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Fast Forward: Tennis Is Ready for Change By Cliff Drysdale ne of my greatest joys is to see how tennis rapidly becomes a lifestyle in and of itself for so many enthusiasts; young and old, beginner to competitor. There truly is no better choice for a healthy, fit and fun lifestyle! That being said, the evolution of the game and its perception is vital to the sport’s continued success and we all know that change is difficult. We are at a crossroads in the tennis industry where thinking outside the traditional box, addressing the tough issues and getting organized is becoming more paramount than ever to the sport’s continued growth and enhancing the experience for players and spectators. Tennis's public presentation could be dramatically improved if the powers that rule the pro game were not so fragmented. The main changes need to come from external factors—such as the calendar, technology and consistent rule enforcement.

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Quiet please! Take the grunting on the women's tour, for example. The WTA acknowledges that it is a problem, but with two of their top three stars as the worst offenders, they are re-

luctant to address this until the next generation. The problem is, according to my friend and fellow commentator Mary Joe Fernandez, the next generation is already shrieking! Wimbledon and the other majors would love to stem the infernal racket on the court, but continue to look to the Tours to fix the issue. Since it's not an ATP Tour problem, a good resolution would be for the ATP Tour to enact noise level guidelines. This would give cover to the Grand Slams who could then utilize these guidelines for all pro players. Give the players a year to adjust, and we as spectators and viewers could relax! The time has come … It's also time for a time clock on court to speed up play. All tournaments should install time clocks so the players are not operating in the dark, and know exactly when the 25 seconds allowed between points are up. I realize there is strong sentiment to avoid this and other technology creeping into the sport, but this is not going to hinder the integrity of the game or the athletes. Davis Cup who? Grand Slam events are the crown jewels of the calendar. The Davis Cup could stand

alongside these majors, but the format stinks. The matches are played during the year and separated by months of Davis Cup inactivity. Ask an American about the Davis Cup and they will likely respond with “Um … Davis … what?” Do you know who won last year? Do you know who is still in this year? Do you care? If the competition was played in a season like the NCAA’s March Madness, the NFL’s playoffs, soccer’s World Cup, or golf’s Ryder Cup, the Davis Cup would join those as part of the international sports landscape, and viewers would take notice. Despite these issues, tennis remains the sport of a lifetime, and at the top echelon of the pro game, the Slams and the Masters 1000 of the ATP Tour, thrives. The WTA Tour is, by far, the most preeminent women's sport. No other comes close. Tennis also holds its own against competition from the online world. It is still the sport of exercise, competition, and most of all, fun! Cliff Drysdale is an International Tennis Hall of Famer, ESPN commentator and manager of tennis clubs nationwide, including Southampton Racquet Club and Camp in Southampton, N.Y.

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Stanislas Wawrinka shocked the tennis world by capturing the first Grand Slam of 2014 over Rafael Nadal. We take a closer look at the latest Swiss import as he rises up the ATP Men’s Singles Rankings.

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Feature Stories 18 2014 Long Island Tennis Magazine Camp Guide With summer right around the corner, we present the area’s top tennis camp destinations and what they have to offer your child for the summer of 2014.

38 Stars Prep for Big Apple Showdown

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Stan Makes His Stand: 2014 Aussie Open Title Propels Wawrinka Into Top Three

Catching up with John McEnroe and Andy Murray as they get ready to visit Madison Square Garden.

47 Long Island Tennis Magazine’s 2014 Boys High School Preview With the boys high school season on the horizon, we take a look at who to watch in the 2014 season.

49 Spotlight on Long Island’s Top Court Builders & Suppliers We present the area’s top court maintenance companies available to service your surface’s needs.

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Fast Forward: Tennis Is Ready for Change By Cliff Drysdale Grow Tennis New York Embrace the Change(over) By Miguel Cervantes III U.S. Loses Both Davis Cup and Fed Cup Matches Thrown for a Loop: Lefties Play With Lefty Racquets By Tonny van de Pieterman Queens College Tennis Bubble Gets Lighting Upgrade Doubles Specialist Ross Hutchins Fights Back From Cancer By Andrew Eichenholz The Barometer of Success on the Court and in Life By Lonnie Mitchel How the Seattle Seahawks Really Won the Super Bowl By Tina Greenbaum, LCSW

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The Jensen Zone: Finding Comfort in Your Racquet By Luke Jensen Hidden Secrets of the Greats: Rafael Nadal By Dr. Tom Ferraro Court Six: Long Island Tennis Magazine’s Gossip Column By Emilie Katz College Tennis Spotlight By Ricky Becker Where Are They Now? Adam H. Schwartz By Miguel Cervantes III Questions to Ask Before Skipping College to Turn Pro By Steven Kaplan 24th Annual USTA Long Island Region Awards Dinner “Tennis Begins With Love” Adult League Wrap-Up By Kathy Miller I Suck! How to Tame Negative Self-Talk By Rob Polishook, MA, CPC Fitness & Nutrition The Serve: Let’s Finally Fix Your Serve Toss By Lisa Dodson Long Island Tennis Club Directory Long Island Rankings USTA/Long Island Region 2014 Tournament Schedule


Finding Comfort in Your Racquet

By Luke Jensen hen a top-ranked player on the Pro Tour decides to change racquets, it becomes a big story. This change can be very tricky for the athlete. You get used to a feel of a frame and confident in the frame that helps you win. Most of the time, a change made by a top pro is due to a big pay day from a new sponsorship or endorsement company. In a recent big change, this was not the case, but a change of sticks was made to add a little more pop in his game. The great Roger Federer has been play-testing through his career. He began as a junior with an 85 square-inch frame. The classic Wilson Pro Staff that was used by Jimmy Connors, Chris Evert and made famous by Pete Sampras. Through playtesting the same frame with a 90-inch head size, Roger began his run of 17 Grand Slam titles. At some point, Father Time catches up to us all and the swing speed we had as teens and into our 20s is no longer there. I was told during one my own play test sessions in my 30s toward the end of my career that “I wasn’t 18 anymore.” The adjustment for me then, was the same as it is for Roger now and can help him with his game. Let the frame help you with a little bit of a bigger sweet spot for more pop and the racquet will do more for you than you. My advice about a racquet change is to make sure the new frame does not affect your favorite shot. Do not compromise the

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shot or shots that win you critical points. The new racquet should enhance your weapons and not compromise them. As we head into spring, maybe it’s time to pull a Federer and find a really cool-looking and feeling stick that makes your game amazing! A good place to start is the local stringer. Stringers are the ultimate gear geeks of tennis and know all the latest on the newest technology. Tell them a bit about the style you play, and I promise the stringer will point you in the right direction. Let the new technology add more zip to your game, unless you are a classic like me looking to make a statement when I play these days—I’m a Jack Kramer Autograph player. It was the first frame I bought for $20, and I will go down the long tennis road with it.

That is my swing! Go for the lines at ALL times! Born in Grayling, Mich., Luke 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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Hidden Secrets of the Greats The King of Clay By Tom Ferraro, Ph.D. hus far in the series on “Hidden Secrets of the Greats,” we discussed Roger Federer and his amazing perfectionism. This issue, we will discuss “The King of Clay,” Rafael Nadal, and try to pick the trait that has led him to the top. You may never be called “The King of Clay,” but you can most certainly improve your game by modeling yourself after Nadal. So let us take a closer look at Nadal’s development and his playing style and see what we can learn. Some consider Rafa, age 27, to be the greatest player to have ever picked up a racket. “The Matador of Spin” is currently ranked number one in the world and is the proud owner of 13 Grand Slam titles, as well as a Gold Medal from the 2008 Olympics. His style of play is characterized as a behind-the-baseline counterpuncher who imparts incredible top spin. He is aggressive, athletic and fast and uses a lasso-whip follow through. He can hit deep and flat or with topspin. He dominates on clay and his only apparent weakness is his size (6’1”) which makes him more vulnerable to injury. He was born into a wealthy family who have a history in professional sports. One of his uncles was a soccer pro and the other a tennis pro. As a child, “El Nino” was a talented soccer player, but eventually selected tennis. His family’s wealth and their love prompted them to keep him home rather than be raised and schooled by the Spanish Tennis Federation. Having researched Nadal’s background, I went to Steve Kaplan of Bethpage Park tennis Center, one of the great analytic minds in the game. When I asked Steve to pick the one trait that best described Nadal, he used the word “ambition.” He said, “No one has continued to elevate his game the way Nadal has. He

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was always a back court grinder who then reinvented his serve and net play.” And Kaplan is not alone in describing Nadal as a grinder. Most journalists point to his endurance, patience, footwork, variety of shots and his tremendous mental strength. As I continued to research Nadal’s career, I came across an interesting video of him and Roger Federer. They were doing a commercial for one of Roger’s charity events and were trying to rehearse a one-minute scripted conversation to make it look natural. They both spoke in English and Nadal was maybe 23 at the time. It had to be the sweetest 20 minutes ever recorded on YouTube. Both of them were doing their best to get the lines straight, but throughout, were breaking out in laughter. They had obvious affection for each other. As a psychoanalyst, what I could see was that this 23-year-old was good-hearted and goodnatured. None of the vicious competitiveness you might expect from someone who was headed to the top of his sport. This was not a screaming Novak Djokovic or a pouting Jimmy Connors. I thought back to the stories of Rafa’s childhood, where his parents cared for him enough to keep him home rather than give him up to the Spanish Tennis Federation. He is now known for his amazing ability to remain patient, focused and forgiving, and to work so hard. These traits come from a loving family who did their best to instill these values in him through example and instruction. I do not see any evidence of anger, depression or hyper aggression. And the benefits of a healthy personality can mean success on the court and great profit off the court. He has lucrative endorsements by Nike, Kia Motors, Armani Jeans and Richard Mille Watches. The corporate world loves mental health and a nice-looking face. And perhaps most tellingly, Rafa is even loyal to his


s: Rafael Nadal hometown of Mallorca by endorsing Quely Bakery from his hometown. The value of a good family is crucial to all athletes. Tiger Woods was at the top of his game until his father passed away. When Nadal’s parents announced they were separating it precipitated the worst year of Rafa’s career. All great athletes are genetically gifted. But I would say that the real key to Nadal's enormous success is being imbedded in a loving family. It is worth noting that the opposite unfolded in the case of Sergio Garcia, the golfing phenom from Spain who never fulfilled his potential. His parents are separated and he has a history of becoming embroiled in many controversies, the worst of which was making discriminatory remarks about Tiger Woods in public. The secret of Nadal is one of great talent grown over the years by the unwavering support of his family. There is simply no way to achieve and maintain greatness without this. The pressure to reach the top must be managed by a solid family and without this all the genetic talent and hard work in the world will eventually crumble and come to naught. How this relates to you: If you have talent and dream of going pro one day, my recommendation to you is to take in your family support, thank them for what they give to you and tell them how much you appreciate all they do for you. The mother and father will be the ones who taxi the young prodigy about, pay for airfare, pay for entry fees, court time and lessons. And without this type of a support system, no talent in the world will get very far. The trust and mental health that comes from the family’s love is Nadal’s secret weapon. 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.

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Sharapova in Sochi Maria Sharapova went to Russia to showcase the city of Sochi for NBC, the TV home of the recently wrapped 2014 Winter Olympics. While there, she returned to one of the courts at the Evgeniy Kafelnikov Tennis Academy where she started her career, a court that Nike recently refurbished in her honor to offer inspiration to the local tennis community. There is also now a mural of Maria on the court as well as this inscription: “This is more than a line on a wall. It’s where a little girl hit her first thousand tennis balls. It’s daring to go further. It’s defying the doubters. It’s deciding what you want. Then doing something about it. This is not just a line on a wall. It’s where legends are made.”

Cibulkova launches new clothing line Dominika Cibulkova has debuted a signature collection of hats and T-shirts called “Domi.” In doing so, Cibulkova joins the ranks of such elites as Venus Williams (EleVen) and Maria Sharapova (Cole Haan) in owning a fashion line or collection. Cibulkova noted on Facebook that proceeds from 6

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the Domi brand will go to her foundation, called AHN in Slovakia, noting, "I try to help people that are not so lucky in life like me."

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Wozniacki hires new coach

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Caroline Wozniacki has hired Martin Mortensen, who previously coached Li Na and worked with Wozniacki as a junior. Wozniacki split with coach Thomas Hogstedt after their partnership lasted only three months. Mortensen has already identified where Wozniacki was suffering, saying, "She needs to get her joy in playing back—both in matches and on the practice court. A lot has happened with her game, but I'd like to see more of the old Caro. I'd like to see a fusion of the old Caroline with the new Caroline. Mortensen continued, “From the latest I've seen of her from watching her matches, there have been a lot of flat shots without any pace changes, something she earlier was a master at. She's shouldn't be just another one of the players on the tour who just hit hard. She needs to use more facets. She is a great strategist. She needs to get comfortable again with her game."

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Nineteen-year-old Genie Bouchard was one of the biggest stories on the women’s side of the Australian Open. The Canadian advanced to the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Li Na. After the match, Bouchard, who has gained many male fans during her run, was asked in her on-court interview with 7 Sports which celebrity she’d like to date. Bouchard was totally embarrassed by the line of questioning, but she did manage to sheepishly provide an answer. “Justin Bieber,” she said. Bouchard’s answer was not taken well by the fans, who mostly groaned or booed. Bouchard was asked what she’d say to him if he were watching, and she gave a cute, flirty wave and smile

Wedding bells for Djokovic Photo credit: Adam Wolfthal

Novak Djokovic will soon marry his fiancee and longtime girlfriend, Jelena Ristic. The number tworanked tennis


player and six-time major champion told Ristic during a Serbian television talk show: “Jelena, enjoy it while you can. In a couple of months you will be changing your last name to Djokovic.” Ristic was Tweets from the pros l Eugenie Bouchard (@geniebouchard): shown smiling. Dropped my phone in the ice bath and it The two have been together for more still works. Today is a good day. than eight years. l Andy Roddick (@andyroddick): Yes @drewbrees beat me in tennis when I Roger rakes it in was 9 and he was 11. Twice.... I finally Photo credit: beat him and he quit tennis. You're welKenneth B. Goldberg come football Roger Federer eaned $71.5 million l Sabine Lisicki (@sabinelisicki): The sun is rising & I'm done with 1st physio in 2013, first + training session! Feels so good. among ATP and WTA Pro tennis l Andy Murray (@andy_murray): How long before Sharapova makes an applayers. Maria pearance in opening ceremony? I'm Sharapova came taking 12 minutes. in second among all ATP and WTA touring pros, with Novak l Chris Evert (@chrissieevert): I love Djokovic, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal playing tennis with my good friends rounding out the top five. @maevequinlan and @GavinRossdale ... Fun night ... l Roger Federer (@rogerfederer): Enjoyable time on the court today, #office #sunshine #goodtimes

l Sania Mirza (@mirzasania): Annnddd it's 28 outside … bbrrrrr #freezing #cantfeelmyhands l Gael Monfils (@gael_monfils: @RedFoo: I got a doubles partner with more super human powers then Batman! And Elastic man! … @gael_monfils Whooo! @vika7 @serenawilliams l Rafa Nadal @rafaelnadal): Very grateful to the Laureus Academy members for nominating me for two categories @LaureusSport. Always an honor! l Bob Bryan (@Bryanbros): Escaped #DelrayBeach for a night to go home and hang out with my homies @ Sunny Isles Beach l Lindsay Davenport (@ldavenport76): Already packing up & donating all the newborn size outfits. Four weeks has gone by fast.

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Do I Need to Improve My USTA Ranking for Coaches to be Interested in Me? On the surface, it seems obvious. College coaches want the best tennis players. This is true to a point. The tense is incorrect. Coaches want players who will be the best tennis players. After corresponding with hundreds of college coaches, I put together a tiered list of what coaches look at when deciding on whom to recruit. All coaches have their recruiting quirks and preferences but this is what I have seen nationwide.

3 schools ask about a ranking, they are asking about one’s tennisrecruiting.net ranking. Tennisrecruiting.net ranks kids by grade and uses an algorithm based on quality of one’s wins and losses. It is not based on how far one goes in a tournament. This ranking is seen as the most accurate because the advantage of point chasing is minimalized. It also puts a slight premium on more recent results and best wins.

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Tier 1 l TennisRecruiting.Net: This ranking is the starter for all conversations. When Division 1, 2 or the top Division

l Admittance potential: If a child has a tennisrecruiting.net ranking, the next question I get is “How are the academics?” If the child has grades

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that are above the average of the regular student body, this appeals to a coach because they won’t have to ask for a favor from admissions or they may even be able to recruit another player who is more below the academic average than usual. Also, the coach doesn’t have to worry about recruiting the player only to have it fall through with admissions at the end. For this reason, a coach won’t want to recruit somebody who he/she thinks won’t get admitted even with the easier standards for athletes.

Tier 3 l Financial situation of a player: The amount of tennis scholarships that

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are allowed per school is capped, the same way the NBA, NFL or NHL have a salary cap (4.5 maximum for D1 and D2 men; eight maximum for D1 women and six maximum for D2 women). Therefore, if you are LeBron James, you will get your “max contract” or full-scholarship anywhere. If you aren’t at the very top of the national rankings, however, more doors will be open to you if there is a smaller “cap hit” attached. D3 coaches may care a little about the financial aid (non-athletic) needed from the recruit only because it is another hurdle to overcome with admissions. l Attitude: Simply put, coaches don’t want to complicate their lives by having a player who is a headache. This means a player who won’t get along with teammates, the coach or even opponents. Work ethic is also something that coaches try to find out about. Character references are what college coaches look for the

most when I speak to them about a player. l A recruit’s perceived interest in tennis vs. using tennis for admission: This is especially important for Ivy League coaches and coaches of strong academic schools that do not offer athletic scholarships. One top Ivy League coach told me that his biggest job in recruiting is figuring out who wants to contribute to the team versus who is using him to get admitted just so they can quit once getting on campus. l Record vs. category: For the unfamiliar, tennisrecruiting.net groups kids into categories (Blue chip, FiveStar, Four-Star, etc.). I have noticed a definite uptick in coaches asking what the child’s record is against a certain category.

Tier 4 l USTA ranking: This actual ranking is a bigger deal with mid- to lower-level

tennis D3 schools. It’s really only relevant with the D1s, D2s and stronger D3s to determine which national tournaments you can get into. Qualifying for certain tournaments can limit or enhance your exposure to coaches who travel to tournaments and recruit. Although, you should also be contacting them! l Game style/technique: This does vary a lot among coaches. When we were winning championships at Stanford, the coaches never saw us play and literally went down the ranking list for recruiting believing that if you knew how to win, that was enough. A lot of coaches do want players who have bigger games that they will grow into. Coaches also like lefties. l Doubles ability: Doubles are an important component of team matches. Coaches aren’t necessarily looking for doubles specialists, continued on page 10

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college tennis spotlight continued from page 9 but do prefer recruits who aren’t “singles only,” especially if the recruit is going to be near the bottom of the singles lineup. l References: Coaches aren’t going to do a friend a favor and take someone the friend works with who clearly doesn’t belong on the team. If the recruit is near the cut-off they can take the relationship into consideration though. Especially if it’s a relationship they want to foster. l Recruitability: Does the kid respond to e-mails quickly? Is the school on the kid’s list of 20 schools or is the school on the short list? Is the child making himself/herself available for a visit? l Domestic players: With two players being equal, most schools (not all)

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prefer the American player to an international player. I have spoken to coaches who see international students as lower-maintenance.

Tier 5 l Rise in rankings: Is the child’s ranking improving through the years or is it getting worse? If it’s getting worse, what is the reason? l High school tennis: Some coaches do sympathize with kids not playing high school tennis if the recruit can give a good reason why it is a waste of time. If two kids are equal, it is definitely an advantage to show your love of being on a team by playing high school tennis. l Does the coach think you will be happy: Of course, the coach is thinking about how to field the best and

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most unified team. However, no college coach wants kids to transfer. Some coaches will consider that although it may be a good fit for them, you will not like the lack of playing time, location, etc. and that you may want to transfer after a year.

Read this list like a pyramid Not everything is going to fit perfectly but the stronger you can build the base of your pyramid, the higher your pyramid can potentially grow. You do need that top however, or it’s not a pyramid! 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 nationally-ranked junior. He can be reached by e-mail at rbecker06@yahoo.com, by phone at (516) 605-0420 or via JuniorTennisConsulting.com.


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Grow Tennis New York Long Island Tennis Magazine and JMTA at Sportime Bethpage Announce Two Scholarship Contest Winners

s a way to say “thank you” to our loyal readers, Long Island Tennis Magazine and the John McEnroe Tennis Annex at Sportime Bethpage have partnered on a special contest that allowed two lucky winners, one boy and one girl, to elevate their tennis game during the 2014 indoor season. Entry was free and all interested junior players, ages six through 17, were asked to write a 300-word essay highlighting their dedication to tennis on Long Island, and what it would mean to be able to train at the prestigious John McEnroe Tennis Annex at Sportime Bethpage. Dozens of entries were received and the winners received four hours of tennis programming weekly for 16 weeks at the JMTA at Sportime Bethpage. The contest was judged by the editorial staff of Long Island Tennis Magazine, and winners were chosen and notified prior to the start of the 2014 winter/spring session. The contest was part of Long Island Tennis Magazine’s new initiative, Grow Tennis New York. The aim of Grow Tennis New York is to reach out to Long Island, as well as the five boroughs of New York’s tennis communities, to get people involved in the sport of tennis. Grow Tennis New York’s mission is to recognize, educate, support and encourage potential New York tennis players, as well as the businesses and industries that support them, along with their families.

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Rose Hayes • 9-years-old East Moriches, N.Y. My name is Rose Hayes. I am nine-yearsold and I live on Eastern Long Island. I love to play tennis. I like the running and movement part of tennis. It is a sport I can play with friends and into my old age. I have been playing tennis ever since I can remember. In the winter, I play twice a week, but I would like to play much more often. When

that will challenge me. Even though it is a distance, my mother has promised me if I win she would take me to all practices.

