Thank you for your interest in our fall 2019 adult tennis programs.
By: Elliott Datlow
Alex and Yoli were searching for a place where they had activities for the whole family, and it seems as though they struck GOLD! While trying to figure out what their family could do to stay active, Alex received a marketing pamphlet in the snail-mail. The new facility offering so much enticed him to come for a visit, and the rest is history!
It isn’t tough to spot the Barresi family. Pick a day and you will usually find them smiling while being active at The Club! “What we love about AHC is the family atmosphere, our entire family has fun while we work out,” explains Yoli. Yoli adds “Nico (age 6) learned to Swim with the AHC swim instructors. Lucas (age 4) has come a long way since watching his older brother while sitting on the side of the pool!” This summer both kids have been fixtures in the summer camp, Nico has been a star in Champion’s Camp while Lucas is the social butterfly of Kids Kamp.
During the Fall and Winter season, both kids keep their activity level up. Six-year-old Nico has been working hard on his tennis game during the Junior Development clinic, where he has been learning proper technique with Coaches Julien and Elliott. Nico now has advanced up to orange ball tennis, where he has recently rallied over 100 balls in a row! In fact, his game stepped up so much that Dad bought him a new racket last week — Nico was so excited that the new racket was invited to a slumber party and spent the night in bed with Nico. This coming Fall season Nico is upping his tennis time by participating in our All-Stars tennis clinics twice a week.
Having fun in USTA tennis competitions are not far away!
Lucas can always be spotted—just look for the biggest smile! Last year he spent his tennis court time in the Young Stars tennis class, where he can rally with the red tennis balls. Lucas has fun on the tennis court, but also does not want to miss out on playing with the Childminding staff or Kids Yoga. Lucas is a very busy 4-year-old with a bright future on the tennis court!
Alex is doing his best to stay ahead of Nico and Lucas on the tennis court. The team in the Tennis Department does its best to keep Alex busy. His recent activities include Battle of the Ages, Men’s Tennis Ladder, Tuesday Night High-Performance Drills, Tuesday Night Singles Match play, and fine-tuning his strokes on the Club’s ball machine. Alex’s great attitude on the tennis court has made him a very popular tennis partner on the court.
Yoli found her place at Aspen Hill Club through her love of music and dance, “I came to work out with Alex but I was too distracted by Zumba” she said. Since that day two years ago, she finds time for herself during Zumba classes. While the boys are busy playing tennis and swimming, she definitely has been able to find her “Me Time.” In fact, she looks forward to Sunday mornings when the boys (with Dad) are playing tennis on the ball machine and she does Zumba.
On average the Barresi family is at The Club at least five days a week. They have found an incredible variety of activities at The Club, which helps keep everything fresh and fun. While the kids are having fun with their wide range of activities, it’s great to know that experts agree that this approach is best for the young Barresi athletes: “Most sport scientists and professional organizations advocate early diversification in sport” (BEST PRACTICE FOR YOUTH SPORT BY ROBIN VEALEY & MELISSA CHASE). These kids certainly are getting it all at the Aspen Hill Club!
Yoli and Alex — we are so happy that your family has found a home with us at The Club! The positive energy that your family brings is contagious to the members and the staff that surround you. It has been phenomenal getting to know you two and the kids, and we are excited about the model your family sets in motivating other
families to be active and healthy.
When you and your partner are getting destroyed from a strong cross-court returner, you and your partner should be open you make an adjustment. One of the best ways to take away the cross-court return is to play from the Australian Doubles Formation. The Australian doubles formation is when the partner of the serve stands on the same side of the court. So if you are serving from the deuce side, your partner is standing in the deuce service box. This formation will force your opponents to return their serve down the line which is a low percentage shot. Why is this a low percentage shot? Because the net is higher with an extra six inches and the court is shorter by four and a half feet.
In order to make this work, when serving you will need to stand close to the center court mark. You will need to do this for two reasons. One is to avoid hitting your partner with the serve and two because you will have to hustle cross court to hit the down the line return. Another reason to try this formation is that it catches your opponents by surprise. A lot of players have never seen this formation before and do not know how to play against it. If you can catch your opponents off guard and get them overthinking, they will probably overthink their shots and start making a lot of errors. Try this formation the next time you play and watch them scramble to figure out what to do. Keep on Playing!
