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Are you ready for 2015?


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Attention sports fans: The new year is filled with big-time events, including the first-ever NCAA football four-team playoff and the big championship game, NFL playoffs, outstanding NBA and NHL games and the Australian Open. Speaking of the big event in Melbourne, house money is probably leaning towards picking Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams capturing singles ... Read More »

There is Nothing Like the Real Thing!


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne First and most importantly, Happy New Year to all of our tennis enthusiasts in Southwest Florida and around the world. There are so many reasons to be thankful, and tennis continues to thrive in the area. Recently, I have been doing pro-bono work with a rising junior tennis player from California, and he has a ... Read More »

What Was on Your Holiday Wish List?


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne There was a time when most recreational tennis players dreamed of the day Santa would deliver a solid backhand drive on Christmas Eve, but those old days of weaker backhands is long over. Not only have we witnessed an explosion of outstanding “two-handers,” but now we are watching the return of some of the best ... Read More »

How Can We Win If No One Will Go to the Net?


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne A few weeks ago, I received a text from a 4.0 player who was clearly perplexed about her last CTA match and wanted to solve the puzzle on the tennis court. Strangely enough, not many of my students have inquired about this particular dilemma, and I had tremendous compassion about her recent problem. “Doug, ... Read More »

Do You Value Your Team Captain?


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne “Oh, no way. I wouldn’t want to be captain of this team under any circumstances,” Sandy remarked after practice. Most CTA or USTA participants are well aware of the number of challenges team captains have each season with a wide variety of issues. Most importantly, a large majority of the players are cooperative and ... Read More »

Are You Ready for a Great Tennis Invention?

This new ball machine  makes for an easy workout. SUBMITTED PHOTO

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne I don’t know about you, but I love conveniences. It’s been a long time since I walked through my bank to do a transaction. Heck, I seldom go into a fast food restaurant to do a quick order because I love the drive thru. Walgreens has made their pharmacy so convenient that one may ... Read More »

The American Tennis Hall of Fame to the Rescue!


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne If you are a dreamer, you are going to love the true story of Iowa farmer Mark Kuhn. As a youngster, he and his grandfather would listen to Wimbledon broadcasts on their shortwave radio, and that stimulated his dream to build his own grasscourt, someday, in the middle of the family farm in little ... Read More »

Did Social Media Doom McEnroe?


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Shocked? Yes, sort of because we had heard that USTA Player Development Director Patrick McEnroe signed another contract extension to remain in his current post. Tennis pros from all over the country were upset because USA men’s tennis has fallen off the grid, and there is little hope around the corner for an American ... Read More »

Does the Game of Tennis Need More Changes?


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Change for the sake of change. Does the collegiate game really need a complete overhaul to attract more fans? Not too long ago, every single college tennis match was the best two out of three contest, and each match counted to determine the final score. For quite a long period of time, the order ... Read More »

Do You Have the ‘IT’ Factor?


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne There is an abundance of outstanding athletes in this world, yet some stand out from the rest of the pack. We are riveted by their excellence. In examining this incredible group of “IT” athletes, a few of these elites rise to the top: Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Edwin Moses, Steffi Graf, Chris Evert, Martina ... Read More »

Is It Possible to Hit the Big Ball?

Tyler Owens and Matt Browne won the Open Men’s Doubles Title. SUBMITTED PHOTO

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne The desire to knock the cover off the ball appears to have hit all levels of tennis. With technology moving at such a fast rate, I really shouldn’t be surprised that so many tennis players desire to play quick points — whether they win it or not! Sometimes, I want to blame the sports ... Read More »

Is Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘10,000 Hour’ Theory Valid?


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Ever since my directing stint at the prestigious Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, I’ve been on-court coaching a huge variety of students, and it has fueled my creativity to write more tennis articles. It is easy to have fresh ideas when one is so involved in the game of tennis, and most ... Read More »

Matt Browne Topples Billy Bush in Celebrity Doubles Match


READMY TIPS Doug Browne Skeptical, yes. Curious, sure. I always wondered how “Entertainment Tonight’s” Billy Bush moved up the line to secure such an awesome job in the television world. It surely can’t hurt to be a part of the Bush family; George H. W. Bush was President No. 41, first cousin George W. Bush was President No. 43 ... Read More »

How Can My Opponent Be the Umpire?


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Unless you are playing in a Grand Slam tennis tournament or a Master Series pro event, your opponent will be calling the lines in your next USTA or CTA match. Is it possible that your tennis foe has so much power? There is no way to sugarcoat this topic. With no umpires in sight, you ... Read More »

No More Let’s: What’s Next?


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Last week, I attended the Southern Conference college tennis championships and walked away with several observations. One, the service ‘let’ has been eliminated. Due to rampant cheating, the rule had to be changed. Translation: Most of the kids possess big flat cannonball serves and the balls barely clear the net. If the foe is ... Read More »

Time to Raise Elbows

Matt Browne is raising his
elbows on his backhand service return. Submitted Photos

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Ironically, when I grew up playing tennis on the Har-Tru (clay) courts at the Milwaukee Town Club (former home of the United States Clay Court Championships) back in the late 1960’s, we never had to contend with high-bouncing tennis balls. Sure, many of my peers had nice, well-groomed American Twist serves, but no one ... Read More »

Myers Wins Pro Title at Hideaway Beach


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne The big stage never looked better; no wind, no humidity and 175 enthusiastic fans cheering on 28 talented Southwest Florida professionals during the finals at Hideaway Beach. Tye Myers, who grew up in Naples and now is a club pro at both Eagle Creek and Hideaway Beach, needed enough of his A-game to edge out ... Read More »

Hideaway Pro tennis tournament coming

A solid, steady player.

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Earlier this month, Hideaway Beach hosted the 4th Annual Open Doubles Tournament and it showcased some of the finest tennis players in our area; 3.0 through 4.0 divisional stars exhibited their many talents over a two-day period. On Wednesday, March 26 at 4:30 PM, the Hideaway Beach Tennis Club will be running the finals of ... Read More »

4th Annual Hideaway Beach Open


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Doug, I’ve played USTA tournaments throughout the state (Florida), and this is the best organized event I’ve attended,” entrant and former champion Monson Douglas offered Sunday afternoon. Not only did we have the largest draws in the four-year history but we had the greatest talent as well. The weather was picture perfect with 80 degree ... Read More »

This pro exemplifies the never-say-die attitude


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne We’ve all heard the cliché: The postman always delivers the mail whether it be rain, sleet or snow, right? Well, I think I have another profession with the same never say die attitude: tennis professional. Meet Hideaway Beach tennis pro, Leslie Holmquist Browne, who exemplified the real meaning of mental toughness despite incredible odds. ... Read More »