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By Luke Jensen itting cross-court or down the line is always the big question for any player at any level. The cross-court shot is the high percentage shot over the low part of the net, while down the line is the lower percentage shot because it is over the high part of the net. There is a tactical side of both options. The simple approach is to stay crosscourt while you are behind the baseline, and then hammer the shot down the line only when you are on or inside the baseline. The down the line shot is the kill shot and is best played when you have a short ball to drive. I like to take it to the next level. Extraordinary players like Andre Agassi or a modern day great like Novak Djokovic use their backhand drive down the line as a massive weapon. Agassi would always feel that his game was on when his backhand drive down the line was on target. In the game, we see the forehand being the dominant weapon from the ground. Most players look to run around the backhand side as much as possible to rip the forehand to control the rallies. Agassi and Djokovic do the same. Their “backhand down the line play” is used AGAINST an opponent who runs around the backhand and rips an inside-out forehand to the Agassi or Djoker backhand. As soon as that sequence begins to unfold, our heroes are waiting to spring the backhand trap and fire down the line while the opponent has left that side of the court exposed. The dominance of


Djoker over Rafael Nadal in 2011 is a great example of this deadly down the line play. Rafa is a lefty, so the dynamic is a little different, but Djokovic taking Rafa’s lefty forehand and redirecting the ball down the line works right into the weaker backhand groundie of Rafa. You can You Tube last year’s U.S. Open Finals match and see this pattern played out over and over. I’m a big fan of down the line play on both sides. On any surface at any time the down the line, this shot can change the look of any baseline exchange. I used it often when I felt outmatched from the ground, and going down the line first put me in control of the point if I was able to execute the first ripping shot down the line. Use your down the line shot next time you compete and always remember what

the Big Guy says: “It’s not about the big fish eating the little fish. It’s about the fast eating the slow.” Go hit some winners! Born in Grayling, Mich., Luke Jensen is head coach of the Syracuse University Women’s Tennis Team. Jensen’s resume includes 10 ATP Tour doubles titles and singles victories against Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg and Jim Courier. Jensen and his brother, Murphy, won the 1993 French Open doubles title. He was also a member of the 1991 and 1992 Davis Cup Teams. His ambidextrous play, including his ability to serve the ball with either hand at 130 mph, earned him the nickname “Dual Hand Luke.” He may be reached by phone at (315) 443-3552 or e-mail • March/April 2012 • Long Island Tennis Magazine


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USTA Honors Local Volunteers and Juniors By Michael Sarro Let’s Add Another to the List of Top Greats … By Brad Shafran Bolt Launches New Line of Racquets Long Island Tennis Magazine’s Country Club Spotlight: Piquet Lane Swim & Tennis Club 2012 Australian Open Recap Are the Inmates Running the Asylum? By Joel Ross Speed Control By Miguel Cervantes III USTA Eastern Long Island Region Update World TeamTennis Gears Up for 2012 Season With Star-Laden Marquee Player Draft Long Island’s Noah Rubin Wins ITF Event in Costa Rica Why Does My Tennis Court Crack? By Kevin J. Healion, CTCB

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The Jensen Zone By Luke Jensen Court Six: Long Island Tennis Magazine’s Gossip Column By Emilie Katz Why Can’t I Play Matches Like I Practice? By Rob Polishook, MA, CPC College Tennis Spotlight: Mythbusters … Do Colleges Frown Upon Home-Schooling or Living at an Academy? By Ricky Becker 14 Fitness and Nutrition: Designing Dynamic Warm-Ups for Tennis By Frank Dolan, CSCS 15 Fitness and Nutrition: Everything You Need to Know About Cramps and Nutrition By Irina Belfer-Lehat

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Dr. Tom on Reading Your Opponent By Dr. Tom Ferraro Good to Great: A Conceptual Understanding of the Court of Tactics (Part IV) By Steve Kaplan Adult League Recap By Kathy Miller Tips From the Tennis Pro: The Volley By Ed Wolfarth Long Island Tennis Magazine’s Literary Corner: High Strung … By Brent Shearer Off the Court Directory Long Island Tennis Club Directory Long Island Rankings USTA/Long Island Region 2012 Tournament Schedule

By Emilie Katz What do the pros do when not on the court? Serena Williams (@serenawilliams): I just saw a scary movie, Apollo 18. I’m really scared. Every time I close my eyes, I see the scary creatures. what if one eats me :( Venus Williams (@venuseswilliams): I got wayy too much sun today … whoa!

Sabine Lisicki (@sabinelisicki): Watching American football right now.

Sania Mirza-Malik (@mirzasania): Two practices, two treatments and one gym session later I am ready for Indian food and a Bollywood movie tonight :)

Shahar Peer (@shaharpeer): Baking a cakeeeeee!!

C a ro l i n e Wo z n i a c k i (@carowozniacki): Always busy when I am back home. Looking forward to get some home cooked dinner, always a treat!

Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob): SHAMELESS is my new show, bizarrely funny and entertaining.

Lindsay Davenport (@ldavenport76): I don’t like it when I hear my h u b b y ’s 4 : 3 0 a . m . alarm. Well maybe now I can get some stuff done before my 2 little ones wake up.

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Andy Roddick (@andyroddick): Djokovic-Rafa … Absolute war! Physicality of tennis has been taken to another level in the last five years. Six straight hours of

Victoria Azarenka (@vika7): I can’t possibly imagine that anyone is not watching match between Rafa and Roger! Even rethinking dinner :))) power/speed. Taylor Dent (@taylordent81): Congratulations to Djokovic! My stomach is in knots for Nadal. I know he’s tough and will recover from such an emotional loss. Great Oz Open!

Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob): Me being SPEECHLESS, says it all … Congrats to two warriors @DjokerNole and @RafaelNadal taking the sport to new Mike Bryan (@bryanbrothlevels! ers): It’s 4am and I’m just about to lay my head on the John Isner (@johnisner): pillow. Following a Nadal Can’t help but be immatch in the night session = pressed with Nadal and sleep deprivation. Djokovic. Ridiculous athletes C a ro l i n e Wo z n i a c k i (@carowozniacki): Unfortunately today was the end of my 2012 Australian Open. Amer Delic Kim played really well today, (@amerdelic): lost 6-3 7-6. Next stop home. Watching Dolgopolov vs. Tomic is Svetlana Kuznetsova like watching Tom (@svetlanak27): Such a & Jerry cartoons. good night so much of reHowever, I am not spect for Rafa! Good night quite sure which my friends! one is which.

No more dancing for Andrea … You won’t be seeing Germany’s Andrea Petkovic do her muchpublicized victory dance after some competitors deemed it insulting and rude, according to her Photo credit: father, Zoran. The SerKenneth B. Goldberg bian-born star’s dance, which went viral on the Internet last year, featured the 24-year-old shaking her backside to celebrate each time she won a match. Her dad claims other players bellyached the dance was too “over the top.” “[People] didn’t tell me to my face and I don’t read about myself so I wouldn’t know [if there was criticism], but the questions they started saying, ‘Don’t you feel like it’s disrespectful towards your opponent?’ … and this question came up over and over again,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald. Petkovic decided to shelve the shuffle to avoid repeated questions from reporters in the United States. “It’s strange—on the one hand the Americans really like me and they come to my matches, but they’re like really bipolar,” she told the Australian paper. “They either love me or they hate me.” Petkovic tacitly suggested she’s a victim of sexism, especially since guys in the NFL and soccer are allowed to have similar victory dances. continued on page 5


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court six “The thing I used to say was always, listen, the soccer players when they shoot a goal and they celebrate with all kinds of things and they don’t even win the match, and nobody would ever say something against them. Or the American football guys, when they do a touchdown they do a cha-cha-cha and nobody ever says anything against them.” While fans won’t be seeing the popular “Petko Dance” anymore, she is working on her next move. Should you attend one of her matches in the coming weeks, expect to see the much more conservative “Petko Dunk,” which is part of a lost bet with German soccer star Bastian Schweinsteiger. Petkovic began playing tennis at the age of six. She’s the highest-ranked German singles tennis player in the world at 10th. The 5’11” right-hander speaks French, German, English and Serbian. Wozniacki on dining in NYC … Caroline Wozniacki spoke with Favorite restaurant on the tour: Les Halles, in New York. “I love New York,” said Wozniacki. “I’m not sure it loves me yet. Actually, no Grand Slam seems to love me yet. But I will keep hitting on them.”

Mike Bryan engaged … Mike Bryan got engaged to longtime girlfriend Lucille Williams. “She knows a good thing when she sees it!” Mike tweeted/exclaimed after proposing. Brother and doubles partner Bob Bryan responded, “Congrats, bro! Way to step up!” 30 under 30 … Caroline Wozniacki, still all of 21 years young, has added to her many plaudits with inclusion on one of Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists. Said the mag of Woz: “Outgoing, top-ranked tennis beauty has rich roster of sponsors including Compeed, Turkish Airlines and Sony Ericsson.” The only other athletes who appeared on Forbes’ broadly based entertainment roster were NBA baller LeBron James and college quarterback/Heisman Trophy candidate/NFL draft number one bait Andrew Luck. Other notables who made the cut included actors Donald Glover, Jonah Hill, Jennifer Lawrence, Chloe Moretz and Jaden Smith. Back to school … Serena Williams has enrolled in two online courses that began on Jan. 23, one in management, the other in kinesiology. She’s al-

ready texted one of her professors to tell him she won’t get the first assignment in on time. “He was like, it’s fine. I was wondering if it was really you,” she told reporters after beating Greta Arn, 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the fourth round at Melbourne Park. “I haven’t been able to reach my kinesiology teacher. Hopefully she will understand that I am going to get those assignments in. But I’m a wee bit busy.” Serena, a 13-time Grand Slam champion who’s cultivated off-court interests in fashion and acting, said she became interested in kinesiology because of the rash of injuries she’s experienced over the course of her career. “Every time I go to the doctor, I can pinpoint and tell him exactly what’s wrong with me,” said Serena. “I’ve always thought if I could just learn about my body and keep learning about physiology, sciences, stuff like that, just for the future I thought it would be really cool. You never stop learning about your body.” Serena said the more she’s struggled with injuries, the more interested she’s become in holistic approaches to healing. Her latest passion—acupuncture. “I think it’s really cool,” said Serena. “I actually wanted to take an acupuncture class, but I have to be there. I can’t do that one online. I would never get any clients.” • March/April 2012 • Long Island Tennis Magazine


Why Can’t I Play Matches Like I Practice? Five reasons this happens

By Rob Polishook, Mental Training Coach MA, CPC “Why do I play better in practice than in matches?” It’s probably the second-most popular question I hear from players, exceeded only by some variation of “OMG, I’m nervous, what do I do?” Sometimes, this question comes out as a defiant statement, where the player stubbornly says, “If I played like I did in practice, I would have killed him—the match would not have been close.” Interestingly, that statement is usually true. Yet what the person is missing is that matches and practice are different from each other in intensity and pressure. Even practice matches are different, as environmental factors like fans and the stakes of a tournament are difficult to simulate. It’s interesting to note that in martial arts, they call all levels of competition “practice.” In martial arts, they realize that no matter whether a competitor is practicing or in a match, it’s all part of a journey where continual improvement is the goal. They don’t look at matches as “judgment day” where a win or a loss has significance

other than taking that result and learning from it. Additionally, the martial arts faction understands the expectation that practice automatically takes place within a competitive match setting, further recognizing that one’s game need not be perfected going into competition. The events that take place during the competition will provide “match play practice” and lead to a better overall competitor. Rafael Nadal has often been quoted as saying that each match into the tournament, he improved and built on the previous match, much like anyone would want to do in practice. This is a very useful mindset that has clearly served him well. Hopefully, when a player becomes aware of the difference between practice and matches, and begins to adopt the martial arts mentality wherein match play is a time to “practice,” they will no longer express the frustration of performing differently—and will use this mentality to improve in match play. The remainder of this

article will explore five key reasons players usually play differently in practice and match play. 1. Loss of focus In matches, a player’s focus is usually on the outcome rather than on the present moment. When a player focuses on the outcome, they are focusing on something they cannot control. When they focus on the present, they are in a problem-solving mode. In practice, the focus is usually on the process: Learning new shots, adjusting and experimenting with new strategies. The key is to let go of the outcome! Focus on what it takes to win, specifically, on the process of what you have to do to get the desired result. 2. Too many expectations In matches, a player usually expects to hit perfect shots, and shows little tolerance when this doesn’t happen. Conversely, in practice, a player usually expects to make mistakes and uses these

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mistakes to learn from. In fact, they are a vital part of improvement. In essence, the player is allowing themselves to make mistakes with the possible reward of experiencing breakthroughs. Paradoxically, perfection doesn’t exist. Players should expect to make mistakes in matches, and make appropriate adjustments just as they would in practice. This is a vital part of the process and challenge of competing. 3. Poor time management In practice, players often rush through drills, allowing little time to incorporate rituals or even to discuss with your coach purpose, intention and the learning points for drills. It’s imperative to build in time to discuss purpose and intention for most everything you do on the practice court. Additionally, as a player, ensure that you take some time between shots or drills to simulate a match situation. Specifically, practice your between-point rituals. This built-in similarity to match play will help players relax and consequently play better, more strategic points.

4. Judging self In practice it is rare that a player is nervous. This is often because they are not judging themselves, nor is anyone else. However, in match play, judgment and nervousness almost always accompany a player. This is the result of focusing on uncontrollables such as what others think or holding on to past points or events—to name just a couple of potential issues. It’s important to recognize that if you are nervous, so is your opponent! Everyone knows top players at all levels and sports get nervous. It’s not a matter of avoiding nerves, but accepting the nervousness and playing anyway. John McEnroe said, “Everybody chokes; it’s a matter of what they do next.” 5. Trying to impress others In practice, a player’s focus is on improving and performing the drills that their coaches are working on with them. In matches, all of a sudden, others are watching and ranking points are on the line. Players often lose track of the match and instead focus on impressing the people who are watching. Conversely, they start thinking about how

their ranking will rise or fall based on the projected outcome of the match. They may also consider whether a loss to a lowerranked competitor would “look bad,” or worry about criticism from a parent or coach. In all cases, the player’s focus is no longer on the present, but on the uncontrollable future. It is key for a player to recognize when they lose their focus and to bring it back to the point at hand, and direct all thoughts to the present moment. Rob Polishook, MA, CPC is the founder and director of Inside the Zone Sports Performance Group. As a mental training coach he works with athletes and teams of all levels. His work focuses on helping athletes gain the mental edge and letting go of blocks which get in the way of peak performance. He is a USTA Zonal Coach and has spoken and been published for the USTA, USPTA and ITA. Additionally, he has conducted workshops nationally and internationally in India and Israel. He may be reached by phone at (973) 723-0314, email rob@insidethezone or visit • March/April 2012 • Long Island Tennis Magazine


Mythbusters: Do Colleges Frown Upon Home-Schooling or Living at an Academy? By Ricky Becker

“Back in the day,” people were never home-schooled to play tennis. Back a “halfday ago,” it was done by a select few who had a slightly reasonable chance to make a living as a professional tennis player. It was considered putting all of your eggs in one basket. But what about today? Home schooling is still an alternative route, but certainly not totally unusual for serious players with pro or even college tennis dreams. In fact, many people go the home school/full-time academy route just to open up college doors. A few years ago, a player I worked with had great grades and a decent ranking. He decided to move to the Weil Academy in Ojai, Calif. to get his ranking up. I thought it was a great idea and it opened some doors to him that weren’t available to kids with a lower ranking and equal grades. There is very little doubt that when comparing two kids with equal grades and equal rankings, the child going to school will be looked at more favorably than the home-schooled child. However, in many cases, when standardized test scores are equal and the home-schooled child has a higher ranking, most schools, even the strongest academic ones, will go with the higher ranked child. See the chart to the right of top American academic schools. Home-schooled/academy students are definitely starting to infiltrate rosters. Whereas many schools are now open to home-schooled kids, being home-schooled isn’t ignored. Dartmouth Women’s Head 8

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Coach Bob Dallis said, “Home-schooled kids are viewed with some trepidation by admissions. They need to do well on their SAT and SAT II’s. Admission does realize that homeschooled students are a reality.” Besides admissions having a preference for kids who are in a traditional school environment, individual coaches may also have their own preference. Brown University Men’s Tennis Coach Dave Schwarz

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notes that although he has found himself recruiting more online and home-schooled players, he does have a bias to kids who go to regular school. “They tend to integrate into the team environment a touch better, and they seem a little better-equipped to handle the work load and class time commitments at a top academic school,” said Schwartz. “They also are sometimes better-equipped to

handle not being able to train six hours a day whatever time of day the mood strikes them to play. They are better-equipped to deal with very specific time constraints on their training. That being said, players who are online or home school-educated are perfectly capable of being tremendous teammates and students.” Schwarz does note that online schools are providing more rigorous course loads than ever. Division III schools don’t have as many home-schooled kids on their rosters. I wouldn’t necessarily assume that Division III is any more anti-home-school than D-1 schools are. I think that most kids who were home-schooled want the more rigorous tennis programs that Division I schools provide. And as for the future of home-schooling and college? Although the trend of universities accepting home-schooled candidates is increasing, there is no guarantee that the trend will continue. “I think admissions is going to have some data in the next couple of years on how home-schooled students have performed in college,” said Dallis. “From there,

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admissions might reassess home-schooled candidates.” But right now, “All things being equal, the schools I have worked at (Cornell, Middlebury, Brown) definitely prefer regular school,” Schwartz said.

