it is a really exciting time for us again. We are currently redeveloping the app for global launch. As well as improving the existing functionality, we are working on the following exciting new features.
The rating system will be integrating the recently launched ITF rating system which will allow players to grade themselves to their level.
Players will also be able to check in to their tennis club anywhere in the world.
We are most excited about the new Facebook style timeline that will allow everyone to keep up to date with events, friends, and our integrated coaches corner.
If anyone is interested in testing the app please drop us an email and we will add you to our list.
Our partners and sponsors StringSports have launched their online shop. The shop looks fantastic and has all the major tennis brands under one roof. We are delighted to announce Tweener players can access a 10% discount at all times. Just use the code TWEENER01 at the checkout to apply your discount. Visit www.stringsports.co.uk and check it out.
as the US open begins the current Tweener Prize Leagues are finishing. Congratulations to everyone who has taken part this time round. A total of 110 matches have been played. Full results can be viewed on the website. We will be in touch with all our winners to distribute the prize money accordingly.
Our leagues are currently set at a 30 mile radius. We are interested to see if you guys feel this is ok or should we look at shrinking this to make co-ordinating matches easier?
New leagues: Entries 15 Sep; Play 16 Sep to 4 Dec
Entries for our next batch of Tweener Prize Leagues are now open. This time round you can enter through the app only. Everyone should get push notifications to remind them of nearby events or you can click the paypal button below to get involved. Once again entries are set at £10 with 65% of this being paid back in prize money. The more entries in the leagues the higher the prize fund.
If you would like a new league set up in your local area please drop us a email and we are happy to get this done for you.
Coach’s Corner: improving your volley technique in three steps
Change your footwork. Most players tend to take their initial step to the ball with their inside foot. For example, when moving to the forehand they step with their left foot. I would challenge you to learn to move your outside leg first when moving towards to a volley. Almost feel you are playing more from an open stance. See Andy training this below.
Split step timing. Again looking at Andy training his volley: watch his split step. If you listen to the sound of his opponent striking the ball you will notice his split is always bang on time with his opponent’s strike
Understand racket head control. When training try and keep the strings of your racket face pointing at the target until the ball bounces on your opponent’s side. This will help you to stop swinging at the volley.
Finally, can you please make sure you are running the latest version of the app. Certain features do not work well if you are using older versions. You can check on the app store pages.
The Davis Cup is back and the sun is shining. Is it finally time for some good quality outdoor tennis? We certainly hope so.
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We are delighted to announce that the 2016 BTC event is officially opened for entries on the 1st April. We would like your help to make this the biggest national event in the UK. Please promote to your friends and fellow club members. Once again we are offering £3000 in prize and travel budget which players of all levels can play for! Four new qualifying locations have been added for this years event. Full details can be found on our website.
Our latest run of leagues finish in the 31st March. Congratulations to all who have competed! We look forward to the new leagues starting and welcome some new faces – entry links are being added to our leagues page. Once again we would ask you get your friends involved in these leagues and allow us to create the best and most competitive tennis leagues in the UK.
2016 Tweener Leaderboard Challenge
Our partner String Sports has very kindly offered a fantastic prize. As some of you will have noticed on January 1st we created a fresh Tweener leaderboard. The person who finishes no 1 year end on the leaderboard will be given a voucher for a racket of their choice. More matches equals more points so get out there and compete!
The top 10
George McCauley, 27 points
Sam Doyle, 16 points
Martin Beecroft, 13 points
Ross smith, 12 points
Benjamin Carreau, 12 points
Samuel Johnson, 10 points
Bertrand Merle, 10 points
Vinny Lalli, 10 points
David Wates, 9 points
Chris Bowditch, 9 points
As always we are working hard behind the scenes to develop the app to become user friendly. Recent improvements include:
Fast4 scoring option.
In-app automated push notifications to help remind players of matches and events upcoming.
Leaderboard challenge 2016.
Once again thanks to everyone who supports the app and growing the Tweener tennis community.
the Brits performed amazingly across in Melbourne which is hopefully inspiring us all to get on the court and play. I personally have been competing in the British over 35 championships which was my first competitive singles tournament in over 5 years. I managed to sneak to the final narrowly losing to my good friend and world number 5 Barry Fulcher.
