2018 facility of the year
October 2018 I Issue 9
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
ADULT LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
ALL STATE FINALISTS
JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS DISTRICTS
USTA OKLAHOMA TENNIS MAGAZINE
CASE TENNIS CENTER @ LAFORTUNE
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WHO ARE WE?
USTA has 17 Sections
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USTA Oklahoma is a not-for-profit organization that has over 5,600 individual and organizational members.
The US Open and pro tennis around the country are part of the USTA, but USTA is so much more. The mission is simple : to promote and develop the growth of tennis by allowing people of all ages and abilities to play the sport.
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How UTR Works
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OU Tennis Coach Break World Record
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2018 District/Section Championships
Oklahoma Gordon Trophy Cup Winners
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By Sarah Burns
The Irish Times
Four Irish tennis players have broken the Guinness world record for the longest game of tennis, after playing for more than 60 hours over the last three days.
The tennis started at 8am on Friday at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Ranelagh, Dublin, and finished at 8.30pm on Sunday, with a total of 60 hours, 24 minutes and 14 seconds played.
Former Davis Cup players James Cluskey and David Mullins and Trinity College players Luke Maguire and Daniel O’Neill made up the doubles teams.
The marathon Guinness World Record attempt was to raise funds for Tennis Ireland’s “Enjoy Tennis” programme, which introduces the game to people with disabilities. To date, its GoFundMe page has raised almost €4,500.
Minutes after finishing, Mr Cluskey said, “it was very challenging, we all had our ups and downs throughout.
“We had great support, especially through the tough times like late in the evening and early in the mornings, and then Saturday was fairly hot,” he said.
“But we had good preparation which helped us, trainers and a plan which we stuck to pretty rigorously. I’m not that knackered at the moment but I’m sure it’s going to hit me.”
The record for the longest doubles tennis match was 58 hours, but there is also a completed attempt of 60 hours and 40 seconds that has yet to be verified and approved by the World Record body, which the four Irish men have now beaten.
Under the World Record rules the four players could not leave the court even for a toilet break, but for every hour they played they accrued a five-minute rest period. The players built up their rest time, which allowed them take an hour’s sleep on Friday and Saturday night.
Courtesy of the Irish Times
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Former OU Tennis Coach Breaks World Record After 60-hour Marathon
Three-day doubles match raised funds for Tennis Ireland’s ‘Enjoy Tennis’ program
usta ok foundation
By Carmen Bond
What a fun event we had on Sunday, August 26th at Oak Tree Tennis Center! We raised almost $2500 for the Oklahoma Tennis Foundation! So many programs that we support will be blessed by this effort!
Over 50 paid participants came together, tennis and pickleball players alike to play pickleball and fellowship! There was a fun raffle and tennis/pickleball clubs around the Metro generously donated items.
There were 4 ambassadors from the USAPA (United States Pickleball Association), Sherry Prince, Brian Richardson, Rocky Arrington and myself, and an additional 10 members from the Greater Oklahoma City Pickleball Club. All of them are GOKCPB club members. GOKCPB Club has over 500 members in the metro now and continues growth each year.
Thank you so much to the USAPA and GOKCPB Club for volunteering your time and effort to make this fun and a great fundraiser for our Foundation!
Big shout out to Oak Tree Tennis for hosting this event! Thank you to each participant for taking time to play and show how much you support our Foundation and its vision to promote tennis and education through programs like NJTLS, scholarships and grants to grow tennis and meet the needs in this GREAT STATE OF OKLAHOMA! Better together!
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Pickleball Tournament at Oak Tree Country Club
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Ardmore tennis resurfaces court and makes piece of art.
The Green Country Club
Indoor playing facilities, Playsight technology & Smart Court Pr, Viewing & Reception Areas, Women's & Men's Locker Rooms, Merchandise Options & Lobby, Teen Zone, and Bar Experience & Sevice coming soon!
Tulsa, OK: Students of all ages entered their personal essays in a competition hosted by National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL), a program of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Foundation. The question to be discussed in the essay was, “What is the most important lesson you have learned thus far through NJTL, and how does that lesson help you in your life as a student, a tennis player, and an individual?” Of the USTA Missouri Valley chapter, seven students won their section competition with unique and thoughtful writing contributions. Youth At Heart is proud to announce that our own Drayonna Stewart, won for the Missouri Valley Girls division for ages 11-12.
The other contest winners for Missouri Valley include Kira Brown, Sophia Hoang, Katelynn Mansfield, Sydney McGrown, Andreas Marky and Kevin Bosquez.
The 2018 NJTL Essay Contest is the result of a new collaboration between NJTL and Deloitte, one of the largest professional service organizations in the world. The essay contest is just one of many wonderful opportunities NJTL grants students to flourish, developing their confidence and character.
Youth At Heart is honored to partner with NJTL and support all of the opportunities its staff members provide for students in the Tulsa area.
To learn more about Youth At Heart, visit youthatheart.org.
To learn more about NJTL and its services, visit www.ustafoundation.com.
