Boston Pro Tennis League Match 1: Bully Boy Distillers Vs. Cape and Island Track and Tennis

The BPTL season got underway on Sunday, June 14th featuring Bully Boy v. Cape and Island Tennis. 2 singles and 2 doubles matches were held on the HarTru courts at Dedham Country & Polo Club. We had a beautiful day in the high 70’s. There were a lot of empty chairs as players arrived and began warming up but the membership and their guests came away from the golf course and the pool scene and there were around 80 fans in attendance for player introductions and the start of the matches. The players put on a great show.

At #2 Doubles were the big serving duo of Will Willis (U. Richmond) and Arvid von Taube (Luther College) v. BPTL veteran Alex Wong (Wesleyan, Woodland GC & Vasser) and newcomer Josh Styles (Kenyon). The first set went to a tie-break with the C&I team of Wong/Styles prevailing after almost an hour. They poured it on in the second and left the court with a 7-6, (7-4), 6-2 win. 1-0 C&I.

The #2 Singles match featured Derrick Angle (Middlebury College) and Matthew Scott (Notre Dame). Matt rekindled his Fighting Irish spirit and got Bully Boy on the board with a 6-2, 6-0 win. The match was tied 1-1.

Down on court 2, the #2 doubles match had also finished. Josh Goldstein and Andy Gauthier (Cornell, 2009 and 2011 respectively) took on Matt Kuhar (Bryant) and Evan Ambrose (Colgate, DCPC home court advantage). Strong serving all the way around made breaks hard to come by but Kuhar unleashed a few backhands toward the end of the first set and the Bully Boy team was able to keep that momentum for a 6-3, 6-2 victory. 2-1 Bully Boy.

The premier match of the afternoon featured Harshana Godamanna (Sri Lankan Davis Cup Team, Sportsmans) and Gregory Hirshman (Stanford University). Greg used heavy, high-looping groundies to keep Harshanna off the offensive early. Harshanna countered with drop-shot after drop-shot, mixed in some rushes to the net, and even showed off the rarely seen overhead-off-the-bounce from behind the baseline. Hirshman was able to track everything down. He prevailed in the first set and took the early lead in the second. Harshanna fought back to take a grueling 2nd set. Prior to the event it was decided that full 2 out of 3 set matches would be played. The battle had taken its toll on Greg’s back and shortly into the 3rd set he had to withdraw. Cape and Island 2, Bully Boy 2.

Calculators were brought out and a team of accountants gathered for an independent audit of the results. In the end it was Team Bully Boy defeating Team Cape and Island by a count of 42 games to 36.

A great start to the season. Many thanks to the players for their efforts and good sportsmanship.

The next match is at 3:00 at Hingham Tennis Club on 6/28 where PerformanceXtra (Captain- Alejandro Andres) will take on MatchOn (Captain- Sam Bitetti).

Age, Experience, and the Pursuit of Greatness in Tennis

In every sport, there are always players that are looking for that special trick to improve their game—a secret drill, routine, or hidden formula for success. In an individual sport like tennis, this is especially true. The truth is, nothing will make you improve more than focus, dedication, and hard work…but you already knew that. In today’s game, it is becoming more and more evident how valuable simple experience truly is (on top of that hard work stuff). Every time you step on the court there is something new to learn, some new physical, mental, or technical strategy that you can utilize the next time you step on the court, and that can only be mastered with experience. In tennis, a sport that seems to become more physical every year, the older guys, the ones with over a decade of experience playing on tour, are doing more damage than ever before. Let’s take a look at some of the veterans on tour right now.  

Roger Federer – the Swiss Maestro himself. Nearly 34 years old now, he’s still one of the most dominant players in the game. Just in the past year, he had the best hard-court record of any player on tour (53-6). In fact, he had five more match wins than the 28-year-old Novak Djokovic, the current world no.1 and perhaps the fittest athlete on tour. As the solid no. 2 in the world, Roger now looks to the grass to do some serious damage on his favorite surface. 

Speaking of grass, German veteran Tommy Haas just made his first tour appearance in over a year at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, Germany, and he came out swinging. With more experience on tour than most active players, the 37-year-old and former world no. 2 took care of the no. 59 player in the world, Mikhail Kukushkin, 6-4, 7-5; this was his first match since his fourth shoulder surgery one year ago. Throughout a career ridden with injury, the resilience of Haas only seems to grow stronger, and with it comes more experience that continues to give him an advantage over the younger players.

