| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
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The 2018 New York Tennis Expo, which will be held at NYCB LIVE home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, February 10, will feature two different Speaker Sessions, and we have assembled a great slate of speakers for each respective panel. Each seminar will be headlined by current professional players on the ATP World Tour and discuss many of the important aspects of being a tennis player.

Space will be limited for these sessions, and bracelets will be given out for those looking to attend the panels. Attendees will be able to sign up and get their bracelets at the registration table. Please arrive early at the event to secure your spot for the Speaker Sessions, as space will be sure to fill up quickly.

Doors will open and the Expo begins at 10:30 a.m.

The Speaker Sessions are as follows:

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. “The Road to College Tennis”

Our expert panel will discuss the difficult and stressful process of college recruiting and break down the best methods to play collegiate tennis. The panel is made up of former college players and coaches who have years of experience in navigating the college tennis process, and will be headlined by an ATP Pro Tour player.

2:30-3:30 p.m. “Take Your Game to the Next Level”

Hear from top coaches and sports psychologists on how to elevate your tennis game. The panel will discuss everything from technique to mental toughness to make sure you feel confident the next time you step on court, and will be headlined by an ATP Pro Tour player.


Speaker Bios

Jay Harris is the Director of the SPORTIME/JMTA College Recruiting Combine. A native of Lexington, Ohio, Harris was the Head Men's Tennis Coach at Brown University for eight years prior to moving to New York, in 2010, to join the SPORTIME Team. He was the most successful tennis coach in the Brown tennis program's 100-plus year history, leading the team to its highest ever national ranking, #33, two Ivy League Titles, and seven consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2005, Jay was named the Northeast Region coach of the Year and was a finalist for the National Coach of the Year Award. Prior to Brown, Jay coached at Bowling Green State University where he was named the 2002 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year after leading the team to MAC Titles in 2000 and 2002. Jay was a successful collegiate player at the University of Cincinnati, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. He then earned his Master's degree in Sports Psychology and Sports Management from Miami University, where he also served as an assistant coach for the women's team. 

Steve Kaplan is the Owner and Managing Director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as the Director of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation and Executive Director and Founder of Serve & Return, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that provides free tennis programs to individuals experiencing adversity and struggle. Over the last 35 years, Steve has coached more than 1,000 nationally-ranked junior players, 16 state high school champions, 2 NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly ranked touring professionals many of whom have followed in Steve's footsteps and become prominent tennis coaches themselves. Steve's students have been awarded in excess of $12 million in college scholarship money and has guided more players into Ivy league tennis careers than any coach in history. Steve was Big East College Champion in 1983 and received a Masters Degree in Physiology in 1984. He is a monthly featured writer for Long Island/New York Tennis Magazine and is also a frequent guest lecturer at the National Tennis Center and several local colleges. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA.

Ed Krass is the founder and director of the College Tennis Exposure Camp, which is the nation’s only tennis camp taught exclusively by head college tennis coaches. He coached the Harvard Women’s Tennis Team to four consecutive Ivy League team titles and four national Division I team tournament appearances during 1986-1990. Prior to Harvard, Krass was the Head Assistant Men’s Coach at Clemson University, where he coached the Men’s Team to two ACC titles and a #5 national team ranking in 1985. Team members included 10 players who turned pro. Ed played his college tennis at the University of Central Florida from 1978-82 and went on to coach the UCF Men’s Team to a Division II #6 national team ranking in 1983. Ed coached the Charlotte Heat of the World Team Tennis League to the playoffs and a #2 finish in the Eastern Division in 1991. Ed is a USTA High Performance Coach and has been a speaker at the USTA, USPTA, USPTR, and ITA National Coaches Conventions. In 1990, Ed produced his B.E.S.T. Serve video, which pioneered the abbreviated serve into both the teaching and playing ranks. Ed is the founder and director of One-on-One Doubles® Tennis, which is sanctioned by the USTA and played on college campuses nationwide. Coach Krass’ Tennis and Rockin’ Blues events, featuring One-On-One Doubles, have been held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the U.S. Open. He is the author of six tennis videos and DVDs.

Tom Fontana has many years of experience in tennis and is the Director of Tennis at Park Avenue Tennis Club.  As a top-ranked junior player, Tom reached the Number 1 ranking in the East in Boys 16's and 18's, and, in 1981, was selected to the prestigious Junior Davis Cup Team.  While attending the University of Texas, Tom played the Number 1 position, reaching Number 17 in the Men's College Ranks.  He continued on to the Mens' Professional Tour reaching an ATP tour ranking in the top 300, and played against such notable pros as Andre Agassi, Patrick McEnroe, Leif Shiras, and Bill Scanlon.  He has coached many top juniors, including Jersey's Justin Gimelstob, and other ATP players. Additionally, Tom has coached several New Jersey State Singles Champions; Robbie Chess (Duke), Adam Wager (Michigan), and Talia Smoke (U.S. Air Force Academy). Tom was elected to the Asbury Park Press' All-Century Tennis Team in 2000.

Gustavo Loza is the USTA Eastern Tennis Service Representative for New York City. Prior to joining the USTA, he worked at the United Nations. He served as an assisntant coach for the St. John’s University Men’s Tennis team from 2013-2015 where he helped lead the Red Storm to back-to-back Big East titles, the first two in the program’s history. He played two years for the University of Oregon, where he was nationally-ranked and helped lead his team to wins over USC, Arizona and UCLA. After Oregon, Loza played two years at St. John’s.

Lisa Dodson is the developer and owner of Servemaster, A USPTA Elite Professional and a former WTA world-ranked player.  She is a also national speaker and serve specialist.  Lisa is currently the Director of Tennis at Shenorock Shore Club in Rye, NY.  She may be reached by email at Lisa@thetotalserve.com or visit TheTotalServe.com.

Vinicius Carmo is Tennis Director of The Ross School Tennis Academy and Coach of the Boy’s and Girl’s Varsity Tennis Teams. As a player, Vinicius was ranked among the top five junior players in Brazil and played several international junior tennis tournaments. He attended the University of Tennessee for four years on a full scholarship.

Whitney Kraft has been the director of tennis at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., and director of player operations for the U.S. Open since 2007. Previously, he was director of tennis for the City of Fort Lauderdale Park & Recreation Department (1998-2007). He was a 1983 Singles All-American for Florida Atlantic University, and inducted into their inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame class in 2006. He is a National 10 & Under Trainer, a USPPTA Platform Tennis instructor, as well as a member of the National Cardio Tennis Speakers Team (2000-2007) and the USTA National Open Clay Court and Indoor Championships (1998-present).

Ben Marks is Director of Junior Tennis at Carefree Racquet Club, and Director of Tennis at Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club. He previously worked at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, and was the Cold Spring Harbor Varsity Head Coach for three years, earning Nassau County Coach of the Year Honors in 2014. He played number one and number two singles for Norfolk State University, and number one doubles—reaching a career-high regional ranking of ninth in the Atlantic Region. He is a 2015 National Open Doubles Champion.

Dr. Tom Ferraro has been a psychoanalyst and sport psychologist in full time private practice and is a pioneer in the field of depth sport psychology.   He practices out of Williston Park and has been affiliated with numerous professional organizations including  the Women’s United Soccer Association, the New York Lizards, Tour Edge Golf Company and NYU Winthrop Hospital. He works with a variety of professional and elite athletes in the fields of golf, tennis, soccer, lacrosse, figure skating, gymnastics, swimming, taekwondo, fencing and more.  In addition he is a syndicated columnist, an author and his work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The London Times and Golf Digest has said “Dr. Ferraro is one of the nation’s leading mental game gurus.”