Thank you in advance for choosing the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Pelham while playing in one of the Pelham Racquet Club events. Doing so ensures our relationship with this beautiful Holiday Inn property will continue. The Holiday Inn Express and Suites is the only hotel that represents the Pelham Racquet Club and serves as the host hotel for our officials.

2022 Tentative Tournament Schedule

  • January 28 to 29: 4th Annual Frostbite Invitational
  • February 25 to 26: 2nd Annual Playing for the Crown
  • March 11: Shelby County Tournament
  • April 1 to 3: USTA Nationals 55 and Over NTRP Singles
  • April 8 to 10: USTA Nationals 55 and Over NTRP Doubles
  • April 28 to May 1: USTA State League 55 and Over Championships
  • May 15 to 22: Pelham Racquet Club Women's $60,000 Pro Classic
  • May 31 to June 5: Southern Callen Cup
  • June 11 to 12: USTA JTT Qualifier
  • June 25 to 27: USTA Southern Boys and Girls 16s L4 Closed
  • July 23 to 25: USTA Summer Closed L5
  • August 18 to 21: PRC Summer Championships
  • September 3 to 6: USTA Southern Boys and Girls 14s L4 Open
  • October 14 to 16: USTA Fall Championships
  • November TBA: USTA Fall Jr Classic L7
  • December TBA: USTA Holiday Jr Classic L7
  • TBA: Socials, Adult Camps, Junior Camps

Tennis Tips

Think of your match in a more long-term way, like a 5k run. If you start off running as fast as you can and maintain that pace, you will run out of gas before the finish line. If you play too aggressively in your match too early, you are taking all the risk and you may make too many errors or your opponent may adapt before you finish the match. Instead, play percentage tennis:

  • When serving concentrate on getting your first serve in (50% or more) instead of hitting aces.
  • Serve to the backhand or into the body early and serve out wide when you have game point.
  • Work to keep the ball in play, hitting crosscourt when behind the baseline and down the line when approaching the net.
  • When returning serves, concentrate on getting the ball back deep into the center to take away angles. Never miss second serve returns.
  • Look for and be aware of the opportunity "point" or "game" (30-love or 3-1), be aggressive when you are ahead, be consistent when behind.
  • Use the drop shot and lob early in your match to control your opponent.

These are the tactics top pro's use. They don't need to win 6-0, 6-0. They want to win consistently!

Watch the ball and bend your knees! This old tennis pro adage from years ago is still true today. Suffering from miss hits, hitting the ball into the net or out too often in your match? Try the following:

  • Focusing and watching the ball instead of you opponent will help you concentrate and avoid "miss hits" or "shanks". Keeping your head "still" as you swing is also essential for success.
  • Bending your knees gives you good balance and helps you hit better shots by transferring weight into the shot when you step forward. This allows for a better shot trajectory to avoid hitting the net or hitting it out.
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