Oakland Hills Tennis Club Hours

Monday – Friday:  6:00 am to 10:00 pm
Saturdays & Sundays:  8:00 am to 8:00 pm

4th Bridge Night  7pm 
9th  Ladies Night – 6:30 p.m.
18th Men’s Night – 7:00 pm

President’s Message

Summer is coming to a close, lifeguards have moved on for the most part, summer camps are over, the snack bar will close for the season September 30, kids are back in school and fall leagues commence; Skip and Nicole’s tennis academy resumes in September, too.  Life goes on as usual.  This process has been repeating itself for 44 years and I never get tired of it.

There is a downside, though – it seems like everything is worn out.  In early August, the main pool heater disintegrated.  It’s been a process getting a qualified company to implement repairs but it should be done well before you receive this newsletter.  I’m taking bids for re-plastering the baby pool and main pool, hope to have something underway late October or November.  Last on the agenda is re-carpeting and refinishing the aerobics room hardwood floor.  If you sense that there is a lot of disruption in the near future, you’re right; be prepared.

Other improvements underway are lighting on the stairs leading to court 2 and finishing the walkway lighting on the outside of courts 3, 5 & 7, to accommodate our Pickleball players when leaving in the winter evenings.

Almost forgot, the contract has been let for resurfacing the 4 Pickleball courts, formerly court 1, and doing some patch-work on 5 other courts.

And I thought I got the majority of capital repairs behind me last year!  Maybe there is a respite the following year?

I look at all these improvements as a face-lift – a little short term pain but worth it in the end.  Thanks for your understanding.

Oakland Hills Tennis Club, Inc.
Jim Thompson, President

Jerry O’Connor
Join Jerry and others on Wednesday, September 4th at 7:00 pm for some fun cards and snacks

Ladies’ Night
Tomiko Hawkins
Come out and see what all the fuss is about on Monday,  September 9th at 6:30 PM.

Men’s Night
Ron Iriyama
Change your mid-week by coming out with Ron and the guys for some structured tennis and snacks  on Wednesday,  September 18th  at 7 pm.

Tomiko Hawkins, Director

Thank you all for making our Summer Wine Down a great success!  It was a perfect way to connect and enjoy each other as a community.  Members were able to enjoy a no host beer and wine bar on every Friday night during the summer while listening to the grooves provided by our very own Torrance Scott and also, DJ Jack and Marcus Phinnessee!!

International Day did not disappoint!  We enjoyed round robin tennis and food prepared by the participants from Mexico, France and Greece.  Team France came away with the win and each team-member received a Complimentary Tennis Lesson with Head Tennis Pro Josh Bernstein.  Greece came in second and team members received Guest Passes.  Mexico received the best food award and all participants received ribbons!!  Thank you all for continuing to make this a great event.

Next up is our Mystery Dinner Party-MURDER AT THE JUICE JOINT-on September 21st at 5PM.  The night will include dinner, intrigue, and…murder.  Please RSVP by sending an email to or sign up at our Social Corner located near the front entrance.  Don’t Miss It.

Our Annual Fall Wine Tasting will take place on November 9th from 5-7.  Come and enjoy music, Hors d’oeuvres provided by our own, David Choi, and fine wine from Bay Area wineries that will be available for purchase at wholesale pricing.  Don’t miss this opportunity to stock up for the holidays and the New Year.

Look for all 2019 social events elsewhere in the newsletter and at our new SOCIAL CORNER located near the front entrance.  You do not want to miss out on the social events that interests you.

We look forward to seeing you!

Tomiko Hawkins,
Director of Social Events
For more information,
call 530-3300, ext. 23 or email at

September 21               Mystery By the Bay
October 27                     Halloween Party
November 9                   Fall Wine Tasting
December 8                   Santa Arrives
December 14                Holiday Party

Another great way to get involved at the club is to join our Ping Pong Players.  Come on out for Ping Pong on every Tuesday night 8-945pm for a great time!!

Lastly, don’t forget that Ladies Night (2nd Monday of the month) and Men’s Night (3rd Wednesday of the month) are great opportunities and to come out and play tennis with other members, while also enjoying the food and wine afterwards.

Social Tennis
Ladies Night-Every 2nd Monday
Men’s Night-Every 3rd Wednesday

Pool Hours:  Mondays through Fridays:  6:00 am to 9:30 pm Saturdays and Sundays:  8:00 am to 7:30 pm

Hours are:
Monday through Sunday 9 am to 2 pm
Monday through Thursday 4 pm to 7 pm
Two hour maximum and $1 per hour per child.

