Qlipp Tennis Sensor – Product Review

QLipp Tennis Sensor - Product ReviewThis little thing is called the QLipp Tennis Sensor and it could revolutionise the way you play tennis! The device attaches to the strings of your racket and feeds back to your Ipad or Iphone an immense amount of information like

  • how many forehands and backhands you hit
  • what speed you hit the ball
  • what type of spin do you use
  • do you hit the sweet spot
  • instant 3D stroke analysis

I have been using the sensor for just over 3 weeks and already  I am hooked on the data it provides. It can clip on any racket so no need to worry if your racket will be compatible and provides instant feedback on your device. I love the clean succint infograms that appear on my phone. In the session overview forehands and backhand are broken down as too is choice of spin/ slice or flat shots. Spin depth and spin count is also measured.

My favourite feature of this device is the sweetspot average facility which can tell me how many shots hit in the middle of a racket on the sweet spot. The speed feature is also something that challenges me to keep hitting the ball harder as it compares the speed of my shots with other Qlipp tennis players throughout the world!

As a coach this is a great device too, I gave it to my students and was able to monitor their performance and provide real time feedback to them on their game. The biggest area that this can aid any coach is helping them identify what their errors are and then go about fixing them.

This is a fantastic product and the app is full of information too. The question is can you afford to do without one?

 

And the winners are….

Competition Update!

At the start of Wimbledon we ran a competition to win a fantastic new book by Mark Hodgkinson .

‘Game, Set and Match Secret Weapons of the World’s Top Tennis Players’.

The book features contributions on
‘How to disguise your serve’ by Pete Sampras
‘How to stay fit all year’ by Caroline Wozniacki
‘How to attack with your one-handed backhand’ by Stan Wawrinka
‘How to embrace your superstitions’ by Goran Ivanisevic

Reviews

“An awesome read” –  Caroline Wozniacki

“The book is an easy read. It’s a perfect companion to keep in your tennis bag to pull out in between matches or a good read to get you pumped up before that big match” –  examiner.com

Whether you’re a grizzled recreational player or an up-and-coming junior, you’d probably love to take lessons from tour pros. Problem is, they’re pretty busy playing tournaments all over the world. That’s where journalist Mark Hodgkinson comes in” –  The Oregonian

Game Set and Match is a book that tennis player and fans cannot afford to go without” –  Love Tennis Blog

“If your game needs work, check out this book. It is packed with tips from players such as Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray.” –  The Sun

All we asked entrants to do was to tweet or share on facebook the Lovetennis blog post.
After all the entries to our competition we selected three winners at random
And they are……

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Kielan Stevenson
Rebecca Mc Connell
Rachel Boyd

Well Done Guys, pop us a message on facebook to arrange collect your prize!

having a good summer?

Isn’t summer awesome? Summer is surely a time to enjoy the warm weather, a vacation, going to the beach/pool and just relaxing…

Living in Southern California we are spoiled with great weather and many days are in the upper 70’s. I am not complaining….

Summer is a great time to get outside for your exercise. It could be playing tennis, going for a run/hike, a bike ride or even lifting weights outside.

What I have noticed is that many people strive to get toned and in shape for summer by solely focusing on the front side of their bodies because that is what everyone sees. If you are unclear what I mean by the front side of the body I am referring to the chest, biceps, and abs. Don’t get me wrong those muscles are important, but the backside of the body needs equal attention.

The backside of the body is the butt, lower back, spine, hamstrings and calf muscles. All of those muscles are so important to keep the body aligned, healthy, and injury free.

You are in luck as today I am going to share an easy exercise that will address the backside of the body.

Strengthen The Backside Of Your Body NOW! – Click Here!

It’s not too late to add this exercise into your summer exercise routine as we still have over a month left. This exercise has done wonders for my clients and I know you will benefit from it too!

Now it’s time to go out and make it happen!

Jack Sock signs with IME/ IMG

Wimage005IME | IMG today announced that rising American tennis star Jack Sock has signed a worldwide marketing and management representation agreement with the company.

“This is a very exciting time in my career and the global expertise that WME | IMG offers will help me set the foundation for long-term success both on and off the tennis court. I am very driven to achieve my goals and I can’t wait to start this new partnership,’’ said Sock.

