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Beacon Hill
01-17-2010, 11:23 AM
Might be a good tournament to play if you're in the Pacific Northwest, or even anywhere on the west coast - flights are cheap these days, and the tournament offers free accommodations to out of town players.

South Island Indoor Challenge Men's $5000 Open
Qualifying Draw: March 25-28
Main Draw: April 2-4

Courtside bleacher seating, chair umpires, ball kids, fast serve and other competitions and a 64 draw 2KO qualifying tournament.

The first weekend will feature the 2KO qualifying tournament. The top 8 players will join 8 direct entries the next weekend for the main draw.

Sanctioned by Tennis British Columbia (part of the USTA)

To sign up:
http://www.karelo.com/enter_res.php?&BID=162#Ev8686

To go to the tournament link:
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=92704

Website (soon to be updated):
islandtennis.net

For more information PM me or phone:
250 475 7126

Mister Goulash
01-18-2010, 07:25 AM
What's in it for the winner?

Beacon Hill
01-18-2010, 10:20 AM
What's in it for the winner?
$2000 for the winner.

TonLars
01-18-2010, 11:34 AM
Hello! I would be very interested in playing the tournament if I can be assured of accommodations coming in from Minnesota, and a direct entry into the main draw. Let me know if this is possible, and if you need any information on my playing for seeding, thanks!

Tony Larson

Beacon Hill
01-18-2010, 11:57 AM
Hello! I would be very interested in playing the tournament if I can be assured of accommodations coming in from Minnesota, and a direct entry into the main draw. Let me know if this is possible, and if you need any information on my playing for seeding, thanks!

Tony Larson
We'd need information on your playing, of course, but I seem to remember some impressive results from you that you've posted in the past. We have a hotel sponsor, so if you would be a direct acceptance to the main draw, no problem with accommodations. Have you played some Futures events? Any ATP points? You're close to Manitoba - did you ever go up there and play the Manitoba Open?
Thanks a lot.

TonLars
01-18-2010, 12:05 PM
We'd need information on your playing, of course, but I seem to remember some impressive results from you that you've posted in the past. We have a hotel sponsor, so if you would be a direct acceptance to the main draw, no problem with accommodations. Have you played some Futures events? Any ATP points? You're close to Manitoba - did you ever go up there and play the Manitoba Open?
Thanks a lot.

Ive only played about 3 Futures qualifiers in the past 5 or 6 years so not many, but Ive won matches at each of them, had to default to injury in one. In Manitoba last year I made the singles finals and lost in 3 sets to Henry Choi, and the previous year won the doubles. I won or got to the finals in most of my tournaments last year, and in one final I lost in 3 sets to Alex Clayton. Last year I had wins over Carlos Llanes, Olivier Lorin and John Kauss. Im the #1 ranked player for USTA Northern. If you need anything else from previous years let me know, thanks for the help and let me know soon if I am accepted into the draw.

Beacon Hill
01-18-2010, 12:47 PM
Ive only played about 3 Futures qualifiers in the past 5 or 6 years so not many, but Ive won matches at each of them, had to default to injury in one. In Manitoba last year I made the singles finals and lost in 3 sets to Henry Choi, and the previous year won the doubles. I won or got to the finals in most of my tournaments last year, and in one final I lost in 3 sets to Alex Clayton. Last year I had wins over Carlos Llanes, Olivier Lorin and John Kauss. Im the #1 ranked player for USTA Northern. If you need anything else from previous years let me know, thanks for the help and let me know soon if I am accepted into the draw.
Hello Tony,
Impressive bio. You would probably get a lower seeding direct entry, but we've had lots of interest in the short time we've launched the tournament promotion. We will confirm our direct entry list closer to the tournament start date, but allowing plenty of time for players to make travel plans. I'm assuming Henry Choi will play, as he's close by in Vancouver, so maybe you'd get a re-match with him. We have 2 local players near your age that sound like they are at your level (solid college career and a little bit of Futures experience including some ATP doubles points), and we're also waiting to see if they will need to qualify. We'll certainly be in touch. Again, it would be great to have you. Just curious who else you played at the Manitoba Open - I know there's been some really decent players who've played there recently. Don't know if you've been in that part of the world before, but I guarantee you'd love Victoria.

