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And the winners are…
With Lester in charge of the BBQ, and Gary in charge of the music, it was destined to be a great day!

Incumbents Kent Bodin and Gary Reeder were among the top five vote-getters in the fall election, along with Linda Forsyth, Paul Olmsted and Tara Emery. Congratulations to our new Board of Directors! Kent, our current Treasurer, has been in the club since the early 1980’s. Gary, the current Vice President, joined the VTC in 1986. Linda has been very active since 2003, and her Monday Night Tennis and Mixers are truly the heart of the VTC. New to the VTC Board are Paul and Tara , who both bring positive energy and a lifetime of valuable experience to the new board. The new directors will “shadow” the current board, and sort out who will take each Director and Officer position in the new year. They will formally take office January 1st , 2010. ~ Andy Hoerer, Newsletter Editor Paul and Kent try out the new bleacher.

Election Results In!

Election Results A Brief History Of Tennis Monday Night Tournament Results Ladder Update Ventura Tennis Day Tennis Elbow

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Ventura Tennis Club’s “Club Championships” Schedule
Date/Time Event Director Time

November 14 - 15

Men’s Doubles


11 am

Contact Chuck at eholms@sbcglobal.net Gary 11 am

November 14 - 15

Women’s Doubles

Contact Gary at garyreeder@sbcglobal.net

Paul Olmsted tossing balls to a 5-year player on the Quickstart mini-court.

Men’s and Women’s Singles Championships will be held in January.

Note: Verify all event dates and times by visiting our webpage: www.venturatennisclub.com.



Although it has been argued that ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans played different versions of tennis, there is very little hard evidence that any of these games existed. The evidence we do have is purely etymological. Some argue that the word ―tennis‖ comes from ―Tinnis,‖ an Egytian town along the Nile, and that ―racket‖ comes from the Arabic ―rahat,‖ which means the palm of the hand. But most historians agree that the early precursor to tennis was a 13 th century French game called ―Le jeu du paume,‖ in English, ―the game of the palm.‖ It was an indoor game, with elaborate rules and an hour-glass shaped court. The net was about 5 feet high, and drooped in the middle. Soon padded gloves were modified into early rackets. By the 16th century, the new game, very popular with royalty, had spread to England. Gambling on the game became a problem in Paris, and for awhile, public courts were banned. The French Revolution also added to the games’ demise, because it was so closely tied to royalty. But meanwhile, back in England, a few other games were taking off: Badminton, ―Rackets‖ (an early squash game where players against a wall), croquet, and cricket were all gaining enormous popularity. These four games would soon merge into one game – ―Phairistike.‖ In 1874, Major Walter Clopton Wingfield patented the game Phairistike (a Greek word for ―play‖). He moved the game outdoors to the beautiful green croquet and cricket lawns. He kept the hour-glass shaped court from ―Le jeu du paume,‖ used long-handled rackets, switched to a softer ball, and adapted a 15-point scoring system. He thought his patent would give him control over the game, and also make him a very rich man by selling his Phairistike equipment to the wealthy folks of England. Unfortunately, the Major was mistaken. Even athletes with money can be frugal consumers, and instead of buying Major Wingfield’s equipment, they used the rackets, nets, balls, and even courts from other contemporary sports.

If Major Wingfield had been a little less greedy, and a little better at marketing, We might be playing Phairistike today!



SPHAIRISTIKE—ContinuedAt first, the All England Croquet Club was alarmed at the number of lawns it was ―losing‖ to this new lawn game. The New Yorker (October 8, 1873) wrote ―As an experiment, the Croquet Club laid out a court in one corner of the property. As it turned out, the court was full from morning until night.‖ Major Wingfield held on to his patent, but lost the game. Players seemed to like hitting with their own rackets, and also preferred the rectangular court and short scoring system. The All England Croquet Club became the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club in 1877. This club is located in a London suburb called (as I’m sure you have already guessed) Wimbledon. The first ―Championships‖ were held July 19, 1877. Twenty-two men competed in the first tournament, and the winner was Spencer W. Gore. Another interesting note – women have been playing tennis ever since the game began. It was probably Mary Outerbridge who brought tennis to the Unites States. She returned from a trip to Bermuda in 1874 with rackets, balls, and a net. By 1881, the U.S. had its own national tournament, and the USTA (formerly called the United States Lawn Tennis Association) was formed. And we thought our club was old! ~ Andy B. Hoerer All pictures are from Wikipedia