“We are thrilled to be representing Jack, an incredibly talented and charismatic player with the potential to become the next great American tennis star,’’ said Fernando Soler, head of IMG’s tennis division. “Together, WME | IMG offers our clients expertise across numerous platforms and we look forward to helping Jack achieve his goals.’’

Sock, a 22-year-old from Nebraska, is enjoying a career-best season, winning his first ATP World Tour title (U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships) and reaching career-high ranking of World No. 30 (June 15, 2015). Sock’s best Grand Slam performance came at the 2015 Roland Garros when he reached the fourth round for the first time in his career, falling to Rafael Nadal. A former junior US Open Champion, Sock is the youngest American in the Top 100.

Since the merger of the two companies last year, WME | IMG’s tennis division has enjoyed great momentum, adding numerous players to its roster, which includes Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova, Kei Nishikori, Petra Kvitova, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Ferrer, Venus Williams, Genie Bouchard, Madison Keys, Garbine Muguruza, and John McEnroe, among others.

Bryan Brothers star in Tennis comedy Break Point!

Watch a new clip from the upcoming tennis comedy BREAK POINT! The newly released scene features none other than the Bryan Brothers – identical twins and Olympic gold-medalist doubles tennis players. Having won more professional tournaments and Grand Slams than any other men’s pairing, the Bryan Brothers are the ultimate inspiration for Jimmy and Darren Price in BREAK POINT – but they have a little ways to go before they become as in sync. The film features a stellar cast: Jeremy Sisto, David Walton, Amy Smart, Chris Parnell and J.K. Simmons following the story of two mismatched brothers (Sisto and Walton) making an unlikely run at a grand slam tennis tournament.
Watch the clip  

This One Stretch Saved Me!

So a few years ago I sprained my right ankle during a session and since that day my body has never been the same. As you know everything in the body is interconnected and when one part of the body is injured or not working properly problems arise….. This could be back pain that started out as knee pain, or shoulder pain that started out as neck pain….

This domino effect can create havoc on the body and sometimes can be demoralizing.

For the past few years my body has been tight and locked up until one magical day!!

Wondering what it was? It was using the foam roller…

Many of my clients use a foam roller on a regular basis because it helps with circulation, blood flow, range of motion and prevent injuries.

One of the questions I get asked a lot is if you could foam roll one part of the body what would it be?

Any guesses?
It would have to be the dreaded IT Band, which runs on the outside of the leg. This muscle gets tight from sitting, a limited amount of blood flow in this part of the leg and many people forget to stretch this part of the lateral thigh.

This is a tough exercise, but saved my body BIG time… Now it’s your turn to reap the benefits….

This One Stretch Saved Me!! – Click Here!

If this is tough for you the first time you are trying it give it some time and take it slow… Always remember to listen to your body!!

I know this exercise will help you BIG time.

Treat Lower Back Pain

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Physio Med Self Help for Non-specific Low Back Pain
Low back pain is one of the main reasons people visit their Doctor. Eighty percent of people will have low back pain at some point in their lives. Recurrence is very common when people do not know how to help it. Very few people who feel pain in their low back have a serious medical problem. Ninety percent of people who experience low back pain for the first time get better in two to six weeks. Only rarely do people with low back pain develop chronic back problems. With these facts in mind, you can be assured that back pain is common, that it usually only causes problems for a short period of time, and that you can take steps to ease symptoms and prevent future problems. If you are suffering from pain in your lower back, you may be feeling tension, soreness or stiffness. This pain is often referred to as ‘non-specific’ back pain.

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Many important parts make up the anatomy of the back. Understanding the regions and structures of the lumbar spine can help you be more involved in your health care and better able to care for your back problem.

Bones and Joints
The human spine is made up of 24 spinal bones, called vertebrae. Vertebrae are stacked on top of one another to form the spinal column. The spinal column is the body’s main upright support. From the side, the spine forms three curves. The neck, called the cervical spine, curves slightly inward. The middle back, or thoracic spine, curves outward. The outward curve of the thoracic spine is called kyphosis. The low back, also called the lumbar spine, curves slightly inward. An inward curve of the spine is called lordosis. Maintaining these curves with minimal muscular effort is called ‘good posture’ and helps to prevent low back pain.

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Three Curves in the Spine
The lumbar spine is made up of the lower five vertebrae. These vertebrae are often referred to as L1 to L5. The lowest vertebra of the lumbar spine, L5, connects to the top of the sacrum, a triangular bone at the base of the spine that fits between the two pelvic bones.

