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 should avoid are frustration and resorting to our most base instincts.
If this caution sound familiar it’s because it's the overarching theme of William Goldman's novel of the breakdown of civility among boys shipwrecked on an island.
"We are all in this together”, "Teamwork makes the dream work", and "Tennis Industry United" are noble and I hope, not unrealistic ideals.
Some in tennis support the idea that, "If someone cheats you, just cheat back.” Others like me call this behavior cheating.
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.