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November 27, 2009

Keep It Low






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By the time he was 17, Teltscher was ranked in the top 10 nationally in junior rankings.

He was an All-American in his only year at UCLA (1978), which he attended on a tennis scholarship.

That same year he defeated Onny Parun to capture the Benson & Hedges New Zealand Open at Stanley Street, Auckland, in a match best remembered for a controversial overrule midway through the third set.
[edit] Pro career

In 1979, Teltscher turned pro. A worldwide top 10 player from 1980-82, he was ranked no lower than #15 from through 1984. He reached his highest singles ATP-ranking on May 7, 1982, when he became ranked #6 in the world.

He reached the French Open doubles final with partner Terry Moor in 1981, and won the French Open mixed doubles title with Barbara Jordan two years later. He also reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open three times (1980, 1981, and 1983 -- losing to Jimmy Connors all three years), and the quarterfinals at the 1983 Australian Open. In March 1987 he beat Connors, ranked # 8 in the world, in Chicago 6-3, 6-1. He won 10 singles titles during his professional career, which ended in 1988.

Looking back at his career, Teltscher expressed pride at the time his honesty took over from his competitive nature. During a match at the Masters Tournament against Vitas Gerulaitis, his racket grazed the net while it was match point. No one, including Gerulitis, was aware of the rule violation except for Teltscher. Rather than let it pass, however, he informed the judges of the infraction and lost the point, and maybe the match, because of his honesty. His parents are most proud of him for that action.
[edit] Davis Cup

Teltscher was on the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1982, 1983, and 1985. He had a combined record of 5-4 in singles play, and helped the U.S. win the Davis Cup in 1982 over France.


November 25, 2009

Doubles Shot Tolerance







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By the time he was 17, Teltscher was ranked in the top 10 nationally in junior rankings.

He was an All-American in his only year at UCLA (1978), which he attended on a tennis scholarship.

That same year he defeated Onny Parun to capture the Benson & Hedges New Zealand Open at Stanley Street, Auckland, in a match best remembered for a controversial overrule midway through the third set.
[edit] Pro career

In 1979, Teltscher turned pro. A worldwide top 10 player from 1980-82, he was ranked no lower than #15 from through 1984. He reached his highest singles ATP-ranking on May 7, 1982, when he became ranked #6 in the world.

He reached the French Open doubles final with partner Terry Moor in 1981, and won the French Open mixed doubles title with Barbara Jordan two years later. He also reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open three times (1980, 1981, and 1983 -- losing to Jimmy Connors all three years), and the quarterfinals at the 1983 Australian Open. In March 1987 he beat Connors, ranked # 8 in the world, in Chicago 6-3, 6-1. He won 10 singles titles during his professional career, which ended in 1988.

Looking back at his career, Teltscher expressed pride at the time his honesty took over from his competitive nature. During a match at the Masters Tournament against Vitas Gerulaitis, his racket grazed the net while it was match point. No one, including Gerulitis, was aware of the rule violation except for Teltscher. Rather than let it pass, however, he informed the judges of the infraction and lost the point, and maybe the match, because of his honesty. His parents are most proud of him for that action.
[edit] Davis Cup

Teltscher was on the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1982, 1983, and 1985. He had a combined record of 5-4 in singles play, and helped the U.S. win the Davis Cup in 1982 over France.


November 23, 2009

Singles Insight






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By the time he was 17, Teltscher was ranked in the top 10 nationally in junior rankings.

He was an All-American in his only year at UCLA (1978), which he attended on a tennis scholarship.

That same year he defeated Onny Parun to capture the Benson & Hedges New Zealand Open at Stanley Street, Auckland, in a match best remembered for a controversial overrule midway through the third set.
[edit] Pro career

In 1979, Teltscher turned pro. A worldwide top 10 player from 1980-82, he was ranked no lower than #15 from through 1984. He reached his highest singles ATP-ranking on May 7, 1982, when he became ranked #6 in the world.

He reached the French Open doubles final with partner Terry Moor in 1981, and won the French Open mixed doubles title with Barbara Jordan two years later. He also reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open three times (1980, 1981, and 1983 -- losing to Jimmy Connors all three years), and the quarterfinals at the 1983 Australian Open. In March 1987 he beat Connors, ranked # 8 in the world, in Chicago 6-3, 6-1. He won 10 singles titles during his professional career, which ended in 1988.

Looking back at his career, Teltscher expressed pride at the time his honesty took over from his competitive nature. During a match at the Masters Tournament against Vitas Gerulaitis, his racket grazed the net while it was match point. No one, including Gerulitis, was aware of the rule violation except for Teltscher. Rather than let it pass, however, he informed the judges of the infraction and lost the point, and maybe the match, because of his honesty. His parents are most proud of him for that action.
[edit] Davis Cup

Teltscher was on the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1982, 1983, and 1985. He had a combined record of 5-4 in singles play, and helped the U.S. win the Davis Cup in 1982 over France.

