By Steven Kaplan
One of my favorite drill games is called "True Life," and the explanation of this game is way more complex than its execution. Essentially, two players on one side of the court try to win the point against two competitors on the other side. The first point is for position only, win and you stay...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The USTA announced changes to the National Junior Tennis Tournament structure last week. It seems like changes to the national format are as inevitable as death and taxes and after speaking with many people, only slightly less welcomed. Former Director of the Office of Management and Budget Bert...Read more
By Frank Dolan
Most tennis players work on foot speed during agility drills. While important, it is not nearly as critical as creating the functional movement and movement skills to accelerate and decelerate in a multi-directional manner. Use this sequence of exercises to optimize your on court "cutting" speed.Read more
By Joel Ross
You're down love-40 and your world is coming apart. Not to worry. Try to get temporary amnesia ... in other words, forget about it. You only need three points to pull even and then two more to win the game. Play one point at a time, regular points, no going for intentional aces or winners. Just...Read more
By Frank Dolan
What is the first exercise you think of when you think of “Core” Training? Is it sit-ups or crunches? Although sit-ups and crunches facilitate general strengthening of the abdominal muscles they are not a great choice when it comes to functionally training the core. Recent research also shows that...Read more
By Frank Dolan
When you think about improving your on court speed you probably don't think too much about your feet and ankles. Believe it or not, it could be a major factor diminishing your speed potential. A lack of ankle range of motion can create a number of problems like putting too much stress on your knees...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
If you are a high school senior who plans on playing college tennis, get ready for the most rewarding experience of your career. In order to learn more about how players can best prepare themselves, I asked one of the best and most experienced college coaches in the country, Paul Wardlaw, head...Read more
By Joel Ross
Practice, right? Yes. However, it's how you practice. Repetition is how you do it. Unrelenting repetition. Whatever it is that you are trying to improve, keep practicing it, over and over again. It must become second nature. The only way to reach that advanced state of execution is to practice it...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Boys High School Tennis is starting, and hundreds of Long Island players are transitioning from placid indoor conditions to the variable and harsh early season outdoor tennis environment. A select few players are readying for Spring Super Nationals. While sun, wind and temperature are the most...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
At the recent 2012 Annual Meeting of USTA Eastern, Section President Jeff Williams addressed junior award winners with these words of wisdom ... "If you work hard in the classroom and continue to develop the skills for which you are being honored here today, you will turn out to be someone that is...Read more
By Ricky Becker
I am not anti-USTA. Well, I should correct that. I don't want to be anti-USTA. Yeah, they stiffed me 20 years ago from the National Team, but after all, they are the national governing body of our great country. Whether they want to be or not, they are bullies. I can't get around it. One example is...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
If I were a college coach, I would look very closely at a potential recruit's tournament back draw record. Specifically, I would look for a persistent pattern of back draw defaults, and if I identified it, I would have concerns. Almost every player defaults a back drawn match once in a while. It...Read more