Sunday, September 06, 2009


I spent a lot of time working at the US Open over the last two years. Yesterday I had the opportunity to be a spectator for once! Mom and I ordered tickets as part of a bus tour sponsored by a local tennis club. We saw Roger Federer beat Lleyton Hewitt (4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4) - a great match for Round 3. We also watched a match on one of the side courts, where we were so close, we could almost touch the players. But the highlight of the day, hands-down, was witnessing (I hope) American tennis history. Melanie Oudin, a 17-year old from Marietta, GA, put Maria Sharapova out of the spotlight for once (3-6, 6-4, 7-5). Melanie leveraged Maria's 21 double faults and scrapped for points throughout the match to advance to the fourth round of her first US Open. The crowd was pulling for her, cheering even when Maria made unforced errors. Pretty cool on its own, especially if you used to sort of love to hate Maria Sharapova for her affiliation with a competitor. But Melanie's emotional on-court interview following the match was one for the USTA history books.

Anyway, it got me thinking about tennis. I played a lot growing up, and I might take it up again someday. Where do people go to play? Obviously there are public courts all over the Valley. But as far as private clubs where you can take a lesson and potentially play in a league, I found only a few options outside of country clubs.
  1. Winning Touch Tennis of Lehigh Valley 1166 Sherman St., Allentown
  2. Oakmont Tennis Club 2101 W Allen St., Allentown‎ (Clay courts only)
  3. Westend Racquet Swim & Fitness Club ‎4636 Crackersport Rd., Allentown‎
  4. Sand Island River St., Bethlehem
  5. Northwood Racquet & Fitness Club 3738 Northwood Ave., Easton‎
  6. Tennis Zone & Fitness Center 451 California Rd., Quakertown
Did I miss any? What are there benefits and drawbacks to each?


  1. i don't understand the issue with the canon camera sponsorship, could you explain?

  2. Canon is/was a competitor, with a much larger advertising budget.