Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spring Session III Registration now available!

Spring Session III of Atkins Programming begins Apr. 9th and runs through May 13th. 

This is a five week session with the following conflicts (4/13- NO ATS, 4/26-NO EVENING CLINICS, and 4-27-4/29 ALL CLINICS CANCELLED). 

Registration for all these programs are now available by calling the front desk at 217-244-8562 or stopping by and registering in person. You can also register through our online portal at
See everyoneon the courts!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Champaign-Urbana tennis ladder has started

The weather has been great the last couple of weeks and the Champaign-Urbana tennis ladder has officially begun its 2017 season. Now in its fifth the year, the Ladder is a great way to meet new tennis partners and players to test your prowess on the singles court.

Fun and laid-back, the Ladder is very informal with no club fees or dues. The only financial obligation is paying for court time if you and your partner decide to play indoors and a can of new balls for each match. Open to adults of all ages, players can challenge or play matches as often as they like.

The Ladder has more than 30 area players waiting to be challenged and plenty of room for more players if you haven't joined yet. For more information on how to join follow this link: CU Tennis Ladder.

Beginning of the season standings:

1 - T. Fillmore
2 - J. Scicchitano
3 - T. Wilson
4 - M. Bantz
5 - S. Weakley
6 - D. Maloney
7 - E. Ward
8 - B. Houston
9 - T. Ellis
10 - W. Smith
11 - C. Brooks
12 - C. Nerone .
13 - T. McAlpin
14 - P. Loechl
15 - J. Klug
16 - P. Hammie
17 - C. Chattic
18 - C. Gratkins
19 - S. Khan
20 - S. Pickard
21 - N. Ribeiro
22 - M. Larive
23 - Henry Wong
24 - S. Hohenwater
25 - M. Woolwine
26 - M. Chabot
27 - G. Mandell
28 - J. Runyan
29 - M. Swaminatha
30 - A. Duseja
31- X. Song
32 - M. Davis
33 - S. Friend
34 - C. Evans

In or out?

"I’d like to call your shot out, but I don’t have the nerve to do it myself. Please become my accomplice in helping me cheat you."

How often do you and an opponent disagree on line calls? Is there someone you play that is worse than others making the correct call when the ball bounces on or near the line?

More annoying are the players who take an eternity to make a line call. It's like they need to convince themselves while they walk over to pick up the ball they missed first that whatever they are about to say is accurate. If takes that long to decide, you know the ball was likely landed in the box. But, as experience has taught you, you know they will call it out because their overriding need to win is greater than their sense of fairness.

Conversely, there is nothing but love for the player who snaps their head back, eyes rolled, after your ball - the one they decided not to take a swing at and let go out - pummels the back line or strikes inches inside the court. Who can hate the racquet droppers and the tossers who let their sticks sail to your cloaked amusement after watching the ball bounce good in front of them.

Joel Drucker over on the Tennis Channel has his own views in this classic article below.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Portable line judge on the market, under $200

"French inventor GrĂ©goire Gentil has designed a $200 GoPro-size device that can be fastened to any net post and detect whether balls are in or out with surprising accuracy. It’s called, reasonably enough, the In/Out. " ~ Bloomberg Businessweek