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Tennis Update September 13, 2019
Now, I know that in real season terms we are technically still in Summer until the 21st of this month. But once football is here and Labor Day has passed, it's technically the Fall season in my mindEmoji..!!! So we say to September, stop being a Hot head, grow up and start acting like it for once.
 
Now, with that said.....Here's some FALL stuff!!
 
UTR Tournament coming up the weekend of September 21-22! Singles will be played on Saturday, and doubles on Sunday afternoon.
Players need to register by Tuesday, September 17 at www.myutr.com/events/8508       
*Hope it lives up to the "Fall Kickoff" Theme
 
Have kids between the ages of 5-13 that want to get started in tennis?? We have the classes for them every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 4:45-6pm. You can pick any of the day or come all 3 of them. Cost is $15 per class - contact Marla Krueger for more info or to register at 817-692-6900
 
Juniors players that have been playing and more advances, in school or tournament level play - come out for our Junior Performance drills every Tuesday & Thursday, from 6-7:30pm! Cost is $18 per drill.
 
Monday nights continue with activities on the court! Play nights for our 2.5/3.0 men at 6:30pm ($8pp) or come workout with Steve on the court in his drill for all adult levels and school level juniors. Drill goes 7-8pm, and no cost to come out and join the RUN!!
 
Give me SPACE
If you haven't been in the shop for awhile, you need to check out the new glass enclosed patio! Still work to be done, but it will be a nice additional space to use during the entire year.......and yes it's climate controlledEmoji
 
Know your Court MAP
Now most of the ones that drill with me, probably know what this entails, but where do you spend your time on the court?? When on the court, I let players think of the baseline as Austin, and the net area as Fort Worth....both have their purposes depending on the game situation. 
.....but there is one area of the court that we need to make a quick 'Pit Stop"(1 shot) but then get out.....and that in between area is known as WACOEmoji, some in the past have called it 'No Man's Land'.....!!
 
Now, no harsh comments from the Waco and Baylor faithful, just a reference. Just use that map guideline when playing a match remembering you may have to come up and hit a shot in that area, but some players tend to make it a weekend stay or longer, making it a 'not so fun experience'.
......enjoy your trip!!
 
I'll end this Ticker wishing my wife a "Very HAPPY Birthday"Emoji....and actually it's my Mom's as well, but she doesn't have email, computer or Facebook so she's on her ownEmoji
 
See you on the COURT
 
Ernie Abraham
Southern Oaks Tennis Director
817-426-2400 / 817-980-9374


Tennis Update - August 8th, 2019
There's that theory out there in society '6 degrees of Separation' that all people are 6 or fewer social connections away from each other.... I'm not so sureEmoji!
But I have one better.... the '100 Degrees of Separation' here in Texas, which can disconnect people from a lot of social thingsEmoji....!! So here we are back to the month that the 7 day forecast numbers will barely all fit on your screens!!
 
......But, August still prevails and we still several things GOING on Court!!!
 
TIC TOCEmoji.....The Deadline for the SUMMER SIZZLER is approaching very quickly! Deadline is tomorrow night, August 9th. Players can register at usta.com under tournament ID 800019219! Divisions for singles, doubles and mixed in levels 2.5-open and also singles/doubles in men's & women's 50+ starting at the 3.0 level.
Don't let a few extra numbers on the weather forecast stop you!!
 
It's a week of WINNERS getting ready to hit the courts the next few days!!
Good luck to our Lonestar ladies competing in the Texas Sectionals in Dallas this weekend and our Ladies 3.0 & 3.5 40+ USTA teams competing in the Fort Worth playoffs in Arlington next week.
 
Newbies on the COURT this evening at 6:30pm and continuing for the rest of August. Before long we will have to take the newbie title off....they're working hard. Cost is $20pp or $16 member! Contact me if still interested getting involved.
 
Monday Play Nights continue for our 2.5/3.0 men & women at 6:30pm....cost is $8pp or nc for members. A great way to get some good match play and meet other players......the more the better. Please let me know by noon each Monday if you would like to play.
 
Monday night drills still continue with Steve from 7-8pm for adults and school level juniors. Come work out at no cost!!
 
