An Overview of a 4.0-rated Tennis Player

Abraham Valentino founded iMetros.com in 2012. When he is not leading the San Francisco-based real estate investment firm, Abraham Valentino, a 4.0-rated player, enjoys staying in shape through tennis.

A tennis player who plans on becoming a teaching professional must meet a number of U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) and Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) standards. For example, all teaching pros must have achieved a National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) ranking of 4.0 or better. A 4.0 tennis player can hit both the backhand and forehand with a high degree of reliability during moderately paced match play. The player can control the direction of his or her shots and alter depth as the point dictates.

Beyond the development of reliable ground strokes, a 4.0-rated tennis player can, with relative success, implement a number of the sport’s more complex shots, including lobs, overhead smashes, accurately placed approach shots, and volleys. On serve, a player can occasionally win free points with their first service and has established an efficient second serve.

In general, a 4.0-rated player can be distinguished from a 3.5-rated player by his or her ability to recognize opportunities during a point and effectively seize them using the above-mentioned skills and strategies.

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The Effect of Different Spins in Table Tennis

Abraham Valentino, the founder and chief executive officer of iMetros.com, conducted undergraduate studies at Florida International University. While attending the school, Abraham Valentino won D Category U.S. Open table tennis tournaments on three occasions.

During the 1950s, table tennis adopted rackets, or paddles, that featured rubber material, replacing the older wooden models. The introduction of rubber allowed ping-pong players to impart spin onto their shots similar to tennis and other racket sports. Top spin, side spin, and back spin are the primary types of spin a player can utilize during a modern ping-pong match.

A ball that has been affected by top spin revolves in a forward direction faster than a tradition shot. These extra revolutions create increased downward pressure that allows the ball to stay low after it bounces off the table, while simultaneously jumping forward with greater speed than a shot with no spin.

Back spin works essentially in the opposite way. With less downward pressure, the ball will bounce higher after landing and will not travel as far forward. Finally, a ball hit with side spin will travel either right or left through the air.

The Ping Pong Service Motion

Abraham Valentino is a real estate professional who currently leads the iMetros.com Corporation in San Francisco, California, as founder and chief executive officer. Outside of work, Abraham Valentino plays competitive ping pong and has won three D category US Open titles.

Every point of a ping pong match begins with one player serving the ball. A proper service motion in ping pong begins with the ball resting in the server’s hand before being tossed a minimum of 16 centimeters into the air. While the ball is still in the air, the server strikes the ball so that it first touches his or her court before clearing the net and landing in the receiving court.

The server can in no way hide the ball or otherwise hinder the receiver’s ability to see the ball at any time. This can be especially prevalent in doubles ping pong, when two additional players occupy the same space. If a server’s motion is questionable, an umpire may issue a warning before deeming any similar serves illegal.

The USTA Self-Rating System

An experienced real estate professional, Abraham Valentino founded the iMetros.com Corporation in 2012 and continues to serve the real estate investment firm as chief executive officer. Outside of the office, Abraham Valentino stays physically active by playing tennis. He ranks as a 4.0 on the USTA rating system.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has developed a seven-point self-rating system so that individuals can seek out opponents and tournaments of comparable skill levels. Players ranked between 1.0 and 2.0 are considered beginners, struggling with stroke competency and basic positioning, while a 2.5 ranked player is beginning to understand stroke mechanics. Players at this level still fail to make efficient contact with the ball and struggle with movement around the court.

Between 3.0 and 4.0, a player is considered to be of intermediate skill. These players can hit with consistency and some direction so long as the pace remains at a manageable level. By the 4.0 mark, a player is capable of effectively implementing various skill shots, including lobs and drop shots, while consistently modifying the depth of his or her ground strokes.

Soccer as a Cardio Workout

San Francisco real estate investment professional Abraham Valentino is founder and chief executive officer at iMetros.com Corporation. In order to stay physically fit, Abraham Valentino participates in a number of indoor soccer leagues, including several he established himself.

Soccer is a great way to burn calories, as studies have shown that a player may run up to 9.5 miles over the course of a single game. With most players either walking, jogging, or sprinting at all times, it is no wonder that nearly 10 miles can be covered over a 90 minute contest, though players in certain positions travel more distance than others. A goalie, for example, is unlikely to ever break the 3-mile mark in a game.

Midfielders, on the other hand, generally lead their team in terms of total distance, running 9 miles or more per game. Required to put forth continuous effort on both offense and defense, a midfielder may need to cover the length of a field in a matter of seconds before having to turn around and dash in the opposite direction. Among the 2014 U.S. Men’s National team, three players averaged more than 7 miles per game. Each of those players was a midfielder.

Popular Attractions in Singapore

Founder and CEO of iMetros.com Corporation, a real estate investment firm based in San Francisco, Abraham Valentino is responsible for increasing investments at the firm by finding new opportunities. In his free time, Abraham Valentino enjoys traveling. He has been to Europe several times and plans on soon visiting locations in Asia, such as Singapore.

Offering a blend of Asian and European cultures, Singapore offers a wide range of attractions that draw in travelers. Following are just a few of the more popular attractions in Singapore.

Marina Bay Sands is Singapore’s second integrated resort and is one of the most expensive buildings in the world. The resort offers everything from luxury hotel accommodations and restaurants to shops and a convention center. Visitors will also find a theater, one of Asia’s largest convention centers, and a museum within Marina Bay Sands.

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in central Chinatown in Singapore was originally planned to be a traditional temple when its construction was first proposed in the 1980s. However, it eventually became the home for a tooth relic from Buddha, and it now also features the culture and arts of Singaporean Buddhists.

– The world’s first wildlife park for nocturnal animals, the Night Safari is a 40-hectare park that is home to more than 1,000 animals. It is one of Singapore’s most popular attractions, and has won the Singapore Tourism Board’s Best Visitor Attraction Experience eight times. Visitors to the park may explore either on foot through the park’s three walking trails, or by tram.

Thailand’s Temple of Dawn

A real estate investment executive, Abraham Valentino enjoys traveling during his time outside of the office. Having visited Europe numerous times, Abraham Valentino plans to journey to Asia next, making stops in China, Singapore, and Thailand.

In 2013, Bangkok, Thailand, was the world’s most-visited destination, according to Global Destination Cities Index. The city expected nearly 16 million tourists that year. When visiting, travelers should consider seeing the Temple of Dawn, also known as Wat Arun. A 2014 Travelers’ Choice award winner in the category of attractions, the Temple of Dawn is a religious site named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn. The Buddhist temple offers a beautiful silhouette as the sun sets and its lights create a picturesque view from the east side of Bangkok’s River of Kings. In addition, the monument possesses intricate mosaics made of multicolored ceramic and porcelain tiles, terraces overlooking surrounding waters, and statues honoring Hindu gods.

Open to the public, the temple operates from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. local time every day. Thai citizens may enter the temple for free, but international visitors must pay 30 Thai Baht (approximately $1 USD) to view the sanctuary.