Starting a simple tennis league. The standard tennis ladder is old, but what I ran into at one of the local clubs here, Le Smash. They run a league with promotion and demotion--relegation and promotion. Every two months, they run a league with four to six player, you schedule on your own, and tally the record at the end. The pros also play in to increase the competition and as an incentive.
The league can be divided into three leagues--with each league having 4-6 players. The top league will keep half of the players with the three lowest getting dropped to the lower league. The middle league will put two-three up, keep one there, and move two down. The bottom league will move half up and keep half.
The players' wins convert to points for the masters.
The league is free, but the player split the costs for tennis balls and court time, but now you have approximately 20 players in your league playing ten matches a week--the matches usually take two hours. They will come, eat, drink, and relax. There's more traffic and people will buy things--I buy wrist bands, clothes, and socks sometimes.
It makes the club more alive and interesting to see who's playing.
Three Days Away.
With the tournament a few days away, the important thing to focus on is to taper and not workout in the gym or play too hard tennis. You want to be as fresh as possible for the tournament. Sleep becomes a factor.
Two Days Away.
One last go at the courts, practicing and being sure all your shots work. Hydrate and sleep.
One Day Away.
This is a very important day. You must eat properly--have a nice meal and sleep. The meal should be light on beef. Chicken or fish go through the body fairly well, but beef will linger and make you feel heavy. Alcohol should be avoided.
For me, sleeping is so important nowadays. I must sleep at least seven hours to play efficiently.
Got a tournament coming up in a week, been training. Your training regimen has to include diet, gym, and playing singles.
The funniest thing about my training for the ITF tournament was the lack of match play in singles so to get ready, we played two singles matches.
The first match is a serve and volleyer, so it's a different sort of practice, while the second is a very young baseliner. Each has its own benefit.