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Frederick Sperber
You can imagine that, in the 28 years I have been coaching varsity high school tennis teams, I have virtually seen it all. To be a bit more clear, I have worked with players who have thrived in pressure-packed situations and others who have turned into mental “mush” when the match was on the line...Read more
Tom Clear
Years ago, coaches would tell their students to recover to the middle. Nowadays, whatever shot you hit, you should recover slightly cross-court to that. If you hit to the center of the court, you should recover to the center as well. That is ideal, however, I was interested in what the...Read more
Daniel Kresh
Most anyone who has ever played a tennis match has some appreciation for how mentally challenging this sport can be in addition to the physical aspect of the game. One mistake, at an inopportune time, can turn a match around 180-degrees. If maintaining focus is difficult (hint: it is!), then...Read more
Lisa Dodson
Do you love your serve? I certainly hope so because it is the most important shot in the game of tennis. It would make sense that anyone who loves the serve should love the overhead as well, but that’s not necessarily true. One thing that is certain … if you don’t love your serve, you will...Read more
Richard Thater
Sparks flew during a panel discussion held at the First Annual New York Tennis Expo in April of this year. Following sophisticated presentations by a former touring pro and local tennis leaders, Nick Bollettieri opened his remarks by challenging the need for such highly technical information. I...Read more
New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Imagine the scenario: You are watching your child play, and it feels like you’re the one playing. Your palms are sweaty and your feet are tapping with the immediacy of how Rafael Nadal awaits the coin toss. You look across the way and see your opponent’s parents pacing up and down, burning a hole...Read more
Lee Hurst
In the last issue of New York Tennis Magazine , Coach Tim Mayotte of 360 Tennis spoke about the importance of the split-step and its three components in his article, “Wow … What a Great Split-Step.” They were: 1. Width of base and posture 2. Timing of the split 3. The height of the split At 360...Read more
Richard Thater
Do you need new tennis shoes? Maybe you are reluctant to make that purchase because of past bad experiences getting shoes that did not fit well. Maybe your shoes are so comfortable that you are willing to live with them even if they are no longer supportive or cushioned. A few guidelines may help...Read more
Xavier Luna
When you have a real passion for a particular sport or game, you’ll find a variety of unconventional ways to practice and improve. Take tennis, for example. It can be played with nothing more than a racquet, a tennis ball and a wall. The wall acts as the unforgiving competitor. Players work to hone...Read more
Luke Jensen
The game of tennis played by the pros of today is explosive and exciting to watch. Back when I played on the ATP Tour in the late 1980s and most of the 1990s, not many players could, what I call, "Turn a Point.” What I mean is to take a defensive situation like being put on the run or pulled off...Read more