Ricky Becker is founder of JuniorTennisConsulting LLC, which offers off-court college guidance services to junior tennis players. He can be reached by e-mail at, by phone at (516) 605-0420 or via

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USTA Honors Local Volunteers and Juniors By Michael Sarro

s one of the largest not-for profit organizations in the world, the USTA is driven by many dedicated individuals who donate their time and effort to help develop and grow the sport we all love. In having so many willing volunteers, the USTA holds workshops to help instill in their volunteers the core values they should be coaching to their tennis students as well as recognizes them for their hard work and dedication. This year, USTA Eastern held their Volunteer Development Workshop from Jan. 20-21 at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel in White Plains, N.Y. The meeting this year featured sessions on grant writing, running USTA-sanctioned tournaments, and the best ways of teaching 10 & Under Tennis. Many prominent USTA pros, coaches and employees lead the discussions in order to inform volunteers of USTA practices and procedures. There were also opportunities for participants to do networking with other volunteers, teaching pros, and USTA Representatives. Included in the festivities of the workshop was the 2012 Junior Awards Luncheon where USTA Eastern awarded 16 outstanding students for their sportsmanship and for showing their appreciation of Arthur Ashe’s legacy through the Arthur Ashe Essay Contest. The sportsmanship awards were presented to eight Eastern juniors, four boys and four girls, for the respect, and fair play they showed while participating in USTA sanctioned tournaments throughout the year. The section also honored the seven Eastern winners of the USTA Arthur Ashe Essay Contest and the section’s National winner of the USTA Arthur Ashe Art Contest (Clara Kim, Flushing, N.Y.). These eight Eastern juniors competed against 16 other USTA Sections in



2012 Junior Awards Edith Martin Girls 14 Sportsmanship Award: Shanice Arthur (Glen Head, N.Y.) Lt. Frederick M. Scribner Jr. Boys 18 Sportsmanship Award: Brendan Henry (Massapequa, N.Y.) Ron Smyth Parent Sportsmanship Award: Melanie Rubin (Merrick, N.Y.) Tournament Director of the Year: Annelies Karp (Floral Park, N.Y.)

2011 Adult Awards Umpire Service Award: Tony Nimmons (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) Landis High School Coach of the Year: Barry Kubit (Oceanside, N.Y.) Corporate Service Award: USPTA Eastern Division (Garden City, N.Y.) Regional Volunteer of the Year (Long Island): Jacki Binder (Merrick, N.Y.) USTA League Award: Jonathan Klee (East Rockaway, N.Y.) USTA Community Service Award: Charles Nanton (Malverne, N.Y.) USTA Eastern Executive Director DA Abrams, Dante Brown, USTA Metro Region President Carl Summerlin and Jeff Williams at the Annual Awards Reception

the national competition, which engages the entire network of National Junior Tennis and Learning centers and recognizes the legacy of Arthur Ashe and his impact on the world. At the end of the workshop, the Annual Awards Dinner was also held as USTA Eastern honored 28 volunteers, teaching pros, players, and organizations in recognition for aiding the growth of tennis in the section. “All of the award winners have had a major impact in their tennis communi-

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USTA Eastern Past President Bob Ingersole and Dina Ingersole ties,” said D.A. Abrams, executive director of USTA Eastern. “Whether they are teaching kids, running tournaments or

What is Grand Slam Tennis???????? Isis Gill and Shelly Yaloz, USTA Eastern Arthur Ashe Essay Contest Winners

volunteering at special events, their dedication and hard work has allowed players of all ages and abilities to learn and play this great sport.” Local volunteer, Pablo Sierra, founder of the South Brooklyn Tennis Association (SBTA) won the Multicultural Leadership Award for his efforts in promoting tennis to kids of all backgrounds. “I am very honored to be receiving this award but to be honest, it feels funny receiving an award for something I love doing which is teaching kids tennis,” said Sierra. “It is a great honor, and I am looking forward to continuing my efforts in promoting tennis in 2012, especially for 10 & Under Tennis.” Pablo also volunteers as the Brooklyn Delegate for the USTA Metro Region and is the Head of the Volunteer Committee for Eastern making him more than deserving of the award. The Awards Dinner concluded the workshop for this year and in all, almost 50 awards were given out to the local tennis community. Michael Sarro is director of business development for Long Island Tennis Magazine. He may be reached by phone at (516) 409-4444, ext. 330 or e-mail

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hen discussing the greatest men’s professional tennis players of all time, the conversation generally includes Rod Laver, Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Bjorn Bjorg, John McEnroe and Rafael Nadal. These men are undoubtedly amongst the best to ever swing a racket. However, a name often overlooked and much unheralded is Bill Tilden—the preeminent player of the early 20th Century who dominated international tennis in the 1920s. He was the Babe Ruth of tennis. Unfortunately, Tilden’s well-chronicled and shameful off-the-court troubles toward the end of his life tarnished his legacy, and he died destitute and devoid of the fame and fortune tennis brought him. While Tilden’s off-court actions are unforgiveable, his on-court prowess must not be forgotten. Tilden’s legacy is the basis for today’s champions. Tilden left the tennis community with several books on the sport, as well as a


plethora of handwritten letters sent to one of his protégés, Arthur Anderson, that help us understand his thoughts on the game. Tilden considered Anderson and his mother Marion to be his family. He took Anderson under his wing, teaching him the game of tennis and monitoring his results like a modern-day coach would. While I’ve handled dozens of these autographed letters, it’s the following letter that I just obtained that I consider to be one of the best tennis-content letters in existence, with Tilden offering his “manifesto” on tennis, as follows: The coming tournament starting next Saturday is a very good test for you Babe. It is the first time since you put your teeth really back into the game, to show just how far you have gone in the past few weeks. If you will really “give,” refuse to lose, dominate every match, get in and push your opponents around all over the court, hitting with the freedom and confidence that you seemed to have mastered in practice, you will be outstanding in your class. Please, Babe, for me give in every match. Let me see the winning

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spirit show up. If you get a lead, fight it home at once, push every chance to win so pressure never lessens on your opponent. Have complete confidence to hit hard and aggressively when the chance comes, and always when you are attacked. Prove to me, that you have completely made up your mind to win. Bring out all your new power and use it with confidence. Do not even think you might lose. Forget defeat and think and believe victory. Read this over a few times Babe, perhaps it might be worth taking along to remind you I am thinking of you, believing in you and pulling for you in every point of every match. Win! As I continue to compete around Long Island and teach students at Bethpage Park Tennis Center, I find this letter from Tilden, written in 1949, to still stand true today. It is worthy of carrying a copy in a tennis bag to remind any player of correct strategy and how to react in certain situations. Tilden pleads with his student to believe in himself, to have confidence in his game and to be determined enough to allow himself to win—that is the basis, in my belief, for any competitive sport in which we strive to succeed. Regardless of how history remembers Bill Tilden, this letter affords a firsthand account of how a champion viewed the game he loved and dominated, and offers insight into his tennis philosophy—a philosophy that is as fundamentally sound and inspiring today as it was when Tilden put pen to paper over sixty years ago.

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Designing Dynamic Warm-Ups for Tennis By Frank Dolan, BS, CSCS

In order to design an effective dynamic warm-up routine, it is important to understand the science behind each component and how it can affect your tennis game in the short- and long-term. Most tennis athletes rarely warm up or when they do, it is done in an ineffective manner. This can give you a tremendous advantage if you have a quality warm-up program in your repertoire. It is traditionally understood that a warm-up should include some type of static stretching (holding stretches for extended periods of time). Contrary to this belief, research shows that static stretching will actually make you feel more relaxed, tired and could potentially increase your risk of injury. In many cases where trigger points are present, you could actually be making things tighter.

Another common form of warming up is jogging or jumping rope. Although this will get your heart rate up, it neglects to activate the active motor programs you need for tennis. Jogging while standing straight up and bouncing on your toes while jumping rope are very much in opposition to the aggressive ready position and full foot contacts needed for tennis performance. When designing a dynamic warm-up for maximum tennis performance, it is important to include some form of muscle lengthening as well as increasing core body temperature, but the methods make all the difference. Here is a more specific approach to warming up: 1. Soft tissue and mobility As mentioned previously, stretching can become problematic in the presence of trigger points. Foam rolling, massage stick


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work, and using a tennis ball for trigger point release, are inexpensive ways to restore tissue quality. These methods can be done prior to an Active Isolated Stretching routine. Active Isolated Stretching, or AIS, was a term coined by Aaron Mattes and is used widely as a way to elongate muscles actively. The main difference between AIS and static stretching is that instead of holding stretches for long periods of time, the athlete is instructed to actively move the muscle through its full range of motion, and then assist with a stretch rope at the end range for two sec. 2. Stability and activation After a mobility routine, it is important to “turn on” muscles actively. This is included, but not limited to, performing exercises that isolate the glutes, the torso and the shoulders. These are the three stability points in the body that allow you to transfer force into the court when you run and allow you to generate power in your strokes. 3. Movement preparation These are combinations of mobility and stability exercises performed to activate motor programs required in competition. Unlike jogging and jumping rope, here is where the athlete can incorporate the mobility and stability work and make it look more like movements need on the court. If done correctly, this will also elevate core body temperature, enhance proprioception and stabilization (balance), as well as facilitate nervous system activation (reactiveness and power). To view a tennis specific warm-up rou-

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high schools and sports organizations. He is an expansion team presenter for Functional Movement Systems (FMS), and in 2008, worked as consultant to the New York Yankees during spring training. He may be reached by phone at (631) 650-7140 or e-mail

Everything You Need to Know About Cramps and Nutrition By Irina Belfer-Lehat

Everybody knows that fluid imbalances and mild dehydration can trigger muscle cramping. And although we know that muscle cramping can and does occur with severe dehydration and heat injury, there is no conclusive evidence that consuming adequate fluids with or without electrolytes will prevent typical nocturnal or exercise-associated cramping. In fact, studies have found that runners, cyclists and triathletes who develop cramps during an endurance event are not more likely to be dehydrated or to have lost greater amounts of bodily water than those who do not develop cramps during the same race. A diet complete in specific vitamins and minerals can prevent muscle cramping. As I mentioned in my previous articles, loading on proper nutrients three to five days prior to an event can significantly improve your athletic performance. In this article, I will discuss some nutrients that can prevent muscle cramping, if incorporated in proper amounts in one’s diet. Intake of these nutrients will increase your chances of being cramp-free during a long match.

teaspoon of salt (one teaspoon or six grams contains 2,325 milligrams. I Potassium is a major electrolyte found inside all body cells, including muscle and nerve cells. It works in close association with sodium and chloride in the generation of electrical impulses in the nerves and the muscles, including the heart muscle. Potassium is found in most foods, but is especially abundant in fresh vegetables, potatoes, certain fruits (melon, bananas, berries and citrus fruit), milk and meat. I Calcium found in the body is found in the skeleton where it lends strength to bones. Calcium is involved in muscle contractions, including that of the heart, skeletal muscles, and smooth muscle found in blood vessels and intestines, as well as the generation of nerve impulses. Blood calcium is tightly controlled and regulated by several hormones, including parathyroid hormone and vitamin D. Adding an extra glass of milk and yogurt for breakfast might prevent cramping as well.

I Magnesium plays an important role in stabilizing adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy source for muscle contraction, and also serves as an electrolyte in body fluids. Muscle weakness, muscle twitching and muscle cramps are the common symptoms of magnesium deficiency. For example, three ounces of broiled halibut, has 91 milligrams of magnesium and a serving of an artichoke has 101 milligrams, but grains are the richest in magnesium, as one cup of grain has anywhere from 100-300 milligrams of magnesium. A registered dietitian, specializing in sports nutrition, can prepare an individual balanced meal plan, including all the proper nutrients to ensure an excellent athletic performance that is cramp free! Irina Belfer-Lehat is a New York State-licensed dietitian and certified dietitian-nutritionist. She may be reached by phone at (917) 769-8031 or e-mail

I Sodium is one of the main positivelycharged mineral ions or electrolytes in the body’s fluids. The body needs it to help maintain normal body-fluid balance and blood pressure, and in conjunction with several other electrolytes, it is critical for nerve impulse generation and muscle contraction. Sodium is distributed widely in nature, but is found in rather small amounts in most unprocessed foods. An athlete, should not consume a low sodium diet and should always drink regular Gatorade to prevent sodium deficiency. Current guidelines for sodium intake is approximately 2,300 milligrams of sodium or around one • March/April 2012 • Long Island Tennis Magazine


The Stars Set to Shine Under NYC’s Bright Lights


ennis has certainly become a global sport, but one of the sport’s largest markets, the New York area, has lost some high-profile events through the years from both the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tours. The season-ending tournament is often referred to as the fifth most prestigious WTA event after the four Grand Slams. From 1972-2001, the season-ending women’s tournament was played at Madison Square Garden (MSG) in New York City, and it featured the top 16 ranked singles players. The tournament has changed names and sponsors over the years, from 16


the Virginia Slims Championship (19711978 and 1983-1994), to the Avon Championship (1979-1982) and then the Chase Championship (1996-2000). The tournament had become a featured event for the WTA Tour, giving a week-long spotlight to the ladies in New York City. In 2001, due to an increase in the popularity of women’s tennis, the tournament was moved to Munich, Germany. Moving the tournament to Munich broadened the reach of prime-time television coverage, and allowed European fans a chance to attend and watch the matches live. While Munich is a fantastic city and broadening the game is important, what the WTA Tour

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lost was the glitz and glamour of the backdrop of the Big Apple. From 2002-2003, fruit juice manufacturer Apple & Eve, along with Newsday, attempted to bring professional women’s tennis to Long Island as co-sponsors of the Long Island Tennis Classic, presented by Pathmark. The tournament was a USTAsanctioned women’s challenger event, with a $50,000 purse. The Long Island Tennis Classic was played on hard courts at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park in Woodbury, N.Y. and held in mid-July, about a month prior to the start of the U.S. Open. Marian Bartoli, current, was a finalist at this tournament. After 2003, the Long Island

The Stars Set to Shine Under NYC’s Bright Lights Tennis Classic was canceled and the Long Island and New York area lost yet another professional tennis event. On the men’s side, the staple ATP Tour event on Long Island was best known as the Waldbaum’s Hamlet Cup (1992-2001), also known as the TD Waterhouse Cup (2002-2004) and the Norstar Bank Hamlet Challenge Cup (1990-1991). The Hamlet Cup was a popular Long Island tennis event that was in existence for 24 years. The Hamlet Cup’s former home was Commack, N.Y., a popular stop for players prior to the U.S. Open due to its close proximity to the season’s final Grand Slam event, held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park. The Hamlet Cup began as an exhibition event called the Hamlet Challenge Cup, which was held in Jericho, N.Y. The tournament was created in part to promote housing built near a country club. Initially, the tournament was played at the Hamlet East Condominium Association in Jericho, and throughout the 1980s, it featured some of the sport’s top stars, including John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Ilie Nastase and Stefan Edberg. The tournament, as well as its community promotion, was a success, and the event moved to The Hamlet in Commack, N.Y. in 1990. It was in 1990 that the Long Island tournament officially entered the ATP Tour. In the 1990s, Pete

Sampras, Andre Agassi, James Blake, Patrick Rafter, Michael Chang and Lleyton Hewitt were among the leading players to compete on Long Island. The Hamlet Cup had become an end-ofsummer ritual for the many tennis fans in the Metropolitan area. There was always a lot to do at the tournament, with all the exhibits, interactive sports and various foods, as well as the very intimate atmosphere that allowed attendees to view the games’ best players up close. The players loved coming to Long Island, as well, enjoying the golf, fans and great food that The Hamlet had to offer. After the 2004 tournament, the ATP sought to expand the 32-man draw to a 56man draw as a way of opening more opportunities for U.S. Open entrants. Tournament organizers attempted to move the tournament from Commack to a proposed new, larger facility at Eisenhower Park. Unfortunately, the negotiations between Hamlet Sports Inc. and Nassau County stalled, and without the money for a new tennis facility, Long Island lost their only ATP Tour event. The tournament was moved to New Haven, Conn. in 2005 and has been operating there since. Three years later in 2008, professional men’s tennis returned to the Big Apple and the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden (MSG) in front of a packed house of 19,000-plus with the highly suc-

cessful NetJets Showdown exhibition match between American Pete Sampras and Switzerland’s Roger Federer. In 2009, professional women’s tennis returned to MSG for the BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup, an exhibition featuring a foursome of former number one women’s tennis players. The event marked the first time professional women’s tennis was held at MSG since they hosted the season-ending championships as Americans Serena and Venus Williams, and Serbians Anna Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic competed in the one-night-only event for the distinction of being crowned winner of the inaugural Billie Jean King Cup. In the final, Serena defeated her sister Venus, 6-4, 63 to win the event. Also in 2009, the launch of “Tennis Night in America� coincided with the BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup as a marketing initiative brought forth by the USTA designed to increase grassroots tennis participation in the sport of tennis nationwide. The promotion underscored a “National Junior Tennis Registration Night� at more than 700 locations. “Tennis Night in America� has annucontinued on page 18





