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pchoi04
09-15-2006, 12:22 AM
Hi, I live in Federal Way, Washington and I was wondering if any of you guys play at any of the local clubs here.

travlerajm
09-15-2006, 01:02 AM
Hi, I live in Federal Way, Washington and I was wondering if any of you guys play at any of the local clubs here.

Bally's Federal Way is good deal. I used to belong there. I don't anymore, but I still play on some league teams from there.

tennismike33
09-15-2006, 03:42 PM
Kermit, the pro at Bally's in FW has a great EARLY Saturday morning workout, it starts at 7am, hey I said it is early, only costs $10 and I think it is a 2hr hitting session.

I belong to Bally's and play out of the University Place facility, but will play anywhere there is a court.

Feel free to drop me a note tennismike33@comcast.net and we can hit.

travlerajm
09-16-2006, 12:33 AM
Kermit, the pro at Bally's in FW has a great EARLY Saturday morning workout, it starts at 7am, hey I said it is early, only costs $10 and I think it is a 2hr hitting session.

I belong to Bally's and play out of the University Place facility, but will play anywhere there is a court.

Feel free to drop me a note tennismike33@comcast.net and we can hit.

I used to help Kermit coach his advanced junior class. He's a fun guy.

migjam
09-16-2006, 04:27 AM
Not too far from Federal Way is The Boeing Tennis Club (located in Auburn). A very nice facility and good staff.

tennismike33
09-23-2006, 08:04 AM
Have you had any luck finding some hitting partners?

tennismike33
10-09-2006, 07:17 PM
Added to this thread maybe to put together a competitive team together to compete as a group to go to tournaments together, travel and practice together.

travlerajm
10-09-2006, 07:36 PM
I live in Seattle, and normally play in Seattle. But I'm playing for a Federal Way Bally's USTA mixed team.

kchau
10-09-2006, 07:38 PM
robinswood tennis center (public)
seattle and bellevue/redmond pro sports club(private)
seattle tennis club(pshh good luck getting in)

tennismike33
10-15-2006, 03:40 PM
Would like to find 3-5 people 4.5 or higher to practice together. I was at Bally's in Federal Way last night and there was no one there playing.

tennismike33
10-30-2006, 12:46 PM
Still looking for a few 4.0-5.0 hitting partners for weekends if possible. Am starting a new job in Federal Way this week and evenings after 7pm I can play. Drop me a note or post your email address.
tennismike33@comcast.net

carrwash13
10-30-2006, 02:14 PM
if you're ever in Vancouver, WA i'm always lookin for 4.5+ players to hit with

tennismike33
10-30-2006, 06:12 PM
Thanks for responding, as I come to Vancouver, WA a lot to play different tournaments. Was supposed to play the Grand Prix this weekend, but there were not enough players. Email me directly and I will forward my cell phone#.

tennismike33
11-09-2006, 07:46 AM
Good morning one and all. My work schedule has solidified now and I am working in Federal Way. "MOST" evenings I get of at 6pm and can play at the Federal Way club soon after that. There are also times in the week where I do not need to be to work until 9-10-11, as we work a flexible schedule. Looking for a partner to hit with in the evenings after work. My mornings can open for a once a week hit at the FW club. Drop me a note and let me know!!!

ShooterMcMarco
11-13-2006, 02:39 AM
didn't realize this many people live in WA :)

tennismike33
11-18-2006, 10:56 AM
Because of work it has been a week since I have played, anywhere, anytime, anyplace, need a tennis fix!!!!!

Midlife crisis
11-20-2006, 02:42 PM
I've only been hitting with my son and my wife the last several months, but I think I'm going to be making a commitment to playing more tennis in the next couple of years. There's a holiday tournament at the Amy Yee tennis center that I'd like to play in (last time I played the Amy Yee tournament was back in about, ohh, 1980). Anyone in the 4.0 to 5.0 range want to get an early evening court time down there in the next couple of weeks? I have no idea what the court surface is like or anything.

tennismike33
11-23-2006, 07:12 AM
Amy Yee is a very nice facility, I have played there twice, they normally run a week long tournament, which makes it challenging for me to get to Seattle and work at the same time. I think the surface is a slower one.

Good luck, if you need a hit beforehand let me know.

