The Alpine Regional Tennis Association will foster interest & skill development for the lifelong sport of tennis for people of all ages in Northern MI.
Operating as usual
Michael Fernandez, who got his tennis start in Gaylord with Coach Dave Johnson, continues his ascent in the world of junior tennis by winning the Eau Claire Wisconsin USTA Level 5 18s last weekend at the Menard Tennis Center. Michael,17, was dominant throughout the tournament serving up a ton of Aces!! Well done Michael! ARTA and Northern Michigan Tennis are very proud of all you have accomplished.🎾
Fabulous Tennis Fun last night for all ages at the Community Center! Come join us Feb 18 and 25 for more fun with Coach Dan!
More tennis fun happening to keep growing your skills. Thanks, coach Dan!
Well we are having blizzard conditions here in Northern Michigan today! But mentally I'm out on court and it's 75 and sunny lol. Wanted to pass along a few thoughts and pics regarding the serve toss. The serve is really the only shot that you have full control over but can be difficult if the toss isn't consistent. One of the biggest issues I see in recreational players is short arming the toss. The tossing arm/hand should continue up even after the ball has left the hand at about eye level. I have attached some pics of players I have photographed along the way. You will see that this extension is one thing they all have in common. By letting the arm/hand continue straight up you can achieve a very consistent placement of the ball which will lead to a much higher serve consistency. The pics really point this out!
Thanks to our tennis pro, Dave Johnson, here is an interesting link about life lessons learned with tennis.
Blog - TopspinPro Credit: pixabay.com 10 Life Lessons from Tennis By Zoë Jeffery on 31st December 2021 Tennis is not for the faint hearted. It’s one of […] Read more
WOW...how cool is this that ARTA was recognized by USTA as one of 5 highlighted Community Tennis Association (CTA) organizations in the country!! " See USTA CTA E-news link:
"To close out 2021, we would like to feature five CTAs that have done outstanding work in their communities this year. The USTA thanks each CTA for their time and commitment to the sport of tennis throughout the year."
Listed among the 5 were Austin Tx, Raleigh NC, Washington DC, Wilmington Del and GAYLORD MI!!
December CTA/Parks Newsletter To close out 2021, we would like to feature five CTAs that have done outstanding work in their communities this year. The USTA thanks each CTA for their time and commitment to the sport of tennis throughout the year.
ARTA board member and tennis coach Dan Hawkins, PTR, recently completed the USTA's level 1 National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) certification class. Through ARTA he was awarded a grant to attend the class which originally was going to be 2 virtual and 1 in-person. Due to COVID it turned into an all virtual class. The class consisted of three 4 hour virtual classes via zoom as well as a final coaching project that had to be filmed and presented at the final class. According to Dan, “The USTA coaches/ teachers did a great job balancing active virtual class time and online learning module. There was plenty of homework, including a practice delivering parts of a tennis lesson virtually via zoom with our fellow zoom classmates which was interesting and very effective.” The attached picture shows how he converted the Sportsplex pickleball room into a 60' orange ball court space for the final video lesson using painters tape and some imagination. His teachers appreciated his creativity for the final coaching project video with an A+ grade.
Congratulations, Coach Dan, on achieving another important milestone to your toolbox of coaching talents, especially for our area youth, but also for adults!
WOW, what another successful ARTA Holiday Greens sale we had! Thanks to all the hard working volunteers who decorated the beautiful varying size wreaths and Kandy Kanes with hand made ribbons and hand wired pine cones that we collected all Spring/Summer! Thank you All the customers who order the wreaths, Kandy Kanes and garlands. We are Grateful for your support!
Congratulations to Gaylord team Tamara Mankiewicz and Jeff Vezina, the Mixed Doubles Champs at the 2021 Governor's Cup tennis tournament! The popular, annual weekend event, was held at Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City, MI October 23-25. According to Gov Cup Organizer and Tennis Director, George Lowe, "They were a force! They won the 3.0 Mixed Division and went 3-0 in the Round Robin Event!"
YAY Team Tamara and Jeff!
At a recent end-of-season gathering, ARTA pals snuck a Gratitude SURPRISE for Coach Dave Johnson, PTR who has been SO instrumental in growing tennis in the Gaylord area. His skill and strategy clinics, individual and group lessons, Start/Restart groups, tournament organization, and resourceful help, especially to our new PTR Dan Hawkins, have been extremely valuable for the success and growth of our tennis community. We figured it was time to celebrate all he has done and continues to do. In addition to a special etched decanter honoring Dave's efforts, pals signed a poster of his favorite player, Roger Federer, with words of appreciation. Players made additional donations in Dave's honor that will be given to the Otsego County Sportsplex Tennis Center court maintenance fund.
Dave and wife Cathy have made such a GREAT impact on our hearts and talents. We APPRECIATE both of you!
The Men’s Summer Tennis League, organized by Paul Hartmann, came to an exciting final match for the championship between top players John Mock and Dan Hawkins. Both men tied for the league’s highest score at 177 points, so they squared off for the top prize of the trophy that Mike Roper’s family donated to the men’s league for the winner. Despite several rain delays that interrupted their rescheduled matches, the duo was finally able to play their challenging singles match recently.
Hawkins won the first game in a 7 point tie breaker, and went on to win the second set 6-2. While the trophy went to the winner,both Mock and Hawkins names will be on the 2021 Championship plaque at the Otsego County Sportsplex.
According to organizer Hartmann, “Both played very well and it was fun to see such good tennis talent being played at the Tennis Center!”
