April 9, 2015
By Richard Thater

“Should I play tennis to get fit, or should I get fit to play tennis?” This question has bounced around the tennis world for years, and like most either/or questions, the answer lies somewhere in the middle.

April 7, 2015
By Lonnie Mitchel

So you are in a competitive match and the score is 4-4 in the third set with your ranking is on the line. Your parents, maybe a college coach, a friend or other adversaries are watching. Now is the time when the rubber hits the road. It does not matter if you win or lose, what matters is how you are going to complete the match. 

April 3, 2015
By Brian Coleman

There is no doubt that technological developments are always at the center of change, and that is no more evident than in coaching and teaching.

April 2, 2015
By Rob Polishook

In my last article, we discussed the secret to sustained peak performance, a principal called “More Than an Athlete: Person First. Athlete Second.” We also clarified that More Than an Athlete doesn’t require working harder, pushing or even pulling, it does require that the athlete, coach or parent shift their perspective so they can see the performer through a wider lens which includes the whole person, not just the athlete.

March 31, 2015
By Brent Shearer

David E. Moe has written a book that will be of use to any tennis player if they are open to a multi-disciplinary guide to improving their game. The Making of a Winner: A Fable About the Power Within takes tidbits from sports psychology, biofeedback and Eastern religions, and weaves them into a short primer on how to play better tennis.

March 12, 2015
By Luke Jensen

It is time to thaw out from the winter freeze and start planning ahead for a summer tennis camp for your little tennis champs. Attending a tennis camp can be one of the best experiences a young player has in their lifetime.

February 20, 2015
By Lisa Dodson

Tennis is ever evolving. Professional players are getting faster, stronger and bigger at a greater rate. Rackets, strings, training methods and strokes are changing just as fast. A broad spectrum of online teaching and information is at our fingertips. 

February 9, 2015
By Bill Longua

It sounds obvious that knowing your tennis strengths is a critical part of a successful tennis game, but it goes deeper than that to have success in matches.

February 6, 2015
By Richard Thater

I find it useful to ask students if they prefer to eat their spaghetti right out of the box, or if they prefer to eat it cooked—al dente.

February 4, 2015
By Luke Jensen

It's a new year and time to pick up the pace. Have you taken inventory of where your game is now and where it has to go to reach your full potential?

February 3, 2015
By Xavier Luna

It’s a common and often contentious debate among tennis instructors: Should we train young players with the standard yellow tennis ball or use the progressive red-to-orange-to-green approach? The latter—which relies on slower, less compressed tennis balls--is gaining momentum in tennis circles worldwide.

January 14, 2015
By Rob Polishook

What’s the secret to sustained peak performance? Let’s face it … this is the million dollar question! Federer, Monfils, Sharapova … all competitors are trying to solve this great mystery.

December 11, 2014
By Lisa Dodson

The tempo of the take-back is the first and most critical phase in the timing of the serve. It doesn’t matter whether you use a classic, abbreviated or somewhere in between motion. Remember you have to organize your feet, legs, hips, torso, shoulders, arms, hands and head in a continuous chain event to get to one specific moment in time: Contact point.

December 10, 2014
By John W. Sherwood

In today’s game, one of the most under-practiced shots is the inside-out backhand. While the inside-out backhand is not the weapon of choice players enjoy with their inside-out forehand, there are key times and reasons you should include this shot into your practice schedule and match play.

December 4, 2014
By Carl Thorsen

Proper footwork in tennis is as versatile and technical as it is physically demanding. Because of this, footwork is one of the most difficult aspects of the sport to attain a high level in. Furthermore, proper movement is extremely influential on the development of strokes and tactics, which ultimately dictates what level someone can compete at.

December 2, 2014
By Rob Polishook

What are the first things we do when things are not going the way they should be? Let’s say in tennis tournaments you are not getting the results you would like. In fact, you just played in the quarterfinals of a tournament and lost in three hard-fought sets. 

December 1, 2014
By Richard Thater

If you study sports movement long enough, you learn that most moves are considered to be either rotational (circular) or linear. In reality, most moves are some combination of both, but for easier understanding, it is helpful to look at them as separate moves.

November 26, 2014
By Steven Kaplan

The USTA has a whopping $30 million annual player development budget, according to The New York Times. Given their goal to "Create the Next Generation of Champions," things are not going too well. 

November 24, 2014
By Miguel Cervantes III

Tennis is an old game, not the oldest of games, but certainly an old one. Part of what gives tennis an even older feel is the fact that it has been so resistant to change, but whether welcome or not, technology has played a large part in the changes in the sport of tennis over the years.

November 19, 2014
By Xavier Luna

You’re on the court, playing against a similarly skilled opponent. Suddenly, a gust of wind blows your return shot out of bounds. Now you’re behind in the match. The weather continues to be problematic all match long, making you more and more frustrated.

November 18, 2014
By Luke Jensen

I see so many talented players play like pros on the practice courts and fall apart during matches. It doesn't matter what level of play, I find the transition from practice to match player sometimes is the toughest hurdle to overcome

November 14, 2014
By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

The New York metro tennis community has some of the sport’s best facilities, both indoor and outdoor, and best coaches in the world. With this wealth of talent available right in our own backyard, New York Tennis Magazine recently took the opportunity to pick the brains of some of these top coaches.

September 30, 2014
By Juan Oscar Rios

I grew up playing tennis in the early 1970s where everyone played with wooden racquets and the majority of good players played with a Continental Grip. I was taught the Continental Grip for every stroke, including the forehand. 

September 23, 2014
By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

Denise Starr and Robert Levine, two elite players who reside in the New York City area, spent this past summer training at Gotham Tennis Academy/Stadium Tennis Center. While their opinions are unique, their perspectives are universal. Recently, they fielded questions from campers, as well as from parents of aspiring young players.