Quick Match

quick_match(1)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 friends,
  • 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.

Tweener Tennis 3.0 released

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.

Challenges

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!

Regards,

The Tweener Team

British Tennis Challenge 2015

event_nameWith the season fast approaching we have decided it is time to launch our very first annual Tweener British Tennis Challenge. This is massively exciting for us as we have been working towards this for the past 15 months! With the support of Born2Win Tennis and our major sponsor Grand Productions Ltd we would like to introduce the concept. Find out more about how to enter the national event with over £3000 in prize money on offer, not to mention a fantastic players’ party after the finals!

App Version Three

With new features being added for the next version of the app, we are off to a flying start in 2015: 333 users and over 120 matches complete so far. We would like to thank everyone for supporting the app and hope you continue to enjoy and recommend us to your tennis friends and clubs.

Challenges

Don’t forget we have two live challenges:

  • Home & Away: play the same player at your club then play them again at theirs.
  • Points Make Prizes: be the highest points scorer on the Tweener leaderboard between February 15th and April 19th to win a prize.

Coach’s Corner 4

Are you the type of player who helps your partner to win their serve or do you struggle to get involved in the game when your partner is serving?

In this short Tweener coaches’ corner we are going to try and help you improve your movement at the net when your partner is serving.

Before looking at the graphics below please read these bullet points.

  • Try and always plan the serve direction with your partner before the point begins
  • Start your movement forward as the ball passes you at the net. If you wait until the ball bounces you will not be able to cover the ground.
  • Split step as always as the returner hits the ball. This will allow you to be balanced and change direction fast.
  • Don’t let the ball get past you easily. Always make your best effort to get a racket on the ball. This will force your opponent to go for bigger and bigger shots ultimately drawing unforced errors.

Take a look at the three graphics below. Note the starting position of the net player being almost bang in the centre of their box. Do not hide near the tramline as you will become isolated!

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Diagram: click to enlarge

  1. Wide serve movement: take a large step diagonally forward onto your left foot before squaring off and making a sit step.
  2. The body serve: this time move straight forward. Step onto whatever foot you feel most comfortable before split stepping.
  3. The T serve: finally take your large step diagonally to the right onto your right leg. The square off as you split step.

I would encourage you and your partner to count how many points you can win with two strikes (serve then volley) without moving as above. Then try to play with the above movement switched on. You will be amazed how much more you can dominate behind your serve!
Remember, if you do not lose serve you will not lose many matches.

App update and new prizes

Hi Tennis Fan,

as you may know, we have been working hard behind the scenes to develop a new version of Tweener. We have added some new features which we hope makes the user experience even more enjoyable.

The main new features include:

  • Sign-up using Facebook for new players. (Android users may notice the extra permissions required for these new features.)
  • Push notifications which will help alert you to any challenges or score updates that need attention.
  • Access to your photo gallery on your phone to make changing your profile picture easier. You can now use an existing photo, take a new photo, or delete your profile picture.
  • New achievements to play for.
    • Love Maker: win a match without dropping a game.
    • To The Wire: win a three-set tie-break match.
    • Tour 250: win 4 matches in-a-row
    • Tour 500: win 5 matches in-a-row.

Tweener Stats: David Lloyd Club Renfrew

Congratulations to David Lloyd Club Renfrew for playing 14 matches in the last 28 days and having the most players (20) signed up to the app.

More prizes on offer!

Oh and before we leave you, note our latest live challenges.

  • Double Header: Play two tweener matches in one day! The challenge runs from now to March 31st.
  • 100 Club: We are approaching 100 completed tweener matches. The two players who complete the 100th match will also receive a mystery prize.

Good luck and enjoy,

The Tweener Team

Coach’s Corner 3

Welcome to our Tweener coaches corner volume three. Being a coach working within a club environment I constantly see the ball crossing the net in the middle but the net player never manages to touch the ball and becomes very isolated. We have created 3 graphics below which will hopefully illustrate two hugely important points.

Where you should position yourself at the net to be in the centre point of the two possible shots your baseline opponent may choose to hit. Giving you the best chance to cover your side! Your job as the net player is not to cover 30% of the court.

Use the position above to intercept the ball hit over the centre band of the net! Remember 90% of balls in club doubles are hit cross court.

