| By Steven Kaplan

The weather in March may "Come in like a lion," but things in the tennis world are tranquil after a stormy winter of discontent as the headlines of match fixing in the sport have faded.

I Googled the term "Tennis" today, and the top two stories that came up were "Roger Federer Drinks Tequila on the Red carpet at The Oscar's" and "Ball Dogs Show Their Stuff at Brazil Tennis Exhibition."

Roger wore that tux as well as any leading man, and those dogs were very talented and cute.

I don't think tequila is a PED and allegations that the yellow lab dropped the ball after being bribed by a piece of cheese are fully unsubstantiated, so I guess in the increasingly tumultuous world of professional tennis, no news is good news.

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.