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IVGID Tip: Get competitive on the tennis courts

Christine Nobuko-Nino and John Burnett play at the IVGID Tennis Center, located off Incline Way.

Competitive tennis is like no other sport and demands a premium of strength, mental toughness, composure, tactical aptitude and determination, a true extension of life itself.

To succeed, the finer players excel in all aspects of the game. Ground strokes, volley, overhead, serve and return as well as the sometimes overlooked pivotal and vital approach shot.

While a pre-match plan and well thought out strategy is always in order, top level players also maintain great care of those elements in which they have total and complete control:

Fitness

Proper care of equipment

Freshly strung racquets

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Diet and hydration

Positive and calm mental approach

Rest

These crucial elements of tennis are often overlooked by the "weekend warrior" but are absolute staples of preparation for every match played by the intelligent competitor.

While you may not have total control of what happens on the other side of the net, what happens in your universe must be taken care of in a positive and confident manner from start to finish.

Your ability to comprehend and adapt to your opponent's patterns and tendencies will take you well into the draw, but inner, total control of your own emotions and temper will most likely land you in the finals.

As the summer tennis season heats up, local competitors and players from all reaches of Nevada and Northern California will find their way to Incline Village, to do battle in an annual tournament of champions — The Incline Open.

Play is contested at levels ranging from 3.0 to 5.0, in singles and doubles. The 2014 Incline Open is July 18-20 and registration is open online and at the Tennis Center.

Put your skills to the test and sign up for the Incline Open. Remember, the most important shot in tennis is the next one.

"Tip of the week" is a weekly feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides. This tip was provided by Billy Knight, Incline Tennis Center Head Tennis Professional.