Parking Lot
Please remove all valuables from your vehicle while using the club.
Break ins are on the rise due to members leaving valuables in plain sight.

Online Login
Now you can go to our website  and see your statements!  It is quite simple.  Go to member log in, using your membership number you may create an account and log in.  After you log in you may view your statements, change your payment type (checking account or new credit card), make a payment, change your address, phone or other information.  In the fall we intend to begin emailing statements and the newsletter (please update your email address on line), and, eventually, on line booking (also will be available through our app – Oakland Hills) of massage, courts, etc.  Very exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oakland Hills App
Oakland Hills Tennis Club has an app! Through our free app (Oakland Hills) you can view our group fitness , massage, social events, kids programming, aquatics or personal training schedule.You may download the FREE app through the Apple App store or go to Google Play. Come check us out!!!

Paul Wilson, Director

Wow!  What a great ending to our summer swim season with the OHTC Sharks youth team making a triumphant return to the Oakland Parks and Rec swim league.  Although most of our athletes lacked competitive experience, they all kept their heads on straight and dug deep within to garner some amazing performances across the board.  Our squad was small, but potent, and racked up a lot of points from less than 20 participating athletes.  Included among the many outstanding swims are our four league champions: Walker Wilson (8 & Under 25 free and 25 back), Sophie Wilson (8 & Under 25 back), and our 8 & Under 100 Freestyle Relay team of McKenzie Wakefield, Marlowe Cunha, Wilson and Wilson, who all brought home the gold.  Congratulations to all of our swimmers who participated and discovered the joys of competition, individual achievement and being part of a team.

Our fall season will commence on September 9, with practices every Monday-Thursday.  Swimmers should be ready to step it up and aspire to the next level.  Any new swimmers who would like to get involved should email me at:, or just drop by the pool during practice the first week (September 9-12) between 4-7pm.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the members for their patience during our mechanical issues with the heater.  After five days of progressively cooler temperatures, we now have a better, more energy efficient machine installed and the pool is back to its usual temperate 80 degrees.

It is great to have Omar Perez back from Mexico to help Edgar Franco, Paul Chervatin and myself take care of the pool.  Omar is a true master when it comes to pool maintenance and chemical composition.   I have received many compliments over the course of the summer about how clean the water has been, so I want all our members and friends to know that every time you step into the beautiful, sparkling water at the OHTC pool, it is primarily due to Omar and Edgar.

I’m still waiting to see a number of members who have indicated an interest in our Masters Swim Class every Tuesday and Thursday @ 6am.  We always have a good time while getting in shape, and all levels of skill are welcome.  Also, I am continuing to make myself available on most Saturdays for swim lessons.  There are a few slots open, so let me know if you’d like to nab one for your child.  The weather will be great through October, so I see no reason to slow down.  This fantastic group of youngsters I am working with currently are the OHTC swim team stars of tomorrow.   Book your spot ASAP.

See you at the pool.  –Paul

Fitness Facts
Yulia Wynn, Director
Dear Members,

The summers are full of fun! Parties, swimming, beaches, and the like all make summer one of the best times of the entire year! However, there are also plenty of opportunities to eat food that, while tasty, is not the best if you are trying to lose weight, such as processed meats for barbecuing, ice cream, and sugary cold drinks.

We’ve all heard the advice: if we want to lose weight, we need to eat less and move more. It seems simple enough, but it’s a largely useless proposition without a plan.

What if I tell you that if you want to get back in shape by the holidays, you’ll need to start eating the RIGHT calories at the RIGHT time. Remember – you can’t out-train a bad diet! Join our 4-Week Detox Challenge September 14th – October 5th to learn why simplistic solutions like ‘’eat less and exercise more’’ almost always end up in frustration and diet failure! It’s simple, fast, and effective!

  • Say good-bye to chronic health complaints and break free from chemical addiction to sugar, carbs, and processed foods!
  • Bring your metabolism back into balance for life by regulating our hormones, and ridding your system of the hidden inflammation that is sabotaging your health and your waistline.
  • Activate your natural abilities to burn fat even while you are sleeping
  • Weekly Saturday morning meetings at 9 AM include weigh-ins, nutritional information, personal and group motivation, and physical training
  • Start using the club and make your existing workouts more productive!
  • Daily accountability by text, e-mails and a Facebook group.

Sounds interesting? Have more questions? Please, e-mail Yulia at Sign up at the front desk.