It's Holiday Greens order time in Gaylord. You can order online at www.gaylordtennis.com or print off the form at the link online and mail the order form in with your check. The Greens are always beautifully long lasting for months. Thanks to ALL for your support for the Alpine Regional Tennis Association annual fundraiser, and sharing this information with your friends and family.
It's almost that time to pre-order your Holiday Greens, from the ARTA annual fundraiser!. The order form will be posted and shared soon. In the meantime, ARTA volunteers have been collecting pine cones all spring/summer, and are now wiring them to be ready to add them to the beautiful wreaths. Let's hear it for ARTA board member Sandra Quaal who has already created over 200 lovely bows for the wreaths!! Kudos to ALL the volunteers working behind the scenes on these items, so that Holiday Greens will again be a success. Here are some pictures from the finished products last year, Sandra's newly made beautiful bows, and a pine cone wiring work bee of Dave George, Charlie Simpson, Sally Mock, Betty and Paul Hartmann, Rod and Julie Regan, Anjuli Hawkins, Dan Hawkins and Paig Switalski Hansen.
And here are our Mixed Doubles Tournament Consolation Winners, Jeff Vezina and Constanza Tapia..what a powerhouse duo!
The 7th annual Alpine Regional Tennis Association (ARTA) Mixed Doubles Championship was held recently at the Otsego County Sportsplex Tennis Center. Organized by tennis pro, Dave Johnson, 12 couples played highly competitive matches in a fast 4 format.
Returning 2020 champions, Tiffany Yarrington and Bob Merry, reigned once more to win the tournament. Also returning as 2nd place finalist was Tamara Mankiewicz, who played this year with her father, Tom Penegor.
Constanza Tapia and Jeff Vezina won the hard fought Consolation Bracket.
Organizer Johnson commended all the players for their competitiveness and passion for the game. "It was uplifting to see such a high level of doubles play right here in Gaylord", stated Johnson. "ARTA continues to grow the game in Northern Michigan. It's fun to watch and be a part of that growth."
Teammates came from Gaylord, Charlevoix, Lewiston, Johannesburg and Escanaba for this annual event.
Gaylord – As the official end of the 2021 summer ladies tennis league ended, tennis pro Dan Hawkins led players in over an hour of cardio tennis fun, followed by pizza at Alpine Tavern where a number of awards were given to many of the players. League organizer, Laura Hansmann announced 1st place award for the 5pm league was Janet Stuhlman, and 1st place award for the 6:45pm league was Kathy Passiak.
Other awards presented were:
5pm 2nd place: Karla Hawkins
5pm 3rd place: Sandra Quaal, who also received Most Improved honors
6:45pm 2nd Place: Constanza Tapia
6:45pm 3rd Place: Phyllis Conover
Anjuli Hawkins received the Betty Hartmann Sportsmanship Award.
League organizer Hansmann, on behalf of the League members, thanked player Paig Switalski Hansen, with Smith Realty, for her 2021 league sponsorship, and valuable assistance throughout the summer.
Twenty-eight women competed throughout the season as regular players, with many additional women substitutes who played as needed.
New players who wish to join the leagues in 2022 can email [email protected]. More tennis information is at Alpine Regional Tennis Association page, and www.gaylordtennis.com
Fall tennis play will continue while weather is good at the Otsego County Sportsplex Tennis Center with drop in tennis on Thursday mornings 9am, coach Dave's Mon/Wed 10am clinics, Thur 6:30pm Cardio tennis with coach Dan, and any other days/times that people want to play. No partner? No problem. Most of these activities do not require a partner, plus the new backboard on Court 4 is a great practice area... or bring a bunch of balls and practice your serve. It's ALL good, physical fun to enjoy.
As the official end of the Summer ladies and mens leagues come to a close, we thank LAURA HANSMANN and PAUL HARTMANN for their years of leadership in coordinating these leagues so diligently and faithfully. As a result of your efforts, both leagues have grown in the number of players and improved player skills..all while having a boatload of FUN!! We are ALL grateful to you, Laura and Paul!
Any player interested in becoming a new league player for 2022, please email ARTA at [email protected] with your contact information.
Thank you, Dave Johnson, PTR/ARTA board member for organizing this special tournament in honor of our friend Mike Roper. Thanks also to the committee members who helped coordinate all the details: James Vanderveer, Charlie Simpson, Paul Hartmann, and Jim Driver. Excellent tennis fun to watch these matches!
The first annual "Roper" Men's Tennis Tournament was completed Thursday night at the Sportsplex Tennis Center. After rain delays and rescheduling obstacles the fans were treated to a very good finale. The team of Mike Ziska and Rod Regan battled through the semis last week beating a tough team featuring Dan Hawkins and John Tithof. With that effort they earned a chance to play top seeds John Mock and Eric Morrow for the championship. Ziska/Regan dominated the first set of the Fast Four Format, 4-0. Mock and Morrow rebounded in the second set winning 4-2 which then required a third set 10 point Tie-Breaker to determine the winners. Mock and Morrow jumped out to an early lead and held on to win 10-6 securing them as the first winners of the annual "Roper" event.
This event was organized to honor and celebrate Mike Roper who was an Alpine Regional Tennis Association ( ARTA) board member. Mike was very active in the early days of ARTA and a great promoter of the new courts we now call home at the Sportsplex Tennis Center. I know Mike would be pleased to see the success that the courts have brought to the Gaylord Community !! A big thanks to Mike's children for supporting the tournament with their time and financial contributions.
The 1st Annual Mike Roper Memorial Tournament is right around the corner. See flyer below for more details and how to register!
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