| By Steven Kaplan
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Test time for school students is coming soon so here's a practice question:

In a time of a global pandemic, the tennis industry feels the most pressing need for teaching professionals is the ability to pay:

a) Groceries 

b) Medical Care

c) Mortgage or Rent

d) USPTA/PTR professional dues 

Give up? 

If you chose #4, according to the new provision of the USTA’s Tennis Recovery Assistance for Teaching Professionals, you are correct. 

Congratulations to the many tennis teaching professionals in this county who receive a part of the $4 million dollar program, who can now feed their hungry children with Professional Dues.

 

Steven Kaplan

Steven Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation and executive director and founder of Serve & Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally-ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.