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The Rally

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Volume 1 Issue 2 Bimonthly Newsletter (March 2010)

“TENNIS SWAP”
RAISED $500 TO
BENEFIT THE GULF
SHORES HIGH
SCHOOL GUYS &
GIRLS TENNIS TEAM
Dolphin Tennis 2010 Schedule
(Guys & Girls) CAT sponsored a Tennis Swap in January.
03/10/2010 Fairhope 3:30pm-Gulf Shrs Farrah Keel, Perry Benton & Christine Slaugh-
03/15/2010 Bayside 3:30pm-Gulf Shrs ter (Coordinators) worked together quickly to
03/17/2010 Daphne 4:30pm-Lake Frst
organize the event within about 3 weeks. Many
03/22/2010 UMS-Wright 3:45Gulf Shr
local businesses donated their store as a drop
off location and door prizes. Fairfield Inn &
03/25/2010 Robertsdale3:30-Gulf Shr
Suites in Orange Beach provided us a location
03/26/2010 Pelham 3:30pm-Gulf Shores
free of charge.
04/06/2010 Baldwin Cty 4:30pm Gulf Sh
04/08/2010 Foley 4:00pm – Foley Over 300 items were collected. CAT
5A Sectional Trnmnt 04/21/2010 (Girls)
presented the coaches, Carl Myrick and Ryan
& 04/22/2010 (Boys) at MTC Moss with a check in the amount of $500 to
State Trnmnt 04/26-04/27/2010 benefit the purchase of their 2010 team uni-
(both) at MTC
forms. (see page 3 for sponsors)
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Men’s Player Spotlight: TOM ROOT
Tom Root is not only a new player to the game of
tennis but he is also a new residence to Orange Beach
area. He and his wife, moved her from Lexington KY.
Tom began in September 2009 after meeting many
of the guys that play every Monday night.
In addition to playing tennis, Tom enjoys racquetball, golf
and swimming.
Tom enjoys the people he has met while playing ten-
nis. He also enjoys Biking, boating, reading, traveling and
working out.
What would you like to see more in the tennis com-
munity? Tom says “I am very impressed with the overall
tennis community and the way everyone supports each
other.

Junior Player Spotlight: ALEX OLSSON
Alex is 15 years old and goes to
Gulf Shores High School. His dad in-
spired him to begin playing at the age of
5.
Ground strokes compared to vol-
ley’s are his favorite because he can hit
them harder. Also, singles compared to
doubles is his favorite type of game be-
cause he does not have to worry about
letting his partner down.
Alex enjoys hanging out with
friends in his free time. He enjoys the
competition and friends that he has meet
playing the game of tennis.
Alex currently plays on the guys tennis team at
Do you have plans to play tennis in Gulf Shores High School.
college?? If I get a scholarship to a
good school, then I may play in college.
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Continuation from page 1
Thank you to the local business Island
Drug & Gifts (GS), Wildflowers (OB),
Lucca (OB), Fairfield Inn & Suites (OB),
Orange Beach Tennis Center, Gulf Shores
Tennis Centers and Peninsula.
And Thank you to those who Volunteered
to help the coordinators.

Woman’s Player Spotlight:        GWEN WHITNEY 
  Gwen has lived in the Gulf Shores area for  friends she has made.  She has made a lot of 
4 years.   She moved her with her husband, Bill,  good and long lasting friends. 
from Edmond Oklahoma.    In her free time, when she has some, she 
  She began playing tennis about three  plays golf, reads, cooks and recuperates from 
years ago.   One day she looked out her window  playing tennis. 
and saw all the tennis courts at Peninsula.  She    She was asked “What would you like to 
thought to herself, I think I would like to learn  see more in the tennis community?”  Because we 
how to play tennis.  Gwen called the clubhouse  live in somewhat of a retirement community, she 
and spoke with Amy Russell who was teaching  would like to see more soft court tourna‐
at Peninsula at the time.  That was the beginning  ments.  She says the hard courts are hard on her 
of her tennis career.    knees. 
  If she's not playing in a tennis match she 
is taking lessons with either Eph Walker or Chris‐
ter Olsson.  Up until she began playing tennis, 
golf was the love of her life.  The person that en‐
couraged her to play and get involved into 
leagues was Amy, so she did.  did.   
Other than Gwen, her daughters played tennis in 
high school.   
  The thing she enjoys most about tennis is 
the competition.  She loves a good challenge.  
The other thing she enjoys about tennis are the 
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January & February were busy with
events for everyone

Spirit Park Social(s)

OBTC Polar Bear Junior
Tournament

OBTC
Gulf Shores Winter Classic Century
Tournament
aka Al Peck
Tournament
(Al pictured)

Check out our NEW website
for more pictures, news, up-
coming events and more…….

www.coastal-tennis.com
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Orange Beach Tennis Center Upcoming Events:
Tennis Pro’s: Rhett & Amy Russell
Contact Information: 974-6387 obtennis@gulftel.com
March 19 2010: Spring Social 6pm (Friday)
March 27-28 2010: USTA Combo Classic Tournament
April 24, 2010: Relay for Life Social 9am (Saturday)
May 14, 2010: Social 6pm (Friday)

After School Kids Camp: Tues & Thurs/ 3:30-5pm
April 6,8,13,15,27,29

More information at: www.coastal-tennis.com

George C. Meyer Tennis Center (Gulf Shores) Upcoming Events:
Tennis Pro’s: Jean Coberly and Buck Bobo
Contact Information: 968-1431

March 12-14, 2010: USTA Gulf Shores Jr. Tournament.
April 9, 2010: Swingers Doubles 5:30pm (Friday)
May 15-16, 2010: Extreme Tennis

Pro Tip by Buck Bobo
On your forehand, try and stretch out through the contact point. Stay on
the ball longer and you will get a more solid hit with better depth.
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Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club, Gulf Shores AL

Pro’s: Eph Walker & Christer Olsson
Contact Info: 968-4164
Peninsula Pro Shop
Full Line of brand name Men/Women Tennis apparel
Baldwin County tennis players receive 15% discount on Regular
Priced Items
Pro Shop Hours: Monday-Saturday 7am-7pm
Sunday Noon-5pm

“CAT” has a new website. You will find information on upcoming
events, Pro & Facility information, High School Tennis, Senior/
Adult/Junior events, photos and much more! ADVERTISING
SPACE available on the website. 1 year for $75 for 1 space.
Interested, email us at CAT@coastal-tennis.com or call 458-7208

www.coastal-tennis.com

Coastal Alabama Tennis As
sociation
Mission Statement:
We are a non-profit organiz
ation with
the sole purpose of promot
ing tennis by
“CAT” Contact Information:  partnering with community
groups and
city agencies to promote yo
PO Box 454  uth, adult
and senior tournaments and
Orange Beach, AL 36561  events to
encourage participation in th
e sport.
coastaltennis@gmail.com 
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Thank you to our Sponsors of the Blue Canopies: