Don’t forget to sign up for camp

We have what is shaping up to be a great 3 weeks at Tennis camp this summer.  Don’t forget to sign up early if you are planning on coming.

The more people we have out the better!  It only means more competition.

Sign up here

Don’t be the only one not at camp this summer.



Everyone that plays tennis should get a UTR, or Universal Tennis Rating.  The UTR has been the ranking system that has been sweeping the tennis world.  While the Texas section of the USTA still has their system in place with Challengers, Champs, and Super Champs, they are piggy backing off of the UTR system now.

The UTR has even been rumored to be used on the pro tour:

On Monday morning, Rafael Nadal replaced Roger Federer as the top-ranked player in men’s tennis. This, despite the fact that Nadal hasn’t played a match since mid-January. An ordinary sports fan couldn’t be blamed for feeling baffled.

Is there a better, more relevant ranking system out there?

Perhaps. The Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) system is already taking junior and college tennis by storm. It rates players on a scale ranging from 1 (raw beginner) to 16.5 (Federer pulls a 16.21). The pro ratings generated by UTR are fascinating — different enough to be significant, but not so different that this becomes an apples and oranges comparison to the current system.

So what is UTR?

The UTR gives plays a rating from 1-16.5.  That rating is based on three factors: competition, scores, and recent history.

So what does that mean?

The system uses the players last 30 matches and looks at the score, the level of the opponent, and their opponents.  This system has created a system that makes it easy for boys and girls to compete with players of the same level.

High schools are starting to use this information for creations of ladders and seedings at tournaments.  Colleges are using the information for the same thing, but they are also looking at scores of recruits.

So how do you get a score?

To start with a UTR, sign up for an account at

From there you can look for events using the menu, or clicking here.  You can also sign up for any USTA sanctioned tournament here.

Having an account doesn’t mean that you are done.  Signing up for tournaments and playing as much as you can will help your UTR.  In fall team tennis matches, will also begin to count towards your UTR score.

The more information you have the better.

Why does this matter to Clear Brook?

Start with try-outs in August, we will be using UTR to set up our try-out pods.  We will also be using UTR to help us establish the ranking for the team.  Students with higher scores, will more likely be ranked higher to start with.

It is the expectation of the coaches that all the players will get a UTR and attempt to increase your number as much as possible all year round.

Besides, if it’s good enough for the pros and college to use, we can too.






Jump Rope Into Awesome Tennis Fitness Shape

Looking for a way to work on your game at home over the summer? One of the best things you can do is work on your footwork, and it’s as simple as jumping rope

Good footwork drills should imitate the movements on the court, such as short sprints and quick changes in direction. Footwork drills should focus on speed, strength, explosiveness, and endurance. It is important to practice your footwork regularly so it will become second nature and you will never need to think about it in your matches.
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if you have room inside, you don’t even have to go out into the heat.

I’d recommend to start a routine now, and try to increase your drills every week.

Stay tuned for more tips and drills during the summer.

Clear Brook Tennis website gets an upgrade

Please pardon our mess, we are in the middle of updating the website.  We are hoping to get everything back in order soon.  Stay tuned, and let us know if you want us to add anything!

Unfortunately in the move, we lost our old site.  We hope you didn’t need anything from there.