Tennis

Congrats to Coach Elliott!

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This award is provided to the individual whom continued to encourage all players to stay connected to tennis during the Covid-19 pandemic.  As you know, Elliott engaged many of you with his “Winners On Wednesday” highlights of past and present tennis professionals.  His stories were filled with energy and excitement for the sport of tennis.

Elliott began his “Covid-19 At Home” tennis by finding a hitting wall at Olney Manor Park and giving Aspen Hill Club members tips on what to practice while hitting on a wall, any wall!  He also provided fun games for kids while we were all quarantined at home.

His motivation to keep you engaged during this very difficult time was prompted by his willingness to ensure tennis would be back… And he has done just that!

Elliott received his award during a virtual cermony hosted by USTA Mid-Atlantic. The Aspen Hill Club is incredibly proud of Elliott and his commitment and dedication to the sport of tennis!

Tennis

World Team Tennis 2020

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Har Tru, the company that makes our GREEN CLAY), was gracious enough to invite Aspen Hill Club members to experience World TeamTennis matches at The Greenbrier (White Sulphuric Springs, WV). This was an unbelievable experience for those that attended!

Ten Aspen Hill Club Families were lucky enough to see the biggest names in tennis from a mere inches away! Members got to see players including Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, Genie Bouchard, Taylor Fritz, the Bryan Brothers, Sam Querrey, Monica Puig, and many many more! I was so inspired by seeing the pros serve up close that I made a YouTube video about serves showing them in slow motion, please check it out on our Facebook page.

Aspen Hill Club member Glenn Margolis shared his thoughts: “Taylor Fritz serve is incredible to see in person, You don’t realize how fast 138 MPH is!”

Kyle went to the matches with his family of 4 and shared with us, “This was such an incredible event to see tennis up close!”

We are so happy that so many families were able to take part in this truly memorable experience, and a big “thank you” To Har-Tru for helping us get to the matches!

 

 

Club News & Events

Checking In!

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By: Elliott Datlow, Tennis Director

 

We are so excited to offer outdoor play to our Aspen Hill Club members. You’ve read about our procedure for checking-in while keeping socially distanced. But what does it look like? Check out this check in guide so you know what to expect when checking into the Club!

 

  1. Enter the club by way of parking in the back lot and entering up the stairs of the deck.
  2. Observe the OPEN DOOR and sign indicating required 6 ft. social distancing!
  3. Check out the several floor markers indicating where to stand and wait. Our staff are wearing masks while checking you in!
  4. Follow the sign, exiting the side entrance.
  5. Out the door and down the ramp to your tennis court you go!
  6. Have fun!

 

 

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Tennis is Back…Outdoors!

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By: Elliott Datlow, Tennis Director

 

We are ecstatic to be offering outdoor courts to our members as we get back into the “swing of things!” Usually we have the luxury of weaning ourselves back into outdoor play. If it’s a bit chilly we can change it to an indoor court. Or, maybe the wind gusts are driving us crazy— I’ll stay inside, thank you! But not now! BOOM! You are playing outside.

 

You’re right! Outdoor tennis is a lot different. What can we do to adjust to outdoor play? Here are a couple of key adjustments you can make as you hit the outdoor courts at the Aspen Hill Club!

 

  • Know that it’s not going to feel good! Outdoor tennis is an adjustment. You will feel much better the second time you play outdoors, I promise!
  • Have a hat or sunglasses! We aren’t giving our eyes time to “toughen up” to the sunshine. Be kind to those eyes and give them some protection!
  • Know which way the wind is blowing! You want to hit HARDER if you are playing into the wind, and use more spin if you are hitting WITH the wind.
  • Take a long warm-up Your body and mind aren’t use to playing outside, try and work into it. Make sure you start the warm-up with short court rallies and start slow from the baseline.
  • USE EXTRA SPIN! Topspin and slice are going to keep the ball in the court and helps to keep your consistency up… Use your spin.
  • Move those feet! The ball isn’t going to bounce how you expect. Instead of taking 3 big steps to the ball you need many many small little steps (especially as you approach the ball). With little steps your body will be able to make those adjustments that are necessary in fractions of a second.
  • SPLIT STEP! As your opponent get’s ready to make contact, take a “split step.” This is like a little “bunny hop” that can be critical to getting your timing and ball anticipation correct.
  • HAVE FUN! I think we can all agree that a bad day on the tennis court is better than being stuck inside at home— we can ALL relate to that.
Photo taken pre-Covid

 

Club News & Events

Doubles Frenzy…Aussie Open Style!

