The newest addition to the Lobsters, 34-year-old Romanian born Katalin Marosi, will replace the recently injured Paola Suarez. Marosi, a Hungarian resident, is a strong doubles player who’s currently ranked 38th in doubles and has been as high as No. 33 in her career. She’s won a total of 46 ITF titles (31 doubles, 15 singles) and was a member of the Hungarian Olympic team in 2000. She’s known to have a strong two-handed backhand and made it to the third round in mixed doubles at Wimbledon this year.
Singles player Amir Weintraub thrives on a fantastic, one-handed backhand and his ability to hit winners. Focus on how he sets up his opponent to play to his backhand and how well he finishes when they do.
If you’re planning on heading out to the MAC this summer to watch the Lobsters play but aren’t familiar with the structure, veteran head coach Bud Schultz offers some tips on what you can look for to try to predict what’s going to happen during a match — and what particularly to pay attention to with each member of the team.
When the players are warming up, take note of their respective styles and try to identify strengths and weaknesses. If a player is spending a lot of time practicing close to the net, it’s likely he or she will be looking to come in on big points. Since games and sets are shorter, and most players already know each other, there isn’t a lot of probing for weaknesses. They’ll just try to establish their strengths early on and try to exploit what isn’t working for their opponents, especially on crucial points.
Watch which team puts in more first serves. It’s a great predictor of success. A strong start means the player at net can be more active. Since each shot sets up the next one, a quality first serve can force a defensive return, making it more likely that the net person can cut the ball off and take it earlier. Even if that player can’t hit an immediate winner, he or she can maintain pressure on the other team, inducing either an eventual error or easy put away shot.