New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in one of his daily addresses earlier this week, talked about the importance of separating FACTS from OPINION. Facts are "calming and empowering", he stressed.
As a coach, my opinion on technique, mechanics, tactics, strategies and training for each student matters. However, I also believe that my opinion, while valuable, is not as important as presenting and framing the facts to students as part of their education on how to solve problems.
Separating fact from opinion helps us think, helps us recognize fact from fiction, and helps us develop on the court and beyond.
Steve 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.