Benefits of Playing Tennis

Benefits of Playing Tennis

Benefits of Playing Tennis

Playing sports is something most of us love, isn’t it? Undoubtedly, sports are a fun activity but they offer several health benefits too. Playing some sport regularly goes a long way in maintaining your physical and mental well-being. Sports help enhance your personality. They are a good source of both exercise and entertainment and one of this is playing tennis.

Tennis can be played as both a sport or as a recreational activity with friends and family. Either way, playing tennis is a good sport to maintain your health, fitness, strength and agility. It has been calculated that a good hour-long game of singles tennis burns around 600 calories for men and 420 calories for women. In addition to the fitness and physical health benefits, tennis also provides numerous social and mental health benefits as well.

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Tennis Fitness: Improve your Flexibility with PNF Exercises

Tennis Fitness: Improve your Flexibility with PNF Exercises

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about fitness and exercise and its benefits. One of the major misconceptions is stretching and its benefits to the athlete, whether recreational or competitive. We all thought that there is only one kind of stretching (one that we grew up with in our PE and varsity classes), where we stretch from head-to-toe stretching one particular muscle group and counting to twenty. That type of stretching is called the Static Stretch. Often our coaches and PE teachers boast of its health benefits from strengthening your muscles, avoiding injuries, as a perfect warm-up routine up to increasing your flexibility. Scientific research proves that Static Stretching does not provide any of these ‘claimed’ benefits to the body, it even weakens your muscles if you use this type of stretching before a workout. To further understand, the different types of stretching are Dynamic Stretching (Warm-up), Ballistic (Improve range of motion), Static (post-workout to relax tight and sore muscles)and PNF (Improve Flexibility).

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What is PNF?

PNF stands for Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation. In more simple terms, PNF exercises are used to enhance both the active and passive range of motion to help athletes improve performance.

You start by going to the maximum level of flexibility (relaxed stretch), then you contract the muscle involved in the stretch, and finally you stretch to your new maximum. (photo shown below)

Reminders on doing PNF Stretching

-          It should not be combined with another workout. It is a workout on its own

-          Not recommended to be done every day. Allow your body to rest and recuperate. Ideally PNF stretching should be done every other day

-          Don’t forget to warm up before doing PNF exercises

-          Use only one PNF stretch per muscle group

-          Use PNF only on big muscle groups (quadriceps, hips, back)

-          Seek professional advice from licensed trainers and physiotherapists before undergoing a PNF workout.

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Tennis Strings: A players view from a cost standpoint

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Tennis Strings

Tennis players from the aspiring tennis professional to the recreational club player often secretly wish to be able to hit a forehand like Novak Djokovic, hit exquisite spin and angles like Roger Federer, and cover the court and run down shots like Rafael Nadal. So one way or the other, they think that by using their rackets, they can somehow hit with the same spin and power, wear the same shoes they wear, they can now sprint faster, and get to every ball that comes their way. If you are one of those players, then you have fallen for their very persuasive and clever marketing and advertising strategy!


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Tennis is a very expensive sport, from rackets, equipments, balls, and apparel. It will cost you thousands just to be able to start, let alone keep playing the sport. But tennis as a form of recreation, exercise and socialization need not be THAT expensive! Local brands are already starting to come up, with Accel producing cheaper alternatives to shoes and apparel comparable to the Adidas and Nike’s which cost double  or even three times more.


Another item where we players needlessly spend is on tennis strings. We also get caught on what brand Nadal or Federer uses that we think that by using their strings, we can also hit like them. For the intermediate or club level player, the high-end brand strings which costs thousands of pesos make only a minimal or no difference in the way you hit the ball, unless you are a highly advanced competitive player, where the strings affect the subtle spins and cuts you make on the ball. Strings like the Silver Sky Rough Banger, which plays similar to the Luxilon Alu Rough, but only at less than 20% of the price. The Silver Sky Turbo Spin, which is of the same make and playability as the Tecnifibre Black Code, but only at about 30% of the cost. The savings you can get on these strings can be spent on playing more, or getting a pro or coach to give you lessons to REALLY improve your game!


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String ‘Gauge’ and what does it do for your tennis game

String ‘Gauge’ and what does it do for your tennis game

String ‘Gauge’ and what does it do for your tennis game

We are all too familiar with the numbers, or ‘Gauge’ that is associated with any tennis string we purchase. But what does it mean, and what does it do for your tennis game? Does it help me hit more topspin, or more power? Will it help me with my drop shots and volleys? Knowing the advantages and disadvantages will hopefully guide us to getting that right string gauge for you!

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String Gauge

Diameter (cm)















Basically, the higher the string ‘gauge’, the thinner the diameter of the string. So what does that mean for your tennis game? Some play it by ‘feel’, while some don’t notice it at all. For the recreational or starter player, it may really not matter too much as they still are just learning to utilize the different spins on the ball. But for the more competitive player, it has its advantages and disadvantages. To make it more simple, here is a table to show the effects of string diameters can have to your game and performance:

String Gauge Elasticity Durability Spin Feel Comfort
Thinner More Less More More More
Thicker Less More Less Less Less


Silver Sky Tennis strings offer all string gauges for their different brands. Try them all so you can find the best combination of string and diameter/gauge for your style of play!

