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Newsletter from Jackie Cooper Tennis Club

              Cooper's Court News            

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   The Jackie Cooper Junior Academy has undergone a major revision under the direction of Head Pro, Rod Suarez. The Academy includes two days of instruction and two days of organized match play. In addition, there are special appearances from both Rosie Casals for serve & volley instruction and Jackie Cooper for match play coaching.   

   The aim of the program is to develop tournament players that can compete on a national scale.  The match play component of this program gives it a distinct difference from any other program in the desert.  With family or junior membership, match play is included for all juniors.  Private lessons are available by reservation.  The week wraps up with a fun Tennis Pizaa Night on Friday.  It starts at 5:30 p.m. with a clinic and match play, followed at 7:30 p.m. with pizza and ping-pong. 

   Clinics are available for everyone from tots to tournament players.  The Junior Academy program is available to both members and non-members.  Save 10% on monthly rates.  Drop-in rates available. Junior memberships are $200 per year. For more information on programs and lessons,  call (760) 822-4194.


  Jackie Cooper Tennis Club & Academy is excited to share the news of the current happenings at the club.

  You will notice that several club improvements have been made or are in the progress.

  The Pro Shop has been beautifully remodeled with the addition of the Tennis Channel.  We offer racquet stringing, balls, snacks and beverages for sale.  In addition to the water fountains on each quadrant, we have ice available near Center Court.  Additional windscreens and a shade canopy were installed on Center Court by NJP Sports. More club improvements to come. 

   We would like to thank all of our new and old members for your continued support.  It looks to be an exciting and fun season as we are working toward adding several new events and opportunities for members to participate in.  Please let us know if you have ideas or would like to participate in a particular event.

Serve and Volley Clinic with Rosie Casals (winner of 12 grand slams!)


 (From left to right) Rosie Casals, Bradley Cummins, Cameron McDonald, Christian Kontaxis

Tennis Tidbits by Jackie Cooper 2009 U.S. Open Federer Vs. Del Potro Match

  The reaction I am hearing most is that Roger Federer had a poor serving day.  The stats support that notion.  Buy why? I believe it was caused by Juan Martin Del Potro's ability to return Federer's good serves with authority, resulting in Federer trying to hit better serves and missing.

  Del Potro visibly took a different approach.  In the first set, his first serve percentage was 40%.  In the final set, he was up to nearly 80%.  He relied on spin serves and was able to take control of the point with devastating power and accuracy from both sides.

  I hate to admit it, but I think that the double handed backhand wins out over the one handed.  Particularly when you have a 100 mile forehand to go with it.

  I should add that I still believe the two handed backhand player needs a good, one handed slice backhand to be a complete player.

  In conclusion, Roger Federer is my favorite player of all time and likely will be favor to win another Wimbledon or two, but if Juan Martin Del Potro stays in shape and continues to mature, he may take over the number one spot.

Rod Suarez, Head Professional

   Welcome to our new Head Professional, Rod Suarez.  Rod was born and raised in the Phillipines and moved to the desert in 1983 to attend The College of The Desert where he played for two seasons as the #1 player.  He won the Inland Valley Conference Championship in Singles and Doubles in 1985 and was awarded the Conferences MVP award.  Rod continued his education at CSUSB finishing with a degree in Business Administration in 1989.

   Rod has worked at many prestigious facilities including the Four Seasons Resort Aviara, Palm Valley Country Club, Tahoe Donner, and Palm Springs Tennis Club.

   Rod is a USPTA Pro 1 and has been certified for the past 11 years.  rod is currently coaching his son and daughter in the junior tennis circuit of Southern California.  his daughter has achieved a National Ranking in the top 30 and has also been ranked Number 1 in Southern California.

In this October issue:

Junior Academy Fall Class Schedule

October Specials Free Adult Clinics/Match Play

Tennis Tidbits by Jackie Cooper

Rod Suarez, Head Pro

Tribute to Jack Kramer

Tennis Club Rates

Welcome New Members!


Jackie Cooper Tennis Club and Academy is located inside the gates of the beautiful Palm Desert Resort and Country Club.


  • 14 hard courts, lighted for night play
  • Lessons, clinics, events, tournaments
  • Junior Academy
  • Practice Wall
  • Pro-shop with lounge area and TV
  • Ball machine
  • Shaded viewing deck
  • Snack shop
  • Racquet stringing
  • 1500 seat stadium court

*Special October Events*

Come join us . . . every TUESDAY
in October from 8:30-9:30 am for a FREE Adult Beginners Clinic with USPTA Pro Rod Suarez.   Learn the fundamentals of the forehand, backhand, serve and more!
You're invited!
Every THURSDAY at 8:30 a.m. during the month of October.  Jackie Cooper Tennis Club is offering  a FREE warm-up/clinic with Head Pro, Rod Suarez, follwed by doubles play!  Bring a friend, guests are welcome for this event!
Private and Semi-Private lessons available for adults and children.  Call for reservation.
Every Friday 5:30 p.m.
Pizza Tennis Night
for Juniors
$10 per person

