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July/August 2010 Volume 2, Number 4

Cover story Tennis Heats Up the Summer! The area braces itself for an onslaught of tennis this summer … from World TeamTennis and the New York Sportimes at Randall’s Island, to Beach Tennis USA action in Long Beach and at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, to the U.S. Open 2010 in late August.

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The Long Island Tennis Magazine Challenge Shines on Long Beach Beach tennis is tightening its grip on the sporting world and its growing as Long beach, N.Y. plays host to the Long Island Tennis Magazine Challenge and several other beach tennis events throughout the summer.

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Long Island Region Hosts 20th Annual Awards Dinner By Jacki Binder Jacki Binder recaps a recent night at the Crest Hollow Country Club honoring the USTA/Eastern/Long Island Region’s tops in the game over the past year. Chris Evert and USTA Celebrate May as “Tennis Mom” Month By Brent Shearer Chris Evert and USTA celebrate the month of May as “Tennis Mom” Month with an event at the Empire State Building.

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A Special Look at Tennis Fashion & Apparel This special section takes a look at the summer’s hottest on- and off-court gear, from BaNGG! Inc., Cruise Control, Peachy Tan and SmashGal.

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Long Island Tennis Pro’s Dream Comes True By Russell Heier Russell Heier recaps his experience as tournament director of the Alan King Pro-Am Tennis Tournament and what it was like to rub elbows with some of the sport’s legends.

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A Review of Wii Racquet Sports By Alan Brofka Alan Brofka delivers his hands-on review of Wii Racquet Sports for the Nintendo Wii video game console.

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Autographs: Attempting to Price the Priceless By Brad Shafran

What is the value of that autograph? Can you put a monetary value on it, or does the experience of meeting your idol remove the price tag? Brad Shafran explains. 40

John McEnroe Opens Tennis Academy on Randall’s Island

New York’s new state-of-the-art John McEnroe Tennis Academy makes its debut and opens its doors to students and prospective scholarship applicants. 42

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A recap of the 2010 North Shore Memorial Open by Maverick Tennis held at a number of North Shore colleges. 57

Nerves, Blocks and the Serving Yips By Rob Polishook, MA, CPC Rob Polishook, MA, CPC discusses glitches in the game of tennis and what actions one needs to perform in order to “snap out of it.”

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Adversity By Lonnie Mitchel

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2010 High School Boys Recap

Lonnie Mitchel discusses overcoming adversity, both on the court and in life. A look at the year that was the 2010 Boys Varsity Tennis season in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

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Injury Prevention: Tennis Elbow By Dr. Eric Price and Dr. Gregory Lieberman An addition to the publication, Drs. Price and Lieberman share the causes and treatments for one of the sports’ most common injuries, tennis elbow.

34 Names in the Game: Butch Seewagen … The Long Island Tennis Magazine Interview By Brent Shearer Brent Shearer interviews Butch Seewagen and discusses the first year of the Long Island Professional Tennis League (LIPTL). 48 My Opinion: What’s the Story With These E-mails? By Eric Meditz Eric Meditz digs into his inbox and gets several opinions of “My Opinion.” 20 Court Six: Long Island Tennis Magazine’s Gossip Column By Emilie Katz Emilie Katz delves into the off-court lives of the sport’s top stars. 28 College Tennis Spotlight: Mythbusters … The College Tennis Experience is Completely Different (or Similar!) to Junior and High School Tennis By Ricky Becker Ricky Becker breaks down the major differences in making the transition from high school tennis player to breaking into the collegiate ranks. 30 Adult League Wrap-Up By Kathy Miller Kathy Miller takes a look at the current Adult, Senior and Super Senior USTA Leagues, and looks ahead to the Tri-Level League. 44 Long Island Tennis Magazine’s Literary Corner By Brent Shearer Brent Shearer takes a look at the book by Eleanor Dwight, Tie Breaker: Jimmy Van Alen and Tennis in the 20th Century.

46 Long Island Tennis Charitable Initiatives Jericho High School Juniors Samantha DeBello and Amanda Hyman recently coordinated and hosted a tennis event at Sportime Roslyn to benefit the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless (LICH).

Tennis Mourns the Loss of Dan Dwyer By Nancy Gill McShea

58 The Sand Pit Beach Tennis USA forms a partnership with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the sport is to be included in the AAU Junior Olympics for the first time.

A look back at the impact that Daniel Dwyer, managing partner of Point Set Indoor Racquet Club, had on the local tennis scene.

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USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Hosts Wheelchair Tournament By Gary Simeone

A look at the 10th Annual Jana Hunsaker ITF Memorial Wheelchair Tournament at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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Sevcikova and Kryvonos Win USTA Eastern Sectional Qualifying Tournament By Brent Shearer A look at the Section’s winners who will advance on to the U.S. Open National Playoff for a spot in the 2010 U.S. Open Qualifying Tournament.

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Control: The Great Lie We Tell Ourselves By Miguel Cervantes III Miguel Cervantes III discusses the differences between control and controllability.

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Brad Shafran takes a closer look at the sport’s top doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan as they discuss the past and set their sights on the future of both the sport of tennis and their music careers.

Overthinking the Serve By Tom Ferraro, Ph.D. Dr. Tom digs into the psychology of sports and visits the battles within one’s mind.

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Jump Start II: Determining the Right Time to Start a Plyometric Program By Mike Mejia, CSCS Author Mike Mejia, CSCS discusses sharpening your explosive tennis movements through building on plyometric training in the second installment of his series.

A Long Island Tennis Magazine Exclusive … A Sit-Down Chat With the Bryan Brothers By Brad Shafran

Steven Kaplan takes a closer look at what should be carried by each player to each practice and match.

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So You Want to Be a Touring Pro? By Alan Fleishman Alan Fleishman shares the highs and lows of becoming a member of the pro tour.

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Suffolk County Boys Honored at Varsity Tennis Awards Dinner By Joe Arias Joe Arias look back at the successfully revived Suffolk County Junior Tennis League’s Boys Varsity Tennis Awards Dinner on May 25.

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So You Want to be a Touring Pro? By Alan Fleischman Inside the heart of everyone who has ever fallen in love with the game is the dream of being on the pro tour. What air guitar is to the aspiring musician, what American Idol is to all of us who sound great singing in the shower or Thursday Karaoke night at the local watering hole, the allure of the tour, the glamour of the tournaments, the crowd recognition … wow, wouldn’t it be great? Let’s get real. Sure, it would be great to be on a private jet with Andy Roddick, perhaps an elegant dinner with Maria Sharapova, or doing an advertisement with Roger Federer, Derek Jeter and Tiger Woods (okay, maybe we can leave Tiger at home!), but for the majority of professional players, it’s the red eye, not the Lear Jet, a bag of peanuts that have been “aged” in the belly of the plane to the point where no self-respecting elephant would even eat them, and a reception committee that consists of a rented car, and if you are lucky, your rackets and luggage.

This article should not be seen as an attack on either the sport or its players. Let us consider just how talented and dedicated these men and women truly are. There are roughly six billion people in the world. If one out of 100 picked up a racket, it would mean that 60 million people have attempted playing the game. If one out of 100 showed enough skill to be noticed as a “good” club player, it would still leave six million. Now, let us add to this the physical gifts to change the direction of a ball hit at 100 miles per hour, the willingness to train for hours a day, give up that juicy cheeseburger for a dietspecific meal, not to mention a frosty cold one for a mix of electrolytes that tastes a little like wallpaper paste, and we start to get into the 600,000 range. Now let us subtract the teaching professionals at our clubs, hotels and tennis camps. They all play better than we do, feed us “room service” balls so that we can try to improve our game, and probably have the tact of a United Nations diplomat, which

keeps them from telling us just how amateur we really are. Finally, we are getting down to the nitty gritty. It used to floor me when some guy in the bleachers of a Major League Baseball stadium would holler at a centerfielder, “You’re a bum.” That “bum” is the best player your high school has ever produced, perhaps the best player your state has ever produced; he is asked to perform with a team of eight other players, and if he gets a hit three times out of every 10 at bats, he will most likely enter the Hall of Fame. When you step out onto a tennis court on the professional level, you are either all alone, or at best, paired up with one other person. You must be able to return a bullet coming at you at over 100 miles per hour, deal with topspin, underspin, lobs, drop shots and, no three out of 10, in tennis, its one out of one or you lose the point. Now that we have set the parameters, continued on page 4

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let me say that, unlike the opening to Law and Order, the following events are real. I have either witnessed them with my own eyes or they have been told to me by professional tennis players presently on the ATP tour. The illustrations come from the guys in the trenches, those who have worked their way up from the Futures to the Challengers to the ATP circuit. I live in a community that has a grill room that seats about 100. Remember paragraph two? If I took the best doubles players in the world and invited them to sit in that room, the examples provided are based on players who would be in the middle, not even in the back rows. Delray Beach, Fla. hosts an ATP tournament in February. Since I was fortunate enough to have a player/guest pass, I had access to almost any area in the tournament. In an early round, Benjamin Becker was playing a singles match. The weather

was uncooperative. Perhaps there were 100 people watching. One of the “fans” who had obviously been sampling one too many “adult beverages” was shouting out “Go Boris.” Wrong Becker. It was very annoying, but something that is part of the life of a pro. When the weather is fickle and rain is intermittent, it is difficult to gauge when you

“Fifty feet away from the spotlight, and no one knows who you are, you are just another young person carrying a bunch of rackets.” will play. This, in turn, makes it difficult to decide when to eat. If you are Roger or Andy or Novak, you have options. If you are number 60 in the world (remember, we

started out with six billion), you have to hope that the mystery meat contained in the heated aluminum pan will carry you through. Since the “doubles revolution” initiated by the tour about a decade ago in order to encourage the big name players to join, no add scoring and the super tie-break have conspired to make a professional’s chances of winning hinge on a net ball that drops in, a gust of wind that takes a ball out and about a dozen variables in between … you have better control of your future in a casino. There is neither the safety of reaching deuce nor the prospect of a third set. Choosing your partner is roughly like attending a singles bar. Everyone goes into an event looking for Mr. or Ms. Right, and, as the tournament gets closer, settles for Mr. or Ms. Right Now. For every team like the Bryans, there are dozens of particicontinued on page 6

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By Dr. Eric Price and Dr. Gregory Lieberman

Eric Price

Gregory Lieberman

ennis elbow is a common and painful condition that affects the outer portion of the elbow at a group of muscles called the wrist extensors. These muscles are responsible for making a firm grip, as well as straightening the wrist and fingers. The wrist extensors originate at a portion of the elbow called the lateral epicondyle. Inflammation and degeneration of this area is called lateral epicondylitis, or “tennis elbow.” Treatment options include rest, ice, compression banding, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medicines, cortisone injections, and even surgery should other options fail. Tennis elbow causes many players to miss a significant amount of time on the court and can seriously affect one’s game. It can even cause pain during everyday activities. Recent state-of-the-art advancements in the treatment of many sports medicine injuries involve the use of Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP. PRP has been used for muscle strains and tears, tendinitis, and even to augment healing during surgery. Doctors have begun to use PRP for tendinitis that occurs around the elbow such as tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow. Recent studies suggest that the use PRP for elbow tendinitis can be very effective. PRP is a concentration of healing factors from one’s own blood. To create PRP, blood is drawn and placed in a machine called a centrifuge that separates the platelets from the rest of the blood and places the concen-

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Dr. Eric Price and Dr. Gregory Lieberman are board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons at Orlin and Cohen Orthopedic Associates, Long Island’s premier orthopedic group. For appointments, call (516) 536-1212, ext. 213.

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pants playing “mix and match� based on availability, as well as compatibility. The process sounds eerily similar to one of those computer dating services. Then there are the accommodations. If you are on the ATP tour, you can count on a reasonable hotel. That being said, when you are trying to make it on the tour, they all blend together in a blur. Unless you have an unusual desire to collect small bars of soap and shampoo, this is not the highpoint of your career. If you are playing in some of the Challenger or Futures Tournaments in order to make a name for yourself or build up your ranking to get back to the ATP level tourneys, life can become a real adventure. Some travel guides use stars, some use check marks. May I suggest the following criteria—legs. Two legs indicates fit for humans, four legs fit for domestic pets, six legs equals insects, eight for spiders, and 10 or more centipedes, millipedes and things that go squish in the night. My sources tell me that there are places they would not return to even if it were to win a tournament consisting of one person. Roger, Maria and Andy show up at the majors, play at center court, and get Hawkeye. You play in the trenches, and

often as not, you get the local car dealer calling the lines, because he put up some of the prize money. Of course this is an exaggeration for comedic effect, but I have watched players call their own lines far more accurately than some of the “newbieâ€? officials. Everyone has to learn their trade, and I trust everyone is doing as best they can, but a bad call can cost a player a lot of points and a lot of money. They get to model the latest styles that their endorsers provide (in the case of Raphael Nadal, I think his latest fashion designer must have had a crush on G.I. Joe) ‌ You get to hope that you had enough time to do your laundry, or otherwise, it is skunk city. Finally, everyone fights for practice time in order to get used to the weather and court conditions. Who do you think gets first choice? Eventually, when the match has ended and if you were victorious, you get to sign autographs. There is no denying that is a great thrill, but if you are in the trenches, and finish a doubles match at 9:00 p.m., you sign your name on a few caps and tennis balls and leave the stadium. Fifty feet away from the spotlight, and no one knows who you are, you are just another young person carrying a bunch of rackets.

All this being said, when I went to watch my friend practice, fooling around with other athletes of his ability, with a small but appreciative number of spectators, looking for all the world like someone who never worries about the nine to five drudgery of most of our jobs, I realized that 85 percent of us would have likely sold our souls (or at least rented them out) for the opportunity to stand at the service line of an ATP tournament and try to return a 100 mile per hour serve. It is the stuff that dreams are made of. Alan Fleishman has been a devoted fan of tennis since 1969. He won the Town of Hempstead tennis tournament at Newbridge Road Park in 1972 and was runner-up in 1974. He worked as an assistant to the tennis professional in the summer program at Lutheran High School in the early 1970s. While teaching social studies at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, N.Y., he was fortunate to have coached some talented players, but more importantly, some wonderful young men and women during his last seven years at the school. He may be reached by e-mail at gamesetmatch76@aol.com.



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A Long Island Tennis Magazine Exclusive … A Sit-Down Chat With the Bryan Brothers Premier U.S. doubles team gears up for 2010 U.S. Open

By Brad Shafran Bob and Mike Bryan, or simply “The Bryans,” have won eight Grand Slam Doubles Titles, including the career Grand Slam by winning each major. They have combined to win eight additional Grand Slam Mixed-Doubles Titles and they maintain a 15-2 record while representing the United States in Davis Cup play. Their 59 career tour titles place them second alltime behind Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge. I recently had the chance to pose a few questions to the twins, touching on their training, their overall view of doubles and, of course, their love for the U.S. Open and New York tennis fans.

As “doubles specialists,” what kind of specialized training do you use to achieve optimal performance? Bob Bryan: We have a bunch of special drills that we do. Things like RDC and UCSB Close Volley drills to sharpen our net play. Mike Bryan: Plus, we have a whole series of two-on-one combo drills we do with our traveling coach, David MacPherson, to simulate points and situations. You have to have all the shots to play good and winning doubles. Bob Bryan: I agree. You have to have a big, consistent and accurate serve; super sharp volleys; and a low, hard and consistent return. We also spend lots of time on our serves and returns. Mike: We work on our returns by having our coach or practice partner hit serves up close from the service line. And it’s important to try and hit returns in the near alley and the cross court alley. 8

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Doubles is not a regular part of junior tennis players’ schedules until they compete on the high school or college level. How do you think younger players can be better introduced to the doubles game? Bob Bryan: We feel strongly that every junior tournament should offer doubles. We feel that it is better to have singles and doubles at a junior tournament, than singles and a back draw singles. Mike Bryan: No doubt! Kids love doubles. It gives them a second chance. Doubles rounds out skills. It teaches additional life lessons. And some kids just like the team thing—some juniors have a doubles personality. They like it better when they have a partner and are not out there alone. Bob Bryan: We feel you could quadruple the number of youngsters playing tennis with better programming, promotion and instruction for doubles. Mike Bryan: If you go to a junior tournament or a club event and watch a doubles match, you will see more smiles and happier players. You will see high fives, chest bumps, and one player encouraging and picking up their partner. Bob Bryan: Yeah, that’s what makes it fun … two players working together and supporting each other. Mike Bryan: We feel that there is much more strategy and tactics you can use in doubles. We feel that singles is checkers and doubles is chess. A lesser team can be a better and more skillful or powerful team if they use good sound strategy.

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You recently played and defeated Rafael Nadal and his partner, Bartolome Vidal, in a tournament. Would you like to see more of the top singles players in the doubles events? Mike Bryan: Yes, we beat Rafa and Bartolome Vidal, 6-0, 6-3 last month in Miami and we’ve beaten Roger Federer four times in doubles and Nadal three or four times too. In fact, at Indian Wells last year, we beat Roger Federer and Yves-Allegro, 60, 6-2 in the first round and Rafa Nadal and Marc Lopez, 6-4, 6-3 in the next round. Bob Bryan: That’s a pretty tough first and second round, eh? Mike Bryan: There are more singles players playing doubles now than ever before, and the rules for the past four years have allowed singles players to use their rankings to get into the doubles draws. Bob Bryan: I think the fans get a kick out of seeing the singles stars playing the doubles stars. Mike Bryan: There are different skills sets that make you excel in doubles as opposed to singles. In singles play, a huge topspin forehand and lots of stamina might take you to the top, but in doubles, again, you need all the shots to excel—a solid serve, crisp and accurate returns and you must be a great volleyer. Bob Bryan: People always ask where are the serve and vollyers now? They are


alive and well in the doubles game. Most of all, the top doubles player serve and volley on both the first and second serves.

Mike Bryan: And we are really fortunate that we get pretty good support in any country that we play. We try to give back to the sport and to the fans, sign every autograph that we possibly can, and try and play with enthusiasm and a sense of entertainment. We try and smile when we are out there too. Bob Bryan: And yes, I think having played on the U.S. Davis Cup team all these years and having won the title in 2007 has helped increase our fan base, but we have sure loved playing doubles for the team,

As dedicated U.S. Davis Cup players, what kind of reaction do you get while playing on “home” turf in New York for the U.S. Open? Bob Bryan: We certainly love playing

“We try to give back to the sport and to the fans, sign every autograph that we possibly can, and try and play with enthusiasm and a sense of entertainment.”

in the U.S. and in New York, and we always get good crowd support. Having the crowd behind you helps in tennis, just like in football, basketball or baseball.

and winning the championship in Portland over Russia was our biggest tennis thrill and highlight.

How important is fan interaction, signing autographs, participating in clinics with young players and similar events, to you? Bob Bryan: Sure, we feel that is very, very important. We remember players that inspired us and who encouraged us along the way—Andre Agassi, the Jensen Brothers, Ricky Leach … we haven’t forgotten that. Mike Bryan: We feel we owe the fans and the great sport of tennis, but you know the truth is that we really enjoy interacting with the fans and the kids. It is fun for us. Bob Bryan: Yeah, I agree. We like doing clinics, especially with our dad. The whole idea is to have fun. Mike Bryan: And yeah, we have a song out on iTunes called “Autograph,” and its kind of a funny song about something that we spend lots of time doing. Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic also do verses on that song. We think people would like that tune and all of our other five songs on the “Let It Rip” CD. continued on page 10

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Bob Bryan: Yeah, if interested people can go to Bryan Bros. Band on iTunes, our lead singer is David Baron, who also went to Stanford. He’s got a great voice and is a fantastic musician. When not on the court, what passions drive you? Bob Bryan: I think most tennis fans

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know that we love playing music and have since we were little boys. I play keyboard and keyboard bass, while Mike plays drums and lead guitar. We love playing in our big music studio at home and we also have a blast playing gigs. Mike Bryan: We’ve already played 17 gigs this year. Rock clubs like the Viper Room in Hollywood and Cafe du Nord in San Francisco. Bob Bryan: And, we usually play two or three gigs at each tournament we play like Indian Wells, Miami, Delray Beach and Houston. And what has been really cool has been having the incredible Counting Crows drummer, Jim Bogios, sit in and play several of our dates along with their lead guitar player, Dan Vickery. Mike Bryan: And a huge highlight for us was sitting in and playing with the Counting Crows at a concert for 30,000 people last October in Tampa. Bob Bryan: Besides music, our other passion is raising money for our Bryan Brothers Foundation, which we use to help kids in need. At our Foundation fundraising events, we usually have a pro am, an exhibition and, of course, musical performances by various bands. Mike Bryan: We are so appreciative to players like Andre [Agassi], James [Blake], Mardy [Fish], Sam [Querrey], Maria [Sharapova], Lindsey [Davenport], Paul [Goldstein], Justin [Gimelstob], and so many more. Plus our long time pal and actress Kaley Cuoco, comedian Jon Lovitz and actor Matthew Perry usually play our events.  Brad Shafran is a full-time autograph dealer and part-time tennis pro at Bethpage Park Tennis Center. He can be reached by phone at (516) 978-0094, e-mail brad@shafrancollectibles.com or visit www.shafrancollectibles.com.


Bag Check By Steve Kaplan he Tennis Channel has a feature in which top professionals dig into their bags to see what they have inside. I suspect that they find some long lost items when they do this bag check, and the tone of this feature is more flippant than serious. Junior tournament players, however, should recognize that having a well-prepared bag with useful and necessary items packed inside is vital, and might very well be the difference between victory and defeat. Some of the items I describe below are obvious, some less so, but all are important.

