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Private Lessons vs Hitting Lessons - 5 Effective Methods of Taking and Utilizing Hitting Lessons

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

     I remember hitting a lot as a junior. The majority of the time was dedicated to reinforcing things I learnt in lessons during hitting, being inspired by older players in camp and mimicking them. We could not hit enough!

One particular Saturday afternoon, around age 13-14 if I recall correctly,  I remember we hit…


2013 Chicago Marathon Registration Now Open: Lessons Tennis Players Can Learn from Runners

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 3:00pm 1 Comment

Chicago Marathon 2013 signups are opened yesterday February 20, 2013. Typically, within the next 24-48 hours it will be sold. If you want to sign-up, act now! Naturally the memories of my 5th hour ordeal from yesteryear came rushing back. I was punished severely for running without logging a single day…


What Does Love Mean to you in Tennis?

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 3:00pm 4 Comments

When you first pick up a racquet

Love means the pleasure for partaking in the sport is innocent and genuine

Love means anxious to go for your next lesson

Love means getting up 3 hours early to get to an 8am lesson

Love means sleeping with your first new tennis racquet in bed

Love means dragging the parents 60mins early to a…


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I am a:
Tennis Fan, Casual Player, Tournament or League Player, Teaching Pro or Coach, Playing Pro, Racquet Stringer, Tennis Shop Owner, Tennis Club Manager, Tennis Media, Tennis Product Rep, Other
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Random things about me (hobbies, occupation, tennis history, favorite band, etc.):
We are committed to player development, whether one is a junior tennis player with professional aspirations, a collegiate player, or recreational player. We are passionate
about developing and promoting tennis as a healthy and social lifestyle as well as a career avenue.

we provide professional tennis coaching for all ages and laying abilities. Our staff comprises of personnel that know what it means to play competitive tennis at the highest level. With experience in high level competitions like ITF,ATP, USTA and NCAA sanctioned events, all our pros have played, at
the least, NCAA College tennis competitively or higher. We boast of an average of 8 years of coaching experience amongst our staff. In teaching varying levels, and having gone through them ourselves, we understand peoples’ capacities and potential and therefore aim to challenge each individual, to achieve their full athletic potential and genius on the tennis court.
Favorite pro tennis player(s):
We are fans of the sport well lover them all, from crafty Santoro, gracious Federer, athletic Monfils, clever Hingis, versatile La Conte....could go all day.
My tennis skill (please check your NTRP if you know it):
Im a pro, If tennis is on TV - I am watching
On the court, I am a:
lefty, rightie, hacker, pusher, chip-n-charger, trixter, slicer, gawker, watcher, whaler, poacher, doubles partner, singles player, rooter, bomber, whiffer, serve-n-volleyer, acer, returner, two-hander, one-hander, cheater, gamer, choker, beginner, trash talker, top-spinner, grunter, double faulter, lobber, moon baller, foot faulter, baseliner, all courter, drop-shotter, gracious winner, sore loser, sore winner, gracious loser, cramper, heckler, tournament goer
My favorite local courts:
Chicago Downtown/Loop/Niles, IL!/TennisWithD
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TennisWithD's Discussions

10 Things Tennis Players Rarely Confesses/Admit to…

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cynthia May 17, 2012. 11 Replies

10. Those who have never smashed a racquet against something hard, wish they could or had the guts9. Those who have smashed a racquet, sheepishly, awkwardly, immediately regret it 8. Can name-drop a…Continue

Tags: abuse, Racquet

Top 10 signs 'you are a tennis crack-head when you....'

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jazz Burks Jun 4, 2011. 8 Replies

10. Think Roger Federer will win another grand slam 9. Willingly not only sat through the John Isner- Niclolas Mahut punishement but believe it is a record of some sort8. Havn't notice that Andy…Continue

Tags: John, Murray, Andy, Collins, Isner

Top 10 Signs 'your favourite player is blazing the rankings when....'

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph May 17, 2011. 2 Replies

10. When everyone cannot shut up about that grandslam that eludes them9. When tournaments know they can gift them a car instead of prize money and they actually take it!8. When a 12 pack tennis bag…Continue

Tags: rankings, fans, American, european, carry-all

Top 10 Signs "You know your favourite tennis player is struggling in the rankings when...."

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Spoerl Jun 2, 2011. 37 Replies

10. During their match the commentators keep talking about Federer/Nadal/Djokorvic  9. When the TV cameras never zoom in on your hot girlfriend/ boyfriend between change overs  8. Get called for a…Continue

Tags: Anna, 10, violation, Card, Kournikova

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At 5:30pm on February 14, 2013, Mark / The Mayor said…

Looks good, but you have it set so that only you can see it.  Go to the blog entry and click edit, you should see an option on who can see it in there.

Then you should be able to share it.


At 7:24pm on May 28, 2012, Coach Dudley said…

Hey coach, I am happy to add you as a friend. Keep up the great work you are doing are doing with the young ones to get USA back as a tennis powerhouse. Coach Dudley

At 1:33pm on May 11, 2012, Tim Prapong said…

I was reading your beast of a blog yesterday. lol I will read through it more completely and comment, of course. It is a beast for sure. hehe

At 7:49am on May 11, 2012, Mark / The Mayor said…

D, I sent out a message to all 107 members earlier today, but you weren't a member of the Coaches and Pros group yet so you didn't get it.  You are a member of the old group that got replaced.  :-)  Not to worry, I got you covered.  M

At 6:07am on May 11, 2012, CoachV - William Vazquez said…

Noel Wadawu where does he teach out of? is he a rank player in the mens? was he on the tour or a tour wantabe. i gave my review of your blog.

At 5:56pm on March 17, 2012, Sandra said…

Sorry, I forgot the other question.  He is going to play at Western Kentucky.  It's a not so good D1 but the fit is perfect.  He is going into the honors college pre-med so can't have tennis dominate his time.  This college has a great balance between tennis and academics.  Not always easy to find

At 5:54pm on March 17, 2012, Sandra said…

Sounds like a plan!

At 1:03pm on December 21, 2011, Mark / The Mayor said…

Hey D, 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.

Here's the link to our page:

Thanks,  Mark

At 6:08pm on May 21, 2011, Mark / The Mayor said…

You love to watch pro tennis and there is no better way to do it than when you have your pride on the line. Fill out a bracket in our French Open Pick-em and prove to everyone your tennis superiority!
Just fill out the bracket here (be sure to pick Tennisopolis as your team).

At 2:11pm on May 21, 2011, Mark / The Mayor said…

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