Amateur Gets Tennis Lesson From Pros
An amateur tennis player got the rare opportunity to take serves from a pro doubles pair. The serves were so fast she had no time to even move, and the body shots, she learned, are aptly named. The tennis pros took time out from the Citi Open to hit some balls with her for a story.
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My first thought at staring down a serve from a tennis professional: “It’s not that bad.” I saw it coming the whole way — even watched it as it whooshed by my unorthodox two-hand backhand flail.
By the time 6-foot-4 Dominic Inglot started blasting serves toward my forehand, I’d seen enough to know exactly where they would bounce. I could shift and make contact. But contact was all it was — racket on ball doesn’t equate to ball in court.
And of course, tennis isn’t baseball: a foul ball counts as a point for the other team; a weak mishit a setup for an even more explosive redirect. That was the lesson from an afternoon spent on a practice court at William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center with Inglot and his doubles partner Treat Huey, who took time out from competing at the Citi Open. Continue reading…
Tennis Player Withdraws Due To Back Injury
Victoria Azarenka had to withdraw from the Roger’s Cup in Toronto due to a lower back injury. She recently won the Australian Open, but has since been beaten in the final of the Carlsbad, CA. The No. 2 player in the world is very disappointed she cannot make the Toronto tournament.
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Australian Open tennis champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from this week’s Rogers Cup in Toronto with a lower back injury, the tournament said.
The second-ranked player from Belarus pulled out of the event after she was beaten in the final of Carlsbad, California 6-2, 6-3 by former U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur of Australia yesterday.
“I’m so disappointed that I can’t make it to Toronto as I added it to my schedule knowing what an important event it is,” Azarenka said in a statement emailed by the Rogers Cup.
Azarenka’s exit follows that of third-ranked Maria Sharapova of Russia, who withdrew from the Rogers Cup on July 28 citing a hip injury. Both Sharapova and Azarenka sustained injuries while slipping on the grass at Wimbledon last month. Continue reading…
College Tennis Team Gets Award
The University of Arkansas’ men’s tennis team has received academic recognition for the second year in a row. It has been named to the 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic team. Three seniors and one sophomore on the team were also named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
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The University of Arkansas men’s tennis team has been named a 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic team for the second year in a row.
Seniors Hall Fess, Manfred Jeske, Pete Thomason and sophomore Santiago Munoz were all named ITA Scholar-Athletes. Head coach Andy Jackson says he’s proud of his team’s academic success.
Arkansas is one of five Southeastern Conference schools to receive the team award. The ITA All-Academic award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
To earn the ITA Scholar-Athlete honor, a student-athlete must be a varsity letter winner, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale and have been enrolled at their current school for at least two semesters. Continue reading…
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