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Coach Dudley posted a status
"Dealing with severe wrist pain, ugh!"
Jan 11
Robert Kinsey joined Coach Dudley's group

Tri-Valley Tennis Association

3/1/14 -  Join us for Drop-ins, San Ramon. There are two drop-ins, competition for 3.5 and over, Sun 1030a Cal HS and social club various days and places. If you are interested, get on the email list and let me know which format you prefer. Coach DudleySee More
Jan 11
Coach Dudley and Robert Kinsey are now friends
Jan 11
Mark / The Mayor left a comment for Coach Dudley
"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:…"
Dec 10, 2013
Jazz Burks replied to Coach Dudley's discussion 'Does anyone still use leather grips?'
"I have a leather grip on my Prince EXO3 Graphite. That raquet never felt right and I still blame it for screwing up a trip to Nationals! I feel the bevels "too much" with that leather grip. I hate a "rounded" handle but I…"
Nov 9, 2013
Coach Dudley posted a status
"Very pleased to add Ashley, Marco and Gary to my YLT coaching staff."
Oct 6, 2013
Coach Dudley posted a status
"Finishing up the Summer session of Youth League Tennis and getting ready for Fall. Next year will be exciting..."
Sep 17, 2013
Coach Dudley left a comment for Wendy Alvarado-Zheng
"Hi Wendy, how are you? I hope we can catch up for drop-in on a Sunday morning. Let me know so I can introduce you to Ashley and the rest of the group. Coach Dudley"
Sep 17, 2013
Coach Dudley left a comment for Ashley Allen
"Hey Ashley, thanks for joining Tennisopolis/TVTA. I sent you a reply and an email to Don to add you to the reminder list for Drop-ins. I hope to catch you later. Coach Dudley"
Sep 17, 2013
Coach Dudley and Wendy Alvarado-Zheng are now friends
Sep 17, 2013
Coach Dudley added a discussion to the group Tri-Valley Tennis Association

TVTA 2013 Fall Round-robin

Looking for interested players for doubles round-robin. Bring a partner or a friend, or I will find you a partner. Please self rate yourself and form a two player combo 7.5 to 8.0. M, W or Mix will compete against each other. Depending on the number of players, teams will be assigned to a flight of 4 teams. Flight 1 will play on Week 1, Flight 2 will play Week 2. Winners from flights will be in the finals. Match format TBD.Coach DudleySee More
Sep 15, 2013
Coach Dudley and Ashley Allen are now friends
Sep 15, 2013
Coach Dudley replied to Marc Levine's discussion '3.5 tennis player, male, looking for matches' in the group Tri-Valley Tennis Association
"Hi Marc,  I thought I had messaged you regarding the San Ramon drop-ins. As I posted, the group meets Sundays 1030am at California High School. The drop-ins during the week are currently affected due to the high school tennis season and lack of…"
Sep 3, 2013
Marc Levine replied to Coach Dudley's discussion 'Sunday Drop-in Shoot-Out Starting 8/18' in the group Tri-Valley Tennis Association
"OK, I have asked a couple of questions regarding the Sunday drop in and have received no replies. Wondering how you think that would draw people into your drop in. Confused about the time, is it noon, is it 10:30? Looking for answers but if no…"
Aug 21, 2013
Marc Levine replied to Coach Dudley's discussion 'TVTA - Sunday Drop-in New Time 12 Noon' in the group Tri-Valley Tennis Association
"Please tell me where and what time you are having your drop in, this Sunday 8/25/13. You can email me directly at Thanks"
Aug 21, 2013
Marc Levine replied to Coach Dudley's discussion 'Sunday Drop-in Shoot-Out Starting 8/18' in the group Tri-Valley Tennis Association
"What is the general level of play? I am 3.5"
Aug 10, 2013
Coach Dudley posted a status
"Getting ready to start a new session of Youth League Tennis and coaching Quarry Lane High School tennis."
Aug 9, 2013
Coach Dudley added a discussion to the group Tri-Valley Tennis Association

Sunday Drop-in Shoot-Out Starting 8/18

Hi TVTA Members,If you have not experienced a Shoot-Out, you're in for a treat. Sunday 8/18, we will be taking signups first come first serve. You need to be on time 1030am sharp. Players will be assigned by random draw and assigned to a court of 4 players. You will play 4 round robins of 7 games with a different person, 21 games total. Let's start with a $1 entry fee to play unless you are up for $5. The player in each group with the most wins, takes all.See More
Aug 9, 2013
Coach Dudley left a comment for Dennis. Maffei
"Hi Dennis, Glad you are a new Tennisopolis member. The TVTA drop-ins are held multiple times each week, but your best bet to catch the group are Sundays 12 noon. They meet at Cal HS. I think weekdays are tough for most since many are commuting back…"
Jun 24, 2013
Coach Dudley and Dennis. Maffei are now friends
Jun 24, 2013

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I am a:
Tennis Fan, Casual Player, Tournament or League 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, poacher, doubles partner, singles player, serve-n-volleyer, acer, returner, one-hander, grunter, all courter, gracious winner, gracious loser
My favorite local courts:
Outdoors at Central Park, Athan Downs, Osage, Cal and Doughtery High.
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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 9:36am 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

At 7:29pm on July 28, 2012, Sunil Thomas said…

Hi Coach!

Can you set help me up with any players on weekends in the TriValley (San Ramon/Dublin/Pleasanton or neighboring areas)? I am in San Ramon and play at 3.5 level. Looking to improve overall game and fitness level.


At 6:46pm on May 5, 2012, Kari Maltzman said…

Hi..Sorry, I've moved to OAKLAND!!


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