Young Wirral tennis players retain title in regional competition
12:41pm Tuesday 8th March 2011
A team of young tennis players from Wirral took on rivals from across the region recently and proved to be a smash hit.
The Mini Red team from Wirral Tennis Centre – Seb Camacho Chester, Charlie Liptrot, Ben Sweeney and Joseph Innelli – took on teams from four other North West High Performance Tennis Centres in an event in Wrexham and very nearly completed a clean sweep across the 20 matches they took part in.
They lost just one of their matches, meaning Wirral’s Mini Reds retained the Wrexham title they won last year.
Wirral’s other representatives in the event, the Mini Orange team – Tom Owen, Laura Holmes, Tomas Clark and Penny-Ellice Clark – finished third in their competition.
Chris Thelwall, Wirral’s tennis development officer, said: “Everyone played their part in a very successful day. I would like to thank the parents for their support and efforts in getting the team to Wrexham and also the teams’ coach, Mike Meagan, for his support on the day.”
Cllr David Elderton, Wirral’s cabinet member for culture, tourism and leisure, added: “It is great to see young tennis players from Wirral giving such a good account of themselves in regional events, made possible in no small part by the excellent facilities and top quality coaching provided at Bidston.”
By The Brunswick News, Ga.
March 08–The Coastal Georgia tennis teams delivered mixed results this past weekend after taking part in the Central Alabama Community College Spring Mixer in Alexander City, Ala.
The CCGA men swept their three matches in the two-day event, defeating Marion Military Institute 6 matches to 1, Meridian Community College 7-2 and Gadsden State Community College 7-0.
The CCGA women went 1-2 in their three matches at the event. The Lady Mariners defeated Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 5-4, but fell 7-2 to the Meridian CC women and 5-3 to the Central Alabama CC women.
The Coastal Georgia teams face the teams from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College at 2 p.m. Thursday in Tifton.
Tournament of Champions concludes: With more than 30 soccer teams taking part, the annual Tournament of Champions soccer showcase on Jekyll Island wrapped up another successful year on Saturday.
The Brunswick High soccer squads played host to the event, the 17th annual such showcase which this year featured 18 girls and 17 boys teams from around the state with games scheduled Thursday through Saturday.
“This tournament offers our BHS teams, as well as all the other teams participating, a chance to see teams that they might not ever have a chance to play outside the playoffs,” said BHS boys coach Slade Turner.
“The weekend was a learning experience for everyone involved. I have heard from many coaches, parents and players that they enjoyed their stay, as usual, in the Golden Isles. We bring in over 30 teams every year and fill at least 500 hotel rooms. This tournament has the possibility to bring a large amount of money to the region for many years to come. ”
The Brunswick boys split their two games in the event. They defeated the Galloway School 2-1 on Thursday, but fell 6-0 to Kell on Friday.
“We started off really well, scoring two goals in the first 30 minutes,” said Turner of the Galloway win. “Nick Kollinger scored from put us up by a goal in the 13th minute. Ricky Perez scored a beautiful header off a corner kick to bring us to 2-0 at the 24th minute. After scoring twice for the first time this season, we settled in and held the Galloway team to only a goal in the second half. The defensive play of Juan Reyes, Ricardo Medina, Dylan Jackson and Nick Kollinger in front of a number of stops by Brice Huettner kept us on top for the rest of the night.
“(Kell) was a different story. We played a top team in the state and the result was a 6-0 (loss).”
The Brunswick girls, meanwhile, fell 3-0 in their only game of the event, on Friday against the Kell girls.
“It was a well-fought game on both sides,” said BHS girls assistant coach Chelsea Ross.
“Even though we lost, I was very pleased with how we played. The girls played the best I’ve seen them play so far. Vanna Lucke played a great game in goal and our defense — C.C. Raudales, Chelsea Mayo, Priscilla Camby and Blayne McDonald — did a fantastic job of pulling off the offside trap, which greatly frustrated the other team. You can tell they are used to running the ball on teams and we did a great job of stopping that.”
The Brunswick teams are back in action today at Ware County.