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The Stars Set to Shine Under NYC’s Bright Lights ally marked the start of the tennis season in the United States and begins a month of professional events that includes the BNP Paribas Open and Sony Ericsson Open. In 2010, the Billie Jean King Cup returned for its second year at MSG, as Serena and Venus, along with Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova and Belguim’s Kim Clijsters took the Garden court in the third exhibition in as many years. In the end, Venus Williams was a 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 victor over Clijsters. In March of 2011, the theme was “Rivalries Renewed at the World’s Most Famous Arena,” as the men returned to action in New York City. The 2011 BNP Paribas Showdown brought together stars from the 1980s and 1990s together, as John McEnroe faced longtime rival Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras faced Andre Agassi. Sampras was a 6-3, 7-5 winner over Agassi, while McEnroe, up 6-3 in the one-set, first-toeight exhibition, was hobbled by an ankle injury and forced to retire, thus giving Lendl the win. This year, the newly-renovated MSG will welcome back the top stars of both the WTA and ATP Tours on Monday, March 5 as former world number one-ranked Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark will face the number two-ranked Russian and three time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova at the 2012 BNP Paribas Showdown. Representing the ATP Tour, the number three-

ranked Federer will face world’s 17thranked and former U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick of the United States. Sharapova currently holds 24 career singles titles, including the Australian Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon championship, and has been in five Grand Slam finals. She started playing tennis at the age of four and is currently ranked number two in the world, reaching the world’s number one spot for the first time in August of 2005 and last regained the ranking for the fourth time on May 19, 2008. The WTA has ranked Sharapova world number one in singles on four separate occasions. Sharapova made her professional breakthrough in 2004 when, at the age of 17, she upset two-time defending champion and top seed Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final for her first Grand Slam singles title. Known for her interests beyond the court as well, Sharapova signed with IMG Models in 2003 and has been featured in a number of modeling assignments, including a feature in a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. “Playing in Madison Square Garden has always been a dream of mine,” said Sharapova. “Everyone wants to play there at least once in their career. I look forward 18

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to coming back to New York for the Showdown.” Wozniacki made her professional debut in 2005, eight days after her 15th birthday, a loss to Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg Patty Schnyder in the first round at Cincinnati. Wozniacki currently holds the world’s number four ranking, becoming the 20th player in WTA history to hold the top ranking. She held the top spot for 46 weeks. The 21 yearold Denmark native was awarded the 2008 WTA Newcomer of the Year award and holds 18 career singles titles. “I really enjoy it,” said Wozniacki of her upcoming MSG experience. “I think that kind of atmosphere is great and it really pumps you up and it is not like playing a tennis match. It is more similar to being at a futbol match, but I really like that. Although they are very loud and cheerful, they are still very respectful. I really enjoy coming back to New York. I will probably come three days early and spend some time in the city and enjoy it.” Sharapova currently holds a 3-2 advantage in head-to-head matchups with Wozniacki. They have each beaten the other in 2011. Considered one of the greatest players of all time, Federer is currently the num-

The Stars Set to Shine Under NYC’s Bright Lights ber three player in the world and a former world number one player who held the top spot for a record 237 consecutive weeks (Feb. 2, 2004-Aug. 18, 2008) and 285 weeks overall. Federer makes his return to The Garden after facing Sampras in 2008 in front of a sold out crowd. He has won a men’s record 16 Grand Slam singles titles. Federer is one of seven male players to capture the career Grand Slam and the only male player in tennis history to have reached the title match of each Grand Slam tournament at least five times. Federer has appeared in an unprecedented 23 career Grand Slam finals, of which 10 were consecPhoto credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg utive appearances, and appeared in 18 of 19 finals over the four-and-a-half years from the 2005 Wimbledon Championships through the 2010 Australian Open, the lone exception

being the 2008 Australian Open. Andy Roddick is a former world’s number one-ranked player and led the United States to a Davis Cup title in 2007. He is currently the second highest-ranked American player in the world at 17th, nine spots behind fellow American Mardy Fish. Known for his extremely powerful serve, Roddick held the world record for the fastest serve at 155 mph between 2004 and 2011. The Nebraska native has 30 career singles titles and captured his only Grand Slam at the 2003 U.S. Open, defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero in the finals, marking the last North American male player to win a Grand Slam singles event. “I have never had a chance to play at the Garden before and to play Roger there will make it a special night,” said Roddick. “I am really looking forward to a great event.” Federer and Roddick played each other in an epic Wimbledon final in 2009 where the victory over the number six- seeded Roddick gave Federer his 15th Grand Slam singles championship, breaking a tie with Pete

Sampras for the most in history. The five-set marathon lasted four hours and 16 min. “Having four of the most popular tennis players of the past decade at the BNP Paribas Showdown should make for an exciting night Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg of tennis for the New York fans,” said Jerry Solomon, executive producer and president of event producer StarGames. “This lineup carries on the great tradition of tennis at Madison Square Garden and should form the basis for a great celebration of the sport on Tennis Night in America.” New York tennis fans are spoiled every year by having the U.S. Open in their own backyard. But with all the tournaments the area has lost over the years, any time the Big Apple has the opportunity to host the sport’s shining stars, it’s a memorable event the New York area should savor. continued on page 20

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Roger Federer vs. Andy Roddick Swiss August 08, 1981 Basel, Switzerland Bottmingen, Switzerland 1998 Right-handed

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BOLT Launches New Line of Racquets OLT Sports LLC has announced the launch of its new brand on a platform of cutting-edge, proprietary racquet technology called ZipStrips. “Consumers want innovation and quality design in everything, including tennis racquets,” said BOLT Founder and Director Brett Bothwell. “Look at how mobile devices and computers have advanced in the last 10 years, why not racquets. The bar is high, but we’re problem solvers, and we’re prepared to look at everything with fresh eyes and with new techniques of design and fabrication at our disposal. The first problem we tackled is the fundamental riddle of the composite racquet frame.” Bothwell has a background in architectural design and engineering, and has been involved with the sport of tennis for almost 40 years, and according to him, “tennis racquets have improved to a degree with stronger and lighter materials, but the inherent trouble with conventional composite racquets mostly gets worse with the evolution.” As composite racquets become stronger and lighter, they generally become more rigid and brittle, and have reduced capacity to absorb vibration and shock. Recent trends include modifying the chemical content of composite material to include vibration dampening “softening” agents or elastomeric compounds, or another is to fill the racquets with various kinds of foams, in order to absorb impact shock and vibration. Bothwell believes these solutions are simply stop-gap measures adopted by the industry to compensate for a larger problem. “If the strength of the composite is compromised for example, and the frame is made softer and more flexible, then the overall stability and performance of the racquet will be compromised as well,” said Bothwell. “Internal foam helps vibration dampening, but it doesn’t solve the underlying problem and the flexible frame.” Conventional racquets are designed to flex


along their entire length in order to control ball rebound speed. Unfortunately, this flexibility makes them less precise and less accurate than a stiffer racquet. A stiffer racquet, on the other hand, doesn’t absorb much ball impact energy and becomes too powerful for a professional to use. BOLT concluded that the only way to achieve both power and control together is to separate the vehicles for each. “It couldn’t be that both the control and the power are a result of the same flexible shaft,” said Bothwell. “There had to be another element that could flex, apart from the frame, to regulate ball rebound speed.” Following 15 years of research and development, and borrowing in part from the automotive industry, BOLT developed ZipStrip, a design which mimics the suspension system of an automobile. In a BOLT racquet, the strings ride on ZipStrips which are integrated around the racquet head frame. A ZipStrip is a spring-like, flexible composite bar which controls ball rebound speed by responding dynamically to ball impact, much like an auto suspension reacts to bumps on a road. While the ZipStrip flexes to control ball rebound speed, the racquet frame can be made stiff, powerful and accurate. “With a car, the question is not whether you want a suspension system at all, not having one would be ridiculous, but rather, what kind of suspension system is desired,” said Bothwell. “Whether to have a quick, agile, gently-buffered response like a sports car, or whether to have a more plush, fully-buffered response, like that of a luxury car, is the question. In a sense, it’s ridiculous not to have an integral shock-absorbing suspension system in a racquet when you consider the tremendous impact forces occurring in the game today and the repetition involved.” Players will have the ability to select a ZipStrip based on the racquet response they prefer, like selecting a car and its suspension system. The specific traits of a ZipStrip drive

the performance of the racquet. Professionals will likely prefer a ZipStrip with traits like a sports car, quick and with great feedback. Less experienced, recreational players may prefer a ZipStrip with more luxurious traits like a sedan with a premium on comfort. On Jan. 23, tennis enthusiasts had a chance to test out the ZipStrip technology for themselves at the official BOLT Racquet Launch Party held at CityView Racquet Club. In attendance were Mark McIntyre, head of the Riverside Clay Tennis Association; former USTA Eastern Presidents Tim Heath; and Richard Scheer, top local teaching pros; former New York Mayor David Dinkins; and others eager to demo the new Bolt racquets. People stepped on to the court and starting hitting tennis balls, and immediately saw a difference in their game. “This racquet made me look good,” said Mark McIntyre. The party gave everyone an opportunity to try the brand new racquets, as well as take part in a Q&A session with the manufacturer. “I am loving my Bolt 100,” said Heath. Mayor Dinkins, who has already been using the Bolt, said, “The Bolt racquet has added years to my game and allows me to play for a longer time frame each time.” • March/April 2012 • Long Island Tennis Magazine


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County Club Spotlight Piquet Lane Swim & Tennis Club 68 Piquets Lane • Woodbury, N.Y. (516) 364-2423 • or more than 50 years, Piquet Lane Swim & Tennis Club has been Long Island’s best kept secret for summer family fun and relaxation. Started in 1959, this thriving tennis and pool club has provided its members with a variety-packed schedule of events, tournaments and league play, not just for tennis, but for basketball, card and Mah-Jong games, plus an arts and crafts center with counselors for children. The club is limited to 200 member families. In addition, the club invites renters who, with their families, may enjoy the club for a season and then decide if they want to become a member by way of purchasing a bond from a selling member. The club is officially open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but tennis may be played from early May through November. Besides Piquet’s seven Har-Tru tennis courts, the club offers a newly rebuilt large heated pool and deck plus a kiddie wading pool. Surrounded by the enclave of beautiful trees and landscaping, and people engaged in various activities, one gets the perception they are at a glitzy Caribbean resort, not sandwiched between Jericho Turnpike and Woodbury Road. That’s the essence of Piquet Lane’s claim to “BestKept Secret” status. League play at Piquet Lane is bustling with seven women’s teams and five men’s teams for qualified players at all levels. The recently-added QuickStart program is grooming youngsters to become active players to hopefully one day take part in many of the tournaments Piquet Lane runs during the summer. As active as the club is, it has serene spots for pleasant conversation, reading or snoozing. Those are found on the outer areas of its magnificent pool deck and grassy shady areas of the “Great Lawn,” perfect spots for infants to sleep. La Bottega, a popular restaurant well-


known for its delicious paninis and salads, runs the club’s snack bar facility, offering a variety of selections for breakfast and lunch. Two popular events put the club’s friendliness and family fun on full display. At midseason, he club hosts a lavish party with live music for its members and renters. On Labor Day weekend, the club conducts Carnival Day where it offers a vast array of games and rides for children. Piquet Lane is not just all about tennis. It

is about family fun and friendliness, a tradition it has offered to Long Island residents since 1959. Super special deal for 2012: The club is having a special on summer family rentals. Interested parties should call Lawrence Shulman at (516) 610-5119 for further information. You may visit the club’s Web site at and a tour can be arranged at any time.

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A Model for Safely Building the Tennis Champions of Tomorrow (Part IV) By Steve Kaplan A Conceptual Understanding of the Court and Tactics reat tennis players, like great basketball point guards or great quarterbacks in football, are astute field generals who see things differently than average competitors. They are more kinesthetically and tactically aware athletes who recognize the subtly, complexity and nuances of their sport. They visualize the play as it unfolds and have a knack for being in the just right place at the right time, or in finding that perfect spot to place the ball. While some tennis players have a greater innate capacity for displaying these skills, a conceptual recognition and utilization of the court is an ability that can be learned and developed. The nexus of great tennis court tactics starts with first understanding and then utilizing a three-dimensional conceptual court to attack and defend. Remember, the physical dimensions of the singles tennis court are 27 x 78 or 2,106-square feet, but if the court is viewed as being three di-



mensional with 25 feet of added height, then it’s functional volume expends tremendously to 52,650 cubic feet. The court is a huge area to defend when height is added and the player who uses the full three-dimensional court to maneuver and attack is going to have an edge. The game of cat and mouse The interaction between players at the highest level is tactically interactive, involving action and reaction. While offensive play is proactive, defensive play is generally reactive and is characterized by both efficient and effective time management Offensive shot making at the highest levels displays contrasting shot depths. If you push an opponent back, the court is elongated, as well as effectively widened because cross-court shots pull players wider when defended from deeper in the court. Defensive play, in contrast, is most often exemplified by vertical plane shot-making, rather than horizontal plane-attacking strikes. The

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priority is to keep the ball low while hitting a volley on a net attack. This tactic effectively takes away time with less risk than a high pace, sharp angle or extreme deep shot. Defensively, the response to your net attack might be to hit hard at the body to stand you up, or to try to win the race down the line with pace. Most often, however, the first choice to defend is to hit low to force the net player to close closer, or hit a lob to move the net rusher back and to do so with disguise at significant times, to stay one strategic step ahead. Ultimately, the goal is to be the last player to commit to a shot, or a position to defend a shot, in order to gain a strategic edge. Offensive play When John Isner bombs a 140 mile per hour serve to the “tee,” it’s obviously an offensive shot. Roger Federer’s deft drop shot is in sharp contrast to Isner’s power, yet it is equally as effective an attack. These two very different shots are actu-

ally similar in concept, because all offensive play has the defining characteristic of reducing and limiting an opponent’s usable time. A lack of ball pace reduces time much the same way as abundant speed limits time. The grass courts of Wimbledon, for example, are fast because the courts are so soft that the ball barely bounces. In recent years, the courts have hardened and the ball bounces higher which raises the bounces to slow the court to play like clay. Forward court position reduces time because the ball gets to the net player and is returned, having traveled less distance. Heavy topspin and a sharp slice reduce functional time since the ball travels a shorter path in the usable hitting zone of most players. Shot disguise and variety promotes uncertainty, which causes opponents to react slower since they now need more cues to interpret and react to shots. A common question is how much variety do you display? I suggest that you need to incorporate just enough variety to in-

“The nexus of great tennis court tactics starts with first understanding and then utilizing a three-dimensional conceptual court to attack and defend.” still a sense of uncertainty in your opponent so that they compromise their position and hesitate in their anticipation since the threshold for creating uncertainty will be different for every player. Depth limits time because the ball has not slowed down from the friction of court contact. Since down the line shots travel a shorter distance than crosscourt shots, they arrive sooner. Fine and precise shot placement—especially those shots contrasted in combination and played to the open court—create time stress because you cannot be in two places at once.

Defensive play Defensive play can be defined as the selection of shots and positions that maximize steadiness and efficient court coverage. Shots hit cross-court are higher percentage shots than shots hit down the line because the court is longer. Those who refer to the lower center net as a factor in this goal should have paid closer attention to the concept of a “hypotenuse” in high school geometry class. While the net is lower in the center, it is also further away, therefore, it is erroneous to believe that it impacts shot percentage because the acceptance angle, or minimum angle that the ball must be launched upward to clear the net, is nearly identical on cross-court and down the line shots. The likelihood of a ball clearing the net increases as it is struck further away from the net because it has a longer distance to travel and requires a less steep ball incline launch. continued on page 26

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High contact point is critical to a high percentage shot-making because the ball does not need to be hit upward as steeply to clear the net and still successfully travel down into the court on the other side. If a player tells me that they don’t feel comfortable with high contact, I respond that they better “get comfortable if they wish to progress.” The argument that, since heavy topspin pulls the ball down rapidly, the greater the topspin imparted, the higher you can aim and still be successful is flawed. It may be true in theory, but it is potentially harmful in practice because heavy topspin will create racket head torque or twisting which is difficult to manage. I suggest that players impart as much topspin as they can comfortably handle without negatively distorting the integrity of their stroke. As the racket moves faster, it develops greater gyroscopic stability. It is helpful to think of a bicycle which wobbles at low speeds, but tracks truer at higher speeds, to understand this concept. An accelerating racket head strikes with greater force (F = M x A) and will be more resistant to unintentional twisting upon contact with the ball which is a frequent source of missed shots. Shots hit with greater margins of horizontal and vertical clearance are safer. Serve I like to divide the service box into three distinct aiming areas: Wide, the middle

and the tee. Serves may also concurrently emphasize three striking attributes: Direction or accuracy, spin and speed. Usually, a focus on one attribute is at the slight compromise of one or both of the others, so that it’s difficult, for example, to focus on maximum accuracy and concurrently display maximum pace. When serving wide, accuracy is paramount. The ball travels up to half-a-foot wide for each foot of movement back when served to a wide part of the box. A serve hit wider by one foot can pull the returner eight to 10 feet off the court because of the acuteness of the angle that the ball travels. Serve the ball wide with maximum pace and you will likely need the full box length which will reduce the angle. Since serves to the tee occur at an obtuse angle, extra accuracy will not matter as in a wide serve. The tee is the shortest distance to the server, so that here, pace will be the most adventurous. Serves which emphasize spin are most useful when hit into an opponent’s body, therefore, heavy spin to the middle of the box is a great first serve choice, and the highest percentage second serve choice. It is most valuable to start a match with heavy spin to the middle on first serves for two reasons. First, it is a high risk/reward shot which is particularly important early in a match when both players are nervously ramping up their play. Next, it allows for a seamless transition to an interchangeable, and thus dependable, second serve.