Westwood Tennis Center
Construction started in August on two new climate controlled indoor courts!
Earlywine Tennis Center in OKC
Two Courts Resurfaced this Summer
USTA Missouri Valley Section Winners Share Thoughtful Essays with the Community
Life Time, the largest indoor tennis operator in the nation, is gearing up to open its first athletic resort destination in Oklahoma City this month, featuring state of the art indoor and outdoor tennis facilities.
Life Time Athletic Oklahoma City has eight indoor tennis courts as part of the 177,000-square-foot building, four outdoor courts (26,000 square feet) and a tennis bar and lounge. It also has six USPTA certified teaching professionals on staff for lessons and coaching sessions.
Life Time Tennis is led by Tennis Manager Kevin Milton, who brings more than 25 years of experience, most recently serving as director of tennis at Trophy Club Country Club in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Milton works closely with industry organizations like the USTA and USPTA and has been recognized by the USTA for his contributions to increasing participation in adult tennis.
Programming within Life Time Tennis runs the gamut with in-house leagues, private lessons, drills and clinics, mixers, club championships, cardio tennis, in-house tournaments and more. Court reservations start at $21 an hour, $75 an hour for private lessons and $22 an hour for drop-in drills.
The company’s tennis pros can coach all levels of play from beginners to nationally ranked players from ages three to 103. Its Play. Learn. Love. program is tailored towards adults with the goal of getting them playing within 15 minutes. For kids, Life Time recently unveiled a new SMART junior tennis program, which uses modified balls, racquets and court sizes so kids can progress at their own pace.
Life Time has more than 320 tennis courts across 30 markets and employs nearly 300 tennis professionals across the country. Once open, Life Time Athletic Oklahoma City, located at 2563 W. Memorial Road, will offer a highly personalized approach to health and wellness with a host of amenities including an indoor and outdoor aquatic center with whirlpools, lap pools, leisure pools and water slides; Kids Academy for children of all ages; a broad array of group fitness, yoga, cycle and Pilates classes; state-of-the-art equipment and machines, personal training sessions and health assessments; LifeCafe, a fast casual restaurant; and LifeSpa, a full service salon and spa with hair, skin and body services.
By Daniel DaBaun
LifeTime Public Relations
Lifetime Fitness Tennis Facility is going to be Stunning
New OKC Facility Coming Soon
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Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential in all of the body’s cells, especially in the brain (30 percent of brain weight is omega-3s). Omega-3s provide many health benefits, including protecting the brain and heart, reducing inflammation and aiding in recovery.
There are three main types of omega-3s: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).
Eicosapentaenoic Acid and Docosahexaenoic Acid: Found in fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna, herring and mackerel, these are the most absorbable forms of omega-3s. EPA repairs brain tissue, reduces inflammation, and supports mood and focus; DHA is essential for brain development, cellular structure, and function.
Alpha-Linolenic Acid: Found in flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp and walnuts, our body can convert the omega-3s in these food sources to EPA and DHA. However, it’s difficult to measure how much actually gets converted and if it’s sufficient.
Speeds recovery post workout and with injury
Lowers risk of overuse injury
Improves joint mobility and flexibility
Promotes healthy immune response
Reduces muscle soreness
Improves blood flow and oxygen delivery to active muscle
Lowers risk of concussion
Supports optimal fat metabolism and lean body composition
Dosage and Sources
2,000-4,000 mg of EPA and DHA per day for high intensity activity
Experts recommend eating at least two servings of seafood each week, preferably of fatty fish
In order to properly function, our bodies require a balance of the three macronutrients: carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Each is essential in our daily diets and work together to keep us healthy and performing at our best. Here we’ll explore protein.
Why is protein important?
Protein is a nutrient essential to every cell in the body. It plays a role in hormone regulation, boosts brain function and keeps a healthy immune system. Protein is also vital to athletic performance as it helps maintain, build and repair lean muscle mass.
How much do I need?
Protein needs vary from person to person depending on height, muscle mass, and activity levels. In general, daily protein intake of athletes should range from 0.5–0.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight with endurance and strength athletes at the higher end of this range. Americans tend to get too little protein at breakfast and snacks, and too much protein at lunch and dinner. Spread your recommended amount throughout the day to ensure you’re getting 15-40 grams of protein with every snack and meal.
What are good sources?
Protein can be found in meat, poultry, fish, nuts, seeds, beans, soy, eggs, dairy and even whole grains. Use this list to ensure you’re getting adequate protein throughout the day.
