Tennis Briefs: Wheelchair Jr. Grants; ATP Star Fisher Wins One-on-One Doubles
Former US Open doubles semifinalist Ashley Fisher defeated Sebastian Equez 4-3(5-2) in the men's final, and Avery Zercoe won the women's draw at the One-on-One Doubles Tournament held at the Tarpon Tennis Club in Tarpon Springs, Fla., on May 21. Full Article->
Brazil's Barros Nips USF's Standout Vadym to Grab One-On-One Doubles Crown at Disney
Kissimmee, Florida- Disney World is the home to some of the World's greatest family and sports entertainment. The ESPN Wide World of Sports Tennis Complex, inside Disney, hosted the $1000 Central Florida One-On-One Doubles Shootout-coupled with a live rockin' blues concert with top players competing for the $500 first prize. The players and spectators were also treated to live musical entertainment provided by Tampa's Big D and The Dirty Deal. Full Article->
One-on-One Doubles Tennis Grow as Alternative to Singles and Doubles Play
Called "The Third Game of Tennis," One-On-One Doubles held its 11th annual prize money tournament at the ITA Coaches Convention in December. The tournament's compact, round-robin format allowed for every player in the draw to compete against three opponents in short sets (first to win four games, no-ad scoring). The draw included five female and 20 male college coaches in one draw for a true "Battle of the Sexes." The tournament was presented in a music-friendly atmosphere. Of course, the levels of players need to match up well for the concept to work.
To give an idea of the game's format and parity, one of the tournament's female players, Trinity College Coach Gretchen Magers-Rush, a former Grand Slam Singles Quarterfinalist during her WTA playing days, defeated Henrik Bode, the eventual tournament champion, during her round-robin pool play. Bode, who coaches the top-ranked Division II Hawaii Pacific University team, defeated Greg Ouelette, a former ATP player and newly named Assistant Men's Coach at Iowa, in the Finals.
Ed Krass is the founding force behind One-On-One Doubles and a former Women's Tennis Coach at Harvard. In addition to directing One-On-One Doubles Tournaments throughout the year, Krass markets junior tennis camps to those who want to play college tennis. In business for 28 years, his camps are taught by head college coaches.
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The Third Game of Tennis
Doubles® Tennis is the first alternative, competitive
format to singles and doubles since the inception of the game in the
1870s. One-on-One Doubles can be played in both tournament and league
One-on-One Doubles® Tennis, the half-court, serve-and-volley Singles game played on the Doubles court, is a match between two players. There is a divisible
line drawn through the middle of the court from the center service
line to the middle of the baseline. On clay, one can use a regular
court liner to make this divisible line through the middle. On hard
courts, one can use chalk or white athletic/trainers' tape to mark
off the middle line. Players alternate points from the deuce court to the ad court. All points are played crosscourt with the alley included. Players must serve and volley on both first and second serves (serve and volley is OPTIONAL for players 60 years and up). Half-volleys are permitted. The returner can stay back or come into the net. MORE->
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August 6th: North Shore Junior One-On-One Doubles Shootout at Sea Glen Tennis Club, Upper Brookville, N.Y.; Ages 12-18 Boys and Girls rated a 5-9 on the UTR are welcome to play. Entry fee is $25 per player, includes drinks, snacks and prizes Entry Deadline is August 6th at Noon. Short sets; Round-Robin format. Contact Esther Forrester at 631-948-1113 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information. You can also pay online here.
August 29th: North Shore Adult One-On-One Doubles Shootout at Sea Glen Tennis Club, Upper Brookville, N.Y.; Men & Women rated 4.0-4.5 are welcome to play. Entry Fee is $25 per player, includes drinks, snacks and prizes. Entry Deadline is August 28th at Noon. Short Sets; Round Robin format. Contact Esther Forrester at 631-948-1113 or email@example.com to register or for more info.
ONE-ON-ONE DOUBLES TOURNAMENT
Mikael Pernfors, 1986 French Open Single Finalist, says:
"Playing in the One-On-One Doubles Tournaments have been a great experience for me.
