Play Tennis for Soccer!

Apr 4, 2016 by

We know. You’re probably thinking: tennis and soccer? Could we have picked two more different sports to compare, a racket sport and a sport with minimal hand use. There’s actually more similarities between the two activities than you might think.   Tennis requires great footwork to ensure the best possible contact point every shot while your opponent has the goal of ruining your contact point every shot.  In soccer footwork is the sport, being able to use your feet effectively to pass, shoot and dribble.    Passing a soccer ball is most consistent by using the inside of your foot.  That footwork pattern is the same for inside out shots in tennis.  Passing with the inside of your right foot is the same as the inside out forehand (for right handed players), while passing...

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Protect Yourself From The Heat

Mar 28, 2016 by

As the climate gets warmer, more and more people head outdoors to play tennis. While it’s pleasant to feel the sun on your face as you hit the ball back and for with your friends, there are a few things that you should keep in mind before stepping out into that sunlight. The combination of the warmer climate, and your body heating up during match plays puts you in higher risk of heat illnesses such as muscle cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.   In the heat, if you don’t have enough fluids in your body, and if your sweat isn’t evaporating fast enough, chances are you will experience one of the heat illnesses mentioned previously. As you play, your body heats up from movement, on top of that the heat from the court...

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How Can Tennis Benefit Baseball and Softball?...

Mar 28, 2016 by

Both baseball and softball create many athletes with great throwing arms and hand-eye coordination that would benefit them if they played tennis, but did you know tennis could also benefit a player’s performance in baseball and softball?   Tennis helps many athletes develop a variety of skills that are as useful on the court as they are on the field. Tennis has a similar arm motion in the serves as baseball and softball throwing movements. This serve motion happens at the beginning of every match, and can strengthen the throwing skills of baseball and softball players. Besides enhancing an athlete’s throwing skills, tennis has many more skills it can help improve such as catching, striking, and running. The tennis player doesn’t catch the ball with the hand most times, but when they hit a...

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Is It Time To Restring?

Mar 21, 2016 by

Although we don’t like to admit it, many of us may be taking our strings for granted. We put a lot of focus on the large and flashy rackets, and tennis clothes and shoes; who can blame us? There’s always something new being brought to our attention, things that promise better play, better style, and some of these promises are delivered. We get so caught up in these other details, however, we forget the one item that has the most actual contact with the ball: the strings.   Yes, we’ve already read about how to select the best strings, we’ve even splurged a bit to figure out what we like to play with best, and have been using it since— isn’t that enough? Unfortunately, strings aren’t as durable and long lasting as the racket...

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Hydration= Water + Electrolytes...

Mar 20, 2016 by

Most people understand the importance of proper hydration; water is being pushed upon everyone for good health, but while water is necessary for hydration and proper body function, it can’t work alone.   According to the USTA, there is a condition called hyponatremia which happens when an athlete only consumes water, and sweats out large amounts of electrolytes like sodium, chloride, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. This means that the fluids within the body becomes diluted, causing nausea, vomiting, headache, confusion, lethargy, fatigue, appetite loss, restlessness, irritability, muscle weakness, spasms, cramps, and even seizures in worst case scenarios. So while it is important to be taking in water during exercise, it is also equally important to replenish the amount of electrolytes.   Many sources say that water is fine for light to moderate intensity exercises,...

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Hit The Gym To Up Your Game!

Mar 7, 2016 by

Of course, to get better at a sport, practice is best. Sometimes, however, it might be helpful to your game if you work out particular muscles. Creating a workout routine outside of the court could be almost as useful to your game as playing the sport itself. We only say “almost” because working out at the gym cannot replace the valuable time you get honing your tennis skills while you are on court. Working out at the gym, however, does provide many benefits to those who are playing competitively, or just want to get better. It will help to: maintain muscle balance in your body, create more power in your shots, and decrease your chance for injuries.   Should you decide to create a gym routine, we have a few tips: When planning, select...

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Sleep Tight, Play with Might

Mar 7, 2016 by

Sleep is important for health. We all know this. The details behind its significance, however, get lost for many of us. With the proper amount of sleep, our bodies are rejuvenated from the activities of the previous day, and are actually able to enhance our abilities for the upcoming day. Many studies show that without sleep, the body will act like it does when it has consumed alcohol: split-second decision-making skills, memory, focus, and accuracy decline, as do glycogen and carbohydrate levels which are energy sources that are stored for physical activity. On top of this there is an increase in the stress hormone cortisol, and fatigue. For athletes, this means that with lack of sleep comes higher risk of injury, and impaired game play caused by slow reaction times, lack of focus, and...

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Tennis Fashion Throughout History...

