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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Dear Members,

Ah January...2020 is a clean slate… Did you accomplish everything you wanted to in 2019? I know I didn’t, but with the new year comes my opportunity to reassess. What matters? What do I want to do? We as individuals in tennis and members of the NSWTA can all take a second to do the same. 

Here are some of my goals:
To try to convince more of my tennis playing friends of the value of tournament play.  They are comfortable playing in their leagues, and their friendly games, but they see the same faces on the same courts week after week. They are missing out on the opportunity to make new friends, to face new challenges, and yes, to conquer some nerves and disappointments, as well as experience some exciting highs. I hope they will give our age group tournaments a try!

To reach out to each new player I meet at a tournament and make an effort to get to know her and make sure she gets to know other players. Everyone has an interesting story to tell. Let a new friend know you want to know hers. It is the community that keeps most of us coming back.  

To compete the best I can knowing that all I can control is my preparation, my attitude and my effort. If I can be satisfied with those three things I should be content with the results. If I lose it’s because someone outplayed me...no reason to beat myself up.  

And here are some of my goals for the NSWTA:
We’ve worked hard to put ourselves in a solid financial position in 2020 and we want to be sure we use the funds we have to directly benefit our members. Please let us know if you have new ideas for what those benefits might look like. 

Work with tournament directors and sponsors to make our events like the upcoming NSWTA championships and the Intersectionals be the best they can be. Is there something we should be doing that we aren’t? Let us know. As a member we value your input.

Let’s make 2020 our best year ever - on and off the court!

Andrea Barnes
NSWTA Co-President

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Bid now on NSWTA's Online Silent Auction!
2020 will bring exciting changes for NSWTA. Check out our first online auction. Do you want to spend a week in a beautiful condo in downtown Chicago or a week's adventure at a Florida riverside resort? How about a romantic dinner at the Marine Room at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club or some new tennis equipment?

Treat yourself or your sweetheart because Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Bid high and bid often -- the auction closes at 10:00 pm on Friday, January 31st. Good luck! All proceeds will be donated to tournament directors of CAT I or CAT II's to enhance your tournament experience. Click here or on button below.

 


New Members and Renewals
Michelle Ash, Hideko Azama, Cindy Babb, Carolyn Boardman, Kandy Chain, Julie David, Janet Davis, Judy Dixon, Rosie Fortna, Christine Frank, Shannon Gordon-Carney, Anna Greer, Sandy Herron, Nancy Hilliard, Margery Hoffman, Ann Hunt, Patricia Jones, Tina Karwasky, Mona Kleitch, Nancy Koeppen, Vera Konig, Alice Lewis, Jane Lutz, Maria Markwalter, Sue McCandless, Claire McFerran, Diana McNamara, Dorcas Miller, Rainy Miller, Cherie Olson, Jan Pierson, Mary Alice Pisani, Jill Polls, Rita Price, Suzanne Ryerson, Mary Seiverling, Chris Smith, Monica Vallas, Gladys Villaloobos, Karin Weiner, Pat Wiedenmann.
 
Dues Reminder for Annual Members
 If you’re an annual member of the NSWTA who has not renewed for 2020 this is month is your last chance to renew without missing out on news and opportunities.  At the end of January, we will be cleaning up our database and directory so that only current members are listed in the membership directory and are receiving the newsletter in their inboxes. Your membership in our organization of 900+ women is an integral part in making the NSWTA a driving force for women’s senior tennis.  This year we have enhanced our member benefits to include:
  • A monthly e-newsletter to keep news more current and allow for more articles of interest to and written by our members.
  • An online member directory allowing us to update new names and contact changes every few months rather than every few years.
  • A revamped NSWTA.org website with content and photos updated monthly.
  • New member benefits such as complimentary pre-tournament clinics and/or player lunch.
  • Discounted services and apparel.
  • A Board liaison to USTA Senior Competition Committee advocating for women competitive players ages 30 and up.
  • A new Instagram page.
  • Social events at many national tournaments helping provide camaraderie and friendship among members.
Since May of 2019, we offer 3 and 5-year discounted memberships in addition to the yearly membership. Please click here to apply for membership. If you want to pay with a credit card or PayPal, complete the online form and submit. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use your credit card. PayPal will ask you to input your credit card information and they check to make sure the info is valid. If you want to send a check, download a printable copy here and you will have all the information you need to renew by mail.
 
Our annual memberships run from January 1 to December 31. We ask that you renew your membership by January 20, 2020 so that our updated 2020 directory (planned for February publication) will include all members and their contact information.
 
Our sincerest regards and thanks,
Leslie and Andrea
 
NSWTA December Donations
A big THANK YOU to our donators for December! Linda Friedlander, Mary John Lynch, Heidi Clemmer, Vicki Nagy, Lynne Annette, B'Ann Gabelt, Kathy Langer, Wendy McCloskey, Leslie Airola-Murveit, Brooks Byrd, Barbara Hubbard, Jessie Von Hippel, Sheila Weinstock, Diana Kitt, Janet French, Laurine Leach, Barbara Sasser and anonymous donor (in memory of Jolene Watanabe).


Did You Know?
The NSWTA website www.nswta.org is chalk-full of great photos, articles, tournament write ups and more and is the “go to” place for tournament schedules for USTA CAT I and CAT II tournaments with entry links. Be sure to bookmark it on your computer! Every month we update the schedules, adding links as the USTA schedule is updated. 
MEMBER'S ALLEY
SYMMETRY By Mary Hill
This is the second piece in Mary Hill’s series on key fundamentals. If you missed part 1, “Balance” you can find it in the archived newsletter on our website here.

