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The End of the Road . . . Sort Of

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My son and I are supposed to be in Mobile right now at the Southern Closed. We were supposed to leave yesterday for what was going to be his last junior tournament. He and I both had done all the pre-tournament prep. You know what I mean. He strung and re-gripped his racquets and did his laundry. I stocked up on snacks and drinks. He went to hit. I went to yoga. We were ready to pack our suitcases, load up the car, and drive the 5+ hours to South Alabama. I was already thinking about how I was More >

Graduation

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I had been through 2 previous high school graduations with my daughters. They were a big deal. A very big deal, replete with out of town guests and big family dinners and weeks-of-planning-required parties and extensive photo sessions and heart-felt gifts to commemorate the occasion. I remember being absolutely exhausted by the end of the celebration weekend, both physically and emotionally, as I watched my little girls transition to that next phase in their lives. Seeing them in their caps More >

Father/Daughter Mother/Son National Tournament

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Tonight at 11:59pm Pacific Time is the deadline to enter the USTA National Father/Daughter-Mother/Son Hard Court Championships being held May 8-10 at Springs Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. Click here for the TennisLink entry page.

The tournament is one of the four USTA Father/Daughter-Mother/Son National (Gold Ball) tournaments held each year: one on hard courts (this one!), one on grass, one on clay, and one indoors. The Father/Daughter category has four divisions: Open, Senior More >

Reflections on Winter Nats

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My husband, my son, and I are sitting on the plane heading toward home. It’s been a great few days in Scottsdale, and now it’s time to get back to life as we know it in Atlanta.

When I heard that my son had been selected to play in Winter Nationals, I was excited for him and hoped he would get the chance to compete against some of the players I had been reading about on ZooTennis and other junior tennis media outlets. I figured it would be a great experience for him to see what it feels like More >

Playing for Money Changes Everything (Sort Of)

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Last weekend, we veered from our pre-planned Summer of 2014 tournament schedule just a bit. After returning from a good run at Southerns, I think my son and I were both ready to stick close to home for a few days, so he decided against playing our state clay open and opted instead to play in his first men’s open tournament offering prize money to the top finishers. It was a great call.

After getting a bye in the first round, my son was slated More >

What To Pack When You Have to Fly

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A while ago, I wrote a post on packing for tournaments. The focus was on tournaments you can drive to, but when you have to fly, things are a bit trickier.

Here are a few tips I can share from my son’s experiences. Each airline treats carry-on bags a bit differently, so you might want to check with your specific airline about what’s allowed.

  • Carry your racquet bag onto the plane with you. Hold your ground on this one! Put your racquets, string, towel, More >

The Advocacy Lessons Are Paying Off

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As a follow-up to my last post (click here to read it), I wanted to let y’all know about some crazy circumstances surrounding last weekend’s tournament.

My son had signed up to play both singles and doubles at our Southern 1A (National 4) tourney in Raleigh and had received email confirmations for both events as well as email acceptances into both events. The doubles were scheduled to start Friday at 5pm. On Thursday morning, I received a text message from my son saying that he and his partner More >

How-To: Building a Fence Mount for Your Video Camera

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The information below was provided by a Fellow Tennis Parent and is the first in a 2-part series (click here for Part 2) on recording your child’s tennis matches. There are businesses such as our friends at High-Tech Tennis that will record your child’s tournament matches for you, but for those times when you’re on your own, I hope this information will prove useful.  

Below are step-by-step instructions for building your own fence-mount for videotaping More >

No Regrets

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Sometimes we make decisions then immediately regret them. Sometimes we make decisions then begin to doubt them. Sometimes, though, we make decisions and never look back. The decision leading my son and me to spend the last week in Los Angeles shifted through all three of those scenarios.

As I mentioned in my previous posting, my son decided against entering the Closed Regional (L4) or National Selection (L2) tournaments because, based on his current ranking, he didn’t think he would be selected More >

Bonus Point Changes for 2014

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The following was posted by Sandy Hastings, Managing Director of Junior Competition for the Southern section, on a Southern section tournament website. It’s also posted on Southern’s website at http://www.southern.usta.com/Juniors/tournaments_rankings/2014_junior_updates/. I believe it may apply to all USTA sections across the board, but please double-check with your section’s head of Junior Competition to be on the safe side! Does it concern anyone else that USTA has implemented these new More >

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