Tennis Happenings July 12th

Hello SRTCC Tennis Enthusiasts!


Important Information About Court Availability

Please note that there will be no courts available until after 12 PM on Friday, July 14th, due to Women’s Member-Guest day.

Women’s Member-Guest Day is Friday, July 14th RAIN OR SHINE!

We are hoping for sunshine this Friday, but in the event that it does rain, members and guests are welcome to use the club and enjoy a delicious lunch. Rain day play would include cards, mahjong or whatever game suits you. If you are unsure whether outdoor play is on that morning, please contact the office at 516-484-0100.

Mixed Doubles Tournament

  • Starts Saturday, July 22nd
  • Categories: A, B1, B2
  • Sign-up Sheet posted

You just finished your game and are eager to get some Gatorade...

It has been noted by our staff, as well as our members, that people have been crossing behind other courts while points are in progress. This is disruptive to the players, whether they are playing for fun or a tournament. Please be courteous when exiting your court  Etiquette is as follows:


Other Court Etiquette

  • Crossing over the court is not allowed, even if it’s a shorter route to your court. It is only acceptable if the players are in a changeover.
  • Please don’t use your phone when you are around any tennis court
  • Let the group about to be replaced finish their point. And conversely, players on the court can finish the point, not the game.

Questions About Match Play

Many of you have asked our tennis pros questions that have come up during your matches. Since most of these questions might be of interest to the rest of our players, we are introducing a column called “Ask Alex” in this week’s Tennis Happenings.  Read on to see what question came up this week and feel free to ask your own tennis questions, which will be answered right here, in the next update.  All questions will remain anonymous.

This week’s question comes from “To Serve or Not to Serve”…

Hey there Alex:

We played a match last week and our opponents won the toss and deferred. We selected to take a side rather than choose to serve. Our opponents said we could only choose to serve or receive. Were they correct? What are the benefits of deferring? When should we defer the selection?

Good questions “Serve”. Your opponents were not correct. You could choose to serve, return or pick a side.

You would most likely defer to obtain an early break and 1) you feel your return is your strength and you are not a strong server and 2) you know your opponent is not a good server or slow starter.


Keep those questions coming! Just ask Alex!

Cheer our teams on!

Shelter Rock has many women’s and men’s tennis teams, who play at the club throughout the week. Match play is during the day for the women’s teams and in the evening for the men’s teams. Whether you are on a team roster or just want to show some club spirit, come out and support our teams when they play their matches at home. Or, if you are really a fan, feel free to join them at their away matches. We love the camaraderie. Team schedules are available in the pro shop.


Play for Pink

Sunday, August 20th will be here before you know it. Shelter Rock gives back by hosting “Play for Pink” in conjunction with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Space is limited, so find a partner and sign up asap for this great charity event. For those of you who don’t want to play tennis, there are many ways to show your support, such as coming to the dinner dance, buying a banner on your own or with a group of people and purchasing raffles to win some great prizes. For more information, please contact Ellen Fuller, the Play for Pink Committee Chairperson.

How about a midsummer refresher lesson with one of our pros?

Private, semi-private or small group drills and lessons are a great way to boost your game. Rick, Robin, and Alex are available to help perfect your serve, improve your topspin, work on your footwork or anything else you might want to work on. Contact the Pro Shop for times and availability.

From our playbook…

Game Arranging

Game Arranging is a great way to meet other members and mix up who you play with. Although it is one of the best things we do at SRTCC, it is a challenge for the Pro staff to organize week in and week out. It is very important that you don’t cancel at the last minute unless it is necessary, or show up without signing up. If possible, make every effort to be there if you sign up. Canceling at the last minute makes the process of organizing this difficult and ensures a delayed start.

Our Weekly Tennis Schedule

The weekly tennis schedule is listed below. All events listed in italics require that you sign up in advance. Sign-up sheets are on the large bulletin board, or you can email with your name and in which tournament or game arranging you would like to participate.


Weekly Events 2017 (This week, we are back to our regular schedule).

Saturday Morning Cardio with Rick – Saturdays, 8:00 AM

Robin’s Bullpen Court – Saturdays, 8:00 AM  Warm up your Saturday morning game.

Cardio – Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 PM

Robin’s Men’s Game Arranging Warmup Court – Sundays, 8:00 AM-8:30 AM

Women’s Game Arranging– Saturdays, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM (Please arrive by 10:15 AM to check in).

Men’s Game Arranging– Sundays, 8:30 AM-10:30AM and 10:30 AM-12:30 PM (Please arrive by 8:15 AM to check in for the 8:30 AM session, 10:15 AM to check in for the 10:30 AM session)

Alex’s Kids Clinic– Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

Robin’s Novice Clinic– Sundays, 12:00 PM-1:00PM ($15)

Women’s Training Program– Tuesday mornings, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM and 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Tuesday Morning Men’s Game Arranging– 9:00 AM




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