Beacon Hill
02-05-2010, 12:41 PM
Angelo Niculescu has signed up. Do you know him, or have you ever played him?

SuperDuy
02-05-2010, 03:04 PM
Cool this tournament has same prize money as Manitoba Open.

Beacon Hill
02-05-2010, 03:35 PM
Cool this tournament has same prize money as Manitoba Open.
And this is our first year. We hope to increase it for next year. I assume you play in Winnipeg?

HunterST
02-05-2010, 04:16 PM
I'm so confused. I get the idea that this is not a futures tournament or anything. How is there prize money?

Who is Henry Choi? Who is Angelo Niculescu? How does everyone know these people?

J_R_B
02-05-2010, 04:50 PM
I'm so confused. I get the idea that this is not a futures tournament or anything. How is there prize money?

Who is Henry Choi? Who is Angelo Niculescu? How does everyone know these people?

Plenty of non-ITF tournaments have prize money. This one seems to have quite a bit, though. There is a non-USTA every summer in NJ, the Jim Cryan Memorial, that has about that much prize money.

Beacon Hill
02-05-2010, 10:49 PM
There are a lot of Futures level players out there who just can't afford to be on the road to travel and grind it out for hardly any money. But they are happy to go to a tournament like this for a weekend, get some good competition, meet some people and at least win enough to get a free vacation.

Beacon Hill
02-07-2010, 01:03 AM
Six direct entries into the main draw will be selected March 1st. They will be joined by eight qualifiers and and two wildcards for the 16 player main draw. This will give out of town players ample time to make travel plans (and we will give them free accommodations).

SLow
02-10-2010, 12:15 AM
Interesting to see the tournament info posted here.

If anyone here was coming down to compete. It would be nice to meet some of you guys.

cheers

Beacon Hill
02-11-2010, 09:17 PM
Interesting to see the tournament info posted here.

If anyone here was coming down to compete. It would be nice to meet some of you guys.

cheers
Where do you play?

SLow
02-15-2010, 11:53 PM
I play all over Victoria. Sometimes at beacon hill.

Beacon Hill
02-16-2010, 12:19 AM
Beacon Hill? Never heard of it.

Beacon Hill
02-16-2010, 12:26 AM
TonLars,
You still want to play? We'll give you a spot in the main draw - we'll have a few #1s from different regions, and it would be great to also have one from USTA Northern. Maybe we can even videotape one of your matches and put it on YouTube so Talk Tennis members can see you play.

Charles Norris
02-16-2010, 08:06 AM
How's the weather up there in March? Or is this an indoor event?

Sorry I just read its indoor on the site......I played college tennis a few years back, and would say I am a 5.0-5.5. Would I be wasting my time to come up from STL to play? Also, how about those accomodations? Available for the qualies too?

SuperDuy
02-16-2010, 10:53 AM
Hell man its warm over there, like right now its probably like 13 degrees celsius which is 55 f. I know last week they recorded 17 in north vancouver just over the water from victoria that is 62 f

SuperDuy
02-16-2010, 10:54 AM
Beacon Hill? Never heard of it.

I assume he means Beacon Hill park, which there is 3 courts there.

SLow
02-16-2010, 02:55 PM
I'm pretty sure he meant that sarcasticly. Considering his user name :o.

Since the quali draw is limited to 64. You would only have to win 3 matches to make it to the main draw. Seems like a pretty sweet deal.

TonLars
02-16-2010, 08:41 PM
TonLars,
You still want to play? We'll give you a spot in the main draw - we'll have a few #1s from different regions, and it would be great to also have one from USTA Northern. Maybe we can even videotape one of your matches and put it on YouTube so Talk Tennis members can see you play.

Sounds great, thanks! If there is anything else just keep me posted, look forward to seeing you there.

Beacon Hill
02-17-2010, 02:20 AM
How's the weather up there in March? Or is this an indoor event?

Sorry I just read its indoor on the site......I played college tennis a few years back, and would say I am a 5.0-5.5. Would I be wasting my time to come up from STL to play? Also, how about those accomodations? Available for the qualies too?
Traveling to a new place is never a waste of time. Traveling, playing in a tennis tournament, and meeting some great people - even better. You'd have a really good shot at qualifying. The quallies are the weekend before the main draw - make a vacation out of it. We can't offer free hotel accommodations for that entire time, but if you're serious about coming let me know and we'll do everything we can to help you keep your costs down and get you some good tennis even when the tournament is not going on.