Thank you for your interest in tennis at the Aspen Hill Club. Enclosed is the 2019-2020 NEW Unlimited tennis registration form.
Hitting approach shots and attacking the net is a great tactic in both singles and especially in doubles. It puts pressure on your opponents to do something with the ball. Some players will try and pass you close to the lines, over your head or they will hit the ball right at you. This brings us to our topic of discussion. You want to get close to the net to be in optimal volley position but you do not want to get too close.
You always hear us coaches yelling “close to the net”. This terminology in tennis simply means move forward. You do want to close in on the net to avoid hitting low volleys at your feet, but you do not want to have your nose on top of the net. Here are three reasons why:
Number 1: If you accidentally touch the net during a point before the ball bounces twice on your opponents side, you automatically lose the point.
Number 2: If you are too close to the net, then you give yourself less time to react to the ball to hit a good volley. The more time the better.
Number 3: When you are on top of the net, you expose your self to be lobbed. Even if your opponent doesn’t hit a great lob, if you are too close you have no chance of tracking the ball down.
So, how close should you get? To measure, go half way between the net and the service line and then take one step forward, which will be your best location to stand. It is absolutely fine to step forward to hit a strong volley but make sure you recover and step back into the best volley position for your next shot. Keep on Playing!
What a season! The Aspen Hill Club juniors finished off what they started and took the 2019 Montgomery County Junior Tennis League title with exciting fashion. Heading into the last week of the season, AHC’s team was looking good as they sat with an impressive record of 5-0—but had 2 incredibly tough matches remaining: the 2018 league champions, Palisades Club, followed by the always tough Cedarbrook to close out the season.
Our juniors were able to achieve revenge over the defending champs, (and only team last year to defeat Aspen Hill Club) Palisades! With the win, AHC was guaranteed their MCJTL championship. But with one match remaining, the undefeated record was on the line against Cedarbrook. The match lived up to the hype—ending at an even 9 matches to 9 matches! With this tie, all games were counted to determine the winner. By a score of 26 to 22 games, your Aspen Hill Club juniors ended the summer interclub season with an undefeated and perfect record!
The following week the individual playoffs took place, and AHC’s players represented The Club in excellent fashion. Here are highlights of those results:
Zane: Boys 12 singles Champion
Will: Boys High School Champion
Emma: Girls 12 Singles & Doubles Champion
Wangu: Girls 12 Singles Finalist & Doubles Champion
Nduta: Girls High School Finalist
Lizzie: Girls 14 singles Finalist
Junior Interclub season is heating up! The Aspen Hill Club’s team is off to a fabulous start, compiling an undefeated record of 4-0 to start the season. Our team is competing against juniors from tennis clubs across the area in the Montgomery County Junior Tennis League, and the kids are having a blast!
The season started out with a tough portion of the schedule, having Aspen Hill hosting 2017 champion Flower Valley followed by our next door neighbor, Argyle Country Club. The Aspen Hill Juniors, lead by brothers Mathew and Nathan Tan, defeated Flower Valley in a tough team match by a score of 11-6. The Tan brothers accounted for four of those points themselves by competing in the Boys 12 and 14 and under matches in both singles and doubles! The Aspen Hill Juniors followed it up two days later by taking another close victory over Argyle by a score of 11-7, and also Norbeck Country Club over the next two weeks.
Another highlight of the first half of the season has been the Girls 12 and under. Aspen Hill is undefeated thanks to stellar play from Emma Ikeda and Wangu Njuguna. Both girls are undefeated in their match play. Way to go, ladies!
Last year’s season ended with a loss by one match to Palisades Club which handed them the league championship. Our kids have this match on July 9th circled on the calendar and are working hard in summer camp to get ready!
The Aspen Hill team is made up of Club members and juniors that are continuing to work on their match play in summer camp. The league is a great way to get our juniors exposed to competitive match play in a FUN team setting. The focus is on learning, having fun, and continuing to get better with every match.
Everyone wants to know what it takes to elevate their game to the next level. If that is you then you have come to the right place! It’s easy to take your game to the next level, the question is, are you willing to do what it takes?
Find a great tennis coach who can help you clean up some of your bad habits, which can include incorrect grips and unorthodox swing patterns. Cleaning up your technique is the fastest way to get better. If your thought is you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, then be a master at what you do. Perfect your craft weather flawed or not. Do what you do and do it well.
