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AD LOVE Stories - David Kimani

Not long ago, on a sunny March afternoon, I got the chance to sit down with our friend David Kimani from Norwalk Grassroots Tennis and Education and reconnect. We talked about the incredible journey that started from his introduction to tennis and continues with his involvement today.  I listened, again mesmerized, as his passion for tennis and life oozed out in the form of this--his incredible story. David grew up in the Rift Valley in Nakuru, Kenya, a stone’s throw from some of the most spectacular wildlife on the planet.  He had never seen a tennis ball until he enrolled at the esteemed Kabarak High School, where he met a new teacher from Ireland named Charles Grimble. Mr. Grimble was...

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5 Tennis Workouts To Get Ready For The Outdoor Season

This week, in the northern hemisphere, marked the spring equinox - the formal change of seasons from winter to spring. Of course, if you live in Maine like I do, there is still snow on the ground and we are bound to get some more of the white fluffy stuff before the end of April, but I am in no way bitter about that!?#$%&!@! Hahaha. :) Regardless, there will soon be wonderful weather for outdoor tennis, and for many of us that is when tennis season really begins. So what can we do to help us get physically prepared to enjoy playing the sport we love, while minimizing the risk for injury? We at AD LOVE have curated what we...

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AD LOVE Stories - Officer Daisy Rivera Sanchez

Born and raised by her mother in Bronx, NY, Daisy was like a lot of other kids her age.  She spent most afternoons playing basketball with her friends and whoever else showed up for a game. That is until a councilor named York Chu at Bronx International Youth Tennis Center, a chapter of NYJTL located across the street, reached out.   As you can see, it didn’t take long for Daisy to fall head over heels in love with tennis and everything it offers. At the age 14 she asked her then NYJTL coach, Alberto Lunar, if he would help her get certified to teach tennis. He was able to get Daisy enrolled in PTR classes and obtain certification free...

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6 Things Tennis Can Teach Us About Life and Love

Playing sports is a great way to learn about life. Many of us enroll our kids in leagues to ensure that they learn important lessons about teamwork, competition, and discipline from a young age. Tennis, especially, has a lot to teach us. In short, it’s a sport deeply rooted in both competition and friendship. For these reasons, tennis can teach us a great deal - not only about sportsmanship - but also life and love. How? Below we have the biggest lessons that tennis has taught us.  1. Focus on giving your best effort one point at a time. One of the most beautiful things about tennis is that you can’t multitask. You have to focus on a single stroke...

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What The Greatest Rivalries in Tennis Can Teach Us About Love

Although tennis is synonymous with being a “gentleman’s sport”, it’s also a game that’s featured some of the most bitter (and engaging!) rivalries in recent memory. Billie Jean King and Margaret Court duked it out in the 60s and 70s, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras held the nation captive as they each fought for the title of #1 through the 90s, and the Williams sisters have “wowed” us time-and-time again with their on-court battles. While the tennis court has long been a place to fight for fame and glory - it’s also a place where sportsmanship, kindness, self-respect, and love have taken center stage. Below, we have listed three of the most epic tennis rivalries of all time - and...

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