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Olympic surprise;<BR>upcoming tournaments

Who would have guessed that both Andy Roddick and Roger Federer would have been defeated in the early rounds at the Olympics, not to mention Venus Williams, Chanda Rubin, Martina Navratilova, Lisa Raymond and the top seeded men's doubles team of Bob and Mike Byran.

American Taylor Dent went out in a tough semifinal match and came in fourth, just out of reach of the bronze medal, while fellow countryman Mardy Fish made it to the finals to lose in a hard-fought four-hour, five-set match to win the silver against Chile's Nicolas Massu 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

It was great to see Andy Roddick stick around and cheer Fish on. There are many professionals who after losing would have caught the next flight home.

Justine Henin-Hardeene defeated Amelie Mauresmo in the women's final, which was nice to see after suffering from mono the past six weeks or so.

With a real split of players staying on the regular ATP and WTA tours and the others at the Olympics, it adds to the drama leading up to the US Open. Stay tuned.

World Team Tennis raps up it's 2004 summer league with the top four teams playing in a semis and then finals match playoff at the USTA National Tennis Center Friday Aug. 27-28.

In the Eastern Conference, Hartford will play Delaware, while in the Western Conference Sacramento will go against Newport Beach. The winners from each will see each other the next day in the finals.

"Up-Coming Local Tennis Events"

September is just around the corner in what I consider the best two months of tennis weather for our area, and there are many upcoming tennis events for you to have fun being a part of listed below. And life is too short to keep saying, "I'll do that one of these days."

"Drop In Tennis: Tues. & Thurs. Yavapai College. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Just bring a can of balls with you. (Warm up clinic from 7:30-8:30 a.m./$5)

Prescott Racquet Club: Men's, Women's & Mixed Leagues/mornings-six weeks long/3.0 level. $30 to non-members. Call 778-0708 for more information.

"Junior Grand Prix Tournament", Aug. 28: Deadline this Wed. 18 and under, all levels. Call 778-0708.

"Labor Day Open", Sept. 3-6: NTRP Levels 3.0 through 4.5 and Open, Singles, Doubles and Mixed events. Deadline to enter Fri., Aug. 27. Singles $15-Doubles $26 per team. Call 778-0708.

"Back to School Family Doubles, Sunday, Sept. 12, noon-5:00 p.m. at the Roughrider Tennis Center. Sign up with a family member, or a kissin-cousin.

A-B and C events, lunch, round robin, prizes. $15 per person. Call 445-1331 to enter.

"Grand Prix Mixed Doubles Tournament, Sept. 18 at the Prescott Racquet Club. Call 778-0708 to enter.

"5th Annual PATA Yavapai County Tennis Championships, Oct. 7-10: held at the Yavapai College courts, 2.5 through 4.5 and Open events/singles, doubles & mixed divisions for men, women and juniors. Entry deadline is Sept. 29. Call 778-7071 for more information.

"PATA Needs a Webmaster"

It's nice to sit back and enjoy the efforts of different organizations. Maybe it's the zoo, the Chamber of Commerce, the Parks and Recreation, the YMCA or even our own tennis (PATA) organization, but it sure is a lot of constant work.

And each organization is only as good as the people working within it.

What may have been great one year can drop like a rock the next if it isn't nurtured with goals, meetings, organization, dues, events, PR, and a solid base of workers and community members.

If you've been lucky enough to have just moved to our neck of the woods and have some extra time to help out, especially in the world of tennis and have experience dealing with websites, we could sure use you. Please call 445-1331. (By the way, this is a volunteer position.)

Thought of the Day ... Work on the mental side of your game with each shot you hit. Plan each point two shots ahead and visualize what is going to take place before you begin the point. You'll be surprised how much this will help you progress successfully through each match played.

(Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with over 30 years in the racquet and fitness industry. He can be reached at 445-1331 or 4541choward@earthlink.net)

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