Put in the time on the tennis court. Another simple way of getting better is simply being on the court—the more you play, the better you will get. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.
Participate in Classes
Participate in tennis clinics that focus on skill building. Most classes will have a set theme on one or two aspects of the game to work on during the clinic. Listen to the information, absorb the information and apply the information even if you are bad at it in the beginning. We all heard the saying, practice makes perfect.
Play more matches. Matches are a great opportunity to measure the things you are doing well while also showing you the areas in your game you are struggling with. When competing, a loss is way more valuable than a victory because it breaks down everything you need to work on. Some players will lose a match and just say ”I didn’t play well.” My questions to you are why did you play bad? Were you struggling with your backhand? Did you not get up to the net enough? Were you not moving well? Did you struggle mentally on the big points? Did you run out of gas? Were you making a lot of unforced errors? After each match, especially one that you lost, you should take a moment to reflect on the things that worked and didn’t work. Losing provides you with a blueprint of what you need to work on.
Nutrition is huge in all sports. You have to fuel your body properly for it to perform at it’s highest capacity. Everyone is different so I am not going to get into too many details, but you should eat and drink the things that give you energy during your time on the court. I will tell you a lot of tennis players eat a lot of pasta before their matches to have the carbs they need to sustain. Know your body and find out what works for you.
Get your Rest
If you show up to a match tired, you probably are not going to be able to give your absolute best effort no matter how hard you try. You would not be as focused as you need to be successful. You also will probably not have the best concentration. Getting a good nights rest is very important for your success on the court.
Last but not least, you need to get your butt in shape. We are very fortunate to have the best of both worlds here at our Club with a full gym and swimming pool. Take advantage of it! Getting in shape helps you be better not only on the tennis court but in all aspects of your life. Benefits of being in shape on the court are as follows: you can move better to the ball, have the strength to hit stronger shots, have the stamina to outlast your opponents and you’ll be able to recover faster to play more matches in the same week.
Hopefully, you find my tips for improving your game helpful. As always, keep on playing!
You can always find the Tan family smiling at the Aspen Hill Club! This active family knows the importance of staying healthy and the Club has given everyone a way to be active in their own way.
Allen and Sunant grew up locally, both attending Kennedy High School and were members of the school varsity tennis team. Allen started tennis as a teenager after watching a some of his peers hitting the school tennis courts. He got a few friends together and they taught themselves how to play. Soon enough they were ready for the Kennedy High School Boys Tennis Team.
Now with two sons of their own, 9 year old Nathan and 11 year old Matthew, the couple knew they wanted to get the kids active in tennis. “A friend told me about the great program at Aspen Hill, so we came by. Tennis is great because they learn about exercise, competition, problem solving, and having a hobby for life! It’s much better than if they sat home and played video games!” explains Allen.
Nine year old Nathan is a member of Aspen Hill’s Junior Academy program, where he continues to work very hard on improving his tennis game, “Nathan is always one of the hardest workers in the class, and he makes everyone better,” explains Aspen Hill tennis professional Julien DeLaine. In fact, Nathan has been competing in USTA tournaments, winning his last two “10 and under” events. His last tournament was the USTA Orange Ball event at the Aspen Hill Club, congratulations, Nathan!
Matthew began his tennis in the Aspen Hill Club last winter in the Academy program. Through hard work in Academy and World Class Summer Camp, he is now a member of our highly competitive Future Stars program. Matthew was a key member of Aspen Hill’s Junior Interclub Team, tallying several key wins over strong opponents. In all of his matches, Matthew worked hard and never gave up! His great attitude on the court helped him earn several come-from-behind victories. Matthew is now competing in USTA sanctioned tournaments and his level continues to rise!
Sunant and Allen enjoy seeing the boys having fun on the tennis court from the comfortable couches of the Club, but they don’t just come to watch the action—they get involved too! “We enjoy the gym, it lets us get a great work out in while the boys are in tennis class,”
Allen and Sunant, the smiles that your family shares with us at the Aspen Hill Club are contagious! We are so happy that you are part of our community and we are so looking forward to watching Matthew and Nathan grow on and off of the tennis court!
Enclosed are our fall weekly sign up tennis programs.