I am not playing tennis, I jump rope, swim and run to get exercise. Good fitness helps my tennis game. In the garage, I use my ball striker when I am unable to make it to the court. My whole family plays together on the local high school courts when weather permits. Fortunately, I have a generous neighbor who allows me to use his tennis court when it is open for the summer. My mother will play with me whenever possible, but long work hours limit her availability. My parents work very hard to support my tennis both financially and by time commitment. I recently started playing tennis tournaments. By accident, I played my first tournament wearing a cast on my arm and won. I have had success and the close matches I have lost have been learning experiences. Controlling my nerves so I don’t get too nervous can be very hard. Hopefully, the more I practice, play and complete will make me mentally tougher for the next match. I aspire to earn a college tennis scholarship. Receiving a John McEnroe Tennis Academy Scholarship will allow me to play more often, and have quality tennis-specific workouts. I will find tennis opponents

Cody Bogard • 14-years-old Huntington, N.Y. I have been playing tennis since I was three years old. Tennis has always been a huge part of my life and I hope it always will be. I have not been able to drill as much as I would like to, and this scholarship would give me a chance to help me step up my game. I don’t feel I have reached my full potential, and I want to see how good I can get. I have been playing varsity tennis at Huntington High School since the seventh grade, and now being a freshman, it is very important to me that I can compete with the most elite players on Long Island. To be able to improve my record for the season would mean a lot, as well as help my team have another winning season. This will be more difficult because we lost our seniors. In addition to the team, I won my last USTA tournament and am now looking forward to playing at the next level. What I am working towards is beating my dad handily, and eventually playing college tennis. Not only d o I want to compete at the highest level possible while I’m young, but I look forward to playing throughout my whole life. Both of my parents play, and I see how important tennis is in their lives. There are many benefits to playing tennis, it has helped me go places I would not have gone, and meet people I would not have met. I have also met some of my best friends through tennis. Tennis has helped me grow up as well. For example, having to make decisions, problem solve, and push myself while I’m playing has enabled me to mature as a person. It also would be a great experience to meet John McEnroe. Many thanks to all of our entrants and congratulations to both Rose and Cody.

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Stan Makes His Stand

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2014 Aussie Open Title Propels Wawrinka Into Top Three tanislas Wawrinka took the tennis world by storm winning the year’s first major, the Australian Open, back in January. Wawrinka has been on a tear for quite some time now, taking down numerous top players along the way, as he has risen in the ATP Men’s Singles Rankings to number three in the world as we went to press. He is also now the topranked Swiss tennis player, having jumped Roger Federer in the rankings after years of Federer’s Swiss tennis dominance. Wawrinka began playing at the age of eight. He has one older brother Jonathan,

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who teaches tennis, and two younger sisters, Djanaee and Naella, who are students and also play tennis. He and his wife, Ilham Vuilloud, a Swiss television host and former fashion model, have two kids. Wawrinka began playing international junior events at the age of 14, and then began the satellite circuit the following year. He got even more serious about tennis at the age of 15 as he dropped out of school in order to focus on tennis full-time. His greatest junior accomplishment was when he captured the Roland Garros Junior Championship in 2003. He turned pro in 2002 at the age of 17, and by the end of

2005, he hovered just outside the top 50 in the ATP Men’s Singles Rankings. At the 2008 Olympics, Wawrinka teamed with Roger Federer to represent his home nation of Switzerland in the men's doubles. The pair defeated Americans Bob & Mike Bryan in the semis in straight sets, and captured the Gold Medal against Simon Aspelin & Thomas Johansson of Sweden in four sets. A holder of six career titles, Wawrinka captured his first Grand Slam in Melbourne this past January, defeating the heavily facontinued on page 14

Oldest first-time Grand Slam winners By capturing the 2014 Australian Open title, Wawrinka became the fifth-oldest first-time singles Grand Slam champion in the Open Era (since 1968) at the age of 28. Here is a look at the Top 10 oldest winners: Player

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1992 French Open Finalist

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stan makes his stand continued from page 13 vored Rafael Nadal, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. "I saw Roger winning so many Grand Slams in the past, so now it's my turn to win one," said Wawrinka, who became the first man on the ATP Tour to win a major besides Nadal, Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray since Juan Martin del Potro at the 2009 U.S. Open. "I did have an amazing two weeks, and I was playing my best tennis ever." He finished as high as the quarterfinals of the French Open in 2013, reached the fourth round of Wimbledon in both 2008 and 2009, and was a semifinalist at the 2013 U.S. Open where he fell to eventual finalist Novak Djokovic. Ranking jumpers in the Top 10 Wawrinka climbed from number eight to number three in the Emirates ATP Rankings following his biggest career title, the 2014 Australian Open. He is the first player to move at least five spots within in the Top 10

since Andre Agassi and Tommy Haas after the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in May 2002. Current ATP Top 10 (as of 02/21/14) 1. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 2. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 3. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 4. David Ferrer (ESP) 5. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 6. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 7. Andy Murray (GBR) 8. Roger Federer (SUI) Wawrinka lifetime against Top 10 opponents In 2013, Wawrinka won a career-high nine matches against Top 10 opponents, and at the Australian Open, defeated three Top 10 rivals in a tournament for the first time. He began last year with an 0-4 record against Top 10 competition before securing his first win at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in April. Since that time, Wawrinka is 12-8

against the Top 10 during that stretch and he has defeated every opponent he's played (he has yet to meet del Potro and/or Federer). The following is Wawrinka’s Top 10 (as of 02/21/14) breakdown since April 2013. Rank Player W-L 1 ................Rafael Nadal ................1-4 2 ................Novak Djokovic............1-3 5 ................David Ferrer ................2-0 6 ................Andy Murray ................2-0 7 ................Tomas Berdych............4-0 9 ................Richard Gasquet..........1-0 10 ..............Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ......1-1 The next question is whether Wawrinka can sustain his success and possibly ever expand on it. The second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open, is but a few months away and Wawrinka is certainly a contender for the title. He is playing some of the best tennis of his career and considers clay his best surface making him someone to watch out for at Roland Garros and beyond. Watch out Rafa and Novak … there is a new kid in town!

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Where Are They Now? Adam H. Schwartz

By Miguel Cervantes III ong Island has seen some phenomenal high level juniors enjoying success on court, but what happens to them after high school? It can’t be all rackets and tournaments for them, can it? Do they go on and play tennis in college? Where do they work after college? These were just a few questions going through my mind, but most of all I wanted to know how success in tennis translates to success off the court and in the job market. I was recently able to sit down with Adam H. Schwartz. To say that Adam was a high level junior is a bit of an understatement. Adam played varsity tennis since the 8th grade, played first singles for Wheatley High School, and went on to play for the University of Pennsylvania, a Division I school. In 2006, he maintained a perfect singles record in his Conference, winning the Nassau County singles title, and going on to win the New York State Boys Championship title, the latter of which is the fondest memory of his tennis career. Adam was in the Top 10 in Boys 16s and Boys 18s nationally. Now 25years-old, Adam works in Manhattan for Cooper-Horowitz, a prestigious real estate capital markets firm. We enjoyed some great Cuban food while talking about his successes as a junior, what he learned from tennis, and how he used that to benefit him after college. What follows are some of the lessons I came away with.

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Knowing how to play tennis opens doors Being able to advance in a professional environment often means finding common interests with co-workers and bosses alike, and tennis can be that common interest. Adam told me how that, at a job interview,

tennis was actually a topic that came up. Having played gave him the ability to talk easily and comfortably. Since then, he has played tennis at the courts in Grand Central Station with co-workers and clients. Without knowing how to play tennis, some of those doors would not be open nor could he have walked through them so comfortably. Companies like hiring college athletes This seems like pretty common sense, but Adam was able to break it down for me in greater detail. Sports, in general, teaches certain lessons to juniors. It teaches them discipline, focus and goal-setting, but tennis takes it to another level. Tennis sees the athlete on court alone. They are in control of their destiny and must figure out a way to win. When they get in trouble, they have to figure a way out of it. When they are winning, they have to figure out how to prevent their opponent from coming back. Problem solving, while alone, is a valuable skill that high level juniors all share. Playing in college is even more attractive since the team element is stressed. The athlete must know how to problem solve alone and work with a group of other individuals. Being a college tennis player lets employers know that, if hired, you have a skill set that will allow you to hit the ground running. Adam mentions that a healthy competitive attitude translates to success off the court as well. Champions, in their heart, always want to win and love competition. It’s no different when transitioning to a work environment. That attitude brings success the same way it did in high school and college. Winning is addicting, and once you’ve had a taste, it’s hard to quit. What do you need to be a competitive junior? Here’s Adam’s recommendations: Train

against the best players you can find, get a great coach, learn strategy, learn to lose, and don’t be afraid to volley. Adam mentioned his old coach, Adrian Chirici, several times. Adrian stressed the importance of mental toughness. It wasn’t enough to be able to hit well. When you’re competing, everyone will be able to hit as well as you; being able to problem solve and use strategy is what makes the difference. Not beating yourself goes a very long way. It’s important also to be serious about it. How can a parent help their child be serious about tennis—let them play other sports. Adam played three sports (soccer, tennis, basketball) growing up. He had far more dedication to tennis because he had chosen it over the other two sports. It wasn’t until he turned 12 that he decided to make tennis his primary sport. Something that echoed with me was the fact that he volleyed as a junior. He says that being able to get to the net and volley the ball away gave him an edge that other players did not have. Although it might be a little tougher in today’s game, having that extra tool you can pull out still serves a purpose. Where is Adam Schwartz? Adam is a successful professional who still likes to get out on the court. Tennis has opened doors for him in his life and hopefully this article will help you or your child open a few as well. If you find yourself hitting a few balls over at Grand Central Station or Randall’s Island, make sure to look for his wicked kick serve and his nasty drop shots. 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.

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Questions to Ask Before Skipping College to Turn Pro By Steve Kaplan ost serious young tournament tennis players from the local area aspire to transition from the junior ranks to college tennis. A college education is not the best path for every young person or every young tennis player, however, and some of the greatest tennis players of all time opted to skip college and had impressive careers. Clearly it made sense for the likes of Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Andy Roddick and the Williams Sisters to follow their dreams of playing

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professional tennis. They were highly successful at a very young age and made fortunes doing something they love. It also seems reasonable for players from countries who may not have an opportunity to seek higher education to see pro tennis as the way to a better life. The decision to forego formal education to pursue a career, any career for that matter, is a life-altering event and should be considered carefully. The cost of a topnotch four-year college education can be as high as $250,000 for a degree and that number rises almost every year. If you give up a scholarship to turn pro and you wish

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to go back for a degree, one day you will look back and think about what you will have to earn in order to have the ability to pay for it. Those who read my blogs and columns know that I am a strong believer in the value of higher education, but I don’t pretend to suggest that one definitive path is right for everyone. Instead, I propose questions that athletes should ask in order to make an informed choice before skipping (or leaving) college to play professional tennis. Ten questions to ask before skipping college to turn pro 1. Is this something you truly want to do, or are you satisfying the business interests, ego and aspirations of family, friends, coaches and agents? 2 Do you fully understand your college tennis opportunities for receiving training, competition, financial support and professional playing experiences? 3. Have you considered which option gives you the best chance of long-term professional tennis success? 4. How much do you value formal education and the college social experience? 5. Are you ready to enter the work world


and embrace the lifestyle of a young professional tennis player? 6. Have you weighed the risk/reward of college with the risk/reward of a professional tennis career? 7. Have you fully investigated the successes and/or failures of players in a similar position who have come before you? 8. Have you sought the advice of players who have been in similar positions and who have now experienced the consequences of their choices?

break-even ranking is 164 for men and 119 for women. l The value of a scholarship is $43,000 each year and the educational and tennis developmental value is $90,000 per year. These numbers are, of course, way higher now and are inflating. l It is estimated that the average lifetime value of an undergraduate degree is worth $1 million more than a high school diploma. l The NCAA rules for college tennis have changed. Many schools will allow the best players to leave for the Pro Tour and return to finish their education on

scholarship. This sounds like having your cake and eating it too. Steve Kaplan is the owner of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as the director of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation. Over the last 34 years, Steve has been the longtime coach of more than 600 nationally-ranked junior players, 16 state high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous touring professionals and prominent coaches. Steve’s students have been awarded in excess of $8 million in college scholarship money. He may be reached by e-mail at stevenjkaplan@aol.com.

9. Have you considered the long-term financial ramifications of your choice? 10. Have you considered your life after tennis? According to a study in 2010 conducted by the USTA National Collegiate Varsity Committee: l The average age of the top 200 men is 26 years of age and women is 24 years of age. Both ages are steadily rising. l The average career length of a professional tennis player is seven years, regardless of the starting age. You will likely work for 40 years. l The cost of one year on the ATP Tour is about $143,000 annually and the

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CAMPGUIDE Long Island tennis players have great choices when it comes to where to play tennis. Below is a list of Long Island Tennis Magazine’s top clubs and programs with descriptions of what each has to offer.

26th Annual College Tennis Exposure Camp June 15-19 (University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla.) July 7-11 (University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.) July 20-25 (Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.) July 27-Aug. 1 (Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.) (813) 684-9031 www.collegetennis.com Coach Ed Krass' 26th Annual College Tennis Exposure Camp is the nation's only training camp taught exclusively by head college coaches. The camp is open to all players, ages 15-18, who are interested in playing college tennis. Players receive instruction and training from head coaches representing every level of the college game. Ed Krass coached varsity tennis teams at Harvard University, Clemson University and University of Central Florida prior to founding the College Tennis Exposure Camp. Under the skillful eyes of top college coaches, players showcase their singles, doubles and One-on-One Doubles skills, and receive specific feedback on their game. Instructional drills and match play competitions are conducted in the same style and intensity as collegiate practice sessions. Players have the opportunity to 18

sample various coaching styles and receive on-court coaching during team competitions. Classroom seminars with college coaches motivate and educate players about college tennis preparation. The camp is offered at University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. from June 1519; University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. from July 7-11 and at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. for two sessions, from July 20-25 and July 27-Aug. 1. Air-conditioned dormitory accommodations, cafeteria meals and 24-hour adult supervision are provided. For more information, call (813) 684-9031 or visit www.collegetennis.com.

Bethpage Park Tennis Center Summer Tennis Camp 99 Quaker Meeting House Road, Building #4 Farmingdale, N.Y. (516) 777-1358 www.bethpageparktennis.com To be your best, you need the best program, facilities and players! Bethpage Park Tennis Center’s Summer Tennis Camp is designed for maximum time efficiency and productiveness. Our wealth of tennis courts enables us to provide indoor and outdoor courts, hard courts and clay courts. No camp provides a more

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favorable camper to court ratio than us. This means campers can play singles and doubles matches daily. These opportunities for match play are most beneficial because they are with the finest players the East Coast has to offer. To be the best, you need the best staff! We train players to excel with greater success than any other eastern camp because of our unique staff. Since we conduct a year-round program, we employ proven, full-time professionals to oversee our camp. The rest of our staff is comprised of our top-ranked students, many of whom are college standouts, to ensure quality, enthusiasm and continuity of instruction. We are very flexible, with nine one-week, as well as partial-week, sessions so that tournament players can design a schedule that accommodates their individual needs. We believe that the summer is a great time to drill skills, get match tough and develop fitness habits that will help year-round. Is this program right for you? At Bethpage Park Tennis Center’s Summer Tennis Camp, our standards are high, our prerequisites are not! We encourage and value our beginners equally with our nationally-ranked players. All we require is the desire to attend a serious tennis camp to … to learn in an intensive, personal and fun environment … and the drive to achieve your personal best! Transportation is available, and a daily deli or pizza lunch is included.


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Carefree Racquet Club 1414 Jerusalem Avenue North Merrick, N.Y. (516) 489-9005 www.carefreeracquetclub.com Where can you find a junior summer tennis camp highlighting the excitement of competition, high-structured instruction and plenty of all-around play time? At Carefree Racquet Club, complete with seven airconditioned indoor tennis courts, two racquetball courts that can convert to walleyball, a half-court basketball court, a cozy lounge and snack area … that’s where! At Carefree’s summer camp, we encourage the social aspect of loving the game just for the fun of it. We stress the positive approach to competition which gives our juniors perspective both on and off the court. In the long run, this brings out the confidence to succeed in whatever our students venture into later in life. The key is to develop behavioral characteristics of success for all of our students: Vision, action, responsibility and independence. The staff is comprised of knowledgeable and caring counselors some of who were or currently are, college players who were also trained at Carefree Racquet Club. The program is directed by Louis Vallejo, with 27 years of teaching experience and 17 years of sectional, national and international playing experience. He has coached juniors of all levels of play. Along with his head pros,

the tutelage of our students is unsurpassed. Carefree Racquet Club is proud to celebrate its 22nd year of our Junior Summer Tennis Camp. The success of our summer program comes from our outstanding facility, fun to win attitude and our superior pro staff. Our camp hours are from noon to 5:00 p.m. Our students come in fresh and relaxed with energy, ready for action. We warm up on the courts with the physical part of our training: Stretching, cardio, core and strength exercises. Stroke development and analysis is structured yet simplified to ensure our students keep their enthusiasm for oncourt playing action. After warm-up, we begin drilling, instruction and point simulation. After a half-hour lunch/snack break at 2:00 p.m., the students are back on-court for an hour of cardio tennis drilling. Match play begins at 3:30 p.m. where there is singles and doubles competition. We are also able to offer cross-training with the basketball and walleyball courts, which teaches our students team effort and sportsmanship. After a quick juice break, we end the day with fun games for the final 20-30 minutes. Carefree’s Junior Summer Tennis Camp is the most flexible on Long Island. You can attend full-time (nine weeks, five days a

week) or a fewer number of weeks. You can also attend just two or three days a week if you’d like. You can even come just once a week, but we bet if you come once, you’ll want to come twice! So come on down and see for yourself … we will be waiting!

Centercourt Performance Tennis Center 65 Columbia Road Morristown, N.J. (973) 635-1222 www.centercourtclub.com/cptc Contact: Clay Bibbee clay@centercourtclub.com “Our Mission: Create the Next American Champion!" The Centercourt Performance Tennis Center (CPTC) is the ultimate training facil-

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CAMPGUIDE ity featuring seven hard courts, one red clay court, a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning center, a modern and innovative academic center, and a beautifully renovated lobby located on the second floor of the club house. The CPTC offers both full-time and comprehensive after-school programs seven days per week. CPTC also offers a multi-faceted and great summer camp program, strength and conditioning programs, as well as tournament travel year-round. Why you should choose CPTC: l Train in a world-class environment with high-performance level coaches from around the world. l Achieve significant individual improvement in all facets of your game, including technical, physical, and mental aspects. l We are dedicated to meeting the individual needs of each and every one of our students. l Our Academy players are among some of the top sectional, national, and ITF ranked players from around the world. l We put the needs of the player first, in a development-focused model of training.

l Each camp will be tailored to the skill levels and goals of our players; featuring small group training, match play, individualized fitness plans, mental coaching, and video analysis. l Tournament coaching and travel l Players who commit to our training will see themselves develop life skills that will enable them to become champions both on and off the court. CPTC provides a superior junior player pathway, which satisfies the needs of sectional and nationally ranked juniors. CPTC programs have rolling admissions from Sept. 9 to June 8, 2014, and it offers an 11week summer camp from June 16 to Aug. 29, 2014. For more information, contact Clay Bibbee by phone at (973) 635-1222 or email clay@centercourtclub.com.

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Deer Park Tennis & Fitness Camp 30 Burt Drive Deer Park N.Y. (631) 667-3476 www.deerparktennis.com The name of the game … in a fun, positive atmosphere. The main ingredient at Deer Park Tennis & Fitness Camp is great tennis instruction. We have five solid hours of tennis each day, rain or shine. Tennis instruction is tailored to the intermediate and advanced junior players who enjoy the game, work hard at it and want to improve their game. In just two to four weeks of time, your game will show more improvement than it would with months of weekly lessons. We focus on correcting your technique and point out how to play smarter tennis. You will make great shots, show improved concentration and become an overall better player. A typical day at Deer Park Tennis & Fitness Camp is as follows: Stretching from 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.; Instruction from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Lunch from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.; Footwork and Technique Training from 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; and Match Play caps off the day from 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. For more information, call (631) 667-3476 or visit www.deerparktennis.com.


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CAMPGUIDE cording to skill level and age and will be encouraged to enhance their strokes and strategies via group lessons, skill building drills organized play, target training, fitness routines and more. At Future Stars Summer Camps we play with confidence, enthusiasm and a genuine love of the game! Stop by our regular oncampus open house events to view the facilities, meet the directors, and take advantage of enrollment savings. The Early Hit Training Center Junior Summer Tennis Camp at Glen Head Racquet Club Contact: Carl Barnett 95 Glen Head Road • Glen Head, N.Y. (516) 455-1225 earlyhit@optonline.net Our comprehensive program will provide your child with all the resources necessary to reach his or her maximum tennis potential. The Early Hit Training Center incorporates all aspects of the game into our complete program. We begin each session with a nutritionally-complete and balanced shake from Court 7, our on-premise restaurant and smoothie bar. After a thorough warm-up, the student will work through the core components of tennis, including stroke production, drilling and physical fitness training before breaking for a healthy lunch. We then move on to playing dynamics and strategy, and reinforce these lessons with focused match play. A thorough cool-down and stretching session completes a world-class day of tennis for your child. With our team of renowned tennis teaching professionals, experienced physical conditioning trainers, movement experts and on-site chef, the Early Hit Training Center offers a unique and total tennis experience.

Future Stars Summer Camps 914) 273-8500 • www.fscamps.com The College at Old Westbury 223 Store Hill Road • Old Westbury, N.Y. (516) 876-3490 Farmingdale State College 2530 Broadhollow Road • Farmingdale, N.Y. (631) 609-0438 Future Stars Tennis Club 1370 Majors Path • Southampton, N.Y. (631) 287-6707 LIU Post Summer Sports Camps 720 Northern Boulevard • Brookville, N.Y. Future Stars Summer Camps offer the finest weekly tennis day camps at four outstanding locations: The College at Old Westbury, Farmingdale State College, LIU Post and Future Stars Tennis Club in Southampton, N.Y. Programs are directed by experienced and qualified teachers and coaches who share a passion for working with children. Weekly programs are offered for boys and girls entering grades K-12. Tennis camps offer the perfect mix of match play, drill work, strategy sessions and off-court activities to challenge players of all levels. The program is designed to improve every facet of the game, including technical, tactical, physical and mental components under the guidance of our experienced and enthusiastic tennis professionals. Campers will be carefully grouped ac-

Hofstra Summer Tennis Camp (516) 463-CAMP www.hofstra.edu/camp A great tennis experience for two, four or six weeks. The Hofstra Summer Tennis Camp is suitable for both the beginning player through the advanced player interested in tournament play or wishing to participate on high school tennis teams. Basic techniques are taught to beginners and we offer the experienced player advanced skills and game strategy. Each child is instructed according to his or her ability and previous training is not required. Most lessons are taught in the form of a game. Additionally, all of our instructors have been trained in the 10 & Under Tennis/Quick Start program. This is the newest approach to teaching tennis to

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CAMPGUIDE youngsters 10 years of age and younger. It is sanctioned by the USTA and its format takes a new approach to introducing kids to the game. Campers spend half the day in tennis and the other half participating in swimming, recreation and special events. Transportation and lunch are included in tuition. No instructors are below college age. Tennis Camp Directors Sunny and Eddie Fishkind have been running the camp for 29 years and have won many awards. Our philosophy is that you cannot make a child a great tennis player in two weeks, but you can make them love the game for life! For additional information about Hofstra Summer Tennis Camp, call (516) 463-CAMP or visitwww.hofstra.edu/camp.