8. Plastic bags: You might want to organize all of these things

1. Rackets: Of course and don’t use all of them concurrently. If you have four rackets and you use them all equally in a rotation, then you might break all the strings at the same time! Use one racket and move on to the next when the string breaks. That way, you are ensured of always having several pristine rackets.

12. Training tape, under wrap and antiseptic wipes: For minor injuries.

2. Strings: You will save money at tournaments and ensure that you get the strings you want, if you supply your own.

15. Grip tape: If grips get worn and slippery.

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9. Bandana: So many uses here its hard to name them all, but a few are: Towel, sweatband and cooling band. 10. Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, insect repellent, hat, wrist bands, extra shirt: For the outdoors. 11. Extra socks, skin lubricant, baby powder: To prevent blisters.

13. Energy bars and snacks: For extra energy during and immediately following a match. 14. Feminine products: As needed.

4. Chemical ice pack: For injuries and extra hot days.

6. Over the counter anti inflammatory and upset stomach medications: Get parental permission for this! 7. Full water bottle and empty water bottle: Hydration is vital to success.

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3. Extra laces: If yours break and you don’t have extra, you could be in trouble.

5. “The Code” rulebook: Players should know the rules! Opponents and officials are not however, always sure of the rules. “The Code” can settle many disputes.

Not all of the above are needed at all times by everyone, but this list is a good reference point. Equipment preparation is often overlooked by inexperienced players and attentiveness to these often overlooked details might spare you an avoidable loss. 

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By Brent Shearer It would be understandable if Bayside, Queens, native and ETA legend Butch Seewagen were content to rest on his laurels instead of launching Long Island’s first pro team competition. After all, the 63year-old Seewagen, who has been director of tennis at Pine Butch Seewagen Hollow Country Club in East Norwich, N.Y. for the past seven years, has so many credits to his name, both in local circles and on the pro tour, that he could be forgiven if he choose to relax a little. But, instead, Seewagen has created the Long Island Professional Tennis League (LIPTL), which will run from June 18-Aug. 6. It will feature four teams representing Long Island country clubs, each playing six matches. Seewagen said he was inspired by the Ger-

man team event known as the Bundesliga. He ran a prototype of the program last year, and with increased sponsorship contributions from area companies, Seewagen is planning for his team event to become an integral part of Long Island’s summer sport calendar. Possibly, Seewagen gets some of his energy from his father, the late George Seewagen, who was a well-known player, coach and administrator in the pre-Open era. The elder Seewagen was an all-city baseball player who was drafted by the New York Yankees, before he turned his attention to the sport of tennis. He gave his son a thorough grounding in the game. Indeed, the club that wins the LIPTL will claim the George Seewagen Cup. Taking advantage of this legacy, Butch Seewagen himself has piled up a list of achievements in nearly all areas of the game. As a collegiate player, Seewagen

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was a two-time All-American for Rice University in Texas. He led the team to a berth in the NCAA finals. After graduating in 1968, he won the U.S. Amateur title in 1969. He turned pro a few months later. For some years after his graduation, he tried to balance playing the pro tour. He rose to 70th in the world and played the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, while also working as a coach. Seewagen scored wins over Jimmy Connors, Stan Smith, Jan Kodes, Brian Gottfried and Brian Teacher during his pro years. He also played for World TeamTennis in the early 1970s as member of the Detroit Loves. But with the Vietnam War in the background, Seewagen chose the draft deferment that went with full-time coaching. In September 1969, at the age of 22, he became the nation’s youngest college tennis coach when he took over Columbia University’s team, a post he held for 10 years.


For two semesters in the early 1970s, he was Vitas Gerulaitis’ coach at the college. Seewagen told Long Island Tennis Magazine that surprisingly Gerulaitis wasn’t always number one on the team. “He was the best player, but he lost to some of the other guys.” For Gerulaitis the lure of the pro tour was too strong to keep him in school, but his former coach noted that: “Vitas was a bright guy and could have done well in the academic side of college life.” Some of the “other” guys from the 10 years Seewagen spent at Columbia are no slouches themselves as players and as coaches, including Eric Fromm, Henry Bunis, Rick Fagel, Jon Molin, Kirk Moritz, Bob Binns, Lloyd Emmanuel, and former ATP counsel David Cooper. After his 10-year tenure at Columbia ended in 1979, Seewagen became director of tennis at the East River Racquet Club in Long Island City, Queens. Another project in 80s that Seewagen was part of was his partownership of what was then the tennis world’s main hangout in Manhattan, the Center Court Restaurant, near Lincoln Center. Long Island Tennis Magazine recently had the opportunity to learn more about Seewagen’s latest project in a conversation in May. Butch, tell us about the league you’ll be running this summer. Our goal is to give Long Island tennis fans the chance to watch world class tennis up close and personal. I also wanted to create a venue for all the strong players in the area who have played on the pro tour, but are doing other things now. What’s the format? We’ll have a men’s singles, a woman’s singles and a mixed-doubles. Each match will be a six-game, no-add set. The team that wins the most games wins the match. The matches will be played on a center court with seating. The whole event will only take about an hour-and-a-half. The clubs playing are: The Creek Club, Pine Hollow Country Club, Piping Rock Country Club and North Hills Country Club. There will be a total of nearly $10,000 in prize money and each pro should make a minimum of $100 per match. Our sponsors include Cablevision and U.S. Business Technologies Inc.

Do you see this league filling a void on the Island? Definitely. If you look at all the events we’ve lost like the Hamlet Cup, there is a need for pro level events on Long Island. Plus, it is a way for us to grow interest in tennis at country clubs where, for some time, golf has dominated the sporting landscape. My goal is to make the league as rewarding for the fans as I’ve seen that this type of event is in Europe. With a quality of play equal to Challenger Level, minor league pro tennis and the opportunities to do a lot of networking and extend peoples’ business relationships, there are a lot of positive synergies that will grow out of this league.

Who are some of the players we’ll be seeing? We’ll have some of the top local teaching pros, as well as players who have competed in the Federation Cup and the Davis Cup. Last year, we had the former number one player in Greece. Thanks for your time, Butch, anything you’d like to add? I’d like to encourage Long Island tennis fans to check out our league. For myself, I feel like Zero Mostel in “The Producers.” Our sponsors have put up the money; now I’ve got a show to put on. Brent Shearer may be reached by e-mail at bbshearer@gmail.com.

Long Island Professional Tennis League Set to Take Flight For the second straight summer, four of Long Island’s most prestigious country clubs will be fielding professional tennis teams and playing for $10,000 in prize money along with the George Seewagen Cup in the Long Island Professional Tennis League (LIPTL). The four clubs are the Creek Club, Pine Hollow Country Club, North Hills Country Club and Piping Rock Country Club. Last year saw hundreds of fans enjoy world class pros play a very exciting and athletic brand of tennis. Founder Butch Seewagen said, “It is with pleasure that we welcome several new sponsors for the 2010 season. Without their support this league wouldn’t be possible.” Two of the LIPTL’s major sponsors are Cablevision and U.S. Business Technologies (USBT). “USBT is all about being involved and being local,” said Andrew Napoli, CEO of USBT. “We are proud sponsors of the Long Island Professional Tennis League and make every attempt to support our community. From a business perspective, we have joined the Optimum Business Benefits program that Cablevision created specifically to help small businesses in our community by offering special offers and discounts to qualified Optimum Business customers. We feel it’s a winning combination.”

LIPTL 2010 Schedule Date Home Club Visiting Club Match Time Friday, July 9................The Creek Club ........Piping Rock ......................5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 11............Pine Hollow ..............The Creek Club ................4:00 p.m.* Friday, July 16..............The Creek Club ........North Hills..........................5:30 p.m. Friday, July 23..............The Creek Club ........Pine Hollow ......................5:30 p.m. Friday, July 23..............North Hills ................Piping Rock ......................5:30 p.m. Friday, July 30..............Piping Rock ..............The Creek Club ................5:30 p.m. Sunday, August 1 ........Pine Hollow ..............North Hills ......................4:00 p.m.** Friday, August 6 ..........North Hills ................Pine Hollow ......................5:30 p.m. *Rain date: July 18 (if necessary). **Rain date: Aug. 18 (if necessary). For more information on the Long Island Professional Tennis League, contact Butch Seewagen at (516) 922-0300, ext 130. LITennisMag.com • July/August 2010 • Long Island Tennis Magazine

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my opinion BY ERIC MEDITZ

What’s the Story With These E-mails? ver the last year and a half, I’ve been writing a column in this magazine that I’m sure you have all been reading called “My Opinion.” During that time, I’ve given my many strong views on all things involving the sport of tennis. From “crazy tennis parents” to “who is the greatest to ever play the game” to “country club tennis.” I’d like to think that I know what I’m talking about when it comes to this wacky sport. This is because I’ve been associated with tennis, one way or another, for the better portion of my entire life, so I would like to think that I have a very good resume. I’ve competed at every level imaginable, and I’ve traveled the world, coaching junior and professional players. I’ve even worked at many tennis clubs in the summers of my youth as a hitter and instructor. Not to mention, I’ve also given countless lectures at universities all over the Northeast about the sport and also how to successfully get out of credit card debt. So, the bottom line is that I’ve been around …

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Listen, I don’t know what the hell I’m writing here. The truth is that this article is due tomorrow, and I have no idea what to write about this issue. So, here I am, lying on my futon with my laptop balancing on my chest, just babbling aimlessly. Can you believe this … I had two months to think of something, and I did absolutely nothing. Seriously … it’s 10:34 p.m., and I’m totally exhausted. Plus, I think the Homewrecker Burrito I had for dinner from Moe’s tonight isn’t sitting very well in my stomach right now, and might actually live up to it’s name. So, because of all of this, I think I’m going to just speed this whole process along by cutting and pasting some e-mails that people have sent to me over last year and a half … sit back and enjoy. Eric: I read your article about your pick of Oliver Rochus being the greatest tennis player of all time. It was a very interesting read. But seriously, you can’t really think that Oliver

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Rochus is the greatest tennis player ever to live. It’s Roger Federer … no doubt! Federer is the best of all time. He won the most titles, plus he’s such a great ambassador for the sport. I can only hope that kids today try not to just copy his technique but also his gentlemanly demeanor when he’s on the court. He’s a great sportsman and that’s an absolute pleasure to see nowadays! —John from Manhasset, N.Y. Well John, thanks for the e-mail, but I have to disagree with you. Yes, Roger Federer is a great player. Yes, Roger Federer seems like a great guy. Yes, Roger Federer is amazing for the sport. But this illusion that he’s this polite choir boy when he competes is something you, along with a lot of other people have all wrong. You would be surprised, but Roger Federer has gotten upset with himself and has been nasty to his fair share of chair umpires throughout his career. The reason why he has the appearance of this quiet, polite gentleman is because he’s always winning. Seriously, the guy has made it to the finals of every major tournament for the last decade, so he almost never has a reason to ever lose his cool. That’s the Roger Federer “good sport” illusion. In fact, go on YouTube and type in “Federer cursing … Federer breaks racquet … Federer chair umpire … Federer crying” and it’s all there. Sure, it might not happen a lot, because he doesn’t lose a lot … but it has. Eric: I play every weekend with this guy and he takes our match way too seriously. He wants to win at all costs, and he takes our tennis together as if the all of mankind was depending on the outcome of our match. He screams, he cheats, he argues, he fakes


injuries … it’s awful. He makes the whole experience not too enjoyable for me. And all I want to do is just have fun and get some exercise. What should I do? —Joey from Islip, N.Y. Joey, I’ve seen this many times when I used to work summers at country clubs on Long Island. There are a lot of people who play recreationally that take it way too seriously and then they use the simple excuse that they are “competitive.” It’s actually quite common. It’s not like they are playing in a league match or in a tournament for the USTA or anything like that. If they were, then I can understand this strong desire to win. I have noticed this “competitive” behavior is most common with middle-aged men who have this inner drive to win at all costs. The reason for this is quite simple … they are very insecure. They have this feeling where they have to show you and the people watching that they are some tough guy, alpha male. And tennis is one of the few ways for middleaged, insecure men to show their dominance against another human being. They cannot go out there and wrestle or box to prove their masculinity because they are in their mid-40s … so what’s the only available venue left? Tennis! Seriously, think about it … tennis is the only sport where you can still pretty much play right up until your daughter-in-law drags

you through the doors of a nursing home. There’s nothing else out there that you can physically compete at one on one. The bottom line is you shouldn’t get upset when you play with this guy anymore because you now know he’s just really insecure and he’s trying to put on an act to the people around to hide his shortcomings from the world. My guess is that’s he’s the type of guy who yells at waiters or talks on his cell phone while ordering coffee at Starbucks or dresses casually like he’s 18 and he’s trying to get into a New York City club or drives really fast in reverse … you get the point. So I wouldn’t take all this that seriously Joey. Just go out there and keep having fun and enjoy this great sport for what it is, despite what that scrub does. Eric: I’m pretty new to the sport and I’m starting to really get into women’s tennis. How do you think Serena Williams would do against the men? —Barbara from Forest Hills, N.Y. So you have been starting to get into watching professional woman’s tennis. That’s great. So you’re the one! Just kidding. That’s a great question you asked Barbara, because a lot of casual tennis fans might very well believe a top woman player can compete on the men’s tour. Ironically enough, this question has been answered years ago at the 1998 Australian Open.

The story goes like this … Richard Williams was in the players lounge at the tournament and he was saying that his daughters can beat any man who is outside of the top 200 in the world. Karsten Braasch, a German player who used to be top 50 in the world, was hanging around the lobby and overheard this. At this time, Braasch was towards the end of his professional career and was only playing in the doubles draw where he lost in one of the early rounds. With his current men’s ranking being 203 and having just played 18 holes of golf along with drinking a couple of beers, Braasch walked over to Richard and told him that he’ll play his girls. Williams accepted the challenge and took his daughters to the back practice courts at the Australian Open and they warmed up and played. Braasch proceeded to beat Serena 6-1 and Venus 6-2. During changeovers, Braasch would relax by toweling off, while smoking a cigarette in the warm Melbourne air. This is a totally true story, and if you don’t believe me, look it up. The bottom line Barbara is that I would say that professional women couldn’t compete in any way against the professional men. The speed of the serves are different, the power is different, the versatility is different, and the endurance is different. I would put big money down on any procontinued on page 16

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fessional man in the top 1,000 to beat any professional woman. I would even go so far to say that there are a ton of Division I men’s college players out there that would beat the number one woman in the world. Meditz: I read your article about why there are so many single, middle-aged tennis pros in this business. I couldn’t agree with you more. You were spot on about everything. I’m a tennis pro out in East Hampton and I’m married with three kids, so I guess I’m one of the rare ones. LOL. Your next article should be about why all our clients have no problem calling us whenever they want. A lot of the pros I work with joke about this all the time. Have you noticed this phenomenon? —Steve from East Hampton, N.Y. Steve … thanks for the advice. You make a great point. What is it about being

a tennis pro that makes people think that we are all so assessable? Many times, I’ve woken up in the morning and have picked up my phone to see that I’ve gotten a text message at 2:00 a.m. from a woman I coach asking if I can do a make-up lesson today. Do people get in touch with their accountants or lawyers like this? Is this acceptable behavior? Do they think that we have a belt full of pagers and cell phones just waiting for them to go off so we can run into a phone booth to change into our tennis clothes at a moments notice? I don’t have an answer for you Steve, but I agree with you totally. It wouldn’t surprise me if I was in Times Square on New Year’s Eve counting down the ball to drop, and then around when I scream out the number three, I get a call asking if I can change my Tuesday lesson to Wednesday. The only guess I can make is that maybe there’s a tennis pro button on landline phones right

next to the police and fire department. Other than that, I don’t know? Hey Eric: You seem like a pretty sharp guy. I’m making dinner for this girl I’ve been out with twice. I’ve thinking about making lobster. What wine would you pair that with? I need your help! —Tony from Middle Village, N.Y. Tony … if you like this girl and she seems like she might be a keeper, I would definitely go with a 2000 Maison Louis Jodot Chardonnay. It was a great year for French wines and it has very good fruit concentration. Also, it has nice acidity and a clean finish. But if you think there really isn’t much of a future with her … I’d probably just go with anything from 7-Eleven. Good luck!  Tennis Pro Eric Meditz may be reached by e-mail at meditzisfunny@yahoo.com.

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Dr. Tom on the Problem of Over Thinking Sports are almost entirely a visual motor game, and when the mind fills with chatter, this is when the trouble starts. Many players begin to over think when under pressure. They secretly believe that words will help them make better shots. They will say things like “don’t hit it long, do not double fault, don’t choke, don’t over swing,” as if their muscles have a brain that can process these words. They cannot. When you try to talk to yourself during a shot, the muscles can only tighten up, get confused and slow down your pace. So, what is the right way to approach shot making?

deep breath so you relax the body. Use some form of waggle to find your relaxed state. 2. Then, you need to visually pick your spot and keep this spot in mind during the entire ball toss. No thinking, just keep the target in mind. It takes approximately 1.6 sec. to toss the ball and hit it. This means you can have up to six thoughts during this time. Your job is to have the time taken up with your visual processing (right frontal cortex) and not with words.

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The Long Island Tennis Magazine Challenge Shines on Long Beach On June 11-12, Beach Tennis USA, along with Long Island Tennis Magazine kicked off the first of four Beach Tennis USA tournaments this summer that will be held in Long Beach, N.Y. Although the poor forecast kept some away from the beaches and inside for the weekend, Mother Nature was generous to the many who did make it out and kept the skies clear for two days of fun in the sand. On Saturday, the pros played their tournament. In the Men’s Pro Division, Whitney “The Sandman” Kraft and Devon Wakeford from New York claimed the first title of the BTUSA 2010 season by defeating the duo of Mike Edison and Kristoffer Barnes from Maryland, 6-1, 6-1 in the finals. Kraft, the director of tennis at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, and Wakeford used their height, along with their great touch at the net, to bring home the title. Long Island Tennis Magazine’s own Team Top Gun of David Sickmen and Jared Rada, playing in only their second pro tournament, fell to Kraft and Wakeford in the semis, but won the consolation match to finish in third place.

Also on Saturday, hometown favorite and three-time national beach tennis champion, Nadia Johnston and her partner, Nicole Melch, won the Women’s Pro Division rolling through the competition and then defeating Jen Petersen and Janine Sadaka in the finals. Johnston has her eyes fixed on recapturing the Beach Tennis USA National Title, which currently belongs to Lisa and Laura Maloney from San Diego. Sunday’s action featured amateur play, as many men and women came out to give Beach Tennis a try for the first time. Players were given demo paddles to use for the day and music played from the Long Beach boardwalk, while everyone who came out had a great time. The pros were also back at the beach on Sunday, this time playing in some Mixed-Doubles exhibitions. Are there better ways to spend a Sunday afternoon than at the beach, getting a nice workout, meeting good people and having a great time? Beach Tennis is very big internationally and its popularity is rising in the United States. Come out and join Long Island Tennis

Magazine and Beach Tennis USA at future events and see what the buzz is all about. Pro and amateur Beach Tennis action will return to Long Beach with two more events in the Long Island Tennis Magazine Challenge on the weekends of July 17-18 and Aug. 7-8 where the Pro Tournaments will be for ITF Ranking Points and World Ranking. Also on Labor Day Weekend (Sept.4-5), the 2010 Beach Tennis National Championships come to Long Beach as teams from all over the world will fly in to square off in a two-day tournament. In addition to the tournaments, recreational league play will begin in July in Long Beach, at the city’s permanent beach tennis courts, located on the beach at Grand Boulevard. League dates are as follows: Thursdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22 and the 29th, and Thursdays, Aug. 5, 12, 19 and the 26th. It will be $10 to play each week. Paddles will be available for all to try and purchase. Come down, its fun and easy!  For more information, visit www.beachtennisusa.net.

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Scenes from The Long Island Tennis Magazine Challenge June 11-12 in Long Beach, N.Y.

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By Emilie Katz Tennis tweets of late  Venus Williams: Wants to move to Rome, “I want a place in Rome … my favorite place in Europe.”  Response to Venus’s twitter by sister Serena Williams: I want one in Paris...That is my favorite place.”  Justin Gimelstob: “Agassi is the best interview of all time.”  Kim Clijsters likes Ikea: “Going to shop for picture frames and boxes at Ikea.”  Andy Roddick: “Got a new iPad.”  Justin Gimelstob impressed with Rafael Nadal’s kindness: “Just ran into Rafa with his uncle, dad and

  



agent at dinner, they’re such class acts, signing autographs, polite, understated, etc.” Vincent Spadea spent an “Amazing weekend in Vegas.” Sabine Lisicki: “Watched the movie ‘The Guardian.’ It was a bit sad in the end, but I liked it.” The Bryan Brothers multitasking: “Playing piano and watching the FedSoderling match. Working on some old school tunes: ‘The Power of Love’ by Huey Lewis & the News, and ‘The Distance’ by Cake.” Shahar Peer is happy about her latest ranking: “I officially broke the best ranking EVER of an Israeli tennis player!!! 14th :-)”

Murray back in the game As Andy Murray’s game is falling off this year, there are rumors Photo credit: Stockbyte that his personal life was back on the rise. He and ex-girlfriend Kim Sears, who broke up with Murray last year (reportedly over his PlayStation addiction) before the ATP World Tour Finals in London, have been seen shopping for groceries together near the home he used to share with Sears in Surrey. They were previously together when he took over the number two ranking, so hopefully happiness off the court will translate to better results on the court for Murray. Actor-rapper Common and his girlfriend, Serena Williams, have split after dating for two years. “They grew apart,” a source tells In Touch Weekly.

