| By Lonnie Mitchel
It’s a warm fall September day in 1975, and I am in my senior year of high school. The football players are getting ready for practice in the locker room. They have blood stains all over their shirts and pants and “machismo” oozing out of their lockers and onto the field. In the back of the locker...Read more
  | By Dr. Tom Ferraro
Tennis is a frustrating game. You get a bad call, you double fault or miss an easy net ball and you’re ready to blow. But wait just a moment before you break that racket. One mistake will never destroy you, but the way you react to it can. The days of yelling, screaming and pouting like John...Read more
  | By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
The Long Island tennis community is blessed to have some of the best indoor facilities and best coaches in the world right here in our backyard. Recently, Long Island Tennis Magazine spoke with some of these top coaches to get insight into their coaching/training strategies, what they look for in a...Read more
  | By Steven Kaplan
On Sept. 2, 2010, The City Parks Foundation hosted a clinic in Central Park for 40 of the best eight-12-year-old girls, in the east. Steffi Graf and Billie Jean King were the stars in attendance and they were wonderful, helping the players for over three hours. I had the opportunity to address the...Read more
  | By Daniel Kresh
Most recreational tennis players could be grouped into two categories when it comes to dealing with the wind. I like to call them either windmills or straw houses. A windmill is someone who uses the wind to enhance their tennis game and a straw house is someone who gets blown over by a breeze. A...Read more
  | By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
The USTA has announced that Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline has been elected as a Board Member of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the independent anti-doping agency for Olympic-related sports in the United States. Dr. Hainline will serve as one of two National Governing Body (NGB)...Read more
  | By Lonnie Mitchel
I have seen it hundreds of times in tennis … burnout. I have seen it with an overwhelming majority; from kids in their late teens who played almost every day working for their Division I scholarship, to those who graduated from Division I colleges where a major focus was their tennis. They simply...Read more
  | By Bob Litwin
Every successful athlete knows that there is both an inner game and an outer game. The outer game is visible: Forehands, backhands, serves, tactics, point development and statistics … skills that most players know about and continue to work on. Many of us know that, in spite all of this work, there...Read more
  | By Gerry Ashley
The following is taken from the blog of Gerard Ashley of Sportime at Roslyn, tennis director and USTA tournament director, documenting his coaching trip to the USTA Boys and Girls 14 North Zone Team Championships, held at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., July 28-Aug. 1. Tuesday,...Read more
  | By Darrin Cohen
I. Thou shalt train with an event in mind Practice and training can be monotonous, and at times, more of a chore than a diversion. Think of practice as a business. Approach it with planning, forethought and focus. Two weeks before any event, practice with the event in mind. Create a journal. Record...Read more