Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Do you know what drives our program? It's all about the VETERANS.




        One basic tenet drives any good tennis league:  Players attract Players.  So it doesn't matter how great a format is or a program's software is, if it doesn't have a density of tennis players it's worthless.

        It would seem like such an obvious statement but it's proven to be true time again over the past 12 years of running Tennis League Network.   In as many cities we have a great viable community we have numerous examples of failing locations (ie. Atlanta, Houston, Dallas & Raleigh/Durham to name a few).   Same great software but without the players adopting the format the locations never got up and running.


Orlando Tennis League    In some of our locations it took years before we finally had solid players return season after season and the location started to take off.  In Orlando we meander along for several years before the community really started to find the players who truly loved to play singles tennis matches. Now we have a vibrant community of great tennis players across 4 different levels.

     Crazy Fact: We've had over 120 players play 200 or more matches in our program over the past 12 years.


     The players come from 15 different franchises/locations with no big surprise that Tennis Los Angeles is leading the way with 29 players on the list. 

    So starting today we've dramatically increased our Veteran Discount moving forward. 

  • Players who have played 400 or more matches will now receive 33% off all program enrollment moving forward. This use to be 10%.
  • Players who have played 200 or more matches will now receive 20% off on all programs they enroll in. (Use to be 5%)
  • Players who have played 100 or more matches will receive 10% off all program enrollment. This is a new discount.  As someone who has played 100 matches are definitely an expect with meeting up with other players and has definitely been a master of compromise that's necessary to play in this program.



Friday, March 10, 2017

Artie Wood: TennisNewYork has so many Options for you to enjoy.



My name is Artie Wood and I've been a player in TennisNewYork.com for approximately 5 years.  Since the beginning of my involvement I've had the time of my life. It was so difficult for me to find a match in my local park. Being in Tennis NYC gives me the ability to play people in different boroughs, play people with different styles. Some of my closest friends I met by competing with them.  






There are so many options of play for you to utilize. If you are just looking to play, you can utilize the partner program. If you are looking for even more competition the ladder program is good as well. There is a ladder tourney in the Fall. Anyone who has played 7 different opponents is eligible to participate. There are monthly tourneys to participate in. My favorite option is league because there are so many divisions and I can challenge myself by playing younger, higher level competition. When you participate in the league you can qualify for a playoff each season by winning usually 3-4 matches. The only way to get better is to play people that allow to evaluate your game against theirs.



The last option which I hope will flourish this year is the doubles. Doubles helps me to sharpen my net skills and touch for my singles game. Many of my tennis friends participate in outdoor meetups in which we play round robin 10 game prosets. One of the best things about these meetups is you can catch up with tennis friends on a regular basis and keep rivalries going.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Player Profile: Geoff Lambrechts, he'd play every day if he could.





 We caught up with Geoff Lambrechts out of TennisSanJose.com.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, for example: What do you do? Where did you grow up? What are your hobbies (besides tennis)? (Feel free to share any interesting details about your life.)

I’m a product manager for a small software company (50).  Fortunately, this company does have tennis players.  Just like everyone in the Bay Area, I wasn’t born here but came here from Europe 20+ years ago.  Besides tennis, I like to run.  I’ve ran 10K, half marathons, full marathons and 50K.  I think the running helps my footwork on the tennis court J  I also like to bike, both road bike and mountain bike.  Hiking is also something I enjoy.  I have hiked Mt Whitney and Half Dome among others…
Which league are you a member of?
I am currently part of USTA combo and Tennis San Jose.  In the past, I have tried USTA flex (bad), eTennisleague (bad), tennisround (bad), racketlogger (average) and Tennis San Jose (the best).

How long have you participated in your league?
I have been with Tennis San Jose since 2014 and have played 125+ matches.  Geoff's Profile.

How did you first learn about it?
I learned about Tennis San Jose by googling Flex leagues in the bay area.             

How often do you play?
I love this game and can literally play every day.  Sometimes, I play every day for 10 days straight.  Sometimes I only play 1-2 times a week.  On average, I play 2-3 times a week.

What do you like most about the league?
This league is better than the other ones in many ways.  First of all the majority of signed up players are motivated to play (not many flakers).  Second, you can replay someone 1-2 times depending win/lose.  Third, the staff of this league is on top of it and will respond to your emails very quickly.  Fourth, there are many leagues throughout the year.  Most other leagues have a really long time from the time the previous league finishes to the time the new one starts but not Tennis San Jose. 

