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.

September 22, 2014
By Xavier Luna

Athletes generally perform at their best when they are playing with confidence. Tennis is no exception. Players with confidence believe they will succeed, while those lacking confidence don't, causing their shots, decision-making and overall game to suffer.

September 15, 2014
By Rob Polishook

In the July/August 2014 issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine, I published “The Pink Elephant on the Court.” Since it appeared in the pages of this magazine, I have received an overflow of comments from kids who said “OMG, how did you know what I was thinking? 

September 12, 2014
By Cosmin Cotet

Out of all the sports out there, tennis has one of the most complicated scoring systems. We have games counted as 1, 2, 3, etc., and we have points counted as 15, 30, 40. Every game can end with a very frequent "deuce" and "advantage" and deuce and advantage and back to deuce again.

September 8, 2014
By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

I believe Roger Federer will go down as so much more than a great tennis player. He was a transitional player in many aspects. Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi handed him the torch to improve upon the state of the game. Up to that point, the pro Tour was dominated by Americans. Federer and his generation changed all that.

September 6, 2014
By Lonnie Mitchel

So the U.S. Open is wrapping up in Flushing Meadows, and if you are reading this, it is a safe bet that you love tennis and you are conflicted as to whether you are going out tonight or staying in and watching the matches on TV. Do you have tickets? 

August 4, 2014
By Gilad Bloom

As a tennis instructor, I see myself, first and foremost, as an educator. Since the vast majority of my students are junior players, I have a role in their life which is bigger than just showing them how to hit the ball or telling them how to move their feet.