Huntington INDOOR TENNIS

Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway Huntington Station, N.Y. (631) 421-0040 www.huntingtonindoortennis.com Huntington Indoor Tennis’ Junior Tennis Camp combines the learning and fun of the

game through personalized instruction, interclub matches, round robins, ladder matches, and drill games. The day will consist of: Instruction from 9:00 a.m.-noon; lunch and match play from noon-1:00 p.m.; and from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., instruction, round-robin play, drill games, and Camp Olympics where four teams compete for the Gold Medal. We offer five sessions, beginning June 23Aug. 22. Mini-camp is available for kids ages six through nine, and a half-day of camp option is also available from 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. Sessions are held weekly, and the First Session runs one week, while the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Session runs two weeks. Lunch is included. Multiple Session discounts and family discounts are available.

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Joel Ross Tennis & Golf Camp info@joelrosstennis.com www.joelrosstennis.com (914) 723-2165 Joel Ross, owner and director of Joel Ross Tennis & Golf Camp in Kent, Conn., is a native Long Islander, having grown up in Westbury, N.Y. He won the New York State High School Singles Championships two consecutive years and earned a full tennis scholarship to the University of Michigan, where he captained the team and played number one singles. In 1971, Joel was Big 10 Singles Champion and was featured on the cover of Tennis Magazine. His best circuit wins include John McEnroe and Tom Gullikson. He currently resides in New Rochelle, N.Y. with his wife, Ellen, and four children. Joel Ross Tennis & Golf Camp, located only 90 minutes from the Whitestone Bridge, is located in beautiful Kent, Conn., at the base of Mt. Algo, alongside the Housatonic River. The camp facilities include 13 on-campus tennis courts, including four indoor in our own steel building. We do not have to bus the campers to tennis facilities! Our swimming pool and squash courts are also on-campus. We have recently added a golf program. We have a 300yard driving range/mini course right on campus! Our tennis campers can even

do one week of golf! Joel is a hands-on director, in attendance 24/7. His program of instruction and fitness in the morning and ladder play in the afternoon and evening has endured for 20 years since the inception of the camp in 1991. Our campers play ladder matches daily and our tennis groups change two to three times each week, based on the ladder results. The afternoon/evening ladder is the glue of the camp. All of our campers and staff are residents. Our tuition covers everything: Private lessons, laundry, snacks, trips, etc. Our campers can also participate in many electives, including archery, squash, canoeing, kayaking, basketball, soccer, football and more! We have a multi-tiered “Bully Prevention Program” in place as well. Our campers can canoe and kayak in the Housatonic River! Give us a call at (914) 723-2165 and find out why Joel Ross Tennis & Golf Camp is a keeper!

Junior Tennis Champions Center Summer Camp 5200 Paint Branch Parkway College Park, Md. (301) 779-8000 www.jtcc.org Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) is a world-class training program offering opportunities for junior players from all backgrounds to reach their full potential on the court and in the classroom. JTCC was selected by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as the first Regional Training Center for its high performance program.

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CAMPGUIDE l 78’ court with green dot balls. l Premier performance training program for tournament level players between the ages of seven and 10. Weekly camps consist of 25 hours of training including drilling, fitness and competition with peers during match play sessions. l “Junior Champs” serves as a great place for talent identification and is officially the first stage in the Champions pathway.

JTCC Summer Programs Champions: Tournament level players between the ages of 12 and 18, requires approval of the senior director of tennis. l On-court training including technical fundamentals, tournament preparation and high level competition. l Mental training with emphasis on concentration, momentum control and situational techniques i.e. “playing the score.” l Strength and Conditioning Fitness Coaches conduct speed and agility training, tennis specific weight training and yoga and flexibility exercises.

Future Champions Competitive Training Camp For players who have achieved sectional rankings between 51 and 150 or are playing varsity high school tennis. l Focus on technical and tactical development as well as delivering under-

Junior Champions: Tournament level players between the ages of seven and 12, requires approval from the director of junior champions.

standing of singles and doubles strategies necessary to compete at tournament level. Throughout the week, players drill, play matches and complete a fitness regimen that will aid them in becoming a more complete player Future Champions Middle School and High School Training Camps l Focus on fundamentals of tennis in a fun, encouraging atmosphere plus development of athleticism through daily, age-appropriate fitness activities. Players in the Summer Program have the option of staying in the D.C. area with a family of another student in the program or a JTCC coach. Host families/coaches will

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New York Tennis at Shelter Rock Tennis and Country Club Summer Camp 100 Long Island Expressway Manhasset, N.Y. Contact: Howie Arons (516) 233-2790 The New York Tennis Academy was formed more than 25 years ago and has since produced more than 250 ranked junior players and more than 75 Division I collegiate tennis players. In addition, we have trained more than 1,000 high school and middle school scholastic players. Our intermediate and advanced programs integrate match play into most sessions. Parents and students can expect consistently high standards of coaching and dedication to excellence. Our camp facilities are among the finest on Long Island. The Shelter Rock Tennis and Racquet Club is undoubtedly at the top of the tennis club ladder. Many of Long Island’s top players are members there because of the beautiful amenities that the club has to offer. With an Olympic-sized swimming pool, three indoor courts and more than 20 outdoor Har-Tru tennis courts, Shelter Rock is the ideal place for a junior tennis player to spend their summer and develop their tennis skills.

The New York Tennis Academy is under the direction of Howie Arons. For more than 35 years, Howie has developed and coached some of the top junior players in the area. Both as the coach of the BN Cardozo Boys High School Boys Tennis Team and director of junior tennis at Great Neck Estates Tennis Club, Howie has consistently directed programs that continue to challenge top juniors. In addition to Howie, Brian Stein and Rob Weidenbaum will serve as directors of the camp. They will be sure to look after every junior’s personal needs at camp. Brian and Rob currently coach many top juniors and will instill a real competitive presence at camp. Our staff will be completed with top college players who were once juniors in our program and fully understand our Hard Work Philosophy. Finally, we want every junior player to love going to camp and have a great summer tennis experience. Our entire staff will be dedicated to giving our players a great summer of tennis. What makes us different? l Early drop-off for working parents l Individualized attention—meeting each students’ needs

l Experienced and accomplished coaching staff l Flexibility—accommodating students’ and parents’ busy schedules Why choose us? l Programs for all levels—from beginners through tournament training l Daily singles ladders with weekly camp champions—trophies weekly l Olympic-sized heated swimming pool for those 90 degree days l Campers can order from a wide menu for lunch (we have country club food and Kosher food upon request) l Sports drinks and water readily available all day l Indoor courts available for inclement weather Our philosophy: We grow champions from the ground up. We believe that tennis is the best way to grow the person, as well as the athlete. The rewards of tennis are many: Greater confidence, focus and persistence. Starting young, students will develop skills and friendships that will last a lifetime. We emphasize the fundamentals of proper technique and form. Our coach-

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Nike Tennis Camps (800) NIKE-CAMP (645-3226) www.ussportscamps.com/tennis Come join the fun and get better this summer at a Nike Tennis Camp! With more than 80 locations nationwide, both overnight and day options, there is a camp for everyone. Nike Tennis Camps provide young players the opportunity to improve their

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tennis skills, work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun. Our dedicated camp directors have a passion for teaching and a gift for helping you take your game to the next level. This summer, Robbie Wagner’s Tournament Training Camp in Glen Cove, N.Y. is offering three weeks of overnight and day camp (8:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m.) for ages nine through 18 and an additional seven weeks of day camp only (8:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m.) for ages nine through 18 with half day (9:00 a.m.-noon or 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.) options for ages five through 10. Other locations in the Northeast include: Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville, N.J.), Colgate University (Hamilton, N.Y.), Elizabethtown College (Elizabethtown, Pa.), Chirico-Cohen Tournament Training at Chestnut Hill College (Chestnut Hill, Pa.), Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, Conn.), Amherst College (Amherst, Mass.), and Curry College (Milton, Mass.). Who says that only kids can go to camp? The Nike Adult Tennis Camp at Amherst College has hosted more than 30,000 adult tennis players since 1972. Camp Directors Reiny Maier and Maureen Rankine are outstanding teachers and passionate coaches

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who inspire all players to get better and love the game. Multiple camp options and dates offered throughout June and July. Visit www.ussportscamps.com for details.

PETER KAPLAN’s

Westhampton Beach Junior/Adult Tennis Academy

Peter Kaplan's Westhampton Beach Junior/Adult Tennis Academy Contact: Peter Kaplan (631) 288-4021 or (914) 234-9462 peterkaplan2002@yahoo.com www.westhamptonbeachtennis.com Peter Kaplan’s Westhampton Beach Junior/Adult Tennis Academy, and the affiliated Grassmere Inn, is a wonderful destination for beginners to nationallyranked players of all ages. Private instruction and 90-minute clinics are offered daily. Camps and one- through seven-day programs are available. The flexibility of the programming enables participants to enjoy the nearby beautiful ocean beaches, charming village, Performing Arts Center, movie theatre, wine country, flower farms, shopping, cafes, restaurants, water park and other East End attractions. Peter Kaplan, an attorney, former New York State Tennis Champion, and a graduate of Cornell University, is on-site every day. Resident students/families/teams stay at the historic Grassmere Inn, located on quiet, tree-lined Beach Lane in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., only 50 yards from the beginning of the charming village, yet less than one mile from a beautiful ocean beach. The location could not be better.


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CAMPGUIDE The Grassmere has 22 guest rooms, all with air conditioning, WiFi, cable television and private bathrooms. Ideal for families, are two suites or interconnected rooms. A delicious breakfast of fresh muffins, bagels, cereal, fruit, juice, coffee, tea, milk and yogurt is included daily. The Tennis Academy, located three miles away, is primarily a teaching center featuring 12 soft courts. We have welcomed participants from over 25 countries and 30 states since 2000. The Academy features an enthusiastic staff, renowned for its high-quality instruction and low student-to-staff ratio. The maximum ratio is 4:1, but the average ratio is 2:1. Thirty-five Japanese juniors have been coming for three weeks annually, for the last eight years. They run three miles before breakfast and then 10 hours of instruction, running and matches. However, most participants seek a less intensive program, taking three to five hours of instruction daily. The staff is always accommodating and happy to tailor programs to fit the needs of the customer. Frequently, an adult team will come at the beginning of the season and return for a family vacation. There are also tennis pros who bring groups. The Academy’s staff is available to supplement visiting pros staff. The groups always have an incredible time, some having returned for 10 consecutive years. Tennis during the day, a trip to the beach in the late afternoon, perhaps a glass of wine at sunset, and then dining at a great restaurant, a movie or a show at the Performing Arts Center. Occasionally, guests are coaxed into karaoke with the international staff!

Year Junior Camp takes place during the December school vacation period. Call (516) 883-6425 for additional information.

Port Washington Tennis Academy Camp Programs 100 Harbor Road Port Washington, N.Y. (516) 883-6425 www.pwta.com Port Washington Tennis Academy’s Summer Camp and Year-End Camp There is a difference in tennis day camps. The "unique" concept at the Port Washington Tennis Academy starts with a limited enrollment of only 50 juniors (a maximum of four per court). Tournament players to beginners receive special concentrated training from an elite international staff of Academy-trained professionals. Specific additional training on our exclusive ¼-mile indoor running track provides the unusual benefit of maximizing each student's speed and endurance performance capability. At PWTA, 17 indoor courts guarantee 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. all-weather instruction. Our proven method includes intensive instruction, supervised practice and match play. Daily tennis-specific fitness drills provide for a super summer experience. Each camper will return home a much improved player. Luncheon (prepared in our own kitchen) and additional weekend and weekday playing time is available for our students at no extra cost. The Junior Summer Camp consists of two five-week sessions, held Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Mini-Camp and Junior Clinics are also held from 4:00 p.m.6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. The End-of-

Ross School Tennis Academy 18 Goodfriend Drive East Hampton, N.Y. (631) 907-5162 tennisacademy@ross.org www.ross.org/summerterm/tennisacademy USTA/ITF players aged 12-18, join us this summer at Ross School Tennis Academy, where you can increase your skills under our highest-level tennis training program. This intensive program is specially designed for a small group of players dedicated to training to their highest potential every day. At RSTA’s Summer Term program, you will: l Train on six impeccably maintained Har-tru courts in preparation for USTA tournaments. l Practice for four hours daily in group and private sessions. l Participate in weekly group sessions with RSTA’s sports psychologist. l Use Dartfish video comparison analysis to improve your form and your skills. l Reside in luxurious boarding houses with students from around the world, dining at our renowned Ross Café and taking part in weekend and evening excursions to local Hamptons activities or to New York City. Additional private training, sports psy-

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CAMPGUIDE chologist sessions and coaching are available for a fee. Phil Williamson had been coaching nationally ranked juniors at the Grand Slam Tennis Center in Bedford, N.Y., where he served as senior head pro. His experience in tennis includes the management of clubs, but his passion lies in coaching. Phil is a Life Member of the USTA and was named 2007 Pro of the Year by the USPTA/Eastern Section. He is a USPTA Member with a P1 rating, and he was certified as a High Performance Coach in 2007. As a player, Phil led the Columbia University team to their second Ivy League title in three years and achieved a rank of 31st in Head Intercollegiate Tennis Standings. He has placed in the U.S. Open four times and achieved an ATP singles ranking of 294th and 133rd in doubles.

Ross School Tennis Center 18 Goodfriend Drive East Hampton, N.Y. (631) 907-5162 www.ross.org/tennis The Ross School Tennis Center, located on the Upper School campus in East Hamp-

ton, N.Y., is a wonderful resource in the Hamptons open to seasonal and yearround residents. The Center features six Har-Tru tennis courts that are enclosed by a bubble from mid-fall through mid-spring, allowing for year-round play. The courts are directly adjacent to the beautiful, state-ofthe-art Fieldhouse where players can take advantage of its many amenities, including locker rooms, lounge, snack bar, and ping pong tables. The Fieldhouse is also used for a variety of special events and is available for private parties. Junior Programs l Jump Start Program allows children to develop spatial awareness, movement and locomotor skills using appropriately sized rackets. They learn how to volley, throw, catch, and rally, building

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CAMPGUIDE a foundation not only for tennis but for any future athletic activities. l Junior Development Program offers games and level-specific drills and training for building a strong foundation. Designed with having fun in mind, the program improves skills and motivates young players into continuing the sport. l Accelerated Tournament Preparation features drills, tennis-specific conditioning, and game strategy designed specifically to prepare advanced players for junior tournaments and match play. l High Performance (summer only) for ages 10-17, is offered to players who are current USTA members and have some tournament experience (tryout is required).

l The Ross School Tennis Academy (RSTA) offers an unusual and dynamic program for national and international junior players that combines an engaging, global curriculum with the highest level of competitive tennis training available. Designed for USTA/ITF players in grades 7-12 and post-graduates, the Academy is the first in the New York City area to have a full academic program with a complete physical and mental conditioning program. Students who attend the Academy experience high-performance tennis training while studying alongside their peers in a stimulating, college preparatory, learning community following a regular academic year. RSTA Summer is an invitation only program for USTA/ITF and professional play-

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ers. Boarding options are available. Adult Programs l Adults have many programs to choose from at the Ross School Tennis Center, including Adult Clinics for all levels in the mornings and evenings, as well as the Pro-Am Doubles League on Tuesday nights, which allows advanced players to compete with and against the pros in a competitive, high-level game. l Private instruction is available for all levels of play. The Tennis Center staff provides a fun and supportive atmosphere that allows for the greatest amount of success. Guests can also rent courts during the weekday, weekend, or seasonally. Call (631) 907-5162 for more information or to make reservations.

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“LAWRENCE YACHT & COUNTRY CLUB IS THE BEST COUNTRY CLUB VALUE ON LONG ISLAND” JOIN THE LAWRENCE TENNIS CLUB 2014 Memberships available for the May-October Season Enjoy a great Summer experience for the whole family at a friendly Tennis Club that offers even more! Mark Harrison – Club Professional USPTA Certified with Elite Pro Rating - # 1 ranked 55 and over doubles Long Island Divisions USPTA Pro of the Year

• 9 Har-Tru well maintained courts • Make your own games or Club Pro will arrange them for you • New Member Discount • Weekend Brunch and Soft drinks every Saturday & Sunday • Social functions during the season • New Member Clinic for Men & Women • Special Member 20% discount when joining Shores Beach Club in Atlantic Beach

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Southampton Racquet Club & Camp Director: Thomas Coffey Winter: 85 Crescent Beach Road Glen Cove, N.Y. (516) 953-5176 Summer: 665 Majors Path Southampton, N.Y. (631) 488-4700 tom@camptlc.com www.southamptonrcc.com Southampton Racquet Club & Camp (SRCC), part of the TLC Family of Camps, offers an extraordinary program at their Southampton, N.Y. location for children ages two-and-a-half through 10 years of age. Our Southampton Racquet Club & Camp campus features a beautiful 17-acre wooded landscape in the middle of Southampton, just 1.5 miles north of Route 27. We offer the perfect summer program for every camper with our tennis camp program filled with a unique blend of age appropriate activities including aquatics, athletics and creative arts that help build a strong foundation of physical movement skills and cross-training, essential for the development of every child. SRCC offers air-conditioned bus transportation, included in tuition, from Westhampton-Bridgehampton, flexible enrollment options, including full and mini-day, and is also committed to small groups with extensive staffing. Qualified teachers, coaches and activity specialists ensure that all 30

campers have the best summer possible. Our tennis program is facilitated by the nationally-renowned Cliff Drysdale Tennis company, and provides world class coaching from a highly qualified national and international staff. With a well-balanced program of technique, strategy, game-play, fitness and having lots of fun our program is established to instill qualities on and off the tennis court. With our structured curriculum, we help improve and develop tennis and skills in young players, not just for the season, but for life. Come and join us at Southampton Racquet Club & Camp and enjoy the perfect summer program, building self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience in a safe and fun environment.

SPORTIME EXCEL Tennis Camps Locations in Long Island, Manhattan and Westchester www.SportimeNY.com/Camps excel@sportimeny.com (888) NY-TENNIS (888) 698-3664 With multiple SPORTIME EXCEL Tennis Camp locations, including the EXCEL Summer Tennis Camp at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, players across Long Island, in New York City and in Westchester can experience SPORTIME's premier tennis programs for recreational and aspiring junior players of all ages and abilities. SPORTIME training methods are fun and

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fast-paced, featuring stroke production, competitive games and tactical training for match play. Our innovative tennis training techniques and tennis-specific conditioning regimens help newer players learn and enjoy and prepares serious juniors for the physical, mental and emotional demands of the sport of tennis. SPORTIME campers develop positive selfesteem and laser-like focus. Our program is dedicated to turning weaknesses into strengths and strengths into winning games.

SPORTIME Summer & Sports and Multi-Sport Camps Locations across Long Island, in Manhattan, Westchester and Schenectady www.SportimeNY.com/Camps (888) 698-3664 camps@sportimeny.com “Last year, I had the best summer ever!” Who said that? Every kid who attended a SPORTIME Summer Camp last summer! That's because at all SPORTIME summer camps, we make sure that every kid is safe, that every kid has fun and that every kid has positive experiences they will always remember. How do we do it? It's really quite simple: l Our staff is experienced and skilled l Our programming is challenging, innovative and educational l Our facilities are state-of-the-art and safe l And … We know how to make camp fun!


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CAMPGUIDE Here is a list of the summer camp programs we offer at SPORTIME. Each camp challenges a child’s abilities, while enhancing his/her self-esteem and providing positive social interaction. Programs may vary at each camp location. Tennis & Sports Camps SPORTIME Tennis & Sports Camps are designed for youngsters who want to focus their camp days on PLAYING tennis while enjoying other sport activities. Our Tennis & Sports Campers don't spend their time standing in line waiting to learn how to play tennis—they start PLAYING tennis right away. They learn proper stroking techniques and develop strategies and tactics to improve their level of play and enjoyment of the sport all while actually PLAYING. Our curricu-

lum and groupings are carefully tailored to the age and level of each camper. And, if you can believe it, the other sports we play are just as much fun as the tennis! Preschool Multi-Sport Camps Supervised by certified early childhood teachers and experienced assistants, your child receives personalized and loving attention in a safe and age-appropriate learning environment. The camp day includes professional tennis and swimming instruction and a variety of multisport lessons and games, plus arts & crafts and other traditional camp activities. Our Pre-School Camps are truly unique!

fers campers instruction, recreation and friendly competition in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor sports, including basketball, tennis, floor hockey, soccer, volleyball, swimming, baseball and more. Multi-Sport campers also participate in exciting project adventure activities and cooperative games that challenge them to work together as teams to solve problems and to achieve common goals. SPORTIME also offers Elite Sports Camps for volleyball and roller hockey at our flagship Multi-Sport Arena at Bethpage Multi-Sport www.SportimeNY.com/Bethpage-Multi-Sport.

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Tennis Mom Sailing Dad (TMSD) lauraann@tennismomsailingdad.com www.tennismomsailingdad.com (917) 882-0901 Tennis Mom Sailing Dad (TMSD) was launched as a way to use sports and travel together to foster and empower juniors to think both critically and autonomously on and off the court. Tournaments among Friends, (TAF), our adult program, was established as a private concierge service engaging friends in tennis training, friendly competition while on vacation. Junior Camp l TMSD acts as a full-service chaperone offering three-week sessions during summer months as a way of providing aspiring juniors the opportunity to train at the acclaimed Ferrer Tennis Academy (FTA) in Javea, Spain. l In addition to junior tennis instruction, a home-away-from home experience is offered. Home-cooked meals, laundry services and chauffeuring to and from the FTA just to name a few. Daily Spanish lessons are provided and local excursions included. l Juniors are cared for as part of TMSD’s extended family. Friendships are forged, sporting skills enhanced, and memories are formed that will last a lifetime. Most importantly, juniors become empowered with a sense of 32

FTA Residency Programs l FTA has joined forces with the Lope de Vega International School of Benidorm, Spain offering year-round Residency Programs. Students study full time while concurrently training at the FTA under the direction of Javier Ferrer, Director of the FTA and former tennis professional, Israel Vior. l Students gather from around the world and together they enjoy athletics, academics and a culturally enriching experience. Juniors will immerse themselves in Spanish customs while partaking in intensive tennis training and tournament participation. l In the end, students graduate with a master of English, French and Spanish. Additionally, their game will be brought to the next level, while simultaneously preparing themselves for college scholarships or a professional tennis career. Adult Camp l TAF specializes in luxurious, all-inclusive tennis packages worldwide. l As friends with TAF, you will share in elite destinations, exclusive villas and gourmet dining all the while training for friendly and competitive tournaments. l TAF acts as your private concierge service, customizing your vacation, your way. Tourna-cations l Offers the same luxurious, all-inclusive tennis packages following major tennis events of your choice, such as our Jet Setter Package: Nice Open, Monte Carlo Grand Prix, French Open. If you want, you can even rent a Ferrari for the day, and have lunch in Portofino, Italy. Now that’s a vacation!

