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Hi Tennis Fans,

      I hope everyone is doing good and getting ready to enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  We really have so much to be thankful for:  our families, good health, close friends, our homes our jobs, our education, pets, healthy food, a good night’s sleep, freedom of religion, and good neighbors.  Myself – I am thankful for Jesus my Savior, my family, good friends, and tennis.  I am very blessed.

     The fall, and winter months are great months for conditioning.  Conditioning is an essential part of tennis.  A point may last a few seconds, but a match can last a couple of hours.  Do some exercises to improve your cardio so you can spend more time playing and less time trying to catch your breath.  Get with your coach or go to a gym and work on strengthening your legs, your upper body, and endurance.  Use this time to better prepare yourself for the spring season.

     The WTA Final is going on this week, Oct. 31 thru November 7.  We have top players from the USA, Coco Gauff and J. Pegula.  The other six players in singles are Sakkari, Sabalenka, Jabeur, Garcia, Swialek, and Kosatkina. In Doubles, the US has three players: Gauff, Pegula, and Krawcayk.  These girls are the best in th world.  It is exciting to watch them play.  They go after every ball and never give up.  They hit powerful forehand and backhand shots, overhead lobs, and drop shots.  They use great strategy.  I wish Gauff and Pegula the best.

     The ATP finals occur the week of November 13 thru November 20 in Italy.  The eight players are; Alcaraz, Nadal, Ruud, Tsitsipas, Djokovic, Medvedev, Auger, and Rublev. Djokovic, Tsitsipas, and Medvedev have previously won the ATP Finals.  It is the season ending event for the highest ranked singles and doubles teams on the 2022 ATP Tour.  The 2021 winners were Alexander Zverev in Singles and Pierre Herbert and Nicholas Mahut in doubles.

     Every tennis player has a favorite shot that they are especially good at.  For me it was the backhand.  Of all the players I have every watched, I think Roger Federer is the all-around player with every shot.  He makes tennis look so easy.  The best server I have ever seen was Pete Sampras.  His form and power was magnificent.  What is your favorite shot? Practice it and make it even better.

I hope the winter months renew your energy and get you in great condition for a fantastic spring season.

Pete Sampras said, “The difference in great players is at a certain point in a match they raise their level of play and maintain it.”  That is where practice and conditioning comes in. Success isn’t given.  It is earned on the court and in the gym with blood, sweat, and some tears.  Go after it this coming year.  Happy Thanksgiving.


 Sue Huffman Stanley

Founder of Kenny Huffman Tennis Classic
KHTC Book Keeper  KHTC Board Member
Author of “A Tennis Love Story”



November 2022