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The Role of the Parent in Kids’ Sports

Parents play a major role in their child’s sporting experience, whether it is individual sports (tennis, golf, or taekwondo) or team based sports (basketball, volleyball, football). The roles vary from being their number one fan on the sidelines, to being their coaches. Aside from the financial to emotional support provided by parents, research has also shown that parents help shape their child’s motivation and emotional responses in their respective sports.

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On the other end of the spectrum, parents also have a positive and negative effect on their child’s sporting experience. In a research conducted (Gold, Lauer, Rolo, Jannes, and Sie Pennisi, 2004), it was perceived that more than 1/3 of parents hurt their child’s tennis development. It was also noted in that same study, that almost 2/3 of the parents had a positive influence or impact on their child’s development. In that same study, it was concluded that the top parent-child problem was:

-          Emphasis on winning

-          Unrealistic expectations

-          Coaching their own child

-          Extreme criticism

-          Pampering their child

Usually, parents and coaches are guilty of asking the same question as soon as their child/ward steps off the court: “What happened?” or if they are talking on the phone and they aren’t aware of the result of the game, we often ask “Did you win?” followed by “what was the score?” Questions like these over emphasizes on the result, rather than the performance. A better line of questioning should be:

-          How did you do out there?

-          Did you enjoy the game?

-          Did you give your best?

Young, developing athletes should not be pressured to win, let alone expected to win a majority of their matches. Here is something parents and coaches might want to think about. The top 5 reasons why kids play sports (Note that ‘winning’ is not on that list:

-          To have fun

-          To do something I’m good at

-          To improve my skills

-          To stay in shape

-          To get exercise

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Filipinos in Tennis Grand Slam Events

Filipino Davis Cupper Treat Conrad Huey’s amazing run at the 2013 U.S. Open ended with a 5-7 3-6 loss to Ivan Doding of Croatia and Marcelo Melo from Brazil, the 10th seeds. Pairing with University of Virginia (UVA) teammate Dominic Inglot from Great Britain, the 16th seeded pair upset the 3rd ranked Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez from Spain 7-6 6-0 in the round of 16 to advance to the final eight. In the second round, the Filipino-Brit pair beat Daniele Bracciali of Italy and Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic 6-3 6-3. In the opening round, they barely escaped the top pair of Austria Jurgen Melzer and Julian Knowle 6-2 6-7 7-6.

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This was the best finish of any Filipino in a Grand Slam event in the last three-plus decades, with the last quarterfinal result coming from Virgilio “Beeyong” Sison, who reached the last 8 of the French Open in 1981. Few Filipinos know that Beeyong was the only player who was able to play all four Grand Slams in the Open era (where amateurs and professionals were allowed to play in the same event). In the early years of tennis up to the 60’s, professional players were not allowed to play these tournaments as there were no prize money for winning these Grand Slam tournaments! Imagine Novak Djokovic playing for just the title and a trophy!

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Let us hope that it will not take three more decades before another Filipino plays this late in a Grand Slam event!

Philippine Davis Cup Trivia

The Group two (2) Finals encounter between the Philippines and New Zealand is only a few days away. The match will be from September 13-15 at the beautiful Plantation Bay Resort and Spa in Cebu. The Filipino squad, composed of Ruben Gonzales (ATP 1001), Treat Huey (ATP 1138-Singles, Doubles-18), Francis Casey Alcantara (Sophomore at Pepperdine University), and the veteran Johnny Arcilla. They will have their hands full against the New Zealand team composed of Michael Venus (ATP 373), Artem Sitak (ATP 447), Marcus Daniell (ATP 590) and Daniel King-Turner (ATP 1290). The winner of this tie will be promoted to Group 1, which is the top tier in the Aisa/Oceania Division. The winner of Group 1 in 2014 will have a chance to advance to the World Group if they win the playoff between any first round loser in the World Group in 2013.

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Who are the top Davis Cuppers of all-time? Do you have any guesses? You may be surprised about the results!

Most Total Wins:                              Felicisimo Ampon (40-35)

Most Singles Wins:                          Felicisimo Ampon (34-26)

Most Doubles Wins:                       Johnny Arcilla (10-7)

Best Doubles Team:                        Treat Huey-Cecil Mamiit (5-3)

Most Ties Played :                           Reymundo Deyro (37)

Most Years Played:                         Reymundo Deyro (17)

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National University Dominates Olivarez Open

The National University Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs displayed the strength of their tennis program in dominating the recently concluded Olivarez Open in Sucat Paranaque. Held from August 19-September 1, the annual tournament was almost an “all-NU” show with the Sampaloc-based tennisters winning five of the 7 major awards (3 out of 4 individual events and 2 out of 3 team events).

