Coachella Valley tennis coach Frank Sberno came up with an idea that resulted in a new product on the tennis market: QUIK-STIKS, the collapsible single sticks. Frank and his partner Ryall Stewart are adamant that “…our product should be in every tennis bag.”
Coach Frank Sberno has been teaching tennis for 25 years. Originally from Chicago he traveled through Europe for 13 years before coming to California in 1995. Today he teaches as an independent USPTA certified tennis pro on courts in Sun City, Palm Desert, and Indio.
Sberno says, “If you are serious about your tennis you should be practicing with singles sticks every time you walk out on the court. This is by far the most violated rule in tennis when playing singles on a doubles court.” The rule seems clear, which states that “When a combined doubles and singles court with a doubles net is used for singles, the net must be supported to the height of 3 feet 6 inches by means of two posts, called single sticks.” Those sticks have to be positioned 3 feet outside the singles court on each side.
QUIK-STIKS come with the following specs:
- durable plastic
- light weight
- collapsible to less than 16"
- logo imprint-able
“Using my Quik-Stiks every time you practice will create an advantage for you over your opponent. Otherwise, when confronted with single sticks in a tournament, it could easily become a physical and psychological distraction,” adds Sberno. He and his partner Stewart have high hopes that Quik-Stiks will be a hot item for the up and coming Holiday Season. Stewart says, “We should be able to roll out quantities of Quik-Stiks by the end of October and start shipping in November this year.” The price level for this product could be around $45 - $50 for a pair, which, according to Stewart, could be an ideal gift for a serious tennis player this Christmas.
While Sberno is looking for distribution channels for Quik-Stiks he’s already working on his next project: an instructional tennis book titled TENNIS SECRETS – DISCOVER WHAT THE PRO’S KNOW.
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