ShooterMcMarco
11-23-2006, 05:59 PM
Yeah, I've been hitting at Amy Yee becuase I'm part of the usta tennis league and thats where we practice. I've hit there about 8 times or so (sometimes twice a week) and i found that it plays a lot different than the indoor courts near my parents house (bremerton tennis and athletic club).

Midlife crisis
11-25-2006, 10:29 PM
I think there's a holiday tennis tournament at The AYTC that runs the week between Christmas and New Years, so I was going give that a go. I assume the courts are the same as twenty years ago - there's like four courts on a lower level and four courts on the upper level, and that they're just typical medium speed?

travlerajm
11-25-2006, 10:31 PM
I think there's a holiday tennis tournament at The AYTC that runs the week between Christmas and New Years, so I was going give that a go. I assume the courts are the same as twenty years ago - there's like four courts on a lower level and four courts on the upper level, and that they're just typical medium speed?

I think they have 10 indoor courts. They are on the slow side, but not as slow as Nordstrom or Central Park.

Midlife crisis
11-26-2006, 07:35 PM
I think they have 10 indoor courts. They are on the slow side, but not as slow as Nordstrom or Central Park.

Dropped by there today. Not a ton of changes from 20 years ago, but you're right that there are five courts on each level. The bounce doesn't look all that different from Central Park, but it seems that the ones there are way faster than at Nordstrom.

I don't mind faster - I can adjust pretty well to that, but going to slower courts are much harder for me. That's why I'm so curious to play on some clay courts.

Tate74
12-06-2006, 07:27 PM
if you're ever in Vancouver, WA i'm always lookin for 4.5+ players to hit with

Hey carrwash I'm in Vancouver too, where do you play?

k-y
12-12-2006, 08:05 PM
How is the weather in Seattle?

Being a California native and only living in CA all my life (except for 8 years in Tokyo), I have this stereotypical view that Seattle has rain/overcast except for 4 weeks out of the year when it has some semblance of sun. I currently live in San Diego.

But there's a slim possibility that I might have the opportunity to move up there so I'm wondering how much outdoor tennis you guys play or if most of your tennis is played indoors.

Tennis is my primary recreational activity, and I would be totally bummed if I did move up there and didn't get to play as much as I do now.

Tate74
12-12-2006, 11:22 PM
Seattle gets about 9 months of rain a year and I'm not kidding...it's mostly all indoor and spendy in Seattle from what I here so you might be highly disappointed if you move there. The majority of people in the NW are Fat and depressed. Can't wait to move to Forida myself.

migjam
12-13-2006, 07:11 AM
We had like 18" of rain in November alone. Thats why indoor tennis is so big in Washington. It's just depressing. I've lived here all my life and would LOVE to move to CA, but couldn't afford the cost of living down there.

tennismike33
12-13-2006, 08:52 AM
We do get a lot of rain, but there are plenty of chances to paly outdoor tennis during the year. Last year I remember actually getting sunburned while playing.

As far as cost goes, it is affordable to play in the South Puget Sound area, I understand that some of the clubs north of Seattle and in Seatle are rather spendy.

ShooterMcMarco
12-13-2006, 01:07 PM
Yeah, I live only 5 minutes away from harborview club and its like a 700 enrollment fee and 110 dollar monthly.

carrwash13
12-13-2006, 01:13 PM
Hey carrwash I'm in Vancouver too, where do you play?

I play at VTC ....vancouver tennis center pretty much year round

freelythinking
12-13-2006, 01:21 PM
haha..i see that people are dis-advertising Seattle. Ever since there was a boom to move out to seattle about 7 years back, due to congestion, pollution, traffic and etc seattle has been facing, people of seattle are told not to advertise Seattle so people would not move out there anymore..

k-y
12-13-2006, 04:33 PM
Heh, of the Seattle ppl that I've talked to, they said to keep on believing that it rains 9 months out of the year and not move there ;)

The company I'm thinking of provides a free membership to the Pro Sports club which looks like it has 6 indoor courts at their Bellevue location.

ShooterMcMarco
12-13-2006, 05:25 PM
The company I'm thinking of provides a free membership to the Pro Sports club which looks like it has 6 indoor courts at their Bellevue location.

Awesome man, thats a high-end club, youre very lucky

Midlife crisis
12-13-2006, 06:28 PM
Heh, of the Seattle ppl that I've talked to, they said to keep on believing that it rains 9 months out of the year and not move there ;)

The company I'm thinking of provides a free membership to the Pro Sports club which looks like it has 6 indoor courts at their Bellevue location.

