What we're about

Calling all wandering tennis lovers! I would LOVE to meet you precisely where you are with your game and help you take it to the next level through appropriate skill building exercises, drills and out-of-this-world exciting/fun competition!

In my opinion, if you consider yourself a 2.0 or less, you just haven't had the best guidance or met the right coach! Getting started in tennis can be a smooth, effortless take-off, just as the advanced game becomes once you have all the pieces to the puzzle and have hit millions of balls, LoL! In other words, though you may not be able to execute at the pace of 4.0 or higher player, you can understand what they are doing and how to emulate good form based on a few essential elements of good strokes and efficient movement.

The average ranking of folks in this meetup started out at about 3.0 plus or minus .5. Now we have players that are definitely capable of playing at 4.0 level and above as well. Remember that a 3.0 on a good day can look more like a 3.5 and vice versa versa and individual assessments of the same ranking number may vary! Anyone remember when the rating system was based on A-B-C-D!? That was pretty simple, because they added in the + or - minus for clarity. Modest players might say they were lesser players, or players who just wanted to 'win at any cost' might try to get away with assuming a lesser ranking.

Tennis doesn't have to be a complicated mystery and you too can rise in your own estimation and that of others. It's not 'rocket science'! Too many players seem to consider themselves 'stuck' in their rating level, so stuck that it's a lifetime condition! Well, if you're a hundred years old, this could be true... Otherwise, keep your outlook and mind open! If you are looking for the most logical approach to the game that considers all important factors like posture, mobility, readiness, racket handling, timing, power positions, imagination, and demeanor then this a group for you! Your questions are always welcome.

Together we can take your game to heights you may have only imagined until now. My background includes over twenty years of organizing group tennis activities, directing round robin competitions, newsletter writing and published author of my very own 'Tough Tennis' Manual, now in the revision process for an upgraded edition to this avant-garde tennis classic! My goal for you, that YOU be able to play YOUR BEST TENNIS all of the time!

Upcoming events (5)

Ten+ Tennis Tune-Up 3.5* NTRP

TBD

$15.00

Please NOTICE that we may meet earlier for fall-winter and or shift the venue (due to the early darkness and minimal lighting in the area.) Thanks for your understanding. What makes this workout different? For most players, it is the ability to master net play as well as enhancing the ground-strokes to create 'all-court' game, coverage, control, balance, finesse, flexibility, ... altogether low-impact (on the joints) effective play. Here is a little information on my background. I have been coaching tennis for well over two decades. When the 'tennis powers that be' decided to turn our graceful, exciting sport into a boring baseline slug fest, tossing out the classic backhand with the bathwater, I resisted and have trained countless players in the traditional fundamentals of tennis which lead to effortless all-court coverage, accuracy, variety, finesse and power... About 50% of our focus over the decades has been on the 'Inner Game' which creates the perfect balance to our workouts. Side benefits for those who follow my guidance are greatly decreased incidence of tennis related injuries. I am a 'player-coach', and have never experienced more than an occasional minor strain that clears up within minutes to hours usually, but always fewer than 48 hours. You can check the >More >Discussions >Message Board for a couple of threads on things like tendonitis plus an excellent find on the importance of good body chemistry called 'Be Healthy Now'. Check this out! Table of contents for the "Who was teaching what where when" upcoming tennis history, in which I am said to be featured in chapter 1 and chapter 4. https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/8665ae_77f1c103ab7a40e2a5c0c43dd44198cc.pdf Final draft copies were distributed to tennis officials of the USTA and other tennis governing bodies at the recent US Open by its historian author. New publication date for all to see is April 2020. Anyone that attends my workouts with an open mind, ready to possibly look at their game from a slightly different perspective is usually pleasantly surprised. I think you will be as well! For future reference please contact me directly and early if you are interested in this event. This Meetup has contingencies, for instance it may not happen if the workout that precedes it isn't happening, and it probably will not happen if there is only one confirmation unless we convert it to 'Your private hour. (40$/hour, however, there is a non-meetup member and friend who attends most weeks and this hour is listed on our sister Meetup, thus a very good chance that this will be a group as the maximum is just four, really three because MU includes me in the count.) If you don't have my phone number, you may be in touch with me through Meetup message or email. I only exchange phone numbers via email. Please give me minimum 24 hour notice if you are interested. Skill level is usually 3.5 plus or minus... Thanks for checking!'

