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.”

May 23, 2014
By Rob Polishook

What images come to mind when you hear the phrases “Once upon a time,” “Imagine this” or “Remember the time?” For most, these words kick-start a sense of relaxation, almost as if a movie begins to play through our mind about something that once happened. 

May 22, 2014
By Luke Jensen

How is your tennis IQ? I believe smart tennis players are successful tennis players. I have always viewed myself as a tennis junkie. I can watch any level of play and really enjoy it.

April 22, 2014
By George Garland

I’m a tennis lifer—a product of the tennis boom in the U.S. in the 1970s. It may sound crazy, but from the first time I picked up a racquet as a 15-year-old in 1971, I knew I would be in tennis for the rest of my life.

April 14, 2014
By Gilad Bloom

Tennis is a unique sport in so many ways. Being an individual sport makes it highly mental, as there is no contact between the opponents, both players are never on the same side of the court, and the battle is more tactical and psychological.

April 11, 2014
By Lisa Dodson

It’s no secret that there is nothing exciting about the ball toss for the tennis serve. In fact, the important details can be somewhat tedious and are subsequently glossed over.

April 10, 2014
By Cosmin Cotet

In today’s world of tennis, it pays to be stubborn. Those of us who watched the 2013 Australian Open Men’s Singles Final saw how defending champion Novak Djokovic captured his fourth title in Melbourne at the expense of Andy Murray in a thrilling four-hour match.

April 3, 2014
By Andy Stuber

Adult classes are getting very popular and are a great way for you to share the great sport of tennis with your peers. But, as coaches and instructors, how do make the best out of your adult tennis class?

April 2, 2014
By Bill Longua

The forehand, for most players, is the more confident shot when talking about the forehand and backhand. It is normally more of a weapon in matches, and generally thought of as the easier shot. However, I beg to differ on the easier shot part of that statement.

March 25, 2014
By Chris Lewit

Spain currently has 14 players in the ATP top 100, quite a feat for a relatively small country.

March 18, 2014
By Cliff Drysdale

One of my greatest joys is to see how tennis rapidly becomes a lifestyle in and of itself for so many enthusiasts; young and old, beginner to competitor. There truly is no better choice for a healthy, fit and fun lifestyle!

March 14, 2014
By Richard Thater

Coaches have been forever telling students to stay out of No Man’s Land (NML). On a tennis court, NML is roughly that area one yard in front of the baseline to one yard behind the service line. 

March 13, 2014
By Steven Kaplan

Most serious young tournament tennis players from the local area aspire to transition from the junior ranks to college tennis. A college education is not the best path for every young person or every young tennis player, however, and some of the greatest tennis players of all time opted to skip college and had impressive careers.

March 12, 2014
By Rob Polishook

All competitive players recognize negative self-thoughts. It starts with that devilish little voice in our head which raises doubts, fear and questions about our ability to perform.

February 7, 2014
By Lisa Dodson

I just returned from a great “teaching vacation” in Mexico with a large group of players, some whom I have known and worked with for many years. I always learn a lot every time I walk onto the court to teach, but this time was really striking.

February 5, 2014
By Bill Longua

Proper footwork moving toward oncoming shots is essential for balance and power in the sport of tennis. But it is the movement between your shots that is just as important to allow you the quickest response for the next shot.

February 3, 2014
By Lonnie Mitchel

Discover, develop and dedicate! How about completive excellence, having a player who will be a four-year impact player and maintain a GPA above the student body average? 

January 29, 2014
By Dr. Dan Schaefer

Well here we go! Last month, we looked at an extensive “Wish List” developed by professional athletes to narrow their focus. 

January 28, 2014
By Rob Polishook

Imagine this … you are playing in front of 200 spectators, grinding it out on the hard courts under the hot sun. The first set you’ve won 7-5. Then, in a tight second set, you narrowly lose 6-7 and that was after holding two match points! 

January 28, 2014
By Xavier Luna

Fear. It’s a noun—an unpleasant emotion created by the belief something is dangerous or likely to cause pain—and a verb. We “fear” the unknown, danger, failure and more.