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Long Island Tennis Magazine’s Q&A Forum With Nick Bollettieri

eginning this issue, Long Island Tennis Magazine has the unique opportunity to pose questions from our readers to tennis coaching legend Nick Bollettieri. Nick has coached 10 world number ones, including Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Jim Courier, Martina Hingis, Jelena Jankovic, Marcelo Rios, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, and Venus and Serena Williams, as well as a host of other world-class players, including Tommy Haas, Anna Kournikova, Jimmy Arias and Nicole Vaidisova, to name a few. If you want to ask Nick questions in a future issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine, e-mail info@usptennis.com with the Subject Line “Ask Nick.”

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Question from Donna Barasch … Many of us who have been playing club tennis for years have the ensuing aches and pains that seem to follow. Are there any exercises or stretches that you recommends to keep us fit and active? I, for one, am particularly concerned about

tennis elbow (tendinitis). Nick Bollettieri: The warm-up and daily stretches are important. Before you play, make a routine. I also suggest using an exercise ball. I lay on one for a minute in the morning and afternoon. After playing, be sure to shower down very quickly and change the wet clothes. Question from Hemel Cosme … How do you get kids to stop choking the racquet, release the death grip and have softer hands? Nick Bollettieri: First of all, if you breathe, you maintain flexibility. If you don’t breathe, your whole body becomes tense. Play the mini-game with the green ball inside the service line. This will help with softening the drop shots and slices. Question From Kevin Mouffok … If a player begins training in their teens, is it too late for them to ever become a pro tennis player?

Nick Bollettieri: In order to be a pro, you need to be ranked in the top 70 to make any money. Set your sights on a good college scholarship and education. There are always extreme cases. Question from Daniel Weitz … What is the breakdown of time you should spend on the mental, physical and technical aspects of tennis? Nick Bollettieri: Everyone is different. However, it is imperative that you do a little bit of each. Your coach needs to determine what you need to spend the most time on based on where you are at in each aspect. Question from Michael Weitz … How much time during practice do u spend on playing points and sets? Nick Bollettieri: No one can give you a specific answer. Each person reacts to what they need at the time. Your coach has to decide what practice consists of.

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Feature Stories 14 NY Sportimes Gear Up for 2013 Campaign A preview of the 2013 New York Sportimes as they prepare for the upcoming season.

17 Your Guide to Long Island’s Sports Medicine Providers Local medical providers Island Orthopedic Medicine and Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group have the staff to keep you going even when faced with those nagging on-court injuries.

22 LI Tennis Magazine Hosts Largest Grassroots Tennis Event Ever in New York On April 28, the First Annual New York Tennis Expo took place as 2,911 attended.

54 2013 Boys High School Nassau & Suffolk Season Recap A look back at the 2013 boys high school campaign.

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Members of Long Island’s Collegiate Class Honored Injury Prevention: What is PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)? By Dr. Gregory Lieberman Major Changes to National Junior Tournament Structure By Rachel Kros and Raina Fishbane A Closer Look at the Split-Step: Take Two By Lee Hurst U.S. Open National Playoffs Field Narrows in Flushing Meadows By Erin Brown Lefty Issues By Tonny van de Pieterman Sweaty Palms, Cold Feet … Who’s Playing This Match Anyway? By Rob Polishook, MA, CPC Rules of the Game vs. the Spirit of Competition By Miguel Cervantes III The Serve: Take the Best of Your Serve for a Killer Overhead (Part I) By Lisa Dodson Maximize Your Child’s Tennis Experience By Rachel Kros and Raina Fishbane

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Ask Nick … Long Island Tennis Magazine’s Q&A Forum With Nick Bollettieri The Jensen Zone: Turning the Point By Luke Jensen College Tennis Spotlight: Mythbusters By Ricky Becker Fitness and Nutrition: Properly Reading the Food Labels of Today By Irina Belfer-Lehat The Biofile: Billie Jean King By Scoop Malinowski New Innovations in Training By Steven Kaplan Adult League Wrap-Up By Kathy Miller Literary Corner By Brent Shearer Long Island Tennis Magazine’s Charitable Initiatives Dr. Tom on Traits of the Great Philosopher Coaches By Dr. Tom Ferraro Long Island Tennis Club Directory Long Island Rankings USTA/Long Island Region 2013 Tournament Schedule


Turning the Point

By Luke Jensen he game of tennis played by the pros of today is explosive and exciting to watch. Back when I played on the ATP Tour in the late 1980s and most of the 1990s, not many players could, what I call, “Turn a Point.” What I mean is to take a defensive situation like being put on the run or pulled off balance, and with one swing, turn it into immediate offense and take control of the point. Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi and the Williams Sisters are players who would hurt you with this kind of play. The big four these days—Fed, Djoker, Rafa and Murray—all have different stroke

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techniques, but can burn you with amazing swings from all areas of the court. How can this tactic work for you at your level of play? I believe that a mindset to hit down the line can be a big difference in your results. Nothing can turn the momentum in your favor like a few quick groundies down the line for winners. Most players do not use this play because it is over the high part of the net or they lose confidence when missed. I’m a big believer in hitting down the line. Try it next time you are on the court and “turn it” on your opponent. I am sure you will enjoy watching them as the ball goes past them for a winner! Use the tactics of the pros and win more when it counts!

Born in Grayling, Mich., Luke Jensen is head coach of the Syracuse University Women’s Tennis Team. Jensen’s resume includes 10 ATP Tour doubles titles and singles victories against Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg and Jim Courier. Jensen and his brother, Murphy, won the 1993 French Open doubles title. He was also a member of the 1991 and 1992 Davis Cup Teams. His ambidextrous play, including his ability to serve the ball with either hand at 130 mph, earned him the nickname “Dual Hand Luke.” He may be reached by phone at (315) 443-3552 or e-mail lbjensen@syr.edu.

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very year, junior tennis players from Long Island graduate from high school and head off to college to take their game to the next level. College tennis takes a huge commitment and a great work ethic if success is going to be achieved. Ideally, this success can lead to more juniors following the footsteps on the road to college scholarships and college level tennis.

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The Ivy League has announced the women’s tennis All-Ivy teams and Dartmouth freshman Katherine Yau was the

lone member of the Big Green recognized. After an impressive first year on campus, the Manhasset, N.Y. native Yau earned second team honors. Yau was named second team All-Ivy in singles after finishing the conference slate with a record of 4-3, while competing at the number one position for six of those seven matches. Yau notched three straight wins in league action down the stretch, topping two unanimous first team honorees, Princeton’s Lindsay Graff and Yale’s Elizabeth Epstein, along the way. Yau ended her first season of collegiate competition with 18 wins in singles action, including a team-best six match winning streak in the middle of the season. She also becomes the first freshman to garner league recognition since teammate Sarah Leonard was named to the second team in 2009. Dartmouth finished the year 8-10 overall and 1-6 in the Ivy League.

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Brown Freshman Hannah Camhi of Woodbury, N.Y. has been named unanimous First Team All-Ivy selection in doubles, along with doubles partner and senior Misia Krasowski of Deerfield, Ill., as voted by the Ivy League’s eight head women’s tennis coaches. Playing number one doubles all year, the team of Camhi & Krasowski amassed a 22-9 overall record, including a 61 mark in Ivy League competition. Their 22 wins broke Brown’s school record for doubles wins in a single season by a team, which was previously 20. Individually, Krasowski finished the season with a 22-9 mark in doubles, while Camhi was 23-9, winning one match at number one with classmate Ashley Noyes. Krasowski was 14-17 in singles, playing exclusively at number one, while Camhi was 22-9 in singles action, playing exclusively at number two. For Krasowski, it marks her third consecutive First Team All-Ivy honor, after earning First Team All-Ivy recognition in singles in both 2011 and 2012. Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg

Virginia freshman Julia Elbaba of Oyster Bay, N.Y. has been named the ITA Women’s Tennis National Rookie of the Year. “Our entire program is very happy for Julia and proud of her accomplishments culminating in 4

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being named the ITA National Rookie of the Year,” Virginia head coach Mark Guilbeau said. “Julia is very deserving. She has played with incredible energy and focus throughout this season. Her tennis level speaks for itself. A great part of this award is that Julia shares it with her teammates. The entire group has done a great job to work together this year and make this and many other great accomplishments possible. We are very excited about what lies ahead for Julia and her team.” Elbaba, who earned All-ACC and ACC Freshman of the Year honors, helped Virginia to its third consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 berth and fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. She is the first UVa women’s tennis player to earn the prestigious national rookie award. Elbaba, who is ranked 12th nationally, leads the Cavaliers with a 34-11 overall singles record and 18-9 mark in dual action. Elbaba’s 34 victories established a new UVa record for firstyear players and is second on the Cavaliers single-season wins list. She advanced to the finals of the ITA All-American in October and achieved a school-best number four singles ranking on Jan. 3. Elbaba also racked up 29 doubles wins during her freshman campaign. “I’m very honored to be recognized for this award,” Elbaba said. “I’m thankful to have had support from my coaches and teammates throughout the season. It’s a great honor considering how tough the 2012 recruiting class was. I’m going to take this as a confidence booster for my upcoming matches.” The Class of 2013 Long Island seniors have set their destinations and will play their college tennis at the following universities beginning in the fall: l Ethan Bogard of Long Beach High School will be attending Lehigh l Jeff Cherkin of Half Hollow Hills East will be attending Brandeis l Gabriella Leon of Hewlett High School will be attending Manhattan College l Veronika Paikin of Hewlett High School will be attending The State University of New York at New Paltz l Brandon Stone of Walt Whitman High School will attend the University of Stony Brook l Nicholle Torres of Great Neck South will attend Carnegie Mellon l John D’Allesandro of St. Anthony’s will attend Boston University

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injury prevention What is PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)? By Dr. Gregory Lieberman platelet is a small, disc-shaped cell fragment in a person’s blood. They are the most numerous cells that help prevent bleeding and are part of a person’s response to injury that aids in the healing process. PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma (blood spinning) is a relatively new technique for treating soft tissue injuries, particularly tendonitis or inflammation of tendons. Studies have indicated that it may improve tendon healing especially in chronic non-healing tendinopathies. PRP is a treatment method whereby a patient’s blood is drawn and then spun with a centrifuge to concentrate the patient’s platelet and growth factors and inflammatory helper proteins (chemicals). The platelets are increased to 10 times what the body would normally produce. It is meant to speed up and jump start the body’s healing and repair process. Because the process uses the patient’s own blood it is safe and there is no risk of disease transmission.

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Who is the right candidate for PRP? PRP can be performed on any patient from the weekend warrior, the laborer or the professional athlete. I have personally used it on an up and coming ex-MMA fighter who is now a professional boxer and is currently undefeated with a record of 16-0. This technique has been used by professional athletes, such as golfer Tiger Woods, tennis star Rafael Nadal, baseball player Jose Reyes and football star Andre Johnson to name a few. What conditions can be treated with PRP? The two most common conditions treated are tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and Achilles tendonitis. It has also been used

for patella tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. It is typically performed after other treatments, such as rest, ice, physical therapy, cortisone injections and anti-inflammatory medications have failed to improve the condition. An MRI should be performed first to evaluate the condition and diagnose the tendinopathy. Professional athletes have used PRP to treat acute injuries and tendonitis with the hope of having less down time and getting them back to playing sooner. What is the recovery time? The process of drawing the blood and spinning it down takes 25 minutes. The injection itself takes seconds. Patients may initially experience some discomfort at the injection area. I treat this successfully with a non-narcotic pill. The patient may not use ice on the area of the injection for two weeks and no anti-inflammatories for three or four weeks after the injection. It may take several weeks to see the benefit. I expect a return to full activities in six to eight weeks at the latest. Dr. Gregory Lieberman is a board certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who has a special interest in adult joint reconstruction and sports medicine, including shoulder and knee arthroscopic repairs. He has had specialty training in minimally invasive joint replacement techniques, cartilage transplantation and partial knee replacements. Dr. Lieberman is a key member of the Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group sports medicine division. He also teaches residents at South Nassau Communities Hospital and has been a consultant for the Oceanside United Soccer Club. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (516) 536-2800 or visit www.orlincohen.com or scan the QR code to the right.


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THE DOG DAYS OF

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THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER n the aftermath of the highly successful First Annual New York Tennis Expo, Long Island Tennis Magazine is very excited about the summer season that is upon us. With the sun shining, events have sprouted all over Long Island and New York, and we are a part of everything we can be. Since the start of June, we have already attended and covered the:

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l High School State Championships l Long Island High School Championship Match l Suffolk County High School Awards Dinner l Jana Hunsaker Wheelchair Tournament l U.S. Open National Playoffs l Commack High School Autism Awareness Tennis Tournament l Play for Aces Charity Event at Oceanside High School l 2013 Mayors Cup l Say Yes to Tennis, No to Violence Event at the National Tennis Center l U.S. Open Ballpersons Tryouts l Ribbon cutting ceremony on the new outdoor deck of the National Tennis Center l Harlem Junior Tennis League Pro-Am l Battle of the Sexes match up at Sportime Kings Park between Robert Kendrick and Bea Bielik as they battled as part of a Scholarship Day l And much more!!!!

July will be equally as action-packed as the New York Open will debut in Queens at the West Side Tennis Club with a four-day tennis festival from July 4-July 7 which will include: l New York Open–The Tennis Championships of New York City. l Mayor David Dinkins –Honoring an extraordinary leader who has been the most influential voice in New York City tennis for years. l New York Open Family Fun Fest–A fun family experience. l New York Open Jazz Fest–The first major music event to return to the stadium where the Beatles and Rolling Stones once played. l New York Open Film Fest–The only outdoor film festival of its kind in the City. l New York Open Book Fest–A celebration of authors in NYC. Mylan World TeamTennis returns to Sportime Stadium at Randall’s Island with two home matches on July 22 and July 23. John McEnroe will take on Jim Courier on July 22 and former world number one Martina Hingis will make her return to Sportime Stadium as a member of the Washington Kastles on July 23. Also in July/August, both Long Island Tennis Magazine and New York Tennis

Action at the 2013 New York State High School Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Magazine will make their camp visits, visiting more than 50 camps in the area as we take pictures, interview kids/coaches and record video of the area’s top summer camps. We will then use our growing multimedia platform to showcase these kids/coaches and programs, giving them the attention they deserve. Of course, the summer will conclude with the world’s premier tennis event that we are fortunate to have in our backyard … the U.S. Open. This year’s Open will run from Aug. 26-Sept. 9. The Qualifying Tournament begins Tuesday, Aug. 20 and runs through Friday, August 23. Arthur

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THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

The ribbon-cutting and official grand opening of the new outdoor deck at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Ashe Kids Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 24. Long Island Tennis Magazine will be on-hand every day at the U.S. Open to bring you up to the minute coverage of our local players, as well as everything associated with the U.S. Open and free copies of Long Island Tennis Magazine will be available at the event. Our distribution grows in the summer, as we donate magazines to charity outings, increased our distribution in the Hamptons, distribute the magazine at dozens of country clubs, and print bonus magazines for all of these visits and events. Kids and adults all over Long Island will experience tennis through the country’s largest free tennis magazine, which is now fully glossy.

Nick Bollettieri gives some tips during the First Annual New York Tennis Expo

We have tons of special announcements coming soon, including information on events we will be hosting. Many more events will continue to be announced during the summer of 2013 and you can find event listings, as well as recaps and photos on our Web site, www.longislandtennismagazine.com, as well as by visiting the Long Island Tennis Magazine Facebook Page and Twitter Feed. We look forward to seeing everyone on the courts this summer! Vihar Shah of Herricks High School en route to winning the 2013 Nassau County Boys Championship

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USTA Eastern LI Region Suffolk County Delegate Joe Arias at the 2013 Suffolk County Awards Dinner

Action at the 2013 Jana Hunsaker Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in June

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Major Changes Coming to National Junior Tournament Structure BY RACHEL KROS AND RAINA FISHBANE o your children play nationals? Do they aspire to? After years of deliberation, the USTA has announced significant changes to the national junior tournament structure that will be phased in this year and next. These changes will dramatically impact national level play for many juniors. Many of the changes are directed at shifting play for most juniors to their sections. Focusing on player development on the local level, the USTA is decreasing the number of opportunities for juniors to play nationally and is shifting selection for many national events to a sectional quota system instead. Selection to key national events such as the national clay court and hard court championships will no longer be based on a player’s ranking on the National Standing List. Rather, entries will be based on sectional quotas and en-

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dorsements plus wildcards. Some of the other key changes include:

Sweet 16 tournament, and a National Masters tournament.

l A new national schedule coordinated with national holidays, and different levels of national events scheduled at the same time. l Reduced draw sizes for several key national events, including hard courts, clay courts, and the Easter Bowl. l New qualifying draws for clay courts and hard courts, and a warm up tournament for hard courts. l For most national Level 4 events (national regionals), juniors will be required to play in their geographic region. l New national tournaments for the top players. For example, beginning in 2014, there will be a brand new Spring Team Championships, a National

Start planning now. Your sectional ranking matters! Juniors who hope to play nationals in 2014 and beyond need to understand these changes and make a plan that will help them ensure participation under the new structure. Good luck!

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NY Sportimes Gear Up for 2013 Campaign McEnroe to Meet Courier on July 22nd at Sportime Stadium his season, the New York Sportimes will split their 2013 Mylan World TeamTennis season between two New York home courts, Sportime Stadium at Randall’s Island and the SEFCU Arena at University at Albany, N.Y. The two home matches at Sportime Stadium will be played July 22 as the Sportimes face the Texas Wild, and the following night on July 23 as the Sportimes face the Washington Kastles led by former Sportimes star, Martina Hingis. On Monday, July 22, former world number ones, Davis Cup standouts and International Tennis Hall of Famers John McEnroe and Jim Courier will battle it out on the Sportime Stadium hard court on as the Sportimes take on the Texas Wild. The annual night benefiting the Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP) will also feature fellow Hall of Famer and Mylan WTT CoFounder Billie Jean King in celebration of

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the 40th anniversary year of her historic matchup with Bobby Riggs in the famed “Battle of the Sexes.” “Jim Courier has meant so much to American tennis, and we couldn’t be more pleased that he and the Texas Wild will be the opponent for this special night,” said Sportime Clubs and New York Sportimes CEO Claude Okin. “To have two of our country’s all-time premier players and tennis ambassadors in Jim and in our own Captain and leader, John McEnroe, will make for a very competitive and entertaining evening, but most importantly will ultimately help so many children in New York.” JMTP scholarship recipients attend the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, which is completing its third year at Sportime Randall’s Island. “The JMTP Benefit night is a highlight of the year for me and for the Johnny Mac Tennis Project,” said McEnroe. “My com-

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mitment is stronger than ever to the youth of New York, and just as Bjorn and Andre helped make the evening special in years past, getting to compete against Jim again will, I hope, pump people up about American tennis—past and future.” The night will also be part of a year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of the “Battle of the Sexes” match between King and Riggs, which took place in Houston on Sept. 20, 1973. The spectacle, won by King in straight sets, is often cited as a turning point towards females earning equality in many aspects of American life. “I am honored and excited to be participating in this benefit, and to help John do what he is doing in his home town of New York City,” said Courier. “I live in NYC and I practice at Sportime so I see what John and his Academy are accomplishing there. I wanted to do my part to support John’s efforts in furthering the development of American tennis and young players in NYC.” Ticket prices for the July 22 match will be $75, $150 and $300, with additional special VIP packages also available; please consult your tax advisor concerning the tax deductibility of ticket and package purchases. Tickets for the JMTP benefit night on July 22 and for the NY Sportimes home match vs. the Washington Kastles at Randall’s Island on July 23 can be purchased by calling (888) WTT-NYC1 or by visitingwww.nysportimes.com. The July 23 match is also benefiting JMTP and features former Sportime, and soon-to-be enshrined International Hall of Fame inductee, Martina Hingis, playing for Washington. Those purchasing tickets to the July 22 match may elect to receive a ticket to the following night’s match for $1.


MEET THE 2013 NEW YORK SPORTIMES Coach Claude Okin Claude Okin serves as chief executive officer of Sportime Clubs. Claude provides leadership and vision for all Sportime corporate directives by supervising the director of operations and executive management team, while managing relationships with Sportime’s partners and funding sources. This season he will lead the New York Sportimes during their 2013 World TeamTennis campaign. John McEnroe John McEnroe is a former world number one who won seven Grand Slam singles titles (three at Wimbledon and four at the U.S. Open), nine Grand Slam men’s doubles titles, and one Grand Slam mixed-doubles title. McEnroe also won a record eight season ending championships, comprising five WCT Finals titles and three Masters Grand Prix titles from 12 final appearances at those two events, a record he shares with Ivan Lendl. Additionally, McEnroe is a former junior Grand Slam champion. During his career, McEnroe is listed to have won 77 singles titles by the ATP.

