A tennis match is like going on a road trip. (Illustration provided by Salomon Levy)
By Salomon Levy
A tennis match is like going on a road trip. For example, you are traveling to your home, going north from Virginia to Massachusetts, and need to get off the highway to begin traveling east. Then, for some reason, you miss the exit. Argh! How do you react when things are not going your way? Do you...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
My "The Last Dance" letdown was short lived after watching Part 1 of "Lance," another great ESPN documentary about cyclist Lance Armstrong. Lance was the greatest cyclist of his era and maybe of all-time after winning seven consecutive Tour De France races. He also cheated and while it can be...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran held a news conference and said "balls." It was a retro-funny moment worthy of a Beavis and Butt-Head Do Tennis episode. The "mark your tennis balls and don't touch others tennis balls" guidelines are a little silly too. First of all because when the guideline...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
Patrick Mouratouglu, the coach of Serena Williams and promoter of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown, is gaining headlines by warning, "We need a revolution or tennis is dead." His plan for this revolution centers on attracting new fans to the game includes events like his where players will be "miced up...Read more
By Salomon Levy
Continuing with our topic from last week about how important it is to have a consistent contact point, this week I will like to bring your attention to an essential element needed for a solid contact: having “a steady racquet” that moves as much as possible in the direction of the incoming ball...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
At 88-years-old and in the midst of a global pandemic, Nick Bollettieri should be content to shelter at home and continue his work providing wisdom and inspiration remotely. But that's not how he works. Nick collapsed on the court and was taken to the hospital with a kidney infection recently...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
Editor’s note: This blog was written before Governor Cuomo announced that outdoor tennis would be permitted statewide beginning Friday, May 15. While golfers get to experience "Farfegnugen" driving golf balls, tennis is closed and the question is why? Both sports can be played with social...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
The tennis community governs itself for the most part, and in the best of times is a fiercely competitive market-driven economy that has created a thriving and highly successful system. These are not the best of times, however. With a void of real leadership and high levels of stress, what we...Read more
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By Salomon Levy
Every ball comes at you in different heights and angles. So, keep the picture frame between your hip and shoulder and get the ball into that frame for a consistent contact point. Some facts to show you the quality of our game: In an hour-and-a-half long match, there are an average of 500 shots that...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
Congratulations to our collegiate All-Americans from Long Island, in every division. I'd like to give a special shout out to two of my long-time students, Jackie Bukzin, a sophomore at Amherst College, and Alexa Goetz, a freshman at Emory University, for their selection as Division III All-...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
Recently, I’ve been watching many local webinars about the state of the industry, and I was reminded about my days back in elementary and junior high school about what makes a good group project presentation: It should have a coherent central theme. The theme should be introduced. It should be...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
In evolving announcements that would put a Rube Goldberg machine to shame, the USTA has announced that "our plans to stage the US Open on our scheduled dates at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York with fans remains on-going." Except, we "have been aggressively modeling many...Read more