Berkeley Tennis Club, where winners come to practice (July 12, 2017, Orange NJ)
From left, Tyler Hoffman, 22 years old, of Long Island, NY; high ranking junior star Anna Brylin, 17 years old, of Millburn, NJ and her coach, Marvin Dent, arrive on the red clay courts of the Berkeley Tennis Club, to prepare Ms. Brylin for the USTA Girls' 18 National Clay Court Championships in Memphis TN, July 16-23.
Currently she is a five-star recruit, ranked number 24, nationally, in the Tennis Recruiting Network’s ‘Senior Class.’ Ms. Brylin is committed to continuing her tennis career at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Dent, a former colleague of the late, legendary Arthur Ashe, is the private coach of both Brylin and Hoffman and Head Coach USTA/Eastern Intersectional 16s. He arranged for Brylin to work at Berkeley Tennis Club, with Hoffman as her hitting partner during the week prior to the national tourney. Hoffman, a recent graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, is headed for the pros.
Berkeley Tennis Club offers one of the few red clay surfaces in the region. In addition to providing a forgiving surface for all level players, Berkeley is an ideal location for top performers to work on their clay court and all-court games.
About 25 Berkeley members & guests took advantage of Tim Means' clinic in Doubles Play: "Everything You Wanted to Know About Doubles and Were Afraid to Ask" on Sunday afternoon, May 22.
Heavy hitters, beginners, and in between-ers received inside tips on how to improve their doubles games.Tim spoke about court positioning, net play, and strategies to use during competition. Everyone hit as Tim's instruction germinated among the BTC stars and future stars.
As a bonus, Gretchen and Maria served Jamaican chicken, enchiladas, and an island rice dish. We enjoyed the conviviality around the Club House before tomorrow's rain washes us out. Thanks to Mike Griot's leadership in implementing yet another fabulous event.