Chairpersons: Kate Morneau, Marna Shields
Board Liaison: Jamie Dunbar
The 2017 season has drawn to a close. Watch for a new listing of events next spring. Event information updates (dates, event chairperson, etc.) can be found on Club website, tennis bulletin board, monthly calendars and Baselines.
Junior Tennis Clinic Hours:
4-7 year olds T/Th 9:15am – 10 am
8-9 year olds M/W/F 9 am – 10 am
10-12 year olds M/T/Th 12 pm – 1 pm
13 and over M/W/F 11 am – 12pm
2017 Junior Tennis News
Junior USTA Tennis Team
Congratulations to all our players who worked very hard, while having lots of fun, throughout the summer! Thank you to our coaches, Eve and Brian, for their commitment, patience, and encouragement! Thank you to our players’ families for giving them the opportunity to play more tennis this summer through USTA. – Kate Morneau
Junior Tennis in Full Swing
The Junior Tennis season is off to a great start! The weather has cooperated, the kids are showing up and trying hard, and everyone appears to be having lots of fun. The kids have already conquered and will continue to play the following tournaments in July and August:
U.S. Open (June 28)
French Open (July 5)
Australian Open (July 12)
Wimbledon (July 19)
Jr. Davis Cup (July 26)
Corcoran Cup (August 2)
Please mark your calendars for the following notable junior tennis events:
Family Round Robin (Saturday, July 29)
Doubles/Mixed Doubles Championships (August 9 & 10)
Singles Championships (August 16 & 17)
End of Season Tot Party (August 24)
Awards Party (August 25)
Thank you to our great junior tennis coaching staff, under the tutelage of Anne Boisvert, who not only helps each child improve his/her tennis game, but also gets to know each child and ensures a good time is had by all.
Juniors, keep attending those tennis lessons and make a point to sign up for the tournaments, singles ladder matches, and more on the tennis bulletin board each week. As the saying goes, “the more you play, the better you get.” The Field Club gives your child ample opportunity to play a lot, so take advantage of it! – Kate Morneau & Marna Shields
Junior USTA Teams
The USTA rosters have been made and play is underway! The USTA made changes to its junior tennis team program. As a result, there is the opportunity to host a national track team and/or a local track team at both the 18 and 14 and under age group. The following is a summary of the differences between the two tracks:
Local Track USTA team:
- No USTA membership needed
- Structure of play = minimum of 6 players – non-gender specific but need at least 1 boy/1 girl: 1 mixed match; 2 open singles; 2 open doubles
- Individual matches = 2 sets to 4 games, no add with a 7 point tiebreak at 3-3, and a 10 point match tiebreak in lieu of a 3rd set.
- Tournament takes place on Saturday and Sunday, August 12-13 with no further advancement opportunities.
National Track USTA team:
- USTA membership required
- Structure of play = 6 players minimum (need at least 3 boys/3 girls); 1 boys singles; 1 girls singles; 1 boys
doubles; 1 girls doubles; 1 mixed
- Individual matches = 2 short sets (1st to 4, no add) with a match tiebreak in lieu of a 3rd set.
- Tournament takes place on July 22 & 23 – with potential for advancement to the New England Sectionals,
July 27 & 28, & Nationals (date TBD).
- Two levels of play: intermediate (no rating or lower than 3.5 rating) and advanced (3.5 or higher rating).
The Field Club is hosting three teams:
- 18 and under local track team, coached by Ryan Powell and organized by parent Laura Katz
- 14 and under local track team, coached by Eve Sullivan and Brian Gurski and organized by parent Kate Morneau
- 14 and under national track team (intermediate), coached by Eve Sullivan and Brian Gurski and organized by parent Kate Morneau
Best of luck to our hard working USTA junior tennis team members. The next Baseline will include results of tournaments! — Kate Morneau & Laura Katz
2016 Junior Tennis Wrap Up
It was another exciting summer for Junior Tennis. Attendance at daily clinics continued to grow, and Ann Boisvert and the assistant pros did a superb job organizing weekly tournaments and round robins for all of the junior participants throughout the summer. The junior tennis program finished with singles, doubles and mixed doubles championships and trophies were presented at the end-of-the-season awards party on August 26.
The Most Improved Player Awards went to Kelsey Harris and Aiden Bone, the Sportsmanship Award went to Owen McGeer and the Coaches Award was presented to Norah Dumala. Trophies were also given in each age group for the singles, doubles and mixed doubles championships.
Two Field Club USTA U14 teams, coached by junior pro Tom Knight, and one Field Club USTA U18 team, coached by junior pro Eve Sullivan, competed in the Western Mass USTA State Championship. The level of play at the tournament for all three Field Club teams was very impressive. After defeating the younger Field Club U14 team in the championship round, the older Field Club U14 team came in first place and moved on to the New England USTA Section Championship at Mount Holyoke College.
Congratulations to all the junior tennis players who participated in the Junior Tennis program at The Filed Club this summer. The efforts and hard work of all our juniors, combined with the outstanding dedication of Ann and the junior pro staff, made for a very fun and productive summer of tennis.
I hope to see you all of you on the courts again next summer! — Kate McGeer