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  • 30 Mar 2011 10:11 AM | Deleted user
    In the most dramatic fashion of all, we pulled out a massive 3-2 win against Oakland Hills TC today!!!

    In our Doubles #2 match, Leo and Jeff pulled out a wild 6-7, 6-1, 7-6 match to secure the 3-2 win. Both teams had multiple match points but in the end our guys pulled it out with somegutsy play including aces, drop shots and deep heavy topspin balls, breaking the other team down.

    Our other wins were:

    Singles #2:
    Warren started off our resurgence after we lost the first two points of the tie by coming back from a set down to win 2-6, 6-1, 6-4. Great serving and pinpoint accurate shots finally undid the opponent as at the end he was constantly shaking his head at Warren's aggressive play.

    Doubles #3:
    Eddie and Mason were steady and attacking, completely dominating the opponent and coming off with an easy 6-1, 6-2 win.

    In our other matches I thought our players competed very well and the matches were very close. I thought each player played tough and with that intensity and focus I was hoping to see. Great job, we will get them next time!

    Singles #1:
    Oakland Hills def. Josh, 6-0, 6-4.

    Doubles #1:
    Oakland Hills def.  Edgar/Kelly, 6-4, 6-3.
  • 28 Mar 2011 4:43 PM | Deleted user
    Our first tie of the season all had hard fought matches, but unfortunately SFTC-A came out ahead with a well seasoned team.

    In #1 Doubles, MattS and Josh (endearingly call Mash) pulled out a tough 3-setter.  Having lost the first set 3-6, Mash rallied and took the second set 6-4.  It was up to the nail-biting, super-set tie-breaker in which Mash took on the early lead of 4-0.  However, at a turning point in the set, a long rally in which SFTC won the point seemed to swing the momentum.  In the end, SFTC pulled out ahead in the tie-breaker 10-6 thus winning the match.

    In #2 Doubles, Matt R and Derek were pulling out their own drama on court with another 3-setter of the night.  The first set was tight, but our boys lost 6-7.  That was enough for them to rally back in the second set, blasting away at their opponents and taking the second set 6-4.  By this time, the other two doubles teams had finished, and Ms Matt was sniffing out the sweet smell of alcohol wafting down from the rafters.  In no time, our boys again blasted their opponents in the super-set tie-breaker, winning 10-2.  Ms Matt busted out in song, "Sistah..." as their opponents left the courts.

    In #3 Doubles, Buster and Jarhow faced a well oiled SFTC doubles team which knew exactly where to hit so that that balls went straight into the curtains.  After a rocky start, losing 1-6, our boys got into a rhythm, but the rhythm only took them so far, losing the second set 4-6.

    The next wave of matches, the Singles, went on shortly after the Doubles ended.  A combination of nerve, unfamiliarity with the indoor courts, and well-seasoned opponents brought both Singles matches to quick endings (would have preferred happy endings!).  In #2 Singles, Karl was first to walk off the court, losing 1 and 3.  Ming, Karl's long-time doubles partner, watched the whole set and certainly had plenty of words of comfort/coaching after that match.  Not soon after, Hiro walked off the court after losing 1 and 2.

    Captains, do you have a match recap you would like posted? Send it to webmaster@gltf.org
  • 23 Mar 2011 12:16 PM | Deleted user
    Who says March Madness is all about college basketball?  GLTF’s Eastbay Senior 3.5 Women’s USTA team has brought tennis’s version of March Madness directly to GLTF.  The team, captained by Mary Beth Meyer, has put together an incredible season and is right now in the midst of enjoying a story-book run in the play-offs.

    Making the run all the more remarkable is the fact that this is the first ever GLTF senior women’s team.  Mary Beth has forged a supportive and cohesive team that never hesitates to cheer each other on and pick each other up.  Every bit of that team spirit was needed for the team to reach the playoffs after an excellent and demanding regular league schedule.

    After fighting its way to the playoffs, the women secured a miracle upset by knocking out top seeded powerhouse Harbor Bay in the first playoff round.  That playoff tie, played away on Harbor Bay’s beautiful courts, came down to the wire.  The tie was not decided until the last serve of the last match, which ended 7-5 for GLTF in the third and final set.  

    Next up, GLTF takes on Chabot College’s talented squad.  Congratulations to Mary Beth, Joanne Watson, Kalliope Bellesis, Jan Gunn, Cindy Podren, RJ Bruno, Leslie Bowen, Jan Leger, Sandy Solis, Peg Morris, Rhoda Shaponik, Janice Hall and Rosario Ysip for a job well done!
  • 23 Mar 2011 12:13 PM | Deleted user
    Compass Doubles 2011 wrapped up February 27th. Tournament Director Steve Nugent did an amazing job and the tournament was a blast. Here is Steve's wrap-up:  

    After two days of exciting doubles action and perfect weather we crowned our champions in both the Upper and Lower divisions.