Early-Bird Drop-in Tennis Tune-Up

Location visible to members

$10.00

The Saturday meetups which are for now just two group offerings will use the two alternate venues during this period of reconstruction at our preferred location. You will need to contact me directly at least 24 hours ahead (highly recommended) to confirm the current weekend's venue.) I expect these changes to spice things up a bit. My 33 year old tennis manual "Tough Tennis, How to Play like a Pro" now resides in the 'Tennis Hall of Fame'. Also, the much postponed publication of 'The History of USA Tennis Instruction' in which my work receives mention early and within the chapters on unacknowledged grassroots coaches. Why? You may ask... For a number of reasons among which that it is the first such effort by someone of my description, aka black or African American writer/tennis pro, but also because I dared to reaffirm obvious truths about our beloved sport which had been denied or were in process of being buried as I wrote. The new expected release date of the 'History' is April 2020, but you may find excerpts here: https://www.moderntenniscoaches.com/foundation-501-c3 Please plan ahead to arrive in time as this is a one hour meetup. I'm always here by 7:45 am latest. Minimum 24 hour notice is recommended if you are TRULY interested. Please see other meetups and/or notes under >MORE >message board to get an idea what to expect. You can also email me via my meetup profile! If you don't have my phone # I will email it to you after you RSVP or upon request. Skill level is usually 3.5 plus or minus half a point! Thanks for looking! ! Looking forward to seeing you again on court very soon.

Tennis with Confidence, Composure & Consistency! 4.0+ avg NTRP

North Hollywood High School

$15.00

For the maestros among us! PLEASE NOTE: Start time for this event is now a HALF-HOUR earlier. Location may change at least once per month and can no longer be held at No Ho High. We have two Plan B venues for now, one for the first two weeks of the month, one for the last two. (The 9 a.m. group offering has been deleted for now, but could be revived at a later date.) This is a weekly Saturday morning meetup for up to five players (including myself) who would like to up-level their games through contemplating basic tips from the classic game while participating in skill enhancing drills. The average NTRP rating system ranking for attendees in these meetups is about 4.0. The Saturday meetups which are for now just two group offerings will use the two alternate venues during this period of reconstruction at our preferred location. You will need to contact me directly at least 24 hours ahead (highly recommended) to confirm the current weekend's venue.) I expect these changes to spice things up a bit. FYI, I decided to decline the option to hand my book over to the Tennis Hall of Fame because in the fine print they informed me that I would no longer own the rights to it. However, the much postponed publication of 'The History of USA Tennis Instruction' in which my work receives mention early and within the chapters on unacknowledged grassroots coaches is still pending. My work is included as the first such effort by someone of my description, aka black or African American writer/tennis pro, but also because I dared to reaffirm obvious truths about our beloved sport which had been denied or were in process of being buried as I wrote. The new release date of the 'History' is April 2020, but excerpts are here: https://www.moderntenniscoaches.com/foundation-501-c3 Please plan ahead to arrive in time as this is a 90 minute meetup. I'm always early. Minimum 24 hour notice is recommended if you are TRULY interested. Skill level is usually 4.0 plus or minus half a point! Here is a little more information on my background. I have been coaching tennis for well over two decades. When the 'tennis powers that be' decided to turn our graceful, exciting sport into a boring baseline slug fest, tossing out the classic backhand with the bathwater, I resisted and have trained countless players in the traditional fundamentals of tennis which lead to effortless all-court coverage, accuracy, variety, finesse and power... Side benefits for those who follow my guidance are greatly decreased incidence of tennis related injuries. I am very involved in most of the workout groups, thus in fact I am a 'player-coach'. (Grace of God, I have never experienced more than an occasional minor strain that clears up within minutes to hours usually, but always fewer than 48 hours.) You can check the >MORE >Message Board for a couple of threads on things like tendonitis plus an excellent find on the importance of hydration and good body chemistry called 'Be Healthy Now'. One of the things that I intend for you to achieve by means of these meetups is flexibility, the understanding an error can be like a blip on a screen that need not become the defining statement on your abilities. Rather, as a former mentor of mine used to say, "let it roll off you like water off a duck's back." There are countless means of bringing your attention back to the current moment, to the next ball that is already upon you. We make multiple errors when we stay stuck with the shot that is over, even a second ago. My background in 'Inner Tennis' informs this aspect of our events. Tim Galwey's definition of Tennis for 'higher consciousness' is my personal path. Anyone that attends my groups with an open mind, ready to possibly look at their game from a slightly different perspective is usually pleasantly surprised. The final half hour of any group comprises doubles play or other competition. Please message (TEXT preferred) any question/comment..