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 Ana Ivanovic is dating pro golfer, Adam Scott. Photo credit: Jupiterimages  Maria Sharapova is dating NBA basketball player Sasha Vujacic of the 2010 NBA World Champion Los Angeles Lakers.  Kim Clijsters is married to former North Carolina Tar Heel and NBA player George Lynch.  Lleyton Hewitt is married to soap opera star Bec Cartwright Hewitt.  Tommy Haas is engaged to actress Sara Foster.  Andy Roddick is married to actress/model Brooklyn Decker.  Mardy Fish is married to Stacey Gardner from TV’s Deal or No Deal.


Long Island Region Hosts 20th Annual Awards Dinner By Jacki Binder ore than 350 dignitaries, tennis enthusiasts and USTA members turned out for the Long Island Region’s 20th Annual Awards Dinner, the region’s largest-ever dinner held May 12 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The event’s theme, “Tennis … Growth Through Diversity,” celebrated the many accomplishments of the Nassau and Suffolk tennis communities both on and off the court, as evidenced by the achievements of the evening’s award winners. USTA/Eastern/Long Island Region President Scott Axler welcomed the crowd and remembered how the Region’s Awards Dinner started two decades ago with just a few people at a restaurant, and today, has grown to several hundred attendees. Dignitaries in attendance included D.A. Abrams, executive director of the USTA’s Eastern Section, and Dr. Calvin O. Butts, president of SUNY College at Old Westbury and senior pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, who offered opening remarks. Keynote Speaker Ronald Agenor, “the Haitian Sensation,” discussed his nearly two-decadeslong professional career. A former top-20 player, Agenor has defeated Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Yannick Noah and many more. Long a strong advocate on behalf of his home nation of Haiti, Agenor has, since January, been working hard to help the Haitian people rebuild and move forward after their catastrophic earthquake. The awards ceremony recognized many of the Long Island tennis world’s luminaries. The top-ranked Long Island region adult tennis players received trophies. These included, Adam Kolenberg of Carefree Racquet Club in Merrick, who won the Nationals in the Men’s 4.0 category, and Gina Marie McNulty, who won the National Women’s 5.0 category. Additional prizes were awarded to the top-ranked juniors, as well as the Nassau and Suffolk County and State Champion high school tennis players. The following received special awards:

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 Daniel Burgess of Freeport, director of tennis at Point Set Racquet Club ......................Arthur Ashe Multi-Cultural Award  William Mecca of Garden City ........................................................................Vitas Gerulaitis for the Love of Tennis Award  Robbie Wagner of Glen Cove, founder and director of the Robbie Wagner Tennis Tournament Training Center ................................................Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award  Scott Axler of Huntington ......................................................................Madeline Zausner Tournament Director of the Year  97-year-old Charles Hurme of Huntington Station ........................................................................Tennis Player of the Year  Jack Gearns of Garden City and 17-year-old Jasmine Arama of North Woodmere ................................................Charles Karp Memorial Award for Overcoming Adversity The Long Island Region wishes to thank the following for their hard work and efforts to make the 20th Annual Awards Dinner a huge success: Region President Scott Axler and the Region Board; dinner chairperson and emcee Daniel Burgess and event coordinator Marian Morris; entertainers Mamafunk and the Mudcats; dinner program producer ; TV Channel 55; Gary Battle, event photographer and videographer; and the many corporate sponsors and prize donors, as well as those who supported the event through their purchase of journal ads and raffle tickets. Jacki Binder is a USTA/Long Island board member. She may be reached by e-mail at jacki.binder@gmail.com.

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Scenes From the USTA/Eastern/Long Island Region 20th Annual Awards Dinner May 12 at the Crest Hollow Country Club

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Chris Evert and USTA Celebrate May as “Tennis Mom” Month By Brent Shearer

Chris Evert helped the USTA honor tennis moms by giving a lesson to kids from the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program on top of the Empire State Building on May 13. As part of the 13th Annual National Tennis Month, the USTA is honoring tennis moms, while conducting festivities nationwide to foster tennis participation. The association reports that, for the first

time, tennis participation in the United States has topped 30 million players. Driving this growth is a 12 percent jump in 2008, the last year for which statistics are available. The observation deck of New York’s tallest building was turned into a mini-tennis court so the uptown juniors could rally with and get tips from the 18time Grand Slam champ and mother of three. Earlier in the afternoon, Evert and USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Gordon A. Smith hosted a luncheon for tennis writers to promote National Tennis Month and this year’s emphasis on tennis moms.

Evert said she used to play with her mother every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. She noted that one change since her childhood is that as women have moved into the workforce, there are fewer moms who have time to play with their children. Evert tackled a range of questions from about 15 sportswriters during a luncheon in midtown Manhattan. She and Smith noted that the USTA has ramped up its mentoring efforts, including such steps as Patrick McEnroe’s recent appointment as USTA director of player development. “It’s not that the U.S. has fallen behind necessarily, but that the rest of the world has caught up to us,” she said in response to a

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question about what the U.S. needs to do to develop future stars. Evert said that, in the 1970s, girls who wanted to play sports had fewer choices. They were limited to tennis, golf, swimming and perhaps gymnastics. Now that children have more choices, it is vital that the sport of tennis makes sure it gets its fair share of the best young athletes. She pointed to a number or promising juniors who play at her Boca Raton, Fla. training center. “I tell the younger kids, the 10- and 11-year-olds, that if they cannot beat me, a 55-year old who doesn’t move well anymore, they’ll never make it on the tour.” The tennis legend said her kids all play on their high school tennis teams, although they only play the sport three months of the year. She said after frequent trips to the emergency room, she decided it was time to de-emphasize extreme sports like skateboarding among her children. Commenting on the state of womens’ pro tennis, Evert said that she has noticed that fewer players take the trouble to analyze their opponents’ games. “Players now seem to feel that if they hit their shots, fine, but they don’t go to the trouble to figure out weaknesses in the other players’ games.” On the question of which surface is best to rear champs on, Smith said that 80 percent of ATP tour title winners were raised on clay. He noted that is one reason the association is building four clay courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. But even though the afternoon festivities were focused on mothers, Evert managed to give fathers their due. Speaking about tennis parents in general, she said most tennis parents do not conform to the stereotype of the pushy father or mother. Noting that sometimes the fathers put more pressure on their kids than the moms, she said that this was understandable since often they were the ones paying for their kids’ exposure to the game. Lets hope National Tennis Month contributed to the greater good of the game and that more tennis moms and their kids take to the courts this summer.  Brent Shearer may be reached by e-mail at bbshearer@gmail.com.

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Mythbusters: The College Tennis Experience is Completely Different (or Similar!) to Junior and High School Tennis By Ricky Becker The life of a college tennis player is different in many respects and similar in many respects. Here are some nuggets of information about college tennis life. More nuggets will be available in the next issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine. In a team match, also known as a “duel match,” there are three doubles matches followed by six singles matches. Players can compete in singles and doubles. Division I has a format where the school that wins two of the three doubles matches gets credit for one “win.” The six singles matches that follow each count as their own “win.” The school that gets four of the seven total “wins” gets the duel match victory. The

“doubles point” often feeds momentum into the singles. In Division II and Division III, each doubles match counts as its own “win.” Therefore, it’s the best of nine matches.

There are few, if any, private lessons With anywhere from eight to 18 kids practicing at the same time and only two coaches, private lessons are scarce. I probably got one private lesson a year. Practices usually consist of two to four kids per court, with the coaches roaming around the back of the court.

Balancing tennis and academics in college was probably more difficult than in high school Many colleges have academic support

specifically for their athletic teams. Additionally, many professors have a soft spot for student/athletes who represent their school. To top it off, college players spend less class time and less commuting time to practice than they did in high school.

There are long breaks from official practices The NCAA regulates the amount of days that a team is allowed to have official practices. An official practice is one organized by the coach and/or the coach is present. Some highly ranked national D3 programs have a four-month break from official practices! Even at Stanford, there was a sixweek break and a two-week break. Players are highly encouraged to play on their own during these times, but it is not mandatory.

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Being on the tennis team in college can give you an instant social life … which can be important as a freshman Similar to high school tennis, being a freshman on your tennis team connects you to upperclassmen. This is especially true if you are guaranteed a spot on your team before you arrive on campus. Along with the other freshmen tennis players, I was “kidnapped” by the upperclassmen my second night of school while doing some dull freshman dorm activity. I enjoyed that kidnapping …

There are a lot of international players in college tennis … a faction of people are against this and a quiet faction of people support this While approximately 25 percent of Division I and II players and less than five percent of Division III players are international, it seems as if there are a lot more. This is because the numbers skew a lot higher among the top players and scholarship positions. This rubs

some American tennis people the wrong way, because it takes scholarships away from Americans. There are people in influential positions who quietly support the international trend because it provides stronger competition and perceived improvement to the top American college players.

If you win the “walk-on tournament” you are not always guaranteed a spot on the roster The winner of the walk-on tournament will sometimes not automatically qualify for the varsity squad. Often, this person has to play a match against a lower-ranked member of the team to see if he or she can “hang.”

A lot more time is practiced on doubles than you are probably accustomed to Even though doubles is only one “win” in Division I, the opening doubles point often sets the momentum for the duel match. In Division II and III, doubles accounts for one-third of the total duel match. A team that gets

swept 3-0 in doubles must win five of six singles matches. Coaches like getting these points and spend a lot of practice time trying to get them. It’s also easier for a coach to watch three practice courts of doubles than six practice courts of singles.

The assistant coach is often a grad student who played college or pro tennis Many high budget programs have an assistant coach who is on his/her way to being a head coach. Many teams have an assistant who is a former college player who is attending grad school. Often, the assistant is closer to the players than the head coach.  Ricky Becker is the founder of JuniorTennisConsulting LLC, which offers off-court college guidance services to junior tennis players, in addition to teaching tennis at the Robbie Wagner Tournament Training Center in Glen Cove. He can be reached by phone at (516) 605-0420, e-mail rbecker06@yahoo.com or visit www.JuniorTennisConsulting.com.

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By Kathy Miller

he Adult, Senior and Super Senior USTA League is underway. Play began the week of May 17 for most divisions and will run until August. We have a record number teams with 268 this year. Just a reminder to all captains that in addition to entering the scores on the USTA site within 24 hours of your match, you must also send a hard copy of the scorecard using the addressed envelopes provided. The standings Web site, www.litennisscores.com, is updated with the hard copy of the scorecard. Please remember that what you submit has to be read by us and understood! Please make sure that the winners are circled and the scores are clearly written. We would love to get a Senior (50+) Mixed Doubles league started on Long

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Level League is three courts of doubles, with one court being 4.5 players, one court of 4.0 players and a third court of 3.5 players. We ran the Tri-Level last season, and although it was very tight in a short period of time, the league was a huge success. It’s a great format, in that it brought people of differing levels together as teammates. If you are interested in the Adult Mixed-Doubles or the Tri-Level League, please contact me in September. I hope everyone has great matches, and I look forward to seeing you on the courts!  Kathy Miller is the manager at Carefree Racquet Club and is also the Adult League Coordinator for USTA/Long Island. She may be reached at kathym65@aol.com.

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Long Island Tennis Pro’s Dream Comes True By Russell Heier “Vilas go to court one, Wade go to court four, Connors … I will have a court for you in a minute …” There I was, a local Long Island tennis pro telling some of the legends of tennis what to do as we all raised money for a worthy cause. My journey to being the tournament director of the Alan King Pro-Am Tennis Tournament started when the president of Wildwood Pool and Tennis Club, my former club, Michael Korff called and asked if this was something I’d be interested in helping him and his wife Brenda attain. Morris S. Levy, host of the event, wanted to bring the event to Great Neck where Alan King, famed comedian, beloved actor and passionate tennis fan, was a local resident and philanthropist. Running a legends tennis event has al-

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ways been a dream of mine, and something I had written on my “goal board” and this was going to be my opportunity. I got chills as I told my father that I would be meeting and working with 24 former Grand Slam champions, many of whom we had watched and envied together on so many occasions. As a player and coach, I have had a lot of interesting moments in tennis, but nothing compared to helping organize the Alan King Pro-Am Tennis Tournament, and having my father at the event as a spectator and sharing in this together. The first year the event came to Long Island, it was held at the Wildwood Pool and Tennis Club. Morris S. Levy hosted the event and helped secure the pro tennis players, Michael and Brenda Korff organ-

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ized the event, including securing some great sponsors, and I helped in the organizational process, as well as serving as tournament director. The event was played to benefit The American Cancer Society and Hadassah’s Moshe Sharett Institute of Oncology. We ended up with 23 instead of 24 former Grand Slam champions, as the night before, we were informed that one of our players would be unable to attend due to the fact that they were in the finals of the Huggie Bear Tournament in the Hamptons. The other pros were so understanding and gracious and one of our amateurs was fortunate enough to be paired with a different pro each round, rather than one pro for the day. The event was unbelievable, in the end, with our host Morris S. Levy winning


the event as he was paired up with Mark Woodforde. The second year of the event, I was called about six weeks prior and informed that the club was to be moved and was unable to host the tournament. I went to the board of directors at Wildwood Pool and Tennis Club and was able to convince them to allow the club to once again be used for the event. Peter Fishbach, the tournament chairman, secured some amazing former champions and Morris S. Levy was again the perfect host. The event had an unexpected guest appearance by Jimmy Connors who took photographs, signed autographs and even hit with some of our lucky benefactors. The event was played to raise money for the Wheelchair Sports Federation. Dylan Levine, the topranked junior wheelchair player in the country put on an exhibition with Andres Gomez. In two years, we have had a mix of tennis legends, such as Carling Bassett, Rosie Casals, Owen Davidson, Eddie Dibbs, Jimmy Connors, Guillermo Vilas, Virginia Wade, Lori McNeil, Jimmy Arias, Peter Fleming, Gigi Fernandez, Mark Woodforde, Robert Seguso, Aaron Krickstein, Gene Mayer, Dick Stockton, Luke and Murphy Jensen, Bob Lutz, Johan Kriek, David Wheaton, Roy Emerson, Brian Gottfried, Tim Mayotte, Rick Leach, Ilana Kloss, Christo Van Resberg, Ross Case and Marty Riessen.

This year’s event will be held Sunday, Aug. 29 at the Shelter Rock Tennis Club, the day prior to the 2010 U.S. Open. For any questions, please e-mail Peter Fishbach at p.fishbach@yahoo.com. The concept of the event is to team topranked players up with local tennis enthusiasts and amateurs to raise money for a local charity. There are opportunities to mingle with the pros, take photographs and autographs,

and watch some of the most amazing tennis players in history up close and personal. It is a great event for everyone involved, but for me, it is also a dream come true.  Russell Heier, tournament director of the Alan King Pro-Am Tennis Tournament and captain of the 2010 Tablet Cup winning Eastern Section team, may be reached by e-mail at rhuspta@optonline.net.

Jimmy Connors with Russell Heier, tournament director of the 2010 Alan King Pro-Am Tennis Tournament

Jimmy Connors and Guillermo Vilas pause for a photo at last year’s Alan King Pro-Am Tennis Tournament

Rosie Casals, Virginia Wade, Gene Mayer, Rick Leach and Peter Fleming take part in the 2009 Alan King Pro-Am Tennis Tournament

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he video game, Wii Racquet Sports, has a ton of great features and is Wii Motion Plus compatible with the Nintendo Wii video game console. Racquet Sports features five different games to choose from: Tennis, badminton, squash, beach tennis and ping pong. The controls are simple, and even video game novices can pick up any of the racquet sports games the first time they play and feel like a U.S. Open champ. There are several game modes that can be played and you can change the location of where you are playing to different locations from around the world. Racquet Sports also has a variety of characters to choose from and a number of un-lockable goodies that will make you want to play more to earn the points needed to unlock these hidden perks. The game’s cheap price point of $30

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makes this a must-have title for your Nintendo Wii collection. Racquet Sports is ideal for kids who want to learn how to keep score in tennis and the other sports. The multi-player mode is great for the whole family and will keep you all in shape. Graphics ..............................................8.0 Game Control ......................................9.0 Sound ..................................................8.0 Long-Term Playability ........................8.0 Game Play............................................8.0 Overall Score ......................................8.0 Alan Brofka is an avid tennis player and video game aficionado. He has worked at Sportime at Syosset since 1999. Alan played collegiate tennis at Adelphi University and has a MA in communications from New York

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Sevcikova and Kryvonos Win USTA Eastern Sectional Qualifying Tournament By Brent Shearer

Katerina Sevcikova (left) and Nikola Hubnerova (right) with Whitney Kraft (center), director of tennis at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, during the USTA Eastern Sectional Qualifying Tournament In the USTA’s version of “American Idol,” Katerina Sevcikova and Nikita Kryvonos won the USTA Eastern Sectional Qualifying Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in late April. The tournament was the first of 16 sectional qualifying events that will make up the

U.S. Open National Playoff, the USTA’s event that will create a national “playoff” for a spot in the 2010 U.S. Open qualifying tournament. Sevcikova and Kryvonos will now play in the U.S. Open National Playoffs, women’s and men’s events, respectively, which will be held in conjunction with the Olympus U.S. Open Series tournaments in Atlanta and Stanford, Calif. “We are extremely happy with the enthusiasm and the level of competition that was displayed at this first Sectional Qualifying Tournament,” said Lucy Garvin, president of the USTA. “This last week of play at the home of the U.S. Open demonstrates that Americans nationwide are excited about the opportunity to play their way into their country’s premier tennis event.” Sevcikova, a 28-year old, now living in Yonkers, N.Y., defeated Syosset’s Nikola Hubnerova, 6-3, 5-2, ret. to win the women’s event. Sevcikova, like her final round opponent, is a product of the Czech Republic. She played for the University of Missouri. She also competed on the USTA Pro Circuit during 2008 and 2009. She is a teaching pro at the Grand Slam Health & Tennis Club in Bedford, N.Y.

Sevcikova said she attends the U.S. Open every year. “If I could play my way into the qualifying draw that would be great,” said Sevcikova. The winner of the women’s event had to hustle after her victory. She had junior development players waiting for her in Bedford. Long Island’s finalist, Hubnerova, was ranked as high as 250th on the WTA computer. She told Long Island Tennis Magazine that she is considering a return to competitive tennis, if she can balance the demands of competition with her teaching activities at a number of sites on the Island. Another reason the Syosset resident played the event, she said, was to help motivate her stepdaughter Nicole Stracar, who is a leading ETA junior. On the men’s side, Nikita Kryvonos, 23, of Flushing, N.Y., beat Cliff Nguyen, 28, of Vienna, Va., 6-0 6-4. Like the women’s event winner, Kryvonos played minor league pro tennis. He achieved a lifetime high ranking of 389th on the ATP tour. He won a USTA Pro Circuit Futures event in Irvine, Calif., in 2007 and also played his way into the U.S. Open qualifying draw that year.

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Autographs: Attempting to Price the Priceless By Brad Shafran Watching tennis players sign their name to oversized tennis balls, hats, ticket stubs and various other items after each match at the U.S. Open, I am often asked, “What’s it worth?” by those who know about my autograph business. I hate such a loaded question as there are too many variables to consider, but it’s a topic worth discussing. Autographs can certainly provide a sound investment opportunity, especially given today’s economic climate. However, I have always believed that vintage historical and Presidential materials offers the best chance for a profitable return on your investment, rather than current sports stars or celebrities That said, collecting contemporary sports memorabilia, especially tennis items, can be a fun and inexpensive

(even free!) hobby worth pursuing. Tennis memorabilia is considered a small niche market as the passion that people bring to the court rarely translates into the collecting world. However, there is a great assortment of tennis collectibles available on the market. Vintage tennis collectors tend to look at the early history of our sport to feed their passions—early tennis rackets, publications and photos are highly sought-after, and can fetch tens of thousands of dollars. With that in mind, collectors on a smaller budget can find vintage wood tennis rackets for as little as $20-30, which make for a great display and provide a tangible connection to the game’s past. From time to time, I have vintage tennis autographs in my inventory. There is a trove of letters sent from tennis great Bill Tilden to one of his protégés that have hit the market and many of these letters offer sound tennis advice from one of the

game’s greats. In my inventory now, there is a letter where Tilden writes, “I am glad you feel the forehand into the backhand corner is improving—it’s a valuable shot.” Timeless advice for any tennis player! Although his personal life was much maligned, Tilden’s greatness in the sport is undeniable and a letter like this only runs about $250. I always maintain a stock of tennis signed photos—companies like Steiner Sports and Ace Authentic conduct signings with players and offer their authentication for each piece. In the world of sports collectibles, the buyer must understand and appreciate the importance of authenticity. When you cannot obtain an autograph in person, the best way to ensure 100% authenticity is to buy from reputable sources. While I list Roger Federer signed photos from a private signing on my site for around $250, a collector who puts in some time and effort around the

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rect connection to our idols—they can freeze a moment in time forever. Instead of asking “What’s it worth?” next time Rafael Nadal is kind enough to sign for you, treasure the brief interaction you had with one of our game’s best.  Brad Shafran is a full-time autograph dealer and part-time tennis pro at Bethpage Park Tennis Center. He can be reached by phone at (516) 978-0094, email brad@shafrancollectibles.com or visit www.shafrancollectibles.com.

