Tennis is what we have going for us

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This is the beginning of a new day. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind. Let it be something good."?#34;Author Unknown

Now that the holidays are behind us, we have a little more time to think about the status of our tennis games. It is a time of new beginnings and new resolutions. Since well-meaning New Year's resolutions are often broken before January is over, let's just think about some variations on the good things we've already got going for ourselves.

Live strong
You don't have to wear a yellow rubber bracelet to follow this motto. It's as simple as incorporating a good strengthening exercise program into your fitness regime. If you're not sure where to start, schedule a consultation with a personal trainer at the Tennis & Fitness Centre at Ridgeland & Lake in Oak Park. They will work with you individually or recommend the appropriate classes to achieve your goals. My personal favorite for strengthening and flexibility is Curves for Women, which has two locations in our area, in Elmwood Park and Oak Park. Curves offers a combination of low impact aerobics to increase bone strength and training on hydraulic resistance machines designed especially for women to build stronger muscle tone. As you grow stronger, your tennis game will benefit, and you might lose a few inches along the way!

Live and Learn
We all have a part of our game that we're not happy with, and that's a good thing. If you don't have goals to strive for, you won't have that sense of achievement that comes from investing some time to improve your skills. Pick just one stroke (forehand, backhand, volley, lob, overhead, serve) or strategy that you would like to work on, schedule a series of lessons with your favorite tennis coach and work with them to "re-program" your mind and your body to better execute the beautiful graceful strokes of the game of tennis.

Support your sport
The Chicago Tennis Patrons is the fundraising branch of the Chicago District Tennis Association (CDTA). This not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization uses tax-deductible contributions to benefit the many programs through which the CDTA provides tennis opportunities for all age groups and all skill levels. The main social event and fundraiser for The Chicago Tennis Patrons is its Annual Evening of Champions which honors various members of the Chicago-area tennis community. In 1998, the Oak Park Tennis Club was named Member Organization of the Year and in 1994, former Oak Park resident and OPTC member Lyn Bruner was honored as Tournament Director of the Year. More recently, Marvin Cohen of Oak Park and OPTC received the award for Male Adult Player of the Year in 2002. 

This year, the Evening of Champions Dinner will be held on Saturday, Feb. 12, at Rosewood Banquets, 9421 West Higgins Road in Rosemont, with the usual cocktails at 6, dinner at 7 format, followed by the awards ceremony. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to benefit Junior Tennis in the Chicago District. The cost is $55 per person in advance and you don't have to be a Chicago Tennis Patrons member to enjoy a wonderful dinner and join your friends in toasting this year's champions. I guarantee you'll come away with a renewed appreciation for and interest in promoting the sport of tennis! Reservations can be made until Jan. 24 by calling 847-803-2382.

If you would like to subscribe to the CDTA mailing list and receive your own personal invitation next year, as well as a quarterly newsletter and the Annual Tournament Directory, call the CDTA office at the above number or check out the Chicago District website at

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