July 22, 2016
By Steven Kaplan

The top tennis stars have distinctive styles that we love to mimic because the sport is so highly individualistic. Back in the 1970s, young players carefully applied surgical tape to their racket grips to be like local hero Vitas. They wore Fila headbands to embody the coolness of Borg. 

July 14, 2016
By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

For many young tennis players, finding the right tennis program or academy that offers a consistent balance of academics and tennis can be an elusive process. But if you look far out onto the South Fork of Long Island, The Ross School is providing just that.

June 29, 2016
By Gilad Bloom

In the March/April 2016 issue of New York Tennis Magazine, I wrote Part One of what I have learned in my 20 years of teaching tennis.

June 20, 2016
By Bill Longua

In the March/April 2016 issue of New York Tennis Magazine, I discussed the ways in which the partner of the server can be instrumental in helping hold serve. Let’s talk about some other ways partners can be helpful to each other.

June 17, 2016
By Dr. Tom Ferraro

The most important key to good tennis is to learn how to accept a lost point. If you allow the point to get under your skin, you will begin to make the long downward spiral to defeat.

June 16, 2016
By Richard-John Mensing Jr.

You've probably heard from almost everyone involved in tennis that our sport is the “Sport of a Lifetime”–that tennis’ benefits of fitness, community and health are unparalleled. What you may not know is that for young people, tennis can provide another huge upside: A pathway to college.

June 10, 2016
By Whitney Kraft

Tennis has often been called “The Sport of a Lifetime" because it can be played at all stages of our lives. When we are young, we tend to start by using Red, Orange and Green tennis balls on smaller courts.

June 9, 2016
By Rob Polishook

What if your primary focus in tennis wasn’t about the winning or losing? What if it wasn’t about being better or worse than your opponent? Certainly, that seems like a radical approach.

June 7, 2016
By John Adamek, CSCS, CTPS, USAW

Resistance training for adult athletes promotes many positive benefits. However, for one reason or another, the topic of resistance training for young athletes has become a controversial topic. 

May 26, 2016
By Steven Kaplan

Over the past four decades, I've spent thousands of hours as a coach at local, national and international junior tournaments, and as they say, "I have seen it all." Here are 20 candid observations about the behaviors and interactions between players, coaches and parents before, during and after matches. 

May 20, 2016
By Eric Faro

One of the age old questions our tennis academy students’ parents ask coaches around this time of the year is: How can our children improve their game this summer?

May 16, 2016
By Luke Jensen

What a great time of year to be playing tennis and what a crazy year 2016 has been so far in the world of pro tennis! First, the match-fixing and gambling scandal and now Maria Sharapova fails a drug test? 

May 13, 2016
By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

The New York tennis landscape is always growing and evolving. There are a myriad of options, both indoors and outdoors, for local tennis players to choose from. So how does a successful tennis entity separate itself? How does a successful club increase its player base and continue to grow? 

May 11, 2016
By Vania Yui

I called a parent today to inform him that his child didn't fit into an Orange Ball Class and would be a better fit for a Red 3 Class. Luckily for me, the parent seemed open-minded to the idea, but felt it would be hard to explain to his child the "demotion" from Orange Ball to Red Ball.

May 6, 2016
By John Brennan

Having coached high school tennis for 24 years and having been a USPTA professional for 41 years, I’ve heard the term “mental toughness” thrown around repeatedly. What exactly is mental toughness? How can you recognize it? Is it something that can be learned? Can you teach it?

April 26, 2016
By Bill Longua

There are ways to improve your doubles play as a team, as you and your partner should always be on the same page. In this article, I will discuss the server’s partner while playing the net. Strong communication between partners is a must. In between points, talk to each other about the placement of serve and some basic strategy for the next point.

April 22, 2016
By Michele Byrne

A few years ago, I attended a seminar where Patrick McEnroe, director of USTA Player Development at the time, spoke about the future of tennis in the United States. He spoke of the demise of tennis as a youth sport and asked why there wasn’t something like Little League in our sport. 

April 21, 2016
By Lonnie Mitchel

I have been working full-time at an academic institution. In my fifth year, academia has done something that I could never envision when I took on a full-time role as head tennis coach at SUNY Oneonta. I am exposed to great thinkers, doctors and professors from many fields on a daily basis.

April 21, 2016
By Gilad Bloom

It recently hit me that I have been teaching tennis for more than 20 years. I have now taught tennis for more years than I have played the sport competitively, and I had a relatively long career. I am a totally different coach than I was 20 years ago.

April 19, 2016
By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

From his years on the ATP Tour winning 17 Grand Slam titles, spending 170 weeks as world number one and challenging the status quo, to his current roles as commentator, elder statesman and founder and leader of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA), John McEnroe’s impact on the sport of tennis has been profound and ongoing, more than 30 years after his retirement from the sport.

April 15, 2016
By Dr. Tom Ferraro

As a sport psychologist, I have treated many athletes who have been injured. There are 30 million kids playing sports and 10 percent of them will get injured this year. Tennis is not quite as dangerous as football, soccer or ice hockey, but there are plenty of ankle, knee, elbow and shoulder injuries.

April 13, 2016
By Greg Chertok, M.Ed., CC-AASP

In the spirit of exposing a group of high performance junior tennis players to “embraceable” challenges, I recently set up a good-natured exercise to see how they would react to a particular challenge often faced in matches: Dishonest calls.

April 8, 2016
By Whitney Kraft

I remember not too many years ago, coaches and tennis teaching pros commiserating over the lack of growth in our sport and the recurring comment was: “Those darn video games are killing our sport and kids think they’re actually playing (exercising) these virtual games.”

April 7, 2016
By Steven Kaplan

"So … does my child have talent?" I cringe when asked this all too frequent question for a few compelling reasons.