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USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Summer Camps Flushing Meadows Corona Park (718) 760-6200 www.ntc.usta.com The USTA Billie Jean National Tennis Center will once again offer seven weeks of fun in the sun tennis camps starting in June 2014. Enrollment is available online and you may choose to registration for one, two or as many as seven weeks. The weekly program runs from Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m.5:30 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break or a twilight session from 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Campers work on development of tennis techniques, tactics, sports conditioning, and strategy geared to maximizing the learning experience in a fun presentation. As the juniors develop, they are advanced to more challenging groups. Tennis activities include Stroke-of the Day, team games and Competitive Match Play. The camp also offers crosstraining activities such as soccer, softball and basketball in the park or at the Corona park multipurpose recreational facility, swimming at the nearby FMCP Aquatics Center, off-site field trips include ice skating, Mets games, etc., and full access to the many fun activities on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. We accept junior players, ages four through 10 for the 10 & Under programs (visit www.quickstarttennis.com for information about this tennis learning format). Children


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CAMPGUIDE 10-years-old and up are enrolled in the Junior Camps (8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.7:00 p.m.). Advanced High Performance Tournament training campers will be invited to participate in an intensive Tennis Academy training program which runs Monday-Friday, from 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. We have 22 outdoor courts, 12 indoor courts, and four stadium courts. We have available on-site Ping-Pong tables, ball machines, fitness center, arts and crafts, and other engaging sporting activities. Our primary focus will be on developing tennis skills while offering other activities to enhance the learning and camp experience. Detailed information will be available soon at www.ntc.usta.com. We are located in Flushing Meadow Corona Park. You may contact the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at (718) 760-6200 for more information about year-round and summer camp programs.

World Gym Bay Shore 225 Howells Road Bay Shore, N.Y. (631) 968-8668 www.worldgym.com/bayshore The Game Set Match tennis program at World Gym Bay Shore is now offering a summer program specifically designed for children nine and under who are new to the game. Our goal is to welcome new players to

tennis with a fun filled introduction using age specific games, drills and equipment. Everything will be provided including racquets and water. Our day begins at 9:00 a.m. with stretching and warm-up activities to get the kids loose and ready for tennis. Breaking off into small groups with a 3:1 student to pro ratio, our staff is specifically trained to work with younger children and will be sure to put your child’s safety first and their happiness a close second. During this time, the instructors will teach the basics making sure to cover technique as well the rules. After warm-ups and drills, the children will be provided with snack and drinks and then we are right back out on the court for more tennis activities. Our day ends with some wind down time in the craft room where the kids are encouraged to let their creative side come out. It’s very important to our staff that your child enjoys themselves and associates the fun they have at our program with the game of tennis. The program runs five days a week from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and begins the week of June 30 and continues until Aug. 25.

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Embrace the Change(over) “… if you’re not taking full advantage of the changeover, you’re helping your opponent.”

By Miguel Cervantes III Neglecting the changeover during a match is detrimental to your game. You practice your serve, your forehand, your backhand, your volleys, but when do you ever practice your changeover? When is the changeover ever spoken of? Do you even consider the changeover as being part of a match? The changeover is in tennis for a reason, and taking advantage of it means having a leg up on the competition. Great tennis players play off of muscle memory. They practice their skills until they don’t have to think about it anymore, and therein lies success in tennis. Success follows when you don’t have to think about doing something, your body just re-

sponds. While at a tennis conference, I listened to the speaker talk about how great tennis players were right brain dominant. The right brain is understood to have more of the artistic functions. Playing amazing tennis is an artform as much as it is a science. Every player expresses themselves differently, and it shows when watching them. Failure in tennis comes, very often, from overthinking things on the court. The ball will be traveling toward you when all of a sudden, you cannot decide whether to hit a backhand or forehand. Sometimes your feet will get stuck because you’re in your own head, as opposed to reacting to the ball. Since tennis is as much an artform as a science, when does the science aspect come into play? The answer: The changeover. All too often, I see players use

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the changeover to grab a quick drink before moving to the other side of the court and continue play. Once in a while, they’ll sit down on the bench to take a physical and mental break. What good does it do a player to think on the court and mentally rest on the bench? That is backwards thinking. While on the court, a player should endeavor to lose themselves into a pre-set plan of action with their body acting and reacting to the circumstances. The changeover should look something like this. A player sits on the bench to relax and rehydrate, while going over in their mind what exactly transpired during the two games that were just played. Were they having success or failure? What contributed to those outcomes? What changes should be made if any? After working those things out and internalizing them, get back out on the court and make it happen. This is often referred to as the power of visualization as well. The point here is that if you’re not taking full advantage of the changeover, you’re helping your opponent. Work out a plan on the changeover so that you don’t have to do as much thinking on the court; allow your body to just play. Paint a picture of victory on the court while coming up with the idea of that picture on the bench. 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.


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he 2014 BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden is set for Monday, March 3. In the first match, John McEnroe will team with his brother Patrick to take on the team of Bob & Mike Bryan in a doubles exhibition. Long Island Tennis Magazine spoke with John McEnroe as part of a conference call and this is some of what he had to say about the event, playing in New York and other topics.

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I was wondering what your input is on the state of the sport today in light of new platforms like World Tennis Day in which this showdown is a part of? J. McEnroe: I think it’s important that we keep trying different things. I think our sport has suffered from sticking to the same old 38

story and these are the type of events— I used to play at big events at the Garden and I thought it was a huge mistake when we left at the end of 1989. The idea of playing at one of the greatest arenas in the world seems like a no-brainer. Tennis needs to think out of the box a lot more than it has in the past in order to, sort of, stay relevant. We got to do and try a lot more things, even if some of them fail. There are people out there who seem to get that and there are others who don’t seem to recognize the need for it. While it’s healthy in certain places, especially in Europe, we certainly need to be more pro-active, especially here in the States. World Tennis Day is more than just the three big events, it’s really more of a whole celebration of tennis—how much do you hope that maybe some kids watching MTV that night or hearing about it can be inspired to pick up a racket? J. McEnroe: I have a Tennis Academy at Randall’s Island and my goal was and continues to be to try and open the game up to people that didn’t know about it or can’t afford it or both. So clearly, there’s a lot of work to be done. This sport has given me a lot. This is like a broken record—I feel like I try to give back, I feel like I have the energy to give back, and I’d like to see this sport flourish in a big way again like it did—it was great times when I was playing in the 70s and 80s with Borg and Ivan, and it feels like we lost some of that. We have some amazing players right now, arguably two of the best players that ever lived, but at the same time, the state of our sport here is not as healthy, and the interest level, to me, is not the same as it was and there is a lot of work to be done.

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What do you feel would be better for tennis overall? Old rivalries like Federer, Nadal and Djokovic continuing to play each other or just new faces coming through? J. McEnroe: I think both. In particular, in America, that’d be in the mix and winning some majors—that would be quite helpful for us here—someone to build off of, someone to inspire. Girls have the Williams Sisters, Serena especially right now and you see girls come in through the ranks and there are guys that are excellent players [John] Isner is a dangerous player and other players have had success, but it doesn’t seem like these guys are competing or winning the events. They’re not at the level of these top players that we’re seeing right now. Rivalries are critical, especially in an individual sport, but new blood is equally as important. I believe someone that would break into the mix and tangle with the Nadal’s and Federer’s and Djokovic’s of the world would be quite beneficial for us.


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n MSG for BNP Paribas Showdown Have you ever played against the Bryans before and what can we expect to see with your different styles and different eras? J. McEnroe: I’m going to be 55years-old when I play and my brother is 47. The Bryans, while they lost early in Australia, they still had an incredible year last year so they’re still playing at the top. Obviously they were the number oneranked team in the world, but having said that, I know that I’m going to go out, and I can’t speak for my brother, but I’m going to go out and give 110 percent. That’s what I need to do in order to try to make it competitive. The earlier answer is I played one time in Davis Cup when I was doing the commentary and Patrick [McEnroe] was the captain, someone got hurt I believe so we went out here and just filled in. My brother and I played them and didn’t fare very well because we were pretty stiff from sitting down and then trying to play. I played them once in World TeamTennis. Isner and I did well against them. The short answer is that we’ve never

played them in an actual event, and this is not an actual event either, but it’s a great opportunity for me to go play them and hopefully we can go show some of the people that I still know a thing or two about doubles. I know I’d be happy if we played well and if we’re able to keep it close, it’d be great. What are you looking forward to most about coming back and playing here at the Garden? The last time you were here, you had the ankle injury but still came out and gave a hell of a performance. What are you looking forward to most about it? J. McEnroe: I play well there. This is different with doubles, so I have to shake my brother up and make sure he’s ready. But I’ve been training hard, so I’m looking forward to it. I’ll be sharp by the time I get there or as sharp as I can be at this particular age but doubles is good for me. I’m only covering half of the court.

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stars prep continued from page 39 happy to go help, but I don’t think he needs my help. Just to be around him and see the way he approaches his training and tournaments would be exciting for me so I’d be interested. When you play on the senior tour now, are you still intense or do you try to have more fun? J. McEnroe: Both. I mean, I think I’ll always be intense, but I realize that I’m pretty fortunate to be out there still and try to show the sense of humor that I’m hopefully a little better at showing as a commentator than I used to when I played; It’s not as life or death as it used to be for me. In the second match of the night, Andy Murray will take on Novak Djokovic. We had a chance to chat with Murray during a conference call and heard his thoughts

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on the event and how he is playing. Are you looking forward to the event at Madison Square Garden? Murray: Yeah, it should be a great event. I’ve heard from the guys that played there before that it is an amazing atmosphere. When I went to look around they were in the middle of refurbishments, but it looked liked it was going to be unbelievable so MSG should be a fun place to play! Andy, you had a very memorable 2012 U.S. Open against Novak Djokovic. Would you characterize that as your greatest match with him ever? Murray: I guess from my side, yeah I would say that. I mean we’ve played in quite a few big ones over the past few years, we’ve played a couple of great matches in Australia as well. From my side, that was my first Grand Slam, and the way the match

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went as well where I was up two sets-tolove and then he came back and then to come through winning that, it was probably my best one against him. Can you talk about the benefit for players at your level and Novak for playing an exhibition like this? Murray: It depends how you use them and what time of year they come at. I mean obviously in preparation for Indian Wells and Miami which are the two biggest events coming up, I mean to play a match in that atmosphere with that many people, you know is perfect preparation for those events coming up. I haven’t played in many exhibition matches over the last few years, but it’s not often a chance comes around to play at a venue like Madison Square Garden. I am a huge boxing fan and they have had a load of great fights at MSG over the years. I love basketball, as well, so to play in a place like MSG where you might not be able to get that chance again. The

exhibitions are great for us as players to play in different arenas and parts of the world, we don’t usually get to. Can you tell us how you feel when you are in New York City? Murray: There is so much energy in the city that’s for sure. It’s a very busy place, there is a lot happening. There is loads of stuff to do there. When I was growing up, it was my favorite place to play and favorite place to visit. I love the event, I love the U.S. Open, and I love the night matches and the atmosphere at the Open. It’s a fun place to go to because there is just so much to do. As a player, all the big places we play in across the world, it’s a pretty unique atmosphere that you get at the U.S. Open playing in New York. It should be fun to go back and play at Madison Square Garden. It’s a cool city, and I’ve always enjoyed going there. The first time I went, I was 15-years-old and I’ve enjoyed it ever since.

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A Message From Long Island Region President

Daniel Burgess Welcome to “Tennis Begins With Love,” the 24th Annual USTA Long Island Regional Awards Dinner. This year, we are showing our love for the game by honoring longevity on the court and welcoming newcomers. One of our awardees purchased his first tennis club in 1981 at the age of 19 and went on to launch one of today’s leading tennis, fitness and sports groups; another has logged more than 70,000 teaching hours since 1970, and yet a third has been coaching high school tennis since 1963. Among the newcomers, we are recognizing organizations that are bringing tennis to young players and special populations. We are also pleased to launch a new award this year, the 10 & Under Award, recognizing an organization or person who is taking the lead in introducing tennis to the next generation of players. Bringing tennis to this new generation is crucial to those of us who love the game. Kurt Kamperman, USTA’s chief executive of community tennis, has shared his urgent imperative regarding the future of the sport: “It’s critically important for every stakeholder in tennis to focus on developing the next generation of frequent players. Our industry has long been living off the millions of frequent players who began during the tennis boom of the 1970s. As this player base ages, it has never been more important to attract and retain more youth in our sport.” The USTA LI Region shares Mr. Kamperman’s concern, but we are confident that with your continued support and enthusiasm we will be able to achieve the goal of attracting large numbers of young people to the game we love. Congratulations to our honorees for their extraordinary efforts in 2013. Thank you to everyone who volunteered his or her time during this past year, especially all of the members of the Long Island Regional Board of Directors for their hard work. This group of dedicated volunteers has helped the Region achieve greatness yet again. Thank you to the USTA Eastern Section for its continued support. A special thanks to Marian Morris, our hard-working events planner, who continues to put so much of herself into creating a great night for everyone.

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USTA Eastern Long Island

Regional Board Executive Board Daniel Burgess President Scott Axler Past President, Boys Ranking Chair, Junior Competition Mike Pavlides Vice President, Web Site Manager, Scholastic Representative Chair/Nassau

Martin DeVito Strategic Planning & Development Chair Robert Fernandez Community Development Chair Sunny Fishkind Public Parks Advocate, Facebook Manager

Craig Fligstein Secretary/Treasurer

Terry Fontana Rally Day Chair, Community Tennis Association and National Junior Tennis and Learning Chair

Roberta Feldman Member at Large, Girls Ranking Chair

Herb Harris Volunteer Chair, Grant Committee Chair

Regional Board

Anneleis Karp President Emeritus

Kathy Miller USTA Leagues Coordinator Emily Moore Multicultural Committee Chair Marian Morris Events Planner, Nominating Committee Chair Melanie Rubin Community Development Chair Clark Ruiz Nassau County Delegate Akiko Tohmatsu Suffolk County Delegate Ed Wolfarth Grievance Committee Chair

USTA Eastern Long Island Staff

Jacki Binder Public Relations Chair, Web Site Manager

Jonathan Klee League Liaison/League Appeals & Inquiries

Jay Binder Legal Counsel

Ronni Klein League Liaison

Bob Coburn Marketing Chair

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24th Annual USTA Long Island Region

Awards Dinner Honorees Prestigious Awards Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award: Claude Okin

Arthur Ashe Multicultural Award: Clem Stancik

Vitas Gerulaitis for the Love of Tennis Award: Dean Nogrady

Charles Karp Memorial Award for Overcoming Adversity: Tara Ofsink & Glen Nathan

Annual Awards Tennis Professional of the Year: David Brent & Mark Harrison

Junior Volunteer of the Year: Calhoun High School Girls Tennis Team

Press Service Award: Time Warner Cable

Anuj Agarwal Sportsmanship Award: Simar Sawhney

Outdoor Site of the Year: Baldwin Senior High School

Jennifer Sherry Sportsmanship Award: Danielle Mirabella

Tennis Club of the Year: Point Set Indoor Racquet Club

Retailer of the Year: Rich Cetron (New Island Graphics) & Steve Sapia (Pressview Graphics)

Madeline Zausner Junior Tournament Director: Dick Zausner

Private Club of the Year: Shelter Rock Tennis & Country Club

Junior Team Tennis: Tito Perez Rose Buck Scalamandre Participating Family: Carlo & Silvia Lonardo

2013 High School Champions

Special Service Award: Steve Haar 10 & Under Award: Sportime

Nassau County Boy’s Singles Champion: Vihar Shah (Herricks HS) Nassau County Boy’s Doubles Champions: Conor Mullins & J.P. Paris (Cold Spring Harbor HS) Suffolk County Boy’s Singles: Zain Ali (Half Hollows Hills East HS)

Corporate Award: Astoria Federal Savings Bank

Innovative Tennis Program of the Year: Dave Brenner, Suffolk County PAL

Tennis Family of the Year: Adam & Bonnie Kolenberg

Community Service Award: Bobby Ford, Freeport PAL

Suffolk County Boy’s Doubles: Jeff Cherkin & Kyle Alper (Half Hollows Hills East HS)

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Nassau County Girls Singles Champion: Taylor Cosme (Herricks HS)


Nassau County Girls Doubles Champions: Liz Kallenberg & Ally Linder (Port Washington HS) Suffolk County Girls Singles: Aimee Manfredo (Shoreham Wading River HS) Suffolk County Girls Doubles: Vanessa Scott & Allison Huber (Half Hollows Hills East HS)

Girls 16s: Alexa Graham & Madison Battaglia

Women’s 35s: Susan Bacey & Maritoni C. Carlos

Girls 18s: Aleksandra Mally & Madison Battaglia

Women’s 40s: Susan Bacey & Agatha Nadel

Long Island Junior Awards

Women’s 50s: Eileen Walker

Boys 12s: Timothy Lewis Chiu & Sohrob Yavari Boys 14s: Tyler London & Justin Ullman

Doubles Men’s Open: Zane Siddiqui, Naeem Siddiqui, Troy Michael Haas & Joseph M. Falcetta

Boys 16s: Matthew Kolkhorst & Patrick Sean Lombardi

Men’s 50s: Adam L. Rosen & Whitney T. Kraft

Boys 18s: Matthew Bahar & Steven Kucharczyk

Men’s 55s: David J. Brent & Mark M. Harrison

Birdie Tarulli League Captain Award: Christine Miller

Girls 12s: Alexis Huber & Madelyn Kay Germano

Blane Magee League Captain Award: Wayne Freeman

Girls 14s: Madeline A. Clinton & Michelle Roitgarts

Men’s 60s: Steven Brill, Paul Wallack, Richard Bates, Ronald Kahn

Nassau County Coach of the Year: Shai Fisher (Syosset HS) Suffolk County Coach of the Year: Jim Christy (Mattituck HS)

USTA League Awards

Teams Participating in National Championships 18 & Over 4.5 Women: Captains Dawn Bernstein & Akiko Tohmatsu (Robbie Wagner) 40 & Over 3.5 Women: Captains Marlaina Teich & Lisa Tabman (Sportime Lynbrook) 55 & Over 7.0 Women: Captain Cathy Caldwell (Sportime Lynbrook)

Girls 16s: Danielle Mirabella & Michelle Carnovale

Eastern Section Adult Rankings Singles Men’s Open: Eric Bratt & Dylan Roberts Men’s 25s: Julian Baker & Alex Johns

Men’s 65s: Robert Parnell McKenna, Ronald Kahn Women’s Open: Lisa M. Petruzillo, Stephanie Nakash Women’s 40s: Maritoni C. Carlos, Susan A. Bacey Women’s 60s: Sandy Cooper, Camille Bauer

NTRP Rankings

Men’s 30s: Russell Johns & Rodolfo N. Novello

Singles Men’s 3.5: Brian Katz & Paul Yonkers

Men’s 35s: Adrian Chirici & Jason V. Pasion

Men’s 4.0: Jack Eichler & Brian Connor

Boys 10s: Luke Louchheim & Ian Kaish

Men’s 40s: Adrian Chirici & Steve Paskiewicz

Women’s 3.0: Giada Goti & Darunee Tipmanee

Boys 12s: Spencer Brachman & Neel Raj

Men’s 45s: Jonathan Klein & Jeffrey Snow

Women’s 3.5: Kathleen Thompson & Giada Goti

Boys 14s: Brian Shi & Finbar Talcott

Men’s 50s: John Hakanson & Mason Olds

Doubles Men’s 3.5: Thomas Mavroudis & Anthony Christi

Boys 16s: Brenden Volk & Sean Mullins

Men’s 55s: Richard Adler & John Titcomb

Boys 18s: Josh Silverstein & Daniel Grunberger

Men’s 60s: Steven Brill & John Titcomb

Girls 10s: Janae Fouche & Olivia N. Fermo

Men’s 65s: Robert L. Litwin & Bob Hoffman

Girls 12s: Merri Kelly & Alexa Susan Goetz

Men’s 70s: Bob Hoffman & Raymond K. Rahbari

Girls 14s: Jasmine Abidi & Lea Ma

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55 & Over 7.0 Men: Captain Jim Lowell (Sportime Massapequa)

Eastern Section Junior Awards

Men’s 4.0: Andrew Camacho & Paul F. Schnabel Women’s 3.0: Diane Meyers, Jessie Sarkis, Dana Wolfson & Giada Goti Women’s 3.5: Kathleen Thompson, Ellen June Siddiqui, Christine Cornelius & Angie Troici


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2014 Boys High School Preview he 2014 Boys High School Season is set to begin practices on Monday, March 10. Defending Suffolk County Champion and Long Island Champion Half Hollow Hills East returns with first singles player Zain Ali and a strong team that will look to repeat as Suffolk County Champions again this season. Unfortunately, they will not have the chance to defend their Long Island Championship, as the LI Championship match has been cancelled moving forward for both the girls and boys due to conflicts in how the rules are inter-

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lenger, while in Nassau County, Syosset and Port Washington are the top two threats to the CSH title reign. In both Counties, there are also strong players who will look to have successful individual seasons and hope that they can make a run at Individual Titles at Counties and States. Defending Suffolk County champion Zain Ali returns for his senior season. In Nassau County, two All-State Doubles players return, as the aforementioned CSH seniors Mullins and Paris return in 2014.

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2013 Suffolk County Singles Champion

Kyle Alper (Senior)

Half Hollow Hills East

2013 Suffolk County Doubles Champion

Cooper Lacetera (Senior)

Westhampton Beach

Fourth place in the 2013 Suffolk County Singles Tournament

Travis Leaf (Junior)

Half Hollow Hills East

Runner-up in the 2013 Suffolk County Doubles Tournament

Connor Mullins (Senior)

Cold Spring Harbor

2013 Nassau Doubles Champion and took fourth place in the State Championships with partner J.P. Paris

J.P. Paris (Senior)

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2013 Nassau Doubles Champion and fourth place in State Championships with partner Connor Mullins

Ross Reiffman (Junior)

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Runner-up in the 2013 Suffolk County Doubles Tournament

Ben Rosen (Senior)

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Fourth place in the 2013 Nassau County Singles Tournament

Yuval Solomon (Freshman) Plainview

Third place in the 2013 Nassau County Doubles Tournament

Henry Tell (Senior)

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he Mixed-Doubles League is now underway with playoffs beginning soon. To get the up-to-date League standings, go to www.litennisscores.com. The Long Island winning team from the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 Divisions will advance to the Section Championship in Schenectady, N.Y. the weekend of May 30. The League for the upcoming men and women’s season has a few changes: l The 40 & Over League will begin as early in May as court time allows. We are hoping to start the first week in May and the League will run until the beginning of July with playoffs and the Regional Championship being completed by the third week in July. All Divisions, the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5+ Divisions, are two courts of singles and three courts of doubles. Night matches can be played any night from 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Day matches will follow these guidelines: The 3.0 and 4.0 Divisions will play Tuesday, Thursday and Friday starting no earlier than 9:30 a.m. and ending no later than 5:00

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and 9.0 (two 4.5 players of a 4.0 & 5.0) Levels. The League will start toward the end of June and will run as late into August as possible. Night teams will follow the same guidelines as the 18 & Over and 40 & Over Divisions. The days teams play are Monday-Friday, starting no earlier than 2:00 p.m. and ending no later than 7:00 p.m. l Matches are two hours in length and are $20 per player, which is paid to the club hosting the match. There is a $28 roster fee to be on a team and you must be a USTA member. If you would like to join a team, please e-mail kathym65@aol.com with your name, level, which league you are looking for, and if you want to join a day team or a night team. Last year was very difficult for all involved with all three leagues running concurrently. With the limited court time, we are trying to come up with alternate options to have as little overlap as possible. This is something we will try this year and hope for better results than last season. With these challenges, we thank you for your patience. Please also be aware of how thin you are spreading yourself with the number of teams you are signing up for. Section championship dates l Weekend of Aug. 8-10—18 & Over 2.5 and 5.0, 40 & Over 3.0 and 4.0 l Weekend of Aug. 15-17—18 & Over 4.0, 40 & Over 3.5, 4.5+ l Weekend of Aug. 22-24—18 & Over 3.0, 3.5, 4.5 l Weekend of Sept. 26-28—55 & Over Looking forward to a great season of USTA tennis! 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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I Suck!