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Returns This combination of very accurate wide serves, and very fast tee serves creates a positioning dilemma for the returner. Wide-angled serves necessitate that returner stand wider and closer to net to reduce the amount of distance off the court that the serve travels. High-paced serves to the tee may require the returner to position further away from the net and closer to the center. By favoring one side, the returner compromises their ability to manage the other side. Moreover, if the returner assumes a central position to try to handle both serves, then they are most vulnerable to a heavy-spun, middle-of-the-box serve. If the server is adept at serving wide, as well as to the tee, it is better to error on the side of standing a bit extra wide to manage the angled serve and force the server to hit to the middle. By doing so, the returner will be in a central court position after being stressed by the server. The best players start each match by striking the ball aggressively, but aiming their shots safely. Aggressive striking promotes high percentage hitting, as well as confidence. Safe aim follows the logic of pursuing as little risk as is needed in order to succeed. If safe aim works, then why be unsafe? If conservative aim is not sufficient to win, then a high margin of error start is a perfect ramp up to taking on riskier and more impact full play. Good players strike the ball well, but to progress from good to great, players need to learn to most effectively attack and defend the three-dimensional court, and to practice these very specific skills with clear focus and purposeful intent. Steve Kaplan is the owner of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as the director of Reebok Academy for New York City Parks Foundation. Over the last 33 years, Steve has been the longtime coach of more than 500 nationally-ranked junior players, 15 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 $7 million in college scholarship money. He may be reached by e-mail at

United States Finishes Off Switzerland With 5-0 Davis Cup Sweep he United States defeated Switzerland in 2012 Davis Cup action, 5-0, as Americans Ryan Harrison and John Isner both had straight set victories to complete the sweep for the U.S. The matches, held on an indoor red clay court at the Forum Fribourg in Fribourg, Switzerland, saw Harrison win back-to-back tiebreakers against Michael Lammer in his debut at the Davis Cup, while Isner defeated Marco Chiudinelli, 6-3, 6-4. In doubles action, the team of Mike Bryan & Mardy Fish defeated Stanislas Wawrinka & Roger Federer, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Fish also defeated Wawrinka in their singles match, 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, 6-1, 9-7. This recent victory marked the United States’ third consecutive win on the road in the Davis Cup, all of which so far, have been on clay. The U.S. hasn’t had a 5-0


sweep since the first round of the Davis Cup in 2008 against Austria. With this first round victory, the United States will secure a spot in the World Group for the next year. This is the longest uninterrupted run they have had in the World Group, going back to 1989. Ryan Harrison’s victory debut took place at the age of 19 years and eight months, just a year older than Andy Roddick’s debut in 2001 and a month older than John McEnroe’s debut in 1978. “I learned that Isner can beat anyone at any time because no one has a chance if he plays the way that he plays and serves the way that he serves unless they play incredible tennis, incredible defensive tennis, because he plays first rate tennis,” said U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier. “Certainly we knew that Mardy and Mike could play good doubles. They proved

they could play clutch doubles against a world class team.” Friday, Feb. 10 Results I Singles A: Mardy Fish (USA) defeated Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI), 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, 6-1, 9-7 I Singles B: John Isner (USA) defeated Roger Federer (SUI), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-2 Saturday, Feb. 11 Results I Doubles: Mike Bryan & Ryan Harrison (USA) defeated Roger Federer & Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 Sunday, Feb. 12 Results I Singles C: Ryan Harrison (USA) defeated Michael Lammer (SUI), 7-6(0), 7-6(4) I Singles D: John Isner (USA) defeated Marco Chiudinelli (SUI), 6-3, 6-4 • March/April 2012 • Long Island Tennis Magazine


2012 Australian Open Recap Djokovic survives epic six-hour men’s final and Azarenka takes over WTA top spot with finals victory as the 2012 Grand Slam season begins

Men’s singles: Djokovic continues his domination World number oneranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia defeated Spain’s Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg Rafael Nadal in the longest Grand Slam singles final in the history of professional tennis, winning 57, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 after five-hours and 53-min. to claim his third Australian Open title. At 1:37 a.m. local time in Melbourne and 9:37 a.m. ET, Djokovic became the fifth man since the Open Era began in 1968 to win three straight Grand Slam finals. This final surpassed the previous longest major singles final by just under an hour (Mats Wilander’s win over Ivan Lendl at the U.S. Open in 1988, which lasted 4 hours, 54 min). This was one of the most dramatic fi-

nals in the history of the game. The level of play was outstanding throughout and the efforts seemed superhuman. During the trophy presentation, the players were so exhausted that they were given chairs and a bottle of water while the speeches were made and trophies were presented. As usual, both players were very gracious both in victory and in defeat. “We made history tonight and unfortunately there couldn’t be two winners,” Djokovic said. While Djokovic’s comment is one that certainly has merit, it didn’t change the fact that Djokovic’s win now gives him seven straight finals wins against the world number two-ranked Nadal. This includes defeating Nadal in three straight majors. In Nadal’s post-match speech he said, “Good morning, everybody, Congratulations to Novak and his team. They

deserve it. They are doing something fantastic, so congratulations.” The level of play somehow seemed to improve in the fifth set as the match went into its fifth hour. The point of the match was at 4-4 in the fifth when Djokovic hit a backhand long after a 31-shot rally the longest of the match and then collapsed to the court in exhaustion. Nadal had only lost one match of his previous 134 in Grand Slams after winning the first set, but he found his serve coming under more and more pressure as the match wore on. After coming back from 5-3 down to win the fourth-set tiebreaker, Nadal was up a break at 4-2 in the fifth set against Djokovic. Djokovic, who was coming off a near five hours semifinal win against Andy Murray, somehow responded. He broke for a 6-5 lead and saved a break point before finally taking the win and championship.


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2012 Australian Open Recap Women’s singles: Azarenka defeats Sharapova to win crown and take over WTA top spot

the first Grand Slam event of 2012. The closest she has come to a title in the past was a semifinal loss to Petra Kvitova at last year’s Wimbledon in June. Azarenka is the first women’s player to move from third to first after her first V i c t o r i a major’s title win. Azarenka from “She did everything better than I did Belarus de- today. I had a good first couple of feated Rus- games, and that was about it,” s i a n Maria Sharapova said. “Then she was the one Sharapova in that was taking the first ball and hitting t h e A u s - it deep and aggressive. I was always the tralian Open Women’s singles finals in one running around like a rabbit, you just one-hour, 22-min. Azarenka swept know, trying to play catch-up all the the three-time Grand Slam winner, 6-3, time.” 6-0, and won 12 out of the final 13 Sharapova took the first two games games to quickly capture her first pretty quickly, but that soon would Grand Slam win against the former change, and there would be only one number one-ranked Sharapova, and in more game won by Sharapova in the the process, claim the top spot atop entire tournament. Sharapova leveled the WTA rankings the game 3-3 and would not win an“It’s a dream come true,” said other game in that set or the final set. Azarenka. “I have been dreaming and “As in any sport, you have your good working so hard to win the Grand Slam, days, you have your tough days and you and being number one is a pretty good have days where things just don’t work bonus. Just the perfect ending and the out,” said Sharapova. perfect position to be in.” Azarenka moves into 2012 after havAzarenka has now won 11 straight ing her best season in 2011, winning 55 matches, including her run to win the of 72 matches to finish the year ranked Sydney International title, in capturing third in the WTA rankings.

Juniors: American Taylor Townsend wins girls singles and doubles crowns Fifteen-yearo l d Ta y l o r Townsend from Stockbridge, Ga., defeated 17-year-old Russian Yulia Putintseva, 6-1, 36, 6-3, to win the 2012 Australian Open Girls Singles Title. Townsend also partnered with 15-year-old Gabrielle Andrews of Pomona, Calif., to win the 2012 Australian Open Girls Doubles title. Townsend became the first American to sweep the junior singles and doubles titles at a Grand Slam event since Lindsay Davenport, who won both girls’ titles at the 1992 U.S. Open. She is now the only American to ever sweep the junior singles and doubles titles at a Grand Slam event outside the U.S. “If you just compete and work really hard, anything is possible,” said Townsend. “You know, the family support and the support of people that are around you is key.” Townsend is the top-ranked player in the USTA Girls 18s National Standings, and continued on page 30

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2012 Australian Open Recap trains full-time at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla. She becomes the second consecutive Georgia native to reach win the girls singles title at a Grand Slam event, after Grace Min of Norcross, Ga., captured the 2011 U.S. Open girls singles title.

Worst showing ever for American males Down Under When 16th-ranked John Isner from North Carolina fell to the 18th-ranked Feliciano Lopez of Spain, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 it marked the first time since 1968 that no American has made it to the fourth round of the Australian Open. “It’s very disappointing,” Isner said. “That’s not a good effort from the Americans this tournament. I knew going in to my match, I was the last one left and I

wanted to keep on going, but just didn’t happen. But it’s very ugly, to be honest, to have no one in the round of 16. We’ve got to try to rectify that next time the big tournaments roll around.” American Andy Roddick had withdrawn in his second round match. He was trailing two sets to one when he was forced to retire against Australian Lleyton Hewitt. Behind 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, Roddick approached Hewitt and said, “Lleyton. That’s it,” and retired. Top-ranked American Mardy Fish fell at the hands of Alejandro Falla from Colombia in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3, 7-6 in the second round. Fish did not seem himself and had built up frustration which shown through his play. He made a comment to a ball boy and also made numerous complaints to the chair after Falla took numerous breaks to see a trainer.

Locals at the first Grand Slam of 2012 Scott Lipsky, a native of Merrick, N.Y., and his partner Rajeev Ram, came into the 2012 Australian Open as the number 13 seeds in the Men’s Doubles Draw. In the first round, they defeated Albert Montanes & Albert Ramos of Spain in straight sets, and in the second round, they defeated Andre Sa of Brazil & Michal Mertinek of Slovakia. In the third round, Lipsky & Ram fell to the number four seeds, the team of Rohan Bopanna & Mahesh Bhupathi of India, 6-7, 2-6. Julia Elbaba of Oyster Bay, N.Y. first advanced out of the Juniors Qualifiers Draw and into the Junior Girls Singles Main Draw. Then, Julia won her first round match with an upset over the number 13 seed, Donna Vekic of Croatia, 6-4, 6-1 before falling in the second round to Australian Storm Sanders, 3-6, 4-6.

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Are the Inmates Running the Asylum? By Joel Ross

Several years ago at my sleepaway camp, there was an â&#x20AC;&#x153;incidentâ&#x20AC;? which illustrated to me the importance and urgency of switching to â&#x20AC;&#x153;synchronized teachingâ&#x20AC;? at camp. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Synchronized teachingâ&#x20AC;? is a system of instruction where every instructor on every court is teaching the same drills simultaneously. It enabled me to maintain control of our teaching program. The title character of the story was one of our best playing counselors, a 21-yearold who was very enthusiastic and whom I thought was one of our very best instructors at camp that summer. During pre-camp training with our tennis staff, I went over all the drills that I wanted them to use. Most of these drills are very fastpaced, and either technique- or strategy-oriented. They have been proven over time to be excellent training drills and games. When this incident occurred, the tennis director and I were both present. We had 10 courts being worked out on simultaneously, and each court had four students and one pro. The pro in question had our best campers. He knew the drills that we trained him in during pre-camp training. We made it clear that those were the drills to use.

At his own whim, he decided to use his own overhead drill. His drill came down to an overhead for one player around the service line with his opponent at or inside the opposite service line. The one hitting the overhead was given instructions to hit the overhead right through his opponent. His opponent was given instructions to return the overhead and defend his side of the net. My director and I noticed the drill right away. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look like anything we had taught the instructors in pre-camp training. We both immediately went over to see what he was doing. As soon as we got there, the one hitting the overhead nailed an overhead right at his opponent, who was standing inside the service line. It hit him in the upper thigh. The kid went down. He was 15-yearsold, one of our best players and he was in pain. I held my breath while imagining that this was going to be serious. He eventually recovered after about a half-hour and was able to return to the court. It was a scary moment, and we all got off lucky. He could have been seriously injured. It was a reckless drill. When we asked the instructor about it, he said that his coach uses it with the players on the team. We asked him why he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask us first if he could use it and he just shrugged. He just wanted to do it with his group.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Synchronized teachingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a system of instruction where every instructor on every court is teaching the same drills simultaneously.â&#x20AC;? This is a prime example of an â&#x20AC;&#x153;unsafeâ&#x20AC;? drill. There are other times when instructors will implement their own drills which are pointless, boring or ineffective. We now use â&#x20AC;&#x153;synchronized teachingâ&#x20AC;? at camp. Either I or the tennis director give the list of drills to be used that day to each instructor (the list changes daily). We give the instructors a â&#x20AC;&#x153;one-min. warningâ&#x20AC;? before switching drills every 10 min. In one 90 min. class, we are able to get in around six to eight drill sequences. I believe it allows for a very energetic, purposeful and safe drilling environment on each court. When parents send their kids to camp, they expect that the instructors will be doing the right thing with their children. Most staffers at a tennis camp are great players, and at the same time, need to be taught how to handle a group of children on their court. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Synchronized teachingâ&#x20AC;? enables directors/instructors to maintain control of their program, monitor the drills and maximize the overall experience for our campers. Joel Ross is the owner and director of Joel Ross Tennis & Golf Camp in Kent, Conn. Over the past 22 years, more than 5,000 campers have enjoyed the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Joel Rossâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tennis camp experience. Joel was New York State High School Singles Champion in 1967 and 1968 while playing for Westbury High School. He was Big 10 Singles Champion in 1971 while attending the University of Michigan and was featured on the cover of Tennis Magazine that year. He was player/coach of the U.S. Maccabiah Tennis Team in 1977 and won a gold medal in menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doubles with his partner, Peter Rennert. He may be reached by e-mail at

By Kathy Miller t’s a busy time of year with the USTA Leagues! First, congratulations to the Women’s Tri-Level Team from Point Set Indoor Racquet Club, captained by Jen Jaeger and the Men’s Team from Carefree Racquet Club, captained by Adam Kolenberg, on representing Long Island at the Sectional Championship in Albany, N.Y.! The Mixed-Doubles League is now underway with teams playing at the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 and 10.0 combined NTRP Levels. Playoffs will be played the beginning of May with the 7.0 and 8.0 Levels having a Regional Championship in mid-May. Organizing for the Adult, Senior and Super Senior League has begun. All captains from last year, and any new ones who have been in contact, should have received a registration form for their team for the upcoming season. Players looking for a team should contact me by e-mail at so that I can let you know which teams are looking for players at your level. The Adult League (ages 18 and up) consists of men’s and women’s teams, and is run at the 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0 Levels. Matches at the 2.5 and 5.0 Levels consist of one court of singles and two courts of doubles, while the other levels are two courts of singles and three courts of doubles. The Senior League (ages 50 and up) also consist of men’s and women’s teams and has teams at the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 Levels. Matches consist of three courts of doubles. The Super Senior League (ages 60 and up) is also three courts of doubles, but is based on combined ratings and runs at the 6.0 Level (two 3.0 players or a 2.5 and a 3.5), 7.0 (two 3.5 players or a 3.0 and a 4.0), and 8.0 Level (two 4.0 players or a 3.5 and a 4.5). Matches run from mid-May through


mid-August at the various clubs/sites on Long Island that field teams. To be a part of a team, you must be a USTA member, pay the $25 roster fee and $18 for each match played. Upcoming important Adult League dates: I Wednesday, May 2: 7:00 p.m. at the Crest Hollow Country Club, Captains Scheduling Cocktail Party I Mid-May (date to be determined): Mixed-Playoffs (May 2nd Mixed 7.0 and 8.0 Region Championship) I Friday-Sunday, June 1-3: Mixed-Doubles Section Championship I Friday-Sunday, Aug. 3-5: Region Championships I Friday-Sunday, Aug. 10-12: 2.5, 3.5 and 4.5 Section Championship I Friday-Sunday, Aug. 17-19: 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 Section Championship I Friday-Sunday, Sept. 14-16: Senior Section Championship I Friday-Sunday, Sept. 21-23: Super Senior Championship

National Championship dates: I Friday-Sunday, Sept. 28-30: Adult 2.5 and 5.0 I Friday-Sunday, Oct. 5-7: Adult 3.5 and Senior 3.0 I Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14: Adult 3.0 and Senior 3.5 I Friday-Sunday, Oct. 19-21: Adult 4.0 and Senior 4.5 I Friday-Sunday, Oct. 19-21: Adult 4.5 and Senior 4.0 I Friday-Sunday, Nov. 9-11: Mixed 7.0 and 9.0 I Friday-Sunday, Nov. 16-18: Mixed 8.0 & 10.0 I April 2013: Super Senior (exact date to be determined) Looking forward to a great summer of USTA League 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

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The Volley By Ed Wolfarth

Much has been written on the proper techniques of volleying. Let me share with you some of my favorite teaching cues for the volley: 1. Volleying in doubles— proper court positioning Stand in the middle of your service box when your partner is serving. Stand around halfway between the doubles sideline and the net, and halfway between the net and service line (about 21 ft. or so, around 10-11 ft. from the net). Remember, this is simply your starting point. Depending on where the serve is hit, you move in that direction. You may have seen the pros stand much closer, but this won’t work for a 3.5 player! Unless you can leap 20 ft. in the air and cover lobs over your head, standing too close is counter-productive. Basically explained, the better the player and the


more athletic the player, the closer you can stand. Another point … play tall! Most of the shots you see passing you by at the net will be hit above eye level. The opponent’s ground strokes (especially at the 3.0-4.0 Levels) are not hit with a great deal of topspin and you, more than likely, will find them way above your head when you try to intercept.