There are membership levels at the Pro Club which do not include the "tennis" portion, so make sure if you accept the position that your membership does include access to the tennis courts.

onehandbh
12-14-2006, 10:54 PM
anyone (4.0+) around (seattle area) or Olympia b/w Dec 26 - 30 want to hit/play some
doubles? I'll be up there for x-mas break. I'll probably just bring my
JK prostaff (wood) up instead of my regular PS 85 since it takes up less
space on the plane.

e-mail me through the board profile.

tennismike33
12-16-2006, 12:11 PM
anyone (4.0+) around (seattle area) or Olympia b/w Dec 26 - 30 want to hit/play some
doubles? I'll be up there for x-mas break. I'll probably just bring my
JK prostaff (wood) up instead of my regular PS 85 since it takes up less
space on the plane.

e-mail me through the board profile.


I am in Tacoma and can play mornings or later in the evenings,
tennismike33@comcast.net is my email

tennisp13
01-13-2007, 11:26 PM
Looking for some tennis partner to hit with, I think I am 4.0, not sure. Too much rain and snow this year :D ... Eastside(Bellevue)/Seattle area ;), contact tennisp13 at yahoo.com. Indoor is good too, too bad i am not belong to any club yet :(

Phillip

chloeToh
01-14-2007, 12:50 AM
Heh, of the Seattle ppl that I've talked to, they said to keep on believing that it rains 9 months out of the year and not move there ;)

The company I'm thinking of provides a free membership to the Pro Sports club which looks like it has 6 indoor courts at their Bellevue location.

Let me guess, Microsoft?

Midlife crisis
01-14-2007, 01:58 AM
Let me guess, Microsoft?

Nintendo does also.

travlerajm
01-14-2007, 03:35 PM
I have inside information on the public facility at Magnusson Park. It's a definitely going to happen (6 or 8 bubble courts). It will either go up this summer or next spring (they need dry weather to lay down the courts).

Midlife crisis
01-14-2007, 11:08 PM
There was also talk in the last couple of years of covering the courts at Grass Lawn park. It's supposed to be one of Redmond's signature parks, and because of that they've put down a FieldTurf soccer field and one baseball field already. I believe a second phase of construction was supposed to put down at least an infield of FieldTurf on the remaining two baseball fields and possibly put some sort of a cover over the courts, but I don't know the status of that. The housing construction that has now been approved for the back of the Northwest baseball field has apparently impacted the project in some way.

tennisp13
01-21-2007, 10:56 AM
travlerajm, Midlife crisis...

I would like to hit with either of you guys when the weather lead up. Contact me at tennisp13 at yahoo.com. Thanks...

I am a tennis nut and would love to play as much as possible :). Too bad weather in the NW is not fun during winter time. I need to sign up to a club :)
Looking for a tennis partner too..


Phillip
(4.0, work in Bellevue, so could play in the surround area and Seattle)

tennismike33
01-22-2007, 12:43 PM
travlerajm, Midlife crisis...

I would like to hit with either of you guys when the weather lead up. Contact me at tennisp13 at yahoo.com. Thanks...

I am a tennis nut and would love to play as much as possible :). Too bad weather in the NW is not fun during winter time. I need to sign up to a club :)
Looking for a tennis partner too..


Phillip
(4.0, work in Bellevue, so could play in the surround area and Seattle)


If you ever get to Tacoma look me up, would love to hit.

Midlife crisis
01-23-2007, 01:23 AM
travlerajm, Midlife crisis...

I would like to hit with either of you guys when the weather lead up. Contact me at tennisp13 at yahoo.com. Thanks...

I am a tennis nut and would love to play as much as possible :). Too bad weather in the NW is not fun during winter time. I need to sign up to a club :)
Looking for a tennis partner too..


Phillip
(4.0, work in Bellevue, so could play in the surround area and Seattle)

I'm actually not going to be picking up a racquet for the next couple of weeks as I try to take advantage of this dry stretch to try and work on some early season cardiovascular fitness. After that, I'll give you a holler and we'll get together for a hit.

tennisp13
01-23-2007, 09:58 AM
Tennismike, when I have a change to visit Tacoma, I would gave you a holla.. :)

Midlife, sure, page me when you feel like to hit. Right now I doing some fitness training too :).

tennismike33
01-23-2007, 11:44 AM
Tennismike, when I have a change to visit Tacoma, I would gave you a holla.. :)

Midlife, sure, page me when you feel like to hit. Right now I doing some fitness training too :).

tennismike33@comcast.net shoot me your contact information and I will return mine.

