By Steven Kaplan
Usta.com reports that "six of the brightest products of the QuickStart play format shined on center court inside Madison Square Garden" on Monday, February 28. I agree that these kids are absolutely great. The level of younger players is astounding; age 8 is the new age 10 in playing level. They...Read more
By Ricky Becker
Maybe it's because I'm not a parent of a tournament age player, but I love this new tournament format. Lew Brewer of the USTA was interviewed on tennisrecruiting.net and said it perfectly. This news system makes a child earn his/her way to the next level. No more, "my child can't qualify for...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Each year, Yankee Stadium hosts an Old Timer's exhibition before the real game and it's a lot of fun to watch the stars of yesterday for a few innings. On Feb. 28, Madison Square Garden is hosting an Old Timer's tennis exhibition and it's the main event. John McEnroe (52) will play Ivan Lendl (50)...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
A brief check of USTA.com reveals that 20 tournaments have been held in the boy's and girl's 10-and-Under, and 8-and-Under in the East, using the QuickStart format thus far this year. Sixty-six entries were tallied in total for all 20 tournaments! That doesn't sound like a very quick start to me.Read more
By Eric Meditz
Growing up on Long Island, I had a reputation that I was a good tennis player. Much like many people with similar reputations, I was asked constantly throughout the summers of my youth if I could participate in Member/Guest Country Club Tournaments all throughout the area. For those of you who don’...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The new crop of young American players has not been looking too impressive at the 2011 Australian Open, in fact, they look as weak as any upcoming group of rising Americans I have seen. Charles Bricker of World Tennis Magazine said several days ago that, "The American women's game is in shambles."...Read more
By Ricky Becker
Some USTA/Eastern Changes 1) Rest Periods: BG12-18 – after 2nd set, in the best of three-set match: “mandatory 10-minute rest period during which no player shall practice.” Coaching will be allowed. In Layman's Terms: The 18's now has a 10-minute break in between a 2nd and 3rd set. My Opinion: No...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
While I admire and agree in many ways with Ricky Becker's idealistic viewpoint that the integrity of the tournament ranking system is the priority, in his blog, " Some Major Junior Tournament Rule Changes in 2011 for National Tournament ," I ultimately disagree with his conclusions. Ricky believes...Read more
By Ricky Becker
Happy New Year! As 2011 rings in, be aware of some new junior tournament rule changes effecative 1/1/11. Rule 1: National Open Qualifiers : The number of players qualifying for a USTA National Championship from the immediately preceding USTA National Opens will decrease from the top three finishers...Read more
By Ricky Becker
Things that show me a soft player.... 1. Losing matches 7-5, 6-0. 2. Somebody who would rather get angry than figure out what is going wrong. 3. A pre-teen who just wants to hit rather than actually work on technique. 4. Somebody who hates playing pushers. 5. Somebody who talks a serious practice...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
If someone asks you to play tennis wearing ankle weights, run away as fast as you can while you are still able. Remarkably, some tennis coaches have their young students use external weights, such as ankle weights, weighted vests and weighted rackets. This dangerous practice will undermine...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
I think it's important to disclaim here that as always, this blog is my singular candid viewpoint and I am neither encouraged nor censored by the editors. The Mission of the USTA is to "Promote and Develop the Game of Tennis." The first Strategic Priority they list to achieve this goal is "...Read more