“… if you play doubles, and you’re at the net, your job is to make mistakes! Winners and losers are the norm. ‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained’ is a good motto.”

2. The ready position Most club players in doubles stand with the racket in the middle of their body. This assumes 50 percent of the balls are going right and 50 percent to the left, correct? But if you think of it logically, this is entirely false. Ninety percent of the balls hit in doubles are hit across the court in an attempt to avoid you! You need to “cheat to the middle.” When your partner is serving from the deuce side and you’re at the net, favor the forehand volley and hold your racket to the right (assuming everyone is righthanded). The opposite is true in the ad court. Remember to play tall.

3. Volley swing You may have been told to punch a volley, but in reality, the length of the volley swing is directly related to the speed with which the ball is approaching. Obviously, the faster it comes, the shorter the swing is. If the ball is coming really slowly, you can almost take a full swing. If you stop the follow-through, as in a punching action, much like a car that stops abruptly, your back side lifts and your front dips, and the result is volleys into the net. I tell my students to hit “The Equator,” but go to South America … simply a description of putting a bit of backspin on the ball for depth and control.

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Volleying is a reactionary activity. You are at the mercy of the speeding ball heading in your direction. The first step is to get your racket behind the incoming object. If time allows, turn your shoulders and finally, if more time exists, step into the shot. The greatest volleyer in modern times was probably John McEnroe. McEnroe had great hands, economy of motion and no discernible footwork. If you’re concerned with footwork when volleying, you’re in deep trouble! 4. Volley grips Again, you need to “cheat toward the middle.” Favor your forehand grip if you are in the ad box and backhand grip if on the deuce side. We’re talking doubles, here. Ever wonder why most good players have more trouble with their forehand volleys than with their backhand volley? It’s their grip! They stand in a continental grip which is nothing more than a weak version of the backhand grip. 5. Volley placement Hit your volleys where your opponent isn’t! Duh! While this is most obvious, you need to

find these gaps. The middle is a good place to start. So is at the nearest opponent’s feet. This placement gives them less time to react. When both opponents are back, shallow or drop, volleys may be called for. Angled volleys also work as well. When serving and volleying in doubles tennis, try to hit your first volley deep to the returner, or shallow and low down the middle, depending on the height it reaches you. Volleys hit below net level are defensive in nature, while volleys hit at more convenient heights can be hit more aggressively and for winners. And finally, if you play doubles, and you’re at the net, your job is to make mistakes! Winners and losers are the norm. “Nothing ventured, nothing gained” is a good motto. All too often, I see my students standing at the net, watching balls go back and forth, some of which, are in their reach. They ask, “Could I have hit that one?” Many times, they’re just “protecting the alley,” while in reality, the number of balls that successfully pass them down the alley can be counted on one hand. The problem is that for every ball that does pass you down the alley, it registers as three!

I often watch matches and ask the question, “How many times did you get beat down the alley?” Six or seven times in a set is the usual response, when in effect, it was twice! It just seems more. Go out there and get to the net. If you are playing the baseline in doubles, you are missing out on all the fun. You need to jump into the deep end of the pool in order to learn to swim. Making mistakes is part of the learning process, and it is just one step closer to getting it right … enjoy! Ed Wolfarth is the director of tennis at the Meadowbrook Pointe Club in Westbury, N.Y. Besides being an active member of the USPTA Eastern Division, he is also on the regional board of the USTA Eastern Section. He holds national senior rankings in both singles and doubles, and has been USPTA High School Coach of the Year, as well as USTA Senior Player of the Year. When he’s not on the tennis court, Wolfarth is a professor of physical education and sport sciences at both Hofstra University and Queens College. He may be reached by e-mail at • March/April 2012 • Long Island Tennis Magazine



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Long Island Tennis Magazine’s

Literary Corner

By Brent Shearer High Strung: Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and the Untold Story of Tennis’ Fiercest Rivalry By Stephen Tignor

or tennis fans too young to remember the glory days of the 1970s and the early 1980s, High Strung: Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and the Untold Story of Tennis’ Fiercest Rivalry is a thoroughly researched guide to an era when the game was on the front pages of the world’s sports consciousness in a way it hasn’t been since those days. Tignor has used the Borg-McEnroe rivalry as a jumping off point to write a fascinating history of the game as it was during the last gasp of the wood racquet era, or to put it another way, before men’s shorts got baggy. The centerpieces of the book are the Borg-McEnroe Wimbledon finals of 1980 and


1981. Tignor describes the famous fourth set tie-breaker of the first year and Borg’s comeback in the fifth set. The next year, McEnroe ended Borg’s run of five straight Wimbledon titles and by defeating him, helped push him into retirement at the age of 25. Of course, one of the things that make the Borg-McEnroe match-up worth writing about more than 30 years later is the ice and fire extremes of each player. But different as they were, their 25th year was a turning point for both men. Borg quit tennis at that age, and McEnroe, three years younger, never won another Grand Slam after 1984 when he was 25. Despite its title, High Strung, understandably, has a broader focus than just on Borg and McEnroe. There are chapters on Ilie Nastase, Australian coaching legend Harry Hopman, as well as a lot of material about McEnroe and Borg’s fellow Grand Slam winners and frequent opponents, Jimmy Connors and Vitas Gerulaitis One of Tignor’s evocative set pieces in the book is his description of Gerulaitis’ funeral with Borg, McEnroe and Connors in attendance. The author resists the temptation to overwrite this scene, but considering that so

much of High Strung is an elegy for the passing of the Tennis Boom Era, Gerulaitis’ funeral is a “Day the Music Died” moment. Tignor does a good job of charting the minieras of the post-Open tennis period, identifying Borg as the first Open era “native” champion, meaning that he never played when the game was split into amateurs and pros. Although both Borg and McEnroe battled foes like Nastase and Arthur Ashe, Tignor makes the useful point that Nastase and Ashe were transitional figures whose careers started in the era of segregation between pros and amateurs that ended in 1968. The author is quite eloquent about the implications of the passing of the wood racquet, and how when the wooden racquets died, it was like the last nail in the coffin of the pre-1968 game. I think Tignor gets right to point to the 1981 Wimbledon final as one of our game’s turning points, not only because it was Borg’s last Wimbledon, but because its finalists were the last two men to win Wimbledon with wooden racquets. Tignor makes the valid and original point that McEnroe was caught in mid-career by

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the change in racquets and was never really able to adjust to the new racquets. He also has a poignant section on Borg’s attempted comeback in 1991 when he had to have the kind of wooden racquets he used in his prime specially made for him. But, probably for a number of reasons, not the least of which was that he was 35years-old, the outdated racquets being another, Borg’s comeback didn’t work. Extrapolating from Tignor’s book, it isn’t far-fetched to say that there will never be another pure touch artist in the game like McEnroe because of the change in the racquets. Not that Federer doesn’t have a touch game, but as a modern player with modern equipment, he has power as well. Not only does Tignor tell a great story well, but for older readers of Long Island Tennis Magazine, his illuminating coverage of the demise of wood racquets gives us a new excuse when we lose to younger players. If a McEnroe couldn’t fully adjust to composite racquets, it’s no surprise that I haven’t been able to. The next time I’m out there with my continental grip getting destroyed by a younger player using one of

these, western-grip, wrist-like forehands and two- handed backhands, I’m going to explain in my imaginary post-match press conference that like Johnny Mac, I haven’t been able to adjust to the post-Dunlop Maxply era. If you’re old enough to have learned the game using wooden racquets, I think it is impossible to generate the amount of racquet head speed that gets the most out of modern racquets, never mind the Luxilon and other polyester strings. I’d rather think or say that than admit I’m just old and feeble so everybody in the senior ranks can thank Tignor for making this excuse more feasible. Tignor’s book tells a fascinating story and is a compelling read. He sprinkles the text with quotes from writers and broadcasters who covered the Borg-McEnroe rivalry while it was happening. But according to the rules of the book reviewer’s union, you have to find a few flaws even in such a good book as High Strung so that readers can draw the conclusion that the reviewer is smarter than the author. So, in order to keep my membership in the National Book Critics Circle unchal-

lenged, here is one flaw. Tignor describes Gerulaitis as being from Brooklyn, N.Y., but area tennis fans will surely wince at the Howard Beach, Queens, native being identified with basketball star Chris Mullin’s borough. True, he was born in Brooklyn, but nobody, including McEnroe, who famously said about his 1979 U.S. Open final with Gerulaitis that you’re never again going to have two guys from Queens in a Grand Slam final, would say he was from Brooklyn. But to switch back to the positive, I have to thank Tignor for explaining why Borg didn’t play more in the U.S. beyond his U.S. Open jinx, it wasn’t as I supposed that he was too Euro-cool for the land of McDonald’s. It was because his management company, IMG, about which Tignor is also very thorough, didn’t like the tax treatment of Borg’s U.S. earnings. Throughout, Stephen Tignor’s High Strung presents a compelling portrait of one of tennis’ greatest match-ups. Brent Shearer may be reached by e-mail at • March/April 2012 • Long Island Tennis Magazine


Long Island Tennis Magazine’s


Summer Camp Guide

24th Annual College Tennis Exposure Camp University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla.: Sunday-Thursday, June 17-21 Davidson College in Davidson, N.C.: Saturday-Wednesday, July 7-11 Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.: Sunday-Friday, July 15-20, July 22-27 & July 29-Aug. 3 (813) 684-9031 • Coach Ed Krass’ 24th 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 sample various coaching styles and receive on-court coaching during team competitions. Classroom seminars with col40

lege coaches motivate and educate players about college tennis preparation. The camp is offered at University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. from Sunday-Thursday, June 17-21; Davidson College in Davidson, N.C. from Saturday-Wednesday, July 7-11; and at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., Sunday-Friday, July 15-20, July 22-27 and July 29-Aug. 3. Air-conditioned dormitory accommodations, cafeteria meals and 24-hour adult supervision are provided. For more information, call (813) 684-9031 or visit

adidas Tennis Camps at Stony Brook University Sunday, Friday, July 8-13 & July 15-20 Director: Gary Glassman (800) 944-7112 adidas Tennis Camps have been held at Stony Brook University since 2005, helping hundreds of kids in the tri-state area improve their tennis game. The Stony Brook camp will once again be directed by Stony Brook University Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach Gary Glassman. Entering his 11th season as the men’s and women’s coach, Glassman

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Long Island Tennis Magazine’s 2012 Summer Camp Guide has compiled a combined 251 wins, setting single season records in wins for both programs, while leading the men’s program to their first ever national ranking in 2005. Coach Glassman’s camp staff is comprised of area teaching professionals, assistant coaches and college tennis players. adidas Tennis Camps has something to offer to junior tennis players of all abilities. The curriculum is tailored to help each camper improve their game in a positive, fun atmosphere. Each staff pro is dedicated to the personal development and improvement of every camper, from beginners to top tournament players. They encourage high school teams to come together—keeping them on the same courts to help them become stronger as a whole. Finally, adidas Tennis Camps offers tournament training which provides a challenging atmosphere for juniors to improve their USTA rankings. Players will train with other motivated tournament players and compete against each other in a constructive, fun and wellorganized camp setting. Campers who choose to take part in tournament training will be put through a rigorous training regimen that will help improve their physical and mental endurance as well. adidas Tennis Camps offer three different options for campers: 1. Overnight campers: Campers sleep on campus in dormitories and eat their meals in the dining hall. The staff lives in the dorms and chaperon all the off court/evening activities to provide supervision. Evening activities last year included a swim party, movie night, karaoke contest and a tennis fun night! 2. Extended day campers: Included is lunch and dinner, tennis and evening activities. 3. Day campers: Includes lunch and a week’s worth of tennis instruction from the finest coaches in the Northeast. All ability levels are welcome! Boys and girls ages 8-18 … tournament training is available … overnight and day options. It’s your Summer. It’s your Game.

Advanced High Performance Tennis Academy by Maurice Trail (516) 302-5613 Advance Tennis Academy is a personalized program. Each day, students receive individual instruction, with a small student to pro ratio for drilling, point play, group fitness and athletic enhancement. Often, the student will play the coaches in points and matches. A key to junior devel-

opment is playing matches and competing daily. All students, depending on skill level, will compete every day in sets and matches both independently and supervised. These situations will duplicate a tournament environment, a key to handling pressure situations and delivering when it counts the most in tournaments. The toughest game is the mind … and it is you against you.

Bethpage Park Tennis Center Summer Tennis Camp 99 Quaker Meeting House Road, Building #4 Farmingdale, N.Y. (516) 777-1358 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 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 partialweek, 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. • March/April 2012 • Long Island Tennis Magazine


Long Island Tennis Magazine’s 2012 Summer Camp Guide Carefree Racquet Club 1414 Jerusalem Avenue North Merrick, N.Y. (516) 489-9005 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 air-conditioned 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 on-court 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 min. 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!

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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 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-

Long Island Tennis Magazine’s 2012 Summer Camp Guide 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.

Register early for our very popular Adult Camp on Wednesday nights from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Treat yourself to one or more of our four-week sessions of fun-filled drills, instruction, and games this summer. Private instruction from our staff of tennis professionals is available all summer long at a discounted summer rate. Our goal is to fulfill your child’s tennis needs through fun and exercise this summer with the game we love, tennis. Come join us this summer for a great tennis experience at Eastern Athletic Clubs.

Future Stars Summer Tennis Camps (516) 876-3490 Future Stars Summer Tennis Camps are proud to celebrate our 33rd year providing thousands of children with a fun, safe, productive environment to help maximize skill development whilst instilling core values. Throughout the years, our tennis program has evolved a specifically-designed curriculum combining instructional skill sessions and supervised competitive match play to create a fun filled experience for all. Future Stars has a reputation for a first-class staff who are experienced and qualified Tennis professionals who share a passion for working with children. In addition to our outstanding staff, we are also extremely proud of our camp locations which offer first class facilities to meet the diverse requirements of the camp day. These include The College at Old Westbury (Nassau) with eight courts, Farmingdale State College (Nassau/Suffolk Border) with six courts, Future Stars Tennis Club (Southampton) with eight

Eastern Athletic Clubs Junior Tennis Summer Camps Eastern Athletic Clubs Junior Tennis Summer Camps offer your child the most thorough and comprehensive tennis program on Long Island. With complete focus on form and fundamentals, your beginner player will develop a sound foundation and the tournament player will reach the next level of competition. Our three Long Island locations offer a total of 17 beautiful tennis courts—all indoor and air-conditioned—to guard your young players from the debilitating heat and unpredictable elements of a brutal summer day. Our camp runs Monday through Friday during July and August. Eastern Athletics camps offer lessons, games, and point-play that are both age and skill-level appropriate, yet fun and challenging. Our younger beginners leave camp with timeless strokes and proper form so they grow in the game for a lifetime. The more advanced players learn more technical skills that give their game an identity. Tournament players work Learn how to manage your emotions on stroke production, footwork, fitness, with a credentialed Ph.D. level Sport Psychologist. mental strengthening and positive thinking. We offer a flexible schedule that spans the Dr. Tom Ferraro is an international noted Sport Psychologist summer. Campers can commit to the entire who has worked with professional and Olympic level eight-week program, individual weeks or the athletes in many fields. He publishes internationally and single day option. Evening camp is available appears both on television and radio. for advanced players at match play level which focuses on tournament training and skills re• Control anger • Cope with anxiety • Re-establish confidence quired to compete and win. • Learn how to focus • Get proper diagnosis and treatment for your emotions Our qualified, certified pros and juniors pros 1-1 consultations, phone consults, family counseling, on site visits will attentively instruct and correct campers to better their game and skills. Campers will enjoy Dr. Tom Ferraro a terrific player to pro ratio all under the guid(516) 248-7189 • 2 Hillside Avenue, Ste. E • Williston Pk, NY 11596 ance of our head tennis professionals, Dennis • Christofor, Laurie Fehrs and Sheldon Grant.

