Totally Tennis Magazine - October 2014

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October 2014

America’s #1 Local Tennis Magazine

Newport Celebrates Nick! Pages 8-9

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FROM MY GUT

America’s #1 Local Tennis Magazine Publisher Bob Luxembourg [email protected] Editor and Art Director Kathy Whyte 941-932-6688 [email protected] V.P. of Communications/ Public Relations Jon Gabrielle 941-313-1276 [email protected] Web Developer Gary Varnum Advisory Board Erik Luxembourg, Chair Joe Bachmann, Nick Bollettieri, Mark Cardon, Mike Davies, Tom McLaughlin, Randy Moore, Eran Salu, Paul Tradelius Columnists Sekou Bangoura, Nick Bollettieri, Ray Collins, Tom Cooke, Tiffany Dabek Davis, Brad Hahn, Dean Iorli, Grace Lee, Scoop Malinowski, Allistair McCaw, HJ Sauer, Jack Steyn, Eric Tate, Chris Vercelli Photography Carmen Schettino, John Kelley Pro Staff Ron Smith, Chair Ty Braswell, Don Caprio, Eric Davidson Official MC Ray Collins Official Umpire Guy Mileni Totally Tennis 4831 Greywood Lane Sarasota, FL 34235 www.totallytennismag.com Totally Tennis Magazine is published bimonthly. Address editorial, advertising and cir­cula­tion correspondence to the above address. Sufficient return postage and self-addressed, stamped envelope must accompany all manuscripts, art work and photographs submitted if they are to be returned or acknowledged. Publisher assumes no responsibility for care or return of unsolicited materials. Membership: $30 per year. All contents copyrighted. Reproduction without permission is prohibited.

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loved the well deserved tributes to Nick Bollettieri in the Sarasota HeraldTribune on July 10-11. Nordis and I met Nick in 1963 in the early days of our tennis careers in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Many tennis pros in the states doubted his ability as a player and instructor, but I do not think Nick gave a damn what they thought and he eventually had the last laugh. With all his great achievements, he has had a long and very successful career. I can relate to Nick’s struggles, as I have spent a lifetime promoting the sport we love. When he began the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in 1981, I had already sold my Westhampton Racquet Club and Resort in Long Island, New York in 1980, which I had opened in 1962. We moved to Sarasota that same year, and like Nick, we never planned to leave this “paradise.” Like Nick, I will also continue promoting the sport we love, but only locally with my Totally Tennis magazine and Exhibition Series. In June of 2010, I was so upset with the International Tennis Hall of Fame for not recognizing Nick’s great contributions to tennis and his charitable contributions, it motivated me to begin the Gulf Coast Tennis Hall of Fame, and Nick was our first inductee. In any case, they finally gave him the credit he deserved on July 12, 2014. CONGRATULATIONS, NICK! Publisher

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CONTENTS 4 From My Gut Bob Luxembourg 5 Muscle of the Month: Protecting the Rotator Cuff Chris Vercelli 6-7 One on One: Mary Pierce Ray Collins 8 Newport Celebrates Nick 9 Nick’s Corner: The International Tennis Hall of Fame Experience Nick Bollettieri 10 Dean’s Strings: Are You a String Breaker? Dean Iorli 10 Congratulations Herald Tribune PREPS All-American Girls Tennis Team 11 Fitness/Training: Nerves Allistair McCaw 12 Calendar 13 Food Court 14-18 Tournament Results 19 Gulf Coast Tennis Hall of Fame: Mary Pierce 20 USPTA News: In Memoriam–Jeffrey Aarts Jack Steyn 22 Nostalgia 23 Business Directory

Cover photos by: Jimmy Bollettieri

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TOUR N AM EN T MU S C LE O F T H E M O NT H

Important Tennis Muscles:

Protecting the Rotator Cuff Part 1

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he prevalence of rotator cuff injuries to tennis players is astounding. If you’ve been playing tennis for more than a few years, I can almost guarantee that you or someone you play with has had a strain or a tear to a muscle of the rotator cuff. These injuries are not fun. At best, it requires complete rest from all play, and at worst it may require surgery. If you’ve ever been in that position, then you know how frustrating an injury like this can be. It may come as a surprise to you to learn that the most important preventative step you need to take to avoid a rotator cuff injury (aside from getting adequate rest time in between matches and doing the proper warm-ups), is to strengthen the bigger muscles of the shoulder to take stress off the rotator cuff muscles. Over the next few months, I will be delivering articles and videos that will show you how to strengthen these bigger muscles so you can either prevent a rotator cuff injury, or recover faster from a current one. This month I begin with a muscle that needs to be strong to prevent the most common rotator cuff injury people experience—impingement of the supraspinatus. I have

recorded a video showing you how to strengthen this muscle and placed it on my website. Go to www.NonFictionFitness. com and click on “Free Fitness Videos” to see it.

