q. Why do some players have strips of lead tape on their racquet frames ?
A. Lead tape is used to alter the balance of the racquet,make it heavier in certain areas or shift the sweet spot. It is generally used by advanced players whose feel for the ball and racquet is 'fine tuned' by placing lead tape at startegic parts of the frame.

Q. What are the choices when I win the toss?
A. You can choose to serve,receive,select a side ...or ask your opponent to choose.

Q. How do I choose grip size while selecting a racquet ?
A. Grip size is very personal. Most racquets come in 41/4 41/2 4 3/8 and 4 5/8 sizes. Average hand size is 41/2. Smaller hand size is 41/4. Having said that a 'large hand' player like Nadal uses a very small 4 1/4 grip which helps him whip the racquet more for topspin. 

Q. Which is the best selling racquet ever made ?
A. The most enduring racquet ever made is the green Prince Graphite which is still made in its original form and is still a best selles. Aside from that, the old wooden Dunlop Maxply and Jack Kramer were the best selling racquets of the time. Among the newer racquets, Wilson Hammer takes the lead. These days companies keep changing names on the racquet so frequently that there has been no dominant racquet.

Q. Is a ball on the court a hindrance ?
A. If the ball was already present when the point began it is considered part of the court and no let is played even if the ball in play hits the ball on the ground. ( The ball is 'out' if it hits a stationary ball was lying outside the lines and 'good' if the stationary ball was inside the court).
If a ball rolls over from another court INTERFERING with play then a let is played.

Q. Is outside interference a hindrance ?
A. Spectator interference is not a hindrance and does not qualify,in most cases for even a let. If there is a loud explosion or something fairly dramatic to interfere with play,then the point is replayed.

Q. Is grunting a hindrance ?
A. Grunting,like Sharapova or Azarenka ( who grunts even when the opponent is getting ready to hit) definitely falls in that category and if the person does not stop it after being requested to,a point can be claimed for hindrance. On the pro tour this is seldom enforced mainly because players don't object to it but if they do ( Lendl vs. Agassi, Navratilova vs. Seles are examples) the umpire can intervene  and a point penalty  awarded.

Q. What is involuntary hindrance?
Involuntary hindrance is when the opponent did not deliberately hinder the opponent as in a ball falling out of the pocket or a hat flying off on the court. A squirrel running on the court during a point is also an example. In all these instances a let is played. Subsequent offences are a loss of point to the offender except ,of course, for the squirrel.

Q. What is hindrance?
 A. As per tennis rules, if a player is prevented from playing the point due to a deliberate act of an opponent,the player wins the point. Recently in the U.S. Open finals,Serena yelled, "C'mon" after hitting an apparent winner but before the point was over and while Samantha Stosur was trying to return it. This is called 'hindrance' since it was distracting to Stosur. ( Of course,since Serena hit what seemed like a clear winner, it could be debated whether a let should have been played-but the rules are clear: if a player's act hinders the opponent the player loses the point). Sometimes a let is played for hindrance like a hat falling or a ball slipping out of the pocket. If it happens a second time a point can be awarded due to hindrance. So the next time you play doubles and your opponent  hits a short lob and yells to his partner ' Get back....get back !'  -you can claim a point for hindrance even if you miss the overhead !
Q. What is the best solution to avoid a slippery grip ?
A. There are several solutions:
1. Frequently changing overgrips( See question below)
2. Wearing a wrist band to absorb sweat from the wrist which flows into the palm.
3. Gamma makes Tacky Towel which is a towel,when applied to the grip makes it sticky.
4. Prince makes a spray for the grip which makes it grip firmer.
5. Ivan Lendl used saw dust to pat his grip with.
6. Frequently toweling off the hands and the grip is another inexpensive method.

Q. Which is the best overgrip ?
A. An overgrip is a thin grip to cover the original grip or the bare wooden handle. It is mainly used to keep the grip surface non-slippery. Many brands are available. The most popular grip used by pros is Tourna Grip. Other brands like the Wilson Pro and Prince Microzorb are also popular.
Mainly it is an individual choice whether it is tacky,sticky,corrugated, or gauze like.

Q.  Is a double touch allowed with a racquet ?
A. A double touch is when the ball hits 2 parts of the racquet before going to the other side. If it is ONE motion i.e. if the ball touches the frame and then the strings but if the swing is one continuous motion, it is legal. However if the ball bounces off the racquet and a SECOND swing is made,it is illegal. By the way the call is made by the person hitting the ball.

Q. My opponent chased my drop shot and lobbed over my head but touched the net after the ball sailed over my head. I claimed the point but he said he had touched the net only after the ball sailed over my head and I had no play on the ball and the point was his. Who is correct ?
A. The point ends only AFTER the ball is 'dead'. It can happen:
 a) If the ball bounces twice ( or thrice in wheelchair tennis)
b) If the ball hits the net and does not cross over to the other side
c) If the ball goes out of the fence/side screens
d) If it touches a fixed structure outside the lines like a ball ,scoreboard or tennis bag.
So in this case the ball was still 'alive' when it sailed over your head and since your opponent touched the net before any of the above happened, the point is yours REGARDLESS of whether you were going to be able to return the ball. Even if your opponent had hit  an overhead past you and touched the net AFTER the ball went past your reach, it is still your point since the ball was still 'live' !

