| By Steven Kaplan

For the last two springs, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center has hosted the biggest grassroots tennis event in the country.

This event matches our country’s premier facility, named after a tennis pioneer who loves grassroots tennis, with a free event that has something for everyone. I cannot imagine a more perfect fit. Thousands of tennis fans and enthusiasts attend, including beginners, top players, college and high school teams, and Special Olympians.

Unfortunately, ongoing construction of the new stadium roof at the National Tennis Center prevents this event from returning this year, so I am marking my calendar for the return of the New York Tennis Expo next spring.

I cannot wait.

Steven Kaplan

Steve Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation, and executive director and founder of Serve &Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally- ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.