| By Steven Kaplan
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A game, all over social media, in which we hypothetically choose to quarantine in a house from a list of well-known people is helping us pass the time. Tennis has one with six houses, with each one having five random US Open champions. 

So should tennis players Rejoice?

I'm not so sure.  This one is a little strange.

First, don't forget the rules. They demand that we can't play tennis with the champions in our house. It's hard to imagine that they would even want to talk tennis with us since they have each other, so ironically like “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”:

Water, water everywhere

Nor any drop to drink

Next, many in the industry know that almost every house has champions who don't care for one another so imagine being quarantined on an older tennis version of Bravo TV’s Summer House. Now try to picture the chat by the pool.

Further, in a macabre and paradoxical twist worthy of an Edgar Allen Poe tale, a champion in house one is 77-years-old  and another in house six is 82-years-old. If we quarantine with them and we are infected, we could pass the virus on to these statistically-vulnerable legends.

A champion in house two died in 1993, so would that house be kind of like “Weekend at Bernie's”?

I've made up my mind.  I'll just shelter at home.


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.