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John McEnroe Opens Tennis Academy on Randall’s Island ennis Hall of Famer, native New Yorker and former world number one John McEnroe has announced that he will open and direct the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, with its inaugural, full-year programs commencing just after the 2010 U.S. Open. The McEnroe Academy will be housed at the $18 million Sportime at Randall’s Island Tennis Center in New York City. Sportime, owner of 13 tennis and fitness clubs throughout New York State, will operate the club and will partner with McEnroe in the operation of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy. This announcement is the culmination of McEnroe’s longstanding goal to develop and oversee an academy that will embrace many of the best elements of McEnroe’s own childhood experience, updated for the modern game and based on McEnroe’s unique perspective. As a junior, McEnroe worked with coaches Harry Hopman and Tony Palafox and a world-class, international staff of in-

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structors in a non-residential setting that drew the best and brightest players from all over the New York metropolitan area. The McEnroe Academy will encourage its students to take advantage of the many educational, athletic and cultural opportunities that New York City has to offer. “For many years, the United States has struggled to develop its next class of elite players,” said McEnroe. “I believe that I can inspire young players the way that my coaches inspired me. And I plan to create a system, like the one that I learned in, that supports building an all-around person, as opposed to a tennis machine. My academy, based here in the world’s greatest city, will provide a balance of world-class tennis and fitness training, along with a New York experience, so maybe our kids will be a little more creative, a little more intense, and will be able to think on their feet a little better, like any New Yorker. Over time and with

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my guidance and that of our hand-picked coaches and pros, I think our students will see great success.” “The Academy is constructed and funded, there are almost 3,000 tennis players using the facility now, and 1,000 juniors playing now; many have had the treat of interacting with John this year—under the radar, as he has begun to put the tools in place,” said Claude Okin, chief executive officer of Sportime Clubs and the New York Sportimes. “Whether or not we end up in quasi-partnership with the USTA, and as we add sponsors, the John McEnroe Tennis Academy is going to be here for a while and produce players, and most importantly, maintain enough independence that can reflect the wisdom and inspiration of John McEnroe.” Rather than a tennis-only approach, the McEnroe Academy will support a balanced training experience for the developing elite player. Most students who are admitted to the academy will attend a conventional school during the day and will train after school hours and on weekends during the school year. And they won’t be encouraged to play tennis seven days a week. The academy will offer tennis coaching, training and practice, coaching at on and off site tournaments, a fitness component and an academic support team. Students will live in New York City or the surrounding area. The cost of the academy will be determined by each student’s personal plan, and partial and full scholarships will be available based on need and ability. In cases of need, the academy will also provide equipment and apparel, as well as tournament travel and coaching, at no cost to the student. McEnroe has selected former ATP, Olympic and Israeli Davis Cup player Gilad Bloom as the academy’s director of tennis, and he and McEnroe are assembling a top-tier staff of international instructors and coaches.


“If you know me, this is something I’ve wanted for a long time, having grown up in the New York area and seeing tennis somewhat disintegrate here,” said McEnroe. “We used to have a buzz with the Port Washington Tennis Academy, and subsequently, playing at the U.S. Open so it seemed only natural for me to put together a tennis academy in the New York area. I used to play other sports on Randall’s Island. They’ve put in hundreds of millions of dollars, including the Sportime Stadium tennis facility. It’s great for the city of New York.” It was also announced that the Academy will hold open tryouts in July for youngsters interested in attending starting in September. One boy and one girl between the ages of eight- and 16-years-old will be selected by McEnroe to receive a full scholarship for a year of training at the McEnroe Academy. The tryouts will be held on July 14 for boys and on July 19 for girls, beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day, at Sportime at Randall’s Island, located at One Randall’s

Island in Manhattan. The tryouts will last the entire day for those who progress to the final rounds, and all finalists will be invited to watch McEnroe’s New York Sportimes World TeamTennis team play on the evening of their respective tryout dates. Each day’s winner will receive his/her scholarship award from McEnroe at half time of that evening’s televised match. On July 14, the date of the boys’ tryouts, the Sportimes will battle Billie Jean King’s own Philadelphia Freedom franchise, and that match will feature the first-ever New York City match-up between John McEnroe, playing for NY and Andy Roddick playing for Philly. On July 19, the date of the girls’ try-outs, the Sportimes take on the Albany based NY Buzz and their star Martina Hingis. Playing for the Sportimes that night will be John McEnroe and Kim Clijsters.

“I have never worked with John on a project like this … I have represented him as a personal lawyer for exhibitions and other events,” said Mark McEnroe, a lawyer by trade, middle brother of John McEnroe and Patrick McEnroe, and director of corporate development of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy. “As the middle brother, I have had 45 years of experience in dealing with John and Patrick.”  For more information, visit www.sportimeny.com/JohnMcEnroeTennisAcademy.

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Tennis Mourns the Loss of Dan Dwyer By Nancy Gill McShea Daniel B. Dwyer, a managing partner at the Point Set Indoor Racquet Club in Oceanside, N.Y., and a past president of the USTA Eastern section, died suddenly of a heart attack on May 25. Dan is survived by his daughter, Kimberly; son, Shawn and three grandchildren. Danny Dwyer was the Johnny Carson of tennis. He disarmed audiences with the same sly charm as Carson, the same edgy sense of humor and the tenacity to put himself on the line for decades. Danny didn’t have an Ed McMahon to keep his show rolling, but his staff at the Point Set Indoor Racquet Club helped him tone down the “I want it done now!” mentality he brought to the business of recruiting people to the game. “When you play Danny, all you have to do is kick your serve to his backhand and you’ll win,” joked Perry Aitchison, who worked with Danny at Point Set for years. Danny’s first retort to that news was unprintable. Then he deadpanned: “Ten years ago, I would have run around my backhand; today I’ll only play Perry if he’s blindfolded.” Danny had the classic Irish temper dipped in honey. He was an optimist and always believed the best was yet to come—especially to those who are a little less powerful. If he thought a cause was worth his time, like wheelchair tennis and tennis for children with multiple sclerosis, he got involved and never looked back. Danny’s brother, Jim, remembered a 1962 national incident that Danny became involved in when he was playing tennis on scholarship at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Acting officially in his role as the president of the student government, he sent a congratulatory telegram to James Meredith, the first African-American to be accepted into the University of Mississippi. His gesture showed up in local newspapers, and Danny received death threats from the Ku Klux Klan and 20 classmates 42

stood guard outside his dorm room. Brother Raymond Fleck, CSC, president of the University of Mississippi, summoned him to his office. Danny said, “You can’t tell me that sending the telegram to Meredith was wrong. It’s what you taught us.” Brother Fleck replied, “It’s not wrong. But maybe you could do it more quietly in the future. We just lost a $10,000 donation.” “I’m a rebel if there’s a cause.” Danny always said. “I’ve spent most of my life trying to eliminate prejudice of any kind; it’s the biggest waste of human energy.” In the late 1970s, Danny got a phone call from a wheelchair athlete who wanted to enter a tennis tournament. He quickly made Point Set wheelchair-accessible and began hosting one of the country’s first, free wheelchair tennis clinics. By the mid1980s, he had founded the National Tennis Association for the Disabled and the international Lichtenberg Buick-Mazda wheelchair tournament. He became the USTA’s first wheelchair committee chairman, and became one of five people appointed—and the only American—to serve on the International Tennis Federation wheelchair committee. Danny’s children, Shawn and Kimberly, grew up feeling comfortable around physically and mentally challenged people. George McFadden once beat Bobby Curran in a wheelchair match, took a shower and walked out of the locker room wearing his prosthesis. Kimberly, then seven, ran to her father in tears: “Daddy, we have to disqualify that man; he beat Bobby, and he can walk.” In Danny’s world, tennis-careers-in-themaking seem to depend on who’s picking up the tennis balls. In 1952 at age 12, he retrieved tennis balls for Alex Mayer at the Burwood courts in Flushing for 25 cents an hour just to hear what the great coach had to say. Every once in a while, Mayer would give him 20 minutes of his time. “I started

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as a maintenance person and became a club manager,” Danny said. “You never know what’s going to happen.” A young Mary Carillo picked up tennis balls for Danny at the Douglaston Club and you know what happened to her: She went on to win a Grand Slam title and become one of the sport’s most visible television analysts. “I would stand outside the fence and listen to him teach,” Mary has said. “He didn’t realize he was teaching two people. We all grew up with Danny. He totally shaped my life. You always wanted to catch his eye. He had such a presence and still does. When I was inducted into Eastern’s Hall of Fame (in 1994) my brother Charles said, ‘Good God, Danny looks like a Monsignor now.’” “I asked Danny that night how much he charged back then. He said eight bucks an hour. I said to him, ‘Well, I owe you about $400,000. Will you take a check?’” Danny always told his junior students that their goal should be number one in the world. When parents told him that their kids just wanted a respectable ranking for a college scholarship, he said frankly: “You wouldn’t complain if I was pushing your child to get into Harvard. Go for the gold even if you only wind up with a bronze. Otherwise, why play tennis?” He had used that tactic with 10-year-old John McEnroe when McEnroe won a tournament at the Douglaston Club. “You will play at Forest Hills some day,” Danny told him, and it worked! He challenged other famous Eastern juniors he worked with—


among them Sandy and Gene Mayer—and they took him seriously, too. “Danny was there at the beginning,” John McEnroe has said. “He helped me when we first joined the club and started to learn the game. I want to personally thank him on behalf of myself and my family for being there.” Danny rose through the ranks as a player and coach to become one of the game’s most visible national and international administrators. He was the manager and part owner of Point Set in Oceanside, N.Y. He was also the head tennis pro at the Woodmere Country Club for over 50 years. For four years, he was a tournament director at the New York City Mayor’s Cup, the world’s

largest interscholastic event, with over 800 participants. He chaired the Catholic High School Tennis League when he taught biology and English at his alma mater, Holy Cross, in Flushing. He served in every volunteer position on the USTA Eastern board—from Long Island regional vice president to president of the section and the Junior Tennis Foundation. He was among the first sectional leaders to support league and schools programs for recreational players. He has also been inducted into the St. Edward’s and Holy Cross Halls of Fame. “He’s compassionate,” Danny’s brother Jim said. “He could have made more money when he graduated from college, but he went back to teach at Holy Cross to

repay them for helping him get a scholarship. He’s the champion of those who need a break. He’ll push them forward. It doesn’t always work but he never gives up. He follows through.” “Danny is a blessing,” his family has said. “He’s Santa Claus.”  Nancy Gill McShea worked as a copy editor at a major New York advertising agency, spent 15 years teaching English and running the library in two Long Island high schools and coached varsity tennis. She has spent the past 27 years reporting in magazines and newspapers about tennis players and the game’s leaders in the United States Tennis Association, Eastern Section.

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Hosts Wheelchair Tournament By Gary Simeone The 10th Annual Jana Hunsaker ITF Memorial wheelchair tournament took place on June 10-13 with 55 participants from around the globe. “We have three players from Japan, one from France, four from Canada and one from Ghana,” said Tournament Director Aki Takayama. Fifty men and five women competed in the four-day event, culminating with the finals at Arthur Ashe Stadium, held June 13. A highlight of the early tournament matches took place on day one of the event, featuring top-ranked Japanese player, Masahiro Homna taking on French-Canadian, Eric Gilbert. Both players moved around the court with exceptional skill, hitting nice baseline shots and slicing backhands to the corners. In the end, Honma’s consistency wore Gilbert down and he was able to prevail in straight sets. Players pay $75 for USTA Letter Division Entry, which includes A, B, C and D skill levels. There is a charge of $125 for the Open Division entry fee. For $225, the players are able to utilize the player package, which includes hotel accommodations and a three-a-day meal plan. Costs also cover ticket prices to Yankees and Mets games, and a special Saturday evening Banquet Dinner. The players also receive gold medallions to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Jana Hunsaker ITF Memorial tournament. Takayama said she was fortunate this year to get the number of players she did because of the state of the economy and the astronomical prices of airline tickets.

“Because of injuries and traveling costs, we did not have our usual 65-70 player draw this year,” noted Takayama. “Regardless, it will remain a very positive and fun event for all the players involved.”  Gary Simeone is a writing intern and public relations associate for Long Island Tennis Magazine.

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Long Island Tennis Magazine’s

Literary Corner

By Brent Shearer

Tie Breaker: Jimmy Van Alen and Tennis in the 20th Century By Eleanor Dwight Eleanor Dwight’s story of the life of Jimmy Van Alen, the man who gave tennis the tie-breaker, presents a much more versatile and accomplished figure than I’d expected to encounter. I’m

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a hardcore tennis fan, sure, but if the only interesting thing Jimmy Van Alen did in his life was to invent the tie-breaker, I might have told Long Island Tennis Magazine readers they could pass on Dwight’s Tie Breaker: Jimmy Van Alen and Tennis in the 20th Century. That would have been a mistake, as Dwight demonstrates, because Van Alen, who, at one point, was ranked as the 14th richest person in the United States, had a lot more going on during his life than merely making tennis matches more streamlined. You can read Dwight’s book from a number of perspectives and get a lot out of it. It is a history of our game, to be sure, but it also works as a portrait of life among the American aristocracy during Van Allen’s lifetime (1902-1991). While the tie-breaker is the Van Alen brainstorm that has become a permanent part of tennis, his “revolutionary” ideas, didn’t stop there. He invented something call Van Alen Simplified Scoring System (VASS). Van Alen believed that a lead of two points to win a game, and two games to win a set was the equivalent of “requiring two runners in a mile race, if they were tied at the end, to keep running until one had a five-yard lead.” Instead of traditional scoring, VASS called for points to be played from one to 31, somewhat like in table tennis. Players would serve for five points each and would switch sides at the fifth, 15th and 25th points. Another Van Alen innovation was to make the server serve from a “serving line” placed three feet behind the baseline. VASS could be used for either single elimination events, or as Van Alen preferred to do in his Newport, R.I. tournaments, as

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round-robins. He felt fans were better served by seeing as many players matched up against each other as possible. Van Alen was president of the Newport Casino in the 1950s and 1960s when he was most active unleashing his reforms on the tennis world. Van Alen’s contribution to the game went beyond his activities cheerleading for scoring changes. The man who Bud Collins called the “Newport Bolshevik” is also the founder of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, also housed in the Newport Casino complex. Outside of the world of tennis, Van Alen also had a number of accomplishments. As a young man, he worked for Chemical Bank and Trust Company in New York. He was, for a time, the editor of the literary magazine the North American Review. In 1939, at the outbreak of World War II, Van Alen was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve. When he was called to active duty in July 1941, in recognition of his journalistic skills, he was assigned to the Navy’s Office of Public Relations. It was while he was running this office that Van Alen became a mentor to Roger Straus. After the War, Van Alen invested in Straus’ publishing firm, which became, and remains, one of the most influential publishing houses. The fact that today’s Farrar, Straus and Giroux was briefly called “Van Alen and Straus,” is the kind of fascinating detail to be found in Tie Breaker. The Van Alen life story, as told by Dwight, makes for a compelling read both for his on-court and his offcourt activities.  Brent Shearer may be reached by e-mail at bbshearer@gmail.com.


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Charitable Initiatives Jericho Juniors Host Charity Event at Sportime Roslyn to Benefit the Homeless ericho High School Juniors Samantha DeBello and Amanda Hyman recently hosted “Tennis Fun Night” at Sportime Roslyn, a charity event where all the proceeds went to the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless (LICH). This fundraiser for LICH was sponsored by Sportime who graciously provided the courts free of charge; Long Island Tennis Magazine, who helped organize and facilitate the event; Woodbury Sports and Topspin Tennis and Fitness, who were kind enough to donate tennis balls. Also, a special thanks to Jared Rada, director of tennis at Sportime Roslyn, and Emilie Katz, long-time tennis pro of both Samantha and Amanda, who helped make the event a success. Samantha and Amanda wanted to make a difference in the community and decided to host a charity event. Their next step was choosing a charity and the type of event to be held. “A lot of our friends were also going to try and raise money for charities, they were all for great causes, but it seemed as if they were all for the more widely talked about concerns such as cancer and AIDS,” said Amanda. “Sammy and I wanted to choose a charity that needed us and also needed the notoriety.” “The choice to go with the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless came about a few months ago, when we came across an article that showed that there had been a rise in homelessness on Long Island and that the problem was affecting many families,” said Samantha. Amanda and Samantha wanted to learn more about the spike in homelessness on Long Island and attended a vigil at Farmingdale State College. After their experience at the charity, the girls decided upon LICH as their charity of choice. As for the type of charity event to host, the girls immediately thought of a tennis event. Both girls have played for many years and will tryout in the fall for the Jericho High School Girls Tennis team.

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Samantha DeBello and Amanda Hyman, cohosts of the “Tennis Fun Night” charity event at Sportime Roslyn to benefit the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless (LICH) From there, Amanda and Samantha elicited the help of their tennis coach, Emilie Katz, and their friends at Long Island Tennis Magazine. Once Sportime Roslyn generously donated their courts, the event was ready to go. The event was a big success and the girls raised $800 for the LICH. The girls invited their friends and family down to play and those who could not make it to the event still donated to the cause. Everyone who did make it out to play had a great time. Food and drinks were provided and writers from the Syosset/Jericho Tribune and Long Island Tennis Magazine were on

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hand to take photos and give the event the publicity it so rightly deserved. Amanda said that she and Samantha “plan to remain involved with the LICH and will attend next year’s vigil.” “We have become more aware of the problem of homelessness and realized that, in many cases, entire families were homeless and people need our help,” said Samantha. Samantha and Amanda both urge people to become more pro-active, and collectively learned the lesson of “Follow through and you can make a difference” through this experience. In addition to holding annual events and drives like the “Have a Heart for the Homeless” Candlelight Vigil and S.O.S., LICH helps homeless people find new homes, and furnishes those homes with donations of furniture, housewares and appliances. LICH also seeks to educate the public on the necessity of building emergency housing and permanent low-cost housing. Members of the community who would like to help the homeless on Long Island by making a donation to LICH, or to organize their own fundraising event on behalf of the charity, can visit the organization’s Web site at www.nsch.org or call (516) 742-7770 to reach the Nassau County office. 


Sportimes and USTA/Eastern to Distribute Racquets to Kids at July Home Matches ennis is a simple game to start playing ... all you need is a ball and a racket. This summer, the New York Sportimes of World TeamTennis and the USTA Eastern Section are making it that much easier. The first 3,000 kids coming out to see John McEnroe and the Sportimes play at Sportime Stadium at Randall’s Island for their seven July home dates will get a free racquet, compliments of the Sportimes and the USTA . “To start playing tennis, all children need is a wall, a racket and a ball. But equipment can get expensive. By putting racket in the hands of children, we hope to give them a chance to enjoy the sport that we love,” said the USTA’s Michelle Blake. Michelle should know, her brother is tennis star James Blake, who plays against the Sportimes for Boston on July 7.

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2010 New York Sportimes Schedule Home Schedule All matches begin at 7:00 p.m.  Monday, July 5 vs. Washington Kastles  Wednesday, July 7 vs. Boston Lobsters (with James Blake playing for the Lobsters)  Sunday, July 11 vs. Philadelphia Freedoms  Monday, July 12 vs. Springfield Lasers (John McEnroe will be playing for the Sportimes)  Wednesday, July 14 vs. Philadelphia Freedoms (with Andy Roddick playing for the Freedoms and John McEnroe playing for the Sportimes)  Thursday, July 15 vs. Washington Kastles (with Serena Williams playing for the Kastles)  Monday, July 19 vs. New York Buzz (with Martina Hingis playing for the Buzz, and John McEnroe and Kim Clijsters playing for the Sportimes)

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Tuesday, July 6 vs. New York Buzz (with Martina Hingis playing for the Buzz) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 8 vs. Boston Lobsters (with James Blake playing for the Lobsters) at 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 9 vs. Philadelphia Freedoms (with Ashley Harkleroad playing for the Sportimes) at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 13 vs. NY Buzz (with Martina Hingis playing for the Buzz and John McEnroe playing for the Sportimes) at 7:30 p.m.  Saturday, July 17 vs. Boston Lobsters at 4:00 p.m.  Tuesday, July 20 vs. Washington Kastles (with John McEnroe playing for the Sportimes) at 7:00 p.m.  Thursday, July 22 vs. Newport Beach Breakers (with John McEnroe playing for the Sportimes) at 7:15 p.m.

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Suffolk County Boys Honored at Varsity Tennis Awards Dinner By Joe Arias he Suffolk County Junior Tennis League (SCJTL) revived the Boys Varsity Tennis Awards Dinner with a resoundingly successful event on May 25. This event had not been held in three seasons, but made a strong comeback this year thanks to the effort of SCJTL staff of Joe Arias, Donna Arias, Jimmy Delevante, Josh Wolfson and Paige Lawrence with the support of John Valente, athletic director at Harborfields High School and Boys Tennis Chairman for Suffolk County Bob Davis, Harborfields High School Boys Varsity Tennis Coach and president of the Suffolk County Girls Tennis Coaches Association, had been running the dinner for several years and helped SCJTL to put together a memorable night for members of Suffolk County Boys Varsity Tennis teams. The dinner was held at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook, N.Y. and featured teams from every league in Suffolk County. More than 195 awards were presented,

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along with many raffle prizes from Gamma Sports and Grand Slam Tennis in Commack, N.Y. On hand for the event were Shane Helfner, who presented winners of $500 SCJTL Sportsmanship Scholarship; and Jenny Schnitzer, USTA/Eastern Section Managing Director of USTA Player & Network Services & USTA Competitive Tennis, served as the keynote speaker of the event, encouraging the boys to increase participation in tennis through USTA Junior Team Tennis, tournament play and college club tennis. The big award winners at the event were Half Hollow Hills East (winner of the Suffolk County Team Championship), Patchogue-Medford, Bay Shore and Westhampton. The All-State players, who also received awards at the dinner, continued their season by advancing to the State Championships held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing. The teams of Chris Hunter & Eric Bertuglia from Half Hollow Hills East,

Kevin Serina & Nick Bauer from East Islip High School, and Spencer Kuzon & Trippie Franz-Tuff from Ross High School moved on to compete for the State Doubles Championship, while Nolan Gelman from Half Hollow Hills West, Richard Sipala from Ross High School and Zain Ali from Half Hollow Hills East High School went on to play in the Boys Varsity State Championship Tournament. “The SCJTL is committed to organizing this award dinner every year for the boys,” said Joe Arias. “Next year’s theme will be to celebrate the Boys Varsity Tennis Season with the goal of encouraging every tennis Boys Varsity Tennis team in Suffolk County to attend.”  Joe Arias is president of Arias Tennis Corporation and executive director of the Suffolk County Junior Tennis League (SCJTL). He may be reached by phone at (631) 5905019, (631) 360-8047, e-mail jarias@ariastennis.com or visit www.ariastennis.com.