Chicken breast: 3 oz. = 18 grams of protein
Lean ground beef: 3 oz. = 18 grams of protein
Canned tuna: 3 oz. = 16 grams of protein
Shrimp: 3 oz. = 18 grams of protein
Wild salmon: 3 oz. = 17 grams of protein
Flank steak: 3 oz. = 21 grams of protein
Turkey lunch meat: 3 oz. = 14.5 grams of protein
Milk: 1 cup = 8 grams of protein
Greek yogurt: 1 cup = 22 grams of protein
Cottage cheese: 1 cup = 26 grams of protein
Cheese: 1 oz. = 7 grams of protein
Egg: 1 large = 6.3 grams of protein
Egg whites: 1⁄4 cup = 5 grams of protein
Almonds: 1 oz. = 6 grams of protein
Beans: 1 cup = 14 grams of protein
Peanut butter: 2 Tbsp = 8 grams of protein
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Tara Gidus Collingwood is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition, fitness and health promotion. She is currently the nutrition consultant to the USTA National Campus with Andrews Institute and Nemours, the team dietitian for the Orlando Magic NBA team, the nutrition consultant to University of Central Florida Athletic Department and a nutrition and exercise executive coach at the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute.
By Tara Gidus Collingwood,
Courtesy of USTA.com
"Protein is a nutrient essential to every cell in the body. It plays a role in hormone regulation, boosts brain function and keeps a healthy immune system."
Why Omega-3 and Protein
Is Important to Athletes
Sept 19 ITF Lubbock 25K Lubbock, TX
Sept 21 Oracle ITA Masters Malibu, CA
Sept 22 Rice Invitational Houston, TX
Sept 29 CU Invitational Boulder, CO
Sept 30 ITA All Americans Pacific Palisades, CA
Oct 19 ITA Regionals Lawrence, KS
Nov 1 ITA Fall Championships Indian Wells, CA
Nov 3 ASU Thunderbird Invite Tempe, AZ
OSU Fall schedule
OU Fall schedule
Sept 7-9 Silverado Invitational Napa Valley, CA
Sept 15-17 Midland Invitationals Midland, TX
Sept 22 Fountain Valley Pro Futures Fountain Valley, CA
Sept 22 Tiburon Challenger Tiburon, CA
Sept 22 Alabama Four-in--the-Fall Tuscaloosa, AL
Sept 29 ITA All-American Tulsa, OK
Oct 19 ITA Regional Championship Minneapolis, MN
Nov 2 ITA Fall Championships Indian Wells, CA
Sept 17-23 Lubbock 25K Lubbock, TX
Sept 24-Oct 1 Stillwater Pro Classic Stillwater, OK
Sept 30-Oct 8 ITA All American Pacific Palisades, CA
Oct 19-23 ITA Central Region Lawrence, KS
Nov 1-5 ITA Fall Championships Indian Wells, CA
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Sept 7-9 Silverado Invitational Napa Valley, CA
Sept 8-16 USA Futures F24 Claremont, CA
Sept 21-23 Cajun Classic LaFayette, LA
Sept 29- Oct 8 ITA Men's All American Tulsa, OK
Oct 18-21 UNLV Invite Las Vegas, NV
Nov 2-4 Dickie V Invite Lakewood, FL
Nov 7-11 Oracle ITA Fall Championships Surprise, AZ
Nov 10-18 USA Futures 31 Norman, OK
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Sept 7 UT-Tyler Invitational Tyler, TX
Sept 14 St. Mary's Invitational Sanantonio, TX
Sept 28 ITA Central Regional Edmond, OK
Oct 11 ITA Cup Rome, GA
Sept 14 Midwestern Invitational Wichita Falls, TX
Sept 21 ITA South Central Regional Wichita Falls, TX
Oct 12 ORU Invitational Tulsa, OK
Sep 22 ITF 25K Stillwater, OK
Oct 12-16 ITA Regionals Iowa City, IO
Nov 2-4 SMU Invite Dallas, TX
Nov 10-14 ITF 25K Norman, OK
Sept 14 UCO Quad Edmond, OK
Sept 21 Wyoming Invite Laramie, WY
Sept 28 ITA Central Regional OKC, OK
Oct 5 SMU Invite Dallas, TX
Cameron's Fall schedule
Tulsa Fall schedule
Sept 14 Midwestern Invitational Wichita Falls, TX
Sept 21 ITA South Central Regional Wichita Falls, TX
Sep 7 Silverado Invitational Napa Valley, CA
Sept 20-23 Oracle/ITA Masters Malibu, CA
Sept 30- Oct 8 ITA All American Tulsa, OK
Oct 18-22 ITA Regionals Tulsa, OK
Nov 10-16 Norman Futures Norman, OK
Nov 24-30 Waco Futures Waco, TX
CASE TENNIS CENTER
AT LAFORTUNE PARK
2018 USTA FEATURED
FACILITY OF THE YEAR
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For more information about the Case Tennis Center at LaFortune visit:
TULSA, OK, September 4, 2018 - The Case Tennis Center at LaFortune Park has won the 2018 USTA Featured Facility of the Year. For 37 years, the USTA has recognized facilities throughout the country to encourage increasingly high standards for construction and/or renovation through the Outstanding Facility Awards program. There are 24 winners, but only one “Featured Facility”. The official announcement took place at the USTA Semi-annual meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on September 3 during the US Open.