Midlife crisis
01-29-2007, 07:26 PM
There's a tournament coming up at the Bellevue Club and I'm thinking of playing despite not having picked up a racquet in quite a while. Can anyone describe the courts there? Fast, medium, or slow?

travlerajm
01-29-2007, 07:53 PM
There's a tournament coming up at the Bellevue Club and I'm thinking of playing despite not having picked up a racquet in quite a while. Can anyone describe the courts there? Fast, medium, or slow?

The courts are medium. A little faster than CPTC. BC has really high ceilings, unlike CP, where it's easy to forget about those low-hanging cross-beams when you want to lob. Also, the heating is not very good - it was awfully cold in there last Thur morning.

tennismike33
01-29-2007, 08:57 PM
The courts are medium. A little faster than CPTC. BC has really high ceilings, unlike CP, where it's easy to forget about those low-hanging cross-beams when you want to lob. Also, the heating is not very good - it was awfully cold in there last Thur morning.

I played in the tournament in Corvalis/Albany OR a few weeks back, they forgot to turn on the heat, at all. It was in the 30's when we started the match.

LuckyR
01-30-2007, 10:44 AM
I played in the tournament in Corvalis/Albany OR a few weeks back, they forgot to turn on the heat, at all. It was in the 30's when we started the match.


Ha, you're right. I bought this cool Polar fleece "muffler" for my right hand that fits over my hand and handle. I use a normal polar fleece glove or my left.

Major advantage in matches when it gets really cold indoors...

Midlife crisis
02-01-2007, 01:30 PM
The courts are medium. A little faster than CPTC. BC has really high ceilings, unlike CP, where it's easy to forget about those low-hanging cross-beams when you want to lob. Also, the heating is not very good - it was awfully cold in there last Thur morning.

Well, since it was so easy to do, I signed up to play. I'm really sore and tired from weight lifting and cycling/running training, plus rusty from just not playing so I'll see how it goes. The good thing is that the tournament is round robin style, so for my money I get to play probably at least three matches.

Thanks for the info.

_mats_
02-04-2007, 01:37 PM
Hi,

I just joined the forum, great site, lots of good advice, I am learning as I go.

I was wondering if there is anyone in the Port Orchard, Gig Harbor / Silverdale/ Bremerton area to hit the ball and practice, I used to play looong ago, trying to improve, I have not been rated, but I am maybe a 2.0 or 2.5 (I think?). I am taking classes at BTAC in Bremerton, and just started two weeks ago.

Anyway, Please let me know, I am available anytime, anyday, as I work from home and I can make some time for a tennis session, again, I am just starting again, so please be patient :)

Thanks for your time !

Matt -

k-y
02-11-2007, 11:16 AM
There are membership levels at the Pro Club which do not include the "tennis" portion, so make sure if you accept the position that your membership does include access to the tennis courts.

I asked the Pro Club membership staff about the tennis memberships and based on the cost, I'm wondering if the tennis is an add-on or inclusive of the rest of the membership because it's quite expensive:

$2500 initiation / $170/mo single
$4750 initiation / $250/mo family

I *hope* it's an inclusive thing and not an add-on. If it's an add-on, it's going to be extremely expensive to maintain my sport.

Better look for a house close by to less expensive courts, eh?

Midlife crisis
02-11-2007, 10:38 PM
I asked the Pro Club membership staff about the tennis memberships and based on the cost, I'm wondering if the tennis is an add-on or inclusive of the rest of the membership because it's quite expensive:

$2500 initiation / $170/mo single
$4750 initiation / $250/mo family

I *hope* it's an inclusive thing and not an add-on. If it's an add-on, it's going to be extremely expensive to maintain my sport.

Better look for a house close by to less expensive courts, eh?

When we are looking a bit less than two years ago, the tennis was an add-on. We ended up not choosing the Pro Club, settling on two different club memberships - one to a racquet club and one to a gym. It costs, but the tennis is much better at the racquet club and the gym is less boutique'ish.

In about the same area, there's a park a couple of miles away with six newly resurfaced courts. There's a junior high (that my kids go to) with some slower courts that seem to always be available in the evenings. The other junior highs also have tennis courts.

