Men's Singles, Jacek Wojtowicz defeated Ravi Ramaswami
Women's Singles, Claudia Brown defeated Nok North
Men's Doubles Matt Canzonetti and Vern Chrisjohn defeated Bill Blake and Jay Han
Mixed Doubles, Karen Gill and Matt Canzonetti defeated Claudia and Michael Brown
Women's Doubles, Nok North and Sharon Crego defeated Vivienne Hodges and Elyssa Staub
|Ravi (L) and winner Jacek after the singles finals|
|Claudia Brown won after a marathon moon balling match|
|Bill Blake (R) and Ravi played in the singles semis|
|Doubles winner Vern,Jessica and Franz|
|Apart from tennis matches,there were a lot of clothing matches too|
|......and towel matches|
|Tournament Co-director Steve Josephs|
|Veteran umpire Rich Kaufman|
|Matt Canzonetti (R) won both the men's doubles and mixed doubles finals|
|Bradley Hack's consistent baseline game won him a couple of matches|
|This was a pet-friendly tournament|
With dwindling interest in tennis even among tennis players and poor grass root level development in the Hudson Valley,there are now more courts open this fall than ever before.
Except for the derelict Kingston High School Courts which is being occupied by the Kingston High School team,both Rondout and Coleman schools have no teams.
So both UCCC and Forsyth should be free from scholastic tennis.
Saugerties ( Red: Home Games from 3 pm and Blue : Courts free all day. On other days practice till 5 pm).
The Woodstock Open used to be the Hudson Valley's premiere tournament-even surpassing the Ulster County Open. Then it lost its luster especially due to poor or ultra flexible scheduling.
Over the past few years it has been resurrected thanks to tournament directors Karen Gill and Steve Josephs. It is a well run and exciting tournament to watch and play in.
It is not too late to enroll but you need to contact the Woodstock Tennis Club directly. Information at http://www.woodstocktennis.com/
Holzmann wins singles title and triple crown !
Gill wins women's.
Shawn Holzmann (2017 triple crown winner)
|2017 champions Shawn Holzmann and Karen Gill|
|Jihyuk Han won the Seniors singles|
A three setter decided the men's finals. After winning the first set, Blake let Holzmann in the match and Holzmann's intensity and high bouncing balls grew. The match was peppered with unenforced errors but Holzmann,by virtue of his RPMs was able to play a solid defense to counter Blake's ferocious hitting. The match finally ended in a 7-5 win for Shawn who also won the triple crown again this year.
Jihyuk Han won his maiden seniors singles title by downing Vic Ricci.
Karen Gill did not play her best but got the job done over her nemesis Shannon Mulcahy in straight sets.
In the 3.5 division,
It's Holzmann vs Blake in Open Finals
|Bill Blake (L) won the close semis against Ravi Ramaswami in the third set tie breaker|
|Dave Maurer's dog was awake and engrossed in the semi finals between Bill and Ravi|
Another match that went the distance was the Senior men's semis where Vic Ricci needed a super tie break to defeat the crafty Mike Hale.
Meanwhile,Jihyuk Han won over T.N. Thompson in a match that pitted dogged persitence from Han and fierce determination from T.N.
In other matches,both top seeded Karen Gill and second seeded Shannon Mulcahy entered the women's finals with relatively easy wins.Doug Milford and Treni Shorter face each other in the B Men's Finals.
|Paul and Dennis Larios,the father-son engineering duo who were responsible for the new Forsyth courts|
Singles action started on Wednesday and carried on indoors on Thursday.
Among the close matches were Evan Haruta who had a come from behind victory over NJTL champ Bradley Hack who had the match almost wrapped up by winning the first set easily but was not able to keep up the momentum when he was ahead.He lost the second and third sets by a tight 5-7 and 3-6 score.
Vern Chrisjohn also needed 3 sets to oust William Smith while Tomas Pesko-West won a close match against Andrew Catalano setting him up tonight with top seeded Shawn Holzmann.
Holzmann and second seeded Ravi Ramaswami will be playing their quarter finals at 5.30 pm,while the master blasters Bill Blake and Vern Chrisjohn will square up at 6.30 pm as will The Terminator,Greg Tellier vs Finbar Stuart.
All matches at Forsyth Park.
Paul Larios vs Ravi Ramaswami (above) and Dewitt Nelson vs Dave Loewen took place on Wednesday
The doubles finals took place in an absolutely beautiful summer day with low humidity and interesting matches.
The day started with the mixed doubles finals.
In the senior mixed doubles, Karla Wainwright and Tom Turco won the event with Karla staying calm and making all the required shots since most of the balls went to her side. They were able to prevail over the Mallens who put up a good fight.
|Mixed Doubles Champions Shawn Holzmann and Shannon Mulcahy|
In the open mixed doubles,the first few games of both sets were competitive but then inexplicably the team of Karen Gill and Matt Canzonetti lost their way and got caged in, making several unforced errors, missing put away points and not capitalizing on Shawn Holzmann's generosity of granting them several unforced errors. Ultimately Holzmann and partner Shannon Mulcahy wrapped up the match which could have easily gone the other way had their opponents stepped on the pedal when they had the advantage.
|Canzonetti and Gill got caged in when they were ahead|
In the senior doubles,Tom Turco and Ravi Ramaswami took the title ,giving Turco a double crown.