Muscles of the Shoulder and Chest Anterior View

Deltopectoral triangle Acromion Deltoid branch of thoracoacromial artery Deltoid muscle Cephalic vein Long head of biceps brachii muscle Short head of biceps brachii muscle Triceps brachii muscle (lateral head) Latissimus dorsi muscle Serratus exterior muscle

Trapezius muscle Omohyoid muscle and cervical (investing) fascia Stemocleidomastoid muscle Clavicle Clavicular head of pectoralis major muscle Stemocostal head of pectoralis major muscle Sternum Abdominal head of pectoralis major muscle Anterior layer of rectus sheath

Chris Vercelli is one of only three people in the state of Florida certified as a Muscle Activation Techniques™ Master Specialist, and he is the author of the new book “Improve Muscles-Improve Life: A Comprehensive Exposé on How Optimizing Muscle Function May be the Missing Link to Getting What You Want From Your Body.”

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Ray Collins goes ONE with the biggest names in local

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hen Mary Pierce walked into the United Tennis Academy at El Con, you’d think it was a party thrown in her honor. Even though she was coming there to meet me for an interview, half the staff already knew her. She greeted her old friends in two different languages before sitting down for a wide-ranging discussion about her challenging teenage years, her personal transformation in her 20s, and enjoying retirement in Bradenton.

Fast Facts:

Born: Montreal (1975) Highest Ranking: #3 (1995) Grand Slams: Australian (‘95), French (‘00) Prize Money: Nearly $10 million When did you first get near a racquet? Oh, that’s such a cool question. I was ten years old and I went to a club (Seminole Lake Racquet Club between St. Petersburg and Clearwater) with a friend of mine, Rachel, who played good junior tennis in Florida. While I was watching, a lady saw me in the club and asked if I wanted to play, and I said, “yes.” So they told me to go to the pro shop and get a racquet. The woman there asked me what racquet I usually play with and I said I’ve never played. So she gave me a racquet and they sent me to a court full of little kids being hand-tossed the ball. After one shot, the coach on that (beginners’) court said, “Who told you to come here?” And I was sent to a higher court. After five minutes (on the intermediate court), the coach there said, “Who told you to come here?” And I was sent to the next court up again. And when I finished, I went to find my friend and the head pro said, “Hi, I’m Kevin (Quay), I’ve never seen you in my club before. What’s your name, how old are you and how long have you been playing?” I said, “I’m Mary, I’m Rachel’s friend, I’m ten years old, and I’ve been playing for like 45 minutes.” And he said, “No no, how many years?” And I said, “No, it’s my first day.” (Laughs.) He said, “All right, I want you to come back tomorrow with your parents.” So I went off to find my friend, I’m like, “Uh oh, I think I’m in trouble, I did something wrong, I have to come back tomorrow with my parents.”  And that was it, my parents came back the next day and spoke to the coach, and I began to take lessons three times a week after school, and it went from there. I think Kevin is teaching on Treasure Island now (Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club). Did you realize how easy tennis came to you? No, at the time I didn’t. But now when I think about it, like, yeah, it’s crazy. The first time I was playing I was serving and playing points! 6

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Did you love tennis right away? I wanted to be a pediatrician, so for me, this was just something that I did, you know, something your parents tell you to do and you just do it. And they said, “Now you’re going to play tournaments,” and I played tournaments. It wasn’t until I was 18 that it really became my decision, and like, ‘This is what I want to do.’ You burst on the scene at 14, four years after you first picked up a racquet, and then your father wound up making headlines for his behavior. What was that like? I had a very tough childhood, and those four years of playing were really hard. I don’t regret it and it’s made me who I am today and where I am today. But, when I turned 18, I said, “I’m out of here,” and I took time off, and I wanted to see what I wanted to do with my life. And three months later I was doing really nothing, and so I said, “Tennis is what I feel like I should continue doing.” So that’s when you found your purpose. No, that was when I was 25 (1999). That’s when I became a Born Again Christian. Linda Wild, who used to play on the tour from Chicago became friends with me (Note: Linda rose to #23 in ‘96). It was funny, by 25 I had done amazing things in tennis and reached nearly the top, but I was still really empty, and I felt like something was missing in my life, and I could never figure out what it was. I tried to fill it with so many things, but nothing did. I knew Linda had something special about her, and when she said she had a personal relationship with Jesus, I knew that’s what I was missing in my life! That totally changed me. I went to the French Open three