Junior Groups just finished today for the Summer (and no one melted, officially) as we get back in the routine of the school year. We do have our Fall schedules out, which will start back on Tuesday, September 3rd.
 
**Our Junior Performance group will continue through August on Tues/Thurs, 6 - 7:30pm! Cost is $18pp
 
SAVE the DATE....Ladies!!
Fall Kickoff on Thursday, August 29th....Fixed Partner format in levels 2.5 - 4.0. Play will start at 9:30am!
 
ON the ROAD Again!!!
If you have pulled out of Southern Oaks on to Burleson Retta Rd and wondered why cars were coming from both directions....well, your driving detour nightmares our over........the ROAD is now openEmojiEmoji
 
See you on the COURT......and if you see me cooking an egg on the stadium court, we may be even more separatedEmoji
 
Ernie Abraham
Southern Oaks Tennis Director
817-426-2400 / 817-980-9374


Tennis Update - August 1st, 2019

Not since Roger Federer having 2 match points to win his 21st Major in July, has something been so close (still a sore subject)!! Referring to last weeks Ticker of making it through July without out a 100 degree day for the first time since 2007......So CLOSE!!  And speaking of 21, that was how many 100 degree days we had up to this point last year.....!! A couple close calls this month ~ but the cigars stay in the box!!
 
Now we enter AUGUSTEmojiEmoji
 
With this heat we couldn't ask for better advertising for our SUMMER SIZZLER Adult USTA tournament coming up the weekend of Aug 16-18th. Events include singles, doubles and mixed in all levels 2.5 - open! Also 50+ senior divisions for 3.0-4.5 levels in singles & doubles for men/women. Deadline is Friday August 9th...Don't Delay!! Register at usta.com under tournament ID 800019219
 
GOOD LUCK & Congrats to our Southern Oaks Teams
~ Ladies Lonestar team will be competing at Texas Sectionals held in Dallas next weekend, August 9 & 10th after winning the FTW local event in June.
~ Ladies 3.5 USTA 40+ team, winning 1st place in the FTW  league, now will compete in playoffs Aug 12-14
~ Ladies 3.0 USTA 40+ team finishing 2nd in the FTW league, now competing in playoffs the same week of Aug 12-14
~ We don't want to forget our new professional golf team of Derek Westbrook/Lance Duren for winning our FORE the LOVE of Golf event on Saturday!
 
......way to go everyone it's been a GREAT SummerEmojiEmojiEmoji
 
Weekly Court Play
~ Newbies group going strong, meets tonight at 6:30pm....and continues on Thursday's for the month of August! Cost is $20pp/$16 member
~ Monday Play Nights for our 2.5/3.0 men & women starting at 6:30pm....respond by Monday at noon to play. Cost is $8pp/nc member
~ Monday Night drill with Steve for school level and all adults from 7-8pm.....no charge
~ It's been HOT, but a good week of juniors! Contact Marla Krueger, 817-692-6900 if you have interest for next week, the last wk of summer groups.
 
SOME other GOOD NEWS
* Pickle Ballers, don't FRET.... look forward to more activity on the short court as we get the HOT weather out of here!!!
* Come enjoy our new social area for F&B in the proshop, open for service starting tomorrow, August 2nd.
* It may not be tennis or golf.....but the season is upon us - no, it's not Christmas - or it may be to a lot of people including myself
  .....we have our 1st football game starting tonight.....the world is spinning just right again until FebruaryEmoji
 
Lets enjoy a Great weekend & Days ahead.....just remember the cold days of February when you wanted Summer to be here!!
 
See you on the COURT!!
 
Ernie Abraham
Southern Oaks Tennis Director
www.southernoaksgolf.com
817-426-2400 / 817-980-9374


Tennis Update - July 25th, 2019

Remember when you were in school, Emoji was a good thing that you would work hard for, but when it comes to summer, Emoji not so good!!......So the question, can we make it through a July without a Emoji and make it a good thingEmoji?  Not since 2007 has this happened and we are closing the month with a strong chance. Of course August could rear it's ugly head and make us pay for it in a hard way.
 
