We've written before about how Pickleball became a fun, popular game accessible to all ages. Now we'd like to introduce you to a great new piece of Pickleball equipment: The Pickleball machine by Lobster. We feel this is one of the best Pickleball machines on the market, and here's why.
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- The Pickle: A New Pickleball Machine by Lobster
- The Grand Slam Tennis Tournaments
- Preventing Tennis Injuries
- Building a Clay Tennis Court
- Tennis and Pickleball for Schools and Youth
- Tennis and Pickleball Machines
- Tennis Court Surface Types
- Tennis Windscreens: the Basics
- Let's Play Pickleball
- The US Open Tennis Championship is coming on August 28
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When it comes to tennis, nothing symbolizes mastery of the sport like the Grand Slam, comprising the four majors. Each of these four tournaments is prestigious in its own right, and to win even one of them is the dream of many aspiring tennis champions who practice hard and play harder. Winning all four tournaments requires skill, dedication, and deep familiarity with all court types.
All physical activity carries a risk of injury, and tennis is no exception. Some players especially push their bodies hard when they play, focusing only on the next shot and defeating their competition. And when playing professionally, there's no other way to do it, as less competitive players will find themselves losing games until they learn to keep up.
Some tennis injury prevention is the responsibility of the player. It's up to the player to understand their body's limits and to condition themselves to be able to take the punishment sports deal out. But as the owner of a tennis facility, there are some things you can do yourself to help your players avoid injury.
Clay tennis courts have a certain air of prestige. They're uncommon in the United States, and more frequently seen in Europe which gives them that old-world feel. They're used in the French Open as well as some other tournaments, too, and they provide a much different experience from other court types. If any of the players who frequent your facility have their eye on serious competition in the future, they'll appreciate the opportunity to play and practice on a clay court.
Clay courts today are easier to build and maintain than they were in the past, but it's still not a completely straightforward process. Like any surface, a clay court requires preparation, maintenance, and proper tools and materials.
Here's what you'll need, and what the process involves.
One of the best things about the game of tennis is that it appeals to all ages. It's a fantastic sport in so many ways — not only does it teach reflexes and agility, it also improves discernment and other mental abilities. And of course, there's the benefit of exercise without the type of danger you'd encounter in contact sports!
Pickleball is a similar game, related to tennis and in fact was invented as an alternative to tennis that is even friendlier to young children. Adults love Pickleball too, though, and many players continue to prefer it throughout their lives.
Do you want to spread interest in tennis or Pickleball throughout the youth in your area? Tennis Court Supply can help!
Tennis and Pickleball Machines
Tennis ball machines are a great option for players who want to continue practicing even while solo, which makes them a must for your tennis facility. Some tennis ball machines are capable of introducing a random element to their shots, keeping players on their toes. With a tennis ball machine, players can practice to their hearts' content even without a partner, and with a much more varied experience than rebounding against a backboard.
Tennis Court Surfaces
Tennis players with an eye on competing professionally will want to practice and play on different types of courts. Each tennis court surface type has different qualities that change a few things about the nature of a match, including the bounce of the tennis ball and the ideal shoes for players to wear. A well-rounded tennis player has experience with all court types.
It's important for a tennis facility manager to know about the pros and cons of these different court surfaces in order to plan for budgeting and maintenance. Some courts definitely require a lot more care than others in order to remain in top condition. Here are the main types of tennis court surfaces.
Tennis Windscreens: the Basics
Windscreens are crucial for a well-designed outdoor tennis court. They provide shade and privacy and block some of the wind while still allowing for ventilation. They also provide a solid background for players to watch the ball, eliminate visual distractions from other areas or courts, and even have a noise-reduction effect. All outdoor tennis courts can benefit from some kind of windscreen.
This article will introduce you to the different types of windscreens we carry at Tennis Court Supply, and how to choose the right one for your court.
Let's Play Pickleball!
It's easy to see why Pickleball has taken off in popularity. Despite its creation as a children's game, it's so fun and easy to learn that it's truly a game for all ages. The rules are simple, but there's still plenty of room for expert players to grow in skill level and have a great time competing.
The US Open Tennis Championship is coming on August 28
The 2017 United States Open Tennis Championship starts on Monday, August 28, and both fans and players look forward to it with great anticipation. As the final Grand Slam event of the year, the US Open is always guaranteed to be an exciting two weeks. Competitors can be both amateur and professional players from anywhere in the world, and men and women are both welcome. The US Open Qualifying Tournament is held the previous week, from August 22 through 25.
Preparing your Tennis Court for the Big Match
When the big match is coming up, you want to be sure you're 100% prepared. Your court needs to be in top shape so the players can excel to the full extent of their abilities. Give yourself plenty of time to evaluate all the parts of your tennis court so you can identify areas that need maintenance or improvement.
Teaching kids (even young ones!) to play and enjoy tennis is fun and easy. With the QuickStart Tennis Supplies that we offer, you can find kid-sized courts and kid-sized tennis equipment to get them started. Using a kid-friendly format offers immediate benefits that will have kids moving, rallying, playing and, most importantly, having fun.
Hot and hard-surfaced tennis courts can be brutal in the summer, but with some preparation, the right tennis court supplies and some practical tips, you can continue to safely and comfortably play your favorite sport throughout the summer.
Cabanas and Awnings can provide relief from the sun during breaks and in between games. While playing on an outdoor court in the heat doesn’t seem appealing at first, some shade can make all the difference in a player’s decision to enjoy the outdoors or to stay indoors.
Tennis Court Lighting will keep your courts well-lit for players who want to avoid the sun altogether. Many players find the heat of the day too unbearable and would prefer to play in the cooler evenings. Adequate tennis court lighting will help them enjoy the tennis throughout the summer.
Cooler and Cooler Racks are essential for any tennis court in every season. Like with any sport, players should keep themselves hydrated and should have easy access to water to maintain their health and their game.
Pickleball has been around for decades, but has been gaining momentum and popularity in the recent years. Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements from badminton, tennis and ping-pong. It is lauded as a sport that was created for all ages and skill levels. According to USAPA.org, there are more than 15,000 pickleball courts in the US and at least one location in each state.
Pickleball can be played both indoors and outdoors on a badminton-sized court. The net lays close to the ground similar to tennis. Players use a solid paddle to hit a perforated ball (similar to a wiffle ball) over the net. Pickleball can be played as singles or doubles.
How to Play:
The game starts with a coin toss. The winner of the coin toss will have the option to choose whether or not to serve first. The serving team may also determine who will serve first. Serves are made diagonally, starting with the right-hand service-square and alternating each serve. The serve must clear the seven-foot non-volley-zone in front of the net and land in the diagonal service court.
Players on each side must let the ball bounce once before volleys are allowed. There is a seven-foot no-volley zone on each side of the net to prevent “spiking.” The server continues to serve, alternating service courts, until he or she faults. The first side scoring eleven points and leading by at least two points wins. Points can only be scored by the side that serves.
For more information about Pickleball, visit: http://www.usapa.org/what-is-pickleball/