 Sr. Elite Clinic with Rosie Casals

(From left to right) Gene Guretskiy, Dominic Dulsky, Nick Wood, Amanda Lidster, Zach Lidster, Rosie Casals, Tori Fretz, Sebastian Gomez

 Jr. Elite Clinic with Rosie Casals 

Bradley Cummins, Alex Kuperstein, Christian Kontaxis, Mike Cabacugan, Cameron McDonald, Rosie Casals, Tori Fretz



Jackie Cooper Tennis Club & Academy is hosting the NTJL tournament on
November 14th & 15th


Vinson Vong, Sandy Montez, Alesandra Horna, , Nash Tebelak


 A SPECIAL THANK YOU  to KATHY MARTIN & ALEX KUPERSTEIN for the donation of the new Ping-Pong Table and Ladder Board.  Both items are greatly appreciated by the Jackie Cooper Tennis Junior Academy Participants!

Junior Academy Fall Classes

(ages 4-6)
Tuesday & Thursday
5:00-5:30 p.m.
Program teaches children to follow directions, player will learn the importance of stretching and warm-up exercises.  Tot will learn hand/eye coordination skills, balance, catching balls and footwork drills.
Tuition Per Class: $8 for members & non-members
(ages 7-18)
Tuesday & Thursday
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Player will learn the grips, basic rules of tennis, and all
basic strokes.  At end of beginner program, player should be able to get serves in from baseline with limited success.
Tuition Per Class: $10 members & non-members
Advanced Junior Program
(ages 7-18)
Monday & Wednesday
  (6:00-7:30 p.m.) $15 member/$20 non-member
Tuesday & Thursday
  (5:30-7:30 p.m.) $20 member/$25 non-member
Players should be able to play regular matches and be involved in junor team tennis and/or satellite tournament play.  Player will not only refine strokes, but work on angles, top spins and slices.  More emphasis on match play coaching/strategy. 
Elite Tournament Academy
Monday/Wednesday & Tuesday/Thursday
(4:00-6:00 p.m.)
Players will have developed their own style of play and will spend more focus on advanced footwork and conditioning.  Players will learn court tactics and will build their game around their strong weapons.  Both offensive and defensive tactics will be covered.  More emphasis on coaching and strategy on match play to improve the tournament player.  Enrollment in Elite program is by invitation only.

Tribute to Jack Kramer (by Jackie Cooper)

  We would like to dedicate this space to the memory of Jack Kramer who passed away on September 12th.

  Jack is arguably the most important figure in the history of tennis.  In addition to being one of the greatest players, he is also responsible for the development of professional tennis "open" prize money tennis.  He brought tennis from an amateur to a professional level.  Jack was appointed as the first Executive Director of the ATP in 1972.

  Jack has been a personal friend of mine since I was 12 years old.  He stayed at our house during the Kentucky Derby and he would give me a tennis lesson each day.

  Jack Kramer established the serve and volley game as we know it today.  Jack Kramer was the Roger Federer of his time.  Jack will be greatly missed by his friends and family.


Advanced Junior Clinic

(Back Row left to right( Esra Elhendy, Adam Wojnar, Ethan Ferrer, Courtney Ng, Nadchen Aralquez, Stefanie Wood, Rod Suarez-Head Pro, (Front row) Justin O'Donnell, Sandy Montez


Welcome New Members!


Noel, Clayr & Nadchen Aralquez
Eul, May & Jaryd Bongcaras
Romy, Glenda & Michael Cabacangan
Theresa, Geoff & Grace Funk
Kristina, Jerome, Amanda & Zach Lidster
Terri & Jerry Von Buskirk
Lisa, Tony, Tyson & Eric West
Coalter Cleary
Brad & Nick Cummins
Jared, Tiffany & Victoria DeLapaz
Dominique Dulski
Blake Eggleston
Esra Elhendy
Jack Felich
Ethan Ferrer
Chris Freitag
Sebastian & Santiago Gomez
Janell Gruszczynski
Gene Guretskiy
Abe Hewko
Alex Kuperstein
Christian Kontaxis
Desirae Krawczyk
Megan Lester
Cameron, Alexa, Jenna, Tyler McDonald
Courtney Ng
Adam Wojnar
Nick Wood
Stefanie Wood



Family Yearly                            $500    Family Monthly (4wks)*           $125
Family Weekly (7days)*           $ 30    

Junior Yearly $200

Snow Bird Seasonal* Call for rates

Single Monthly (4 wks)* $100

Single Weekly (7 days)* $ 30

Daily 7:00am - 6:00 pm $ 8

Daily after 6:00 pm & $ 15 All Day Mar. 8-21                

Clinics Call for rates

Coaching/Video Coaching Call for rates

Tennis Birthday Party Call for rates

*Seasonal, monthly, weekly fees do not apply during BNP Paribas (March 8-21). Only daily fees in effect.

Jackie Cooper Tennis
Club & Academy
At the Palm Desert Resort & CC
77333 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211
(760) 822-4194











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