Another resilient player, the Swiss Stan Wawrinka, a player that has lived in the shadow of Federer for most of his career, is playing some of his best tennis at 30 years old. It is not often that a professional player makes their breakthrough at the age of 28, but Stan made his mark by becoming a Grand Slam champion, winning the 2014 Australian open, beating both Djokovic and Nadal en route to the title, and just last month winning the 2015 French Open, defeating the world no. 1 Djokovic in the final.  He joins Federer as the only two players other than Nadal that have won Roland Garros in the past 11 years. A difficult career amidst the reign of the “Big 4” (Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, and Murray) has given Stan the Man the experience he has needed to beat these players and become a true champion himself.

Tennis is an ageless sport. How many other sports do you see 60+ year-olds playing every week at your local courts? My father is in his 60s and he’s playing more now than he has since his college days—our love for the game only grows stronger with the years. There are few sports that you can play consistently throughout your entire life, which is why experience is so valuable. The more we play, the more we learn, and the more fun that tennis becomes—there is always something to take away from a match, a practice session, or just hitting around with some friends. This summer, I’ve been using the MatchOn app to find matches with players near me, and getting experience on the tennis court has never been easier. Experience is experience, and the only way to get it is by playing the sport you love, so get out there and play!

 

 

                                                                   

Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Tennis

There is always one question that everyone asks when I go to play tennis. “Why do you play?” “Why do you play so much?” “Do you love playing tennis?” There are many reasons why I love playing tennis beyond the obvious fitness or life long sport aspect. However, for the sake of keeping this short and sweet I am going to list my top five.

1.       The Trifecta

Tennis isn’t just about the physical. It involves mental and emotional strength. In tennis you can’t have one without the other two. In order to be successful you have to develop all three aspects. Each aspect affects the game on so many different levels. The physical aspect is for the strength and endurance. The mental aspect is like a chess game, filled with attacks and defensive counters. The emotional strength is about not losing yourself in the match. The fact that each aspect is so important is why I love tennis.

2.       The Community 

Creating connections is another reason why I love playing tennis so much. The community is just filled with enthusiastic individuals who love watching and playing the game. I don’t know how many friends I have made over the years playing tennis. Whether it is from playing club tennis at school, playing through the MatchOn app, or just going to tennis events to watch the pros play. Anywhere you go, you can create a connection with someone.  Just the other day, using the MatchOn app, I met an incredible person. We played 2 sets, chatted a little bit and then went on with our ways hoping to play again in the future. The community behind tennis is what makes this game so powerful. 

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                                                          Federer and Tsonga Wimbledon 2013

3.       The Life Lessons 

Playing through a match you feel so many emotions: joy, anger, frustration, nervousness, happiness and many more. While going through these emotions, you begin to pick up on things that you can use outside of the game. The sport teaches us passion, humility, perseverance, anger management, and acceptance. Tennis players thrive on emotion and use it to push through the hard times and relish in the good. We learn and relearn lessons every match we play. 

4.       Stress Relief

Getting out there on the court, running around and losing yourself in the game is just a huge stress reliever. It maybe from all the jacked up endorphins or maybe it’s the fact that I am so immersed in the game. I don’t think about anything else when I am playing; it feels like all of life’s tension is being lifted off my shoulder, as cheesy as that may sound. Although playing the game itself can be stressful at times, but when you get off the court you just feel so much better about yourself. 

5.       That Perfect Feeling

My favorite part about the game is the feeling you get when you hit that incredible shot. Whether it be a perfect serve, a cross-court shot right on the corner or a simple drop shot that lands 2 inches from the net. There is nothing like the feeling of the ball cleanly coming off your strings. The feeling can’t be described in words. It fills you up with joy and confidence which makes you want to never stop playing.

There are many reasons why I love playing tennis. What are yours? 

The Vintage Tennis Fashion Guide (as told by today's tennis stars)

Thinking of bringing back some vintage outfits to the court next season?  We've got you covered with our favorites from throughout tennis history, modeled by some players you might be a bit more familiar with. 

As Clay Court Tennis described in their article on fashion, there have been very distinct periods of tennis fashion. Starting from tennis’s first days to the twenty first century, tennis players have worn a multitude of different costumes.

Pre 20th Century: The Baggy Pants Era

This period was known for long baggy pants and all white outfits.

Rafa and Roger as William and Ernest Renshaw

1900-1932: Tilden Era

American tennis star, “Big” Bill Tilden was a fashion icon and coined the cable knit sweater look.

Novak Djokovic as Bill Tilden

 

1932 - 1970: Let there be Shorts

Henry “Bunny” Austin, one of the greatest British tennis players of all time, led the charge for shorts on the courts.

Andy Murray as Bunny Austin

 

1970-1990: Intro to Color

Supposedly caused by the need to differentiate the players on the court, subtle colors are added to the previously all white kits. It was also during this time that headbands became popular.

