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By Steven Kaplan
As this pandemic is receding in the local area, I have been going out more in my car as well as my road bike, and I can't help but notice that many people are walking and jogging. It's a great way to get in tennis shape and be ready for a full reopening, but here is one simple safety rule : Cycle,...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The headline on another confusing and ambiguous Newsday article on tennis says "US Open considers allowing limited number of fans." As a reminder, the USTA had previously announced that "every option is on the table", so I don't know how that report of no news is newsworthy; but at least it's...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
As outdoor tennis reopens in the local area and across the country, players are working themselves back in to shape after several months of sheltering at home. It's not easy to work off months of rust, even for the fittest athletes. We could all use some encouragement, inspiration and leadership,...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The ATP has a "player’s relief fund" to financially help lower ranked players in need, and they are asking the top 100 ranked players to contribute. Dominic Thiem , the third-ranked player in the world, has made some anti-donation comments suggesting that he will not donate because these players "...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Long Island is reopening and, hopefully, New York City will not be far behind. Outdoor tennis is permitted, but it might be singles only? Or perhaps not? You could ask the experts, but that will only add to your confusion because these days everyone claims to be an expert. Where does that leave the...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The tennis world is considering playing major events behind closed doors. The top-ranked man in the world, Novak Djokovic, has explained that it’s not an ideal situation for players. In an interview with former French Open Champion, Gustavo Kuerten, Djokovic revealed: "I honestly don't dream to...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
My "The Last Dance" letdown was short lived after watching Part 1 of "Lance," another great ESPN documentary about cyclist Lance Armstrong. Lance was the greatest cyclist of his era and maybe of all-time after winning seven consecutive Tour De France races. He also cheated and while it can be...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran held a news conference and said "balls." It was a retro-funny moment worthy of a Beavis and Butt-Head Do Tennis episode. The "mark your tennis balls and don't touch others tennis balls" guidelines are a little silly too. First of all because when the guideline...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Patrick Mouratouglu, the coach of Serena Williams and promoter of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown, is gaining headlines by warning, "We need a revolution or tennis is dead." His plan for this revolution centers on attracting new fans to the game includes events like his where players will be "miced up...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
At 88-years-old and in the midst of a global pandemic, Nick Bollettieri should be content to shelter at home and continue his work providing wisdom and inspiration remotely. But that's not how he works. Nick collapsed on the court and was taken to the hospital with a kidney infection recently...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The tennis community governs itself for the most part, and in the best of times is a fiercely competitive market-driven economy that has created a thriving and highly successful system. These are not the best of times, however. With a void of real leadership and high levels of stress, what we...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
Recently, I’ve been watching many local webinars about the state of the industry, and I was reminded about my days back in elementary and junior high school about what makes a good group project presentation: It should have a coherent central theme. The theme should be introduced. It should be...Read more