In health,   Yulia

Group Fitness
Dear Members,

A strong skeleton is just as important as healthy heart. Bones form the frame that keeps our bodies from collapsing and serve us as a bank for mineral essential to multiply bodily functions. Bone loss and sarcopenia (muscle loss) are a normal part of aging. Being aware of pathophysiology of these processes can help you to develop effective preventative strategies. Bones—like muscles—respond to the stresses placed on them. Weight-bearing, resistance, and balance exercises are just a few of the activities you can do to build and maintain strong, healthy bones that are less prone to osteoporosis-related fractures.

 Weight-bearing Exercises-Walking, running, jogging, and dancing, make you move against gravity when you’re in an upright position. The higher the impact of the activity, the greater the benefit will be to your bones. You should aim for 30 minutes of weight-bearing exercise on most days of the week.

Resistance and Strength-training Exercises-Resistance and strength-training exercises are also ideal choices, even though they are not high-impact exercises. Weight machines, free weights, and even yoga and Pilates will help build lean muscles and strong bones. Resistance and strengthening exercises should be done 2 to 3 days a week. Try to condition each major muscle group with at least 1 exercise.

Balance Exercises-Just as strengthening exercises help prevent falls by increasing lower body strength, balance exercises also strengthen your legs. But instead of using weight, these exercises focus on using balance to build strength. Balance exercises are gentle on your bones and muscles, and they can be done every day.

Please, check our group fitness schedule for the classes so you can start developing effective preventative strategies to keep you bones happy and healthy.

In health,                                                                                                                                    Yulia

Tennis & Pickleball
Skip Redondo & Nicole Havlicek, Co-Directors

Summer is quickly coming to a close.  The summer camp, run by Josh Bernstein, was a big hit.  Congratulations Josh!  He averaged about 30 kids each week which is a dramatic improvement on last year.

Now starts our Junior After School program which kicks off on Aug. 20.  This program is designed for maximum fun while also using progression based techniques so that your child will improve at tennis and develop a skill that will last them a lifetime.  For more information and to sign up visit:

Adult Tennis 101 classes for beginners have begun. In this new class we will be teaching the fundamentals of the game including serves, groundstrokes and volleys. We will also be teaching the rules of the game including keeping score.  Adult Tennis 102 classes have also launched where more advanced beginners can further develop stroke technique as well as strategies for singles and doubles.

Our next event is the Member/Guest Round Robin coming up at the end of October.  The date is yet to be finalized and we will announce it soon.

Please visit for all the details on tennis programs at OHTC.


Nicole Havlicek, Co-Director

The popularity of pickleball at the club continues to be on the rise.  Open Play hours are typically quite well attended.  We have consistently strong attendance at our Intro & Intermediate classes held on the first Saturday of each month.  The Advanced Beginner class is also going strong and it takes place several times per month.

Please visit for all the details on pickleball programs at OHTC.

Weekly Pickleball Open Play Hours:

Mondays 6:00-7:30pm; Tuesdays 9:30-11:00am;
Wednesdays 6:00-7:30pm; Thursdays 9:30-11:00am;
Sundays 9:30-11:00am

OHTC Court Policy

  • Courts may be reserved up to 3 days in advance.
  • There are only 4 reservable courts in advance.  Two courts are held for the teaching pros.  3 tennis courts are available for walk on.
  • After 10 minutes, if you have not arrived, you have forfeited your court.
  • A reservation only reserves the right to a court; not a specific court.
  • Fitness members may not make advance reservations.
  • Ball machine is not available for advance reservations.


Tennis Corner
Greetings Tennis enthusiasts.

Currently, the season of the OHTC Men’s 7.0 ADULT 55 & OVER TEAM, led by Don Maker, will have the last match on September 1st. However, the good news is that the USTA Fall Leagues are here!

Kathy Ottesen, captain of the 7.0 Mixed team has help from co-captain Mike Zeitouny. The team had mostly women and men rated 3.5 as partners on three doubles line each match.

Vince Adams is captain of the 7.5 Men’s Combo Doubles and Mike is also doing co-captain duties. The combo format is 3 doubles lines with a combination of (3.0/ 3.5 with 4.0). Vince and Mike need more players to register of those who agreed to play and anyone else interested contact Vince at or Mike at

Both regular seasons will run between Aug. 26-Dec. 15th 2019, and post-season will be in January 2020

For more information contact Oakland Hills Tennis directors and pros, or the USTA. We encourage all OHTC club members to be on hand for the match to support and cheer our home team.

