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.

April 8, 2014
By Tonny van de Pieterman

One of my favorite lessons is with Leslie. She is about 50-years-old, though she looks like she is 40, and she acts like she is 30 … a bubbly, fun personality and a great spirit to spend an hour on the tennis court with. We play once a week, indoors, early in the morning.

April 2, 2014
By Miguel Cervantes III

Neglecting the changeover during a match is detrimental to your game. You practice your serve, your forehand, your backhand, your volleys, but when do you ever practice your changeover? 

March 25, 2014
By Gary Simeone

High School tennis coaches from both Nassau and Suffolk Counties came out on March 23 for the Annual Coach's Clinic at Bethpage Park Tennis Center. Bethpage Park Tennis Directors Steve Kaplan and Keith Kambourian offered several tips for the coaches in attendance, with an emphasis on serving techniques and helping players improve consistency in their game. 

March 19, 2014
By Luke Jensen

When a top-ranked player on the Pro Tour decides to change racquets, it becomes a big story. This change can be very tricky for the athlete. You get used to a feel of a frame and confident in the frame that helps you win. Most of the time, a change made by a top pro is due to a big pay day from a new sponsorship or endorsement company.

March 18, 2014
By Cliff Drysdale

One of my greatest joys is to see how tennis rapidly becomes a lifestyle in and of itself for so many enthusiasts; young and old, beginner to competitor. There truly is no better choice for a healthy, fit and fun lifestyle!

March 14, 2014
By Tina Greenbaum, LCSW

One watching the most recent drubbing of the favored, Payton Manning-led Broncos, by the youthful defense and offense of the Seattle Seahawks, might be taken somewhat aback by the revelations shared by Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll. 

March 13, 2014
By Steven Kaplan

Most serious young tournament tennis players from the local area aspire to transition from the junior ranks to college tennis. A college education is not the best path for every young person or every young tennis player, however, and some of the greatest tennis players of all time opted to skip college and had impressive careers.

March 12, 2014
By Rob Polishook

All competitive players recognize negative self-thoughts. It starts with that devilish little voice in our head which raises doubts, fear and questions about our ability to perform.

February 7, 2014
By Lisa Dodson

I just returned from a great “teaching vacation” in Mexico with a large group of players, some whom I have known and worked with for many years. I always learn a lot every time I walk onto the court to teach, but this time was really striking.

February 6, 2014
By Tonny van de Pieterman

“I always play well …” Whenever I say this, a look of disbelief often stares back at me. My statement is not coming from a place of misplaced arrogance. Let’s look a little deeper.

February 5, 2014
By Miguel Cervantes III

I love QuickStart and if you have a young child interested in tennis, then you should love it too! It’s taken a while for me to get to this point, but here I am professing my love for something that, just a few years ago, I was very skeptical of. 

February 4, 2014
By Tina Greenbaum, LCSW

I was standing on the sidelines watching a young high school player prepare for tryouts for his varsity team. His coach was proud of the way he was hitting the ball and felt he had a really good chance of making this highly competitive roster.

February 3, 2014
By Lonnie Mitchel

Discover, develop and dedicate! How about completive excellence, having a player who will be a four-year impact player and maintain a GPA above the student body average?