Coach Ardizzone Talks to Us About Tennis on
February 13th, 2017 · by
update today covering a couple of different things going on with the
club: an interview with Coach Ardizzone, our recent volunteer
work, and Midwest Sectionals.
Last month, we stopped by DePaul University Women's Tennis Head Coach
Mark Ardizzone's office to talk to him about tennis here at DePaul,
how having a successful club team like ours positively affects the
varsity tennis programs, and what he loves most about the opportunities
the USTA has created with its Tennis on Campus program. We've
been extremely fortunate to have had Mark's support on
several different levels over the past few years and we really couldn't
be where we are without him.
out the interview on our YouTube channel by clicking here! It's
well worth a couple minutes your time.
This past weekend, we partnered with the Chicago District Tennis
Association to put on our first ever USTA Play Day at The Ray.
The event was a huge success and we're already looking forward to the
next one in May! More volunteer/community service events coming soon!
Finally, USTA Midwest Sectionals are this weekend in Madison,
Wisconsin! We're seeded #7 out of 32 teams. Follow along on all of our
various social media accounts to stay up-to-date on how we progress:
Watch our the Interview with Coach Ardizzone!
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Watch This Video on YouTube!
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Winter Quarter Practices Start January 10th!
January 9th, 2017 · by
back, everyone! Welcome to Club Tennis 2017. As the title of this post
states, winter quarter practices start up again tomorrow, January
10th, at Lakeshore Sport and Fitness on Fullerton.
Those of you who are returning members know the drill: bring $50
with you to cover the club dues and you're all set for the rest of
winter quarter. For those of you who are new, all you need to do
is show up to practice! We'll have you fill out a waiver, and once
you've paid your $50 in club dues, you're a full member of the club.
There are no skill requirements and we don't cut anyone. As
mentioned above, practices are held at Lakeshore Sport and Fitness (1320
W. Fullerton Ave.) from 9:00 to 11:00pm, every Tuesday night throughout
the quarter. Included with your dues is a free t-shirt, which our friend
Roger is modeling in the picture above.
We have a lot of exciting events coming up this quarter, both on and off
the court, so stay tuned to the
social media accounts to stay
informed. If you have any questions whatsoever, please don't hesitate to
ask! All of the relevant
contact information is available here.
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Thanks Again to DePaul University Women's Tennis!
October 17th, 2016 · by
Sunday, for the fourth time in as many years, our club had the immense
privilege of having one of our practices run by Coach Mark Ardizzone and
the DePaul University Women's Tennis team.
As I've said a million times before in a million different posts on this
site and our social media accounts, I can't even begin to tell you how
lucky we have been to hold this event with our varsity team. As far as
I'm aware, we're still the only club team in the country that
gets to participate in an event like this. All of the credit goes to Coach Ardizzone,
who constantly goes above and beyond in the support of our club and of
tennis here on campus at DePaul. I'll say it again for what it's worth--thank you, Mark, for
giving so much back.
In our own effort to give back to the community, our executive board
braved a monsoon yesterday morning to volunteer at Apna Ghar's Stride
Against Violence 5K in Montrose Harbor. This is the second year
we've been able to donate our time and money to the cause of ending
domestic violence. If you're reading this post and looking for ways to
volunteer your time for the greater good of our Chicago community,
please feel free to reach out to me. We're making a concerted effort as
a club to volunteer as much as we can this academic year.
A video with highlights from the women's team practice is coming soon,
but, for now, click the link below to visit our
YouTube channel and watch the videos from
Watch Previous Practices on YouTube!
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Results from the Illini Invite/Volunteering Recap!
October 10th, 2016 · by
congratulations are in order for our travel team, who took second
place at this year's 16-team Illini Invite at the University
of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana.
Despite not being able to send our full team, we were still able to
go 3-0 to win our pool on Friday and Saturday. After beating Iowa
State in the first knockout round of the gold bracket, we received a
walkover against UW-Milwaukee in the semi-finals. Against Illinois A in
the final, we lost 23-22 in a supertiebreaker. I still couldn't really
be happier with a 5-1 record over the course of the weekend, which now
represents our best-ever finish in the Midwest's second biggest
tournament of the fall season. Major props to everyone who played (especially
Tim, who became the first-ever club member to have a golden set
in a competitive Tennis on Campus match)!
I also want to make special note of all of the wonderful
community service we have been able to do so far this fall. As of
today, our club members have logged over 88 total hours of volunteer
work in the past month. Earlier in September, we took part in the
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Lombard, and this past weekend,
we were able to volunteer downtown at the Chicago Marathon. Thank
you to all of our club members who have volunteered so far this year!
