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Tennibot - The World's First Robotic Tennis Ball Collector

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The winner of this year's Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge was the Tennibot. The Tennibot is robotic tennis ball collector that utilizes sophisticated sensors to collect tennis balls effortlessly. 

Tennibot detects tennis balls on the court, and picks them up on its own. It can run up to 5 hours on a single charge. Pretty cool right?

It even has an app to let you decide where you want it to pick up balls. It can be both sides of the court, single side or even at the net only.

This would be the perfect tool for practicing your serve. 

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How to Determine Your Tennis Playing Level

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.
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Running a High School Tennis Team

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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.
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How to Grow Tennis in Your Area

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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:
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Tennis Ladder Rules

At Global Tennis Network, we regularly get asked "what are the rules of a tennis ladder." There are actually no set rules to a tennis ladder. A tennis ladder is just a way of ranking players based on the matches they have played. The goal to to be at the top of the ladder. Think "king of the mountain". How players are ranked depends on what ranking system is used.

At Global Tennis Network, we allow you to create a tennis ladder, and choose the ranking system you want to use. The most common of which is the classic "Leap Frog" system.

On the Leap Frog system, if a lower ranked player on the ladder, beats a higher ranked player, then the lower ranked player jumps up on the ladder to the position of the higher ranked player, and the higher ranked player drops one position.

There are also ranking system that award points for each match played. The more points a player has, the better the player will be ranked on the ladder.

Along with the rankings system, you may need other tennis ladder rules. For example, how far up or down your players can challenge other players to a match. Or how to penalize players for being idle. You may even have penalties for declining a challenge.

Check out all the available ladder rules on this page where you would create a ladder:

https://www.globaltennisnetwork.com/tennis-ladders/start-a-tennis-ladder
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GTN is Now Mobile Friendly

Global Tennis Network is now mobile friendly!

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Story of Global Tennis Network

In 2006, then University of Utah student Trevor Meier started a website that at the time was a simple way to manage tennis tournaments for his racquet stringing customers.

“To make some extra money while in school, I started stringing tennis racquets. At the time, many of my customers were frustrated with the high cost, and quick exits to the USTA’s tennis tournaments. Knowing I knew a lot of tennis players, one of them suggested I host my own small tournaments and invite all my tennis friends to join.”

Little did he know, that idea would grow into a tennis website used worldwide, and it all began with these small, local tennis tournaments.

“It was a blast. We had 8 player tournaments where everyone would pay a $10 entry fee. $50 was paid to the winner, and $20, to the runner up. Most of the matches were even played in my parent’s backyard.”

Seeing the overwhelming response to these tournaments, Trevor started working on a fully automated version that allowed players to sign up and pay entry fees online. But, he would first have to learn how to make it all work. He knew he had to learn how to code.

“I remember buying the book ‘PHP & MySQL for Dummies’. I think I read the book in 2 days. I could barely put it down. It answered so many questions I had. From that point on, I was addicted to coding.”

A few months later, and many late nights and long weekends, Global Tennis Network (GTN) was born, and the website www.GlobalTennisNetwork.com was ready.

“When I first released Global Tennis Network, I remember being frustrated with how long it took for Google, Yahoo, and the other search engines to index the site. Back then, it could take weeks for your site to show up on the search engines, and even then, your site could be listed many pages deep in the search results.”

With automated tournaments up and running on GTN, Trevor looked for new ideas to expand the site’s functionality. He quickly came across a website with online tennis ladders.

“The tennis ladders on this website were very basic. I had heard of tennis ladder before, and I really liked the idea. I knew I could create a better system. And once I released a working version of the ladders, it was clear that it was going to be a very popular feature.”

So now, he just needed to get more people to join and use GTN. With no money to advertise, and no experience releasing a new websites, Trevor began promoting GTN anyway he could. He sent emails, contacted clubs, posted messages on forums, exchanged links with other websites, and even posted flyers at local tennis courts.

