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

Monday, February 13, 2017

Spring Session II of Atkins Programming begins next week!

Session II of Atkins Tennis Center's spring programming begins next week from February 19-April 8th. Session II runs six weeks over a seven week time frame. There will be no clinics the week of Mar. 19-26 over the campus Spring Break.

Register today by stopping by the front desk or calling 217-244-8562. Also you can register by using our online registration at ...
Check out our spring programming brochure at for all the information you need!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

U of I men's tennis schedule has changed

Fighting Illini men's tennis added two matches to the 2017 spring schedule, head coach Brad Dancer announced on Tuesday afternoon. Read more via the post below.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Registration for 14th Annual Indoor Tournament now open

While you won't get a chance to knock Stan Wawrinka or Rafa out title contention, this year's 14th Annual Indoor Tournament will be held February 17-19 at the Dodds Tennis Center in Champaign. It will be a lot cheaper serving bombs and ripping forehand winners to the corners here than flying to Rotterdam to play in the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament held the same week.

Open to competitors of all ages, the Indoor Tournament features six division for juniors players and 12 adult divisions. The entry fee for singles player is just $30 and $40 for doubles competitors. Entry forms (download yours here) must be received by the Champaign Park District no later than 5pm on February 14.

Yuri Sohn, who is also the head teaching pro at Dodds, explained The Indoor Tournament was created years ago to give surrounding area high school boys match play practice leading into their upcoming high school season. Now expanded event offers the opportunity for men, women and doubles players of all ages to gauge their level of play with a new spring season on the horizon.

"(For) adults and juniors alike a great opportunity to test their skills in a tournament setting at a very affordable price indoors during the winter,” Sohn said. “You will gain valuable experience in competing under pressure that is unique to a tournament."

Every player will be guaranteed at least two matches. Tournament scoring will be no-ad for main draw matches with third set tiebreakers. Consolation matches will use no-ad scoring and play an eight game pro set.

With dozens of leagues year round in Champaign-Urbana, the tournament does draw its share of seasoned players from the Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding area, but provides a great learning experience for players just getting their feet wet in competitive tennis.

"This particular tournament is perfect for first timers because it is not USTA sanctioned," Sohn said. "You may not have to compete against the hardened tournament players that are chasing points for rankings."

The draws will be announced on the website after 5pm on Thursday, February 16. Interested players can download the entry form at

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Atkins Spring 2017 Brochure

Below you will find the link to our 2017 Spring Brochure! 

All the information you need to know about clinics,court time, etc. Spring clinics start tomorrow, Jan. 9th and run through the middle of May. We hope to see you all inside warm Atkins during the cold months!