JANUARY NEWSLETTER 2020
Gday Providence Plantation Members,
This is Alfie here, your 2020 New Director of Tennis. First of all I want to thank the Board for this opportunity to serve you and help you with all your tennis needs. A little bit about myself - I came to Charlotte this time last year and have quickly fallen in love with the city and North Carolina. There are not many states where you can be in the mountains or at the beach within a 3 hour drive. I moved to the states from Melbourne, Australia when I was 19 years old to play College Tennis where I was a 3 time First Team All-American and went undefeated in singles play both my junior and senior year going 64-0 which was a college record. 19 years later I am still happily here in the USA. I have 3 daughters who are the loves of my life and love spending time with them. I began playing tennis at the age of 5 and 33 years later I still love the game life I did all those years ago. I cant get enough! I am so excited to be at PPRSC and I am here to help you in anyway I can. Please don't ever hesitate to contact me with any questions and I will always get back to you quickly and will help in anyway I can.
January is an exciting time of year for tennis, in my home town of Melbourne, Australia we have the first Major of the Year The Australian Open. January 20th will be the first day of play and although I may be biased, it is one of best, if not the best event of the tennis calendar. The Australian Open is the most modern of the 4 majors and a player favorite. One of the best parts of the tournament is with the time change with Australia just when we are getting home from work and school here in Charlotte the tennis is just starting for the day, so you can sit down and watch the best players in the world go to battle in famously scorching conditions. The defending Champions for the Men's crown is 7 time champion Novak Djokovic and on the Women's side the defending champion is Japanese young budding superstar Naomi Osaka. There are some fascinating story lines on both sides of the draw but probably the 2 biggest are will Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal triumph and win his 20th Major and tie the GOAT of tennis Roger Federer? And on the Women's side will Serena Williams win her 24th Grand Slam and tie the great Margaret Court? Be sure to watch as much as you can. ESPN carries the entire event and its worth taking a peek.
I want to congratulate several members who were bumped up in their USTA rating. I know how hard you all work at improving and getting better at your craft so its amazing to see our members ratings go up. If you see these awesome ladies around the club please dont hesitate to congratulate them. Heather Rhyne, Christina Lemelin, Tracy Jenkins and Holly Pigg. Congrats ladies, you guys rock.
TIP OF THE MONTH
1. Have a Plan on the Practice Court
The number one reason why you aren't improving is because you don't have a plan when you practice. Think about it: if I have weak volleys, and I practice as normal by hitting a zillion groundstrokes and then calling it a day, will my volleys improve?
You must (1) Identify the weakness; (2) Make a Plan to fix the weakness, and (3) Implement the Plan. [Remember IPI if you like acronyms].
Sample practice plans include: (1) Today I'm going to work on hitting my volleys past the service line. (2) For the next 2 service games, I will hit topspin serves to increase my first serve percentage. (3) I'm going to spend 5 extra minutes per practice session hitting crosscourt backhands. Besides getting a good rhythm on your shots, you don't gain much from stepping on the court without a plan of action. And this is especially critical if you have a technical flaw in one or more of your shots, because if you don't fix the flaw then you are reinforcing inefficient mechanics into your muscle memory.
Always have a plan when you are on the practice court! What do you want to improve today?
We are currently forming USTA and Queen City teams so if you are looking to get involved and playing on a team please reach out ASAP so we can get you plugged in with the right team. We have ladies, mens and mixed teams for all.
If you are looking to get your racket re-strung please dont hesitate to bring it to me! We have all the top strings in stock as well as funky fluorescent colors which are heaps of fun. We offer world class stringing at amazingly fast turn around speeds. I encourage you all to make sure you re-string your rackets regularly and not just waiting till they break, it really does make a huge difference to your game.
I will be updating the PPRSC website in the coming week, with all the new clinic times, new drop in clinics for both Men and Women, New Junior Academy times and prices and all the info you need to get to the club and work on your game.
Last but not leastPLEASE SAVE THE DATEfor our first official Social Event for 2020. We are having a fundraiser for Alzheimers “The Longest Day Tennis Relay”, mark in your calendars April 4th2020 – More info to come.
Thanks for Reading.