| 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 39 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 in 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.

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-square feet 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
347a Main Street ♦ Huntington, N.Y.
(631) 629-4940 ♦​ www.solowsports.com

Solow Sports is not your typical racquet shop! The experience begins with its staff which consists solely of players, coaches and tour stringers to help you find exactly what you are looking for. A vast array of racquets are available from all leading brands, as well as some rare manufacturers that you wont find anywhere else. You can even test the racquets in the on-site serving cage as they have the largest demo selection on Long Island.

When it comes to racquet stringing, gripping and customization, Solow Sports is your go-to place. Racquets are always strung on the world’s most advanced machines with knowledgeable stringers who have strung for the pros on tour. Have your grips meticulously installed, racquets weighted and balanced, grommets replaced, and more. Racquet drop-off is available 24/7 for your convenience, as well as on-the-spot stringing within an hour or less. Get the same professional service as your favorite tour player.

Shop the numerous racks of apparel for men, women, boys and girls. Find your favorite brand or try a new local manufacturer with several styles on display. Complete your on-court look with huge selections of bags, hats, footwear and more. As a premier racquet sport destination, you will find full equipment lines for platform tennis, racquetball, squash, paddle and even table tennis. The store features a tournament ping-pong table for customers to play.

If that wasn't enough, Solow Sports enhances the customer experience with racquet pickup and delivery, on-court equipment consultations, custom racquet painting, a full racquet diagnostic center, tennis elbow and injury assessment, sponsorship opportunities, custom team orders, and so much more. Get what you are looking for to take your game to the next level in-store and online at www.solowsports.com.


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

Tennis East
47 ½ Main Street ♦ East Hampton, N.Y.
(631) 324-5881 ♦ TennisEast@optonline.net

For more than 42 years, Tennis East has been the year-round, full-service tennis store of choice for East End racquet sport enthusiasts. Tennis East offers 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 carries a complete line of 10 & Under Tennis equipment so that kids will have more fun playing tennis.

Although we have retained our traditional heritage and roots, Tennis East has become more fashion-forward and now carries 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, Fila, Asics, Babolat, Wilson, Head and Prince products.

In addition, we have expanded our women’s apparel offering to include new fashion designers that have been featured in the pages of Vogue and Town & Country magazines.

Tennis East continues to string all customer and demo racquets on the Wilson Baiardo, the most state-of-the-art stringing machine on the market. Our machines were shipped direct to Tennis East after a short trial run stringing for the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka at the Sony 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 Tennis East by phone at 631-283-9535 (Southampton), 631-324-5881 (East Hampton) or by e-mail at TennisEast@optonline.net.


Topspin Tennis & Fitn ess
218 Jericho Turnpike ♦ Syosset, N.Y.
(516) 364-9470 ♦ TopSpinTennisLI.com

New additional location at Christopher Morley Tennis
500 Searingtown Road ♦ Roslyn, N.Y.
(516) 484-4200 ♦ 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!

Topspin has recently expanded operations by opening a pro shop at the new state-of-the-art tennis facility at Christopher Morley Tennis in Roslyn, N.Y. They will carry all the new racquets, apparel and shoes for the whole family.


Tennis Junction
43 Middle Neck Road ♦ Great Neck, N.Y.
(516) 487-1515

This year, Tennis Junction of Great Neck, N.Y. is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The first store of 900-square-feet was across from the Great Neck Train Station. The store’s name was derived from the popular TV program, “Tuxedo Junction”.

After several years, the store was bursting at its seams. At that time, a 4,000-square-foot store became available on the Main Street and Middle Neck Road. Store Owners Rachel and Norman Lee jumped at the opportunity to have the space for their booming business.

Tennis Junction offers a huge selection of apparel for adults and youth, with many of the most popular brands.

When it comes to tennis footwear, you will find the largest selection in the world with more than 120 styles. The racquet selection is also very impressive, with 400-plus racquets in stock.

The success at Tennis Junction comes from the following: Knowledgeable and courteous sales associates; a huge selection of brand name equipment; and substantial discounts in all categories.

Tennis Junction is located at 43 Middle Neck Road in Great Neck, N.Y. For more information, call them at (516) 487-1515.