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Want to play TENNIS? Take Advantage of this and JUUMP OnCourt NOW!

The purpose of this post is to try to make it as easy as possible for YOU to start playing tennis and/or to help you play even MORE tennis. If you are in Hong Kong, this Hong Kong based tennis site will actively help YOU to play tennis AND www.JUUMP.com will help YOU play tennis anywhere in the world. Together we will combine to make starting to play and playing more often a reality.

 

For many people actually starting to play is THE most difficult obstacle to overcome…

·     I don’t have a tennis racquet.
·     I don’t know anyone that I can play with.
·     I don’t know what level I am.
·     I don’t know if I’m good enough to play with other people yet.
·     I don’t know where I can play.
·     I don’t think I will give them a good enough practice or game.
·     For me to play tennis means I always need to pay a coach or pay a person to hit with, so it becomes too expensive to play.

Together with JUUMP we are going to try to REMOVE all of these obstacles for YOU. TENNIS: OnCourtAdvantage.com (OCA) is currently the only profile from all of Hong Kong registered on JUUMP. Join OCA there today, seize the day, YOU have so much tennis to PLAY.

In terms of the racquet, IF you are in Hong Kong OR passing through, OCA can arrange (via contacts), the cheapest possible price for a tennis racquet and/or any tennis gear because we just want you to get OnCourt.

If you are outside of Hong Kong then OCA, as of right now is starting a pick up a free racquet or buy a cheap second hand racquet register. Anyone who wants to offer an unused or second hand racquet to give away or sell cheaply, please leave a comment on this post with the details. When you leave a comment, include where you are and the specific details of the racquet/s.

More about JUUMP:

JUUMP is a FREE tennis website that focuses entirely on helping people play more tennis, meet fellow tennis enthusiasts and find exactly where you can play tennis. Visit JUUMP by pressing this link-> http://www.JUUMP.com JUUMP is based in the USA and is continually expanding throughout the world to help people play, meet and find courts no matter where you are in the world.

To take full advantage of JUUMP you need to create a profile for yourself so you can:

·     Invite others to play tennis with you
·     Allow others to invite you to play tennis
·     Join tennis groups and events listed by others
·     Invite others to join your group and events that you can create through your profile
·     Make it easy to find a place to play
·     Make it easy for others to know your playing level
·     Make it easy to match-up what times and days that best suit YOUR schedule

If you need assistance in creating a profile at JUUMP please contact them @JUUMPtennis on Twitter and/or on the JUUMP Facebook page.

More about this site:

OCA invites YOU to shape this site by asking questions and providing suggestions about HOW this site can better serve ALL of your tennis needs. OCA’s main aim is to help tennis to become THE No.1 sport in the world. This site is REALLY all about and FOR tennis. Please suggest this site to your friends, “Like” the OCA Facebook page here and/or “Follow” OCA on Twitter here.

 

In order to make it as easy as possible for YOU to start playing tennis and/or play as much as you would like a list will be created of EVERY place that you can play in Hong Kong, complete with specific details, such as the address, phone number, court surface and number of courts at each tennis facility.

All of the details for each place will be added at the bottom of this post. These places in Hong Kong have been contacted to send their details through to this site. As the information comes to hand it will be added below.

It will be very interesting to see how helpful and keen these places are to invite more people to play tennis. To show you which places are THE MOST active in promoting tennis we will place a number (with No.1 being first to reply), to indicate in what order they submit their details to help YOU actually get OnCourt. Any name listed without a number in front of their name has not responded as yet.

For any further information please do not hesitate to e-mail: OCA: info(at)OnCourtAdvantage(dot)com

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The 2011 Tennis To-Do List

After announcing THE 2011 tennis plan in my Tennis Rhyme the plan gets underway with this 2011 Tennis To-Do List. There are so many issues that need to be evaluated and improved upon in order for a more effective and efficient way for tennis to operate and perform.

There is always a better way to do things and I continually challenge myself to pursue these better ways. In this age in which so many people have so little time and with the huge competitiveness from other sports etc. the importance of making every post a winner becomes increasingly vital.

The tennis issues that will be addressed in 2011 will touch everyone who becomes involved in the game and those already committed to tennis. Each day for the remainder of 2010 more issues that will be addressed in 2011 will be added to this tennis to-do list. Feel free to add your suggestions and comments if YOU have anything you would like to see included.