Beacon Hill
02-17-2010, 02:21 AM
Deleted because of accidental double post.

Beacon Hill
02-17-2010, 02:35 AM
Sounds great, thanks! If there is anything else just keep me posted, look forward to seeing you there.
Looking forward to having you. There are a few ways to register for the tournament:
1) http://www.karelo.com/enter_res.php?&BID=162#Ev8686
2) PayPal your entry fee to Island Tennis (islandtennis.net@gmail.com)
3) Email me @ islandtennis.net@gmail.com and I can arrange for your credit card to be processed over the phone.
Also, if you need any more info or help with anything, just email.
See you in April!

Charles Norris
02-19-2010, 06:29 AM
Traveling to a new place is never a waste of time. Traveling, playing in a tennis tournament, and meeting some great people - even better. You'd have a really good shot at qualifying. The quallies are the weekend before the main draw - make a vacation out of it. We can't offer free hotel accommodations for that entire time, but if you're serious about coming let me know and we'll do everything we can to help you keep your costs down and get you some good tennis even when the tournament is not going on.

Thanks a ton. I will see what's up that weekend. Once I find out and if it's a go, then I will register and contact you again on this thread. Thanks again.

Beacon Hill
02-19-2010, 09:22 PM
Thanks a ton. I will see what's up that weekend. Once I find out and if it's a go, then I will register and contact you again on this thread. Thanks again.
My pleasure - hope you can make it.

Beacon Hill
03-04-2010, 10:47 PM
We now have billeting available for out of town players who need to qualify for the main draw. We've made hotel arrangements for out of town players in the main draw.

Beacon Hill
03-12-2010, 02:04 PM
Happy to announce, Talk Tennis regular, Tony Larson has entered our tournament. He'll join other regional #1 players from Canada and the US. Great to have Tony in the tournament - TTers will be able to follow his progress through our website:
islandtennis.net

SuperDuy
03-12-2010, 02:30 PM
Is phillip bester playing in it?

skandy
03-12-2010, 02:46 PM
Will you be recording matches? I'm sure lots of people would love to see Tony competing :)

Beacon Hill
03-12-2010, 06:08 PM
Is phillip bester playing in it?
No, not yet. We'd, of course, love to have him.

Beacon Hill
03-12-2010, 06:09 PM
Will you be recording matches? I'm sure lots of people would love to see Tony competing :)
Yes, we will be recording them. I'm not sure we are going to be able to do live streaming, but we'll certainly have YouTube videos available.

HunterST
03-16-2010, 02:01 PM
Happy to announce, Talk Tennis regular, Tony Larson has entered our tournament. He'll join other regional #1 players from Canada and the US. Great to have Tony in the tournament - TTers will be able to follow his progress through our website:
islandtennis.net

Anyplace we can look at a draw for the tournament??

Beacon Hill
03-20-2010, 12:06 AM
Anyplace we can look at a draw for the tournament??
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=92704
The draw will be posted on this link soon.

HunterST
03-22-2010, 09:11 PM
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=92704
The draw will be posted on this link soon.

Did Tony pull out? I don't see his name on the draw.

Rob_C
03-22-2010, 10:25 PM
Did Tony pull out? I don't see his name on the draw.

Thats the draw for the qualies, Tony has a spot in the MD.

Beacon Hill
03-23-2010, 11:37 PM
Thats the draw for the qualies, Tony has a spot in the MD.
That's correct - thanks for posting that information. We've now confirmed 6 of the 8 main draw entries:
Tony Larson
Brad Weston
Nima Roshan
Henry Choi
George Jecminek
Shaun Khambral

We have some players interested in the 2 remaining wild card spots but they have not yet confirmed they can fit into their schedule. So there still might be a chance to play in the tournament if you are a 6.0 level player. You would receive free accommodations and a direct entry into the main draw of a highly competitive tournament being held in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

chatt_town
03-24-2010, 05:46 AM
Hello! I would be very interested in playing the tournament if I can be assured of accommodations coming in from Minnesota, and a direct entry into the main draw. Let me know if this is possible, and if you need any information on my playing for seeding, thanks!