Revolution notches first win: The Glynn County Revolution semipro football team notched its first win of the season on Saturday with a 26-8 victory over the Georgia Rattlers in Hinesville. The Revolution bounced back from a 12-0 loss in their first game on Feb. 26.
Bill Arnett finished off the Revolution’s first drive of the game with a 13-yard touchdown run, and Brandon McMullen (38-yard reception), Eric Williams (48 yards) and Robert Thomas (40 yards) all caught touchdown passes from Revolution quarterback Stephen Prevatt.
The Revolution defense also scored, notching a safety in the first half.
“We did have a better day Saturday,” said Revolution head coach Jeffrey Waters. “The defense played well all day with swarming tackles that the Revolution has become known for. All in all, it was a good performance but by no means are we where we want to be yet.
“The offensive line is coming together and the running game is gaining traction. The defense is getting better every week, and we are looking forward to continuing to improve this week.”
Glynn County hosts the Savannah Venom on Saturday at Risley Early College Academy.
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Milos Raonic has used his big serve to carry him to heights never seen before by a male Canadian tennis player, but this weekend the 20-year-old proved clay doesn’t slow him down too much.
The native of Thornhill, Ont., led Canada to a 4-1 win on the road over Mexico in a Davis Cup tie, setting up a second-round match with Ecuador in July.
On Sunday, Raonic won his third match of the weekend to clinch the series, beating Daniel Garza 7-5, 6-3, 6-2. Raonic won both his singles matches and teamed with Vasek Pospisil of Vernon to win a doubles match Saturday.
Raonic, ranked 37th in the world, succeeded despite playing on clay, a surface that limits his bigserve advantage.
“I know I have a lot of work to do on the clay,” Raonic said on conference call “I have to put in hours. I’m going to do a full clay court season, I want to prove a lot on it. I don’t know too much of what to expect, I didn’t play at all last year on clay.”
The match with Ecuador will also be on clay, but it will come after the grass court season.
Canadian captain Martin Laurendeau said Raonic and his Canadian teammates will benefit from the spring clay court season.
Giovanni Lapentti, Ecuador’s top-ranked player, does well on clay and at altitude, both of which could be a factor in the Americas Group second-round match.
“Their No. 1 is considered to be better than Mexico’s No. 1, but there is not as much depth in the Ecuadorean lineup,” Laurendeau said. “But you have to win three matches in the weekend and if we have the same players that we had this weekend, we’ll have more options and a better chance to win.”
Wimbledon fans can get ready to enjoy a 3D final with their strawberries and cream.
Sony and the All England Lawn Tennis Club on Monday announced a multiyear partnership to bring Wimbledon to 3D-ready digital cinemas around the world. The live 3D production, in partnership with Wimbledon host broadcaster BBC, also will be offered to broadcasters.
On the theatrical side, Sony will work with SuperVision Media, its theatrical distribution partner. The tennis will be shot in high-definition 3D and be offered to rightsholders and interested global broadcasters.
As the BBC is the host broadcaster and coverage will be required on terrestrial television, it seems likely that — as was the case with the 2010 World Cup 3D coverage — the Wimbledon 3D broadcast will not be available on the U.K.’s only 3D channel, Sky3D.
Coverage will include the men’s singles semifinals and finals and the women’s singles finals.
“We are delighted that our 3D partnership with Sony will not only guarantee we are at the cutting edge of live sporting television, but also deliver a compelling new viewing experience for our global audiences, especially among our younger supporters,” said Ian Ritchie, chief executive of the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
Sony partnered with FIFA last year to produce 3D coverage of the FIFA World Cup, which was also available through 3D digital cinema as well as broadcast agreements.
Wimbledon this year runs June 20-July 3.
March 7, 2011
By Rachel Blaj
It is common to hear about the average student looking forward to their weekend in anticipation of a moment of relaxation–a short but satisfying change of pace from their weekly responsibilities and a chance to recharge their batteries if you will. Yet when it comes to division I student athletes these moments can be few and far between, especially with a season comprised of nine out of ten weekends travelling around the country to face fierce competitors on their home courts. In this regard, the Husky women’s tennis team has spent their winter quarter not only as a group of hard working students during the week, but an even more diligent group of athletes on the weekends. They have learned to quickly adapt to the feeling of trips to the airport on Thursdays to spend their weekend performing the task they know and love; proving themselves on the tennis court.