  • Curing and preventing Tennis Elbow
  • Saving money on tennis lessons
  • Being able to check whether what you are being taught or advised is correct
  • How to Fix Davis Cup
  • How to Fix Fed Cup
  • Choose the correct racquet finally
  • How to REALLY achieve your fitness and health aims
  • How to Fix the rankings systems
  • Help a player win a grand slam singles title in 2011 other than Nadal, Federer, Serena & Venus!
  • Make the professional tennis calendar work better
  • Make it easier for people to find a place to play tennis
  • Make it easier for you to buy tennis tickets
  • Help you avoid pitfalls of junior tennis…

To play YOUR part please email info@oncourtadvantage.com or catch me on Twitter @OnCourtAd

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Today is Tennis Day

December 11 is the perfect day,
To let you in on what I have to say.

My main goal in 2011,
Is to create a TENNIS HEAVEN.

We’re going to make THE difference,
YOU are going to help at my insistence.

Instead of taking what you can for yourself,
Together let’s put tennis on the top shelf.

We’re going to make TENNIS number 1,
We’re going to make it way better for EVERY one!

Now I want YOU to play your part,
Everyone come on and open your tennis heart.

What I want you to do,
Is pitch in with as much as YOU can do.

Now what I plan to do,
Is take on each issue and follow it through.

Anything that is less than ideal,
We’re going to reveal.

Anything that is letting our great game down,
We’re going to change it until it deserves a crown.

If we ALL act in the best interests of tennis,
The game we love will return to the zenith.

Make today and everyday, tennis day!

© OnCourtAdvantage.com 2010

To play YOUR part please email info@oncourtadvantage.com or catch me on Twitter @OnCourtAd

The ATP Tour Cheated Andy Murray! #2

WORLD EXCLUSIVE for OnCourt Advantage:

In part 1 of this story we revealed that Andy Murray was cheated out of a possible spot in the semi finals of the ATP World Tour Finals. Murray was said to have missed out on a semi final spot by one game with a 43-44 record. To this day the ATP World Tour Finals has posted that Murray missed out on the semi final spot by one game.

Now in part two of this story we will look at other possible deadlock scenarios that could be used to determine who should qualify for the semi finals when 2 players have tied.

How do you think the semi final spots should be allocated in the ATP World Tour Finals?

See what we believe is THE innovation that is best for tennis by clicking this link to read part 1 -> The ATP Tour Cheated Andy Murray!

Other possible deadlock scenarios:

Should it be based on their career head-to-head record?

Murray leads 6 wins to Roger Federer’s 4, so Murray would have got the semi-final spot. However, the ATP World Tour Finals determine who is the best player and what the final rankings for that particular year. The head-to-head record for the year would be a better measure of who should be selected to advance to the semi-finals.

Should it be based on their head-to-head record in that particular year?

Murray and Federer both won 2 matches against each other in 2009 so this deadlock solution may not be very effective.

Should it be based on who won the most singles titles in that particular year?

Murray would have got the semi final berth in this case as he won more ATP titles than any other player in 2009 with 6. Federer won 4 ATP titles in 2009.

Should it be based on who is seeded higher in this event?

Surely this does not make sense and if anything the lower seeded player has performed even better than the higher seeded player to have tied with him.

Should it be based on who won their head-to-head battle during the round robin?

In this case Federer would clinch the semi final spot. However, this event is the culminating one for each year on tour and deserves far more than this. Federer may have beaten Murray in the round robin match yet that means for Murray to have tied with Federer overall, that Murray must have been better than Federer in both of the other 2 matches. In effect, Murray was better performed in 2 of the 3 matches as compared to Federer only being better than Murray in one match.

For more on the ATP Tour Finals click these links ->ATP World Tour Finals Results, ATP World Tour Finals in LondonATP World Tour Finals Draw, Understanding the Men’s Pro Tour #1 and Understanding the Men’s Pro Tour #2.

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The ATP Tour Cheated Andy Murray!

WORLD EXCLUSIVE for OnCourt Advantage:

The following news has not been revealed anywhere in the world to date. Andy Murray was cheated out of a possible spot in the semi finals of the ATP World Tour Finals.

Murray was excluded from the semi finals because he was said to have one less game than Roger Federer with 43 to Roger’s 44. However, simple arithmetic shows that they both won 44 games.

To this day The ATP World Tour Finals has posted that Murray missed out on the semi-final spot because he won one less game than Roger Federer 43 games to 44.

Murray’s 44 games won:

  • On Day 1 Murray defeated del Potro 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. Murray’s score in each set is listed first so the No.4 seed won 15 games (6+3+6=15).
  • On Day 3 Federer defeated Murray 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Murray’s score in each set is listed second so the Scot won 10 games (3+6+1= 10).
  • On Day 5 Murray defeated Verdasco 6-4, 6-7, 7-6. Murray’s score in each set is listed first so he won 19 games (6+6+7= 19).
  • 15 + 10 + 19 = 44.