Tony Larson


Hey, Since you are balling like that, there is a money tourney that goes on in Chattanooga Tn, where the winner of the open division gets like 2 grand. It's advertised as a 13,000 dollar tourney every year but I only know of the winner of the open division getting 2 grand. I normally enter to justify eating their food up all weekend. It's aged based so you know how that goes. You could get a 5.0 or a 3.5. I play the 35's(I'm 41). It's good tennis and even greater food. :) It's sometime in June. I think that's good they are providing rooms. I don't know that they do that here.

Beacon Hill
03-30-2010, 06:00 PM
Here are the 16 players in the main draw:
(1) Philip Bester
(2) Nima Roshan
(3) Brad Weston
(4) Henry Choi
Tony Larson
Shaun Khambral
George Jecminek
Kamil Pajkowski
(Q) Patrick Flint
(Q) Nick Coutts
(Q) Yvon Haessig
(Q) Adam Guenter
(Q) Rob Fuhrman
(Q) Justin Kates
(Q) Arthur Karas
(Q) Pannhara Mam

Beacon Hill
03-30-2010, 10:37 PM
The draw is now online:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/Draws/EventDraw.aspx?T=92704&E=2&D=M&S=F

Tony Larson plays his first match on Friday.

TonLars
04-02-2010, 07:47 PM
Fun tournament so far, thought Id give an update:

Had my first match today. Unfortunately they only filmed on one of the two courts and I was on the court without the camera. George was a very good player and it was a tough battle. He has a very big serve and solid groundstrokes. Overall I played and fought very hard and was able to finally break first set to win 7-5, and then after slipping up and falling behind a break in the 2nd 1-4 and 2-5, I broke him a couple times to win 7-5 again. I thought I was moving really well which was refreshing coming off a long foot injury a few weeks ago. Tomorrow I play Brad Weston, the #3 seed, and its probably going to be really tough. Ill do my best, maybe it would be a good thing if I dont get filmed again! Really tough field here, everyone is D1 or pro level.

JoelDali
04-02-2010, 09:02 PM
Fun tournament so far, thought Id give an update:

Had my first match today. Unfortunately they only filmed on one of the two courts and I was on the court without the camera. George was a very good player and it was a tough battle. He has a very big serve and solid groundstrokes. Overall I played and fought very hard and was able to finally break first set to win 7-5, and then after slipping up and falling behind a break in the 2nd 1-4 and 2-5, I broke him a couple times to win 7-5 again. I thought I was moving really well which was refreshing coming off a long foot injury a few weeks ago. Tomorrow I play Brad Weston, the #3 seed, and its probably going to be really tough. Ill do my best, maybe it would be a good thing if I dont get filmed again! Really tough field here, everyone is D1 or pro level.

Congrats, and good luck against BW.

nfor304
04-02-2010, 09:18 PM
Brad Weston is a real good player... I remember seeing him playing most of the the Australian Sattellites and futures a few years ago. Not sure if he is as active anymore though... I think his highest ranking was like 400 or something.

Should be a good match. Good luck Tony!

Beacon Hill
04-02-2010, 11:00 PM
Tony played really well today against one of the top players in the Pacific Northwest.

Here are the 8 direct acceptances into the main draw, interviewed after their first practice sessions:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iL4EB0UE4A

mutantducky
04-02-2010, 11:16 PM
nah Weston is still playing and going strong. Maybe he took a break for the winter though but he was doing really well. One of the best players in Norcal now so good luck winning that match. Should be a good one.

SuperDuy
04-02-2010, 11:17 PM
Good video!

enjoyed watching it

TonLars
04-03-2010, 03:13 PM
Did not play well today, lost 6-3 6-4. Bummer and a bit angry at myself to come that far to do that. He is a good player though. It was filmed, but not looking forward to watching it, made alot of errors:( Still, was a fun tournament and very tough field.

CallOfBooty
04-03-2010, 03:57 PM
Did not play well today, lost 6-3 6-4. Bummer and a bit angry at myself to come that far to do that. He is a good player though. It was filmed, but not looking forward to watching it, made alot of errors:( Still, was a fun tournament and very tough field.