Q. Is it a fault if I 'whiff ' my serve ?
A. Yes it is a fault if you toss the ball and you swing your racquet but completely miss the ball. However if you completely miss when you swing for a ground stroke, you or your partner are allowed to take a second shot at the ball so long as it has not bounced twice

Q. Is gut the best string there is ?
A. Gut is certainly the most EXPENSIVE string there is ! As far as it being the best, it is in the eye of the beholder and your playing style. Very few top 10 pros ( if any) play with a complete gut job. A few like Roger Federer use a mix gut and polyester in the same racquet. There has been a myth associated with gut since it used to be popular with pros during the wood racquet days. It still is a soft string with great feel but most players no longer feel they need gut to play well. Polyester has pretty much replaced gut on the pro tour.

Q. Why do I play better in practice ?
A. Many players do well in practice but as soon as they start playing a set,their game changes radically. One reason is that once a set starts people get result oriented and stop executing. The ability to 'remain in the present' is an acquired skill. Thinking about the past i.e. missed shots,double faults or the future i.e. consequence of failure or 'hope I don't double fault' can lead to too much thinking. A match is when you have to forget about technique and play what you learnt in practice. It is far too late to analyze how to hit a particular shot. However keeping your eye on the ball and moving your feet will help you bring your game up---and NO THINKING ON COURT PLEASE !!

Q. What is a hybrid string ?
A. The correct term is 'hybrid string bed'. Many pros and recreational players use one type of string-usually polyester in the mains and a softer string like nylon or gut in the crosses for extra feel.This way they can hit hard but maintain feel. It is lso easier on the arm. There are different kinds of hybrids depending on styles of play.
Q. Recently I hit a drop shot and my opponent scrambled and  got to the ball after it bounced twice but he continued playing and I lost the point. Could I have claimed the point ?
 A. The rule of thumb is all calls on your opponent's side have to be made by your opponent. This includes line calls,double hits,two bounces and even if the ball nicked his/her hat. One exception is foot faults which can be called by the receiver. In this instance your opponent did not acknowledge hitting the ball after 2 bounces. So the point continues till the end.
Q. How can I stop double faulting ?
A. This is something that has plagued players from recreational to the pro levels. There is no single answer or magic solution and each player needs to be evaluated separately. However there are some common factors that transcend all levels of play:
1. Learning to serve with spin but using the same amount of force as the first serve. The spin will keep the ball in and the force will give you the distance.
2. One way to learn the spin serve is to get down on your knees
and try to serve the ball: you will have to hit UP for it to clear the net.
3. To  hit UP on the ball on the spin serve while standing : Make believe there is a tall wall  in front of you and you have to clear it to get the ball over the net .
4.Actually you can even practice by standing next to the back fence and trying to serve over the back fence into the court. You will notice how high you have to hit the ball to clear the fence. That is how  you have to hit your second serve !
5. On pressure points,try to take something off your first serve-so you don't have to serve a second serve.
6. In practice, try 'going for your 2nd serve' instead of powder puffing it. This will improve your serve and confidence.

Q. What is a polyester string and why are more pros using it ?
A. Actually polyester strings are the most popular string even among advanced recreational players. The polyester string first gained attention in Europe and soon clay courters started using it. The advantage is durability,spin and power but for recreational players the advantage is that the strings do not move. Hence the rallies are more consistent.
Polyester strings can be hard on the arm and are not for 'touch players'. Some of the popular polyester strings are made by Luxilon, Babolat, Technifiber, Genesis and Volkl.

Q. I always have good used balls in my bag. Is there a way to pressurize the balls ?
A. Actually Gamma makes a container that screws shut with positive pressure. This tends to prevent air from leaking out as well as push air into the balls. This results in used balls becoming bouncy and lively.

Q. What is the ideal tension to string a racquet ?
A. The ideal tension is very individualized. Higher tensions mean better control but you have to hit harder. Looser string tensions means the reverse i.e. less control but less effort is required. Generally hard hitters with topspin benefit with higher tensions while people who hit softly or with touch prefer lower tensions.
For example Bjorn Borg used to string at 70+ pounds while John McEnroe strings his at 40-45 pounds.
Most recreational players string their racquets at 50-55 pounds.

Q. What constitutes a foot fault  and who calls it in a match ?
1.The most obvious cause of a foot fault is the server's  foot stamping on or crossing the line during a serve.
2.It is NOT a foot fault if the foot was in the air during a serve regardless of whether it crossed the line.
3.It IS a foot fault if the server puts his foot on or over the baseline while tossing the ball even if he/she retracts the foot at the moment of impact.
4.It IS a foot fault if the foot crosses an imaginary extension of the center T line at the baseline ( i.e. if the foot is in the left of center while serving from the deuce court and right of center while serving from the ad court).
5. It IS a foot fault if (in singles) one serves from behind the doubles alley area or (in doubles)  from outside the doubles alley-even if serving from behind the baseline.
6..It IS a foot fault if one runs and serves like a volleyball serve.

In an unofficiated match, a foot fault can be called by the receiver or the receiver's partner-generally after the server has been warned by the opponent.