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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #260 on: January 28, 2009, 09:48:53 PM »
Indoor on dirt................thats one I don't think Ihave ever seen!? 

Dirt indoors?  I've never even heard of that.

You guys may know more about the material. The stuff is a pretty soft grey clay. Shoe brushes are provided at the exit as it easily transfers to the carpet at home. I wash the soles of my shoes when I get home to finish the job!  It is SLOW! I've not been able to crack the Club website to find out details.

P.S. Note the new signature.  It's built around the fact that the website censor won't let me type mis-hit without the hyphen.

Sounds like har-tru but I've never seen indoor har-tru.
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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #261 on: January 29, 2009, 12:01:32 AM »
Same here Jster.  It must be clay if they have the brushes at the doors.  Do these courts have the big bubble canvas domes around them..............as in, the bubbles could be removed to make the courts outdoor for when the weather is better? 

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #262 on: January 29, 2009, 03:32:10 PM »
Indoor on dirt................thats one I don't think Ihave ever seen!? 

Dirt indoors?  I've never even heard of that.

You guys may know more about the material. The stuff is a pretty soft grey clay. Shoe brushes are provided at the exit as it easily transfers to the carpet at home. I wash the soles of my shoes when I get home to finish the job!  It is SLOW! I've not been able to crack the Club website to find out details.

P.S. Note the new signature.  It's built around the fact that the website censor won't let me type mis-hit without the hyphen.

Sounds like har-tru but I've never seen indoor har-tru.

We've got some of that here....I hate it.
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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #263 on: January 29, 2009, 04:00:57 PM »
Same here Jster.  It must be clay if they have the brushes at the doors.  Do these courts have the big bubble canvas domes around them..............as in, the bubbles could be removed to make the courts outdoor for when the weather is better? 

Loving the new sig E!   :rofl_2:

From what I read about har-tru that sounds reasonable.
The indoor courts are in a permanent building. They have a dozen or so outdoor courts made of the same stuff.  Then there is the golf course and everything else. Getting a feel for why I am only a guest?

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #264 on: January 29, 2009, 04:39:31 PM »
We play at some of those type clubs and they are ridiculous..........and, horribly expensive too! 

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #265 on: January 29, 2009, 10:11:57 PM »
Had a good game of mixed dubs tonight, indoor hard, 6-3, 4-6, 3-4. I did not disgrace myself  :scared: . Held serve all night except for one game which finished with the one df. Volleys could have been better  :( . Nice to be hitting the ball.
Now for  a few hours sleep  :ZZZZZ)  before Nadal-Verdasco.

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« Reply #266 on: January 30, 2009, 09:25:55 AM »
Had a good game of mixed dubs tonight, indoor hard, 6-3, 4-6, 3-4. I did not disgrace myself  :scared: . Held serve all night except for one game which finished with the one df. Volleys could have been better  :( . Nice to be hitting the ball.
Now for  a few hours sleep  :ZZZZZ)  before Nadal-Verdasco.
Sounds like a decent outing for your reduced schedule!

 ..-)  ala Fernando today!!! :(
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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #267 on: January 30, 2009, 09:46:44 AM »
Had a good game of mixed dubs tonight, indoor hard, 6-3, 4-6, 3-4. I did not disgrace myself  :scared: . Held serve all night except for one game which finished with the one df. Volleys could have been better  :( . Nice to be hitting the ball.
Now for  a few hours sleep  :ZZZZZ)  before Nadal-Verdasco.
Sounds like a decent outing for your reduced schedule!

 ..-)  ala Fernando today!!! :(

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Yeah, I felt for him! I didn't have the crowd, though.

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« Reply #268 on: January 30, 2009, 10:49:18 AM »
Had a good game of mixed dubs tonight, indoor hard, 6-3, 4-6, 3-4. I did not disgrace myself  :scared: . Held serve all night except for one game which finished with the one df. Volleys could have been better  :( . Nice to be hitting the ball.
Now for  a few hours sleep  :ZZZZZ)  before Nadal-Verdasco.
Sounds like a decent outing for your reduced schedule!

 ..-)  ala Fernando today!!! :(

:rofl_2:
Yeah, I felt for him! I didn't have the crowd, though.
Hopefully your match didn't last over 5 hours either! :))

On a side note, when do you typically head back outdoors for your tennis?
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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #269 on: January 30, 2009, 11:23:35 AM »
No, 2 hours is all I can take.

The weekend crowd start talking again when the temperature gets up to 40 degrees at 10am.
The tennis instructor, recuperating from hip replacement, is talking about resuming the Wednesday hitting sessions in mid-February (he only has to feed balls, after all ). Already the days are starting to get longer  :)) .
Spring not in the air yet but it will come.  :)

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #270 on: February 06, 2009, 12:05:02 PM »
We had a pretty even match last night. My side came out slightly ahead with 6-3, 5-7, 3-2 but none of us thought we were doing all that well. My serve was OK,even good, but my groundstrokes were awful. General opinion was that we had not been playing enough and all are looking forward to more outside play. Fortunately, the weather looks like providing that this weekend with temperatures up to the 50s.

