| By Steven Kaplan

"Cellibacy" - the act of refraining from looking at your cell phone at inappropriate times. While it's not a real word, it should become part of the lexicon of tennis players.

Cell phone compulsion on the tennis court is widespread and not a healthy trend. This practice is disruptive, distracting and ultimately destructive to the important task of focusing on improvement and development. This addictive pattern of behavior is all over the news lately as characterized by Charlie Sheen. Unfortunately, cell-addicted tennis players, unlike Mr. Sheen, will not be "Winning."

Put your phone down!

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.