tennis in Sarasota/Bradenton. months after that, and the journalists all asked me if I had done some sports mental work, because they said, “You’re so much more peaceful, you don’t get mad on the court, important points you’re calm, what have you done?” And I said, “Well, the Lord’s in control, I’m just going out to have fun and it’s all in His hands.” It just took all the pressure off. It was so evident, even the look on my face had changed. So many things in my life changed. I went to the Australian Open one year and the journalists said, “You look so great, and so happy, you’re in love!”  And I said, “Actually I am.” And they thought they had a scoop, and I said, “Jesus,” and they (waving her hand) said, “Ohhhh. Boring.” Who were your best friends on the tour? Iva Majoli, Jennifer Capriati, Anke Huber. The four of us stuck together, played doubles together, went to dinners together, go to amusement parks together. I mean, we’re together (on the tour) more than we are with our own families. You’ve had such an arc in your life and in your career. Strong father figure, at first playing reluctantly, ending strong. Reminds me a bit of Andre Agassi. Yeah, it’s true. I really admire Andre and I think he does a lot of things that I’d like to do. What’s your relationship like with Nick Bollettieri? I love Nick. He was there at a time in my life that was really tough, and he helped me a lot. I’m glad he’s finally in the Hall of Fame. He deserves it! What was it like being a celebrity since you were 14? Growing up in the spotlight was really tough, because you’re young and you’re not used to people looking at you and watching everything you do, making comments about everything. I went through a period where it was really hard. As I grew and changed, my outlook toward people changed, and then I loved the interaction with people. Are you recognized much here in Bradenton? It depends where I go and how I’m dressed. People recognize me wherever I go, but France — a lot more than America. Your father is American, your mother is French and you were born in Montreal. You have three citizenships. Good thing or bad thing? Well, I guess it makes it easier to travel (laugh!). It’s tough in one sense­—whereas, some people are born and raised in one place. They really have their roots, and they’re faithful, loyal citizens to one country, where I don’t have that. I’m proud to be all three and be supported in each place. What do you feel you are in your heart? All of them. Kind of a citizen of the world, I guess (laughs!).  I only lived in one house for three years. That was the longest of my whole life. It’s tough when you’re always going and going.

What’s your relationship like with your father, and where is your family? Oh, it’s great. He and my mother also live in Bradenton. They got divorced when I was 18. I have a brother, David, who’s 15 months younger, who also lives in Bradenton. Do you have kids of your own? Don’t. Never married, no kids. Is it hard for you to date? I don’t believe in dating. Ever since I was Born Again, I believe God has a plan for my life, and that if His plan for me is to be married, then I will know if and whenever I do meet him, that I’ll know he’s my husband. Do you think the pro game has changed a lot?  I don’t really think so. I feel if I were ten years younger, I’d be right up at the top today. I think the only thing that’s changed is that tennis has just become a more amazing business. There’s a lot more prize money, technology—racquet strings are better, Hawkeye’s great on court, but the game itself, and how it’s being played, I mean the girls are getting fitter and stronger and maybe hitting a littler harder and faster, but in general I think it’s the same style. Do you follow the pro game a lot these days? Oh, yes, I love it. When I hurt my knee (in 2006), I watched all the scores on-line every single day for quite a long time. And now that I’m coaching, I need to be up-to-date on who’s playing. You’re coaching? I have coached since 2010, just for fun, some friends of mine’s kids. They’re from Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar (1,200 miles east of Africa). How often do you play now? I used to play every once in awhile. Maybe once a week. But I had a back injury a couple months ago, so I’m rehabbing my back, (as well as) my shoulder, and my knee, and getting myself fit so I can hit as much as I want and whenever I want. How long have you lived in Bradenton? I came when I was 13 (to IMG) and stayed for a little while, and I came back when I was 18. And so pretty much since I was 18 years old, I’ve been here, and this has always been my base when I return to America. I love Sarasota, it’s beautiful. Ray Collins is a TV newscaster on ABC 7 and a media consultant. More details at www.RayCollinsMedia.com Totally Tennis October 2014

