This is a difficult time for everyone. For young tennis players it's frustrating, scary and confusing.
But maybe it's also an opportunity to learn, grow and mature. Education is a shared responsibility, and for the moment that's an imposed reality. We can sit in isolation and feel like victims or we can rise above and take action to empower ourselves. I'm no martyr so while I can't save the world, I can act to change a few lives by partnering with Long Island Tennis Magazine to offer brief but frequent tips on tennis and education in my new blog, "Time To Rally." I'm thankful for the opportunity.
Many have compared the magnitude of this crisis to be the greatest since World War II. I will pass no judgment on that thought but my tip today for young players is this:
Learning history helps us understand the world today. If you feel disappointed and bored by events, ask an older veteran what it was like to fight in WWII.
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.