This is such a great honor for our staff, players and Tulsa County,” said Melissa McCorkle, Director of Tennis Operations for the Tulsa County Parks Department. “The quality of the facility and programs is what brings new players in and the strong sense of community keeps them coming back for more.”
The Case Tennis Center at LaFortune Park has been a gathering place for local tennis players for decades, providing affordable access to tennis courts and tennis instruction to all Tulsans regardless of age or ability. There are 21 lighted outdoor courts, 3 indoor courts, pro shop, lounge, locker rooms and offices.
Currently, the Case Tennis Center at LaFortune Park has 159 Adult USTA league teams; more teams than any other a single public or private facility in Missouri Valley. Courts are consistently busy with high school matches, camps, drills, adult and youth league play plus tournaments ranging from youth to adult to charity events. New programs targeting special needs players and wheelchair athletes have brought many families, friends, players and spectators to the courts who never imagined playing tennis at an accessible public facility was possible.
This is the second time LaFortune Park has been recognized by the USTA. The facility was awarded Outstanding Tennis Facility of the Year in 1987. It is maintained and operated by the Tulsa County Parks Department and is located at 5302 S. Hudson Ave., Tulsa, OK.
By Frances Dodson
Tulsa County Parks
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parenting for dummies By David Mullins, www.davemullinstennis.com
Before I get started, let me just say that I hit the lottery when it comes to parents. They gave me every opportunity in life to be happy, and to lead a productive life. They sacrificed, encouraged and took the time to discipline me and love me. As a parent of two children myself, I now have an obvious appreciation as to how challenging it can be to navigate the parenting process which is fraught with missteps. Fortunately, I had two great role models in my parents, and view my role as a parent as the most important task I will be ever faced with during my short time on this planet.
Like many parents trying to help their children pursue their passions and dreams, my parents had no education, experience or background in the hobby I wanted to pursue at a high level, which for me was tennis. Despite all the things they got right, they got just as many wrong. This is not meant to be an indictment on my parents, quite the opposite in fact. This is simply an objective view of the process I went through as a high performing young athlete, and what I believe impacted me positively and negatively as a tennis player. I have learned a great deal from them as to the things I should do, and not do, as I try to encourage and support my children in the interests they want to pursue. I write this in the hope that it can have some tiny influence on tennis parents, and the actions they take to help support their children.
SOME THINGS THEY THEY GOT RIGHT
INDEPENDENCE: my parents were strict but had very few rules. They held me to high standards and trusted me to make sound decisions which in turn allowed me to fail and figure things out for myself. When I started to get very serious about tennis at the age of 11/12 it was on me to get myself to a lot of my practices and matches. I would take the bus, train, walk, run, bike. When they did drop me off to practices they did not hang around to watch every move I made, critique the coach or give feedback on the process. This was my time for myself to pursue what I wanted, they did not make these situations about them in anyway. They had a life away from my tennis and would come to my matches when it was convenient to them. I never questioned their love for me because they did not attend every match or practice.
DISCIPLINE: I always had jobs to do around the house or in the garden. I learned at a young age how to work hard at menial tasks. I never wanted to do these jobs, but I was not given a choice! Learning this discipline at an early age helped me in my pursuit of high performance tennis and continues to serve me well to this day.
ROLE MODELS: they not only taught me the meaning of hard work, they worked hard themselves and held themselves to a high standard. They were not sitting back while I was working hard. They were paving the way and modelling the actions I should be taking. They explored a lot of interests themselves and supported my passion in a number of different ways whether they knew it or not.
SOME THINGS THEY GOT WRONG
WINNING ABOVE DEVELOPMENT: my parents did not understand the need to focus on long term tennis development over short-term wins. When I first started to receive some private coaching, the first thing the coach changed was my serving grip, from a western (frying pan grip) to a continental grip. In competition this would lead to a lot of double faults. My mother would encourage me to just to tap it in (Happy Gilmore style), “just tap it in, just tap it in…”. She did not understand that for me to develop as a tennis player I would have to suffer through a lot of double faults and some losses as I learned a new technique and grip. This is a simple example, but it leads to confusion and stagnation as I was torn between making the necessary improvements for the long term, versus winning NOW to please my parents.
PARENTS: There should not be any confusion for a young tennis player about whether they should put winning ahead of long term tennis development. Players have to be allowed and encouraged to pursue the development process, and that losing tennis matches to those you expect them to beat will be part of this process. Players need to be able to test out their technical changes in tournament play without concern of how mistakes or a loss will impact their parents emotional state.
VISIBLE REACTIONS: there is nothing worse as a young tennis player to catch a glance of your parents shaking their heads in disgust after you miss an “easy” shot or lose an important point. Tennis is a very difficult sport and you see the best players in the world miss “easy” shots, lose commanding leads and lack composure at times. To have some expectation that your child should not fall into the same categories is in my opinion, ludicrous! Like I mentioned earlier, my parents did not come to all my matches but when they did their reactions to these scenarios did not help me in anyway, and only led to me
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questioning my own decision making on the court and become even more outcome focused. This thinking would then lead to me playing a more conservative game style or maybe even tanking/making excuses to protect my ego and their ego in the process. It is much easier to say that I lost because I did not try, or I was sick/hurt then to say the other player was actually better than me!