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2014 International Tennis Hall of Fame inductees left to right: Nick Bollettieri, Jane Brown Grimes, Lindsay Davenport, John Barrett, and Chantal Vandierendonck

ITHF PhotoS By JIMMY BOLLETTIERI

Newport Celebrates Nick

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f it were up to the Sarasota/Bradenton community, Nick Bollettieri would have been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame decades ago. We all know about Nick and his IMG legacy. He is responsible for almost single-

handedly turning the game of tennis around. The coach with the Midas touch and permanent golden tan has had a hand in shaping 13 grand slam champions, including Monica Seles, Andre Agassi, Jimmy Arias, Boris Becker, Jim Courier, Mary Pierce, Maria Sharapova, and Jelena Jankovic. Jim Courier said, “Nick gave us the balls and rackets and we went on the back courts and became warriors. So you had good players playing against each other on a daily basis.” In addition to his endless tennis contributions, Bollettieri has contributed to various charitable organizations, including Dick Vitale’s V Foundation for cancer research. He has adopted two sons from poverty-stricken areas of Africa. On the day after his 80th birthday, Nick jumped out of an airplane with the Army Black Knights of West Point. But that thrill can’t even come close to competing with his recent International Hall of Fame induction. We offer him his long-deserved congratulations and we can almost hear his heart soaring. In the near future, Jimmy Bollettieri will be offering to the public limited edition prints of Nick and his legendary players from past to present, including some rare photos of Andre Agassi in his early years. Contact [email protected]

The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum

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stablished in 1954, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development, providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide, and enshrining tennis heroes and heroines with the highest honor in the sport of tennis-induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is located in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, on a six-acre property that features an extensive museum chronicling the history of the sport and honoring the 235 Hall of Famers from 20 countries; 13 grass tennis courts and an indoor tennis facility that are open to the public and to a club membership; a rare Court Tennis facility; and an historic 297-seat theatre. Annually in July, the venue hosts the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships for the Van Alen Cup, an ATP World Tour event. The facility was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

Tennis in Newport

The history of tennis in Newport is synonymous with tennis in America. Since 1881, when American tournament tennis began on the grass courts of the Newport Casino, the world’s best players have

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competed in Newport. Newport has witnessed each new generation of tennis stars from 1881 to the present. In 1915, the U.S. National Lawn Tennis Championships moved from Newport to the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, New York. However, the world’s foremost players continued to play in Newport at the Newport Casino Invitational. From 1915 to 1967, the Casino Invitational hosted the world’s premier players. The Professional Men’s Singles and Doubles lasted from 1965 to 1970. In 1971, professional women’s tennis finally came to Newport with The Professional Women’s Singles and The Professional Women Doubles from 1971-74. The Virginia Slims of Newport returned from 1983-1986. The National Amateur Grass Court returned from 1974 to 1976. Currently, the ITHF has broken ground on a multi-faceted $15.7 million capital campaign and improvement project. The project will expand the Hall of Fame’s campus by one acre, and will result in a world-class tennis facility and significant enhancements to a prominent Newport street, Memorial Boulevard. ~www.tennisfame.com

NICK’S CORNER

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The International Tennis Hall of Fame Experience

