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John Spoerl
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  • Citrus Heights, CA
  • United States

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John Spoerl's Discussions

I hit with with Myiesha Simmons

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Prapong Jul 29, 2013. 17 Replies

Who here remembers Myiesha Simmons? I remember her asking for donations because she was going to play in the US Open in the future. She also posted pictures of herself taking ice baths, pretty…Continue

A little doubles practice with 3 D1 players

Started this discussion. Last reply by CoachV - William Vazquez Jan 14, 2013. 3 Replies

Eric Roberson (Boise) Witt Livingston (USC) Justin Garcia (Davis)…Continue

I am In a Clay Court Final today. Winner: $1200!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Prapong Nov 12, 2012. 16 Replies

I put myself in a good situation on the clay this weekend. There is a short article about us.http://www.sacramentoclaycourtleague.comContinue

Do you guys use ice??

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Spoerl Aug 16, 2012. 6 Replies

I am blaming my lower back pain on a massage I had after my last tournament. I played 3 sets yesterday and 3 sets today. Time to hit the ice!Ice really works.Any time a client tells me something…Continue


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Profile Information

I am a:
Tennis Fan, Tournament or League Player, Teaching Pro or Coach, Playing Pro, Racquet Stringer
Neighborhood or other helpful location info:
Citrus Heights / Gold River / Natomas
Random things about me (hobbies, occupation, tennis history, favorite band, etc.):
baseline to baseline rallys when I was 4. Decent Jr. rankings. Played NHSTAA (national HS team tennis all american) tournament frosh/soph years. My Junior year was spent figuring out how to play left handed. I WAS SERVING LEFT HANDED BUT PLAYING THE REST OF MY GAME RIGHT HANDED. My backhand was legit (bc its the way a lefty holds a baseball bat), but I could never do anything on my forehand side. 1h/2h/2hswitch, nothing. + I was starting to serve harder and running out of time to get the racquet back into my right hand. I wish I had received better coaching when I was young, but restarting this game is when I fell in love with it. I limped onto the Highschool team and returned to Jr. Open's my Senior year. I didn't have the game to play anywhere right out of highschool so I took a semester off. I hired a kinesiologist and got pretty serious. In 06 I played #1 for Diablo Valley college. I was conference MVP, our team won the conference title. My doubles partner and I won the conference doubles title and went on to win the norcal title. In 08 I was #1 for American River College. Athlete of the month. "most dominant singles player AR has had in the last decade" Norcal doubles final again with a different partner to make my 3rd state appearance overall. 3 Finals and 1 Semi-final showings at the ITA pre-season.
YEAR END MEN'S OPEN DOUBLES RANKINGS: 06' #84 (3-8); 07' #14 (9-8); 08' #15 (9-4); 09-#4 (9-4, 3 of them to gherety/stanly); 2010 #14 (5-1)

I am currently teaching at Natomas Racquet Club. My clients range from a 30 yr/old who lost 50lbs and moved from a 3.5 to a 4.5 in under 2 yrs. A 12 yr old who made it to the semi's of the world championship after winning the national title in the czech republic. I teach junior clinics at NRC Mon-Thur. As far as competition, I cashed 3 of my last 4 opens. Most of my success comes in doubles. No ATP points to report, but a world ranking is my goal.
Our 09 Natomas 5.0 team won districts and I played all the singles. (5-0) regular season. The next yr we won districts and lost in the finals of sections, I was 8-1..
I won my first 7 matches on clay this season but lost in the semi's. I won the yuba city open and sac open doubles titles this yr with Jeff Shin. Those were good for some $$$
Favorite pro tennis player(s):
Collin Dibley, Lou Hoad, Owen Davidson, Rod Laver, Pat Rafter, Sampras, Agassi, Johnny Mac.
My tennis skill (please check your NTRP if you know it):
Im a pro
On the court, I am a:
lefty, serve-n-volleyer
My favorite local courts:
I used to work at Gold River Racquet club, I still teach at the indoors, and Natomas Racquet club.
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John Spoerl's Articles

$$ Clay Doubles 2012 $$

Posted on November 8, 2011 at 11:00am 9 Comments

I am playing my quarter final match today against the home team. Literally in this guys back yard. Wish me luck! first place $1200!

There was an upset in the quarter finals yesterday but I am just focusing on this match. I will figure out what kind of good things happened to my draw after I win. …


clay court singles league

Posted on January 29, 2011 at 3:59am 8 Comments

The top 2 in each of the 2 groups will play in a 4 person draw. First place is $250.

To warm up for my first clay singles match (at ben combs house) I am hitting with mike smith at his house. They both have clay courts. Everyone has a clay court, where is mine?

Last week I beat my clay court doubles partner 6-1 6-2 6-4. I think with a good clay hit tomorrow I will be good to roll. I am playing andy parker sunday. He is a walking forhand and will do anything to not… Continue

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At 1:01pm on December 21, 2011, Mark / The Mayor said…

John, this is going out only to my friends on Tennisopolis.  I'm trying to build some buzz on facebook for Tennisopolis.  I couldn't think of anything extremely clever, so I figured giving away cool stuff always works!  I need your help today; just LIKE the post our our fb page for a Verdasco autograph.  And stay tuned, we're going to be having more giveways on fb in the near future.

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At 3:52pm on August 7, 2011, Katie said…

I do know Shinny. Tell him hi for me!


At 2:31pm on July 3, 2011, Susan said…

I'd like to have a lesson with you.........if the offer still stands.  I am an older woman playing 3.0-3.5 and needing more exercise..........perhaps you know some others I might hit with.  I live in Roseville and have a flexible schedule.  I'd like to work on court coverage, anticipation, and always the serve.



Susan..........tennisopolis - roseville


At 11:16am on June 1, 2011, Mark / The Mayor said…

Congrats John! You placed 3rd!

I'll be in touch to let you know how to claim your prize.


At 8:17pm on May 23, 2011, Katie said…
congrats on the win... enjoyed the video- you had some nice winners up the line. Life is good in the sunshine state. I am excited for my triathlon season to get going- but am also finding time to play some tennis (and work on that forehand)... keep me updated on your tennis adventures- I'm sure it will all be good news :)
At 10:50am on May 23, 2011, Joseph said…
last name irrelevant.  i just know i'm guaranteed a good singles match playing against you, bar tab i know i'll pick up in exchange for paying your per hour private rate.  :-) 
At 9:12am on May 23, 2011, Sara Fuess said…
The Clay SIngles video was quite a match! You are a very dynamic player.  I haven't seen anyone use every muscle in their body to play tennis, I think that means you can skip yoga. You also have amazing placement. The game is still very fast on clay, do you prefer it to hard courts? (Where was this game? Clay is not orange???? or maybe that is just on international courts.) Good luck on future matches, if you are ever near Bakersfield, drop me a line. It would be fun to watch one of your matches.  Cheers, Saralee
At 10:58am on May 22, 2011, CoachV - William Vazquez said…

im a eastern Section guy now in the Southern Section since 2008. no where else. presently.


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