As far as indoors, there are public courts four or five miles away, and probably four or five racquet clubs within seven or eight miles. If tennis is your primary sport, this is probably the way to go.

Good luck if you move up here. The housing slump seems to have missed this area and prices are as high as ever. Good if you're a seller, lousy if you're a buyer.

k-y
03-29-2007, 05:41 PM
Update:
I've moved up to the Seattle area and am temporarily living in Issaquah and commute to Redmond where I work for MS.

We're about to close on a house in Redmond across the street from Idylwood Park but won't occupy it for a few weeks until repairs and remodeling is done.

I decided to bite the bullet and add tennis to my Pro Club membership. With the MS benefit, the one-time and monthly fees are reasonable so it didn't break the bank. A really nice component to Pro Club tennis memberships is they do not charge any court fees on top of the monthly membership fee. I did look into the Bellevue club briefly and observed that they charge both hourly court fees in addition to their monthly fees.

So, if anyone wants to start up a semi-regular 4.0/4.5 group, I'm in!

Midlife crisis
03-30-2007, 10:57 PM
Update:
I've moved up to the Seattle area and am temporarily living in Issaquah and commute to Redmond where I work for MS.

We're about to close on a house in Redmond across the street from Idylwood Park but won't occupy it for a few weeks until repairs and remodeling is done.

I decided to bite the bullet and add tennis to my Pro Club membership. With the MS benefit, the one-time and monthly fees are reasonable so it didn't break the bank. A really nice component to Pro Club tennis memberships is they do not charge any court fees on top of the monthly membership fee. I did look into the Bellevue club briefly and observed that they charge both hourly court fees in addition to their monthly fees.

So, if anyone wants to start up a semi-regular 4.0/4.5 group, I'm in!

Welcome to wet and dreary Redmond!

So, what are the rules for bringing in non-members to the Pro Club? At my club, a guest is limited to playing there once per month, which makes it a bit hard for regular play. The courts have recently been very busy too, as it seems that team play has more than doubled among members.

I'm not playing a whole lot at the moment (bad news as I just got recruited onto a team) but am still a pretty good practice partner. Let me know when you're settled in and have some time to give it a go.

k-y
04-21-2007, 11:04 PM
Welcome to wet and dreary Redmond!

So, what are the rules for bringing in non-members to the Pro Club? At my club, a guest is limited to playing there once per month, which makes it a bit hard for regular play. The courts have recently been very busy too, as it seems that team play has more than doubled among members.

I'm not playing a whole lot at the moment (bad news as I just got recruited onto a team) but am still a pretty good practice partner. Let me know when you're settled in and have some time to give it a go.

Yeah, I think the rules for non-members is once a month.

Once the weather gets better, we should hit some at Grasslawn Park.

ShooterMcMarco
04-21-2007, 11:17 PM
k-y and midlife, what ntrp do you guys play?

Midlife crisis
04-22-2007, 01:02 PM
k-y and midlife, what ntrp do you guys play?

I've been playing pretty sparingly this year but was asked to join a 4.0 team because they needed singles players. I self-rated at 4.0 and I've played two matches as the #1 singles player so far, and am 1-1, winning 7-5, 6-0 and then losing 7-5, 7-6 to a guy who is my nemesis playing style and has been undefeated this year playing 4.5 doubles. I'm starting to play a bit more so I'm probably competitive somewhere between 4.3 and 4.5, though if you don't run me and make my knees hurt, I've got strokes to rally pretty easily up to a 5.0 level or maybe a bit above.

For grins, earlier this year I played a 4.0 singles tournament when I also wasn't playing much, won my round-robin with a 3-0 record, then lost to another of my nemesis-type players in the semis. THAT guy also has been competitive playing 4.5 singles, and ran me around until my knees hurt.

Darn - I need new knees as much as new strokes.

How about you? The thing that is really hurting me now is that many/most of the players in the leagues know each other and have played against each other, whereas I've only sparingly played other adults (80% of my time is hitting with my 13 year old son) and everyone's style is a surprise.

travlerajm
04-22-2007, 01:10 PM
I've been playing pretty sparingly this year but was asked to join a 4.0 team because they needed singles players. I self-rated at 4.0 and I've played two matches as the #1 singles player so far, and am 1-1, winning 7-5, 6-0 and then losing 7-5, 7-6 to a guy who is my nemesis playing style and has been undefeated this year playing 4.5 doubles. I'm starting to play a bit more so I'm probably competitive somewhere between 4.3 and 4.5, though if you don't run me and make my knees hurt, I've got strokes to rally pretty easily up to a 5.0 level or maybe a bit above.

