Got Tennis
By Salomon Levy
To be able to hit an efficient tennis shot, we should have a continuous and relaxed motion. The tennis serve is not an exception, but it’s a little different than the others, because the serve is the only one we have total control over it. On one side it can be an advantage, but on the other side,...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
The USTA has stepped up with $50 million to support the tennis industry and it could not have come at a better time as most in the industry are feeling the strain. This is both an act of generosity and a wise investment because it will help the industry thrive once more. A good portion of these...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
"In an alliance called “Tennis Industry United” , the entire tennis industry has come together to analyze the most pressing needs and the top concerns of all who are involved in our sport, and then collaborate on programs that can provide the immediate and longer term support that is needed. In...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
Without fear on the tennis court, we would aim for a line and try to hit a winner on just about every shot. With too much fear, we would fail to strike firmly when we have an open court to hit to. So how much fear is the right amount? Just enough to get us to act responsible and conscientious so...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in one of his daily addresses earlier this week, talked about the importance of separating FACTS from OPINION. Facts are "calming and empowering", he stressed. As a coach, my opinion on technique, mechanics, tactics, strategies and training for each student matters...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
Parts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park are now a hospital to help ease the healthcare burden in New York City. While I have not always been a fan of USTA policy and protocol, as a tennis fan and as a New Yorker, this unprecedented action makes me...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
I believe in science and if you spend hours a day staring at a screen, then you believe in science too (or you are insane, or perhaps both…but more about that later). This virus doesn't have a nationality or a race but it loves when you touch your face and hates soap. Science tells us this. Much of...Read more
By Salomon Levy
Me (the tennis player) vs. COVID-19 Match played: March 2020 Venue: World Stadium Audience: Seven Billion I don’t know where to start the story of this incredible match. The most difficult and important part is that I didn’t fully understand the characteristics of my opponent. I had no idea from...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
While we describe the practices of today and refer to "Social Distancing”, a more accurate term would be “Physical Distancing”. For many young people, 12 hours a day of "FaceTiming" is the new norm and it has the potential to bring people closer, so I will keep today's blog brief: Call an old...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
Take a short break from TikTok and consider: Do you have a resume ? If your answer is “Yes”, improve it. If it’s “No”, now is the time to learn how to do it. Even if you are in Junior High School, it's not too early to start the process and learn the mechanics and structure of a resume. Now is a...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
Did you know that many studies indicate that you can develop and improve tennis movements simply by thinking about them? It's called Visualization and it's powerful. Close your eyes and picture yourself hitting a serve. Breathe, bounce the ball and feel it as if your were actually performing the...Read more
The silver lining to this crisis is that we have time now.
By Steven Kaplan
One of my favorite lines from any song is: "There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do once you find them”, from Jim Croce's “Time In A Bottle”. The silver lining to this crisis is that we have time now. As tennis players we are goal oriented. We are doers. So set goals,...Read more