We caught up with Goran Alimpic from TennisPortland.com the Metro Portland Oregon Tennis League. He's going to win the 2018 Player of the Year contest. Tell us a little bit about yourself, for example: What do you do? Where did you grow up? What are your hobbies (besides tennis)?
I work from home as a software engineer. As I moved to USA in 2016 (I used to live here a long time ago, as well), I am not really connected to a particular place, so I move around a lot - it is just more interesting that way. As for other hobbies, I like to travel, I used to produce music and play in a band, I tried SCUBA diving and flying, but the only thing that stuck was tennis. Which
league are you a member of?
Portland Tennis League, he has a 48-20 record and has only been playing since Nov. 2017. He's played matches in 3 different franchises: Tennis-Austin.com, TennisDenver.com and TennisPortland.com
have you participated in your league?
in this one - before that I played in leagues where I lived (Austin, and
Denver). In total, that's a year and a
you first learn about it?
I am not
sure - I either searched the net for some local leagues, or heard about it from
do you play?
I try to
play as often as I can, usually several times a week.
you like most about the league?
how everything is well organized and without a glitch. It always goes forward
and it is easy to find an opponent.
about your most memorable match(es)
remember losses better: in the most recent league playoff match I was leading
8:5 in the final tie break and serving. My nerves got the better of me and I
lost 5 points in a row, and the match.
your favorite rivals in the league? Why?
is super friendly and likes to engage in conversation during breaks and after
the match. From the competitive perspective, I like players who attack more and
punish my short balls, rather than just return them, since then I feel I can
also adjust my style and be more aggressive, which makes the match more intense.
have any other interesting comments about your experiences with the league?
actually amazed with the level of honesty and fairness during matches - I
rarely ever had an issue regarding the score, validity of the point, someone's behavior
or anything else. Every match is always a pleasurable experience.
you get started playing tennis?
I wanted to exercise more,
and It seemed like a better alternative to working out or running, since I find
most physical activities boring, and playing a competitive match is more
level player are you? (NTRP rating)
you love about tennis?
the competitive aspect of it, which shows on all levels: POINT - each one is
its own little battle with beginning, middle, and end stages; GAME - even being
independent, points in a game connect together as you play for the final game
score and adjust your tactics to that end; MATCH - as you learn about your opponent's strengths
and weaknesses, and your own form during the match, you change your style and
strategy. Besides just hitting the ball, it is everything that happens in
your head while trying to outsmart and outplay the opponent.
your favorite pro players? Why?
am originally from Serbia, I can't help but always root for Djokovic. As for
the style of play, I like Nadal - we are both left-handed, prefer clay courts
and use the same racquet. (That's where the similarities end, though)
What can I do about my shoulder
Dr. Scott Glidden, DC
pain and dysfunction can reveal itself in many forms: sharp pain, a pinch,
ache, and much more. Regardless of how it feels, it can be a debilitating
injury. It can affect your work, sleep, and how you enjoy your free time with
friends and family. How does it happen?
How did my shoulder pain start?
there was an "event" that caused your shoulder pain, most shoulder
pain is the result of a slowly developing chronic injury. This occurs when a
motion is repeated over and over again, especially with force.The symptoms will be worse with motions that
are more forceful or require greater range of motion.This is where we see common shoulder injuries
in tennis—with the overhead serve. It can occur during any shot, but the
overhead serve requires the greatest amount of function of the shoulder.The muscles that move and stabilize your
shoulder all have to stretch out when your arm is overhead.As they become more dysfunctional, they will
lose more and more range of motion and strength.Eventually instead of stretching out, the
muscles will actually cause irreversible damage to the shoulder.The affected muscles will cause the top of
your rotator cuff to work harder, causing it to degenerate or tear.Instead of stretching, these muscles will
compress the joint space in the shoulder causing cartilage damage and an
acceleration of arthritis. It might just feel like a “pinch” at your shoulder,
but there is so much more than that going on in the shoulder!
How did this happen?
your problem is from a chronic process, the root of your problem is most likely
adhesion. It is the most common, under-diagnosed, and fixable condition in
musculoskeletal health. Adhesion occurs when you use a muscle or ligament more
than it is prepared to, resulting in an excess of inflammation. When this
happens, adhesion will develop on the overused structures. Adhesion is like
glue and when it sticks to things it limits their range of motion, saps their strength,
and makes symptoms more and more likely. Your body can handle a little bit of
adhesion but when it is allowed to build up is when the trouble starts.