Anna-Lena Groenefeld Anna-Lena Groenefeld is a former top-15 singles player currently ranked 19th in the world in doubles. The Sportimes acquired the rights to Groenefeld, who played for Orange County last year, then selected her in the third round. She ranked as high as 14th in the world in singles in 2006, finishing the year at 19th and winning a championship at Acapulco. In her career, Groenefeld has had two semifinal and five quarterfinal singles appearances. Groenefeld has won 11 WTA doubles crowns and has reached 14 other finals, including three in 2012. She has one career Grand Slam win, in mixed-doubles at Wimbledon in 2009 with Mark Knowles. Kveta Peschke Kveta Peschke, who served as a substitute for the Sportimes in last year’s WTT finals weekend, has won 23 career WTA doubles titles and was a member of the 2011 Fed Cup team representing her native Czech Republic. Her most recent doubles championship was at Sydney in 2012. She has one Grand Slam title, taking the 2011 doubles at Wimbledon with partner Katarina Srebotnik, and has one career WTA singles crown at Makarska, Croatia in 1998.

Robert Kendrick American Robert Kendrick will be competing for the Sportimes for the sixth year since 2002. He was a member of the Sportimes’ WTT championship team in 2005 and was protected by New York in the first round of the draft. Kendrick has been ranked as high as 69th on the ATP World Tour. Jesse Witten Jesse Witten is playing his seventh consecutive year with the Sportimes, and was the team’s secondround selection in the 2013 WTT Draft. Witten, a fivetime All American at the University of Kentucky, is in his seventh year on the ATP Tour and has been ranked as high as 163rd in singles, reaching the third round of the U.S. Open in 2009. Witten was WTT Rookie of the Year in 2007.

For more information, call (212) 427-6150 or visit www.nysportimes.com.

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A Closer Look at the Split-Step: Take Two By Lee Hurst n the last issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine, Coach Tim Mayotte of 360 Tennis spoke about the importance of the split-step and its three components in his article, “Wow … What a Great Split-Step.” They were:

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1. Width of base and posture 2. Timing of the split 3. The height of the split At 360 Tennis in Cunningham Park, we do a lot of work on this “first” movement to the ball with our Sectional, National and Professional players. We use a number of different drill progressions to encourage and teach our players to work on, feel and consistently reproduce an effective split during match play. The following “360 Box” drill would be a great place for coaches, parents

and players to begin or improve the split-step technique. l We take the top piece of an aerobics step and place it on the court (let’s begin at the service line here). Then, we place a cone on each sideline. Next, we have the student step off the box, and upon landing, call out left or right, and the student sprints to touch the cone. We perform a set of 10 repetitions and watch carefully the players landing and initial steps. l Next, the coach or parent moves to the other side of the net and gently racket feeds (bounce, hit) the student 10 shots which they time off the step and move to catch the ball in the air. Once the student has successfully completed the drill, correctly timing the landing with the feeders contact they will have a good feel for the movement and will be fully warmed up for the practice session ahead. We now ask the player to have this

focus/theme throughout the following practice session and give feedback as necessary. Always looking to encourage and reinforce the correctly performed “split” and with an understanding that one or two good splits is a good beginning. Over time using this method, the player will become very efficient in this movement and should perform it before almost every stroke. In future articles, Coach Tim Mayotte and I will further discuss this topic of movement and cover topics from first steps, to deceleration steps to recovery steps. Lee Hurst is recognized as one of the top developmental coaches in the U.S. today. His students have become champions at every level, having developed such top players as Kristi Ahn, Nicole Hickey, RJ Fresen and others. He and Tim Mayotte run the Mayotte Hurst Academy at the Cunningham Park Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y. Lee may be reached by phone at (973) 626-5236 or e-mail leroyah@gmail.com.

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Island Orthopaedic Medicine 30 Merrick Avenue Island Orthopaedic Medicine, P.C. East Meadow, N.Y. (516) 794-7010 www.islandorthopaedicmedicine.com The all-too-frequent ankle sprain is caused by a sudden stress to the foot that overcomes the ankle ligament and muscle ability to prevent the foot from twisting. Treatment starts with R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) and ends with exercises to improve strength and stability. Common causes of “tennis elbow” include weak forearm muscles, overuse, wrong size racket grip and strings that are too tight. Early treatment, including correction of the above, is usually curative. Tennis-induced shoulder pain is usually related to injury of the rotator cuff, the muscles surrounding the shoulder blade or the collar bone. Treatment typically involves a period of rest, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy and occasionally a cortisone injection. At Island Orthopaedic Medicine, we teach patients how to heal their bodies. Our three orthopedic surgeons have over 75 years of surgical and practice experience. Each doctor is keenly attuned to the needs of the active sports-minded patient, from young children to active seniors. Dr. Jeffrey Meyer joined the practice of Dr. Paul Yerys over 25 years ago. He specializes in total joint procedures, arthroscopy, sports and shoulder injuries. Dr. Steven Goodman speaks Spanish and specializes in total joint and trauma related surgery. Dr. Bradley White is fluent in French and specializes in hip and total knee surgery. All three are board certified. Their primary hospital affiliation is Winthrop University Hospital. Our physicians and staff care about you and will work hard to insure your experience in our office is a pleasurable one. We look forward to helping you get back in the game!

Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group Locations in Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Cedarhurst, Merrick, Massapequa and Bohemia (516) 536-2800 www.orlincohen.com Orlin & Cohen is Long Island’s leading private orthopedic practice with 31 fellowship-trained subspecialists. Each doctor focused their training on an individual area during their fellowship, which allowed them to further build their experience and expertise as a subspecialist. This focused approach results in optimum patient outcomes as the doctors are on top of the latest advances for each specific area of expertise. The group’s highly trained and experienced orthopedists cover the entire spectrum of subspecialty needs, including sports medicine, hip, knee, shoulder, joint replacements, foot and ankle, spine, neck & back, hand, and general orthopedics. In addition to its team of subspecialists, Orlin & Cohen has six orthopedic offices including their largest new office to date in Lynbrook. The new state-of-the-art office houses expansive orthopedic and diagnostic imaging facilities including two MRI rooms, Ultrasound, Digital X-rays and more. These services are complemented by those available throughout the Orlin & Cohen network, which includes four physical rehabilitation centers, three MRI centers and a fully accredited Fluoroscopy suite for pain management. The Lynbrook office also provides valet parking Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Conveniently located at 444 Merrick Road in Lynbrook, the full-service office is a natural extension for the Orlin & Cohen team of board-certified, fellowship-trained subspecialists with offices in Rockville Centre, Cedarhurst, Merrick, Massapequa and Bohemia. An additional office in Woodbury will be opening soon. LITennisMag.com • July/August 2013 • Long Island Tennis Maga- 17


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An Inside Look at Emory’s Quest for an NCAA Division III Title By Ricky Becker ormer highly-ranked Ea s t e r n junior Stephanie Loutsenko logged a daily journal from the inside of Emory’s NCAA Division III run while they were at the year-end championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.

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excited for our first match tomorrow against Middlebury. It’ll be the toughest match we face so far in the tournament, but I have a lot of confidence and trust in my team that we will be able to handle them.

Sunday, May 19, 2013 Today started off great with an incredible breakfast. I shared some phenomenal blueberry pancakes and quiche with my Monday, May 20, 2013 teammate and senior captain, Stephanie Today was our first day of Jordan. We all played well in Loutsenko matches and let me just say, it practice and our energy was rewas extremely stressful! Since I ally up. After practice was over, am injured, I have the opportuwe headed back to the hotel to rest for a little and then went on a quick nity to sit on player’s courts and take on a run at 5:00 p.m., followed by a nice coaching role. We woke up again to an stretching session. Then we hit the show- amazing breakfast and then headed over ers and attended an intense banquet with to the courts for our warm up. Middlebury all the teams. It’s been a good day and I’m is an extremely difficult team to play against because they get so energized and pumped up. It’s hard to play against a team like this because it feels like we’re never loud enough. Doubles was first. I sat on court and coached our third doubles team of Brenna Kelly & Emma Taylor. I guess I did something right because they were able to pull out an 8-5 victory. After winning two of three doubles matches and three of the first four singles matches, we won 5-2. It was such an overwhelming relief to win the match because the Middlebury girls are really good competitors and never give up. After the match, we headed over to Panera for lunch and then went back to tournament site to watch our men’s team play. Unfortunately, they were not able to pull it out, but they definitely put forth a good effort.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Today we played Amherst and it was the most intense match we’ve had thus far this season. After having breakfast, we headed to the main site to begin warming up. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side early in the morning and we had a bit of a rain delay. I was on court coaching third doubles again, and again they were the first match done, winning 8-2. Watching is definitely the most stressful part because when you play such a good team, you never know if things will go your way. The last time we played Amherst, during our regular season, we went down 1-2 after doubles so we knew that it was important to get these matches. Thankfully, our team pulled out two of the three matches. We went into singles really pumped up and excited to compete. The atmosphere was so intense and everyone was cheering their hardest. The Amherst men’s team came to support their girls, but that didn’t stop us from cheering our hearts out. I pretty much lost my voice from cheering so hard. It was four matches each and it all came down to fellow freshman, Marissa Levine. Once she

won the final point, our team went crazy. We had gotten our revenge and had managed to beat the number one team in the country. It was truly an amazing feeling and reminded me why I love my team so much and why I am so thankful to be able to play for Emory. Tomorrow, we’re in the championship round and play against Williams. Even though Williams has won Nationals the past five times, I trust my team and am confident in them. We definitely proved ourselves today, and I’m hoping that tomorrow will be no different! Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Today was different. Playing against Williams is always tough because not only is their team very capable, but they also have a huge fan club who cheer very loudly. Once again, our third doubles team was able to win (probably a result of my fantastic coaching abilities). After doubles, we were ahead 2-1 which was important because last time we played them, we were down 2-1 after doubles. Our coach reminded us that Williams was definitely going to come out guns blazing in singles, and that they did. Sitting in the stands was

hard because as time went on, I think we all knew that things weren’t going to go our way today. When we lost the deciding point, it was heartbreaking. It was tough to accept that we lost, especially after how hard we had worked the entire season leading up to this point. But, I’m so confident in our team and I know that the next three years are going to be big for us. We really came together as a team, especially during Nationals, and even though we didn’t come out on top this year, I think that things will go differently in the years to come. Hopefully next year, I’ll be able to report that we are National Champions! Ricky Becker is the founder of JuniorTennisConsulting LLC, director of Tennis at Pine Hollow Country Club and high-performance manager at Glen Head Racquet Club. Ricky was named the Most Valuable Player for the 1996 NCAA Championship Stanford Tennis Team and was a top-five nationallyranked junior. He can be reached by email at rbecker06@yahoo.com, by phone at (516) 605-0420 or via JuniorTennisConsulting.com.

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Del Potro Meets the Pope

Juan Martin del Potro took in a Mass at the Vatican and also shared a meet-and-greet with the recently elected leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, during the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. Del Potro presented the Pope, a fellow Argentine, with one of the racquets he used to defeat Roger Federer in the 2009 U.S. Open. The Pope actually picked out del Potro in a crowd. “There was a very nice moment when he was talking to all of us, all of his audience, and he turned his face, saw me, and raised his thumb,” said del Potro. “He recognized me and that surprised me. We talked for a few seconds. He told me that he knew I was playing at the tournament in Rome, he blessed me and wished me the best. I congratulated him and thanked him for the opportunity to talk to him.” Benoit Paire, the unseeded Frenchman, defeated the seventh-seeded del Potro 64, 7-6(3) in the third round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

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ken to me, not said hi, not looked my way, not been in the same room with me since I played her in Australia,” Stephens said. “And that should tell everyone something, how she went from saying all these nice things about me to unfollowing me on Twitter.” Days later, the two made up, as Stephens backpedaled via a tweet a few days later: “Guilty of being naive. Much respect 4 @serenawilliams , a champ & the GOAT. We spoke, we’re good. ONWARD! #lifelessons.”

Tomic’s father in trouble John Tomic, coach and father of world number 64 Bernard Tomic, was reported in the Australian media as being arrested for assaulting Thomas Drouet and will face a Madrid court. He was barred from attending the French Open or other events governed by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

Sloane vs. Serena

Relationship between Evert and Connors exposed

World number 17 Sloane Stephens was not happy with top-ranked Serena Williams and she made that public. “She’s not said one word to me, not spo-

Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors were the tennis world’s golden couple in the 1970s, but suddenly called off their wedding in 1974. Connors, in an excerpt from his new

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memoir, The Outsider, has now shed light on the split. “An issue had arisen as a result of youthful passion, and a decision had to be made as a couple. Chrissie called to say she was taking care of the ‘issue,’” he says in the book. “I was happy to let nature take its course. It was a horrible feeling, but I knew it was over. Getting married wasn’t going to be good for us.” Evert responded saying, “In his book, Jimmy Connors has written about a time in our relationship that was very personal and emotionally painful. I am extremely disappointed that he used the book to misrepresent a private matter that took place 40 years ago and made it public, without my knowledge. I hope everyone can understand that I have no further comment.” Connors, who won five U.S. Open titles, and Evert, who won six, captured the nation’s hearts when they dated in the 1970s, particularly after they both won the Wimbledon singles title in 1974. It was the same year the then 22-year-old bad boy of tennis and the 19-year-old “America’s Sweetheart” planned to get married. But the 60-year-old writes in The Outsider about the situation that arose just weeks before their planned wedding. Evert was just 19 at the time, and though she was raised as a Catholic, Connors claims it was her idea. “Chrissie, however, had already made up her mind that the timing was bad and too much was riding on her future. She


asked me to handle the details.” He wrote that his response was: “Well thanks for letting me know. Since I don’t have any say in the matter, then I guess I am just here to help.” When he told her they were too young and should take a step back, her reply was: “Okay, if that’s what you think. I’ve got a match tomorrow. Not a problem.” And, according to Connors, that was it. He said though he loved Evert, he knew both their ambitions would ultimately get in the way of them having a future together.

Tweets from the tennis pros …

What do tennis stars do off the court? They watch TV of course: l Andy Murray (@andy_murray): Sherlock Holmes is my idol! l Serena Williams (@serenawilliams): I’m obsessed with the TV show Arrow! l Laura Robson (@laurarobson5): This week’s Game of Thrones is a corker. l Melanie Oudin (@melanie_oudin): Officially a Game of Thrones fan now! Sharapova l Jesse Levine (@jesselevine7): In need of a new show to start watching over dating Dimitrov here in Europe … Suits, Breaking Bad, Maria Sharapova was Dexter, Justified all checked off the list, rumored to be dating suggestions? fellow tennis player Grigor Dimitrov for months, but neither party They connect with their fans via social ever confirmed the media: relationship. It wasn’t until the two were l Roger Federer @rogerfederer): A little (blue) bird told me that the place to be photographed by the paparazzi after is @twitter, so here I am! Dimitrov’s upset win over Novak Djokovic at the Madrid Open that she finally confirmed the two were an item … and They play and watch other sports: l Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob): she did so in a great way. Fun morning playing hoops at my alma After beating Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 6-4 at the mater, even got some tips from new Madrid Open, Sharapova went to sign a tel@UCLAMBB coach afterwards! evision camera as is customary for the winl Caroline Wozniacki (@carowozniacki): ner. Instead of signing her name, Lets go @MiamiHEAT!! Sharapova wrote a funny message inl Andy Roddick (@andyroddick): Good tended for the paparazzi: “How did you TV day ... Queens tennis final, US Open catch us?”

golf, checking on fantasy baseball team and NBA finals. l Mardy Fish (@mardyfish): I love the handshakes after a playoff hockey series is over. Lotta respect there ... They relax at the spa and go to sporting events: l Maria Kirilenko (@mkirilenko): Spa time #red door spa … relax before the Caps game tonight, I deserved it! They enjoy meals with friends: l Jack Sock (@jacksock): Look who I ran into at Chipotle, tennis players just love it @Bryanbros @Bryanbrothers @MicaelaBryan @ChipotleTweets. l Svetlana Kuznetsova (@svetlanaK27): I’m waiting for @flavia_pennetta to come back to hotel and txt me ... So we go for dinner … Anyone knows where is Flavia at? l Caroline Wozniacki (@carowozniacki): Enjoyed a nice lunch on the beach with friends and family! Only missing @McIlroyRory! l Rhyne Williams (@rhynewilliams): Chipotle near Wimbledon... This is too good to be true! #nom l Kim Clijsters (@clijsterskim): At Jamba Juice getting our wheatgrass shot in. Great to see @venuseswilliams being a role model for healthy food!

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Long Island Tennis Magazine Hosts Largest Grassroots Tennis Event Ever in New York 2,911 attend the First Annual New York Tennis Expo Credit all photos to Nicole Guglielmo

ll eyes were on the area’s kids, families, USTA Billie Jean coaches and businesses King National Tennis that support the local tennis Center on April 28, site of community. the First Annual New When the day of the Expo York Tennis Expo. As arrived, everyone was ready, cars lined the streets and and even Mother Nature cothe parking lots filled up, operated with temperatures shuttle buses escorted in the upper 60s. The doors patrons inside the Naopened and people flocked tional Tennis Center as in. The event had something droves of people came for everyone. There were over from the trains/sub- Attendees take a break from the day’s amazing raffles where peo- Attendees check in prior to entering the Expo Hall way and it looked like the events to check out the latest issue of ple could win trips to famous Long Island Tennis Magazine U.S. Open was in town. resorts such as Van Der the exhibitors were raffling off an array of This beautiful spring afternoon was not Meer and Sea Colony, along with U.S. prizes. about professional tennis though … it Open tickets just by signing up. There were At the end of the hallway, 600 people was about the local tennis movement and also tours of Arthur Ashe Stadium Court took part in two informative sessions feait brought out the largest crowd ever for a and the U.S. Open locker rooms where par- turing world renowned coaches and some grassroots tennis event in New York with ticipants had a once-in-a-lifetime behind of the area’s top talent. The first session just shy of 3,000 attendees coming out. the scenes look at the National Tennis Cen- was “The Road to College Scholarships,” The best part was that event hosts Long ter. Down the main hallway of the National headlined by world renowned coach Nick Island Tennis Magazine and New York Tennis Center were 50 top exhibitors dis- Bollettieri and Fox News political comTennis Magazine put the entire event on playing everything from tennis apparel, to menter Sean Hannity as emcee and modfor FREE! training aids, to sunglasses, to sports erator. Among those on the panel were The buzz for the First Annual New York memorabilia, and racquets. Clubs were former world top 10 Tim Mayotte, along Tennis Expo began a few months prior. getting sign-ups, camps were filling up with expert coaches Chuck Kriese, Cory Long Island Tennis Magazine and New York spots for the summer season and many of Parr, Jay Harris, Whitney Kraft and Clay Tennis Magazine utilized all their resources in their efforts to publicize this event both locally and nationally. It was a chance to create a greater platform for the businesses that support the publications and a chance to grow participation in the sport of tennis. The marketing was done across all mediums, as the event was promoted in print and Web ads, across social networks, on radio shows, via e-mail blasts, and most importantly, via word-of-mouth to the Marble Play interviews attendees of the New York Tennis Expo

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Attendees are greeted by Tennis the Menace, mascot of the New York Sportimes of World TeamTennis

Bibbee. The second session, “Taking Your Game to the Next Level,” again headlined by Nick Bollettieri discussing both the mental and physical sides of tennis. Panelists included Tim Mayotte, Lawrence Kleger, Steve Kaplan, Tom Clear, Tina Greenbaum and Dr. Tom Ferraro. At the end of the sessions, many flocked to the front of the room for autographs and pictures with the speakers. On the second level of the National Tennis Center was where the real fun was. The three indoor courts were Robert Kendrick of the crowded all day, as New York Sportimes of kids and adults alike World TeamTennis tries took part in activities his hand at ping-pong such as 10 & Under Tennis, a Speed Serve Booth, and a Hit for Prizes Court. DJ CMNY was spinning music on-court, while Sportimes mascot Tennis the Menace introduced himself to all the young ones and took photos. Also up on the second level was the Kids Zone where kids could have their faces painted, get glitter tattoos and have balloon animals made. The smiling faces were plentiful. With the gorgeous weather, another major highlight was the outside play area. The new Sports Deck Area at the National

Emcee Sean Hannity (far right) welcomes the panel of speakers

Tennis Center allowed for open play on mini-courts between kids and parents. Also on the deck, New York Tennis Magazine had a photographer shooting mock Magazine cover photos. Down the stairs from the deck, the world famous Stadium Court 17 featured the St. John’s University men’s and women’s tennis teams running a “Beat the College Player” contest. This event has turned a spotlight on grassroots growth. Businesses came from all over the country to participate and we have received phone calls from people looking for our assistance to put more of these events on in other areas. Grassroots tennis and grassroots publications are the backbone of tennis growth. What better event could there ever be to grow participation than one like this that was free and where everyone left happy. The First Annual New York Tennis Expo is just the beginning of ways that Long Island Tennis Magazine and New York Tennis Magazine will use its expanding platform and strong bonded relationships within the tennis community to help supporters reach the masses with their messages. These publications will continue to grow the game and will continue to partner with those who support our goals and vision as well. The turnout at the First Annual New York Tennis Expo shows that the tennis community wants more media and more events, and Long Island and New York Tennis Magazines will continue to provide that as tennis

grows. Plans are underway for a Second Annual New York Tennis Expo and preliminary details will be announced for this event in the coming months.

