With blues music ringing in your ears, it’s not what a usual tennis tournament sounds like. But, with only half the court to shoot for, it doesn’t feel like the usual tennis event.
It isn’t. It’s One-on-one doubles, a hybrid singles-doubles game that sharpens your serve-and-volley skills.
With Atlanta’s top talent competing for $1,000 in prize money, a buffet barbeque sending appetizing aromas over the courts and the anticipation of a full concert by bluesman Roger “Hurricane” Wilson, the atmosphere at TPC Sugarloaf in Dulth, Ga. was ripe for a good time. Paul Mancini won the $500 first prize in the Men’s Open division.
Rules are pretty simple. It’s a singles game in which the server must serve and volley on all serves, all shots are hit cross court (an extra line is drawn down the middle of the court between the service line and baseline) and the alleys are good.
The action is demanding on the legs. Returners (who can stay back) often throw up lobs over or fire big returns at the always advancing servers.
Coaches have often used this format to hone volleying skills. But, one-one-one doubles was taken to a new level by inventor Ed Krass, Director of the College Tennis Exposure Camp, the world's only junior tennis camp taught exclusively by head college coaches.
Krass, has promoted his format throughout the country for a number of years. Noting that one-one-one doubles is not your typical tennis event, he keeps recorded rock music blaring during the competition and then treats everyone to a live band after dinner.
I went out and played three pro sets in the NTRP 4.0 division and came away more memories of the demands of the game than games won. One of the biggest challenges is to realize the court is bigger than you think. Players are not used to knowing the location of the center line and, even though I couldn’t hit is very often, it seems like a good strategy to go down the middle. Even in the Open division where top players are know for big hitting, there were many return lobs, especially on second serves.
For more information about the One-On-One Doubles tournaments coming to the Atlanta area, contact the Adult Tournament Director, Andrew Minnelli at firstname.lastname@example.org
or the Junior Tournament Director, Turhan Berne, at email@example.com
The founder of One-On-One Doubles Tennis is Coach Ed Krass, Director of the College Tennis Exposure Camp, the world's only junior tennis camp taught exclusively by head college coaches. The camp's website is www.collegetennis.com
. To contact Ed Krass, call (813) 684-9031 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org