Lower Vertebrae (Lumbar Spine)
Each vertebra is formed by a round block of bone, called a vertebral body. The lumbar vertebral bodies are taller and bulkier compared to the rest of the spine. This is partly because the low back has to withstand pressure from body weight and from movements such as lifting, carrying, and twisting. Also, large and powerful muscles attaching on or near the lumbar spine place extra force on the lumbar vertebral bodies.

A bony ring attaches to the back of each vertebral body. When the vertebrae are stacked on top of each other, the bony rings form a hollow tube that surrounds and protects the spinal cord and nerve roots. Between vertebrae, two large nerves branch off the spinal cord, one on the left and one on the right. The nerves pass through a small tunnel between each vertebra called the neural foramen.

Bony lumps on the top and bottom of the vertebrae interlock when they are stacked on top of each other and these are called facet joints which aid and control the movement of the spine, along with the soft connective tissue structures (e.g. ligaments and muscles).

Connective Tissues and Muscles
Connective tissues are networks of fibre that hold the cells of the body together. Ligaments are strong connective tissues that attach bones to other bones. Several long ligaments connect on the front and back sections of the vertebrae. A special type of structure in the spine called an intervertebral disc is also made of connective tissue. It provides most of the shock absorption in the spine and also increases the size of the neural foramen. A bulged or herniated disc (as a result of poor posture or incorrect lifting and twisting) can narrow the opening and put pressure on the nerve.

The muscles of the low back are arranged in layers. Those closest to the skin’s surface, the superficial layer, are covered by a thick tissue called fascia. The middle layer has strap-shaped muscles that run up and down over the lower ribs, chest, and low back. They join in the lumbar spine to form a thick tendon that binds the bones of the low back, pelvis, and sacrum. The deepest layer of muscles attaches along the back surface of the spine bones, connecting the low back, pelvis, and sacrum. These deepest muscles (known as core stabilisers) coordinate their actions with the muscles of the abdomen to help hold the spine steady during activity which is generated by the other layers of the back muscles and abdominal muscles. Using these core stabilisers correctly is very important to prevent back pain.
Potential causes of Non-Specific Back Pain and Advice to prevent it
Every back problem is different, there are many causes of low back pain and some may have more than one cause or contributing factor. Causes can be physical, mental and emotional and more often than not a combination of all three! Every individual has to find the best way to manage their own condition and occurrence or re-occurrence may be helped by the advice below.

POOR POSTURE
Poor Posture, eventually damages the structures within the back which causes pain and dysfunction. Good posture is the term applied when the 3 spinal curves are maintained with low muscular effort. So poor posture does not just apply to those who sprawl on their sofa, hunch over their desk or slump as they stand –it also includes those who sit perched rigidly on their chair without supporting themselves against the back of it.
The Standing Posture – avoid the 2 main types of poor posture – Sway Back and Flat Back (see postural advice section)
Maintain the 3 curves with equal weight distribution by keeping your ears, shoulders and hips in a straight line (view from the side)
Raise or tilt your work surface for precision tasks and keep the task at a suitable (comfortable)height so that you don’t have to bend e.g. put an upturned bowel under the washing up bowel in the sink
Alter your position regularly so that you don’t stand still in one position for longer than 20minutes
Don’t stand for long periods on a hard surface – stand on a cushioned surface, put a mat down or wear shock absorbing (rubber soled) footwear
Don’t stand for long periods in high heels or shoes with little cushioning or support

The Seated Posture – sit unsupported in one position for a few minutes and the lower back muscles fatigue which results in a slouched sitting position – often referred to as a ‘C’ shape posture which is bad as opposed to an ‘S’ shape posture which is good (you can see the 3 curves).

