Serrano Tennis 
 

Welcome to Serrano Country Club and its Tennis Programs, it's a great place to play.  Serrano Country Club's Tennis Department offers ladies group clinics, cardio tennis classes, private lessons, beginner groups, men's work-out classes, play better singles clinics and drop-in classes complemented by our 4 lighted tennis courts for evening play.  We also offer many adult and junior social events, USTA, SATA and in-house leagues, and annual Club Championship Tournaments... plus more.

Our USPTA certified tennis director and his staff can help you find the best ways to get started in the game of tennis or to get back into it if you've been away for a while.  They can also help you fine-tune your game or get you involved with the various leagues and clinics available.

 

SATA Ladies Tennis League end of Season Social
 


 

    
   
  
      

 



Serrano Views Newsletter Article

Andrew Fearnside, Tennis Professional

July / August 2018

I love this time of year, cool mornings turn-
ing hot on the tennis courts. This summer, we are holding 18 social tennis events and two Pickleball events. In the Spring, we had record numbers of children learning tennis with several beginning their tournament career.  The Adult Spring season has come to an end with many great results. We had five ladies teams and one men’s team which all competed well with two of our teams finishing second in their divisions. A sincere thank you to all our volunteer captains.  

Just a few thoughts that might help you to play matches.

  1. The average length of a point in a match is 31/2 strokes or around 4 seconds.
  2. The tennis court is 4.5 feet longer cross court than it is down the line -safer shot with more court space and less movement to recover- to the middle of.
  3. The tennis ball travels faster and bounces higher when the temperature is hotter and the air is dryer.  Tennis balls become heavier when there is more humidity in the air, there is more drag on the ball and it travels slower through the air.
  4. The term, "heavy ball" refers to the amount of pace on a ball.  It is the kind of ball the pros hit when they play.  "Pace" is the combination of spin and speed- like the pros hit.
  5. "The net" wins more points than your opponent.  Most errors in tennis are made into the net.  My thought is if you hit the ball out, then you've only missed by a few feet, but if you hit the net, you've missed the court by 39 feet.
  6. "Return of Serve" should resemble an approach shot more than a ground stroke- especially for club players.  That is achieved by starting back so you can move your feet through the return of serve.
  7. "Footwork"- the pros average 10-12 steps between each shot they hit.
  8.  "Grip Tension"- the pros use a very light grip tension when they hold the racquet.  On a scale of 1 to 5 being the tightest, they typically use about a 2 to 3 grip tension level.

 


2018 Serrano Country Club Tennis Events Calendar
 


 2018 Spring Junior Schedule
 


     "I am proud of the entire tennis department and know that you will be very satisfied with all the professional services provided and Tennis programming offered here. If you are interested in stepping out on the court with me, I would love to hear from you. For information on lessons and pricing or if you need assistance in deciding which programs, instruction and or activities would be best for you, please feel free to contact me at (925) 518-2656 or e-mail me at Afearnside@serranocountryclub.com. 

I look forward to hearing from you soon! 

-Andrew Fearnside

 

          

Tennis Director
Andrew Fearnside

 

Before arriving at Serrano, Andrew held the position of Tennis Director at the Auburn Racquet & Fitness Club, Livermore Valley Tennis Club, and Natomas Racquet Clubs.  He also owned and manged the Fearnside Tennis Academy.  Before moving to California, Andrew was the Head Professional, Director of Junior Excellence and Director of Teaching Excellence at the Mid-Town Tennis Club in Chicago.  While living in the UK, he was the Head Professional at the Riverside Club in London, England.


Andrew has an extensive background in teaching tennis all over the world.  While living in Chicago, he was formally a USTA National coach for the Mid-West Section.  Andrew has trained over 200 nationally ranked and over 300 sectional ranked junior players, six players with ITF World Junior Rankings (including a former #1 world ranked junior player) and several former and current touring professionals, which includes three Federation Cup Players and one Davis Cup Player.

Andrew is an Australian teaching professional who is a former ATP world ranked player.  He was formerly a top 5 ranked player for singles and doubles age divisions in the USTA Nor-Cal Section and held USTA National and ITF World Senior Disvion rankings.  

Andrew holds an Elite Level Certification with the USPTA and holds the USTA High Performance Certification.  He also holds a USTA Sport Science Certification and is a USPTA Junior Development Specialist.  Andrew is also the USPTA Regional Director for the Sacramento Region.