December 7, 2016
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

USTA Eastern will conclude the year at its Annual Conference from January 27-29 at the Renaissance Hotel in White Plains, where it will honor and celebrate the people who have had an impact on our tennis community. Among those who will be honored are several Long Islanders, both juniors and adults, for the work and dedication they have shown.

December 5, 2016
By Tonny van de Pieterman

With the U.S. Open still fresh on our minds, I wanted to share my observations regarding 2016 U.S. Open Men’s Singles Champion Stan Wawrinka and the growth he has shown under the tutelage of “Tennis Therapist,” Coach Magnus Norman.

December 1, 2016
By Dr. Tom Ferraro

Sports psychology has become a wide and diverse field. Not only do we work with an ever-growing variety of sports, we use a variety of approaches. Standard sports psychology uses what we called “suppressive techniques,” which help the athlete to control any unwanted emotion, such as anxiety, anger or despair.

November 30, 2016
By Rob Polishook

What if a tournament player could play relaxed and anxiety-free while taking risks? What if they temporarily lost focus, but could get back on track and stay emotionally balanced? My sense is that they would perform their personal best because they would not be limiting themselves.

November 29, 2016
By Steven Kaplan

The selection of a coach is one of the most important decisions a young player can make and can be the difference between tournament success or disappointment.

November 22, 2016
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Boca West Country Club, located in in Boca Raton, Fla., is renowned for its first-rate recreational activities. The number one residential country club in the United States is also the proud recipient of the 2013 USTA Outstanding Tennis Facility Award.

November 15, 2016
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The Long Island tennis community has some of the sport’s finest facilities, both indoor and outdoor, and best coaches in the world. With this wealth of talent available right in our own backyard, Long Island Tennis Magazine recently took the opportunity to pick the brains of some of these top coaches. What you will find below are some of the sport’s top instructors sharing their ideas and strategies on growing the sport locally, the state of U.S. tennis, training methods, 10 & Under tennis, and much more. Even the best coach can always learn an extra tip or two, and the following article will provide all players and coaches with a chance to learn from the cream of the area’s crop.

November 8, 2016
By Luke Jensen

Are you one of the lucky ones who had the opportunity to visit the U.S. Open this year? The anticipation for this year’s U.S. Open was extremely high, with so much going on.

October 30, 2016
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The Long Island and New York Tennis Community lost one of its pillars, as Howie Arons passed away at the age of 67 in mid-October.

October 7, 2016
By Lonnie Mitchel

Tennis starts with commitment. Let's use the collegiate level as a starting point and provide you an idea as to what it is that makes commitment a challenging endeavor.

October 7, 2016
By Jimmy Delevante

Maintaining a positive attitude on the tennis court is no easy task. Similar to learning any stroke in the game, it takes years of practice and hard work to be able to do it properly, especially under pressure. 

October 6, 2016
By Rob Polishook

Why is it that whenever a player in any sport wins a tournament, they are usually in a good place off the court? James Blake, in his book Breaking Back, said “My greatest professional successes occurred after I had faced my most personal challenges.

September 20, 2016
By Steven Kaplan

It's been said that to be a great teacher, you must first be an avid student. I use this wisdom as a guiding principle for my profession as a coach by relentlessly reading theory, studying technique, questioning methods and reevaluating what I think I know and may yet learn. 

September 12, 2016
By Luke Jensen

Wow! What a day in the world of tennis. I am a big news talk radio guy, and on my bike ride to teach my lessons for the day at Sea Island, the sports report mentioned breaking news in the world of tennis.

August 12, 2016
By Bill Longua

Having problems with the backhand? Here some easy cures that will it improve. We’ll begin with the one-handed backhand.

August 10, 2016
By Lonnie Mitchel

I have been watching the campaign for delegates for the presidential nomination in both major parties with great interest. One day Donald Trump throws accusations at his opponents, and the next moment, Hilary Clinton does the same.

August 10, 2016
By Rob Polishook

In addition to talent, skills and technique, an athlete brings many attributes, values and characteristics to the court. These attributes can be thought of as the fuel that drives and motivates the performance.  It’s essentially the player’s “X Factor.”

August 1, 2016
By Luke Jensen

I am often asked “What is the very best way to improve in the sport of tennis?” There are many aspects of a growing and developing game. The ability to be consistent is always essential. 

July 27, 2016
By Dr. Tom Ferraro

I have worked for many years with top level athletes and have come to realize that the 24 hours leading up to any big event will determine how you do during your match. Here are the basic psychological approaches that will help you to win ...

July 22, 2016
By Steven Kaplan

The top tennis stars have distinctive styles that we love to mimic because the sport is so highly individualistic. Back in the 1970s, young players carefully applied surgical tape to their racket grips to be like local hero Vitas. They wore Fila headbands to embody the coolness of Borg. 

July 14, 2016
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

For many young tennis players, finding the right tennis program or academy that offers a consistent balance of academics and tennis can be an elusive process. But if you look far out onto the South Fork of Long Island, The Ross School is providing just that.

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.