| 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 are not "products of the QuickStart play format" however, unless you consider a few practices out of hundreds, the defining events of these player's experience.

I like QuickStart as a beginner development tool, but the jury is still out as to whether it is a valuable format for the best players.

I don't like made up results however, and by spinning the facts on QuickStart, the USTA indicates that they are perhaps not so confident about its value for top tier talent either.


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.