| By Steven Kaplan

The FIFA World Cup, Tour de France, Lebron, Melo ... forget about it!

The biggest local sports news for Long Island tennis fans is Noah Rubin. He's the 2014 Wimbledon Boy's Champion, which is a truly remarkable achievement, but not his biggest accomplishment of the week.

He also announced that he's going to Wake Forest University, and by choosing to pursue college greatly advanced his opportunities in tennis and beyond. New NCAA rules ensure his education, so that even if he leaves after a year, he can return for a degree. It's a guaranteed contract worth over $1 million in future earnings and a great decision to ensure his success.

Bravo Noah, well done!

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.