A FABULOUS ONE-TWO PUNCH: PBI WORLD TENNIS CAMP AT CARMEL VALLEY RANCH

Here’s a one-two punch that should appeal to many tennis enthusiasts. California’s Carmel Valley is one of the great destination sites in the state: gentle slopes, inviting woods, quiet streams and occasional deer – it’s a sublime getaway site. The much-celebrated Carmel Valley Ranch, in the heart of the valley, offers tennis players the extraordinary instructional skill of the Peter Burwash International group. At the PBI World Tennis Camp, this June 4-8 at Carmel Valley Ranch, you can come for the tennis – five days and over 19 hours of instruction and programs, including themed clinics and fun competitive play – while also enjoying the unparalleled setting: a 500-acre all-suite resort with a spa and fitness center, three pools, an apiary, organic gardens and a vineyard. Worth the price of admission is a presentation by Peter Burwash himself.

“Whether you want to go for a bee experience [at the apiary] or visit the organic vineyard and go or on a hike, all of those things are available,” says Carmel Valley Director of Tennis Clark Corey, who promises that “all aspects of your game will be worked on” on the court. In addition to a strong focus on groundstrokes and baseline play, net and mid-court shotmaking and doubles strategy, this installment of the Tennis for Life camp series has the special bonus of a presentation by five-time Hall of Fame coach, former tour player and PBI CEO Burwash, who will share his 40-plus years of insight with guests and participants. Trust us – he’s one of the greatest speakers in sports, who imparts profound life lessons. For more info call (866) 633-7452 or (281) 363-4707 or go to www.pbitennis.com.

HAR-TRU'S CLAYTECH – THE APPEAL OF CLAY COURTS

Baseball and football are played mostly on grass. Basketball is played on wood courts and here’s a newsflash – hockey’s played on ice. But tennis is played on three or four surfaces, and the arrival of the clay court season brings to mind the challenges of hard courts. They are tough on knees and joints and call for a style of play that’s largely based on power. They don’t exactly help teach the nuances of the game.

It is not surprising that clay tennis courts are gaining appeal. They are so much easier on joints and limbs and are excellent for training juniors – plus it’s fun to slide. In particular, Har-Tru’s ClayTech is gaining great acceptance. The surface, which is now in its 10th year in the US, is known for its terrific playability and easy upkeep. In recent years there have been more installations of ClayTech in the West than any other type of clay court. This is in part because of its playability – only limited water is needed. ClayTech has been used throughout the world in ITF challenger events and at the junior qualifiers for the French Open. For more information visit hartru.com/pages/claytech-all-weather-clay.

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SOLINCO SPORTS SIGNS THE BRYAN BROTHERS TO ENDORSEMENT DEAL

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Photo by Getty Images

Classical musicians may talk about string quartets, but now California’s Solinco is talking about their new tennis duet. Translation: the company has entered into an endorsement deal for tennis strings with 16-time Grand Slam champions and Olympic gold medalists, Bob and Mike Bryan.

“We are thrilled to have the most successful doubles team of all time, as well as two of the most well-respected and liked players on the ATP Tour, join the Solinco family,” said Solinco director KT Kim. “They are true ambassadors of the sport and great champions, and we’re extremely excited to have them continue playing with our strings and now officially represent our brand.”

“Bob and I have been using Solinco for the past two years and we love the feel and performance of their strings,” said Mike Bryan. “Players are very sensitive about their strings and we chose Solinco out of every other brand as we believe it is the best product out there.”

“We were looking for an edge and extra pop on our strokes and the Hyper-G gives us all that with great feel and durability,” said Bob Bryan.

The signing of the Bryan Brothers highlights Solinco’s quickly growing presence on the ATP and WTA Tours and commitment to continue developing and producing the highest quality performance products for the world’s best players. The Bryans will have Solinco’s “O” logo on their strings to represent the brand.

The Bryan Brothers are the most successful doubles team of all time with a record of 112 titles, 16 Grand Slam championships, and winners of Olympic gold at the London Games in 2012. They join Team Solinco alongside Jamie Murray (2016 Australian Open & US Open doubles champion), Malek Jaziri (ATP pro), Jamie Loeb (NCAA singles champion and WTA pro), Noah Rubin (junior Wimbledon Champion and ATP pro) and Alla Kudrysetva (WTA pro).

WEIL ACADEMY NEWS

College placement is the top priority at Weil Academy, and 29 seniors from Weil’s Class of 2017 have now signed national letters of intent or committed to NCAA colleges to continue studying and playing college tennis.

WeilAcademyLogoWeil Academy players took part in the recent BNP Paribas Open, playing in the pre-qualifying event, and serving as hitting partners for some of the world’s top players, including Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Grigor Dimitrov and the Bryan Brothers.

The Weil Academy has built six new courts and will host the Pac-12 Women’s Team Championships at the 117th Annual Ojai Tennis Tournament from April 26–30.

On May 25, the 20-year Weil Academy Anniversary Celebration will take place. Email enrollment@weiltennis.com for more details, or if you are an alum and would like to attend.

Weekly camps at the Weil Academy start in full-force May 28 and continue all summer. Check the Weil website at www.WeilTennis.com for rates and to register.

TOPSCORE: A REVOLUTION IN SCOREKEEPING

TopScore2-335x420“We began creating TopScore six years ago because we saw dissatisfaction with scorekeepers in current tennis,” says Topspin Sports co-founder and President Paul Kincaid. “Manual and pedestrian scorekeepers don’t look good. Tennis facilities deserve better. We live in an iPhone era, why aren’t we providing a better experience?”

The future is here today, and now – finally – players and clubs can use something more attractive and fool-proof than flip cards and plastic tubes, thanks to TopScore, the world’s first and only digital, two-sided, net-mounted, self-scoring tennis scoreboard. A foot tall and nearly a foot-and-a-half wide, weighing in at just over five pounds, TopScore comes in two different handsome combinations of dark green and white. “The response has been 100-percent positive – some of the finest clubs in the world will be using TopScore,” says Kincaid, adding that many tennis facilities have already expressed interest in putting TopScore on their net posts.

Working with every kind of player – from junior and top-flight to club and recreational – Kincaid and the Topspin Sports team developed TopScore over the course of a half-dozen years, creating a product that is both intuitive and environmentally sound. “It’s made from the highest of ePaper technology,” Kincaid explains. “Two AA batteries will keep it charged upwards of over a year.” Thanks in part to anti-glare material on the front and back panels, as Kincaid notes, “The visibility of TopScore in bright sunshine and indoor courts surpasses all current scorekeepers.”

Built to withstand being struck by tennis balls, and designed to “Make Every Court Center Court,” TopScore‘s features include up/down arrows for both sets and games, a reset button, a home/visitor function and a changeover button. The latter is especially popular among players, as the numbers flip sides with no spinning of the board. Each TopScore comes with a net post and bracket as well as a cover. In ordering TopScore, any tennis club makes an instant premium upgrade to its facilities.

TopScore‘s attractive exterior includes an area to display logos, advertising or board sponsors. As Kincaid puts it, “Our ability to add logos and customize the board for tennis clubs makes it that much more special. You can advertise on the scoreboard, which turns TopScore into a revenue-generating asset.” Topspin Sports will customize TopScore for no additional cost. To order TopScore or find out more about it, go to topspinsportsllc.com.