You’ve got TIME

As the most progressive major of all four, the US Open is adding a new feature almost every year. One new addition this year is the serve clock. 

Every match court has one for singles and doubles and players are getting used to seeing the seconds tick down as they prepare for their match.

Between points the chair umpire starts the 25-second clock right after or a few seconds after the previous point has finished.

Some players, like Nick Kyrgios, don’t even come close to using the 25 seconds. But I notice most players let it tick down to 10 or 8 seconds before they start their service motion. Many say they are relieved to see how much time they have left before they need to serve.

We don’t have a serve clock ticking at Bonita Bay Club but taking your time before you serve has huge benefits.

I sometimes see players rushing from point to point without slowing down to connect with their partner or think about the serve strategy for the next point. Rushing makes you physically and mentally tired. 

Remember, just like the pros, you have 25 seconds to plan your next point and establish team unity with your partner.

Skipping that part can make you anxious and unsure. Catch your breath and slow down.

This might be a game changer for your fall matches this season.

-Dominique Levin
Assistant Director of Sports

Louis Armstrong has a Roof!

Every time I return to Billie Jean King National Tennis Center I can admire something new.

The US Open grounds underwent a $600 million renovation project and Louis Armstrong Stadium was the last piece to finish.

Now America’s most impressive tennis grounds have two roofed stadiums.

Arthur Ashe Stadium added its roof in 2016 and now the new Louis Armstrong, named after Queen’s famous jazz musician, also has one.

What a treat for fans who have come to enjoy tennis. Not only will they still get to watch matches when it’s pouring but most will love the shade when the heat is on.

The 95,500 square-foot roof and the upper deck provide plenty of shade for the lower deck. 

Andy Murray practiced his target serving here Sunday in preparation for his match with Australia’s James Duckworth Monday.

Every time he hit a ball can several thousand spectators went wild! 

Dominique Levin
Assistant Director of Sports

Fall in love with Pickleball

Golf players from all around the country are falling in love with pickleball. The same is true at Bonita Bay Club. Pickleball can be addicting as it’s a great cardio workout in a fun environment.  Many players who try it get hooked because it’s easy to learn but hard to master.

Here is a fascinating article that discusses this: https://www.golfdigest.com/story/is-pickleball-for-you


Try one of our Intro to Pickleball classes by calling the Sports Center.

Dominique Levin