But the best news came later after I got home. As attentive readers  :book: , even players from the 2008 tennis4you event might remember, I've been bothered by a pulled hamstring this last year. It was really bad for a while and even drove me to physiotherapy. Well, I've been doing the strengthening exercises like the lady said :dance 2: , but have been bandaging the upper leg up, more as a precaution, when I go onto the court.  Well, last night (it had been a week since playing), I forgot to do it and only remembered about it in the shower after I got home. I then realized  :lmao: that I hadn't felt a thing all night .

Isn't it great the way the tired old body repairs itself!  :))

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #271 on: February 06, 2009, 03:14:55 PM »
Good news!  Especially that you are back out on the court.   :)

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« Reply #272 on: February 08, 2009, 03:22:32 PM »
Temperature here moved up into the 60s this weekend and my weekend group had two social mixed doubles games on a neighborhood court.
It wasn't easy to get started. On Saturday, we still had to chip away the ice that was still under small heaps of leaves on the court. On Sunday, it was water streaming from melting ice on the adjacent court that had to be mopped up. The courts are NS aligned and serving into the low altitude sun was challenging to say the least. Towards the end of today's match, the wind started to gust and needed to be taken into account.

But, for all of that,  it was great to be outside again  :))

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« Reply #273 on: February 10, 2009, 12:56:37 PM »
Same here Jster.  It must be clay if they have the brushes at the doors.  Do these courts have the big bubble canvas domes around them..............as in, the bubbles could be removed to make the courts outdoor for when the weather is better? 

Loving the new sig E!   :rofl_2:

From what I read about har-tru that sounds reasonable.
The indoor courts are in a permanent building. They have a dozen or so outdoor courts made of the same stuff.  Then there is the golf course and everything else. Getting a feel for why I am only a guest?

Played inside today. I asked one of the pros on duty.
Yes, it is har-tru.

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #274 on: February 11, 2009, 04:29:21 PM »
Temperature here moved up into the 60s this weekend and my weekend group had two social mixed doubles games on a neighborhood court.
It wasn't easy to get started. On Saturday, we still had to chip away the ice that was still under small heaps of leaves on the court. On Sunday, it was water streaming from melting ice on the adjacent court that had to be mopped up. The courts are NS aligned and serving into the low altitude sun was challenging to say the least. Towards the end of today's match, the wind started to gust and needed to be taken into account.

But, for all of that,  it was great to be outside again  :))

Those conditions sound pretty miserable................you are the real deal!   :king:

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #275 on: February 13, 2009, 12:56:37 PM »
I had a hit with the instructor this morning for the first time in over a month. I was a bit rusty and it was somewhat back to basics. In particular we worked on follow-through of the ground strokes. This hitting sessions do my regular games a lot of good. Today we had to hunt around for a court. It did not take long for those in the know. Reminded me of last years tennis4you event and, as on that occasion, all worked out very well in the end and a good time was had by all.  :))

Bones are creaking a bit right now as a result but it is really uplifting to feel that the weather is improving.

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« Reply #276 on: February 13, 2009, 05:16:07 PM »
Your weather worries me since I'm thinking about moving to your neck of the woods. Are there any indoor courts there?
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« Reply #277 on: February 13, 2009, 05:24:33 PM »
Your weather worries me since I'm thinking about moving to your neck of the woods. Are there any indoor courts there?

Yes, there are lots of them , Pacer. The counties operate some of them. They are not cheap and getting into the system requires a certain amount of in-house knowledge.  My indoor tennis group of 6 generally manages 2 hours a week at one of them. Some of the outdoor courts develop bubbles (and presumably associated clubs) in winter. Then some of the health clubs operate them year round (I've no experience there) and then there are the horrendously expensive country clubs. I expect there are also some associated with the 3 or 4 big universities in the area.

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« Reply #278 on: February 13, 2009, 05:28:32 PM »
Your weather worries me since I'm thinking about moving to your neck of the woods. Are there any indoor courts there?

Yes, there are lots of them , Pacer. The counties operate some of them. They are not cheap and getting into the system requires a certain amount of in-house knowledge.  My indoor tennis group of 6 generally manages 2 hours a week at one of them. Some of the outdoor courts develop bubbles (and presumably associated clubs) in winter. Then some of the health clubs operate them year round (I've no experience there) and then there are the horrendously expensive country clubs. I expect there are also some associated with the 3 or 4 big universities in the area.

By in-house knowledge, you mean you have to know people?
I think the universites might work for me. :)
Is tennis pretty popular out there? I mean do a lot of people play?
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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #279 on: February 13, 2009, 05:28:55 PM »
You got it right with the little lessons E..............good stuff!

Yo Pacer, why would you move DC way?