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.
June 27, 2013
By Lisa Dodson
The serve is the most important and the most under-practiced shot in the game of tennis. We all want a blistering serve, but wanting and owning are two very different things.
June 26, 2013
By Tonny van de Pieterman
The mental game of tennis has gained a tremendous amount of attention in recent years. Judging by the articles in this great publication, not only sports psychologists, but tennis professionals as well are becoming more interested and knowledgeable in this field.
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.