Thanking Our Troops Through Tennis

Dick at Eglin AFB

Dick at Eglin AFB

Most tennis players love the sport so much they are looking for ways to “give back.” Here is a real easy way to do some good and help Dick Stockton support our military and their families.

American tennis Legend Dick Stockton’s Blue Sky Foundation has developed a special program that goes to military bases around the country with volunteer professionals to teach tennis to the troops and their families, and he says it is “the most worthwhile project I have ever been involved with.” Continue reading

Inspirations

leglessWe all have some type of physical problems… whether it be a nagging pain in the shoulder or a bad knee that really needs an operation. But there are always others who overcome obstacles to achieve success. For example, how about playing tennis without hips, legs, knees or feet?! Continue reading

John Newcombe Fantasy Camp Sunday, Day 1

Me, John, Rich, Willy

Me, John, Rich, Willy

It is that time: the start of “the best week of my tennis year!” The travel to my eleventh year at the Fantasy Tennis Camp was once again in the luxury of “AirBerry” (Pelican Bay friend John Berry); so John, Willy Hoffmann, Rich Tarantino and I took off from Naples Airport at 1 p.m. for the 2.5 hour flight to a small airfield in New Braunfels, Texas. Continue reading

National 70s Clay Sunday-Wednesday

Jimmy Parker & opponent

Jimmy Parker & opponent

In the days before my first round match at the National 70s Clay against former World number one Jim Parker, I told people my “goal” was to win one game. I figured that Fred Drilling beats me normally 6-2/6-1, and Parker has been beating Fred in straight sets, and he bageled my friend Tom, so that wasn’t too bad of a goal. But that was BAD THINKING Continue reading

Dynamic Warm-up vs. Stretching

Larry Starr at Newk's

Larry Starr at Newk’s

Larry Starr, professional athletic trainer for the Cincinnati Reds baseball team and the John Newcombe Fantasy Camp, writes, “Stretching prior to playing has always been a mainstay in tennis and all athletic activities. It was felt that you needed to ‘stretch’ the muscles to prepare them for whatever sport you were to undertake, including tennis. But the current philosophy among professional trainers is different.” Continue reading