By Steven Kaplan
As American tennis re-evaluates it's High Performance programs, specifically its methods of "talent identification" to reclaim a lofty position in the world, it's worth learning from the NFL and four-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady. Brady was the 199th player picked in the 2000 NFL draft. His...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The current era of tennis is defined by power, and that power was on display in Melbourne during the 2015 Australian Open. What was fascinating to me after watching Novak Djokovic defeat Andy Murray for an eighth Grand Slam title is that these players are not the biggest hitters on the tour. The...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
It's time to pick up the remote and switch from the Travel Channel to the Tennis Channel to dream of basking in hot weather again. Sorry, not sorry but I have little sympathy for those experiencing another "heat alert" in Sydney. It's better than a polar vortex. I'm looking forward to sizzling...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
As reported in Long Island Tennis Magazine (from an ITA press release), the ITA Intercollegiate Tennis Association Operating Committee is re-submitting its dual match format proposal to shorten college tennis matches after a decisive vote, a move explained as "a powerful indication of the group's...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and Perform, a British media company, signed a 10-year, $535 million deal for broadcast rights to every WTA tournament in its annual calendar. This is the largest commercial contract in the history of women's sports. Heather Bowler of the WTA explained, "This is...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The holidays mean different things to different people. If your a national tournament player, parent or coach, Thanksgiving can be a day spent at a tennis club, with turkey at the hotel restaurant or at a nearby Applebee's. It's not homey or glamorous and I wouldn't want to spend Thanksgiving this...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Fourteen-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal criticized Spain's female Davis Cup captain Gala Leon for feeding a "false and absurd" debate. He said, "It seems strange to me as Davis Cup captain that instead of seeking union and harmony between players, captains and federations, she has incited and...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Tennis participation numbers are down all over, and the Long Island/New York metro area is no exception. This could be a temporary cycle or an alarming trend and I hope it's the former. It's difficult to say exactly why, but I suspect that the skyrocketing cost of college is a real drain on the...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
It seems that tennis, like football and basketball, is making news off the court because of insensitive and ignorant jerks. This latest incident has Russian tennis chief and International Olympic Committee member Samil Tarpischev calling Venus and Serena Williams "The Williams Brothers" and "Scary...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
One of the greatest coaches in tennis history, Vic Braden, has died at the age of 85. Vic was a pioneer in the tennis instructional field. While other coaches were limiting their teaching to a reliance on personal experience, Mr. Braden was breaking barriers using science to support his instruction...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Patrick McEnroe resigned a week before The New York Times reported he was to be fired by the USTA as director of player development. Pat is a very nice and decent person, but he leaves behind a dismal record of developing top players given the system's resources. The "churn and burn" of the...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Evert, Austin, Capriati, Davenport, Williams, Williams, Bellis? Not quite yet, but 15-year-old CC Bellis, TR Blue Chip and rising sophomore, Class of 2017 has the best chance to ascend to become the next great American since Serena. She is also the total package for marketers: Young, talented,...Read more