The new Sports Deck Area at the National Tennis Center

New York Tennis Expo Raffle Winners Congratulations to the following raffle prize winners who were selected at the First Annual New York Tennis Expo: l Weekend with Tennis Clinic at Sea Colony—Simon Kashfi l Weekend with Clinic at Van Der Meer—Larry Lefcort l Free Week at Joel Ross Tennis & Golf Camp—Rachel Zhang

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Scenes From the First Annual New York Tennis Expo April 28 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Credit all photos to Nicole Guglielmo

Members of the St. John’s Tennis team on Court 17

Some comments from those in attendance … “This was no small achievement. I run a free high school coaches clinic every spring and it is a high-quality event. I am lucky to get 15-20 coaches to attend. The First Annual New York Tennis Expo had nearly 3,000 people come out. This event was a massive undertaking and a huge risk as so many things had to come together and they did.” —Steve Kaplan (tennis coach) “I came here all the way from Florida for this event and it has been an outstanding and high-quality event. Would definitely return for a second year and more.” —Ches Gibson (IMG Academy) “This was the first time I have been really able to reach out to the tennis community to demo my product. To have an audience like this at the New York Tennis Expo has been incredible.” —Dave Lipetz (Tennis Balance Board)

DJCM kept the hits coming while the kids enjoyed the indoor activities

“I really enjoyed the event and my bag of prizes. Had a great time and it was very crowded. I had a very good time at the Kids Zone and am glad I came.” —Tyler D’Alessandro (8-years-old) “It was a great opportunity for us to showcase what we have to offer to the tennis community.” —Sharon Rappaport (Sportime)

The future of New York tennis was on hand for the First Annual New York Tennis Expo

“Great crowd, lots of info gathered on some of the area’s great programs and an amazing turnout by the local tennis community.” —Neil Samuels (attendee) “I never picked up a racquet before, but was so inspired by the speeches and activities at the Expo that I can’t wait for next year’s event. I will now be playing tennis full-time thanks to my experience here today.” —Ruhima Hajang (attendee) “My family had a blast. What an event!” —Steve Gold (tennis parent)

Tina Greenbaum, Steve Kaplan, Tom Clear and Lawrence Kleger were among the panelists at the “Taking Your Game to the Next Level” session

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“This event was a great opportunity to get my club’s info out to the entire local tennis community. I would definitely return for another year.” —Amandine LeGoupil-Mair (Long Beach Tennis Center) “I learned a lot from the drills and coaches. What a fun time for me and my family.” —Hailey Stewart (junior player)

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Properly Reading the Food Labels of Today By Irina Belfer-Lehat RD, CDN he Nutrition Facts label is required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on most packaged foods and beverages. The Nutrition Facts label provides detailed information about a food’s nutrient content, such as the amount of fat, sodium and fiber it has. Knowing how to read food labels is especially important if you are an athlete. Very often, traveling and playing multiple matches during the week and on the weekend, an athlete will buy snacks and drinks at the local stores or vending machines. An athlete must be educated on properly iden-

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There are three main types of carbs, and sugar is the simplest form of carbohydrate. Sugar occurs naturally in some foods, including fruits, vegetables, milk and milk products. Sugars include fruit sugar (fructose), table sugar (sucrose) and milk sugar (lactose). Starch is made of sugar units bonded together. Starch occurs naturally in vegetables, grains, and cooked dry beans and peas. Fiber also is made of sugar units bonded together. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and cooked dry beans and peas are among foods that are naturally rich in fiber. How many carbohydrates do you need? The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that carbohydrates comprise 45 to 65 percent of your total daily caloric intake. So, if you get 2,000 calories a day, between 900 and 1,300 calories should be from carbohydrates. That translates to between 225 and 325 grams of carbohydrates a day. You can find the carbohydrate content of packaged foods by reading the Nutrition Facts label. The Nutrition Facts label

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shows total carbohydrates, which includes starches, fiber, sugar alcohols, and naturally occurring and added sugars. It may also list total fiber, soluble fiber and sugar separately. You may also be able to find nutrient calculators online or find information on a manufacturer’s Web site. What is dietary fiber? Dietary fiber, also known as roughage or bulk, includes all parts of plant foods that your body can’t digest or absorb. Unlike other food components, such as fats, proteins or carbohydrates—which your body breaks down and absorbs—fiber isn’t digested by your body. Instead, it passes relatively intact through your stomach, small intestine, colon and out of your body. Fiber is commonly classified as soluble (it dissolves in water) or insoluble (it doesn’t dissolve): l Soluble fiber: This type of fiber dissolves in water to form a gel-like material. It can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Soluble fiber is found in oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley. l Insoluble fiber: Whole-wheat flour,

wheat bran, nuts, beans and vegetables, such as cauliflower, green beans and potatoes, are good sources of insoluble fiber. How much dietary fiber do you need? For men age 50 or younger, it is recommended you consume 38 grams of dietary fiber per day. For women 50 years of age or younger, it is recommended you take in 25 grams of dietary fiber per day. For men age 51 or older, 30 grams of dietary fiber is recommended per day, while women age 51-plus should take in 21 grams of dietary fiber per day. Protein Protein is one of the basic building blocks of the human body, making up about 16 percent of our total body weight. Muscle, hair, skin, and connective tissue are mainly made up of protein. However, protein plays a major role in all of the cells and most of the fluids in our bodies. In addition, many of our body’s important chemicals—enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters, and even our DNA—are at least partially made up of protein. Although our bodies are good at “recycling”

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protein, we use up protein constantly, so it is important to continually replace it. Fat Fats are organic compounds that are made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. They are a source of energy in foods. Fats belong to a group of substances called lipids, and come in a liquid or solid form. All fats are combinations of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. Age Group

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U.S. Open National Playoffs Field By Erin Brown he U.S. Open National Playoffs is a sequence of tournaments which gives players, the chance to live out their tennis dreams and qualify for the U.S. Open Grand Slam event. Between April 1July 4, 13 sections of the USTA run a Sectional Qualifying Tournament with men’s singles, women’s singles and mixed-doubles matches. The winners of each sectional tournament move on to the U.S. Open National Playoffs Championships. This championship will happen in New Haven, Conn. during the New Haven Open, part of the Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series. The winner of the men’s and women’s singles events will earn a wild card entry to be able to compete in the qualifying tournament for the 2013 U.S. Open. The mixed-doubles winners will receive a wild card entry to compete in the main draw of the 2013 U.S. Open MixedDoubles event. In the men’s final of the 2013 U.S. Open National Playoffs at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Damon Gooch of Maryland defeated Richard Del Nunzio of Forest Hills, 6-3, 6-0. Finalist Del Nunzio, who is headed to St. Johns in the fall to play for Coach Eric Rebhuhn, was disappointed with his loss, but he still believes this is a great tournament. “The tournament is a fun one to play and it is very well run. I didn’t play my best, but you have to deal with what you have,” said Del Nunzio after his match. Del Nunzio defeated Aidan Talcott of Sea Cliff, N.Y. in a tough three set semifinal. Damon Gooch was a gracious winner and is looking forward to the next step after this tournament. He said he took some time off this year, but is grateful for the supportive group he has around him. “Thank you for everyone around me for standing by me,” Gooch said. Gooch was upbeat and positive after his match and talked to spectators about his game and they wished him luck in his upcoming matches.

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d Narrows in Flushing Meadows The women’s final featured Alanna Wolff from Perth Amboy, N.J. and Magda Okruashvili from Brooklyn, N.Y. This match was similar to the men’s final in that it was fairly one-sided. Okruashvili won in straight sets 6-0, 6-4, to move on to the next step in qualifying for the 2013 U.S. Open. Afterwards, Wolff talked about her match and her strategy. “My opponent took everything early, and I tried to get her out of her rhythm,” Wolff said about Okruashvili. While Wolff was not able to come through with a win, she will be playing tennis for Princeton in the fall. Okruashvili spoke after the tournament about her future tennis career plans. “As a kid, I dreamed of making it as far as I could. One day, I hope to make it to the U.S. Open,” said Okruashvili. Okruashvili looked poised and said she never gets nervous before a big match, which could explain why she has won this tournament two years in a row. She now heads to New Haven for the next step of the qualifying stage. In this year’s mixed-doubles final, the team of Tarakaa Bertrand (Jamaica, N.Y.) & Sam Sweeney (New York, N.Y.) defeated last year’s

winners Alison Adamski (Great Neck, N.Y.) & Keith Kessler (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 7-6 (5), 4-6, 105. It was a tough match, and finalists Adamski & Kessler were disappointed with the loss. “Our opponents played well, and we tried our best. We won last year, so this is a tough loss for us,” said Kessler after the match. The winning team of Bertrand & Sweeney were all smiles after their win and couldn’t stop taking pictures on the court. Sweeney said they were coincidental partners when she found out her and her partner Bertrand were both going to be in the same area, so they decided to enter the tournament. Both players said how special it is to play on the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center courts, and were excited that this win could come on these grounds. Bertrand & Sweeney will now have some additional practice time to prepare for New Haven, Conn. Erin Brown is an intern at Long Island and New York Tennis Magazine. She graduated from George Washington University with a degree in English, where she was also a member of the Club Tennis team. She may be reached by e-mail at erinb@litennismag.com.

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the biofile: By Scoop Malinowski Status: Hall of Fame tennis legend. DOB: Nov. 22, 1943 in Long Beach, Calif. First tennis memory: That’s actually one of my questions when I’m coaching. That’s fantastic. That’s the first time somebody’s asked me that. My first memory in tennis … well, I’ll tell you how I got into tennis. Susan Williams, in fifth grade, said to me, ‘Do you want to play tennis?’ And I said, ‘What’s tennis?’ So that’s the first time I ever heard the word. I went out with her to hit. And I really liked it. It was fun. And then the second time I ever played was at the public parks pre-instruction group clinic. That’s when I decided, at the end of that day, to be number one in the world … I wanted to be number one in the world. I’m sure I whiffed a lot with my friend Susan at her club, it was a country club. We played on the same softball team too and our coach said that there was free instruction every Tuesday at Helton Park. So that’s where I decided to be number one … at Helton Park. I was really lucky, the stars were aligned. Susan asked me to play and

it was Long Beach, Calif. Where there was good weather and a great public parks system. We also had a great instructor in Clyde Walker who I absolutely adored from day one. He was an older guy at the time at 61years-old and I just loved him. He made it fun, so he was really important. I had really positive memories, even from the first time I played tennis. Tennis inspirations: When I started to play, right from the beginning, I went to the library and checked out all three books. In those days, I read everything I could about the history of the sport. I was inspired by all of the champions that I read about as a child. Because I read about them right away. I mean, it was like the first week that I was hitting balls at the park and I just loved the sport. I remember Tennis With Doris Hart … she was a great champion. Within that book, she talked about all the

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Billie Jean King women’s champions of her era. I learned all about them. And then there was Use Your Head in Tennis by Bob Harmon … one of the first instructional books that I read. I love that book. And there was a book that had champions from each U.S. Open. So I just read about the history of the sport all the time. I was very fortunate to grow up in Southern California where we had so many champions. I ended up getting to meet Darlene Hard and she hit with me. Everybody in Southern California plays in the parks and were pretty casual. We would go to clubs and then the club people would play at the parks, and we would go back to play at the country clubs. It wasn’t as elitist as it is probably in other parts of the country, so that was helpful. Greatest sports moment: I never think about my tennis career. I think about what we, a group of us, tried to do off the court. There’s many moments … fighting for professional tennis in the 1960s and the sad times when the males didn’t want us to be part of their association. I really wanted us to be together, because as amateurs, the men and women were always together. That was a very hurtful time … it was a very tough time. There were nine of us called the Original Nine who signed the contract with Gladys Heldman in Houston, Texas in 1970 at a tournament. That was really the birth of women’s tennis … the way we know it today. It was a very important moment. I have accomplished a lot of really great things, but I really don’t think about my time on the tennis courts being the greatest. The stuff I have done off the court, to me that’s lasting. Performing is very temporary. So if I can connect the generations and have each generation pass the baton on to the next generation, we will continue to shape the future of the sport. That’s what makes me happy … when I connect the generations. My greatest moments continue to this day. I don’t have to be a tennis player to keep helping the sport or helping equality.


I think one of my greatest moments is when they named the National Tennis Center after me. It was Aug. 28, 2006 and everybody was so kind to me. It was a great evening ‌ like a culmination. You have to understand, we didn’t get along in the old days, and here they are naming a facility after me. I mean, they’re almost suspending me at one point in my career, and years later, they’re naming their facility after me! But that’s what’s really important ‌ always forgive and keep moving on. I never held any bitterness, and obviously, we have new management all the time. This is my generation of people, so they understood how the game changed in the 1960s, a lot of things changed in the 60s. Sports is a microcosm of society, and our sport changed a lot then too. There was a lot of chaos and upheaval, just like the rest of the world. We really reflected that in our sport, by the big changes we had in the 60s and the 70s. I really like to continue to just improve our situation and have all the generations really work together and help each other. Most painful moment: When the guys didn’t want us to be with the association ‌ that was and still is a very painful time when I think about it. Those were my friends, the guys I ate dinner with and went dancing with. I still love them very much, but we could have lived even better when we’re always together. I just think when people work together, both men and women, we always have more strength, more ideas, more adversity, and all the things that equal creativity. If we would have been together in 1970, it would have been revolutionary, because it would have been a sport that’s actually co-ed ‌ together as a professional sport. Even today, if we would do it, it would be almost ground-breaking as well. And this is what now? Forty years later? So it’s amazing how we could have been just eons ahead of everybody else. Funniest tennis memory: Always in doubles and mixed ‌ oh my God it’s your partner who makes it fun! Like Owen Davidson, my mixed-doubles partner from Australia. Davis Cup player, lefty, Mr. Twitch. He and Andy Roddick could match

up twitches and he’s always looking in the audience, and I’m just the opposite. We really mixed well. There were always funny things happening. We won a mixed-doubles at Wimbledon because we mishit! We were going to lose and I had a chance to win three titles that year and we were losing to this team that we should have killed! I won’t go into the names because that’s not fair, but they were killing us. They were playing much better than we were. He finally hit something off the frame up at the net. I mean, it just barely touched the frame and just bounced over. And that was a turning point. You look back and wonder how that was possible? There’s always funny times. Like when people forgot their pants or were always borrowing things. We were always laughing. I must say, we always had a good sense of humor. I think that’s what got us through everything. Everybody had a different personality which I think made the game exciting. What was your favorite tournament: I love team tennis the best [smiles]. I love team sports. It’s the best, as far as women’s doubles and singles, I grew up thinking that Wimbledon was it. You have to understand that in my day, that was head and shoulders above the other Grand Slams. Then, when we were trying to change the game, we didn’t care about winning Grand Slams because our mission was more about taking tennis to the people. Like the Virginia Slims Tour ‌ when we

started women’s professional tennis— that’s what was really important to us ‌ taking tennis to these cities, making it the most important thing in their lives. I felt that every day and every tournament was important. But Wimbledon was the most important ‌ just because of the way I grew up ‌ what I read ‌ the culture at that time. In my younger days, if you won Wimbledon, you were considered number one in the world. It was very different than it is now. If I grew up today, I may not have the same perception. It’s very elegant. There’s something about Wimbledon I really like. I like keeping great traditions and getting rid of the ones that don’t help the sport. There are some traditions that I think are good sometimes, but most people who want to change history have a great respect for history. Who are your favorite players to watch: Oh my God, all of them. I wish I could hit one ball like that. I think Federer and Nadal are a cut above the rest. Now, Djokovic and Murray ‌ I think Andy Murray is unreal. And on the women’s side ‌ if Serena can stay dedicated and remain injury-free, she has the potential to be the greatest player that ever lived. Scoop Malinowski is the co-owner of Tennis-prose.com. His book, Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew, is available at Amazon.com. He may be reached by email at mrbiofile@aol.com.

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Lefty Issues By Tonny van de Pieterman hile going through some personal issues, I was advised to make a gratitude list. It was suggested that making this list is good therapeutic advice for anyone struggling with the challenges of life or for anyone feeling sorry for themselves. Certainly, it is easy to envision people that are much worse off or to think of some crucial aspects of life that we often take for granted from time to time. So after jotting down some of the obvious ones, my health, my friends and family, my fun job … I wrote down, without thinking, that I am grateful for being left-handed … but that was a lie! My whole life, I hated being left-handed. It is not because of the “scissor problem,” and it is not because my hand moves over fresh ink while writing. I am not one of those artistic lefties that uses a claw grip while holding a pen, I actually have neat handwriting. Perhaps it was my grandmother, (“oma” in German), telling me how the nuns at her school repeatedly hit her hand with a

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ruler when her lefty gene showed itself. Perhaps it was my right-handed opponents, tennis pros and teachers, constantly reminding me of the great advantage I was blessed with as a left-handed athlete. Like I needed that extra pressure. But it was none of those reasons. I hated being left-handed because I loved tennis and I thought lefties were ‘ugly’ tennis players. I grew up watching players like Guillermo Vilas, John McEnroe, Anders Gomez, Henri Leconte, and Karsten Braasch. Their ground strokes were crooked, their arms seemed to bend awkwardly and their overall style was just weird to me. Oddly perhaps, my favorite player of all time was Jimmy Connors, a lefty. However, I reasoned that away by pointing out how straight his arms were on both of his groundstrokes, and that his appeal to me was his fighting spirit and showmanship. My issue with being left-handed went so far that I hated being filmed or photographed on the tennis court, and if I was playing outside in the latter part of a beautiful day, I would avoid looking at my own shadow at all cost.

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“My whole life, I hated being left-handed.” But then one day I had my personal epiphany. I went to watch a junior player in a tournament match, and somehow, saw a player in the reflection of a window. Wow, beautiful strokes, great style, I remember thinking. When I turned my head to see the player in action, I was stunned to see he was a lefty. I had to do a double-take. I still cannot suppress a smile when I think about the incident. I called this player a beautiful stylish player when I saw him in the mirror, thus as a righty, but he was really a lefty! Like me! It was very healing for me. I am thankful for being left-handed and that’s no lie. My mantra: Lefties are in their right mind, and at least in the mirror, our strokes look great! Tonny van de Pieterman is director of tennis at Point Set Indoor Racquet Club. He was recently named USTA Tennis Professional of the Year for the USTA/EasternLong Island Region and helped the Eastern Section win this year’s Talbert Cup. He may be reached by phone at (516) 536-2323 or e-mail tonny@pointsettennis.com.


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Sweaty Palms, Cold Feet … Who’s Playing This Match Anyway? How to stay calm and empower your kids while watching By Rob Polishook, Mental Training Coach MA, CPC magine the scenario: You are watching your child play, and it feels like you’re the one playing. Your palms are sweaty and your feet are tapping with the immediacy of how Rafael Nadal awaits the coin toss. You look across the way and see your opponent’s parents pacing up and down, burning a hole in the ground. Now think about the emotions you have while watching the match, anything from happiness to helplessness, enthusiasm to embarrassment, poise to protectionism, and everything else in between. You might even wonder why you put yourself through this emotional roller coaster tournament after tournament. We all have immediate reactions when watching a loved one play a match. Think about the time your daughter’s opponent made what you perceived to be a bad call, and then it happened again, and again.

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Question #1: What happened and how are you thinking about it? Simply, replay what happened, only the facts: Maybe your child got a bad call, or someone threw a racket. Then just be curious to the story you are telling yourself aside from the event. For example, the opponent hooked my child because they lack sportsmanship, they must be blind! My child is being taken advantage of … I wish he would do something. Question #2: What thoughts or feelings does the situation bring up for you? Simply be aware of your emotions without reacting to them or judging them. Emotions and feelings like anger, helplessness, and frustration. You may also become aware of where in your body you’re holding the tension. Notice that and then take a few breaths. Question #3: How do you think your child sees the situation? Be aware that what you see and feel from watching off the court is probably not the same as what your child is experiencing. They will usually have a different view and perspective. They are on the court, on the

front line—in other words, their story is not the same as yours. Question #4: How can you help yourself, honor their process, and best deal with the situation? Since you are not the one playing, and you can’t do anything to help your child while they are on the court, what is your best option? How about trusting that what your child does at this time is the right thing for them in their development, and in their journey at this moment? Also acknowledge that they may handle the situation differently than you may have, but know that their confidence will increase each time they are in a difficult situation. Remember that even difficult on-court experiences and negative results are part of developing as a player and person. By putting him or herself “out there” and entering a tournament, your child has taken an opportunity to learn from the variety of situations which may develop. Let your child process these situations in their own way, provide your support, and you may be surprised at how much your child may grow from even a negative on-court situation.

