2005

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Friday night, Feb. 25, 2005 at the TennisNYC.com tennis league was packed with testosterone tennis.  Everyone was banging and blasting the ball from all sides of the court, trying to de-stress from a week of corporate life.  A lot of corporate types came out to play, notably, Mike Massa (Viacom) and Joe Zara (IBM), photo above L-R.  Other Guests and members who came were Jiten Parekh (Princeton graduate with a masters in operations research who now works in Finance), Arvind Narayanan (Stock analyst), Sherlia Shi (Software developer), Dan Llanes (Statistical researcher for Finance group with a Doctorate in Demography) and William Young (Finance) who just came back from a business meeting in Dallas, Texas.  Arvind Narayanan was "huffing and puffing" during the intense 2 hour tennis workout.  "I didn't do anything for 3 months except work.  I want to improve my conditioning and my game," he said.

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(Photo above L-R) Sherlia Shi and Jennifer Walzer played at the TennisNYC.com tennis league last Friday night, Jan. 28, 2005.  Both ladies were impressive as far as their motivation to get better in their tennis game.  Sherlia, a very humble tennis player actually underestimates her game and potential.  Unlike most tennis players, Sherlia rates herself below her actual level.  She hits a consistent topspin ball on both sides and runs very well.  There is a sense of enjoyment in her eyes when she hits the ball, the kind that you don't see too often among players.  Jennifer, on the other hand, shows a lot of promise in her game.  She pushes herself to get better which is very inspiring to watch.  Despite having to work long hours at her current job as President of www.backupmyinfo.com , she comes to the tennis court with enthusiasm and positive attitude. "I need these tennis drills. This is a good workout to improve my conditioning.  I'm trying to build my muscles," Jennifer said. Both ladies are my tennis heroes for the week!

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Kei Kinoshita (photo above) a 15 year old Japanese American tennis phenom is practicing very hard at different tennis clubs in NYC, almost daily, to reach the top of Women's Professional Tour.  "We need hitters, coaches and all the help we can get," her mother, Ayako said.  "At Bolletiere Tennis Academy in Florida unless you are blond and tall, they wouldn't give you any attention."  Kei, a very nice, pretty and sweet spoken young lady , played a lot of matches in the under 18 division of Juniors Tournament and actually beat some players above her ranking.  "She likes to play the tour as an American, but USTA will not give us any help because there are a lot of politics involved.  It depends on who your coach is," her mother elaborates.  "We might just try the Japanese government.  I know they are very helpful. The only thing is you have to live in Japan for one year."  At the moment, Kei is ranked #6 in the 18 division, and #3 in the 16 division.  To contact Kei and her mother, please email ayakokin@aol.com 

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(Photo above L-R) Eric Jin, Pulkit Singhal and Roman Livson played at the TennisNYC.com league last Tuesday night, March 1, 2005.  Eric Jin def. Roman Livson 6-0 6-3 6-2 in Singles.

 

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