s many of you know, I was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 11 along with Lindsey Davenport, John Barrett, Jane Brown, and Chantal Vandierendonck. Receiving this award was a great honor and it had a big impact on me. I would like to use this month’s article to share my thoughts about my induction into the International Hall of Fame, because I never thought this would happen. I started teaching tennis nearly 60 years ago on two run down courts in Miami. I was a pretty good athlete and played many sports growing up, but I didn’t play tennis until I was in college. I picked the game up quickly and made my college tennis team as a junior and senior. After college I enrolled in law school, but quickly realized I did not want to spend my life in an office. I loved being outside and being in the sun. Because I needed to provide for my new family, I figured I would try teaching tennis. I didn’t know much about teaching the game, but I was willing to work hard to learn. I also realized that I had an ability to relate to players, motivate them, and bring out their best. I dreamed about one day becoming one of the best coaches in the world. Because of my brashness and bravado, however, I had a tendency to rub the tennis establishment the wrong way. In fact, for most of my career I was considered a little crazy and a bit of a rebel. I guess to do some of the things in tennis that I’ve done, you have to be a little crazy. Because of the love and encouragement of my parents, I had the courage to follow my dreams and not be afraid of failure. My father told me what’s important is not that you fall down, it’s how you get up that counts. He said if you’re afraid to fail, you’re also afraid to be successful. With that encouragement I had the courage to do some crazy things like creating the first boarding tennis academy, believing that I could help players become top professionals, and working with 10 players who became number one in the world. Many people have asked for my thoughts on the Hall of Fame honor and a copy of my speech. Here are some of the comments I made that day: Wow, now I know exactly how it feels for those to reach the top of Mount Everest!! And, may I say the view from up here is amazing! I’d like to start off by saying congratulations to my fellow members of the Class of 2014. It’s an honor and privilege to be in the same company as you . . . Lindsey, John, Jane, and Chantal. It’s not often that I am humbled – as those of you who know me will tell you – but, being honored alongside the four of you today is something I will cherish for a lifetime. I’d also like to thank all of you who voted for me…(for a while I thought I was going to be the Susan Lucci of the tennis world!)…so, your vote means the world to me, it really does. Now, I didn’t reach the top of this mountain by myself. In fact, we Italians don’t like to do anything by ourselves…. So, do me a favor, please….. If I, Nick Bollettieri, have ever yelled at you – either on or off court – please stand up now. Wow…. We made it! Can you believe it? It only took 60 years…. But we made it! It is truly because of you that I am standing right here today. I wish I could name and thank each

one of you individually, but we’d be here long after dark. There is really no way I could ever thank you enough for making my journey such a great one. Just know that I love you… and I always yell at those I love the most…so you can expect to hear this old raspy voice hollering for many more years! Okay…..now you can sit down…. It sure would have been a lot easier and faster if we had taken the well-worn path up the mountain…But, when you were brave enough to follow me when I forged my own path which others found to be unorthodox and downright crazy….but, we made it and we sure had a whole lot of fun getting here! Thanks again to all of you! I may not have been too good of a student, but I’ve always been pretty good with numbers…..in fact, I guess you could say I’m “A Man of Numbers”…. Let’s see, there’s . . . 10 Numbers Ones 9 Lives 8 Wives 7 Amazing Children 6 Having a 6th Sense 5 o’clock….The time my first student meets me on court 4 Beautiful Grandchildren 3 Years of Service to our Country 2 Great Parents 1 Passion 0 The number of books I have read in my lifetime! Whew…..try saying THAT three times fast! Add in the rest of my family; and friends, coaches, and players who are like family; and the thousands of kids I have had the privilege of working with over the years, and you’ve got me in a nutshell…. The fuel that has sustained me to the summit is, without a doubt, my passion to help others become champions of life. Nothing makes me more happy than when I run into a past student or receive a kind note telling me of how I changed their lives…that they are better parents, lawyers, doctors, CEO’s PEOPLE because of …. Their passion to try to reach their full potential… To not quit when the going gets tough…. To know that when I was yelling at them, what I was really saying was, “I believe in you and I want you to believe in yourself, because you can do it…you can do anything you are willing to work for.” That’s how we made it up this mountain…by pushing each other, making huge sacrifices and being there for each other. I will never be remembered for my business sense, or for my luck with marriages, or for putting my family first…What I hope I will be remembered for is . . . DARING TO FOLLOW MY PASSION AND HOPEFULLY IGNITING THAT SAME SPARK OF PASSION IN OTHERS! Thank you again for this tremendous honor. Totally Tennis October 2014

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DEAN’S STRINGS

Congratulations

Are You a String Breaker?

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ost players switch to a stiffer or new technology string after breaking their strings. By choosing this option, they may notice a difference in string characteristics, like: 1. Power; 2. Feel and touch; 3. Elbow, wrist, shoulder issues. If you like the current string you’re using, as far as comfort, power, overall playability, but you break them much too quickly, here’s a possible solution. String savers, commonly referred to as string-a-lings—are small pieces of material, plastic or otherwise, which are slipped in between the strings in high-wear areas. Ultimately, string savers prevent cross and main strings from rubbing against one another, increasing their durability. With some of the new technology in open or wider string beds, it is common to break a string much quicker, especially when hitting with any amount of underspin or topspin. Example: We have a current member who just bought a new racket with an open string bed, and he broke a string in less than 5 sets. He came to me and wanted to possibly switch to a harsher (stiffer and more durable) string. I then asked him if he has or ever had wrist, elbow, or shoulder problems. He said “no,” so I told him, before we went to a new string, since he likes the type of string he is using, an alternative string saver might solve the problem. He agreed to experiment with the string savers, and guess what? He hasn’t broken a string in three months and counting. Success!

