President's Message

Dear Members,

 

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

NWTO Co-President

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

 

Playing Tennis Safely: Player Tips and Recommendations

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

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Please enjoy this video on why "tennis is the sport for a lifetime" featuring Margaret Canby and Rose Austin from the U.S. Cup Teams competing in Umag, Croatia.

 

 

 

 

 

Current NSWTA Member Directory

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Instagram Update

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2020 Category 1 Schedule

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New Memberships and Renewals

We welcome our newest member this month - Mary MacDonald. 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.

 

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NSWTA E-Newsletter

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Men's Senior Tennis Website

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