My Game Solutions Sponsorship Tryout (Pennington, NJ) Recap

On Thursday, August 17th the My Game Solutions team traveled to the Hopewell Valley Tennis & Swim Center in Pennington, NJ to host our second sponsorship tryout for young tennis players aged 10-18.  There was a slew of great young talent that participated, many of them ranked in the top-20 of their respective USTA divisions.

The young athletes were evaluated on their play in a series of games against multiple similar opponents, as well as an interview where they got the opportunity to really let their personality shine through.  Look out for the My Game Solutions team at the next sponsorship tryout, which will take place on Tuesday, August 29th at Alley Pond Tennis Center in Queens, NY.

For more information about the sponsorship program, please visit www.mygamesolutions.com/sponsorship  or visit our previous blog post here.

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Hard vs. Clay vs. Grass: What’s the Difference?

There are many different types of tennis court surfaces. The three main surfaces professionals play on are hard court, clay, and grass. There are major differences between the three surfaces and players need to consider what shoes to wear, balls to use, and strategies to employ for each unique surface. Below, with the help of http://www.healthyliving.com, the three surfaces are outlined.

Hard Court

Both the U.S. Open and the Australian Open tournaments take place on hard court surfaces. Hard courts are typically made from plastic or cement, and is a “fast” surface that results in short rallies that favor hard serves. According to Healthy Living, “many professionals consider hard court the most democratic of surfaces in terms of playing style. The amount of sand in the topcoat and the type of substrate underneath affects ball speed, and its sticky, gripping surface can increase the likelihood of player injury. Most common tennis shoes are made for hard court surfaces and extra-duty balls are the best to play with. Consider playing on clay if you have knee problems or are looking for a slower game.

Clay

The French Open features red clay courts. Red clay courts are made of crushed natural materials such as shale or brick, making clay courts the slowest of all surfaces. Typically, baseline players who shoot with consistency and use heavy spin appreciate the longer points and higher bounces that clay courts accommodate. American clay courts — commonly called Har-Tru — move the ball more quickly than the traditional red clay courts, but still permit slower volleys. Consider using sneakers specifically designed for clay courts and regular-duty balls while playing on clay.

Grass

The courts at Wimbledon feature grass. Similar in complexion to the golf putting green, the grass surface moves the ball the fastest of every Grand Slam surface because it lets the ball slide. Grass surfaces favor serve-and-volley players who rush the net following serve to take advantage of an opponent’s slower foot speed following return. “Constant mowing and frequent watering make grass courts expensive to maintain; as a result, they are unusual.” Consider wearing shoes such as the Adidas “Barricade Grass” while playing on grass and using regular-duty balls.

Citi Open Finals Recap

By Justin Simms

On August 6, 2017, the men’s ATP finals of the Citi Open came and went with a bang.  The rising “next-gen” star Alexander Zverev emphatically beat Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 to take the Citi Open championship, signaling that the “next generation” has already arrived.  It is Zverev’s first Citi Open championship and he did it in style, not facing a break point against a tough and accomplished opponent.

In the WTA championships, Ekaterina Makarova defeated Julia Goerges 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-0 in a redemption-driven match (Makarova had been to the Citi Open semifinals three times without advancing).  Makarova finally got over the hump and stayed true to herself and stayed mentally calm in the match against Goerges.

Henri Kontinen and John Peers defeated Wimbledon champions Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 7-6(5), 6-4 to capture their first Citi Open crown and their seventh title together.  To cap such an unlikely victory, Kontinen and Peers decided to play in the Citi Open just days before the tournament commenced.  Clearly, it turned out to be a good decision.

Shuko Aoyama and Renata Voráčová defeated Eugenie Bouchard and Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-2, asserting themselves early against two top young women players.  They were dominant at net and hit nice groundstrokes and serves to secure the tough victory.

Photo courtesy of http://www.citiopentennis.com

My Game Solutions to Participate in 1st-Ever WTCA Conference in NYC

The Women’s Tennis Coaching Association (WTCA) was formed in 2015 and is the only professional global organization formed solely in support of coaches working with female tennis players. The WTCA supports the mission of increasing the number of female tennis coaches by providing certifications, classes, and special events to their membership.

On August 26-27, WTCA will be hosting its first conference in partnership with the Professional Tennis Registry.  The conference, “The Art and Science of Coaching Female Players” will be held at the Marriott East Side in Manhattan, NY.  My Game Solutions is very excited and looking forward to participating in this event!

My Game Solutions Launches Sponsorship Program for Youth Tennis Players

My Game Solutions is proud to announce that we will be launching a sponsorship program for youth tennis players aged 10 -18 in New York and New Jersey.  Tennis is an expensive sport, and we want to encourage more youth to continue playing by eliminating some of the financial burden associated with the game by providing them with apparel, equipment, and roundtrip airfare to a national tournament of their choice within the United States.

