| By Ricky Becker



Since school is right around the corner, I thought it would be good to get back into the flow with a Mythbusters Quiz. One factoid was taken from the last articles and formed into a question. This shouldn’t be so hard for the Mythbuster die-hards out there. Even if you haven’t been reading all the Mythbusters articles (shame on you!), this quiz should help give you some insight to college tennis and the recruiting process. The answers are at the end of the article.

1. What does living legend Dick Gould think is the single biggest challenge ahead for coaches of college tennis?
A. To be able to fund raise for the long term
B. To get a big network television contract
C. To keep junior players from going pro
D. To keep college players from collecting money

2. The four players interviewed by JuniorTennisConsulting each referenced a few things they liked about college tennis. Which attribute did they all reference?
A. The team aspect
B. The focus on doubles
C. The big home crowds
D. The Spring Break trips

3. When did the four Long Island standout players from the high school class of 2012 construct their first college list?
A. After they had a good tournament
B. The very beginning of their junior year.
C. After being contacted by their first coach
D. After getting yelled at by their parents

4. What did the two interviewed Long Island players who graduated college over the past three years say was the most unexpected thing from college?
A. The lack of private lessons
B. The amount of unofficial practices
C. The initiation of the freshmen
D. The extremely strong bond they still felt with their teammates.

5. What does former Stanford All-American and top-100 world-ranked Jeff Salzenstein say is crucial for any college player looking to play professional tennis?
A. A huge serve
B. Financial support
C. Finding tournaments in remote outposts
D. Great college coaching

6. What two colleges played for the 2013 Women’s Division III Tennis Championship?
A. MIT and Cal Tech
B. Carnegie Mellon and Emory
C. Williams and Emory
D. Redlands and Emory

7. What should you do after your freshman year of high school?
A. Familiarize yourself of the academic and tennis thresholds of different schools and see what is realistic
B. Start visiting your target schools
C. Contact any school you may conceivably be interested in attending
D. Nothing

8. What does JuniorTennisConsulting see as two big problems facing the younger junior tennis age groups which could lose tennis some good athletes?
A. Mandatory QuickStart tournaments and too many unofficiated matches
B. Pushing and moon balling
C. Pushy parents and egocentric coaches
D. A lack of compass draw tournaments and too many defaults

In the November/December 2013 issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine, you will find the second half of the quiz which is eight more tidbits from previous articles. Class dismissed!


Answers: 1-A, 2-A, 3-B, 4-D, 5-B, 6-C, 7-A, 8-A

Ricky Becker is the Director of Tennis at Pine Hollow Country Club. He independently coaches high-performance juniors and adults of all-levels year-round at Bethpage Park Tennis Center. He has coached hundreds of ranked junior players. As a player, Becker was awarded Most Valuable Player for the 1996 NCAA Championship Stanford Tennis Team and 1989-1992 Roslyn High School Tennis Teams, and was ranked number four in the United States in the 18 & Under Division.