Email your string questions to Dean Iorli, Head Tennis Pro at The Meadows Country Club: [email protected]

HT (Herald Tribune) PREPS All-Area Girls Tennis Team PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Maria Ross, Out-of-Door Academy, Freshman COACH OF THE YEAR: Lesley Eckert, Saint Stephen’s FIRST TEAM, SINGLES: Janae Wilson, Booker, Senior; Ashley Bongart, Lakewood Ranch, Junior; Nicole Johnston, Saint Stephen’s, Junior; Emily Schofield, Riverview, Senior; Michaela Mignemi, Venice, Senior DOUBLES: Maria Ross-Mary Ann Rompf, Out-of-Door Academy, Freshmen; Janae Wilson-Jacqueline Landry, Booker HONORABLE MENTION: Willow Weintraub, Riverview; Amanda Rosenberg, Riverview; Ansley Rice, Venice; Sophia Gasca, Venice; Erica Dempsey, Venice; Elena Sava, Saint Stephen’s; Danning Feng, Saint Stephen’s; Linda Antonova, Lemon Bay; Jessica Lown, Lemon Bay; Grayson Hall, Manatee; Sarah Lown, Lemon Bay; Maddie Casad, Lemon Bay; Tara Berg, Cardinal Mooney; Alana Sherman, Cardinal Mooney; Selena Gomez, Lakewood Ranch; Jourdan McKinnis, Palmetto; Madelyn Kumar, Southeast; Cailin Finnegan, Bayshore; Haley Donahue, Bayshore

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FITNESS / TRAINING

NERVES

Nerves play a crucial element in performing well. Here are six great tips on how to use them to your advantage!

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o you get nervous before a match or before competing? Then good, because even the very best athletes in the world get nervous too! Many times I’ve been in the gym or locker room and witnessed players like Novak, Rafa, and Roger warming up before a match, and let me tell you, they aren’t as relaxed as you might think. Actually, in Rafa’s book, he mentions that he has at least four bathroom stops before going onto the court for a match! In fact, I’ve worked with two world number one athletes in both tennis and squash, and witnessed

nerves first hand. I often get asked, “Allistair, how do I get rid of nerves?” My answer is, “Why do you want to get rid of something so vital to performing well?” The bottom line is that nerves are the fuel for performing well. Let me explain why: First thing you need to do is change your mindset about them and start seeing them in a positive light. Many people see nerves as a ‘negative’ thing, or something that can hurt their performance, the reason being that they have been taught to think that way. However, to most world-class athletes, it’s viewed as a ‘ready to go’ adrenaline rush that’s a necessity to their performance. What these elite athletes also do incredibly well is keep a confident and calm composure on the outside. They never look nervous and they hide it well.

those nerves’ — some athletes use music as a fuel (Rafa, Azarenka, Kuznetsova). 4. Your opponent is probably even more nervous than you, except the difference is that you know how to handle them better (unless they read this article as well!). 5. If you didn’t get nervous, then what you were doing wouldn’t mean that much or be that special to you. 6. When competing, at the start of a match, expect them. Give yourself the freedom to make some mistakes at the beginning. When you give yourself this passport, you will be ‘free to play.’ So my message is this: embrace nerves, change the way you see them, and remember that even the champions get them. Emulate these champions by looking confident next time you walk out onto the court and know that you are ready to compete! Remember, nerves are the fuel to perform! Allistair McCaw is a leading Sport Performance

Specialist and has worked with no less than 10 Grand Slam Champions and numerous Olympian athletes. Besides having worked with athletes like Bernard Tomic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Dinara Safina, he speaks at seminars and offers workshops worldwide. Visit: Facebook/McCawMethod

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Six Ways to Handle Nerves

1. See them as a sign from your body that you’re ready to compete. It’s the positive ‘ready to go’ adrenaline. 2. Even the very best athletes in the world get them before a match. Nerves are telling you that something great is going to happen out there today! 3. Have a routine before a match that helps you ‘channel

