Wendywood Sports Club Tennis


Cardio Tennis Coming Soon to WSC

Cardio Tennis is a new, fun group activity featuring drills to give players of all abilities an ultimate, high energy workout. Taught by a teaching professional, Cardio Tennis includes a warm-up, cardio workout, and cool down phases. If you are looking for a great new way to get in shape and to burn calories, you must try Cardio Tennis.

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Adult Social Tennis takes place on Saturdays from 15h00 & Sundays from 09h00.  We encourage all players to come, bring a family member, friend, or colleague to our Adult Social Tennis.  Tennis balls not provided.  Our aim is to build a solid database of players to field both women & men teams in Gauteng Central Tennis Association sanctioned adult leagues. 

Gauteng Central Bundes League


  1. All team players must be registered with the Gauteng Central Tennis Association.
  2. The order of strength of the players must be submitted by 24 July 2009.
  3. Any registered member of a club, provided he/she is registered by 24 July 2009, can play Bundes League.  No player shall be allowed to play in any lower team if he/she has played more than once for a higher team, i.e. if you have played twice, you may not play for a lower team.  A person filling in for a Bundes League player shall play in a position decided by the league committee.  Kindly fax (011) 402-5869 or email to [email protected] by Friday 12h00 before the tie.
  4. A player may play for more than one club provided he/she does not play for more than one club in the same league. (Men’s Sunday & Bundes League is the same league as is Ladies Saturday & Bundes League.)
  5. No Bundes League player may play Bundes League and Men’s Sunday league on the same weekend.
  6. The order of strength must be adhered to throughout the league.  Should any player participate out of order, the team will be penalised.
  7. The apparel of all players in the league will be authorised tennis apparel.
  8. The league will be played at Ellis Park on Saturdays.  The starting time is 12h30.
  9. Ladies teams will consist of 4 players per team.
  10. Mens teams will consist of 6 players per team.
  11. The best of 3 tie-breaker sets will be played.  If the score is set all, 10 point tie-breaker (first to get to 10 points) will be played.  The scoring will be one point per set won and five bonus points for winning (based on matches.)
  12. Only one of the following persons at one time will be allowed on court to give advice: a team member or coach.  This may be done on the change overs.
  13. The default rule will be applied by the referee.
  14. The league will be played under the rules of the South African Tennis Association.
  15. Only DUNSLAZ balls will be used.
  16. All singles and double combinations must be filled in and handed to the referee before the first singles match commences.
  17. Fixtures will only be postponed due to inclement weather.  The referees decision shall be final.

The league referee is Mickey Styles



  1. League matches shall be played under the South African Tennis Association (SATA) rules.  The code of conduct shall be applied as far as possible by the two captains.
  2. All disputes in connection with these leagues shall be settled by the league committee.
  3. Only approved tennis apparel may be permitted.
  4. All players shall be registered members of the Gauteng Central Tennis Association(GCTA).  Registration during the league will cost the clubs R300.00 per player.  The only exception to this rule is if proof of new club membership of that player is furnished.  An unpaid player shall loose all points earned until such time as he/she has been paid for at the office.
  5. A player may play for more than one club provided he/she does not play for more than one club in the same league.
  6. No player may at any time during the course of the fixture be substituted for an injured player.
  7. No player shall be allowed to play in any lower team if he/she has played more than once for a higher team in the same league.
  8. Should a team concede a match they will be dropped at least one section the following year.
  9. Any club withdrawing from the league will be fined R100.00 and must inform all the other teams in that particular section of the change.  The office will not be responsible for notifying any withdrawls.
  10. Dunslaz are the preferred balls to be used for all league matches.  Not less than three (3) new balls must be provided on each court. Singles matches must have 3 new balls for every best of 3 sets.  Doubles may use the same balls.
  11. Should any fixture not be in progress on the two courts within fifteen minutes after the appointed time, the team in default shall forfeit the fixture.  It is not acceptable to reduce the number of courts from 2 to 1 after the first match has been played.  Any club found to be in default of this rule will forfeit the next match (11 games) to the opposition.
  12. Fixtures will only be postponed due to inclement weather.  The league committee’s decision shall be final.
  13. Fixtures shall commence at the following times:-
  14. Bundes League (Saturday afternoon)  12h30

    Ladies Wednesday    14h30

    Ladies Saturday afternoon   13h30

Men’s Sunday morning   08h30 


Top Five Mistakes of Inexperienced Tennis Competitors

By Jeff Cooper

1. Poking at the ball due to over-caution: It's surprising how many players have two sets of strokes: their long, fluid, practice strokes and their short, choppy, match strokes. When these players get into matches, they become so over-cautious, they're afraid to take a real swing at the ball. They just poke at the ball, as if enough gentleness will coax it into behaving properly.

Of course, you learn long strokes not because they look pretty, but because they work better. When you poke at the ball, your racquet is in the process of decelerating when it meets the ball. This makes it unstable, and the result is an unpredictable racquet angle that can send the ball all over the place.

In addition, short, pokey strokes generally don't produce any topspin, which is the best tool for consistency, and they don't generate any pace. Failing to generate good offense is a great risk in itself, because you prolong points you should have already won. You'll have no offense with pokey strokes.

2. Getting caught in "No Person's Land": When you move inside your baseline to get a ball, you have to either get back behind your baseline or move to the net right away. From inside the area between the baseline and the service line, you can't volley effectively, and any ball that lands behind you won't be playable with a groundstroke. If you're good at the net, move forward whenever you can hit a strong approach shot. If not, learn to backpedal quickly, but still go to net if you don't have time to get all the way back before it's time to hit the next ball. You don't want to get caught retreating when the ball arrives.

3. Hitting to your opponent: At every level of tennis, the easiest direction in which to hit the ball is the direction from which it came. This is one of the main reasons players tend to hit back to their opponents. We also tend to hit toward whatever we're most focused upon. By far the most conspicuous thing on the other side of the net is your opponent, so your attention, and thus your shot, tends to be drawn in that direction. To overcome this, try to focus your eyes on the ball while visualizing target zones on the court.

4. Not attacking dinky serves: Against many opponents, the easiest balls coming your way will be second serves. Inexperienced players hit truly dinky second serves that are just begging to be attacked. You can hit them hard and deep, at a sharp angle, or very short (drop shot). If you keep punishing these dinky serves, your opponent will probably start trying to hit a better one than he can, and his resulting double faults will drive him nuts. Frustration will increase his errors, giving you lots of bonus points.

5. Admiring your shot: Yes, hitting a good shot is central to tennis, but you can't rest on your laurels--at least, not right away. If you stand there watching the beautiful flight of your shot, you'll be way out of position when that beauty comes back. Generally, you need to start moving immediately back toward the middle of the range of angles your opponent could hit next. This position is somewhat diagonally opposite your opponent if you're at your baseline, and it's somewhat toward the ball if you're at the net.

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