WHAT IF IT RAINS?? : I bet you are wondering what we do when it rains… The first thing you should do is check this website for an update. I will post on rainy days… so, you can find the answer right here. :)

If it is raining at MATCH or PRACTICE times, then there will be NO MATCH or PRACTICES. If the rain stops, but the ground is wet, then CALL YOUR COACH. Coaches numbers are posted on the website. Of course, if the rain stops and the ground is dry, then go to your match or practice.

Always CALL YOUR COACH if you have a question.   Call at least an hour before practice starts   Don’t call at practice time or you’ll end up taking a lap!

See you all on the courts! :)
Coach Patrick

Practice starts Wednesday night, 9/9/15, for Coach Patrick and Coach David.

Practice starts Thursday night, 9/10/15, for Coach Ben


What a way to get your first Top 10 win. Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas has stunned Roger Federer in the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters after beating the second seed 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3 on Tuesday evening.

Going into the contest, the No. 70-ranked Ramos-Vinolas was 0-15 against Top 10 players and had won just two sets. But the 27-year-old Spaniard played fearless tennis as he shocked defending Shanghai champion Federer in just over two hours.

Federer failed to convert two break points in Ramos-Vinolas’ opening service game and would rue his missed opportunity as Ramos-Vinolas went on to sneak the first set in the ensuing tie-break.

The Swiss hit back strongly in the second set, breaking in the fifth and seventh games to level the match, but could not carry his momentum into the deciding set. Ramos-Vinolas earned a crucial break in the eighth game and went on to serve out victory to 30.

Federer was playing for the first time in three weeks, since helping Switzerland to a Davis Cup World Group Play-off victory over The Netherlands. The Basel native has already punched his ticket to the year-end Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and was looking to win his sixth title of the season this week.

Ramos-Vinolas, a quarter-finalist earlier this year in Auckland and Geneva, goes on to challenge Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Victor Estrella Burgos for a place in the quarter-finals.

Gilles Simon finished strongly to defeat qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 in one hour and 33 minutes. The 10th-seeded Frenchman reached the final in Shanghai last year (l. to Federer) and goes on to face Leonardo Mayer for a place in the third round.

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Milos Raonic has posted his first victory on Chinese soil for the season after a narrow 7-6(5), 7-6(2) triumph over Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai on Tuesday. The Canadian, currently at No. 13 in the Emirates ATP Race To London, atoned for a disappointing first-up loss in Beijing last week, taking the initiative in the tie-breaks better against the World No. 34.

Bellucci broke Raonic in the opening game of the match and held a mini-break in the opening set tie-break but could not maintain the advantage. Despite his loss in Beijing last week, Raonic had salvaged somewhat of a return to form with his first title of the season – his first in 14 months – in St Petersburg late last month. He moved through to a showdown with Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut after the one-hour, 39-minute tussle and consigned Bellucci to his 17th straight defeat to Top-10 opponents.

Belgian David Goffin – No. 17 in the Race to London – made a perfect start on his Shanghai debut, beating Japanese qualifier Go Soeda 6-4, 6-2. Soeda saved a set point on serve at 3-5 but Goffin closed out the opening set on serve 6-4 and powered through to set up a second round meeting with No. 13 seed John Isner. Goffin saved both break points he faced and won 90 per cent of his first serve points.

Within seconds of the Belgian’s victory, American Jack Sock followed him through and by an identical score-line. Fresh from a run to the quarter-finals in Beijing last week where he pushed Rafael Nadal to three sets, Sock saw off Polish qualifier Lukasz Kubot 6-4, 6-2. The World No. 33 finished with 10 aces to the Pole’s four and made good on five of the eight break points he brought up.

Instrumental figures in the growth of professional tennis in Asia over the past four decades, including Kei Nishikori, Vijay Amritraj, Michael Chang, Leander Paes, Shuzo Matsuoka, Paradorn Srichaphan and Yen-Hsun Lu, came together Monday night at the Wardorf Astoria in Shanghai as part of an ATP celebration of the sport’s development in the region.

Current and former players discussed in an on-stage Q&A how their own success stories helped to grow the number of Asian players competing on the ATP World Tour and ATP Challenger Tour. There were just three Asians in the Top 200 of the Emirates ATP Rankings five years ago, but today 17 players are all able to compete closer to home in eight ATP World Tour and 33 ATP Challenger Tour tournaments held each year in Asia.

New and fast rising stars, Nick Kyrgios, whose mother is Malaysian, South Korea's Hyeon Chung, Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka and Zhang ZhiZhen of China, later shared their experiences of playing at Asian tournaments, such as this week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters, and their goals for the future.

ATP Executive Chairman and President Chris Kermode said, “The ATP World Tour has come a long way in Asia in a relatively short space of time, and we’re very proud to have some of our biggest events on the Tour in this region, none more so than this week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters. Tonight is one of those special occasions where we have players past, present and future come together all under one roof, and we look forward to continuing the growth of men’s professional tennis in Asia in the future.”

Afterwards, Kermode and Alison Lee, the ATP’s Executive Vice President, International Group, joined the players to pose for a group photo to mark the historic event, which was supported by Moët & Chandon and Emirates Airlines. More than 100 guests, including tournament directors, sponsors, officials and international media, attended the celebration of Asian men’s tennis.

Watch highlights as Marin Cilic saves a match point as he is taken the distance by Di Wu in his Shanghai opener on Monday evening. Watch live matches at

Marin Cilic’s famed serve came to the rescue as he narrowly avoided a shock defeat at the hands of Di Wu on Monday evening at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

Facing match point against the No. 227-ranked Chinese wild card at 4-5, 30/40 in the third set, Cilic produced an ace – one of 15 he struck in the contest – before rallying to record a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) victory in two hours and 14 minutes.

The 24-year-old Wu was chasing his first ATP-level victory and produced inspired tennis as he stretched 2014 US Open champion Cilic to a third-set tie-break. The Shanghai native dropped to a 0-12 mark in ATP and Grand Slam main draw play.

The 27-year-old Cilic is looking for a big result at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 hard-court tournament as he looks to mount a late charge for one of the four remaining spots at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The Croatian goes on to face countryman Borna Coric in the second round.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also battled back from a set down to advance, defeating Tommy Robredo 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-2 in just under two hours. The 16th-seeded Frenchman captured his 12th ATP World Tour title last month on home soil in Metz (d. Simon). He next will face Victor Estrella Burgos, who defeated lucky loser Donald Young 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

World No. 47 Steve Johnson notched his 29th win of the season as he edged Andreas Seppi 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(2) in just over two hours. His fellow American Sam Querrey could not join him in the second round, though, beaten 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 by Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

London Hopefuls Upset In Opener

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals hopefuls Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares suffered a blow to their qualification bid as they were beaten in the Shanghai first round. Dominic Inglot and Robert Lindstedt defeated the Austrian/Brazilian duo 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-3.

Kevin Anderson and Jeremy Chardy won their opener, defeating Pablo Cuevas and Viktor Troicki 6-1, 1-6, 10-8.

David Ferrer talks about his continued passion for tennis and how he is trying to evolve his game to keep up with the taller, stronger players.