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Your Top 5 Tennis Items on your Christmas Wishlist

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark / The Mayor Jan 13, 2013. 17 Replies

Tennis Balls

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Coach Dudley left a comment for J Chew
"Hi John  It's me, Dudley. It's been a long time since I was active on the Tennisopolis network, but I thought now that there is some relief with this pandemic, things are opening up Jun-15-2021. Are you still in the San Ramon area?"
Jun 3, 2021

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I am a:
Tennis Fan, Casual Player, Teaching Pro or Coach, Racquet Stringer, Tennis Product Rep
Neighborhood or other helpful location info:
San Ramon, CA
Random things about me (hobbies, occupation, tennis history, favorite band, etc.):
I've been away from playing competitive tennis for many many years. I was rated for Open division but given a 5.5+ for league play. I was a USTA volunteer, part of the Tennis for Public Schools Program for Oakland and SF. Most recently, I have been giving private coaching and instruction to juniors and adults in the Tri-Valley area. I have also coached East Bay USTA Ladies 3.0 to 4.0 teams and local high schools, both girls and boys. My first season the team and I had a 10-0 record at Cal. I was a long time member of the USTA and USRSA. Was also a certified racquet stringer.

In 2002 I had hand surgery for a metacarpal boss. Over some years before with the ailment and months of rehab, I fell out of touch with my many tennis contacts, business and social. I had to stop all tennis activity and never quite got back to the sport although I have become a pretty good guitar player.

As of 8/09, I started a new leaf. Tennis has been a huge part of my life I've always enjoyed competitive or social. I want to get back to the sport and give back to the community. I just joined Tennisopolis and also started a new tennis group called: Tri-Valley Tennis Assn. 2010, Currently Director/coach for Youth Tennis League in San Ramon, at Dougherty High. Also helped the Clubsport 7.0 Mix Combo, for 2011. If you live in the area, I welcome you to join TVTA.
Favorite pro tennis player(s):
I don't follow professional tennis much since the likes of Rafter, Sampras and Agassi left the game. I do remember the old pros, Laver, Rosewall and watching TV matches of Nastase, Newcombe, Lendl, McEnroe, Wilander, Edberg, Becker, and Connors. Those were the days of exciting tennis. If I had to pick a current pro, I'd have to say Federer and Sharapova but I don't follow them. I have more fun with real people and friends like you.
My tennis skill (please check your NTRP if you know it):
Getting there
On the court, I am a:
rightie, chip-n-charger, slicer, doubles partner, singles player, acer, returner, one-hander, grunter, all courter, gracious winner, gracious loser
My favorite local courts:
Outdoors at Central Park, Athan Downs, Osage, Cal HS
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Old School is Good to Strive for

Posted on July 19, 2011 at 12:00am 0 Comments


I am quite surprised this evening to see a Yahoo link to the Evert-Navratilova Final of the 1986 French Open. It made me realize again this is the way young juniors need to strive to play, and not right off like Sharapova, Nadal or the top players of today's men or women. It's great to have idols but beginning juniors need to start slow and develop their games. Basic tennis is about proper form, technique, getting the ball into play and keeping it in play. As juniors mature, they…


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At 9:37am on February 21, 2018, Gina Teddone said…

Hi I'm looking for 3.5 players to join my team. If you looking to play up I'm willing to open enrollment to 3.0 players as well. Please contact me thru the USTA website under Davie. Thanks!

At 4:08pm on August 30, 2014, Rein Venting said…


Can you refer a coach in the Walnut Creek,

At 9:36am on December 10, 2013, Mark / The Mayor said…

Hey Coach, what do you think about that USTA survey that they sent out yesterday proposing a change to league match points?  Here's the discussion:

Would love to get your feedback there.


At 10:35pm on September 17, 2013, Ashley Allen said…

Hi Coach Dudley, that's wonderful. Thank you very much! Ashley

At 8:11am on June 25, 2013, Dennis. Maffei said…

Thanks Coach I will do my best to make it out there a week from this Sunday.

At 7:52pm on January 1, 2013, CoachV - William Vazquez said…

all of my videos are located at feel free to look around.

At 1:35pm on September 10, 2012, Eric said…

Hi Coach Dudley, yes I have been to the Las Lomas group on Tuesdays and Thursdays, nice group for sure.  Your post regarding possible TVTA Intraclub teams, if you do end up with a 7.0-7.5 team, I would be interested.  Thanks!

At 1:57am on September 2, 2012, Jayson H said…

Coach D,

Thanks for the quick add to the group.  Hope you have a great Labor Day weekend and enjoy watching the US Open!



At 3:24pm on August 19, 2012, Sunil Thomas said…

Great! Thanks coach.. I'll probably drop by next Sunday for the drop-ins.

Thanks again.


At 11:28pm on August 4, 2012, Kevin Pope said…

thanks coach...tried to post but said i needed to be accepted to group. let me know about setting up interclub also. we have a large one with castlewood in a few weeks, then our dbls tourney but could do something late sept or early oct..KP


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