The Monday Night Doubles Mixer is alive and well! We usually have 3-4 courts of players. We mix it up every 6 or 8 games, so no partner is needed. It helps if you let Linda know, via e-mail or phone, if you are coming, (or for regulars, if you are NOT coming), so that sufficient courts may be arranged. We pay $2 each for the lights and balls, and that amount is paid to the office before the evening starts. Warm up is at 6:30 and play starts about 7. Once the courts are set into motion, it is difficult to accommodate late comers. If you want to get involved in the club, and want to meet other players, come on out and give us a try. We are happy to welcome you to the mix. Linda Forsyth



Ventura Tennis Day a Great Success
On Saturday, Sept. 5, Camino Real Park was the setting for Ventura Tennis Club's Annual BBQ/Open House event. The club offered a variety of clinics for all ages organized by Andy Hoerer and our favorite Ventura College Coach, Nelson Emery, along with some of his students. We also got to again try out the popular radar gun to clock players’ serves. Approximately 100 guests attended the event, which started at 9 a.m. Lester Tong, assisted by past president, Bob Martin, spent much of the day tending the barbecues and cooking up a delicious lunch. Linda Forsyth, along with Margaret Parsadanyan, Becky Spires, Kay Mendel and several others helped to keep a steady supply of food on the tables for our guests. There was a raffle held, and the winners received gift certificates for various establishments around town, along with some shirts and hats. Margaret's sons aptly handled the sales for the tickets. Kent Bodin had a table set up displaying some of the caps, visors and tennis totes which are for sale in the park office. In addition to providing the usual unlimited tennis, food and fellowship, this event also serves another function—it doubles as the date of the club's annual Board of Directors' election. Ballots were submitted, and were counted a week after the event, allowing for nonattendees to submit theirs via mail. Our current president, Chuck Holmstrom, welcomed guests and explained the election procedures. All in all, Ventura Tennis Day 2009 was a great success. Many thanks to all those who came out, and a special nod to those who worked so hard to make it all happen. We are already looking forward to next year! — Linda Forsyth

Becky and Sam enjoy a short break in the action ,while Bob and Lester show off their grill skills.

Above: Our big group shot; Right: Nelson and Dusty clocking serves. Far right: Ernie, Ailene, and Bill Goldie enjoy the beautiful afternoon.





Pictures (clockwise): VTC spectators enjoy the new bleachers and the shade. Chuck gives his farewell address. Michael G. demonstrates the toss. Nice twohander! Travis tracks down a ball on the line. Andy tossing on the 10-year old Quickstart court. Bob Martin and Ed Wehan observing the excitement. Kasey Lee and Gina make a tough doubles team! Plenty of food for our members and their guests!



Ladder Update
“The mark of a great sportsman is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are at their worst.” ~ Martina Navratilova Men’s Doubles
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Men’s Singles
4.0 & Up Group 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. Randy Guzik Dave Redmond Mike Kilpatrick Gary Reeder Joel Goldenberg E.C. Addy Sean Johnson Carl Koch Chuck Holmstrom Julio Cabral Chris Goldie Mike Davis Lloyd Welder Mark Hancock Tom Prinz Mike Dagher Bruce Caldwell Tim Moon Eric Lozano 3.5 & Under Group 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Conrad van Hyning Gene Gobuyan Al Beridon John Benscoter Jeff Burgh Gerry Gobuyan Gavin Gobuyan Dimitri Qoshlli Robert Farrow

Chris Goldie & Andy Hoerer Rich Brandon & Marc Dumais Scott Ford & Kent Bodin Phil Settle & Dave Karen Chris Johnson & Conrad van Hyning Lester Tong & John Sepulveda Gregg Moulder & Helmar Janee John Benscoter & Larry Abernathy