Tell us about your most memorable match(es)
I can think of one match that lasted hours.  We were both getting tired and every game went through add in/add out.  It seemed like it would never end.  I was playing someone who I had beaten before and should have beaten them faster but it was a playoff match so it was important and neither one of us wanted to give it away.  I eventually managed to take it in the tie break after we had been playing for more than three hours

Who are your favorite rivals in the league? Why?
There are so many! Ted Nguyen is one of my favorite players as he can place the ball left and right all day long and I just run left right left right…  We’ve played each other many times over the last two years and it’s always intense

Do you have any other interesting comments about your experiences with the league?
This is my favorite league as it’s the one that gets me the most matches.  There are many other flex leagues out there but many of them don’t have good staff and don’t have quality players.  By quality I mean people who sign up who actually want to play.

How did you get started playing tennis?
My mom plays tennis and got me started.  I started with tennis lessons when I was around 5 years old.  In my teens, I played maybe once a month.  It’s not until the last 2-3 years that I kicked it into full gear and started playing a lot more.

What level player are you? (NTRP rating)
My USTA rating is 3.5.  Unfortunately, I don’t play enough in USTA to be bumped up.  I consider myself a 4.0 player.  Geoff's TennisSanJose.com rating is Advanced 4.0. 

What do you love about tennis?  
I love playing tennis because it gets my mind to focus on tennis and forget about all the other stressful things around me.  I love the fact that you could win to a better opponent or loose to a weaker opponent.  You could have a really great day or a really bad day.  It’s very mental!  Sometimes I think it’s more mental than physical…  I love to meet players from different background and cultures.  Especially living in the Bay Area, people come from all over the world to be here, it’s always interesting to hear their story how they got here.  I’ve played players from the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, China, Korean, Vietnam, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, South Africa, Argentina, and Jamaica to name a few…  I have also played players from different job backgrounds…  

Who are your favorite pro players? Why?
My favorite pro player is Pet Sampras.  He was always a smooth player who kept it cool.  He was also a great person off the court.  He inspired me to play more tennis and to be a better person off the court.



Friday, February 17, 2017

Greg Jarucki: Getting back to the courts after 10 years with TennisSF.com




Which league are you a member of?
I am a member of San Francisco league.

How long have you participated in your league?
I started in 2012 and just recently played my 112th match (as of Feb. 17th, 2017)!

How did you first learn about it?
I moved to the Bay Area and decided to take advantage of the all-year great weather and get back to tennis. I haven't really played in 10 years, so at first I started hitting at my local park. As soon as I started feeling comfortable, my competitive nature prevailed and I looked out for a league. TennisSF caught my eye because of the flexible schedule.

How often do you play?
My goal is to play twice a week as long as the weather permits and I am not traveling. As much as I love to travel, not being able to play tennis is one of the few downsides.

What do you like most about the league?
I love playing against different styles and meeting new people. Long time rivalries are even better because you really get to know the other person and eventually make friends. I have made several breaks from the league, but always came back due to my competitive nature.

Tell us about your most memorable match(es)
One of my most memorable matches was in the semi final of the playoffs in 2013, against an opponent who beat me pretty easily in the regular season. I managed to win in 3 close sets and it was my first win against a truly 4.0+ player! I was really glad I could see my game improving and I remained unbeaten in 3 set matches. I went on to win my first 4.0 championship and the semi final win against a really good player was a milestone and a confidence booster.

Do you have any other interesting comments about your experiences with the league?
Playing on different courts is a great way of exploring the Bay Area! I think it is a perfect option for people who just move to the area and don't have tennis partners. But once you start, you're hooked up!

How did you get started playing tennis?
I started playing when I was 12 and played until I was 16. Then I had some injuries and focused on my education, and somehow haven't played for almost 10 years. I was shocked when I realized it's been almost 10 years and I decided to get back to tennis, because I remembered I really liked it as a teenager. TennisSF was a great way for me to get back to playing regularly.

What level player are you? (NTRP rating)
I am 4.0.

What do you love about tennis?
I love the 1 on 1 combat aspect of it. You are by yourself and you have to figure out a way to win or at least do your best.  

