New PYC Tennis Pro: Dave M offering Tennis Lessons in Redondo Beach, CA

Dave M has joined the PlayYourCourt.com tennis pro team, offering tennis lessons in Redondo Beach, CA.

“Have taught 1000’s of students. Some very best in So. Calif.”

His credentials include:

*USPTA certified with 40 years teaching experience
*Teaches all levels -great with high-performance players, college bound
*Patient and encouraging teaching style. Technique is everything
*Coached some top players in Southern California LA […]

By |February 16th, 2015|Home Page Feature, New Pros, Tennis|0 Comments

Tennis is One of the Best Activities for Your Child

 

Did you know tennis is one of the best activities for your children?

If you’re a parent interested in helping your child stay in shape, improve their eye-hand coordination, and develop social skills, you should take a serious look at the benefits of tennis.

Download our 45-minute lesson plan designed for anyone to “teach”—not just tennis professionals. 

Why […]

By |October 22nd, 2014|Home Page Feature, Tennis|0 Comments

New! Refer a Friend and You BOTH Get $25

We want you to share the “love” with your friends and family.

Even if you haven’t tried us yet, share this with a friend and if they take a lesson you’ll both get $25 off.

Best part, it’s unlimited! For EACH friend you refer who takes a lesson, you’ll get $25.

Here’s how you do it (with a […]

By |October 16th, 2014|Home Page Feature, Tennis|0 Comments

Share and Win a Tennis Express Gift Card

Every racket serves a purpose. Maybe it helped you win a league match? Lose weight? Make new friends? Pasta strainer?

Share what your racket does for you on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or simply upload your photo here. Make sure to use the hashtag #MyRacket to be entered in a weekly drawing to win a $25 Tennis […]

By |October 9th, 2014|Home Page Feature, Tennis|0 Comments

What Does Love Mean In Tennis?

Love means nothing to a tennis player. Heard that old adage before?

Besides the clever play of words, love actually means a lot to a player. It starts off the scoring of each and every match. But where did the term “love” come from?

The game of tennis is believed to be thousands of years old with […]

By |October 2nd, 2014|Home Page Feature, Tennis|0 Comments

Superstitions in Tennis

 

Superstitions and rituals are very prevalent in modern day sports. Athletes believe that their repetitive actions have some power in controlling luck or the outcome of their matches. They are often deep-rooted in big wins or big losses the athlete has experienced. “You’re looking to recreate your good performances,” said Tracy Austin, a two-time United States Open champion and now an analyst for the Tennis Channel.

Despite all the sports science out there, athletes, especially tennis players, swear by their superstitions, or “routines” (according to Djokovic).

Perhaps it’s because tennis walks a thin line where the outcome of a match can be dictated by as much luck as actual play. For instance, dead net cords (when a ball hits the upper net cord and rolls over to the other side) are as much inevitable as they are avoidable. Or perhaps it’s because tennis is a high-pressured, individual sport. “Tennis breeds this,” the ESPN analyst Pam Shriver said, noting that athletes in other sports often have teammates and a coaching staff to help them relax. Whatever the reason, players try to find something consistent in a world of so many unknowns.

Read the superstitions of some of your beloved tennis players. And share with us any superstitions you have on (or off) the court.

Serena Williams

If Serena is on a winning streak, she will wear the same socks throughout the entire tournament–without washing them! She also brings her shower sandals on court and has a particular way of tying her shoes.

Jack Sock

Sock wants each ball boy on his side of the court to have three balls. “At one point one had four and the other had two, and I got broken in that game,” Sock said after a first-round win at the US Open. “So I talked to them to make sure they knew to keep it at three and three.”

Dominika Cibulkova

People thought she was kissing the tennis ball, but she actually smells them. “I don’t kiss the balls but I smell them. I love their smell, the smell of new balls. And then I think that it’ll bring me luck.”

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By |September 23rd, 2014|Home Page Feature, Tennis|0 Comments

Tennis Date Night

When you plan a date night, is your first thought to find a new restaurant and good movie in the theater? Although this can be fun and relaxing, why not try something new and active–like a tennis date night? Research shows couples that participate in sporting activities report a stronger and better relationship.

So whether it’s a first date or night out to reconnect with your significant other, read why you should plan a tennis outing as your next date.