    In the Upper Draw, there were no real surprises in the early rounds as the #1 seeds Schulhoff Tam/Dat Mac progressed along with the #2 seeds Howie Chang/Minh Chan to the latestages. The top 2 seeds met in the finals for a titanic clash where the lone upset occurred as the #2 seeds Howie Chang and Minh Chan came out on top with a score of 7-5, 6-3. Congrats to Howie and Minh, Upper Division Champions!

    In the Lower Draw, there were upsets aplenty as the top 2 seeds were bundled out of the main draw at the quarterfinals stage. Only the #3 seeds of Dax Johnson and Thai Lam made it to the semi-finals where giant killers Alexander Jones and Minh Ta won an exciting epic match to progress to the finals with a score of 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Alexander and Minh had already defeated the #1 seeds in the first round!

    The other giant killers in the lower draw came in the form of Mark Mays and Chip Graves. After downing the #2 seeds of Scott Burrell and Rick Li with a tight score of 2-6, 7-6, 6-0. They comfortably made their way into the finals to meet the streaking team of Jones/Ta. However, in the end Jones/Ta were no match for Mark and Chip as they eased their way to victory with a score of 6-2, 6-2. Congrats to Mark and Chip, Lower Division Champions!

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the tournament and who came out to watch. You all made the tournament the great success that it was!  Full draws can be found here:
    Steve Nugent, Tournament Director
  • 09 Mar 2011 9:47 AM | Deleted user
    Do you play with Dunlop rackets?  GLTA has negotiated with Dunlop to offer all GLTF members a significant discount on multi-racket and racket bag packages.  

    Check out the details on the order form:  glta.net/documents/2011_DSquad_US_Player_Package_Form_SS.pdf
  • 08 Mar 2011 4:15 PM | Deleted user

    Curtis Dunn knows a little about success on the tennis court.  As a player for Division I powerhouse Stanford University in the late 1980’s, Curtis and his teammates collected three national championships.  He has won the Men’s Open Division title a record six times at the USGO, besting GLTF legend Kerry Mitchell’s prior record of fivetitles.  Last year in a highly anticipated final, Curtis defeated the wily and talented Russell Buchi.  In fact, Curtis has never been defeated in a singles match at the USGO. Which brings up a simple question that Open Division players have been pondering for years – how do you beat this guy?

    Well, we here at Ad/Out are here to help.  After consulting with tennis experts from around the world, we present to you the top 5 suggestions on how to face and defeat Curtis Dunn at the USGO:

    5.         Line calls – If his ball was good, you would have been able to return it, right?  Practice with me:  “just out Curtis”; “sorry, Curtis, you just missed”; “what a great shot C.D., it pains me to have to call it out"; “In by 2 feet you say? That’s weird because I saw it out.” 

    4.         Do not hit to his backhand – has he missed a backhand since 1988?  Oh, and don’t hit to his forehand either.

    3.         Do you have hot friends?  Do you have hot friends that are willing to dress scantily and stand up, scream and jump around every time Curtis is about to hit a shot?  Just a thought.

    2.         After the match, quickly volunteer to report the scores – then report the scores under the established rules of “Opposite Day.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opposite_Day.

    1.         Before the match you supply the homemade sandwiches --  food poisoning never tasted so good. 

  • 08 Mar 2011 4:13 PM | Deleted user

    Memorial Weekend, May 27-30, 2011, GGP, San Francisco

    The United States Gay Open (USGO) is over 30 and it looks marvelous.  For four days over Memorial Day weekend (May 27-30) players from all over the world will converge in San Francisco for great camaraderie, renewed friendships and the chance to play in North America's biggest and best gay and lesbian tennis tournament.  Registration is open, and it's easy -- to learn more clickhere.  GLTF's Alex Lin has taken up the challenge of Directing this historic tournament.  After working with and learning from the exceptional and indefatigable Dave Campbell, Alex is looking forward to helping guide the USGO to the next stage in its storied history.  Alex was gracious enough to agree to interview with Ad/Out: 

    Mr. Director, have you settled into your role as the Tournament Director of the 2011 United States Gay Open?

    I think so.  The initial trauma from the thought of having to plan such a big event steeped with history has passed.   The role of director really is about organizing and supervising, to make sure every aspect of the tournament is covered.

    Actually, you took on a big role during the 2010 USGO, assisting Dave Campbell, correct?

