A lot of truth is being revealed during this shutdown and shelter-at-home orders. Some are truths about others.
Which leaders, whether individuals or organizations both in and out of tennis, really care about our well-being?
Who is stepping up with real effort, and who is just passing information along and then stalking a claim like a rooster taking credit for the sunrise?
Most importantly, we learn about ourselves. Do we really love tennis or do we love the identity of being a tennis player?
Do we love the process or just care about the outcome?
I wonder who will go back to training to be the best when this is over. My guess is that it will be the players who never stopped.
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.