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Long Island Tennis Magazine’s 2012 Summer Camp Guide courts, and Green Hollow Tennis Club (East Hampton) with 13 courts. Our winning formula for tennis camps revolves around bringing kids together for weekly sessions to learn and compete in a safe and fun atmosphere. A typical day begins with a morning assembly overseen by our director and coaches, culminating in a demonstration of the stroke of the day. Campers are grouped by age and ability and under the tutelage of their tennis professional work on all aspects of their game through fun and intense drilling, focusing on stroke production and strategy. On-court ratios are kept below 5:1 to ensure maximum gains. Additional time is spent off-court to focus on training and field play as well as a daily swim break. The camp day ends with the all-important match play, which sees a variety of point play, matches and weekly tournaments. Campers receive constant feedback and analysis from our experienced tennis professionals and each camper leaves with a written report detailing areas of their game that they should focus on as they develop further. At Future Stars Tennis Camps, we encourage everyone to play with confidence, enthusiasm, and a genuine love of the game.

Joel Ross Tennis & Golf Camp (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 min. from the Whitestone Bridge, is located in beautiful Kent, Conn., at the base of Mt. Algo, alongside the Housatonic River. The camp facilities include 17 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 300-yard 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 44

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!

Julian Krinsky School of Tennis–Powered by HEAD Tennis Weekly Residential Sessions From June 10-Aug. 11 (610) 265-9401 Villanova University & Haverford College, Pa. Julian Krinsky School of Tennis— Powered by HEAD takes you to the next level through daily instruction, personalized coaching, match play and mental and physical conditioning. Taught by professional coaches, this weekly tennis camp is tailored to improve your strokes and game whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced player. Players will enjoy residential life on campus: High school players at Villanova University and middle school players at Haverford College. Here’s why JKCP is the right choice for your Summer Tennis Camp: I Tennis professionals are affiliated with USPTA, USPTR, ITF and trained at the year-round Julian Krinsky School of Tennis. I Tennis instructors are some of the best, plus a skilled separate staff of residential counselors to handle your on-campus living and activities. I Play rain or shine for five hours each day on 50 outdoor and 28 indoor courts. I The program works with each student individually. I Students make friends from all over the world and have fun. I Training system improves every part of your game—technical, tactical, mental, physical and your nutrition. I Match play and weekly tournaments. Over the past 35 years, Julian Krinsky’s Tennis Camp has trained over 20,000 players from 40 countries. Price reductions are available for multiple week stays. For more information, visit

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Long Island Tennis Magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 Summer Camp Guide Long Beach Tennis Camp Director: Sid Siddiqui (516) 432-6060 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are not a factory, we are not a resortâ&#x20AC;Ś we are your home for tennis.â&#x20AC;? At Long Beach Tennis Center, we develop tennis champions! Summer is when the real training is done. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very excited about our upcoming indoor summer tennis season with our USTA teams, NEW camp programs, and daily workshops. The Academy For the serious tennis player, the best way to improve your game is to immerse yourself in training during the important summer months. Our Junior Tournament Training Camp provides each student the opportunity to train with the best world class coaches and other students who have similar goals. We promote develop-

ment of the whole athlete. Long Beach Tennis Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s specialized programs are a careful balance of technical, tactical, mental, and physical training. Whether you are training to play the Nationals or wanting to improve your rank on a team, you will have received the right training and instruction to achieve your goals. Tournament training programs are also available for adults wanting to take their game to the next level. CMBC Mini-Camps Not a serious tennis player, but looking for a mini-camp to be introduced to the game of tennis? Through our partnership with Cure Mommyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Breast Cancer (CMBC), we are offering weekday mini-sessions for children ages five- to 13-years-old incorporating the new USTA 10 & Under program. Using the proper racquet, ball, and court set up for the age of the child, students will learn tennis basics faster in a fun, positive and age-appropriate atmosphere. Students will be challenged with activities achievable to their skill/age level which will lead to a quicker learning of the game and an overall love of tennis. We are a fully air conditioned, indoor facility right on the water in Long Beach. We offer summer programs for all levels and ages! Call us or stop by for more information on our exciting NEW programs!

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Long Island Tennis Magazine’s 2012 Summer Camp Guide New York Tennis at Shelter Rock Tennis and Country Club Summer Camp 2012 100 Long Island Expressway Manhasset, NY 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? I Early drop-off for working parents I Individualized attention—meeting each students’ needs I Experienced and accomplished coaching staff I Flexibility—accommodating students’ and parents’ busy schedules Why choose us: I Programs for all levels—from beginners through tournament training 46

I Daily singles ladders with weekly camp champions—trophies weekly I Olympic-sized heated swimming pool for those 90 degree days I Campers can order from a wide menu for lunch (we have country club food and Kosher food upon request) I Sports drinks and water readily available all day I 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 coaching staff will insure that your child learns and enjoys the game of tennis. Whether your child is wielding their first racquet or is already competing in tournaments, we have the ability and experience to support their growth.

Nike Tennis Camps (800) 645-3226 Offering junior overnight and day camps for kids ages six through 18 from June 10-Aug. 24, 2012 at the following locations in the Northeast: in Connecticut at Sacred Heart University-Fairfield; in Delaware at Sea Colony Beach Resort-Bethany Beach; in Maryland at Salisbury University-Salisbury; in Massachusetts at Amherst College-Amherst, Williams College-Williamstown, Curry College-Milton, Mount Holyoke College-South Hadley, M.I.T.-Cambridge and Middlesex School-Concord; in New Jersey at The Lawrenceville School-Lawrenceville; in New York at Colgate University-Hamilton, the University at Buffalo-Buffalo, and Robbie Wagner’s Tournament Training Center-Glen Cove; in Pennsylvania at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown. Get better this summer and have fun! Nike Tennis Camps provide players with the opportunity to elevate their tennis game, work hard, make new friends and have a blast. Our camps are directed by America’s most respected college coaches and tennis professionals. They have a passion for teaching, and a gift for helping you take your game to the next level. With week-long camps and multiple sessions offered, Nike Tennis Camps are expressly designed so that players can immerse themselves in the sport. Our goal is to enhance their skills and enjoyment of the game in an energetic, positive and safe learning environment. Our coaches tailor programs specific to each camper’s requirements with our low student/teacher ratio.

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Long Island Tennis Magazine’s 2012 Summer Camp Guide With over 65 locations nationwide, there is a camp for everyone. We offer junior overnight, extended day and day camp options for boys and girls ages five through 18 and of all ability levels. Some locations also offer special High School and Tournament Training programs. In addition, we offer over 15 adult camp locations. Camp details specific to each location. Overnight camp includes a 30-hour tennis program, all meals, housing, and tennis activities. Extended Day Camp includes the 30-hour tennis program, lunch, dinner and evening tennis and activities. Some of the times and ages differ, depending on the site. The Day Camp includes the 30-hour tennis program and lunch is provided at specific locations. Some of the ages differ, depending on the site. There is a half-day option at some of the locations. Come join the fun this summer and get better! Peter Kaplan’s Westhampton Beach Junior/Adult Tennis Academy Contact: Peter Kaplan (631) 288-4021 or (914) 234-9462 Westhampton Beach Junior/Adult Peter Kaplan’s Westhampton Tennis Academy Beach Junior/Adult Tennis Academy, and the affiliated Grassmere Inn, is a wonderful destination for beginners to nationally-ranked players of all ages. Private instruction and 90-min. clinics are offered daily. Camps and one- 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. 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 partici-



pants 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!

Rockville Racquet Club 80 North Centre Avenue Rockville Centre, N.Y. (516) 764-5350 The summer is time for fun at Rockville Racquet! Rockville Racquet Club is conveniently located in the heart of Rockville Centre, N.Y. Its central location allows easy access to local shopping, dining and transportation. Our modern center boasts seven Nova Acrylic courts, men’s and women’s locker rooms, showers and saunas, as well as babysit- • March/April 2012 • Long Island Tennis Magazine


Long Island Tennis Magazine’s 2012 Summer Camp Guide ting facilities. Courts are available for seasonal or hourly rental throughout the year. However, the summer is the time for fun at Rockville Racquet. Every summer afternoon, you can hear the sounds of happy children on the courts at Rockville Racquet. Under the professional guidance of Freeman Bayard, USPTR, dozens of young tennis enthusiasts are perfecting their skills, while meeting new friends and having fun. The summer camp is open to youngsters from five-years-old to 18-years-old, one to five days a week, for eight weeks. Students of all levels can participate in this unique learning experience. In addition to tennis, the kids can enjoy table tennis, strategy sessions, games and snack time in an air-conditioned, state-of-the-art facility. For the adults at Rockville Racquet Club, there are men’s and women’s summer leagues. Summer is the perfect time to try out a league. This shorter and modestly-priced season allows newcomers time to adjust to competitive tennis in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Tennis drills and learning leagues offered by tennis professionals can also help to improve your game. The more competitive player can participate in USTA team tennis. With many men’s and women’s USTA teams at all levels, there is a place for everyone at Rockville Racquet. Our teams compete against other teams throughout Long Island. USTA teammates enjoy the camaraderie and competition of team play. Each year, several of our teams have made it to the sectional and national championships. Join us this summer for a season of fun at Rockville Racquet!

Ross School Tennis Center 18 Goodfriend Drive East Hampton, N.Y. (631) 907-5162 Nestled in the woods in East Hampton, N.Y., the Ross School Tennis Center is an exciting resource for athletes in the Hamptons. Open to seasonal and year-round residents, the Center features six state-of-the-art 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 Upper School Fieldhouse where guests can sign up to play and take advantage of many amenities, including locker rooms, a café and a lounge area. Summer tennis programs are open to players of all ages and levels. Starting in nursery and pre-kindergarten, Jump Start helps children develop spatial awareness, movement and locomotor skills using appropriately sized rackets. The Junior Development Program, for grades K– 7, features games, level specific drills and training to build a strong foundation. Accelerated Tournament 48

Preparation for advanced players emphasizes drills, tennis-specific conditioning and game strategy geared towards junior tournaments and match play. These programs are also available during the academic year. In the summer, advanced players, ages 10–17, can also sign up for the Center’s most intense training program. The High Performance Academy targets the player committed to training all day, every day and preparing for tournaments. In addition, joining forces with SummerCamp @Ross, the Center offers tennis camp for players of all levels, ages six and up. Camp programs are fun and challenging, and use a game-based approach to learning tennis. Adult-specific programs are also available. Beginners master the fundamentals of tennis in Learn + Play with fun-filled integrated drills and match play. Advanced players can sign up for the Pro-Am Doubles League, competing with the pros in competitive, high-level games. During the academic year, the Ross School Tennis Academy, in our first year and growing rapidly, offers a dynamic program for student-athletes that combines an engaging, global curriculum with the highest level of competitive tennis training available. Designed for students 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. Finally, private instruction is available for all levels of play at the Tennis Center. Guests can also rent courts during the weekday, weekend or seasonally; however, courts are not available during school hours. For more information or to make reservations, call (631) 907-5162.

SPORTIME Excel Tennis Camps “Getting Better Keeps Getting Better!” Locations: Bethpage (516) 933-8500, Kings Park (631) 269-6300, Massapequa (516) 799-3550, Roslyn (516) 484-9222, Syosset (516) 3642727, Amagansett (631) 267-3460, Manhattan (John McEnroe Tennis Academy at Randall’s Island) (212) 427-6150, Quogue (631)-653-6767, Lynbrook (516) 887-1330 (and click on the “Excel Summer Tennis Camp” tab) SPORTIME’s Tennis & Multi-Sport and Excel Tennis Camps are where you live and play! With multiple SPORTIME Tennis Camp locations, including the John McEnroe Tennis Academy summer program at Randall’s Island, players across Long Island and in New York City can experience SPORTIME’s premier tennis programs for recreational and

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Long Island Tennis Magazine’s 2012 Summer Camp Guide aspiring junior players of all ages and abilities. SPORTIME training methods are fun and 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 self-esteem and laser-like focus. Our program is dedicated to turning weaknesses into strengths, and strengths into a winning game. Your child will get better at tennis That’s a guarantee! We take pride in our commitment to helping every camper make serious progress, regardless of his or her level, ability or experience. At SPORTIME, we assess and discuss each camper’s goals and aspirations, and we waste no time in setting out to meet and surpass them. From the total beginner, to the top five nationally ranked superstar, our campers show significant improvement in all phases of the sport. And they will leave stronger and more physically fit than they were when they started! Your child will make friends Aren’t most experiences better when you have friends and buddies to share them with? At SPORTIME Tennis Camps, we believe that an important part of camp is providing a mutually supportive atmosphere where participants respect each other and develop friendships. This positive social opportunity is a big part of what makes tennis “the sport of a lifetime,” and at SPORTIME, we try our best to foster “friendships for a lifetime.” Your child will be safe The supervision at SPORTIME Camps is better than at any other tennis camp. That is a bold statement to make, but we back up that statement up by working incredibly hard to train our entire staff on every aspect of safety, both on and off the court. Senior staff at every SPORTIME Camp location implement and oversee our campers’ well-being and assure that safety procedures are followed during every hour of the camp day.

curriculum challenging, fulfilling and fun. Even our conditioning element is fun! Doesn’t your child deserve to have fun this summer?

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Summer Camps Flushing Meadows Corona Park (718) 760-6200 The USTA Billie Jean National Tennis Center will once again offer seven weeks of fun in the sun tennis camps starting in June 2012. 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 cross-training 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 Quick-

Your child will have a blast! Having a lot of fun while you are improving is just better! And kids get better faster when they are having fun. SPORTIME campers and parents are amazed at how much fun can be had while working hard to improve one’s tennis game. We make every part of our • March/April 2012 • Long Island Tennis Magazine


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USTA Eastern’s Camp A.C.E. Sunday-Friday, July 22-27 Ramapo College of New Jersey 505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, N.J. Contact: Linda Mann USTA Eastern’s Camp A.C.E will be held Sunday-Friday, July 22-27, 2012 at Ramapo College of New Jersey, and for the third straight year will feature Rodney Harmon, the coach of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Men’s tennis team and a former U.S. Open quarterfinalist. The overnight camp provides players ages 14-17 a week of

daily tennis instruction, college guidance and career preparation, geared to helping students continue their success after graduation. This year marks the 14th anniversary of the camp. “We are very excited to have Rodney back,” said Linda Mann, managing director of Community Tennis Development for USTA Eastern. “He is an outstanding coach who gives students the tools they need to succeed on the court and throughout their lives.” Last year, students at Camp A.C.E. had a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity to improve their tennis games, learn about careers in professional and community tennis, and hone their writing skills at the camp. In addition to Harmon, the camp featured world-class touring and teaching pros. Harmon, who coached the U.S. Men’s Tennis team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, instilled in the kids a sense of responsibility. In addition to the visit by the pros, the camp included a trip to the Museum of American Finance on Wall Street, a Junior Team Tennis tournament, a writing session for the USTA Arthur Ashe Essay Contest and a seminar on careers in sports administration from top executives at the USTA. Plans are already in the works to make 2012 the best year in the camp’s history. To register for the camp, visit For more information, contact Linda Mann at


Start programs (visit for information about this new tennis learning format). Children 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 training program which runs Monday-Friday, from 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. We have 22 outdoor courts, 12 indoor courts, and three outdoor QuickStart courts. We have available on-site ping-pong tables, ball machines, beach tennis, 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 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.

