At, Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa, I got a private lesson by Todd Nelson, a top pro whose highest ATP world ranking is 52 in singles and 38 in doubles. He is the same generation and friend with Shuzo Matsuoka, a Japanese top pro. The fee is $80/hour and quite reasonable considering his past/present performance. Todd may be the man we should stay with!!!
Mercury Open has started from 14 to 22 July.
We have three Japanese top pro in the tournament, Rika Hujiwara, Erica Sema, and Misaki Doi.
On 15th, I saw the match of Erica Sema, having strong power and will in her small body. Catching up from 1-5, she lost first set by 4-6, for Y.Chan is good player with stable fore and back hand stroke, good game making, and mental toughness. Unfortunately, after leaded 4-6, 6-4, 4-0, Erika lost the game with Chang by 4-6, 6-4, 5-7. I think her coach could/should commit the game more, but it was definitely great and tough game. Even though Erika burst into anger to herself when lost, I felt professionalism, seeing her cooled down running around the court(and maybe thinking about the game) for her next challenge.
On 19th, I saw the match of Misaki Doi(ranked 140) vs Christina McHale.(ranked 27) Both players are young generation just about 20 years. I could not imagine what feeling does Misaki have, matching stronger player who represent the United States at the upcoming Summer Olympics in the midst of American people. 95% of people never hoped to Misaki’s winning, but she was so brave and quiet fighter, thinking combination subjectively. Even though she lost the game by 6-4, 4-6, 4-6 and there surely is a difference between two players, she proved she is eligible to be very close to top 30 players. I fortunately have two chance to talk with her, before final set and after the match, I have no word to tell her, almost crying.
I believe/wish these two top women Japanese players will become greater player and come to San Diego again in next year.
Got a professional private tennis lesson by Dan, certified with USPTA.
This time, the instructor is far much better than previous fake one.
Just after one hour, my serve changed dramatically but what impressed me is not because his advice is clear but because he ,through several drill, even taught me how to practice serve so that I can improve alone. I will try a couple of instructor and then decide the instructor.
I got a professional private tennis lesson by Jason, certified with USPTA.
But unfortunately, I realized I chose wrong instructor once I met him. He is beer belly guy and actually could not catch up even my warming up….
He may be good professional player once and fortunately maintained great service, so I took intensive service only lesson. It was a disappointing time for me, but I learned USTPA is meaningless and I have to work hard on finding proper pro-instructor!
I played tennis(service only) alone at UCSD.
We have 8 beautiful tennis courts next to Rady School of Management and anyone can use the court free when Triton Club is not using the court(Triton Club using only 8pm to 10pm weekday).
The club fee is only 5$ per quoter. I have to think how to maximize these great assets to change my tennis style dramatically. Should I belong to Triton Club or not? Wmmm.
*I am surely coming Rady not for tennis but for Learning.