After almost two months without professional tennis during the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, Tennis Channel will bring live matches back to viewers this weekend, May 1-4.
Press Release
After almost two months without professional tennis during the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, Tennis Channel will bring live matches back to viewers this weekend, May 1-4. Based in Germany, the Tennis Point Exhibition Series will feature eight men's tour players in a 32-match, round-robin...Read more
Steven Kaplan
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo talked the other day about the Yankees and Mets playing baseball this summer without fans. The Governor went on to explain, “Be creative. Try to figure it out…If players get paid more than staying home and owners would get some revenue versus total shutdown, why not...Read more
I use a drill (like playground tennis where everything is in) where all players on the court (usually two or four) have to hit the ball back if it lands anywhere inside the fence.
Steve Annacone
Since the speed of the game has increased so substantially, many shots hit by your opponent seem impossible for you to run down and return. A great way to work on covering more of these seemingly unreturnable shots is to get in the frame of mind that you are going after every ball regardless of...Read more
Steven Kaplan
“The Last Dance” on ESPN is a fascinating window into the world of Michael Jordan and his six-time NBA champion Chicago Bulls. After watching just the first part, Jordan's greatness is on full display. While I see many young tennis players looking for acceptance in practice and dominance in matches...Read more
Steven Kaplan
The USTA just published guidelines for safely reopening tennis facilities. In speaking with many of my colleagues in the industry , the general consensus is that some of these recommendations are difficult and unrealistic to implement. For example, it's very unlikely, but theoretically possible,...Read more
Steven Kaplan
I can't help but daydream about what I would love to be able do when our home exodus begins. Of course, there are the really important things to do first, but here is my Top 10 list, in no particular order, of some of the small pleasures that summer brings. What's on your list? Here's mine: 10...Read more
Press Release
On Wednesday, the USTA compiled tips and guidelines, botrh for players and facilities, on what to do when returning to the courts. The USTA said: “The USTA recognizes that the coronavirus has been affecting different parts of the country in different ways and with different timing. We therefore...Read more
Playing the US Open, even with no fans, if such an option can be done safely, is exactly in the spirit of the celebration of everything our country, sport and area represents.
Steven Kaplan
I've been thinking about the US Open this year and one line that I read that stands out to me in relationb to the event being unlikely to be played without fans. The USTA said that such a move was "not in the spirit of the celebration of the event." As an American, a tennis coach and a lifelong New...Read more
Stanly Shukhman
Ever since its addition to the tennis world in 2017, the Laver Cup has been one of the most entertaining events on the calendar. Attracting most of the top players in the world, including Roger Federer, Nick Kyrgios, and Rafael Nadal, the tournament provides a unique team atmosphere that’s rarely...Read more
I would recommend trying to practice your volley against a wall and focus just on minimal racquet movement and a solid hit.
Steve Annacone
There are a lot of reasons why players do not come in to the net these days, including the speed of the shots and the technology that has enabled the top pros, and recreational players, to hit incredible spin with a lot of pace. But lastly and probably most importantly, is the fact that most...Read more
With so many tennis pros unable to instruct live, many have turned to making "instructional videos”. And while they give information, many are devoid of valuable insight and wisdom.
Steven Kaplan
We can't let the cure be worse than the problem itself, and no, I'm not talking about sheltering-at home. With so many tennis pros unable to instruct live, many have turned to making "instructional videos”. And while they give information, many are devoid of valuable insight and wisdom . In my...Read more
Bianca Andreescu hoisted the 2019 US Open trophy. It remains to be seen if she will have a chance to defend her title in 2020.
Steven Kaplan
The USTA is hopeful to start the US Open in late August with business as usual with a "decision coming in June", explained Mike Dowse USTA Chief of Operations. Dowse went on to say: "The driving factor will be the health and well-being of the players, the fans and our staff." Dowse added, "it is "...Read more
On Thursday, the USTA announced the next steps in its support program for the tennis industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Press Release
The USTA today announced a comprehensive suite of programs to support the tennis industry, which is battling the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This announcement is the second phase of ongoing efforts that the USTA is developing in concert with the American tennis industry. The...Read more
Steven Kaplan
A game, all over social media, in which we hypothetically choose to quarantine in a house from a list of well-known people is helping us pass the time. Tennis has one with six houses, with each one having five random US Open champions. So should tennis players Rejoice? I'm not so sure. This one is...Read more
It's a difficult period and we should show compassion to one another, but I fail to see the downside of resolve over complacency, self-empowerment over self-pity.
Steven Kaplan
I read an article yesterday from a "trauma psychologist" complaining about how social media blogs which "urge self-improvement during this time place an unnecessary burden on people making them feel guilty." I don't know about you, but my introspective emotions are my choice, no one causes me to...Read more