Coach Ed Krass, Director of the College Tennis Academy, is
integrating his new game of "One-on-One Doubles" into two Fall of
2005 Collegiate tournaments.
One-on-One Doubles is a half-court, serve-and-volley competition
that is played crosscourt with the alley included. Players must serve-and-volley
on both the first and second serves. Dick Gould, the legendary Tennis
Director from Stanford University said, "The skills involved in Ed
Krass's "One-on-One Doubles" are critical to the development of today's
top players. Just as importantly, they are fun to execute by players
at any level."
On April 5, Ira Miller, former Head Men's and Women's Coach at
Drew University, hosted the first ever collegiate "One-on-One
Doubles" tournament. "One-on-One Doubles provided a great opportunity
to play a lot of matches that worked on doubles skills, but had the
feel of singles play," said Coach Ira Miller. "The exhibition event
allowed for a very fan-friendly day, with music playing, a dance performance,
and a fast serve contest for spectators. Most significantly, as the
tournament went on, the players got better and better at skills some
quite often avoid -- feeling confident at the net and their ability
to move forward. The response from players and coaches was overwhelmingly
Coach Krass and J. Webb Horton, Head Men's Tennis Coach at Florida
Gulf Coast University, will be directing the Florida Collegiate
Singles and One-on-One Doubles Championships September 9-11 at Florida
Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, FL. Krass also will help Billy
Pate, Head Men's Coach at the University of Alabama, conduct a "One-on-One
Doubles" tournament as part of the Crimson Tide Fall Championships
September 16-18 at the University of Alabama.
Krass conducted the ITA Coaches Convention Prize Money Tournament,
in December at the Doral Golf and Tennis Center in Miami, using the
"One-on-One Doubles" format.
On May 20, Krass conducted a "One-on-One Doubles" Prize Money
Tournament and gave an instructional clinic for the USPTA New England
Convention at the Sugarbush Resort in Warren, VT.
"One-on-One Doubles brings the spirit of the serve-and-volley back
into the world of competitive tennis. It gives players a chance to
showcase all of the game's shots," said Coach Ed Krass. "It's exciting
to play and watch One-on-One Doubles."