In order to maintain the ‘S’ shape without excess effort and rigidity; sit with both buttocks on the seat (ensure it is stable and firm), take most of your weight equally through the tail bones of the pelvis, rest your feet easily on the floor and support your low back arch with the chair back or if that won’t fit properly use an additional cushion / rolled up towel. Your hips should be slightly higher or equal to your knee joint (90 degrees bend)
If sat at a table or desk using a computer the middle row of the keyboard should be level with your elbow and the top of the screen (not the screen casing!) level with eye height
If sat at a table or desk writing the elbow should be just below the table top. A writing slope(or tilted surface) helps stop the body from needing to lean forwards, thus maintaining good posture
Office chairs can be easily altered to fit the individual; however home furniture is not so easy. To check if your sofa / armchair is right for you, you should be able to sit down into the correct position (back supported and feet on the floor) in one motion holding a cup of tea. Also you should be able to stand up again from that position in one motion still holding and not spilling the tea, without putting your hands down. Too deep – pack the back with firm cushions
Too soft – wrap a wooden board in foam and put it under the seat cushion
*Too low – raise it up using wooden blocks under the feet*No back support – used a rolled up towel

•The Sleeping Posture – 40% of our lives are spent in bed therefore the bed and position are important to prevent back problems developing or re-occurring.»Make an assessment of your bed – lay on your back, slide your hand (palm down) between your low back curve (small of your back) and the mattress…*Slide hand through fairly easily with no gap? Sounds OK!*There is a gap? Probably too hard – lay a spare duvet down under your bottom sheet to soften*Struggle to push hand in? Probably too soft – if the mattress is not sagging try putting a board under it to add stability. You may need to replace the mattress / bed if it is sagging»

Make sure you have enough space, consider the height (getting on/off and making /changing it), the width and the length. A cramped night’s sleep will not help reduce or prevent pain.»Sleeping positions and actions that can help:*Side lying with pillow between knees*Put a pillow under the knees when laying on your back*Put a sleep roll (or rolled up towel) round your waist (especially if side lying)*‘log roll’ to turn over in bed (keep body in a straight line, cross ankles and bring arm across body to roll)*Fidget when awake, don’t try to lay still*Do not ‘heave’ sit-up style into sitting from lying on your back, roll over onto your side move your feet over the edge of the bed and use your arm to push you upwards (while your feet move down to the floor as a counter weight).
POOR BODY MECHANICS
Tight, overstretched or weak muscles and stiff joints within the low back and surrounding body parts can cause altered postures and activity in the low back which can cause pain. For example tight hip joints mean that the low back has to over-compensate for the lack of movement which causes increased loading to the low back and therefore pain. Or weak and underused stomach muscles lead to a sway back posture which in time becomes painful. Normally the opposing muscle groups to those which are tight are lengthened and weak and need to be strengthened.
Tight muscles in your lower back can cause pain, stiffness and weakness. If you feel this is an issue, gently stretch your back muscles to correct their length restoring both comfort and function
Your stomach muscles may be weak, as the stretching starts to work over a couple of days, start some gentle abdominal strengthening and build the effort gradually

Tight front hip muscles or buttock muscles cause overloading compensation in the lower back and reduced capability and function If you feel this is an issue, gently stretch your front hip muscles or buttock muscles to correct their length restoring both comfort and function
If your front hip muscles are tight, your buttocks may be weak (and vice-versa) therefore gently strengthen the opposite muscle group to the one you are stretching and build the effort gradually

Tight stomach muscles cause overloading compensation in the lower back and reduced capability and function. If you feel this is an issue, gently stretch your stomach muscles to correct their length restoring both comfort and function
Your low back muscles may be weak, as the stretching starts to work over a couple of days, start some gentle low back strengthening and build the effort gradually Tight posterior thigh muscles (hamstrings) cause overloading compensation in the lower back and reduced capability and function. If you feel this is an issue, gently stretch your hamstring muscles to correct their length restoring both comfort and function

Weak / underused pelvic floor muscles are a significant cause of instability and irritation in the low back for both men and women respectively. In combination with the deep abdominal muscles and deep low back muscles they make up the muscular pelvic girdle which holds the pelvis (foundation of the spine) in place You will not feel if this area is tight or weak therefore should undertake strengthening exercises as a matter of course