While these questions cannot change or fix a situation, they will hopefully help you stay calm instead of quickly reacting to a situation. In return, your child will feel your trust in allowing them to work through a difficult situation, and be able to focus on the match instead of getting distracted by concerns of what you or others might be thinking. In fact, demonstrating trust in your child despite difficult circumstances will only inspire them to increase confidence in themselves on the court. 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 of all levels. His work focuses on helping athletes gain the mental edge and letting go of blocks which get in the way of peak performance. He is a USTA Zonal Coach and has spoken and been published for the USTA, USPTA and ITA. Additionally, he has conducted workshops nationally and internationally in India and Israel. He may be reached by phone at (973) 723-0314, email rob@insidethezone or visit www.insidethezone.com.

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NEW INN VATIONS IN TRAINING By Steve Kaplan was privileged to speak at the First Annual New York Tennis Expo in April, along with an esteemed panel of tennis experts. This was not only the biggest grassroots tennis event ever in the metropolitan area, with attendance numbers that reached nearly 3,000, but it was also a gathering of the most sophisticated tennis fans in the world with an extraordinary capacity and hunger for knowledge. It was a groundbreaking event. I tried to simplify several technical topics for those in the room who are as fascinated as I am by athletic performance. While explanations of complex ideas can be challenging, it’s needed in tennis, which is often misleadingly oversimplified. It was interesting that iconic coach Nick Bollettieri, began his impassioned talk by remarking that he would need a “Master’s Degree to understand what I said” given his wealth of tennis experience, as well as the enthusiastic response to my topic from the many astute tennis lovers in this audience. I have recreated the text of my speech below in case you missed it. You will not want to miss next year’s New York Tennis Expo.

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New innovations in tennis Sport science and technology are evolving rapidly and changing the way tennis is played. While much of the talk is about new equipment and a faster game, maybe we should also consider using the latest cutting-edge information to improve techniques. I’ve heard it said that certainty is the biggest limitation to the human mind, and I would wholeheartedly agree with that idea when it comes to teaching tennis. It’s important to question the standard practice of the past to improve how we train and play. Great resources like Dartfish slow motion video, for example, give everyone the chance see the best players in the world in slow motion and understand what it takes to excel. Here are a few important innovations in training techniques that you’ve probably not heard. A full examination of the first technique explains why the common teaching advice about “being late hitting the ball” is likely counter-productive to a good contact point. Let’s start by understanding the “Stretch Shorten Cycle” which is gaining popularity in tennis teaching circles, but is not a new idea in athletic performance. Many people

might remember Bruce Lee introducing Kung Fu, the oldest martial art, to American audiences with his “one-inch punch.” The idea that you can get enormous power from a punch just one-inch sounds pretty far-fetched, but it’s science-based and will encourage the development of powerful tennis strokes. Great power can be developed from compact and efficient movements, and this is very important to adapting to the time demands of the lightning-fast modern game. The concept is simple … your tendons function like the pole of an Olympic vaulter, first bending or “stretching,” then rebounding back to their original shape or “shortening” and releasing enormous elastic energy and power. You can use this in your game by starting toward the hit with a stable torso so that your arms progress away from your body and you link your upper body to your hips. Remember, racket acceleration results from full arm extension. The finish direction across the body and low like Roger Federer, across the body and high like Novak Djokovic, or “reverse” forehand style over the same shoulder like Rafael Nadal is less important than the forward part of the stroke because it is the deceleration or slowing part of the movement.

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As for mistakenly describing shots as “late,” well let’s break it down. Many players rush when they hear they are “late,” and in doing so, bring the racket away from their body. Since the racket is functionally heavier as it moves away on the take back, it must be pulled inward as it progresses to the hit, increasing your elbow bend which slows both the arm and racket. Unfortunately, it also speeds your body by adding centripetal or rotational force. Think of a figure skater folding their arms in tight to spin faster and you get the idea. A slowing arm with a speeding body might appear late, but is actually just a “mechanically disadvantaged” ineffective lever and a faster take back will only make things worse. A better solution to poor contact position is to think “prepare with your torso as a unit, and start the hit by driving your hips.” The next discovery I’d like to discuss relates to court movement. Several years ago, Isumi Tabata, the speed skating coach of Japan’s national team, experimented with high-intensity efforts to improve the performance of his already great team. The method he developed is now commonly called “Tabata’s.” He found that when his athletes performed 20-second maximum speed efforts with just 10-second rest intervals, they got amazing results. This was a huge departure from the traditional method of 10-second maximum efforts with 30-seconds rest that was the universal training standard protocol throughout the sports world. The data on this method is astounding, with most studies indicating 20 to 24 percent increases in both aerobic and anaerobic output after 12 weeks among already highly-trained athletes. High heart rate training like that suggested by Isumi Tabata has tremendous application for tennis players. Tennis is a 1:7 time effort interval. That means that in a two-hour match, you are only actually playing about 17-minutes total. If that sounds strange, keep in mind that you could watch every snap of the four-hour Super Bowl in about 10 minutes. Improve your body’s ability to use oxygen, which is called VO2 max, and you are more efficient in a way demanded by actual play. Since there is a direct relationship to higher heart rates and coordination loss,

the lower your heart rate is, the better you play. Train at high rates and you will adapt to stress better and the beauty of this training is the source of the stress … whether it be physical, mental or emotional, it is not important. New York Knicks fans might recall the last second heroics of the Indiana Pacers’ Reggie Miller. Not surprisingly, Miller was in supreme aerobic condition and recorded the highest VO2 max numbers of any U.S. basketball Dream Team player tested at the training center in Colorado Springs. Mental training is very valuable of course, but most tennis instructors like myself are usually limited to the resources of a court, a racket and tennis balls. High heart rate training is a great way to make improvements that will be useful in real match conditions. Let’s now talk about jumping rope, which is a great aerobic and coordination exercise, but not a” best practice” method for tennis. It’s important to recognize that all movements have three parts: The start, the acceleration and the stop. Starts and stops are full-foot contact movements Pushes into the ground which are often called the “loading phase” are most powerful with the full foot. This is “Action, Reaction” and Newton discovered it way before me. Accelerations are forefoot movements and jumping rope is a forefoot movement. The average run in tennis is very short, just

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Rules of the Game

vs. the Spirit of Competition By Miguel Cervantes III here are several rules in competitive tennis, some are on-court rules and some are off-court rules, but the rules are in place to protect the integrity of competition. What happens though when the rules are used to gain an advantage over your opponent? This behavior is not unfair, but it can be said that that it is not in the spirit of competition and the game. One example of a rule used to gain an ad-

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why wouldn’t you want the match to be played out? The whole purpose of competition is to find out who is better. Using a rule to get around competition is definitely not in the spirit of the game. I know this does not happen that often, but it does occur. I have witnessed teams force an opponent to default for being 16-minutes late, and on another occasion, force an opponent to default after she got there 20-minutes late because her train was delayed at a station midway for track issues. Another rule that is taken advantage of is the rescheduling rule. A match can be

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rescheduled if both teams find it impossible to play on their scheduled day and time … the key word here is “both.” If one team has trouble fielding a team for a match, they may ask their opponents for an alternate date. While not frequent, teams can and have refused to reschedule a match in order to gain points for forfeited courts or win the match outright. While it is their right to refuse to reschedule, it is not exactly in the spirit of the game. Each team should be invested in a league to find out who has the best game, but the only way to really find that out is to play out the match. The consequences from situations have an effect not just on the teams and players involved, but on others who are not involved. Each court is worth points, and at the end of the season, those points can make or break a team’s playoff chances. Forfeited courts and defaults are aberrations in the system. For example, if a team that is in first place plays a team that is in fifth place and is forced to forfeit a court because of a tardy player, it might bump that fifth place team into fourth place. The team that was in fourth place originally might now be out of playoff contention and would have a good argument in saying that had that court been played, the fifth place team would more than likely never have won those points. Now we’ll never know. Teams and players who try to gain an “unfair” advantage should be punished and that is exactly why rules are in place, to protect the integrity of the game. Situations do exist though where the same rules used to protect the integrity of the game are used to trample the spirit of competition. There will always be nitpicky captains standing by with their atomic watches to force a default when a player is one second past the 15-minute lateness mark, or refuse to reschedule a match, or enact one of the other dozen rules that can be exploited. This is not to mention the tactics outside the rules of the game that are commonly called “gamesmanship.” If everyone played the game fiercely, but with honesty and understanding, competitive play might not need as many rules. Miguel Cervantes III now teaches at Carefree Racquet Club and privately outdoors. Miguel specializes in teaching beginners, training juniors and coaching doubles. He may be reached by e-mail at understandingtennis@gmail.com. LITennisMag.com • July/August 2013 • Long Island Tennis Magazine

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USTA EASTERN LONG ISLAND REGION

USTA Honors LI he USTA Long Island Region’s 23rd Annual Awards Dinner was its biggest yet, with nearly 400 fans of local tennis coming out to support the Region’s honorees, whose achievements took place both on and off the tennis court. LI Region President Daniel Burgess presented the evening’s highest award, the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award, to Susan H. Alvy, who recently retired as manager of Rockville Racquet Club in Rockville Centre, N.Y. Rockville Racquet also joined Carefree Racquet Club of Merrick and Eastern Athletic Daniel Burgess, president of Blue Point in being honored for supUSTA Long Island, presents porting their communities in the afSusan Alvy with the Hy Zausner termath of Superstorm Sandy. Lifetime Achievement Award Al Gunther, Uniondale High School tennis coach, received the Arthur Ashe Multicultural Award, given to a tennis player who embraces diversity, serves as an ambassador for the game of tennis, exhibits unmatched sportsmanship and shares his or her love of the game. Coach Gunther has been instrumental in making sure that his tennis players are able to compete by collecting tennis racquets and restringing them at his own expense. During the 2013 boys’ season, he led his team (7-3 regular season) to the Nassau County Conference IV-B championship by beating West Hempstead 4-3 in the finals. Coach Gunther received a special presentation on behalf of the Terry Fontana, winner of the Uniondale School District from Vitas Gerulaitis for the Love of Uniondale Superintendent of Tennis Award, with Daniel Schools Dr. William Lloyd, Assistant Burgess Superintendent Myrtle Dickson and Dr. Jonathan Jefferson, Athletic Director. The Vitas Gerulaitis for the Love of Tennis Award went to Terry Fontana, who was honored for demonstrating her love of the game through volunteering, supporting tennis programs and helping grow tennis throughout Long Island. Mrs. Fontana has been a longtime fixture in the Hicksville tennis community and is the driving force behind the Hicksville Community Tennis Association (CTA). Since 1995, the Hicksville CTA has been promoting the development of tennis as a means of healthy recreation and physical fitness and creating a community resource for physical activity

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Dr. William Lloyd, Superintendent of Schools, Uniondale School District; Tennis Coach Al Gunther, recipient of the USTA LI’s Arthur Ashe Multicultural Award; Dr. Jonathan Jefferson, Uniondale Athletic Director; and Myrtle Dickson, Assistant Superintendent throughout the area. The CTA offers a wide range of programs including USTA 10-and-under lessons, Junior Team Tennis and adult programs. Lessons and events are offered throughout Hicksville at schools and local parks. Mrs. Fontana is also a longtime volunteer with the USTA Long Island Regional Board, for whom she coordinates Kids’ Rally Days and other events. The 2012 LI Rally Day was the Region’s largest ever, with several hundred children coming out for tennis lessons given by local pros and World Tennis Champ Chanda Rubin. Tennis Pro of the Year was Dory Levinter, who has been playing and teaching tennis locally since she was a teenager. A top20 ranked junior, she played number one doubles and number two singles at the University of Connecticut. She launched the first PAL tennis program on Long Island and started her professional career at the Glen Oaks Country Club, where she was an assistant director. She coached out of Freeport Indoor Tennis, where she trained both adult and juniors, ran adult leagues, coached junior team tennis and was the assistant director of summer camp. For the past Daniel Burgess, president of five years, Ms. Levinter has trained the USTA Long Island Region, presents Dory Levinter with her students out of Long Beach the Tennis Pro of the Year Tennis Center. Her specialties in- Award

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clude adult learn and plays and under 10 tennis. She is currently the director of tennis at Wee Friends Day School and Camp in Wantagh, N.Y. where she created and runs a tennis program for students ages three and up. She was USPTA Female Pro of the Year in the Long Island region and holds a specialty certification in 10 & Under Tennis. Ms. Levinter never hesitates to volunteer her time to help at USTA LI Region events, and she and her two children have been fixtures at all of the community fairs and fes-

tivals the Region has participated in during the past several years. The LI Region also made special presentations to the families of Birdie Tarulli and Blane Magee, long-time USTA league captains who passed away during the year. All photographs of award winners and attendees are now available by visiting the LI Region Web site at www.longisland.usta.com and clicking on “Photos” on the home page.

Lynbrook Women Crowned National Champions

The women’s team from Sportime Lynbrook captured the national title at the USTA League 7.0 Super Senior National Championships he women’s team from Sportime Lynbrook, representing the USTA Eastern Section and Long Island Region, captured the national title at the USTA League 7.0 Super Senior National

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Championships held at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex in Surprise, Ariz. Hard work and dedication paid off for the Lynbrook ladies, who finished in third place at Nationals last year. The Lynbrook team defeated a team from Honolulu 2-1 in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, the Lynbrook ladies defeated a team from Virginia Beach, Va. 2-1 in the semifinals. The team is captained by Cathy Caldwell and features Karen Guendjoian, Dale Conway, Nancy Johnson, Patricia Daly, Rose Staselis, Karen Rennus, Mary Cecil, Leslie Wecksler, Catherine Merrick, Diane Pellechia and Evelyn Morales. The team plays at the Sportime Lynbrook tennis facility and is coached by Tina Buschi. The USTA League celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2010. Since its inception in 1980, the USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants in its first year to over 820,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis league. Leagues are held throughout the year on Long Island. To sign up for a team near you, e-mail kathym65@aol.com.

LI Pros Teach Girl Scouts

STA Long Island pros came out to Old Bethpage Village Restoration to give lessons during the Girl Scouts of Nassau County walkathon.

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Three Long Island Teams Headed to Junior Team Tennis Section Championships he 2013 Long Island Winter Junior Team Tennis season ended with two exciting weekends of competition involving 21 teams competing in three different divisions. The divisional Point Set’s Junior Team Tennis squad pauses for championships were a photo held at Robbie Wagner Tournament Training Center in Glen Cove, N.Y. and t-shirts for all the participants were donated by the USTA Long Island Regional Board. In the semifinal round, World Gym’s 14-and-Under team, captained by Anya Konopka and Tito Perez, defeated Point Set Racquet Club’s team, captained by David Nisenson and Brett Nisenson. The Huntington Indoor Blue team captained by Marty Devito prevailed over the Eastern Athlelic Blue Point team, captained by Karen Forsythe. World Gym went on to become the Long Island 2013 Winter 14 & Under Champion while Point Set finished in first place in the 12 &

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Under Intermediate Division Round Robin. The 18 & Under Regional Championships pitted World Gym, captained by Anya Konopka, against the defending 2012 Winter Regional Champion team Hicksville Smash, World Gym’s 14-and-Under team, captained by captained by Steve Anya Konopka and Tito Perez Abbondondelo and Terry Fontana. Hicksville Smash won the deciding tie-breaker. The Eastern Sectional Championships were scheduled to take place at Central Park in Schenectady, N.Y. on June 15-16. Junior Team Tennis has been growing dramatically on Long Island, with more than 30 teams and hundreds of children competing in both the summer and winter leagues. New for 2013 is the addition of 10 & Under divisions. To learn about Junior Team Tennis on Long Island or to start or join a team, contact Junior Team Tennis Coordinator Steve Abbondondelo at steveabby@optonline.net or visit www.longisland.usta.com.

LI Region Joins Robbie’s Run

he USTA Long Island Region participated in the 8th Annual Robbie’s Run in Merrick, a 5k road race that raises money to place Automated External Defibrillators wherever children play sports.

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Mixed-doubles results The teams that advanced to Sectional Championships are:

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2.5 Women...........................Saturday, Aug. 3 at 9:00 a.m.............Aug. 9-11 3.0 Women..........................Saturday, Aug. 3 at 11:00 a.m. ..........Aug. 16-18 3.0 Men ....................................................... ..................................Aug. 16-18 3.5 Women...........................Saturday, Aug. 3 at 1:00 p.m.............Aug. 9-11 3.5 Men ....................................................... ..................................Aug. 9-11 4.0 Women .............................Friday, Aug. 2 at 7:00 p.m. ..............Aug. 9-11 4.0 Men................................Thursday, Aug. 1 at 9:00 p.m. ..........Aug. 9-11 4.5 Men & Women....................................... ..................................Aug. 23-25 5.0 Men & Women....................................... ..................................Aug. 9-11

Although none of the Long Island teams advanced to Nationals, a great time was had by all. Players from the four levels supported each other, experienced Long Island camaraderie, and they all went to dinner together. So happy to hear that players of different levels whose paths may not have crossed, came together the way they did. This is what the Adult League is about! The 2013 Summer League started in May for the men’s and women’s teams using the new USTA format of 18 & Over, 40 & Over, and 55 & Over. Playoffs and Regional & Sectional Championships are as follows as also stated on the roster you received in your packet: l For the 18 & Over League, playoffs begin the week of July 28. Divisional playoffs are still local and will still be played in the three-court format. Regional championships will be played using the five-court format going forward, two courts of singles and three courts of doubles. The dates are as follows: l For the 55 & Over League, playoffs begin the week of Aug. 19. The win-

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3.0 Women................................Sunday, Aug. 4 at 9:00 ................Aug. 24-35 3.0 Men ....................................................... ..................................Aug. 23-25 3.5 Women...........................Sunday, Aug, 4 at 11:00 a.m. ............Aug. 16-18 3.5 Men ....................................................... ..................................Aug. 16-18 4.0 Women............................Sunday, Aug. 4 at 1:00 p.m. ............Aug. 23-25 4.0 Men ..................................Friday, Aug. 2 at 9:00 p.m. ..............Aug. 23-25 4.5 Men & Women....................................... ..................................Aug. 16-18

ning Long Island teams then advance to the Sectional Championship, set for Sept. 20-22 for all the levels, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0. l All of the regional matches are played at Carefree Racquet Club and all the Sectional matches are played in Schenectady, NY. Please check the league standings on www.litennisscores.com. The USTA site does not reflect the point system so the standings are not correct on the

USTA site. Please remember that while it is nice to win your match, being fair, pleasant and displaying good sportsmanship, both on and off the court, shows so much more of your true character! Good luck to all the teams. 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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By Lisa Dodson o you love your serve? I certainly hope so because it is the most important shot in the game of tennis. It would make sense that anyone who loves the serve should love the overhead as well, but that’s not necessarily true. One thing that is certain … if you don’t love your serve, you will definitely not love your overhead. No tennis player can afford this. It’s important to understand that the serve and overhead are not the same in many ways. Yes, there are similar qualities, but there are also some major differences. Understanding the difference(s) is a critical

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step towards a successful overhead. If you attempt to hit your overhead like a serve, you will be spitting into the wind. One of the biggest problems with the overhead is in the name: “OVERhead.” Exactly what we do not want is for the ball to be over our head, we want it “FORWARD” of our head. Nor Cal Master Pro Rosie Bareis uses the word “ForwardHead,” … what a smart idea. Take a few minutes to consider the major differences between the serve and overhead. When someone advises you to hit

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your overhead just like your serve, keep these points above in mind: There are a significant amount of core similarities. The key is to be able to choose the correct combination of movements and factors off of the shopping list. Serve and Overhead A. Sideways set-up with Continental grip B. Relaxed arms and legs C. Pronation of forearm, wrist and hand for “throwing” action D. Power gained through efficient use of legs, trunk, shoulders, rotation and pronation E. Contact is forward (except for kick and topspin serve) F. Potentially a power shot This is a tremendous amount of information. Concentrate on Part I of this article and clean up the first moves in your overhead. You will find immediate improvement. Stationary vs. Movement Shot and Proper Preparation for Balance and Movement When serving, you are in complete control of the situation. You can choose your grip, toss location and stance, take your time setting up and select the exact serve that you’d like to hit. This is relatively simple.


