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.

February 5, 2016
By Tonny van de Pieterman

When I was a junior player, I was told that in order to be a champion, I had to be a great “fighter.” In hindsight, I wish I had been told that, to be a champion I had to persevere.

February 3, 2016
By Luke Jensen

It's that time of year when you wish the snow would melt and the skies would clear for some real tennis fun! For the players on the pro tour, that fun is played at the "Happy Slam!" The Aussie Open, played at the end of January for two weeks, serves as a springboard into the new year. Because Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, they are in their summer season, while the winter months are upon us in the Northern Hemisphere.

February 2, 2016
By Rob Polishook

Imagine this … you just turned pro. You play a few tournaments, and in your first year, your record is 2-3. Okay, fair enough as you’re just getting into things.

December 11, 2015
By Lonnie Mitchel

I often sit in meetings with other head coaches from a variety of sports at the college where I lead the men’s and women’s tennis programs. I attend forums and seminars, spending time trying to learn new ways to improve within the coaching profession

December 10, 2015
By Luke Jensen

Hey fans of Roger Federer … this installment of “The Jensen Zone” is for you! Even if you do not have Federer as your favorite player, it is easy to respect the Swiss champion and his approach to sportsmanship, competition and appreciation for the game he plays

December 9, 2015
By Dr. Tom Ferraro

A friend of mine just returned from a three-week trip to Japan and told me a story I found impossible to believe. This same story also brought tears to my eyes.

December 7, 2015
By Rob Polishook

The 2015 Grand Slam season has concluded and on the men’s side, Novak Djokovic walked away with the U.S. Open trophy, defeating Roger Federer in four sets. Both Novak and Roger have had consistently solid years. They are both poster boys for the thread which I have woven into my articles during the previous year: More Than An Athlete (MTAA). Person first, every time.

December 3, 2015
By Lisa Dodson

Thank you, Roberta Vinci. Finally, someone has opened our eyes and made a clear statement: Tennis is not all about hitting the cover off the ball.

December 2, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The USTA has announced that its Player Development Division will host a series of coaching education symposiums geared to engage under-represented coaching communities. 

November 25, 2015
By Brian Coleman

Many of the top coaches and teaching pros at clubs throughout Long Island come from places all over the world. The tennis community on Long Island is one big melting pot, and because of that, various techniques and training methods are available. One of those teaching pros is Alexandru Pop-Moldovan, who works at Christopher Morley Tennis.

November 24, 2015
By Lenny Schloss

In developing a player’s tennis swing, the eyes are often overlooked. Perhaps that’s because we use our eyes all day long as we accomplish daily tasks. We use them with precision to scan (to find), track (to follow) or focus (to take action). We take them for granted.

November 12, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The Long Island tennis community has some of the sport’s best 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. 

October 2, 2015
By Lisa Dodson

There are four main types of serves in tennis: Flat, Slice, Topspin and Kick. A Slice, Topspin and Kick Serve each have a specific direction of spin. The central focus of every serve is pronating. Pronating simply means that, at contact, the hand naturally moves from an inside to outside position by means of the wrist, forearm and elbow.

September 24, 2015
By Rob Polishook

Can you remember a time you played effortless tennis? The ball looked as big as a grapefruit, your mind was free of distracting thoughts, your body relaxed, and you seemingly floated from shot to shot.

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.