PARENTS: If you are watching your child play tennis, remain stoic at all times. I hear parents say sometimes that it is harder to watch than play! I assure you, it isn’t. Don’t justify your actions by saying that you are just as nervous or that you just want them to do well. No, you want them to win, and maybe even win at all costs. You may ignore some bad behavior, cheating, or some other questionable actions so that they get over the finish line in first place. You may even think that the world is against yourself and your child if the referee or umpire makes a decision you don’t agree with, but would you have agreed with their decision if it had happened to the opponent? I am familiar with this “lack of control” feeling as a parent and a college coach, but at the end of the day we are the adults, with the life experience to know better. If your “nerves” can’t handle the moment, then you need to question why you are feeling this strongly about this particular event. There will be more tennis matches and there will be far more important trials and tribulations your children will endure. If you can’t remain stoic, then walk away and let your child play for themselves and not to please you.
THREATS: If I lost a match to someone I supposedly should not have lost to, or behaved poorly on the court, I would quickly be reminded of the financial costs or sacrifices made for my tennis. I think my parents believed they were motivating me in some way, but I did not need motivation, I was very self-motivated. I simply lost a match or acted my age in a situation because I did not have the mental skills to deal with it in any other way. Being reminded of these sacrifices led to feelings of guilt and the questioning of my own abilities. I worried about what opportunities or securities I was costing my family and if it was all worth it. Obviously, my parents did not understand the negative impacts this was having on me and would not have done so if they did understand how it would affect my thinking.
PARENTS: If you are supporting your kid’s tennis do not expect anything in return. Don’t expect your child to love you more or say thank you all the time or win more tennis matches because of the sacrifices YOU are CHOOSING to make. Do it because you want to do it regardless of the short or long-term outcomes. If you need to remind your children of everything you are doing for them, and what you are giving up, so they can pursue their tennis, then stop supporting them in these ways. If it is putting a burden on your finances or more importantly your relationship with your children, then it is not worth it. Go back to the drawing board and see how you can make it work without everyone in the family feeling a huge amount of pressure. Your children will still love you regardless of how many tennis rackets they own or what tournament they could not go play. They may not understand it in the moment, but they will eventually, especially if it is communicated to them in a rational, loving way.
MIXED SIGNALS: I can’t be the greatest thing since slice bread when I win a tournament and then the worst person in the world when I don’t. My mother loved to tell everyone how great I was at tennis, how I was going to be a future star etc. Firstly, this obviously is extremely embarrassing for a teenage boy, but secondly it puts undue pressure on a child. This can lead to a feeling of having to be perfect at all times, and trying to live up to the tennis player my mother is telling everyone that I am. Yes, in her world I was a superstar tennis player but internationally I was just another good little tennis player that loved to play tennis. I was far from a child Phenom!!
PARENTS: People will take you far more seriously if you are aware of your child’s strengths and weaknesses as a person and as a tennis player. Telling family, friends, the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker about how good your child is at tennis, in front of them, does nothing to help them. Maybe you feel like it is improving their self-esteem or some other misguided assumption, but in most cases, it is only increasing the pressure they already feel on their young shoulders. It is not exactly preparing them for the real world, unless they have the mental skills and work ethic behind them to utilize that praise in a productive manner. Plus, the guy packing your groceries could care less about your child’s latest medal winning performance! Be consistent with your praise and criticism, focus on a few core values that you would like to instil in your child, and don’t let wins or losses influence the life lessons you hope your children will learn through their athletic endeavours.
As parents, we need to understand what we do not know. Just because we competed in high school sports or play some tennis at the local club does not mean we know what is best. There is so much information out there as to what the best practices are to helping raise a high performing young athlete, yet I still see parents making the same mistakes over and over and over again. We are all constantly making mistakes as parents but many of these mistakes can be avoided. As your children go on this journey, I encourage you to learn as much as you can about which parenting skills are most effective for helping high performance tennis players. This is effortful and will take some time and work on your behalf, but I assure you it will go a really long way to helping your child develop in all the ways you hope they will.
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GIRLS EAST SIDE
ALL STATE 2018
All-State games were played on Tuesday, July 24th at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma.The All State team is selected by the Oklahoma Tennis Coaches Association Advisory board members. Board members are voted on annually by their coaching peers.
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BOYS EAST SIDE
Alt: Karson David
GIRLS WEST SIDE
Mount St. Mary
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Oklahoma Christian Academy
Mount St. Mary
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BOYS WEST SIDE
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How UTR Works
Courtesy of UTR
Here is some important information to help you understand better how UTR works:
UTR Powered by Oracle is a modified elo rating system that promotes fair and competitive play across the tennis world. Players are rated based on actual results, not age, gender, nationality, or socioeconomic status.