For grins, earlier this year I played a 4.0 singles tournament when I also wasn't playing much, won my round-robin with a 3-0 record, then lost to another of my nemesis-type players in the semis. THAT guy also has been competitive playing 4.5 singles, and ran me around until my knees hurt.

Darn - I need new knees as much as new strokes.

How about you? The thing that is really hurting me now is that many/most of the players in the leagues know each other and have played against each other, whereas I've only sparingly played other adults (80% of my time is hitting with my 13 year old son) and everyone's style is a surprise.


In case you haven't figured it out yet, there is on average a whole level difference in NTRP level between league tennis and tournaments. I'm playing 4.5 league tennis, and there are plenty of guys my level playing in the league. But I wouldn't consider playing in a 4.5 tournament, because I would be considered a sandbagger there.

Midlife crisis
04-22-2007, 02:05 PM
In case you haven't figured it out yet, there is on average a whole level difference in NTRP level between league tennis and tournaments. I'm playing 4.5 league tennis, and there are plenty of guys my level playing in the league. But I wouldn't consider playing in a 4.5 tournament, because I would be considered a sandbagger there.

I'm starting to figure this out really quickly!

I guess reading about the scandals at some of the previous nationals, and believing that probably in many tournaments, players are playing up to test the waters, I can see there would be some disparity. So, what would be the true "level" of a player? Is it where they are competitive in leagues or where they are competitive in tournaments? These can be as much as nearly a full level difference. I mean I saw a guy playing on a 3.5 league who was a lefty, had a 105+ MPH first serve, a kicker on the second that was shoulder high, and had really good touch on his volleys. I would guess this guy would be pretty easily competitive in a 4.5 tournament, so I don't understand how he manages to play in a 3.5 league.

I guess it's also my understanding that if you were a USTA member and had a computer ranking, you could play no lower than that in a USTA tournament, which would mean that a 4.0 level player in a league couldn't play at the 3.5 level.

Oh well, I dunno. I'm trying to really decide if I want to try and pursue playing more tennis or pursue doing some other athletic things I want. Every time I get satisfied to be playing tennis at the level I am, along comes a match like I just had, and now I feel motivated to practice more and get better. This will last just as long as the next time I get my butt kicked in my other athletic endeavors, at which time they'll get the prime focus again. Not enough time and too old of a body to be as competitive as my mind wants to be.

ShooterMcMarco
04-22-2007, 02:12 PM
Self-rated 4.0, I'm not sure if I can hang with you, hehe. Maybe once the weather gets better we can get k-y and travler and hit somewhere. I'm up at shoreline, but i wouldn't mind driving down to where you guys are

travlerajm
04-22-2007, 02:14 PM
I'm starting to figure this out really quickly!

I guess reading about the scandals at some of the previous nationals, and believing that probably in many tournaments, players are playing up to test the waters, I can see there would be some disparity. So, what would be the true "level" of a player? Is it where they are competitive in leagues or where they are competitive in tournaments? These can be as much as nearly a full level difference. I mean I saw a guy playing on a 3.5 league who was a lefty, had a 105+ MPH first serve, a kicker on the second that was shoulder high, and had really good touch on his volleys. I would guess this guy would be pretty easily competitive in a 4.5 tournament, so I don't understand how he manages to play in a 3.5 league.

I guess it's also my understanding that if you were a USTA member and had a computer ranking, you could play no lower than that in a USTA tournament, which would mean that a 4.0 level player in a league couldn't play at the 3.5 level.

Oh well, I dunno. I'm trying to really decide if I want to try and pursue playing more tennis or pursue doing some other athletic things I want. Every time I get satisfied to be playing tennis at the level I am, along comes a match like I just had, and now I feel motivated to practice more and get better. This will last just as long as the next time I get my butt kicked in my other athletic endeavors, at which time they'll get the prime focus again. Not enough time and too old of a body to be as competitive as my mind wants to be.


