Hitting partner in San Francisco

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  1. parasailing

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    Looking for someone around 4 to 4.5 level to practice with during the weekdays around 5:30PM preferably around SFSU or CCSF tennis courts.
     
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  2. LeeD

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    Seems both courts, one with 15, the other with about 18, should attract plenty of decent players in the range.
    Just show up, look like a tennis player, hit the wall with good concentration, and players will line up for a hit with you.
    Looking like a tennis player can be all important, as it does at GoldenGatePark, CalClub, anywhere with multiple courts and good players.
     
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  3. vascoboy

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    show up at vicente st & 28th ave McCopin park

    after 4 pm there are lots of singles players that show up, so you'll have no problem getting in a game (mostly doubles though)...there are a few 3.0 players that can be ridiculiously competitive, but as you get to know the folks, you'll figure out who you like to play with...
     
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  4. LeeD

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    Hey, I started out playing there too!
    Is this Myer's talking?
    All around SanFrancisco, there are courts where pickup tennis is availible. Not every court for sure, but some are known for pickup.
    GoldenGatePark.
    McCoppin as mentioned.
    Marina after 5PM, but you gotta play good doubles.
    NorthBeach.
    Chinese.
    AltaPlaza.
    JuliusKahn.
    Dupont.
    MissionHigh at DoloresPark.
     
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  5. Ajtat411

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    Was talking to one of my hitting partners at the club about making a trip out to Golden Gate Park to hit some tennis balls. It's pretty awesome out there compared to my area.

    Just gotta find some time though.
     
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  6. LeeD

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    Where's your area?
    I used to live out in the Sunset, started playing at SIgnatius, moved to DuPont on 32nd and Clement, then to GGPK for 3 years.
    Weekends I'd float from CCSF or SFState, then down to NorthBeach or ChinesePlayground if my friends were there.
     
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  7. Ajtat411

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    ^I play in the North Bay. The courts where I play is like a desert compared to the luscious trees at GG park.

    I went bike riding through GG park and stopped at the tennis courts and was so jealous of everyone playing. I didn't have my tennis stuff with me at the time.:(

    Did get to see some really small kids play, they couldn't be more than 3 feet tall with better swings then most adults. They were very serious about it with their parents cheering them on.
     
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  8. LeeD

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    Hmm...
    NorthBay, like a desert.
    Could it be Albert's Park in SanRafael?
    Maybe SanRafaelHigh?
    Maybe LucasValley at the GolfCourse?
    Novato's courts seem to have trees and greenery.
    BoylePark and HarborPt. seem to have trees.
    Are you from Novato at the marina area near Highway37?
     
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  9. Ajtat411

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    No, my home courts are in Fairfield. I travel to Napa and around the North Bay for league matches though.
    On a sunny day, GG park is just beautiful. If I had time I would travel across California just playing tennis.

    I just thought of a kick ass idea for raising money and playing a lot of tennis.

    -Start thread on TW about cross county tennis fundraising trip across US.

    -Raise awareness for charity of choice.

    -Travel to minor and major cities throughout the US.

    -Meet up with people from the forums, play tennis, get beers afterwards.

    -Sleep in car, eat lots of cup of noodles.

    -Send charity money to charity and live happily ever after.

    Only if I were a vegabond and didn't have a job/mortgage. :(
     
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  10. LeeD

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    I AM sleeping in my car and I just ate a Nissin cup of noodles!
    If you ever swing by Berkeley area with a bit of time, RoseGarden at Eunice and Rose has 11:30 - 2PM 3.5-4.0 Pickup doubles every day.
    Those are my current home courts, but with a sprained ankle and work to do, I've not been playing more than once a week.
     
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  11. SuperDuy

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    So you back to the van?
     
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    ^Hmm, I have Mondays off, maybe I'll swing by there to check it out.

    Do you guys know if pick up games happen at GG park everyday?
     
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  13. LeeD

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    Kinda miss and hit mostly, as they keep changing the amount they charge, and once even made courttime only 1 hour.
    Early mornings mostly useless except for old retired folks, good 3.0-3.5 slow moving smart players.
    Most 10-noon players already have partner's lined up, but some show up to hope to look for a hit.
    By mid afternoon, just full of lessons and high school tennis, so courts in short supply.
    Evenings near dark can be frustrating waits, but the two free courts waaaay out in the hinterlands (21 and 22), mostly play pick up 4.0 doubles in the afternoons.
    Show up looking like a tennis player, but you don't need coordinated outfits, just some athletic looking clothes and decent rackets.
     
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  14. SuperDuy

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    You should hit with LeeD, do you have a camera?
     
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  15. Ajtat411

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    Hmm, yeah. I don't think it would be worth it to just show up and hope for a pickup game. I might do it though since Mondays are my off days. Any free parking nearby?

    That would be cool. But I think Lee has a sprained ankle right now. As far as video is concerned, I do have a video camera but only use it during lessons or by myself.
     
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    Oh how life is just a bunch of revolving doors, first open one way, then close to open another direction from either different or the same source.
    Yeah, I'm in my van one day, then back together for a few weeks, then out the door again.
    And don't you ever tell the truth when you're in a relationship. That is a big no no.
     
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  17. SuperDuy

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    Well perfect that that camera set up to LeeDs 120 mph serves and well all be happy.
     
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  18. SuperDuy

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    So you back at CSC posting? :( better luck next time. \/\/hat did you do this time?
     
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  19. LeeD

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    Both currently.
    I told the truth, as I always do.
    You know how it escalates. First "do you love me", then "how much" then it keeps escalating all out of proportion beyond reality. I might be able to almost tell a fib once, maybe even twice, but somewhere around then, I gotta tell the truth, and that's where I get the big boot...:shock::shock:
    Ain't so bad, my van is nice, the weather hasn't been cold, I get to play tennis lots (doubles only, as I can't cover alley to alley), and I still help out at her house doing only little things, not the big sheetrock jobs or closet removals, grounding 25 electrical outlets, or rewiring the whole shebang like she wants it after hearing it from several contractors about the "high end" way of doing things.
     
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  20. SuperDuy

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    Well dom questions like that you gotta say yes. Whos taking over the work?
     
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  21. LeeD

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    Yes only works the first time.
    After that, it goes beyond 7 questions of escalating degrees, and a simple yes or no doesn't suffice.
    A whole team of contractors can easily take my place, and finish in time for April to boot, but maybe cost $50k's easy.
    My pace is taking us into end of summer for completion, but monetarily inexpensive.
    We've hired more than 6 different contractor dudes, and not one was close to satisfactory overall. Makes my stock rise a bit in relation, but not at 3AM in the morning...:cry:
    If you read back the last month or so, I never claimed a solid 120 mph in all my first flat serves. High teens, definetely. And the twist out wide on duece court still bounces up well over 6' just beyond the baseline....in 57 degree weather and heavy DunlopHDHardCourtChamp balls.
     
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  22. Stanimal

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    Hey man I'm from fairfield!

    I'm around 2-2.5 though...
     
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