When you understand your skill level, you can find hits, events, and tournaments where you’ll have fun, play competitive tennis, and improve your game. All you need to know is your UTR!
What is a UTR? Why should I have one?
UTR (Universal Tennis Rating) is a number that provides a real and accurate measurement of skill level. A player’s UTR is a number between 1.00 and 16.50.
One match result is all it takes to receive a projected UTR. After approximately five matches, the rating becomes official. As matches are played and entered into the system, a player’s UTR will increase or decrease over time as per the following methodology.
How is it calculated?
For each match, the algorithm calculates a match rating and a match weight for each player. A player’s UTR is the weighted average of up to 30 of his/her most recent match ratings. Only matches within the last 12 months count toward a player’s UTR.
Calculating Match Rating
Two metrics are used to calculate match rating. The first metric is the UTR difference between opponents. The second metric is the competitiveness of the match, as determined by the percent of total games won.
Given the UTR difference, the algorithm expects a certain percent of total games won. The player who performs better than the algorithm’s expectation will see their match rating go up while the other player’s match rating will go down. When one player’s match rating increases, the other player’s match rating decreases by the same amount.
Calculating Match Weight
The following factors are used in the match weight calculation:
Format – As the match format increases in length, more weight is given. A match with a three-set format receives more weight than a match with an eight-game pro set format.
Competitiveness – As the UTR difference between players increases, less weight is given. For example, imagine a player with a UTR of 6.00. A match played against an opponent with a UTR of 5.00 or 7.00 receives more weight than a match played against an opponent with a UTR of 4.00 or 8.00.
Reliability – As the reliability of the opponent’s UTR increases, more weight is given. A match played against an opponent who competes often and thus has a reliable UTR receives more weight.
Time Degradation – As prior matches get older, less weight is given. Since the algorithm is a representation of current form, it gives more credit to matches played within the last few months.
Frequently Asked Questions
I won my most recent match. What will happen to my UTR?
The algorithm focuses on percent of games won. If a player wins a higher percent of games than the algorithm’s expectation, their match rating goes up. Likewise, if a player wins a lower percent of games than expected, their match rating goes down. Factors other than your most recent match also impact changes in UTR (see next question).
What factors determine whether my UTR goes up or down?
The biggest factor that determines a UTR increase or decrease is a new match being added to a player’s record. However, this is not the only factor. Your oldest match falling off (because it became older than 12 months or was bumped off when a new match was added) can also have an impact. Another factor is time degradation. As prior matches move down the list, they receive less weight, so the weighted average of match ratings and match weights can change.
Is it possible for my UTR to go up or down, even though I haven’t played a new match?
Yes. Since the algorithm is a dynamic system that recalibrates every night, there may be small fluctuations in UTR. This is more common for players who recently joined the system. As more matches are added to a player’s record, their UTR becomes more stable. There are also small fluctuations in the match weights of a player’s existing matches that can affect the rating even while not playing. For example, time degradation will slowly decrease the weights of existing matches.
For matches with a large UTR difference, can the higher-rated player still increase their UTR?
Yes. If the higher-rated player performs better than the algorithm’s expectation, his/her match rating goes up.
Do some matches not count towards my UTR?
The algorithm excludes matches in which a) a player withdraws before the match starts, b) the match starts but neither player wins at least four games (due to a withdrawal/retirement), or c) there is a UTR difference of more than 2.50 and the higher-rated player wins as expected. These excluded matches still show up on the player profile but are not used in the rating calculation.
Why does the algorithm exclude matches with a UTR difference of more than 2.50?
As the difference in UTR increases, so does the likelihood the higher-rated player wins the match easily. Our data indicates matches with a UTR difference of more than 2.50 are almost certain to be a blowout. Results like these are not indicative of either player’s skill level and are excluded by the algorithm.
What if I have played fewer than 30 matches within the last 12 months?
That’s perfectly fine. If you have played only 10 matches within the last 12 months, the algorithm will use those 10. 30 is simply the maximum. If you have played 40 matches within the last 12 months, the algorithm will use the 30 most recent matches.
Oklahoma Seeding Process
Why does my player profile show more than 30 icons?
This occurs when the 30th most recent match was played on the same day as the 31st most recent match. The algorithm does not try to determine which one to keep, so it keeps them both. They will fall off together when the next match is added.
I don’t play very often. Can I still have a UTR?
Absolutely. One match is all it takes to get a “projected” rating. After approximately five matches, your rating becomes reliable. A projected rating is shown as a (P) on the player profile.
What is a projected rating? How many matches does it take to go from a projected to a reliable rating?
The algorithm needs approximately five results before it can calculate a reliable UTR. Ratings based on fewer than five results are not yet fully reliable, so are considered “projected”. A projected rating is shown as a (P) on the player profile.
How does the algorithm work for doubles?
The singles and doubles algorithms are very similar. For doubles, the algorithm compares the average UTR of Team A to the average UTR of Team B. Given the UTR difference between those two averages, the algorithm expects a certain percent of games won. The team who performs better than the algorithm’s expectation will see their match rating go up. Both teammates see an increase or decrease by the same amount.
