| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Kelly Keenan

The USTA Eastern Long Island Region held it's first ever College Bound Tennis Players Send Off on Wednesday night at the Knights of Columbus in Farmingdale, N.Y. The Region invited Long Island high school seniors who committed to play college tennis to along with their parents and high school coaches.

"As a Region, we realized that there are about 40 kids playing next year and that is exciting. We wanted to give them some recognition," said Jackie Binder, USTA LI Board Member

The goal of the evening was to honor the students’ achievements and celebrate the fact that so many local students will be continuing their education while playing tennis in college. 

"The event brings all of the seniors together … it recognizes them,” said Shai Fisher, Syosset High School Tennis Coach. “Long Island always produces good tennis, it is good to recognize them for their academic achievements as well.”

The following are some comments from those honored at the event …

►"I'm excited to go play with the other kids that are already on the team."—Ross Binder (Bellmore JFK Senior attending Oneonta in the fall)

►"I loved high school tennis because of the team aspect. I like this event because it recognizes us for achieving our goal of playing tennis in college."—Rhea Malhotra (Syosset High School Senior, attending NYU in the fall)

►"I'm excited to play in college because when I get to school, I know I'm going to have a nice group of friends right away."—Matt Bahar (Syosset High School Senior, attending Oneonta in the fall)

►"I'm really excited to play at the collegiate level and having a great team, along with making new friends."—Lauren Livingston (Paul D. Schreiber High School Senior, attending Calremont-Mud Scripps College in the fall)

►"I'm most excited to meet new people and make a lot of friends."—Claudia M. Ruiz (North Shore High School Senior, attending Sacred Heart in the fall)

►"I'm excited to make new friends, hang out with the team and make many memories."—Cory Seltman (Commack High School Senior, attending Sacred Heart in the fall)

Credit all photos to Kelly Keenan



Syosset High School Coach Shai Fisher (center) with two of his Syosset players, Matt Bahar (left) and Rhea Malhotra (right)








The USTA Eastern LI Region presented the college-bound seniors with official USTA sweatshirts







Cory Parr, three-time All-American at Wake Forest University, discusses the college road ahead with attendees







A great time was had by all at the USTA Eastern Long Island Region's first ever College Bound Tennis Players Send Off