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How I lost 60 pounds with tennis...

You could have fit my confidence into a thimble at 15.  I was 60 pounds overweight, shy, and the only  time I sweat was when the Chargers were losing on Sunday. If you’ve ever been overweight, you know how this feels.  My idea of exercise was curling a Twinkie to my mouth while using my thumbs to defeat my friends in Street Fighter.  
I had strong thumbs!  
Then one day, I got a call from a friend that changed my life. 
“Hey, want to go play some…

Added by Ramon Osa on July 7, 2015 at 1:24pm — No Comments

My friend lost it...

It was a slow burn.

I was having a great time hitting with my good friend one Saturday afternoon.  

We were ripping cross court forehands, down the line backhands, and having so much fun doing it.

Well, that day STARTED very fun.

It ended a very different way.

It came time, like it usually does, to play a set.

Isn't it interesting how there can be a…


Added by Ramon Osa on June 25, 2015 at 5:05pm — No Comments

What to do between points to play your best tennis!

What to do between points.

4 easy steps to help you play your best!

You've seen those shirts and banners everywhere, right?

"Keep calm and eat breakfast".  Or whatever the call to action might be.

The slogan has gone viral, and the message is pretty clear.  Just stay…


Added by Ramon Osa on June 4, 2015 at 12:11pm — No Comments

How to hit clean, powerful, and reliable volleys! (video)


Isn't that the sound you WANT on your volley?

Picture this...

You're playing doubles on a beautiful friday evening. As the sun sets, you feel a cool breeze comforting your skin after a rigorous opening to your match.

It's the final round of a local tournament, and you're at 5-4, up a set, and your partner is serving at match point!  

He cracks a POWERFUL serve right down the T.  

Your opponent scrambles to frame the ball back…


Added by Ramon Osa on June 1, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Happy birthday, Pancho


Added by eduardo on May 31, 2015 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Before Federer & Djokovic, Before McEnroe & Connors, There Were 2 Panchos

With the 2012 U.S. Open tennis only days away, excitement builds. Despite Rafael Nadal’s injuries and withdrawal from Flushing Meadows, tennis is in a golden era. The historic rivalry between Roger and Rafa is among the most storied in the game’s history. And then came Novak Djokovic’s dramatic rise in 2011.

But before Federer and Djovokic, before Sampras and Agassi and before McEnroe and Connors, there were two tennis legends who helped create the modern game, and both were named… Continue

Added by eduardo on May 31, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments

Flex League 2015 Match 3

Finally, I'm up against a familiar opponent!Our history dates back to last season where he beat me in three sets in the spring and we played to a draw in fall. Third set was a victim of the rain. 

His game similar to mine. The big difference is he does not get get as many free points off the serve as I do and I'm not as good from the baseline as he is. His forehand can misfire at times, so the plan was to force the ball to that side and let the unforced errors pile up



Added by Jazz Burks on May 18, 2015 at 8:34pm — 1 Comment

Flex League 2015 Match 2

Now that I played my last match it was time to play my first match. The place was a little closer to my house so it felt like a true home match. Temp was about 45 degrees Fahrenheit, another great spring day in Chicago.  It was about 5 pm so I was not sure if we would get the match in under natural light.

My opponent looked to be someone who had been bumped down so I was wary of higher level play. Once again he was a opponent with a one handed backhand and a big forehand.…


Added by Jazz Burks on May 4, 2015 at 7:43pm — No Comments

Flex League 2015 Match 1

My 1st match was actually my last match. My opponent was on vacation and wanted to get the match in. This being a flex league and I'm nothing if not flexible. I get the e-mail at work, but luckily I brought my bag and tennis clothes so we set up a time and place for the match.

I know another flex league sponsors Tennisopolis but as treacherous as the spring is in Chicagoland, playing in two flex leagues is tennis suicide. The match temperature was 52 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind…


Added by Jazz Burks on May 4, 2015 at 6:46pm — No Comments

Flex League 2015 Preview

I've been playing Gladiator Tennis since 2012, before my return to tournament singles tennis. Well, 2013 was the year of a bum knee and right shoulder that pretty much put me on the singles shelf. 2014 saw me return to GT at the level I was at in 2012 (4.5). The spring season was an abomination. I got my clock cleaned for 5 straight matches, lost a heartbreaking 3rd set tiebreak, and then won…


Added by Jazz Burks on May 4, 2015 at 5:57pm — No Comments

How to create effortless power, and ultimate disguise in one easy step!

Hey guys,

I made a video to help you all get a little more pop in your strokes.  If you like this video, drop me an email at and sign up for my newsletter where I give away free tips to take your game to the next level!

Have a great day!

Added by Ramon Osa on April 18, 2015 at 4:44pm — 1 Comment

Spring Group Giveaway


Added by Doug Ingbretsen on April 14, 2015 at 7:11pm — No Comments

Join Rosie Casals PRO AM raising money for Jackie Cooper Tennis Fund

Be a Part of The Rosie Casals & Jackie Cooper Team Tennis Pro-Am (Palm Springs)


Added by phillip k. on April 1, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Bernie McGuire Receives Top Tennis Coach Award

Local (to us) Hammond High School tennis coach, Bernie McGuire, …


Added by Doug Ingbretsen on April 1, 2015 at 9:36am — No Comments

Isner Leads Upset Train at Miami Open

Top-seeded Serena Williams would not take her foot off the pedal against an opponent that had beaten her twice and reached No. 2 in the world on Monday at the Miami Open, steamrolling past No. 24 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-3.

“Playing Svetlana, I know she’s super tough — we always have super tough matches,” Williams said. “The last time we played I was just fighting my hardest and I was barely able to win, so today I knew I had to come out super, super focused, and I really just…


Added by MichaelGuidry on April 1, 2015 at 1:44am — No Comments

Super Sexy Roger Federer at Indian Wells


Added by phillip k. on March 17, 2015 at 11:45am — 1 Comment

Met Roger Federer at Indian Wells!

I can't believe my luck when I got to meet roger federer yesterday at indian wells!! was a amazing tennis moment! Just after his practice time at 4pm with Kohlschriber he came over to the fan section and signed autographs.  I was about the 30th person a long the railing and when he came to me he signed my RF Hat.  I asked him if he had received the federer fan book we sent him and he stopped and looked right at me and said he wasn't sure and that he has not…


Added by phillip k. on March 14, 2015 at 12:47pm — 1 Comment

The last time I CHOKED, and what I learned to fix it!

Sweaty palms, gasping for air, my knees were shaking under the bright UCSD lights. How could a day so irresistably beautiful turn into a nightmare?

I was up 5-1 at the Intramural championships and dominating this guy with my crushing groundstrokes and swift transition game.  If it weren’t for the fact that I didn’t have a swiss accent, I could have sworn I was Roger Federer that night.  I was feeling unstoppable.  Every shot I hit was…

Added by Ramon Osa on March 13, 2015 at 8:37am — No Comments

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