| By Ricky Becker

Quite a game yesterday, no?  Personally, I don't care for Duke.  Im not sure why..I just don't.  What captured me though was the way Coach Krzyzewski and Coach Brad Stevens carried themselves.  You know they understood the weight of the moment in the history of college basketball.  You'd never know it by watching them.  They were both so cool on the exterior and both of their teams fed off of that beautifully.  There was no doubt both teams played with a lot of heart and passion without all the histrionics that we sometimes see in a college basketball game or even as much so on a tennis court.  I learned that heart can clearly be on display without a single fist pump, argument or bad word....and that two tough teams, competitors, whatever could play their butts off, want to win more than anything and still have class and respect for each other left other.  They weren't playing an opponent, they were playing for a title.

Ricky Becker is The Director of Tennis at Glen Oaks Club.  Ricky also coaches high-performance juniors throughout the year and has been the Director of Tennis at three of Long Island’s biggest junior programs.  As a player, Becker was the Most Valuable Player for the 1996 NCAA Championship Stanford Tennis team and ranked in the top-five nationally as a junior.  He can be reached at rbecker06@yahoo.com, 516-359-4843 or via juniortennisconsulting.com.