September 18, 2015
By Lonnie Mitchel

In the local New York area, we just wrapped up the U.S. Open. Like every Grand Slam, I look forward to the countless hours of tennis coverage. This is especially true for the U.S. Open which takes place in our backyard, with no time zone changes and oceans separating us from the action. You can watch tennis 12 hours a day without ever leaving your living room. If you're a tennis fan, this is nirvana.

September 12, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The UCLA pair of Mackenzie McDonald and Robin Anderson swept the second annual American Collegiate Invitational titles Saturday. The 20-year-old McDonald of Piedmont, Calif. beat Vanderbilt 22-year-old graduate Gonzales Austin of Miami, 6-2, 7-5, in the men's final. Anderson, a 22-year-old from Matawan, N.J. who was a senior in 2015, beat fellow UCLA grad, 21-year-old Chanelle Van Nguyen of Miami, 6-4, 6-4, in the women's final.

September 8, 2015
By Dr. Tom Ferraro

The term “Alpha” comes from animal research. As an example, in wolf packs, the strongest and largest wolf is the alpha and he is the leader of the pack.

August 14, 2015
By Brian Coleman

Bob Litwin’s tennis journey was the road less traveled. He didn’t start playing at a very young age and didn’t fall in love with the sport when he was a youngster, but the Great Neck native carved his own path into the tennis world that took him to places even he never imagined.

August 10, 2015
By Dr. Tom Ferraro

In the last issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine, we spoke of the value of a good pre-match routine and mentioned how important physical and mental preparation was to the tennis player.

August 7, 2015
By Carl Barnett

Anyone who has had to speak publicly to a large assembly of people has experienced the uncertainty of performance. The average person stumbles through the “ums” and “aahs” between thoughts until they find their comfort zone and begin to breathe a bit more regularly.

July 29, 2015
By Tonny van de Pieterman

In Holland, where I grew up, the interclub spring league matches are played on Sundays all over the country. For several years, I played for a club in Amsterdam called Joy Mozaik, a unique tennis club located near the Olympic Stadium with many interesting people.

July 28, 2015
By Lonnie Mitchel

As I pondered what to write about as the publication deadline for submission rapidly approached, the light bulb went off in my head. Politics, religion and civil rights really do not belong as subject material in Long Island Tennis Magazine or does it? After all, Long Island is a melting pot of people of varying backgrounds this magazine caters to is the audience. What can I write about that concerns our audience?

July 27, 2015
By Rob Polishook

How many times have you heard kids cajole each other and say these two words: “Bring It!”? The problem is that no one really knows what that “It” is! It’s actually worth knowing, so let me explain. Ultimately your “It” will be the key to sustained peak performance.

July 23, 2015
By Luke Jensen

Jensen Zone fans! I hope this finds your summer filled with aces and winners! If you are a tennis player who likes the sting of competition, this is your season. From hard to grass court with some clay action sprinkled in, the summer is a time for the competitive player to shine.

July 20, 2015
By Ricky Becker

Much of my coaching staff at Pine Hollow Country Club in East Norwich, N.Y. are former Long Island tennis stars who were recruited by numerous colleges. Sarah Landsman (University of Arizona), Oliver Loutsenko (Skidmore) and Sunaina Vohra (Johns Hopkins) are good players, good coaches and have some interesting insights on college tennis and being recruited. All three recently took a moment to give their opinions on the college recruiting process.

July 17, 2015
By Steven Kaplan

It may not be the heat or humidity that marks the start of summer tennis in the local area. For me, the French Open brings the unofficial start of summer and the beginning of several months of outdoor tennis, while the U.S. Open ushers in the fall.

July 14, 2015
By Carl Barnett

Most tennis careers start with a lesson of forehands, backhands, volleys, grips and a few serves. The first thing a teaching pro sees is hand-eye coordination, athletic ability, and for me, if the child has the ability to learn. 

July 7, 2015
By Lisa Dodson

Tennis is a game that is played by pattern. Strokes are patterned and so are points. It’ s very organized and orderly, so we should experience very few random moments. We construct strokes and techniques to correspond with point of contact and we construct points for high percentage play. 

July 2, 2015
By Lonnie Mitchel

I looked at one of the women’s tennis players on my college squad recently as she just broke several school records for wins by a woman, a record that had been held for 16 years. I thought to myself, “How does this happen?”

June 29, 2015
By Dr. Tom Ferraro

If you’re at all serious about playing tennis to your fullest potential, then you must … I repeat … you must, come to each match with the proper mindset. And the proper mind set is not anxiety, self-doubt or dread. If you do feel self-doubt or a lack of confidence prior to your matches, you are reading the right article.

June 26, 2015
By Luke Jensen

Now is the time to take your tennis from low gear to high gear and it's ALL about first-class stuff that can make all the difference in your tennis experience.

June 22, 2015
By Jacopo Tezza

All sports have a common factor: Results. I have been coaching for several years now, and I have often dealt with parents who were extremely results-oriented instead of development-oriented. The lack of results in their children caused a lot of drama in the family and pressure on both the player and the coach. So when is winning secondary in the sport of tennis?

June 12, 2015
By Tonny van de Pieterman

Playing tennis with your youngster can be a very rewarding experience, or it can be frustrating for you both.

June 10, 2015
By Brian Coleman

At the USTA Eastern Long Island Region Awards Dinner, long-time tennis coach and teacher Howie Arons received one of the highest honors given out in the New York tennis community: The Vitas Gerulaitis “For the Love of Tennis” Award.

June 8, 2015
By Rob Polishook

In Part  One of the “More Than an Athlete” series, we highlighted how, when an athlete brings his or her “whole self” (mental and skillset) to the performance, they are better able to play their game and be the best they can be. In Part Two, we highlighted how, when a player understands that results don’t define them, they can play from a more relaxed, aware, and grounded place. 

April 29, 2015
By Carl Barnett

Over the President’s Day holiday, I was joined at an L1 tournament by a good friend, Bob Litwin, to see one of my students play. Bob is a legend on the court with championships too numerous to mention. Bob is also the Gold Standard resource on the subject of focus.

April 24, 2015
By Lisa Dodson

If you wanted to take the most comprehensive tennis lesson possible, what would it include? First, you’d have to think outside of that rectangular court and venture into areas of the game that you’re really not good at. You’ll need to set some priorities, but you’re not sure what those are. 

April 16, 2015
By Dr. Tom Ferraro

I have often been asked during media interviews if there are differences between male and female athletes and the answer I give is “Yes.” Beyond the obvious differences in physiology, there are also subtle but real psychological differences as well.