For a typical serve: 1. Stand at a 45-degree angle to the net 2. The ball toss is forward and in front of the hitting shoulder 3. The ball travels straight up and down without spin or arc 4. Weight will shift throughout serve with the feet still (except for pinpoint) by means of the ankles, knees, hips Of course all of this changes when you are hitting an overhead because you are no longer in control of the situation. You are at the mercy of where your opponent(s) sends you. Also, you are typically beginning the overhead preparation from “ready position” instead of standing sideways to the net in service preparation. Gaining this balanced, sideways position is often a challenge for most players. Let’s get started. 1. Make sure that your ready position is balanced and “light.” A good ready position is exactly that–you are physically ready to move in any direction for any ball. Your legs are flexed, your weight is forward on the front of the feet, you are holding a Continental grip (when at the net) with hands out and tip of the racket pointing towards where the ball is coming from (see above). 2. Balance is paramount to good, safe movement. Assuming the opponent is attempting to lob over you, the first move back is the most important. From ready position combine three factors in one movement in order to move back. 3. From an accurate ready position, lift both arms straight up (forming a V), turn and push back off of the left leg (for righties, right leg for lefties) to get sideways to the net. If you combine the movements efficiently you will be balanced and on your way back to the lob that is traveling to your side of the court. This way you will get a head start on

getting back to the ball. Remember, you cannot make up for lost time. Many players drop the free hand and the racket like a typical service motion. All this does is add unnecessary upper body movement and adds several degrees of difficulty in timing. Setting the arms and hands with the turn frees you up for quick traveling to the ball (see above). 4. With the nondominant hand upstretched and the hit arm prepared simply work to keep the ball between your body and the net. At this point, only your legs are moving. The head, front arm and hit arm are still. Like the serve your best results come from contact in front. Fight to keep the ball in front of you and use the upstretched hand to help guide you into the right place. Keep moving so that the ball appears to be falling into the upstretched hand. At the same time, you have achieved proper shoulder angle (see above). 5. The most common error on the overhead is letting the ball get over the head.

This is mostly due to judging a ball that is coming towards you and that has varying height, arc, spin and trajectory. You don’t have to deal with any of these factors on the serve (even with a poor ball toss) so the degree of difficulty rises exponentially. It is best to err on the side of moving too far back until you become accustomed to judging the flight of a high, arcing ball. Stay high on your feet and keep them moving to make adjustments during the entire flight of the ball. Since your upper body is prepared you are free to move wherever you need to go. Remember the first move is always the most important on the tennis court. Your quickest and most responsive movement will come from a balanced ready position. With flexed legs and a prepared grip you will begin to hit overheads that you thought were impossible. Get your hands up and your body turned at the same time so that you can begin safe, balanced movement. Use a slide or crossover step to move back. Practical homework 1. Practice these movements and the act of moving backwards without hitting a ball to produce a quick, automatic response. 2. Record yourself on video so that you can see what you actually do compared to what you think you do. It’s important to see what you are doing. Then, you can picture the changes you need to make and measure your improvement. Have fun and look for more information in Part II in the next issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine. Lisa Dodson is owner of The Total Serve, a USPTA Pro 1, and a formerly WTA worldranked player. She may be reached by email at ldodson57@yahoo.com or visit www.thetotalserve.com.

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“The Outsider” By Jimmy Connors By Brent Shearer f you think the main job of a sports memoir is to tell the athlete’s story in his own voice, and that’s a reasonable thesis, then you have to credit Jimmy Connors’ book, The Outsider with accomplishing that. In the 416 pages of the book, the tennis fan is taken on a ride through the tumultuous postOpen era from the perspective of one of our sport’s greatest players. One oddity of the book is the way Connors, in his direct quotes, seems to call everybody “son.” Still, there are plenty of tidbits for the fan in the book. Connors discusses his struggle with OCD and his complicated relationship with his mother and grandmother. He also, very controversially, outs his former girlfriend, Chris Evert, for having had an abortion. Well, nobody ever accused Connors of being a gentleman. If I said that Connors’ voice in the book, the public man, apparently, is crass, vulgar, self-centered, one of the most narcissistic divas of his time, easily rivaling that other self-impressed champion, Martina Navratilova, whose self-concern makes Beyonce seem like Mother Theresa, there would be no sense arguing about it. Connors admits as much and has no problem with it. In one passage, he says he didn’t get the memo about not grabbing his crotch during matches. Okay … I guess? This is the world of sports, and when you deliver the goods, eight Grand Slam singles titles, it proves what Connors says his grandmother told him, “You can get away with anything if you win.”

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Reading The Outsider is like listening to the Nixon tapes in that the principal is paranoid, obsessed, has a narrow view of the world and an extreme us-versusthem mentality, though the former president never had a run like Connors did at the 1991 U.S. Open. From Connors’ perspective, all of this vitriol is justified by his back-story about being a battler from the wrong side of tracks, first from East St. Louis, Ill., then Belleville, Ill. The East St. Louis part of the myth is important because it really is a poor town. Belleville, while no Beverly Hills, isn’t. Connors takes care to point out that the tennis court in the backyard of his family’s house in Belleville was homemade. He also mentions that it was only put in so his mother could give lessons to supplement the family’s income. There is a picture of the teenage Connors playing on that court. The center line and the service line look faint. Apparently, that just motivated Connors to beat all the rich kids whose backyard courts had lines on them that stood out. If you remember or have studied the arcana of men’s pro tennis in the 1970s and 1980s, Connors’ take on the personalities of his era will be engaging. Who knew that Jimmy Arias acted badly in the overall debacle that was the 1984 U.S.-Sweden Davis Cup tie? And, again, Connors stays in his public character, or caricature, as he takes swipes at nearly everybody who crossed his path. There’s no making nice with John McEnroe. Brad Gilbert gets a beat down from the author (it isn’t clear who wrote The Outsider, as David Hirshey is credited as the editor), tennis executive Ray Benton and former ATP tour umpire Jeremy Shales all are dissed. Andre Agassi takes a nasty drubbing as well.


Agassi can defend himself, but I have to object to the portrait of British umpire Jeremy Shales. The ATP hired Shales to try to control Connors and McEnroe in the 1980s. When he did his job, in part by defaulting Connors at the Miami event in 1986, the tour fired him. The tennis personality who must be a saint to have escaped the wrath of Connors is Andy Roddick, whom he coached for over a year. Illie Nastase and Vitas Gerulaitis also don’t get any criticism, but you can understand why they escaped being placed on Connors’ enemies list.

What we get in The Outsider is the public record of Connors, the public man. If you are a Connors fan, you’ll enjoy the book. Jimmy Connors’ antics and performances touched a lot of people in a positive way. He won 10 Grand Slams counting doubles. He is the only man to win the U.S. Open on all three surfaces. Let’s not forget what Arthur Ashe was quoted as saying when somebody asked him if Connors was an expletive? Ashe supposedly said, “Yes, but he’s our expletive.” Connors invented his “outsider” ethos, and he certainly hasn’t wavered in living

up to it. You have to give credit where credit is due. If all of those Caesars Palace “winner take all” matches weren’t really “winner take all,” screw the newspapers who made a fuss about it. The portrait of the champion that emerges from The Outsider isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. Still, you have to admire, with reservations, the lion in winter who is still snarling after all his hip replacements. The Outsider is well worth reading if you are a Jimmy Connors fan. They cannot take that away from you, son.

“Salomon’s Tennis Wisdom: A Practical Guide to Better Tennis” By Salomon Levy Bromet ong Island tennis coach Salomon Levy Bromet’s guide to playing tennis is a well-designed booklet that uses a series of visual analogies to guide players to better performance. With clear images and pithy text, Salomon compares each shot to activities in other areas. For example, the volley is compared to catching butterflies with the

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racquet as the net. The kick serve is likened to hitting the ball up and over a wall. Salomon has given players a well-designed work that can be absorbed without reading a great deal of text. The visuals do the job, leaving more time for on-court practice. Salomon’s instructional guide will fill the gap on tennis players’ bookshelves and will fit into racquet bags much more easily than

weightier tomes on the game. There is no arguing with Levy when he says, “What you visualize, you can realize.” To order this book you can contact Salomon directly at zenmaster18@hotmail.com or you can find it on iTunes. Brent Shearer may be reached by e-mail at bbshearer@gmail.com.

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Commack Boys Tennis Hit for Autism By Alexis Merced

he Commack High School Boys High School Tennis team and the Nassau/Suffolk Services for Autism (NSSA) recently teamed up to host their second annual tennis event at Commack High School to raise awareness for autism. “I tell the guys that winning is one thing, but to be a true winning program you need to give back to the community and we do many events to give back,” said Shane Helfner, coach of the Commack Boys and Girls Tennis teams. “This is definitely our biggest event and all the money we raise from our raffles we give to NSSA which is right here in Commack so we’re just really giving back to the community in that way.” Members of the Commack Boys Tennis team partnered with teachers to play against other teams in a tournament and the students who didn’t participate came to watch their teachers play. “The best part is the teachers leave their

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element,” said Helfner. “Everyone is used to seeing them in the classroom, but some of them have never played and some of them may not be that good, but its all for fun and kids love coming out to see their teachers try to play.”

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Reigning champions, Commack High School Guidance Counselor Jackie Clark and student Cory Seltman, were extremely enthusiastic about this year’s turnout. “It’s an amazing opportunity for me to come out and hit with my students and other staff members,” said Clark, who is also president of the USTA Eastern Metro Region. “It’s fun,” said Seltman. “It’s nothing serious. It’s nice to just go out there and play against everybody with all the teachers we’ve had and see them embarrass themselves. It’s very enjoyable to play and it’s for a great cause too.” The raffle at the event included various prizes such as Mets tickets, packages at Sportime, Grand Slam Tennis in Commack and U.S. Sports Camps, among other things, and the event raised $1,360 for the NSSA. First place in this year’s tournament went again to Seltman and Clark, second went to Connor Wright & Physical Education Teacher Joseph Pugh, third place went to Jason Gerber & Science Teacher Debbi


INITIATIVES Berke, and fourth place went to Mike Frank & Business Teacher Carol Duckfield. Coach Helfner was pleased with how the event brings the community together. “It’s a great way to connect to the school, the tennis program and the community,” said Helfner. Alexis Merced is a sophomore at Binghamton University and is majoring in English Rhetoric and Nursing.

First Annual Ace It for Syd Tennis Tournament Held to Honor Memory of Sydne Jacoby ore than 130 tennis players and countless volunteers came together on June 9 at Oceanside High School to participate in the First Annual Ace It for Syd Tennis Tournament, an event held to honor Sydne Jacoby. Dean and Nadine Jacoby, along with their son Josh, were

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Mixed-Doubles winners Kirby Reiss & Greg Kreyman

Scott Chesney & Jenn Mattes with their MixedDoubles trophy

the gracious hosts of this tournament. They created this opportunity to celebrate the life of their daughter Sydne Jacoby (and Josh’s sister) and they were overwhelmed by the response of their family and friends. Tennis, music, apparel, food and raffles were all brought together to

create a wonderful day and a beautiful way to remember Sydne. The tournament was organized in a round-robin fashion, with four different categories: At 9:00 a.m. the Women’s Dou-

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LITM’s Charitable Initiatives continued from page 51 bles event took place, at 11:00 a.m. the Mixed-Doubles, 1:00 p.m. the Men’s Doubles, and at 4:00 p.m., it was time for recreational matches. The tournament officially kicked off when the Women’s Doubles teams jumped onto the 10 beautiful tennis courts at Oceanside High School and began to compete. Teams played a fivegame set (no-ad) and rotated to face off against five teams over the course of the next two hours. The category finished off with a playoff that resulted in announcing the winning team of Kara Parker & Cindi Gomez, and the finalist team of Nancy Wisniewski & her daughter, Kaitlyn. The sun continued to shine strong, and the Mixed-Doubles games began. Competition for the playoff spots was again fun and fierce, and two hours later, the top two teams emerged (Jenn Mattes & Scott Chesney and Kirby Reiss & Greg Kreyman), but they were forced to hold

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off on their playoff match as Chesney & Kreyman were also competing in the Men’s Doubles category. When the teams later met for their playoff match, the victory was earned by Reiss & Kreyman. Men’s Doubles players were divided into two groups. Robert Kiley & Marshall Green were the winners of the Men’s B group, after winning in a playoff against Israr Khan & Mike Sleszynski. The Men’s A Category provided the fiercest competition of the day, pitting Scott Chesney & Alex Rubin against David Dikman & Keith Mattes. In a nailbiting tie-breaker, Dikman & Mattes edged out a victory over Chesney & Rubin. Tournament matches concluded with the 4:00 p.m. recreational category. Lighthearted and full of laughs, many of Sydne’s friends came out to play in this category. Endurance in the recreational

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Alex Rubin, Scott Chesney, Dean & Nadine Jacoby, David Dikman and Keith Mattes pause for a photo

category earned trophies for the Men’s and Women’s teams who stayed on the court the longest. Trophies were awarded to Jordan Benson, Jeremy Moglen, Sami Bloecker and Dani Bloeker. To learn more about the Sydne Jacoby Foundation and to make a donation, visit www.sydnejacoby.com.


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was humble and self-deprecating. He never took himself too seriously. Dr. Sigmund Freud wrote that mental health involves four mature defenses, including sublimation, asceticism, altruism and humor. Humor is the ability to laugh at yourself and at life. Nick has that knack and this is one reason his students love him so. So now I have to say that there are five traits of the philosopher coach which includes:

I listened to all of the panelists that day. They were all very knowledgeable and smart, but none had the warmth or charm of Nick Bollettieri and none were as much fun as him. A little fun can take you a very long way.

1. Knowing how to teach the sport you coach; 2. Knowing how to discipline the player; 3. Knowing how to support the player;

For consultations, treatment or on-site visits, contact Dr. Tom Ferraro Ph.D., sport psychologist, by phone at (516) 248-7189, e-mail drtferraro@aol.com or visit www.drtomferraro.com.

This spring, I had a chance to sit on a panel with perhaps the greatest tennis coach alive, Nick Bollettieri, at the First Annual New York Tennis Expo. Nick has coached Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, Boris Becker and Anna Kournikova, to name just a few. As I watched him patiently pose for photo after photo and as I listened to him, I began to realize that I had left out two traits when I last did my research on coaching greats. First, Nick has a great respect for the player’s individual style and does not tinker with it too much. Compare the styles of Agassi, Seles, Becker and Kournikova and you see four very different styles of play. Bollettieri repeatedly said he “keeps it simple,” “does not tinker too much,” and “gets in and gets out.” The second trait I noticed in this philosopher coach is how kind, warm and funny he was. He LITennisMag.com • July/August 2013 • Long Island Tennis Magazine

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2013 Long Island Championship 2013 Long Island Champion Half Hollow Hills East

Long Island Championship Match Half Hollow Hills East 4— Cold Spring Harbor 3

2013 Nassau County Boys High School Team & Individual Results Conference I Nassau County Champion Cold Spring Harbor

Finals Cold Spring Harbor 4—Syosset 3

Finals Manhasset 6—Valley Stream Central 1

Conference I-A Final Records Cold Spring Harbor.............................12-0 Syosset...............................................10-2 Port Washington ...................................8-4 Great Neck South .................................4-8 Great Neck North..................................4-8 Jericho ..................................................4-8 North Shore ........................................0-12

Conference II Final Records Manhasset ..........................................13-1 Valley Stream Central .........................10-3 Garden City...........................................7-7 Herricks ................................................7-7 Lynbrook...............................................6-8 Massapequa .........................................5-9 Bellmore JFK ......................................4-10 South Side ..........................................3-11

Conference I-B Final Records Friends Academy................................11-1 Roslyn.................................................10-2 Hewlett..................................................9-3 Plainview JFK .......................................5-7 Wheatley...............................................5-7 Oceanside...........................................2-10 Long Beach ........................................0-12 Conference II Champion...............................Manhasset

Playoffs Syosset 5—Port Washington 2 Roslyn 5—Hewlett 2

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Conference III Champion ..................................Wantagh Playoffs Glen Cove 4–Hicksville 3 Mepham 4–Farmingdale 3 Semifinals Wantagh 5–Glen Cove 2 Locust Valley 6–Mepham 1 Finals Wantagh 4–Locust Valley 3 Conference III-A Final Records Locust Valley.......................................11-1 Hicksville...............................................9-3 Glen Cove.............................................8-4 Oyster Bay ............................................7-5 East Meadow......................................2-10 Carle Place .........................................1-11 Clarke .................................................0-10 Conference III-B Final Records Wantagh..............................................10-1 Mepham................................................9-3 Farmingdale..........................................7-5 Calhoun ................................................6-6 Sewanhaka/Carey.................................6-6 Valley Stream South .............................3-8 New Hyde Park...................................0-12


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Conference IV-A Champion ...............................MacArthur Playoffs Semifinals MacArthur 6–Baldwin 1 Bethpage 6–Freeport 1 Finals MacArthur 5–Bethpage 2 Conference IV-B Champion ................................Uniondale

Plainedge..............................................3-9 Valley Stream North ..............................3-9 Lawrence ............................................1-11 Conference III-B Final Records West Hempstead ................................10-0 Uniondale..............................................7-3 Levittown Division.................................6-4 Malverne/East Rockaway .....................3-7 Hempstead ...........................................2-8 Roosevelt..............................................0-6

2013 Suffolk County Boys High School Team & Individual Results

IV-B Playoffs Semifinals Uniondale 5–Levittown Division 2 West Hempstead 5–Malverne 0 Finals Uniondale 4–West Hempstead 3 Conference IV-A Final Records MacArthur...........................................11-1 Bethpage ............................................11-1 Freeport ................................................7-5 Baldwin.................................................6-6

League I Half Hollow Hills East .........................16-0 Half Hollow Hills West........................ 13-2 Walt Whitman .......................................8-8 Commack ...........................................11-5 Harborfields ........................................5-11 Smithtown East ..................................4-10

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League V Ward Melville ..................................... 13-1 Bayport-Blue Point ............................ 12-4 Patchogue-Medford ...........................10-7 Sachem East........................................ 5-8 Miller Place ...........................................4-9 Mt. Sinai..............................................2-11 League VI Stony Brook........................................10-2 Comsewogue......................................10-2 Sachem North...................................... 5-7 Middle Country .....................................3-7 Port Jefferson .......................................3-9 Bellport ...............................................1-11 League VII Westhampton .....................................13-4 Ross....................................................11-3 East Hampton/BH/Pier .........................8-6 William Floyd ..................................... 11-6 Eastport/South Manor ......................... 6-8 Shoreham/Wading River.....................2-10 Southampton......................................0-14 League VIII Mattituck.............................................12-1 Longwood...........................................10-4

Hampton Bays......................................8-5 Rocky Point ..........................................7-6 Southold/Greenpoint ........................... 4-8 Center Moriches .................................1-11 Riverhead............................................1-11

All-County Honors (Quarterfinalists) Dylan Appel...........................Locust Valley Jared Halstrom ............................Bellmore Dan Shleimerich ............................Syosset Jack Vissicchio ..............Friends Academy

Nassau County Boys Tennis Tournament (May 12 & May 18)

Doubles Tournament All New York State & All-County Honors Champions Jonathan Paris & Connor Mullins— Cold Spring Harbor Runner-up Addison Berniker & Henry Tell—Syosset

Top three finishers represent Nassau County at the 2013 NYSPHSAA Boys Tennis State Championships Singles Tournament All New York State & All-County Honors Champion Vihar Shah—Herricks Runner-up Conor Dauer—Cold Spring Harbor Third Place Doug Notaris—Wantagh Fourth Place Ben Rosen—Port Washington

Third Place Yuval Solomon & Josh Young—Plainview Fourth Place Brett Edelblum & Alec Goldberg—Roslyn All-County Honors (Quarterfinalists) AJ Arena & Nick Stamatos—Syosset Athell Bennett & Jordan Bennett— Valley Stream Central Dan Lee & Chraig Doshi—Port Washington Ben Zaslav & Jace Koretz—Oceanside

2013 NYSPHSAA Boys High School Tennis State Championships (May 30-June 1) Doubles Fourth Place Public Connor Mullins & JP Paris (Cold Spring Harbor) Section VIII Sportsmanship Award Vihar Shah (Herricks) 56

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Top Seeds Cruise at Nassau County Finals By Gary Simeone ooking for his first Nassau County Championship, top-seeded Vihar Shah of Herricks High School was up 6-2, 4-1 against Cold Spring Harbor’s Conor Dauer, the second seed, at the 2013 Nassau County boy’s tennis finals at Oceanside High School when his nerves took over. Dauer was able to break Shah to get within 2-4 and put some pressure on him. “I started to get nervous when I lost the break,” said the 6’5” Shah. “I changed my strategy a little, using more slice and mixing my shots up a bit. I told myself to just take it one point at a time.” Shah went even as far as to change his racquet, switching to his old Federer frame to try and regain his composure. His strategy worked, as he was able to break Dauer the next game and then serve out the match, winning his first ever Nassau County title, 6-2, 6-3. “I worked really hard these past four years trying to get to this point. My goal this year was to win Counties and make a deep run when I get to States,” said Shah.