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Battle of the Sexes

July 20, 2014

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Gabriel Jarrett

Brittany Lashway, Bob Luxembourg, and Nate Griffin

Sarasota Racquet Club

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n Sunday, July 20th, the first of three Totally Tennis Exhibition Series summer matches were held at the new Sarasota Racquet Club. MC Ray Collins introduced the opening one-set match between two very talented youths, Gabriel Jarrett (nine-years-old) and Andrew Salu (eight-yearsold), with Andrew winning a tough battle. This was followed by Gabriel singing, We are the Champions and Anya Dennison singing The National Anthem. These youngsters received a welldeserved standing ovation. Promoter Bob Luxembourg said the two will perform a duet at next month’s exhibition. The final match of the day was the Battle of the Sexes, won by Nate Griffin, Tennis Director at River Strand Country Club, over Brittany Lashway, WTA tour player, but only after a grueling two sets of long rallies and offensive shot making by both players, 6-3, 7-6.

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he Landings Racquet Club of Sarasota is thrilled to welcome Ron Smith as one of their pros. Ron will be coaching students of all ages, and lessons are open to the public. The Landings offers private lessons, clinics, and cardiotennis. Ron Smith has over 30 years of teaching experience, including Marriott tennis pro for 10 years, Bollettieri alumnus, and is currently the Pro Staff Chair for Totally Tennis Magazine. Ron volunteers his coaching abilities at all the local tennis charities. Don’t miss the 14th Annual Lessons for Life on Saturday, November 8th at The Landings. Sign up for a clinic at www. centerforbuildinghope.org

Landings Racquet Club

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t Jacaranda Tennis Center, there’s tennis for everyone. If you’re the competitive type, we have teams that compete in men’s and women’s leagues in Sarasota, Venice, and Port Charlotte. For men, we have teams in Sarasota leagues for 60-andover, 70-and-over, and 75-and-over. There’s also a 55-and-over league that competes within Venice. The women teams include a Charlotte County Adam Zastempowski league, level 3.5; Sarasota Tri-Cities, levels 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0. Then there are two USTA league 3.5’s, one for 50-and-over, and another for 70-and-over. If you want to play just for fun and exercise, you can reserve a court or come down for Open Tennis. Jacaranda is one of the few clubs in the area that offers drop in play for its members every weekday morning. For players looking to improve their game, Adam Zastempowski offers group clinics as well as private lessons. His Pro Shop offers racquet restringing, and sells an assortment of racquets, balls, and other on-court necessities. Jacaranda prides itself on its eight knee-saving Har-Tru courts. They’re available seven days a week. Two are lighted. Memberships are available for a family or an individual. For information call 941-493-5128.

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Jill Craybas vs Gia Cohen

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nited Tennis Club at El Conquistador hosted a tennis exhibition match on August 6th between Jill Craybas and Gia Cohen. Craybas competed on the WTA Tour for 17 years, retiring in 2013. She had an impressive record, reaching a career Jill Craybas high ranking of 39 in singles and 41 in doubles. Starting with the 2000 US Open and ending with the 2011 US Open, Craybas competed in 45 consecutive Grand Slam main draws. She has top 10 wins over Serena Williams at Wimbledon and Kim Clijsters at the Sony Ericsson. In addition, Craybas represented the United States at the Olympic Games and American Fed-Cup. Gia Cohen is one of United’s rising stars. A native of Florida, at age 12 she is No. 9 in Florida in the 12s, and No. 12 in Florida in the 14s. Tennis Recruiting lists her as No. 27 in the country. Cohen was ahead 3-1 when Craybas began to dominate, defeating Gia Cohen Cohen 6-3. Spectators were treated to a discussion after the match with Emcee Ken Merritt asking questions of both players, and Craybas advising Cohen on how to improve her game.