November 18, 2009

Coaching Insight







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Paul Roetert is the Managing Director of the United States Tennis Association's Player Development Program. In addition, he serves as Tournament Director of the U.S. Open Junior Tennis Championships. Before re-joining the USTA in November, 2001, Paul spent two years as the Executive Director of the American Sport Education Program. Prior to that position he spent eleven years as the Administrator of Sport Science for the USTA where he developed the sport science program. He also served as Vice Chairman of the sport science committee.

Paul has published extensively in the field of tennis, including two books, 16 book chapters and over 100 articles. He is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and the Professional Registry (PTR). In 1998 he received the PTR's Plagenhoef Award for sport science; in 1999 the Editorial Excellence Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association for his work on the Journal of Strength and Conditioning and Research; in 2000 the Outstanding Alumni award from the University of Connecticut. He is also the 2002 Educational Merit Award recipient from the International Tennis Hall of Fame for outstanding service to the game of tennis.

Paul holds a Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Connecticut. Originally from the Netherlands, he and his wife Barbara reside in Miami, Florida.


November 12, 2009

Forehand Positioning







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Dr. Porter does more than just coach. As a full professor in the Exercise and Sports Science Division he teaches many of the core courses required by Exercise and Sports Science majors. He is the faculty liaison overseeing the University's Fitness Center and is responsible for the Faculty Fitness Program and the "personal fitness trainers" assigned to selected faculty and staff members. He also volunteers his time to teach religion classes on campus.

Dr. Porter, a USPTA Master Professional is also active in tennis on the national and international level. He was a past President of the United States Professional Tennis Association, a 14,000-member organization of tennis teaching professionals worldwide. Dr. Porter is a much sought-after speaker and has given clinics and workshops for the ATP, the ITF, the USPTA, and the USTA. He has spoken in the former Soviet Union, Mainland China, Malaysia, Singapore, the South Pacific, Mexico, and South America.

Dr. Porter is a member of MENSA. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from BYU in Provo, Utah and his Doctorate from the University of Hawaii. He loves to read, listen to music, and spend time with his family. He is active in church work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a missionary to New England as a young man. He is married to Lorrie Porter and they have four children, Terah, Lincoln, Dillon and Taylor.

November 6, 2009

Transforming the life of a child through tennis (Part 2)






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Bernard Sewell - Transforming the life of a child through tennis

A native of Selma, Alabama, Coach Bernard Sewell has been involved in tennis for over 30 years. From 1997 till present he has been Head Tennis Coach (Men and Women) at Alabama State University. Coach Sewell's accomplishments include leading his team to winning Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship (1999). For his exceptional leadership, Coach Sewell has received Southwestern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year (1999). Prior to his university coaching career, Coach Sewell was a Director of Tennis at Montgomery YMCA (1988-1996) and worked as an Associate Tennis Professional at Nick Bolletteri Tennis Academy(1983-1987).
Coach Sewell's activities include, among others, establishing The Selma-Montgomery-Tuskegee Tennis, Inc. (1996) and organizing The International Cultural Day at Bell Road YMCA involving over 80 countries (1995). He was selected by Mayor James Perkins (City of Selma) and Dr. James Carter (Selma City School System) to create, organize, and write curriculum for tennis program for the children of Selma. Coach Sewell was also chosen by neighborhood presidents of Woodcrest, Southlawn, and Mobile Heights communities to create and organize a tennis instructional program for the communities.

Coach Sewell is an Active Member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), the Southern Professional Tennis Association, the Alabama Professional Tennis Association, the United States Tennis Association and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
He was selected by Dr. David Porter of USPTA to sit as the National Multicultural Committee Chair.

Coach Sewell has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from Alabama State University. He is also an M.Ed. Candidate in Secondary Education (English).

November 5, 2009

Transforming the life of a child through tennis (Part 1)






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Bernard Sewell - Transforming the life of a child through tennis

A native of Selma, Alabama, Coach Bernard Sewell has been involved in tennis for over 30 years. From 1997 till present he has been Head Tennis Coach (Men and Women) at Alabama State University. Coach Sewell's accomplishments include leading his team to winning Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship (1999). For his exceptional leadership, Coach Sewell has received Southwestern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year (1999). Prior to his university coaching career, Coach Sewell was a Director of Tennis at Montgomery YMCA (1988-1996) and worked as an Associate Tennis Professional at Nick Bolletteri Tennis Academy(1983-1987).
Coach Sewell's activities include, among others, establishing The Selma-Montgomery-Tuskegee Tennis, Inc. (1996) and organizing The International Cultural Day at Bell Road YMCA involving over 80 countries (1995). He was selected by Mayor James Perkins (City of Selma) and Dr. James Carter (Selma City School System) to create, organize, and write curriculum for tennis program for the children of Selma. Coach Sewell was also chosen by neighborhood presidents of Woodcrest, Southlawn, and Mobile Heights communities to create and organize a tennis instructional program for the communities.

Coach Sewell is an Active Member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), the Southern Professional Tennis Association, the Alabama Professional Tennis Association, the United States Tennis Association and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
He was selected by Dr. David Porter of USPTA to sit as the National Multicultural Committee Chair.

Coach Sewell has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from Alabama State University. He is also an M.Ed. Candidate in Secondary Education (English).