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Scenes From the Suffolk County Junior Tennis League Boys Varsity Tennis Awards Dinner May 25 at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook, N.Y.

Former NYC Mayor Dinkins and Queens DA Take Part in Tennis Charity Event The 12th Annual “Say Yes to Tennis … No to Violence Day” was held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Thursday, May 27. Over 650 school-aged children from Far Rockaway, Queens took part in activities, such as serving drills and ball tossing. Guest speakers included Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and former New York City Mayor David Dinkins. The event was the culmination of the year long STAR Track program, which helps to make positive impacts on the lives of inner city kids. The program sent members of the District Attorney’s staff and New York City Corporation Counsel’s office to visit nine schools in the Far Rockaway area to discuss the risks of drug use, guns and gangs. “Our main message,” said DA Brown, “is to encourage young people to choose sports as a positive alternative to violence.” In a small speech at the end of the day, former New York City Mayor Dinkins said he did not want to see any of the kids veer off on the wrong path.

“We care about you kids and we want to see what’s best for you,” said Dinkins. “My hope is that you all continue on the right track and get yourself involved in a positive sport like tennis.”

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Jump Start II: Building a Base for Plyometric Training By Mike Mejia, CSCS In last month’s issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine, I discussed the importance of building a sound physical base before rushing into plyometric training. This time out, rather than just offer up some generalized guidelines, I thought I’d lay out the actual progression I use with the athletes that I train. In doing so, I hope to give both coaches and players some insights into how this type of training can be used for optimal results.

When you’re talking about training to develop explosive power, there really needs to be an underlying base of stability and strength in place first. Without it, not only will athletes lack the ability to absorb the tremendous impact forces generated during repeated jumps and throws, but they’ll also be unable to apply any appreciable power into the movements. Besides yielding sub par results, this can dramatically increase their chances of injury. Take, for instance, an athlete with poor lower body stability, who’s never engaged in any type of strength training before. A simple analysis of their

game—which, by the way, already includes tons of plyometric movements (i.e. lunging, bounding, rapidly rearing back and striking the ball, etc.)—will likely reveal numerous breakdowns in the kinetic chain. To subject him or her to additional “explosive power” training at this point would be ill-advised to say the least. Instead, I offer the following progression for how to best integrate plyometric training into your conditioning plan. If you’d like to see these drills in action, log on to www.basesportsconditioning.com for complete pictures and descriptions. continued on page 54

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Stability drills

Strength drills

Among my favorite drills for improving stability are the plank and unilateral lower body exercises. Unlike the overused sit-up or crunch, planks train the core in a manner much more similar to the way you’ll use it on the court. With the exception of following through on a serve, there aren’t many instances during a match where you’ll be required to repeatedly flex your spine forward. And there will be exactly zero times when you’ll be doing so lying on your back, hence the limited transfer of supine abdominal exercises. There will however be numerous occasions where your core needs to stay tightly braced, in order to provide your limbs the base of support they’ll need to strike the ball. As far as the lower body is concerned, before progressing athletes to squats, lunges or any number of other effective strengthening exercises, I like to get them used to working on one leg at a time. In addition to improving overall stability around the ankles, knees and hips, unilateral exercises also help improve dynamic balance. Considering the fact that many of the movements they’ll execute on the court will take place with an uneven weight distribution, it’s important that they become as stable as possible to help avoid injury. A couple of my favorite drills here include the one-legged balance, and the one-legged cone touch.

Lunges of all types are great; not just for tennis, but pretty much any ground-based sport you can imagine. Not only are they extremely applicable to the action of getting down and reaching for a ball, but in doing so require almost equal parts strength and flexibility. Also of note,

“When you’re talking about training to develop explosive power, there really needs to be an underlying base of stability and strength in place first.”

tigue, and provide appropriate rest intervals to allow for optimal recovery. This usually entails at least a 4, or 5:1 rest to work ratio (i.e. if an athlete works for 10 sec. straight, he or she should rest 40-50 sec. before attempting the drill again). It’s also extremely important to monitor landing mechanics on jumps … is the athlete absorbing force appropriately by flexing at the hips, knees and ankles and landing softly? Or, is the back rounding and/or knees caving in as soon as they contact the ground—the latter scenario clearly indicating a lack of readiness for the training. Top drills: Stick Jumps and Speed Skaters.

Throwing exercises besides being a great strengthening drill, lunges of any type, are in fact plyometric! Of course, you’ll also want to get that core stronger as well. My top choice here would be the medicine ball woodchop drill. This challenging movement is one of the absolute best standing core exercises around and builds strength through a very large range of motion. Finally, to help strengthen the muscles of the upper back and rotator cuff, I recommend reverse flys.

Plyometric drills Remember that proper execution is absolutely critical! Coaches should, therefore, make sure to carefully monitor the athlete’s level of fa-

In terms of throwing exercises, make sure that you’re working with the appropriate weight medicine ball. You don’t want a ball so light that the drills aren’t challenging, but it shouldn’t be so heavy that it causes you to move too slowly. Remember, these are explosive drills that require a definite speed component! Top drills: Rotational Med Ball Throws and Slams. Mike Mejia, CSCS is the president of B.A.S.E. Sports Conditioning Inc., a training company that caters to the unique needs of young athletes ages 12 and up. For more information, call (516) 662-9717, e-mail mejia@optonline.net or visit www.basesportsconditioning.com.

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Control: The Great Lie We Tell Ourselves By Miguel Cervantes III ne of the greatest misunderstandings in tennis is the topic of control. All tennis players desire to have more control, more control of their emotions, more control on their shots, more control over their opponents; the truth is though that the things we think gives us more control often do not. The three things we do, as tennis players, to get more control are:

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1. Change our racket, 2. Change our strings, and 3. Change the tension of our strings. The truth is that none of these will give

you more control. What it all comes down to is that there is a fundamental difference in how we understand control and what we think is control is actually controllability. Control comes from one thing and one thing only, and that is practice. The more you practice the more control you’ll have. There are a variety of drills and games that can be used in order to gain more control on court, but changing your equipment will only lead to greater controllability. Controllability is the variable that makes control more possible than otherwise, but in and of itself, controllability will not give you control. The way I explain this to my lessons is to use an example of a car. A regular sedan

is going to be more controllable than an SUV, simply because its center of gravity is lower. Does this mean that driving a sedan will give you control? The sedan is not going to give you control, it will however be more controllable than an SUV. A bad driver is going to crash the SUV and the sedan equally, it’s only through practice that the driver increases his or her control. When applied to tennis rackets, this holds true as well. Rackets that are more controllable (so called “players frames”) are usually head light, meaning that a majority of the weight of the frame is located below the head of the racket. Also, the more concontinued on page 56

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trollable frames usually have a smaller head size (between 88 and 93 square inches). These rackets are not extremely powerful and are usually for players with a longer swing. That being the case, simply switching to a control-oriented racket will not give you control. A player will hit the ball just as poorly with a player’s frame than with the racket they have been using for a while. The smaller head size and weight distribution may make it easier to control the ball, but don’t expect to change frames and find that you can hit a dime on court with your shots. Control also seems to be a topic for strings as well. The packaging of a set of string will often advertise that it is a control string and may even sometimes give you a scale showing you where the string lies in terms of control. Again, this is more of a controllability issue than control. No set of string will give you more control. A good set of string will make it easier for you to control the ball, but this in itself will not give you more control. Regular synthetic gut is cheap and will not give you a lot of feel, whereas a better set of string (a multifilament or a premium) will make it easier for you to control the ball and provide better feel. This doesn’t mean that switching from your bargain

basement $3 synthetic gut to a $14 premium multifilament will help you hit those down the line shots. Lastly, some people seem to think that stringing at a higher tension will somehow give them more control. This couldn’t be more wrong and is a big tennis myth. Stringing at a lower tension will not give you greater power in the same way that stringing tighter will not give you more control. When a racket is strung at a lower tension, the ball rebounds at a higher angle off the racket. When a racket is strung at a higher tension, the ball will rebound off the racket at a lower angle. What this means is that if a ball is swung at with an equal amount of force on a shot with a racket at higher tension and a racket at lower tension respectively, then the ball struck with the racket at higher tension will not go as far as the ball struck with the racket at lower tension. The speed of the ball is not affected by stringing higher or lower, the only thing that affects the speed of the ball is mass and acceleration. So you either need more mass going into the ball (utilize better technique) and/or you need faster racket head acceleration (swing faster). When struck at with equal force a racket

with lower tension will cause the ball to go deeper as it’s rebounding at a higher angle, and that is why we falsely attribute this result to power. At the end of the day, everyone is looking to improve their game, but there are no quick fixes. Sometimes, we like to think of power and control being at opposite ends of the same spectrum, but this is just not the case. Getting a racket with less power won’t give you more control, getting a fancy set of string won’t give you more control, and stringing tighter will also not affect power or give you control. The best way to gain more control is to practice. Touring pros use all types of different rackets and different strings. This most immediately suggests the idea that there is no control string or racket. If there were a string or racket with the best control everyone would be using it. Experimenting with equipment can be fun and I readily endorse it, but there is no substitute for hard work.  Formerly with Daniel Burgess at Freeport Tennis, Miguel Cervantes III now teaches at the Long Beach Tennis Center and Carefree Racquet Club. He may be reached by e-mail at UnderstandingTennis@gmail.com.

Big Turnout For North Shore Memorial Open by Maverick Tennis By Stephen Sombrotto he 2010 North Shore Memorial Open by Maverick Tennis was played over the weekends of May 28-May 31 and June 5- 6 at local North Shore colleges. This year, there were 21 singles competitors and 14 doubles teams competing in three draws. The 4.0/4.5 Singles event saw some great tennis action, in which defending Champion Steve “Master” Hu came up a little short in his repeat attempt. Phil Rabinovich played some fantastic tennis in finally solving the riddle that was the “Master.” Rabinovich came from behind in a first set tie-breaker to take it 8-6, and then got an early break in the second set and rolled to a 6-2 win. In 8.5 Combined Doubles, Matt Spindler and David Weiner were upset winners in their semifinal match, setting up a finals match against Alex and Chris Jordan. The clock struck 12 on the Cinderella story, as Alex Jordan dominated the net and Chris Jordan played the role of set up man, as the duo of Spindler and Weiner bowed out, 6-2, 6-2.

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In 7.5 Combined Doubles, Bruce Lindeman and David Weiner won both of their matches in a three-team round-robin format to take the title. More than 40 players competed in this year’s North Shore Memorial Open, in which many competitive matches were played. Maverick Tennis has started its first season of a weekend team tennis league and will also be Men’s Singles runner-up Steve “Master” Hu, holding it annual Labor with North Shore Memorial Open TournaDay Pro Set Challenge ment Director Stephen Sombrotto and Phil Rabinovich, Men’s 4.0/4.5 Singles winner later in the summer. 

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Nerves, Blocks and the Serving Yips It doesn’t have to be a life sentence! By Rob Polishook, MA, CPC ill you know it when you see it? In fact, we have all seen it when watching tennis. To most, it is the pink elephant in the room that we do not know what to name. Last year, Karen Crouse of The New York Times began naming it when she wrote an article called “Toss the Ball, Hit the Ball, Oops, Oops!” during the 2009 U.S. Open. The piece referred to the abundance of double faults in the women’s game and by writing it, Crouse began to explore a silent epidemic, which was happening to many professional players: They could no longer serve consistently. How has a motion that they grew up doing in their sleep become so difficult? The “pink elephant” is called a “performance block,” or specifically as it relates to the serve, the “serving yips.” They are an athlete’s worst nightmare because the athlete becomes frozen and unable to perform to a standard in which they were once able to. The block usually rears its head when players perceive high-pressure situations and experience feelings of helplessness. Performance blocks go by many names depending on the sport. In baseball, for instance, it has been referred to as, “the yips,” or “the monster,” or even “a glitch.” New York baseball fans named it “Sasser-itis” after former New York Mets catcher Mackey Sasser’s throwing difficulties. In golf, it’s commonly referred to as the “putting yips.” The word “yip” originated between 1400 and 1450. According to Random House Dictionary, it is a noun defined as, “A sharp bark or yelp, especially of excitement or delight.” Although many athletes who have experienced the yips can relate to the idea of a sharp yelp of distress, they certainly do not experience delight! American Heritage Dictionary defines the yips as, nervousness or tension that causes an athlete to fail to perform effectively, especially in missing short putts in golf (probably imitative

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of jerky motions caused by tension). In order to incorporate the word into more colloquial terms, I created an acronym for the yips: “Yelping in Painful Silence,” or, taking from Karen Crouse’s terminology, “the Oops,” which can be understood as, “On again, Off again Performance Syndrome.” In tennis, performance blocks are most obviously observed with service tosses and serves. In the men’s professional game, Guillermo Coria was known to have the “serving yips” in 2006 and was known to serve over 20 double faults in a match. Today, the service yips are most notable observed in the woman’s game with Dinara Safina, Ana Ivanovic and Elena Dementieva. Each of these players has struggled with their toss, rhythm and motion. In the 2010 French Open, Safina and Ivanovic had 17 and nine double faults per match respectively. Strange as it may seem, performance blocks and the yips have been affecting athletes of all ages and sports. What is important to remember is the athlete is not broken. They still possess the skills necessary to perform and get back on track. In fact, and in my

experience, once the root cause to the block is uncovered and resolved, the person and the athlete will rebound stronger, be more resilient, and perform better than ever.  Rob Polishook, MA, CPC is the founder and director of Inside the Zone Sports Performance Group. As a mental training coach, he works with athletes and teams at the middle school, high school, national, collegiate and professional levels. His work focuses on helping athletes and teams gain the mental edge, often the difference between winning and losing. Rob has spoken to athletes, coaches, parents both nationally at USTA, USPTA, ITA conferences, and has conducted international workshops and has worked with top-ranked juniors in India, Israel, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. He was awarded the 2008 USPTA-Eastern Division High School Coach of the Year Award. Additionally, he has published articles in national publications, including USTA and USPTA publications. He may be reached by phone at (973) 723-0314, email rob@insidethezone, or visit www.insidethezone.com.

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Beach Tennis USA Partners With ITF Joint effort will expand the global development of beach tennis In a major development, Beach Tennis USA (BTUSA) has established a strategic partnership with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to expand the global development of the sport of beach tennis. The ITF, based in the United Kingdom, is the world governing body of tennis and has 205 member national associations worldwide. Under the new agreement, all BTUSA tournaments will be recognized by the ITF as officially-sanctioned events, contributing to the international player ranking system and appearing on the ITF’s official tour schedule. “This partnership with Beach Tennis USA gives us a solid platform in North

America to develop the sport of pro and recreational beach tennis on a truly grand scale,” said Jackie Nesbitt, head of professional circuits at the ITF. Beach Tennis USA launched the first pro beach tennis tour in the United States

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cluded in the AAU Junior Olympic Games, the largest youth multi-sport event in the country; which will be held July 29-Aug. 7, 2010 in Hampton Roads, Va. More than 15,000 participants, representing 50 states and U.S. territories, will compete in over 20 sports. “This is a crucial step toward our ultimate goal of making beach tennis an Olympic sport,” said Jim Lorenzo, BTUSA president of the partnership with the AAU. The AAU Beach Tennis Championships will be played alongside the Beach Volleyball Championships, which will provide a great atmosphere for the young athletes, and will take place Friday, July 30-Sunday, Aug. 1. Divisions will be as follows: Boys & Girls (under 14 years of age) Doubles, Boys (14-18 years of age) Doubles and Girls (14-18 years of age) Doubles. Registration fee is $40 per team, and the

entry deadline is Thursday, July 22. To sign up, visit www.beachtennisusa.net or www.aaujrogames.org. “The 2010 AAU Junior Olympic Games will be open to anyone who wants to play beach tennis, even if it’s for the first time,” said Altheim. “We’ll have clinics, games and activities for anyone who wants to give it a try.” Given its name, you might think beach tennis is only meant to be played on sand, but that’s definitely not the case. “The object of the game is to keep the ball in the air the entire time without letting it hit the ground and therefore it can be played on sand, grass, pavement or snow,” said Lorenzo. “Beach tennis is truly a yearround sport.” Just ask Brian Johnson, Dan Johnson and Stephen Sayoc, three beach tennis enthusiasts who started “snow beach tennis” in their hometown of Buffalo, NY. “The biggest challenge of beach tennis is

moving on the sand,” said Brian Johnson. “Snow is not much different … you get the same feel, and we certainly have enough of it here in Buffalo.” So in the dead of winter, the Johnson Brothers and Sayoc conducted a snow beach tournament as part of the Powder Keg Festival held in downtown Buffalo this past February. According to Dan Johnson, the tournament was a huge success and one of the top-ranked beach tennis players in the world, Matteo Marighella of Italy, described snow beach tennis as “fantastico.” Quite an endorsement! Beach Tennis USA will make an appearance at this year’s U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows. As of this writing, truckloads of sand are being delivered and a demonstration beach tennis court is being constructed at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Look for more about this in the next installment of “The Sand Pit.” 

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Adversity By Lonnie Mitchel dversity comes in different forms. On a tennis court … down a break in the third set with your opponent serving for the match could be defined as adversity. So you think that is adversity? Tennis is a game that most of us play for fun, and I cannot find a better challenge than on the tennis court when having to deal with that type of adversity. But I use the word fun as it compares to tennis. When I was a collegiate tennis player and a young adult competing in tournaments and in socially competitive games, I mistakenly thought adversity was an example of what I just described in the previous paragraph. Now, I know better! I coach tennis approximately 10-12 hours a week as a way to supplement my income and as an escape from the corporate world. I coach because I love the game, and I believe I have something to give back to a game that has given me so much over the years. I made a life choice many years ago not to teach tennis more than the 10-12 hours a week. With no disrespect to my tennis colleagues who coach 35-plus hours a week who I admire, I chose a full-

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time business career and the corporate world that throws adversity at me nothing like I ever experienced playing or teaching tennis. I have a house with a mortgage, car expenses, a son in college and another son going to college in a couple of years. I have other expenses, like paying into my retirement plan, health insurance and more. I have a wife who works as hard as

“Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” I do and has the same concerns as me. For me, adversity takes on a whole new meaning. In this economic climate, we struggle and work hard to make sure our family is well taken care of. Whether you are a student of the game or a tennis pro teaching full-time or part-time lessons, you need to spend time on how to deal with adversity before, during and after a tennis match. I quote Joe Gibbs, the great Hall of Fame football coach, “A winning effort begins with preparation.” I do not compete in tournaments any

longer, but when I do find myself in a competitive game with what would have seemed like 20 years ago, the whole world was riding on me holding my serve; the stakes just don’t seem to be as high anymore. What is my point? I realized that when these competitive moments come around, I am playing free, smiling and simply have fun. Henceforth, I play better, minus the quickness I had 20 years ago, which age has simply taken away from me. I wish I knew then what I know now. Tennis is fun! Is that a genius type of remark? Not at all, but I wonder sometimes when I still watch grown men and women compete on their USTA tennis teams and/or leagues. You might think that the Wimbledon Title is on the line with the behavior I’ve witnessed and the antics displayed by adults. Get over yourselves people, you are out there to compete and have fun. Be goal-oriented on the court, compete hard and leave it there, because tomorrow, you have to go back to work and the real world and deal with the real adversity of daily life. This thought alone continued on page 62

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A D V E R S I T Y continued from page 60 will make you a better tennis player. Certainly, the people I describe here are not the majority, but you know who you are, and yes, you have the great ability to ruin other people’s tennis experiences. So I refer to a poem that Bill Parcells, the great football coach, used to judge himself and ask his players … “When you get what you want in your struggle for self, and the world makes you king for a day, Just go to the mirror and look at yourself and see what that man has to say.” This can take on many meanings, but to me, it simply says, ”Did you work hard? Did you compete hard? Did you play fair? Were you humble in victory? Were you gracious in defeat? You are the only one who knows. Adversity takes on different definitions for many? My opinion, adversity on a tennis court is a challenge which should be met head on, and then it should be left on the tennis court! Until you are able to earn a living from playing the game of tennis, you have no business being anything but gracious or humble. Recently, I watched my own son get beat in a high school tennis match by another player who he used to beat on a reg-

ular basis. Like any other parent, we wish we could hit every backhand and forehand for him, but I had no power at that point other than to watch him lose to a better player on that particular day. A defining moment for our son indeed! How was he going to behave after the match? How was he going to move forward and learn from it? Better yet, how were we, as parents, going to deal with it? I am not going to write about what he did or better yet what we did other than to say, “We must challenge ourselves everyday on how to deal with adversity and do the right things.” I am hoping that once you read through the whole article you know what we did. I leave it to you to figure out. I will paraphrase a quote though from Bill Tilden, one of the greatest tennis players of the 20th century: “If something is not working, fix it!” That can be one of the best ways of dealing with adversity. I feel it right that, this past month, we lost one of the great coaches of our time. John Wooden, the great UCLA men’s basketball coach, passed away at the age of 99. He was considered by many to be not just one of the best basketball coaches ever, but one of the best coaches ever! He said this of adversity,

“Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.” Or better yet, “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” I hope in reading this article, I provoked a thought, … that was my intention. You can decide on how to deal with adversity … the choice is yours.  Lonnie Mitchel has been teaching tennis since 1985, mostly at Carefree Racquet Club in North Merrick, N.Y. and is a USPTA Level 1 certified tennis instructor. He has produced many high school and collegiate level tennis players, including his own children, Wayne (who plays at Muhlenberg College ) and Trevor (who competes regularly on the USTA Long Island Junior Circuit, gaining the number one ranking in the 14s). Lonnie has also worked in the travel and tourism industry as a regional sales manager for 25-plus years for such companies the Walt Disney Company and Royal Caribbean International. Lonnie is now the national account manager for Sandals and Beaches Resorts. His wife, Harriet, is a club level tennis player and can often be found on the court. Lonnie may be reached by phone at (516) 414-7202 or email lonniemitchel@yahoo.com.

