Yes, there is a such a thing that is frequently used as a practice session. More on this topic, a Florida tennis event update, and a George update all follow.
Triple the Pleasure
From retired Dartmouth tennis coach Chuck Kinyon,
George, this is a great 3 on 3 game that we played at our practices.
1- Two players back and one up to the net on each side.
2- The player in the back right put a ball in play with an underhand serve.
3- Play the point out with the player at the net attempting to cut off shots and the players in the back (who have to let the ball bounce once) keep the point going.
4- If the team that started the point wins the point they receive 1 point and serves again, if they lose the point the other team now gets to serve (not a point) after rotating one position clockwise.
5- Play until one team reaches 11 points and is declared the winner.
*Works very well for high level players but there is danger with the player at the net constantly poaching and trying to cut off balls.
**For lower level players, I would recommend green dot balls.
From Naples pro Spike Gonzales, George, I worked with the USTA in setting up Triples many years ago. Remind me to show you the publication we did on it. With some time to invest, I would love to give it a try.
And finally, from teaching pro Steve Diamond, I am familiar with the concept and also play it as a drill called monkey in the middle with some of my better teams. I’m most afraid of the person at net getting hit BY THEIR PARTNERS!!
Florida Cup Cancelled
Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic at this time, USTA Florida has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 USTA Florida Cup tournament which was tentatively scheduled in March. We understand that this is disappointing for the players who have attended this highly anticipated event in the past. We are very hopeful that the tournament will be back on the USTA Florida event calendar in the spring of 2022, and we will be working throughout the year to explore options to provide additional opportunities for players to enjoy this popular event. For immediate questions or concerns please contact Andy Gladstone at email@example.com or 407-392-4061.
Additionally, here is another good link to share with your readers for any sort of updates or cancellations that are posted on our site.
- Been home for just over one week and doing my walking exercises, breathing exercises, and taking more pills than I like to.
- Everything inside and the holes outside my body seem to be progressing nicely.
- Only two problems: very little appetite and DeDe is actively encouraging me to EAT something; and insomnia (which started before the operation)… now taking a small dosage of Ambien, which helps some. But sleeping only 3-5 a night will hinder my daytime recovery.
- Heart rate? Still chugging along at nearly double it was when I went in (now in the 60s), which a friend says is “like jogging all day long”
- Cardiologist: have call into one for the future.
- Bad/good news; Evert Jonsson went home to the Florida panhandle this week (and besides playing tennis in 42 degrees!) a friend came up to him on Tuesday and said “while you were down in Naples, I followed your example and got calcium tested, then others to follow; and am going in the hospital on Wednesday for TRIPLE bypass!” Another life saved????
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