March 8, 2016
By Gilad Bloom

One of the first things I tell parents who bring their kids to my program is: “Please don’t talk to me about winning and rankings.” When they talk to me about getting their kid to the top 20, or to make their varsity team, I just shake my head in frustration.

February 25, 2016
By Andres Sanchez

For the past 10 years, I have taught, volunteered and observed at various tennis clubs around the United States. All of these facilities offer 10 & Under Tennis programs for youth tennis players, so I have witnessed firsthand how to run these programs.

February 18, 2016
By Dr. Tom Ferraro

The new year brings a chance to set goals for the following playing season. Most professional tennis players do this religiously. There is ample evidence that establishing goals and writing down a plan is effective for game improvement. 

February 12, 2016
By Whitney Kraft

The first tournament for a young tennis player is oftentimes quite daunting. Most kids start playing tournaments because they've been deemed "good enough" or “tournament ready” by a coach or parent, and come in with an expectation of success.

February 5, 2016
By Steven Kaplan

Most tennis players wish they could practice exclusively with better players despite the zero sum impracticality. This means that we cannot all hit up all the time because if one player is hitting "up," the other is hitting "down." Still, some players are able to overcome this challenge and are sought out by top competitors to be their hitting partners.

February 5, 2016
By Bill Longua

There are many opposites in tennis. This article applies to the general tennis playing public who hit their groundstrokes after the bounce has peaked and is on the way down.

February 4, 2016
By Brian Coleman

It’s never easy for one to leave their home nation to start over in a completely foreign land. Having to learn and adapt to a new culture, language, lifestyle, etc. can be a daunting task. So when Peter Gecse came to America from Hungary with his sister Andrea in 1997, he knew it would be tough from the start.

February 3, 2016
By Luke Jensen

It's that time of year when you wish the snow would melt and the skies would clear for some real tennis fun! For the players on the pro tour, that fun is played at the "Happy Slam!" The Aussie Open, played at the end of January for two weeks, serves as a springboard into the new year. Because Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, they are in their summer season, while the winter months are upon us in the Northern Hemisphere.

February 2, 2016
By Rob Polishook

Imagine this … you just turned pro. You play a few tournaments, and in your first year, your record is 2-3. Okay, fair enough as you’re just getting into things.

January 21, 2016
By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

Eight years ago, Alona Bondarenko paired up with her sister, Kateryna, and won the 2008 Australian Open Women’s Doubles Championship, defeating the team of Victoria Azarenka & Shahar Peer in the finals. The sisters from the Ukraine battled back from a set down to beat the Belarusian/Israeli duo to become the first players from Ukraine to ever win a Grand Slam title.

December 11, 2015
By Lonnie Mitchel

I often sit in meetings with other head coaches from a variety of sports at the college where I lead the men’s and women’s tennis programs. I attend forums and seminars, spending time trying to learn new ways to improve within the coaching profession

December 10, 2015
By Luke Jensen

Hey fans of Roger Federer … this installment of “The Jensen Zone” is for you! Even if you do not have Federer as your favorite player, it is easy to respect the Swiss champion and his approach to sportsmanship, competition and appreciation for the game he plays

December 9, 2015
By Dr. Tom Ferraro

A friend of mine just returned from a three-week trip to Japan and told me a story I found impossible to believe. This same story also brought tears to my eyes.

December 7, 2015
By Rob Polishook

The 2015 Grand Slam season has concluded and on the men’s side, Novak Djokovic walked away with the U.S. Open trophy, defeating Roger Federer in four sets. Both Novak and Roger have had consistently solid years. They are both poster boys for the thread which I have woven into my articles during the previous year: More Than An Athlete (MTAA). Person first, every time.

December 3, 2015
By Lisa Dodson

Thank you, Roberta Vinci. Finally, someone has opened our eyes and made a clear statement: Tennis is not all about hitting the cover off the ball.

December 2, 2015
By Andy Stuber

Instructional group clinics and private tennis lessons these days seem to be primarily populated by and marketed toward juniors. That’s fine in the respect that once children begin playing tennis and training at a young age, they will no doubt become competitive players.

December 2, 2015
By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

The USTA has announced that its Player Development Division will host a series of coaching education symposiums geared to engage under-represented coaching communities. 

November 24, 2015
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 a local tennis player to choose from. So how does a successful tennis entity separate themselves?

November 11, 2015
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, New York Tennis Magazine recently took the opportunity to pick the brains of some of these top coaches.

October 6, 2015
By Richard Thater

Swearing and temper outbursts dominated tennis headlines this year.

In the weeks leading up to Wimbledon, it seemed that the big controversy was going to be about coaching during matches. After all, according to the Daily Mail online, Boris Becker divulged that he and Novak Djokovic have ways of communicating when the Serb is on court. The rules clearly say that in-play coaching is cheating.

October 5, 2015
By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

Both the Columbia and St. John’s women’s tennis teams traveled to the University of Pennsylvania this past weekend to compete in the Cissie Leary Invitational. Along with Pennsylvania, the two schools also competed with Delaware, Drexel, Georgetown, Maryland, Princeton, Temple and Yale.

October 2, 2015
By Lisa Dodson

There are four main types of serves in tennis: Flat, Slice, Topspin and Kick. A Slice, Topspin and Kick Serve each have a specific direction of spin. The central focus of every serve is pronating. Pronating simply means that, at contact, the hand naturally moves from an inside to outside position by means of the wrist, forearm and elbow.

September 25, 2015
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 a local tennis player to choose from. 

September 24, 2015
By Rob Polishook

Can you remember a time you played effortless tennis? The ball looked as big as a grapefruit, your mind was free of distracting thoughts, your body relaxed, and you seemingly floated from shot to shot.