| By Steven Kaplan

As a computer semi-illiterate, I have read very few blogs and I have just a superficial understanding of the blog format. I have, however a clearer understanding of the significance of blogs in today's technology driven news world.

An increasingly large percentage of people keep current with the world via blogs. This is both an opportunity and a responsibility.

The barrier to entry for voicing an opinion are nearly non-existent now. Anyone can blog. Nevertheless, I have a personal desire to blog carefully and responsibly.

By, "carefully" I mean that I don't intend to be personally undermining to anyone. By "responsibly" I mean that I do intend to be direct, clear, concise, truthful and outspoken on the topics I address. Thank you, Long Island Tennis Magazine for this forum.

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.