Who are your favorite pro players? Why?
My favorite player is Rafa Nadal. I admire his ability to adjust his game during the match, his competitive spirit and passion. I've tried to imitate his style on the court.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, for example: What do you do? Where did you grow up? What are your hobbies (besides tennis)? (Feel free to share any interesting details about your life.)
I grew up in Poland where soccer is by far the most popular sport. I loved playing it as a kid. One of my friends at elementary school used to train tennis and it was very impressive to me that he was the only person I knew who played tennis. A few years later I decided to sign up to a club. From the get go, I realized I was really good at it, as I was catching up much faster than my peers. I started watching tennis on TV and Agassi-Sampras rivalry got me really hooked. In Poland I played on clay or indoor carpet, so hard courts were new to me after I moved to the Bay Area. I guess I still have to master grass to become an all-court player!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Ari Chasnoff: 213 Matches Played. Wow!



 Checking in with Ari Chasnoff out of the TennisSF.com tennis league.


How long have you participated in your league?
I’ve participated in TennisSF for almost five years, starting at the 3.0 level and working my way up to the 4.0 division.

How did you first learn about it?
I did some research online and found that it was the quickest and most affordable way to get out on the courts and start playing competitive matches.

How often do you play?
I’ve played 213 (as of Feb. 7th, 2017) matches over four and a half years, and only missed three or four seasons along the way. That means about once or twice per week. But who’s counting? My rule of thumb is that as long as I can lift my arms I try to play every few days.

What do you like most about the league?
I like the scheduling flexibility and getting to know people who are also passionate about tennis. But it’s more than that. It also provides a reliable framework to pursue personal goals, like improving focus, living in the moment, and controlling my emotions in stressful situations.

Tell us about your most memorable match(es)
Unfortunately every match is a little too memorable. The night after a match I often find myself going over certain points in my head as I’m trying to fall asleep - my best shots, my opponent’s best shots, and what I should have done better. Back when I started in the league I remember long 3-setters against Kwok, Bryce, and Rahul. Those guys forced me to play at a higher level. Then of course there was the championship match one season against Demetrius. We had played each other several times already at that point and had gotten to know each other, so we both were very relaxed and having a lot of fun. He won in a close 3-setter, surprising me with backhand chip shots down the line, but overall the match was played with excellent sportsmanship and competitive spirit.

How did you get started playing tennis?
I never played on a team or in any organized fashion before the league. Up until my late 20’s it was always a matter of getting a cheap racket and hitting around with friends. I had taken some lessons while in highschool, but since I grew up in Chicago it was hard to maintain a steady practice. When I moved to San Francisco in my early 30’s I was determined to play more. Recently I took some lessons from Coach McClane, the legendary San Francisco tennis instructor. He’s the guy on Yelp that turns up at the top when you search for “tennis lessons” in San Francisco. I was curious what the hype was all about. I was about a 3.5 at the time, pushing 3.75, and I told him my goal was to get to 4.0. He got me there in six lessons. He not only taught me important skills, but he revived a joy of tennis that I had momentarily lost in my drive to improve. That’s what ultimately helped me raise my game.

What do you love about tennis?  
One of my favorite things about the sport is that you can improve quickly if you put in the time and practice the fundamentals. Watching the ball and building consistency will go a long away, even against superior players. The mental element of the game also fascinates me. Andre Agassi’s autobiography Open was an interesting look at the psychological hoops even the pros have to jump through. The Inner Tennis books by Timothy Gallwey explore this topic and offer some useful exercises along the way. I’m at the point that even when I pick up the occasional book on Zen I read it like it’s a tennis manual!

Tell us a little bit about yourself, for example: What do you do? Where did you grow up? What are your hobbies (besides tennis)?
For the past four years I’ve been a marketing and communications manager at Stanford Graduate School of Business, specializing in web design, social media, and video production. My office is across the street from Stanford’s Taube tennis stadium so I often eat lunch while watching the Cardinal practice or play their collegiate matches. I’ve learned a thing or two just watching these incredibly talented students and their amazing coaches, among them former pro Paul Goldstein. My wife of eight years isn’t into tennis, so I do get some variety in my life. She’s an artist, painting large-scale oil paintings that show in galleries and museums. Check out her work at www.rebekahgoldstein.com!