The super senior doubles was a hard fought battle with Charles Lay and Jim Donovan wresting the crown and showing their strong determination matched equally by Bob Witty and Robert Goldberg. Clearly this was the best match of the day with hard fought points and a lot of heart from both teams.
|Super Senior champs Jim Donovan (L) and Charles Lay|
Shawn Holzmann and partner Dave Jutton won the last match of the day in 3 close sets, beating hard hitting Bill Blake and Don Guidi who had earlier upset second seeded Scott Taylor and Tom Turco.
|Tournament co-director Tom Turco takes a well deserved break after a well run tournament|
Overall it was a well run doubles tournament thanks to the hard work put in by tournament directors Scott Taylor and Tom Turco.
Seeds advanced in the mixed and senior doubles.
Top seeded Shawn Holzmann - Shannon Mulcahy/Tom Turco-Ravi Ramaswami advanced in the open mixed and senior doubles.Second seeded Matt Canzonetti and Karen Gill fought off a spirited display by Lisa Cutten and Bill Blake.
However the 2nd seeds in the senior men's doubles,Vern Chrisjohn and Vic Ricci were upset by the duo of Jim Anderson and Rich Juman 10-8 in the 3rd set tie break. Also in the men's open doubles,second seeded Tom Turco and Scott Taylor were eliminated by Bill Blake and Don Guido.
Finals action begins tomorrow morning at Forsyth Park
|Tom Turco/Ravi Ramaswami (L) played Don Tiegler and Jihyuk Han|
|Bill Blake won his doubles match partnering Don Guidi|
|Defending women's champion Karen Gill with tournament co-director Scott Taylor|
|Matt Canzonetti(Center) won his mixed doubles match|
|Don Tiegler and Jihyuk Han before their senior doubles match|
|Vern Chrisjohn and Vic Ricci battled vainly in a 3rd set tie break in the Senior men's doubles.|
Vern Chrisjohn,Ron Hubart,Vic Ricci and Rick Lange
Thanks to the generosity of Matt Canzonetti and James Steinberg,owners of HVIT, the tournament was moved indoors due to inclement weather.
Ulster County Doubles starts !
|Jim Donovan (L) and Charles Lay|
|Don Guidi (L) and Dave Maurer|
Online tennis instruction
There is a myriad of online tennis sites on the internet from the grainy videos to sophisticated special effects filled ones. A lot of these sites try to sell you a course or other products. However,there are a few FREE sites where the pros exhibit a passion to teach with less emphasis on selling products-though they do have subscription lessons as well ( they still have to make a living).
Below are the 3 of the best free sites.
They have been chosen because :
1. They are free
2.The pros are congenial but passionate about teaching tennis.
3. The videos are well made.
4. The videos give tips that are easy to understand and incorporate in your game.
5. Videos are produced at regular intervals and come to your inbox.
1. Daily Tennis Lesson :
Coach Brady is a tall lanky pro whose 5 minute videos teach essentials of the game. He is succinct and gets to the point without any long lectures. Here is an example:
2. Top Speed Tennis:
Coach Clay tackles tennis issues with a friendly Southern drawl. It's usually just him and a ball machine. His tips are simple yet very effective. As an example :
3. Feel Tennis:
Coach Tomasz runs this web site from Slovenia. With his voice bearing an uncanny resemblance to Novak Djokovic, his videos are surprisingly well produced and detailed for a free site. Most of his lessons run 15-20 minutes and he dissects his topic so that players of every level gets the gist.Here he is:
12 unorthodox tennis tips to lift your game
Proceed with Caution:
These tips are guaranteed to take your tennis to the next level !!
12. Off court mini-conditioning
5 minutes of intense aerobic exercise a day
That's all you need ! 5 minutes of intense activity:stop and go/continuous movement/30 seconds of activity 20 seconds rest/lunges/push ups/skipping/jumping jacks - just let it be intense and continuous.
11. Stretch AFTER a game
Most of us stretch before playing. Though that it is important,it is after a tennis game that the muscles are warmed up and loose. This is when stretching is most effective. It reduces injury,aids in muscle recovery and helps prevent injuries.
10. Watch the server HIT the ball
Most players start tracking the ball only after it crosses the net. Early tracking means better returns.
9. Hit the BOTTOM of the ball
If you hit the bottom of the ball and hit through on a horizontal plane,it will lift the ball over the net and keep it deep in your opponents court AND impart top spin.
8. Sweep under the rug on ground strokes
The 'under' part is explained in # 7 above. The sweeping part helps you hit through the ball."Clearing the top of the table" or "hitting through 3 balls" are other expressions used to convey the same thought.
