So This Is Nationals . . .

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by Cindysphinx, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. AtomicForehand

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    Cindy, I luv you!
     
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  2. jmnk

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    hmm, what do you call a 3.5 team that features two pairs that have not lost all year, and the third that has like 85% winning percentage? :wink:


    just kidding. Congratulations!
     
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  3. ian2

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    Yes........
     
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  4. Maui19

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    Awesome job and thread Cindy. The Queen Elizabeth comment made me laugh. This was a lot of fun to ready, especially since you were able to post some photos.
     
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  5. sureshs

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    I want to visit Maui end of December and play tennis there. My expenses will mainly be resort stay, rented car, and lessons with the resort pro. I might pitch in for the airfare myself. Please send me donations.
     
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  6. Maui19

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    You have issues. Please seek professional help. Thanks.
     
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  7. spiderman123

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    This is true. I am his teammate. He wears the Nadal cap in my Avatar and I wear the RF one.

    We play in public parks and visit the community center after playing tennis.

    We will accept paypal as well.
     
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  8. jswinf

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    ^^^You guys must be really tiny, all I can see are the caps. It's inspirational that you still try to play tennis and raise funds. :)
     
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  9. J_R_B

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    LOL. I wouldn't have missed the next time.
     
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  10. sureshs

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    In fact, I played on a high school court last Sunday. I was even a volunteer for a Fed Cup event and also played in a Breast Cancer event. Every Christmas I try to put something under the club's Angel Tree for poor families.

    I think we both deserve to be sponsored for a Maui trip.
     
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  11. sureshs

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    Yes, some of the donation money will be used for sessions with ollinger to cure me of my habit of adjusting the hair around the bandana like Federer (problem is I don't wear one).
     
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  12. sureshs

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    That is right
     
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  13. spiderman123

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    I am also going to try my rich friends and relatives to see if they can send me checks to help me register for next season (plan to register for 12 teams) And this is going to be the extra money they have left over after they maximized their charitable donations to groups who help kids needing medical help, fighting world hunger etc.

    Sorry, I still cannot get my head around the fact that people send donations to people who can afford a fairly expensive sport. My last rant in this thread lest I am accused of being jealous or whatever (not jealous even slightly, for the record) but have this annoying habit of talking about something like this.
     
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  14. Cindysphinx

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    OK. If you don't like the idea of someone making a "donation," think of it as a "gift." Or "sponsorship," if you prefer.

    There. All better now?
     
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  15. sureshs

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    I am feeling much better now.
     
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    She lost a mixed match though! (barely!)

    So wish LS could have pulled it off, such a great, classy lady!

    Congrats Cindy!
     
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  17. max8176

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    Cindy, congrats on your 2nd place finish at Nationals. Our 3.0 men team got third place at Tucson.
     
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  18. AtomicForehand

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    That is because they are ALL CAPS.
     
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  19. OrangePower

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    Does USTA help at all with any of the costs?

    If not, then in this economy, I would not be surprised to see section-winning teams elect not to go to Nationals because of the cost. Between airfare, hotel, etc I can easily see the cost being upwards of $1k per person, and that's a lot of money these days for many people.
     
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  20. dcdoorknob

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    Yeah, I was only on a team that went to districts (made the finals but lost), but I got to thinking afterwards that it might be just as well, even sectionals would have been a not insignificant financial consideration for me, those grad school assistantships don't exactly bring in the big bucks.
     
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  21. kelawai

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    I went to 4.0 Nationals in Tucson recently. Some teammates spend a little over $600 over the weekend. I stayed a little longer in AZ. Cos I know I will never get the chance to play at National again. And spend over 1K and worth it. No subsidize from USTA Eastern. I think there are poorer than us :))
     
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  22. Cindysphinx

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    I believe we received a $300 stipend from either Mid-Atlantic or our local league. The registration fee at Nationals was $400.

    We stayed in houses, which helped with the cost. Imagine we had stayed five nights in the host hotel ($120/night plus taxes). Then add in the cost of a rental car for five nights. Assume $450 in airfare, plus airport parking. Plus restaurant food.

    It's a lot of money. Thank goodness for the rental house option.
     
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  23. sureshs

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    Add the cost of those post-match tension-relieving massages, and soon you are talking lots of money.
     
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  24. catfish

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    I went to 4.0 Nationals a few years ago in Tucson, and it was pretty expensive. Our team got a travel stipend from the local league and the district, but when it was divided among the team we each got about $75. I would guess that each player paid about $1000 out of their own pocket.

    Speaking of travel stipends and tournament entry fees to post season tournaments, do your local leagues pay for anything? District tournament entry fees in my district are $125 per team. Some local leagues pay the District tournament entry fees for their teams, but many don’t. Just curious as to what’s done in other areas.
     
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  25. Cindysphinx

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    Districts cost my MD team nothing.

    DC teams go straight to sectionals, so no Districts fee there either.
     
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  26. drak

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    Cindy, congrats on you and your team's performance, you beat the heat and almost all your opponents - great job! I was at the 4.5 Senior Nationals the same weekend at Mission Hills, we competed very well and team went 3-1 losing in a close match to eventual 3rd place finisher Eastern. Had a great time and experience. Keep it up, though you may be a 4.0 next yr!

    Drak
     
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  27. Cindysphinx

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    Thanks, Drak! And congratulations on your success!

    You know, there was a lot of talk about getting back to Nationals next year. I have to say, I feel completely fulfilled. Really, am I ever going to get an opportunity to win six matches if I go again? No way. I'm more than happy with a team silver and the knowledge that I played my best.

    Besides, to get to Nationals, we would have to morph from top 3.5s to top 4.0s in one year.

    Not gonna happen.
     
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  28. jonnyjack

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    It can happen... http://norcaltennisdaily.com/?p=857
     
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