Jul 292013

Two noted tennis coaches are teaming up to offer a sports science clinic on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 2:30-5 p.m. at the Sea Colony Tennis Center in Bethany Beach, Del. 

Internationally known sports psychologist, author and speaker Dr. Melissa Hunfalvay and Sea Colony Tennis Director Thomas Johnston will teach mental strategies and visual tactics designed to improve tennis players’ games.

The sports science clinic will cover:

  • Performing better under stress
  • Avoiding choking
  • Anticipating ball direction and spin
  • Becoming proactive and offensive-minded
  • Staying calm in the thick of the match

“Melissa really gets what athletes experience,” Johnston said. “She has global experience as a tennis pro and player on the WTA Challenger circuit; as a coach for both men’s and women’s college tennis; and as a scientist in her dissertation researching the use of eye tracking technology to determine focus cues of elite tennis players.”  

Combining classroom and on-court instruction, the sports science clinic will be team-taught with Tennis Director Thomas Johnston, who earned national recognition as a successful and innovative tennis coach at the University of Virginia.  Under his leadership, the UVA tennis team’s NCAA national ranking improved from No. 95 to No. 15, opening the door for several of Johnston’s collegiate players to achieve world rankings. 

Space in this sports science event is limited, so register today. For more information, visit academic research writing  and click on Upcoming Events, or call 302-539-4488. 

 Sea Colony Tennis was a 2012 USTA Facility of the year winner, is ranked among Tennis Magazine’s “50 Best Tennis Resorts in the U.S.” and is ranked as the Number 15 tennis camp in the world by TennisResortsOnline.com.

Jun 192013

19-year-old Brianna Morgan took home her first title in International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pro Circuit play, after defeating the event’s No. 1 seed Jessica Moore in a 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory at the 3rd annual ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony on Sunday.

Morgan, from Beverly Hills, California, completed an amazing stretch of play, which saw the unseeded and unranked teen take out the tournament’s top three seeds.

Brianna Morgan, 19, captured her first singles title on the ITF Pro Circuit tour on Sunday at the ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony


Sunday’s match was a battle between the fresh upstart and the young but tournament-tested veteran, as Morgan took the court against the 22-year-old Australian, Moore, who is currently ranked 385 in the world.

A tightly contested clash in the early going, the two went back and forth in the first game with neither taking over a two-point lead. Moore held the 6-5 advantage and looked to bring it home until Morgan stormed back to tie the set at six and ultimately broke away to take the tie-break and the 7-6 set victory. It took an hour and 40 minutes to decide the first set.

From there, it was clear Morgan had found her groove and got out to a 5-2 lead in the second set. Moore gave one last rally, taking the next game but Morgan would not be denied and closed it out for the 6-3 set win.

Morgan, a sophomore at the University of Florida, is fresh off of a solid freshman campaign in which she was named All-SEC second team and All-SEC freshman team.

Moore, who has competed in the Australian Open and the U.S. Open, was looking to win her fifth ITF Pro Circuit singles event and looked dominant the early rounds, winning her first three matches in straight sets.

But it was Morgan’s day, becoming the third different winner of the event, which this year featured 64 pros from eight different countries on four continents competing for a share of $10,000 in prize money.

For information about the event, and everything tennis at Sea Colony, visit www.SeaColonyTennis.net. You can also follow Sea Colony on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeaColonyTennis or on Twitter @SeaColonyTennis.

Jun 192013

Bethany Beach, Del. – Champions were crowned as the team of Lindsey Hardenbergh and Peggy Porter claimed the doubles title at the 3rd annual ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony on Saturday.

The duo defeated the team of Denise Muresan (Lincolnshire, Ill.) and Jacqueline Wu (Holmdel, N.J.) 6-1, 6-4; giving the 22-year-old Hardenberg (Fairfax Station, Va.) her second doubles championship this year and marking the first title for the 17-year-old Porter (Dallas, Texas) on the tour.

The finals of the singles draw were also set Saturday, with Jessica Moore of Australia and Brianna Morgan of Beverly Hills, California advancing to Sunday’s showdown to determine the event’s third champion.

Morgan, 19, upended the tournament’s second seed, Brooke Austin (Indianapolis, Ind.), to move on after taking the match in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0. The University of Florida sophomore also took out the No. 3 seed in the first round and now looks ahead to a matchup with the No. 1 seed, Moore.

It was Porter who gave the tournament’s top ranked player all she could handle in the semifinal round. After Moore took the first set, 6-1, Porter rallied back to claim the second set, 6-3, before a highly competitive third set ended in a 7-5 victory for Moore.

Moore, who is ranked 385th, is seeking her fourth singles title on the tour while Morgan is playing for the first of her career when the two meet Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Sea Colony Tennis Center.

Doubles Final

Lindsey Hardenbergh (USA) & Peggy Porter (USA) def. Denise Muresan (USA) & Jacqueline Wu (USA) 6-1, 6-4

Singles Semifinal Results

(1) Jessica Moore (AUS) def. Peggy Porter (USA) 6-1, 3-6, 7-5

Brianna Morgan (USA) def. (2) Brooke Austin (USA) 6-3, 6-0

Follow the action of the ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony at SeaColonyTennis.net/pwo or follow on Twitter @seacolonytennis or use the hashtag #ProSC