| By Steven Kaplan
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Long Island is reopening and, hopefully, New York City will not be far behind.

Outdoor tennis is permitted, but it might be singles only?

Or perhaps not?

You could ask the experts, but that will only add to your confusion because these days everyone claims to be an expert. 

Where does that leave the reopening of indoor tennis?

Your guess is as good as the experts, but here is what is certain: right now, when it comes to outdoor tennis, it's not a good idea to act like an airline passenger with a group four boarding pass trying to board with group two. 

Just because we might be able to "get away" with playing doubles doesn't mean we should press our luck, because confusion and anarchy are not our friends.

The simple fact that needs to shine through is that tennis players are highly reasonable and responsible people, and since indoor tennis can and will be one of the safest activities, it should reopen immediately. 


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.