Playing the US Open, even with no fans, if such an option can be done safely, is exactly in the spirit of the celebration of everything our country, sport and area represents.
  | By Steven Kaplan
I've been thinking about the US Open this year and one line that I read that stands out to me in relationb to the event being unlikely to be played without fans. The USTA said that such a move was "not in the spirit of the celebration of the event." As an American, a tennis coach and a lifelong New...Read more
I would recommend trying to practice your volley against a wall and focus just on minimal racquet movement and a solid hit.
  | By Steve Annacone
There are a lot of reasons why players do not come in to the net these days, including the speed of the shots and the technology that has enabled the top pros, and recreational players, to hit incredible spin with a lot of pace. But lastly and probably most importantly, is the fact that most...Read more
With so many tennis pros unable to instruct live, many have turned to making "instructional videos”. And while they give information, many are devoid of valuable insight and wisdom.
  | By Steven Kaplan
We can't let the cure be worse than the problem itself, and no, I'm not talking about sheltering-at home. With so many tennis pros unable to instruct live, many have turned to making "instructional videos”. And while they give information, many are devoid of valuable insight and wisdom . In my...Read more
Bianca Andreescu hoisted the 2019 US Open trophy. It remains to be seen if she will have a chance to defend her title in 2020.
  | By Steven Kaplan
The USTA is hopeful to start the US Open in late August with business as usual with a "decision coming in June", explained Mike Dowse USTA Chief of Operations. Dowse went on to say: "The driving factor will be the health and well-being of the players, the fans and our staff." Dowse added, "it is "...Read more
On Thursday, the USTA announced the next steps in its support program for the tennis industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  | By Press Release
The USTA today announced a comprehensive suite of programs to support the tennis industry, which is battling the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This announcement is the second phase of ongoing efforts that the USTA is developing in concert with the American tennis industry. The...Read more
  | By Steven Kaplan
A game, all over social media, in which we hypothetically choose to quarantine in a house from a list of well-known people is helping us pass the time. Tennis has one with six houses, with each one having five random US Open champions. So should tennis players Rejoice? I'm not so sure. This one is...Read more
It's a difficult period and we should show compassion to one another, but I fail to see the downside of resolve over complacency, self-empowerment over self-pity.
  | By Steven Kaplan
I read an article yesterday from a "trauma psychologist" complaining about how social media blogs which "urge self-improvement during this time place an unnecessary burden on people making them feel guilty." I don't know about you, but my introspective emotions are my choice, no one causes me to...Read more
A lot of truth is being revealed during this shutdown and shelter-at-home orders. Some are truths about others.
  | By Steven Kaplan
A lot of truth is being revealed during this shutdown and shelter-at-home orders. Some are truths about others. Which leaders, whether individuals or organizations both in and out of tennis, really care about our well-being? Who is stepping up with real effort, and who is just passing information...Read more
  | By Steven Kaplan
How about making a video of you doing household tasks and working out? I have a better idea. Get off your phone and do them! Do you really need a virtual pat on the back to do what you should be doing anyway?Read more
  | By Steve Annacone
A lot of tennis professionals are doing video tips on Facebook and other social media sites these days. I recently saw several video tips from Tom Gullikson, who I know from my coaching days on the ATP Tour. Tom was a great player, winning the 1984 French Open Mixed Doubles title along with Manuela...Read more
How do you handle a disagreement about the score?
  | By Steven Kaplan
How do you handle a disagreement about the score? Of course, there is a protocol in the rules, but most importantly it usually involves learning how to negotiate . The ability to negotiate in order to defuse difficult situations is a tennis skill that will become an invaluable life skill. For many...Read more
This moment reveals true character and, for many, will define not only who they are, but who they will become.
  | By Steven Kaplan
John Wooden, the great UCLA men’s basketball coach, once said, "Sports don't build character, they reveal it.” What is your character on the court? Do you "cheat back?" Do you give up? Do you whine and complain about how the world is unfair, or do you rise above and fight with calm resolve,...Read more
What defines maturity and adulthood is that you take responsibility not only for yourself, but for others and for the world around you.
  | By Steven Kaplan
While some say, "I don't take responsibility at all," others recognize that saying, "we are united", or, "we are all in this together", rings hollow and empty when your actions don't back up your words. We know that wearing a simple mask in public will do very little to protect you, but it will...Read more
While all students are different, and that is one of the things that makes coaching so fun and fresh, there are some universal truths that I find myself saying repeatedly to my students.
  | By Ricky Becker
While all students are different, and that is one of the things that makes coaching so fun and fresh, there are some universal truths that I find myself saying repeatedly to my students. Some things I’ll rattle off more to high-performance juniors, and some of the other things to serious but...Read more
Since most points end after the serve (ace, service winner, missed return or double fault), it is extremely important to get your return of serve in play and force the server to hit another shot.
  | By Steve Annacone
Since most points end after the serve (ace, service winner, missed return or double fault), it is extremely important to get your return of serve in play and force the server to hit another shot. Focusing on the basics will make this more likely and will also give you a chance to get the server in...Read more