Share a New Experience

Tennis encourages interaction, communication, and is just plain fun. Sharing a new experience with your partner is a great way to build a connection. You’ll always have that unique time spent together to recall. “Remember that time when we…”

Couples That Sweat Together Stay Together

Couples who exercise together not only keep off the extra pounds, but they will strengthen their relationship and their sex life. “When a couple works out together, the actual exercise itself can physically and emotionally have a positive impact,” explained Dr. Jane Greer, a marriage and relationship psychotherapist in New York City. “Both partners come away with feelings of synchronicity, cooperative spirit and shared passion. Then you throw in some spicy endorphins and it can be a real power trip for the relationship.” Greer says sweating it out together is a good way to reduce stress in a relationship while also building better communication and common goals. It’s also a great way to enhance what goes on in the bedroom.

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By |September 17th, 2014|Home Page Feature, Tennis|4 Comments

Tennis is the Best After School Activity

Even though the kids are back in school, parents are looking to keep their kids busy with after school activities. Beyond keeping them active and out of trouble, parents want their children to build an array of skills, stay in shape, and be social.

There’s only one activity that touches on all of the above: tennis.

There Is No “I” In Team

It’s a cliche, but its’ true. Tennis is unique in that it’s predominantly an individual sport, but it can also be a team sport. Organized sports like tennis teach children the essential life skill of getting along with teammates and working as a team. They also encourage friendship and empathy for fellow teammates.

Improve Hand-Eye Coordination

Tennis involves several skills that all attribute to hand-eye coordination, such as agility, balance, coordination, and speed and reaction time. Read more about the benefit of tennis and hand-eye coordination in our article, “Help, My Kid is a Klutz”.

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By |September 11th, 2014|Home Page Feature, Tennis|0 Comments

Tennis: An Equal Opportunity Sport

Two people, two rackets, a few balls, and a court are all you need to play tennis.

With the hype of baseball, hockey, and football in America, sometimes tennis is forgotten about. But as adults it’s too hard to assemble a group of 15+ people to play these team sports recreationally. And to find the proper fields is just as challenging, if not harder.

Not tennis, though.

The United States has an estimated 250,000 courts to accommodate 28 million Americans who play tennis, according to the United States Tennis Association’s latest statistics. And many of these courts, spread across heavily populated cities to sprawling suburban settings, are public and open to anyone.

Let’s address the rumor that tennis is a “rich, white man sport”.

Perhaps this is historical or the fact that there still are some country clubs out there that hold on to dated traditions, such as wearing all-white attire. But this isn’t true for the majority of tennis out there.

Almost everyone has a public court near their house and a friend to hit some balls back and forth with. The only cost is a racket (I’m sure you have one covered in dust and cobwebs in the back of one of your closets) and a can of tennis balls that only costs a few bucks. Of course you can upgrade your equipment, but if you’re doing it for fun and for exercise it isn’t a necessity. Therefore, tennis is one of the cheapest and easiest sports you can get involved with!

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By |August 28th, 2014|Home Page Feature, Tennis|0 Comments

5 US Open Tennis Facts

1. The US Open takes place in Flushing Meadows, Queens

For two weeks, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park is the tennis capital of the world. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is famous for the site of two twentieth century World’s Fairs attended by millions of people. While Wimbledon has its all-white attire and quiet crowds, New Yorkers bring the party to Flushing Meadows with its rowdy crowds and celebrity sightings.

 

2. The US Open offers the most prize money of any tournament

The men’s and women’s singles champions at the 2014 US Open will receive a record $3 million, up from $2.6 million a year ago and double what Roger Federer and Serena Williams earned for their championship victories in 2008.

The total prize money awarded at this year’s US Open will be $38.3 million, an 11.7 percent increase over a year ago and a nearly 65 percent increase over three years ago. The total main draw prize money – which includes the men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles – has increased by 12.5 percent from 2013.

 

3. The US Open was the first Grand Slam tournament to award equal prize money to men and women

The 1973 US Open that took place on the outdoor grass courts at Westside Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens, New York was the first tournament to offer equal prize money to men and women with that year’s singles champions John Newcombe and Margaret Court both receiving $25,000. The last Grand Slam that followed suit was Wimbledon in 2007.

In the 40 years since Billie-Jean King’s historic victory over Bobby Riggs in the “Battle of the Sexes,” which expanded women’s tennis globally, the game has become the most popular women’s sport, with the top stars of the game being household names.

The topic of equal prize money has been a huge debate in the tennis community even in recent times. The controversy doesn’t necessarily stem from gender but from the fact that men play best-of-five sets whereas the women play just best-of-three.

The discrepancy between the time spent on court was highlighted during the 2013 U.S. Open when Serena Williams walked away with the title after just 9 hours and 54 minutes on court, as opposed to Rafael Nadal who took 16 hours and 19 minutes to claim the same honor—and the same prize money.

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By |August 21st, 2014|Home Page Feature, Tennis|0 Comments