Next time you play, try to help your partner by intercepting that middle ball. Experiment with when you think is the best time to move. If you go too early you may leave a space, if you go to late you will not reach the ball in time. I recommend moving just after the ball bounces on your opponents side that way he or she will be committed to their stroke. Trust me when I say your partner will love you as you start to mop up easy volleys and you beat the team at your club you have always struggled against!

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Starting position for a net player should always be outside foot roughly in the centre of the service box not on the singles tramline.

Court 1: when receiving the ball from the baseline player in a wide position you must step to your left. Do not over commit one big diagonal step left should be enough

Court 2: when receiving the ball from the baseline player in a neutral position you must take a step forward. Again one step should be enough followed by your dynamic split step as they strike the ball

Court 3: when receiving the ball from the baseline player when they are in the centre area of the court you can take a big step towards the middle of the court. This is the ball you can really dominate the court from!

Good luck!

Feedback can be sent to the usual address.

The Tweener Team

Happy new year

Hi Tennis Fans,

we hope you had a great Christmas break. I am sure you are all gearing up for a fantastic new year of tennis. Why not set some goals for your game. Maybe make a technical or tactical change but most importantly make sure you get out on court and compete!

We are delighted that we have pushed through the 300 member barrier and hope you all continue to support and enjoy the app. We have some exciting things going on behind the scenes and can’t wait to announce the new Tweener features and events coming in 2015.

Prizes

As you all know we like to host some fun challenges for you all to take part in. Over the past few months we have had two running. First, the Tweener tour player or the person who played the most matches in the last quarter of the year. The winner was Daud Sakandar, a massive congratulations from the team and enjoy your prize.

Over the Christmas period from mid-December to January the 5th we ran a fun competition to see who could play the most matches. Well, we had a total of nine matches played over the festive period with the eventual winner being Harry Marron who played and won four matches! Great effort getting out on court over the holidays. Your mystery prize is in the post!

App developments

Once again can we remind all users to make sure you link yourself to your local club or park facility and, if you have one, enter your LTA number. The app will then be fully optimised to make your user experience even better!

Finally, version 2 is almost there. We are putting the finishing touches in place as we speak. We can’t wait to unveil some new features and challenges.

The Tweener Team

Merry Christmas

Hi Tennis Fans,

only one month until the Australian Open commences! So we thought it would be fun to tempt everyone into playing some tennis over the holiday period. A mystery prize to anyone who plays two tweener matches between 24th December and the 11th of January. Get out and challenge some new people and make some friends early in the new year.

We would just like to wish tweener_xmasall our users a wonderful festive season. Thanks again for supporting the app and we look forward to version 2 due out at the end of December. It’s packed with great new features.

Merry Christmas,

The Tweener Team

Coach’s Corner 2

Hi All,

we are getting very excited behind the scenes at Tweener Tennis. Pushing towards 300 users and a number of matches being co-ordinated. Oh and Christmas is coming!

Coach’s Corner

We hope you all enjoy our latest Tweener Coach’s Corner video. We have tried to focus on three core singles practices that are guaranteed to improve your game. Have a look then get out on the court and get practicing!

New features

The imminent launch of Tweener Tennis v1.2 will allow players to choose a Best of Three Tie Break Sets match to complement our existing two options of Two Sets & and Championship Tie Break and Friendly (No Score). This will allow our Born 2 Win Tennis friends to input their scores correctly! And it offers greater flexibility to our users.

Tweener Stats: who’s been joining tweener recently?

  • David Lloyd Club Renfrew (11)
  • Hertford Lawn Tennis Club (3)
  • Kimpton Tennis Club (2)
  • Letchworth Sports and Tennis Club Ltd (2)
  • Merchiston Castle School (2)

First all-female clash

Hey all,

hope you have been enjoying this lovely mild outdoor winter tennis weather. It has been fantastic to see a surge in Tweener matches over the past 2 weeks!  A big congratulations from us to all players involved.

We are closing in our goal of multiple matches being played up and down the country allowing players building large banks of new opponents and friends along the way.

We have had our first all female match! Massive congratulations to Alla and Eileen from David Lloyd Club in Renfrew. Once again this was a tweener challenge so both of you will receive a prize in the post shortly!

Finally the tweener database has grown to 258 players with a target of 300 by Christmas. Please get out and tell your friends helping us to grow the network of Tweener players across the UK.

Don’t forget that we have two challenges running from 1st October to 31st December:

  • Full-time Pro: play the most matches to win the prize.
  • Journeyman: play at the most venues to win.

Regards,

The Tweener Team