Feb 9, 2016 by

  For more information on tennis fashion history, please feel free to look up these sources: http://nymag.com/fashion/08/fall/49260/ http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2011/jun/20/wimbledon-fashion-history-in-pictures http://www.stuffmomnevertoldyou.com/podcasts/womens-tennis-from-pat-ball-to-grand-slams/ http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/26/tennis/gallery/french-open-tennis-fashion-evolution-history-style/ http://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/g2337/women-tennis-fashion/ http://www.vogue.com.au/fashion/news/tennis+style+through+the+ages+,16359 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon/11698825/Wimbledon-2015-Come-on-tennis-fashion-its-time-to-get-back-in-the-game.html...

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Our Top Ten Funny Tennis Commercial Picks...

Feb 8, 2016 by

Hetnet Tennis Commercial   Roger Federer Nike Tennis Commercial   Roger Federer Lindt Chocolate Commercial   Djokovic Head Commercial     Djokovic vs Sharapova: The Challenge   Vizzavi Tennis Commercial   Serena Williams Nike Commercial   Kei Nishikori Cup Noodle Commercial   DAB Commercial   Smash Court Tennis 3...

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The History of Tennis and Its Evolution...

Jan 27, 2016 by

  The early beginnings of tennis are unclear, but many sources point to the French monks around 1000. During this time, the monks were known to play “je de paume” translated as “game of the hand”. Would use their hand to hit the wooden ball over a net, or against a wall in their courtyard. This game became so popular, it went over the walls of the monasteries and travelled across the channel to England within the next few centuries; it even appealed to the English kings Henry VII and Henry VIII so much that they personally involved themselves in the making of many courts across their kingdom. There is one that was built in the Hampton Court Palace in 1625 that people can visit to this day.   Tennis evolved as it became...

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Tennis Culture in Japan

Jan 27, 2016 by

 The first Asian man to win the Japan Open, the first Asian man to reach the Grand Slam final, and the first Japanese man to ever rank higher than 46th in the world, number seven world ranked tennis player Kei Nishikori is credited by many to be making tennis popular in Japan. While the sport’s popularity is rising higher, there was also a time in Japan when tennis was the ultimate pleasure.   According to Michael Shapiro’s article in the New York Times, “Tennis Booms in Japan, But Like Nowhere Else” tennis had its golden age in Japan when its popularity had increased ten fold form the 1960s to the 1980’s when one of every ten Japanese citizen was playing tennis. When asked why, many point to Michiko Shoda, or better known as “Michi”...

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Ace Out Hunger Accomplishments

Oct 5, 2015 by

Ace Out Hunger has now raised 3450 pounds of food equaling 2875 meals!  We greatly appreciate all of the participants attending these events making donations that have helped so many families in need. So far we have hosted 7 events, 4 in Washington and 3 in Arizona.  We will be hosting our 8th event this year spread out over 4 weeks.  Ace Out Hunger is getting involved with hosting non elimination tournaments!  Our goal is to raise another 550 pounds of food before Thanksgiving, please help us raise 2 tons of food in 2 years! These events take a lot of coordination from volunteers in several different areas.  We greatly appreciate all of the efforts provided from everybody involved. Concern 4 Neighbors – collecting and distributing donations The Basha Tennis Team – for providing much of the...

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60% off Tennis & Ski Sale

Apr 4, 2015 by

Sturtevant’s in Lynnwood (Alderwood Mall) is having a liquidation sale everything 60% off or more.  Some things are rather picked through but it is a great opportunity to pick up some shoes, a new frame, or some ski equipment.   Ski Mart Alderwood    Phone: 425-778-3616   Fax: 425-778-3571 18920 28th Ave West #N Lynnwood, WA 98036 Get Directions Mon-Tue: Closed Wed-Fri: 10:00-7:00 Sat: 10:00-6:00 Sun: 11:00-6:00 Easter April 5th:...

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6.0 Mixed Doubles +40

Apr 4, 2015 by

Our registration is ready to go!  Players joining our 6.0 +40 Mixed team are encouraged to attend one of our weekly training sessions and/or play weekly challenge matches.  The best training options are: Tuesday 8:00 – 9:00am (Cardio Tennis) Tuesday 9:00 – 10:30am (2.5 Doubles Tactics) Tuesday 12:00 – 1:30pm (3.5 Doubles Tactics) Tuesday 1:30 – 3:00pm (3.0 Doubles Tactics) Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30pm (3.5 Doubles Tactics) Thursday 8:00 – 9:00am (Cardio Tennis) Thursday 9:00 – 10:30am (3.0 Singles Tactics) Thursday 6:00 – 7:30pm (3.5 Doubles Tactics) Thursday 7:30 – 9:00pm (2.5 Doubles Tactics) Friday 6:30 – 7:30pm (2.5 Spins) Saturday 8:00 – 9:00am (Cardio Tennis)   6.0 Mixed 40 & Over Team # 6004061931   Team Registration Deadline 4/1/15 Minimum of 6 players need to be registered by 4/8/15 Regular season 5/15-7/19/15 (10...

