By Steven Kaplan
If frequent tournament play is causing problems for your young player, then perhaps it's time you reevaluate how this participation is managed. It's true that children are often frustrated and bewildered by the tournament experience. Formal competition can produce tremendous anxiety, anger and...Read more
By Ricky Becker
Different coaches teach different things and have different theories. The problem is, I'm the only one who is right. Just kidding of course (at least the obnoxious attitude.) One of the items I have debated with some other coaches over the last few years is the amount of tournaments kids younger...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Tennis News reports that top ATP touring professionals are giving serious consideration to a player's strike. Top ATP players, including Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray had expected to meet with tour officials during the recent Shanghai Masters, but talks have broken down. Andy Murray...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
I frequently read LongIslandTennisMagazine.com, and the article entitled " Todd Martin Named to USTA Board " caught my eye. Todd Martin is a great choice for USTA leadership. By all accounts, Mr. Martin is a very classy guy and a true tennis gentleman. He replaces Jeff Tarango who started his "two-...Read more
By Ricky Becker
Things Coaches Say... "The kids in this area are soft" "The kids in this area have no talent" "The parents are the reason this child is not doing well." "My students need to play more." "Other programs in the area are horrible." "Rankings aren't important at this age." Things Kids Say... "I get bad...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
You don't have to be Jewish to think of September as the start of the new year. It is also, in many ways, the start of the new tennis year. Internationally, the Grand Slam season has ended. More locally, the summer outdoor season is giving way to the indoor season on Long Island and kids have...Read more
By Ricky Becker
1. Djokovic deserves a lot of credit and respect. While I personally find him hard to root for he does have the heart of a lion. To be #1 with Nadal #2 and Federer #3 is pretty cool. This may be the best top-three in the history of tennis. 2. The weather is killing the U.S. Open. Actually, let's...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
This year's U.S. Open brings into clear focus that this is a golden age for men's tennis. Novak Djokovic is having what John McEnroe calls, "The greatest year in men's professional tennis history." This is strong praise coming from McEnroe since his 1984 season (where he was 82-3) is considered by...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Five-time U.S. Open champion, Roger Federer was serving, up 5-3, 40-15 in the fifth, and lost to Novak Djokovic, 7-5, in the semifinals of the 2011 U.S. Open. If perhaps the greatest player of all-time could blow a lead, then so could you. Federer is renowned for his supreme confidence as evidenced...Read more
By Ricky Becker
Last blog, I discussed how the 32-seed format robbed everyone of an exciting first week. I don't think this week is any more exciting because there were less upsets last week. I think this week will be exciting because there are a lot of Americans left. From the matches, I have watched, the mens'...Read more
By Ricky Becker
I yearn for the days of when there were only 16 seeds. Granted there were more upsets the first week and the top players didn't always play each other in the second week, but it was so much more exciting. There would be a night match of 3 vs. 21 or something during the first week and there would be...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Serena Williams is back at the U.S. Open, and while two years have passed, some things have remained the same. In 2009, after threatening to shove a ball down a linepersons throat in a profane tirade, Serena was placed on a two-year probation at Grand Slam events. Serena could have said that she...Read more