How to Tame Negative Self-Talk By Rob Polishook, Mental Training Coach MA, CPC ll competitive players recognize negative self-thoughts. It starts with that devilish little voice in our head which raises doubts, fear and questions about our ability to perform. The little voice usually comes during the most pressure-packed times in a match. It’s that voice that says, “I suck! I’m pathetic!” after a missed approach shot, or, “How could you do that again?” after another wide backhand. It’s that cynical little voice that whispers, “If you double fault again, you’re going to lose this match,” or, “I wonder what my friends and parents are thinking now,” after you flub an easy overhead. Negative selfthoughts precede negative self-talk, and without the proper awareness, they can bring even the most competitive player down. When a player chooses to listen to their

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starts to get tight. Instead of moving to the next point, stepping away from the line, or any other form of refocusing, the verbal self-talk begins and the player continues to harp on the past, verbally berating themselves. All this leads to tight muscles, loss of feel, and further errors. What’s important to understand is that we have a choice regarding whether to react or respond to our negative selfthoughts. When we react to this devilish little voice with defensiveness and deny its existence, the voice gets louder and louder. There is a saying: “What you resist persists.” In other words, by trying to deny this voice or feeling, it only wants to be heard even more. It’s also important to understand that just because you conjured up this negative self-thought doesn’t mean that thought is true. For example, have you ever been at the brink of losing a match, and had a negative self-thought, like “It’s over; I’m going to lose,” only to bounce back? This is because you accepted this thought, not as


true or false, or as a validation of anything, but just non-judgmentally. As a result, the thought just faded away and you were able to play the point like any other. So what can a player do when they get bombarded with negative self-thoughts, especially in the thick of a tight match when under pressure? If the player is aware of the self-thoughts and the patterns, they can make the choice to step away and change their focus. Following are six practices you can use when negative self-thoughts start creeping into your head, and negative self-talk begins to come out of your mouth. 1. Be aware, and watch it dissolve away: The problem is not the selfthoughts—those are normal. Don’t resist it or fight with it. Instead, simply understand that it’s a by-product of being in a high-pressure situation. With awareness of the self-thoughts, take a step back, bring your attention to your breath and visualize the selfthoughts being released with your exhalation. 2. Welcome and normalize: Say “hello” to the self-thoughts—by acknowledging them, you normalize them. You can actually say to these selfthoughts, “Hey, thanks for sharing your concerns, but I’m in the middle of a match. Go back to the bleachers.” You might also pretend that your

favorite comedian is mimicking this reply, which may bring humor to the situation.

five-second distraction is usually enough to help you calm down and regain your concentration.

3. Put a time lid on it: Here again, the concept of acceptance comes through. If you find yourself muttering “I stink” after a shot or game, rephrase that by saying, “I stunk on that shot,” or, “That was one bad game.” Even after a match, many times a kid will come off the court sullen and saying, “I suck.” While ideally the young player would not feel this way to begin with, a realistic and far healthier approach would be, “I may have sucked today, but tomorrow is another day.”

6. Towel off: The towel is a great reason and excuse to take a moment to regroup. It provides a break from the action, and a time to just let go. Today’s players are always being followed by a ball boy with a towel in their hand, and it isn’t just to mop up sweat!

4. Reframe the situation: Imagine that it is match point, and you’re ready to serve. The thought comes up: “Uh oh, I’m so nervous.” Ask yourself: What’s another way of looking at this? How about considering the opportunity to hit a great serve to win the match? Instead of dwelling on the obstacles associated with our nerves, we can shift attention to the process that entails what we must do to overcome them. 5. Change your focus: You hear those self-thoughts …. it feels like you’re about to be swallowed up by a wave. This is the time to change your focus. Bring your attention to your strings or your breath, and just be curious. This

In summary, we all have negative selfthoughts, yet when you sense them escalating to self-talk, you need to regain control of the situation. The best players in the world have doubts, fears and get nervous, just like us. It happens to everyone. The question becomes how you will respond, play through it and avoid the negative spiral downward? When in doubt, go back to the six practices when working with self-thoughts. 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 in all sports and levels, helping them to gain the mental edge. He has spoken nationally and internationally and has been quoted by ESPN, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times and other major media publications. His new book, Tennis Inside the Zone has just been released. He may be reached by phone at (973) 723-0314, e-mail rob@insidethezone or visit www.insidethezone.com.

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Choose My Plate By Irina Belfer-Lehat RD, CDN “Choose My Plate” is a new generation food icon that is used to replace the Food Guide Pyramid. The new “My Plate” is a very simple icon that reminds consumers to eat healthfully and guide them to resources and tools to put the dietary guidelines into action. The “My Plate” objectives are to emphasize: Balancing calories l Enjoy your food, but eat less l Avoid oversized portions

Foods to increase l Make half your plate fruits and vegetables l Make at least half your grains whole grains l Switch to fat-free or low-fat (one percent) milk Foods to reduce l Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals and choose foods with lower numbers l Drink water instead of sugary drinks Irina Belfer-Lehat of Nutrition Solution Co. is a New York State-licensed dietitian and

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Pilates for Tennis Performance: So Many Directions, So Little Time By Lori Ettlinger Gross ennis is a “multi-planar” sport. By that, we mean it is played in any number of directions, with speed and agility. These directional changes are performed hundreds, if not thousands of times during a long match. Pilates conditions the body in multiple planes, in alignment and with coordination. For the tennis player, this kind of training produces strength, agility, and

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flexibility, while at the same time, encourages injury prevention. The majority of movement in tennis is lateral, which requires proper balance, and lower body and core strength. Most of us are familiar with Pilates exercises for core strength, whether performed on the mat or on an apparatus. However, balance is a profound result from Pilates training that often goes unrecognized. By working the core of body, the abdominals, obliques and back muscles, we create a corset of strength and flexibility

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that responds effectively to split second decision-making, whether during a tennis match, or even during everyday activities. During play, these muscles are constantly challenged to their maximum capacity. Switching directions suddenly, yet with control, leads to winning shots, if not an entire game. For example, a tennis player needs a stable base of support to perform an effective tennis stroke while sliding on a clay surface. A skillful slide movement is essential. The energy expended by the player is lower than


taking multiple smaller steps to cover the same ground. The abdominal and oblique muscles are recruited to maintain that slide and see it successfully to the stroke. Pilates works both the smaller and larger muscles, as the smaller muscles stabilize your joints, which lessens the risk of injury. Lateral recovery movements require a great deal of stability during play, and especially for a long game. The faster the recovery, the better. Movements such as a lateral crossover (front/back) or shuffle recruit muscles such as the gluteus maximus and medius, adductors and abductors— all of which would benefit from the multidirectional leg and hip exercises done on the Pilates apparatus, which uses progressive resistance (the springs on the equipment). Proper footwork is crucial for movement on the court. Footwork requires agility, precision and speed. Gait does play some part in this as well, supination and pronation aren’t corrected with Pilates; however, they are supported

“By working the core of body, the abdominals, obliques and back muscles, we create a corset of strength and flexibility that responds effectively to split second decision-making,

ning than what is necessary! The proof is on the court, as 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray practices Pilates and has been photographed on a Cadillac stretching. He credits the repertoire by citing it as a key factor that supports his tennis game. Control, flexibility and power are as vital to lateral movement in tennis as they are in the Pilates repertoire, and gained by performing low impact movement that taps into every tennis player’s needs.

whether during a tennis match, or even during everyday activities.” and strengthened to compensate for gait faults that may affect play. There is also specific footwork in the Pilates repertoire that address the feet and provides conditioning for the quadriceps, hamstrings and calves simultaneously. Tapping into these exercises will provide the tennis player with efficient, explosive, smooth and quiet footwork on the court. Noisy footwork means more run-

After 20 years of practicing Pilates, Lori Ettlinger Gross became a BASI PILATESaccredited instructor for mat and all apparatus in 2012. She also has an Equinox Mat Pilates certification, and is working towards her Tennis Performance Trainer certification through the International Tennis Performance Association. Lori is also an author, freelance writer, and retired attorney. Her appointment-only studio, Sweatstyle Pilates is located in Great Neck, N.Y. She may be reached by phone at (516) 644-8808 or e-mail sweatstylepilates@gmail.com.

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U.S. Loses Both Davis Cup and Fed Cup Matches espite a brave effort from American Sam Querrey, world number six Andy Murray clinched Great Britain’s first Davis Cup Quarterfinals appearance since 1986, defeating the 49th-ranked American, 76(5), 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-3, on red clay at Petco Park in San Diego over the United States. “I played a good match today. I gave him very few opportunities when I was serving,” said Murray. “Maybe gave him a couple in the third set. He was also making some mistakes as well. But overall, it was a good match for me. I played well.” Great Britain claimed the latest victory in the oldest rivalry in Davis Cup history, defeating the U.S. for the first time since 1935 and winning on American soil for the first time since 1903. Since Murray won the tieclinching match in four sets, the fifth singles rubber scheduled to be played between Donald Young of the U.S. and James Ward of Great Britain was not played. “I am proud of myself for putting it behind me and coming out strong today,” said Querrey. “You know, we’ve got another Davis Cup later in the year and we’ve got next year and the year after. Although it’s only a one-year kind of mini-journey

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and we have a good team, hopefully we’ve got many years to come together and hopefully we hoist the trophy one of these years.” Great Britain will now play Italy in the Davis Cup quarterfinals in April. The U.S. will play in September’s World Group Playoff against an opponent to be determined. Attendance for Sunday’s singles match in the temporary stadium built in left field of Petco Park was 6,249, bringing the threeday total to 18,796. On the women’s side, it was reigning Fed Cup champion Italy who advanced to the Fed Cup World Group Semifinal, defeating the U.S., 3-1, on the second day of play at the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Quarterfinal between the U.S. and Italy at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium. After losing its first two singles matches, the U.S. team is now 011 when it trails 0-2 after the first day of play (since the World Group format was instituted in 1995). The U.S. is now 37-5 alltime in Fed Cup ties played at home. Italy has won the last four meetings against the U.S. in Fed Cup with the U.S. still leading the series 9-4. Italy’s Karin Knapp clinched the tie for Italy and won her second singles match of

the weekend, defeating American Alison Riske, 6-3, 7-5, in one hour and 37 minutes. Riske made her Fed Cup debut and replaced Madison Keys, who was originally set to compete in the first singles rubber. World number 46 Riske and world number 40 Knapp had met once prior to today, facing off in the 2013 Australian Open qualifying draw, where Knapp won the match. Following Riske’s match, Cleveland native Lauren Davis & Madison Keys competed in the dead doubles rubber against Italy’s Nastassja Burnett & Alice Matteucci. Davis & Keys, who both made their Fed Cup debuts, won the doubles match, 6-2, 6-3. Davis won the 2008 Division II state high school singles championship for Gilmour Academy in Ohio as a freshman. Italy advances to face either Spain or the Czech Republic in the semifinals, April 1920. The U.S. will be relegated to the World Group Playoff in April and will need to win to stay in the World Group. There will be four seeds among the eight nations in the World Group Playoffs (World Group first round losers and World Group II first round winners), held April 19-20.

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… Lefties Play With Lefty Racquets

By Tonny van de Pieterman ne of my favorite lessons is with Leslie. She is about 50-years-old, though she looks like she is 40, and she acts like she is 30 … a bubbly, fun personality and a great spirit to spend an hour on the tennis court with. We play once a week, indoors, early in the morning. Leslie is a physical therapist by trade. She is very athletic and she uses our lesson to get a good aerobic workout, as well as to pick up a few tips on her tennis game. We often have intense baseline exchanges where I make her run from corner to corner. This occasion is no different. I play like I have the ball on a string and send her back and forth. I do not feel bad about this treatment since she takes great pride in chasing down all my shots. Sometimes, she even counters me and

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catches me wrong-footed. I will forfeit a winning shot to her, and she will just glow. At the end of our lesson, we usually play some points out. In a recent lesson, we saved the best for last. The very last point of the day was a classic … an extended rally that had us both cover the entire court multiple times. When I was ready to end the point, I fired a running forehand shot towards her backhand corner. I am a lefty, and I struck the ball hard and solid, and it was placed sharply into the corner. I thought for sure that it would be a winning shot. However, Leslie did not give up, she chased it, reached for it, and with an ultimate effort, switched hands, and returned the ball over the net with her left hand (she is a righty with a double-handed backhand). “No,” I screamed out in disbelief, and then added, “That’s illegal!” “It is?” Leslie replied. “It was an amazing shot, no? Is it really not allowed?”

“It is highly illegal,” I continued. “You don’t even have a lefty racquet!” “A lefty racquet?” she asked. “I didn’t even know there was such a thing.” “Sure, here, look at mine, it is a lefty racquet,” I said. “Because I am a lefty.” Leslie studied the racquet, couldn’t really tell the difference and was stumped. She had been playing tennis for 20 years and never knew that. Yes, I let her go home thinking this, and yes, I feel bad about it. And yes, I will grow up … eventually! 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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By Lisa Dodson t’s no secret that there is nothing exciting about the ball toss for the tennis serve. In fact, the important details can be somewhat tedious and are subsequently glossed over. The exciting part is that great toss technique will potentially add many miles per hour to your serve, amplify spin, increase accuracy and versatility. It will create efficiency in the motion that takes away strain, saves you from painful injury and gains you lots of cheap points. There are many schools of thought as to the “best” way to toss. I’m a believer that there is no one single best way to do

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anything in tennis but that there are common factors in each style that lead to a high success rate. This is true with the toss. So, the purpose of this article is to give you some easy to understand, very detailed information about the toss. You may not be able to tackle it all at once, but at least you can start to assemble the right details for success First, understand this: Your toss will only be as good as how you treat it. If you are quick and careless you’ll get what you put into it. The toss needs to be consistent, dependable and accurate. Just like everything else, success is in the details. Chances are you have some sloppy habits and you just don’t know it. Current information about the toss (and about the serve in general) is varied, confusing and sometimes downright im-

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possible for a majority of players to attempt. For example, every article, YouTube clip and video series seems to be about how one of the top players does it. You have to remember that this is what these people do for a living and they are exceptional athletes who dedicate their lives to tennis. There are many pitfalls to following popular advice. Choosing the highest degree of difficulty may not be in your best interest. Six important points to study before you ever toss again On the whole, players tend to simply launch the ball with the non-dominant hand without much attention to detail. Follow these solid techniques for a higher rate of success. It may not be a replica of what your favorite touring pro does but if you want to look like anyone keep it simple like Roger!

1. Do: Hold the ball lightly on the fingertips of your tossing hand with the thumb over the top. As you look down at the ball you will see more ball to the left of the thumb than to the right (see photo above). In other words, the palm of the hand will not be facing the sky. The fingers are flat and the wrist is slightly laid back. The forefinger and second finger are the supporting fingers underneath the ball and the third finger has light contact. The pinkie may or many not be involved, but if it is, the touch is minimal.


Don’t curl your fingers around the ball, hold onto the ball with two fingers and rest your racket on the third finger/pinkie or hold onto the strings with the fingertips of the toss hand. Notice what you do because you may do something like this and don’t know it. Keep it clean and simple. 2. Do: Keep your elbow straight, even locked (see photo to the right) so that the entire action comes from the shoulder. Remember, the toss is a whole body action, meaning that it is created from turning of the torso and using the legs in conjunction with the swing. Since the shoulder attaches the arm to the torso, we want to use this powerful joint to do the lifting. A straight arm allows a straight traveling toss. Don’t use bent fingers, wrist or elbow to toss the ball. Typically, this leads to a toss that consistently goes to the left, over or behind the head. 3. Do: Begin the downswing of the toss and hit arms with a slow tempo. The serve is a two-speed hit. This means

that the drop and raise of the toss arm and the drop or take back of the racket are a slow, coordinated and deliberate speed. This slow speed allows all of the moving parts of the serve to be set for a ballistic and upward acceleration to contact. It also assures that the release point of the toss will be secure and stable. Don’t drop and raise the toss and hit hands quickly. Most players are not aware that they do this. This causes the toss hand to move too fast for accuracy and usually results in a poor toss. 4. Do: Drop the toss hand down to a point between both legs almost touching the inside of the right thigh (right-hander) and then up in a straight line. The simplest technique is to move your toss hand down and up in the direction of the right net post (for righty, left net post for lefty) on both the deuce and add side. Moving your toss arm in this direction gets the body rotated and allows the ball to move in a straight line forward of the body and in front of the hitting shoulder. So, for a basic flat or slice serve, this toss technique is dependable and accurate. It also works beautifully for a topspin or kick serve toss (with some modifications) Beware: On the flip side, some current information advises us to make the toss arm rise on a line parallel to

the baseline (the toss hand is moving in the direction of the right fence). Many of the men’s ATP and college players are using this method of tossing as a part of gaining heavy rotation of the trunk and upper body. This may be great for rotation but lousy for actually getting the ball to go forward where it needs to be. So, depending upon your level, athletic ability and amount of time devoted to the serve, this technique may or may not be for you. 5. Do: Realize that the release point of the ball is pretty tricky. If released too early, the ball goes too far forward and if released too late it will go behind the head. This is a matter of inches so it’s pretty delicate. Make sure to release the ball around eye level. Generally, the fingers of the toss hand are spread open right after the release of the ball. You might think of the release as a “pop” opening of the hand. The ball toss should travel in a straight line up and down with no spin or arc, unless tossing for a kick or topspin serve. Don’t underestimate the precision needed for a good release point. Curled fingers around the ball and a fast upswing of the toss arm cause major problems for a consistent release point. continued on page 58

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the serve continued from page 57 “The details of 6. Do: Continue the hand up to full extension, fingertips to the sky and the shoulder under the chin (see photo to the right). This enables the head to get up and to stay up. The toss arm leads the way up to the ball by holding the body firmly up and the eyes look over the toss hand at the ball. This big, strong stretch upwards sets the correct shoulder angle for maximum upward drive to the ball. Hold the toss hand up to a quick count of one, two and three while the legs, torso and hit arm continue to move. For the simplest finish of the hand at

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full extension, you will be looking up at the “V” between the thumb and forefinger. Again, if you look at the pros, you’ll see a broad range of palm up, thumb up or top of the hand up to the sky. Don’t: Stop the toss arm and hand immediately after release of the ball (just above parallel to the ground) This stunted upswing causes uncontrolled tosses, doesn’t give the player enough time to complete the swing arm action and fails to set proper shoulder angle. That’s plenty of information for now. As always, take one thing at a time but try to understand

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the toss will make or break your toss.” the entire picture. The details of the toss will make or break your toss. Pay attention and you’ll be on your way to great serve technique. Have fun and work hard! Next issue … what happens after the ball release, toss location and grip/toss combinations for specific serves. Lisa Dodson is owner of Servemaster at The Total Serve, a USPTA Elite Pro, a formerly world ranked player and radio show host. She may be reached by e-mail at lisa@thetotalserve.com or visitwww.thetotalserve.com.


Queens College Tennis Bubble Gets Lighting Upgrade

he Queens College tennis bubble took another step forward in its renovation with the recent installation of improved lighting in the facility. The lights will now reflect light upward and not downward, thus improving the quality of play for the users. The Queens College tennis bubble offers tennis players a myriad of options for their

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pleasure. There are lessons for both adults and juniors, open court times, as well as various clinics and USTA events throughout the year. The state-of-the-art lights reflect light upward, keeping the glare out of players’ eyes; while still providing ample light to play long into the night. The tennis bubble, which was

a victim of a tornado in 2010, had undergone a rebirth with new equipment, facilities and now, brand new lighting. The new lighting, which cost approximately $320,000, was part of an overall $2.4 million renovation to the Queens College bubble and took three months to complete.

2013-2014 Queens College Men's Tennis Schedule All home matches played at Queens College, located at 65-30 Kissena Boulevard in Queens, N.Y. For more information, visit www.queensknights.com.

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Opponent

Time

Friday, Feb. 28

Fordham

Noon

Saturday, March 8

Philadelphia U.

6:00 p.m.

Friday, March 14

Post

11:00 a.m.

Saturday, March 15

at Chestnut Hill

Noon

Friday, March 21

Bloomfield

3:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 23

Stonehill

Noon

Friday, March 28

at St. Thomas Aquinas*

3:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 29

Merrimack

Noon

Sunday, March 30

University of the Sciences

Noon

Wednesday, April 2

at NYIT*

3:00 p.m.

Friday, April 4

Adelphi

Noon

Saturday, April 5

Dowling*

Noon

Friday, April 11

Daemen*

3:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 12

Roberts Wesleyan*

Noon

Wednesday, April 16

at Caldwell

3:30 p.m.