If you'd like to follow along with our progress this year both on and
off the court, make sure to follow us on social media--especially
our semi-new Instagram account.
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the Scores from Champaign!
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Fall Practice and Travel Team Tryout Information!
September 4th, 2016 · by
extremely excited to announce that our first club practice of the
2016/2017 academic year will be held on Tuesday, September 13th from 9:00 to 11:00pm
at Lakeshore Sport and Fitness.
If you plan on attending the first fall practice,
click here to RSVP and reserve your spot. As always, we will be accepting walk-ins, but given
amount of space this year, first priority will be given to all those who RSVP
ahead of time. Once you fill out the form, you will receive a follow-up email from me
with all of the information you need to know before attending practice.
We will have a table at the Lincoln Park Student Involvement
Fair this Friday, September 9th from 1:00-4:00pm for anyone looking
to learn more about the club before practices start next week. You will
opportunity to meet the club's officers, sign-up for our mailing list,
and ask any questions you might have about who we are and what we do.
If you are an incoming freshman or new member and are interested in
trying out for our competitive travel team (and representing
DePaul on court in Orlando, Florida and Tucson, Arizona), please reach out to me at
firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP to setup a tryout.
I'm able to work around your schedule.
I hope to see all of you soon and don't forget to
reserve your spot at the first practice!
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USTA Nationals/Spring Invite Recap and Results!
August 2nd, 2016 · by
again, everyone. There are lots of updates, which I hope you were already
able to follow on
social media. Our A team traveled
to Nationals in North Carolina and won the Bronze Bracket, while
our B team traveled to Arizona for its first ever national-level
Having qualified for Nationals for only the second time in the history
of our club, we struggled on the first day in Cary, North Carolina,
losing matches to Minnesota, Texas A&M, and Arizona State. This put us
in the Bronze Bracket for the last two days of the tournament. After
beating NY-Stoney Brook and the University of Delaware on Friday,
beat UC-Santa Barbara and then Harvard University in the final on
Saturday to end the tournament on an unbelievably high note. Special
recognition goes out to seniors Andrea Kinnerk and Andrew Weitzer who
finished off the mixed doubles set to cap their four-year club tennis
careers here at DePaul. All in all, 49th place in the country and a
tournament medal to go with it isn't all that bad of a weekend.
The previous week, our B team traveled to Tucson, Arizona to take part
in their first ever national-level tournament. During three days of
matches, they beat teams from UC-Santa Cruz, Northern Arizona, and
Arizona State, finishing higher than several other A teams from the
Midwest. In their first full season, the B team finished with a winning
record of 9-4.
With the 2015/2016 season now officially in the books,
we start looking forward to 2016/2017. Information regarding fall
practices and travel team tryouts will be posted at the start of
September, but, for now, make sure to follow us on all of our social
If you have any questions regarding the club, they can be address to me
Watch Videos from Nationals on YouTube
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A Bid to Nationals and Midwest Leader of the
February 25th, 2016 · by
this past weekend went better than anyone in our club could have
possibly hoped. We finished in 6th place overall at USTA Midwest
Sectionals in Madison (our highest finish EVER), earned a bid to
USTA Tennis on Campus Nationals in April, and I won USTA Midwest
Leader of the Year. Who saw all of that coming? Not me.
In all honesty, I can't put into words just how proud I am of our team
and how well we played this past weekend. Not only did we win our
pool at Sectionals for the first time, but we also came from three
games behind going into mixed doubles to beat Notre Dame and win our
first ever round of sixteen match. We lost a close match in the
quarterfinals against eventual runners-up Wisconsin, but we recovered to
beat a great team from Butler to earn our place at Nationals in Cary,
North Carolina this April.
For our seniors, everything has come full circle. In 2013, when they
were freshmen, we earned an automatic bid to Nationals as USTA
Midwest Club of the Year. This year, as seniors, we've qualified for
Nationals solely because of how strong we were on the court. Ask the me
from four years ago if we could ever qualify for Nationals by finishing
top six in the Midwest and I would have laughed and called you crazy.
Winning the USTA Midwest Tennis on Campus Leader of the Year
award is not just recognition for me, it's for ALL OF US as a club. It's
recognition of how far we've come over the past five years and of all
that we've accomplished together. I wouldn't have been able to do
everything I've done without a truly exceptional team behind me.
As a famous singer once said: We've come a long way, baby. I can't wait
to see where we go from here.
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