POOR MANUAL HANDLING TECHNIQUE (LIFTING AND CARRYING)
Lifting and carrying without checking the weight and stability of the load first, or using poor technique is a significant cause of low back pain. Such an activity doesn’t just happen at work where you have correct training, policies and equipment to help you, but in the home within such activities as childcare, gardening, housework and DIY.
Avoid the activity in the first place if that is not possible reduce the load / task
Get help. Use equipment e.g. hoist or trolley
Breakdown the load or distance to be carried
Assess and clear the route that the load will travel
Ensure all doors are big enough and open
There are no trip / slip hazards
The new location is clear, large enough and at a safe height
Ensure that you are appropriately clothed
Clothes allow a full range of movement
Shoes are sensible for the task
Use safe lifting technique – 8 steps to safe lifting (Base Movement)
1. Assess the load – can you lift it safely
2. Place your feet at ten-to-two
3. Bend your knees and stick your bottom out (like a silverback gorilla!)
4. Back – keep it straight (bend from the hip like a silverback gorilla!)
5. Neck and head – keep your chin up
6. Grip – ‘front knee, high hand, far corner’ and ‘back knee, low hand, near corner’
7. Load – hold it close to your pelvis
8. Lift using thighs and buttocks for power with stomach and pelvic floor braced

DRIVING
People who spend a large amount of their time driving are more likely to get back problems. This is because the task combines; static posture in a constrained environment, exposure to constant vibration, occasional jarring and it can be a stressful environment and activity.
Proper adjustment – Starting with the seat in a completely wrong position makes it easier to get the right position so push the seat all the way back, place it as low to the floor as possible and recline the seat 40 – 45 degrees
Bring the seat height up until you can comfortably see the road and instruments and your hips are as high as your knees. If you are still too low, try adding a small cushion or folded towel under your tail bones
Move the seat forward so you can reach and fully depress all the foot pedals with a comfortably bent knee (110 – 135 degrees)
Bring the back forwards until you are reclined at a 100-110 degree angle (check the previous sitting posture information in this leaflet for more detail)
Adjust your headrest so it rests in the middle of your head – it should not push your head forwards!
Adjust the lumbar support so that you have even back support, you can feel it support your lower back comfortably. Use a rolled up towel if your seat lacks sufficient support
Bring the steering wheel down and towards you to minimize reach. You should be able to reach it with a slightly bent elbow and your back resting on the seat back
Now adjust the mirrors – if you start to slouch down or get into a bad position the mirrors will feel like they need to be adjusted – this is your cue to correct your posture!

Holding the steering wheel
Lower your hands from the ten to two position to the quarter to three and feel your shoulder and neck muscles relax

Getting in and out
Always remove your wallet from your back pocket before sitting (it causes the pelvis to twist which stresses the back
When getting in, sit first and then swing your legs into the car
To get out, slide the legs out first and then stand up to decrease low back strain
Give your body a few minutes out of the car before lifting things out of the boot, do a few back straightening movements first
Take frequent breaks to get out and stretch a least every 2 hours
Exercise in traffic jams Shrug shoulders, hold for 5 seconds, relax & repeat x 5
Pull shoulder blades back, hold for 5 seconds relax and repeat x 5
Tuck chin in, hold for 5 seconds, relax and repeat x 5

Signs and Symptoms of Non-Specific Low Back Pain
Symptoms from low back problems vary. They depend on a person’s condition and which structures are affected. Some of the more common symptoms of low back problems are:
low back pain
pain spreading into the buttocks and thighs
pain radiating from the buttock to the foot

back stiffness and reduced range of motion
muscle weakness in the hip, thigh, leg, or foot
sensory changes (numbness, prickling, or tingling) in the leg, foot, or toes

Rarely, symptoms involve changes in bowel or bladder function. A large disc herniation that pushes straight back into the spinal canal can put pressure on the nerves that go to the bowels and bladder. The pressure may cause symptoms of low back pain, pain running down the back of both legs, and numbness or tingling between the legs in the area you would contact if you were seated on a saddle. The pressure on the nerves can cause a loss of control in the bowels or bladder. If numbness/tingling between the legs, significant weakness in both legs/feet, or changes in bladder/bowel function and feeling occurs, medical help should be sought immediately!

Aiding Recovery with a Home Exercise Programme
When suffering from back pain, the temptation may be to rest in bed until it resides, however this often makes the pain worse. Where possible, the best advice is to stay active and continue your daily activities as normal. Obviously if these activities are adding to the pain then do not continue them, but getting back to work and keeping the area moving is often the best way to minimise the pain.

