We have just released a new Facebook style "Comment Feed".

Go to your profile page to see a feed of all comments posted on your friend's profile pages, your networks, your location, your tennis leagues, ladders and tournaments and your favorite courts.


You will also be able to post comments to any of these directly from your profile page.



Keep in mind, every time you make a comment, the appropriate members will be notified. This makes it a great way to quickly find a tennis match.

For example, if you post a comment on your profile page, all your connections will be notified and they will see it on their comment feed. If you post a comment on your location, all other members at that location will notified and will see it on their comment feed also.

Give it a try. Make sure you are logged in, and go to your profile page.
This is a guest post from Florian Meier from OnlineTennisInstruction.com (OTI).

More than 80,000 online students trust OTI and Florian Meier when it comes to improving their tennis technique.

Today Florian reveals the secrets pro players use to add massive power to their serves.

In this free video training you will learn the real key to develop effortless power on your serve.

Also you’ll learn why one common serve tip destroys your serve potential and how to avoid this power killer.

 Click play to watch the video and find out how to add more power to your serve.



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Many people who play tennis, are unaware of the level they play at. Learn the differences in the playing levels with this simple chart.

1.0
This player is Just starting to play tennis.
1.5
Has limited experience and is still working primarily on getting the ball into play.
2.0
Needs on-court experience. Has obvious stroke weaknesses but is familiar with basic positions for singles and doubles play. 2.5 Learning to judge where the ball is going although court coverage is weak. Can sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players of the same ability.
3.0
Fairly consistent when hitting medium-paced shots, but is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks execution when trying for directional control, depth or power. Most common doubles formation is one-up and one-back.
3.5
Has achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but still lacks depth and variety. Starting to exhibit more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage and is developing teamwork in doubles.
4.0
Has dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate shots, plus the ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success. Occasionally forces errors when serving and teamwork in doubles is evident. Rallies may be lost due to impatience.
4.5
Starting to master the use of power and spins and beginning to handle pace, has sound footwork, can control depth of shots and is beginning to vary game plan according to opponents. Can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve. Tends to overhit on difficult shots. Aggressive net play is common in doubles.
5.0
Has good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot or exceptional consistency around which a game may be structured. Can regularly hit winners or force errors off of short balls and can put away volleys, can successfully execute lobs, drop shots, half volleys and overhead smashes and has good depth and spin on most second serves.
5.5
Has developed power and/or consistency as a major weapon. can vary strategies and styles of play in a competitive situation and hit dependable shots in a stress situation.
6.0 to 7.0
Generally do not need NTRP ratings. Rankings or past rankings will speak for themselves. The 6.0 player has obtained a sectional and /or national ranking. The 6.5 player has extensive satellite tournament experience. The 7.0 player makes his living from tournament prize money.
Global Tennis Network gives you all the tools you need to run a well organized high school tennis team, from helping you run tryouts, manage players, organize practices, schedule matches and more.

Create a Network

The first step to organizing your tennis team, is to create a network. A network is your own online tennis community where you can organize your own ladders, leagues, tournaments and events. You can see a network in action with our demo network.

Give you network a name like "West High School Tennis Team". Then, customize the look and post some information about your school, team and upcoming tryouts.

Create a network

Team Tryouts

Now that you have a network, it is time to choose your players for the team. This process is called "tryouts". Typically, after school all the players looking to play on the team will show up, and the coach will assign some matches, and observe the skills of the players. It can be a very unscientific method of choosing the best players.

A better method to determining the best players would be to run a tennis ladder. With a tennis ladder, your best players will be at the top. If you don't have a lot of players, a simple round robin ladder will ensure all your players play each other.

After enough matches have been played, you simply take the top X players on the ladder. Your ladder can run itself, and your players can even submit their own scores. Just set the ladder rules to ensure fair play. To save time, you can use shorter match formats. For example: best 2 or 3 games.

Check out all the rules you have available in our demo tennis ladder settings.

Feel free to give our ladders a try in our demo tennis ladder.

Team Practice

It is important your players get practice each weak. Within your network, you can create events, and even repeating events. For example, you may create a repeating "Wednesday Team Practice" event. You players will be notified when you create an event, and your players can even RSVP and comment on each event.

At this point, you may want to create a new tennis ladder with all your team players. The top players on this ladder, could be your 1st, 2nd and 3rd seed players.

See events in action in our demo network events.

Team Schedule

Keeping your team players informed of when, and where they play their opponents is easy again with events. You can create an event for each scheduled match. You can even contact your players directly by sending a mass email. Just have you players RSVP the night before, to ensure they have remembered their match.

Conclusion

Hopefully with these suggestions, you will be able to run a winning high school tennis team. But, it doesn't have to stop there. Keep a few ladders running year round. It is a great way to keep your players active and ready for the next season.
Are you looking to play more tennis, but just can't find anyone near you to play with? Global Tennis Network (or just GTN) was created to solve this exactly problem.

No longer will you need to endlessly search online for other tennis players, post messages on forums or sign up for expensive tennis tournaments. GTN gives anyone in the world all the tool they need to create their own tennis community, or as we call them "networks".

Networks organize all you members, events and news into your own online website. With a network, you can create your own tennis ladders, leagues and tournaments. You can also create events and keep members up to date with your own news feed. To see one in action, check out our demo network here:

https://www.globaltennisnetwork.com/network/home/2051-global-tennis-demo-network

Everything in that demo network can be set up in less then 5 minutes, and is free to start!

But how does a network help you find someone to play tennis with?

Once you create a network, you can have all the local players invited to join your network. Players will also start finding your network while searching for tennis courts or other players. We have seen many network grow to over 300 members in less than a year. Once a network has a few members, you can start running your tennis ladders, leagues and tournaments.

A tennis ladder is a great way to play more tennis and meet other players, and is by far the most popular feature on GTN. In a tennis ladder, players challenge each other to a match. As matches are played, players move up and down in rank. At the end of a tennis ladder, many network run a tennis tournament with the top players to end the season.

You can also organize network events. You can even have repeating events such as "Saturday Round Robin at the High School". This is another great way to get players together to meet and play more tennis.

As you can see, with an active network, you will find yourself playing as much tennis as you want!

Create a network
Find a network