Our next scheduled Men’s night is on September 18th. We had a very nice turnout in August with 9 players enjoying the tennis.  The Club provides tennis balls, and generally provides snacks and beverages after the tennis. Men’s Night is always the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7 pm.  We have men of all skill levels play friendly social tennis, which can get entertaining and competitive.

For seniors 60 and older, (both men and women are welcome), there are Monday and Thursday OHTC social tennis groups you can contact Jim Thompson at

Jim Thompson Sr. coordinates the inter-club Men’s 60 plus league which will resume soon.  Players compete on alternating Wednesdays during the daytime against men from other private tennis clubs in the East Bay and Contra Costa County. So, you gentlemen who will turn 60 sometime in 2019 and wish to play, please contact Jim Thompson at

See you on the courts!

Memo Loyola

Massage Messages
Dear Members,

I have no doubt that most of you heard before that massage therapy can improve your overall health. But did you know that according to the National Institutes of Health, massage is used by more than 15 million adults in the US as a treatment for osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the flexible tissue at the ends of bones wears down. The use of massage therapy for osteoarthritis can help with pain-relief. A massage therapist can lightly stroke or knead the inflamed area to increase blood flow and release a soothing warmth. In addition, the use of massage therapy can actually slow the progression of the condition, provide more joint flexibility, decrease swelling, and help improve posture.

A massage is not the only treatment available, but it is a great complement to many other treatment plans.

“When done by a trained massage therapist on carefully selected patients, massage therapy is a very valuable addition to traditional osteoarthritis treatments,” says Valerie Voner, a licensed massage therapist, former coordinator of the massage therapy program at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, Massachusetts, and founder of the New England Institute of Reflexology and Universal Studies. Chronic osteoarthritis responds well to massage, Voner says. Pain is relieved as the muscles surrounding the joints relax, releasing stiffness and allowing for better range of motion and mobility. Increased relaxation, decreased stress, and a sense of well-being are additional benefits of massage therapy, she explains. Just be sure to talk to your doctor or physical therapist before giving it a try.

In health,

Welcome New Members

Jessica Russell and Pat McKinney; Barry Daffurn; Jenn Pellegrine and Attalia Gray; Antosha Cole and Lourdes Garcia

Welcome Back Members

Thank you for the Membership Referral
Jessica Applegren; Kelley Williams

Couples Training
Spice up your training with a loved one or a friend! Contact your personal trainer for more information!

Privacy Policy

The club values your membership and your right to privacy. However, by the very nature of our business, we need to share information with others, particularly when forming rosters, teams or programs. We collect information about you that we understand you may consider private or confidential. This information may be contained in applications and other forms you submit to us. Therefore, we are providing you with this notice to explain our policies for collecting, using and sharing this information with others.
Our Privacy Principals
The club will protect all non-public personal information we collect from our members.
The club will contractually require any person or organization providing products or services to members on our behalf to protect the confidentiality of this information.
The club affords former members the same protections as existing members with respect to the use and sharing of their information.
The club will only permit authorized employees, who are trained in the proper handling of this information, to have access to it.
Information We May Collect
The club collects and uses information it believes is necessary to administer our business and provide you with the services you request. We may collect and maintain several types of information needed for these purposes, such as those stated below:
Information the club receives on applications for credit or other financial services, such as your name, address, telephone number, Social Security number, USTA number and other identifying information.
The club has information about your transactions with us, including your payment and credit history.
Information Disclosure to Non-Affiliated Entities
The club shares information with Independent Contractors who provide us services, such as Bankers, Accountants, Lawyers, Tennis Professionals, Food Vendors, Trainers, Instructors, etc, only as permitted by law and only when relevant. We also share information member to member, particularly when forming teams, with club rosters, with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and USTANORCAL, its local affiliate.
When Will We Notify You
Our Privacy Policy will be published once a year. You will receive this notice as long as your membership is active. If you cancel your membership, we will continue to follow our Privacy Policy, but you will not receive future notices from the club.
Changes in Privacy Policy
Over time, it may be necessary to modify or supplement our Privacy Policy. If the club makes material changes, it will provide our current membership with revised notices that describe our new Policy and any new procedures that apply to them.
Your Choice to Share Information
If you choose, the club will not share any information we collect. If you prefer that we not share any information, notify us in writing detailing the information you don’t want the club to share. Mail this information to:

Oakland Hills Tennis Club, Inc.
5475 Redwood Rd.
Oakland, CA 94619
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the club at