New App Features
As always we have been trying to improve the app. We have introduced the Fast4 scoringsystem to allow people with busy schedules the opportunity to still get on court and compete.
We have introduced a new competitive leaderboard in the app. The default leaderboard is 2016 – it shows players who have earned points this year. At the end of the year, the lucky player at the top of the leaderboard will be getting a great prize.
Look out for these new features next week.
Launch in Ireland
The Tweener family is growing as we pass 850 users and we have quietly launched the app across in Ireland. Welcome aboard all our Irish players. Over the next few months we can hopefully push the app more over there.
The current Tweener winter leagues are well underway with 19 matches completed and 5 in progress across the 7 locations. The final date for all matches to be played is 31st March. Hopefully with the lighter and brighter nights more matches will be completed. Well done to everyone who has battled the elements and been out there.
After the success of last year we are delighted to announce that the 2016 Tweener British Challenge will be held between June and August for qualifying with the finals weekend being indoors at Tipton Sports Academy near Birmingham on the 29 & 30th of October. Again £3000 prize money will be split across the four divisions. This year we will go from 8 to 12 qualifying locations across the country and with the help of you and the governing bodies we hope to increase entries to 500 for this year’s event. So please start spreading the word!
another milestone for us this month with Graham Revie becoming the 800th Tweener player in the UK!
Are you feeling the need to get the competitive juices flowing and fancy winning some prize money? Our league entries close on the 19th December. Have a look at the leagues. To enter your nearest league please click on the league and you’ll be redirected to the league entry page on the LTA website.
League rules from March 2016
We have assessed our first batch of leagues and have decided we would like to streamline everything to make the whole experience easier for you guys. Please see full details of our proposed league structure rules. We have tried to simplify the process of entering and how the leagues operate for the benefit of all our users.
2016 Leaderboard Prize
How many matches can you play? How many leaderboard points can you win? Let’s find out. We will reset the in-app leaderboard to zero at the beginning of the year. The player at the top of the leaderboard this time next year can look forward to a special prize!
Coaches corner: volley on the move
Players start diagonally opposite each other in the corner of the service box. Players exchange volleys whilst moving across the court towards the opposite tramline. Vary the start position depending on you level of play. To make the exercise easier move closer and to make it more difficult move back towards the service line.
can you get 50 balls in a row,
can you get across the court and back without losing control.
racket and elbows always in front,
athletic ready position,
chopper grip, and
strings pointing at your target.
We have released v3.3 of the app with some notable additions:
Tweener rating: an in-app rating system the updates after every match. View a player’s recent rating change on their profile rating chart.
Standalone match warning: in case you mean to create a league match.
this has been a tremendously exciting time for us with the Tweener BTC 2015 going live and over 190 entries across the country in the first year. I would just like to take a minute to thank our headline sponsor Sloans Bar and Restaurant Glasgow. Without their input this event would never have gotten off the ground. Even better news for you guys is they are offering a discount voucher (click to download) for you to use between now and the end of the event. I would recommend their gourmet mac and cheese, it’s awesome.
Anyway back to the tennis. We currently have had 75 matches played with a further 52 live in the system. Here’s a couple more stats from the last 28 days.
Who’s been winning points
Sam Doyle (21)
Bradley Hammond (16)
Martin Beecroft (16)
Mark Robinson (15)
George McCauley (12)
Where are matches being played
Lowlands Club (8)
Blewbury Tennis Club (6)
Queens Park (Glgw) (6)
Highbury Fields (4)
Bearsden LTC (3)
On top of this we currently have four live leagues: two in South Wales and two inside the M25. The newest league Beckenham & Sydenham Men’s Singles League is still looking for players. Get your friends involved in the app and try creating your own box leagues. It’s simple and an easy way to get Grade 6 matches in.
We have another update to the app coming out next week. As well as bug fixes we have done the following:
Event leaderboard and match list improvements.
View a player’s completed matches.
Main leaderboard filters and pagination.