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JP Paris & Conor Mullins from Cold Spring Harbor, 2013 Nassau County Boys Doubles champs

Neither Shah nor Dauer faced much resistance in setting up their finals showdown. In the semifinals, Shah defeated Wantagh’s Doug Notaris 6-2, 6-0, while Dauer defeated Port Washington’s Ben Rosen, 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the finals. In the doubles finals, the top-seeded team of JP Paris & Conor Mullins from Cold Spring Harbor left no doubt as to whom the

best team was as they didn’t drop a game in defeating Syosset’s Henry Tell & Addison Berniker 6-0, 6-0. “We started strong and never let up,” said Mullins. “We told each other we were not going to ease up on them throughout the entire match.” Paris added, “I made sure to try and get my first serve in and stay positive the whole

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SEASON RECAP Half Hollow Hills East Dominates at Suffolk County Individual Championships he Suffolk County Individual Championships were held at Smithtown East High School, and the day belonged to Half Hollow Hills East, as a record seven of their players qualified for the State Championships. Leading the way for Hills East were Singles Champion Zain Ali and Doubles Champions Kyle Alper & Jeff Cherkin. In singles play, Ali came in as the top seed, but he had a “monkey on his back” as he had never advanced past the semifinals in his previous trips to the Counties. After a few near misses, Ali, now a junior, didn’t want to let this opportunity pass him by. Looking to take the next step this year, Ali was focused and it showed. In the semifinals, he

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Runner-up Conor Dauer of Cold Spring Harbor and 2013 Nassau County Champion Vihar Shah of Herricks High School match, I thought we both played well at net and kept the pressure on them which was our game plan.” In the consolation matches, Notaris defeated Rosen in three sets, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, and in doubles, Plainview-JFK’s Josh Young & Yuval Solomon defeated Roslyn’s Brett Edelblum & Alec Goldberg 6-1, 6-1. The top three finishers in both singles and doubles advanced to the New York State Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

faced Cooper Lacetera of Westhampton and won in straight sets 6-2, 7-5. That moved him in to the finals and a showdown with second-seeded Brandon Stone of Whitman, who defeated Sayville’s Tyler Hoffman in the semis. In the finals, Ali played well from start to finish, never dropping his serve and defeated Stone 6-3. 6-2. Ali, Stone and Hoffman all earned bids to the 2013 New York State Individual Boys High School Tennis Championships as Hoffman defeated Lacetera 6-3, 6-1 to get third place. The doubles draw saw a clean sweep for Hills East, including an all-Hills East final. Alper & Cherkin left no doubt as to whom the Suffolk Doubles Champions are, as they defeated teammates Travis Leaf & Ross Reiffman in impressive fashion, 6-1, 6-0. The four Hills East finalists, along with teammates Roger Chang and Michael Leffler who finished third earned the right to compete at the State Championships.

Cold Spring Harbor Wins Sixth Straight Nassau County Boys Title

Cold Spring Harbor capped off a perfect 14-0 season an won its sixth consecutive Nassau County Championship in 2013 he six-peat is complete! The Cold Spring Harbor’s (CSH) boys tennis team won an astounding sixth consecutive Nassau County Championship, defeating Syosset for the Nassau County Champi-

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Cold Spring Harbor team members discuss strategy during the Nassau County Championship onship at Garden City High School. They ended the season 14-0 and now await the winner of the Suffolk County Championship. As was the case in both of their regular season meetings with Syosset, CSH won 4-3. The strength of the team is at the top, as they swept the singles matches. Conor Dauer led the way at first singles with a 62, 6-0 win over Syosset’s Henry Tell. After the match, Dauer said, “I knew coming in that he was a good player and this would not be an easy match.� CSH later sealed the win and Nassau

title with a win at first doubles. Speaking on their sixth straight Nassau title, first singles player Conor Dauer said, “I’ve had my eyes on six since July of last summer. It’s been an honor to be the captain of this team and help us win a Nassau title following in my brothers footsteps.� Second singles player Connor Mullins, who won his match in straight sets, added, “It’s been a great run and shows that throughout the streak our teams have had great heart.�

Half Hollow Hills East Takes 2013 LI Championship he long awaited match-up between Nassau County Champion Cold Spring Harbor and Suffolk County Champion Half Hollow Hills East did not disappoint as the teams finally took the court at Cold Spring Harbor High School. Those who attended the Long Island High School Championship were treated to high level tennis played

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2013 Long Island Champs Half Hollow Hills East celebrate winning the 2013 Long Island Championship with intensity on both sides. Both teams came into this battle undefeated on the season, but on this day, one would not leave with their undefeated record intact. Cold Spring Harbor also came in as the five-time defending Long Island Champions and had defeated Hills East in the prior three LI finals so the stakes were high as this year’s match unfolded. Hills East took an early 2-0 overall lead, winning second doubles when the pair of Roger Cheng & Michael Leffler were victorious in straight sets and also third doubles when Grant Rosenberg & Alec

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Half Hollow Hills East celebrates the clinching point securing the 2013 LI Championship Tuckey won in straight sets. Tuckey and Rosenberg were paired together for the first time this season. “It was an exciting match,” said Tuckey. “The difference between singles and doubles is the teamwork needed. We [Rosenberg and Tuckey] practiced together leading up to the match and it was a lot of fun teaming up.”

Cold Spring Harbor evened the match-up at two with wins at fourth doubles and third singles as JP Paris defeated Jeff Cherkin in straight sets. The stage was now set for a down-to-the-wire finish. With the overall score tied at 2-2, three matches would determine the final outcome. Things were looking good for CSH, but the tide turned when second singles player Conor Mullins started cramping right before his second set tie-breaker. Mullins had taken the first set from Hills East’s Kyle Alper, but was unable to move once the cramping began and had to go for winners on almost every ball. Alper, who played well throughout the match, played smart and took advantage of Mullins’ lack of mobility. Alper won the crucial tie-breaker and then proceeded to further wear down Mullins in the third set for a 3-6, 7-6, 6-0 win. After the match, Alper was very appreciative of his win and his opponent. “The first two sets were very competitive,” said Alper. “I played hard and caught a few breaks to get through the tie-breaker. My opponent is a great competitor. I am happy to get through this match with a win.” With Hills East now leading 3-2, one more win would give them their elusive Long Island

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Championship. Suffolk County Singles Champion Zain Ali and Nassau County Runner-Up Conor Dauer were in a third set, but Dauer had started to take control. That meant the match would come down to first Doubles. Hills East’s Travis Leaf & Ross Reiffman against CSH’s Nick Stamatos & Sean Mullins. In the third set, with the pressure building and the attention shifting their way, some kids would wilt under that kind of heat, but Leaf & Reiffman seemed to relish the situation. At 33 in the final set, they broke Stamatos & Mullins and proceeded to hold serve to put themselves one game away. They then broke Mullins’ serve to close out the win as the team rushed the court in celebration pouring water buckets on the doubles pair who had sealed the victory for HHH East. After the win, Leaf said, “This feels great. I’m very happy we were able to support our team by winning the deciding match.” With the overall win already in hand, attention shifted back to the marquee match of the day as the top singles players finished up. Dauer was able to bounce back from dropping the first set and won in three sets. The match was played at a very high level, as both players left it out on the court. Dauer is a senior, but graduates with three Long Island Championships to his name and is off to William & Mary in the fall. Asked about the final match of his high school career, Dauer said, “This was very emotional. I give 100 percent every time I step on the court. I’ve had an amazing career here at CSH. Spending four years on this team was an awesome opportunity.” The future of the LI Championship match is up in the air. On this day, the story is what it should be, both sides playing a great match and an entertaining one. Hills East ends the season 20-0 and today, can call themselves 2013 Long Island Champions. Hills East Coach Tom Depelteau suffered a minor stroke just days before the finals match. He did not coach the team at the championship match, but reports are that he is doing very well.


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St. Anthony’s Crowned 2013 CHSAA Boys Tennis Champs he St. Anthony’s Friars captured their second Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Boys Tennis Title in three years at Hofstra with a 6-1 win over the Chaminade Flyers. With the win, the Friars won their seventh CHSAA Boys Tennis Championship. In first singles, it was John Peter D’Alessandro a 6-0, 6-3 winner for the Friars over Cameron Posillico to give St. Anthony’s the early 1-0 lead. In second singles, it was Brian J. Hoffarth scoring another St. Anthony’s win with a straight-set 6-0, 6-0 victory over the Flyers’ Richard Spinelli. The Friars took a commanding 3-0 lead as Pat Farrell defeated Robert Sangirardi, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, in third singles. Matt Pavese defeated Vinny Sciortino, 6-4, 6-2, at fourth singles to put the Friars in the drivers seat. Chris Granito & Robby Falvo for St. Anthony’s defeated David Gage & Maks Jakobsze, 6-1, 6-4 at first doubles. Griffin Claude Rovira & J.J. Kelly defeated Steven Cortese & Daniel McCabe of Chaminade, 62, 6-0 at second doubles. In third doubles, Chaminade scored their lone victory of the day as Jack Moriarty & Brendan Harney of the Flyers defeated Brandon O’Brien & Neal Impellizeri of St. Anthony’s 6-1, 6-3.

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turn as a senior in hopes Boys Tennis Champiof taking the next step. onships came to a close In the doubles draw, on June 1. In a battle of Maxwell Smith & Lucas Westchester’s top seeds Pickering from Beacon Shawn Hadavi of Dobbs High School in NYC Ferry won the Singles found themselves in the State Championship dematch to determine the feating Taiyo Hamanaka New York State Doubles of Eastchester 6-4, 7-5 champions once again, in a close match. On his having been in the final in way to the champi2012 as well. Unfortuonship, Hadavi displaced nately they once again Brandon Stone of Walt couldn’t take that final Whitman in the first step and fell in straight round, Conor Dauer of Cold Spring Harbor in Kyle Alper of Half Hollow Hills East goes sets to Matt & Colin the quarterfinals and for an overhead winner during the 2013 Nardella from Christian Brothers Academy, 6-4, Justin Fields, PSAL NYS Boys Championship Champion of Beacon High School in the 6-4. On the way to the final, Pickering & semifinals. Fields defeated Tyler Hoffman of Smith had to overcome the Half Hollow Sayville in the second round before having to Hills East team of Michael Leffler & Roger face his Beacon teammate, Artemie Amari in Chang in the second round and Yuval the quarterfinals. Doug Notaris of Wantagh Solomon & Josh Young of Plainview-Old made the second round of the tournament Bethpage in the quarterfinals. The Nardella after an impressive, straight set victory in the Brothers took out another New York City first round over Michael Perry of Seton team of Marcus Smith & Matt Balilo of CarCatholic, losing only one game in the match. dozo in the quarterfinals. The match for fourth place saw the NasNotaris was defeated by the tournaments fifth seed Matt Gamble of Webster Schroeder. Jon sau County Champions Conor Mullins & Selegean of Forest Hills faced Vihar Shah in Jonathan Paris of Cold Spring Harbor facing the Suffolk County Champions from the first round, losing 2-6, 3-6. One of the quarterfinal matches was a Half Hollow Hills East, Jeff Cherkin & Kyle showdown between two Long Islanders, the Alper. Cherkin & Alper had already disNassau and Suffolk County champions, Vihar missed the second-seeded Nassau team Shah of Herricks and Zain Ali of Half Hollow of Addison Berniker & Henry Tell of Syosset Hills East, both of whom won their respective in the first round. It was a hard fought county Sportsmanship Awards as well. After a match with great influence from the crowd, hard fought first set that Ali won 7-5, he took as both teams schools had a strong prescontrol in the second set winning that one 6- ence at the tournament. Mullins & Paris 0. In his semifinal match, Ali had trouble hold- were able to pull out the match with a 6-3, ing his serve and was forced to try and 6-2 victory to secure fourth place and a dominate from the baseline with overpower- spot on the All-State team. Brooklyn Tech’s ing ground strokes. That proved to be too tall Cole Gittens & William Trang came up short a task though as he had trouble staying con- against the eventual third place finishers sistent against Hamanaka and fell in straight Dylan Brittis-Tannenbaum & Nick Simon of sets. Ali finished third in the tournament earn- Fox Lane in the second round, taking them ing him All-State Honors. Next year, he will re- to three sets, 4-6, 7-5, 3-6. LITennisMag.com • July/August 2013 • Long Island Tennis Magazine

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Nearly 400 Turn Out to Honor Suffolk Boys Tennis Suffolk County Tennis Coaches Association President Shane Helfner, Vice President Joe Arias and Treasurer Erika Nichols at the Suffolk County Varsity Boys Tennis Awards Dinner n May 29, a record crowd turned out for the Suffolk County Varsity Boys Tennis Awards Dinner at Villa Lombardi in Holbrook, N.Y. With more than 375 attendees, including players, coaches and family members, the Suffolk County Junior Tennis League (SCJTL), founded and led by Joe Arias, put on a great event. With Jimmy Delevante, SCJTL Awards Committee Representative emceeing the event, more than 250 awards were given out, including All-League, County and State honors, Sportsmanship awards, and Coach of the Year. All players who took part in the Play for

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Three LI Teams Earn Spots at Junior Team Tennis Section Championships he 2013 Long Island Winter Junior Team Tennis season ended with two exciting weekends of competition involving 21 teams competing in three different divisions at the Robbie Wagner Tournament Training Center in Glen Cove, N.Y. Tshirts were generously donated by the Long Island USTA Regional Board. Point Set Racquet Club’s 14 & Under Intermediate team, captained by David Nisenson & Brett Nisenson, lost to the World Gym 14 & Under team, captained by Anya Konopka & Tito Perez in the semifinal round. The Huntington Indoor Blue team, captained by Marty DeVito, prevailed over the Eastern Athletic Blue Point team, captained by Karen Forsythe. Congratulations

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LONG Boys & Girls Long Island Rankings (as of 06/03/13)

BOYS Long Island Boys 12 Singles Rank..Name ................................City 1 ........Tommy George Srisuro ....Garden City, N.Y. 2 ........Alexander Roti ..................Locust Valley, N.Y. 3 ........Louie Kotler........................Roslyn, N.Y. 4 ........Luke Karniewich ................Glen Head, N.Y. 5 ........Sohrob Yavari ....................Syosset, N.Y. 6 ........Kian Louis Ghazvini ..........Glen Head, N.Y. 7 ........Justin Benjamin Oresky ....Syosset, N.Y. 8 ........Maxwell Moadel ................Brookville, N.Y. 9 ........Timothy Lewis Chiu ..........Holtsville, N.Y. 10 ......Alexander Karman ............Port Washington, N.Y. 11 ......Bradford J. Lin ..................Great Neck, N.Y. 12 ......Christopher Grisham ........Huntington, N.Y. 13 ......Robert Steven Bellino ......Huntington, N.Y. 14 ......William Sepanski ..............Huntington, N.Y. 15 ......Sol Yoon ............................Commack, N.Y. 16 ......Michael Wexler ..................Old Westbury, N.Y. 17 ......Aman Sharma....................Glen Head, N.Y. 18 ......Lazar Ivan Markovic ..........Lattingtown, N.Y. 19 ......Arin Siriamonthep..............Greenvale, N.Y. 20 ......Arjun Sharma ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 21 ......Rohan Gaddam Reddy ....Glen Head, N.Y. 22 ......Amani Siddiqui ..................West Babylon, N.Y. 23 ......Abhinav Raj Srivastava ....Melville, N.Y. 24 ......Jared M. Phillips ................Plainview, N.Y. 25 ......Justin McMackin ..............North Baldwin, N.Y. 26 ......Mark Ryan..........................Valley Stream, N.Y. 27 ......Ethan Ertel..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 28 ......Valentine Le Goupil-Maier..Oceanside, N.Y. 29 ......Logan Paik Chang ............Old Westbury, N.Y. 30 ......Richard James Kelly..........Manhasset, N.Y. 31 ......Jared Lake ........................Hewlett, N.Y. 32 ......Michael Hayden Singer ....Greenlawn, N.Y. 33 ......Alexander Ham..................Manhasset, N.Y. 34 ......Michael Weitz ....................Roslyn, N.Y. 35 ......Adrian Chen ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 36 ......Jack Flores ........................Huntington, N.Y. 37 ......Yoel Andre Yamus ............Deer Park, N.Y. 38 ......Brandon Zhu......................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 39 ......Alexander Aronow ............Syosset, N.Y. 40 ......Rehan Melwani..................Glen Cove, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 14 Singles Rank..Name ................................City 1 ........Serge Ushkevich-Zezulin ..Sands Point, N.Y. 2 ........Connor Leaf ......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 3 ........Joonho Ko..........................Huntington, N.Y. 4 ........Jay Burkett ........................Syosset, N.Y. 5 ........Alexander Roti ..................Locust Valley, N.Y. 6 ........Justin Ullman ....................Huntington Station, N.Y. 7 ........Simar Sawhney..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 8 ........Peter Yu..............................Smithtown, N.Y. 9 ........Curran Varma ....................Manhasset, N.Y. 10 ......Matthew Terlovsky ............Merrick, N.Y. 11 ......Jack Cameron Goldman ..Old Westbury, N.Y. 12 ......Tyler London ......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 13 ......Sangjin, Song ....................Rosyln Heights, N.Y. 14 ......Itan Mitchell Capell............Woodbury, N.Y. 15 ......Matthew Lee Catton..........Woodbury, N.Y. 16 ......Zachary Ian Khazzam........Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 17 ......Adam Bradley Wilck..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 18 ......Evan Kirsh..........................Roslyn, N.Y. 19 ......Matthew T. Roberts ..........Setauket, N.Y.

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20 ......Carl Grant ..........................Water Mill, N.Y. 21 ......Daniel Meinster..................South Setauket, N.Y. 22 ......Tyler Neirman ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 23 ......Leonard Lazar Koblence ..Jericho, N.Y. 24 ......Ian Bank ............................Old Westbury, N.Y. 25 ......Spencer Lowitt ..................Syosset, N.Y. 26 ......Jake Spencer ....................Sands Point, N.Y. 27 ......Robert Sangirardi ..............Lynbrook, N.Y. 28 ......Maxwell Moadel ................Brookville, N.Y. 29 ......Daniel Hyunjae Chang ......Manhasset, N.Y. 30 ......Christopher Kokkinos........Manhasset, N.Y. 31 ......Matthew Kolkhorst ............Sea Cliff, N.Y. 32 ......Marco Ammirati ................Halesite, N.Y. 33 ......David Ammendola ............Massapequa, N.Y. 34 ......Saiteja Damineni................Albertson, N.Y. 35 ......Jeffrey M. McDonnell ........Glen Cove, N.Y. 36 ......Christian Esposito ............Port Washington, N.Y. 37 ......Lynus Arevalo Fortaleza....North Babylon, N.Y. 38 ......George Kaslow ..................Port Washington, N.Y. 39 ......Matthew Franklin Porges..Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 40 ......Evan Lander ......................Old Bethpage, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 16 Singles Rank..Name ................................City 1 ........Harris Durkovic ..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 2 ........Nick John Stamatos..........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 3 ........Kenneth Edward Fox ........Smithtown, N.Y. 4 ........Matthew Bahar ..................Woodbury, N.Y. 5 ........Nicholas Troiano ................Oakdale, N.Y. 6 ........George Carmi ....................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 7 ........Kenneth Francis Chiu........Holtsville, N.Y. 8 ........Faran Nazir ........................Deer Park, N.Y. 9 ........Cory Seltman ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 10 ......Jake Sandler......................Lynbrook, N.Y. 11 ......Simar Deep Sawhney ......New Hyde Park, N.Y. 12 ......Florimond Le Goupil-Maier Oceanside, N.Y. 13 ......Arnav Raj Srivastava ........Melville, N.Y. 14 ......Joonho Ko..........................Huntington, N.Y. 15 ......Evan Nierman ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 16 ......Jason Gerber ....................Commack, N.Y. 17 ......Jordan Diamond................Mount Sinai, N.Y. 18 ......Vincent Tozzi ......................North Babylon, N.Y. 19 ......Jay Burkett ........................Syosset, N.Y. 20 ......George Robert Muller........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 21 ......Patrick Sean Lombardi......Halesite, N.Y. 22 ......Mitchell Reid Berger..........Lake Grove, N.Y. 23 ......Ankur Kejriwal....................Hewlett, N.Y. 24 ......Evan Lowitt ........................Syosset, N.Y. 25 ......Kevin Alec Kowalsky ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 26 ......Evan Kober ........................Wantaugh, N.Y. 27 ......Cole Laffitte........................East Setauket, N.Y. 28 ......Eric Ravens........................Merrick, N.Y. 29 ......Jack Aaron Briamonte ......Great Neck, N.Y. 30 ......Jake Parker Cohen............Oceanside, N.Y. 31 ......Connor Dove......................Baldwin, N.Y. 32 ......Jack Ian Lindenman..........Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 33 ......Spencer Lowitt ..................Syosset, N.Y. 34 ......Zane Siddiqui ....................Long Beach, N.Y. 35 ......Derek Menker ....................Great Neck, N.Y. 36 ......Brandon Jay Nomberg......Deer Park, N.Y. 37 ......Matthew Holweger............Manhasset, N.Y. 38 ......Anthony J. Arena ..............Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 39 ......Zachary Fu ........................Roslyn, N.Y. 40 ......Mark Julian Baker..............North Baldwin, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 18 Singles Rank..Name ................................City 1 ........John Stamatos ..................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 2 ........Matthew Bahar ..................Woodbury, N.Y. 3 ........Cory Seltman ....................Dix Hills, N.Y.

