Spring Forward in the FAST4 Tournament

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  • Ruth Layne

March 6 is the last day to sign up for the Fast4 Mixed Doubles Tournament. Prepare to enjoy the last day of crisp morning play before we turn the clocks forward. Players will meet for coffee and pastries on the West Courts, Saturday morning, March 9th, at 9 for play starting at 9:30.

The Fast 4 format of short sets with no ad scoring gives players the opportunity to enjoy quick paced tennis with a variety of players. This insures maximum enjoyment for all participants, regardless of skill level.

Sign up by March 6 on the OTC website (or contact the Tennis Events Director: Edilberto Loaiza (914-907 7192 or edilberto1@gmail.com). Provide your name, phone number and e-mail address.

Pencil in the Spring Meeting

Save space in your schedule and your stomach for a light snack at the OTC membership meeting. Tennis Club members only will gather on March 16 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Berger Center. The board will distribute rosters, provide a light snack, and conduct regular business. Then stay around for a featured speaker immediately following the meeting. You won’t want to miss this!

Tennis Club and Pickleball Join Forces to Bring Helle Sparre, Tennis and Pickleball Pro, to Oakmont

Helle Sparre

Tennis and pickleball players alike will want to take advantage of an awesome opportunity to get advice from a nationally recognized expert. All Oakmont residents are invited to hear former professional tennis player and current professional pickleball player, Helle Sparre, discuss strategies to immediately improve doubles play.

Ms. Sparre will share her extensive knowledge and experience teaching doubles tennis at 3:00, March 16, directly following the OTC meeting in the Berger Center. OTC and OPB are graciously providing a wine and cheese reception at the conclusion of this segment of the presentation. At 4:30 Ms. Sparre will continue the discussion for pickleball players, with suggestions for tactics to improve their games. Oakmonters who play both sports, and there are many of you, will want to be present for both talks!

The tennis and pickleball clubs have collaborated to sponsor this learning opportunity with funds from an Oakmont Community Foundation grant secured by Terri Somers. Helle Sparre played professional doubles tennis, authored the book, Dynamite Doubles, and developed the Dynamite Doubles System for

improving the game of tennis players of all levels. Like many former tennis pros, Helle (Hell-uh) transitioned from tennis to pickleball and adapted these strategies to the pickleball game. She not only plays professional pickleball, but also is said to be one of the best pickleball instructors in the country. You won’t want to miss this opportunity.

Tournament Dates Set

Mark these Saturdays on your calendar:

April 13: Getting to Know You Tennis Event

May 4: Hatfields vs. McCoys Team Tennis Event

July 13: Sparklers vs. Rockets Team Tennis Event

September 14: Men’s Tennis Tournament

October 5: Women’s Tennis Tournament

November 2: Army vs. Navy Team Tennis Event

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