Simple tips to keep you on the tennis court

May 24, 2013 at 12:24 a.m.

As the summer begins to heat up, we need to remind ourselves of some simple tips to keep us on the court throughout the summer.

Number one, hydration before playing is always a top priority.

This ensures that your fluids are being replaced as quickly as they are being lost. It also prevents muscle cramps, fatigue and electrolyte imbalance.

Although you may not experience skeletal muscle cramping while playing, you might experience it later in the day or before going to bed.

Second, stretching before and after physical activity, especially on the tennis court, is key to preventing soreness and injury.

Tennis players have to move their bodies in so many different directions, including forward, backward, laterally and diagonally. More often than not, all of these directions occur within just one point.

Last but certainly not least is the cooldown. After a match, typically, most of us want to get off of the hot court and into our cool, air-conditioned cars; however, this is not the smartest plan.

One should always stretch after playing as this releases lactic acid in the muscles that causes soreness. A light jog around the courts or or even a quick walk help with the cooldown process.

How many have gotten out of that cool car after only 10 minutes and felt completely stiff? Keep these tips in mind as it continues to get warmer, and you will go a long way to injury prevention.

Another successful VTA play day

This past Saturday, 15 Victoria area adults spent the morning playing doubles and singles while enjoying the day playing fun, competitive tennis.

Complimentary fresh fruits and cookies were provided.

The event was hosted by the Victoria Tennis Association and organized and run by John Bournias. His efforts were appreciated by all who attended.

The next VTA play day is scheduled for June 22. Please mark your calendar for this fun-filled event and plan to bring a friend.

As always, it will be at Victoria College, and it begins at 8:30 am.

Area tennis players set for

weekend tournaments

This weekend, we have several Victoria area players competing in USTA tournaments.

Sam Gisler will be competing in the 10 and under age group at the 47th annual Lake Conroe Open. Also participating will be Port Lavaca's Championship 12's player, Zach Hererra.

These players have competed very well in their recent events.

In San Antonio, Mike McFarlane and his son, Brad, will be playing in the San Antonio Memorial Day Adult and Junior tennis tournament. Both of these players will be competing at the 4.5 NTRP level.

Good luck to all of these participants. I will report the results to you next week.

Pro notes

At the International BNL d'Italia in Rome last week, fifth seeded Rafael Nadal defeated second seeded Roger Federer 6-1, 6-3. It was Rafa's seventh time to win the tournament. It was also his 41st tournament win on clay courts. The top-seeded American twins, Bob and Mike Bryan, defeated sixth-seeded Mehesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna from India 6-2, 6-3 to win the their third title at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome.

Also in Rome, World No. 1, Serena Williams, defeated Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3. Serena continues her domination in 2013 on the women's tour. And in doubles, Shuai Peng/ Su-Wei Hsieh defeated Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci 4-6 6-3 10-8.

Philip Perez is the assistant tennis pro at Victoria Country Club. He can be reached at



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