Brian Coleman
Fans all around the world were able to witness one of the truly great performances in all of sports earlier this summer, when two of tennis’ all-time greats—Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer— squared off in the finals of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships . For five hours, Djokovic and Federer...Read more
Brian Coleman
Around the age of four-years-old, Stephanie Yakoff can recall getting her first tennis racket from her older brother Stan. “I thought that this may be something that I’d like to try,” said Yakoff. “And that’s really when I first started getting into tennis.” Yakoff immediately took to the sport and...Read more
Brian Coleman
Last year, Luka Butera came to a decision that many top junior players often have to make. He began home schooling, and committed to training at the Centercourt Performance Tennis Academy full-time. “I played both tennis and soccer very competitively starting at a young age,” said Butera. “This is...Read more
Brian Coleman
For top junior athletes, the constant training and relentless practice schedules can often times be overwhelming, which makes striking a balance between other sports and activities incredibly important. Ian Smith, a high school junior who trains out of The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y...Read more
Michael Nortey, a High Performance Instructor at The Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning in the Bronx, N.Y.
Brian Coleman
The New York area tennis community is one that is comprised of people from all walks of life … many of whom make paying it forward a point of emphasis. That is embodied in Michael Nortey, a High Performance Instructor at The Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning in the Bronx, N.Y. Michael...Read more
Adrian Avanesov (right) with his coach Aziz Makhkamov at MatchPoint NYC in Brooklyn.
Brian Coleman
A couple of years ago, Adrian Avanesov began taking his tennis very seriously, and started training at MatchPoint NYC in Brooklyn. That’s where he met MatchPoint Coach Azizbek Makhkamov and their player/coach relationship formed. “I’m really thankful for his parents. They trusted me and believed in...Read more
Brian Coleman
Mark Twain once said, “The two most important days of your life are the day you’re born and the day you find out why.” That quote holds true for many people. Dr. Robert Silverman is one of them. When he was younger, the Bronx-born doctor was diagnosed with a rare condition called congenital...Read more
Michelle Sorokko (left) with her older sister and coach Kat (right).
Brian Coleman
Feeling like she needed some more match play as the 2018 season nears its conclusion, Michelle Sorokko showed up to the ITF Grade 4 tournament in Atlanta as an on-site alternate. The Douglaston, N.Y. native needed to come through three rounds of qualifying just to enter the main draw. She did just...Read more
Gustavo Loza, Tennis Service Representative for the USTA Eastern Metro Region, still finds time to play competitive tennis as pictured here taking part in the Long Island Tennis Magazine Challenge
Brian Coleman
Growing up in Mexico City, Gustavo Loza was a multi-sport athlete who played both tennis and soccer as a child. But around the age of 14, he had to make the decision of which sport he wanted to continue playing. “I chose tennis,” Loza said. With tennis as his top priority, he quickly rose up the...Read more
Brian Coleman
When he was five years old, Nicholas Steiglehner picked up a racket for the first time, hitting around a few nerf balls before advancing to regular tennis balls. “My dad introduced me to tennis. He taught me the basics at a young age and still helps coach me today,” said Steiglehner. “He’s a great...Read more