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John Shoemate
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  • La Quinta, CA
  • United States

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I am a:
Casual Player
Neighborhood or other helpful location info:
La Quinta, CA
Random things about me (hobbies, occupation, tennis history, favorite band, etc.):
I prefer extra long singles matches.... 2 to 3.5 hrs min. Always the best of 3 or more.

4.0 on New Years Day or otherwise around 4.3.
Favorite pro tennis player(s):
Andre Aggasi, Andy Roddick and James Blake.
My tennis skill (please check your NTRP if you know it):
NTRP 4.0
On the court, I am a:
rightie, slicer, singles player
My favorite local courts:
Indian Wells Tennis Garden (hard and Har-true). Also at Mountain View CC La Quinta, CA (no drive whatsoever).
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TENNIS..... a boom or a bust?

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 4:30pm 1 Comment

Some will argue that the sport of tennis began around the 12th century in a crude form, but most historians agree that the modern version of tennis as we know it today began around 1860. Tennis initially bcame popular among the UK elitist snobery, then spread throughout the world. The game rules varied until around 1924 and really haven't changed much since.

During the 70' and early 80's disco period, tennis surged in popularity. The woodie racquets were quickly becoming garage… Continue

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At 10:47pm on December 20, 2014, Owen said…

Hi John,

I used to be a decent intermediate player during my twenties but have not played in the past 15 years until starting again recently.  My game is still rusty but I'm down in Palm Springs for the next month, hope to play as much as possible during that time, and should be available most days at any point between 4 - 10 pm.  I'm staying at Indian Palms (border of La Quinta/Indio near the polo clubs) which has decent lit courts and I can also drive elsewhere if it's more convenient.  Are you up for a game?

Best regards,


Cell: 604.998.5008 or toll free: 1.855.552.5400 Ext 508

At 7:43pm on February 6, 2011, Terence said…



I'll be in Palm Springs/Desert from Feb 12-19.  I'll be staying at the Hyatt hotels in both places.  4.0 player here (used to be 4.5, but haven't played in a while.)


anyway, i'm looking forward to getting back into shape.  if you're around and interested in hitting, let me know.



At 9:40pm on January 29, 2011, STEVE said…
Are you interested in Hitting or playing sometime??
At 9:41pm on January 5, 2011, Mark Lanning said…
Hey John,   I have work all week and family coming in on Friday night. I will try again next week. Hope all is well. Thanks, Mark
At 2:52pm on December 13, 2010, Mark Lanning said…

Looks like I am tied up during the day this week from tues on out. Maybe we can try again next week. If something opens up I will shoot you a message.  I am close by on 50th and Washington in Duna La Quinta. Thanks, Mark

At 1:53pm on December 13, 2010, Mark Lanning said…

Hey John,  also singles is all I play so would be great!


At 1:46pm on December 13, 2010, Mark Lanning said…

Hey John,

     I am working till late on Tuesday and starting an instal on Wed. I can play today? Bit of short notice, just thought I would try.  Otherwise I will be around but these short days are killing us.

Thanks, Mark

At 11:23pm on October 16, 2010, Jason Sarayba said…
Hey John,
sorry for the late response
I'm in LA at the present

I'll hit you up next time i'm out there!
At 1:36pm on June 16, 2010, Larry Goldberg said…

What time on Friday? Also, can you email me at to get a quicker response, thanks.
At 9:01am on May 30, 2010, Dante said…
Hi there,
If you need someone to play tennis with or needed someone for a 4 some, let me know. It would nice to play in LQ. I belong to the Plaza Tennis Club in Palm Springs.
If interested, my email address:

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