| By Steven Kaplan

According to USTA.com, the USTA hosted a "listening session" on Saturday, Nov. 24 at The 14s National Open in Connecticut with regard to the proposed changes in the 2014 junior competition structure.

"We are here for one reason," said incoming president Dave Haggerty, "and that is to listen and learn."

This same article further states, "Many of those in attendance were not fully aware of the specifics of the proposed changes."

So let's get this straight ... the USTA hosted a session to listen to people who are ignorant about the topic they are discussing? I wonder what the USTA learned?

Ironically, you would think that a tennis organization in trying to create the appearance that they are responsive to those they serve, would create better spin.

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.