Federer’s 44 games won:

  • On Day 1 Federer won 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 against Verdasco. Federer’s score in each set is listed first so the No.1 seed won 17 games (4+7+6=17).
  • On Day 3 Federer beat Murray 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Federer’s score in each set is listed first so the Swiss won 15 games (6+3+6=15).
  • On Day 5 del Potro defeated Federer 6-2, 6-7, 6-3. Federer’s score in each set is listed second so he won 12 games (2+7+3= 12).
  • 17 + 15 + 12 = 44.

OnCourt Advantage follows tennis extremely closely and is considered a world leader in tennis knowledge, expertise and innovation.

How do you think the semi-final spots should be allocated in the ATP World Tour Finals?

OCA believes that if 2 players results are tied then they should play one full set with a tie-break at 6 games all against each other to split the deadlock.

This set would create great entertainment and added value for the crowd and for the millions of viewers around the world. This deciding set should be played as the first match on the very next day of play. If this had been done in London 2009 then Federer and Murray would have played on Day 6 which was the final day of play for the “Group B” round robin matches.

When players’ battle out the entire year to qualify for these end-of-year championships it does not make sense that a count back system should be used. Whoever the better player is on the day should always be the deciding factor in tennis.

In part two of this story we will look at other possible deadlock scenarios to determine who should qualify for the semi finals.

For more on the ATP Tour Finals click these links -> ATP World Tour Finals Results, ATP World Tour Finals in London, ATP World Tour Finals Draw, Understanding the Men’s Pro Tour #1 and Understanding the Men’s Pro Tour #2.

Today’s POST is dedicated to Stan Smith. Smith was born on this day in 1946. The American won 2 Grand Slam singles titles, the US Open in 1971 and a Wimbledon Championship in 1972. He first achieved his highest career ranking of World No.1 in 1972.

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About OnCourt Advantage

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OnCourt Advantage (OCA) was started in an effort to make tennis known and accepted as the No.1 sport in the world. Spending years working in the tennis industry, it is clear that the way tennis is and has been delivered to the consumer, is the number one reason why tennis is NOT reaching its full potential as the world’s most played, watched and enjoyed game.

OCA aims to have the greatest impact on tennis possible by encouraging positive changes within the tennis world.

The OCA goals are:

  1. To assist the tennis community to play tennis and increase the level of enjoyment when doing so;
  2. To assist tennis players to get the most out of the sport with their friends and families, for life;
  3. To increase the number of people who watch tennis by reaching and promoting tennis through innovative and effective ways;
  4. To increase the enjoyment of viewers by motivating and educating them so that they want to watch the game far more often;
  5. To supply our reader’s with the necessary information needed to fully understand and appreciate tennis;
  6. To encourage tennis businesses and organising bodies to unify in the BEST interests of tennis;
  7. To deliver information that is thought provoking and challenging in order to extend our reader’s ideas and thoughts; and
  8. To follow the WTA and ATP Tours by providing quality commentary, editorial and insight into the professional tours.

Strength lies in numbers so please sign up for a FREE subscription and become a Facebook fan of OCA so that together we can make THE difference!!!

OCA is written by degree educated Exercise and Sport Scientists with years of experience in the tennis industry. The reasons that we have such far-reaching goals are because we are passionate about tennis and have acquired the necessary and unique knowledge to achieve these goals.

OCA seeks expressions of interest from you to:

  • Employ us as consultants;
  • Employ us to design a website for your tennis needs;
  • Become a financial supporter, sponsor or advertiser;
  • Become a distributor of our written materials (through obtaining our permission to reprint);
  • Write about any tennis-related content for you; and
  • Link to our website http://www.oncourtadvantage.com by adding us as a link from your website.

For further information please email info@oncourtadvantage.com

Today’s POST is dedicated to Richard Krajicek. Krajicek was born on this day in 1971. The Dutchman won 1 Grand Slam singles title in 1996, the Wimbledon Championships. He first achieved his highest career ranking of World No.4 on 29 March 1999.

© OnCourtAdvantage.com 2009

Sign the GRUNTING in Tennis Petition #2

Is GRUNTING good for the success and integrity of the game or is it turning more people and sponsors away? When all is said and done, the greater good of the game needs to come before individual players and what they choose to do. Everything should be done to maximise the number of people who watch broadcast tennis, support the game by attending in person and their level of enjoyment whilst doing so.

Many sponsorship dollars are going begging as so many people find the grunting too irritating, so cannot bear to watch when it occurs so much. See part 1 of this series in the Hard Hitting category here at OnCourt Advantage by clicking this link-> Sign the GRUNTING in Tennis Petition #1.