It's okay, I'm sure you would have won on a better day. Still a good effort to keep it close even if you weren't playing well. I would still like to see the video though so please post a link to it when you get the chance, thanks.

forthegame
04-03-2010, 03:59 PM
Did not play well today, lost 6-3 6-4. Bummer and a bit angry at myself to come that far to do that. He is a good player though. It was filmed, but not looking forward to watching it, made alot of errors:( Still, was a fun tournament and very tough field.

Still an achievement getting to play IMHO. All adds to your experience and I'm sure when your foot's better, you'll win more.

Please put up videos, would love to see the match.

HunterST
04-03-2010, 04:15 PM
Still an achievement getting to play IMHO. All adds to your experience and I'm sure when your foot's better, you'll win more.

Please put up videos, would love to see the match.

agreed. This was definitely on par with a future's event, if not better. Most people on the planet would be thrilled to have a competitive score with a guy like Brad, even if they were playing the best tennis of their lives. To do it when you are NOT playing your best tennis is pretty impressive.

mutantducky
04-03-2010, 05:03 PM
yeah I know guys who lost to Brad fairly easily and they are solid 5.5 players. He could beat a lot of div 1 players as well. He's one of the best open California players along with guys like Robert Yim. Tough loss if you didn't play your best but if you think you can beat him then you can compete at a high level.

SLow
04-04-2010, 01:04 AM
I thought Tony's match looked very close regardless. Very entertaining. It was a great match to watch when I wasn't busy treating the injured players.

nethawkwenatchee
04-04-2010, 08:45 AM
Can someone link the match video(s)?

:)

Beacon Hill
04-04-2010, 10:58 AM
Tony competed well against Brad - most points were hard fought. Even in this strong field, Tony set himself apart with amazing foot speed. Brad went on to beat Philip Bester in a 3rd set tie break, and is here warming up now for the finals against Nima Roshan. I'll get video of Tony's match online as soon as I have time.

nethawkwenatchee
04-04-2010, 12:10 PM
Tony competed well against Brad - most points were hard fought. Even in this strong field, Tony set himself apart with amazing foot speed. Brad went on to beat Philip Bester in a 3rd set tie break, and is here warming up now for the finals against Nima Roshan. I'll get video of Tony's match online as soon as I have time.

Thanks Beacon Hill and nicely done Tony. Brad beat Philip Bester who took Bagdatis to three sets in a fairly recent tournament so...WOW!

Looking foreward to the video(s)!

Beacon Hill
04-05-2010, 12:02 AM
Congratulations to 2010 champion Nina Roshan. He defeated Brad Weston 7-6 6-3. I'll post some match videos soon.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quVq7ydZr0k

mutantducky
04-05-2010, 02:42 PM
I wonder if Weston was worn out. his semi 3 set win must've been really tough.

HunterST
04-05-2010, 04:00 PM
Congratulations to 2010 champion Nina Roshan. He defeated Brad Weston 7-6 6-3. I'll post some match videos soon.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quVq7ydZr0k

From what I have seen, you guys have really been on top of your game with this tournament. Paying for a place to stay for the players, putting up match footage, posting interviews on youtube, and keeping us updated on TW with news has all been great. Hope you guys can do the tournament again next year!

EP1998
04-05-2010, 06:05 PM
Yeah I agree, this sounds like a great tournament. Love the quali concept because then you have great matches in the main draw, not a lot of blowouts. More tournaments should do this. This would be a great tournament for spectators. Tough luck to Tony but Weston can play and obviously had a lot more $$$ to play the circuit than Tony. I think Tony did very well to put up a competitive scoreline coming off injury and probably not playing that many tough opponents during the Minnesota indoor season.

EP1998
04-05-2010, 06:07 PM
Brad Weston is a real good player... I remember seeing him playing most of the the Australian Sattellites and futures a few years ago. Not sure if he is as active anymore though... I think his highest ranking was like 400 or something.

Should be a good match. Good luck Tony!