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Speed Speed Speed Speed Control Control Control Control By Miguel Cervantes III

peed control is a topic in tennis that is not given as much attention by players as much as perhaps mechanics or strategy, but it is equally as important. Utilizing speed control adds an extra dimension to your game which can work for you to help you win more points over tough opponents. Here’s how it works … When in a match, or even just hitting with another player, there is a rhythm that develops from the ball being struck back and forth. This cadence that develops is something that is taken note of subconsciously. When examined though we can consciously change that cadence to make our opponents feel uncomfortable and illicit mistakes and create fortunate opportunities for ourselves. What I do in order to make the concept of speed control work for me is to give myself a scale of one through five, where one is the easiest I can hit a ball while not hitting the net and five is the very hardest I can hit the ball while still keeping it in play. Most of my drop shots are going to be around a one or two, my aggressive approach shots are going to be around a four,


and my serves and overheads are usually around a five. While rallying with an opponent, the cadence that develops is usually a 3-3 rhythm. Sometimes when things get heated and there is a lot of action going on this will increase to a 4-4 rhythm. At times, I’ll be on the defensive and a 2-4 rhythm will develop. This is where my opponent is hitting the ball at a speed around four and I’m returning the ball at a speed of around two. It is most often the case that when you are in trouble, you’ll slow down the pace of the point with a slice, lob or just a slower ball. Now that you have given yourself a scale (meaning that you know what your own personal one through five is), you can use that information to throw your opponent off balance. In my last article, I talked about how our bodies and minds are constantly seeking equilibrium; this concept applies to speed control as well. In the course of a point, the two players will usually settle into a particular rhythm that is usually only broken when one player makes a mistake. You can change the rhythm purposefully though to try to gain an advantage. Varying the speed at which you strike the ball makes you unpredictable and makes your opponent think

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more, illiciting more errors from them, and more opportunities for you. The more tools you have in your toolbox, the better prepared you will be for any opponent. The next match you play, consider giving your opponent a hard five serve, then a high two ball six feet over the net, followed by a fast four approach shot, finishing off with a one drop shot. Changing the speed at which you hit the ball gives you an edge over opponents since most don’t want to think that much on the court, it’s much easier to settle into an easy 3-3 rally. Take advantage of your opponent with speed control. Be well and safe. Formerly with Daniel Burgess at Freeport Tennis, 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


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USTA Eastern Section honors local volunteers and players In January, nine Long Islanders were recognized for their outstanding achievements both on and off the court by the USTA Eastern Section at its 2012 Annual Meeting and Awards Reception. The following were honored for their efforts during 2011: Barry Kubit of Oceanside, N.Y. (pictured here, center) is the Virginia and Chuck Landis High School Coach of the Year. Barry is the varsity Photo credit: Melanie Rubin coach for the Oceanside High School Boys Tennis Team and the Junior Varsity Coach of the Oceanside High School Girls Tennis Team. He is also the coordinator of boys tennis for Nassau County and was coordinator of girls tennis for Nassau County until this past fall. Under his tenure, Coach Kubit created the Long Island Championship (Nassau County championship team versus Suffolk County champion) and increased the number of teams that make the playoffs in all conferences/divisions, allowing more kids to participate. He took it upon himself to sell t-shirts at both the Girls and Boys Nassau County tournaments, giving players a memento of their experience; he then used the small profits made from the t-shirt sales to purchase additional trophies and awards for the kids. Coach Kubit also gives lessons and continues to play six times a week, sometimes against his former students. Jacki Binder of Merrick, N.Y. (pictured here on the right with her daughter Maddie) has been named USTA Eastern Regional Volunteer of the Year–Long Island. Jacki is not a tennis player, but a dedicated tennis volunteer. She has served as Public Relations Chair of the Photo credit: Melanie Rubin USTA Eastern Long Island Regional Board for two years, where she has significantly in52

creased awareness and raised the profile of the region in newspapers and local media and throughout the region. In 2010 and 2011, she conducted extensive publicity work to support the Region’s Annual Awards Dinner. She has also coordinated internal communications between the Regional Board and member organizations, including tennis clubs and facilities, community organizations, schools and teams. When she is not volunteering, Binder is a committed tennis parent, taking her two children, now 13 and 15, to lessons, tournaments, summer camps and tennis volunteer work. USTA League Award winner Jonathan Klee of East Rockaway, N.Y. (pictured here, center with DA Abrams, executive director of USTA Eastern on the left, and Jeff Williams, USTA Eastern president on the right) has served for more than four years as chairman of USTA Photo credit: Melanie Rubin Eastern’s League Grievance Committee. In that role, Klee has dedicated countless hours working to address complaints from league players from across the Section. It is a hard job that itself deserves recognition. He has also been a league captain and player for more than 15 years. Klee has written articles about leagues for Long Island Tennis Magazine and has served on the USTA’s National League Committee. Charles Nanton of Malverne, N.Y. (pictured here on the right with USTA Eastern Long Island Region President Daniel Burgess, left), recipient of the USTA Community Service Award, has worked tirelessly on Long Island as a volunteer to provide positive outlets for youth through athletics. Since retiring from the New York City Police Department, he has assumed the role of president of the Lakeview Photo credit: Melanie Rubin Youth Federation, which organizes community tennis programs and basketball leagues,

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funds and administers track teams and provides tutoring programs. Charles has been a volunteer tennis coach for 32 years at Malverne High School, where he works closely with its athletes to ensure the academic eligibility of all student athletes. With his dedication and leadership, the overall academic average in the Malverne School District has improved significantly. Coach Nanton has been a Nassau County Youth Board Member for 13 years. In 2011, he was named USTA Eastern Long Island Region Adult Volunteer of the Year. His tennis mission is to accomplish a standard of excellence in the spirit of friendship, brotherhood, peace, tolerance and respect for all.

The USPTA Eastern Division, located in Garden City, N.Y., received the Corporate Service Award in recognition of its being an active partner with USTA Eastern in helping to grow the sport of tennis. USPTA Eastern members volunteer at charity events, provide free lessons and organize tournaments to promote the sport. In May 2011, USPTA Eastern held its first ever TennisFest 2011 at the Saw Mill Club in Mount Kisco, N.Y., showcasing all of the ways families can enjoy the sport: From private lessons and clinics to special play formats geared to children and physical fitness. Volunteers gave free lessons to more than 750 adults and children, and USPTA Eastern bused hundreds of children to the event from as far away as Brooklyn and Harlem. Working with the Section, USPTA Eastern Division also recruited all of the instructors for last year’s Annual Meeting and tied in their own meeting to the event. The Edith Martin Girls 14 Sportsmanship Award was presented to Shanice Arthur of Glen Head, N.Y. (pictured here) who is ranked seventh in the Girl 14s Division. A ninth grade student at K12 International Academy, Shanice previously attended Jericho Middle School, where she played second doubles and second singles for the girl’s high school varsity team. She trains at Bayside Terrace in Queens, N.Y. Shanice said, “As a

student athlete, I believe that both on and off the court I show dedication, competitiveness and fairness. Even when competing, I appreciate the strengths and skills of others, letting my opponent know when they have played a ‘nice shot.’” The youngest of five, Shanice says she has learned from her family and her own experiences that fair play makes any win more enjoyable. She has been playing tennis since the age of five and dedicates herself to making sure when playing “that I have respect for myself, my teammates and my opponents. I believe I can be the best and still see the good in my opponent.” Brendan Henry of Massapequa, N.Y. (pictured here on the right with his father, George Henry) received the Lt. Frederick M. Scribner Jr. Boys 18 Sportsmanship Award. A senior at Farmingdale High School, Brendan is ranked 15th in Boys 18s Division and plans to attend Wake Forest University in the fall. He has been playing tennis for 10 years and trains at Sportime Bethpage and RanPhoto credit: Melanie Rubin dall’s Island, as well as at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy. Brendan says he is honored to receive the award “because it’s good to know that someone has recognized and appreciated my good tennis etiquette and the passion I have for the game.” He is excited to be playing for Wake Forest next year on a highly competitive collegiate team. Melanie Rubin of Merrick, N.Y. (pictured here with her daughter, Jessie), Ron Smyth Parent Sportsmanship Awardee, is completely involved in promoting the game of tennis and very active in the USTA Eastern Long Island Region. She helps promote street fairs, corporate challenge and the Long Island Region Awards continued on page 54 • March/April 2012 • Long Island Tennis Magazine


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Dinner, and is always eager to participate in every aspect of promoting the game of tennis. She has also assisted the Long Island Competitive Training Center program. Rubin received this award for continuing to work to promote the game of tennis, not only for her own children (now ages 15 and 20), but for all children.

all of our local heroes who have accomplished so much both on and off the tennis courts. This year’s dinner will have many new elements, including an exciting “Fiesta” theme. Please make plans to attend to cheer on your local award winners and celebrate tennis on Long Island.

USTA Eastern Long Island Corporate Fundraiser: Helping U.S. veterans and their families

Photo credit: Melanie Rubin

Tournament Director of the Year Annalies Karp of Floral Park, N.Y. (pictured here in the middle with USTA Eastern Long Island President Daniel Burgess, left, and Grievance Committee Chair Ed Wolfarth, right) has been involved in tennis as a tournament director for many years. She is president emeritus of the USTA Eastern Long Island Regional Board. Karp started running tournaments in 1980 and has loved every minute of it. “Working with kids keeps you young and young spirited,” said Karp. “I have volunteered for the Eastern Section almost as long as I have directed tournaments.”

Let’s get ready to party! Mark your calendars and save the date for Wednesday, May 9, as the USTA Eastern Long Island Regional has announced that its 22nd Annual Regional Awards Dinner will take place at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y. The event will include the annual awards reception honoring 54

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This past December, USTA Eastern Long Island teamed up with the United Way of Long Island to hold its first Corporate Tennis Challenge Fundraiser, featuring teams from across the region. The event raised $2,500 to create tennis programming for families of returning military veterans, through the United Way of Long Island’s Military Family Assistance Project. Pictured here, USTA Eastern Long Island President Daniel Burgess (center), presented a check to Craig Fligstein (left), vice president of Community Impact, United Way of Long Island, and secretary/treasurer for USTA Eastern Long Island; and Theresa Regnante (right), president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Long Island.

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World TeamTennis Gears Up for 2012 Season With Star-Laden Marquee Player Draft

ix current or former world number one-ranked players from the United States, including Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Bob and Mike Bryan, Lindsay Davenport, and John McEnroe, were among the names drafted by the eight franchises in the World TeamTennis (WTT) Pro League presented by GEICO. Other top names selected in the 2012 WTT Draft include the top-ranked American on the ATP Tour, Mardy Fish, along with Martina Hingis, James Blake, Mark Philippoussis and John Isner who stunned the tennis world with a dominating win recently over the world’s number threeranked player, Switzerland’s Roger Federer in Davis Cup action. The WTT Pro League, presented by GEICO, was co-founded by Billie Jean King, and begins Monday, July 9 and runs through Sunday, July 29. The top two teams from both the Western and Eastern Conferences advance to the WTT Finals Weekend, presented by GEICO, Sept. 1416, at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C. Two former world number ones in both singles and doubles return to the New York Sportimes this seaon. John McEnroe and Martina Hingis will play for the Sportimes at their home venue in Randall’s Island, also home to the John McEnroe Tennis Academy. The Sportimes will play five home matches at Sportime Stadium at Randall’s Island in New York City, and will bring two of their home matches to the SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y., during the WTT season this July. One of the matches in Albany will feature John Isner and his Boston Lobsters, while the other match will see Hingis face off with Venus Williams and the Washington Kastles. Two-time League MVP Lindsay Davenport returns to the WTT courts for the first time this summer since the birth of her third



child in January. Davenport, an Olympic gold medalist and three-time Grand Slam singles champion, will head up the Orange County Breakers team. “I am excited to be back in Orange County, and it will be great for my kids to get to see me play,“ said Davenport. “I have always loved playing on a team, so I am looking forward to getting back on the court.” The Philadelphia Freedoms selected former world number eight-ranked Mark Philippoussis with their first round selection. The popular Australian originally played for the Freedoms in 2002. He will be joined on the Freedoms squad by former world number four-ranked American James Blake. The 2012 season will mark Blake’s seventh WTT season and his first with the Freedoms. The Washington Kastles will try to build on their undefeated 2011 championship season with the all-American lineup of

Serena Williams and Venus Williams. The Boston Lobsters are bringing back one of the hottest ATP stars in the towering John Isner, who defeated Federer and led the U.S. Davis Cup team to a stunning 5-0 win over Switzerland in early February. The Sacramento Capitals will build their 2012 squad around America’s top-ranked male player, Mardy Fish. Currently ranked eighth on the ATP Tour in singles, Fish was also a major part of the U.S. Davis Cup team that dominated the Federer-led Switzerland team in early February. Dates for the marquee player appearances will be announced when the 2012 WTT League Schedule is released. Team lineups will be finalized at the WTT Roster Draft on March 13. Marquee players typically play a limited schedule, while roster players play the full season. Additional marquee players could be added prior to the start of the season.

2012 WTT Pro League Marquee Player Draft Selections (in draft order)

1. Philadelphia Freedoms: Mark Philippoussis (first round draft selection), James Blake (second round draft selection) 2. Springfield Lasers: No selection

3. Orange County Breakers: Lindsay Davenport (first round draft selection) 4. New York Sportimes: John McEnroe (first round protection), Martina Hingis (third round protection) 5. Kansas City Explorers: Bob and Mike Bryan (first round protection) 6. Boston Lobsters: John Isner (second round protection) 7. Sacramento Capitals: Mardy Fish (first round protection) 8. Washington Kastles: Serena Williams (first round protection), Venus Williams (second round protection)

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Long Island’s Noah Rubin Wins ITF Event in Costa Rica ong Island’s Noah Rubin downed the number five seed, Connor Farren of Northern California, in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, to win an all-American final at the 48th Copa del Café in Costa Rica. Rubin and Farren had played in late 2011 when Rubin had beaten the 17-year-old convincingly 6-2, 6-1 in a quarterfinals match, but this match was far more competitive. “It was just such an unbelievable experience in a beautiful country,” said Rubin after the win. “The tournament officials and the crowds were so supportive of me during the entire tournament and playing in front of them at night was fantastic, so exciting.” Rubin showed his customary mental toughness throughout and after falling behind a set. He rallied to even the match and then again in the final set when he went down an early break (0-2) he again rallied for the victory. “Aside from his terrific play, what I was most impressed with was his court presence and professionalism,” said Lawrence Kleger, Noah’s coach and executive director of tennis of Sportime Clubs of New York. “After the last point of the championship match in which he came back to win from a set down and 0-2 in the third, he gave a little fist pump and calmly walked up to shake hands. Like it was no big deal winning an ITF Level 1 event. It was a big deal! He is not a cocky kid but he does have deep inner confidence in his ability.” Rubin’s first ITF event was the qualifying of the U.S. Open juniors in September of 2011, and making good use of his wild cards, he has now won his first ITF title. Rubin will break into the top 100, jumping 60 spots to number 41. The last American to win at the Grade 1 hard court event was Madison Keys in 2009. Keys will made her Australian Open debut in January after winning a USTA Playoff in December to earn a main draw wild card. Keys fell in defeat to China’s Jie Zheng, the 38th-ranked player in the world, 2-6, 1-6. “As Noah’s dad and coach, I couldn’t be more proud of him both as an incredibly warm and wonderful son and as an astonishing tennis player,” said Eric Rubin. “He is just such an amazing individual.” Results from the 48th Copa del Café in Costa Rica


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By Kevin J. Healion, CTCB

have heard this question repeatedly over the past 35 years. I asked that same question when I first started repairing tennis courts in 1976. At an early age, I learned to patch tennis courts and apply rubber and color coatings. Repairing cracks was the most difficult. We would fill cracks with all types of fillers that were recommended by the same manufacturers that sold the color material. So often, we would hear of new fillers and try it without success. In addition, the installation of fabric membranes over the cracks were thought to be a sure fix. We soon learned that not only did it not work, but it often led to the membrane lifting and it became a tripping hazard which was dangerous and more costly to fix than just crack filling. We also came up with our own idea of heating the asphalt back up and filling with hot asphalt, tamping and applying color, but as soon as winter came along or a moderate change in temperature occurred, the crack would be back. Understanding the basic properties of asphalt paving is very important to understanding cracking on the court. First, asphalt is the most common type of material used in building a hard-type tennis court surface. Private tennis courts and public tennis courts, like schools and public parks, use an asphalt base with a colored playing surface on top. There are many reasons why an asphalt tennis court will crack, the most common being “age.” Asphalt is, in simple terms, a slow-curing concrete. When new, asphalt will stay pliable and soft, when compared to poured


concrete. When new, asphalt can withstand the severe winter cold because it can flex with the heave of a frost. As time passes, asphalt becomes harder as it cures. This process of hardening or curing happens over a period of 10 years or so, depending on the type of asphalt used. Once the asphalt is cured, it unfortunately becomes brittle. The oils that make the asphalt pliable begin to dry out, subsequently shrinking the area. Once brittle, a frost or change in temperature stresses the asphalt and a crack begins, small at first, but it grows in width and length as time goes on. In the winter, rain water fills inside the crack, freezes, then expands the crack wider resulting in the crack growing in length as well. Another type of crack may develop from other means, such as settling or sinking areas, which is a clear sign of poor subbase construction and poor compaction. Cracking, resulting from severe settling is typically caused by something buried under the tennis court surface which will essentially make the tennis court unusable. Rebuilding the tennis court is the best option with special attention given to the sunken area in this case. Repairing a crack is really a perpetual maintenance issue. No one can really permanently repair a crack once it has developed. A contractor can fill a crack or cover a crack using a membrane, but the truth is, the crack will return, typically after the winter months. A better question to ask is: “Which method of repair will last the longest?” Filling a crack is the most inexpensive way to repair or maintain a cracked court. It is also is the least effective and is consid-


ered a temporary fix used for cosmetic purposes lasting just one season. I must also mention that the color of the repairs will never match the old color due to sun fading and color batch differences. It still remains important to maintain these repairs in order to slow the deterioration of your court surface and make it at least playable. One method, which is newer in design and is recognized as an option of the American Sports Builders Association is “Armor Crack” repair or “RiteWay” Crack systems. These systems are considered temporary repairs, but seem to last longer than the typical filling, sometimes up to five years. It is basically a series of membranes over a filled crack that is designed to bridge the crack. While the crack may return, it will not reflect through the surface. This process is more expensive to apply, but will relieve the owner of the anguish of seeing a crack every season, for a while anyway. It should be noted that this type of repair should be considered when it is time to apply a color system over the whole tennis court. The decision of the type of repair is often a difficult one and depends largely on the owner’s expectations and budget. Unfortunately, there is always a point where these perpetual repairs will exceed the cost of rebuilding the tennis court base. As you can see, there are many reasons for cracking and I hope I have shed some light on this affliction which has plagued both private and public tennis court owners. Kevin J. Healion, CTCB of Deer Park, N.Y.based Century Tennis Inc. may be reached by phone at (631) 242-0220 or e-mail • March/April 2012 • Long Island Tennis Magazine


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Boys Preview he 2012 Nassau County Boys High School Tennis season is closing in. The defending Nassau County Champion Cold Spring Harbor returns with a strong roster despite losing a few top players to graduation. The reigning Suffolk County Champion, Half Hollow Hills East, will be a force this season in looking to repeat as Suffolk County Champions. Cold Spring Harbor defeated Half Hollow Hills East in last year’s Long Island Championship and CSH will be looking to win their fifth consecutive Long Island Championship in 2012. Here is a quick look at the conference alignments and key dates for the 2012 Nassau County Boys High School Tennis Season. The regular season begins Monday, April 2.