Friday, April 18

at District of Columbia*

Noon

Friday, April 25

ECC Championship Day 1, Hosted by Queens College

TBA

Saturday, April 26

ECC Championship Day 2 Hosted by Queens College

TBA

All home matches in italics

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Doubles Specialist Ross Hutchins

By Andrew Eichenholz oss Hutchins came into the 2014 Australian Open just the way any player would want to, with a win. Partnering with Colin Fleming, he won a three-set match to advance to the second round of the first Grand Slam tournament of the season. For most players, this would be an ordinary win, a solid way to start off the new tennis year. In the world of Ross Hutchins, this win was anything but ordinary. At the end of the 2012 season, Hutchins went into his training camp after having the best season of his career. Representing Great Britain in the Davis Cup, reaching the Round of 16 at two Grand Slams, and taking home two titles to boot, Hutchins was at the high point of his tennis career. All of that changed when Hutchins went to his doctor during the offseason. After a

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series of appointments and tests, the 28year-old got a scary diagnosis: He with diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Receiving treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital in England, Hutchins would have to endure six months of intense chemotherapy before even pondering a return to the Pro Tour. For a player who enjoyed his best season as a pro in 2012, that pill may have been a tough one to swallow. Regardless of the fight on his hands, Hutchins stayed in close contact with the sport throughout his battle. After his first session of chemotherapy on Jan. 12, 2013, Hutchins tweeted about the success of his doubles partner Colin Fleming in winning a tournament. Staying in the public’s view was a constant throughout his treatment, as in between chemotherapy sessions, Hutchins made appearances for many different media outlets. As the summer approached, Hutchins made many television appear-

ances to promote an event he was heavily involved in, raising funds in support of the fight against cancer. Along with his friend Andy Murray, the Rally for Cancer was initiated just before Wimbledon. Hutchins and company brought together many tennis and celebrity personalities for the benefit of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity on June 16. As Hutchins looked on, a celebrity doubles match took place following the finals of the AEGON Championships, which Murray won. Jonathan Ross, Richard Branson and others joined tennis stars Tomas Berdych, Ivan Lendl, Tim Henman and Murray for an entertaining doubles match at the Queen’s Club. According to a charity page put together by the AEGON Championships, the event itself wasn’t just a huge success, but the monetary gains were huge as well. Donors contributed nearly 300 percent of the target for donations, with 276,323.66 Euros

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Fights Back From Cancer

raised. This was great news for the charitable cause in support of Hutchins and the fight against cancer would lead to even better news just over a month later. On July 22, Hutchins brightened the tennis world’s day by announcing on Twitter that his doctor, Professor David Cunningham, told him that he was in remission. After fighting against a terrible disease, Hutchins could finally look forward to jumping back on the tennis court. As if nothing had happened, Hutchins was back at it again, starting a full slate of

tournaments with the same partner, Fleming, in 2014. While no match will ever be as tough as the battle he has already won, Hutchins looks to get back towards the top of the tennis world once again. The Wimbledon native does not want to be seen as the guy that beat cancer, but tennis professional Ross Hutchins. After his win at the 2014 Australian Open, Hutchins said, “I’m a player, and I want to be treated as a player.” For his own peace of mind, Hutchins doesn’t have to worry about earning respect on the Pro Tour ever again.

Andrew Eichenholz is a journalism student at Stony Brook University, where he currently is a staff writer for The Statesman, covering tennis amongst many sports. He grew up playing tennis at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, where he learned to love the game, eventually becoming a part time tennis instructor, working for the most part with the QuickStart 10 & Under Program. Andrew has also served as a ballperson at the U.S. Open. He may be reached by e-mail at andrew.eichenholz@stonybrook.edu.

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The Barometer of Success on the Court and in Life By Lonnie Mitchel s a coach of many individual players as well as collegiate teams, my expectations of what I can get out of these players are put to the test on a daily basis. I have done some research on what some of the great coaches have narrowed it down to in a variety of values and traits. And no, it is not just skill that determines one’s success! Studying the films and teachings of the late Vince Lombardi, a man who is considered the greatest coach of all time, he said successful athletes, doctors, businessmen/women will flourish if these characteristics are present. They must have a high level of commitment, be truthful and honest, strive for excellence, remain resultsoriented, display a high level of passion, develop good habits and mental toughness, and have a great respect for their coaches. Those words are pretty impactful when you list them as stated above. Now let’s put it to the test. I was in the business world for almost 30 years and coached tennis for almost the same amount of time. I cannot poke any holes in the traits for determining success. Do you know any people who are very successful? I am willing to bet that most of those traits are present in that individual. If the majority of those traits are missing, we

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cannot expect a high level of success or perhaps any success at all. Back to the tennis court … as a coach, I learned this lesson the hard way. Players who had tremendous skill must be a great addition to my collegiate program, right? Wrong … I have dismissed players from my team who were really good players after giving them chances to improve and develop these personal characteristics. When I look back in time, those players who were ultimately dismissed were very much lacking in many or most of those areas. The player(s) dismissed ultimately did not like my decision, after all, the coach is always the problem according to them. The player or student, after all, could not possibly be wrong in anyway shape or form. So it must be the coach who knows nothing and the player who is always right after all? So why is it that the team got better and the skill level of the remaining members increased? The players then take on the philosophy of the coach and whether they win or lose, the harmony on the team also prospers. With that, over time, the number of wins generally rises and everybody is much happier. It is quite an extraordinary transition that takes place. Let’s face it, people come in all shapes, sizes, and athletic abilities from different cultures and backgrounds, but the test is still the same. The universal language/strat-

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egy in our international sport, which has individuals playing in it from across the globe, is to put the burden on the opponent to have to hit one more shot! The chances of that happening increases and is determined by these traits (commitment, honesty, striving for excellence, remaining result-oriented, displaying a high level of passion, developing good habits and mental toughness, discipline and respect for the coaches). When a player comes into my office, whether they may be a potential student athlete (recruit), current player or a student in any of the classes I teach, I refer to those traits and let them know that their success will be determined by adapting those traits. I do not know who wrote this passage, but the saying, “If It Is to Be, It Is Up to Me,” resonates with me in that a player can decide their fate by adapting those very positive and successful determining traits. It has been said by many coaches in a variety of sports, if you rely on your talents alone, you will fail. Developing yourself and working on your craft using the Vince Lombardi Litmus Test is certainly the barometer you would want to use. If you are a player out there interested in playing for me, be prepared as I will ask you how you do in each of those categories on that barometer test. You will be examined and I will observe you and try to get the best out of you and I will refer to those traits repeatedly. However, you may not be playing collegiate, high school, USTA tennis, and simply just playing recreationally. Apply those qualities to your game, I know you will improve. Try applying those qualities in the classroom, in the workplace and to all of your endeavors, including that of being a good person. I can promise you that you will have the best chance of success! Lonnie Mitchel is head men’s and women’s tennis coach at SUNY Oneonta. Lonnie was named an assistant coach to Team USA for the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel for the Grand Master Tennis Division. Lonnie may be reached by phone at (516) 414-7202 or e-mail lonniemitchel@yahoo.com.


How the Seattle Seahawks Really Won the Super Bowl By Tina Greenbaum, LCSW ne watching the most recent drubbing of the favored, Payton Manningled Broncos, by the youthful defense and offense of the Seattle Seahawks, might be taken somewhat aback by the revelations shared by Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll. He revealed his team’s intensity and singleminded aggressive mindset can be significantly attributed to a regimen of peaceful and tranquil mediation and yoga. Not possible you say? Not possible in a world of NFL violence? Well, read on my Doubting Thomas? So what does that have to do with you, the aspiring recreational or competitive tennis player? The mental game is typically the stepchild to technical and tactical training, yet tennis is a game that requires a highly skilled mindset to cope with the quick pace of its ups and downs. I am always intrigued by how surprised my students are when they realize how much work needs to go into mental conditioning. The mind, by its nature, is wild and wants to give us an ongoing stream of negative selftalk and rationalizations. Training the mind is frequently akin to training a bucking bronco. There are many physiological changes that go on in the body when it is under stress …

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and we all know just how stressful competition can be. Yet we perform our best when the body is relaxed and focused. So how do we handle this seemingly contradictory situation? Follow these next three tips and you will begin to experience the benefits of mental conditioning training: 1. Learn how to initiate the “Relaxation Response:” “Relaxation Response” is a term coined by Herbert Benson, MD in 1975, a physical state of deep rest that changes our physical and emotional responses to stress. When we practice this progressive relaxation exercise (which is a form of meditation that takes us to this state) off the court, our bodies have a greater tolerance for stress while on the court. It’s like putting money in the bank and having it when we need it. During competition, we are more able to think clearly and play in a more focused and relaxed manner. 2. Practice focusing exercises: Tennis is a game of extreme concentration and focusing is a skill that will help you concentrate. The first step in mastering this skill is to begin to recognize when you are not focused, or in other words, when you become distracted. The tennis ball gives you the ultimate object on which to pay attention to. Practice noticing when your concentration wanders and con-

tinuously, without judgment, bring it back to watching the spin of the ball. 3. Create a ritual for yourself: Every great player has a recognizable ritual that he or she does every time they play a match. Whether it’s Rafael Nadal putting his hair behind his ears and pulling on his shorts, or Maria Sharapova’s walk behind the baseline in between points … these predictable patterns have a succinct purpose. That purpose is to help them relax and let go of the last point and prepare for the next. Mental conditioning is an ongoing process. Changing one’s thoughts, learning how to relax and breathe on the court and practicing focusing all take time and effort. But if you make the commitment to add these skills to your arsenal, you will be amazed at the difference you will make not only in your game, but also in your life. Tina Greenbaum, LCSW is a sport psychology consultant. She, along with her partner Fred Sperber is co-owner of Tennis to the Max, a program that combines the technical elements of the game with the allimportant mental side to ensure maximum performance. She may be reached by email at tina@tennistothemax.com or visit www.tennistothemax.com.

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Facing Federer By Scoop Malinowski ow available at Amazon.com, Facing Federer by Scoop Malinowski features more than 50 ATP players as they describe the actual ex-perience of playing tennis against Roger Federer. The book also includes Federer interviews, media, celebrity, fan and insider perspectives of one of the greatest sportsmen of all time. Here is an excerpt from two players, Gilles Muller and Dmitry Tursunov, talking about their unique experiences of competing against Roger Federer …

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Dmitry Tursunov His fans and the press make him sound a lot more threatening than he is. Dmitry Tursunov: It depends. If everyone talks about Roger as being the greatest, then you come out on the court against him feeling a little threatened. So you start making a little bit of mistakes that you normally don’t do. So I think a lot of it sort of 64

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happens in your head. You think to yourself a little bit, you force yourself to play too good for your own level. And if you get used to playing him, then you start playing a little bit within yourself and usually that’s the best chance for you to do your best. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing, if you’re trying to force yourself to play outside of your comfort zone, you’re always going to make mistakes, whether it’s against Roger or my grandmother, it doesn’t matter. What was your most memorable match with him? Tursunov: I’ve played three matches against him. I’ve lost all three of them. In one of them, I did take a set off of him. My last match against him was in the Olympics. I kind of defeated myself there in that final set. I was so nervous playing him that I made a lot of mistakes and all he had to do was show up. Again, I’m not trying to downsize Roger and he doesn’t need downsizing. I don’t think it’s necessary to bring him up to like a deity level of a player. He’s not. He can be defeated and Rafa has proved it. Rafa doesn’t get affected by that. Mentally, he’s very disciplined. He’s able to just play his game pattern regardless of who he’s playing. He could be playing you, me, Roger, he doesn’t care. If Jesus comes down and starts floating on the court, he still plays the way he’s playing. And that’s why he’s able to defeat Roger, in large part. There’s a lot of other things. It’s not like Rafa doesn’t have any weapons. My point is, a lot of defeats against Roger happen psychologically. Players force themselves to step out of their comfort zone and they start making mistakes. It’s like going out on a date with a really hot girl. You’re probably going to try to make stupid


jokes and then you’re going to feel like an idiot. That’s kind of how it feels. Just to sum it up [smiles]. Your lasting memory of Roger on the court or off the court? An anecdote? Tursunov: Well, he can’t. He’s got an image to uphold. So he can’t do anything less than, you know, like his hair is glowing.

Gilles Muller Is Roger very hard for you to play against? Gilles Muller: Of course. He’s one of the greatest of all time, if not the greatest. And obviously he’s a very good player. To be honest, I prefer to play him than to play Nadal, for example, or Djokovic. Because they make you suffer on the court. They make you physically suffer on the court. And Roger’s more the guy who hits winners. So it’s not as hard physically to play him. That’s what I felt. Of course, in tennis, of what he’s able to do with the ball–it’s just amazing." What is your most memorable match with Roger? Gilles Muller: The one I remember the most is the one at the U.S. Open when I lost in three close sets in the quarterfinals. The first time I played him was pretty amazing too. I played him the first time in Indian Wells. That was back in 2005. And he had his long hair [laughs]. That was a pretty nice moment also because it was only my first year at the high level playing the big tournaments. So that was a nice moment. I like to remember the time we played at the U.S. Open because that was a close match, at least close to winning one set. So far, I’ve never won a set against him. So I was very close there. How are your relations with Roger off the court? Gilles Muller: Well, he’s very laid back. I

mean, he’s always friendly to everybody, so that makes him special. Because you have a lot of those guys you barely see and they barely talk to you. And that’s probably also because we speak the same language. He speaks French-German like me, so it’s easy to communicate with him. He’s a pretty nice person. He’s laid back. You don’t feel like he’s mad at stuff all the time. He seems like … I’ve never seen him in a bad mood. That makes him a pretty good person I think. Can you share a lasting memory on or off the court, maybe a conversation or an anecdote? Gilles Muller: I spoke to him the day before we played in the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open. And I was just surprised. Because, for me, it was the first time I was at that stage in the tournament. All the press work with all the interviews and everything. And because I’m coming from a country where they’re not traveling to the tournaments so I have to make calls all the time and speak and give interviews in three or four different languages. So that’s always tough for me. At that point, that was the first time that happened to me, so it was very tough for me. On the other hand, I just saw him and he was doing the same thing. And I guess he was doing that every day. I was just asking how he does it. It was pretty nice to speak with him. I mean, he could have not answered to me, because we played each other the next day. I think

there’s a couple of guys who would not like to do that—speak to the guy or be nice to the guy you play the next day. But he was just very relaxed and he told me, ‘Yeah, you get used to that. And it’s tough, but …’ But it was nice. It was a nice memory. Your first memory of Roger Federer? Gilles Muller: I think … I can’t remember against just who he was playing, but I’m pretty sure it was at the Basel tournament and I watched it on TV. And everybody was talking about this Federer guy being the next number one and being a very good junior. And I just remember that the racquet flew everywhere on the court [laughs]. He threw his racquet like almost every point he lost. And then people said that’s one of his problems, he used to be crazy on the court, and very emotional. It’s amazing how he developed in that manner. He’s so calm on the court now, you barely see him say a word on the court now. That was pretty funny. I remember watching that match. I can’t remember who he played but the guy hit a winner against him and he just threw the racquet from the baseline to his bag. I thought that was pretty funny because when you see him now he’s a totally different person. Scoop Malinowski is the co-owner of Tennis-prose.com. His books, Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew and Facing Federer are now available through Amazon.com. He may be reached by e-mail at mrbiofile@aol.com.

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

ach bi-monthly 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 worldclass 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 Steven (Dix Hills, N.Y.) … I am currently a high school junior and played high school tennis last season. I play number one singles and I am in the top 15 in my Section. I had some real

good matches at number one singles and some not so competitive. My outside coach thinks I should not play on the team, but rather, take additional drill sessions and train with him and better juniors every day. I’m conflicted and really not sure because I do love being on the team and hanging out with my teammates. What do you think I should do? Nick Bollettieri: This is not an easy question to answer, one way or the other, but my suggestion is to consider the following: l Are you in the best physical shape you can be? l Why not do both and have your coach video some of your high school matches and then sit and review them? l There must be specific drilling sessions that your coach should consider, but also have him watch you play practice matches. Review the tape after to see what is taking place when you play.

Question from Judith (New York, N.Y.) … As a coach what is the biggest indicator that a player has what it takes to make it professionally in tennis? Nick Bollettieri: I have been a coach for almost 60 years, and it would be difficult to pin it down to only one tip, but here are a few to think about: l Refuse to lose. l Never make excuses. l It’s all about winning. Playing the best you can play is only accepting second place. l The game today is divided into three categories that you must master: The Technical, the Physical and the Mental. l Your game cannot have a weakness and you must have one or two weapons. l Make sure you have a well-selected support team. l Last and most important, I want a player that will hit the last ball to win. Question from Jordan (Sayville, N.Y.) … What about your Academy keeps it as one of the top-ranked training facilities in the nation year after year? Nick Bollettieri: IMG Academy is the leading training institution in the world because we keep adding new facilities and innovating. We compete with ourselves and never become complacent. We are spending more time on integrating the physical and mental parts of the game than ever before. The IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis Program has a dedicated staff, directed by Rohan Goetzke, and they work as a team to develop high-performing athletes who can go on to have successful collegiate and professional careers.

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directory Bethpage Park Tennis Center Andrea Pappas—Manager 99 Quaker Meeting House Road #1 Farmingdale, NY 11735 (516) 777-1358 • bptcenter@aol.com Butch Seewagen Tennis Academy @ Rockville Centre CATS Jami Madison—Director 188 Maple Avenue • Rockville Centre, NY 11570 (516) 763-1299, ext. 10 • catsrvc@gmail.com Carefree Racquet Club Kathy Miller—Manager 1414 Jerusalem Avenue • Merrick, NY 11566 (516) 489-9005 • carefreetennis@aol.com Deer Park Tennis Club Afzal Ali—Director of Tennis 30 Burt Drive • Deer Park, NY 11729 (631) 667-3476 • www.deerparktennis.com Eastern Athletic Club Betsy Johnson—Manager 854 Jericho Turnpike Huntington Station, NY 11746 (631) 271-6616 • www.easternathleticclubs.com Early Hit Training Center at Glen Head Racquet Club 95 Glen Head Road • Glen Head, NY 11545 Carl Barnett: (516) 455-1225 • earlyhit@optonline.net Glen Head Racquet Club 95 Glen Head Road Glen Head, NY 11545 Stephanie Leo: (516) 676-9849 glenheadrc@verizon.net Huntington Indoor Tennis Club Richard Rottkamp—Manager/Owner 100 Broadway Huntington Station, NY 11746 (631) 421-0040 hitennis@myway.com New York Tennis Academy at Great Neck Estates Howie Arons—Director of Junior Tennis Program 12 Shore Drive Great Neck, NY 11021 (516) 233-2790 • bightennis@aol.com Point Set Indoor Tennis Tonny vandePieterman—Director of Tennis 3065 New Street • Oceanside, NY 11572 (516) 536-2323 tonny@pointsettennis.com www.pointsettennis.com

Port Washington Tennis Academy Manny Iqbal—Director of Tennis 100 Harbor Road • Port Washington, NY 11050 (516) 883-6425 • tennis@pwta.com • www.pwta.com Robbie Wagner’s Tournament Training Center @ Glen Cove Stephen Alcala—Managing Partner 60 Sea Cliff Avenue • Glen Cove, NY 11542 (516) 759-0505 • www.rwtt.com

SPORTIME Kings Park Jeff Morys—Director of Tennis 275 Old Indian Head Road • Kings Park, NY 11754 (631) 269-6300 • jmorys@sportimeny.com www.sportimeny.com/kings-park SPORTIME Lynbrook Danny Caseas—Director of Tennis 175 Merrick Road • Lynbrook, NY 11563 (516) 887-1330 • dcaseas@sportimeny.com www.sportimeny.com/lynbrook

Robbie Wagner’s Tournament Training Center @ Glenwood Landing Adrian Chirici—Director of Tennis 142 Glenwood Landing Road Glenwood Landing, NY 11547 (516) 676-9107 • www.rwtt.com

SPORTIME Massapequa Chris Leahy—General Manager 5600 Old Sunrise Highway • Massapequa, NY 11758 (516) 799-3550 • cleahy@sportimeny.com www.sportimeny.com/massapequa

Rockville Racquet Club Colleen Woods—Manager 80 North Centre Avenue • Rockville Center, NY 11570 (516) 764-5350 • rockvilletennis@optonline.net

SPORTIME Quogue Greg Bolitsky—Director of Tennis 2571 Quogue-Riverhead • East Quogue, NY 11959 (631) 653-6767 • gbolitsky@sportimeny.com www.sportimeny.com/quogue

Ross School Holly Li—Manager 18 Goodfriend Drive • East Hampton, NY 11937 (631) 907-5162 • hli@ross.org • www.ross.org/tennis Shinnecock Tennis Club 125 Sandy Hollow Road • Southhampton, NY 11968 (631) 283-3422 • www.shinnecocktennisclub.com SPORTIME Amagansett Sue de Lara—General Manager 320 Abrahams Path • Amagansett, NY 11930 (631) 267-3460 • amagansett@sportimeny.com www.sportimeny.com/amagansett Eric Scoppetta-Camp Director (631) 267-2267 (CAMP) • ehsc@sportimeny.com www.sportimeny.com/ehsc SPORTIME Amagansett Multi-Sport Mike Ritsi—General Manager 385 Abrahams Path • Amagansett, NY 11930 (631) 267-3460 • mritsi@sportimeny.com www.sportimeny.com/amagansett-multi-sport SPORTIME Bethpage Tennis Long Island Home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy Mike Kossoff—General Manager 101 Norcross Avenue • Bethpage, NY 11714 (516) 933-8500 • mkossoff@sportimeny.com www.sportimeny.com/bethpage-tennis SPORTIME Bethpage Multi-Sport Randy Louie—General Manager 4105 Hempstead Turnpike • Bethpage, NY 11714 (516) 731-4432 • rlouie@sportimeny.com www.sportimeny.com/bethpage-multi-sport

SPORTIME Randall’s Island Manhattan Home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy Allison Hodgkins—Director of Tennis Central One Randall’s Island • New York, NY 10035 (212) 427-6150 • ahodgkins@sportimeny.com www.sportimeny.com/manhattan SPORTIME Roslyn Jay Harris—General Manager Landing Road, PO Box 1 • Roslyn, NY 11576 (516) 484-9222 • jharris@sportimeny.com www.sportimeny.com/roslyn SPORTIME Syosset Tennis & Multi-Sport Wendi Enright—General Manager 75 Haskett Drive • Syosset, NY 11791 (516) 364-2727 • wenright@sportimeny.com www.sportimeny.com/syosset-tennis SPORTIME Lake Isle Westchester Home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy Harel Srugo—General Manager 660 White Plains Road • Eastchester, NY 10709 (914) 777-5151 • hsrugo@sportimeny.com www.sportimeny.com/lake-isle USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Whitney Kraft—Director of Tennis Flushing Meadows Corona Park • Flushing, NY 11568 (718) 760-6200 • www.usta.com World Gym Bay Shore Tracie Forsythe—Director of Tennis 225 Howells Road • Bay Shore, NY 11706 (631) 456-0994 • tracieforsythe@yahoo.com www.worldgymbayshore.com

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LONG Boys & Girls Long Island Rankings (as of 02/24/14)

BOYS Long Island Boys 12 Singles Rank Name..................................City 1 ........Luke Karniewich ................Glen Head, N.Y. 2 ........Aryan Kumar Sethi ............Dix Hills, N.Y. 3 ........Timothy Lewis Chiu ..........Holtsville, N.Y. 4 ........Robert Steven Bellino........Huntington, N.Y. 5 ........Mark Ryan Taranov............Valley Stream, N.Y. 6 ........Adrian Kristofer Tsui ..........Roslyn Heights, N. Y. 7 ........Max Daniel Safir ................Old Westbury, N. Y. 8 ........Sohrob Yavari ....................Syosset, N.Y. 9 ........Gunnar S. Overstrom ........Locust Valley, N.Y. 10 ......Amani Siddiqui ..................West Babylon, N.Y. 11 ......Alexander Hom..................Manhasset, N.Y. 12 ......Kian Louis Ghazvini ..........Glen Head, N.Y. 13 ......Arin Siriamonthep ..............Greenvale, N.Y. 14 ......Justin Benjamin Oresky ....Syosset, N.Y. 15 ......Valentine LeGoupil-Maier..Oceanside, N.Y. 16 ......Bradford J. Lin ..................Great Neck, N.Y. 17 ......Brandon Zhu ......................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 18 ......Michael Hayden Singer ....Greenlawn, N.Y. 19 ......Joseph Monticciolo ..........Coram, N.Y. 20 ......Daniel Chikvashvili ............Melville, N.Y. 21 ......Brandon Lee ......................Valley Stream, N.Y. 22 ......Ethan Sims ........................Roslyn, N.Y. 23 ......Ravi MacGurn....................Amagansett, N.Y. 24 ......Sujay Alluri..........................Old Westbury, N.Y. 25 ......Tommy George Srisuro......Garden City, N.Y. 26 ......Torin Suner Bograd............Huntington, N.Y 27 ......Maximillian Wreidt..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 28 ......Ian Schunk ........................Westhampton Beach, N.Y. 29 ......Alexander Karman ............Port Washington, N.Y. 30 ......Justin McMackin................North Baldwin, N.Y. 31 ......Cameron Levchuck ..........Greenlawn, N.Y. 32 ......Anthony Casale..................Old Bethpage, N.Y. 33 ......Joshua Elenowitz ..............Syosset, N.Y. 34 ......Brandon Lin........................Great Neck, N.Y. 35 ......Jared Lake..........................Hewlett, N.Y. 36 ......Christopher Lall..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 37 ......Yoel Andre Yamus..............Deer Park, N.Y. 38 ......Jacob Buchbinder ............Roslyn, N.Y. 39 ......Jack Louchheim ................Sagaponack, N.Y. 40 ......Michael Weitz ....................Roslyn, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 14 Singles Rank Name..................................City 1 ........Justin Ullman ....................Huntington Station, N.Y. 2 ........Matthew Kolkhorst ............Sea Cliff, N.Y. 3 ........Alexander Roti....................Locust Valley, N.Y. 4 ........Rohan Mathur ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 5 ........Sol Yoon ............................Commack, N.Y. 6 ........Tyler London ......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 7 ........Samir Singh........................Syosset, N.Y. 8 ........Nicholas Gajda ..................Smithtown, N.Y. 9 ........Mark Julian Baker..............North Baldwin, N.Y. 10 ......Avi Anand ..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 11 ......Adam M. Canarick ............Woodbury, N.Y. 12 ......Jagger Gillman ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 13 ......Matthew T. Roberts ..........Setauket, N.Y. 14 ......George Kaslow ..................Port Washington, N.Y. 15 ......Michael Kaydin ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 16 ......Matthew Reid Zapken ......Roslyn, N.Y. 17 ......Josh A. Antell ....................Oyster Bay, N.Y.

