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Court Etiquette

Just a reminder, our parties provide a fun and relaxing atmosphere, where players can have friendly competition. We simply ask attendees to follow these guidelines:

1. Introduce yourself to the new players on the court. This will make for a more wholesome experience.

2. Be cordial to your partners and opponents.

3. Refrain from giving instructions to anyone on the court unless they request them.

4. Do not gun for the person at the net with fast and hard hitting especially in mixed doubles.

5. Kindly pick up the balls for the server. It saves time and is just good etiquette.

6. When yo leave the court, please find the 3 balls you played with and leave them for the next group of players.

7. Do not call a ball out when you or your partner are unsure about a line call. It is unsportsmanlike and can stir unpleasant reactions.
Check USTA or other tennis websites for the official rules.

8. If you are scheduled to play the next hour, do not take more than a 10-minute break. There are players who play only 2 hours and could use the complete playtime.

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LAST WEEK’S RECAP | March 24 – 30, 2014

LAST WEEK’S RECAP | March 24 – 30, 2014

There’s a sub group within our group. It started out with 2 friends from Englewood who met up 3 summers ago and started playing together at the parties ever since. Like the “Wizard of Oz” last fall they picked up members along the way: player from Jersey City, then another also from Jersey City and finally one more from West Orange. The 5 play together, go out together and some of them even travel together. Tonight 3 more, from Hoboekn, Secaucus and West New York joined them and decided to stay on the same 2 courts for the rest of the evening. They said it was a lot of fun!

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LAST WEEK’S RECAP | March 24 – 30, 2014

LAST WEEK’S RECAP | March 24 – 30, 2014

A player from Edgewater finally found sometime to play tonight – “…. my newborn baby absorbed pretty much all my tennis and sleeping hours. I am ready to continue my sleepless nights on Saturday, but this time joining your tennis event.” I put this young dad to play 2 hours of singles and he still had enough energy to play more, sleep or no sleep…

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LAST WEEK’S RECAP | March 17 – 23, 2014

LAST WEEK’S RECAP | March 17 – 23, 2014

My sign-off “Look forward to seeing old and new friends” rings true. This and last week two old-timers attended, only to be joined by 3 other friends from 15-20 years ago. When two players from Ramsey arrived and saw their friends from Franklin Lakes and Wayne, they were quite surprised. An hour or two later a regular on the DL (disabled list) stopped by to say hello, as he can’t seem to stay away from the courts. He was also very surprised to see everyone in their old group here, one big unintended but happy reunion.

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LAST WEEK’S RECAP | March 10 – 16, 2014

LAST WEEK’S RECAP | March 10 – 16, 2014

Here’s a picture of something to remind us what mother nature has impressed upon us this winter, lots of snow. One player was finally able to overcome the stubborn snow with the help of a shovel and warm weather 2 weeks ago…

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LAST WEEK’S RECAP | March 3 – 9, 2014

LAST WEEK’S RECAP | March 3 – 9, 2014

On Friday night I paired up co-workers from Morris Plains and Wharton to play with two brothers from Garfield. I told them that whatever they did wrong to the Garfield player, his older brother will take care of them good on the court. The player from Leonia clarified it for me – “It’s called ‘Gotcha!’ tennis.” I’m sure it was a fun hour.

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LAST WEEK’S RECAP | February 17 – 23, 2014

LAST WEEK’S RECAP | February 17 – 23, 2014

There were many two-timers, people who play twice a week, this week. A Thursday player from Cliffside Park also played Wednesday. Then Wednesday players wanted to play Thursday as well. Last Friday a player from Teaneck came today, making him a two-timer as well. I thought it was the holiday but Dwight said it was probably the snow and ice thawing out in the heat wave…

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LAST WEEK’S RECAP | February 10 – 16, 2014

LAST WEEK’S RECAP | February 10 – 16, 2014

It sure has been a fun week working around mother nature, who kept us guessing as to which day to dodge the storms. Those Tennis Buffs with reliable wheels roughed it out and made it all the nights of tennis, though we had a slight change to the schedule when the Saturday party was detoured to Fairfield Racquet Club. It reminded me of 2 years ago when Sandy landed our Saturday parties at Fairfield and Tiger for most of the winter that year.

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LAST WEEK’S RECAP | February 3 – 9, 2014

LAST WEEK’S RECAP | February 3 – 9, 2014

I’m long overdue and people want to know what’s been happening! While I don’t have details, I would like to share a few thoughts. A few things that speak volume about this group: Players come from as near as a 2-minute walking distance and as far as an hour drive, not to mention tolls across the Hudson River. There are many newcomers and very old-timers that have started playing in the group…

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LAST WEEK’S RECAP | January 6 – 12, 2014

LAST WEEK’S RECAP | January 6 – 12, 2014

I normally don’t mention names of players in the newsletters but this time it’s almost necessary. Two regulars by the name of Dave couldn’t make it this week. However, 2 more Dave’s took their spot, making for a total of 4 Dave’s tonight. Had the weekly regulars been able to come, it would have been 6 Dave’s…

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LAST WEEK’S RECAP | December 30 – Jan 5, 2014

LAST WEEK’S RECAP | December 30 – Jan 5, 2014

2013 flew by so quickly and so has the 2013 New Year’s Eve Tennis Party, which was just last week. I remember the very first New Year’s Eve Tennis Party I ran 7 years ago, it was so hectic with so many decorations, aside from the abundant food and food preparations. This time around, I focused mainly on the food and less elaborate decorations. Every single partygoer expressed how much fun they had, how much they enjoyed the food and meeting different people…

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