“I’ve probably been away from Seattle more total than I’ve been in Seattle this quarter,” states experienced All-American senior Venise Chan. Of her four years on the team, Chan holds to stating this is hands down her hardest season yet due to their tough schedule. She also maintains that although “the first few weeks are hard to adjust, when we keep travelling on Thursdays we get used to the whole routine.” She considers the benefits of the travel on the team chemistry saying that, “As far as the team goes; travelling does help us bond because we get to spend so much time together.”
When about the challenge of this season’s schedule, junior Denise Dy answered flatly, “Yes. It definitely is difficult.” However, Dy, the sixth-ranked singles player in the country, did not hesitate to explain that “It is all mental, and we get through it.” This matter of fact attitude demonstrates the unquestionable drive and dedication the women’s tennis team carries with them on their trips across state borders and time zones that permits their success, and perhaps is a partial explanation for why they have stayed ranked in the nations top 25 teams despite their demanding schedule.
Denise does feel that the season has impacted her academics, and understandably so; “Since tennis is all year I have no choice but to take the same amount of classes every single quarter. There is not really a break quarter that we have, and it’s been really difficult when it comes to that because we’ve obviously missed almost every Friday, and 5 out of 10 Thursdays.” Luckily, professors here at the U have been as understanding of the athlete’s schedules as can be expected, which has helped a lot even if they haven’t “been able to get [their] way every single time.”
The lives of these athletes never seem to slow down, visiting places such as Michigan, Utah, Southern California (twice), Texas, Virginia, and as far as Florida in the season’s first two months. How exactly do they stay motivated amidst this tiresome schedule? The coaches get the credit for that one. According to Dy, “[The coaches] have done a very good job keeping us fresh and alive for every match. They have made sure to keep the daily practices as light and fun as possible so that we don’t get worn out.”
It would be completely reasonable for these athletes to lighten their academic load during season, but for some it just isn’t an option; whether they’re trying to get into their major and need to take tough prerequisite classes, or they have just been accepted into theirs and have an even more strict schedule to keep. Imagine juggling the strenuous classes of a psychology major, a business major, or a biochemistry major amidst travelling almost every weekend–this is just a peek at the academic load that three of the women’s tennis students have to keep up with.
Freshman Andjela Nemcevic, a native of Serbia, feels she has been forced to step up this year like she never has before in order to get everything she needs done. The tournament trips have been fun for the players, but not in the sense that one might think. “The court is where we have our fun,” says Nemcevic. They simply don’t have the time to take trips to site-see or shop, and they use all the time they have in the airport to study. “We basically try to use every moment we can to study because when we get there we need to practice and focus on tennis. When we get to the tournament that’s our job for the weekend, and we come home on Sunday nights we are so tired because of the time difference and everything.” Team dinners seem to be the one constant outing the team looks forward to on every trip.
Overall, the attitudes of the women’s tennis team toward the season’s schedule is considerably positive, and they look forward to next year’s home schedule being kinder towards them. At their single home weekend so far this year Nemcevic got to experience for the first time the energy and support of the Husky home fan base, and felt that she was able to find her rhythm and energy on the court that she hadn’t been able to find so easily all season. Despite the fact that she has had to make minor adjustments to her style of play away from home, she knows that, “At the Pac-10 level you just need to adjust, and quickly. There are no excuses you just have to do it.”
Unfortunately the Huskies were dealt another tough blow this weekend in Los Angeles, as Nemcevic injured her knee and was forced to retire against USC. She was unable to play the next day against UCLA and the Huskies were down to just five players. This weekend’s road matches at Oregon and at Washington State now present yet another major challenge for the Dawgs, but they have met this year’s challenging schedule with vigor and determination, and with their unbelievably hard work there is no doubt that they will continue to give Huskies everywhere a reason to be proud.
March 7, 2011
DALLAS– In a dual match where four singles matchups went to a third set, the 61st-ranked University of Memphis men’s tennis program dropped its second-straight match in a 5-2 heartbreaker to 64th-ranked SMU on Sunday at the Turpin Tennis Center.