Women’s Doubles
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Sera Khouvilay & Bonnie Luke Rosa Virnig & Heidi Bensinger Akemi Martin & Felecity Ortiz Louise Hewitt & Marla Burg Ericka Pinedo & Lori Harris Margie Wilkins & Mimi Adams Margaret Parsadanyan & Reyna Vaca Connie Gallaway & Kay Mendel Pat McPherson & Lauren Humphrey Kathy Meyers & Kyle Kreutz

10. Chuck Starns 11. Victor Holmes

“The serve was invented so that the net could play” ~ Bill Cosby

Mixed Doubles
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Leonard Young & Lynda Young Scott Ford & Jeanette Emrick Ernie Coats & Ailene Kanbe Zeak Simmons & Espie Genne Paul Hiranaka & Siri Rochin John Sepulveda & Margaret Parsadanyan Mike Herrera & Cheri Olsen Gerry Gobuyan & Rhonda Tichman Dick Story & Peggy Hennek Mark Rochin & Allison Bruce Joe Duran & Nicole Daugherty

Women’s Singles
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
7. 8.

Sera Khouvilay Jeanette Emrick Cherie Olson Lori Harris Rosa Vernig Rhonda Tichman Carol Goldreyer Felicity Ortiz



Fall Men’s Doubles Tournament
On September 20 a group of guys got together to fight for the VTC Fall Men's Doubles Crown. When the dust settled, only the brave survived. This is the story of that fateful afternoon: With the 3.5 and 4.0 divisions each containing 6 hardy teams, play was nearly continuous for 2 plus hours. The format of 8 game no add sets, with a change of sides at 4 games was responsible for many beverages being consumed. Luckily, Chuck had provided many delicious and healthful drinks and snacks. The 3.5 final pitted the 1st place team of Gregg Molder /Bill Goldie with 31 total points won, vs Bob Martin/Lester Tong who finished tied for 2nd with 26 total points along with Rich Gallimare/ Wendell Baily. Bob and Lester advanced after taking the head to head match vs Rich and Wendell 5-3. In the final, Bob and Lester took and early 5-0 lead and finally dismantled Bill and Greg 6-1. According to Lester it was "shock and awe" from which they never recovered. In the 4.0 final, Julio Cabral/Paul Villalpando took on Chuck Holmstrom/Gary Reeder and took it to them, winning handily10-3. Thanks to everyone for a great turnout and special thanks to Chuck Holmstrom who did a great job organizing the event. ~ Gary Reeder, Tournament Director



Ladies Social Sept. 9
The Ladies Social event, held on September 9th, turned out to be another delightful day at the park. Although the number of players was less than usual, the competition was fun and the food (potluck) was delicious! The venue was a mix and match so we got to play against all who participated. Thanks again to all the ladies who came out. Hope to see more of you next time! ~ Linda F.

Staying Healthy Avoiding Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a very common and very painful condition which afflicts many players of all ages. In fact, the doctors at WebMD estimate that half of all tennis players will suffer from tennis elbow at some point. Tennis elbow is caused by injury of the muscles and tendons around the outside of the elbow (injury to the inside is called “Golfer’s Elbow”). Although it rarely requires surgery, the pain can range from annoying to debilitating, and can keep a player off the court for months at a time. Usually, the pain and inflammation can be reduced with rest, ice, and an anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofen. Occasionally, an injection of cortisone is used to reduce pain and swelling. Tennis players are not the only ones with Tennis Elbow… plumbers, painters, and carpenters are also prone to the pain. There are a number of things a player can do to prevent the pain of tennis elbow. USPTA Master Pro Jack Groppel mentions strength and stretching in his podcast on the subject. Your racket’s stiffness and strings are also important, including string tension and grip size. Of course technique and overuse can also play a part. Stepping into each shot with your legs, and quitting after the third set might be enough to prevent injury for most of us! Stay healthy! See you on the courts! ~Andy
http://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/guide/tennis-elbow http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/tennis-elbow/DS00469 DSECTION=prevention http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00068

Lefty Corey Karen (14) unleashes his powerful topspin forehand in the Fall Men’s Doubles Tournament!

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