November Newsletter 2013

imgDear Members,

October was an exciting month at the club. We began the month with our USTA Open Tournament with 90+ players vying for the single and doubles championships. WAC was well represented in the tournament with 1st place finishes from Chris & Maggie Dudeck (Mixed Open Doubles), Matthew Shumway (Men’s 4.5 Singles) and Larry Coleman & Robert Freeman (Men’s 4.0 Doubles). In addition we had 2nd place finishes from Calle Hansen (Men’s Open Singles), Peter Corbitt (Men’s 4.5 Singles), Tim Martin & Jeff Turk (Men’s 4.0 Doubles) and Gabbey Brooke and Karen Kolosieke (Women’s 3.5 Doubles). Congratulations to all for an outstanding tournament.

We wrapped up the month hosting our first World Team Tennis Festival. We fielded 5 teams that completed the entire league in just one weekend. The unique format includes no-ad scoring, substitutions, overtime, on court coaching and a ruling where lets are in play. Crazy but fun and everyone had a blast. Both member and non-member teams competed to qualify for Vegas in April. Our very own Alex Campbell captained the Titans who went on to win the tournament. Good luck in Vegas. Congratulations to the 35 plus players who participated in the WTT Festival. Thanks to all that participated and we hope to see everyone back again next year.

We have begun to make our final choices for the interior and exterior finishes of the new clubhouse. Over the next several weeks we will be creating a presentation area in the lobby where we will display samples of the materials and colors being used for the new building. We will also display renderings that were created from a 3D model that will give you a feel for the internal spaces of the clubhouse. We will also display an aerial view of the entire property which will include an initial design of what we would like to do with the new outdoor social area we are proposing. A sneak peek of a couple of the rendering is included below.
We continue to work with the city to obtain the final approval for the plans that have been submitted. We are optimistic that the plans will be approved in the next 2 to 3 weeks and that permits will be issued by the end of the year. We believe we will break ground on the new clubhouse in the first quarter of 2014. We estimate the new clubhouse will be completed one year after we break ground.
Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving

John Sutcliffe
General Manager

P.S. If you are looking for new members to play please send me your name, number, e-mail, level, time and day you can play and I will include your information in the match finder section of next month’s newsletter.

Clubhouse Renderings


Refresh yourself with snacks and drinks while viewing a match. Get comfy with your friends relaxing by the fireplace. 


Surpass your fitness goals with state-of-the-art equipment. “Walls of Windows” plus ceiling fans and vaulted ceilings give a light airy feeling, almost like you’re outdoors.


Dedicated group exercise area for full schedule of Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Spin (and more). Cushioned flooring to keep you injury-free.

Member of the Month

imgWAC has chosen Eddie Etezad as our member of the month for November. Eddie was born in Dinan, Iran in 1925. Eddie’s interest in fitness started at a very young age when he took up boxing. He competed at the national level and eventually went on to become a National Champion in Iran. After attending college in Paris and Cairo he decided to move to the United States. Soon after arriving in the US in 1946 he was asked to represent Iran in the 1948 Olympic Games in London, England. Eddie did not end up on the winner’s podium but was proud to have represented his homeland.

After returning from the Olympics, Eddie attended BYU where he graduated with a BS in Language and Education. Eddie continued with his education at USC where he obtained his Teaching Certificate. Eddie went on to teach French and Drama at Dorsey High School before being recruited by Taft High School to teach Arabic.

In 1962 Eddie moved to Westlake Village and rented an apartment at the corner of Agoura Road and Lindero Canyon. In 1969 Eddie purchased his fist and only home on Westlake Boulevard. Eddie continued to teach in the LA Unified School District until he retired in 1981. Shortly after retiring, Eddie decided to take up tennis and joined Westlake Tennis and Swim in 1985. Eddie became entrenched in tennis and in 1987 competed in the Club Championships at the age of 65. Eddie continued to play competitive tennis until 2011 when he stepped away because of limited mobility. Eddie is still a regular in the gym where he continues weight lifting and cardiovascular training. He misses playing tennis and can occasionally be seen out on the practice wall hitting balls.

Over the past couple of years Eddie has found it more challenging to get to the club for his workout but can still be seen here at least twice a week. Recently I asked Eddie what he liked most about coming to the club and he answered “The atmosphere is so friendly. I love the people.” We are proud that Eddie has chosen WAC as his second home.

Join me in congratulating Eddie for his lifelong commitment to health and wellness. He is an inspiration for all of us to continue living a healthy lifestyle.

Championships Captured in October

Chris & Maggie Dudeck (USTA Fall Tournament –Open Mixed Doubles)
Matt Shumway (USTA Fall Tournament – Men’s 4.5 Singles)
Larry Coleman & Robert Freeman (USTA Fall Tournament – Men’s 4.0 Doubles)
Steve Young (Club Championship – Men’s 65+ Singles)
Matt Shumway & Brian Leiker (Club Championship – Men’s Open Doubles )
Laksamee Weilage & Cindy Campbell (WAC Ladies 3.5 Fall League Champions)
Alex Campbell ,Ankur Chadda, Daniel Lavalle, Devery Holmes, Eric Griffin, Lori Pedraza, Mia Johnson, Susan Dahlberg, Richard Bonucchi ( World Team Tennis Champions)

Fitness Stuff

Meet Your Trainers

imgJared Tavaolian
Jared has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from CSUN with over 13 years experience in the field. Jared managed a corporate training facility where he was in charge of training and nutritional consultations for 500+ employees. Jared is certified in Yoga and for the past 2 years has been specializing in gymnastic training and hand balancing. He has traveled across the globe to study from the best in the world. Jared uses a blend of Yoga and mobility to restore lost range of movement and combines it with body weight strength training to keep his clients ready for the any challenges that life throws at them. Jared believes “before anything else we are movers and my goal is to help clients break down the barriers that are limiting their ability to move.” Jared’s extensive background and unique talents bring an exciting new dimension to our fitness programming.