TEN+ TENNIS for Adv-BEGINNERS (~2.0-2.5)

North Hollywood High School

$15.00

(Schedules may by necessity be more changeable and not just in summer. For example, I have a few families with children who are traveling anywhere from a few weeks to the entire summer !! Also, because of the potential for much warmer weather, this offering is seasonally being adjusted to happen at 10 a.m. Please read on for further details...) Requires a minimum of two dedicated players who will follow through that is give their tennis workouts with us PRIORITY. As you will notice at some point if not already, tennis is a 'discipline' more along the lines of learning ballet or music than some of your team sports. In other words quite a bit of repetition of the various shots is required for mastery, at least thousands if not millions of repetitions. :) Don't be alarmed, however this will not be and has never been your cookie-cutter kind of experience; it is unique. I will give you sufficient demonstration and some shadow stroking repetition, then we will be in slow motion hitting balls back and forth within the first hour. Trust me, this is a novel approach, utilized by the rare few, A lovely balance between the inner and the outer games. Being rare in so many ways, I highly suggest that you confirm early to hold your spot as I am not trying to get the crowd out for one hour just a few of highly motivated young-at-heart players. Also, please note that a significant percentage of the players I work with are NOT meetup members, as many as a third of them. If they will be attending it may not show up here, though I try to add them with the 'plus' feature. If some of them claim this time period, the group offering will close for that particular day. Alternatively, Until this message reaches enough eyes and ears to have a good response, this could be YOUR PRIVATE hour! Should you choose to share it with someone else, it would still be a flat fee (40$) for one. This can be a weekly or one-time Sunday morning PRIVATE meetup for you and/or as many of your friends and family (up to three more). You will learn to play tennis with confidence and success or up-level your game through contemplating basic tips from the classic game and skill-enhancing drills. We always begin an hour from a 'tai chi' perspective versus a 'kung fu' one. No particular experience required in this case, as we will address your abilities and concerns at this time. This could be your weekly Sunday morning meetup for up to four (Meetup counts me as one) players who would like to learn and master tennis via basic tips from the classic game and skill-enhancing, low impact practice habits. Your RSVP is the catalyst. Please do so at your earliest convenience. 'Ten + Tennis' shows you how to achieve your peak play and/or recover it in an instant via the universal grip, power positions, the 'tennis dance' (tennis rhythms), and other Tough ~Love~ Tennis technique. "Tough Tennis" being the name of a tennis manual I wrote and published 28 years ago, and 'Tough Love' being my style, with emphasis on the LOVE of the game along with the mental toughness it takes to succeed in it. Here is a little information on my background. I have been coaching tennis for well over two decades. When the 'tennis powers that be' decided to turn our graceful, exciting sport into a boring baseline slug fest, tossing out the classic backhand with the bathwater, I resisted and have trained countless players in the traditional fundamentals of tennis which lead to effortless all-court coverage, accuracy, variety, finesse and power... Side benefits for those who follow my guidance are greatly decreased incidence of tennis related injuries. I am very involved in most of the workout groups, so think of me as a 'player-coach', and as for myself I have never experienced more than an occasional minor strain that clears up within minutes to hours usually, but always fewer than 48 hours. You can check the >More>Discussions >Message Board for a couple of threads on things like tendonitis plus an excellent find on the importance of good body chemistry called 'Be Healthy Now'. Anyone that attends my groups with an open mind, ready to possibly look at tennis from a fresh perspective is usually pleasantly surprised. I think you will be as well!

Past events (1,851)

TEN+ TENNIS for Adv-BEGINNERS (~2.0-2.5)

North Hollywood High School

$15.00

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