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Barbara Wyatt
I made a mistake. I tossed a rule away because I wanted to be kind. I’ll never do that again. A muffled ringing resonated during a USTA match. Four tennis bags lay on the bench; one was guilty. All four players stood frozen. Who left their phone on? The ringing stopped. Rule 36 in The Code states...Read more
Barbara Wyatt
I am the luckiest recreational doubles tennis player on the planet. When I step on a tennis court with Noel, our opponents’ knees are already knocking because of his ability to deliver a ball one inch over the net which then drops like a cannonball. On another USTA team, I partner with Kathi, a...Read more
Press Release
The USTA Eastern Metro Region Flex League will begin on Sunday, June 20 and run through the summer and ending in late August. Flex League is singles competition that works with your schedule. Matches are arranged directly with your opponent at a mutually agreeable day, time & location. Each...Read more
Barbara Wyatt
“That’s exactly what I need!” Brandon said, after I told him I am picking up racquets with new strings. He plays four times a week and known for an aggressive style with powerful cross-court shots hit with his forehand. Yet, he hadn’t re-strung his racquet in over a year. I know exactly who he...Read more
Mike Puc
One of the most frequent requests I hear from my students is how to achieve more power. After a short discussion and acknowledgement of the first priorities of getting the ball in and getting the ball in away from the opponent, the goal of power may be addressed. The two biggest components to...Read more
Barbara Wyatt
It hit me the other day. Not a tennis ball, but a realization. Our tennis pros hung up their racquets and stayed home during the pandemic. These men and women made the same financial sacrifice as personal trainers, physical therapists, restaurant and café owners, bookstore owners, and other small...Read more
Barbara Wyatt
This is the second part of Barbara Wyatt's Hindrance Quiz. Click Here to read Part One . The Hindrance Quiz checks your understanding of the ITF and USTA rules of hindrances. Correct answers are the simple quick answers, not burdened with a barrage of what-ifs or embellished with nuances on the...Read more
Press Release
On Wednesday, the USTA compiled tips and guidelines, botrh for players and facilities, on what to do when returning to the courts. The USTA said: “The USTA recognizes that the coronavirus has been affecting different parts of the country in different ways and with different timing. We therefore...Read more
Barbara Wyatt
Travis storms the net, finger pointed … “Stop calling my balls out. That ball was in.” Without a pause, his partner says, “We’re calling for line judges.” Thank heavens, I thought, There IS a player with intelligence on that side of the net. Travis’ partner demonstrated she knows tennis rules when...Read more
Barbara Wyatt
“I’ve never won a USTA Sportsmanship Pin,” says Sheila. Frank places his arm around her shoulder and says, “You will. But until you do, you could have one of mine. I have three.” She laughs. Frank was at it again, teasing a fellow teammate. Is Sheila doing anything wrong? She gives the benefit of...Read more