Rafael Nadal is the greatest clay court player of all time, if not the greatest player of all time. One of the keys to his success on all surfaces is his mentality.
  | By Steve Annacone
Rafael Nadal has won the French Open 13 times. He is the greatest clay court player of all time, if not the greatest player of all time. One of the keys to his success on all surfaces is his mentality . He hits every shot with the idea that no matter how good it is, his opponent will make the next...Read more
  | By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
The LITLSS program was created by Danny Burgess, a long-time tennis coach on Long Island. Sadly, Burgess passed away last month. You can help support his family during this tough time by donating to the GoFundMe Page . LITLSS programming continues this Fall with tennis lessons for kids held in...Read more
  | By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
There are just four men remaining in the French Open singles draw as the tournament’s semifinals were finalized on Wednesday, with 12-time champion Rafael Nadal as well as top-seeded Novak Djokovic leading the way. Djokovic claimed the fourth and final spot in the semifinals with a four-set victory...Read more
  | By Steven Kaplan
It’s often been said that to be the best at tennis you must be a great "problem-solver", yet very little is actually written about how coaches can help students learn how to solve problems. Specifically, an often neglected yet vital topic is: how can a young tennis player reconcile differing...Read more
  | By Steve Annacone
If you watch professional tennis, it seems that there are a lot of different ways to follow through . Although players tend to have different finishing spots and techniques, most have a lot of things in common on their follow through. First, and most important, the pro players tend to let the...Read more
Sofia Kenin played her fourth-round contest on Monday, and came back from a set down to beat France’s Fiona Ferro 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.
  | By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
There will be at least one American woman in the French Open semifinals as Danielle Collins and Sofia Kenin will square off the in the quarterfinals on Wednesday . Kenin played her fourth-round contest on Monday, and came back from a set down to beat France’s Fiona Ferro 2-6, 6-2, 6-1. The...Read more
  | By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
As U.S. sports begin to emerge, consumers are thinking about how to engage in their personal passions they have not access to since the new normal began last March. For tennis devotees, the biggest challenges are lack of partners and a convenient tennis venue. Say hello to Slinger Bag, the first...Read more
Recent U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem had no issues in advancing to the final 16 in Paris on Friday.
  | By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Two tournament favorites faced no issues in reaching the French Open Round of 16 on Friday as top-seeded Simona Halep and third-seeded Dominic Thiem won their respective third-round matches in Paris in straight sets. Thiem defeated Norway’s Casper Ruud, a man who had the most wins on clay this year...Read more
  | By Barbara Wyatt
What three questions do you ask yourself before a tennis match? What are your private, self-explorative thoughts that can improve your mental state and physical game? I will share my innermost questions. I keep it simple and ask only three. The questions vary, dependent on a social or competitive...Read more
  | By Chris Lewit
The return of serve is arguably the second most important shot in tennis, after the serve, yet it is probably the most under practiced, underappreciated, and undervalued shot in the game. In my annual program at my academy, players can train 25 hours per week with me, and I’ve structured the day so...Read more
Serena Williams was forced out of the French Open due to an Achilles injury on Wednesday, just shortly before she was set to take on Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round.
  | By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Serena Williams was forced out of the French Open due to an Achilles injury on Wednesday , just shortly before she was set to take on Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round. “I was able to get it somewhat better but just looking long-term at this tournament—and will I be able to get...Read more
  | By Ricky Becker
Yes. Yes you can. Think about the best that you’ve ever played. This was the time that everything seemed easy. The time you felt like you had all the time in the world to hit your shots. The time you almost wanted your opponent to play even better because you wanted to be challenged, and you knew...Read more
  | By Rob Polishook
In our previous articles in the Mastering the Mind: Stillness at 125 MPH series, we talked about the benefits of meditation , who does it, and why it’s important. We also outlined a concrete meditation practice that’s easy to start and will have a positive impact on and off the court. And then last...Read more
2019 Long Island Region Volunteer of the Year Hilary Bressler (center) with Team Long Island.
  | By Press Release
USTA Eastern Seeks Nominations for Annual Awards With its annual awards, USTA Eastern honors those who have made remarkable contributions toward growing and promoting tennis at the grassroots level. Recipients are typically recognized in January during a ceremonial dinner at the Eastern Tennis...Read more
  | By Steve Annacone
One of my "go-to" singles drills is to start both players in the center of the baseline and rally several balls each back and forth to the middle of the court. Once the players are doing this successfully, I have them add trying to find a way to win the point. One of my students gave me another...Read more