RANKINGS

4 ........Florimond Le Goupil-Maier..Oceanside, N.Y. 5 ........Chirag A. Doshi..................Sands Point, N.Y. 6 ........Pete Siozios ......................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 7 ........Brett Titcomb ....................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 8 ........Joshua Sydney..................East Northport, N.Y. 9 ........Adam Diaz..........................Bellerose Village, N.Y. 10 ......Jonathon Ochoa................Hicksville, N.Y. 11 ......Cole Laffitte........................East Setauket, N.Y. 12 ......Michael A. Vera..................Bethpage, N.Y. 13 ......Rajan Jai Vohra..................Glen Head, N.Y. 14 ......Joseph James D’orazio ....Saint James, N.Y. 15 ......Henry Tell............................Woodbury, N.Y. 16 ......Jeremy Morgenbesser ......Bayport, N.Y. 17 ......Evan Nierman ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 18 ......David Kim ..........................Commack, N.Y. 19 ......Chris Buckley ....................Bohemia, N.Y. 20 ......Nasser Abdel Ghaffar........Massapequa, N.Y. 21 ......Michael Liebman ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 22 ......Max E. Huffman ................Bayport, N.Y. 23 ......Daniel Baruch ....................East Meadow, N.Y. 24 ......Kush Janak Dave ..............Syosset, N.Y. 25 ......Michael Brian LeMonda....Garden City, NY 26 ......Anurag Thotkura................Hicksville, N.Y. 27 ......Antonio Michael Grillo ......Melville, N.Y. 28 ......Joshua A. Fried..................Plainville, N.Y. 29 ......Troy Michael Haas ............Huntington Station, N.Y. 30 ......Craig L. Cusano ................Bellmore, N.Y. 31 ......Connor Gould ....................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 32 ......Matthew Kanton................Westhampton Beach, N.Y. 33 ......Cory Harris Weinstein........Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 34 ......Tyler Richard Nuss ............Setauket, N.Y.

GIRLS Long Island Girls 12 Singles Rank..Name ................................City 1 ........Denise Lai ..........................Setauket, N.Y. 2 ........Ivanna Nikolic ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 3 ........Madeline Richmond ..........Syosset, N.Y. 4 ........Alexis Madison Huber ......Melville, N.Y. 5 ........Madeline A. Clinton ..........Manhasset, N.Y. 6 ........Julia Gentile........................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 7 ........Madelyn Kay Germano ....Islip, N.Y. 8 ........Sofia Rose Anzalone ........Center Moriches, N.Y. 9 ........Jill Olga Lawrence ............Hauppauge, N.Y. 10 ......Madison Jane Williams ....Glen Cove, N.Y. 11 ......Marina Bracken Hilbert ....Locust Valley, N.Y. 12 ......Kaitlyn Byrnes....................Massapequa, N.Y. 13 ......Evangelia Maria Frankis ....Manhasset, N.Y. 14 ......Gabriela Sciarrotta ............Woodmere, N.Y. 15 ......Brianna Loeffler..................Syosset, N.Y. 16 ......Lauren Hutton....................Huntington, N.Y. 17 ......Brooke Ann Fernandez ....Shirley, N.Y. 18 ......Margaret Esther Haykin ....Great Neck, N.Y. 19 ......Kavina Amin ......................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 20 ......Ally Friedman ....................East Hampton, N.Y. 21 ......Kaya Amin..........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 22 ......Grace Isabel Riviezzo........Syosset, N.Y. 23 ......Morena DeVito ..................Syosset, N.Y. 24 ......Kaitlyn Schwarz ................Oceanside, N.Y. 25 ......Hannah Niggemeier ..........Sayville, N.Y. 26 ......Lucia Hu ............................Roslyn, N.Y. 27 ......Rebecca E. Suarez............Huntington, N.Y. 28 ......Rebecca Kuperschmid ....East Hampton, N.Y. 29 ......Sarah Jayne Lubow ..........Locust Valley, N.Y. 30 ......Alexandra Dinowitz............Merrick, N.Y. 31 ......Allison Cooney ..................Locust Valley, N.Y. 32 ......Olivia Broder ......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 33 ......Hannah Vinod Abraham....Syosset, N.Y. 34 ......Alina Rebeca Lyakhov ......Great Neck, N.Y. 35 ......Ashley M. Mannetta ..........Islip, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 14 Singles Rank..Name ................................City 1 ........Michelle Carnovale............Massapequa, N.Y. 2 ........Samantha Lena Galu ........Jericho, N.Y. 3 ........Christina Lorraine Jud ......Glen Head, N.Y. 4 ........Brooke Emila Digia ............Manhasset, N.Y. 5 ........Ellen Nicole Huhulea ........Rockville Centre, N.Y. 6 ........Julieta Eulau ......................Oceanside, N.Y. 7 ........Francesca Karman ............Port Washington, N.Y. 8 ........Lauren Gold ......................Old Westbury, N.Y. 9 ........Trinity Chow ......................Glen Cove, N.Y. 10 ......Emily Rose Fernandez ......Shirley, N.Y. 11 ......Riley Elizabeth Katzman....Halesite, N.Y. 12 ......Stephanie Margaret Cole..Manhasset, N.Y. 13 ......Erica Forrest ......................Jericho, N.Y. 14 ......Olivia Faulhaber ................Saint James, N.Y. 15 ......Evangelia Maria Frankis ....Manhasset, N.Y. 16 ......Theodora Brebenel............Glen Head, N.Y. 17 ......Isabelle Policarpio..............Rocky Point, N.Y. 18 ......Mina Sarcevic ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 19 ......Kaitlyn Byrnes....................Massapequa, N.Y. 20 ......Kerri Leah Goldfuss ..........Westbury, N.Y. 21 ......Stephanie Zelenetz............Sea Cliff, N.Y. 22 ......Rachel Weiss ....................Great Neck, N.Y. 23 ......Victoria Anna Bialczak ......New Hyde Park, N.Y. 24 ......Fiona Stocks-Lyons ..........Glen Cove, N.Y. 25 ......Elena Artemis Vlamakis ....Garden City, N.Y. 26 ......Madeline A. Clinton ..........Manhasset, N.Y. 27 ......Rachel Flynn Collins..........Port Jefferson, N.Y. 28 ......Jacqueline Guidice............East Northport, N.Y. 29 ......Rachel Hirschheimer ........Jericho, N.Y. 30 ......Kimilya Egalite....................West Hempstead, N.Y. 31 ......Olivia Rose Scordo............Glen Head, N.Y. 32 ......Marina Bracken Hilbert ....Locust Valley, N.Y. 33 ......Ariana Lynn Fixon-Owoo ..Lynbrook, N.Y. 34 ......Elinor Virginia Simek..........Glen Head, N.Y. 35 ......Morgan Voulo ....................East Setauket, N.Y. 36 ......Ericka Marie Koscinski......Center Moriches, N.Y. 37 ......Emma Kate Rosenberg ....Port Washington, N.Y. 38 ......Michelle Roitgarts..............Roslyn, N.Y. 39 ......Carly Menker......................Great Neck, N.Y. 40 ......Keanna Lauren Ghazvini ..Glen Head, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 16 Singles Rank..Name ................................City 1 ........Danielle Mirabella ..............Wantagh, N.Y. 2 ........Katherine Changtroraleke..Greenvale, N.Y. 3 ........Rebecca Elizabeth Stern ..Dix Hills, N.Y. 4 ........Michelle Carnovale............Massapequa, N.Y. 5 ........Sabrina Ferretti ..................Setauket, N.Y. 6 ........Emily Kate Shutman..........Huntington, N.Y. 7 ........Sarah Seeman ..................Port Washington, N.Y. 8 ........Cameron Leigh Moskol ....Wantagh, N.Y. 9 ........Noa Alexandra Dubin........Southampton, N.Y. 10 ......Adele Sukhov ....................Westbury, N.Y. 11 ......Grace Graham ..................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 12 ......Rini Halder..........................Huntington, N.Y. 13 ......Claudia M. Halder..............Glen Head, N.Y. 14 ......Courtney Kowalsky ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 15 ......Courtney Connors ............Manhasset, N.Y. 16 ......Victoria Makulik ................Medford, N.Y. 17 ......Lauren Difazio....................Greenlawn, N.Y. 18 ......Elena Nitsa Maria Nastasi Bayville, N.Y. 19 ......Caitlin Falvey......................Setauket, N.Y. 20 ......Stefanie Ebo ......................Sayville, N.Y. 21 ......Rosa LaCorte ....................Merrick, N.Y. 22 ......Elizabeth Sossan ..............Valley Stream, N.Y. 23 ......Ellen Nicole Huhulea ........Rockville Centre, N.Y. 24 ......Lindsay Jane Haley ..........Hicksville, N.Y. 25 ......Gina Ciliberti ......................West Islip, N.Y.

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LONG 26 ......Mara Danielle Stewart ......Oceanside, N.Y. 27 ......Elizabeth K. Kallenberg ....Port Washington, N.Y. 28 ......Julia Khan ..........................Port Washington, N.Y. 29 ......Sophie Grace Wilson ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 30 ......Celeste Rose Matute ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 31 ......Fiona Stocks-Lyons ..........Glen Cove, N.Y. 32 ......Teresa Dorothy Pinnola ....Islip, N.Y. 33 ......Nia Gilliam..........................Central Islip, N.Y. 34 ......Elizabeth Gee ....................Garden City, N.Y. 35 ......Jacqueline Ann ..................Lake Grove, N.Y. 36 ......Rachel Weiss ....................Great Neck, N.Y. 37 ......Rachel Flynn Collins..........Port Jefferson, N.Y. 38 ......Nicole Damaghi ................Kings Point, N.Y. 39 ......Laura Jean Halsey ............Westhampton, N.Y. 40 ......Nicole Kielan ......................Valley Stream, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 18 Singles Rank..Name ................................City 1 ........Olivia Ammirati ..................Halesite, N.Y. 2 ........Kerrin Elizabeth Toner ......West Babylon, N.Y. 3 ........Cameron Leigh Moskol ....Wantagh, N.Y. 4 ........Katherine Changtroraleke Greenvale, N.Y. 5 ........Veronika Paikin ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 6 ........Emma Brezel......................Port Washington, N.Y. 7 ........Kaitlyn Mead......................Manorville, N.Y.

Boys & Girls Sectional Rankings (as of 05/28/13)

BOYS Sectional Boys 12 Singles— Long Island Region Rank Name ............................City 2 ........Cannon Kingsley ..............Northport, N.Y. 5 ........Ronald P. Hohmann ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 6 ........Neel Raj..............................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 7 ........Steven Well Sun ................Glen Cove, N.Y. 8 ........Billy G. Suarez....................Huntington, N.Y. 12 ......Spencer Brachman ..........Commack, N.Y. 14 ......Benjamin Grossman..........Sands Point, N.Y. 15 ......Abhinav Srivastava............Melville, N.Y. 17 ......Kabir Rajpal........................Syosset, N.Y. 32 ......Sujay Sharma ....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 36 ......Niles Ghaffar ......................Massapequa, N.Y. 37 ......Logan Paik Chang ............Old Westbury, N.Y. 39 ......Jack Flores ........................Huntington, N.Y. 47 ......Karan K. Amin....................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 48 ......Maxwell Moadel ................Brookville, N.Y. 52 ......Oliver Worth ......................Locust Valley, N.Y. 70 ......Jack Louchheim ................Sagaponack, N.Y. 72 ......Tommy George Srisuro ....Garden City, N.Y. 86 ......Luke Louchheim................Sagaponack, N.Y. 90 ......Jeffrey M. McDonnell ........Glen Cove, N.Y. 92 ......Daniel Chikvashvili ............Melville, N.Y. 98 ......Richard James Kelly..........Manhasset, N.Y. 102 ....Aman K. Sharma ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 114 ....Rohan Gaddam Reddy ....Glen Head, N.Y. 123 ....Sam Reichbach ................Syosset, N.Y. 125 ....Alexander Karman ............Port Washington, N.Y. 130 ....Justin Benjamin Oresky ....Syosset, N.Y. 132 ....Michael Weitz ....................Roslyn, N.Y. 135 ....Sol Yoon ............................Commack, N.Y. 141 ....Luke Rorel Karniewich ......Glen Head, N.Y. 142 ....Louie Kotler........................Roslyn, N.Y. 143 ....Amani Siddiqui ..................West Babylon, N.Y. 150 ....Kian Louis Ghazvini ..........Glen Head, N.Y.

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Sectional Boys 14 Singles— Long Island Region Rank Name ............................City 5 ........Finbar Talcott ....................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 10 ......Alan Delman ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 11 ......Ryan Goetz ........................Greenlawn, N.Y. 13 ......Keegan James Morris ......Franklin Square, N.Y. 16 ......Brian Shi ............................Jericho, N.Y. 20 ......Sean Patrick ......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 22 ......Cannon Kingsley ..............Northport, N.Y. 26 ......Rajan Vohra........................Glen Head, N.Y. 32 ......Daniel Eric Pellerito............Syosset, N.Y. 33 ......Patrick Maloney ................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 36 ......Yuval Solomon ..................Plainview, N.Y. 38 ......Pete Siozios ......................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 39 ......Daniel Shleimovich............Merrick, N.Y. 44 ......Gardner Howe ..................Locust Valley, N.Y. 49 ......Ben Snow ..........................Water Mill, N.Y. 50 ......Daniel Weitz ......................Roslyn, N.Y. 65 ......Ronald Hohmann ..............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 68 ......Mark Julian Baker..............North Baldwin, N.Y. 73 ......Matthew Porges ................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 74 ......Nicolas Demaria ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 75 ......Julian Thomas MacGurn ..Amagansett, N.Y. 77 ......Neel Raj..............................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 84 ......Carl Grant ..........................Water Mill, N.Y. 88 ......Michael Medvedev............Oceanside, N.Y. 91 ......James Kyrkanides ............Stony Brook, N.Y. 93 ......Austin Egna........................Port Washington, N.Y. 100 ....Benjamin Grossman..........Sands Point, N.Y. 104 ....Steven Well Sun ................Glen Cove, N.Y. 114 ....Daniel Meinster..................South Setauket, N.Y. 120 ....Kyle Hudson Gower..........Oceanside, N.Y. 121 ....Maxwell Moadel ................Brookville, N.Y. 123 ....George Kaslow ..................Port Washington, N.Y. 129 ....Timothy Hayden Nacca ....Garden City, N.Y. 130 ....Max Egna ..........................Port Washington, N.Y. 132 ....Xin Eric Yu ..........................Manhasset, N.Y. 134 ....Zachary Ian Khazzam........Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 135 ....Daniel Hyunjae Chang ......Manhasset, N.Y. 138 ....Matthew T. Roberts ..........Setauket, N.Y. 139 ....Adam Bradley Wilick ........Dix Hills, N.Y. 144 ....Lucas Larese DeSanto......Southampton, N.Y. 145 ....Peter Yu..............................Smithtown, N.Y. 149 ....Jack Cameron Goldman ..Old Westbury, N.Y. 150 ....Serge Ushkevich-Zezulin ..Sands Point, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 16 Singles— Long Island Region Rank Name ............................City 1 ........Daniel Grunberger ............Great Neck, N.Y. 3 ........Alexander Lebedev ..........Island Park, N.Y. 5 ........Brenden Volk......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 22 ......Dennis Uspensky ..............Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 25 ......Lubomir Cuba....................Massapequa Park, N.Y. 29 ......Eric Wagner........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 35 ......Bryant Born........................Manhasset, N.Y. 36 ......Jesse Levitin ......................Manhasset, N.Y. 44 ......Athell Patrick Bennett........Valley Stream, N.Y. 45 ......Sean Mullins ......................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 47 ......Justin Park ........................Huntington, N.Y. 54 ......Tripp Tuff ............................Bridgehampton, N.Y. 56 ......Colin Francis Sacco ..........Brightwaters, N.Y. 57 ......Travis Leaf ..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 63 ......Dylan Granat......................Woodbury, N.Y. 64 ......Alex Brebenel ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 68 ......Nasser Abdel Ghaffar........Massapequa, N.Y. 69 ......Cory Seltman ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 71 ......Sean Patrick ......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 74 ......Palmer Clare ......................North Bellmore, N.Y. 79 ......Michael James DeNigris ..Islip, N.Y.

RANKINGS

81 ......Finbar Talcott ....................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 91 ......Henry Tell............................Woodbury, N.Y. 92 ......Brian Hoffarth ....................Fort Salonga, N.Y. 100 ....Joseph James D’Orazio....Saint James, N.Y. 103 ....Zacarias Imperial ..............Garden City Park, N.Y. 108 ....Dylan Davis ........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 111 ....Stephen Gruppuso............Bayport, N.Y. 114 ....Chris Kuhnle ......................Shoreham, N.Y. 118 ....David Henry Reinharz........Rockville Centre, N.Y. 121 ....Duane Davis ......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 140 ....Faran Nazir ........................Deer Park, N.Y. 142 ....Alex Grossman ..................Sands Point, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 18 Singles— Long Island Region Rank Name ............................City 4 ........Daniel Grunberger ............Great Neck, N.Y. 7 ........Vihar Shah..........................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 9 ........Noah Rubin........................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 13 ......Samuel Lam ......................Old Westbury, N.Y. 14 ......Josh Silverstein..................Great Neck, N.Y. 20 ......Ethan Bogard ....................Lido Beach, N.Y. 22 ......Aidan Talcott ......................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 35 ......Alex Sacher........................Glen Head, N.Y. 43 ......Conor Dauer ......................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 44 ......Conor Mullins ....................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 45 ......Dylan Appel........................Locust Valley, N.Y. 48 ......Tyler J. Hoffman ................Sayville, N.Y. 58 ......Alexander Lebedev ..........Island Park, N.Y. 61 ......John D’Alessandro............Northport, N.Y. 63 ......Jonathan Paris ..................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 66 ......Zachary A. Lessen ............Old Westbury, N.Y. 72 ......Philip Daniel Antohi............Glen Head, N.Y. 75 ......Fernando Filho ..................East Hampton, N.Y. 79 ......Jared R. Halstrom..............Bellmore, N.Y. 82 ......Matthew R. Demichiel ......Hewlett, N.Y. 85 ......Kyle Alper ..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 89 ......Douglas Notaris ................Wantagh, N.Y. 92 ......Benjamin Rosen ................Port Washington, N.Y. 94 ......Lubomir Cuba....................Massapequa Park, N.Y. 96 ......Brandon Stone ..................Melville, N.Y. 98 ......Zain Ali................................Dix Hills, N.Y. 100 ....Sander Brenner..................Port Washington, N.Y. 112 ....Dennis Uspensky ..............Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 113 ....Cooper Lacertera ..............Speonk, N.Y. 116 ....Remy Lamar ......................Roslyn, N.Y. 119 ....Jeffrey Cherkin ..................Melville, N.Y. 122 ....Brian Slivonik ....................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 123 ....Michael J. Nelson..............Manhasset, N.Y. 126 ....Jack Vissicchio ..................Port Washington, N.Y. 128 ....Bryant J. Born....................Manhasset, N.Y. 132 ....Eric Wagner........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 137 ....James Edward Heaney ....Locust Valley, N.Y. 147 ....Joseph James D’Orazio....Saint James, N.Y.