I looked him up and yes, he can play. Saw that he won a few doubles titles with Hwalty, can't believe he was still playing that recently. He is such a good player though.

nfor304
04-05-2010, 07:16 PM
I looked him up and yes, he can play. Saw that he won a few doubles titles with Hwalty, can't believe he was still playing that recently. He is such a good player though.

Yeah from what I remember he's a real scrappy sort of player. Very good competitor, tough to beat. I looked him up too at itftennis.com. he recently played the San Jose qualifiers

mutantducky
04-06-2010, 10:38 AM
vidoes? ......

Beacon Hill
04-06-2010, 05:23 PM
I wonder if Weston was worn out. his semi 3 set win must've been really tough.
He had to have been tired - that 3 set semi final was his second match of the day (after his match with Tony that morning). Two points were crucial for Brad:
1) The match point he did not convert in the second set against Philip Bester. He ended up losing that second set and needed well over an hour to finally win the match.
2) The break point he did not convert in the first game of the final against Roshan. His passing shot looked to be a clean winner, but clipped the very top of the net. He ended up losing that game and then getting broken in the next, and had to play the entire match from behind.

Change those two points and I think you have a different winner of the tournament. Brad is a veteran player and does not get rattled. Because Roshan, on the other hand, is under so much pressure to win and continue his quest to grind it out on the tour, it may have been difficult for him to overcome an early setback. Brad would also have had confidence being up and knowing that he beat Nima in a recent tournament.

And these are the things that make tennis such a great game.

Beacon Hill
04-06-2010, 05:25 PM
From what I have seen, you guys have really been on top of your game with this tournament. Paying for a place to stay for the players, putting up match footage, posting interviews on youtube, and keeping us updated on TW with news has all been great. Hope you guys can do the tournament again next year!
I really appreciate that. We worked hard, and we're very pleased with our inaugural event. We'll do it next year for sure, and we'll always be trying to improve.

Beacon Hill
04-06-2010, 05:27 PM
Yeah I agree, this sounds like a great tournament. Love the quali concept because then you have great matches in the main draw, not a lot of blowouts. More tournaments should do this. This would be a great tournament for spectators. Tough luck to Tony but Weston can play and obviously had a lot more $$$ to play the circuit than Tony. I think Tony did very well to put up a competitive scoreline coming off injury and probably not playing that many tough opponents during the Minnesota indoor season.
As I told Tony before he left the tourament, he was being a bit hard on himself - he really did put in a great effort against a really good player. Tony is really solid and I hope to see him play again.

Beacon Hill
04-06-2010, 05:29 PM
Yeah from what I remember he's a real scrappy sort of player. Very good competitor, tough to beat. I looked him up too at itftennis.com. he recently played the San Jose qualifiers
Brad is very impressive, and he can implement a variety of tactics depending on his opponent. He's also a really great guy - definitely a crowd favourite.

Beacon Hill
04-06-2010, 05:31 PM
vidoes? ......
I'm working on it. Yesterday I needed a day off to sleep. Maybe today I'll at least put up a teaser video of some of Tony's match.

TonLars
04-06-2010, 10:34 PM
Thanks for getting the beginning of the match up Beacon Hill! The quality of the first 3 games is better than I remember, looking forward to seeing the rest (although it might get worse just going off of how I feel about my performance). Also thanks again for getting me into the tournament and being a great host! It was not only one of the toughest fields Ive played in but one of the funnest. Here it is if you guys want to see me lose:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hGIrB1R91c

Beacon Hill
04-06-2010, 10:50 PM
Thanks for getting the beginning of the match up Beacon Hill! The quality of the first 3 games is better than I remember, looking forward to seeing the rest (although it might get worse just going off of how I feel about my performance). Also thanks again for getting me into the tournament and being a great host! It was not only one of the toughest fields Ive played in but one of the funnest. Here it is if you guys want to see me lose:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hGIrB1R91c
Absolute pleasure to have you, Tony. No, people won't check out the video to see you lose, they'll check it out to see a great match and how well you played.

raging
04-06-2010, 11:26 PM
Thanks for getting the beginning of the match up Beacon Hill! The quality of the first 3 games is better than I remember, looking forward to seeing the rest (although it might get worse just going off of how I feel about my performance). Also thanks again for getting me into the tournament and being a great host! It was not only one of the toughest fields Ive played in but one of the funnest. Here it is if you guys want to see me lose:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hGIrB1R91c

Actually mate, you did alright!(High praise from an aussie).
You may get burned here because videos always make it look slower than it really is. Your groundies and speed will always make you competitive.
Keep working on that serve! Congrats to all that put the tourney together!

