Long Island Tennis Magazine takes a special look at Tennis Apparel stores, highlighting Grand Slam Tennis in Commack, N.Y.; MD Tennis in Westhampton Beach, N.Y.; Solow Sports in Huntington, N.Y.; and Topspin Tennis & Fitness in Syosset, N.Y.
Grand Slam Tennis
214 Commack Road • Commack, N.Y. • (631) 499-6444
What are specialty stores? Specialty stores are a place to go and receive extensive, dedicated and welcoming services that do not include the click of a mouse. Jim Donnelly has been a proud owner and operator of Tennis Emporium & Grand Slam Tennis for more than 34 years. Grand Slam Tennis opened in 1986, after the birth of Jim’s youngest son Chase, who currently manages the store. Jim and his three sons (Jes, Ian and Chase) have worked the business for the past 15 years and have reached out to service Long Island and the tennis community. With the help of Jim’s son Chase managing Grand Slam, Jim has had the opportunity to reach out and expand his interest in growing the game by creating the Suffolk County District USTA in conjunction with Joe Arias and the Suffolk County Junior Tennis League (SCJTL).
Grand Slam Tennis is not just a tennis specialty store; it is a welcoming environment to any tennis player, whether you’re a recreational, club or tournament level player. Their services provide an array of different possibilities: tennis racquet, badminton, squash and racquetball restringing, tennis attire (women’s, men’s and children’s), tennis tutor ball machines (sales, services and trials), tennis nets, ball hoppers, tennis bags, tennis racquet sales, tennis sneakers (Nike, Babolat, Adidas, Head, Prince), accessories, and a whole lot more. Grand Slam Tennis is 1,800-sq.-ft. of tennis equipment, with one side dedicated to tennis attire, and the other to tennis racquets, sneakers, and five stringing machines.
Your experience at Grand Slam Tennis is guaranteed to be different from any other store. The staff is very experienced, knowledgeable and willing to help. When looking to buy a tennis racquet or ball machine, you are able to demo the equipment through the Grand Slam demo program. The demo program is geared toward the player, and is based on your feedback; therefore, you can be guided in the right direction in purchasing the right racquet for you. At the point of purchase, all of your information (name, phone number, address, racquet, grip size, string and tension) is stored in the computer database for future reference. See you on the court!
122 Main Street • Westhampton Beach, N.Y.
(631) 898-0200 • firstname.lastname@example.org
MD Tennis, located at 122 Main Street in the beautiful village of Westhampton Beach, N.Y., is open year-round with extended hours in the summer to accommodate people who might not get out to the Hamptons until later in the day. MD Tennis offers 24- hour stringing, with one-hour service also available. MD Tennis carries a wide selection of clothing and sneakers from Boast, Babolat, Bolle, Duc, Head, FILA, K-Swiss, Prince and Yonex, among others. MD Tennis also offers a delivery service! For more information, contact Marcus Donohue by phone at (631) 898-0200 or e-mail mdtennisandgolf@ aol.com.
10 W Neck Road • Huntington, N.Y.
(631) 629-4940 • www.solowsports.com
In 2005, Derek Hsiang watched 35-year-old Andre Agassi miraculously grind through his U.S. Open draw and push Roger Federer to the limit for the first three sets of the final. Immediately, Derek caught the tennis bug, and over the next year-and-a-half, he committed to ditching corporate life to pursue his passion project: Opening up a tennis retail business.
Along the way, Derek partnered with Doris Maffia, general manager of Tennisport in Long Island City. In June 2007, they launched The Tennis Store, an online tennis specialty retail site. Derek ran all the online operations from his bedroom, and Doris processed orders from Tennisport’s pro shop. Things went well until July 2009, when Tennisport’s land was taken through eminent domain.
With The Tennis Store stranded, Derek and Doris scrambled to find a new home for the business. Within two months, the Tennis Store was reincarnated as Solow Sports at its new location in Huntington Village, N.Y. Why Solow Sports? Although it’s primarily a tennis store, Derek and Doris are gradually expanding it to carry an assortment of non-team, or “solo” sports, all at prices “so low” that you’ll have to see them for yourself.
To this day, Derek’s tennis obsession still runs strong. He loves to meet new customers and plays tennis with them whenever he gets a chance. Doris brings 30 years of experience and connections in the tennis industry. Her daughter, Doris Rose Piazza brings a high level of enthusiasm and energy that rubs off on everyone that walks into the store. And Doris’s sister, Marilu Vega, is the resident stringer on the premises. Solow Sports, open Monday- Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., offers a full line of tennis racquets, paddles, bags, accessories, apparel and footwear from all the major brands. And they’re all available online at www.solowsports.com.
Additionally, they offer the following services:
► Tennis, racquetball and squash racquet re-stringing with sameday turnaround
► Demo service with more than 100 tennis racquets and platform tennis paddles to choose from
► Free re-gripping with the purchase of a grip or overgrip
► Racquet customization
► Grommet replacement
Topspin Tennis & Fitness
218 Jericho Turnpike • Huntington, N.Y. • (516) 364-9470 • www.TopSpinTennisLI.com
Topspin Tennis & Fitness is Nassau County’s top tennis specialty shop. Topspin moved to its new state-of-the-art location two years ago, now centrally located at 218 Jericho Turnpike in Syosset, N.Y. directly across from Syosset Hospital.
Known as the home of “Clothes for the Pros,” Topspin has been serving Long Island tennis pros and players with equipment and the top fashion in the sport for more than 30 years. Topspin’s staff is known for its expertise and highquality service. You will find all the premier tennis brands of equipment, apparel and shoes at Topspin for the whole family, including Nike, Adidas, K-Swiss, Asics, Babolat, Wilson, Head, Prince and many more. Top spin carries the actual outfits and footwear worn at the U.S. Open and other major events by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Topspin carries a full line of fitness and workout apparel, and running shoes, so you can go from the court to the gym in style. Their racket wall contains a large selection of frames, bags and accessories at great prices. Your racket can be strung while you wait by Topspin’s professional staff.
Ask any tennis enthusiast on Long Island and odds are they will be familiar with Topspin Tennis & Fitness. Topspin is a great destination for tennis and Father’s Day gifts as well. Topspin’s staff will ensure that, with the right equipment, you will reach your highest potential as a player and just as importantly, with the right fashion, will look great too!