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?

January 14, 2015
By Rob Polishook

What’s the secret to sustained peak performance? Let’s face it … this is the million dollar question! Federer, Monfils, Sharapova … all competitors are trying to solve this great mystery.

December 11, 2014
By Lisa Dodson

The tempo of the take-back is the first and most critical phase in the timing of the serve. It doesn’t matter whether you use a classic, abbreviated or somewhere in between motion. Remember you have to organize your feet, legs, hips, torso, shoulders, arms, hands and head in a continuous chain event to get to one specific moment in time: Contact point.

December 2, 2014
By Rob Polishook

What are the first things we do when things are not going the way they should be? Let’s say in tennis tournaments you are not getting the results you would like. In fact, you just played in the quarterfinals of a tournament and lost in three hard-fought sets. 

November 26, 2014
By Steven Kaplan

The USTA has a whopping $30 million annual player development budget, according to The New York Times. Given their goal to "Create the Next Generation of Champions," things are not going too well. 

November 24, 2014
By Miguel Cervantes III

Tennis is an old game, not the oldest of games, but certainly an old one. Part of what gives tennis an even older feel is the fact that it has been so resistant to change, but whether welcome or not, technology has played a large part in the changes in the sport of tennis over the years.

November 18, 2014
By Luke Jensen

I see so many talented players play like pros on the practice courts and fall apart during matches. It doesn't matter what level of play, I find the transition from practice to match player sometimes is the toughest hurdle to overcome

November 14, 2014
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. 

November 12, 2014
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Tomas Berdych responded from an embarrassing defeat to Stan Wawrinka on Monday by routing U.S Open champion Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1 to stay alive at the ATP Finals in London.

October 8, 2014
By Miguel Cervantes III

Mini-tennis is the best way to warm up for any tennis endeavor. Whether that be a match, some casual hitting, a drill session or anything else, mini-tennis sets you up for success by getting you ready to play your best.

September 15, 2014
By Rob Polishook

In the July/August 2014 issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine, I published “The Pink Elephant on the Court.” Since it appeared in the pages of this magazine, I have received an overflow of comments from kids who said “OMG, how did you know what I was thinking? This is exactly what I want to tell my mom and dad.”

September 12, 2014
By Steven Kaplan

American professional tennis success reached a historic low at this year's Wimbledon, and theories have been thrown around on how to fix this "problem," but I'm not so sure it's a “problem.”

September 11, 2014
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

In the summer of 1981, Mike Silverman of City Parks Foundation, a Levittown, N.Y. resident, was fresh out of college with an undergraduate degree in political science and plans to take a year off to work before going to law school. When Silverman accepted a six-week summer job teaching free beginner tennis lessons to kids for the New York City Parks Department, all of his plans changed.

September 8, 2014
By Luke Jensen

I believe Roger Federer will go down as so much more than a great tennis player. He was a transitional player in many aspects. Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi handed him the torch to improve upon the state of the game. Up to that point, the pro Tour was dominated by Americans. Federer and his generation changed all that.