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Jazz Burks
  • 48, Male
  • Evanston,Il
  • United States
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Hey USTA keep your mouth shut!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark / The Mayor Jul 27, 2012. 4 Replies

Vika is Rolling!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Prapong Feb 21, 2012. 5 Replies

NTRP to break up Adult leagues

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Prapong Nov 30, 2011. 1 Reply

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The only thing I can promise when I play is that I'm going to do something spectacular. Now, if it is spectacularly good or bad, that is up in the air!

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I am a:
Tennis Fan, Casual Player, Tournament or League Player
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Random things about me (hobbies, occupation, tennis history, favorite band, etc.):
On the court I'm a hard serving flashy shot maker who is trying to become an Open level player.
Well the Open dream is dead. Age + arthritis have killed it. Just got bumped down to 3.5. Looking to work my way back to 4.0
Favorite pro tennis player(s):
Roger Federer
My tennis skill (please check your NTRP if you know it):
NTRP 4.0, NTRP 4.5
On the court, I am a:
doubles partner, singles player, bomber, acer, one-hander, gamer, choker, top-spinner, double faulter, all courter, gracious winner, gracious loser
My favorite local courts:
Northeastern University, Touhy Park, Clarendon Park, Hamlin Park, Northwestern University, Chase Park, Roosevelt Park.
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League wrap up and Playsight

Posted on November 22, 2015 at 11:18pm 2 Comments

If anybody cared the last three matches went like this... I won a real lights out battle in the impending darkness at the Northwestern University outdoor courts. To quote the Ljubman, "spend some Euros and get some lights!" That match was on a sweltering hot Friday evening. On a cold gray Sunday morning I lost a real rock'em sock'em battle with a guy who I have always had big hitting wars. Fast forward to the next week to face my retriever nemesis and clearly was not ready to suffer as he…


Flex League 2015 Match 3

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 8:34pm 1 Comment

Finally, I'm up against a familiar opponent!Our history dates back to last season where he beat me in three sets in the spring and we played to a draw in fall. Third set was a victim of the rain. 

His game similar to mine. The big difference is he does not get get as many free points off the serve as I do and I'm not as good from the baseline as he is. His forehand can misfire at times, so the plan was to force the ball to that side and let the unforced errors pile up



Flex League 2015 Match 2

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 7:43pm 0 Comments

Now that I played my last match it was time to play my first match. The place was a little closer to my house so it felt like a true home match. Temp was about 45 degrees Fahrenheit, another great spring day in Chicago.  It was about 5 pm so I was not sure if we would get the match in under natural light.

My opponent looked to be someone who had been bumped down so I was wary of higher level play. Once again he was a opponent with a one handed backhand and a big forehand.…


Flex League 2015 Match 1

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 6:46pm 0 Comments

My 1st match was actually my last match. My opponent was on vacation and wanted to get the match in. This being a flex league and I'm nothing if not flexible. I get the e-mail at work, but luckily I brought my bag and tennis clothes so we set up a time and place for the match.

I know another flex league sponsors Tennisopolis but as treacherous as the spring is in Chicagoland, playing in two flex leagues is tennis suicide. The match temperature was 52 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind…


Flex League 2015 Preview

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 5:57pm 0 Comments

I've been playing Gladiator Tennis since 2012, before my return to tournament singles tennis. Well, 2013 was the year of a bum knee and right shoulder that pretty much put me on the singles shelf. 2014 saw me return to GT at the level I was at in 2012 (4.5). The spring season was an abomination. I got my clock cleaned for 5 straight matches, lost a heartbreaking 3rd set tiebreak, and then won…


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At 9:11am on April 10, 2015, AJ Segneri said…

I am heading out of town today and won't be back until Monday. Are you free on 4/14 in the morning?

At 7:03am on February 27, 2014, CoachV - William Vazquez said…

i have 2 Prince graphite OS originals. IN great condition. size 4 grips. let me know if you are interested. I can ship it to ya. $150 for both and shipping

At 6:08pm on February 23, 2014, Karen Salter said…

great meeting and playing with you too Jazz!  Although if I never have to try to return your serve again for many years, I'm fine with that.    And if you ever have trouble finding a partner for a mixed doubles tournament, I'd play with you in a heartbeat!

At 8:19am on April 19, 2013, Daniel Lee said…

That sounds great. Let's keep in touch.


4.0 player. I'd love to hit when the weather warms up!

At 1:21pm on December 19, 2012, Greg S said…

Hi Jazz, sent you a message re 4.5 team. We'd be happy to have you. Sending over the registration number now. 

At 10:06pm on November 17, 2012, Shereef Zedan said…

Yeah, Sunday morning would work. Just let me know ahead of time as its getting hard to book courts at Mcfetridge.

At 7:29pm on November 13, 2012, Shereef Zedan said…

Yeah, for the most part indoor from now on unless we get a nice day. Let me know if you want to hit sometime. I'm looking for regular partners for singles and doubles. Cell is 312-543-6065 if you wanna call or text for arrangments. 

At 6:12pm on April 20, 2012, Mark / The Mayor said…
You still blogging? You got to drop another gem in here. We got a recent blog of D.s 650 views in a few days.
At 6:56pm on April 6, 2012, Don said…

got your message, can you hit around 10 on Sunday morning in Romeoville? heres my number 1-630) 209-4520

At 12:15pm on July 20, 2011, Don said…
Hey Jazz, when you going to visit your parents in Romeoville so we can hit?

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