| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff











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 35 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 and 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!

Solow Sports
347 A Main Street  Huntington, N.Y.
(631) 629-4940  SolowSports.com

In 2007, Derek Hsiang founded Solow Sports with Doris Maffia on the revolutionary principle that people should be able to buy tennis stuff on the Internet. Aside from all the other massive tennis e-commerce sites that have done it before, it had never been done before. Armed with a passion for tennis, a dash of blissful ignorance, no business plan, and little industry knowledge, Derek threw together a Web site and began operating out of his bedroom, laptop, cell phone and a closet in Tennisport in Long Island City, while juggling multiple side jobs. It proved to be a massively successful exercise … in mediocrity.

Two short years later in 2009, the bedroom and laptop enterprise revolutionized the industry again, when Derek came up with the industry-transforming concept of allowing people to buy tennis merchandise and equipment in a store. Eminent domain may have also had a hand in this move, but we won't discuss that. With all the inventory and operations together in its 582-sq.-ft. headquarters in Huntington Village, N.Y., operational efficiencies shot up 610 percent (this figure is completely made up).

Fast-forward another two and a half years to 2012: Solow Sports tripled its retail storefront to its current home 30-ft.away at 347 A Main Street in Huntington Village, N.Y. Solow Sports is 1700-sq.-ft. of pure retail sexiness that you'll have to see for yourself, although the picture is pretty much what it looks like. It features all of the innovations of before: Racquets, re-stringing, apparel, footwear, bags, racquets, demos, platform tennis, etc. There’s just a whole lot more of it, and the display shelves are significantly shinier than the previous iteration. Also, we built a cage to hit balls in. How awesome is that?

So stop by and check out the fastest-growing and sexiest tennis store in Huntington Village. Demo some racquets, shop for the latest gear, or maybe get your racquet re-strung … Derek will gladly destroy you in Topspin 4 for Playstation 3 while you wait.

Tennis East
73 Main Street  Southampton, N.Y. ♦ (631) 283-9535  TennisEast@optonline.net

47 1/2 Main Street ♦ East Hampton, N.Y. ♦ (631) 324-5881 ♦ TennisEast@optonline.net

Co-owners Marcus Donahue and Robert Rahr recently acquired the Tennis East stores on Main Street in Southampton and East Hampton, N.Y. Marcus is a former collegiate tennis player and head coach, as well as a professional racquet stringer on the ATP and WTA tours. Robert simply wished to preserve these “small town” gems.

For more than 40 years, Tennis East has been the year-round, full-service retail tennis store of choice for East End racquet sport enthusiasts. Tennis East remains committed to offering an extensive selection of men’s, women’s and junior’s racquets, apparel, sneakers and accessories for players of all ages and skill levels. More so, Tennis East intends to be more fashion-forward than the previous owners by offering the most popular and latest product arrivals so that its customers can wear and use the gear that the top tennis professionals are using. Tennis East carries a full-line of Nike, Adidas, Wilson, New Balance, K-Swiss, Babolat, Head, Prince, Dunlop and Volkl products. In addition, Tennis East is the exclusive East End of Long Island distributor of Donnay products and gear.

Tennis East recently replaced its existing stringing machines with the Wilson Baiardo, the most state-of-the-art machine on the market. The new machines were shipped direct to Tennis East after a short trial run stringing for the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova at the Sony Ericson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. The Baiardo delivers unmatched speed, accuracy and consistency.
Tennis East is committed to providing personalized service, professional advice and a high-quality shopping experience. Please look for special offers on Tennis East’s social network sites. For more information, contact Marcus Donahue by phone at either (631) 283-9535 (Southampton) or (631) 324-5881 (East Hampton) or e-mail TennisEast@optonline.net.

Topspin Tennis & Fitness
218 Jericho Turnpike  Syosset, N.Y.
(516) 364-9470  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 high-quality 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. Topspin 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!