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Josh’s Fresh Take: January 2018 Edition

Intro to Doubles, Coach Steve Interview

Coach and Communications Lead, Josh Martin, weighs in on topics in the world of tennis and shares his two cents.

The man, the myth, the legend: Steve Moore. This month I had the opportunity to sit down with the man of the hour, who is the mastermind behind our new program, “Intro to Doubles Play (1.5-2.5)”. The program is now in full effect on Saturdays from 2:00pm-4:00pm. Moore explains the importance of the program, why beginner tennis players should join, as well as his own passion for the game and why he decided to become a tennis coach. Below is our interview.

Q: What led you to becoming a tennis coach?

Steve Moore: I got really in to the game as a teenager. I played a lot of sports at an early age but found tennis at about 13 years old. Once I improved my skills, I really enjoyed playing the game. When I was 16, I knew someone who was my age that was coaching at the time, and they encouraged me to do my first coaching course.

Q: What do you love most about being a coach?

SM: I love working with people and the satisfaction of seeing them improve at their game. I’ve been able to meet so many great people that I would never have met if I did not became a coach.

Q: How has your experience been coaching here at the UBC Tennis Centre?

SM: I’ve had an extremely positive experience coaching at the UBC Tennis Centre. The Centre always has such a great culture and positive people working there.

Q: Explain the Intro to Doubles program that you’ve introduced on Saturday afternoons.

SM: The Intro to Doubles program is designed for newer tennis players to test out their newly acquired skills from group lessons. Beginner and intermediary players get the opportunity to play doubles in a structured environment where they can learn positioning and doubles strategy. The group lessons are great for learning technical fundamentals for your game and this introductory program helps you put them all together in a game situation.

Q: Why is this important for beginner level players? How will this make them better tennis players?

SM: I think incorporating more play components in to your long-term development helps you improve at a more rapid pace. People that take lessons without playing outside of those lessons will have their tennis growth stagnant with a slow increase in their level.

To give you an example, in my first year of playing tennis I had about 4 group lessons in the summer and supplemented it by playing a lot outside of those lessons. The club I started at had supervised play twice a week for 2 hours and I went every week. In addition, I would call people and play matches with them. I recommend players coming out of the Adult 1.0 and Adult 2.0 Clinics to consider signing up for the Intro to Doubles program before signing up for their next set of lessons.

Q: What’s next for Steve Moore?

SM: I’m still trying to figure this one out for myself. I recently finished my business degree and I’m excited for new opportunities in the business world.

 

And there you have it. Steve Moore, everybody! If this program peaks your curiosity, I recommend speaking to our coaches (especially Coach Steve), checking out our Adult Programs webpage, or approaching the front desk for further details.

Josh’s Fresh Take, signing off.

Courts 1-4 Resurfacing January 2-12, 2018

Please be advised that the Tennis Courts #1-4 in our main facility are currently being resurfaced and will be not accessible by the public until after January 12th. During this time, courts 5-8 and the Bubble courts will be available for bookings. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Josh’s Fresh Take: December Edition

Tournaments are the best form of practice!

Coach and Communications Lead, Josh Martin, weighs in on topics in the world of tennis and shares his two cents.

With the recent addition of class-act, Steven Moore, to round out our coaching staff, it is quite apparent that our team is stronger than ever. We have coaches up and down the lineup that are incredibly passionate and dedicated in seeing our athletes improve their skill-sets. From our High Performance Director, Sasha Boskovic, who has recently revamped our High Performance programs – to Dana Radivojevic, who is managing our youth competitive programs – to Adult leads Jason Hilliard and Bob Exell – all the way to our Fundamental leaders Aneesa Heatherington, Greg Macken and Josh Martin, our athletes are in great hands!

Each week our leaders go on to the court and coach drills and exercises that help our athletes improve their skill-sets, while getting them familiar with competitive match play. We want our athletes to feel comfortable and have the confidence to enter tournaments outside of the UBC Tennis Centre. This is a message that has been instilled by our Tennis Director, JJ Mahony. Every lesson can be looked at as a practice for a match. Like any other sport, you practice during the week for your games on the weekend – tennis is no different. Building those skills during a lesson gives our athletes the necessary tools to put them to the test in a match against another opponent. By competing against other athletes in tournaments, individuals will only learn more about the game of tennis. They will learn different strategies of where to place the ball, what their opponents’ weaknesses are, and how to play a point under pressure, to name a few. These are all the intangibles that make up the sport that you can only really grasp when you play in a tournament. This is what we live for.

Those of you striving to become better tennis players, we recommend joining tournaments and getting that match-play experience. Talk to your coaches. Ask them how to get involved. This is where the passion for the sport really comes alive and shines. Go get it! You are in the driver’s seat.

Josh’s Fresh Take, signing off.

Facility Hours – December 16th 2017

Please note that the UBC Tennis Centre will have reduced hours on December 16th. The facility will only be open from 8:00am-5:00pm.

If you wish to book a court for December 17th after 5:00pm, please either leave us a voicemail after 5:00pm on December 16th or call us after we open at 8:00am on December 17th to keep within the 24-hour booking policy. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you.

Josh’s Fresh Take: November Edition

Cue The Music

Coach and Communications Lead, Josh Martin, weighs in on topics in the world of tennis and shares his two cents.

I remember the first time I met Rebecca Marino. She was introduced to me from a friend of mine as someone who played Venus Williams at the US Open. For the first 10 minutes I thought they were pulling my leg, until a YouTube video was brought up. I was shocked that this individual sitting across from me took one of the best players in women’s tennis to a tie-break. Williams was quoted after the match saying, “It seemed like every time I had an opening she came up with a big serve, so I guess I know what it is like now playing myself”. This was all mind blowing, to say the least.

Shortly after having met Rebecca, I started my first year of coaching at the UBC Tennis Centre. As a rookie coach you often assist the leaders and get familiar with how the systems work and then after a term or two get given the opportunity to lead a class for yourself. It is the best approach to develop coaches so everyone can feel comfortable in front of people of all ages. In my first term of my first year, one of the coaches that I was paired with was Rebecca. I remember how intimidated I was stepping on court with her. There I was, a recreational tennis player coaching beside a former professional athlete that played a Williams sister at the US Open. What? How?

After the first couple of shifts coaching alongside Rebecca, the intimidation factor disappeared. I realized how down-to-earth she was and how passionate she is for giving back to the community.

Fast forward to summer of 2017, one of the last few days at our summer camps here at the UBC Tennis Centre there was rumblings going around that Rebecca was returning to the game. It was a rumor through the grapevine in the staff room that no one was sure about. This went on for a few days until finally I saw it for my own eyes. I was walking into the lobby from our staff room when I saw our Tennis Director, JJ Mahony, pushing a basket of balls beside Rebecca as they walked on to court in tennis attire. I stopped in my tracks and looked around to see if anyone else noticed. It was one of those scenes in an underdog movie with epic music in the background as the protagonist makes a comeback. Like Rocky Balboa in his famous training montage to Bill Conti’s song “Gonna Fly Now”. I was witnessing a movie in the making. Where is the popcorn?

After a four-year hiatus from the sport, it is no longer a rumor through the grapevine, it is official; Rebecca Marino is making a comeback. Cue the music.

Josh’s Fresh Take, signing off.