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2010 High School BOYS RECAP 2010 Long Island Championship Long Island Champion—Cold Spring Harbor Long Island Championship Match: Cold Spring Harbor 6–Half Hollow Hills East 1

2010 Nassau County Boys High School Team Results Conference I Nassau County Champion: Cold Spring Harbor

Semifinals Herricks 5-Garden City 2 Plainview JFK 7-Lynbrook 0

Playoffs Second place vs. third place playoffs (A) Great Neck North 4–Syosset 3 (B) Hewlett 4–Long Beach 3

Finals Plainview JFK 4-Herricks 3

Semifinals Cold Spring Harbor 4–Hewlett 3 Roslyn 4–Great Neck North 3 Finals Cold Spring Harbor 6–Roslyn 1

Final Records Conference I-A Cold Spring Harbor............................10-0 Syosset ................................................6-4 Great Neck North ................................6-4 Jericho ................................................5-5 Port Washington ..................................2-8 Great Neck South ................................2-8 Conference I-B Roslyn................................................10-0 Hewlett ................................................7-3 Long Beach ........................................5-5 Wheatley..............................................4-6 Friends Academy ................................4-6 South Side ........................................0-10

Conference II Champion: Plainview JFK Playoffs Second vs. third place playoffs (A) Herricks 5–Manhasset 2 (B) Lynbrook 5-Oceanside 2

Massapequa ......................................11-3 Calhoun................................................8-6 Hicksville..............................................7-7 Lawrence ............................................5-9 Carle Place ........................................1-13 Oyster Bay ........................................1-13

Final Records Conference II-A Plainview JFK ....................................11-1 Herricks..............................................11-1 Manhasset ..........................................7-5 Bellmore JFK ......................................6-6 North Shore..........................................5-7 Clarke ................................................1-10 Locust Valley......................................0-11

Conference IV Champion: Valley Stream South

Conference II-B Garden City........................................10-2 Lynbrook............................................10-2 Oceanside..........................................10-2 Wantagh ..............................................4-8 East Meadow ......................................4-8 Mepham ..............................................3-9 Baldwin..............................................1-10

Finals Valley Stream South 7-Bethpage 0

Conference III Champion: Farmingdale Playoffs Semifinals New Hyde Park 7-Calhoun 0 Farmingdale 4-Massapequa 3 Finals Farmingdale 6-New Hyde Park 1 Conference III New Hyde Park ..................................12-2 Farmingdale ......................................11-3

Playoffs Semifinals Valley Stream South 4-Levittown Division 3 Bethpage 6-Valley Stream Central 1

Conference IV-A Valley Stream South ..........................14-0 Valley Stream Central ........................11-3 Sewanhaka/Carey................................9-5 Plainedge ............................................7-7 Glen Cove............................................6-8 MacArthur............................................5-8 Valley Stream North ..........................3-11 Malverne/East Rockaway ..................1-13 Conference IV-B Bethpage ..........................................11-1 Levittown Division................................5-1 Freeport ..............................................7-3 Uniondale ............................................3-7 Westbury..............................................2-5 Hempstead ........................................1-11 West Hempstead ................................0-5

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2010 High School Boys RECAP 2010 Suffolk County Boys High School Team Results Suffolk County Champion—Half Hollow Hills East Playoffs Quarterfinals Half Hollow Hills West 4—Sayville 3 Half Hollow Hills East 6—Sayville 1 Ross 5—Commack 2 Bay Shore 6—Patchogue-Medford 1 Semifinals Half Hollow Hills East 6—Half Hollow Hills West 1 Ross 6—Bay Shore 1 Finals Half Hollow Hills East 5—Ross 2

Final Records Conference I Half Hollow Hills East ........................16-0 Half Hollow Hills West ......................11-3 Walt Whitman ......................................9-5 Commack ..........................................10-5 Harborfields ........................................8-8 Smithtown East ................................3-13

Conference III Bay Shore..........................................14-1 Sayville ..............................................12-4 East Islip ..............................................6-6 Connetquot ........................................8-8 Islip ....................................................4-10 West Islip ..........................................3-10

Conference VI Stony Brook ......................................10-1 Miller Place ..........................................8-4 Bellport ................................................6-4 Middle Country....................................3-7 Sachem North .................................... 2-8 Port Jefferson ....................................1-15

Conference IV Central Islip ......................................12-2 Deer Park ............................................9-4 Brentwood ..........................................8-7 North Babylon ....................................8-7 West Babylon ......................................4-9 Lindenhurst ....................................1-13-0 Babylon ............................................1-12

Conference VII Ross ..................................................14-0 Westhampton ....................................11-4 Eastport/S. Manor ..............................9-7 Longwood ..........................................8-9 Shoreham/Wading River....................4-10 East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pier ..3-11 Southampton ....................................0-14

Conference V Patchogue-Medford ..........................14-2 Sachem East ....................................10-2 Ward Melville ......................................7-7 Bayport-Blue Point..............................7-8 Mount Sinai ......................................3-12 Comsewogue ....................................1-12

Conference VIII William Floyd ....................................13-2 Rocky Point ......................................10-4 Southold/Greenpoint ..........................8-4 Mattituck ............................................7-5 Center Moriches..................................4-8 Riverhead ..........................................2-11 Hampton Bays ..................................0-12

Conference II Elwood/John Glenn ..........................13-1 Smithtown West ..................................8-4 Hauppauge..........................................5-7 Northport ............................................7-6 Huntington ..........................................4-9 Kings Park ........................................1-13

Nassau County Boy’s Tennis Tournament (May 14-15) Top three finishers represent Nassau County at the State Championship. Singles Tournament All New York State & All-County Honors Champion............................................Zach Morris • Garden City Runner-up ..............................Josh Levine • Cold Spring Harbor Third Place ..........................Eric Ambrosio • Cold Spring Harbor Fourth Place ..................................................Sam Lam • Jericho All-County Honors (Quarterfinalists) Austin Blau ........................................................................Roslyn Ben Bogard ..............................................................Long Beach Alexander Friedlich ..........................................Great Neck North Adam Morris ..............................................................Garden City 64

Doubles Tournament All New York State & All-County Honors Champions........................Eric Rubin & Matt Barry • Long Beach Runner-up ....Jon DeFrancesch & Andrew Yaraghi • Friends Academy Third Place ..........Ignacio Casali & Brendan Henry • Farmingdale Fourth Place ..Jensen Reiter & Alex Tropiano • Cold Spring Harbor All-County Honors (Quarterfinalists) Roie Heyman & Ofir Solomon........................................Plainview Kevin Katz & Stephen Peng ............................................Syosset Matt Kline & Alex Werman ................................................Roslyn Matt Lam & Chris Lam ......................................................Jericho

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2010 High School Boys RECAP Suffolk County Individual Results

All-State and All-County Honors From Suffolk County

Singles Championship Nolan Gelman (1) of Half Hollow Hills West defeated Scott Johnson (2) of Kings Park, 6-1, 6-0.

Singles Nolan Gelman ............................................Half Hollow Hills West Scott Johnson..............................................................Kings Park Brandon Stone ........................................................Walt Whitman Zane Ali........................................................Half Hollow Hills East

Singles Consolation Brandon Stone (4) of Whitman defeated Zane Ali (3) of Half Hollow Hills East, 2-6, 7-5, 10-8. Doubles Championship Chris Hunter & Eric Bertuglia (6) of Half Hollow Hills East defeated Michael Covey & Scott Rabinowitz (1) of Half Hollow Hills West, 62, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4)

Doubles Chris Hunter & Eric Bertuglia ......................Half Hollow Hills East Michael Covey & Scott Rabinowitz ............Half Hollow Hills West Sam Gudeon & Matt Basile ................................Smithtown West Eric Chalis & Brian Chalis ..........................................Harborfields

Doubles Consolation Sam Gudeon & Matt Basile (5) of Smithtown West defeated Eric Chalis & Brian Chalis (7) of Harborfields, 6-1, 6-4

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2010 High School Boys RECAP New York State Boys High School Tennis Championships (June 10-12)

New York State 2010 High School Boys Tennis All-State Team

Singles Josh Levine ..................................................Cold Spring Harbor Second Place—NYS Public and Federation

1 ................Jeremy Court ......................................New Rochelle 2 ................Josh Levine................................Cold Spring Harbor 3 ................Eric Halpern ..........................................Blind Brook 4 ................Christopher Frost ....................................Niskayuna 5 ................Kyle Rosen ............................................Byram Hills 6 ................Jordan Kaufman ....................................Byram Hills 7 ................Ben Fife ....................................................Scarsdale 8 ................Austin Kaplan ..........................................Scarsdale 9 ................Eric Rubin ..............................................Long Beach 10 ..............Matt Barry..............................................Long Beach 11 ..............Ignacio Casali ......................................Farmingdale 12 ..............Brendan Harris......................................Farmingdale

Doubles Third Place ......................Eric Rubin & Matt Barry • Long Beach Fourth Place ......Ignacio Casali & Brendan Henry • Farmingdale Singles Consolation First Place ..........................................Zach Morris • Garden City Section VIII Sportsmanship Award Zach Morris ..............................................................Garden City

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LONG Boys & Girls Long Island Rankings (as of 06/21/10)

BOYS

Long Island Boys 10 Singles Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Daniel Eric Pellerito ......Syosset, N.Y. 2 ........Ronald P. Hohmann ......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 3 ........Justin Ilan Lempert ......Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 4 ........Neel Raj ......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 5 ........Billy G. Suarez ..............Huntington, N.Y. 6 ........Cannon Kingsley ..........Northport, N.Y. 7 ........Michael Medvedev ......Oceanside, N.Y. 8 ........Patrick F. Maloney ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 9 ........Benjamin Grossman ....Sands Point, N.Y. 10 ......Kyle C. Yaun..................Sand Point, N.Y. 11 ......David Ammendola ........Massapequa, N.Y. 12 ......Pete Sizios ..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 13 ......Jake Grossman............Sands Point, N.Y. 14 ......Steven Well Sun ..........Glen Cove, N.Y. 15 ......Daniel Weitz ................Roslyn, N.Y. 16 ......Matthew T. Roberts ......Setauket, N.Y. 17 ......Jacob Weiner ..............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 18 ......Joey Austin ..................Hewlett, N.Y. 19 ......Ben Snow ....................Water Mill, N.Y. 20 ......Parker Appel ................Locust Valley, N.Y. 21 ......Zachary Ian Khazzam ..Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 22 ......Alexander Roti ..............Woodmere, N.Y. 23 ......Amani Siddiqui ............West Babylon, N.Y. 24 ......Eli Grossman ................Woodbury, N.Y. 25 ......Jeffrey McDonnell ........Glen Cove, N.Y. 26 ......Spencer Brachman ......Commack, N.Y. 27 ......Connor Leaf..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 28 ......Cody Bograd ................Huntington, N.Y. 29 ......Gardner Howe ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 30 ......Matthew Wu ................Commack, N.Y. 31 ......Daniel Chikvashvili ......Syosset, N.Y. 32 ......Matthew Porges ..........Sands Point, N.Y. 33 ......Henry Bilicic ................Locust Valley, N.Y. 34 ......Tyler Nierman ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 35 ......Robert Steven Bellino ..Huntington, N.Y. 36 ......Nicholas Tyler Decker ..East Setauket, N.Y. 37 ......Matthew C. Schwartz ..Sands Point, N.Y. 38 ......Wiktor Marek Figiel ......Sea Cliff, N.Y. 39 ......Niles Ghaffar ................Massapequa, N.Y. 40 ......Michael Kaydin ............Valley Stream, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 12 Singles Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Stephen Gruppuso........Bayport, N.Y. 2 ........Brian Hoffarth ..............Fort Salonga, N.Y. 3 ........Yuval Solomon..............Plainview, N.Y. 4 ........Brian Shi ......................Jericho, N.Y. 5 ........Arjun Mehrotra ............Woodbury, N.Y. 6 ........James Kyrkanides ........Stony Brook, N.Y. 7 ........Zane Siddiqui ..............West Babylon, N.Y. 8 ........Benjamin Tenner ..........Roslyn, N.Y. 9 ........Dylan Granat ................Woodbury, N.Y. 10 ......Travis Leaf....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 11 ......Michael Jaklitsch ........Islip, N.Y. 12 ......Kyle Hudson Gower ......Oceanside, N.Y. 13 ......Spencer Bozsik ............Sag Harbor, N.Y. 14 ......Michael Medvedev ......Oceanside, N.Y. 15 ......Alex Grossman ............Sands Point, N.Y. 16 ......Ian Bank ......................Old Westbury, N.Y. 17 ......Austin Egna ..................Port Washington, N.Y. 18 ......Sean Patrick ................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 19 ......Patrick F. Maloney ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 20 ......Aziz Rashidzada ..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 21 ......Curran Varma ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 22 ......Titus Syon Sung ..........Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 23 ......Ryan Goetz ..................Greenlawn, N.Y. 24 ......Ronald P. Hohmann ......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 25 ......Christian Moyer Ardito ..Rockville Centre, N.Y. 26 ......Eric Schissel ................Port Washington, N.Y. 27 ......Jack Aaron Briamonte ..Great Neck, N.Y. 28 ......Justin Ilan Lempert ......Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 29 ......Daniel Eric Pellerito ......Syosset, N.Y.

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30 ......Carl Grant ....................Water Mill, N.Y. 31 ......Spencer Swanson ........Remsenburg, N.Y. 32 ......Joonho Ko ....................Huntington, N.Y. 33 ......Neel Raj ......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 34 ......Brady Berman ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 35 ......Logan Beckerman ........Muttontown, N.Y. 36 ......Michael Liebman..........Roslyn, N.Y. 37 ......Aaron Askowitz ............Great Neck, N.Y. 38 ......Alan Delman ................Great Neck, N.Y. 39 ......Daniel Khodosh ............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 40 ......Max Egna ....................Port Washington, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 14 Singles Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Andrew J. Bentz ..........Massapequa Park, N.Y. 2 ........Kevin Cino ....................East Quogue, N.Y. 3 ........Daniel Lee ....................Port Washington, N.Y. 4 ........Cole Lafitte ..................East Setauket, N.Y. 5 ........Daniel Sliwowski ..........Islip, N.Y. 6 ........Zachary M. Chang ........Massapequa, N.Y. 7 ........Kevin Alec Kowalsky ....Oyster Bay, N.Y. 8 ........Ian Combemale ............Bridgehampton, N.Y. 9 ........Philip Foo ....................Great Neck, N.Y. 10 ......Nikhil Raj......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 11 ......Daniel Grunberger ........Great Neck, N.Y. 12 ......Erik Joshua Klug ..........Sands Point, N.Y. 13 ......Curran Varma ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 14 ......Palmer T. Clare ............North Bellmore, N.Y. 15 ......Samuel Federman ........Sea Cliff, N.Y. 16 ......James Heaney..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 17 ......Joshua A. Fried ............Plainview, N.Y. 18 ......Jeffrey G. Cherkin ........Melville, N.Y. 19 ......Riki Ishikawa................Woodbury, N.Y. 20 ......Jonathan Staudigel ......Northport, N.Y. 21 ......Jesse M. Levitin ..........Manhasset, N.Y. 22 ......Jeremy Grossman ........Woodbury, N.Y. 23 ......Sam Kramer ................Westhampton, N.Y. 24 ......Sahil Massand..............Woodbury, N.Y. 25 ......Michael L. Schumer......Syosset, N.Y. 26 ........Matthew Kantor..................Westhampton Beach, N.Y. 27 ......Henry Tell ....................Woodbury, N.Y. 28 ......Bryant J. Born ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 29 ......Rajkumar Pammal........Dix Hills, N.Y. 30 ......Alec Tuckey ..................Melville, N.Y. 31 ......Jacob Ross Pion ..........Roslyn, N.Y. 32 ......Kavi Bhatia ..................Westbury, N.Y. 33 ......Evan Kober ..................Wantagh, N.Y. 34 ......Benjamin Tenner ..........Roslyn, N.Y. 35 ......Justin Park ..................Huntington, N.Y. 36 ......Cory Seltman ..............Smithtown, N.Y. 37 ......Jacob Lacks ................Woodbury, N.Y. 38 ......Kyle Hudson Gower ......Oceanside, N.Y. 39 ......Jack Ian Lindenman ....Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 40 ......Sam Huang ..................Great Neck, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 16 Singles Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Sean Jagi Chhugani ....Roslyn, N.Y. 2 ........Doron Saraf..................Great Neck, N.Y. 3 ........Matthew R. Demichiel ..Hewlett, N.Y. 4 ........JT Esposito ..................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 5 ........Trevor S. Mitchel ..........East Meadow, N.Y. 6 ........Eric Sumanaru..............Middle Island, N.Y. 7 ........Gabriel P. Lazar ............Hewlett, N.Y. 8 ........Sloan Millman ..............Woodmere, N.Y. 9 ........Richard Mitchell ..........Franklin Square, N.Y. 10 ......Marcell Rengifo ............Copaigue, N.Y. 11 ......Brett Ringelheim ..........Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 12 ......Ian Baranowski ............Syosset, N.Y. 13 ......Erik Ujvari ....................Hauppauge, N.Y. 14 ......Jake Horowitz ..............Smithtown, N.Y. 15 ......Michael McFelia ............Huntington Station, N.Y. 16 ......Henry D. Lee ................Sag Harbor, N.Y. 17 ......Brian Chalif ..................Huntington, N.Y. 18 ......Ian Hyland Glessing ......Manhasset, N.Y. 19 ......Samuel Hajibai ............Kings Point, N.Y. 20 ......Austin Davidow ............Glen Head, N.Y. 21 ......Michael Freilich ............Lawrence, N.Y. 22 ......Daniel Wong ................Great Neck, N.Y. 23 ......Nick Bauer ..................Great River, N.Y.

RANKINGS

24 ......Daniel Grunberger ........Great Neck, N.Y. 25 ......Daniel Sliwowski ..........Islip, N.Y. 26 ......Ethan Hayden Handa ....Rockville Centre, N.Y. 27 ......Ryan White ..................Wantagh, N.Y. 28 ......Clark D. Ruiz ................Glen Head, N.Y. 29 ......Seth Kornfield ..............Jericho, N.Y. 30 ......Michael Hakimi ............Great Neck, N.Y. 31 ......Alex Philip Rosenfield ..Holtsville, N.Y. 32 ......Julian Koby Adler..........Roslyn, N.Y. 33 ......Jack Vissicchio ............Port Washington, N.Y. 34 ......Nick Wong....................Jericho, N.Y. 35 ......Michael Vera ................Bethpage, N.Y. 36 ......Aman Sharma ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 37 ......Shoki Yamada ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 38 ......Dylan Ander..................Hewlett, N.Y. 39 ......James Heaney..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 40 ......Matthew Orlich ............Valley Stream, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 18 Singles Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........JT Esposito ..................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 2 ........Matthew Zuckerman ....Valley Stream, N.Y. 3 ........Jared Drzal ..................West Sayville, N.Y. 4 ........Jaewon Kim ................East Northport, N.Y. 5 ........Sean Jagi Chhugani ....Roslyn, N.Y. 6 ........Sloan Millman ..............Woodmere, N.Y. 7 ........Brian Heinlein ..............Patchogue, N.Y. 8 ........Austin Davidow ............Glen Head, N.Y. 9 ........Scott Johnson ..............Northport, N.Y. 10 ......William Speranza..........Hicksville, N.Y. 11 ......Jacob Mishkin..............Woodbury, N.Y. 12 ......Stephen Peng ..............Woodbury, N.Y. 13 ......Brandon Lum ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 14 ......Justin Fitze ..................Greenlawn, N.Y. 15 ......Gregory B. Gittler..........Ronkonkoma, N.Y. 16 ......Eric Sumanaru..............Middle Island, N.Y. 17 ......Richard Sipala ..............Quogue, N.Y. 18 ......Kenneth D. Pinillos ......East Hampton, N.Y. 19 ......Jason Quintana ............Bethpage, N.Y. 20 ......Jordan Lindenmam ......Commack, N.Y. 21 ......Matthew Corriston........Wantagh, N.Y. 22 ......Paul Abrudescu ............Great Neck, N.Y. 23 ......Faizan Khurram ............Long Beach, N.Y. 24 ......Gonzalo E. Mocorrea ....Locust Valley, N.Y. 25 ......Kenneth Gaudio............Miller Place, N.Y. 26 ......Eric Dietsche ................Bay Shore, N.Y. 27 ......David Kane ..................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 28 ......Gregory Krolikowski ....Massapequa, N.Y. 29 ......Daniel Wright................Babylon, N.Y. 30 ......Jonathan Sanders ........Holbrook, N.Y. 31 ......Steven Ferrantello ........Dix Hills, N.Y. 32 ......Daniel Sedgh................Roslyn, N.Y. 33 ......Christian Damour ........Hauppauge, N.Y. 34 ......Aman Sharma ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 35 ......Ryan Zuckerman ..........Valley Stream, N.Y. 36 ......Andrew O’Connell ........Medford, N.Y. 37 ......Sidesh Sachithananthan..Hicksville, N.Y. 38 ......Dylan Quintana ............Bethpage, N.Y. 39 ......Brian Chalif ..................Huntington, N.Y. 40 ......Gabriel Moses Stine......Great Neck, N.Y.

