Thursday, April 22, 2021

Open doubles tournament coming to Hideaway Beach

Leslie Shade and Steve Zinkan. Submitted

Leslie Shade and Steve Zinkan. Submitted

By Doug Browne

The first annual Hideaway Beach Doubles Open will be played March 4-6, featuring 3.0 & 3.5 divisions for both men and women. There is a unique concept: The first sixteen teams in each division are automatically placed in the draw and then there is a waiting list. Players interested in competing in this new and exciting event should not procrastinate as the draws are filling fast! Here is the itinerary for the March 4-6 weekend of tennis at beautiful Hideaway Beach Club:

Cost: $25.00 per person

2-matches. Each team is guaranteed two matches for their entry

Lunch – All players will be offered a free grilled lunch on Saturday

Prizes – Winners and finalists will win personalized prizes.

Courts – Hideaway Beach boasts 9 Hydro-Grid Welch built soft courts.

Groomed – Courts will be swept after each match.

Parking – Excellent parking service for players and their guests.

Draws – Times and results of matches may be viewed on the Internet.

Finals – Consolation and regular finals to be played on Sunday, March 6th.

New seating exhibition area for the finals.

Chair umpire for each final.

Director – Interested in the new event at Hideaway Beach, please contact tournament director Doug Browne @239-642-2845.

Hideaway Beach has a long history of running top events for the past 25 years which includes a number of prestigious USTA adult and junior tournaments. Moreover, the Hideaway Beach Club has staged the Dave Froehlich and Marcia Stern memorial events which highlighted players from all over the United States. Additionally, former ATP players Tim Wilkison, Tom Gullikson (Davis Cup Coach), Pavel Slozil, Pablo Arraya and Tony Palafox (Grand Slam player and primary coach of John McEnroe) have all competed in exhibitions and fundraisers on the courts at Hideaway Beach. For the past 26 years, Hideaway Beach has competed in the USTA, CTA and Mixed leagues and welcomes teams from the greater Collier County area for this new tournament. If you are interested in this fun event, please contact tournament director, Doug Browne 239-642-2845.

Tennis tip: If you desire more power, radically change your stringing tension. Tennis legend John McEnroe preferred a lower tension (49-52) and had few elbow and shoulder problems. Conversely, Bjorn Borg would have his rackets strung so tight (80 pounds) that they would break without hitting a ball! Rule of thumb: midsize frames 52-55, oversize frames 56-59. I’ve never met a player who did not want to hit a bigger ball, so please consider a thinner gauge string and have your favorite stringer use a lower tension. Good luck.

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