We live in a highly-charged political world where politics injects itself into almost everything, including tennis.
As a recreational activity or as a competitive outlet, tennis is tactical, technical and physical. It's not political and that's what I love about the sport. In its purest form, it's about power, control, strength, speed, quickness, agility, endurance and tactics.
When it comes to the politics of race, tennis is far from perfect. Politics however are the elaboration of people and we are all imperfect.
In the creation of equal opportunities, tennis can do better…we all can do better.
I take solace in knowing that as a sport that was, and still is, elite, we do aspire to fairness.
Steven Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation and executive director and founder of Serve & Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally-ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.