| By Steven Kaplan

Lately the northeast has seen some of the most extreme winter weather in recent memory. Three weeks ago the "Snowacane" dropped over 30 inches of snow in some areas. Last weekend a powerful Noreaster whipped hurricane force winds across the local region. I expected most of the tournament matches would be canceled or postponed during the height of each of these storms but remarkably many matches were played. While hitting an 80 mile per hour serve second serve down match point is brave, driving 80 miles during a blizzard to play a match is truly tournament tough.

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.