FIRST AID ADVICE (IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE INJURY)
Any bed rest should be kept to a maximum of 2 days – any longer the detrimental effects outweigh the benefits. Pain relieving medication should help with the discomfort. Anti-inflammatory medications can help ease pain and swelling and get people back to activity sooner. These medications include common over the counter drugs such as ibuprofen. Talk to your Doctor or Pharmacist if you have specific questions about which pain reliever is right for you. Also see your GP if over the counter medication is not easing your pain after a day or two.
Apply hot or cold packs to the painful area. You may decide which the best approach is for you. You can buy hot and cold packs from most Pharmacies, but you can also use a hot water bottle or bags of ice or frozen peas (wrapped in a damp tea towel) will often be as good. Both approaches help to reduce the pain sensation, but they also help to increase the blood flow to the area which brings oxygen and nutrients to the tissues to help them heal more quickly. Ice pack to be applied to the lower back for approximately 20 minutes every 2 hours. It is advised that you check the skin every 5 minutes to avoid the possibility of an ice burn from the cold temperature. Apply frequently in the first 2 days
Hot water bottle to be applied for 20 minutes every 2 hours. The hot water bottle should be warm and not actually hot. If in severe pain avoid a hot bath in case you cannot get out of it.

Position yourself in the most comfortable position and postures but try to change position every30 minutes. Avoid sitting for longer than 5 – 10 minutes at a time. For further detail see previous postural advice in this leaflet
Attempt gentle walking and movement to prevent ceasing up
Sleep in the most naturally comfortable position on a comfortable surface. For further detail see previous laying postural advice in this leaflet

FURTHER SELF-HELP FOR WHEN YOU ARE IN PAIN
•Do regular gentle mobilising exercises as advised by your Physiotherapist• For short periods, 10 minutes, lie on your back with your feet up on a chair or pillows to relax the deep muscles that might be in spasm• Generally keep changing your position every 30 minutes• Try to walk short distances at least twice a day• Always take the recommended dose• Make sure work surfaces are at a comfortable height so you don’t have to bend your back• Replace a sagging mattress

When performing tasks around the home, keep your back in mind and try to minimise straining orstretching it and pace yourself. For example, squat or kneel when cleaning the bath or reaching forlow shelves and use an upright vacuum cleaner, keeping it close to your body. Divide up your tasksby room or activities into bite-sized pieces and rest in between each task
If you have young children, bend your knees and don’t twist to pick them up. Adjust the height ofthe cot so you don’t need to bend. And try to avoid picking toddlers and slightly older children upat all
Follow the preventative advice outlined previously in this leaflet!

To find out even more about lower back problems,
visit the ‘Know Your Body’ section of our site.
www.physiotherapyinleeds.co.uk/body-parts/lower-back

 

Prince Textreme Tour 100t Racket Review

 

I played with this racket for several weeks and absolutely loved it. It has ample head size but doesnt feel too big or unyielding especially when looking to accelerate hard through the ball.
The racket is extremely manoeuverable and gives easy power especially on the serve and groundies. The new formula one material textreme used in this racket is designed to improve stability of the racket under impact. I found the racket pretty stable even when I didnt hit the middle of the racket

In general the racket is pretty flexible and does not feel too stiff and unforegiving at any stage. I could best describe it as user friendly, it has everything going for it, not too heavy not too light, mid plus head size, easily swung and provides surprising pop on shots!

Here is what Price say….
Prince Textreme 100t Racket
The newest family of racquets in the Prince line-up for 2015 brings with them a new technology that makes them flexible and stable without harsh vibrations. Players seeking a flexible, responsive frame with a crisp, traditional feel can look no further than the Prince TeXtreme Tour 100T. The 100 square inch head size offers solid maneuverability with a large sweet spot and good forgiveness. The racquet trades the EXO3 grommet system of the other Tour series frames for a traditional setup. This results in a frame with a more traditional, crisp feel on contact than other frames in the series. The 20-22-20mm beam width provides excellent power while retaining a consistent and stable feel. With a 10.7oz (strung) weight, this frame swings confidently on both offense and defense. The head light balance makes the racquet fast through contact and also keeps it extremely maneuverable when volleying at the front of the court. The 16×18 string pattern gives players plenty of control with solid spin capabilities as well. The Prince TeXtreme Tour 100T offers players an aggressive racquet that can produce penetrating shots with a crisp, responsive feel.

