October 3, 2013
By Bill Longua
It remains an ongoing debate about which shots are the most important when playing doubles: The serve, volley or the return. I won’t try to solve that debate here, but I will tell you that all three are imperative to a solid doubles game, with the return of serve maybe the most strategic.
October 2, 2013
By Daniel Kresh
Almost every club player I have ever seen either does not fully appreciate the importance of their non-dominant arm, or at the very least, will intermittently forget how important using it can be for every shot in tennis … that’s right, every shot!
September 30, 2013
By Lisa Dodson
In the last issue, we started discussing the major differences between the serve and the overhead. Hopefully you have started cleaning up your overhead technique by improving your movement, balance and preparation for this important shot.
September 27, 2013
By Lonnie Mitchel
The players, spectators and fans are about to embark on a two-week journey known as the U.S. Open Championships at Flushing Meadows, N.Y., the final Grand Slam event of the year. If you are an American tennis fan, you are likely going to watch a lot of tennis on television or perhaps you will scramble for tickets to see the matches live.
September 26, 2013
By Tina Greenbaum, LCSW
As soon as we begin to play for points, we immediately move from the realm of practice into the realm of competition. And that simple addition of risking winning or losing a point, set, or match requires a totally new skill: Performing under pressure.
September 24, 2013
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Many tennis coaches believe that mental skills training are important, however, not many teach mental skills! Tennis to the Max is addressing this issue.
September 23, 2013
By Rob Polishook
How many times have you seen an athlete get tight, underperform or choke in a big event? In practice, they play great—not a care in the world, going for broke on every shot, and effortlessly succeed while doing so.
September 19, 2013
By Margie Zesinger
In addition to pure talent, the greatest champions of the game acquire relentless self-belief and determination through preparation.
September 17, 2013
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Long Island Tennis Magazine has the unique opportunity to pose questions from our readers to tennis coaching legend Nick Bollettieri. Nick has coached 10 world number ones, including Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Jim Courier, Martina Hingis, Jelena Jankovic, Marcelo Rios, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, and Venus and Serena Williams, as well as a host of other world-class players, including Tommy Haas, Anna Kournikova, Jimmy Arias and Nicole Vaidisova, to name a few.
September 17, 2013
By Tonny van de Pieterman
This article is not to be read by right-handed players, our opponents! After my last article in the July/August 2013 issue revealing my “lefty insecurities,” I am hereby reaching out to my lefty compadres to deliver some lefty power tips.
September 16, 2013
By Luke Jensen
I am asked all the time from competitive tennis players … is the game more mental or physical? In my life-long adventure through the world of competitive tennis, I have found that the mentally tough players win more than the physically gifted.
September 13, 2013
By Miguel Cervantes III
My previous article focused on how there are times when the rules of tennis are used in such a way that may be considered to be at odds with the spirit of the game. I want to push further into this grey area and talk on gamesmanship.
September 13, 2013
By Steven Kaplan
Grips matter because they are the most intimate connection between you and the racket. A poor grip, not within an acceptable parameter, will limit performance.
September 12, 2013
By Dr. Tom Ferraro
It’s summertime and the living is easy (at least I hope so). Summer is the time to relax and get away from the grind of work, work and work.
September 10, 2013
By Lisa Dodson
Do you love your serve? I certainly hope so because it is the most important shot in the game of tennis. It would make sense that anyone who loves the serve should love the overhead as well, but that’s not necessarily true.
August 5, 2013
By Miguel Cervantes III
There are several rules in competitive tennis, some are on-court rules and some are off-court rules, but the rules are in place to protect the integrity of competition.
August 2, 2013
By Rob Polishook
Imagine the scenario: You are watching your child play, and it feels like you’re the one playing. Your palms are sweaty and your feet are tapping with the immediacy of how Rafael Nadal awaits the coin toss.
July 30, 2013
By Lee Hurst
In the last issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine, Coach Tim Mayotte of 360 Tennis spoke about the importance of the split-step and its three components in his article, “Wow … What a Great Split-Step.”
July 29, 2013
By Steven Kaplan
I was privileged to speak at the First Annual New York Tennis Expo in April, along with an esteemed panel of tennis experts. This was not only the biggest grassroots tennis event ever in the metropolitan area, with attendance numbers that reached nearly 3,000, but it was also a gathering of the most sophisticated tennis fans in the world with an extraordinary capacity and hunger for knowledge.
July 23, 2013
By Dr. Tom Ferraro
Many years ago, I wrote a piece on the three characteristics of great coaches. I had just done research on John Wooden, Vince Lombardi, Woody Hayes and Doc Counsilman of Indiana University.
July 19, 2013
By Luke Jensen
The game of tennis played by the pros of today is explosive and exciting to watch. Back when I played on the ATP Tour in the late 1980s and most of the 1990s, not many players could, what I call, "Turn a Point.”
July 17, 2013
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Long Island Tennis Magazine has the unique opportunity to pose questions from our readers to tennis coaching legend Nick Bollettieri. Nick has coached 10 world number ones, including Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Jim Courier, Martina Hingis, Jelena Jankovic, Marcelo Rios, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, and Venus and Serena Williams, as well as a host of other world-class players, including Tommy Haas, Anna Kournikova, Jimmy Arias and Nicole Vaidisova, to name a few
July 17, 2013
By Tonny van de Pieterman
While going through some personal issues, I was advised to make a gratitude list. It was suggested that making this list is good therapeutic advice for anyone struggling with the challenges of life or for anyone feeling sorry for themselves.
July 1, 2013
By Miguel Cervantes III
Most tennis players, at one point or another, consider taking lessons to improve their game. Taking lessons is an investment, and like most investments, you’ll usually get what you pay for if you don’t do a little research.