The All England Championships at Wimbledon is usually a staid event with muted tones and hushed crowds, but the Olympic Tennis event is a raucous party ... I love it!
My first thought when I tuned to the coverage on Bravo is that the vivid colors reminded me of that great scene for "The Wizard of Oz" when Dorothy first arrived in Oz and the black and white frames turned to Technicolor.
I'm not going to suggest that Wimbledon change its traditions, they are what make the event this event so very special. Rather, it's this tournament's departure from tradition that makes it a once in a lifetime event, and it is visually spectacular.
Steven 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.