The tournament format provides a great atmosphere and fun tennis. The game is excellent for any player trying to become a better all-court player."
Ashley Fisher, 2006 U.S. Open Doubles Semifinalist, says:
"Playing One-On-One Doubles is always a highlight of my year. The tournament events combine energy, live musical entertainment and a high level of tennis.
One-On-One Doubles is an exciting game and format that has a place in the upper echelons of Pro Tennis."
Jared Palmer, 2001 Wimbledon Doubles Champion, says:
"I have had a great time playing in the One-On-One Doubles tournaments.
The format is a lot of fun! I had so many great points where I had to pull out every shot in the book to try and get an advantage.
Players of all levels should get out and play One-On-One Doubles!"
Paul Kronk, US Open and Australian Open Doubles Finalist, states:
"This Tournament format is too much fun not to have! Playing One-On-One Doubles is a great way to play competitive tennis within a limited time schedule.
The half-court format and short sets make for many more big points than in regular scoring. Some great quality points for the people watching!"
Abby Kronk, Tarpon Tennis Club Director, says:
"After attending one of the tournaments, I just knew we needed to host a One-On-One Doubles Tournament at our club.
The tournament environment was electric! Watching the big hitters play some incredible points with the band rocking the blues was just amazing!"
ONE-ON-ONE DOUBLES TOURNAMENT HISTORY
One-On-One Doubles has featured many successful tournaments since 2004 at:
Two ATP Tournaments, the BMW Tennis Championships in Sunrise, Fl., in 2007 & 2008
The USTA BJK National Tennis Center in 2009,2010 and 2014
The ITA National Coaches Convention from 2005 to present
The USPTA World Conference on Tennis in 2007
USPTA/Florida, Eastern and New England Conventions
NCAA Division 1,2 and 3 College Tennis Tournaments
Tennis Clubs as USTA Sanctioned Tournaments for Juniors and Adults
One-On-One Doubles Pro Tournament one-hour show aired on TENNIS CHANNEL in June!
PERNFORS CAPTURES ONE-ON-ONE DOUBLES PRO TOURNAMENT IN OCALA FL
Mikael Pernfors, the 1986 French Open Singles finalist, won the 1st Annual One-On-One Doubles Pro Tournament held at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in Ocala, FL on April 21st. The tournament was played round-robin style with two matches being played on one court. Pernors had to win three matches, within the tournament's 2-hour timeframe, to capture the title. In the first round, Pernfors defeated Tim "Dr. Dirt" Wilkison 5-1; In the second round, Pernfors defeated Johan Kriek 5-3; and in the Final round, Pernfors defeated Murphy Jensen 5-2. Pernfors was declared the tournament Champion with 15 games won.
Tim Wilkison, with career wins over John McEnroe, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, finished as the Finalist with 11 games. After losing to Pernfors, Wilkison defeated Murphy Jensen, French Open Doubles Champion in 1993, 5-1 in the second round and he beat Johan Kriek, Australian Open Singles Champion in 1981 and 1982, 5-2, in the final round. Murphy Jensen and Johan Kriek placed third and fourth in the event which was filmed for TENNIS CHANNEL. The players, sponsors, VIPs and Fans were all treated to a Jimmy Hall(of Wet Willie) & Friends afterparty concert to close the day's festivities. The next One-On-One Doubles Tournament will be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, as part of the U.S. Open National Playoff Sectional Tournament on June 16th.
"I got hooked on One on One Doubles after trying it once. First of all, I think it is an excellent game for anyone trying to become a better doubles player. Having said that, I also feel it would be a wonderful way for juniors, or any player, to develop a solid serve and volley game, to be added to the baseline game most juniors play today. Playing in the One on One Doubles Pro Tournament was also a great experience for me. Great atmosphere and fun tennis!. Having slowed down a step or two in the last couple of years, it was great way to play competitive tennis without all the running." - Mikael Pernfors, 1986 French Open Finalist; ATP Ranking of #10 in 1986