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One-on-One Doubles competition in Daytona Beach

August 1, 2006 08:18 AM

This year’s Men's 35 and over National Clay Court Championship Nov. 3-8 at the Florida Tennis Center Daytona Beach will have an added feature – One-on-One Doubles!

This new format is taking the country by storm due to its mass appeal from juniors to competitive seniors.  City of Daytona Beach Director of Tennis and tournament director, USPTA Master Professional Dave Brown is excited about hosting the 2006 tournament with its new addition.

"It is going to be a great prelude to one of the nation's foremost national championships," he said.

Coach Ed Krass' One-on-One Doubles (TM) is a half-court, serve and volley competition played 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, a regular court liner can be used to make this divisible line through the middle; on hard courts, chalk or white athletic/trainers' tape can be used to mark the middle line.

The rules of One-on-One Doubles:

• Play a match (8 game set, 10 game set, or 2/3 sets).
• Players alternate points from the deuce court to the ad court.
• All points are played crosscourt with the alley included.
• All players must serve and volley on both first and second serves.
• Half-volleys are permitted.
• The player who returns can stay back or come into the net.

This very competitive game is designed for club play, junior tennis, college tennis, senior tennis, and league tennis.  One-on-One Doubles will reveal who the best individual players are with their serve and volley and all-court doubles skills. One-on-One Doubles allows players to hit all of the game's shots: The serve, return, first volley, half-volley, drop volley, lob, and overhead.

One-on-One Doubles truly develops all-court confidence for today's competitive players.  The game also provides a competitive format for those who enjoy combining both their singles and doubles skills all within one game.  The competitive boundaries for One-on-One Doubles is approximately 2/3 of a regular singles court, thus allowing for a high level of serve and volley success. One-on-One Doubles showcases the athleticism, talent and variety of each player.

"This new format will be an excellent way for great players who come here from all around the country to get used to our climate and clay courts before the main championship is underway," Brown said.

Ed Krass of College Tennis Academy and USTA Florida are co-sponsors of the event offering $1,000 in prize money.

 

Questions or more information: Dave Brown (386) 671-8903

 

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