| By Steven Kaplan

This year's U.S. Open brings into clear focus that this is a golden age for men's tennis. Novak Djokovic is having what John McEnroe calls, "The greatest year in men's professional tennis history." This is strong praise coming from McEnroe since his 1984 season (where he was 82-3) is considered by many, the greatest season ever. Djokovic's victory at the U.S. Open is his third Grand Slam this year. He has dominated Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, two of the greatest champions ever. Djokovic, Federer and Nadal represent the sport with passion, grace and determination. They are three of the greatest role models in the history of the sport.

Congratulations are in order for Samantha Stosur. Seven years ago, Stosur stayed at Hannah Camhi's house (Hannah is a student of mine) while playing the satellite tournament that was held for several years, at Syosset-Woodbury Park. She was a gangly teenager then, now she is the 2011 U.S. Open Champion and a miracle of modern science with shoulders that would put Wonder Women to shame.

Chris Evert called Serena Williams' outburst in the finals "surprising and disappointing." Chris, you are batting .500 here which is great for baseball, but ignorant if you follow tennis. There was nothing surprising about Serena's boorish behavior. She acted like a bully, again.

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.