Showing posts with label Tennis. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tennis. Show all posts

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


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tennis players 56% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease

"An analysis of more than 80,000 adults who were tracked for nearly a decade finds that those who played tennis, badminton or squash had the lowest risk of dying during the course of the study. Compared with people who didn’t play racket sports, those who did were 47% less likely to die of any cause and 56% less likely to die as a result of cardiovascular disease."


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Eight Great Photos From The Futures of Champaign Tournament

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The Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament held at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Center featured a lot of 32 highly talented athletes from as far away as Mexico, India and Great Britain. The six-day event starting on August 8th, ended with the number four seed Kevin King as the tournament's inaugural champion.

King was well-rewarded for his efforts. After defeating Nathan Pasha in his opening match, he knocked off local favorite and recent University of Illinois alum Tim Kopinski in straight sets for a showdown with Junior French Open winner Tommy Paul. Prevailing after his three-setter with Paul, King faced Brit Richard Gabb the title match and clearly dominated play on his way to a 6-3, 6-1 victory.

King's championship bounty included 27 USTA ranking points, a check for $2,160 and a beautiful Smith & Bradley watch created just a few dozen miles away from the tournament site.

Below are eight of our favorite photos and links to more from PhotoNews Media's coverage of the $15,000 Futures event.


Alex Rybakov hits the ball back across the net

Alex Rybakov prepares to slice the ball back across the net in his quarterfinal tennis match against Richard Gabb. The left-hander pushed his British opponent to three sets falling 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3 at the Car-X Futures of Champaign tournament. Find more tournament pictures of Rybakov on our photo gallery.


Tommy Paul playing at the Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament

Tommy Paul, winner of this year's French Open Juniors, lunges for wide forehand shot from the other side of the net in his quarterfinal match against #4 seed Kevin King. Paul fell in his bid for a semifinal spot after an exciting three set contest 6-1, 2-6, 7-6(8) to King. See eight more photos of Paul in action here ...



Kevin King reacts after hitting the ball long in the second set during his quarterfinal match against fellow American Tommy Paul at the Car-X Future of Champaign tennis tournament. King defeated Paul, after splitting the first two sets 6-1 and 2-6, in an exciting third set comeback for a final score of 7-6(8). See 12 more photos of King in action from this match and his title match effort.



Konrad Zieba hits a blazing forehand shot in his match against Sanam Singh at the Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament. Zieba forced a third set decision falling 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2, to Singh on Wednesday. See more of Zieba's match photos ...



Sanam Singh lines up a backhand

Sanam Singh lines up a backhand shot during his Car-X Futures of Champaign match on Wednesday. After dropping his first set, Singh surged back to a third set victory 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 over Northwestern University junior Konrad Zieba. Check out more photos of Singh here.


Richard Gabb hits a backhand

Richard Gabb hits a backhand shot during his championship match against #4 seed Kevin King at the Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament. Gabb fell in his bid to win the inaugural tournament title falling 3-6, 1-6 on Sunday afternoon. For his effort he earned 15 points in the USTA standings and $1,272 in prize money. See seven more photos in this gallery.


Daniel Garza hits a leaping forehand winner

Daniel Garza hits a leaping forehand winner during his quarterfinal match against Ramkumar Ramanathan at the Car-X Future of Champaign tennis tournament. Garza was eliminated from the Elite 8 in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. See 10 more great photos of Garza in action.


Ramkumar Ramanathan chases down a ball in the ad court.

Ramkumar Ramanathan chases down a ball in the ad court during his match against Daniel Garza at the Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament. Ramanathan battled back from a 1-4 second set to pick up a 6-3, 6-4 win over Garza Friday afternoon at the Atkins Tennis Center on the University of Illinois campus. He will face Kevin King in a semifinal match on Saturday.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Park District League Dates Announced

Earlier this month the Champaign Park District announced the dates and times for their fall tennis leagues. Park District leagues are structured and competitive. To join players must be evaluated by Yuri Sohn, the head professional. Fall/winter leagues are divided into two seven-week sessions and all matches are played at the Dodds Tennis Center. For more information contact Yuri via email at yuri.sohn@champaignparks.com or by phone at 217-819-3993.

ADULT SUNDAY SINGLES LEAGUE
(Generally Men’s 2.5-3.0/Ladies 3.0-3.5)

9/13-10/25    Su 1:30-3p
11/1-12/20*  Su 1:30-3p 
No League: 11/22*
Member Fee: $99 / Guest Fee: $114

 BRONZE FLEX SINGLES LEAGUE
(Generally Men’s 3.0-3.5/Ladies 3.5-4.0)
Court times are scheduled on an individual match basis.
Session I: 9/13-10/25   
Session II:11/1-12/20
Member Fee: $99 / Guest Fee: $114

SILVER FLEX SINGLES LEAGUE
(Generally Men’s 3.5-4.0/Ladies 4.0-4.5)
Court times are scheduled on an individual match basis.
Session I: 9/13-10/25   
Session II:11/1-12/20
Member Fee: $99 / Guest Fee: $114

GOLD FLEX SINGLES LEAGUE
(Generally Men’s 4.0-4.5/Ladies 4.5-5.0)
Court times are scheduled on an individual match basis.
Session I: 9/13-10/25   
Session II:11/1-12/20
Member Fee: $99 / Guest Fee: $114

Sunday, August 16, 2015

It's Good To Be King In Champaign

Under the glaring hot summer sun in Urbana, #4 seed Kevin King pushed past Richard Gabb to win the inaugural Car-X Futures of Champaign singles tennis title. Below are five photos from King's match at the Atkins Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon. Follow this link to see more tournament photos.


Tournament winner Kevin King

August 16, 2015 - Urbana, IL - In front of a crowd of 20 spectators, Kevin King hits a forehand shot during a prolonged rally with Great Britain's Richard Gabb during second set action in their championship match at the inaugural Car-X Futures of Champaign. King defeated Gabb, 6-3, 6-1.


Tennis player Kevin King serves

King pounds a serve in the second set.


Kevin King questions an out call

King questions an out call by the chair umpire during a rally midway in the second set.


Kevin King hits a backhand

King hits a backhand during a long second set rally doing his best wear down Gabb under the hot August sun.


Kevin King shakes hands with tournament director Christine Stromberg

With huge smile on his face, Kevin King shakes hands with tournament director Christine Stromberg (left) after winning the inaugural Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament title on Sunday. King celebrated his 6-3, 6-1 victory over Great Britain's Richard Gabb with a check for $2,160, a new watch and 27 USTA points on Sunday afternoon.