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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.

December 11, 2014

Eugenie Bouchard has signed a global marketing and management deal with the agency WME-IMG, joining Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams as IMG Tennis clients. 

December 11, 2014

The tempo of the take-back is the first and most critical phase in the timing of the serve. It doesn’t matter whether you use a classic, abbreviated or somewhere in between motion. Remember you have to organize your feet, legs, hips, torso, shoulders, arms, hands and head in a continuous chain event to get to one specific moment in time: Contact point.

December 10, 2014

The coaching merry-go-round continues to spin throughout professional tennis as the sport’s offseason once again brings with it a number of coaching hires and firings. The most recent on the men’s side Wednesday, as top-ranked American John Isner announced a new coaching agreement with former player and current Tennis Channel broadcaster Justin Gimelstob for the 2015 campaign.

December 10, 2014

The Lawrence Yacht and Country Club recently hosted a charity event at its club benefiting the Wounded Warriors Project. The inaugural event was a day filled with activities, such as tennis tournaments, a golf outing and an afternoon of fishing.

December 9, 2014

I have written articles for Long Island Tennis Magazine and New York Tennis Magazine for the past five years. During that time, I have come in contact with many parents and juniors who read this publication with questions about the collegiate tennis experience.

December 9, 2014

Last week, Agnieszka Radwanska told the media in her home country of Poland that she would be hiring a “super coach” to work with her in 2015.

December 9, 2014

The WTA announced on Tuesday that it has agreed to a media rights contract with PERFORM that will be worth more than $525 million over 10 seasons starting in 2017. The deal plans to produce all singles matches on the women’s tour each year, around 2,000 or so matches a season.

December 8, 2014

One of the world’s most prestigious junior tournaments gets underway today as the 68th installment of the Metropolia Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships takes place in Plantation, Fla.

 

December 8, 2014

While most of their compatriots are prepping for semester-end finals, boys’ champion Noah Rubin from Rockville Centre, N.Y.; University of Virginia junior Julia Elbaba from Oyster Bay, N.Y.; and UCLA senior Robin Anderson from Matawan, N.J. each took a break to win singles matches to lead the United States to a 4-1 victory over host France in the Master’U BNP Paribas Finals on Sunday in Aix-en-Provence. 

December 8, 2014

Chile’s Fernando Gonzalez defeated American Andy Roddick 6-4, 2-6, 10-4 at the Statoil Masters final on Sunday at London’s Royal Albert Hall. In Gonzalez’s first outing on the ATP Champions Tour he outlasted the hard-hitting Roddick in a third-set tiebreaker to capture the title.

December 8, 2014

Tennis legends Monica Seles and Gabriela Sabatini will face each other in a 25th anniversary rematch of their famed 1990 five-set WTA Championship final in the 2015 BNP Paribas Showdown, set for Tuesday, March 10 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

December 5, 2014

Ahead of the 2015 season on the ATP World Tour, many will wonder what to expect out of the familiar faces of the sport. Inevitably, there will be some surprises, as the rankings the way they stand today will not be the same. 

December 5, 2014

The WTA has announced the results of its 2014 Fan Favorite Awards on Friday. The awards were voted on by the fans, as more than 70,000 votes were cast over the last couple of weeks. 

December 4, 2014

John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA) has announced that it will be accommodating its growing Long Island base of students with a move of its home facility on Long Island to SPORTIME Syosset Tennis & Multi-Sport this fall. The flagship JMTA location will remain at SPORTIME Randall's Island, and SPORTIME Bethpage will remain a valuable Academy resource.

December 4, 2014

The truTV show “Impractical Jokers” came to Long Island recently and filmed a segment at Bethpage Park Tennis Center. For those not familiar with the program, Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano have entertained each other for years with hilarious practical jokes. 

December 3, 2014

Tennis is a sport that requires multiple muscle groups and ligaments to work in perfect symmetry to generate power and accuracy. One of the areas of the body that is often overlooked among tennis players is the spine, as both casual and professional tennis players tend to focus on avoiding injury to the upper extremities.

December 3, 2014

Six ITA standouts comprise the United States roster competing in the Ninth Annual Master'U BNP Paribas, held Dec. 4-7 in Aix-en-Provence, France. Competing for the U.S. this year are UCLA seniors Robin Anderson and Chanelle Van Nguyen, University of Virginia junior Julia Elbaba and sophomore Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, University of Georgia senior Nathan Pasha and Wake Forest University freshman Noah Rubin.