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.

September 6, 2014
By Lonnie Mitchel

So the U.S. Open is wrapping up in Flushing Meadows, and if you are reading this, it is a safe bet that you love tennis and you are conflicted as to whether you are going out tonight or staying in and watching the matches on TV. Do you have tickets? 

August 4, 2014
By Lonnie Mitchel

One predominant trait I see in the world of USTA Junior Tennis is that an overwhelming percentage of juniors are looking to experience collegiate tennis after their junior and high school tennis career is complete. 

July 29, 2014
By Miguel Cervantes III

There are several beautiful aspects to tennis. The graceful swings, the elegant clothes, and the trophy ceremonies at the end of a competition. Tennis is supposed to be a gentleman’s game, a sport of high culture and affluence, but it has an ugly side. ​

July 25, 2014
By Steven Kaplan

Below is the text of my talk at the Second Annual New York Tennis Expo. It was a great day, with record-breaking attendance and a great time had by all. Many thanks to Long Island Tennis Magazine and New York Tennis Magazine for organizing an amazing event. Also, thank you to eight-year-old Taylor Goetz who helped me demonstrate balance and coordination skills … she was a true star!

July 22, 2014
By Tonny van de Pieterman

I was stringing a tennis racquet for one of my clients when I noticed the letters “P.I.N.R.W.C.I.O.” handwritten on the white grip of the racquet. I instantly knew it was a reminder of some sorts, and was curious to find out what it stood for.

July 16, 2014
By Luke Jensen

I was recently working with a group of skilled tennis players at Sea Island and we were in game mode. These players were of different age and skill levels, but all were tournament players.

July 11, 2014
By Rob Polishook

As parents, how many times have you asked your child, “How was your day?” The response is usually a one word answer, “Good!” Of course, this only leaves you wanting to hear more. Whenever I hear that response, I ask a follow-up question, “Huh, I see … ‘good’ can mean a lot of things to different people, so tell me what you mean by that? Or what specifically made your day good?”

July 2, 2014
By Tonny van de Pieterman

Question: Tonny … I am just not playing well today and don’t know why.” In my ongoing quest to teach my students about one-on-one competition I have to deal with this statement all the time.

June 27, 2014
By Tina Greenbaum, LCSW

Everyone wants to win. It’s much more fun than losing. But learning lessons from losing can be the key to turning the percentages in your favor.

June 11, 2014
By Miguel Cervantes III

Anything that has been around for years probably has a pretty good story behind it. Well, Port Washington Tennis Academy (PWTA) has been around since 1966, and boy did I learn a thing or two recently about it.

June 3, 2014
By Lonnie Mitchel

If you have been following my columns, you should know by now that you have to advocate for yourself in life and on the tennis court. Recently at SUNY Oneonta where I serve as head tennis coach, I was asked to lecture on the topic of “Personal Responsibility and Making Change.”

May 30, 2014
By Steven Kaplan

We love to hit with better players because we play better. It's a universal tennis experience and it's more than just ego and motivation that makes us feel this way. We hit harder, crisper and crush the ball effortlessly, while sparring with a bigger hitter.

May 23, 2014
By Rob Polishook

What images come to mind when you hear the phrases “Once upon a time,” “Imagine this” or “Remember the time?” For most, these words kick-start a sense of relaxation, almost as if a movie begins to play through our mind about something that once happened. 

May 22, 2014
By Luke Jensen

How is your tennis IQ? I believe smart tennis players are successful tennis players. I have always viewed myself as a tennis junkie. I can watch any level of play and really enjoy it.

April 22, 2014
By Lonnie Mitchel

As a coach of many individual players as well as collegiate teams, my expectations of what I can get out of these players are put to the test on a daily basis. I have done some research on what some of the great coaches have narrowed it down to in a variety of values and traits. 

April 11, 2014
By Lisa Dodson

It’s no secret that there is nothing exciting about the ball toss for the tennis serve. In fact, the important details can be somewhat tedious and are subsequently glossed over.