Stan Wawrinka as Bjorn Borg

 

1990s: Explosion of Color

Color erupted onto players’ uniforms. Additionally, the previously popular short shorts were abandoned for longer ones.

Old Andre Agassi as Young Andre Agassi

 

2000s Onwards: No Sleeves No Rules

In today’s era of tennis fashion, anything is on the table, including the no sleeve look that Nadal debuted during the mid 2000s, and continues to rock.

 

Tell us - which vintage fashion would you like to see return to the court?

9 of the Most Unique Tennis Courts in the World

It's pretty easy to fit a tennis court almost anywhere - for years, people have been squeezing them into any place with 2800 square feet to spare.

Sure, you've seen the temporary courts Roger Federer and others have played on for marketing stunts:  On top of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubal, on a floating court, or a half-grass half-clay court - but our favorites are standard tennis courts in exceptionally unique locations.

As the fall season winds down, we're sharing a few of our favorites:

Necker Island

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There are many tennis courts on beaches in exotic locations, but few with as much posh as the courts on Necker Island.  Necker, of course, is Sir Richard Branson’s private island resort - which he bought for a measly $180,000 at the age of 28.

Necker is home to the Necker Cup, a prestigious pro-am tournament that occurs on the island every year and brings together current and former pros.

It’s hard to beat the setting:  the courts are right on the beach with a hint of a water view.  A little distracting during play, perhaps, but at least the time to get to the beach after the match is minimized.

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Infinite Tennis Court - Los Angeles

Private tennis cubs are one thing, but private courts on the grounds of your own villa are another. The recreational sports scene among LA's elite often plays out on these secluded courts.  The private court of choice has to be the one behind James Goldstein's house - a house featured in "The Big Lebowski" - that features a tennis court reminiscing an infinity pool.  

It looks like a cross-court winner might just land in downtown LA, so make sure you bring an extra can of balls.

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Monte-Carlo Country Club

One of the premier stops on the ATP world tour is the Monte Carlo Masters tournament, which actually takes place in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France - just across the border from Monaco.

The tournament takes place just prior to the French Open, and contrast between the unmistakeable deep red clay of France and the blue waters of the Mediterranean is simply stunning.

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Roy Emerson Arena - Gstaad

From a clay court on the beach to a clay court in the mountains.  Gstaad hosts a mid-summer ATP tour tournament in the 5,000 seat arena in the middle of the Swiss alps.

Emerson, the court's namesake, won a combined 28 amateur Grand Slam titles in both singles and doubles (one of only five players to win multiple Slams in both disciplines) and won in Gstaad in 1969.

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Stadium Grass Court at Desert Mountain, Scottsdale

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Touted as the centerpiece of the facility, Desert Mountain's clubhouse overlooks a sunken grass court that has been called "the finest conditioned grass surface" that some pros had ever seen.

An advanced water heating system is buried under the court, ensuring ideal growing conditions for the grass are maintained at all times - handy when your grass court is in the middle of the desert.  We love the natural bleachers and surrounding cactus, too.

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Astor Private Court - Rhinebeck, NY

John Jacob Astor IV's Astor Courts building, which he had constructed in 1902, is a sportsman's dream.  Specifically designed as a sporting pavilion, the building housed the first residential indoor pool, two squash courts, a bowling alley, and a shooting range.  An outdoor grass tennis court can be found on the grounds as well, but the crown jewel of the facility has to be the indoor tennis court.  

A gigantic skylight supported by a vault-and-truss system allows natural light to shine on the red clay, making it feel like you're playing tennis in the most elegant of field houses.

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La Cavalerie - Paris

Paris’ rich tennis history needs no introduction, and the city has an amazing collection of tennis spaces in odd and beautiful locations, beautifully outlined in this excellent NY Times piece.  None are more delightful than La Cavalerie, an English hunting lodge style club located (conveniently) above an Aston Martin dealership.

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The court is a sight to behold: 1,400 pieces of wood were fashioned to create a honeycomb style wall/ceiling arching over the playing surface.  A glass ceiling allows natural light to accompany the interior lights of the court.

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Plus, after your match is over you can walk out on the patio and take in this view:

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Rooftop Tennis Court - Holiday Inn Atrium, Singapore

It’s hard to believe that perhaps the best view of the Singapore skyline is on the roof of a Holiday Inn.  On a tennis court.  But it might just be true.  

The court itself is rather unremarkable, but it’s nearly impossible to beat the view.

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All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club

A beautiful grass court surrounded by a white fence in the middle of a cornfield?  Sign us up. The All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club is a slice of Wimbledon dropped squarely in middle America.

It's like a real-life tennis version of "Field of Dreams," and it's been called "glorious" by this tremendous article from Grantland in 2013.

