| By Steven Kaplan

In a way, it's refreshing to hear someone named "Donald" making the news other then Mr. Trump. Donald Young ranted against the USTA on Twitter after losing his French Open Wild Card qualifying match as reported by Long Island Tennis Magazine. I think Mr.Young needs to search inward to find the answers as to why he has failed as a pro after such a promising start to his career ... the number one-ranked junior in the world.

The USTA has offered support, given help and they owe him nothing. Donald Young should say "Thanks" to the USTA, even if he feels the extent of the support was inadequate or the quality of the help was poorly executed. If you don't take full responsibility for your success, it's nearly impossible to be the best in the extraordinarily competitive world of professional tennis. When you write expletives for the world to read and you are a professional, it's "much uncooler" than when amateurs lose their tempers.

"Mr. Young ... your fired!"

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.