A Global Tennis Network

By Jack S. Clements
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In 2006, then University of Utah student Trevor Meier started a website that at the time was a simple way to manage tennis tournaments for his racquet stringing customers.
“To make some extra money while in school, I started stringing tennis racquets. At the time, many of my customers were frustrated with the high cost, and quick exits to the USTA’s tennis
tournaments. Knowing I knew a lot of tennis players, one of them suggested I host my own small tournaments and invite all my tennis friends to join.” Little did he know, that idea would grow into a tennis website used worldwide, and it all began
with these small, local tennis tournaments.
“It was a blast. We had 8 player tournaments where everyone would pay a $10 entry fee. $50 was paid to the winner, and $20, to the runner up. Most of the matches were even played in my
parent’s backyard.” Seeing the overwhelming response to these tournaments, Trevor started working on a fully
automated version that allowed players to sign up and pay entry fees online. But, he would first have to learn how to make it all work. He knew he had to learn how to code.
“I remember buying the book ‘PHP & MySQL for Dummies’. I think I read the book in 2 days. I could barely put it down. It answered so many questions I had. From that point on, I was addicted to coding.”
A few months later, and many late nights and long weekends, Global Tennis Network (GTN) was born, and the website www.GlobalTennisNetwork.com was ready.

“When I first released Global Tennis Network, I remember being frustrated with how long it took for Google, Yahoo, and the other search engines to index the site. Back then, it could take
weeks for your site to show up on the search engines, and even then, your site could be listed many pages deep in the search results.”
With automated tournaments up and running on GTN, Trevor looked for new ideas to expand the site’s functionality. He quickly came across a website with online tennis ladders.
“The tennis ladders on this website were very basic. I had heard of tennis ladder before, and I really liked the idea. I knew I could create a better system. And once I released a working
version of the ladders, it was clear that it was going to be a very popular feature.” So now, he just needed to get more people to join and use GTN. With no money to advertise,and no experience releasing a new websites, Trevor began promoting GTN anyway he could.

He sent emails, contacted clubs, posted messages on forums, exchanged links with other websites, and even posted flyers at local tennis courts.
“It all worked, but it was an uphill battle. I realized that I needed to focus on making the site good enough that people would spread the word for me. I decided to completely focus on adding new features to the site.” He next began working on a tennis court locator tool. He soon found that there was very little data available online. He would have to gather much of the data himself.

“It was very tedious. I would search tennis sites for any data I could find. I even used google maps to find courts visually. At one point, I outsourced some of the work to a guy I found online
who lived in the Philippines. I paid him anywhere from 10 to 25 cents a court. That was a huge help.”
The tennis court locator tool on GTN was a big success, and with enough data, he next created GTN’s first iPhone app, “Tennis Court Locator”. “The tennis court locator app never has made a lot of money, but players searching for tennis courts still brings in more traffic to the site then anything else.” With these tools, GTN now started to grow faster then ever. And after just a few years, GTN
reached a milestone of 10,000 members.

“I think it was around that time that the members of GTN began to see it’s potential. I was responding to hundreds of emails, countless phone calls, and even a trip to Ft Lauderdale to discuss a possible partnership. It was clear that there was a big demand for a site like GTN. I knew that I was on to something.”
The next few years, Trevor spent much of his free time attempting to add almost any feature the members requested.
“It was a ton of work. The members had so many good ideas. I could barely keep up. At the time, I had a full time job for another company, so I had to work on the site at night and on the weekends.”
With help and feedback from the GTN members, the site added tennis leagues, partner searching, a court scheduling tool, calculated playing levels, and most importantly, the ability to create your own online tennis communities called “networks”. “GTN gives any player, anywhere in the world, the tools they need to create a network and
organize their own ladders, leagues and tournaments. These networks have completely changed the way people meet and play tennis. We now have networks in 80 countries around
the world.”

Along with over 1600 networks, there are now over 55,000 members, and over 120,000 tennis matches have been played through the site. And thanks to a tennis court submission tool, there
are now over 28,000 tennis court listings. This is by all accounts the largest database of tennis courts in the world.
“It is cool to think that the work I have done is used by people all over the world. The site has connected so many people, and it is helping people play more tennis. It has been very
rewarding, and I have meet a lot of great people along the way.”
Trevor still spends a lot of his free time answering emails, adding new features, and making overall improvements to GTN. Today, the site actually makes a small profit. “Ideally, I would love if GTN made enough money that I could work on it full time. But until then, I
will just keep working on it any chance I get.”