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18 ......Jack Cameron Goldman ..Old Westbury, N.Y. 19 ......Julian Thomas MacGurn ..Amagansett, N.Y. 20 ......David Ammendola ............Massapequa, N.Y. 21 ......Connor Leaf ......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 22 ......Matthew Terlovsky ............Merrick, N.Y. 23 ......Adam Bradley Wilck ..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 24 ......Peter Leonard Fahy ..........Huntington, N.Y. 25 ......Evan Kirsh ..........................Roslyn, N.Y. 26 ......Tyler Neirman ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 27 ......Yash Samantaray ..............Syosset, N.Y. 28 ......Valentine LeGoupil-Maier..Oceanside, N.Y. 29 ......Ethan Bradford ..................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 30 ......Jeffrey M. McDonnell ........Glen Cove, N.Y. 31 ......Christopher Grisham ........Huntington, N.Y. 32 ......Aditya Dave........................Syosset, N.Y. 33 ......Justin Lempert ..................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 34 ......Niles Ghaffar ......................Massapequa, N.Y. 35 ......Andrew Marc Nakhjavan ..Dix Hills, N.Y. 36 ......Adrian Kristofer Tsui ..........Roslyn Heights, N. Y. 37 ......George Rettaliata ..............Bay Shore, N.Y. 38 ......Luke Karniewich ................Glen Head, N.Y. 39 ......Sanford Greenberg............Dix Hills, N.Y. 40 ......Sohrob Yavari ....................Syosset, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 16 Singles Rank Name..................................City 1 ........Faran Nazir ........................Deer Park, N.Y. 2 ........Matthew Kolkhorst ............Sea Cliff, N.Y. 3 ........Patrick Sean Lombardi......Halesite, N.Y. 4 ........Oliver Jaskowski................Malverne, N.Y. 5 ........Simar Deep Sawhney........New Hyde Park, N.Y. 6 ........Evan Lander ......................Old Bethpage, N.Y. 7 ........Christopher McGorty ........Bellmore, N.Y. 8 ........Kenneth Francis Chiu........Holtsville, N.Y. 9 ........Jason Gerber ....................Commack, N.Y. 10 ......Drew Greenberg ................Dix Hills, N.Y. 11 ......Marco Ammirati ................Halesite, N.Y. 12 ......Saiteja Damineni ................Albertson, N.Y. 13 ......Nicholas Gajda ..................Smithtown, N.Y. 14 ......Joshua Simoncic ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 15 ......Jack Cameron Goldman ..Old Westbury, N.Y. 16 ......Jay Burkett ........................Syosset, N.Y. 17 ......Julian Thomas MacGurn ..Amagansett, N.Y. 18 ......Mark Julian Baker..............North Baldwin, N.Y. 19 ......Zane Siddiqui ....................Long Beach, N.Y. 20 ......George Kaslow ..................Port Washington, N.Y. 21 ......Aaron Askowitz ..................Great Neck, N.Y. 22 ......Benjamin Craddock ..........Stony Brook, N.Y. 23 ......Spencer Kirschman ..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 24 ......Derek Menker ....................Great Neck, N.Y. 25 ......Nick John Stamatos..........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 26 ......Evan Lowitt ........................Syosset, N.Y. 27 ......Joonho Ko..........................Huntington, N.Y. 28 ......Kevin Alec Kowalsky ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 29 ......Jonathan Eisenson ............Saint James, N.Y. 30 ......Jordan Michael Bennett ....Valley Stream, N.Y. 31 ......Kyle Hudson Gower ..........Oceanside, N.Y. 32 ......Connor Wright....................Commack, N.Y. 33 ......Kenneth Michael Wang ....Manhasset, N.Y. 34 ......Austin Egna........................Port Washington, N.Y. 35 ......Jake Parker Cohen............Oceanside, N.Y. 36 ......Vincent Tozzi ......................North Babylon, N.Y. 37 ......Curran Varma ....................Manhasset, N.Y. 38 ......David Seth Zuckerman......Valley Stream, N.Y. 39 ......Kevin Kucharczyk ..............Rocky Point, N.Y. 40 ......George Robert Muller........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.

RANKINGS

Long Island Boys 18 Singles Rank Name..................................City 1 ........Matthew Bahar ..................Woodbury, N.Y. 2 ........Evan Kober ........................Wantagh, N.Y. 3 ........Faran Nazir ........................Deer Park, N.Y. 4 ........Florimond Maier ................Oceanside, N.Y. 5 ........Sebastian Alvarez ..............Mastic Beach, N.Y. 6 ........Christopher McGorty ........Bellmore, N.Y. 7 ........Steven Kucharczyk............Rocky Point, N.Y. 8 ........Luke Douglas Johnston ....Port Washington, N.Y. 9 ........Connor Gould ....................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 10 ......Kenneth Michael Wang ....Manhasset, N.Y. 11 ......Tyler Grosse........................Bayport, N.Y. 12 ......Marco Ammirati ................Halesite, N.Y. 13 ......Jordan Diamond ................Mt. Sinai, N.Y. 14 ......Evan Lowitt ........................Syosset, N.Y. 15 ......Jason Gerber ....................Commack, N.Y. 16 ......Nick John Stamatos..........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 17 ......Vincent Thompson ............Massapequa, N.Y. 18 ......Cole Laffitte ........................East Setauket, N.Y. 19 ......Joseph James D’orazio ....Saint James, N.Y. 20 ......David Henry Reinharz........Rockville Center, N.Y. 21 ......Chirag A. Doshi..................Sands Point, N.Y. 22 ......Cory Seltman ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 23 ......Ankur Kejriwal ....................Hewlett, N.Y. 24 ......Troy Michael Haas ............Huntington Station, N.Y. 25 ......Chris Buckley ....................Bohemia, N.Y. 26 ......Max E. Huffman ................Bayport, N.Y. 27 ......Michael Liebman ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 28 ......Cameron Posillico..............Bayville, N.Y. 29 ......Timothy Sorenson ............Glen Cove, N.Y. 30 ......Evan Nierman ....................Dix Hills, N.Y.

GIRLS Long Island Girls 12 Singles Rank Name..................................City 1 ........Julia Gentile........................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 2 ........Hannah Vinod Abraham....Syosset, N.Y. 3 ........Madelyn Kay Germano ....Islip, N.Y. 4 ........Alexis Madison Huber ......Melville, N.Y. 5 ........Julia Kielan ........................Valley Stream, N.Y. 6 ........Alina Rebeca Lyakhov ......Great Neck, N.Y. 7 ........Lauren Zola ........................Rockville Center, N.Y. 8 ........Janae Fouche ....................Freeport, N.Y. 9 ........Jill Olga Lawrence..............Hauppauge, N.Y. 10 ......Lauren Hutton ....................Huntington, N.Y. 11 ......Gabriela Sciarrotta ............Woodmere, N.Y. 12 ......Denise Lai ..........................Setauket, N.Y. 13 ......Daniela J. Benigno ............Shoreham, N.Y. 14 ......Janelle Chen ......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 15 ......Ida Nicole Poulos ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 16 ......Ivanna Nikolic ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 17 ......Ally Friedman ....................East Hampton, N.Y. 18 ......Madeline Richmond ..........Syosset, N.Y. 19 ......Julianna Marie Romeo ......Massapequa, N.Y. 20 ......Kavina Amin ......................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 21 ......Annaliese Zola....................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 22 ......Margaret Esther Haykin ....Great Neck, N.Y. 23 ......Kaya Amin..........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 24 ......Sofia Rose Anzalone ........Center Moriches, N.Y. 25 ......Grace Isabel Riviezzo ........Syosset, N.Y. 26 ......Sarah Gabrielle Faber........Roslyn, N.Y. 27 ......Olivia Broder ......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 28 ......Daniela Victoria Paikin ......Valley Stream, N.Y. 29 ......Anna Vanessa Malin ..........Oceanside, N.Y. 30 ......Sophia Elizabeth Schutte..Great Neck, N.Y. 31 ......Kristina Pali ........................Great Neck, N.Y. 32 ......Morena DeVito ..................Syosset, N.Y.

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33 ......Lauren Jordana Druz ........Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 34 ......Andrea Irta Brazyte............Ronkonkoma, N.Y. 35 ......Remi Berlent ......................Huntington, N.Y. 36 ......Bianca Rose Lorich ..........Southampton, N.Y. 37 ......Sarah Gunasekera ............Mt. Sinai, N.Y. 38 ......Sarah Jayne Lubow ..........Locust Valley, N.Y. 39 ......Shoshana Leah Tokar........Great Neck, N.Y. 40 ......Hailey Rose Loughlin ........Shirley, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 14 Singles Rank Name..................................City 1 ........Michelle Roitgarts ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 2 ........Hannah Vinod Abraham....Syosset, N.Y. 3 ........Madeline A. Clinton ..........Manhasset, N.Y. 4 ........Julia Kielan ........................Valley Stream, N.Y. 5 ........Samantha Lena Galu ........Jericho, N.Y. 6 ........Emily Rose Fernandez ......Shirley, N.Y. 7 ........Kaitlyn Byrnes ....................Massapequa, N.Y. 8 ........Lucia Hu ............................Roslyn, N.Y. 9 ........Evangelia Maria Frankis ....Manhasset, N.Y. 10 ......Brooke Ann Fernandez ....Shirley, N.Y. 11 ......Rachel Flynn Collins ..........Port Jefferson, N.Y. 12 ......Ann Sophia Kogosov ........Syosset, N.Y. 13 ......Jill Olga Lawrence..............Hauppague, N.Y. 14 ......Morgan A. Wilkins..............Huntington, N.Y. 15 ......Jade Fixon-Owoo..............Lynbrook, N.Y. 16 ......Carly Menker......................Great Neck, N.Y. 17 ......Stephanie Margaret Cole ..Manhasset, N.Y. 18 ......Riley Elizabeth Katzman....Halesite, N.Y. 19 ......Olivia Faulhaber ................Saint James, N.Y. 20 ......Ivanna Nikolic ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 21 ......Ariana Lynn Fixon-Owoo ..Lynbrook, N.Y. 22 ......Isabelle Policarpio..............Rocky Point, N.Y. 23 ......Elena Artemis Vlamakis ....Garden City, N.Y. 24 ......Gabrielle Raziel ..................Melville, N.Y. 25 ......Haley Raphael....................Great Neck, N.Y. 26 ......Lauren Gold........................Old Westbury, N.Y. 27 ......Erica Forrest ......................Jericho, N.Y. 28 ......Daniela J. Benigno ............Shoreham, N.Y. 29 ......Victoria Anna Bialczak ......New Hyde Park, N.Y. 30 ......Rachel Bernstein................Plainview, N.Y. 31 ......Joelle Ann Benigno............Shoreham, N.Y. 32 ......Christina Lorraine Jud ......Glen Head, N.Y. 33 ......Danah Han ........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 34 ......Stephanie Zelenetz............Sea Cliff, N.Y. 35 ......Julia Gentile........................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 36 ......Fallon Berger......................Syosset, N.Y. 37 ......Denise Lai ..........................Setauket, N.Y. 38 ......Ariana Malik........................Melville, N.Y. 39 ......Janae Fouche ....................Freeport, N.Y. 40 ......Isabella DiScipio ................Woodmere, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 16 Singles Rank Name..................................City 1 ........Nicole Kielan ......................Valley Stream, N.Y. 2 ........Danielle Mirabella ..............Wantagh, N.Y. 3 ........Michelle Carnovale ............Massapequa, N.Y. 4 ........Sabrina Ferretti ..................Setauket, N.Y. 5 ........Emily Kate Shutman..........Huntington, N.Y. 6 ........Laura Jean Halsey ............Westhampton, N.Y. 7 ........Ann Sophia Kogosov ........Syosset, N.Y. 8 ........Elena Nitsa Maria Nastasi Bayville, N.Y. 9 ........Emily Rose Fernandez ......Shirley, N.Y. 10 ......Rachel Weiss......................Great Neck, N.Y. 11 ......Brooke Emily Digia ............Manhasset, N.Y. 12 ......Rini Halder..........................Huntington, N.Y. 13 ......Nicole Lin Chin ..................Selden, N.Y.


LONG 14 ......Courtney Connors ............Manhasset, N.Y. 15 ......Courtney Kowalski ............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 16 ......Michelle Roitgarts ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 17 ......Olivia Rose Scordo............Glen Head, N.Y. 18 ......Lindsay Jane Haley ..........Hicksville, N.Y. 19 ......Emma Kate Rosenberg ....Port Washington, N.Y. 20 ......Rachel Flynn Collins ..........Port Jefferson, N.Y. 21 ......Taylor Bradford ..................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 22 ......Grace Graham ..................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 23 ......Adele Sukhov ....................Westbury, N.Y. 24 ......Juliana Shenker ................Rockville Center, N.Y. 25 ......Rebecca Elizabeth Stern ..Dix Hills, N.Y. 26 ......Nia Gilliam ..........................Central Islip, N.Y. 27 ......Victoria Evelyn Villalba ......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 28 ......Gabrielle Raziel ..................Melville, N.Y. 29 ......Noa Alexandra Dubin ........Southampton, N.Y. 30 ......Hannah Vimod Abraham ..Syosset, N.Y. 31 ......Morgan A. Wilkins..............Huntington, N.Y. 32 ......Sarah Seeman ..................Port Washington, N.Y. 33 ......Mara Danielle Stewart ......Oceanside, N.Y. 34 ......Sophie Grace Wilson ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 35 ......Montaine Maier..................Oceanside, N.Y. 36 ......Fiona Stocks-Lyon ............Glen Cove, N.Y. 37 ......Kendall Julia Kutner ..........Rockville Centre, N.Y. 38 ......Julia Kielan ........................Valley Stream, N.Y. 39 ......Rachel Hirscheimer ..........Jericho, N.Y. 40 ......Elizabeth Sossan ..............Valley Stream, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 18 Singles Rank Name..................................City 1 ........Bridget Connors ................East Quogue, N.Y. 2 ........Suzanne C. Silecchia ........Rockville Centre, N.Y. 3 ........Tayler Bradford ..................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 4 ........Cameron Leigh Moskol ....Wantagh, N.Y. 5 ........Claudia Ruiz ......................Glen Head, N.Y.

Boys & Girls Sectional Rankings (as of 02/13/14)

BOYS

Sectional Boys 12 Singles— Long Island Region Rank Name..................................City 1 ........Billy G. Suarez....................Huntington, N.Y. 2 ........Spencer Brachman............Commack, N.Y. 3 ........Cannon Kingsley................Northport, N.Y. 7 ........Ronald P. Hohmann ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 11 ......Jack Flores ........................Huntington, N.Y. 14 ......Kabir Rajpal........................Syosset, N.Y. 15 ......Sujay Sharma ....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 20 ......Niles Ghaffar ......................Massapequa, N.Y. 21 ......Logan Paik Chang ............Old Westbury, N.Y. 27 ......Maxwell Moadel ................Brookville, N.Y. 28 ......Oliver Worth........................Locust Valley, N.Y. 43 ......Rohan Gaddam Reddy ....Glen Head, N.Y. 45 ......Sam Reichbach ................Syosset, N.Y. 49 ......Aman K. Sharma................Glen Head, N.Y. 54 ......ValentineMaier....................Oceanside, N.Y. 64 ......Tommy George Srisuro......Garden City, N.Y. 67 ......Justin Benjamin Oresky ....Syosset, N.Y. 74 ......Richard James Kelly..........Manhasset, N.Y. 75 ......Jack Louchheim ................Sagaponack, N.Y. 76 ......Alexander Karman ............Port Washington, N.Y. 80 ......Daniel Chikvashvili ............Melville, N.Y. 82 ......Amani Siddiqui ..................West Babylon, N.Y. 94 ......Luke Louchheim ................Sagaponack, N.Y. 95 ......Luke Torel Karniewich ......Glen Head, N.Y.

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96 ......Aryan Kumar Sethi ............Dix Hills, N.Y. 107 ....Ravi MacGurn....................Amagansett, N.Y. 111 ....Kian Louis Ghazvini ..........Glen Head, N.Y. 125 ....Adrian Kristofer Tsul ..........Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 139 ....Adam Lammers ................Central Islip, N.Y. 140 ....Mark Ryan Taranov............Valley Stream, N.Y. 142 ....Brandon Lee ......................Valley Stream, N.Y. 143 ....Sohrob Yavari ....................Syosset, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 14 Singles— Long Island Region Rank Name..................................City 5 ........Ryan Goetz ........................Greenlawn, N.Y. 6 ........Daniel Eric Pellerito............Syosset, N.Y. 7 ........Cannon Kingsley................Northport, N.Y. 10 ......Brian Shi ............................Jericho, N.Y. 13 ......Steven Well Sun ................Glen Cove, N.Y. 16 ......Neel Raj ..............................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 19 ......Ronald Hohmann ..............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 21 ......Alan Delman ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 26 ......Patrick Maloney ................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 33 ......Gardner Howe....................Locust Valley, N.Y. 34 ......Pete Siozios ......................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 36 ......Daniel Weitz........................Roslyn, N.Y. 37 ......Michael Medvedev ............Oceanside, N.Y. 38 ......Yuval Solomon ..................Plainview, N.Y. 41 ......Rajan Vohra........................Glen Head, N.Y. 42 ......Matthew Porges ................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 58 ......Benjamin Grossman..........Sands Point, N.Y. 63 ......Ben Snow ..........................Water Mill, N.Y. 65 ......Keegan James Morris ......Franklin Square, N.Y. 66 ......Spencer Brachman............Commack, N.Y. 99 ......Daniel Meinster ..................South Setauket, N.Y. 102 ....Logan Paik Chang ............Old Westbury, N.Y. 104 ....Matthew Terlovsky ............Merrick, N.Y. 105 ....Abinhav Srivastavas ..........Melville, N.Y. 106 ....Maxwell Moadel ................Brookville, N.Y. 111 ....Alexander Roti....................Locust Valley, N.Y. 124 ....Adam Bradley Wilick ........Dix Hills, N.Y. 129 ....Timothy Hayden Nacca ....Garden City, N.Y. 140 ....Michael Kaydin ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 141 ....Daniel Hyunjae Chang ......Manhasset, N.Y. 142 ....Jeffrey McDonnell..............Glen Cove, N.Y. 144 ....Xin Eric Yu ..........................Manhasset, N.Y. 145 ....Zachary Ian Khazzam........Roslyn Heights, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 16 Singles— Long Island Region Rank Name..................................City 4 ........Lubomir Cuba ....................Massapequa Park, N.Y. 6 ........Brenden Volk......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 10 ......Athell Patrick Bennett........Valley Stream, N.Y. 12 ......Sean Mullins ......................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 15 ......Alexander Lebedev............Island Park, N.Y. 17 ......Jesse Levitin ......................Manhasset, N.Y. 18 ......Finbar Talcott......................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 31 ......Sean Patrick ......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 33 ......Travis Leaf ..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 39 ......Brian Hoffarth ....................Fort Salonga, N.Y. 42 ......Brian Shi ............................Jericho, N.Y. 43 ......Colin Francis Sacco ..........Brightwaters, N.Y. 45 ......Eric Wagner........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 47 ......Daniel Shleimovich ............Syosset, N.Y. 48 ......Stephen Gruppuso............Bayport, N.Y. 54 ......Yuval Solomon ..................Plainview, N.Y. 58 ......Tyler Ng ..............................Great Neck, N.Y. 60 ......Palmer Clare ......................North Bellmore, N.Y. 63 ......Aziz Rashidzada ................Dix Hills, N.Y. 66 ......Dylan Granat ......................Woodbury, N.Y. 67 ......Chris Kuhnle ......................Shoreham, N.Y.

