Hey TennisDr:

I miss our classes that included “Bailin’s Breakers”. That format in which we get to play 12 point tiebreakers against everyone in class.

When are you going to start teaching again in Marina Del Rey?

Best Wishes,



Hey Kerrie:

I know you always liked “Bailin’s Breakers” because it gave you a chance to practicepure tiebreakers and to do so against everyone in your class.  I would like to take creditfor the format, (though its name and the “Bailin Breaker’s Dozen, 6-6 Superbreaker are all mine), but playing tiebreakers among team members (or class members) is a standard college tennis practice technique.  

All fans stop and watch the tiebreaker which is part of the training.  Right?  Getting comfortable being on stage is one of the great life lessons of tennis so I use it as often as possible.

They also helped us make decisions about the lineup.  Plus, college tennis players tend to play more tie breakers and they can make all the difference for the team score.  Unfortunately,I don’t see it being safe to teach until perhaps March as Covid rates in LA County fall.

Advice:  warm up your two hander, but don’t be afraid to abandon it during the match because yourone handed underspin is formidable, accurate, and messes with those who don’t see underspinmuch.  Jumping from a flatter to your SS serve is another of your very formidable weapons.  For a woman to beat you, they will have to deal with all of those weapons, not to mention your forehandwhich produces points and opponent errors too.  
Testing yourself in singles tennis competition is one of the most fun things you can do in your life.You practice shutting out all other thoughts when you compete well.  A key to your particular mind and those who find their thoughts wandering off the court.