The 2017 Australian Open was one for the ages in a number of ways, and turned back the clock to a decade prior with four 30-plus year-olds competing for the men’s and women’s singles titles. No Melbourne storyline was bigger than the men’s singles final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, two long-time rivals whose Grand Slam titles, many believed, were in the rearview mirror.
Andy Murray has enjoyed a fantastic tennis career up to this point and is no doubt one of the top three players in the world. Murray led Great Britain to the 2015 Davis Cup championship and brought a Wimbledon championship back to Great Britain when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the 2013 final, becoming the first British male to capture the historic title since Fred Perry in 1936.
Bill de Blasio may be the official Mayor of New York City, but he isn’t the only one who wears that title in the city that never sleeps. Jeffrey Appel is commonly and appropriately referred to as the “Mayor of New York Tennis” because of the relationships and connections he makes and develops between the business and finance world, and the global tennis community.
The 2015 U.S. Open was supposed to be a celebration of American Serena Williams, who was going after the Calendar Grand Slam and trying to tie Steffi Graf’s record of 22 career Grand Slams in the Open Era, but the show was stolen by Italian Flavia Pennetta, who dazzled the Queens crowd for two weeks on her way to her first career Grand Slam title.
With the summer winding down and the start of school on the horizon, the high school girls tennis season will get underway. The girls of Nassau and Suffolk Country are ready to get back onto the courts in hopes of having a successful year.
Not since 1988 has a woman’s player won all four Grand Slams in a calendar year. That year, Steffi Graf dominated the rest of the women’s field, as the 18-year-old won her second career Grand Slam at the Australian Open, and proceeded to rattle off titles at the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open.
The Women’s Amateur Division draw at the third installment of the 2015 Long Island Tennis Challenge, held in early August at Engineer’s Country Club, was one of the strongest fields the tournament has seen. It made for a highly competitive and well-balanced tournament.
Some of the best in the area at keeping you in shape and on the court, including: Dr. Tom Ferraro, NY Bone and Joint Specialists, Orin & Cohen, Peak Performance, Dr. Arnold Sherman, and Total Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.
From an early age, Noah Rubin had a strong connection to the sport of tennis. The Long Island native had a racquet in his hands before he could walk, and was hitting balls while still in diapers. Hailing from a family of tennis players, he was born with the sport in his blood.
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are the best tennis players in the world at the moment. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. The two won the Australian Open and show no signs of slowing down any time soon. Djokovic is not only physically close to the top level he can bring to the court, but mentally, there is nobody who can come close to touching him.
In 1983, Yannick Noah beat defending champion Mats Wilander 6-2, 7-5, 7-6(7-3) to win the French Open title, becoming the first Frenchman to win the title since Marcel Bernard in 1946. Since Noah’s title in ’83, a new streak has begun.
Long Island Tennis Magazine hosted the Long Island Tennis Challenge, which brought together some of the top tennis players in the area on a beautiful afternoon at Engineer’s Country Club in Roslyn, N.Y. As the day went on, it wasn’t only the weather that heated up, but the competition, as the many spectators looking on took in some highly competitive tennis.
As the winter months begin to fade into spring, it means that the start of high school spring sports is on the horizon. The boys high school tennis season here on Long Island carries with it a number of intriguing headlines in addition to a deep crop of talent, which should make for an action-packed spring in the tennis community.
Grigor Dimitrov brings his talents to New York City in early March for the BNP Paribas Showdown, when he takes on Roger Federer in an exhibition match. The 23-year-old Bulgarian has made quite a name for himself in his short years on the ATP Tour and 2015 could be a breakout season for the rising star.
Long Island’s high school girls had a great year. The Island was very well-represented at the 2014 New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Championships in Latham, N.Y., and the competition was fierce across the Island over the entire fall season.
Long Island tennis players have great choices when it comes to where to play tennis. Below is a list of Long Island Tennis Magazine’s top clubs and programs with descriptions of what each has to offer.
Heading into the 2015 Australian Open, there are many storylines with a great deal of unpredictable endings in store for the upcoming year. One great of the game proved to the world that age is no barrier in 2014, while another raised questions on just how many times he could get up from a knockout punch. In the women’s game, young stars are reaching the horizon, with the superstar looking to maintain her reign.
A look some of the hottest tennis travel destinations, including Casa de Campo, Elite Tennis Travel Inc., Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Peter Kaplan’s Westhampton Beach Junior/Adult Tennis Academy, Saddlebrook Resort and Sports Travel Experts.