Jan 11-Feb 14--Registration period for USTA Adult teams
Jan 14-- Postmark deadline for resident's discount membership
Feb 8-14--SAP Open
In This Issue:
President's Letter 1 - Kathy Wheeler
President's Letter 2 - Tony Serksnis
President's Letter 3 - Paul Chen
Men's 8.5 Combo Team
Tentative 2010 Tournament Calendar
Tentative 2010 Tournament Calendar:
Mar 13-14 Club Team Tennis
Apr 17-18 Mixed Doubles
May 15-16 Mens/Womens Singles
Jun 12-13 Mens/Womens Doubles
Aug 21-22 Quad Club Team Tennis
We would like to take this opportunity to ask for help from you, the members. We'd like the Court Report to include tennis-related items that are of interest to you. Things like local tennis dates, links to YouTube videos, photos, member profiles, jokes, top ten lists, etc. Please send your ideas, links, and suggestions to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks, Diane and Bob.
|President's Letter 1
Hello to all MVTC Members.
Paul Chen and I have decided to collaborate on being President of the Club for the 2010 year. After attending the first meeting of the Board in December, I’m convinced that this was a good decision. Besides letting me “give back” to a wonderful group of people, I’ve witnessed that a lot of very giving volunteers have stepped forward to contribute. Also, it’s clear that there is a tremendously hard working group of people that have, over the years, set a solid foundation for MVTC. The outgoing President, Kathy Wheeler, has worked tirelessly to maintain the Club as a strong local tennis presence, and we’ll continue to need her help and intelligence. I personally thank all those who have made the Club something we all can be proud of.
Several items are important to me to continue for MVTC:
The Board will take-on several challenges right at the beginning of the year:
I’d like to thank and recognize the USTA teams and their captains who just finished the ’09 Combo Season, are presently playing in the Senior Season, and are about to start the 2010 Mixed Season:
Congratulations to the Combo teams who have completed the season, and good luck to all these teams taking the court in early 2010. The captains, co-captains and all of the team-mates are great representatives of MVTC!
I’d like to end with best wishes to all of you for your 2010 tennis season.
The MVTC Board will be easily accessible to everyone’s good ideas. Thanks again to all those of take part.
President's Letter 3
My name is Paul Chen. I have been an active member at MVTC since I moved here in 2003, and I am very honored to be your Co-President with Tony Serksnis this upcoming year. I started playing tennis in high school, then like most people stopped playing as I got busy with “life”. After moving to Mountain View in 2003, I was introduced to MVTC by a friend from college. I played my first tournament in MVTC and rediscovered my passion for tennis, and realized how lucky I am to be living in a city with such a strong tennis community. I could not believe meeting so many great people who shared my passion, and the fun that one can have on the court whether you are playing competitively or socially. Having both breakfast and lunch provided during the tournament just cinched the deal that this is THE CLUB to be in.
My philosophy this year in helping Tony co-lead the club is very similar to his - which is to bring tennis to a even greater awareness in the community, and to make this sport fun and attractive to people of ALL levels. I also want to promote “healthy balance” in people’s life, as I also serve as one of the Physician Wellness Champions at my work at Kaiser Permente Hospital. I feel in this country people are often depressed and overweight because they are too bogged down with work and do not exercise enough. Frequently they can not find an exercise routine or sport that will motivate them to get moving. One of my goals is to help others see how much fun tennis can be. I often tell my friends that I see tennis as a “natural Prozac”; it gives me an natural high that is truly healthy physically, mentally and emotionally. Furthermore, it gives me a greater sense of purpose in life and an opportunity to build friendships that can last a lifetime. Lastly, we should be taking full advantage of the awesome weather here in the Bay Area, especially since we pay a premium for it. I believe we can make this happen, as we have recruited an awesome group of people to help us reach this goal.
Men's 8.5 Combo Team
I was very honored to captain an 8.5 combo team with so many talented players, yet so humble and fun-loving. We started out the season with no expectations as 17 out of 20 players were 4.0 level from our ChickenTagger 4.0 adult league team, which lost by one match in the league championship playoff match. We wanted to use this team as a platform to see how competitive we could be against 8.5 combo teams stacked with solid 4.5 players. Even though in most of our matches, 2 out of 3 teams were only 8.0 combo teams, I truly believed we could compete since many of our 4.0 players are playing at a 4.5 level.
We started the first half of the season at 2-5, but most of the losses were by very slim margins. Subsequently, we went on to beat the #2, 3, and 4 seeded teams and sneaked into 4th place (the last playoff spot) with one game remaining in the season. We could not have asked for a better season ending match, as we went up against the #1 seeded team needing to win only one of the three matches to make the playoffs. All three matches came down to the wire, but unfortunately we came up short on all three matches.
Even though we missed the playoff by one match, I see this as a very successful season as it really brought out the best in each one of us. It was filled with excitement, great comraderie, and most importantly we had a lot of fun and improved our games, which is what I envision the team philosophy to be from the beginning of the season. I could not be more proud of these guys. This is definitely a season to be remembered and celebrated.
Paul Chen, Captain