| By Steven Kaplan

If you are the parent of an aspiring young player on Long Island, there is a very good chance that "prominent" coaches have told you that "your child has the talent to be a pro." Most of you will be skeptical, especially when they add, "we are the only place with the ability to take them to the top." Some of you, however, prefer to recognize these statements as thoughtful, insightful and a validation of your dream.

Your child is special to you of course, and magical thinking reinforces a belief in the limitless potential of your child's ability.

How wonderful that a coach with a stellar reputation has the special insight to recognize this ability and the glass ceiling has been lifted.

Dreaming may be free, but following this rainbow will set you back 50 grand ... or more.

Fortunately, tennis training is educational, not vocational, and education is priceless.

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.