Beacon Hill
04-07-2010, 12:01 AM
Part 2 of Tony's match:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heqUT9oKWAw

TonLars
04-07-2010, 12:29 PM
I almost cant watch how bad I play at part 3 (end of first set). Basically I was right in a way, as I lost the match making a very large amount of forehand unforced errors. Otherwise it is true that we had some good rallies and overall the play quality was ok. Was fun to see the match video, thanks again!

Beacon Hill
04-07-2010, 01:18 PM
Here's the rest of the match:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UhMDRgKQAY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlYEZdjyQW4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87zToRRbPHQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXPdevj-Zfs
Tell us the specifics about what you are planning to work on.

VicTennis
04-07-2010, 03:21 PM
You guys really did an awesome job of this tournament! Thanks so much for everything and posting videos online. Any chance you could upload the Weston VS Bester match?

Beacon Hill
04-07-2010, 04:07 PM
You guys really did an awesome job of this tournament! Thanks so much for everything and posting videos online. Any chance you could upload the Weston VS Bester match?
Thanks very much. I'll get that match done as soon as I can, but I'm very busy right now, so it won't be for a few days. Also, the camera angle is not as good. You will, though, be able to get a sense of the outstanding quality of the match.

Beacon Hill
04-07-2010, 04:29 PM
http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/3562/bradweston1.jpg
Brad Weston overhead against Philip Bester
Image by Johanne Hemond

HunterST
04-07-2010, 05:56 PM
http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/3562/bradweston1.jpg
Brad Weston overhead against Philip Bester
Image by Johanne Hemond

hahaha WOW! Just goes to show you the caliber of athletes that played in this tournament!

TonLars
04-07-2010, 10:16 PM
Tell us the specifics about what you are planning to work on.

-Forehand consistency and patience
-1st serve technique (to hit flat, and gain confidence to hit my hardest and make good %. May try platform stance to fix leg hitch)
-Overhead technique (similar to 1st serve, use pronation better)

Other little things of course like everyone, but other than that the rest of my game is at least pretty good or better IMO.

mutantducky
04-07-2010, 10:38 PM
I watched about 10 minutes of the different parts.
one thing that stands out is that Brad is working the points better, keeping Tony on the defensive and really he hardly ever seems out of place or hitting a bad shot. Deeper balls and slices. Brad's serve return doesn't seem to good at first but then you realize he is neutralizing his opponents serve advantage. I would have liked to see Tony hit some serves out wide. He moves well laterally and controlling the points while you are often further back. You get some great winners. To beat Brad you need to be more patient but also at the same time be more aggressive if that makes sense. Getting to the net more. With your size and speed I would think you would be able to. His game is just more consistent so a groundstoke duel just won't do it. One good shot will win the point against most players but with him you might need 2 or 3+ to win the point. You got some good finesse moves like drop shots so those and slices can be improved on.

Part 5 6 minute mark is an example. Brad is such a great defensive player even when you do hit a great shot.

bertrevert
04-08-2010, 06:26 AM
Two thoughts:

1. Perhaps not running around your BH as much. Your BH is solid. Not as aggressive as FH, but reliable. Anyway I thought in the second set you didn't run around as many BH. Maybe you were noticing and changing tactic? You had more UE of the FH side.

2. I would have served more to his BH, you got some errors off of him on that side on serve. Still, his BH is strong. He sliced the hell out of you! Yikes, he didn't really miss too many of those either.

Great match to watch all the same and great tournament! (great indoor conditions eh?)

JimBob24
04-08-2010, 06:59 AM
Tony, I watched your video and my suggestion is to rotate your shoulders back before the serve, that way you get your body into the serve and not use just your arm. That will make your serve motion smoother and give more power and control. I love the rest of your game. Good luck man. :)

HunterST
04-08-2010, 10:46 AM
Hey guys, I know we all mean well, but maybe we should cool it on giving Tony advice on what his game needs. Afterall, he's an elite player and teaching pro while most of us are just amateur players.

arche3
04-08-2010, 12:31 PM
http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/3562/bradweston1.jpg
Brad Weston overhead against Philip Bester
Image by Johanne Hemond

thats awesome!

