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At 3:48pm on January 25, 2010, Mark / The Mayor said…
At 7:33am on June 8, 2009, Brian "Sparky" Farrell said…
Hey Mark,

I agree with both Mike and Cosmin. First, it's never too late to take up with this game, and second you already know what you need to work on.

Check out Oscar Wegner's website at: tennisteacher.com . Oscar's Modern Tennis Methodology is cutting edge tennis instruction developed on the basic tenent that anyone can "Play Like the Pros".

As far as "too late" is concerned, there's a lot of tennis being played out there; in all age brackets, and all skill levels. Tennis is a game where there will always be room for improvement...
Sparky
At 4:43pm on June 7, 2009, cosmin miholca said…
The good part is that you figured out what you need to work on to improve: consistency and footwork!
You didn't mention how late you started to play tennis and how old you are now...
Even if you don't become a professional tennis player, there are so many ways to benefit from playing tennis; so don't make this your only goal. Just enjoy it and share it with others!

Cosmin :)
At 4:38pm on June 7, 2009, Mark / The Mayor said…
Hi Mark! Welcome to Tennisopolis which connects you with your tennis network: players, fans, coaches, clubs and groups.

What can you do here? At Tennisopolis, you can:
- network with your tennis friends. Invite your tennis friends and build your network now.
- meet new players. Here's a primer on how to find partners.
- join a Group. Members have started over 250 Local Groups (and other types of Groups too.) Search for one in your area, or start your own.
- follow the pros. There are over 1100 blog posts on Tennisopolis. Have a good read, or write your own.
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To get started, please upload a photo or avatar for yourself (if you haven’t already.) Whether it's of you, your dog, or your racquet it doesn't matter, but it helps people remember you. You can also personalize Your Page with pictures, links, RSS feeds, colors and more here.

Thanks to everyone inviting their friends, we now have over 19,000 members and we're growing by 80 new members a day. Invite yours too!

If you need any help, let me know.
M

At 4:06pm on June 7, 2009, Meags said…
Good to see you here mark, below is a general NTRP list, Im a 4-4.5 you are in the 5+ region.

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF VARIOUS PLAYING LEVELS

1.5

This player has limited experience and is still working primarily on getting the ball into play.

2.0

This player needs on-court experience. This player has obvious stroke weaknesses but is familiar with basic positions for singles and doubles play.

2.5

This player is learning to judge where the ball is going although court coverage is weak. Can sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players of the same ability.

3.0

This player is fairly consistent when hitting medium paced shorts, but is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks execution when trying for directional control, depth, or power. Most common doubles formation is one-up, one-back.

3.5

This player has achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but still lacks depth and variety. This player exhibits more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage, and is developing teamwork in doubles.

4.0

This player has dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate shots, plus the ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success. This player occasionally forces errors when serving. Rallies may be lost due to impatience. Teamwork in doubles is evident.

4.5

This player has begun to master the use of power and spins and is beginning to handle pace, has sound footwork, can control depth of shots, and is beginning to vary game plan according to opponents. This player can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve. This player tends to over hit on difficult shots. Aggressive net play is common in doubles.

5.0

This player has good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot or attribute around which a game may be structured. This player can regularly hit winners or force errors off of short balls and can put away volleys, can successfully execute lobs, drop shots, half volleys, overhead smashes, and has good depth and spin on most 2nd serves.

5.5

This player has developed power and/or consistency as a major weapon. This player can vary strategies and styles of play in a competitive situation and hits dependable shots in a stress situation.

6.0 to 7.0

The 6.0-player typically has had intensive training for national tournament competition at the junior and collegiate levels and has obtained a sectional and/or national ranking. The 7.0-player is a world class player.

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