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a short rally at a slowpace.
Fairly consistentwhen hittingmedium-paced shots, butnot comfortable with allstrokes and lacksexecution when trying fordirectional control,depth, or power.
Has improved strokesand can control directionof moderate shots, butneeds to develop depthand variety. Is moreaggressive at net, hasimproved court coverageand is developingteamwork in doubles.
Has dependablestrokes and shows moreexpertise with forehandand backhand shots. Useslobs, overheads, approachshots and volleys withsome success butoccasionally forces errorswhen serving. Rallies maybe lost due toimpatience. Doublesteamwork evident.
Has developed use of power and spin and canhandle pace. Has soundfootwork, can controldepth of shots, andattempts to vary gameplan according to paceset by opponent. Can hitfirst serves with powerand accuracy and placesecond serve but tends tooverhit difficult shots.Aggressive net play iscommon in doubles.
Has goodanticipation and can hitoutstanding shots.Regularly hits winnersand puts away volleys butstill forces errors. Canexecute lobs, drop shots,half volleys, overheadsmashes, and has gooddepth and spin on mostsecond serves.
Has mastered powerand/or consistency as amajor weapon. Can varystrategies and styles of play and hit dependableshots in stressfulsituations.
the 1996 nationals at NewOrleans. "And we bringcookies to give to each of our competitors."Playing in the nationals "givesus a chance to spread the alohaand tell them (opponents) whowe are," Nicoloff said. "Wewear fun clothes and wanteveryone to know we'rethere."It's not hard to find tennisenthusiasts in Hawai'i, wherethe percentage of people who play the sport is among thehighest in the nation, Lozanosaid.Among those who help drumup interest in tennis here isUSTA teaching pro RustyDyer.It was at Dyer's urging thatKiyomi Smothermon, captainof the 3.0 Lady Rocketeers, joined the USTA. Her team isset to play in the nationals inArizona."I didn't even know there wasteam tennis for adults — Ithought is was only for children," Smothermon said.It's no surprise that the USTAmembership has grownsteadily, Lozano said."What other sport offers therecreational adult theopportunity to play at the locallevel all the way up to thenational championships?" sheasked. "There are 10 nationalchampionships, includingthose for seniors and adultleagues, totaling 3,000 playersacross the country."Founded in 1881, the USTA