Caters To Singles Who Like Doubles
By Andy Staples
Reprinted From The Tampa Tribune.
-- Ed Krass didn't want to stop playing tennis after knee surgery
last year. He just wasn't sure whether his repaired joint could
take the pounding of a full singles match.
Krass, who runs a series of exposure camps for aspiring college
players, decided to derive a competition from a serve-and-volley
drill professionals used to prepare for doubles. After playing that
way for a few months, Krass figured other players would enjoy the
upshot is this weekend's One-on-One Doubles Championships at Hunter's
Green. Play begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, and admission is free.
tournament is the first of three for doubles enthusiasts who love
the speed and excitement of doubles but not having to team with
another person. In the new format, players use only half the court
-- plus the alley -- to simulate doubles play without the muss and
fuss of two more human beings.
also hopes the style catches on for another reason. Players accustomed
to hitting the variety of shots required to win a serve-and-volley
match will enjoy more interesting standard singles matches.
to spearhead the movement to get the serve and volley back in tennis,"
Krass said. "We need to get that back into the game."
said the combination of lobs and volleys players must use should
offer more excitement than watching two players hit away from the
baseline. Players have little choice but to come to the net in the
going to be exciting to see the variety of shots," Krass said.
of the area's best players have registered for the tournament. St.
Petersburg's Jeff Davis has been ranked as high as No. 2 in 1999,
while brothers Dan and Derek Brooks played at Ole Miss and were
members of the team that won the USTA-USA League Tennis open division
title last year.
said several out-of-town players also have committed. One is Australian
Peter Doohan, who stunned then-reigning champ Boris Becker at Wimbledon
this weekend's tournament, the purse will be 30 percent of the money
collected in entry fees from players in eight divisions. Boys and
girls 18 and under must pay $35 each to play, while players in the
men's and women's open divisions, men's 35s, 40s, 45s and 50s must
pay $45 to play.
is still open. For information, call (813) 684-9031 or visit www.oneononedoubles.com.
said he hopes three tournaments this year can generate enough interest
to produce a full-blown circuit with corporate sponsors next year.
is a drill," Krass said of the format. "Basically, what I'm doing
is legitimizing it into a prize money circuit."
from The Tampa Tribune, Tuesday, February 10, 2004