So let's take advantage of YES, a very nice Summer on the Court
 
~ This Saturday, July 27th - "FORE the LOVE of Golf" Tournament for tennis players. There is still time to register if you can let me know by noon Friday. Cost is $50pp - come out and join the fun and test your golf skills. We have 22 guys already registered to play. Format is 2 person, 18 hole scramble. Play will kickoff at 1pm.
 
~ Monday Play Nights continue for men and women of the 2.5/3.0 level at 6:30pm, as well as the men's 4.0 level. Cost is $8pp/nc member
   Mondays also offer Steve's workout drill from 7-8pm, no charge to come. Drill is setup for school level juniors and adults.
 
~ We are concluding our Summer Junior program for 10 & under and entry level older ages, but if you are interested in groups over the next couple weeks before the start of school, contact Marla Krueger at 817-692-6900
 
~ Also as mentioned a couple Tickers back, Dennis Roy will be joining us in a tennis professional role. Dennis will be available for lessons in the evenings and some weekends. Dennis will also be organizing a higher level junior program for our champ/super champ levels. If you would like to contact Dennis, please call him at 469-563-6245
 
~ Newbie Group - we will keep this class going each Thursday for the next few weeks from 6:30-7:30pm. It's been a good group, if still interested please let me know. Cost is $20pp/$16 member
 
SUMMER SIZZLER approaching quick, held the weekend of Aug 16-18th. This is an adult level USTA tournament (juniors 18 & under can play open divisions). Adult levels in singles, doubles and mixed at the 2.5 thru open levels. Tournament ID is 800019219, deadline is Aug 9th.
Singles could start as early as 3pm on Friday the 16th, with all doubles starting on Saturday.
 
CLUB NOTES......
* Nice changes in the shop area, with a new social area for food & beverage to open up on Friday, August 2nd....come check it out!
* Green aerification begins next week on the course, starting with the back 9 on Monday(7/29) & Front 9 on Tuesday(7/30)!
* Is Burleson/Retta Rd still closed......YES!!!!Emoji
* You will notice some strong junior tennis play today, tomorrow and Monday as we host a site for USTA junior zonals for players all around the country!! Play goes 8am-1pm!
 
Let's have a Great week.....this time last years temperature....106Emoji
 
See you on the COURT
Ernie Abraham
Southern Oaks Tennis Director
www.southernoaksgolf.com
817-426-2400 / 817-980-9374



Tennis Update - July 19th, 2019
Now that we are into our "Desert Summer Time" in Texas, to where every bird starts to look like a vulture and everything sounds like a locus.....let's start our countdown of the days ahead that all intriguing minds want to know just for kicks!

Fall....65 days....school starts...26 days(sorry kids, but your parents love this day)Emoji......Christmas 160 days(hope you took advantage of Amazon Prime Day)......Burleson/Retta Rd opening....who knowsEmoji.........and of course the biggest day of all ~ start of the College Football season....44 days(hallelujah)EmojiEmojiEmoji
 
Now For the Tennis Days Ahead!!
 
~ This weekend we welcome players participating in our July UTR.....times/draws are posted at myutr.com/events/3523
 
~ This coming Monday Night, July 22nd we offer a Junior Play Night for school and tournament level juniors from 6-8pm. Contact Ernie at this email      if you would like to come out. Format will be round robin short match play to get kids more time on the court. Cost is $8pp, drinks included.
 
~ Saturday, July 27th - "FORE the LOVE of Golf" Tournament for tennis guys/gals ~ format 2 person team, 18 hole scramble. Cost is $50 per player
   including prizes for winning teams, closest to the pin contest. Play will start at 1pm. Register to my email by Wednesday, July 24th.
 
