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The state park is huge.
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golfer’s first outing ..

Marina Park in Brooklyn.
It’s a nice day and saw a cute white car -:). The Verrazano Bridge charges half the rate $5.5 for SI residents and $11.06 for NYS and $16 other states. First time saw it.
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Highest Paid Female Athletes 2014

According to Sporteology:

  1. Maria Sharapova, Earnings: $27.1 million, 5 grand slam titles
  2. Li Na, Earnings: $18.4 million, 2 grand slam titles
  3. Serena Williams, Earnings: $16.3 million, 18 grand slam titles
  4. Caroline Wozniacki, Earnings: $13.7 million, 0 grand slam title
  5. Danica Patrick, Earnings: $13 million
  6. Victoria Azarenka, Earnings: $9.7 million, 2 grand slam titles
  7. Kim Yuna, Earnings: $9 million
  8. Ana Ivanovic, Earnings: $7.2 million, 1 grand slam title
  9. Agnieszka Radwanska, Earnings: $6.9 million, 0 grand slam title
  10. Yani Tseng, Earnings: $6.1 million

Danica Patrick is an American racing car driver who also models whom I followed for a while. Kim Yuna is a South Korean former figure skater and Yani Tseng, a Chinese golfer from Taiwan. Wenxue & sina

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The golf courses and tennis courts

  • Bethpage Black: green $150, club rental $40, ele cart 18 hole $34
  • Bethpage Red: $96
  • Long Island National golf club: $59?
  • Montauk Downs, state park: $96, club $34, cart $17 single $34 double
  • Harbor Links: $113, car $22 pp

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100 Double Ten Tennis Tournament

June 25, 2011 NJ

Saturday June 25 2011
Washington Township Tennis Club
620 Pascack Rd
Township of Washington, NJ 07676-4323
(201) 666-6121

We won it! In the final Jerry and I (7.0) out played the 7.5 from the get go in a timed match. Something to talk about.

Remember its sportsmanship that count, not gamesmanship. Congratulate to my comrades and thank you. Have fun at the tennis camp.

I just got this new toy Babolat’s Roland Garros edition: it feels great and does wonder, maybe it can cook dinner and serve drink too if I explore it more.
I’ve been using the left over from my kids and then using Pumpkin’s Andy Roddick Pure Drive, which is about 11 oz. When Pumpkin first purchased, I didn’t like it due to its weight. But when I broke one of the rockets, I began to use it and began to like it.

Afterward we went to A Taste of Shanghai in Flushing, had a tasty dinner.

The exciting tournament is coming soon: Sat., June 25 at Washington Township tennis club. You will meet many old and new tennis friends on that day. 23 teams and more than 140 players will attend this big event.

The court will be open at 9:00am. The first match, advance men and senior men will begin at 9:30am.

The “100 Double Ten Tennis Tournament” will be hosted jointly by Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York and New Jersey Chinese Tennis Association on Saturday, June 25th, 2011for celebrating 100 birthday of Republic of China.

The match schedules – we’re team 1 that starts at 3:30pm

The followings are the tournament information and rules:

  • Team:

Each team consists of 6 players, or 3 pairs of Doubles in the order of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Doubles.
There will be 6 flights:

  1. Men’s A: USTA rating 4.0 or above
  2. Men’s B: USTA rating 3.5 or lower
  3. Advanced women : USTA rating 4.0 or above
  4. Senior men
  5. Advanced Mixed Doubles: combined rating 8.0 or above
  6. Intermediated Mixed Doubles: combined rating 7.0 or lower

Due to limited number of courts, each flight will accept a maximum of four teams.

  • Format:
  1. Under each Flight, every team will play round robin against each other.
  2. 3 matches play by the order of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Double against other teams with 8- games Pro set method (first to win 8 games by two wins the match).
  3. No-Ad scoring will be used. If the game is tied at 40-40, the receiver has the choice for which side to take the serve. For mixed doubles, the server must sever to the same gender.
  4. Winning team will be decided by the total matches won. Winning two courts wins a match. If points are tied within 2 teams, then courts and games will be counted.
  • Captains responsibilities:
  1. Make sure all players are ready when called for the match.
  2. Spin a Racquet to determine who serves first prior the 5-minutes warm up.
  3. No need to change sides after games.
  4. Turned off your cell phone during match play.
  5. Leave the balls on court, and report scores to the tournament desk immediately after your match. All players (winners and losers) report scores, as accuracy is important.
  • Cost: $120 per team
  • Schedule:  To be announced
  • Award and Gift (Winner trophies will be presented by the tournament organizers and event sponsor)

The winning team in each Flight will be awarded 6 trophies.
All attending players will receive a player gift.

  • Recognition:  Sponsors: Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Margaret Lam, Dr. Kenneth Chang, Dr. Andy Chang, Dr. Timothy Chang, Dr. Morris Hawn.  Taipei Economic and Cultural Office and NJCTA provide event planning and organizing.
  • Drinks and food will be provided.

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June 1 match

Captain Cuthbert forfeited two courts, gave ys a sweep. 10 players roster to fill five courts/8 players seemed bit stretched. Reportedly the girl who served me a bagel was on Wong’s team last season. So it isn’t in the stone that once a player played on the team s/he is bond to stay, forever. Shifting alliances do happen in the league.