5 British tennis greats and how they influenced British sport

Us Brits have a love affair with the game of tennis. For two weeks every summer we park ourselves in front of the tv and watch Wimbledon. Over the years we have been lucky enough to have some fantastic champions who have given us more than just their blood sweat and tears to British sport. We take a look at 5 British Tennis greats and their contribution to British sport.
Fred Perry
For those of us not old enough to remember Fred Perry won three consecutive Wimbledon Singles titles between 1934 and 1936. He also accomplished the career grand slam by winning the French Championships in 1935 and remains the only British player ever to achieve this. Perry held the world number one spot and helped Great Britain win the Davis Cup four times. His resume is certainly up there with the best players ever to play the game and Jack Kramer, Perry’s promoter named him as one of the top 6 players to every play the game in his 1979 autobiography. His name will always be synonymous with his Wimbledon titles and visitors to Wimbledon will see the statue in his honour at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon.
Virginia Wade
Virginia Wade will be forever remembered for lifting the Wimbledon Ladies Singles title in 1977 on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Wimbledon Championships and the silver jubilee of her majesty the Queen Elizabeth II. In a stellar career Wade won both the US Open in 1968 and the Australian Open in 1972. Unlike many other top stars of the time Wade also played doubles and lifted four grand slam titles in her career. With 55 singles titles, an OBE and a member of the Tennis Hall of Fame in Rhode Island, Virginia Wade is very much a British Tennis great.
Tim Henman
The name Fred Perry has haunted many top British tennis players over the decades none more so than Tiger Tim Henman. Tim Henman brought tennis to the front pages in the 1990s and early 2000s as the Great British public rediscovered their love affair with tennis. For those that were not lucky enough to get tickets for Henman’s big matches on Centre Court, British tennis fans congregated on the hill outside Court One and renamed it Henman Hill. The hill was always packed and decked out in red white and blue giving an incredible atmosphere and Henners was never one for a straightforward three set victory. Tim Henman seemed to specialise in the spectacular as he made stunning comebacks from the brink cheered on by the partisan Centre Court crowd. Henman must surely have dreamt that in a career with four Wimbledon quarter finals and 4 semi finals that he would make the final and lift the title but unfortunately not. Fourteen time grand slam champion Pete Sampras stood in Henman’s way and on the occasion that he went out Henman went out agonisingly in the semis to Croatian big server Goran Ivanisevic.
Andy Murray
Andy Murray is Scotland’s finest tennis player ever, one of the greatest of all time and a bona fide member of the extremely exclusive top 4 with Rafael Nadal Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Andy has been at the top of the mens game for almost a decade now and winning the biggest events on the ATP tour. Doubts always surrounded Murray’s ability to perform on the biggest stage as he had yet to lift a grand slam title .Murray finally got the monkey off his back in the US Open 2012 as he defeated childhood friend Novak Djokovic in five absorbing sets in under the lights of the gigantic Arthur Ashe stadium in New York. The foundation for this victory was the Olympic Singles final only a few weeks previous as he defeated Roger Federer, 7 time Wimbledon Champion to lift the Gold medal for Great Britain.
Like Henman and many others before him the pressure was always the greatest when Andy played on the hallowed turf of Wimbledon. Andy finally made history after 77 years of waiting on a roasting hot Sunday in July 2013 as he completely dominated his friend Novak Djokovic and turned the formbook on its head to lift the Wimbledon trophy and collect his second grand slam. With French coach Amelie Mauresmo and Swede Jonas Bjorkman Murray is nearing his best form and it will only be a matter of time before the Scot is hoisting another big title over his head.

Laura Robson
In 2008, Australian born Londoner Laura Robson thrust herself in the tennis limelight as a shy fourteen year old. Unseeded and unheralded Robson won her very first grand slam event at Junior Wimbledon, the first British player to do so since Annabel Croft in 1984. Robson has developed slowly and made the transition from junior to senior tennis gradually. She first played with fellow Brit Andy Murray in the Hopman Cup in Perth and narrowly lost to Spain in the finals. This partnership continued to the London Olympics in 2012 as the pair laughed and chuckled to the finals of the mixed doubles winning the silver medal to Belorussia’s Vika Azarenka and Max Mirnyi. Laura Robson and Heather Watson of Guernsey are very much the darlings of British tennis at the moment. Both ladies share the mantel and the expectations of a nation and have both been ranked as high as the top 40 in the world. Both girls are tipped to make it to the top and they have time on their side.

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