MaliVai Washington, Gigi Fernandez, Bea Bielik, Lori McNeil and Chanda Rubin were among the field of celebrities paired with the programs amateur participants at The Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program’s (HJTEP) tennis pro-am tournament.
Venus Williams has announced that she will not be taking part in Wimbledon this year due to a lower back injury. The tennis superstar has played at the grass court Grand Slam tournament for 16 consecutive years, winning the event five times in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2008 ...
Rafael Nadal is seeded only number five at Wimbledon, setting up potential quarterfinal matches against Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray. The All England Club released the seedings Wednesday for Wimbledon, with Djokovic as the top seed, followed by Murray, Federer, Ferrer and Nadal.
Steve Johnson of the U.S. has joined Frenchman Nicolas Mahut as a wild card at Wimbledon. The 100th-ranked Johnson from Orange, Calif., will play in the singles at the grass court Grand Slam tournament for the first time since becoming a full-time professional last summer.
Tennis Channel has extended the contract of Jim Courier to include analyst's duties at Wimbledon and the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. The multiyear agreement expands upon Courier's role as full-time lead men's U.S. Open analyst, begun in 2012, and comes in time for Tennis Channel's sixth year of coverage in London via the nightly Wimbledon Primetime, set for June 24-July 7.
Third seeds Santiago Gonzalez & Scott Lipsky captured their fifth ATP World Tour title together on Sunday as they defeated Daniele Bracciali and Jonathan Erlich 6-2, 7-6(3) in the final of the 2013 Gerry Weber Open in Halle.
The U.S. Open National Playoffs is a sequence of tournaments which gives players, the chance to live out their tennis dreams and qualify for the U.S. Open Grand Slam event. Between April 1-July 4, 13 sections of the USTA run a Sectional Qualifying Tournament with men’s singles, women’s singles and mixed-doubles matches.
Pat Mitsch, publicity associate of the USTA, sent me an e-mail the other day with an attached press release about the new USTA "Feeder Program" at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. He asked if I "Can use it in Long Island Tennis Magazine," and I am happy to accommodate.
In Team of Rivals, which is about Abraham Lincoln's presidency during the Civil War, there were so many instances where Lincoln's generals failed to pursue the retreating enemy after a decisive victory. History teaches us that the Civil War could have ended much sooner had some of these generals been more aggressive.
Flushing Meadows, N.Y. was the center of the tennis universe again and it wasn't the U.S. Open that got thousands of tennis fans to gather at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on a beautiful Sunday.
On April 16, the New York State Department of Education begins administering the English Language Arts (ELA) tests for grades 3 to 8. A similar math test begins next week. A small, but vocal, group of parents are objecting that schools are spending too much time in the classroom preparing kids to take tests and opting their children out of participation.
A New York Times article titled "Reasons Not to Stretch" by Gretchen Reynolds was published today, April 3 and posted on the USPTA Eastern Division Facebook page. This article refers to two recent studies that add to the scientific body of evidence that pre-exercise static stretching alone is counter-productive to athletic performance, and dynamic warm up is a more effective preparation.
In the first three months of 2013 the ATP challenger tour will be testing out a new rule, the elimination of the service let. Though there are no immediate plans to implement this rule in a broader scope there is no question that this is the first attempt at doing just that. Would this potential change be a positive thing for the sport? I think so.
The stance you use when hitting the ball determines the concentration needed concerning your shoulder turn. If you hit in the more conservative closed stance, where there is a turn step and hit, the shoulders will naturally turn sideways because the left leg (if right handed) is pointed toward the net.
When playing doubles, we are positioned many times during the match at the service line, or we are attacking forward toward the net, in both cases, we are subject to low, oncoming shots that require us to pick the ball up off a short hop, that’s the half volley.