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On Friday, January 24th we had a fabulous time playing tennis while benefiting an extremely important cause. Our weekly Doubles Frenzy event is BACK and on the 24th we hosted a big party!  We had two groups of players, one level of 3.0 doubles with the other group being 3.5+. Thirty Aspen Hill members showed up for the mix and match doubles fun. A great time was had by all, playing as much doubles as we could get in during our 2 hours of tennis time.

When the final serve was hit at 9:00pm, our champions of the week were Jeff Mund and Josephine Garnem each had the highest number of games won in their groups! When the tennis was complete everyone gathered to enjoy a drink, snack, and watch the Australian Open tennis on TV! The big winner of the night was our entire group—as their participation in the event helped Aspen Hill Club in sending over $500 to the Australian Red Cross to aide in the Australian Wildfire rescue efforts.

 

Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Tim Hahn – February 2020

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Tim Hahn and family

Just about everyone sees Tim Hahn before the reach check-in at the Aspen Hill Club. Members are greeted with a smile and a warm welcome. Tim owns the Aspen Hill Sports Shop and has spent time talking with just about every member. But who is he? How does he know so much? This month we are going to take some time getting to know Tim!

Tim’s interest in tennis began when he was in middle school—he was glued to the Borg vs McEnroe 1980 Wimbledon Championship match. After that contest, Tim started playing in the neighborhood. Before he knew it he was a member of the Walter Johnson Varsity Team. Tim continued playing recreationally while attending University of Maryland—where he studied Mathematics.

Tim’s studies lead him to a successful career in his field of study. One day one of Tim’s friends talked to him about becoming a partner in Sports World—a sports shop in nearby Glenmont, Md. This opportunity spoke to Tim, after all—he was passionate about tennis, running, and athletics in general. Tim was excited about this opportunity and jumped at the chance for a MAJOR career change!

As co-owner of Sports World, Tim hit the ground running. He learned as much as he could about tennis equipment. In fact, Tim earned certification as a Master Racket Technician. It is this ability to have a deep understanding about equipment & technology that helps bring Tim a smile as a small business owner now at Aspen Hill Sports Shop. “It brings me joy when one of our members tells me that I helped make a difference in their game.  They let me know that I helped them, and I feel really good! I’m helping them be better at what they love doing!” explains Tim.  Tim often uses technology to help customers with injuries, “Certain strings can help with tennis elbow. It really can make their pain go away!” Other times Tim helps players achieve more power or control in their tennis game by switching rackets. Tim’s expertise has been relied on by the ATP tennis pros—Tim has been a racket stringer at the Citi Open 13 times!

Not only is Tim “book smart” about tennis, he also has got serious game! Tim is a 5.0 player himself and plays almost every day with tennis buddy  Milton White and Aspen Hill Club pros John Parsley, Jeff Klein, and Mark Ortiz. Playing tennis helps Tim feel good, “Tennis to me is about meditation, it’s relaxing. I feel good and I am constantly trying to hit the perfect stroke!”

You may have wondered around the shop and thought to yourself “Geez! Tim sure does have a lot of running shoes for a tennis shop!”—well, there is good reason for that. Before Tim’s life was centered around tennis, he focused his athletic skills in another way—as a marathon runner! Tim has run in 14 marathons, including the Marine Corps Marathon and the Boston Marathon. Tim’s personal record was 2 hours 36 minutes, which had him competing in the US Olympic trials in Korea!!! So if Tim offers you advice on running shoes, you should know with confidence that he knows his stuff.

Aspen Hill Club has been an important part of Tim’s life well before he moved in with the Aspen Hill Sports Shop. As his children, Meghan and Alex, grew up—the family had a home at Aspen Hill Club. They have grown up being fixtures on the courts and became fantastic players—both playing on NCAA Division 1 tennis scholarships. Tim is a student of the game and enjoyed learning as much as possible about tennis—becoming PTR Certified Professional himself.

Tim views Aspen Hill Club as a special place and he’s happy to call it home. “There are so many great pros here at the Club, some focus on mental aspects while others emphasize technical skills. The tennis pros do a fantastic job catering to members. I really enjoy helping my customers get set up to play and then help them find the right pro!” says Tim.