GIRLS

Long Island Girls 10 Singles Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Lea Ma ........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 2 ........Jacqueline Rae Bukzin ..Manorville, N.Y. 3 ........Olivia Rose Scordo ......Glen Head, N,.Y. 4 ........Julia Kielan ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 5 ........Francesca Karman ......Port Washington, N.Y. 6 ........Merri Kelly....................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 7 ........Trinity Chow ................Glen Cove, N.Y. 8 ........Katelyn Walker ............Sands Point, N.Y. 9 ........Risha Malhotra ............Syosset, N.Y. 10 ......Jasmine Olivia Abidi ....Glen Head, N.Y. 11 ......Emily Austin ................Hewlett, N.Y. 12 ......Alexa Susan Goetz........Greenlawn, N.Y. 13 ......Theodora Brebenel ......Glen Head, N.Y. 14 ......Celeste Wang Traub......Jericho, N.Y. 15 ......Victoria Anna Bialczak ..New Hyde Park, N.Y.

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16 ......Kaitlyn Byrnes ..............Massapequa, N.Y. 17 ......Cara Becker ................Great Neck, N.Y. 18 ......Kaitlyn Schwarz............Oceanside, N.Y. 19 ......Amy Delman ................Great Neck, N.Y. 20 ......Alison Coben ................Massapequa, N.Y. 21 ......Kira Rose Giordano ......Massapequa Park, N.Y. 22 ......Nicole Kyrkanides ........Stony Brook, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 12 Singles Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Lexee Taylor Shapiro ....Syosset, N.Y. 2 ........Michelle Haykin............Great Neck, N.Y. 3 ........Taylor S. Cosme............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 4 ........Jacqueline Rae Bukzin..Manorville, N.Y. 5 ........Stephanie Nakash ........Great Neck, N.Y. 6 ........Emily Kate Shutman ....Huntington, N.Y. 7 ........Courtney Kowalsky ......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 8 ........Vanessa L. Scott ..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 9 ........Jessica Schwarz ..........Oceanside, N.Y. 10 ......Sophie Grace Wilson ....Oyster Bay, N.Y. 11 ......Brynn Maris April..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 12 ......Nicole Kielan ................Valley Stream, N.Y. 13 ......Celeste Rose Matute ....Oyster Bay, N.Y. 15 ......Danah Han ..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 16 ......Morgan A. Wilkins ........Syosset, N.Y. 17 ......Vista Grinde..................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 18 ......Amanda Allison Foo ......Manhasset, N.Y. 19 ......Rachel Weiss................Great Neck, N.Y. 20 ......Laura Jean Halsey........Westhampton, N.Y. 21 ......Taylor Hollis Ferguson ..East Quogue, N.Y. 22 ......Alexa Graham ..............Garden City, N.Y. 23 ......Abigail Carrie Okin........Amagansett, N.Y. 24 ......Jasmine Olivia Abidi ....Glen Head, N.Y. 25 ......Lauren B. Dolowich ......Jerocho, N.Y. 26 ......Nikaylah Williams ........Wheatley Heights, N.Y. 27 ......Theodora Brebenel ......Glen Head, N.Y. 28 ......Michelle N. Carnovale ..Massapequa, N.Y. 29 ......Nicole Damaghi............Kings Point, N.Y. 30 ......Danielle Mirabella ........Wantagh, N.Y. 31 ......Ayesha Jagi Chhugani ..Roslyn, N.Y. 32 ......Julia Shenker ..............Rockville Centre, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 14 Singles Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Cameron Moskol ..........Wantagh, N.Y. 2 ........Lauren Ann Livingston ..Sands Point, N.Y. 3 ........Brittany Burke ..............Garden City, N.Y. 4 ........Aidan Owens ................Manhasset, N.Y. 5 ........Bridget Elaine Harding..Northport, N.Y. 6 ........Rhea Malhotra..............Syosset, N.Y. 7 ........Nicole Koskovolis ........Manhasset, N.Y. 8 ........Campbell Howe ............Locust Valley, N.Y. 9 ........Taylor S. Cosme............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 10 ......Harley Kaiserman ........Setauket, N.Y. 11 ........Elena Nitsa Maria Nastasi..Bayville, N.Y. 12 ......Lauren Difazio ..............Greenlawn, N.Y. 13 ......Sarah Dionisio ..............Shirley, N.Y. 14 ......Julia Ciardullo ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 15 ......Morgan Hermann ........Garden City, N.Y. 16 ......Ola Mally ......................Franklin Square, N.Y. 17 ......Michele Sheila Lehat ....Great Neck, N.Y. 18 ......Shanice Nadia Arthur....Glen Head, N.Y. 19 ......Jeannie Lozowski ........Amityville, N.Y. 20 ......Sarah Han ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 21 ......Rachel Murillo ..............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 22 ......Alison Kramer ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 23 ......Caroline Keating ..........Huntington, N.Y. 24 ......Lauren J. Mayo ............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 25 ......Olivia C. Funk ..............Hicksville, N.Y. 26 ......Katharine Brandow ......East Northport, N.Y. 27 ......Aimee Manfredo ..........Shoreham, N.Y. 28 ......Angelika Rothberg ........Centerport, N.Y. 29 ......Katie Jane Cirella ........Woodbury, N.Y. 30 ......Bridget Connors ..........East Quogue, N.Y. 31 ......Courtney A. Digia..........Manhasset, N.Y. 32 ......Annelise Meyding ........Port Washington, N.Y. 33 ......Madison Appel..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 34 ......Lauren Salzano ............Dix Hills, N.Y. 35 ......Michelle Vancura ..........new Hyde Park, N.Y. 36 ......Stephanie Nakash ........Great Neck, N.Y.


LONG 37 ......Amanda Slomovitz........Old Bethpage, N.Y. 38 ......Kaitlyn Shin ..................Jericho, N.Y. 39 ......Ariana J. Hwang ..........New Hyde Park, N.Y. 40 ......Kathryn Sinicropi ............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 16 Singles Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Veronika Paikin ............Valley Stream, N.Y. 2 ........Jennifer Ferguson ........Franklin Square, N.Y. 3 ........Daria Schieferstein ......Sag Harbor, N.Y. 4 ........Laura Torsiello ..............Bayport, N.Y. 5 ........Alison Wang ................Great Neck, N.Y. 6 ........Paige J. Mintz ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 7 ........Ruth Freilich ................Lawrence, N.Y. 8 ........Cameron Leigh Moskol ..Wantagh, N.Y. 9 ........Ashley Sandler ............Jericho, N.Y. 10 ......Taylor Rose Anderson ..Locust Valley, N.Y. 11 ......Hannah Goldman..........West Hempstead, N.Y. 12 ......Mary Harding ..............Northport, N.Y. 13 ......Erica Bundrick..............Mattituck, N.Y. 14 ......Lara Fishbane ..............Commack, N.Y. 15 ......Sunaina Vohra ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 16 ......Jennifer Glukhman ......Syosset, N.Y. 17 ......Bridget Elaine Harding..Northport, N.Y. 18 ......Anna Poslusny..............Centerport, N.Y. 19 ......Emily Bennett ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 20 ......Jessica Sickles..............Massapequa Park, N.Y. 21 ......Bianca Posa ................Valley Stream, N.Y. 22 ......Sarah Dionisio ..............Shirley, N.Y. 23 ......Amanda Edelman ........Southampton, N.Y. 24 ......Megan Tamborino ........Massapequa Park, N.Y. 25 ......Karishma Tank..............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 26 ......Ola Mally ......................Franklin Square, N.Y. 27 ......Zenat Rashidzada ........Dix Hills, N.Y. 28 ......Sarah Han ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 29 ......Karen Serina ................Islip Terrace, N.Y. 30 ......Paulina Tafler................Oceanside, N.Y. 31 ......Danielle Byrnes ............Massapequa, N.Y. 32 ......Jessie Sarkis................Long Beach, N.Y. 33 ......Amanda Nowak............Huntington, N.Y. 34 ......Courtney Sokol ............Floral Park, N.Y. 35 ......Brittany Burke ..............Garden City, N.Y. 36 ......Samantha G. Smith ......Farmingdale, N.Y. 37 ......Allie N. Rothstein ..........Plainview, N.Y. 38 ......Gabriella Nicole Leon....Woodmere, N.Y. 39 ......Rithika D. Reddy ..........Syosset, N.Y. 40 ......Shanice Nadia Arthur....Glen Head, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 18 Singles Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Veronika Paikin ............Valley Stream, N.Y. 2 ........Alyssa Lavin ................Glen Head, N.Y. 3 ........Paige J. Mintz ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 4 ........Jessica Nowak ............Huntington, N.Y. 5 ........Brett Lieb ....................Cutchogue, N.Y. 6 ........Sophie Isabella Lanter ..East Rockaway, N.Y. 7 ........Ashley Sandler ............Jericho, N.Y. 8 ........Amy Ginny Naula..........East Hampton, N.Y. 9 ........Marissa D. Lazar ..........Hewlett, N.Y. 10 ......Christine Bender ..........Amityville, N.Y. 11 ......Kelly Marie Benini ........Northport, N.Y. 12 ......Taylor A. Diffley ............Hampton Bays, N.Y. 13 ......Alison Wang ................Great Neck, N.Y. 14 ......Brooke Pottish ..............East Quogue, N.Y. 15 ......Taylor Wilkins ..............Syosset, N.Y. 16 ......Elizabeth Caroline Rossi..Flanders, N.Y. 17 ......Carly Siegel ..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 18 ......Elan King......................Baldwin, N.Y. 19 ......Jessica Sickles..............Massapequa Park, N.Y. 20 ......Bianca Posa ................Valley Stream, N.Y. 21 ......Daria Schieferstein ......Sag Harbor, N.Y. 22 ......Robin Mehta ................Manhasset, N.Y.

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Boys & Girls Sectional Rankings (as of 06/21/10)

Sectional Boys 10 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 3 ........Ryan Goetz ..................Greenlawn, N.Y. 4 ........Alan Delman ................Great Neck, N.Y. 5 ........Brian Shi ......................Jericho, N.Y. 12 ......Patrick F. Maloney ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 15 ......Daniel Eric Pellerito ......Syosset, N.Y. 16 ......Ronald P. Hohmann ......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 20 ......Michael Medvedev ......Oceanside, N.Y. 22 ......Gardner Howe ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 24 ......Neel Raj ......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 25 ......Giancarlo Cavallero ......West Hempstead, N.Y. 30 ......Cannon Kingsley ..........Northport, N.Y. 34 ......Pete Siozios..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 37 ......Billy Suarez ..................Huntington, N.Y. 41 ......Amani Siddiqui ............West Babylon, N.Y. 42 ......Benjamin Grossman ....Sands Point, N.Y. 43 ......Steven Well Sun ..........Glen Cove, N.Y. 44 ......Eli Grossman ................Glen Head, N.Y. 48 ......Kyle C. Yuan ................Sands Point, N.Y. 53 ......Justin Ilan Lempert ......Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 57 ......Joey Austin ..................Hewlett, N.Y. 65 ......Parker Appel ................Locust Valley, N.Y. 73 ......Matthew Roberts..........Setauket, N.Y. 75 ......David Ammendola ........Massapequa, N.Y. 78 ......Alexander Roti ..............Woodmere, N.Y. 87 ......Cody Bograd ................Huntington, N.Y. 91 ......Connor Leaf..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 106 ....Nicholas DeMaria ........New Hyde Park, N.Y. 109 ....Jeffrey McDonnell ........Glen Cove, N.Y. 112 ....Zachary Ian Khazzam ..Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 114 ....Spencer Brachman ......Commack, N.Y. 127 ....Daniel Chikvashvili ......Syosset, N.Y. 128 ....Matthew Wu ................Commack, N.Y. 129 ....Matthew Franklin Porges..Sands Point, N.Y. 139 ....Henry Bilicic ................Locust Valley, N.Y. 143 ....Tyler Nierman ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 144 ....Joseph Pascucci ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 146 ....Robert Steven Bellino ..Huntington, N.Y. 150 ....Nicholas Tyler Decker ..East Setauket, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 12 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Brenden Andrew Volk ..Dix Hills, N.Y. 17 ......Athell Patrick Bennett ..Valley Stream, N.Y. 21 ......Jordan Bennett ............Valley Stream, N.Y. 24 ......Finbar Talcott................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 27 ......Tyler Ng........................Great Neck, N.Y. 29 ......Chris Kuhnle ................Shoreham, N.Y. 30 ......Sean M. Mullins............Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 33 ......Sean Patrick ................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 34 ......Palmer T. Clare ............North Bellmore, N.Y. 37 ......Colin Francis Sacco ......Brightwaters, N.Y. 41 ......Christian Moyer Ardito ..Rockville Centre, N.Y. 46 ......Keegan James Morris ..Franklin Square, N.Y. 48 ......Travis Leaf....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 58 ......Logan Beckerman ........East Norwich, N.Y. 59 ......Ryan Goetz ..................Greenlawn, N.Y. 60 ......Kyle Hudson Gower ......Oceanside, N.Y. 63 ......Stephen Gruppuso........Bayport, N.Y. 67 ......Rajan Jai Vohra ............Glen Head, N.Y. 70 ......Vincent C. Caracappa ..Smithtown, N.Y. 71 ......Nasser Abdel Ghaffar....Massapequa, N.Y. 74 ......Alan Delman ................Great Neck, N.Y. 80 ......Brian Shi ......................Jericho, N.Y. 86 ......Andy Zhou....................Commack, N.Y. 87 ......Zane Siddiqui ..............West Babylon, N.Y. 89 ......Alex Grossman ............Sands Point, N.Y. 94 ......Terrill Cole Barnard ......Mill Neck, N.Y. 95 ......Brian Hoffarth ..............Fort Salonga, N.Y. 102 ....Titus Syon Sung ..........Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 103 ....Michael Medvedev ......Oceanside, N.Y.

RANKINGS

104 ....Noah J. Reisch ............Floral Park, N.Y. 107 ....Daniel Eric Pellerito ......Syosset, N.Y. 108 ....Curran Varma ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 110 ....Garrett Malave ............Laurel, N.Y. 111 ....Benjamin Tenner ..........Roslyn, N.Y. 112 ....Giancarlo Cavallero ......West Hempstead, N.Y. 119 ....Patrick F. Maloney ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 120 ....Daniel Khodosh ............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 121 ....Daniel Shleimovich ......Merrick, N.Y. 129 ....Spencer George Bozsik..Sag Harbor, N.Y. 130 ....Trippe Franz ................Bridgehampton, N.Y. 132 ....Arjun Mehrotra ............Woodbury, N.Y. 133 ....Jack Aaron Briamonte ..Great Neck, N.Y. 135 ....Pete Siozios..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 136 ....Ronald P. Hohmann ......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 138 ....James Kyrkanides ........Stony Brook, N.Y. 143 ....Ian Bank ......................Old Westbury, N.Y. 146 ....Yuval Solomon..............Plainview, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 14 Singles— Long Island Region

76 ......Alexander Schidlovsky..Sea Cliff, N.Y. 80 ......Austin Davidow ............Glen Head, N.Y. 84 ......Daniel R. Grinshteyn ....Hewlett, N.Y. 85 ......Sean Jagi Chhugani ....Roslyn, N.Y. 87 ......Eric Sumanaru..............Middle Island, N.Y. 88 ......Benjamin Q. King..........East Meadow, N.Y. 90 ......Lamar Remy ................Roslyn, N.Y. 97 ......Conor Dauer ................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 104 ....Henry D. Lee ................Sag Harbor, N.Y. 105 ....Gabriel P. Lazar ............Hewlett, N.Y. 107 ....Mark Daniel Temporal ..Carle Place, N.Y. 110 ....Tyler J. Hoffman ..........Sayville, N.Y. 118 ....Jacob Mishkin..............Woodbury, N.Y. 119 ....Matthew R. Demichiel ..Hewlett, N.Y. 127 ....Daniel Wong ................Great Neck, N.Y. 132 ....Zachary A. Lessen ........Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 134 ....Brian Chalif ..................Huntington, N.Y. 137 ....Doron Saraf..................Great Neck, N.Y. 144 ....Clark D. Ruiz ................Glen Head, N.Y. 145 ....Richard Mitchell ..........Franklin Square, N.Y. 150 ....Erik Ujvari ....................Hauppauge, N.Y.

Rank ..Name ..........................City 2 ........Noah B. Rubin ..............Rockville Centre, N.Y. 4 ........Lamar Remy ................Roslyn, N.Y. 5 ........Douglas Notaris............Wantagh, N.Y. 6 ........Julian Alexi Zlobinsky ..Greenvale, N.Y. 7 ........Dylan Hobbs Appel ......Locust Valley, N.Y. 8 ........Philip Daniel Antohi ......Glen Head, N.Y. 18 ......Zain Ali ........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 19 ......Brandon T. Stone ..........Melville, N.Y. 24 ......Alexander Lebedev ......Island Park, N.Y. 28 ......Conor Mullins ..............Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 29 ......Josh Silverstein............Great Neck, N.Y. 35 ......John P. D’Alessandro ....Northport, N.Y. 37 ......Lubomir T. Cuba............Massapequa Park, N.Y. 44 ......Jared R. Halstrom ........Bellmore, N.Y. 50 ......Jonathan Paris ..............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 52 ......Kyle Alper ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 57 ......Eric Wagner..................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 61 ......Benjamin Rosen ..........Port Washington, N.Y. 65 ......Daniel Grunberger ........Great Neck, N.Y. 67 ......Brenden Andrew Volk ..Dix Hills, N.Y. 72 ......Josh Young ..................Old Bethpage, N.Y. 87 ......Gonzalo E. Mocorrea ....Locust Valley, N.Y. 90 ......Joshua Williams Gordon..Hicksville, N.Y. 96 ......Ian Combemale ............Bridgehampton, N.Y. 110 ....Cooper Spector-Salween..Great Neck, N.Y. 119 ....Zacarias Imperial..........Garden City Park, N.Y. 121 ....Palmer T. Clare ............North Bellmore, N.Y. 122 ....Kevin Cino ....................East Quogue, N.Y. 131 ....Daniel Sliwowski ..........Islip, N.Y. 141 ....Daniel Christopher Lee ..Port Washington, N.Y. 144 ....Alex Brebenel ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 145 ....Andrew J. Bentz ............Massapequa Park, N.Y. 148 ....Henry Tell ....................Woodbury, N.Y. 149 ....Zachary M. Chang ........Massapequa, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 16 Singles— Long Island Region

Sectional Boys 18 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 19 ......Eric Ambrosio ..............Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 21 ......Bert Vancura ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 23 ......Dennis Zlobinsky ..........Greenvale, N.Y. 24 ......Jason Simon ................Roslyn, N.Y. 32 ......Jonathan Defrancesch..Manhasset, N.Y. 35 ......Shaun Bernstein ..........Plainview, N.Y. 36 ......Zachary Morris ............Garden City, N.Y. 37 ......Jensen H. Reiter ..........Syosset, N.Y. 44 ......Alex Tropiano................Laurel Hollow, N.Y. 46 ......Austin Blau ..................Roslyn, N.Y. 47 ......Oliver Loutsenko ..........Bellmore, N.Y. 56 ......Jason Hubsher ............Sands Point, N.Y. 59 ......Alan S. Pleat ................Roslyn, N.Y. 62 ......Matthew O. Barry ........Lido Beach, N.Y. 68 ......Andrew Yaraghi ............Mill Neck, N.Y. 71 ......Corey Morgenstern ......Old Bethpage, N.Y. 76 ......Nolan Gelman ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 78 ......David Greenbaum ........Great Neck, N.Y. 81 ......Ignacio Casali ..............Farmingdale, N.Y. 87 ......Adam S. Gottlieb ..........Great Neck, N.Y. 93 ......Michael T. Puntillo ........Sands Point, N.Y. 94 ......Benjamin Bogard..........Lido Beach, N.Y. 96 ......Howard Weiss ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 97 ......Shane Giannetti............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 102 ....Alexander Friedlich ......Great Neck, N.Y. 111 ....Jonahiby Tauil ..............Valley Stream, N.Y. 113 ....Eric Sumanaru..............Middle Island, N.Y. 117 ....Matthew J. Richards ....Bayport, N.Y. 119 ....Richard Sipala ..............Quogue, N.Y. 132 ....Paul Abrudescu ............Great Neck, N.Y. 133 ....Stephen Peng ..............Woodbury, N.Y. 141 ....Sean Jagi Chhugani ....Roslyn, N.Y. 144 ....Richard A. Ferguson ....Franklin Square, N.Y. 147 ....Sloan Millman ..............Woodmere, N.Y.

