| By Steven Kaplan

Forgive me if I'm slightly underwhelmed by the news as reported by Longislandtennismagazine.com that the Tennis Channel will have, "Thirteen Days of Televised Match Coverage for Australian Open." It's a reminder that since last September, very few Long Island households get the Tennis Channel since Cablevision and Verizon dropped coverage of this network and are in deadlocked negotiations with no resolution in sight. Luckily, ESPN will have extensive coverage of the year's first Grand Slam to help Long Island tennis fans make it through the dog days of winter.

My favorite part of the tournament is the vicarious pleasure I get from watching the Aussie fans in shorts and tee-shirts basking in the sun, while seeing the best players in the world set the Grand Slam tone for the forthcoming year. Summer is just five months away.

I hear that the 1994 U.S. Open highlights are now available on VHS by the way ...

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.