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
By Ricky Becker
By far, my favorite time of year is coming up. August/September brings beautiful temperatures, end of summer barbeques, the opening of football/hockey season and of course the US Open. I love being a couch potato the Sunday after Labor Day when it is the first weekend of the football season and the...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
When James D. Watson of the Cold Spring Harbor Lab (who is an avid tennis player) and Francis Crick presented their molecular modeling analysis of DNA, they suggested that its structure was a double-helix. This was a ground-breaking discovery. Slightly less significant to the world, but equally...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Back in January, I criticized the USTA Tournament system because it was in direct conflict with their stated mission which is "To promote and develop the game of tennis." I believed that national junior tournament participation would be reduced by the new USTA tournament cut off system. Thanks to...Read more
By Ricky Becker
Back In January, I defended the new USTA Tournament system for the most part because it prevented point chasing. For my college consulting work, I have followed national tournament cut-offs (shameless plug: the unofficial tournament lists can be purchased at www.juniortennisconsulting.com ). Here...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
If you love tennis, I mean really love tennis, then a trip to the All England Lawn and Tennis Center to see The Championships should be at the top of your Bucket List. Wimbledon is the greatest tournament in the world. As you walk the grounds, the traditions of the sport are clearly and gracefully...Read more
By Ricky Becker
OK. I got your attention. The answer to my teaser question, is undoubtedly the player. Top players take responsibility for everything. And they should. If a player feels that results are beyond their control, then usually results don't pan out. This really applies to everything in life. Steven...Read more
By Ricky Becker
I gotta tell you. As someone who played junior tennis, high school tennis, the Junior US Open a couple of times and a couple of ATP tournaments back in the day, nothing at all compares to playing college tennis!! Firstly, let's face it. When you play anything else, the only people who really want...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The 800 pound gorilla in the room of professional tennis discussion is performance enhancement drug (PED) use. I Googled "Nadal" and "Steroids" and got over 1,100,000 results. I am clearly not alone in my suspicions. In fairness, many elite athletes are under suspicion of using steroids or other...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
"So what .... who cares ... it was a good promotion for the sport ..." are some of the more prominent examples of feedback I have gotten from my blog "Mixed Signals," in which I suggested that the Chris Evert & Mike Greenberg match was fixed. No denials, just rationalizations for why it was...Read more
By Ricky Becker
It's fun making lists..... 1989 French Open Michael Cheng def. Ivan Lendl - This gave hope to every American junior at the time. 2009 Wimbledon Roger Federer def. Andy Roddick- Recent but disappointing that Roddick couldn't pull out a second Slam. 2008 Wimbledon Rafael Nadel def. Roger Federer -...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
What do "One-on-One Doubles" tournaments, "Beach Tennis" tournaments and "QuickStart Tennis" tournaments have in common? The answer is ... these events, while greatly valuable, should not be understood as the heart and soul of tennis. They are tennis competitions, rather than traditional...Read more