How quickly does UTR update my recent results?
The algorithm updates once every 24 hours. As soon as a match result is posted and gets imported into a player’s profile, the result will be reflected in the next day’s UTR. Some results take a few days or more to be posted by the tournament director.
Can my UTR be lower than 1.00 or greater than 16.50?
No. To preserve the distribution of player ratings by skill level, the algorithm has upper and lower bounds for UTR.
USTA Oklahoma uses UTR as their criteria for seeding. The order of determining seeds are the following:
1. UTR "Rated" players
2. UTR "Projected" players
3. If needed, seeds will then be taken off the Missouri Valley standings list for champs and the Challenger standings for Challenger events.
A few examples:
If the draw calls for 2 seeds and there is one player that has a "Rated" status and the rest of the entries are "Projected", the "Rated" player will be considered the higher seed regardless if the"Projected" player(s) have a higher UTR.
The challenger draw calls for 2 seeds and there is only one player with a UTR rating. The UTR player would be seeded #1. The challenger standings list will be used to determine seed #2.
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B18 Singles- Nam Pham (HOA) def. Mason Meier (NE)
G18 Singles- Kelsey Mize (OK) def. Gracie Epps (OK)
B16 Singles- Alex Han (OK) def. Eli Brewer (OK)
G16 Singles- Zoe Hammond (OK) def. Callie Flanagan (HOA)
B14 Singles- Brett Keeling (OK) def. Daniel Lu (IA)
G14 Singles- Kate Kim (HOA) def. Adella Castanar (HOA)
B12 Singles- Cooper Woestendick (HOA) def. Declan Galligan (IA)
G12 Singles- Amber Yin (STL) def. Zoie Epps (OK)
B18 Doubles-B. Sera/R. Serra def. Atherton/Brewer
G18 Doubles- Epps/Mize def. Kuckelman/Kuckelman
B16 Doubles-Brewer/Han def. Neil/Rajan
G16 Doubles-Hammond/Hochstatter def. Rademacher/Whitaker
B14 Doubles-Fischer/Kim def. Mize/Theiu
G14 Doubles-Kim/Madatali def. Coleman/Latham
B12 Doubles- Galligan/Woestendick def. Patrick/Prather
G12 Doubles-Daskalova/Vanpelt def. Peterson/Yin
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Sweet 16 Results
B12-Joshua Kim (MO)
G12-Avery Jennings (IA)
B14-Brian Kim (STL)
G14-Abby Gaines (STL)
B16-Joe Harris (NE)
G16-Anatta Charoenkul (IA)
B18-Alex Richards (OK)
G18- Emily Johnston (OK)
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2018 OKLAHOMA LEAGUE TEAMS THAT QUALIFIED FOR NATIONALS
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Players from all over the state, came to LaFortune Park Tennis Center to battle it out for a spot at Section Championships in Topeka, Kansas for the opportunity to advance to National Championships in Orlando, Florida.
IN A FUN ENVIRONMENT!!
JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS
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From and excellent National Anthem, to team cheers, with great competition over 7 states, two Oklahoma teams are heading to Junior Team Tennis Nationals in Orlando, Florida!
14 & Under RH-91 and 18 & Under RH-91 fought hard and won their age divisions to go play to be the Final Champs. Oklahoma City Tennis Center got 2nd place for 12 & Under and Quail Creek got 2nd in 14 & Under. Congrats to all the teams that participated in this years Championships and good luck to RH-91 in Orlando!
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JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS
Three Oklahoma officials had the opportunity to go to the Junior Tournament in Kalamoozo to be a part of a great 2 week tournament. Dean Richardville, Bob Holland, and Becky Riggs.
Luke and Zoe Epps took home the National Father-Daughter National Warm up Tournament. This was a 10-point tiebreak event at the USTA Girls' 12 National tournament.
The Gordon Trophy is the second longest running international tennis competition, bested only by the Davis Cup. Started in 1949, it is an annual tennis competition between the United States and Canada. The venue alternates yearly between the two countries. This year's event was held at the Granite Club in Toronto, Ontario. The event is a high caliber team competition for senior players 45 and older. Four of this year's thirty-one member U.S. team were from Oklahoma: David Box, Mike Hyde, Tim Leos & Richard Perry. The United States won the event this year 29-19. More information and full results can be found here: www.gordontrophycup.com
Congratulations to Jennifer Crow of Norman for being selected by USTA to attend the US Open. Crow's participation and contribution with School Tennis has been applauded by USTA Missouri Valley staff members, Becky Riggs and Laura Puryear. Jennifer is a Physical Education teacher at Adams Elementary in Norman, OK.
Oklahoma City Tennis Center and Kickingbird Tennis Center hosted the USTA National Dominant Duo September 22-23, 2018. Players from all over the country participated in this unique team format.
