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Hideaway Beach, Marco YMCA host big tournaments

Noreen Pitts and Carrie Masci.

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne The Hideaway Beach Club is hosting its Fourth Annual Open Doubles Tournament March 1-2, and is offering the following events: Men’s and Women’s 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 divisions. Each team is guaranteed two matches, logo t-shirt and lunch. The first 16 teams to sign up in each group are offered a spot in the draw. ... Read More »

How can amnesia be a good thing?

Rafael Nadal is able to overcome mistakes by employing his tennis 'amnesia.' photo by Doug Browne

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne As long as I can remember, the word amnesia had negative connotations. More recently, just about every major network magazine broadcast (“Dateline,” “20-20”) showcased certain amnesia cases that left the viewer scratching their heads. For example, a father of four is found 1,000 miles away and cannot remember his past life, or the woman from ... Read More »

Is your mental game up to par?


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Wow, the post-Christmas weather was spectacular, and the players were excited to perform in front of a huge Hideaway Beach Club crowd. More than 125 people were ready to watch the big winner-take-all doubles battle between Naples-own (Hideaway Beach summer Head Professional) Tye Myers and his new practice buddy, Matt Browne. They competed against ... Read More »

Our 2014 Tennis Wish List


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Each December, I get excited about Chanukah and Christmas, and I love to smell that crispness in the air. Our kids come home from Virginia and South Carolina, and we are able to celebrate the festivities. Oh, by the way, that includes cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl. The big decision ... Read More »

“What were you thinking?”


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne We all know what happens when we assume something, right? Just last week, my tennis ladies kidded me about something I always say to them when we practice each Wednesday morning. We constantly work on doubles strategy, and too often I am perplexed on their shot selection during a drill session. Typically, at the ... Read More »

My friend won’t let me join the Board!


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne In the final analysis, I really wasn’t that disappointed when my good buddy did not select me to join the board as he brushed it off, telling me it was due to my lack of experience in the field. Let’s be frank; how could I be deemed an expert if I had limited knowledge in ... Read More »

Are you a Serving Machine or only a Serving Pretender?


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Just last week, I had a unique experience I would like to share with my readers. During mid-afternoon, I had the pleasure to view over two hours of solid 4.0 level competitions and I walked away a bit perplexed. On the bright side, the men were hustling for every ball, often retrieving impossible shots as ... Read More »

Most tennis matches are only 10 minutes!


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Wow! Stu Woo of the Wall Street Journal just wrote one of the most provocative tennis articles titled, “How much tennis is played during a match?” Woo offers, “To add it up, we started the clock the moment the ball left a player’s hand for a serve, then stopped it the instant the ball hit ... Read More »

Whatever you do, don’t call me a pig!


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Here is the question of the day: In the game of doubles, is it ok to cross the middle line and take your partner’s ball? However, before we attempt to answer this delicate question, doubles partners must communicate before they go to battle. Remember, a doubles partnership is no different than a marriage. It doesn’t ... Read More »

Is your serving alignment up to par?


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne As long as I can remember, none of my coaches focused on my footwork on the baseline when I was serving. To me, this lack of detail is a little perplexing; a tweak here or a tweak there could alter the serve in a positive direction. Tennis is such a geometric game and the angles ... Read More »

Why Hasn’t Tennis Broadcasting Improved?


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Wow. The USA can boast that we have at least 17 million active tennis players; 5.2 million plays at least three times weekly and we continue to grow. Promising, yes. Over a 12-year period (2000-2012) tennis is the clear leader, up 31% according to the Physical Activity Council (PAC), with gymnastics a distant second place. ... Read More »

Belushi dazzles crowd; Obama, David hit the links


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Editors Note: Just hours after this article was submitted by Doug, Maria Sharapova fired Jimmy Connors! So, after one match, Sharapova fired her new coach! If I wrack my brain, I still don’t think I can come up with a good tennis movie? The key problem is that no one tries to make the scenes ... Read More »

SW Florida tennis pros dominate


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne As I prepared to leave Marco Island for our summer on the Vineyard, I received a phone call from good friend, Scott Smith, former Floridian and currently a Vineyard Haven resident, who asked me if son, Matt, would be available for an exhibition match against former ATP Tour star, Ryler Deheart on July 25th. Naturally, ... Read More »

Have you ever video-taped your mind?


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne Due to Jak Beardworth’s efforts, we had at least 100 adults and juniors attending the mental toughness clinic and they were excited to learn from Dr. Jim Loehr. After all, Jim had been working with many leading pros on the ATP Tour and he gained a stellar reputation in the tennis industry. Jim came ... Read More »

Dr. Jim Loehr knows mental tennis!


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne For most of my coaching career, many of my peers concentrated on the fine art of coaching tennis; the pursuit of the perfect tennis strokes. With so many talented coaches focusing on the same aspect of tennis, a new theory hit the market. As we approached the decade of the ‘90’s, new coaches spent ... Read More »

“The Outsider” impossible to put down!


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne The moment I heard that Jimmy Connors’ book was coming out I knew I had to get it from for our long ride to Edgartown, Massachusetts. When I researched the “The Outsider,” I was jubilant to learn the audio book was almost 12 hours long; simply stated, Leslie and I could not only ... Read More »

Come on guys it’s time to shock the world and go to a team clinic!


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne On a quarterly basis, the area tennis professionals get together to share ideas and offer insights to improve their coaching methods and yearly planning. Each pro has an opportunity to discuss the strengths of their programs and their biggest challenges. Without a doubt, my peers tell me that my club is an anomaly because ... Read More »

Matt Browne: The world of college tennis


READ MY TIPS Doug Browne After we visited Matt at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina (approximately 45 minutes from Ashville, North Carolina) as he won his big match against conference rival Davidson College, we had an opportunity to discuss his freshman year on campus.  Sidebar-Leslie Browne was a tennis scholarship athlete at the University of New Mexico and ... Read More »

College tennis: Is it possible to be too enthusiastic?


It would be difficult to come up with a better scenario… the old south, 75 degree weather with rich beautiful blue skies, no wind, track meet nearby, excited fans ready to watch two closely contested tennis teams ready to battle for the next three plus hours. Adding to the excitement, college tennis offers a unique scoring concept; three different doubles ... Read More »

Is It Possible to Win Without Talent?


Without a doubt, talent is a necessity on the professional tennis tour. There are so many different examples of junior tennis stars that are unable to make a living at the next level. The primary reason: Lack of weapons or, in other words, a talent deficiency. However, as we delve into the real world, the typical tennis player took up ... Read More »