Jared will be teaching both one-on-one personal training and small group strength training with 6 to 10 students per class. Stay tuned for a list of days and times.

imgPatti Markowitz
Patti has been helping people stay healthy and fit for over 20 years. Patti feels that fitness is the cornerstone to overall health and wellness and that getting fit is the first step to gaining a new and healthy lifestyle. As a certified personal trainer Patti specializes in custom training routines and likes to challenge and encourage her clients to surpass their physical and mental boundaries. As your trainer she will take your health and wellness personally, working alongside you to help achieve all of your fitness goals. With your determination and her dedication you can make anything happen.

Fitness Tip

Restart the Exercise Habit

It’s been a month or 2 since you hit the weights, joined a group exercise class, played tennis or swam a few laps. Getting sick, family crisis, work and lack of motivation are just a few of the things that kept you from exercising. Now the question is: how do you start again? Here are a few tips to climb back on that treadmill after you have fallen off.

1) Don’t break the habit. The easiest way to keep things going is simply not to stop.
2) Reward showing up. Half the battle is just showing up. Reward yourself for making the effort to show up.
3) Make a commitment to do something every day for 30 days. Even if it’s just for 20 minutes! This will solidify the exercise habit.
4) Make it Fun. Are there certain exercises you enjoy more than others? Focus on the exercises you enjoy, not the ones you dread.
5) Schedule carefully. Don’t put exercise in a time slot where it will easily be pushed aside by something more important. Best time is often early in the morning. If your workout times are completely random, it is more difficult to stay on track.
6) Get a buddy. Grab a friend or family member to join you. Having a social aspect to exercising can boost your commitment.
7) Create a ritual. This means that the time of day, place or cue automatically starts you towards grabbing your bag and heading to the club.
8) Measure Fitness. Weight isn’t always the best number to track. Recording simple numbers such as the number of push-ups, sit-ups, distance or speed you can run can help you see that exercise is making you faster or stronger.
9) Start small. Trying to run 10 miles your first workout isn’t a good way to build a habit. Work below your capacity for the first few weeks to build the habit. Otherwise you might scare yourself off a challenging workout.
10) Go for yourself, Not to Impress. Going to the club with the only goal of looking great is like starting a business with only the goal of making money. The effort can’t justify the results. Go to the gym to push yourself, gain energy and have a good time, then you can keep going even when the results are slow.

Swimming Tip

Tips to make swimming less boring 

Swimmers know how dull it can be to troll up and down the pool lap after lap. What can you do to spice things up? Here are a few tips to help you stay motivated and stave off the boredom.

1) Have a session plan. Make sure you have a program laid out before each session. This removes all of the indecision when you get in the pool and are wondering how many lengths to do, which stroke and what speeds you will be swimming.
2) Vary the sessions. Make sure the sessions are not the same each time you swim. Going to the pool 3 times a week to do 30 minutes of gentle freestyle isn’t necessarily wrong – and might make you feel better – but it’s not really going to help you increase you fitness level. Vary your drills, distance and speed to improve your technique and overall fitness level.
3) Set goals for each session. Smaller goals could be such things as lowering your stroke count per length or increasing the number of strokes per breathe. Larger goals might be to hit certain split times or swim a certain distance. Setting goals will help you stay motivated throughout the workout.
4) Swim with someone else. Swimming with another person really helps. You are more likely to show up to train if another person is depending on you. Swimming with someone else will also motivate you to push harder while you are in the pool.
5) Get out the props. These include hand paddles, pool buoy, kickboard and flippers. Hand paddles are great for building lat strength. Kickboard and flippers are terrific for improving kick strength and stamina. Pool buoys enable you to stay focused on technique without tiring yourself out. All of these props can be used to help improve your stroke.

Group Exercise Schedule

Class Day(s)             Time Teacher Description
 9am        Zabrina Beginner/Intermediate
 Yoga                  Mon/Wed 6pm Beth Beginner/Intermediate
 Fusion               Tue/Thurs 6pm Katie               Pilates/Yoga
 Sat  8:30am Katie Beginner/Intermediate
 Yoga Sun 9am Zabrina Beginner/Intermediate

Tennis Videos

Tennis Clinics

Ladies Inter. Mondays 9:30-10:30 a.m. Lorene
Ladies Begin.
Mondays 10:30-11:30 a.m. Lorene
Serious Tennis. Tuesdays6:00-7:30 p.m.
Begin./Inter. Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 p.m. Reggie
Men’s Live Ball Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 p.m. Calle
Cardio Tennis Thursdays 9:00-10:30 a.m. Reggie
Ladies Inter. Thursdays 10:30-12:00 a.m.
Live Ball Saturdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. Calle, Larry

Match Finder:

Evelyn Muller & Peggy Lorbach are 3.5 players looking for subs. Can play at 8am Mon, Tues, Fri and Sat. Please contact them if you are interested.
Evelyn @ 805-496-1205 or [email protected]
Peggy @ 818-991-0975