Symmetry is the second fundamental principle of tennis. Symmetry in tennis is the ability to prepare the same way on both sides of the body. The key to symmetry is the use of the non dominant hand.

In the old school, you were probably taught to take your racket back. This often resulted in a tight grip in the backswing. Today the cue is “turn”, keeping the non dominant hand on the throat of the racket. This allows for a loose grip in the backswing with your dominant hand. Now you can use your non dominant hand to change grips to shape the racket for the different spins you will use. Strokes will be better disguised.

To practice, try this exercise: (go slowly, 1 step at a time, so you do not overthink) This exercise is written for a right hander, but left handers will know how to reverse the cues. Face the net starting in a ready position holding your racket at the throat in your left hand. Lift the ball in front of you with your right hand. Keep your left hand on the throat, turn, grip lightly with your right hand, and adjust your feet into position for a forehand or a backhand, letting the ball bounce twice. Letting the ball bounce twice gives you more time to find the optimal balanced position and gives you a better feeling of how the left hand controls the racket in the turn and the backswing. Be sure you keep your left hand on the throat of the racket until after the second bounce. With your right hand still gripping loosely, let go with your left hand after the second bounce, just before you start your forward step, firming up your grip just before contact with the ball. This exercise trains your left hand to be involved in the preparation, trains your right hand muscles to be loose in the preparation, and trains your preparation to be symmetrical.
 
Principle number 3 is “Rhythm”…coming next time.


FACES IN THE CROWD: Dianne Lee
Dianne Lee from Austin, Texas is a new NSWTA member who is already making waves on the National scene. She attended the University of Florida on an academic scholarship, and during her time there was able to watch Lisa Raymond dominate college tennis. After graduation, she built a career investing in the Austin real estate market, and she currently spends her time expanding business partnerships and assisting homeowners in distress.  

Her favorite tennis memory is being in the stands for Agassi's last night match at the U.S. Open in 2006...the one where Marcos Baghdatis was cramping. A few years ago, she had the chance to chat with Marcos at the Houston Clay Court Championships, and asked him about it while he was signing a ball for her. She'll never forget the exasperation in his voice as he replied "how could I forget?!" 
 
Dianne enjoys playing the National tournaments because she gets to meet so many wonderful women from whom she learns about tennis and life. She has won bronze and silver balls and is in pursuit of her first gold. Surely it is just around the corner!
TOURNAMENT NEWS
Don’t Miss the NSWTA Championships
Benefiting Lowcountry Youth Tennis Association
The NSWTA Championships, a Cat 2 event, are scheduled for March 11-15 (with start dates adjusted for draw sizes below 32) at the Daniel Island Club in Charleston, South Carolina featuring singles and doubles for the “even” age groups from ages 30 to 80. Besides the beautiful club and on-court action players will enjoy the following other offerings:  

Thursday: Continental breakfast, grab and go lunch at the courts, and banquet at the lovely Daniel Island Club ballroom
Friday: Continental breakfast and grab and go lunch at the courts
Saturday: Coffee in the morning
Sunday: Coffee in the morning. Bloody Mary/Mimosa cash bar at the finals!

The tournament benefits the mission of Lowcountry Youth Tennis Association is “changing lives through tennis.” The vision is for all youth to have the opportunity to participate in and enjoy the benefits of tennis. The NSWTA Championships tournament committee has raised funds for LYTA since its debut in Charleston. The ladies of Daniel Island Club, our new tournament home, have joined us in supporting this worthy organization. 

Full details and entry information click here
 

UPCOMING TOURNAMENT DEADLINES

Lamita Jabour Cup Les Grandes Dames - Super Cat 2
February 5 - 9. Fort Lauderdale, FL
Entries Close January 29  
Register

Les Grandes Dames Joanne Russell Cup - Super Cat 2 
February 18 - 23. Clay (40,50,60,70,80) 
Entries Close February 9  
Register
 
Husband Wife National Grass Court - Cat 1
March 8 -13. Rancho Mirage, CA  
Entries close February 21.  
Register
Husband/Wife; combined ages 120,140

NSWTA Championships - Anna Geier Cup - Super Cat 2
March 11 - 15. Charleston, SC 
Clay (30,40,50,60,70,80) NSWTA Tournament
Entries close March 1.  
Register

DISCOUNT ALLEY

Academia Sanchez-Casal offers NSWTA members a 10% discount on their adult programs in Naples, Atlanta, Barcelona or China. Enter promo code: ASCALLEY10
 

 
Elite Tennis Travel offers discounts and upgrades to all NSWTA members on all trips booked before April 30, 2020. Mention the NSWTA when you book individual tickets to the Miami Open and receive a 5% discount, 10% discount on trip packages for groups of 5+ and room upgrades and/or complimentary breakfast where available. www.elitetennistravel.com

Elite Tennis Travel is owned by NSWTA member Adriana Isaza-Mohring who began organizing domestic and international tennis tours. Adriana graciously sponsored our NSWTA Intersectionals Tuesday night social event this year and she participated on Eastern's 45s team. NSWTA member Linda Freidlander recently wrote about two trips she took with Elite Tennis. Now we want to combine our interests as Adriana has offered the above special discounts for NSWTA members. 
 


Tail offers NSWTA members a 20% discount on all Tail activewear. Enter promo code: NSWTA20 www.tailactivewear.com

Anatomie offers a 20% discount to NSWTA members on its durable, chic, and sleek travel clothing. Anatomie will return 10% of the sales price to NSWTA. Visit Anatomie and use Promo Code: ABBIVIP. Members may use the code one time for a 20% discount.
 
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