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The season finale

Their last game of the season vs North at home’s close contested, they lost 15-16. They were leading most of the times. More pix on FB, video
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a heartbreaking season finale

the time out

my view to the right: the baseball field...

her weapon

a little celebration

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Field of Dreams

This part of the school athletic fields I seldom visit. They’re pretty much in demand because many times they’re being used by other schools or groups. Sunday mornings are always reserved for the baseball men, even on Mother’s Day. Baseball is called the summer game, boys of the summer. I don’t really have patient for it but I like to play the game myself. There is a commanding feeling when you are at base, ready to swing the bat. The entire diamond field is at attention, despite the pitcher is considered the heart of the game.

Some day, I will play it again. Some day.

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Field of Dreams

pitcher, the center of the attention

the player .. running off the bat

meet the parents ..

the umpire

the coach

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Seeing doubles?

  1. You don’t need a big serve
  2. You do need a good spin serve
  3. You don’t need topspin groundstrokes
  4. You do need a sliced backhand and forehand
  5. You don’t need a smash
  6. You do need a variable overhead

Paul Gold

Perhaps one of the biggest reasons that people fail in their quest to play great doubles is that they have the wrong shots.
There are certain shots I often see people trying to hit when they play doubles that are just not the best shots they could play.
And maybe worse still, they spend a whole load of time (and money) trying to improve those shots.
If your only objective is to play winning doubles, then here are three shots you need to put time into developing and improving versus some shots you don’t need the extra time to improve.

  • You don’t need a big serve

The biggest problem with the big fast serve is this: It reduces the time you have to get ready for the return.
Players on the receiving end of your serve also get the chance to block or tee off at the ball, using the pace you’ve given them and often without having to move their feet. They retain their court position and are ready to play another shot if they need to.
Yes, if you are playing a pair of a much lesser standard and you already have a big flat serve, then great. But if you don’t already have full command over a big serve, then concentrate on the opposite option.

  • You do need a good spin serve

A good spin serve does everything a hard flat serve can’t. It gives you more time to get in to the net or ready for the next shot (hopefully a volley).
It doesn’t give the returner as much pace to work with, and if it’s a good slice or kick, it will force them to move.
If it’s good enough, then a weak return is always the result of a player forced to move their feet when off balance and will bring your partner in to play — more often than not, to poach. It also opens up more gaps on the court for you to exploit (as your opponents have to move to get the ball).
If you watched Roger Federer win the Gold medal at the last Olympics, you would have seen him serving for placement not power most of the time.

  • You don’t need topspin groundstrokes

This is a funny one because this is a shot you definitely need for singles.
But for doubles, the concept of hitting high looping shots from the back of the court is a no-no. Here’s why: Shots traveling deep to the back of the court with topspin become a nice easy volley either for the opposite net player, who can poach it, or for the oncoming volleyer.
If you possess a sharply dipping topspin shot that you can angle or put at the feet of the opposition, then you are OK. But if all you have is the singles-like groundstroke, then you are in trouble.
Also, if you can’t get the ball to dip at the feet of an oncoming player you will only be presenting them with a volley or mid-court ball that they can hit on the rise and make life difficult for you.
You also need to consider whether the extreme grips often used for topspin groundstrokes may give you a problem when and if you need to change grips when coming to the net to volley or half volley.

  • You do need a sliced backhand and forehand

Having a sliced shot on both wings (especially the backhand) will prove invaluable. You can play a slice without rotating your upper body, which does several great things for you.
It means you can deal with a fast oncoming ball in less time (no rotation needed). You can also play it while moving forward (again no rotation needed), so getting to the net quicker becomes easier.
And you can get the ball down low to the feet of the opposition much easier, making things much more difficult for your opponent.
I have seen Nadal — who has great topspin shots — returning and playing with slice in doubles much more than when he plays singles.
It will also help the “feel” on your volleys as it is played pretty much in the same way.
My doubles partner and I have played many practice sessions only using sliced forehands and backhands and the associated volleys. You would be surprised at how successful we were with that tactic.

  • You don’t need a smash

This freaks many people out. They get used to coming to the net and up goes the lob.
They go for the smash and it comes back, maybe over their heads. They smash again (a bit harder) and the same thing happens or they miss.
It shouldn’t take you long to realize that many of the people that frequently lob are, in fact, very good at returning the flat smash. They do it because they are good at it and because they know people will just try to hit the ball harder — and often miss.
It’s the same principle as not needing a hard, flat serve. The returners of the smash often don’t move much and use the pace you give them to give you an even higher, deeper ball to smash again.
You’ve got to be really good to win this game.

  • You do need a variable overhead

I make the distinction between the two for the following reason: The smash is a shot that says it all. An overhead implies that you do several different things with a ball that is hit overhead.
When you are faced with a lob and your opponents are at the baseline waiting for your smash, what you need is a sliced or angled overhead landing around the service line.
Not only is that nearly impossible to pick up from behind the baseline, it also means that if they do go for it they are on the move (control is then difficult) and they also leave massive gaps on the court.
It really is just a matter of solid tennis strategy, intelligent play and knowing what to do — not trying too hard.
I was lucky enough to be given this useful info by someone else and it transformed my tennis doubles game.
Hopefully this will do the same for you.

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Is chess a sport?

Regardless, this vanity plate is cute .. CHEQM8 .. checkmate
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near Georgetown on April 20, 2011

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