GIRLS Sectional Girls 12 Singles— Long Island Region Rank Name ............................City 1 ........Lea Ma ..............................Dix Hills, N.Y. 19 ......Alexa Susan Goetz............Greenlawn, N.Y. 23 ......Merri Kelly ..........................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 28 ......Francesca Karman ............Port Washington, N.Y. 30 ......Rachel Arbitman................Hewlett, N.Y. 32 ......Maryam Beshir Ahmad ....Albertson, N.Y. 40 ......Julia Kielan ........................Valley Stream, N.Y. 61 ......Ivanna Nikolic ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 62 ......Madison Jane Williams ....Glen Cove, N.Y. 64 ......Denise Lai ..........................Setauket, N.Y. 74 ......Gabriela Sciarrotta ............Woodmere, N.Y. 79 ......Lucia Hu ............................Roslyn, N.Y.

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85 ......Julia Gentile........................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 91 ......Amy Delman ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 96 ......Kimberly Liao ....................Commack, N.Y. 103 ....Madeline Richmond ..........Syosset, N.Y. 108 ....Alexis Madison Huber ......Melville, N.Y. 137 ....Madelyn Kay Germano ....Islip, N.Y. 138 ....Calista Sha ........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 144 ....Ally Friedman ....................East Hampton, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 14 Singles— Long Island Region Rank Name ............................City 1 ........Alexa Graham....................Garden City, N.Y. 10 ......Hannah Zhao ....................Melville, N.Y. 13 ......Claire Handa ......................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 15 ......Jasmine Olivia Abidi ..........Glen Head, N.Y. 19 ......Jacqueline Rae Bukzin......Manorville, N.Y. 33 ......Ashley Lessen....................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 35 ......Celeste Rose Matute ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 48 ......Stephanie Chikvashvili ......Melville, N.Y. 51 ......Amanda Allison Foo ..........Manhasset, N.Y. 55 ......Lea Ma ..............................Dix Hills, N.Y. 57 ......Stephanie Anne Petras ....Manhasset, N.Y. 59 ......Olivia Rose Scordo............Glen Head, N.Y. 71 ......Nicole Kielan ......................Valley Stream, N.Y. 72 ......Abigail Carrie Okin ............Amagansett, N.Y. 75 ......Adele Sukhov ....................Westbury, N.Y. 87 ......Courtney Kowalsky ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 88 ......Brynn Maris April ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 89 ......Theodora Brebenel............Glen Head, N.Y. 99 ......Francesca Karman ............Port Washington, N.Y. 110 ....Mina Sarcevic ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 114 ....Evangelina Maria Frankis..Manhasset, N.Y. 120 ....Katelyn Walker ..................Sands Point, N.Y. 121 ....Dasha Dlin..........................Glen Head, N.Y. 123 ....Julia Kielan ........................Valley Stream, N.Y. 133 ....Christina Lorraine Jud ......Glen Head, N.Y. 134 ....Emily Rose Fernandez ......Shirley, N.Y. 135 ....Kaitlyn Byrnes....................Massapequa, N.Y. 142 ....Emily Kate Shutman..........Huntington, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 16 Singles— Long Island Region Rank Name ............................City 2 ........Alexa Graham....................Garden City, N.Y. 4 ........Amber Policare ..................East Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 16 ......Madison Battaglia..............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 20 ......Bridget Elaine Harding ......Northport, N.Y. 30 ......Taylor Cosme ....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 35 ......Claire Handa ......................Point Lookout, N.Y. 37 ......Danielle Giannetti ..............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 38 ......Aimee N. Manfredo ..........Shoreham, N.Y. 44 ......Nicole Koskovolis ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 55 ......Michele Sheila Lehat ........Great Neck, N.Y. 56 ......Mia M. Vecchio ..................Manhasset Hills, N.Y. 59 ......Olivia Funk ........................Hicksville, N.Y. 60 ......Esther Chikvashvili ............Melville, N.Y. 75 ......Vanessa Scott....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 81 ......Celeste Rose Matute ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 83 ......Rhea Malhotra ..................Syosset, N.Y. 86 ......Julia Khan ..........................Port Washington, N.Y. 89 ......Katie Jane Cirella ..............Woodbury, N.Y. 97 ......Stephanie Nakash ............Great Neck, N.Y. 104 ....Abigail Claire Okin ............Amagansett, N.Y. 111 ....Danielle Mirabella ..............Wantagh, N.Y. 112 ....Allison Gabrielle Huber......Melville, N.Y. 114 ....Jacqueline Rae Bukzin......Manorville, N.Y. 117 ....Katherine Changtroraleke Greenvale, N.Y. 122 ....Ashley Lessen....................Old Westbury, N.Y. 125 ....Courtney B. Kowalsky ......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 127 ....Hannah Zhao ....................Melville, N.Y.


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National Girls 12 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ............................City 9 ........Lea Ma ..............................Dix Hills, N.Y. 159 ....Alexa Goetz........................Greenlawn, N.Y. 208 ....Merri Kelly ..........................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 234 ....Francesca Karman ............Port Washington, N.Y. 330 ....Rachel Arbitman................Hewlett, N.Y. 353 ....Maryam Beshir Ahmad ....Albertson, N.Y. 507 ....Julia Kielan ........................Valley Stream, N.Y. 562 ....Denise Lai ..........................Setauket, N.Y. 644 ....Madison Jane Williams ....Glen Cove, N.Y. 674 ....Rebecca Suarez ................Huntington, N.Y. 779 ....Kimberly Liao ....................Commack, N.Y. 1045 ..Ivanna Nikolic ....................Glen Head, N.Y.

National Girls 18 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ............................City 151 ....Sophie Barnard..................Mill Neck, N.Y. 211 ....Hannah L. Camhi ..............Woodbury, N.Y. 289 ....Aleksandra Mally ..............Franklin Square, N.Y. 322 ....Vivan Cheng ......................Woodbury, N.Y. 591 ....Claudia Ruiz ......................Glen Head, N.Y. 613 ....Sunaina Vohra....................Glen Head, N.Y. 744 ....Amber Nicole Policare ......East Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 786 ....Rithika Reddy ....................Syosset, N.Y. 837 ....Paulina Tafler......................Oceanside, N.Y. 844 ....Aimee Manfredo ................Shoreham, N.Y. 861 ....Nicole Koskovolis ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 862 ....Taylor S. Cosme ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 1109 ..Zenat Rashidzada ............Dix Hills, N.Y. 1279 ..Bridget Elaine Harding ......Northport, N.Y. 1322 ..Lauren Ann Livingston ......Sands Point, N.Y.

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10 ......Steven Well Sun ................Glen Cove, N.Y. 15 ......Cannon Kingsley ..............Northport, N.Y. 17 ......Ronald P.Hohmann............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 40 ......Neel Raj..............................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 90 ......Billy Suarez ........................Huntington, N.Y. 116 ....Abhinav Raj Srivastava ....Melville, N.Y. 131 ....Benjamin Grossman..........Sands Point, N.Y. 151 ....Spencer Brachman ..........Commack, N.Y. 271 ....Niles Ghaffar ......................Massapequa, N.Y. 337 ....Logan Paik Chang ............Old Westbury, N.Y. 341 ....Kabir Rajpal........................Syosset, N.Y. 363 ....Sujay Sharma ....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 516 ....Jack Flores ........................Huntington, N.Y. 529 ....Karan Amin ........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 567 ....Oliver Worth ......................Locust Valley, N.Y. 629 ....Maxwell Moadel ................Brookville, N.Y. 945 ....Benjamin Reichbach ........Syosset, N.Y. 955 ....Sol Yoon ............................Commack, N.Y. 1030 ..Daniel Chikvashvili ............Melville, N.Y.

Rank Name ............................City 17 ......Daniel Grunberger ............Great Neck, N.Y. 18 ......Alexander Lebedev ..........Island Park, N.Y. 30 ......Dennis Uspensky ..............Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 103 ....Brenden Andrew Volk........Dix Hills, N.Y. 240 ....Eric Wagner........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 294 ....Bryant Born........................Manhasset, N.Y. 314 ....Lubomir Cuba....................Massapequa Park, N.Y. 453 ....Jesse Levitin ......................Manhasset, N.Y. 564 ....Justin Park ........................Huntington, N.Y. 648 ....Finbar Talcott ....................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 657 ....Athell Patrick Bennett........Valley Stream, N.Y. 750 ....Travis Leaf ..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 760 ....Dylan Granat......................Woodbury, N.Y. 773 ....Colin Francis Sacco ..........Brightwaters, N.Y. 779 ....Palmer Clare ......................North Bellmore, N.Y. 787 ....Sean Mullins ......................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 810 ....Michael James DeNigris ..Islip, N.Y. 924 ....Alex Brebenel ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 958 ....Sean Patrick ......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 971 ....Dylan Davis ........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 1092 ..Nasser Abdel Ghaffar........Massapequa, N.Y. 1190 ..Henry Tell............................Woodbury, N.Y. 1237 ..Brian Hoffarth ....................Fort Salonga, N.Y. 1266 ..Andy Zhou..........................Commack, N.Y. 1283 ..Scott Kim ..........................Melville, N.Y. 1285 ..Brian Shi ............................Jericho, N.Y. 1307 ..Cory Seltman ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 1322 ..Chris Kuhnle ......................Shoreham, N.Y. 1359 ..Joseph James D’Orazio....Saint James, N.Y.

Rank Name ............................City 121 ....Alexa Graham....................Garden City, N.Y. 124 ....Madison Battaglia..............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 204 ....Bridget Harding ................Northport, N.Y. 291 ....Amber Policare ..................East Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 308 ....Aimee Manfredo ................Shoreham, N.Y. 324 ....Danielle Giannetti ..............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 442 ....Taylor Cosme ....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 566 ....Julia Khan ..........................Port Washington, N.Y. 574 ....Claire Handa ......................Point Lookout, N.Y. 652 ....Nicole Koskovolis ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 703 ....Vanessa L. Scott................Dix Hills, N.Y. 817 ....Rhea Malhotra ..................Syosset, N.Y. 835 ....Esther Chikvashvili ............Melville, N.Y. 895 ....Olivia Funk ........................Hicksville, N.Y. 994 ....Celeste Rose Matute ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 997 ....Stephanie Nakash ............Great Neck, N.Y. 1242 ..Katie Jane Cirella ..............Woodbury, N.Y. 1448 ..Michele Sheila Lehat ........Great Neck, N.Y.

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Rank Name ............................City 3 ........Noah B. Rubin ..................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 103 ....Daniel Grundberger ..........Great Neck, N.Y. 181 ....Josh Silverstein..................Great Neck, N.Y. 202 ....Samuel Lam ......................Old Westbury, N.Y. 209 ....Dennis Uspensky ..............Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 278 ....Lamar Remy ......................Roslyn, N.Y. 284 ....Vihar Shah..........................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 348 ....Aidan Talcott ......................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 380 ....Alexander Lebedev ..........Island Park, N.Y. 463 ....Ethan Bogard ....................Lido Beach, N.Y. 511 ....Philip Daniel Antohi............Glen Head, N.Y. 590 ....Alex Sacher........................Glen Head, N.Y. 604 ....Conor Dauer ......................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 811 ....John P. D’Alessandro ........Northport, N.Y. 856 ....Dylan Hobbs Appel ..........Locust Valley, N.Y. 876 ....Brandon T. Stone ..............Melville, N.Y. 910 ....Conor Mullins ....................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 1015 ..Eric Wagner........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 1100 ..Benjamin Rosen ................Port Washington, N.Y. 1106 ..Jared Halstrom ..................Bellmore, N.Y. 1118 ..Zain Ali................................Dix Hills, N.Y. 1120 ..Jonathan Paris ..................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 1170 ..Brian Slivonik ....................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 1337 ..Douglas Notaris ................Wantagh, N.Y. 1407 ..Matthew R. Demichiel ......Hewlett, N.Y. 1436 ..Kyle Alper ..........................Dix Hills, N.Y.

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Rank Name ............................City 96 ......Sean Patrick ......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 118 ....Brian Shi ............................Jericho, N.Y. 128 ....Finbar Talcott ....................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 129 ....Ryan Goetz ........................Greenlawn, N.Y. 207 ....Alan Delman ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 236 ....Keegan James Morris ......Franklin Square, N.Y. 403 ....Daniel Eric Pellerito............Syosset, N.Y. 433 ....Cannon Kingsley ..............Northport, N.Y. 464 ....Rajan Jai Vohra..................Glen Head, N.Y. 512 ....Patrick Maloney ................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 626 ....Pete Siozios ......................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 645 ....Steven Well Sun ................Glen Cove, N.Y. 737 ....Yuval Solomon ..................Plainview, N.Y. 741 ....Daniel Weitz ......................Roslyn, N.Y. 745 ....Daniel Shleimovich............Syosset, N.Y. 765 ....Ronald P. Hohmann ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 774 ....Gardner Howe ..................Locust Valley, N.Y. 818 ....Kyle Hudson Gower..........Oceanside, N.Y. 830 ....Mark Julian Baker..............North Baldwin, N.Y. 904 ....Michael Medvedev............Oceanside, N.Y. 974 ....Matthew Franklin Porges..Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 1001 ..James Kyrkanides ............Stony Brook, N.Y. 1035 ..Nicolas Demaria ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 1100 ..Carl Grant ..........................Water Mill, N.Y. 1182 ..Daniel Meinster..................South Setauket, N.Y. 1266 ..Ben Snow ..........................Water Mill, N.Y. 1287 ..Austin Egna........................Port Washington, N.Y. 1319 ..Brady Berman....................Jericho, N.Y. 1461 ..Benjamin Cole Grossman Sands Point, N.Y. 1490 ..Max Egna ..........................Port Washington, N.Y.

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. JULY 2013 Monday-Friday, July 8-12 L1 Glen Head Racquet Club Summer Championships Robbie Wagner Tournament Training Center 60 Sea Cliff Avenue Glen Cove, N.Y. Divisions: Championships: BG(18)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 for first singles (deadline for entries is Monday, July 1 at 10:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 759-0505. Friday-Sunday, July 12-14 L1 Sportime Bethpage July Championship Sportime Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Championships: BG(10 [78’Court/Green Ball])s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 1 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500. Friday-Sunday, July 12-14 L1B Sportime Massapequa Summer Challenger Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger: BG(16)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 5 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 799-3550. Friday-Sunday, July 12-14 L2O Sportime Syosset Summer Open Sportime Syosset 75 Haskett Drive Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG(18,12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 5 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 364-2727. Friday-Sunday, July 12-14 L2O Sportime Lynbrook Summer Open Sportime Tennis Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG(16)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, July 8 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 887-1330.

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Friday-Sunday, July 12-14 L2R Kings Park July Regional Sportime-Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG(14)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 5 at 4:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222.

Friday-Sunday, July 19-21 L2R Sportime Bethpage July Regional Sportime Bethpage Elite Tennis Center 101 Norcross Avenue Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG(18-16)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 1 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information call (516) 933-8500.

Friday-Sunday, July 12-14 L1B July Challenger at Sportime Kings Park Sportime-Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger: BG(10 [78’Court/Green Ball])sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 5 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222.

Friday-Sunday, July 19-21 L1B Sportime Lynbrook Summer Challenger Sportime Tennis Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger: BG(12)s,SE; Quick Start: BG(10 [78’Court/Green Ball])s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 12 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 887-1330.

Friday-Sunday, July 12-14 L1B RSTA Summer Challenger Ross School Tennis Academy 18 Goodfriend Drive East Hampton, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger: BG(18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, July 8 at 5:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 907-5162. Friday-Sunday, July 12-14 L1B LBTC Summer Challenger Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger: BG(18)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 for first singles, $28 for first doubles (deadline for entries is Wednesday, July 10 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060. Monday-Friday, July 15-19 L1B Glen Head Racquet Club Summer Challenger Glen Head Racquet Club 95 Glen Head Road Glen Head, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger: BG(18,14)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, July 8 at 1:00p.m.) For more information call (516) 676-9849.

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Friday-Sunday, July 19-21 L2O Kings Park Sportime Summer Open Sportime-Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG(14-12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 12 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222. Friday-Sunday, July 19-21 L1B LBTC July Challenger Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger: BG(18,14)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, July 15 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060. Friday-Monday, July 19-22 L1 Port Washington Summer Classic-Dana DeCarlo Commemorative Championship Port Washington Tennis Academy • 100 Harbor Road Port Washington, N.Y. Divisions: Championships: BG(18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, July 8 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 883-6425.


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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. Saturday, July 20 L3 Sportime Massapequa UPS Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Novice: BG(14-12)s, RR Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 16 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 799-3550.

Friday-Sunday, July 26-28 L1B Sportime Syosset Challenger Sportime Syosset 75 Haskett Drive Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger: BG(18)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 19 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 364-2727.

Friday-Sunday, July 26-28 L1B Sportime Kings Park July Challenger Sportime-Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger: BG(16)sd Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 12 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222.

Friday-Saturday, July 26-August 10 L2O Sportime Hamptons Summer Open Sportime of The Hamptons 2571 Quogue Riverhead Road East Quogue, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG(18-14)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, July 15 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 653-6767.

Friday-Sunday, July 26-28 L2O Sportime Massapequa Summer Open Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG(18-16)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 19 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 799-3550.

riday-Sunday, July 26-28 L1B RSTA Summer Challenger Ross School Tennis Academy 18 Goodfriend Drive East Hampton, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger: BG(18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, July 22 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 907-5162.

Friday-Sunday, July 26-28 L2R Sportime Bethpage July LI Regional Sportime Bethpage Elite Tennis Center 101 Norcross Avenue Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG(12)s,SE; Quick Start: BG(10 [78’Court/Green Ball])s,SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 19 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information call (516) 933-8500.

Friday-Sunday, July 26-28 L2O Sportime Lynbrook July Open Sportime Tennis Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG(14)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 19 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 887-1330.

Monday-Friday, July 29-August 2 L2O Glen Head Racquet Club Summer Open Glen Head Racquet Club 95 Glen Head Road Glen Head, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG(14)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, July 22 at 1:00p.m.) For more information call (516) 676-9849.

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. AUGUST 2013 Friday-Sunday, August 2-4 L2O Sportime Lynbrook Eastern August Open Sportime Tennis Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road • Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG(18,14)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 26 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 887-1330.

Friday-Sunday, August 9-11 L3 Lynbrook Sportime Eastern UPS Sportime Tennis Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Novice: BG(14-12)s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, August 5 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 887-1330.

Monday-Friday, August 19-23 L1B Glen Head Racquet Club Summer Challenger Glen Head Racquet Club 95 Glen Head Road Glen Head, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger: BG(16)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, August 12 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 676-9849.

Friday-Sunday, August 2-4 L1 Huntington August Championships Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway Street Huntington, N.Y. Divisions: Championships: BG(18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 26 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 421-0040.

Friday-Sunday, August 9-11 L1B RSTA August Challenger Ross School Tennis Academy 18 Goodfriend Drive East Hampton, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger: BG(18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, August 5 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 907-5162.

Tuesday-Sunday, August 20-25 L1 Dan Dwyer Memorial Championships Point Set Indoor Racquet 3065 New Street Oceanside, N.Y. Divisions: Championships: BG(18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, August 13 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 536-2323.

Saturday, August 3 L3 Sportime Bethpage August UPS Sportime Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Novice: BG(14-12)s, RR; Quick Start: BG(10 [60’Court/Orange Ball],8 [36’Court/Red Ball])s,RR Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 30 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information call (516) 933-8500.

Monday-Friday, August 12-16 L1B Glen Head Racquet Club Summer Challenger Glen Head Racquet Club 95 Glen Head Road Glen Head, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger: BG(14)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, August 5 at 10:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 676-9849.

Thursday-Sunday, August 22-25 L2O Sportime Kings Park August Challenger Sportime-Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG(14-12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Thursday, August 15 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222.

Monday-Friday, August 5-9 L1B Glen Head Racquet Club Summer Challenger Glen Head Racquet Club 95 Glen Head Road Glen Head, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger: BG(12)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, JUly 29 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 676-9849.

Thursday-Sunday, August 15-18 L3 Sportime Kings Park Summer UPS Sportime-Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Novice: BG(16-12)s, RR; Quick Start: BG(10 [60’Court/Orange Ball])s,RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, August 12 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222.

Friday-Sunday, August 23-25 L2O Sportime Lynbrook Summer Open Sportime Tennis Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG(18)s, SE; Intermediate: BG(14)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, August 16 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 887-1330.

Thursday-Sunday, August 8-11 L2O Kings Park Sportime August Open Sportime-Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG(14-12)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, August 5 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222.

Friday-Sunday, August 16-18 L2O Sportime Amagansett Summer Open Sportime Amagansett 320 Abrahams Path Amagansett, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG(18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, August 11 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 267-3460.

Friday-Sunday, August 23-25 L1B RSTA August Challenger Ross School Tennis Academy 18 Goodfriend Drive East Hampton, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger: BG(18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, August 5 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 907-5162.

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