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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Dear Members,

It’s a strange time everywhere and the tennis world is not exempt. Our community has been impacted with both the National Clay Courts in Houston and Palm Beach Gardens among those events that are being rescheduled as the USTA has shut down competitive play for the time being. With the Houston Clay Courts being cancelled we are rescheduling the NSWTA Annual Meeting held each year during that event. We haven’t set a date or location yet, but will let you know once a plan is in place for that meeting. 

Friend and NSWTA member Corey Reese reached out to me yesterday asking whether I thought we should all be playing our regular “social tennis.” Being far from an expert in this area, I checked in with an infectious disease specialist friend who stated that tennis should be safe as long as players observe all the precautions that have been recommended re Covid19:  social distancing, frequent and thorough handwashing, no going out in public if you are experiencing any possible symptoms, etc. I was relieved to hear that with so many of us working from or staying at home as much as possible that this one thing we all love is still safe. Being out on the court yesterday gave me a respite from the never ending news updates and my own personal concerns. I came home enjoying that nice tennis generated endorphin rush and was more productive than I’d been in several days. I hope you too can use tennis as a chance to forget about your fears and enjoy your friends in a safe environment. 

Life will be complicated for a while. In trying times it is wise to remember the kind words of Mr. Rogers. Two quotes from him particularly resonate with me today. The first is “Often problems are knots with many strands, and looking at those strands make a problem seem different.” Covid19 is scary and challenging, but I know I’ve talked to more neighbors, been kinder to folks in Trader Joe’s when we both reached for the last loaf of bread, and been far more vigilant about hand washing in the last week or so than I generally am.  I hope that this “problem” continues to be an opportunity to be better. Mr Rogers also reminded us “All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we’re giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors—in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver.” I hope I can be both a “receiver” and “giver” who shows grace and kindness whichever role I’m in.

I hope next month’s newsletter will bring great news with more competitive tennis being played and life returning to normal. 

My best to all of you,
Andrea Barnes
NSWTA Co-President
ANNOUNCEMENTS
NSWTA Annual Membership Meeting
Change of Time and Venue
This is to provide you with notice that due to the state of emergency as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, and in order to comply with related limitations on social gatherings and the recommended social distancing guidelines, the annual meeting of the National Senior Women’s Tennis Association, Inc. is being rescheduled and will be held virtually on Sunday, March 29, 2020 at noon Eastern time via Zoom Meeting.
  • Members will receive instructions via email about how to join the meeting by laptop, ipad or phone during the week of March 23.
  • Members are encouraged to join the meeting and vote on (1) a proposed name change to National Women’s Tennis Organization (NWTO), (2) new logo, (3) new bylaws and (4) new 501(c)(3) status, (5) Incoming Board Members Debbie Burgess, Kim Dean, Chris Grant, Lois Harris, Lizl Kotz, Kaysie Smashey, Karin Weiner
    (6) Incoming Co-Presidents Elect Elizabeth Barnhill and Lois Harris.
  • Important documents were sent in the February NSWTA e-newsletter and are included here. Please review documents before attending the March 29th meeting.
  • 2020 Meeting Agenda
  • 501(c)(3) application and 501(c)(3) attachment
  • Conflict of Interest Document
  • New Name Corporate Document
  • NSWTA Minutes
Donations to the NSWTA
We would like to thank and acknowledge this month's donor: Lydia Slangan. Thank you for your support, Lydia!

February New Members and Renewals
We welcome NSWTA's new members: Allan Boyar, Sherwood Daniels, Sharon Elliott, Elizabeth Kuhle, Kathleen Lacey, Suzanne Lengyel, Lindsay Montero, Linda Nowell and Leslie Pixley.
 
