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.

July 25, 2014
By Xavier Luna

Why is tennis so often referred to as "The sport for a lifetime?” Largely because tennis isn't just a terrific means of exercise and improving your health, but it offers psychological advantages as well. Tennis is also fun to watch and can expand your horizons across the country and around the world.

July 18, 2014
By John W. Sherwood

Whether playing the 12-point set tie breaker or the 10-point super tie-breaker, there are several keys to increasing your success. If you follow these simple, yet highly effective tactics, you will find yourself on the winning end of a high percentage of the tie-breakers you play.

July 16, 2014
By Juan Oscar Rios

My tennis career began at an early age with the best coach and teacher a boy can have … my father. I was born in 1966 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at a time when my father was the tennis pro at the beautiful Rockefeller Resort Dorado Beach, alongside the legendary Nick Bollettieri.

July 16, 2014
By Luke Jensen

I was recently working with a group of skilled tennis players at Sea Island and we were in game mode. These players were of different age and skill levels, but all were tournament players.

July 11, 2014
By Rob Polishook

As parents, how many times have you asked your child, “How was your day?” The response is usually a one word answer, “Good!” Of course, this only leaves you wanting to hear more. Whenever I hear that response, I ask a follow-up question, “Huh, I see … ‘good’ can mean a lot of things to different people, so tell me what you mean by that? Or what specifically made your day good?”

June 27, 2014
By John Brennan

Unfortunately, very few certified tennis professionals coach high school tennis. If they committed to coaching at the high school level and recognized the privilege it truly is, I believe they would become better tennis instructors.

June 19, 2014
By Gilad Bloom

Many things have changed in the game of tennis over the last 40 years. In many ways, it is a different sport than when I grew up in the 1970s.

June 18, 2014
By Bill Longua

I am asked all the time what is the most common mistake I see from club and recreational players that cause errors. The answer is not in their strokes, but in their court positioning. 

June 13, 2014
By Jason Zimmerman

What do Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi and Novak Djokovic all have in common besides a plethora of Grand Slam titles? 

June 11, 2014
By Juan Oscar Rios

During many years of teaching and coaching tennis at all levels, I have realized that having the tennis technique of “Three Shots in One” in your bag will guarantee great success at any level you compete at.

June 9, 2014
By Xavier Luna

"Hey kids … how was your day? How was tennis?" you ask. "Good," they reply. "Just good?" you inquire. "Yep." And that’s all you get.

June 6, 2014
By Richard Thater

Despite many New Yorkers’ refusal to believe that this winter would end, spring has indeed sprung. After removing autumn’s leaves and winter debris from your rain gutters, you might want to do a spring cleanup of your tennis.

June 4, 2014
By Carl Thorsen

In order for an athlete to compete at their very best in competitive tennis, the development of rituals is critical. Rituals are routines that athletes use to prepare for and process competition. Since the pros do their pre-match preparations “off camera,” we don’t always see what rituals they have before or after their matches.

June 3, 2014
By Lonnie Mitchel

If you have been following my columns, you should know by now that you have to advocate for yourself in life and on the tennis court. Recently at SUNY Oneonta where I serve as head tennis coach, I was asked to lecture on the topic of “Personal Responsibility and Making Change.”

June 2, 2014
By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

Centercourt Athletic Club of Marlboro is offering tennis and multi-sport camps for children ages three and up this summer, with individualized attention, kid-sized equipment, and a wide range of sports and activities. The camps, which run from June 16-Aug. 29, are designed to introduce young children to summer camp in an environment where they can both make friends and enjoy sports without feeling overwhelmed.

May 30, 2014
By John W. Sherwood

Four warm-ups for a match? I know, it does seem excessive. However, as a junior player working your way through the competitive pathway following these simple guidelines will give your body and mind the best chance of being prepared and focused from the 1st point of the match! Let’s address these in reverse order.

May 27, 2014
By Cosmin Cotet

In his book, The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith makes the simple statement, “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.”