With the loss, Memphis falls to 8-4 overall and 1-2 in Conference USA, as the Mustangs pick up their first conference win to improve to 1-1 in C-USA play and 5-5 overall.
In doubles, veterans Jordan Smith and David Henry teamed up for the Tigers’ sole win, an 8-6 upset over Artem Baradach and Gaston Cuadranti. The win advanced the Tiger pair to a 7-2 overall mark and 3-0 at the top doubles position.
At the second slot, tandem Joe Salisbury and David O’Hare fell 8-5 to Toby Flood and Joseph Hattrup, and John Taylor and Leon Nasemann lost a tight 8-6 match to Robert Sajovich and Adham El-Effendi to give the Mustangs to the doubles point.
The close matches continued in singles, where Salisbury and Henry forced third sets in both of their flights, however Salisbury would come up short to Costa 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) and Henry fell 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to Nowicki.
Freshman David O’Hare recorded one of the Tigers’ two points with his notable 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 downing of 49th-ranked Baradach at the top spot in singles play. The other point for Memphis came from freshman Johnny Grimal at the No. 5 position, where Grimal rebounded from a second-set loss to take the third in a 9-7 tiebreaker against El-Effendi 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (9-7).
However, Taylor and Nasemann fell in straight-sets to their opponents at the third and sixth spots, sealing the win for SMU.
The Tigers will make their way to Houston, Texas for another conference matchup against Rice on Wednesday, March 8 at 1:30 p.m. CT.
#64 SMU 5, #61 Memphis 2
1. David O’Hare (MEM) def. #49 Artem Baradach (SMU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
2. David Costa (SMU) def. Joe Salisbury (MEM) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
3. Gaston Cuadranti (SMU) def. Leon Nasemann (MEM) 6-3, 6-4
4. Mischa Nowicki (SMU) def. David Henry (MEM) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
5. Johnny Grimal (MEM) def. Adham El-Effendi (SMU) 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (9-7)
6. Robert Sajovich (SMU) def. John Taylor (MEM) 6-2, 6-1
1. David Henry/Jordan Smith (MEM) def. Artem Baradach/Gaston Cuadranti (SMU) 8-6
2. Toby Flood/Joseph Hattrup (SMU) def. Joe Salisbury/David O’Hare (MEM) 8-5
3. Robert Sajovich/Adham El-Effendi (SMU) def. John Taylor/Leon Nasemann (MEM) 8-6
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The Wall Street Journal recently published the results to a study by Filippo Radicchi that used an analytical approach to try and determine the best men’s tennis player of the Open Era (1968-present).
The study, which was published recently in a scientific journal looks at every match played and gives each player a “prestige score” based on the number of wins they had in their career against quality opponents.
Based on the study, Jimmy Connors ranks as the top men’s player of all time. Connors is helped by the fact he played competitive tennis until he was nearly 40. But while his 109 career titles is tops all time, his eight career Grand Slam titles is only tied for eighth ever.
Meanwhile, Roger Federer, who has the most career Grand Slam titles (16) is only the seventh best men’s tennis player ever based on Radicchis “Prestige Score.” He is just ahead of Pete Sampras who has the second most Grand Slam titles, and just behind Stefan Edberg. Yes, Stefan Edberg.
Not even listed among the top eight players based on Prestige Score are guys like Roy Emerson (12 Grand Slam titles), Rod Laver (11), Bjorn Borg (11), Bill Tilden (10), and Rafael Nadal (9) all of whom have more Grand Slam titles than the top 6 players on this list.
It is nice to see somebody try to quantify greatness in tennis. But while Stefan Edberg had a nice run in the 80s and early 90s, he seems to benefit on this list from having a career that overlapped many of the other greats and had more opportunities to play against “quality opponents.”
So to say Edberg is a better tennis player than Federer seems like a bit of a stretch. And if there is a problem with that piece, then the entire list comes into question. And if the list is flawed, it is hard to accept that Connors is indeed the best over.