    Yes, I was in charge of most things directly related to all the tennis matches – registration, seeding, draws, scheduling.

    What part of the job of director is the most fun, thus far?

    The most interesting and fun part is to try to come up with new ideas to make the tournament more fun and efficient for the players.  My goal is to make every player feel like a VIP when they are out on the courts playing their hearts out.  I want them to focus completely on their tennis game and not have to worry about anything else.

    What part of the job is the most challenging?

    There are two things that are challenging.  One, since we are moving back to Golden Gate Park this year.  I basically have had to plan the tournament as if it were brand new – things like negotiations for courts, host hotels, banquetfacilities all have taken a lot of effort.  The other challenging piece of running a tournament is something I experienced last year and I am hopeful I will encounter less of this year – players should try to understand that we can’t please everyone in every way.  We often have people asking for certain times off, registering for a different level than they should, and/or complaining about their draw, their seeding, and their match time – it takes a lot of energy and patience to deal with this, and it can be very stressful.  I hope people understand that everyone on the tournament committee, including myself, is a volunteer, and we are all doing our best to organize a good tournament for everybody.  There is one great tip I learned from Dave last year though – the next time someone comes up to me to question the seeding, that person will have automatically volunteered to be on the seeding committee the following year. 

    Does it sometimes feel like you are producing/directing a Broadway show?

    I haven’t yet had the opportunity to produce or direct a Broadway show.  So you should ask me again in 15-20 years, when I will be in New York directing my first Broadway musical.  I imagine there are lots of similarities and each has its own difficulties – organizing people, negotiating with vendors, seeking donors and sponsors.

    This year the tournament will return to San Francisco after a few years in Palo Alto, many people are excited about the return to the city – what are the most positive aspects of the return to San Francisco?

    Most players liked Stanford for the stadium atmosphere. Since they’re hosting the NCAA Championships this year, we thought it would be a great opportunity to bring the tournament back to GGP.  The courts were just resurfaced in the fall of 2010, and since it’s so close to home for those of us in SF, it will be convenient to have the tournament there.  We are planning a few things to bring some excitement during the weekend, and the benefit of having it here in SF is to have people coming out to support their friends, even on the last day of the tournament when it will be just the finals. 

    Tell us about some of the interesting features of the 2011 USGO?

    One new feature is that we will have ball boys and girls for all the final matches on Monday.  Our beneficiary this year is Youth Tennis Advantage, and the kids in this great organization will be helping us out, which, along with USTA officials, will make for a very exciting final day of thetournament.  I’m also working very hard to get more funds so we can have a great variety in our lunch options this year.  So if anyone thinks that their employer may be interested in being a sponsor, please let me know.  Another new feature will be the draw party.  In previous years, the draw was done by the computer. This year, I am planning a manual draw where we will actually draw names out of a bowl.  Sports Basement is sponsoring this event, which will be held one week before the tournament begins.  There will be complimentary wine, beer, snacks, and everyone there will receive a significant discount on purchases made that evening.

    I am sure you’ll need a whole cadre of volunteers – in which areas will you be needing help?

    A tournament this size can’t possibly happen without volunteers, and we need two sets of volunteers.  The first set will be volunteers interested in a leadership role to help plan the tournament.  So far, we have Allison Duke and Katy Atkinson working on the parties, and Steve Brown and Aamir Vaid wiring on sponsors and donors.  We also have Zoe Heimdel who designed the 2011 USGO logo and is handling promotion materials for us this year.  There are two positions that need to be filled at the moment: a food coordinator and a public relations director.  The food coordinator will serve as a liaison to the caterers and plan out all the food and snack needs over the four days of the event.  The public relations director will help us promote the event to the general Bay Area community.  One of the goals of the GLTF Board this year is to reach out beyond the gay tennis community, so this person will have the important function of coordinating local media.  The second set of volunteers will be the folks helping out at the event itself.  This will include setting up, purchasing food and snacks, transporting players, registering players, assigning courts, cleaning up.  It will be crucial to have as much help as possible to help make sure the tournament runs smoothly. 

    How can members volunteer?

    For those who are interested in volunteering or have ideas for the tournament, please contact me at usgo@tennis.org. If you didn’t understand how last year’s seeds were determined, contact me now so we can get you on the seeding committee.  If you know someone who might be interested in providing massage therapy at the tournament or making a donation to help our auction or raffle, please let me know. 

    Thanks Alex!   
  • 08 Mar 2011 4:02 PM | Deleted user
    Pulling off a stunning upset, the East Bay team which plays out of Mills College in Oakland beat the number one seeded Harbor Bay. Going in without home courts advantage, the match at Harbor Bay was extremely close and exciting to the last serve; the third match to went to a 7-5 third set. The GLTF senior 3.5 women will take on Chabot Canyon at Chabot on Sunday, March 20th at 1 pm. Come out and cheer on the ground breaking GLTF team.