RANKINGS

68 ......Mark Julian Baker..............North Baldwin, N.Y. 69 ......Michael James DeNigris ..Islip, N.Y. 71 ......Ryan Goetz ........................Greenlawn, N.Y. 72 ......David Henry Reinharz........Rockville Centre, N.Y. 81 ......Alex Grossman ..................Sands Point, N.Y. 88 ......Nasser Abdel Ghaffar ........Massapequa, N.Y. 90 ......Del Schunk ........................Westhampton Beach, N.Y. 92 ......Ross Reiffman....................Melville, N.Y. 93 ......Rajan Vohra........................Glen Head, N.Y. 96 ......Duane Davis ......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 107 ....Kyle Hudson Gower ..........Oceanside, N.Y. 109 ....Andy Zhou..........................Commack, N.Y. 110 ....Pete Siozios ......................New Hyde Park, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 18 Singles— Long Island Region Rank Name..................................City 1 ........Daniel Grunberger..............Great Neck, N.Y. 8 ........Lubomir Cuba ....................Massapequa Park, N.Y. 16 ......Noah Rubin ........................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 22 ......Josh Silverstein..................Great Neck, N.Y. 24 ......Brendan Volk......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 26 ......Bryant J. Born....................Manhasset, N.Y. 28 ......Conor Mullins ....................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 38 ......Alexander Lebedev............Island Park, N.Y. 42 ......Dylan Appel........................Locust Valley, N.Y. 52 ......Zain Ali................................Dix Hills, N.Y. 53 ......Jonathan Paris ..................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 55 ......Kyle Alper ..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 56 ......Benjamin Rosen ................Port Washington, N.Y. 57 ......Justin Park..........................Huntington, N.Y. 68 ......Ethan Bogard ....................Lido Beach, N.Y. 70 ......Jared R. Halstrom..............Bellmore, N.Y. 71 ......Jesse M. Levitin ................Manhasset, N.Y. 73 ......Brian Shi ............................Jericho, N.Y. 74 ......Cory Seltman ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 79 ......Fernando Filho ..................East Hampton, N.Y. 83 ......Cooper Lacertera ..............Speonk, N.Y. 86 ......Kevin Cino..........................East Quogue, N.Y. 89 ......William Bader ....................Water Mill, N.Y. 92 ......Henry Tell............................Woodbury, N.Y. 97 ......Pete Siozios ......................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 99 ......Mike Nelson ......................Manhassett, N.Y. 102 ....Matthew Bahar ..................Woodbury, N.Y. 103 ....Vihar Shah..........................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 106 ....Joseph James D’Orazio....Saint James, N.Y. 107 ....Dennis Uspensky ..............Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 128 ....Douglas Notaris ................Wantagh, N.Y. 133 ....Chirag A. Doshi..................Sands Point, N.Y. 135 ....Luke Douglas Johnston ....Port Washington, N.Y. 136 ....Brian Hoffarth ....................Fort Salonga, N.Y 138 ....Faran Nazir ........................Deer Park, N.Y. 140 ....Duane Davis ......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 141 ....Ankur Kerjiwal ....................Hewlett, N.Y. 148 ....Evan Kober ........................Wantagh, N.Y.

GIRLS

Sectional Girls 12 Singles— Long Island Region Rank Name..................................City 2 ........Lea Ma................................Dix Hills, N.Y. 11 ......Rachel Arbitman ................Hewlett, N.Y. 12 ......Steffi Antao ........................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 14 ......Maryam Beshir Ahmad ....Albertson, N.Y. 15 ......Merri Kelly ..........................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 18 ......Alexa Susan Goetz ............Greenlawn, N.Y. 28 ......Amy Delman ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 30 ......Francesca Karman ............Port Washington, N.Y. 34 ......Madison Jane Williams......Glen Cove, N.Y. 44 ......Denise Lai ..........................Setauket, N.Y.

52 ......Ivanna Nikolic ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 67 ......Kimberly Liao ....................Commack, N.Y. 77 ......Janae Fouche ....................Freeport 83 ......Gabriela Sciarrotta ............Woodmere, N.Y. 84 ......Jade Fixon-Owoo..............Lynbrook, N.Y. 86 ......Calista Sha ........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 90 ......Lucia Hu ............................Roslyn, N.Y. 98 ......Julia Gentile........................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 103 ....Madelyn Kay Germano ....Islip, N.Y. 104 ....Alina Rebeca Lyakhov ......Great Neck, N.Y. 106 ....Madeline Sarah Richmond Syosset, N.Y. 107 ....Alexis Madison Huber ......Melville, N.Y. 111 ....Lauren Hutton ....................Huntington, N.Y. 114 ....Kaya Amin..........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 115 ....Ally Friedman ....................East Hampton, N.Y. 122 ....Ida Nicole Poulos ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 132 ....Lauren Zola ........................Rockville Centre, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 14 Singles— Long Island Region Rank Name..................................City 4 ........Lea Ma................................Dix Hills, N.Y. 10 ......Jacqueline Rae Bukzin......Manorville, N.Y. 21 ......Ashley Lessen....................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 26 ......Jasmine Olivia Abidi ..........Glen Head, N.Y. 48 ......Stephanie Chikvashvili ......Melville, N.Y. 50 ......Nicole Kielan ......................Valley Stream, N.Y. 52 ......Francesca Karman ............Port Washington, N.Y. 56 ......Olivia Rose Scordo............Glen Head, N.Y. 57 ......Julia Kielan ........................Valley Stream, N.Y. 65 ......Samantha Lena Galu ........Jericho, N.Y. 72 ......Trinity Chow........................Glen Cove, N.Y. 79 ......Risha Malhotra ..................Syosset, N.Y. 87 ......Merri Kelly ..........................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 88 ......Evangelina Maria Frankis ..Manhasset, N.Y. 95 ......Denise Lai ..........................Setauket, N.Y. 105 ....Ariana Lynn Fixon-Owoo ..Lynbrook, N.Y. 108 ....Julieta Eulau ......................Oceanside, N.Y. 114 ....Madeline Clinton................Manhasset, N.Y. 116 ....Cara Becker ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 118 ....Kaitlyn Byrnes ....................Massapequa, N.Y. 120 ....Hannah Vinod Abraham....Syosset, N.Y. 129 ....Lucia Hu ............................Roslyn, N.Y. 131 ....Jade Fixon-Owoo..............Lynbrook, N.Y. 146 ....Nicole Rezak ......................Merrick, N.Y. 148 ....Stephanie Anne Petras......Manhasset, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 16 Singles— Long Island Region Rank Name..................................City 1 ........Alexa Graham ....................Garden City, N.Y. 2 ........Madison Battaglia..............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 9 ........Taylor Cosme ....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 11 ......Claire Handa ......................Point Lookout, N.Y. 18 ......Celeste Rose Matute ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 44 ......Michele Sheila Lehat ........Great Neck, N.Y. 46 ......Ashley Lessen....................Old Westbury, N.Y. 51 ......Katie Jane Cirella ..............Woodbury, N.Y. 52 ......Esther Chikvashvili ............Melville, N.Y. 60 ......Stephanie Nakash ............Great Neck, N.Y. 61 ......Madison Courtney Appel ..Locust Valley, N.Y. 63 ......Vanessa Scott ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 71 ......Nicole Kielan ......................Valley Stream, N.Y. 81 ......Dominique Woinarowski....Syosset, N.Y. 83 ......Amanda Allison Foo ..........Manhasset, N.Y. 94 ......Sarah Seeman ..................Port Washington, N.Y. 95 ......Courtney B. Kowalsky ......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 100 ....Jasmine Olivia Abidi ..........Glen Head, N.Y. 109 ....Lea Ma................................Dix Hills, N.Y.

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LONG 114 ....Ellen Nicole Huhulea..........Rockville Centre, N.Y. 115 ....Katherine Changtroraleke Greenvale, N.Y. 116 ....Rachel Weiss......................Great Neck, N.Y. 117 ....Jacqueline Rae Bukzin......Manorville, N.Y. 118 ....Danielle Mirabella ..............Wantagh, N.Y. 124 ....Michelle Carnovale ............Massapequa, N.Y. 127 ....Julia Kielan ........................Valley Stream, N.Y. 130 ....Abigail Claire Okin..............Amagansett, N.Y. 144 ....Adele Sukhov ....................Westbury, N.Y. 146 ....Mara Danielle Stewart ......Oceanside, N.Y. 147 ....Brynn Maris April ..............Dix Hill, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 18 Singles— Long Island Region Rank Name..................................City 2 ........Alexa Graham ....................Garden City, N.Y. 6 ........Aleksandra Mally................Franklin Square, N.Y. 12 ......Madison Battaglia..............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 22 ......Aimee Manfredo ................Shoreham, N.Y. 35 ......Sunaina Vohra....................Glen Head, N.Y. 38 ......Nicole Koskovolis ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 49 ......Claire Handa ......................Point Lookout, N.Y. 60 ......Paulina Tafler......................Oceanside, N.Y. 63 ......Claudia Ruiz ......................Glen Head, N.Y. 64 ......Bridget Elaine Harding ......Northport, N.Y. 68 ......Eirini Margarita Kontaki......West Islip, N.Y. 72 ......Alexandra Linder................Sands Point, N.Y. 77 ......Lauren Ann Livingston ......Sands Points, N.Y. 82 ......Mia M. Vecchio ..................Manhasset, N.Y. 84 ......Cameron Leigh Moskol ....Wantagh, N.Y. 85 ......Emma Brezel......................Port Washington, N.Y. 88 ......Brittany Burke ....................Garden City, N.Y. 90 ......Stephanie Nakash ............Great Neck, N.Y. 91 ......Katie Jane Cirella ..............Woodbury, N.Y. 93 ......Michele Sheila Lehat ........Great Neck, N.Y. 96 ......Allison Gabrielle Huber......Melville, N.Y. 104 ....Vivian Cheng ......................Woodbury, N.Y. 106 ....Bridget Connors ................East Quogue, N.Y. 116 ....Taylor S. Cosme ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 120 ....Madison Courtney Appel ..Locust Valley, N.Y. 137 ....Julia Khan ..........................Port Washington, N.Y. 138 ....Lauren Elizabeth DiFazio ..Greenlawn, N.Y. 140 ....Nicole Kielan ......................Valley Stream, N.Y. 148 ....Danielle Gianetti ................Oyster Bay, N.Y.

Boys & Girls National Rankings (as of 02/21/14)

BOYS

National Boys 12 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ............................City 5 ........Cannon Kingsley................Northport, N.Y. 18 ......Billy Suarez ........................Huntington, N.Y. 27 ......Ronald P. Hohmann ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 30 ......Spencer Brachman............Commack, N.Y. 108 ....Logan Paik Chang ............Old Westbury, N.Y. 124 ....Sujay Sharma ....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 127 ....Kabir Rajpal........................Syosset, N.Y. 132 ....Jack Flores ........................Huntington, N.Y. 284 ....Niles Ghaffar ......................Massapequa, N.Y. 436 ....Oliver Worth........................Locust Valley, N.Y. 471 ....Rohan Reddy ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 536 ....Sam Reichbach ................Syosset, N.Y. 616 ....Maxwell Moadel ................Brookville, N.Y. 695 ....Isaac Smith ........................Glen Cove, N.Y. 752 ....Richard James Kelly..........Manhasset, N.Y. 868 ....Alexander Karman ............Port Washington, N.Y. 990 ....Aman Sharma ....................Glen Head, N.Y.

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1081 ..Daniel Chikvashvili ............Melville, N.Y. 1310 ..Tommy George Srisuro......Garden City, N.Y.

National Boys 14 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ............................City 12 ......Steven Well Sun ................Glen Cove, N.Y. 49 ......Ryan Goetz ........................Greenlawn, N.Y. 61 ......Brian Shi ............................Jericho, N.Y. 129 ....Cannon Kingsley................Northport, N.Y. 133 ....Patrick Maloney ................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 138 ....Daniel Eric Pellerito............Syosset, N.Y. 184 ....Ronald P. Hohmann ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 190 ....Neel Raj ..............................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 271 ....Alan Delman ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 333 ....Yuval Solomon ..................Plainview, N.Y. 338 ....Michael Medvedev ............Oceanside, N.Y. 397 ....Rajan Jai Vohra ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 414 ....Pete Siozios ......................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 441 ....Gardner Howe....................Locust Valley, N.Y. 454 ....Daniel Weitz........................Roslyn, N.Y. 463 ....Keegan James Morris ......Franklin Square, N.Y. 622 ....Matthew Franklin Porges ..Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 973 ....Nicolas Demaria ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 1156 ..Daniel Meinster ..................South Setauket, N.Y. 1290 ..Benjamin Cole Grossman Sands Point, N.Y. 1404 ..Abhinav Raj Srivastava......Melville, N.Y.

National Boys 16 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ............................City 39 ......Brenden Andrew Volk........Dix Hills, N.Y. 40 ......Alexander Lebedev............Island Park, N.Y. 121 ....Jesse Levitin ......................Manhasset, N.Y. 123 ....Lubomir Cuba ....................Massapequa Park, N.Y. 171 ....Finbar Talcott......................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 174 ....Athell Patrick Bennett........Valley Stream, N.Y. 193 ....Sean Mullins ......................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 274 ....Eric Wagner........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 330 ....Sean Patrick ......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 435 ....Travis Leaf ..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 450 ....Brian Shi ............................Jericho, N.Y. 558 ....Brian Hoffarth ....................Fort Salonga, N.Y. 642 ....Yuval Solomon ..................Plainview, N.Y. 654 ....Stephen Grappusso ..........Bayport, N.Y. 805 ....Colin Francis Sacco ..........Brightwaters, N.Y. 1026 ..Palmer Clare ......................North Bellmore, N.Y. 1028 ..Michael James DeNigris ..Islip, N.Y. 1193 ..Ryan Goetz ........................Greenlawn, N.Y. 1323 ..Daniel Shleimovich ............Syosset, N.Y. 1356 ..Chris Kuhnle ......................Shoreham, N.Y. 1358 ..Dylan Granat ......................Woodbury, N.Y. 1375 ..Nasser Abdel Ghaffar ........Massapequa, N.Y. 1394 ..Dylan Davis ........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 1407 ..Alex Grossman ..................Sands Point, N.Y. 1436 ..Jai Rajan Vohra ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 1481 ..Daniel Weitz........................Roslyn, N.Y.

National Boys 18 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ............................City 5 ........Daniel Grundberger ..........Great Neck, N.Y. 22 ......Noah B. Rubin....................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 66 ......Josh Silverstein..................Great Neck, N.Y. 246 ....Alexander Lebedev............Island Park, N.Y. 306 ....Dennis Uspensky ..............Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 435 ....Lamar Remy ......................Roslyn, N.Y. 449 ....Lubomir Cuba ....................Massapequa Park, N.Y. 461 ....Dylan Hobbs Appel............Locust Valley, N.Y. 506 ....Bryant Born........................Manhasset, N.Y.

RANKINGS

523 ....Brenden Volk......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 596 ....Conor Mullins ....................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 660 ....Zain Ali................................Dix Hills, N.Y. 787 ....Ethan Bogard ....................Lido Beach, N.Y. 895 ....Benjamin Rosen ................Port Washington, N.Y. 908 ....Philip Daniel Antohi............Glen Head, N.Y. 960 ....Eric Wagner........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 1048 ..Vihar Shah..........................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 1063 ..Jonathan Paris ..................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 1103 ..Kyle Alper ..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 1205 ..Jesse Levitin ......................Manhasset, N.Y. 1253 ..Julian Zlobinski ..................Greenvale, N.Y. 1457 ..John P. D’Alessandro ........Northport, N.Y. 1458 ..Douglas Notaris ................Wantagh, N.Y.

GIRLS

National Girls 12 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ............................City 99 ......Merri Kelly ..........................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 117 ....Maryam Beshir Ahmad ....Albertson, N.Y. 123 ....Alexa Goetz........................Greenlawn, N.Y. 158 ....Rachel Arbitman ................Hewlett, N.Y. 219 ....Francesca Karman ............Port Washington, N.Y. 317 ....Madison Jane Williams......Glen Cove, N.Y. 332 ....Amy Delman ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 377 ....Steffi Antao ........................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 693 ....Rebecca Suarez ................Huntington, N.Y. 794 ....Calista Sha ........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 918 ....Ivanna Nikolic ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 1079 ..Madison Smith ..................Glen Cove, N.Y. 1122 ..Kimberly Liao ....................Commack, N.Y.

National Girls 14 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ............................City 31 ......Lea Ma................................Dix Hills, N.Y. 265 ....Ashley Lessen....................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 292 ....Jasmine Olivia Abidi ..........Glen Head, N.Y. 316 ....Jacqueline Rae Bukzin......Manorville, N.Y. 431 ....Merri Kelly ..........................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 684 ....Stephanie Chikvashvili ......Melville, N.Y. 1359 ..Olivia Rose Scordo............Glen Head, N.Y.

National Girls 16 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ............................City 29 ......Alexa Graham ....................Garden City, N.Y. 75 ......Madison Battaglia..............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 203 ....Taylor S. Cosme ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 213 ....Madison Courtney Appel ..Locust Valley, N.Y. 246 ....Claire Handa ......................Point Lookout, N.Y. 546 ....Celeste Rose Matute ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 588 ....Vanessa L. Scott................Dix Hills, N.Y. 721 ....Michele Sheila Lehat ........Great Neck, N.Y. 1065 ..Esther Chikvashvili ............Melville, N.Y. 1123 ..Stephanie Nakash ............Great Neck, N.Y. 1232 ..Dominique Woinarowski....Syosset, N.Y. 1260 ..Ashley Lessen....................Old Westbury, N.Y. 1261 ..Katie Jane Cirella ..............Woodbury, N.Y.

National Girls 18 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ............................City 120 ....Alexa Graham ....................Garden City, N.Y. 179 ....Aleksandra Mally................Franklin Square, N.Y. 426 ....Madison Battaglia..............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 516 ....Nicole Koskovolis ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 579 ....Sunaina Vohra....................Glen Head, N.Y.

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688 ....Vivian Cheng ......................Woodbury, N.Y. 692 ....Aimee Manfredo ................Shoreham, N.Y. 699 ....Mia Vecchio........................Manhasset Hills, N.Y. 863 ....Claudia Ruiz ......................Glen Head, N.Y. 958 ....Taylor S. Cosme ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 1053 ..Madison Courtney Appel ..Locust Valley, N.Y. 1337 ..Paulina Tafler......................Oceanside, N.Y. 1341 ..Rithika Reddy ....................Syosset, N.Y. 1465 ..Bridget Elaine Harding ......Northport, N.Y.


USTA/Long Island Region 2014

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. MARCH 2014 Saturday, March 8 8U PlayDay & 10U L3 Sportime Syosset March UPS Sportime Syosset 75 Haskett Drive Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: Quick Start BG(10 [60’Court/Orange Ball])s, RR; QuickStart BG (8 [36’Court/Red Ball])s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries isThursday, March 6 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 364-2727. Friday-Sunday, March 14-16 L1B RSTA Spring Challenger Ross School Tennis Academy 18 Goodfriend Drive East Hampton, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG(12,16-18)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 907-5162. Friday-Sunday, March 14-16 L1 Sportime Quogue March Championships Sportime of The Hamptons 2571 Quogue Riverhead Road East Quogue, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG(10 [78’Court/Green Ball])s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 653-6767.

Friday-Sunday, March 14-16 L1B Sportime Bethpage Challenger Sportime Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG(12)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 4 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

Friday-Sunday, March 21-23 L1 Sportime Roslyn Spring Championships Sportime-Landing Road 1 Landing Road Roslyn, N.Y. Divisions: Championships G(12)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Thursday, March 13 at 11:59 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222.

Friday-Sunday, March 14-16 & March 21-23 L1B Glen Head Winter Championships 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 Friday, March 7 at 3:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 676-9849.

Friday-Sunday, March 21-23 L1B LBTC Avatar Challenger Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG(12-18)s, SE; B(12-18)d, SE; G(1214)d, SE; XJ(12-16)d, SE; Challenger: BG(10 [78’Court/Green Ball])s,SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 17 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.

Saturday-Sunday, March 15-16 L3 RWTTC March UPS Robbie Wagner Tournament Training at Glen Cove 60 Sea Cliff Avenue Glen Cove, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG(12-14)s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 12 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 759-0505.

Friday-Sunday, March 21-23 L2R Huntington March Regional Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway Huntington Station, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG(14-16)s, FMLC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 11 at 5:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 421-0040.

Friday-Sunday, March 14-16 L2O CMTC St. Patty’s Day Open Christopher Morley Tennis Center 500 Searingtown Road • Roslyn, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG(12)s, FMLC Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, March 9 at 5:00 p.m.) For more information, call (917) 991-0088. Friday-Sunday, March 14-16 L1B Sportime Lynbrook March Classic Sportime Tennis Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions Challenger BG(16-18)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 10 at 9:00 a.m.) For more information, call (516) 887-1330. LITennisMag.com • March/April 2014 • Long Island Tennis Magazine

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. Saturday-Sunday, March 22-23 L3 Sportime Massapequa March UPS Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG(12-14)s, RR Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 18 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 799-3550.

Saturday-Sunday, March 29-30 L3 Sportime Syosset March UPS Sportime Syosset 75 Haskett Drive • Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG(12-14)s, RR; QuickStart BG(10 [60’Court/Orange Ball])s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 25 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 364-2727.

Saturday-Sunday, April 5-6 L3 RWTTC April UPS Robbie Wagner Tournament Training at Glen Cove 60 Sea Cliff Avenue Glen Cove, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG(12-14)s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Wednesday, April 2 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 759-0505.

Friday-Sunday, March 28-30 L1B CMTC March Challenger Christopher Morley Tennis Center 500 Searingtown Road Roslyn, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG(18)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, March 23 at 5:00 p.m.) For more information, call (917) 991-0088.

APRIL 2014 Friday-Sunday, April 4-6 & April 11-13 L1B Glen Head Spring Classic 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 Friday, March 28 at 5:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 676-9849.

Friday-Sunday, April 11-13 L1 Sportime Bethpage April Championships Sportime Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Championships G(12)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, April 1 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

Friday-Sunday, March 28-30 L2O Sportime Lynbrook March Open Sportime Tennis Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG(12,18)s, FRLC Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 24 at 9:00 a.m.) For more information, call (516) 887-1330. Friday-Sunday, March 28-30 L1B Sportime Massapequa’s March Challenger Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG(12-14)s, RR Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 18 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 799-3550. Friday-Sunday, March 28-30 L1B Sportime Bethpage Challenger Sportime Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG(16)s,SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 18 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

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Friday-Sunday, April 4-6 L1 Sportime Syosset April Championships Sportime Syosset 75 Haskett Drive • Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: Championships G(18)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Thursday, March 27 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 364-2727. Friday-Sunday, April 4-6 L2R LBTC 2014 Freedom Regional Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG(14-18)s, FMLC; BG(14-18)d, SE; Intermediate BG(10 [78’Court/Green Ball])s, FRLC Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 for singles/$28 for doubles (deadline for entries is Monday, March 31 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060. Friday-Sunday, April 4-6 L1B Christopher Morley Spring Challenger Christopher Morley Tennis Center 500 Searingtown Road Roslyn, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG(16)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $58.82 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, March 30 at 5:00 p.m.) For more information, call (917) 991-0088.

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Friday-Sunday, April 11-13 L1B RSTA April Challenger Ross School Tennis Academy 18 Goodfriend Drive East Hampton, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG(14-16)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 907-5162. Friday-Sunday, April 11-13 L1B Sportime of The Hamptons April Challenger Sportime of The Hamptons 2571 Quogue Riverhead Road East Quogue, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG(10 [78’Court/Green Ball])s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 653-6767. Friday-Sunday, April 11-13 L2O Sportime Massapequa’s April Open Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG(12-16)s, FMLC Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, April 1 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 799-3550.


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