In order to select our sponsored athletes, we will be hosting a series of tryouts throughout August and September.  The schedule for upcoming tryout sessions is as follows:

August 10th- Murray Hill Tennis & Fitness (New Providence, NJ)

August 17th- Hopewell Tennis& Swim (Pennington, NJ)

August 29th- Alley Pond Tennis Center (Queens, NY)

August 30th- Yonkers Tennis Center (Yonkers, NY)

Candidates will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Sportsmanship
  • Charisma and Personality
  • Performance at the Tryout
  • USTA ranking
  • Knowledge and Passion for the My Game Solutions brand

We are excited to partner with Head as the co-sponsor for the apparel and equipment we will be providing for the young athletes. Head is one of the most well-respected brands in the tennis community and sponsors some of the top athletes in the world.  To be associated with such a brand will provide great value to our company and our sponsored athletes.

For more information about the sponsorship program and to register for an upcoming tryout, please visit www.mygamesolutions.com/sponsorship

 

 

My Game Solutions Partners with MCB Tennis Foundation for Little Mo Tournaments!

My Game Solutions is proud to announce that we are partnering with the Maureen Connolly Brinker (MCB) Tennis Foundation as an Official Sponsor for the upcoming Little Mo Internationals and Road to Little Mo Nationals!  Since 1968, the MCB Tennis Foundation has benefitted youth tennis players aged 8-14 from around the world by providing them with the financial assistance needed to take their game to the next level.

Maureen “Little Mo” Connolly Brinker was the first woman to complete the Grand Slam in tennis in 1953 at just 18 years old and is the youngest player ever to accomplish this feat.  Her illustrious career was aided by benefactors that supported her and she started the foundation as a way to give back to other young tennis athletes.

My Game Solutions’ first event as an Official Sponsor will be the 6th annual Little Mo Internationals in New York City on August 21-26.  The tournament will take place at the West Side Tennis Club, former home of the U.S. Open and will feature singles, doubles, and mixed doubles for over 400 youth players aged 8-12 years old.  In addition to the actual tennis, the event will begin with a Player Parade to showcase the cultures of all the different countries represented by players in the tournament.

For more information about the MCB Tennis Foundation and the Little Mo tournaments, please visit their website at www.mcbtennis.org We hope to see you at the event!

2017 Wimbledon Recap

Men’s Final Recap
Roger Federer has been crowned Wimbledon champion for a record eighth time after cruising through his 11th final at the tournament.
The Swiss player eased his way to his 19th Grand Slam title, beating Croatian Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in just one hour and 41 minutes on Centre Court.
Federer lifted his arms above his heads after serving an ace to win the final in straight sets.
Cilic seemed overcome by emotion during the clash, breaking down in tears during the change over after losing the first three games of the second set.
The 28-year old placed a towel over his head as he was attended to by his support team, before receiving a standing ovation as he returned on court.
Federer becomes the first man to win eight Wimbledon titles and at 35 years old, the oldest man in the Open Era to lift the trophy.  Even at his age, he shows no signs of slowing down.
Women’s Final Recap
An inspired Garbine Muguruza stormed to her first Wimbledon title on Saturday, blowing away American Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0, with the performance of her career after tight and tense early exchanges.
In the first women’s final played under the Centre Court roof, a high-quality first set gradually built towards a captivating conclusion after both players began with two comfortable service holds.
Muguruza saved two set points in the 10th game — the first a 19-stroke rally that ended when Williams netted a forehand. The Spaniard broke in the following game with another lung-bursting rally that concluded with a forehand error from Venus.
An astonishing defensive lob in the next game took Muguruza to two set points, the second of which she converted.
That three-game sequence seemed to break the resolve of Venus who was trying to become the oldest woman to win Wimbledon in 109 years.  She lost the second set 6-0 in an astonishing turn of events.
The 23-year old Venezuela-born Muguruza sealed her second Grand Slam victory after a successful challenge of a Williams forehand that sailed just beyond the baseline.  After her challenge was confirmed, she broke down in tears, overcome with emotion at the magnitude of her victory.
Gentlemen’s Doubles Final 
Playing under a closed roof for the final 20 minutes because of darkness, Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo won the men’s doubles title at Wimbledon on Saturday by beating Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 13-11.
The match lasted 4 hours, 40 minutes — only 21 minutes shorter than the longest men’s doubles final in history.
Women’s Doubles Final
The complete opposite of the men’s doubles final, the women’s final was a short one with Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina taking the trophy after a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Chan Hao-ching and Monica Niculescu. This was one of the shortest finals in Wimbledon history, as it took only 56 minutes for Makarova and Vesnina to secure the victory.