| By Steven Kaplan
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In another confusing, contradictory article about local tennis, Newsday talked about how Long Island programs are concerned about losing funding if the US Open is canceled. 

The article goes on to say:

"In April the USTA issued a comprehensive  plan on how it intends to support the tennis community through the uncertainties of the pandemic and made clear it was putting money on the table. On Friday a spokesman asserted ‘the money would still be there, US Open or no US Open. Obviously cancellation of the US Open would have a significant impact on our association but not an insurmountable one’. USTA spokesperson Chris Widmaier said in an email to Newsday, ‘with many of our agreements placing protections on cash flow and with years of careful financial planning and strategic financial decisions, the USTA has planned for and is equipped to get through this worst case scenario.’"

With such powerful assurance from the USTA, why then are local community tennis providers with close ties to the USTA worried about program cuts?  



Steven Kaplan

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.