    Link to Chabot Canyon Racquet Club
    http://www.chabotcanyon.org/pages/index.cfm?siteid=10261
  • 17 Feb 2011 1:54 PM | Deleted user
    Former GLTF President and Hall of Fame GLTF member Steven Brown was awarded USTA Northern California’s prestigious  Adult League Volunteer of the Year at the annual awards banquet last month.  Steven has donated an enormous amount of time as a member and chair of the USTA Norcal's Adult League Committee, and the award recognizes his hard work and vision.  Steven was kind enough to answer a few of our questions.  
     
    1. How did you get involved in the Adult League Committee?


    I was approached by the area league coordinator and invited to become a committee member.


    2. What does the Adult League Committee oversee and how might this be relevant to a GLTF Member?


    The Adult League Committee is responsible for overseeing the USTA League program in Northern California. The goals of the committee include maintaining and growing league participation by emphasizing fair and consistent programs across all 17 local areas in the section. The committee is comprised of 13 members, who are selected based upon the following criteria: played leagues, variety of experiences with leagues, shown interest, background of tennis pro/club experience, and or legal background. Each member comes with something to share and broadens the prospective of the committee. For GLTF members that want to play USTA tennis this committee is vital to fair play without prejudice.


    3. What were some of the accomplishments during your time as chair?


    Some of the accomplishments include increased fairness to all levels of play for men and women, a 70+ pilot league was expanded to the entire section, the High Level Tri Level league was created to give our highest rated players opportunity for team play, an Up-Down league in Sacramento gave able-bodied players an opportunity to team with our amazing wheelchair players. Our popular Flex League continues to attract more players with new offerings like mixed doubles and a daytime league for 2011.

    Our marketing efforts to increase entry level Adult League and Combo Doubles League teams brought notable results and new USTA members. We trained 10-15 new volunteers for adult league, grievance (including GLTF’s own board member Joe Belano), and appeals committees. We also saw player participation increase in almost all of our leagues.


    4. What is your next tennis project?


    I will be assisting with the upcoming United States Gay Open and I will continue to work on the 15th Street Court Project.


    Congratulations Steve! We're PROUD to have you in the GLTF. Thanks for the years of service and everything you've done to make the GLTF the best gay tennis organization in the world!

  • 17 Feb 2011 1:50 PM | Deleted user
    The Australian native is a former Cal player and 5-time All-American She posted a career record of 105-52 in singles and a remarkable 94-29 record in doubles. She had a career high singles ranking of No. 9 in college and finished with a national doubles ranking of No. 2 for three consecutive years. Jensen won NCAA doubles titles in 1998, 1999 and 2000, and also the ITA national indoor doubles crown in 2000.  After closing out her third NCAA championship, Jensen entered the NCAA record books for the most number of consecutive championships by any collegiate tennis player, male or female. This is a record that still stands today.

    Jensen was honored for her hard work as the Associate Head Coach with the Cal program, being named the 2004 and 2006 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northwest Regional Assistant Coach of the Year.
    She then went on to be the Head Coach at a newer, little known Division I program at the University of Denver, in beautiful Colorado. She was voted back to back Conference Head Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009.
    She took the team from No 60 to No. 19 in only 2 seasons.

    Jensen was one of Australia's top juniors. She was an Australian Institute of Sport Scholarship holder and represented Australia on several national touring teams. Jensen earned a No. 15 world doubles ranking in 1996 and was a top 50 ITF world junior in singles. She competed in the junior Australia Open, French Open,Wimbledon, and US Open in 1995, reaching the semifinals of the doubles event at Flushing Meadows. In addition, Jensen competed professionally at the 2002 Australian Open and the 1998, 1999 and 2000 U.S. Open events and has held WTA world rankings in singles and doubles both before and after her college career. Jensen has competed against some of the best players in the world including Amelie Mauresmo, Martina Hingis, Mary Pierce, Mary Jo Fernandez, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.

    Jensen graduated from Cal in May 2002 with a pre-med degree in integrative biology. She has also attained an NSCA strength and conditioning certification, and worked as the conditioning coach for the Cal tennis program. Jensen is a P-1 certified teaching professional with the USPTA. She is currently complete a masters in psychology at JFKU where she is studying diverse interests such as sport psychology, consciousness, wisdom traditions, and neuropsychology and the applications to sport, peak performance, team cohesion, and coaching.
    Amy Jensen, who is currently working with Mills College's tennis team. 
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