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Welcoming a new teaching pro

MogusBrian Mogus, a recent graduate of Mount Union College, majored in Sport Business and minored in Business Administration as well as played tennis and soccer all four years. He is USPTA certified teaching professional. He is very excited to have the opportunity to teach tennis at Green Tennis Club.

Brian is offering half-off the price of any new lessons for the month of October. So don’t let this opportunity pass you by to meet Brian.

Twilight Tennis

On Saturday, Sept 25, G.T.C will run a co-ed high school doubles round robin for player’s ages 15-18 years old. It will run from 10 p.m. until midnight. The cost is $16 per player. There will be corn hole, prizes, and fun. If interested, please call the front desk and sign up.


New Courts @ G.T.C.

In July of this year, we had new courts installed. The colors are blue and green. Similar to the U.S. Open colors you would see on television. So stop by and see the new improvements that we are offering to you.

Talented Juniors from G.T.C.Stokes

Isaac Stokes, right, was runner up in the Orrville tennis tournament this summer. He won many points by lobbing his opponents and consistently held his serve. Isaac won 6-2, 6-0 in Semi-final.

Bob Cross had a great summer playing U.S.T.A tournaments. Bob is currently ranked No. 11 in Northeast Ohio and ranked No. 151 in the Midwest for Boys’ 12 and Under Singles. Bob is excelling in his game.

We are proud of our juniors and hope they continue to improve their game.

Marge Townsell party

Green Tennis Club is holding tennis parties for adult players on Saturday evenings starting in October. The cost is $13 per person. They will run from 7 to 11  p.m. on October 2, 16, 30 and November 13. 

If interested, please call Marge Townsell at 330-882-6833.

Rally for the Cure

Green is hosting its third Rally for the Cure fund-raiser. We are having it on Saturday October 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. We will be running drills throughout the evening. We will be having a silent auction, food and fun. All proceeds go the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. If you are interested, please call the club and sign up for this event.

Akron Open and Paramount Champs

Congratulations to the Akron Open winners from Green Tennis Club:


Denise Fehr and Judy Lahman, above, won the Ladies 3.5 U.S.T.A Doubles division at the Akron Open and Paramount Open this summer.


Jimmy and Debbie Ensminger, above, won their 7.0 Mixed Divison U.S.T.A Doubles division at the Akron Open.

Congratulations to the 3.5 ladies' U.S.T.A league

Our 3.5 U.S.T.A ladies won their division this summer and qualified for state. Keep up the good work.

Fall/Winter Drills @ G.T.C

G.T.C. drills schedule is as follows:

G.T.C Leagues

New Sound at G.T.C

We have upgraded our sound system for Cardio Tennis. We have four new speakers that are installed on the walls for surround sound quality. So check out this new sound during our Cardio classes on Wednesday and Saturday.

Stuck in Neutral by Dave Forman

Sometimes people feel that their tennis game is going nowhere and they are stuck in neutral. However, neutral may be exactly where they need to be. Stay with me as I attempt to explain.

For the club level player, more matches are lost than are won. By this, I mean that the player loses the match by making mistakes (referred as to ‘unforced errors’). The club player’s strategy (as demonstrated by the shots that are hit) is to win the match by hitting winners. But this is a losing plan given that the number of unforced errors almost always exceeds the number of winners. You often see this in the younger player who consistently goes for too much on his or her shots and ends up losing the match to those who are more patient.

An indicator of a player’s patience is their ‘shot tolerance’. Shot tolerance refers to the player’s ability to stay calm during the point and hit the right shot based on the circumstances. Players with a low shot tolerance often go for too big a shot early in the point. Having a high shot tolerance enables the player to reduce their mistakes and make more effective use of their attacking shots.

If you read the USTA Ratings Guide, you see the phrase ‘tend to over hit on difficult shots’. Players who have higher ratings tend to remain calm during the point and hit an appropriate shot for the situation. Another telling phrase in the ratings guide is ‘rallies may be lost due to impatience’. Clearly, if you can develop increased patience, you can improve your play and increase your USTA rating.

By the way, I believe that watching the professionals play is an excellent way to improve your technique and I recommend that you pay special attention to the way they move around the court and how they hit the ball. However, I do not recommend that you attempt to play the same shots that they do. The professionals can keep their powerful shots in play with a high degree of certainty. For the club player, your primary concern should be keeping the ball in play.

So how do you decide what shot to hit during a rally? Imagine that within each point, your next shot can be categorized as offensive, neutral or defensive. On defensive shots, your opponent has hit a forcing shot which lands wide, deep or short and you have to struggle to keep the ball in play. In this situation, you need to get the ball back in play however you can. On offensive shots, your opponent has hit a weak shot and you are able to hit an aggressive shot with the intent of winning the point outright or on the subsequent shot. However, most shots in tennis are neutral and your shot should keep you in the rally and not allow your opponent to easily attack. Your task is to determine whether the condition is offensive, neutral or defensive and hit the right shot based on the situation.

I use a drill with my students which I recommend you try. Starting with a feed, two players rally back and forth. During the point, one of the players must call out ‘offense’, ‘neutral’ or ‘defense’ on every shot they hit. The player must make their call before they actually hit the ball. After playing 10 points, the players reverse roles. This drill focuses the players’ attention on shot selection and, hopefully, improves his or her patience on the court.
So next time you step on the court, don’t worry about getting stuck in neutral. For most shots, neutral is exactly where you want to be. Practice patience by keeping the ball in play until you get a shot you can attack. Recognizing what shot to hit will help you to ‘get it in gear’. Try this and I think that you will find yourself on the winning side more often.

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“An error is not a mistake unless you refuse to do anything about it”-
Russ Wormald


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