Feature Articles

December 19, 2014

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced its annual awards, naming Novak Djokovic the Men’s World Champion for the fourth time, while Serena Williams was named the Women’s World Champion for the fifth time in her career.

December 19, 2014

The USTA Pro Circuit, the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2014 by featuring 87 events, awarding nearly $3 million in total prize money and seeing several American players produce notable results.

December 18, 2014

Lincoln, Neb. native Jack Sock will miss the Australian Open after undergoing hip surgery, he said in a tweet Thursday. The 22-year-old is the fourth-highest ranked American, and concluded 2014 ranked 42nd in the world. 

December 18, 2014

The USTA has announced that the 2014 USTA National Winter Championships will be held Dec. 27-Jan. 2 in the Scottsdale and Tucson, Ariz., area, drawing the top boys and girls nationwide in the 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s age divisions. The players competing in this tournament are vying for the title in the last national tournament of the 2014 season.

December 16, 2014

The seventh ranked player in the world Tomas Berdych has announced who is coach will be for the 2015 season. The Czech, who reached the ATP Finals semifinals in November, has hired Andy Murray’s former coach Dani Vallverdu.

December 16, 2014

The ITA Division I Operating Committee moved to re-submit its dual match format proposal to the NCAA Division I Tennis Committee for the 2015 NCAA Division I Team Championships during its final meeting of 2014. This decisive vote (25 yes, 0 no, 9 abstentions)—supported by the USTA and the USTA's Athletic Directors Advisory Council—is a powerful indication of the group's commitment to adopt creative and innovative measures to enhance the sport of tennis during this time of seismic change in collegiate athletics.

December 15, 2014

Players travel from all over the world to compete for the Orange Bowl junior championship. This year’s champions didn’t have to come far at all. Stefan Kozlov and Sofia Kenin, both from nearby Pembroke Pines, Fla., won the Boys and Girls 18s Singles titles at the Metropolia Orange Bowl Tennis Championships, held at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center, the first American sweep of the Orange Bowl 18s singles titles since 2004 when both Timothy Neilly and Jessica Kirkland were crowned champions.

December 15, 2014

The 2015 Australian Open will feature the “deepest and strongest” field in the tournament’s history, as all of the top 100 ranked players on the men’s side and 99 of the top 100 on the women’s side will be in Melbourne, Australia for the season’s first Grand Slam, according to the official Australian Open Web site.

December 12, 2014

The ATP has announced that there will be significant prize-money increases on the World Tour over the next four years, and will surpass $100 million for the first time ever in 2015. It says that prize money could reach $135 million by 2018.

Featured Blogs

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December 19, 2014

As reported in Long Island Tennis Magazine (from an ITA press release), the ITA Intercollegiate Tennis Association Operating Committee is re-submitting its dual match format proposal to shorten college tennis matches after a decisive vote, a move explained as "a powerful indication of the group's commitment to adopt creative and innovative measures to enhance the sport of tennis during this time of seismic change in collegiate athletics." 

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December 11, 2014

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and Perform, a British media company, signed a 10-year, $535 million deal for broadcast rights to every WTA tournament in its annual calendar. 

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November 24, 2014

The holidays mean different things to different people. If your a national tournament player, parent or coach, Thanksgiving can be a day spent at a tennis club, with turkey at the hotel restaurant or at a nearby Applebee's.

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November 19, 2014

Fourteen-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal criticized Spain's female Davis Cup captain Gala Leon for feeding a "false and absurd" debate. He said, "It seems strange to me as Davis Cup captain that instead of seeking union and harmony between players, captains and federations, she has incited and fed a debate that is totally false and absurd."

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October 30, 2014

Tennis participation numbers are down all over, and the Long Island/New York metro area is no exception. This could be a temporary cycle or an alarming trend and I hope it's the former.

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October 21, 2014

It seems that tennis, like football and basketball, is making news off the court because of insensitive and ignorant jerks.

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October 7, 2014

One of the greatest coaches in tennis history, Vic Braden, has died at the age of 85. Vic was a pioneer in the tennis instructional field. 

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September 8, 2014

Patrick McEnroe resigned a week before The New York Times reported he was to be fired by the USTA as director of player development. 

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August 29, 2014

Evert, Austin, Capriati, Davenport, Williams, Williams, Bellis? Not quite yet, but 15-year-old CC Bellis, TR Blue Chip and rising sophomore, Class of 2017  has the best chance to ascend to become the next great American since Serena. 

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August 4, 2014

Caroline Wozniacki is going to run the 2014 New York City Marathon for the "Team for Kids" charity.

Blogs

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By Miguel Cervantes III
March 11, 2014

What do you do when you’re stuck in a situation without any obvious way out of it? That’s the situation I found myself in recently during the last snow storm. 

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By Michele Lehat
December 26, 2013

Former world number one John McEnroe made his widely anticipated appearance on Dec. 18 at Sportime Roslyn, and as one of the junior players in the program, I was very eager to meet him. 

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By Daniel Kresh
October 8, 2012
In the first three months of 2013 the ATP challenger tour will be testing out a new rule, the elimination of the service let. Though there are no immediate plans to implement this rule in a broader scope there is no question that this is the first attempt at doing just that. Would this potential change be a positive thing for the sport? I think so.
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By Bill Longua
September 6, 2012
In doubles, points end fairly quickly due to the fast nature of the game itself-singles can be a very different story. Let’s go over a few ways to end some points more quickly and get you off the court sooner.
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By Bill Longua
August 24, 2012
A player once asked, what are the important shots to practice to improve doubles play? Let’s go over them. The importance here is that I am talking shots, not strokes.

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Radio personality Mike Greenberg of ESPN's "Mike and Mike in the Morning" realizes a lifelong dream of playing at the National Tennis Center with idol and 18-time Grand Slam Champion Chris Evert.

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Sun, 12/21/2014 - Thu, 01/01/2015

Carefree Racquet Club's First Annual Susan Alvy Memorial Men's Doubles Tournament will be held Dec. 21-Jan. 1 at Carefree Racquet Club, located at 1414 Jerusalem Avenue in North Merrick, N.Y.

Fri, 01/30/2015 - Sat, 01/31/2015

On Jan. 30-31, USTA Eastern will be holding its Eastern Tennis Conference at the Renaissance Hotel in White Plains, NY.