Rank ..Name ..........................City 2 ........Eric Rubin ....................Lido Beach, N.Y. 5 ........Howard Weiss ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 7 ........Andrew Yaraghi ............Mill Neck, N.Y. 8 ........Matthew O. Barry ........Long Beach, N.Y. 10 ......Bert Vancura ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 11 ......Josh Levine..................Syosset, N.Y. 14 ......Jensen Reiter ..............Syosset, N.Y. 15 ......Brendan Henry ............Massapequa, N.Y. 16 ......Jonahiby Tauil ..............Valley Stream, N.Y. 18 ......Samuel Lam ................Old Westbury, N.Y. 19 ......Noah Rubin ..................Merrick, N.Y. 20 ......Aidan Talcott ................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 24 ......Ethan Bogard ..............Lido Beach, N.Y. 30 ......Alan S. Pleat ................Roslyn, N.Y. 36 ......Kevin Katz ....................Woodbury, N.Y. 45 ......Vihar Shah....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 56 ......Ofir Solomon ................Plainview, N.Y. 57 ......Stephen Peng ..............Woodbury, N.Y. 67 ......Paul Abrudescu ............Great Neck, N.Y. 74 ......Michael Paul ................Baldwin, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 10 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 4 ........Jacqueline Rae Bukzin..Manorville, N.Y. 12 ......Lea Ma ........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 13 ......Jasmine Olivia Abidi ....Glen Head, N.Y. 21 ......Jennifer Yu ..................Great Neck, N.Y. 24 ......Francesca Karman ......Port Washington, N.Y. 29 ......Julia Kielan ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 30 ......Merri Kelly....................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 31 ......Olivia Rose Scordo ......Glen Head, N.Y. 38 ......Ashley Lessen ..............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 39 ......Alexa Susan Goetz........Greenlawn, N.Y. 41 ......Emily Austin ................Hewlett, N.Y. 46 ......Trinity Chow ................Glen Cove, N.Y. 51 ......Katelyn Walker ............Sands Point, N.Y. 59 ......Risha Malhotra ............Syosset, N.Y. 60 ......Celeste Wang Traub......Jericho, N.Y. 62 ......Nicole Kyrkanides ........Stony Brook, N.Y. 63 ......Victoria Anna Bialczak ..New Hyde Park, N.Y.

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LONG 80 ......Cara Becker ................Great Neck, N.Y. 83 ......Kaitlyn Byrnes ..............Massapequa, N.Y. 87 ......Amy Delman ................Great Neck, N.Y. 91 ......Kaitlyn Schwarz............Oceanside, N.Y. 97 ......Alison Coben ................Massapequa, N.Y. 98 ......Kira Rose Giordano ......Massapequa Park, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 12 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Madison Battaglia ..........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 2 ........Morgan Herrmann ........Garden City, N.Y. 8 ........Alexa Graham ..............Garden City, N.Y. 15 ......Jeannie Lozowski ........Amityville, N.Y. 19 ......Esther Chikvashvili ......Syosset, N.Y. 22 ......Taylor S. Cosme............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 28 ......Celeste Rose Matute ....Amityville, N.Y. 37 ......Alexandra Lipps............Roslyn, N.Y. 41 ......Claire Handa ................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 53 ......Jasmine Olivia Abidi ....Glen Head, N.Y. 59 ......Stephanie Chikvashvili..Syosset, N.Y. 67 ......Courtney Kowalsky ......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 71 ......Vanessa Scott ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 81 ......Stephanie Nakash ........Great Neck, N.Y. 92 ......Emily Kate Shutman ....Huntington, N.Y. 99 ......Michelle Haykin............Great Neck, N.Y. 102 ....Dominique Woinarowski..Syosset, N.Y. 105 ....Lexee Taylor Shapiro ....Syosset, N.Y. 109 ....Jacqueline Rae Bukzin ..Manorville, N.Y. 114 ....Abigail Carrie Okin........Amagansett, N.Y. 123 ....Brynn Maris April..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 126 ....Nicole Kielan ................Valley Stream, N.Y. 134 ....Taylor Hollis Ferguson ..East Quogue, N.Y. 140 ....Jessica Schwarz ..........Oceanside, N.Y. 142 ....Kelsey Shields ..............Old Westbury, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 14 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 7 ........Ola Mally ......................Franklin Square, N.Y. 17 ......Paulina Tafler................Oceanside, N.Y. 25 ......Isabella Pascucci..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 27 ......Mia M. Vecchio ............Manhasset Hills, N.Y. 33 ......Madison Battaglia ..........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 34 ......Sunaina Vohra ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 37 ......Shanice Nadia Arthur....Glen Head, N.Y. 39 ......Claudia M. Ruiz ............Glen Head, N.Y. 45 ......Cameron Leigh Moskol..Wantagh, N.Y. 48 ......Karen A. Serina ............Islip Terrace, N.Y. 50 ......Rachel Gastaldo ..........Syosset, N.Y. 61 ......Zenat Rashidzada ........Dix Hills, N.Y. 71 ......Aimee N. Manfredo ......Shoreham, N.Y. 76 ......Jennifer Ferguson ........Franklin Square, N.Y. 89 ......Ruth Freilich ................Lawrence, N.Y. 97 ......Lauren Ann Livingston ..Sands Point, N.Y. 101 ....Rithika D. Reddy ..........Syosset, N.Y. 103 ....Bridget Elaine Harding..Northport, N.Y. 105 ....Karishma Ramesh Tank..New Hyde Park, N.Y. 107 ....Campbell Howe ............Locust Valley, N.Y. 116 ....Olivia C. Funk ..............Hicksville, N.Y. 122 ....Taylor S. Cosme............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 129 ....Aidan Owens ................Manhasset, N.Y. 131 ....Brittany Burke ..............Garden City, N.Y. 139 ....Morgan Hermann ........Garden City, N.Y. 140 ....Michelle Vancura ..........New Hyde Park, N.Y. 147 ....Rhea Malhotra..............Syosset, N.Y. 148 ....Elena Nitsa Maria Nastasi Bayville, N.Y. 149 ....Esther Chikvashvili ......Syosset, N.Y. 150 ....Courtney Madison Appel `Locust Valley, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 16 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 2 ........Katherine Yau ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 5 ........Hannah L. Camhi..........Woodbury, N.Y. 16 ......Julia Elbaba..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 18 ......Vivian Cheng ................Woodbury, N.Y. 29 ......Nadia Smergut ............East Hampton, N.Y. 31 ......Morgan C. Feldman ......Glen Head, N.Y. 35 ......Sophie R. Barnard ........Mill Neck, N.Y.

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37 ......Claudia Li ....................Jericho, N.Y. 42 ......Devlin-Ann Ammendola..Massapequa, N.Y. 44 ......Stephanie Loutsenko....Bellmore, N.Y. 45 ......Samantha Elgort ..........Melville, N.Y. 60 ......Samantha Rosca-Sipot ..Malverne, N.Y. 66 ......Diana Vamvakitis..........Quogue, N.Y. 74 ......Paige J. Mintz ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 80 ......Paulina Tafler................Oceanside, N.Y. 82 ......Sara Finger ..................St. James, N.Y. 88 ......Sunaina Vohra ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 89 ......Melissa Carlay..............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 92 ......Robin R. Mehta ............Manhasset, N.Y. 95 ......Ashley Sandler ............Jericho, N.Y. 96 ......Taylor A. Diffley ............Hampton Bays, N.Y. 103 ....Lila Martz ....................Long Beach, N.Y. 108 ....Alison Wang ................Great Neck, N.Y. 112 ....Bianca Posa ................Valley Stream, N.Y. 117 ....Ludmila Yamus ............Melville, N.Y. 123 ....Erica Bundrick..............Mattituck, N.Y. 125 ....Veronika Paikin ............Valley Stream, N.Y. 135 ....Jessica Sickles ............Massapequa Park, N.Y. 136 ....Rithika D. Reddy ..........Syosset, N.Y. 137 ....Courtney Sokol ............Floral Park, N.Y. 140 ....Daria Schieferstein ......Sag Harbor, N.Y. 145 ....Laura Torsiello ..............Bayport, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 18 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 5 ........Katherine Yau ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 8 ........Jacqueline Raynor........Garden City, N.Y. 11 ......Julia Elbaba..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 13 ......Jennifer Kellner ............Smithtown, N.Y. 18 ......Theresa Smith..............Port Washington, N.Y. 25 ......Shelby Talcott ..............Sea Cliff, N.Y. 27 ......Jessica Podlofsky ........Port Washington, N.Y. 31 ......Samantha L. Elgort ......Melville, N.Y. 35 ......Jennifer Fridman ..........Port Washington, N.Y. 37 ......Samantha Gann............Massapequa, N.Y. 41 ......Blair Seideman ............Glen Head, N.Y. 42 ......Olivia Pascucci ............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 47 ......Hannah L. Camhi..........Woodbury, N.Y. 48 ......Missy Edelblum ............Roslyn, N.Y. 56 ......Jamie Hann..................Westhampton, N.Y. 59 ......Ashley T. Harel..............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 66 ......Sydney Simpson ..........North Babylon, N.Y. 71 ......Stephanie Loutsenko....Bellmore, N.Y. 81 ......Andrea Arreguin ..........Hicksville, N.Y. 88 ......Robyn Romanoff ..........Centereach, N.Y. 91 ......Eliza J. Budd ................Locust Valley, N.Y. 100 ....Deana Davoudiasl ........Rockville Centre, N.Y. 109 ....Melissa Carlay..............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 111 ....Devlin-Ann Ammendola..Massapequa, N.Y. 113 ....Brett A. Lieb ................Cutchogue, N.Y. 115 ....Veronika Paikin ............Valley Stream, N.Y. 130 ....Elan King......................Baldwin, N.Y. 136 ....Jessica Nowak ............Huntington, N.Y. 138 ....Samantha Rosca-Sipot Malverne, N.Y. 142 ....Ludmila Yamus ............Melville, N.Y. 150 ....Claudia Li ....................Jericho, N.Y.

RANKINGS

524 ....Christian Moyer Ardito ..Rockville Center, N.Y. 525 ....Sean Mullins ................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 604 ....Travis Leaf....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 663 ....Tyler Ng........................Great Neck, N.Y. 670 ....Ryan Goetz ..................Greenlawn, N.Y. 710 ....Nasser Abdel Ghaffar....Massapequa, N.Y. 731 ....Logan Beckerman ........Muttontown, N.Y. 733 ....Rajan Jai Vohra ............Glen Head, N.Y. 789 ....Vincent C. Caracappa ..Smithtown, N.Y. 990 ....Alan Delman ................Great Neck, N.Y.

National Boys 14 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ..........................City 10 ......Noah B. Rubin ..............Rockville Centre, N.Y. 31 ......Philip Daniel Antohi ......Glen Head, N.Y. 38 ......Lamar Remy ................Roslyn, N.Y. 50 ......Julian Alexi Zlobinsky ..Greenvale, N.Y. 84 ......Douglas Notaris............Wantagh, N.Y. 108 ....Dylan Hobbs Appel ......Locust Valley, N.Y. 176 ....Zain Ali ........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 195 ....John P. D’Allesandro ....Northport, N.Y. 225 ....Brandon T. Stone ..........Melville, N.Y. 231 ....Josh Silverstein............Great Neck, N.Y. 340 ....Alexander Lebedev ......Island Park, N.Y. 378 ....Lubomir T. Cuba ..........Massapequa Park, N.Y. 603 ....Jonathan Paris ..............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 627 ....Conor Mullins ..............Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 747 ....Brenden Andrew Volk ..Dix Hills, N.Y. 758 ....Kyle Alper ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 772 ....Eric Wagner..................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 791 ....Jared Halstrom ............Bellmore, N.Y.

National Boys 16 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ..........................City 23 ......Howie Weiss ................Great Neck, N.Y. 31 ......Eric Rubin ....................Lido Beach, N.Y. 39 ......Bert Vancura ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 67 ......Matthew O. Barry ........Lido Beach, N.Y. 85 ......Andrew Yaraghi ............Mill Neck, N.Y. 89 ......Josh Levine..................Syosset, N.Y. 123 ....Jensen Reiter ..............Syosset, N.Y. 167 ....Aidan Talcott ................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 181 ....Samuel Lam ................Old Westbury, N.Y. 251 ....Jonahiby Tauil ..............Valley Stream, N.Y. 267 ....Alan S. Pleat ................Roslyn, N.Y. 304 ....Brendan Henry ............Massapequa, N.Y. 314 ....Kevin A. Katz ................Woodbury, N.Y. 351 ....Noah B. Rubin ..............Rockville Centre, N.Y. 397 ....Ethan Bogard ..............Lido Beach, N.Y. 511 ....Vihar Shah....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 743 ....Lamar Remy ................Roslyn, N.Y. 903 ....Conor A. Dauer ............Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 905 ....Michael Paul ................Baldwin, N.Y. 990 ....Ofir Solomon ................Plainview, N.Y.

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National Boys 12 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ..........................City 19 ......Brenden Andrew Volk ..Dix Hills, N.Y. 341 ....Jordan Bennett ............Valley Stream, N.Y. 350 ....Palmer T. Clare ............North Bellmore, N.Y. 378 ....Athell Patrick Bennett ..Valley Stream, N.Y. 383 ....Sean Patrick ................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 437 ....Finbar Talcott................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 465 ....Colin Francis Sacco ......Brightwaters, N.Y. 475 ....Keegan James Morris ..Franklin Square, N.Y. 481 ....Chris Kuhnle ................Shoreham, N.Y.

40 ......Shaun Bernstein ..........Plainview, N.Y. 249 ....Eric Ambrosio ..............Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 263 ....Bert Vancura ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 330 ....Jason A. Simon ............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 372 ....Dennis Zlobinsky ..........Greenvale, N.Y. 475 ....Oliver Loutsenko ..........Bellmore, N.Y. 477 ....Jonathan Defrancesch..Manhasset, N.Y. 554 ....Shane Gianetti..............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 617 ....Zachary Morris ............Garden City, N.Y. 638 ....Alexander Friedlich ......Great Neck, N.Y. 662 ....Jensen Reiter ..............Syosset, N.Y. 777 ....Howie Weiss ................Great Neck, N.Y. 824 ....Adam Gottleib ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 864 ....Alex Tropiano................Laurel Hollow, N.Y.

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National Girls 12 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ..........................City 45 ......Madison Battaglia ..........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 58 ......Morgan Herrmann ........Garden City, N.Y. 162 ....Alexa Graham ..............Garden City, N.Y. 182 ....Jeannie Lozowski ........Amityville, N.Y. 225 ....Taylor S. Cosme............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 418 ....Esther Chikvashvili ......Syosset, N.Y. 483 ....Celeste Rose Mautute ..Oyster Bay, N.Y. 512 ....Alexandra Lipps............Roslyn, N.Y. 550 ....Jasmine Olivia Abidi ....Glen Head, N.Y. 823 ....Stephanie Chikvashvili..Syosset, N.Y. 897 ....Courtney B. Kowalsky ..Oyster Bay, N.Y.

National Girls 14 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ..........................City 159 ....Isabella Pascucci..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 178 ....Paulina Tafler................Oceanside, N.Y. 207 ....Ola Mally ......................Franklin Square, N.Y. 352 ....Sunaina Vohra ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 378 ....Madison Battaglia..........Cold Spring harbor, N.Y. 480 ....Mia M. Vecchio ............Manhasset Hills, N.Y. 648 ....Karen A. Serina ............Islip Terrace, N.Y. 651 ....Claudia M. Ruiz ............Glen Head, N.Y. 679 ....Cameron Leigh Moskol..Wantagh, N.Y. 879 ....Zenat Rashidzada ........Dix Hills, N.Y. 969 ....Rachel Gastaldo ..........Syosset, N.Y.

National Girls 16 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ..........................City 29 ......Julia Elbaba..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 48 ......Katherine Yau ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 49 ......Hannah L. Camhi..........Woodbury, N.Y. 282 ....Morgan C. Feldman ......Glen Head, N.Y. 318 ....Vivian Cheng ................Woodbury, N.Y. 505 ....Devlin-Ann Ammendola..Massapequa, N.Y. 513 ....Sophie R. Barnard ........Mill Neck, N.Y. 537 ....Stephanie Loutsenko....Bellmore, N.Y. 556 ....Nadia Smergut ............East Hampton, N.Y. 770 ....Samantha Rosca-Sipot..Malverne, N.Y. 825 ....Claudia Li ....................Jericho, N.Y.

National Girls 18 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ..........................City 27 ......Julia Elbaba..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 37 ......Jennifer Kellner ............Smithtown, N.Y. 160 ....Shelby Talcott ..............Sea Cliff, N.Y. 183 ....Katherine Yau ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 186 ....Olivia Pascucci ............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 266 ....Blair Seideman ............Glen Head, N.Y. 294 ....Theresa Smith..............Port Washington, N.Y. 320 ....Jacqueline Raynor........Garden City, N.Y. 511 ....Samantha L. Elgort ......Melville, N.Y. 676 ....Stephanie Loutsenko....Bellmore, N.Y. 692 ....Jennifer Fridman ..........Port Washington, N.Y. 720 ....Jessica Podlofsky ........Port Washington, N.Y. 800 ....Ashley T. Harel..............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 816 ....Jamie Hann..................Westhampton, N.Y. 882 ....Sydney Simpson ..........North Babylon, N.Y. 887 ....Samantha B. Gann........Massapequa, N.Y. 896 ....Robyn Romanoff ..........Centereach, N.Y. 982 ....Missy Edelbaum ..........Roslyn, N.Y.

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. JULY 2010 Friday-Sunday, July 16-18 L1 Sportime Bethpage Championship Sportime Tennis Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue • Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG (10)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 2 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500. Friday-Sunday, July 16-18 L1B Sportime of the Hamptons Challenge Sportime of The Hamptons • Quogue, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (16-18)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 2 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 653-6767. Friday-Sunday, July 16-18 L1B Sportime Kings Park Challenger Sportime Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (12-14)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player for singles/$25.50 per doubles player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 2 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 269-6300.

Sunday-Thursday, July 18-22 L1 LBTC Doubles Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard • Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG (10-18)d, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $28.88 per player for one event (deadline for entries is Monday, July 12 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060. Friday-Tuesday, July 23-27 L1 Port Washington Summer Classic: Dana DeCarlo Commemorative Championship Port Washington Tennis Academy 100 Harbor Road • Port Washington, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG (12-18)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 883-6425. Friday-Sunday, July 23-25 Sportime Open at Sportime Amagansett Sportime at Amagansett 320 Abraham’s Path • Amagansett, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked M (Op, 45, 60)s, SE/W (Op)s, FIC/M (Op)d, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $65 per player for singles/$33 per doubles player (deadline for entries is Sunday, July 18 at 11:59 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 267-3460.

Friday-Sunday, July 23-25 L2R Long Island Regional Sportime Bethpage Championship Sportime Tennis Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue • Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked BG (10-18)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

Friday-Sunday, July 30-August 1 L3 Huntington Eastern UPS Championship Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway Street Huntington Station, N.Y. Divisions: Unranked BG (10-18)s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 19 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 421-0040.

Friday-Sunday, July 30-August 1 L2R Long Island Regional Volkl Sportime Bethpage Championship Sportime Tennis Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue • Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (10-12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 16 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

AUGUST 2010 Thursday-Sunday, August 5-8 L1B Sportime Amagansett Challenger Sportime at Amagansett 320 Abraham’s Path • Amagansett, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (12-18)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Thursday, July 22 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 267-3460.

Friday-Sunday, July 30-August 1 L2R Long Island Regional Volkl Sportime Lynbrook Championship Sportime Tennis Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road • Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix: G (18)sd, FIC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player for singles (deadline for entries is Friday, July 16 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 887-1330.

Friday-Sunday, August 6-8 L2O Long Beach Summer Open Long Beach Racket Club 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate G (10-18)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 23 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. Friday-Sunday, August 6-8 L2O Atlantic Beach August Championship Atlantic Beach Tennis Center 60 The Plaza • Atlantic Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate B (10-18)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 23 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 239-3388. Friday-Sunday, August 6-8 L3 Westhampton Beach Eastern UPS Championships Westhampton Beach Tennis & Sport Club 86 Depot Road • Westhampton Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (12-16)s, RR Surface Type: Hard Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 30 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 288-6060. Monday-Friday, August 9-13 L2O Aspatuck Summer Open Championships Aspatuck Tennis Club • Quogue, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate G (10-18)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Wednesday, July 30) For more information, call (631) 288-6030. Friday-Monday, August 13-16 L1 LBTC Championships Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG (14)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player for singles players/$28 per player for doubles (deadline for entries is Friday, July 30 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060. Friday-Monday, August 13-16 L1 RWTTC Labor Day Wildcard Championship Robbie Wagner Tournament Training at Glen Cove 60 Sea Cliff Avenue • Glen Cove, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG (16-18, 12)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 30 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 759-0505.

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Friday-Sunday, August 13-15 L1B Sportime Massapequa Challenger Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (16-18)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 30 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 799-3550.

Thursday-Sunday, August 19-22 L2O Sportime Amagansett Championship Sportime at Amagansett 320 Abraham’s Path Amagansett, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (12-16)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Thursday, Aug. 5 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 267-3460.

Friday-Sunday, August 27-29 L3 Atlantic Beach Open Atlantic Beach Tennis Center 60 The Plaza Atlantic Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (10-14)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, Aug. 20 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 239-3388.

Friday-Sunday, August 13-15 L1B Bayport-Blue Point Community Tennis Challenger Bayport Blue Point Community Tennis Association 87 Elm Street • Bayport, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (12-18)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, Aug. 6 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 524-2971.

Friday-Sunday, August 20-22 L2R Long Island Regional Sportime Bethpage Championships Sportime Tennis Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (12-18)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, Aug. 6 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

Friday-Sunday, August 27-29 L2O LBTC Championships Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (12-18)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, Aug. 13 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.

Friday-Sunday, August 13-15 L2O Atlantic Beach Challenger Atlantic Beach Tennis Center 60 The Plaza Atlantic Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (12-14)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 30 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 239-3388.

Friday-Sunday, August 20-22 LBTC: Curemommy.org Breast Cancer Fund Raiser Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: M (Op)sd Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $70.38 per player for singles players/$38.13 per player for doubles For more information, call (516) 432-6060.

Monday-Friday, August 16-20 L2O Aspatuck Clay Court Open Aspatuck Tennis Club Quogue, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate B (10-18)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Wednesday, July 30) For more information, call (631) 288-6030. Monday-Thursday, August 16-19 L1B Massapequa Sportime Challenger Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (12-14)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, Aug. 2 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 799-3550.

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