“It all worked, but it was an uphill battle. I realized that I needed to focus on making the site good enough that people would spread the word for me. I decided to completely focus on adding new features to the site.”

He next began working on a tennis court locator tool. He soon found that there was very little data available online. He would have to gather much of the data himself.

“It was very tedious. I would search tennis sites for any data I could find. I even used google maps to find courts visually. At one point, I outsourced some of the work to a guy I found online who lived in the Philippines. I paid him anywhere from 10 to 25 cents a court. That was a huge help.”

The tennis court locator tool on GTN was a big success, and with enough data, he next created GTN’s first iPhone app, “Tennis Court Locator”.

“The tennis court locator app never has made a lot of money, but players searching for tennis courts still brings in more traffic to the site then anything else.”

With these tools, GTN now started to grow faster then ever. And after just a few years, GTN reached a milestone of 10,000 members.

“I think it was around that time that the members of GTN began to see it’s potential. I was responding to hundreds of emails, countless phone calls, and even a trip to Ft Lauderdale to discuss a possible partnership. It was clear that there was a big demand for a site like GTN. I knew that I was on to something.”

The next few years, Trevor spent much of his free time attempting to add almost any feature the members requested.

“It was a ton of work. The members had so many good ideas. I could barely keep up. At the time, I had a full time job for another company, so I had to work on the site at night and on the weekends.”

With help and feedback from the GTN members, the site added tennis leagues, partner searching, a court scheduling tool, calculated playing levels, and most importantly, the ability to create your own online tennis communities called “networks”.

“GTN gives any player, anywhere in the world, the tools they need to create a network and organize their own ladders, leagues and tournaments. These networks have completely changed the way people meet and play tennis. We now have networks in 80 countries around the world.”

Along with over 1600 networks, there are now over 55,000 members, and over 120,000 tennis matches have been played through the site. And thanks to a tennis court submission tool, there are now over 28,000 tennis court listings. This is by all accounts the largest database of tennis courts in the world.

“It is cool to think that the work I have done is used by people all over the world. The site has connected so many people, and it is helping people play more tennis. It has been very rewarding, and I have meet a lot of great people along the way.”

Trevor still spends a lot of his free time answering emails, adding new features, and making overall improvements to GTN. Today, the site actually makes a small profit.

“Ideally, I would love if GTN made enough money that I could work on it full time. But until then, I will just keep working on it any chance I get.” 

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Don't put up with soft tennis Balls . Pressureball maintains and revives pressure

I have been selling Pressureball worldwide for almost 5 years now and have never had anyone ask for their money back because they weren't happy with the performance of Pressureball tubes .Pressureball will keep new balls from losing bounce so that they can be used until the felt is worn rather than being thrown out because of poor bounce .Pressure ball will also revive soft balls.You can ensure that everytime you play, the balls you have with you will have good and consistent bounce characteristics . Visit www.pressureball.com for more information .

Tennis balls are manufactured from a rubber compound and have an internal pressure of around 14 psi or 1kg/cm2. The Rubber compound however is slightly porous and so the pressure escapes over time. This results in an increasingly soft ball with decreased bounce. To counteract this, new balls are sold in pressurized containers. Once the container is opened, the balls start to lose their pressure . Pressureball is  a reusable version of the point of sale pressure can and as such will stop tennis balls going flat indefinitely .Because the tube can be pressurised to a higher level than the internal pressure of a ball , it will revive soft balls .This process will take less than a day to freshen balls that have just been used and up to a week for balls that are very soft .There may be some variation in the speed of revival depending on the age and brand of the ball.

New upgraded tube and clamping mechanism

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Player Activity

When searching for a tennis partner, you can now see how active each player is. You can also see how active they are on their profile page. This should make it much easier to find a good tennis partner.

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New Tennis Ladder Ranking System

We have a new tennis ladder ranking system. It is called the "Custom Points" system. It allows you to determine how many points will be awarded for winning a match, playing a match, and winning a set or game.

Using your points settings, points are calculated in real time as matches are submitted. There is nothing more you need to do. It is that simple.

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