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*Not pictured: Richard Perry
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Box Wins National
Doubles Tennis Title
The Gordon Trophy Cup
The Gordon Trophy is the second longest running international tennis competition, bested only by the Davis Cup. Started in 1949, it is an annual tennis competition between the United States and Canada. The venue alternates yearly between the two countries. This year's event was held at the Granite Club in Toronto, Ontario. The event is a high caliber team competition for senior players 45 and older. Four of this year's thirty-one member U.S. team were from Oklahoma:
The United States won the event this year 29-19. More information and full results can be found here: www.gordontrophycup.com
Oklahoman captures first Gold Ball at USTA Grass Court Championships
By Brad Lund
PHILADELPHIA, PA. (August 24, 2018) – Oklahoma City’s David Box captured the Men’s 45 Doubles title Friday afternoon at the USTA National Grass Court Championships at the prestigious Germantown Cricket Club in Philadelphia, Penn.
Box teamed with Wade McGuire of Farmingdale, N.J. to win the final in three sets 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 over Oren Motevassel (Beverly Hills, Calif.) and Kline Sack (Houston, Texas) and earn his first gold ball of his career. Gold balls are awarded annually to winners at the USTA’s four national championships it hosts on the junior and adult tennis circuits.
Following the 45’s title, Box teamed with Motevassel in the Men’s 50 Doubles final, dropping a tight three-set match 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to Pablo Albano and Fernando Zuliani of Newport Beach, Calif. and settled for silver balls. Box and Motevassel had a memorable victory in the quarterfinals as they ousted Richey Reneberg and Eddie Blanton. Reneberg was the top-ranked doubles player in the world in 1992 and won two Grand Slam doubles titles during his career on the ATP Tour, and in 1991 reached a career-high number 20 singles world ranking.
Box, a three-time letter winner at the University of Oklahoma from 1982-85, is the President and CEO of Box Ventures, which includes ownership of the Greens Country Club in Oklahoma City, Box Talent, Box Real Estate and Box Consulting.
65s-Captain Casey Women's 7.0
65s-Captain Dave Rankin Men's 7.0
Despite the steamy weather, another successful Oklahoma District Championship is in the books!
Congratulations to all the teams that competed and to those that advanced to nationals!
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Marc Claude' - OKC
Michelle Oquin - District
18s-Captain Jordan Lusnak, 3.5
18s-Captain Jacob/Glover, 5.0
18s-Captain De'Aun Sandvig, 4.5
18s-Captain Candy Phillips, 3.0
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18s-Captain Amber Leonard, 2.5
65s-Captain Stephan Shaw Men's 8.0
55s Captain - Paula Casey, 7.0
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55s -Captain Cromwell/ Allen, 8.0
55s Captain - Bill Riggan 8.0
18s Captain - Ky Nichols, 3.0
Chad Sanders 4.0
18s Captain - Emmons/Nelson, 3.5
55s Captain - Dave Rankin 7.0
18s Captain - Scott Denne 4.5
18s- Captain Kathy Corken, 4.0
18s Mixed Captain - Sheaffer 6.0
40s Captain - Kathleen Harris 3.5
40s Captain - Tran/Le 4.0
18s Mixed Captain -
Webb/Barber , 8.0 OKC
18s Mixed Captain -Schmidt/Sheaffer, 7.0 Tulsa
40s Mixed Captain - Thagard 7.0
40s Captain - Stephanie Goekeler 3.0
18s Captain Chad Sanders 4.0
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7.0 Women Oklahoma Wildcard, Captained by Denise Westfall was chosen by her opponents for representing great sportsmanship. This is a huge honor as only four teams out of 55 received awards. Also, Michelle Bryan's 6.0 team were xtreme Sportsmanship winners at OKC Sectional. Way to go to these two teams for representing Oklahoma!
40s Mixed Captain Little 8.0 OKC
from st.Louis and OKC sectionals
40s Mixed Captain Pearson 9.0 Tulsa
40s Mixed Captain Schmidt 6.0 Tulsa
Missouri Valley League
18s- Men 4.0
Captain Chad Sanders-Tulsa
18s- Women's 5.0
Captain Glover/Jacob -OKC
Oklahoma teams headed to nationals
65s- Women's 6.0
Captain Shirley Brody-Tulsa
18s- Men 3.0
Captain Ky Nichols-Tulsa
40s- Mixed 6.0
Captain David Schmidt-Tulsa
18s- Women's 3.5
Captain Jordan Lusnak-Tulsa
65s- Women's 7.0
Captain Paula Casey-OKC
18s- Women's 2.5
Captain Amber Leonard-OKC
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55s- Women's 6.0
Captain Michelle Bryan-Tulsa
40s- Women's 3.0
Captain Stephanie Goekeler-Tulsa
40s- Men's 3.0
Captain Ky Nichols-Tulsa
40s- Mixed 9.0
Captain Michael Pearson-Tulsa
Section Champs CONT.
Oklahoma teams headed to nationals
40s- Men's 3.5
Captain Shane Tuell-Tulsa
40s- Men's 4.5
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