This is healthy
shoulder range of motion: both arms easily touching the head, covering the ears
with no tension or discomfort
How do I fix my shoulder?
is very difficult to fix, but with expert care it can be removed and the
shoulder can become pain free again. Is adhesion the ONLY thing that
causes pain? Absolutely not! There can be rotator cuff tears, labral tears,
separated shoulders, cartilage damage, or arthritis that can complicate
shoulder problems. A proper diagnosis can rule these problems in or out
with a thorough exam and history. One thing is for sure: an adhesion free
shoulder will take pressure off of the joint, slow degeneration, decrease pain
and increase function.
our office, we use Manual Adhesion Release to reduce adhesion. MAR is one
the most effective treatments for adhesion and we use pre and post-treatment
assessments to determine exactly how much improvement each treatment achieved.
Unless you measure effectiveness, how does the doctor know if the treatment is
working? If the doctor doesn't measure function, the doctor has no clue if when
they discharge you the pain will stay away. A pain free shoulder can be
one workout away from pain again. Good function=healthy shoulder.
Dr. Scott Glidden is a soft-tissue specialist in Milwaukee,WI. His
practice focus is chronic unresolved muscle, nerve, and joint problems. You can
find more information on him and his practice at selectspineandsport.com.
We caught up with Shannon Yee and Kelly Keegan out TennisMinneapolis.com | Twin City Tennis League. They have both developed some great friendships in the league. Shannon won her first ever championship during the Summer Season. Kelly is a two time champion. Photos were taken by Shannon's friend Xi Chen. We are looking forward to Shannon and Kelly joining us on Nov. 30th in Miami for the 10th annual East Coast National Championship. - Story updated 11/13/18 adding in Kelly Keegan's comments.
What do you like most about the league?
Shannon: Flexible location and schedule, the opportunity of playing
different lady with different level and styles, the opportunity of playing
with the favorite opponent multiple times. Kelly:I love that the league has all levels of players, that the schedule is flexible for those of us who are unable to dedicate a specific time and day each week, and most of all, I really enjoy the fun people I have met! I have made friends through this program and am so glad I joined.
Kelly hanging with Shannon
Tell us about your most memorable match(es)
Shannon: I call my friend Kelly an "emotional" player.
Because on a good day, she will serve big, make opponent move like a dog, she's consistent on the base line, and approaches net, do all the tricks that only
advanced player would do. On occasions, she rips out this scary
overhead smash. When I first played Kelly, I felt the only way I can get a
game out of her is counting on the mercy that she might have an off day, which
appeared to be the case.
On Sept. 8th, Kelly and I played the summer season championship against each other; it was a sunny day with a little autumn
wind. Like always Kelly started strong with very powerful serve, long
deep baseline shot, sharp angles, some aces. I was pushed in
defensive mood and struggle to hanging there, game is so close that our score
walks like climbing stairs 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4 .. all the way to
6-6. It was so long that 2 hours has passed and the wind became a little
stronger, we feel we'll be on court forever .. Instead of full set, we decided
to change to 10-games pro-set so we can eventually finish. Kelly and I
took a water break, 2 hours of non-stop run has consumed us pretty badly.
The wind was blowing even stronger after our water break,
Kelly started to lose her concentration after we came to 7-7. As a pusher I
was exhausted and all I have is energy to give the ball back to her court .. Kelly’s
aggressive nature showcases at that point she starts to hit very hard, too hard
just slightly over the baseline, she gets to the net, and that little timing
off caused by wind and exhaust made her miss, anxiety and a desire to make a
quick win somewhat did the opposite. Another hour later, we finished at
10-7, total of 3 hours for a 10-games match!! I have to admit that tennis
is such a thing that combines skill, physical and mental strength, strategy,
and honestly some unpredictable good or bad luck. In the end we were both
glad to finally get over the longest match.
Kelly:The most memorable matches of mine are the league championships I've played, both won and lost. That and the matches that have been so close. Once Shannon and I played a match for two hours and we had to stop when it was dark at 6-6 in the first set.
Who are your favorite rivals in the league? Why?
Shannon: Julia Ann for sure. She is a USTA rated 4.0 player,
super athletic, serious and passionate about tennis. She brings the best
of me and I feel each time I play her I get slightly better. Kelly: Shannon Yee is my favorite for sure! She and I are closely matched, she is a delight and has the best quips.
Do you have any other interesting comments about your
experiences with the league?
Shannon: The friend I made from Tennis Minneapolis is the best, it is so much
easier to build friendships among people with similar interest.
Kelly: I was nervous to join because I thought I would be outmatched and not very good. Instead, I have seen my game improve and the league has provided me a source of pride - not only for my play, but the fact that had the courage to put myself out there.