MEMBER'S ALLEY

California Players of the Decade
By Carolyn Nichols
Printed (in part) with permission from Inside Tennis

Tina Karwasky, SoCal Player of the Decade
Glendale’s Tina Karwasky has been an incredible competitor and player for nearly 60 years. She played No. 1 for Cal State LA for four years. She competed in all four Grand Slams during her pro career where she reached a career high of No. 88. As a senior, she’s been a superstar with over 130 gold balls and 25 Cup team wins. The decade 2010-2019 decade was Karwasky’s best. Read more on our Member News page

Dori DeVries, NorCal Senior Player of the Decade
In September, the iconic octogenarian Dori DeVries lost a match but gained a knee. After falling in a 3.5 hour singles match in the finals of the 80s indoors, the unstoppable veteran finally agreed to a knee replacement. And voila, five days later she had a new knee. Always upbeat, DeVries will begin the new decade with that new knee and the same old optimistic attitude. Read more on our Member News page

How To Beat Your Toughest Opponent
By Lizl Kotz
How do we drop the fear in order to have full access to our talents and skills? How do we allow our passion to crowd out crippling expectations again? Below are three strategies to manage performance anxiety. These strategies are universal to anyone facing a challenge. Read more
Release
By Mary Hill
Release is the 4th Fundamental Principle of tennis. One definition of release is to “allow something to move, act, or flow freely”. Breathing is the mechanism that allows the release to happen. There are 3 types of breathing: 1) Shallow, which is what we normally do, 2) abdominal, which is often used for yoga, and 3) thoracic, which is used for Pilates and tennis. With thoracic breathing, you will fill up your lungs, expanding your upper chest. Most players hold their breath when playing, which contributes to a forced, often muscled stroke. Read more
Dr. Erin Boynton is an orthopaedic surgeon, expert medical witness, consultant to the Toronto Blue Jays, and past-chair of the research committee for the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation. Throughout her career as a surgeon and sports doctor, she has worked with many professional sports teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Argos, and she was the first female orthopaedic surgeon to work in the MLB and NHL. For the last sixteen years, she has acted as the Medical Director for the Rogers Cup WTA tennis tour.

Ask Dr. B: "Right now I have an Achilles tendon that has bothered me since last September. I went to a doctor, did PT, it seemed almost healed, I was back to playing 3-4 times per week, singles and doubles. Then in January it flared up again after an active week of biking, hiking, golf and tennis. Too much activity? So right now I am playing just doubles a couple times a week. I am doing some strengthening exercises, right now trying some active release PT, and working to make sure my gait is as even as possible. I have also heard that acupuncture might work for Achilles. What would you suggest for my situation?" – Elizabeth Barnhill (75s)
Read more

 
TOURNAMENT NEWS
As of now the schedule is in flux due to the Covid19 pandemic. This schedule reflects what we know now. 
  • The National Women’s Senior Claycourts (Odds 35-85) Houston Racquet Club, TX. Rescheduled to September 21- 27.
  • The National Women’s Senior Claycourts (Odds 40-80) Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Postponed and will be rescheduled.
  • ITF Senior World Individual Championships (50, 55, 60) Palm Beach Gardens, FL (various facilities). May 2-9. Entries close: April 20. Register
  • National Senior Hardcourts (Evens 50-90) La Jolla, CA. May 11-17. Entries close April 26. Register
Wilson World Tennis Classic
The Wilson World Tennis Classic was played for the first time at Shadow Mountain Resort in Palm Desert under the direction of Caerwyn Evans, after many years at Mission HIlls. The tournament features all age groups in women’s men’s and mixed. Due to its size it is played in many venues in the Palm Desert area. In the 35 singles, unseeded Nicoleta Scott from Vancouver, BC took out second-seed Rachel Hardecke in the semis and top seed Laura Graff in the final. The 35 doubles was played as a round robin with Tarrin Dougery and Wakana Turner from Marin County in NorCal, winning all their matches. Read more
Grande Dames Joanne Russell Cup
February 18-23, 2020
The weather was vintage Naples Florida. It was sunny, cloudy, hot, 90 degrees and humid, cool low 60s and windy. The Club members’ hospitality was consistently warm and inclusive. The volunteers at the desk kept matches moving. Elly Leary kept her eye on the flow of everything. Janet Kauffman emceed the dinner and raffle drawing with Joanne Russell. Ann Rungi took music requests and led on the dance floor at the NSWTA sponsored cocktail party. At the banquet Kathy Foulk gave a shout out to NSWTA and all the people who worked on the event. Read more
DISCOUNT ALLEY

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Enter promo code: ASCALLEY10
 

Enjoy the Savings on your Mizuno Tennis Footwear!
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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. 
 
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.
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