 Regular Stuff
 
*Monday Night Drill for adults, school & tournament level juniors with Steve. No charge, 7-8pm, come on out and get worked out.
*Newbie Group going on Thursday's, 6:30-7:30pm. We have a good group of new upcoming players! Cost is $20pp/$16 member
*Monday Play Night for 2.5/3.0 level men & women, starts at 6:30pm. Let me know by Sunday night! Cost is $8pp/nc member
*Junior Camps still going next week for our 10 & under, and entry level juniors 11-15! Contact Marla Krueger 817-692-6900
*Junior Performance Drills on Tues/Thurs, 6pm-7:30pm
 
Coming Up Soon
 
**Southern Oaks Summer Sizzler held August 16-18. This is a USTA Adult Sanctioned Tournament with divisions in singles, doubles and mixed for all levels, starting at 2.5 thru open. Singles could start late Friday afternoon, with all doubles starting on Saturday. Players can register by August 9th at usta.com under tournament ID 800019219
 
Reminder to like our facebook pages ~ Southern Oaks Tennis  and Southern Oaks Golf & Tennis
 
Stay Hydrated & Don't Melt.....number of days until next Ticker....7
 
See you on the COURT
 
Ernie Abraham
Southern Oaks Tennis Director
www.southernoaksgolf.com
817-426-2400 / 817-980-9374



Tennis Update - July 12th, 2019
Hope everyone enjoyed that 'Cool Summer Break' last night.....it's a great way to get all your skin that melted away to come back to its true form..!!

We've also had a break from the usual low in the professional sports scene that comes this time of year! First, congrats to the Ladies USA Soccer team...well done and it fit right in to the holiday weekendEmoji
Now we get another good fit for this weekend, with a Federer vs Nadal match up at Wimbledon, that hasn't happened since that epic 2008 final!
If you have an extra $9-10,000 you may be able to even get a ticketEmoji.....the summer sports scene has entertainment value!!

We also have some tennis entertainment to PLAY

~ The Epic match may be overseas, but we bring a touch of Wimbledon to Southern Oaks, in our traditional mixer featuring all the traditions this Saturday, July 13th, 9am-12! Strawberries & Cream, Champagne, some wood racquets to try if you like, and of course....ALL WHITE Apparel! If you say I don't have anything all white.....they sale Hanes t-shirts everywhereEmoji! Let me know by Friday at noon if you want to play! No partner needed! $20pp/$15m.........much cheaper than the 9-10K

~ Our next UTR coming up quick, July 20-21, deadline is Tuesday, July 16. Singles played on Saturday, doubles on Sunday afternoon.
   register at myutr.com/events/3523

FORE the LOVE of Golf - a fun golf tournament event on Saturday afternoon, July 27th for tennis players. Format will be a 2 person 18 hole scramble, cost is $50pp which will cover all the golf, prizes and some other things. How are you eligible?? Just need to be a USTA member! Need to enter by Wednesday, July 24th.

SERVING UP the Usual
~ Monday Play Nights at 6:30pm for men & ladies 2.5/3.0....and our men's 4.0 group. Cost is $8pp or no charge for members.
~ Monday Night Drill with Steve from 7-8pm! School level juniors and all adults....no charge!
~ Junior Novice Camps on Tues, Wed, Thurs afternoon. Contact Marla for more info or to register at 817-692-6900
~ Junior Performance every Tues/Thurs 6-7:30pm for school and tournament level juniors

Our NEWBIE tennis group will be meeting tonight and next Thursday at 6:30pm due to events the next couple weeks on Saturday's! Not too late to come on out and join the group.

Junior Play Night on Monday, July 22nd for kids wanting to get some extra match/court time before the upcoming school year! Any juniors wanting to play need to notify me so we have an accurate count. Cost is $8pp, ball & drinks will be provided. Play will go 6-8pm!

Welcome to the Club - Dennis Roy coming on as one of our tennis professionals on the weeknights, and some weekends.
Dennis was formerly top 10 in Texas juniors, 3 time state finalist and played his college tennis at Abilene Christian and University of Texas at Dallas where he was American Southwest Conference Champion in 2013.....and has worked at Highpoint Tennis and the Lakes Academy in past years.
Dennis will be helping us with juniors and adult lessons/programs. To reach Dennis, 469-563-6245

Back to the Melting......See you on the COURT!!

Ernie Abraham
Southern Oaks Tennis Director
www.southernoaksgolf.com
S: 817-426-2400 or C:817-980-9374