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What does Tennis mean to you?

It's a question we ask ourselves constantly here at MatchOn HQ.  Our team's tennis experience is all over the place - ranging from high-level college play to a few weekend warriors.  Everyone has a great tennis story and, more importantly, tennis means something to everyone no matter how they play the game.  

One of our summer interns, Asher Weiss, explains what tennis means to him.  Join in on the conversation and share what tennis means to you below!


By:  Asher Weiss

 

Tennis is one of the most popular and extraordinary games in the world. The game spreads from Boston to Sydney to Bangkok and everything in between. Tennis is played in different climates, on different courts, and with different surroundings and has become a widely recognized sport. Some play for enjoyment, others play to make money, but all seem to share a same strong love of the game.

Ever since I can remember I have played tennis. I learned when I was just a little kid and have loved playing ever since. Something about being out on court with nothing else on your mind always makes playing tennis a really special experience. I played a wide range of sports as a kid including basketball, baseball, hockey, and soccer, yet none seemed to stick with me as much as tennis. So what makes tennis so special?

It could be the mental strategies used at all times, it could be the strong sense of one on one competition, or it could be the fact that when you are on court, there is nothing to think about except the game. For me it’s a mix of all those things. However, one very special aspect of tennis is the fact that it is a multi-generational game. Fathers and mothers teach their kids, who teach their kids and so on and so forth. Tennis really is a sport that family members can easily teach to each other and can play together for fun.

Spending my summers in a small town with a strong tennis community has allowed me to experience the real generational aspect of the game. Tournaments in my town consist of sons and grandsons, uncles and nephews, mothers and daughters, basically any combination of family members you can think of. Being able to share a game with your family is something that few other sports can offer.

Being able to play with people of all ages is another very special part of tennis. I have to admit that people 50 years older than me have beaten me a few times. The fact that anyone, no matter what your age, can beat anyone else makes the game so much more interesting.

Over the years tennis has become a very important part of my life. Sometimes we don’t realize how important things are to us until we really sit back and think about it. Tennis has taught me to focus, taught me how to lose, and taught me how to compete. It has relaxed me in times of stress and has picked me up in times of defeat. I have trouble imaging what my life would be like without my favorite activity. Tennis is so much more than an activity; tennis is a part of me.

Why Technology Can (and Should) Change Tennis.

Technology is doing great things for Tennis. Smart racquets and smart courts are transforming the way we play the game we love. What we need are better ratings.

 The French Open saw some professionals being equipped with so-called "smart racquets" - a tennis racquet that can collect data on the player and then upload this to a computer where it can be used to improve the player’s game. These racquets designed by Babolat are being used by pros such as Rafa, Li Na and Sam Stosur. The technology will allow tennis players to get a deeper understanding of their game’s strengths and flaws. This is a really exciting development in Tennis!

 Another development in technology for tennis has been the PlaySight Smart Court. PlaySight has designed courts equipped with cameras, which can track ball speeds and record your shots so that a coach can give you better tips. These devices can also function as line judges giving real-time playback to players. With the smart court, tennis is about to get a lot more interesting. We can’t wait to see what PlaySight does next!

 

Part of our goal to creating more competitive and fun tennis matches involves re-imagining the way we go about tennis ratings.

 

With great advancements in racquet technology and on-court data collection, you’d think a cutting-edge system to rate tennis players would have been created years ago. Unfortunately this isn't the case, and MatchOn is out to fix this problem. Our goal to creating competitive and fun tennis matches involves re-imagining the way we go about tennis ratings. Much like the Golf handicap system, MatchOn will use dynamic ratings based on objective match result data. This means your rating will change after every match you play, giving you a real-time view into your current tennis playing level.  

 

 

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Welcome to MatchOn

Welcome to our new site and our blog.  The MatchOn app will launch in mid-August in a select group of cities, and we're excited about its potential to revolutionize the way we find people to play tennis with.  

So why are we launching a tennis app?  It's simple:  the top reason why people don't play tennis is because they don't have anyone to play with.  We realized, however, that the problem runs deeper than that.  The real reason people don't play is that they don't have anyone to play with at their skill level.  Hundreds of thousands of tennis matches go unplayed every year because people would rather not play at all than play someone at a different level.  We want to change this.

Our app is going to match you with a player at your level every single time.  You're going to have more fun playing tennis.  And unlike other sites where you have to scroll through a database of players and schedule the match yourself (not knowing if it will even be fun), we automate this process and deliver a fun match at the touch of a button.  

We hope you'll come join us!  Pre-register for the app, tell your friends,  download it on launch day, enter your results and, most importantly, have more FUN playing tennis!

 

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