7. Throw the rope over the prison wall on lobs
Imagine there is a tall wall in front of you when you hit a lob. Clearing the wall will give you height and depth on your lob and also make it tough for your opponent to hit an overhead smash.
6. Aim for the service line and go hard on shots from mid court
You will probably end up hitting the ball close to the baseline and win the point. Conversely if you aim deep,you will hit it over the baseline.
5. Approach the net with a soft deep shot toward the center
A soft deep shot that lands close to the base line is very difficult to hit a good passing shot on. It also gives you enough time to get closer to the net. Hitting it down the middle to the center of the court makes it tough for your opponent to generate angles to pass you.
4. Attempt a forehand on every shot
OK- not on EVERY shot but you will be forced to move better and hit your stronger shot.
3. Play 2 points in a game to test your opponent's conditioning
Wear down your opponent by moving him/her side to side especially early on in the game and in the third set.
2.Take the ball on the rise
This means hitting the ball as it is rising up from the ground before it reaches its peak and before it starts to fall. This will give you more pace and your opponent less time to react to your shot. Andre Agassi made a decent living with this method.
1. Get an online tennis coach
An online tennis coach ? If you find the right one it can be cheaper and even better than a live coach.
Maria 'Sorry'pova returns !
Maria Sharapova, who was banned from tennis for several months for taking a banned substance and who won several Grand Slam titles under the influence, returns to Stuttgart for her first pro tournament tomorrow. The tournament elected to bypass many talented German players and give Sharapova a wild card. Her sponsor, Porsche, thought she would be a better attraction for their tournament than the local German players. With annual earnings of $300 million,Sharapova will now be competing with her peers on equal footing to prove that the performance enhancing drug she had taken for years for a 'heart condition' did not contribute to her wins.
In fact,even her heart condition has miraculously recovered !
Charity Tennis Tournament
|Matt Canzonetti and James Steinberg,owners of HVIT|
This is the last week to sign up for the charity tennis tournament our friends at Hudson Valley Indoor Tennis are organizing on Saturday May 6 and Sunday May 7. All proceeds will go to benefit Go Doc Go - a non-profit organization that sets up sustainable health programs for women around the world.
There are brackets for men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and mixed doubles. Everyone is guaranteed at least two matches!
To register to play just email firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know which bracket(s) you would like to be in. Singles brackets are $30/pp and doubles brackets are $20/pp.
SIGN UPS FOR 2017 MID HUDSON TENNIS LEAGUE
Registration ends 4/23/17 !!
Email: email@example.com to enter.
Please state event and level.
Better Late than NEVER
(or never say 'never' again and again and again and again.........)
|Renovation started on Forsythe|
The timing is set to coincide with the scholastic and recreational tennis season. ( We told you-none of them play tennis).
On the other hand the renovation process is expected to last just a month.
Hopefully they will do a better job renovating than legislating.
After all, the next scheduled renovation won't be till 2067 !!
The winner's perspective (and the loser's)
In every match there is a winner and loser. Winners have a perspective of what made them win and losers have a perspective of learning from their loss. Nothing illustrates this more than Jimmy Connors and his opponents from the 1991 US Open.....
"That's the only trouble with tennis
- you can't play it alone"
Every tennis player has had those days when excuses rule on the tennis court. The primary problem in those instances is not the sun or the breeze or the racquet. Rather it is a deviation from fundamentals : footwork,seeing the ball and hitting through the ball.
Next time you have a day when you start making excuses,focus on these 3 fundamentals and then wait for your opponent to find excuses !
Being avid League Players,one of the most annoying aspects this time of the year is finding courts not occupied by high school teams. We made it easy for you !
Just print this list and slip it in your tennis bag. (Please note that schedules are subject to change)
Blue: Courts available all day
Red: Courts unavailable from 3-6 pm or later
All other days : Courts unavailable 3-5 pm
Kingston Schools may have practice till 5.30 pm or later on most days
Jimmy Buffet's lingo has a different connotation for League Players. We think of it as 'Nets up'-and nets are up at least in
2 sites: MJM (Kingston High School) and Saugerties. What's even more relevant is the fact that the snow has melted at both venues.
So get ready for an early outdoor season while waiting for March to go out as a lamb.
Spring Break's Over !!
Even though we have been dormant for the winter,our thoughts have always been with our faithful League Players.
The winter's done and even though the 2017 winter storm is the thing of the past , the storm is never over on the tennis court !
In fact we are already preparing for the 'After the Storm League' !!
We are already starting sign ups.
Nets are up in Saugerties and Kingston High School. Nets are due to go up at UCCC soon.
Forsythe Park courts are going to put up their battered nets to match their battered courts ! ( Still no word regarding renovations.)
So dust up those weary racquets and start out you post-winter workouts to get ready for the 2017 season !
And here is Roger Federer to sing for you :