Tennis Club at El Conquistador

August 6, 2014

Tennis Director/Owner Jeff Russell, Jill Craybas, Gia Cohen, owner Philippe De Oliveira, and Tennis Director/Owner Gabriel Trifu

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Battle of the Sexes

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Gia Cohen

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Sophie Edwards

Gabriel Jarrett and Anya Dennison

Larry Denyes and Joe Bachmann

Gia Cohen, Sophie Edwards, Joe Bachmann, and Larry Denyes

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he second Totally Tennis Exhibition Series summer event at the Sarasota Racquet Club proved to be an exciting format for the spectators who were also treated to great entertainment. Set #1 was won by the hard hitting Gia Cohen over the talented Sophie Edwards 5-3. In Set #2, Sophie got her revenge by pairing up with National Senior Champion Joe Bachmann to defeat Gia and her partner, Larry Denyes, 6-0. The dynamic duo, Gabriel Jarrett and Anya Dennison, sang a duet rendition of the National Anthem and received a standing ovation. Set #3, The Battle of the Sexes, was the most exciting match of the morning with the two 13-year old girls defeating the two seniors 6-4. Thanks to ABC 7 newscaster Ray Collins for umpiring and MCing. The final exhibition of the summer on September 20th will have the same format as in August, with two 15-yearold female super stars pitted against two top senior male tennis professionals. Hope to see you there.

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October 2014 Honoree:

Mary Pierce Mary Pierce (born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a FrenchAmerican retired tennis professional who played on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tour. She is a citizen of France, Canada, and the United States. Pierce was ranked #3 in the world in 1995. She won four Grand Slam titles, two in singles and two in doubles. She reached six Grand Slam singles finals, most recently at the US Open and French Open in 2005. Her Grand Slam singles titles came at the 1995 Australian Open and the 2000 French Open; as of 2013, She has won 18 WTA singles titles and 10 WTA doubles titles, including five Tier I singles events. She also has twice reached the final of the season-ending WTA Tour Championships, most recently in 2005. A resident of Bradenton, she has been coaching since 2010.

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In Memoriam Jeff Aarts USPTA Tennis Professional

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Laurel Oak Country Club Home of the new

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Ty Braswell, Tennis Director At Laurel Oak Country Club, it’s more than just the excellent courts and the great tennis programs. It’s about having access to all the amenities and social activities of one of the most active clubs in the Sarasota area.

Tennis Facility and Programs • 12 Har-Tru Tennis Courts (10 lighted) • Courts open 7 days 8:00 to 10:00 • Pro shop – stringing service • Locker rooms/showers • Ball machine and practice wall at no charge • 4 full-time professionals • Women’s teams from 3.0 to 4.5 • Men’s county teams • Junior Tennis Teams • Bi-monthly Mixed Tennis under the lights • Cardio tennis 3 times per week • Monthly & Holiday tennis mixers • Organized men’s play 3 times per week • Private and group lessons • Team and group clinics • Club championships (men’s, women’s, mixed) • Monthly exhibitions featuring local & nat’l pros • Junior program from 4 to 18 years • Two daily summer camps (5 to 7, 8 to 17)

Other Country Club Amenities • 45,000 sq ft Clubhouse • Open for lunch 7 days a wk./dinner 4 days a wk. • Complete Country Club Social Calendar • Junior Olympic Heated Pool • Social & tennis reciprocal at Bird Key Yacht Club • Summer Golf Privileges – 36 holes

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Plantation

Golf & Country Club

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The Plantation Racquet Club features: n 13 Har-Tru tennis courts with weekly leagues, junior tennis programs and other member activities, including night play n On-site USTPA instructors provide lessons for all levels, while tournaments and exhibitions at Plantation provide fun and competition for more advanced players. Pairings can be arranged. n 13 teams involved in league play n Evening and weekend socials n Fully-stocked pro shop offers the latest equipment and apparel, stringing services and practice equipment n Promotional summer family memberships n Children’s Tennis Clinics available through our Tennis Pro Shop For more information, please contact Elaine Dexter, Membership Director at 941-497-1479 or [email protected]

Plantation Golf & Country Club

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Eddie Shack played an amazing 17 years in the NHL scoring 20 goals with 5 different teams and winning 4 Stanley Cups! Here he is at the Aud in Buffalo as a member of the Sabres, hitching a ride on the back of Gerry Ehman of the Oakland Seals. Also known as “The Entertainer,” a song called, “Clear the Track, Here Comes Shack” was written in his honor and reached Number 1 on the Canadian pop charts. A book by the same name was also published and became a best seller.

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Pictured here is Eddie Shack and his son, former WTA coach and serving expert, our very own Jon Gabrielle. Having played hockey and football in college, it’s very easy to see where Jon gets his athletic and coaching acumen. Eddie Shack In 1973 with the Pittsburg Penguins

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The Landings Senior Father/Son Champions and Finalists

The Landings Super Senior Father/Son Champions and Finalists

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