USPTA Tennis Pro, Wendall Walker, talks about One-On-One Doubles:
'This last Sat I went to the One-on-One Doubles Tournament at Avila CC in Tampa. I THINK THIS MAY HAVE BEEN THE MOST EXCITING AND FUN TENNIS EVENT I HAVE BEEN TO!
There were 8 players with "ATP" experience, among the 30 in the afternoon pro event.
All six courts had two individual matches happening together, with 5 players doing round-robin.
The action was fast, the play was continuous.
I moved around the courts and saw all 30 players "in action" in a short time period, at "close-up" range.
I saw serves over 120mph from the St. Leo College tennis coach, Pat Daciek. I watched and met Roscoe Tanner. He was gracious, approachable, friendly, and fun to watch.Roscoe will be at the tournament this coming Sat at Buckhorn.
If you go there and meet him, mention my name, and let me know if he remembers me. Ha! Tell him that I was the one at Avila in the neon yellow tennis outfit. In addition to the "world class tennis", the rockin' blues live band was "world class".
The endorphins were pumping.'
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The Third Game of Tennis
Doubles® Tennis is the first alternative, competitive
format to singles and doubles since the inception of the game in the
1870s. One-on-One Doubles can be played in both tournament and league
One-on-One Doubles® Tennis, the half-court, serve-and-volley Singles game played on the Doubles court, is a match between two players. There is a divisible
line drawn through the middle of the court from the center service
line to the middle of the baseline. On clay, one can use a regular
court liner to make this divisible line through the middle. On hard
courts, one can use chalk or white athletic/trainers' tape to mark
off the middle line. Players alternate points from the deuce court to the ad court. All points are played crosscourt with the alley included. Players must serve and volley on both first and second serves (serve and volley is OPTIONAL for players 60 years and up). Half-volleys are permitted. The returner can stay back or come into the net. MORE->
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Oct. 2nd - One-On-One Doubles Tournament for NTRP levels 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 to be held at Avila Golf & Country Club, Tampa. Fl. Entry Fee: $30 per person. Winner of the 4.5 Tournament receives a free wildcard entry into the Oct. 3rd Pro Tournament. Time of Tournament: 6 to 9pm. e-mail Ed Krass at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Oct. 3rd - $2000 Florida One-On-One Doubles Tournament; Men's Open Division(Women invited to play!) at Avila Golf & Country Club, Tampa, Fl. Steve Arvey's Rockin' Blues Band to perform during the tournament. Tournament Time is 2 to 6pm. Entry Fee is $70 and includes food, drinks, concert and one guest. All other Guests entry fee is $50 each. Draw limited to first 30 Pros to enter; E-mail Ed Krass at email@example.com for more info.
Oct. 19th - One-On-One Doubles Tournament at the $50,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit Event for NTRP Levels 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 and Pro Division in Macon, Ga. Roger Hurricane Wilson's Rockin' Blues Band to perform during the tournament. Time of Tournament: 6:30 to 9:30pm. Entry Fee of $50 to include concert, food and drinks.
For more information, contact Tournament Director, Eric Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One-on-One Doubles Adds New Rules to Include NTRP Levels
Quickly becoming known as the third game of tennis, One-On-One Doubles tournaments in Florida will now include new rules to include NTRP 3.5 and 4.0 players to compete with top-level players.
One-On-One Doubles is the half-court, serve-and-volley singles game played on the doubles court. Players must serve-and-volley on both serves or lose the point, and the returner can stay back or come in. The doubles alley is in play, and there is a divisible line through the middle of the court. All points are played crosscourt only.
Now for 3.5 and 4.0-level players, serve and volleying is not required, and players receive two points for a winning volley or a winning overhead. A winner is defined as a ball that the opponent cannot touch with his or her racquet.
"One-On-One Doubles Tournaments need a boost, in both its rules and scoring system, if it is to grow amongst the masses of NTRP players at the 4.0 level and below," says organizer Ed Krass. "The two-point rule will make it rewarding for a player to venture into the net to make a winning volley or winning overhead. The game will also give a sense of comfort to the majority of baseliners who can work their way into the net on their own terms."
All Men's Open division tournaments for One-On-One Doubles will keep the mandatory serve-and-volley rule.
"I'm a big fan of One-on-One Doubles, it really helps players learn how to come in and become volleyers," says USTA Florida Player Development Coordinator Andy Gladstone. "I'm even more excited to see the new scoring system reach the 3.0 to 4.0 players."
One-on-One Doubles events offer players competitive tennis events held in a half day rather than an entire weekend.
"I'm thrilled to see fun, adult competitive formats such as One-on-One Doubles cater to the tennis masses by tweaking it's scoring format," says USTA Florida Director of Competitive Tennis Jason Gilbert. "What a great way to promote net play by providing an incentive for 3.0-4.0 players."
Tournament directors interested in hosting One-on-One Doubles Tournaments can contact Ed Krass at email@example.com or call (813) 684-9031.
One-On-One Doubles Shootout Rocks the Women's $25,000 Pro Circuit Event
With a mix of 12 professional Women's players and 11 local area Male players, The Florida Tennis Center and Tournament Director, John Hudson, showcased a modern day, "Battle of the Sexes" One-On-One Doubles Shootout.MORE->
One-On-One Doubles Pro Tournament one-hour show aired on TENNIS CHANNEL in June!
PERNFORS CAPTURES ONE-ON-ONE DOUBLES PRO TOURNAMENT IN OCALA FL
Mikael Pernfors, the 1986 French Open Singles finalist, won the 1st Annual One-On-One Doubles Pro Tournament held at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in Ocala, FL on April 21st. The tournament was played round-robin style with two matches being played on one court. Pernors had to win three matches, within the tournament's 2-hour timeframe, to capture the title. In the first round, Pernfors defeated Tim "Dr. Dirt" Wilkison 5-1; In the second round, Pernfors defeated Johan Kriek 5-3; and in the Final round, Pernfors defeated Murphy Jensen 5-2. Pernfors was declared the tournament Champion with 15 games won.
Tim Wilkison, with career wins over John McEnroe, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, finished as the Finalist with 11 games. After losing to Pernfors, Wilkison defeated Murphy Jensen, French Open Doubles Champion in 1993, 5-1 in the second round and he beat Johan Kriek, Australian Open Singles Champion in 1981 and 1982, 5-2, in the final round. Murphy Jensen and Johan Kriek placed third and fourth in the event which was filmed for TENNIS CHANNEL. The players, sponsors, VIPs and Fans were all treated to a Jimmy Hall(of Wet Willie) & Friends afterparty concert to close the day's festivities. The next One-On-One Doubles Tournament will be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, as part of the U.S. Open National Playoff Sectional Tournament on June 16th.
"I got hooked on One on One Doubles after trying it once. First of all, I think it is an excellent game for anyone trying to become a better doubles player. Having said that, I also feel it would be a wonderful way for juniors, or any player, to develop a solid serve and volley game, to be added to the baseline game most juniors play today. Playing in the One on One Doubles Pro Tournament was also a great experience for me. Great atmosphere and fun tennis!. Having slowed down a step or two in the last couple of years, it was great way to play competitive tennis without all the running." - Mikael Pernfors, 1986 French Open Finalist; ATP Ranking of #10 in 1986