| By Steven Kaplan

The steadiest player I know, never misses, never complains, and unless someone else has gotten there first, is always available. Of course I'm talking about a wall. Walls are undervalued practice partners.

I think many players don't consider seeking out practice against the wall for two reasons. First, it is not as valuable or realistic as practicing against an authentic opponent. Second, it is really, really, boring.

It is worthwhile, however, to find a wall and practice with it on occasion. It can be a valuable and intense alternative workout.

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.