| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

 

The 2018 New York Tennis Expo was a celebration of tennis in all facets, and it could not have been done without the help from the local tennis community.

That help came from all aspects of the tennis world, including four local college programs donating their time to perform clinics and hit with attendees on the Grandstand Court.

Men’s and women’s tennis players from Farmingdale State, Fordham, Nassau Community College and the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) came out on the Saturday to participate in the Expo.

Attendees and guests were able to step out onto the Grandstand Court where the professionals played during the New York Open as the college coaches and players conducted drills and clinics, as well as rallied and played points with the guests.

The interaction between the schools and younger players is an important one as we hope to help grow the next generation of tennis players.

Fordham is a NCAA Division I program that plays in the Atlantic-10. The men’s team has compiled winning seasons in each of the last two years, a first for the program in over 20 years.  

NYIT competes in the East Coast Conference (ECC) of NCAA Division II and both of its programs have become some of the best in the region. The women won their sixth straight ECC title last year while the men won four straight conference titles from 2013-2016.

Farmingdale State has been a fixture in the NCAA Division III Skyline Conference Championship match over the last few years. The men have reached the tournament’s final in two of the last three seasons, while the women won the conference championship in 2016.

Nassau Community College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and has had a lot of success in recent years, including last season when the men’s team qualified for the National Championships.