Leading the way was the resurgent Clarice Patrimonio, who is starting to regain her form that had her at the top of the women’s rankings in recent years after a year and a half of inactivity. Clarice won 3 events, winning the Women’s Singles over Spain-based Edilyn Balanga 6-4 5-7 6-2. The National University freshman then teamed up with sister Christine (who is a sophomore at NU) to beat Balanga and Alyssa Labay in the Women’s Doubles, winning 6-2 2-6 10-8. While in the Men’s Doubles event, NU junior and UAAP MVP Leander Lazaro teamed up with the Bulldogs assistant coach Ronard ‘Toto’ Joven in scoring a huge upset over top seeds PJ Tierro and Marc Reyes 7-6 6-2 in the finals. Earlier, they also scored an upset in the semi-finals with a 6-4 6-4 win over Johnny Arcilla and Onyok Anasta.

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The Bulldogs also showed their might in the Inter-College Team events, winning the Men’s and Women’s division. The Bulldogs, who are the reigning UAAP Champions, swept the challenge from UAAP runner-up UST 3-0 in the finals, with Leander Lazaro, Fritz Verdad, Al Michael Madrio and John Jeric Accion all winning their matches versus the Tigers. In the women’s division, it was an “ALL-NU” finals, with NU-A edging NU-B in a thrilling final 2-1. Team-A was composed of Clarice Patrimonio, Jzash Canja, Anna Bienes, Eren Penados and Kim Uytico.

Team-B was composed of Christine Patrimonio, Hanna Espinosa, Goldie Nagret, Junnelyn Polito and Aziel Manantan. NU-A beat defending Champion CSB in the semi finals, while NU-B blanked UST-A 3-0 in the other semi final match to arrange the title duel. Most of the players from NU used Silver Sky Turbo Spin strings during training and competitions at the Olivarez Open event.
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Maika Jae Tanpoco win Summit Planners Singapore ITF Junior Championships women’s title in Singapores

Maika Jae Tanpoco win Summit Planners Singapore ITF Junior Championships women’s title in Singapores

Maika Jae Tanpoco win Summit Planners Singapore ITF Junior Championships women’s title in Singapores

Maika Jae Tanpoco has shown she can very well be the future of Philippine tennis.

Tanpoco summoned all her might to pull the rug from under Indonesian rival Efriliya Herlina 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 and clinch the Summit Planners Singapore ITF Junior Championships women’s title in Singapore recently.

“Maika played with a lot of heart and determination to capture her first title since joining the World Junior tour several years ago,” stated coach Manny Tecson. “This result showed that anything is possible and nothing is too late when a player is willing to change for the better.”

On her way to the finals, Tanpoco cruised past Saya Usui of Japan 6-0, 6-3 in the quarterfinals then gutted out a thrilling 7-5, 6-4 victory over Malaysian bet Nilar Win in the semifinals.

Meanwhile, the third-ranked Herlina stole the spotlight by ousting top-seeded Parminder Kaur of India, 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the semifinal, making her the odds-on favorite to win the crown over Tanpoco.

Tecson, who also coaches former junior netter and budding pro Jeson Patrombon, knew Tanpoco was in for a tough grind against Herlina, stating: “This player (Herlina) is very solid and complete. She can volley well, hits big on her ground strokes and moves well on the court.”

But the up-and-coming Filipina tennis wonder just wouldn’t be denied.

After Herlina dominated the first frame, rains suddenly washed out the court, leaving tournament organizers no recourse but to move the match-up indoors.
The abrupt break nearly took an hour and Tanpoco gamely pounced on the opportunity to make the needed adjustments.

Trailing 4-5 in the second set, Tanpoco utilized his effective serving to the hilt, taking the next two points–capped by a crisp backhand down the line–to take the frame and force a deciding set.

With momentum now clearly on her side, Tanpoco raced to a 3-to-nothing lead but Herlina strongly fought back and forged a 3-all count. The Filipina, however, sustained her aggressiveness in attacking the Indonesian, grabbing a 5-3 lead. In the ninth game and trailing 15-40, Herlina sailed a forehand long to the baseline, enabling Tanpoco to seize the crown.

“Her first reaction was to cry in happiness and was speechless because she never though this can happen to her,” related Tecson.

Meanwhile, Alberto Lim Jr. also shared the spotlight by teaming up with hometown bet Rohan Kamdar in beating the pair of Chinese Taipei’s Li-Lun Lee and Kuan-Chen Lin 6-4, 2-6, (10-8) for the boy’s doubles title.

Although unseeded, Lim and Kamdar gave the third-ranked duo of Japanese Leo Julien Sebaoun and Malaysia’s Colin Wei Ming Wong the big boot with a 6-2, 6-3 win in the semis before completing their glorious run in the finals.

Tanpoco, who turned 17 last month, has been competing in the ITF juniors circuit for almost a year now. This is her first title.

Lim, at 13 one of the youngest players on tour, previously reached the semifinals of a singles tournament.

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Silver Sky Sports Tennis Users : UST Tigers Tennis Team winning 2012 Milo Intercollege Championship

Silver Sky Sports Tennis Users : UST tigers Team winning 2012 Milo Intercollege Championship

Silver Sky Sports Tennis Users : UST tigers Team winning 2012 Milo Intercollege Championship

Silver Sky Sports Tennis Users : UST tigers Team winning 2012 Milo Intercollege Championship

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