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NATIONAL WOMEN'S TENNIS ORGANIZATION                                           MAY 2020 NEWSLETTER

Can we return to play better than we left?
Like most of you around the the country I’ve been off the court for about two months now. I’ve missed the game and I’ve really missed all of you!

I was lucky enough to join a USTA Player Development Webinar this week, entitled "The Future of Great Tennis Coaches and Athletes". Our wonderful Fed Cup Captain, Kathy Rinaldi, an extraordinary player and coach in her own right, interviewed Billie Jean King. This was the perfect moment to hear her thoughts as we are just getting back to tennis in Northern California. So much of what she said pertained to far more than tennis. Here are some of my thoughts on returning to play, filtered through my take aways from this great conversation. 

As I step back on the court how would I like my tennis to be? Dealing with shelter in place and Covid 19 in my community has forced me to learn better coping skills. Here are ways I’d like to take those skills out on the court: 
  • Be less reactive… Focus on what’s happening on my end of the court and stop worrying about what’s happening on the other side. Every ball that is coming to me forces me to make a decision. How can I be a better problem solver? 
  • Be emotionally stronger... We often hear about mental strength, but BJK suggests that it’s really emotional strength that matters. It’s not about staring down your opponent, pumping your fist while shouting come on… but rather handing situations in a balanced manner; remaining engaged rather than withdrawing; sustaining your competitive spirit in tough circumstances; and recovering quickly from setbacks. Learn to visualize yourself having good reactions to bad situations. 
  • Bring all of yourself to the court: Your head, your heart, and your guts!
  • Remember that losing a match is not a tragedy…. It’s feedback. How effectively you use that feedback is up to you. 
I look forward to a day, hoping it’s sooner rather than later, that I can put Billie Jean’s wisdom in to practice. Here’s to all of us being the best we can be on the court very soon! I miss you all. 

Andrea Barnes 
Co-President NWTO
We’ve been ramping up our member updates on the social media platform of Instagram. To go along with our organization’s new name, we have updated our Instagram username to Make sure to download the app and follow us. Most recently, we’ve been posting what our members have been up to during quarantine. Want to find out who is taking ukulele lessons over Zoom? Who is working out from her newly created home gym under the watchful eye of her golden doodle? And who is dancing outside her garage to entertain her neighbors? Make sure to follow us and find out at

Check out Instagram’s Tennis and Fitness Tips
NWTO announces its new Instagram weekly video posts from two talented players who also serve on NWTO’s board. Kaysie Smashey is a USPTA certified tennis pro who is ranked #1 in the country in the 35s and was a Young Senior World Champion in doubles and finalist in singles. Lizl Kotz is ranked #3 nationally in the 40s and is a licensed physical therapist with extensive knowledge of tennis-related fitness. Kaysie will share a videoed tennis tip one week and Lizl will provide a tennis fitness tip the next week. Check out these posts

New Memberships and Renewals for April
If you were planning to renew your membership at the Houston, LaJolla, or Lexington tournaments or just haven’t done it amid what is happening nationally, we welcome you to renew at any time by check or online here. We strive to keep you updated each month on changes in our tennis world and hope to continue to include you in all our 2020 newsletter and directory mailings. We welcome our newest member this month - Mary MacDonald!
Player Tips and Recommendations 

(Article from the USTA website)
The USTA recognizes that the coronavirus has been affecting different parts of the country in different ways and with different timing. We therefore believe it will be possible for people to return to playing tennis safely in some cities and states sooner than in others. The Federal Government issued guidelines on April 16 for “Opening Up America Again”. By following these guidelines as well as those of local governments and health agencies, facilities and players will be able to make informed decisions as to when play can recommence. Read more
The Never-Ending Pursuit of Improving
by Lizl Kotz 

I sat down with Donna Fales to look over some of the action pictures I took of her. I noticed that she looked through the still pictures with little interest, yet intently studied the slow-motion video of her serve. “I’ve been working on something with my serve. Clearly, I still have some work to do” she said with little emotion. I already knew that Donna was quite an accomplished player but that statement right there showed me why. Donna played college tennis for William and Mary. At 79 years of age she still loves to compete, although the way she trains and recovers now is very different compared to when she was in her teens and twenties. Read more
Clear Intent: A Purpose for Every Shot
by Mary Hill

The 5th Fundamental Principle of Tennis is having Clear Intent, having a purpose for every shot. A phrase I learned years ago at a USPTA conference seems very appropriate: “Plan your play and play your plan.” In other words, be proactive…with intent and purpose. When you first learn tennis, you learn a skill, a “how”. Then you learn “where”, and finally you learn “when”. You need to put this progression together to have a “plan”. Read more
Injuries from "Wear and Tear" and Overuse
Find out what orthopedic surgeon Dr. Erin Boynton says about "wear and tear" injuries and what are the causes and preventions or these injuries. Common "wear and tear" injuries include rotator cuff tears, meniscus tears, and spinal disc herniations. She will discuss how repetitive movement leads to overuse injury, goals of treatment, and what the role of surgery will be in your recovery. View video
Lunch with the Queen
By Victoria McEvoy, M.D.

“Do you want to have lunch with the Queen Mother?” This question came from my grandfather who was visiting London the same time as my Wimbledon adventure in 1968. Val Ziegenfuss and I had been playing the pre-Wimbledon English circuit for several weeks together – Bournemouth, Wolverhampton, Hurlingham, Surbiton, Manchester, Queens, and then the big banana, Wimbledon. My grandfather had played a role at the Red Cross in London during World War II and had befriended King George, Queen Elizabeth, and an assortment of Dukes and Duchesses. “Sure”, I said, having no idea as a 19-year-old boy – and tennis obsessed teenager what exactly was involved in such an opportunity. Read more
San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame Inductees
NWTO Members Roz King and Cathie Anderson will be officially inducted into the San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame this August. The San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held Saturday, August 29, 4:30 pm at Balboa Tennis Club in San Diego. The ceremony is free and open to the public. If you live in the area we hope you will attend and help celebrate these extraordinary women!  Read more
Tennis and Paper Dolls
NWTO Board member Lois Harris shared these historic tennis-themed paper doll images with us. If you, like many of us, have a little extra time on your hands right now perhaps you will try your hand at making them? If so, feel free to share the results with us at

Click here to download the pattern
Virginia Glass – A Phenomenal Woman
By Roz King
It’s with the deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Virginia Glass who passed on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at the age of 94. She made history in 1991 by becoming the first female president of the American Tennis Association. She was from the Philippines and spent three years during World War II in concentration camps in her native Philippines. It was there that she lost her father and two sisters. Ms. Glass volunteered at virtually every level of organized tennis both for the ATA and the USTA for over 70 years. She introduced both her sons to tennis and they became top junior tennis players in the USTA Eastern Section. She was the first woman of color to serve on USTA’s Executive Committee. In 1988, Ms. Glass won the Women’s 60-and–over division of the ITF Veterans Championship. She was a friend of Arthur Ashe and Althea Gibson, and was proud to be named Captain of the first Althea Gibson Cup team.  While serving as president of the ATA she encouraged Judy Levering (the first woman USTA President) to play in the ATA National Championships. She was instrumental in leading the ATA to receive USTA sanctioning. Known simply as "Ginny" she received every award possible in Southern Cal and is considered a giant in the advancement of Afro-Americans in the sport of tennis.She was indeed a ‘Phenomenal Woman’.
All Events Suspended Through May 31
USTA National has suspended all events through May 31. They are scheduled to post an update later this month. For the USTA’s statement on the current status of tournament and league play click here USTA COVID19 Updates

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