By Steven Kaplan
The term "coach" refers to "the direction, instruction and training of an athlete." Most tennis players have many coaches who have participated in various capacities throughout their career, but all coaches are not equal. A coach may provide lessons and advice many hours a week, for many years, to...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
I am told that some Eastern Tournament hosts have a reputation for "fixing" their draws. Players who regularly participate at these host clubs seem to have favorable draws more often than simple luck and chance would dictate. If these suspicions are true, then this is regrettably dishonest behavior...Read more
By Ricky Becker
A Private Lesson: Pros: You have the option of tailoring the lesson to what you want. You can get the best technical instruction with a private lesson. You can also get exercise or learn strategy or even just hit if you want. If you want to reach your best long-term potential, you need good...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
There are going to be drastic cutbacks in the size and scope of the national junior tournament schedule in 2011, and while the details are nebulous, one casualty will be The Copper Bowl as we know it. The Copper Bowl used to immediately follow the Super Nationals and start on Jan. 1; however,...Read more
By Ricky Becker
Firstly, I want to give myself two shout outs. One, I have been promoted to a "featured" blogger. Not sure what this means but I'll take it. So for those of you who have been reading my blogs. Thank you!!! Secondly, for those of you who don't know, there is a big fantasy baseball league consisting...Read more
By Eric Meditz
Why is it that tennis players seldom get any respect from athletes in other sports? I remember many times growing up being made fun of because I played tennis. For some bizarre reason, being a “tennis player” comes with this stereotype that we are all wimps or weaklings that cannot handle competing...Read more
By Ricky Becker
1. Verdasco's match point against Ferrer was awesome. If you haven't seen it yet, youtube it. Seeing him fall to the ground after curling that passing shot inside the court brings the goose bumps. Man, why couldn't that be me? 2. Since when does hot weather get so windy so fast? The first week was...Read more
By Ricky Becker
1. Today, September 7th has been the most exciting day of tennis at the U.S. Open. Up until today, the matches have really been a bore. 2. Andy Murray losing so early in the tournament was given very little publicity. Probably due to the fact that he lost on a summer Saturday late-afternoon over...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
If you have been to Disneyworld, you know that while the rides are the attraction, they are really the hook to sell merchandise and hospitality. I was at the U. .S Open this year and it is "Tennisworld." Opportunities to spend money abound. I have read that the economic impact of the Open on New...Read more
By Daniel Kresh
Day Two of the main draw of the 2010 U.S. Open was once again full of heat and excitement. On my first shift out on court, I got to watch the 22nd-seeded Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez dispatch American Jamie Hampton. Though Hampton was cramping, she put up a good fight, the sets were competitive with...Read more
By Daniel Kresh
Day one of the main draw of the 2010 U.S. Open did not disappoint. After working hard through the tryouts and qualifying rounds, I felt fully prepared to participate in the 2010 Open, helping to ensure that the matches went smoothly. I arrived early, giving myself plenty of extra time for the...Read more
By Daniel Kresh
For those of you who don’t know, becoming a ballperson for the U.S. Open is a tedious process that takes months. Prior to today, I went to an initial tryout and waited weeks to be invited to a call back. After the callback, there were weeks of waiting again before I was notified that I was hired...Read more