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Learning to lose with dignity… when ‘less is more’

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Let’s set up the usual scenario: We have a weekly CTA/USTA league match and many of the spouses and coaches are observing the contest. Most of the time, the fans are relaxed and they are able to enjoy the action and cheer for both teams. No doubt, all of the players are heavily invested in their performances and want to ... Read More »

2013 Doubles Tennis Champions

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With a record-breaking 100 ‘Open’ entrants, the Hideaway Beach Club on Marco Island crowned champions in the following divisions: Men’s and Women’s 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 levels. We have recognized the winners, finalists and consolation winners in each category. For the second consecutive year, the rain interrupted our Sunday morning schedule but did not affect the awesome tennis displayed on ... Read More »

Fess up & admit you’re nervous!

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As a long time tennis coach, I have viewed thousands of players who have succumbed to nervous pressure during a tense match. Here are some of my observations of anxious play: • Movement is greatly hindered • Players are unaware of their court placement • Doubles teams fail to execute a plan • Compact strokes verses long flowing endings • Too much ... Read More »

Open Doubles Tournament Returns

4.0 women’s winners Ann Campisi and Jackie Pham.

By Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com The 3rd Annual Hideaway Beach Open will be played March 2nd and 3rd at the Hideaway Beach Club on Marco Island. There are divisions for men’s and women’s 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 doubles. There is a limit of 16 teams in each division. Players must play at their USTA level or higher. Register early! Registration deadline ... Read More »

Do you know how to make 2nd Set adjustments?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Nothing was more apparent last week during the big tennis exhibition showdown at Hideaway Beach than when veteran Franco Mata continually made strategic changes to confuse his young opponent and dominate the second set. In particular, he altered his speeds and placements and thus disrupted his foe’s tempo. As we delve into future CTA/USTA league ... Read More »

Tennis Showdown at Hideaway Beach

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Mark down this date and time: Thursday, December 27, at 4 PM on centre court at the beautiful Hideaway Beach Club. Matt Browne’s opponent is the highly-acclaimed Port Royal Head tennis professional Franco Matta. Matta is the former number one collegiate star from Florida Gulf Coast University and Naples City singles champion who is a ... Read More »

Who wants to be displaced? I have a solution!

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READ MY TIPS  Doug Browne  dbrowne912@aol.com  Do you remember when December used to be a great month as we were so excited for the holiday season? Now, December has a whole new meaning for thousands of USTA tennis players – – Did my rating change? To a certain degree, improving tennis players are excited to see their ranking or ratings improve; ... Read More »

To choose or not to choose?

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READ MY TIPS  Doug Browne  dbrowne912@aol.com In most cases, it has only been a brief five or ten minute warm up and it’s time to make a critical decision! Who is going to serve, receive, or are we going to leave the decision to our opponents? Oddly enough, far too many people over-think this decision and find it compelling to not ... Read More »

Can you make the rectangle interesting?

READ MY TIPS  Doug Browne  dbrowne912@aol.com Each May in Collier County, clubs offer the most comprehensive reciprocal plan to everyone so members may experience different golf courses throughout the area. Numerous members from north Naples travel south to play golf at Fiddler’s Creek and Hideaway Beach. Interestingly enough, this great and expansive program has nothing to do with tennis; golf layouts ... Read More »

Are you ready to break all of the rules?

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Ok. I’m guilty. I’ve told my ladies teams hundreds of times to hit crosscourt. Yes, I even yelled, hit all of your returns crosscourt so you play the high percentages. And, this particular strategy works for all levels of play. However, I am offering a new plan. In no way am I suggesting that a ... Read More »

Serving success

READ MY TIPS  Doug Browne  dbrowne912@aol.com  Despite the changes in today’s modern game where groundstrokes rule the planet, every tennis player desires to have a big serve. In particular, when the match is closely contested, winning easy points is a premium and possessing a big serve will decide the match. To me, far too many tennis players toss poorly and ... Read More »

Water cooler talk: The battle rages on between Wayne Bryan & Patrick McEnroe

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com I finally got a few predictions right! Andy Murray won both the Olympic Gold Medal and the US Open Men’s Singles Title! I figured, sooner or later, that he could get that proverbial monkey off his back and display his real ability and win some big championships. It clearly proves that, if a determined hard-working ... Read More »

Did Roddick retire too soon?

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com First, tennis fans had to absorb the retirement of Kim Clijsters; perhaps one of the most popular pro tennis players in the history of the game. Then, a few days later as he celebrated his thirtieth birthday, American tennis standout, Andy Roddick announced his retirement – effective at the end of the US Open tournament. ... Read More »

Practice makes you perfect if…?

READ MY TIPS  Doug Browne  dbrowne912@aol.com In order to move to the next level in tennis, players have to be committed to outstanding practice sessions combined with tournament play. However, the vast majority of players often takes the safer route and only play “practice matches.” Unfortunately, when we practice with friends, most people still have a need to win and probably ... Read More »

Call me crazy but I have to pick Murray

READ MY TIPS  Doug Browne  dbrowne912@aol.com Okay, I’m either a real optimist or just a huge Andy Murray fan but I think he is due and will win the 2012 US Open men’s singles title. The problem with my latest prediction is that future Hall of Famer Roger Federer is once again, the top player in the world and he just ... Read More »

Why do we have pros in the London Olympics?

READ MY TIPS  Doug Browne  dbrowne912@aol.com Without a doubt, the biggest complaint about the professional tennis circuit is that it runs far too long. The Australian Open starts the year in January and we still have the Davis Cup Final in December. And now, we have the current professionals participating in the London Olympics which will add yet another tournament to ... Read More »

WATER COOLER TALK: Will Roddick win a round at Wimbledon?

READ MY TIPS  Doug Browne  dbrowne912@aol.com If I have to watch another women’s pro match and have to listen to that obnoxious screaming, I just might have to nix the volume and go mute! Now, here is the good news…Thanks to tennis legends Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, among others, who have constantly urged tennis officials to take a stance and ... Read More »

Is it possible to play too much tennis?

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com With tennis professional parents, we were so mindful of our children playing too much tennis; the last thing we wanted was our kids to hate the game we grew up to love! In order to make sure we were following the right path, we consulted numerous coaches and parents before we started the plan. The ... Read More »

Ratings changes: Is it time to panic?

READ MY TIPS  Doug Browne  dbrowne912@aol.com Uh, oh, it is that dicey time of year where anxious tennis players find out if they are going to stay put or will stay on their current teams. If you are a CTA league participant, coordinator Vivian Welsh publishes her new list; a small percentage of players must adjust as they may either move ... Read More »

Yes, even young Pete Sampras listened!

READ MY TIPS  Doug Browne  “Come on, you have to move your feet or it’s not worth our time,” I sternly remarked to my slow-moving teenage student. “Go, go, go, you can get to that ball,” I continued. One of the greatest coaching challenges is when the young student just doesn’t want to be on the tennis court. There is that ... Read More »