June 20, 2013
By Lonnie Mitchel
I have written a variety of articles in the past and believe in the importance of playing tennis as the sport of a lifetime. Still, tennis players have to learn the skills of a team environment, not just because you might find yourself on a collegiate team or maybe playing on a USTA tennis team at some point in your life.
June 13, 2013
By Tina Greenbaum, LCSW
Many of us know that the mental side of tennis is a large part of the game. I have heard different statistics as to how much it actually is, but the most common figure I come across is that the mental side of the sport comprises 80 to 90 percent of the game.
June 12, 2013
By Dr. Tom Ferraro
The cost of a college education is outrageous. To go to a top ranked college will now cost you about $55,000 annually. The fact that the average annual family income is only $46,000 makes the cost of college a very serious problem.
June 7, 2013
By Kristina Hyland
Sportime in Kings Park will be hosting tennis scholarship tryouts on Sunday, June 23, from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 pm. Full-year and half-year scholarships will be awarded. Participants may qualify to attend the John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA) Tryouts on Sunday, July 21.
May 29, 2013
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Christopher Morley Tennis LLC is bringing a new generation of tennis instruction to the area with the opening of its tennis facility in Nassau County in September. The new facility, which will be located on the grounds of Christopher Morley Park at 500 Searingtown Road in Roslyn, N.Y., will include five hard courts and five Har-Tru clay courts, and will be available for year-round play.
May 24, 2013
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
It has been a little less than a year that Tennis to the Max started as the brainchild of Sports Psychologist Consultant Tina Greenbaum and tennis instructor Fred Sperber. The unique program combines the essential elements of working on the mental side of competing with the game’s technical components.
May 23, 2013
By Steven Kaplan
The traditional goal of most strength programs for athletic performance has been focused on increasing maximum strength. Athletes typically train at 75 to 95 percent of their one repetition maximum effort, hoping to achieve greater one repletion weight scores. How does this training method transfer to improved tennis performance? Not well, because athletes lift heavy weights slowly and tennis movements are characterized by mid- to high-velocity efforts.
May 21, 2013
By Rob Polishook
BZZZZ, BZZZZZ. It’s usually a weekend in my world. I may have just stepped off a court after an enjoyable morning hitting session, or finished reading the New York Times over eggs and coffee. All is relaxed and status quo. Yet for the athlete on the other end of my buzzing cell phone, his or her world is anything but placid.
May 16, 2013
By Tom Clear
What is development? A buzzword? A marketing tool? The USTA Player Development's mission is "to develop world-class American players through a clearly-defined training structure and competitive pathway as well as through the implementation of a comprehensive coaching philosophy and structure." In my opinion, development is gradual growth where a student progresses from dependence to independence.
May 15, 2013
By Luke Jensen
For many players in the north, our tennis is just starting to come out of our indoor hibernation to dealing with all of Mother Nature’s elements outside. This is one of the most frustrating aspects of the game. Indoor tennis is easy compared to the chaos of dealing with lobbing with your overhead in the sun.
May 15, 2013
By Tim Mayotte
I had a problem with one of my students that drove me loco. An otherwise quick 12-year-old boy was confusingly slow on the court. One of the fastest sprinters in our program, he was slow and disorganized with in his movements. I was stumped until a friend of mine hinted I should look at his split-step.
May 13, 2013
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Long Island Tennis Magazine is proud to announce that Nick Bolletieri will now be a regular contributor. Nick has made himself available to answer questions for Long Island Tennis Magazine and field questions from our readership in future editions.
April 12, 2013
By Lonnie Mitchel
After many years of teaching and working in the business world, I learned you must develop a philosophy and live by it and be true to it. If you are about to embark on a search for the best instructor, ask him/her what is their teaching/coaching philosophy?
April 11, 2013
By Tonny van de Pieterman
An interesting thing happened to me a little while ago that I want to let you in on. I had bought an Apple iPad and I was excited exploring all its options. One of my friends suggested I should play the free video game that was automatically installed.
April 9, 2013
By Miguel Cervantes III
The title of this article is a hotly debated topic between me and my friend Jean. The conversation always begins the same way, with him singing the praises of Serena Williams. With her impressive list of accomplishments, it is easy to argue her case as being the best female player of all time, but is she the best at the moment?
April 5, 2013
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
For over 35 years the Julian Krinsky School of Tennis has provided world-class tennis instruction to beginning, intermediate, and tournament level players. This summer, Krinsky Tennis is introducing an all new program designed to provide the best training available for top performing juniors.
April 5, 2013
By Lisa Dodson
Can you really make huge strides in your game in just one hour? Absolutely. The key is to be organized, have a plan and don’t waste time. In this article, I am going to provide a foolproof workout that, done regularly, will make you a better player in a very short period of time. It may be tough going at first but you will soon find improvement.
April 4, 2013
By Dr. Tom Ferraro
Every coach and every parent wants to know one thing. What are the characteristics of a champion? Whether it’s in tennis or in any other field or endeavor, what are the inner traits of the true winner? I sought out a tennis coach who has worked with some of the best and brightest kids in the nation to talk to her about exactly what makes a champion.
April 3, 2013
By Steven Kaplan
I have an idea for what could be the most boring video game of all time … imagine a large blob that doesn't move, cannot fire back and you get unlimited opportunities to shoot it. Unfortunately, young players tell me that this game is not in the same league as Mortal Kombat because it presents no obstacle to success.
April 2, 2013
By Tina Greenbaum, LCSW
It’s important to understand that one’s mental attitude affects not only their tennis performance, but every aspect of their lives. The challenge in both tennis and life is to have the skills and strategies to turn a losing situation into a winning one—which may or may not actually mean winning the match.
March 29, 2013
By Rob Polishook
It has happened to us all … one moment you are concentrating on playing the point—everything feels smooth, relaxed and in control. Seemingly, the next moment, you find yourself in another place, feeling tense and each step you take feels like a challenge.
March 27, 2013
By Tim Mayotte
We were sad to see our wonderful and colorful Hungarian fitness trainer Beci Ilyes move back to Europe last month. Besides doing a great job motivating and working our players, the kids had grown quite attached to him. Instead of letting him slip out of our minds, we decided to say goodbye formally and have a gas doing it!
March 22, 2013
By Luke Jensen
We are seeing the game on the ATP Tour better than at any other time in the history of men’s tennis. The historic accomplishments of The Big Four—Fed, Rafa, Djoker and Murray the Scott—have promoted the game to levels of interest never seen before.
February 22, 2013
By Jessica Stiles
Rob Polishook, mental training coach, founder of Inside the Zone Sports Performance Group, and Long Island Tennis Magazine contributor, recently led a five-day workshop at the renowned Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Omega is a trusted source for wellness and personal growth, welcoming more than 23,000 people to workshops and conferences throughout the year.