David Ferrer is a Spaniard whose game is bigger than his physical size. Ferrer is currently ranked number four in the world in the ATP Men’s Singles Rankings, one spot ahead of fellow countryman Rafael Nadal. Early in his career, Ferrer was known as a clay court specialist, having won half of his 20 career titles on clay.
One time world number one-ranked Andy Roddick is joining FOX Sports 1, a new sports network launching Aug. 17, as a co-host for FOX SPORTS LIVE, the network’s flagship news, opinion and highlights program.
The traditional goal of most strength programs for athletic performance has been focused on increasing maximum strength. Athletes typically train at 75 to 95 percent of their one repetition maximum effort, hoping to achieve greater one repletion weight scores. How does this training method transfer to improved tennis performance? Not well, because athletes lift heavy weights slowly and tennis movements are characterized by mid- to high-velocity efforts.
The Half Hollow Hills East High School Boys Tennis team remained undefeated in the 2013 season, knocking off rival Half Hollow Hills West 5-2 to capture their fourth consecutive Suffolk County Tennis Championship.
Former world number ones, Davis Cup standouts and International Tennis Hall of Famers John McEnroe and Jim Courier will battle it out on the Sportime Stadium hard court on Monday, July 22, as the NY Sportimes take on the Texas Wild in a Mylan World TeamTennis matchup. The annual night benefiting the Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP) will also feature fellow Hall of Famer and Mylan WTT Co-Founder Billie Jean King in celebration of the 40th anniversary year of her historic matchup with Bobby Riggs in the famed "Battle of the Sexes."
On May 21, the Virginia Cavaliers took home the 2013 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship, while the Stanford Cardinals seized the NCAA Women’s title. The Cavaliers (30-0) defeated the UCLA Bruins 4-3, finally taking the next step after falling short as the runner-up the past two years. The Cardinals (22-4) knocked off the Texas A&M Aggies, 4-3, marking Stanford’s 17th national championship.
BZZZZ, BZZZZZ. It’s usually a weekend in my world. I may have just stepped off a court after an enjoyable morning hitting session, or finished reading the New York Times over eggs and coffee. All is relaxed and status quo. Yet for the athlete on the other end of my buzzing cell phone, his or her world is anything but placid.
Maria Sharapova’s popularity has skyrocketed as she surpassed 10 million fans on Facebook this past week. Sharapova currently has 10,006,973 fans, securing her spot as the top female athlete on Facebook.
Pat Mitsch, publicity associate of the USTA, sent me an e-mail the other day with an attached press release about the new USTA "Feeder Program" at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. He asked if I "Can use it in Long Island Tennis Magazine," and I am happy to accommodate.
A few years ago when I was at a high-performance coaching seminar in Cincinnati, I heard a great expression, "Hit-and-Giggle Tennis." I loved the expression because it accurately portrayed recreational tennis distinctly in four words.
In Team of Rivals, which is about Abraham Lincoln's presidency during the Civil War, there were so many instances where Lincoln's generals failed to pursue the retreating enemy after a decisive victory. History teaches us that the Civil War could have ended much sooner had some of these generals been more aggressive.
Flushing Meadows, N.Y. was the center of the tennis universe again and it wasn't the U.S. Open that got thousands of tennis fans to gather at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on a beautiful Sunday.
On April 16, the New York State Department of Education begins administering the English Language Arts (ELA) tests for grades 3 to 8. A similar math test begins next week. A small, but vocal, group of parents are objecting that schools are spending too much time in the classroom preparing kids to take tests and opting their children out of participation.
A New York Times article titled "Reasons Not to Stretch" by Gretchen Reynolds was published today, April 3 and posted on the USPTA Eastern Division Facebook page. This article refers to two recent studies that add to the scientific body of evidence that pre-exercise static stretching alone is counter-productive to athletic performance, and dynamic warm up is a more effective preparation.
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.
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.