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Jeff Michaud is a Atlanta basesd tennis instructor and personal trainer, who can improve your physical condition as well as your tennis game.

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

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Get in the Game!
Atlanta has the largest registered public tennis community in the United States.
There are over 150,000 active players in several leagues across metro Atlanta.
The USTA season is in full swing. The ALTA Mixed Doubles season starts the
beginning of January. The registration deadlines for K-Swiss, T2Tennis,
Visionary Tennis, and Peach Tennis are fast approaching. Are you ready to play?
If you are a new player or just coming back from a long retirement, here is a
small list of equipment that you will need to make your tennis experience
The average price for a new tennis racquet is about $180. However, all
manufacturers have a beginners racquet at $100. And if appropriate, there
are discontinued racquets as low as $70. Racquets are made to help the
player with power or control, depending on your skill level and athletic abilities.
Strings will add an additional $4 - $20.
The two main differences in tennis shoes and cross trainers are the level of
lateral support and the shank system on the bottom of the shoe to stabilize
the foot on flat services. All tennis shoes have some level of both. The high
stability shoes tend to be all leather and slightly heavier. The lightweight
shoes have a minimum level of support, but have the added benefit of being
ventilated to cool the foot. Shoes can range from $40 - $110, with the average
price around $80.
Sure, you can wear that old holey cotton t-shirt and sweatpants. But, there is
clothing that will help make your playing more enjoyable. Shirts are made with
wicking fibers that pull the moisture away from the skin and release that moisture
quicker to keep you cooler and drier. All tennis shorts have deeper pockets to
hold the tennis balls. Skirts generally have tennis panties under them to hold
tennis balls as well. Socks made for tennis have extra padding on the soles
and are made with similar wicking fibers. Wear what you have for free, or buy
a new outfit for under $75.
You can buy $1.99 cans of balls at the grocery store or the major sporting goods
chains. But, those balls are made with rubber with fillers (sand, sawdust, and
air pockets). They are acceptable balls for casual hitting, but will not last as
long during competitive play. The $2.99 balls that are for sale at I PLAY TENNIS,
are made with a solid rubber, air filled core. They will bounce longer and are
made with a more durable felt. Most players use a new can for one or two
So, make it a New Year's Resolution to get on the courts. Whether it is to
begin a new sport, or pick back up an old one, I PLAY TENNIS is your one
shop stop in town for your tennis needs.
404.347.7881. Once you get all outfitted and equipped, if your looking for a tennis instructor or personal trainer, please check out 404.451.8872


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