Tennis Warehouse-Central Florida Chapter (Greater Orlando Area)

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  1. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    We can't let South Florida and the Mid Atlantic chapters have all the fun. :)
     
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  2. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    Here are some links that I use:


    Links to MG Tennis who run Fort Gatlin and Lake Cane: http://www.mgtennis.com

    Link for Orlando Tennis Center (OTC): http://www.cityoforlando.net/fpr/net/t_ParkRec.aspx?Park=287_3

    MG Tennis singles league link: http://www.tenniscores.com/?newid=KqMC2EscSHc%3D

    Jeff Davis singles tennis league: http://www.jdtennis.com/

    Central Florida doubles league: http://home.earthlink.net/~cfmtl/

    Here are Mikeler's special CFL weather links: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showpost.php?p=5346306&postcount=4378

    Future of OTC: http://cityinter.ci.orlando.fl.us/el...s/creative.htm
     
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  3. bad_call

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    count me in...especially since mikeler is buying the Dogfish 60 IPA. :)

    btw - have yet to hit with ssgator80, mikeler or Bob. can't forget James who is a solid hitting partner.
     
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  4. mikeler

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    60 minute? No way, not enough alcohol. I need the 90 minute!
     
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  5. Power Player

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    Well you guys know my story, but for those who don't. I hit with the crew of regulars at Azalea Park a lot right now. I am taking advantage of living right near the courts on Winter Park. I plan to move downtown where I work and will transition over to OTC a lot more. That may happen this fall, I am still deciding.

    Azalea has a lot of good solid 4-4.5 players. The ability to go there about any day of the week and be able to hit for hours with real consistent players is really helping my game and overall fitness levels. Plus I can walk there..so I have to say it's a cool little place. And of course I love OTC. Especially since Frank is the guy when it comes to stringing.
     
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    Looks like I will have to get to some other courts to check out the competition.
     
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  7. bad_call

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    agreed. :) looking forward to hitting with a "younger" (but not too young) strong player.
     
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  8. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    My tennis time is limited these days with a 5 month old, so I'm only willing to play strong 4.5s or 5.0s at the moment. Hopefully that will change down the road.
     
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  9. ryangoring

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    does this also encompass daytona? :)
    not many twers over this way. i will come down and with hit you, when i can. btw i'm onkly a 3.5.
    i have played against kal-el34 at the sheraton on vista parkway, and got my ass handed to me.
     
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  10. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    I deem that the Greater Area Orlando includes Daytona.
     
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  11. Tennis16

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    Count me in for the East side of town.
     
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  12. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

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    Great to see a new chapter open for business.

    Best of luck to my northern brothers/sisters in Florida!! :)
     
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  13. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    Thanks for letting us borrow your idea Drak.
     
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  14. bad_call

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    gracias senor.
     
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  15. ryangoring

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    a thousand thank yous kind sir!
    i email you or anyone else here when i can come down for a session.
     
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  16. bad_call

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    is that self rated or ntrp?
     
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  17. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    Haven't played an NTRP tourney or league in a little while. I beat 2 guys that were top 10 in the state in the 5.0s more than they beat me. That is my best self rating at the moment.
     
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    self rate myself as 4.0 but probably ntrp could be higher. anyway will need to see u play to see if i could provide competition for u. haven't played open tourneys in many years and age takes a toll on the body.
     
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    Thank goodness you did not see me play tonight. I still won but only because my opponent was coming off an injury and gassed out. Hopefully I won't have another bad match like that for a while.
     
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    Anybody play this weekend? It was so dang hot that I stopped playing after I split sets yesterday. The hangover did not go well with the 98 degree weather.
     
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  21. Power Player

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    Yes. I went to Azalea and practiced serves for a few hours. Then yesterday I played there with one of the guys for 1 and a half hours. It hurt pretty bad after hour 1. I am going to probably head up there tonight at around 7 so it will be a little more bearable.
     
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  22. Photoshop

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    bump...

    can a 4.5+ in east orlando beat me like a drum please? this may be a strange request but I need a wakeup call. I lost today to an amazing player and it was a great feeling. I really needed that.
     
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  23. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    Thanks for the bump, I was getting ready to post something here to revive the thread. I'll save it for another time.
     
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    I fully support this thread
     
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  25. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    We'll never catch up with the post count of the South Florida Chapter though...
     
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  26. sapient007

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    i'd post here more if your group paid me per post like the TWMAC group
     
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  27. Power Player

    Power Player G.O.A.T.

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    Where do u play at?
     
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    Power Player,

    Are you playing around 4.5 now that you've been back for a little while?
     
