SJTA clinics start up again Monday, August 12th for all classes!

We have concluded our 8 week summer tennis camp with our Summer Sectionals competition in Sanlando for Junior Team Tennis Championships. We are proud to announce that we obtained 2nd place in both the u14 intermediate and u18 intermediate divisions with our star players below. I am so very proud of the way everyone played in Orlando. Proud to be their coach and have these players represent themselves, their families and Saint Johns Tennis Academy.

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2nd place winners

Orlando JTT Sectionals Championships - July 2019

U18 Ace Breakers - 2nd place vs. Team Miami Chiuhuahua’s

U18 Ace Breakers - 2nd place vs. Team Miami Chiuhuahua’s

Ladies Beginner class - summer 12 weeks of training complete

I LOVE teaching this class! I have 6 ladies from our community who have now completed my 12 week series of “Love to Learn” “Love to Play” These ladies are ready to start playing doubles and soon will be playing league tennis. We have tons of laughs and they are so eager to learn and play. It’s really a Mom’s Night Out on Monday’s with me. I understand how important that is now an “Empty Nester” mom of 2.

The Magnificent Seven !

The Magnificent Seven !

Week 7 of summer tennis camp completed!

It was a hot week but these kids are learning more about hydration and nutrition in which they can stay out in the heat and play tennis cooler with more energy!

We worked on serves and return of serves. Serve consistency is the first priority and securing a good “serve ritual” helps solidify that success. Serve placement, spin and power come after to make our serves into a fabulous weapon on court.

Working on return of serve is equally imperative with good footwork, recognition of a fast ball coming in and body position to get a good return in with recovery.

We had a Dog Fight on Thursday - below we have two new students, one of which literally started at the beginning of camp and won the bottom half of our competitive play! Olivia won our top half competition and earned her second Dog Fight shirt.

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Week 5 & 6 of summer tennis camp completed.

We worked hard on volleys and overheads in week 5 learning to work with proper grips, touch and feel for the short court is so important. Learning more about offense and defensive shots. Brought in the doubles play for learning more about court positioning and opening up the court to put the ball away.

Week 6 working on lobs and overheads from the front court and the back court. Developing a “serve ritual” to improve our serves and use it as a weapon Finished out the week competitive with a college format of play.

So proud of our kids pushing through practicing in the summer! The heat was quite high this week and humidity thick. They are learning more about nutrition and how to keep the body cool and comfortable in these hot conditions.

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2nd Red Ball Challenge at Saint Johns Tennis Academy

We had 8 players registered for our 2nd Red Ball Challenge in which all the kids played a singles round robin style of match play and at the end doubles with their partner of choice which were friends, family or favorite tennis pro. We had a blast enjoying tennis, pizza and awards for 2 hours at the tennis courts in which we had a great audience of parents to support their favorite tennis players. Love it!!

Congratulations to Lana and Caroline who earned the most in points and will be moving on to Orange Ball. Followed by Ryan, Davison, Kian and Desmond who did an excellent job with 4 players doing our red ball challenge for the first time.

Kian going for a backhand!

Red Ball Challenge

Kian going for his backhand.

Caroline reaching for a high forehand return.

Caroline reaching for a high forehand return.

Lana warming up before match play.

Lana warming up before match play.

Ryan’s overhead serve. - Photo credit Mariela Mcsoley Photography

Ryan’s overhead serve. - Photo credit Mariela Mcsoley Photography

Dynamo Desmond dropping in for Rally Ball.

Dynamo Desmond dropping in for Rally Ball.

Davison moving out wide for his forehand return vs. Ryan.

Davison moving out wide for his forehand return vs. Ryan.

SIGN UP NOW FOR RED BALL CHALLENGE - Saturday, March 16th 10am - 12pm

We will be holding our 2nd RED BALL CHALLENGE in which all 8 & Under tennis players will have a round robin style of match play (1st to 7 points). We will also have courts for target practice and games. Challenge our pro’s and pro’s assistants in match play. $20.00 per player for registration which includes tennis, pizza party and awards.

10am - 12pm - All levels of play are invited to come and participate. We welcome all clubs or individuals to join us. 16 available spots to play.

Saturday, December 8th - RED BALL CHALLENGE EVENT

We are excited to announce our very first RED BALL CHALLENGE which will be a round robin style of play in which we will pair the players up to play as many matches as possible. We will also have available stations for target practice and games for a portion of our challenge. We will have pizza and prizes at the conclusion of our challenge.

Hours of play 10:00a.m. - 11:30a.m.

Lunch and Prizes 11:30a.m. - noon

$20.00 registration fee mailed to SJTA before December 5th

You can register on our website under “RED BALL CHALLENGE” - 18 PLAYERS maximum.

All players must wear lace up tennis shoes, bring water and racquet. If you do not have a racquet we have demos to borrow to play for this event.

This event will count toward play points for our 10 & Under Academy SJTA players for skill level evaluation.

8 & Under red ball

8 & Under red ball

Mal Washington Gala & Pro Am Tournament fundraiser.

Each year our pros are involved in the gala for a fundraising event for our youth tennis in Jacksonville.  Thursday we will attend a silent auction and on Friday participate in playing the ProAm tournament at San Jose Golf and Country Club  

www.malwashington.com

 

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Gala dinner fundraiser

Over $200,000 raised for MVWF and their new high school tennis facility, a second edition tennis center for tennis and education.

Camp Weeks 4, 5 & 6

Very important weeks in our Academy in which we celebrated Wimbledon week , themed with wearing all white, strawberries, serve and volley like they do on grass! Singles and doubles strategies. We also celebrated by participating in USTA Orlando Sectionals tournament and won 2nd place in all of Florida! Go SJTA Ace Breakers who played u14 intermediate which was quite competitive and very close in competition. 

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Weeks 1-3 summer tennis camp completed

We have worked on consistency, shot tolerance and singles strategy in week 1.  Shot patterns, serves and returns in week 2. All things short court volley, half volley, overheads and drop shots in week 3. We have more work to cover week 4-7!! More room in our Academy classes for July so please come join us at Creekside High tennis courts to learn and have fun!  

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10 & Under Orange Ball team takes the courts!

First match to mark this Spring season at San Jose Golf and CC. So proud of our kids 9 & 10 year olds (mostly)  

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