June 20, 2016
By Lonnie Mitchel

I want to win the moment … this is something I often say to my players at the collegiate level. Serena Williams did the work and her record speaks for itself. Not only does she win, but she wins every moment.

June 17, 2016
By Dr. Tom Ferraro

The most important key to good tennis is to learn how to accept a lost point. If you allow the point to get under your skin, you will begin to make the long downward spiral to defeat.

June 16, 2016
By Jimmy Delevante

The benefits of playing against a stronger opponent are more obvious than those of playing against a weaker opponent. A player who “plays up” has the opportunity to experience first-hand the skills of a stronger player and hopefully learn from it. 

June 9, 2016
By Rob Polishook

What if your primary focus in tennis wasn’t about the winning or losing? What if it wasn’t about being better or worse than your opponent? Certainly, that seems like a radical approach.

June 8, 2016
By Carl Barnett

All great players do many things that helps separate themselves from the rest of the field. My coach in the 1980s always talked about Bjorn Borg’s diet being superior to the players of his time.

May 26, 2016
By Steven Kaplan

Over the past four decades, I've spent thousands of hours as a coach at local, national and international junior tournaments, and as they say, "I have seen it all." Here are 20 candid observations about the behaviors and interactions between players, coaches and parents before, during and after matches. 

May 16, 2016
By Luke Jensen

What a great time of year to be playing tennis and what a crazy year 2016 has been so far in the world of pro tennis! First, the match-fixing and gambling scandal and now Maria Sharapova fails a drug test? 

May 6, 2016
By John Brennan

Having coached high school tennis for 24 years and having been a USPTA professional for 41 years, I’ve heard the term “mental toughness” thrown around repeatedly. What exactly is mental toughness? How can you recognize it? Is it something that can be learned? Can you teach it?

April 26, 2016
By Bill Longua

There are ways to improve your doubles play as a team, as you and your partner should always be on the same page. In this article, I will discuss the server’s partner while playing the net. Strong communication between partners is a must. In between points, talk to each other about the placement of serve and some basic strategy for the next point.

April 22, 2016
By Michele Byrne

A few years ago, I attended a seminar where Patrick McEnroe, director of USTA Player Development at the time, spoke about the future of tennis in the United States. He spoke of the demise of tennis as a youth sport and asked why there wasn’t something like Little League in our sport. 

April 21, 2016
By Lonnie Mitchel

I have been working full-time at an academic institution. In my fifth year, academia has done something that I could never envision when I took on a full-time role as head tennis coach at SUNY Oneonta. I am exposed to great thinkers, doctors and professors from many fields on a daily basis.

April 15, 2016
By Dr. Tom Ferraro

As a sport psychologist, I have treated many athletes who have been injured. There are 30 million kids playing sports and 10 percent of them will get injured this year. Tennis is not quite as dangerous as football, soccer or ice hockey, but there are plenty of ankle, knee, elbow and shoulder injuries.

April 13, 2016
By Tonny van de Pieterman

Uncertainty … For some reason, human beings are not wired to deal with uncertainty very well. We want to know.

April 7, 2016
By Steven Kaplan

"So … does my child have talent?" I cringe when asked this all too frequent question for a few compelling reasons.

April 5, 2016
By Lisa Dodson

Whether it’s money, health, work or sports, goal-setting is an essential component to success. All goals take time and effort to reach, and planning is required to make meaningful progress. Goals can be slow to achieve, but amazing when we succeed. Understanding this for tennis makes it all worthwhile.

March 23, 2016
By Rob Polishook

It’s Monday morning, and my inbox is filled with e-mails from parents whose child has just played in a tournament over the weekend. Most e-mails lament about how the results could have gone better, including what could be done to change what appears to be this “monster inside” of their usually mild-mannered child.

March 23, 2016
By Carl Barnett

Oftentimes, the better athlete fails. Technique makes a tennis player, but training makes a competitor. The combination of finely developed technique, hitting a high volume of balls and working often with a trainer prepares one for the next level. When one is physically and technically prepared, focus can begin to be addressed.

March 16, 2016
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Paul Annacone was born and raised on the East End of Long Island before going on to carve out a decorated career in the sport of tennis. The Long Island native graduated from East Hampton High School before moving on to the University of Tennessee, where he would win the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Player of the Year in 1984. That same year, Annacone would advance to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

March 10, 2016
By Ricky Becker

Knowledge is power and even though I have been in tennis for more than 30 years, there are a lot of rules that I learned or wasn’t sure about when I read Friend at Court, The Official USTA Rulebook. In the last issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine, I covered some of these rules.

March 8, 2016
By Lenny Schloss

Consistent strokes, footwork, fitness, visual skills and mental clarity … all of these tennis skills are essential to consistently winning on the court.

February 26, 2016
By Lisa Dodson

Patience. Patience. Patience ... Patience is one simple word that has big meaning and impact on your game. Said once is not enough.

February 25, 2016
By Lonnie Mitchel

In the fall of 2015, we are confronted with young people owning every gadget you can possibly think of, such as the iPhone. You have a computer that fits in the palm of your hand that you can do miraculous things with. A computer 40 years ago could not do half the things our iPhones can do and took up enough space to fill a large storage room. We have sure come a long way!

February 18, 2016
By Dr. Tom Ferraro

The new year brings a chance to set goals for the following playing season. Most professional tennis players do this religiously. There is ample evidence that establishing goals and writing down a plan is effective for game improvement. 

February 5, 2016
By Steven Kaplan

Most tennis players wish they could practice exclusively with better players despite the zero sum impracticality. This means that we cannot all hit up all the time because if one player is hitting "up," the other is hitting "down." Still, some players are able to overcome this challenge and are sought out by top competitors to be their hitting partners.