By Steven Kaplan
I think it's important to disclaim here that as always, this blog is my singular candid viewpoint and I am neither encouraged nor censored by the editors. The Mission of the USTA is to "Promote and Develop the Game of Tennis." The first Strategic Priority they list to achieve this goal is "...Read more
By Eric Meditz
Let me start off by saying that I’m a huge Rafael Nadal fan. I respect his talent. I respect his drive to be the very best. I respect the way he competes and handles himself during his matches. I even respect his entourage of family members he always has in his box supporting him during his matches...Read more
By Ricky Becker
One day at a slow group lesson/drill group I said to Nikki, "Nikki, I want you to go to court four and play a set against Julia." Nikki rolled her eyes and said something to the effect of she didn't want to play a match. she just wants to groove her strokes and play baseline games. Nikki (not her...Read more
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