Well, I find that there is a void in my life if I let my tennis game rot. Right now I'm not in enough shape to play singles competitively, but I find that I can compete well in doubles as long as I keep my skills reasonably sharp. I told my league captain that I'd commit to being an ad-court doubles guy, and it's worked out pretty well for me since I can play good doubles with minimal practice time as long as I make sure my racquet is tuned right. :) Last season, I got bullied into playing singles in league play when my body wasn't really ready for it, and I had a miserable injury plagued season.

Midlife crisis
04-22-2007, 02:18 PM
Self-rated 4.0, I'm not sure if I can hang with you, hehe. Maybe once the weather gets better we can get k-y and travler and hit somewhere. I'm up at shoreline, but i wouldn't mind driving down to where you guys are

Well, I self-rated at 4.0 too, so I'm sure it's pretty close. I played once with Travlrajm once a year (or was it two?) ago and he was clearly a level or more above me at that time, though I sure I'm hitting the ball better now but moving a bit worse. We should get together and hit, probably more for my benefit than yours since I'm at the point where I need to play more different types of players.

Midlife crisis
04-22-2007, 02:33 PM
Well, I find that there is a void in my life if I let my tennis game rot. Right now I'm not in enough shape to play singles competitively, but I find that I can compete well in doubles as long as I keep my skills reasonably sharp. I told my league captain that I'd commit to being an ad-court doubles guy, and it's worked out pretty well for me since I can play good doubles with minimal practice time as long as I make sure my racquet is tuned right. :) Last season, I got bullied into playing singles in league play when my body wasn't really ready for it, and I had a miserable injury plagued season.

I hadn't played played competitively since that club tourney round robin back in January or February, which means practically no serving. When I got on the team, I thought I should probably get that shoulder into serving shape again and was doing fine until after that match. During that match, I was bombing them in hard and often. Afterwards, I had twinges so painful I couldn't hit a backhand for a week, and lifting my upper and lower arms in a unit created shooting pains in my shoulder. If you remember, I think I was going through some shoulder problems when we played, and since it's been surgically repaired, it'll probably never be great again.

After this last match just two days ago, I'm sore but not painfully hurting, so maybe it's turning the corner. Now, to get the knees in shape, but that's a losing battle, I'm sure.

My captain has a 3.5 level team as well and I can't even hang with those guys playing doubles. Being a singles player all my life, I have way too much doubt and hesitation about where to move and how to coordinate with my teammate. The rhythm of the game is different too, and doubles takes away a lot of the things I do well in singles that lets me play at that level. I figure I have to commit to a full year of playing doubles to "get it", but I'll drag whoever I play with down for that entire time so I'll probably stick with singles until I just can't play any more.

BTW, congrats on your team being 6-0. The guy I just played was on the Gold Creek team your team played back in February. Though he's rated 4.0, there are 11 other guys on that team rated 4.5, yet he played once at #2 and once at #3 doubles and won them both in the 4.5 league.

I guess I have a lot to learn still about league politics.

tennisp13
04-22-2007, 04:57 PM
Self-rated 4.0, I'm not sure if I can hang with you, hehe. Maybe once the weather gets better we can get k-y and travler and hit somewhere. I'm up at shoreline, but i wouldn't mind driving down to where you guys are

Shooter, we could hit sometime if you don't mind travel up to meet haftway in Lynnwood, Edmond area. I live in Everett.

K-Y, Midlife, travelj. I work in Bellevue area so If you want to hook up for some hitting (Grasslawn, Bellevue HS, Hidden Valley court), email me up.

tennisp13 at yahoo.com.

Self-rate 4.0, all court player :)

Phu

k-y
05-30-2007, 11:08 PM
Bump ... I've been playing the USTA combo league 4.0 for Pro Club... anyone else playing league lately?

Midlife crisis
06-03-2007, 10:06 PM
Bump ... I've been playing the USTA combo league 4.0 for Pro Club... anyone else playing league lately?

I tore the peroneal retinaculum in my left ankle playing a league match three weeks ago. I've just had an MRI and I'm meeting with a surgeon next week to most likely have a surgical repair. I'm probably not going to be playing any competitive tennis until next year.

Sucks badly. I don't recommend it.

jejeking
07-11-2008, 01:55 PM
Hi!

I live in Federal Way and I am looking to play some tennis on weekends. I haven't played for a couple years but I used to be a 4.0 ~ 4.5 level player.
I would love to find people of the same level to get back into it.
I can play on weekends in the Federal Way area.
Thanks!