By Steven Kaplan
While savvy local tennis fans know that a visit to the qualifying rounds of the U.S. Open can be more rewarding (and accessible) than the main draw, perhaps the best kept secret in tennis are the qualifying rounds for Wimbledon held at The Bank of England Sports Centre in Roehampton, just a few...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning had its grand opening in Crotona Park last Monday in an economically impoverished area of the South Bronx. It is a testament to the potential of using tennis to encourage education and improve the community. This facility, a labor of love honoring...Read more
By Brian Coleman
Novak Djokovic entered the French Open final on Sunday with a record of 41-2, including five titles, in 2015, leaving many to wonder if there was anybody currently on the ATP Tour who could take down the Serb. He cruised through the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, on the red clay of Roland Garros in...Read more
By Brian Coleman
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will play for a spot in the French Open finals tomorrow, the fourth meeting between the Serb and the Scot in 2015. Both players took care of business in their respective matches on Wednesday. Djokovic put together an absolutely dominant performance against the King of...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
I watched Serena Williams nearly meltdown against the world's number 104 Anna-Lena Friedsam in a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 win at the French Open. It’s the hallmark of a true champion to play poorly and still survive, and Serena is an all-time great player who will get stronger as the tournament goes on. I...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
For the last two springs, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center has hosted the biggest grassroots tennis event in the country. This event matches our country’s premier facility, named after a tennis pioneer who loves grassroots tennis, with a free event that has something for everyone. I...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
My last blog focused on the strange and sad attempt to make college tennis more fan-friendly, and by doing so, making the sport less player-friendly. As a junior coach, I see the importance of this issue firsthand because the desire to one day play college tennis is a cornerstone motivation of many...Read more
By Brian Coleman
The Mutua Madrid Open is always one of the biggest and most important tune-ups for the French Open, and with four American men into the second round of the clay-court tournament, could this be a sign of things to come in the next few weeks? The Madrid draw began with five Americans in the main draw...Read more
By Jacob Mishkin
Tennis parents, be aware that while athletic scholarships help your child play college sports, get into their dream school, and prevent you from taking out a bank loan, your child could be receiving even more assistance. During the four-plus years that your child will be attending college, your son...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The Big 12 Athletic Conference is permitting spectators to engage in "non-abusive disruptions" during its tennis matches in a effort to be more fan-friendly. The Conference is encouraging spectators to become loud and boisterous during points, and supporters of this initiative say that tennis needs...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Sania Mirza is now the world's number one ranked doubles player, and that is a remarkable achievement. To put this accomplishment in perspective, consider that Mirza is the first female from India ranked number one in the world in any professional sport and no Indian woman had been ranked in the...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Arthur Ashe once called Martin Blackman "The next great American champion." Things did not work out as expected for Blackman, as his top junior career did not translate to success on the ATP Tour. Blackman had a short stint on the Tour and was ranked as high as 158th in the world at one point. As...Read more