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Forest Crest 2014 accomplishments...

Jan 25, 2015 by

Forest Crest Athletic Club October 15, 2013 to December 31, 2014 Membership October 2013 – Total Memberships 104 December 2014 – Total Memberships 131 Donations Ace out Hunger: 90 minutes of tennis clinics and activities in exchange for donated food o   372 pounds for “Concern 4 Neighbors” 8-23-2014 o   476 pounds for “Hope Link” 11-16-2014 o   429 pounds in Chandler, Arizona 9-16-2013 o   370 pounds in Tempe, Arizona 1-23-2014 Providing free dry courts to Mountlake Terrace High School during tennis season when practices and matches are rained out Boy’s seasons 2013 and 2014, Girl’s season 2014. Hosting Cheeseburger Babies 501 3c shop with a cop charity dinner. Providing location and donating an additional $500 worth of tennis services Toys for Tots toy drive 12-7-2014 Providing to school auctions: year-to-date $750 worth of items Providing...

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Practice Makes Perfect: The Importance of Tennis Practice...

May 6, 2014 by

As with any skill, tennis requires practice. The best way to get better at tennis is to play tennis. Whether on the court or off, there are many ways to improve your game. Even if you’re a recreational player, having the mindset of a professional can take your game to the next level. There are many ways you can make your practice time count, and sometimes you may even be practicing when you don’t even know it. Why Practice? As humans, practice is one of our tools for learning skills. We are instructed by some form of lesson, be it a person, book, or video, and then we mimic those actions. This is the most basic form of practice. Being immersed in learning a skill helps you to improve. The more time you spend...

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QuickStart Tennis: Balls Designed for Kids...

Apr 27, 2014 by

For kids age 10 and under, the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) offers developmental stages for learning the game, including age-appropriate balls, rackets, and court sizes. This program is called QuickStart Tennis and helps make tennis fun and simple to learn for younger children. There are three ball sizes and colors: red, orange, and green. Hopefully, with appropriately sized and paced tennis balls, children will be able to learn skills more quickly and avoid losing interest. The Standard Tennis Ball The standard tennis ball is approximately 6.7 cm in diameter and weighs between 56 and 59.4 grams. Yellow and white are the only colors that are approved by the USTA. Most tennis balls are a fluorescent yellow known as “optic yellow.” These balls are designed for adults and children 11 years of age or older....

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Rafael Nadal Career

Feb 24, 2014 by

Rafael ‘Rafa’ Nadal was born on Manacor in the Balearic Islands of Spain on June 3, 1986. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to ever play the game of tennis and the bad news for his opponents is that he looks as good as ever. Nadal currently has 13 Grand Slam titles to his name – eight French Opens, one Australian Open, two Wimbledon crowns, and two U.S. Open triumphs; not to mention, he has 61 career tournament victories to his name. His dominance on clay courts means that few oppose the opinion that he is the all-time number one clay court...

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Serena Williams Career

Feb 24, 2014 by

Serena Williams is regarded as one of the most dominant players in the history of tennis, never mind the fact that she’s a woman. She is the first female player to win over $50 million in prize money and has 17 singles Grand Slam titles, 15 doubles titles, and two mixed doubles titles for a total of 32 Grand Slams. She also has 58 WTA titles and has won each Grand Slam title at least twice. Williams was born in Michigan on September 26, 1981 and seemed destined for greatness from a young age as both she and her sister Venus dominated women’s tennis with power and athleticism seldom before...

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The Two-Handed Backhand is Good for Beginners...

Jul 29, 2013 by

Although you can hit a backhanded shot in tennis with one hand, some professionals and high-level amateurs prefer to use two hands as it feels more comfortable. Although the one-handed and two-handed backhand strokes look different to each other, the mechanics of both are similar in nature. Basha Tennis Video: How to Perform the backhand Shot in Tennis The one-handed backhand shot is for players that enjoy variety and risk and have a penchant for creative shots. It is really only a stroke for skilled players with reasonable arm strength. The two-handed stroke is better when it comes to consistency and stamina, plus it is the ideal choice for beginners who have yet to develop the coordination or forearm strength to accurately play the one-hand version. Advantages of the Two-Handed Backhand As we mentioned...

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