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** UPDATED SEPT 13, 2021: HI TENNIS FANS, ONCE AGAIN, WE'VE BEEN OVERWHELMED WITH PEOPLE WANTING TO JOIN OUR AWESOME EVENTS. 😁 EVEN WITH 25+ PLAYING ACTIVITIES / WEEK, WE STILL OFTEN DON'T HAVE ENOUGH ROOM FOR OUR CURRENT MEMBERS TO PLAY. SO WE ARE ONLY ACCEPTING A HANDFUL OF SERIOUS NEW MEMBERS EACH WEEK UNTIL NOVEMBER.

** BY 'SERIOUS NEW MEMBERS,' I MEAN PEOPLE WHO CAN RSVP FOR EVENTS AND ACTUALLY SHOW UP. THIS ISN'T THE KIND OF MEETUP GROUP THAT YOU CAN 'CASUALLY' SIGN UP FOR AND THEN GO OFF AND MAKE OTHER PLANS. THAT'S BECAUSE IF YOU NO SHOW, YOU'RE TORPEDOING 3 OTHER PEOPLE'S ENJOYMENT -- AND THAT TICKS PLAYERS OFF.

** SERIOUS NEW MEMBERS ALSO MEANS PEOPLE WHO HAVE TAKEN AT LEAST 5 BEGINNER LESSONS AND KNOW THE PROPER FORM FOR FOREHANDS, BACKHANDS AND HOW TO HIT. WE ARE NOT A TEACHING GROUP, BUT IF YOU'RE A BEGINNER AND WOULD LIKE TO LEARN, MESSAGE ME, JACKIE SMASH, AND I CAN SEND YOU A LIST OF CITY AND RECOMMENDED COACHES IN YOUR AREA, SO YOU CAN START LESSONS AND THEN COME PLAY WITH US. 😀👌👍

THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING, AND SORRY FOR THE CUTOFF, BUT WE'RE FULL UP! CHECK BACK IN NOVEMBER, AND SEE YOU ON THE COURTS **

Just starting to play tennis? Recently moved here? Or been playing on USTA teams but want to meet fresh, new competitors? We offer events for all levels of players and we encourage our members to have fun and improve their games with Positive People.

We host year-round Round Robins, rallying sessions, giveaways, picnics and sometimes even karaoke. Our members play in Beverly Hills, the Valley, Downtown, Burbank, Glendale, Hollywood, the West Side, South Bay and beyond! All you need is a photo of your awesome self and a No-Flake attitude to join. To get started playing in the LATG, here's how to rate yourself and some free tips for finding courts ...

WHERE TO FIND COURTS: This is a link to a list of public free and pay courts around the city of L.A., their hours, and how to reach them: http://www.laparks.org/sports/tennis/pay also lists courts all around Southern California with photos, number of courts, lit/unlit, etc., including those at high schools and colleges. http://www.tennisroun (http://www.tennisround.com/tennis-courts/ca)...

For more tips, like how to meet tennis partners and host your own Meetups, visit our PAGES section at the top of the group page.

When filling out your profile use the description below to list your skills level.

Skill Levels:

1.5 | BEGINNER

You have limited experience and are working primarily on getting the ball in play.

2.0 | BEGINNER

You lack court experience and your strokes need developing but you're getting more comfortable on court. You can sustain rallies with other beginners but may lack control and hit balls out. You may not know how to serve or volley yet, but you're learning the basic positions for singles and doubles play.

2.5 | ADVANCED BEGINNER

You are learning to judge where the ball is going, although your court coverage is limited. You now know the court positions and can keep score and are working on serving consistently and rallying with other players of same ability.

3.0 | INTERMEDIATE

Your serve consistently goes in now, but you may not have much power or variety. You're fairly consistent when hitting medium-paced shots, but you're not comfortable with all strokes, like lobs and overheads, and you may lack accuracy when trying for directional control, depth, pace or altering distance of shots. Most common doubles formation is one up, one back.

3.5 | HIGH INTERMEDIATE

You've achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but still lack depth and variety. You're more comfortable at the net, have improved court awareness, and are developing teamwork in doubles. You're also starting to exhibit more aggressive net play. You probably played on a high school tennis team and have been working on your game seriously for 2 - 3 years.

4.0 | INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED

You have 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. You most likely have played on a high school varsity team and devoted 5 years to seriously developing your tennis skills.

4.5 | ADVANCED

You're starting to master the use of power and spins and beginning to handle pace. You have sound footwork, can control depth of shots and are beginning to vary game plan according to opponents. Most 4.5s have played serious college-level competitive tennis.

5.0

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

5.5

You have mastered power and/or consistency as a major weapon. You can vary strategies and styles of play in a competitive situation and hit dependable shots in a stress situation.

6.0 to 7.0

You have had intensive training for national tournament competition at the junior and collegiate levels and have obtained a sectional and/or national ranking.

7.0 PROFESSIONAL

You are Novak Djokovic or Serena Williams.

May the ball calls be ever in your favor ...

Jackie *Smash*

LATG Organizer

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