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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
By Ricky Becker
About 10 years ago, I had a lifelong memory when I was asked to practice with Pete Sampras for a day when he was in New York City while his wife was filming for a movie. Except for the fact that he stuck me for the court and ball fee even though he made about 600 times more than me that year, he...Read more
By Joel Ross
Do you take control at key moments? Do you make everyone on your team better? Do you know the strengths of your team members and give them opportunities to produce results using them? Do you make good decisions under duress? Do you take some calculated risks, fail occasionally, get up and keep...Read more
By Joel Ross
I just filled in as "guest instructor" at one of our QuickStart after school programs in Pelham, N.Y. for kindergartners, about 5-years-old. There were 12 children in the class. Each child had a racquet and sponge ball. The first exercise was hitting the ball up with the racquet, letting the ball...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Caroline Wozniacki has fired her coach, Ricardo Sanchez, after two months. Sanchez responded by saying, "Wozniacki ... she must be more aggressive." He continued by adding, "Wozniacki should be a racehorse, not a pack horse." Perhaps if Coach Sanchez called his student a "pack horse" sooner,...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The energy expenditure numbers in the five-hour, 53-minute epic, Australian Open men's finals are astonishing. According to Dave Martin, senior sports physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sports, and David Hornery, author of the report, "A Review on Fatigue in Tennis," Novak Djokovic and...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The giants of tennis keep moving forward at the Australian Open. Four Grand slam winners, as well as the top four seeds, are still alive on the men's side in the quarterfinals including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and former U.S. Open Champion, the 11th-seeded but...Read more
By Ricky Becker
Boys'18's: 2011 January regionals had 5 easier cutoffs; 2012 had 3 that were easier Boys' 16's: 2011 3 easier; 2012 5 easier Boys' 14's: 2011 4 easier; 2012 4 easier Boys' 12's: 2011 5 easier; 2012 3 easier Girls 18's: 2011 4 easier; 2012 4 easier Girls' 16's: 2011 5 easier; 2012 3 easier Girls 14'...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Forgive me if I'm slightly underwhelmed by the news as reported by Longislandtennismagazine.com that the Tennis Channel will have, "Thirteen Days of Televised Match Coverage for Australian Open." It's a reminder that since last September, very few Long Island households get the Tennis Channel since...Read more