Once noise hindrance by grunting is added to the code, players who grunt would be subject to the usual code of conduct process. For grunting it would be ideal to add a new third offence condition so that being defaulted becomes the penalty for a fourth offence i.e. that a warning is issued for a 1st offence, one point penalty for a second offence, losing a game for a third offence and being defaulted from the match for a fourth offence.

The grunting has gotten so out of hand that people post tennis players grunting on You Tube because they think the grunting is so ridiculous and extreme that it is funny. Surely, this does not add to the integrity of the game.

The rules of tennis give the umpire the power to award a point against a player if the umpire believes that player has hindered his or her opponent. This power is supplied via the hindrance rule.

When a grunt lasts into their opponents’ preparation of their stroke then the receiving player’s shot is certainly being hindered. Grunting loudly enough through the collision of the ball and racquet to disguise the telltale sound of the ball coming off the racquet gives the grunter an unfair advantage.

Not being able to hear the ball off the racquet throws off your timing and makes it harder to judge the ball for your own stroke. Try playing with headphones on so you cannot hear. For those tennis coaches who are teaching their players to grunt in order to intimidate their opponent, we challenge you to use your coaching skill to get results for your players rather than reinforcing this unsportsmanlike conduct.

Coaching players to deliberately grunt is stupid and if you are being taught to grunt then you should look for a new coach, as your current coach is most likely all talk and no substance.

There is a physiological advantage to exhaling rather than choosing to grunt. Exhaling during the exertion phase of any exercise means you will preserve energy, reduce anxiety and tension and be able to perform the movement more effectively. The longer, slower and closer to full exhalation you achieve the better off you will be because your movements are more likely to be long and smooth, just like Roger Federer at his peak. Federer served 50 aces in the 2009 Wimbledon final and he does NOT grunt.

Tennis officials are considering classifying grunting as a noise hindrance and adding this to the ITF Code of Conduct. This petition will be forwarded to the International Tennis Federation (ITF), once there are 100 signatories and every 100 thereafter, so please add your comment below OR on part 1 of “Sign the GRUNTING in Tennis Petition”, to reinforce that grunting is hurting the game and MANY people feel that way.

To read about further details and reasons in support of making grunting a noise hindrance see part 1 by clicking this link-> Sign the GRUNTING in Tennis Petition #1. Pictured above is MARIA SHARAPOVA!!!

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Sign the GRUNTING in Tennis Petition #1

We need to get GRUNTING in tennis under control NOW. The purpose of this POST is to provide an opportunity for YOU to make a difference in the tennis world. YOU and I are the consumers of all things tennis. Your voice needs to be and deserves to be heard.

Grunting hindrance is a problem on the ATP Tour and even more so in the WTA and it is only escalating and becoming more problematic. It is the opinion of OnCourt Advantage that anything that is not in the best interests of tennis needs to be removed or improved to restore tennis to it’s potential position as the No.1 sport in the world.

THE PETITION:

Vote IN FAVOUR of making noise hindrance (as a result of grunting), part of the International Tennis Federation’s Code of Conduct. By adding grunting as a hindrance to the ITF code of conduct, this behaviour would become punishable. Therefore, players would make their best efforts to keep the noise down to a reasonable level to avoid warnings and penalties.

Currently, players have no incentive NOT to grunt…however, it is easy to motivate players to stop grunting immediately. How? Player’s hold winning as one of, if not, THE most important priority. By imposing a strict procedure that unnecessarily grunting once will warrant a warning, a second offence will incur a point penalty, a third would be penalised by adding one entire game to the opponent and a fourth time would mean the match would be awarded to the opponent on the spot.

Given that players would certainly not want to incur a game penalty or be defaulted out of any tournament, the players would certainly stop grunting immediately. It is that simple and it would work with immediate effect if it is strictly imposed.

OnCourt Advantage encourages you to stand up and be counted because strength lies in numbers. The greater number of people who sign this petition, the greater chance we can have a REAL influence on the decision makers.

It’s time to strike whilst the iron is hot. Tennis officials are considering classifying grunting as a noise hindrance and adding this to the ITF Code of Conduct. This petition will be forwarded to the International Tennis Federation (ITF), once there are 100 signatories and every 100 thereafter, so please add your comment below or on part 2 of “Sign the GRUNTING in Tennis Petition”, to reinforce that grunting is hurting the game and MANY people feel that way.

To read about a range of details and reasons in support of making grunting a noise hindrance see part 2 by clicking this link-> Sign the GRUNTING in Tennis Petition #2. Pictured above is VICTORIA AZARENKA!!!

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