Finally, remember our selfie challenge. Post a picture to our twitter page or facebook after a live match and you could win our mystery Tweener Prize. Thanks to Aitor, George and Gordon who have all sent in some after match belters!
We are pleased to announce a new feature that will be a great help to you when you are arranging match times with your opponents: messages.
Messages are just like text messages you send with your phone. The benefit of in-app chat is that you don’t need to swap phone numbers or email addresses to iron out the details of when you and your opponent are both available to play a match.
Wherever you see a chat button, you will be able to send a message to another player. Currently, there are chat buttons on other players’ profiles and your matches that are in progress.
The major new feature for tweener version 3.0 is the addition of simple box leagues. Players can now create and compete in all-play-all format events. This article gives a brief introduction to some of the features of simple box leagues.
The app has two new menu items: Events and Create Event. The Events page contains two tabs, the first (Other Events) displays nearby events which you are eligible to enter, the second (My Events) lists all events you have entered.
Creating an event
We have tried to make event creation easy with only a limited amount of information required to create a league.
Name & Description.
Entry Closing Date: choose how long players have to join event.
Match Type: two sets & championship tiebreak, or three tiebreak sets.
No. of Players: this is the preferred number of players you would like for your event. When this number of players join, your event will start. Otherwise, if three or more players join before the closing date, your event will start, too.
League run time: choose one, two, or three months. This determines how long the players have to complete all their matches. The event will end even if all matches have not been completed.
Who to notify: send notifications to your friends, your club mates, or random nearby players. All eligible players can see your event even if they don’t receive a notification.
The location of the event is set as the creator’s club. Important note: you will need to add a club to your profile before you can create events.
Entering an event
You can only enter an event if you have a similar playing category to the person who creates the event and are within 20 miles of the event location. You will not be able to see an event in the app if you are not eligible.
Arranging event matches
You have to arrange event matches from within the event page.
The event page has three tabs: information, players, and matches. The third tab shows all the matches that can be played. If you tap on one of your matches that has yet to be organised the app will open the match creation page.
To create the match you only have to choose the date, time, and location. The event information is automatically added to the match. Important note: you cannot create an event match if you touch the Play button on a player’s profile.
This is an experimental feature which we hope to improve in the next release. If you have any comments please do let us know.
A Quick Match is a new way of challenging opponents in version three of the app. If you’re a keen tennis player who is always looking for new opponents, then a Quick Match can help you.
Rather than choosing your opponent, you instead create a match and choose a group of players to broadcast your match request to:
your club mates,
or a group of random nearby players.
When you create the match, 10 players from your chosen group will be sent a notification. These players can then view the match and decide whether or not they want to play you. The first person to accept the challenge will be your opponent. Anyone else trying to accept the challenge will be notified that the match is already in progress.
Sorry we have been a little quiet and haven’t released an article in a while. We have been hard at work creating the next version of Tweener Tennis.
Tweener Tennis 3.0
Since we have released the app in June 2014, we have listened to our user feedback carefully and we think Tweener Tennis 3.0 could become an integral part of club life. Our vision is to empower all Tweener users and give them the ability to create their own box leagues and events at clubs up and down the country. This new release does just that. Players will be able to create Grade 6 events at the touch of a button. Challenge your friends, players at your club, or create leagues against random players nearby. Read more about simple box leagues on our blog.
Our other major feature is the quick match. This will allow you to make a match request to a group of players rather than have to choose a particular opponent. Read more about quick matches on our blog.
Finally, you can now share your results direct to your Facebook page so your friends can see the fruits of your labour! Look out for the share button on all your completed matches.
Tweener British Tennis Challenge 2015
As well as adding major new features we are also running our first UK wide event: the British Tennis Challenge 2015. Entries are already open and we hope to get a large entry to make the event a real success. Event entry is via the LTA website – you can find all the links to the event pages on our event page.
Congratulations to Samuel Johnson for winning our Points Make Prizes challenge by winning the most points from February to April.
To celebrate the addition of box leagues to the app, our next challenge is simple! Be the first to create an event with four or more players and get the first two matches in the event complete and everyone in the league will get a mystery Tweener prize!