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PERSPECTIVE CHANGE

I used to be a tennis snob (yes me, co-founder Brent Hardy in the middle back row).  Not the kind that might first come to mind…you know the type, always dressed just so and arranging games exclusively with the social elite. No, I would throw on whatever was in my drawer and play with whoever was good enough.  I was tennis snob in the sense that I would generally only make time to play with people who could give me a workout on the court.  After all, I had put a lot of time and energy into crafting my skills.  I played Division 1 college tennis for crying out loud and I wanted to make sure that my time on the...

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AD LOVE Stories - Donna Dwyer

What makes someone come back to tennis after putting the racket down for 17 years? On June 14th, I sat down with Donna Dwyer at My Place Teen Center in Westbrook, Maine where Donna is the CEO, to talk with her about how tennis has impacted her life. However, I first met Donna on a tennis court, and that’s where I got to know her amazing heart, kindness, and generosity - and her passion for playing tennis. Donna first picked up a tennis racket (her first one was wooden) as a young girl, just for something fun to do with family and friends. She realized that she really enjoyed it and went on to take lessons as a teenager and...

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How To Win More Matches Without Touching The Ball!

Okay, today we're going to take a look at some easy steps to make you the best player you can be without even working a minute on your strokes!  Here are two great considerations you can use each time you have a match. Part 1 - Nutrition We all know that a healthy diet overall leads to better physical performance, but there are specific things you can do on the day of a match that will make a big difference too.  For instance, three to four hours before a match you should give your body the right blend of foods to provide energy stores for the match to come.  This energy should come from a meal comprised primarily of carbohydrates (pasta, bread, rice,...

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Five ways tennis can add more joy to your life

We’ve all heard tennis talked about as a lifelong sport. Kids can start enjoying tennis at even younger ages now due to new, lighter balls designed for beginners, and the USTA organizes tennis play events for age groups all the way up to 90+. Given that we can all enjoy tennis for almost the entirety of our existence on this planet, this sport can truly have a significant impact on the overall joy we experience in our lives. While I am not yet 90 (I am however closer to 90 than I am to my date of birth), the sport of tennis has had a lasting positive effect on my life. Here are the five most important ways tennis can...

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4 Things That Will Make You a Better Doubles Player Before You Even Step On The Court!

We have all watched in amazement as the Bryan brothers -- who just won their sixth title at the Miami Open to give them a whopping 118 titles overall, 16 of which are majors (can you say 1’st round Hall of Fame pick!) -- have gone on to make tennis history. Sure, Bob and Mike are enormously skilled players with a long history (like, since birth:) together, but there have been some decisions/life choices they have made off the court that have helped them achieve their unparalleled success on the court.  Today we’ll hone in on a few of those decisions/life choices and see how they can translate into making you a better doubles player! Respect Bob and Mike were brought...

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