All data via Wall Street Journal or Tennis-X.com
By Donnie Conley, Media Relations Student Assistant
AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 18-ranked University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team opened Southeastern Conference play with a 6-1 victory against Auburn on Sunday at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
The win gives Lady Vol co-head coach Mike Patrick 400 career victories at Tennessee. Now in his 24th season with the Orange and White, Patrick took some time to reflect on his tenure.
“There have been a lot of matches,” Patrick said. “I reflect back and think of all the good times and fun moments that I’ve had. I remember some of the great victories we’ve had over the years. I’m excited for this team to build on this and see what we can do at the end of the year.”
In its first outdoor match of the season, UT showed very little rust. Patrick said he wasn’t surprised with how his team adjusted to the outdoor game, even if the temperatures were a bit cold for outdoor play.
“The forecast showed sunny and 57 degrees, but it stayed cloudy and cold,” Patrick said. “They were difficult conditions, especially without having played outdoors. We learned a lot of things today and I give our team a lot of credit for hanging in there. They did a good job and fought hard.”
Tennessee (7-3, 1-0) got back in the win column thanks to strong play from top to bottom. The Big Orange started out by sweeping all three doubles matches from Auburn. Jennifer Meredith and Kata Szekely clinched the doubles point for UT by winning their eighth straight match, a team-high for this season.
In singles, senior Maria Sorbello put UT up 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Jacqueline Kasler at No. 4 singles. No. 53-ranked Natalie Pluskota defeated Paulina Schippers at No. 1, 6-4, 6-2. A win from Kata Szekely at No. 3 singles clinched UT’s seventh victory of the 2010-11 campaign.
Freshmen Whitney Wofford and Millie Nichols also recorded wins for Tennessee.
Patrick said that getting off to a good start in SEC play is always critical.
“This conference is really competitive,” Patrick said. “Even though we won fairly easily today, it was competitive and tough and it will help us get ready for our next match.”
UT is back in action against Kentucky on Friday in Knoxville. First serve is scheduled for 4 p.m.
This years edition of the oldest tennis championship of the world, Wimbledon 2011, will take on some new technology as the 2011 finals will be filmed using 3D technology and then streamed live across the globe in high definition 3D to theaters that are 3D ready.
The announcement was the culmination of a partnership that has been forged between the All England Tennis Club and Sony Inc. and in order to watch the match, you’re not going to need a big screen 3D TV which haven’t really taken off yet, but rather, you just need a movie ticket. This year, we will see three matches shown in 3D and they are the women’s finals as well as the men’s semi-finals and finals match. Sony will be responsible for bringing the 3D tennis action to theater chains across the world and will use their relationship with SuperVision Media in order to do so.
Sony appears to be making a bigger play into the sports arena as they have recently purchased Hawk Eye technology, a company that has the technology to map out the position and movement of moving objects, such as a cricket ball. This same technology will be utilized during Wimbledon.
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. —
Tennis players on the Grand Strand now have a new type of court to play on that could help them improve their game.
At first glance it looks like a typical court, but there’s something a little different about it.
“It’s the first in the world permanent dual-surfaced court, hybrid court,” said Renata Martinowska, founder of Hybrid International.
The hybrid court is half hard, half clay.
Martinowska is the inventor and patent owner of the hybrid court.
“To play on this court, you actually need to be able to strategize a little better. And it helps players, especially players that do have problems with variety and mental toughness,” she said.
By combining the two different types of surfaces it allows players to grow and learn more about the game.
Joe Oyco, a tennis pro at Litchfield Raquet Club, says it will come in handy, especially when teaching younger kids.
“If you have fast kids, put them on the slower court, their footwork gets better. If their footing is not too sure, put them on the hard court side,” said Oyco.
Martinowska says she got the idea from professional tennis matches played on hybrid courts. But this one, she says, is the first permanent hybrid court in the world.
If it grows in popularity, she says she’d like to expand to other cities.
For now though, she’s focused on teaching aspiring tennis stars on the Grand Strand.
“We’ve decided this is a beautiful place, and we would love to bring great tennis to Myrtle Beach and perhaps in the future, tournaments and special events,” said Martinowska.
The court is located off of Highway 707 in the Socastee Community.
For more information about the court and lessons, visit her website at www.hybridtennis.com.