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. 

April 10, 2015
By Steven Kaplan

Every year, players returning home from college tell me that they were "tested" in a two or three mile run for their teams. They were told, "Since you run several miles in a match, let's test this on the track." A three-mile run is a poor assessment for tennis, performance. In the past, I've called this "Dodgeball" logic (taken from the movie “Dodgeball” where it is noted, "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.")

April 7, 2015
By Lonnie Mitchel

So you are in a competitive match and the score is 4-4 in the third set with your ranking is on the line. Your parents, maybe a college coach, a friend or other adversaries are watching. Now is the time when the rubber hits the road. It does not matter if you win or lose, what matters is how you are going to complete the match. 

April 3, 2015
By Brian Coleman

There is no doubt that technological developments are always at the center of change, and that is no more evident than in coaching and teaching.

April 2, 2015
By Rob Polishook

In my last article, we discussed the secret to sustained peak performance, a principal called “More Than an Athlete: Person First. Athlete Second.” We also clarified that More Than an Athlete doesn’t require working harder, pushing or even pulling, it does require that the athlete, coach or parent shift their perspective so they can see the performer through a wider lens which includes the whole person, not just the athlete.

March 27, 2015
By Tonny van de Pieterman

I often monitor tennis lessons by the pros on my staff. In an effort to give some constructive feedback, I look at the interaction between the adult and the child, and try to think like a child. I look at how the children are experiencing the lesson. Are they inspired to give their best effort? Are they encouraged to experiment?

March 12, 2015
By Luke Jensen

It is time to thaw out from the winter freeze and start planning ahead for a summer tennis camp for your little tennis champs. Attending a tennis camp can be one of the best experiences a young player has in their lifetime.

March 9, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Bethpage Park Tennis Center hosted its 8th Annual High School Tennis Coaches Workshop on March 8. The free event gathered high school coaches from across Long Island and taught different tips, methods and drills that coaches can use for their players.

February 20, 2015
By Lisa Dodson

Tennis is ever evolving. Professional players are getting faster, stronger and bigger at a greater rate. Rackets, strings, training methods and strokes are changing just as fast. A broad spectrum of online teaching and information is at our fingertips. 

February 12, 2015
By Carl Barnett

Why is it that most coaches have only one or two number one players in a career, yet Pat Etcheberry, Trainer Emeritus, has had more than 15 players. Granted a coach spends a much greater amount of time with a player than a trainer. The partnership between coach and trainer, however, as we have seen time and time again takes a player to a level they have struggled to attain.

February 5, 2015
By Steven Kaplan

Every year, players returning home from college tell me that they were "tested" in a two or three mile run for their teams. They were told, "Since you run several miles in a match, let's test this on the track." A three-mile run is a poor assessment for tennis, performance. In the past, I've called this "Dodgeball" logic (taken from the movie “Dodgeball” where it is noted, "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.")

February 4, 2015
By Luke Jensen

It's a new year and time to pick up the pace. Have you taken inventory of where your game is now and where it has to go to reach your full potential?

February 3, 2015
By Miguel Cervantes III

I have, for some time now, wanted to write about why I think American tennis has suffered in the recent past. Think back to a time, not long ago, when American tennis boasted multiple champions on both the men’s and women’s side. What happened to our dominance? Where are our champions?