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  29. Power Player

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    Thats a damn good question. I would say definitley close, but to be hard on myself, I should say I'm a 4.0 still. I can hit from both wings to wherever I want, but I still have some off days. I have hit with a 5.0 player around my age and have had some great battles on long rallies where I won them with clean winners. Basically, the guy always wants to hit with me when we see each other, so I know I'm not wasting his time. I also can win points clean off slice and drop shots, so I am not just banging everytime.

    I won't have a great idea on my ranking until I start with the tournaments again. Which is my upcoming goal.
     
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  30. bad_call

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    can relate to the off days...have to limit the nightly beer intake. that said, the following day played rough and lost the 1st set but the next 2 were mine...gotta thank the serve.

    this rain thing keeps interrupting tennis play...the space shuttle crew must really be feeling it.
     
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  31. bad_call

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    i might be up to accommodate. can't guarantee that i'll play amazing...

    btw - have u got to hit with any of the other CFL posters?
     
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  32. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    I was playing great about a month ago when I beat the top 5.0 at our club twice in a row, but now my forehand is off again. Way too many framers. I'm probably going to demo some heavier, but still head light rackets in the next few weeks. I need something a little more stable. I'm just hoping it doesn't hurt my 1 handed topspin backhand which I'm hitting very well at the moment. The problem is all of my opponents are smart and have taken note of my forehand problems and are giving me plenty to hit!
     
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  33. bad_call

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    if you're hitting the 1HBH topspin well with an oversized lightweight racquet then u are doing something. :shock: going to a heavier mid+ should be a breeze for u.
     
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  34. Photoshop

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    I've hit with one person from this thread. never got a response from others, however.

    I have two solid hitting partners but I feel like I need to hit with a variety of players in order to improve at this stage... yesterday was probably the first time I felt completely helpless out on the court, but it was a good sign that I need more experience.

    Where are you located?
     
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  35. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    One of these days I'll get out and hit with everyone. This baby is interrupting my tennis time, but he is completely worth it :)
     
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  36. bad_call

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    have hit with half a dozen or so but scheduling is the tricky part. i'm about 15-20 minutes from UCF. send me an email thru my signature and see if we can set up a day/time.
     
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  37. mikeler

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    How is Azalea Lane doing now that Frankie is running the facility?
     
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  38. Power Player

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    Frankie runs Azalea? I didn't know that. I actually told him I was playing there monday when I picked up a racquet and he said "that's a great facility" and that was it.
     
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    Yeah, I asked him what was going on with OTC last week. He said it will be run by the City for a while. There was a rumor that in August it would be run by a private contractor. He bid against Etennis to run Azalea and apparently won. It appears those two will also compete to run OTC when the City is ready to turn it over. As long as MG Tennis stays out of the running, I think things will be fine. I just wish they could fix the courts that are flooded every morning from evening showers the night before.
     
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  40. Power Player

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    Interesting...I wonder when this all goes down.
     
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    Doesn't sound like anytime soon. Dang lightning ran me off the courts tonight during a tight match. At least I got a set and a half in.
     
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  42. Power Player

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    Yeah the weather was brutal. Sounds like more of the same tonight unfortunately.
     
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    Only 40% chance of rain, but they are calling for the east and west coast sea breezes to collide over the middle of the state. Maybe it will hold off until a little bit later in the evening like last night.

    I like this page for the detailed weather forecast:

    http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mlb/

    The impact weather graphicast up top is very descriptive. Also, there is a Hazardous Weather Outlook and sometimes Short Term Forecast after you enter your zip that is very descriptive.
     
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  44. Power Player

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    I use that wftv custom doppler. some days it has been dead on. Last night it did not see the massive death storm that came through though. I really want to hit tonight..real bad..I hope I can.
     
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  45. mikeler

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    Looking good up in Winter Park still.
     
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  46. dgoran

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    Hey guys had no idea about Central Florida thread. I am huuughe Tennis fan, anyhow I have no idea about my NTRP ratings but I would love to hit with you guys.

    I am always struggling in finding players to hit with.

    Anyhow when ever you guys are available just email me at gdraskovic_at_gmail.com I am pretty flexible so I should be able to play.

    -Goran
     
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  47. Power Player

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    Yep..WP was good. I got in over 3 hours. One thing I notice is that I hit a lot better 1 on 1. Sometimes we do 1 hitting to 2 if it gets busy. If I am not the 1 guy feeding 2 people my game goes to crap because of no rthymn.
     
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  48. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    I'm not a fan of just hitting, but I know what you mean. Sometimes playing doubles I love warming up by myself hitting with two guys on the other side.
     
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  49. dgoran

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    BTW I just moved to UCF area from Down town area and are there any courts close to this area that are open to public? Are we allowed to play in UCF for example?
     
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  50. mikeler

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    Your best bet is probably Red Bug.
     
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