EP1998
04-08-2010, 12:32 PM
-Forehand consistency and patience
-1st serve technique (to hit flat, and gain confidence to hit my hardest and make good %. May try platform stance to fix leg hitch)
-Overhead technique (similar to 1st serve, use pronation better)

Other little things of course like everyone, but other than that the rest of my game is at least pretty good or better IMO.

One way you can isolate the feet to address what's going on there is to put something on your feet when you practice serves.

For example, on clay I will draw a circle outlining my front foot before serving. After I serve, I can see how much my foot moved around. If I've gone outside the lines too much something inefficient is up. On hardcourts, I have put a twig or small stick on my shoe to see if it stayed put while I served.

For the back foot, you can use an extra racquet. Just put it across your back foot and serve - then you can really tell how much your back foot is moving before contact. It is just something to experiment with because you can figure out on your own what's going to work.

Great match. I think you have great balance on your shots - very good athletic foundation with a good wide base - that is only going to get better over time.

BigSkyChamp
04-09-2010, 02:59 AM
Tony, I enjoyed watching your match and your interview; you have great footwork and hit a substantially penetrating ball, it would be captivating to see you abuse the angles of the court more. I couldn't help but notice it might have not been your first interview- you didn't happen to be distracted by anybody in the background did you? - was this the only cut of film? haha, Do you plan on returning next year? Hopefully it will surpass this years event, if possible.

Charles Norris
04-09-2010, 09:04 AM
Congrats on the great tourney BeaconHill. I truly regret not making it up. Please post this again next year and I'll definitely make it up. Good work again and good job to TonyLars for a good show. I know it wasn't your best but you earned a lot of respect by staying close with such a great player.

Charles Norris
04-09-2010, 10:46 AM
Hey guys, I know we all mean well, but maybe we should cool it on giving Tony advice on what his game needs. Afterall, he's an elite player and teaching pro while most of us are just amateur players.

Absolutely agree. How about if you want to give advice (extremely critical advice that is), post a video of yourself playing, then you can give advice.

onehandbh
04-09-2010, 07:01 PM
Absolutely agree. How about if you want to give advice (extremely critical advice that is), post a video of yourself playing, then you can give advice.

btw, is this you in this video? Pretty intense strength training routine.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2XUgE6g7XU

skandy
04-09-2010, 07:16 PM
btw, is this you in this video? Pretty intense strength training routine.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2XUgE6g7XU

Indeed, good footwork.

thejackal
04-09-2010, 07:55 PM
-Forehand consistency and patience
-1st serve technique (to hit flat, and gain confidence to hit my hardest and make good %. May try platform stance to fix leg hitch)
-Overhead technique (similar to 1st serve, use pronation better)

Other little things of course like everyone, but other than that the rest of my game is at least pretty good or better IMO.

watching the match video I really noticed how both you and Brad did a great job managing your weaker strokes. you were moving the ball around really well in the box and Brad wasn't really able to run around and pummel returns, whereas I don't recall seeing him miss many backhands even though his one-hander looked a bit shaky. what was your perspective trying to play to that side in that match?

Beacon Hill
04-10-2010, 01:34 AM
Congrats on the great tourney BeaconHill. I truly regret not making it up. Please post this again next year and I'll definitely make it up. Good work again and good job to TonyLars for a good show. I know it wasn't your best but you earned a lot of respect by staying close with such a great player.
Thanks a lot. It would be great to have you next year, and I will certainly keep you posted.

Charles Norris
04-10-2010, 07:59 PM
btw, is this you in this video? Pretty intense strength training routine.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2XUgE6g7XU

Well, when you just recently had your gallbladder taken out (just wanted to see how it felt) and am currently having a bout with liver cirrhosis from all the broken glass bottles I eat, you have to train hard to get back to where you were. Another week and that bear will be eating my sh*t for breakfast.

david3
04-02-2012, 10:13 AM
Hey Beacon Hill, any chance you could still upload the Bester v Weston match from the 2010 tournament?