Significant dates I Nassau County Singles and Doubles Tournament: Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 at Oceanside High School, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Rain dates, if necessary, will be May 19, 20, 21, 22, 23. I The 2012 Nassau County High School Boys Tennis Conference Playoffs are tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, May 14 depending on whether or not regular season games must be made up due to rain. Weather permitting, the playoffs will be that week, and if necessary, continue into the following week. I The 2012 Long Island High School Boys Tennis Championship is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 30 at a Suffolk County site to be determined. I The 2012 New York State High School Boys Tennis Championship will be held Thursday-Saturday, May 31-June 2 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. 62

Players to watch: 2012

to Duke next fall to play for the Blue Devils.

Nassau County and Suffolk County will have many top high school boys tennis players returning in 2012. Some of the players to keep an eye out for include:

Connor Mullins • Sophomore Cold Spring Harbor Last season as a freshman, Connor Mullins played doubles with Jon Paris as the two enjoyed a very successful freshman season. This season, Mullins will make the jump to singles for Cold Spring Harbor and look to help CSH to its fifth straight Long Island Championship.

Zain Ali • Sophomore Half Hollow Hills East High School Zain Ali has been playing singles for Half Hollow Hills East since the eighth grade, but this year as a sophomore, he will look to make waves in the County and State Tournaments. Jeremy Dubin • Senior Southampton High School Jeremy Dubin returns for his senior season with Southampton High School and will look for the Suffolk County Singles Championship that eluded him as a junior. He was runner-up in Suffolk County and a quarterfinalist at the 2011 New York State Championship. Daniel Grinshteyn • Senior Hewlett High School Daniel Grinshteyn, along with his doubles partner, JJ Tauil, won the consolation bracket at States last season. This year, minus his graduated doubles partner, Dan will look to enjoy a strong senior season. Brendan Henry • Senior Farmingdale High School Another player who returns looking for a big senior season, Brendan Henry was the 2011 Nassau County Boys Singles runnerup and a quarterfinalist for the 2011 New York State Championship as a junior. Josh Levine • Senior Cold Spring Harbor The reigning Nassau County and State Singles Champion, Josh Levine returns for his senior season with Cold Spring Harbor. He went 27-0 last season, leading CSH to its fourth straight Long Island Championship. After finishing his senior season, Josh will head

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Felipe Reis • Senior Ross School Felipe Reis, along with his doubles partner Henry Lee, were winners of the 2011 Suffolk County Doubles Championship. This year, Felipe returns for his senior season, while his partner Lee has graduated. Reis will look to finish out his high school career on a high note. Brandon Stone • Junior Walt Whitman High School Suffolk County’s reigning singles champion, Brandon Stone returns for his junior season looking to repeat.

Nassau County Boys Varsity Alignment 2012 Conference I-A 1. Cold Spring Harbor 2. Port Washington 3. Jericho 4. Syosset 5. Great Neck South 6. Great Neck North 7. BYE 8. North Shore Conference I-B 1. Roslyn 2. Hewlett 3. BYE 4. Friends Academy 5. Long Beach 6. Manhasset

2012 High School Tennis

Boys Preview 7. Plainview JFK 8. Herricks I Three teams from each conference make the playoffs. I Schools should schedule non-league crossover matches with the other conference on bye or off days. I Crossover matches do not count for conference standings.

Conference IV-A 1. Bethpage 2. Lawrence 3. Valley Stream North 4. MacArthur 5. Glen Cove 6. Baldwin 7. Sewanhaka/Carey 8. Plainedge

League IV West Babylon Lindenhurst Brentwood Copiague Babylon North Babylon Deer Park Central Islip

Conference II-A 1. Calhoun 2. Bellmore JFK 3. BYE 4. Clarke 5. East Meadow 6. Garden City 7. Wheatley 8. BYE

Conference IV-B 1. Freeport 2. Roosevelt 3. Malverne/East Rockaway 4. Uniondale 5. West Hempstead 6. Levittown Division 7. Hempstead 8. BYE

League V Ward Melville Patchogue-Medford Bayport-Blue Point Longwood Mt Sinai Stony Brook

Conference II-B 1. Oceanside 2. Wantagh 3. Massapequa 4. BYE 5. Lynbrook 6. South Side 7. BYE 8. Farmingdale I Three teams from each conference make the playoffs. I Schools should schedule non-league crossover matches with the other conference on bye or off days. I Crossover matches do not count for conference standings.

Suffolk County Boys Varsity Alignment 2012

Conference III 1. Carle Place 2. Hicksville 3. Locust Valley 4. Valley Stream South 5. Mepham 6. Valley Stream Central 7. Oyster Bay 8. New Hyde Park

League I Half Hollow Hills East Half Hollow Hills West Harborfields Commack Smithtown East Hauppauge League II Northport Huntington Walt Whitman Smithtown West Kings Park Elwood/J. Glenn League III Islip West Islip East Islip Sayville Bay Shore Connetquot

League VI Miller Place Port Jefferson Sachem East Middle Country Sachem North Comsewogue Bellport League VII Westhampton McGann-Mercy William Floyd East Hampton Ross Southampton League VIII Mattituck Eastport/South Manor Shoreham Wading River Riverhead Southold/Greenport Rocky Point Hampton Bays Center Moriches • March/April 2012 • Long Island Tennis Magazine



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Bethpage Park Tennis Center Andrea Pappas—Manager 99 Quaker Meeting House Road #1 Farmingdale, NY 11735 516-777-1358 •

Robbie Wagner’s Tournament Training Center @ Glen Cove Stephen Alcala—Managing Partner 60 Sea Cliff Avenue • Glen Cove, NY 11542 516-759-0505 •

Butch Seewagen Tennis Academy @ Rockville Centre CATS Jami Madison—Director 188 Maple Avenue • Rockville Centre, NY 11570 516-763-1299, ext. 10 •

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

Carefree Racquet Club Kathy Miller—Manager 1414 Jerusalem Avenue • Merrick, NY 11566 516-489-9005 •

Rockville Racquet Club Susan Alvy—Manager 80 North Centre Avenue • Rockville Center, NY 11570 516-764-5350 •

SPORTIME Kings Park Jason Wass—Director of Tennis 275 Old Indian Head Road Kings Park, NY 11754 631-269-6300 SPORTIME Lynbrook Jeff Morys—Director of Tennis 175 Merrick Road Lynbrook, NY 11563 516-887-1330

Ross School Holly Li—Manager 18 Goodfriend Drive • East Hampton, NY 11937 631-907-5162 •

SPORTIME Massapequa Jordie Dolberg—Director of Tennis 5600 Old Sunrise Highway Massapequa, NY 11758 516-799-3550

Eastern Athletic Club Gary Jones—Manager 100 Ruland Road • Melville, NY 11747 631-753-3696 •

SPORTIME Amagansett Sue De Lara—Co-General Manager Hana Sromova—Director of Tennis/Co-General Manager 320 Abrahams Path • Amagansett, NY 11930 631-267-3460

SPORTIME Randall’s Island Felix Alvarado—Assistant Director of Tennis 1 Randall’s Island New York, NY 10035 212-427-6150

Glen Head Racquet Club Heath Koch: 516-676-9849 Home of Early Hit Training Center Carl Barnett: 516-455-1225 95 Glen Head Road • Glen Head, NY 11545

SPORTIME Bethpage Tennis Mike Kossoff—Director of Tennis 101 Norcross Avenue • Bethpage, NY 11714 516-933-8500

SPORTIME Roslyn Adam Mandell—Director of Tennis Landing Road, PO Box 1 Roslyn, NY 11576 516-484-9222

Eastern Athletic Club Cira Jones—Manager 9 Montauk Highway #A • Blue Point, NY 11715 631-363-2882 • Eastern Athletic Club Betsy Johnson—Manager 854 Jericho Turnpike • Huntington Station, NY 11746 631-271-6616 •

Long Beach Tennis Center Chuck Russell—Director of Tennis 899 Monroe Boulevard • Long Beach, NY 11561 516-432-6060 • 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 Point Set Indoor Tennis Tonny vandePieterman—Director of Tennis 3065 New Street • Oceanside, NY 11572 516-536-2323 • Port Washington Tennis Academy Manny Iqbal—Director of Tennis 100 Harbor Road • Port Washington, NY 11050 516-883-6425 • •

SPORTIME Bethpage Multi-Sport Randy Louie—General Manager 4105 Hempstead Turnpike Bethpage, NY 11714 516-731-4432 SPORTIME Quogue Will Van Rensburg—Director of Tennis 2571 Quogue-Riverhead, Route 104 East Quogue, NY 11959 631-653-6767 SPORTIME at Harbor Island Cesar Andre—Director of Tennis In Harbor Island Park • Mamaroneck, NY 10543 914-777-5050

SPORTIME Schenectady Philippe Ceas—Director of Tennis 2699 Curry Road Schenectady, NY 12303 518-356-0100 SPORTIME Syosset Tennis & Multi-Sport Karl Sommer—Director of Tennis 75 Haskett Drive Syosset, NY 11791 516-364-2727 USTA National Tennis Center Whitney Kraft—Director of Tennis Flushing Meadows Corona Park Flushing, NY 11568 718-760-6200 • • March/April 2012 • Long Island Tennis Magazine


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LONG Boys & Girls Long Island Rankings (as of 01/18/12)


Long Island Boys 10 Singles Rank..Name............................City 1 ........Matthew Roberts ..........Setauket, N.Y. 2 ........George Kaslow ............Port Washington, N.Y. 3 ........Jackson Weisbrot ........Dix Hills, N.Y. 4 ........Timothy Serignese........Port Washington, N.Y. 5 ........Daniel Meinster ............South Setauket, N.Y. 6 ........Austin Pomerantz ........Old Westbury, N.Y. 7 ........Alexander Reiley ..........Manorville, N.Y. 8 ........Eric Li............................Old Westbury N.Y. 9 ........Matthew Porges ..........Sands Point, N.Y. 10 ......Ben Snow ....................Water Mill, N.Y. 11 ......Lucas DeSantos ..........Southampton, N.Y. 12 ......Matthew Lee Catton ....Woodbury, N.Y. 13 ......Adam Bradley Wilck ....Dix Hills, N.Y. 14 ......Evan Kirsh ....................Roslyn, N.Y. 15 ......Alexander Roti ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 16 ......Thomas A. Korossy ......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 17 ......Billy G. Suarez ..............Huntington, N.Y. 18 ......Alex Joseph Amadio ....Smithtown, N.Y. 19 ......Zan Ahmed ..................Syosset, N.Y. 20 ......Drew Simon Ingall ........Melville, N.Y. 21 ......Gardner Howe ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 22 ......Zachary Ian Khazzam ..Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 23 ......Steven Well Sun............Glen Cove, N.Y. 24 ......Nicholas Tyler Decker ..East Setauket, N.Y. 25 ......Eli Grossman ................Woodbury, N.Y. 26 ......Mark Julian Baker ........North Baldwin, N.Y. 27 ......Abhinav Srivastava ......Melville, N.Y. 28 ......Jonas Feuerring............Sagaponack, N.Y. 29 ......Amani Siddiqui ............West Babylon, N.Y. 30 ......Niles Ghaffar ................Massapequa, N.Y. 31 ......Connor Leaf..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 32 ......Jeffrey M. McDonnell....Glen Cove, N.Y. 33 ......Arjun Sharma ................Glen Head, N.Y. 34 ......Jake Grossman ............Sands Point, N.Y. 35 ......Michael Petersen ..........Bridgehampton, N.Y. 36 ......Michael Jaklitsch ..........Islip, N.Y. 37 ......Adam Canarick ............Woodbury, N.Y. 38 ......Benjamin Grossman ....Sands Point, N.Y. 39 ......Christopher Grisham ....Huntington, N.Y. 40 ......Karan Amin ..................Roslyn Heights, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 14 Singles Rank..Name............................City 1 ........Arnav Raj Srivastava ....Melville, N.Y. 2 ........Dylan Granat ................Woodbury, N.Y. 3 ........Brandon Eric Remer ....Hewlett, N.Y. 4 ........Raizada Bhavin Vaid ....Old Westbury, N.Y. 5 ........Zachary Mollo ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 6 ..........Derek Zadrozny..................Huntington Station, N.Y. 7 ........Del Schunk ..................Westhampton Beach, N.Y. 8 ........Vincent Chen ................Hauppauge, N.Y. 9 ........John Sepanski ..............Huntington, N.Y. 10 ......Simar Deep Sawhney ..New Hyde Park, N.Y. 11 ......Jordan Diamond ..........Mount Sinai, N.Y. 12 ......Joseph D’Orazio ..........St. James, N.Y. 13 ......Braddock Chow............Glen Cove, N.Y. 14 ......Pete Siozios..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 15 ......Mitchell Reid Berger ....Lake Grove, N.Y. 16 ......Daniel Marzagalli ..........Patchogue, N.Y. 17 ......Michael DeNigris ..........Islip, N.Y. 18 ......Derek Menker ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 19 ......Benjamin Tenner ..........Roslyn, N.Y. 20 ......Eric Handelman ............Melville, N.Y. 21 ......Ethan Susser ................Old Westbury, N.Y. 22 ......Nick John Stamatos ....Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 23 ......Nicholas Kevin Fox ......Commack, N.Y. 24 ......Spencer Lowitt ............Syosset, N.Y. 25 ......Jacob Lacks ................Woodbury, N.Y. 26 ......Connor Wright ..............Commack, N.Y. 27 ......Simon Adler ..................Roslyn, N.Y.


28 ......Harris Durkovic ............Dix Hills, N.Y. 29 ......Thomas Dacosta ..........Massapequa, N.Y. 30 ......Vincent Tozzi ................North Babylon, N.Y. 31 ......Landon Phillips ............Great Neck, N.Y. 32 ......Matthew Holweger ......Manhasset, N.Y. 33 ......Jake Cohen ..................Oceanside, N.Y. 34 ......Alex Joseph Amadio ....Smithtown, N.Y. 35 ......Cameron Posillico ........Bayville, N.Y. 36 ......Daniel Khodosh ............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 37 ......Parker Tuthill ................Cutchogue, N.Y. 38 ......Connor Dove ................Baldwin, N.Y. 39 ......Max Egna......................Port Washington, N.Y. 40 ......Spencer Bozsik ............Sag Harbor, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 16 Singles Rank..Name............................City 1 ........Cole Laffitte ..................East Setauket, N.Y. 2 ........Erik Johann Lobben......Glen Head, N.Y. 3 ........Troy Michael Haas ........Huntington Station, N.Y. 4 ........Zachary Chang ............Massapequa, N.Y. 5 ........Matthew Bahar ............Woodbury, N.Y. 6 ........Gregory Rosenthal........Syosset, N.Y. 7 ........Jack Vissicchio ............Port Washington, N.Y. 8 ........Brett Titcomb................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 9 ........Samuel Johnson ..........Huntington, N.Y. 10 ......Milan Gunasekera ........Mount Sinai, N.Y. 11 ......Joshua Fried ................Plainview, N.Y. 12 ......Steven Marzagalli ........Patchogue, N.Y. 13 ......Samuel Hajibai..............Kings Point, N.Y. 14 ......Raizada Vaid ................Old Westbury, N.Y. 15 ......Jesse Richheimer ........Merrick, N.Y. 16 ......Alex Philip Rosenfield ..Holtsville, N.Y. 17 ......David Binler ..................East Northport, N.Y. 18 ......Michael Nelson ............Manhasset, N.Y. 19 ......Joseph D’Orazio ..........Saint James, N.Y. 20 ......Benjamin Goldrich ........Syosset, N.Y. 21 ......Craig L. Cusano............Bellmore, N.Y. 22 ......Joshua Sydney ............East Northport, N.Y. 23 ......Jeffrey Cherkin..............Melville, N.Y. 24 ......Cooper Lacetera ..........Speonk, N.Y. 25 ......Sai Senthilkumar ..........Manhasset, N.Y. 26 ......Erik Ujvari......................Hauppauge, N.Y. 27 ......Palmer T. Clare ............North Bellmore, N.Y. 28 ......Andrew Reiley ..............Manorville, N.Y. 29 ......Ian Baranowski ............Syosset, N.Y. 30 ......Alec Tuckey ..................Melville, N.Y. 31 ......Marco Betito ................Floral Park, N.Y. 32 ......Jarrett Levine ................Island Park, N.Y. 33 ......Austin Spencer Ash ......Syosset, N.Y. 34 ......Cory Seltman................Dix Hills, N.Y. 35 ......Andrew Bentz ..............Massapequa Park, N.Y. 36 ......Richard DeGregoris ......Rockville Centre, N.Y. 37 ......Duane Davis ................Dix Hills, N.Y. 38 ......Nasser Ghaffar..............Massapequa, N.Y. 39 ......Benjamin Mermelstein ..Northport, N.Y. 40 ......Matthew Kantor ............Westhampton Beach, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 18 Singles Rank..Name............................City 1 ........Chris Casamassima......Franklin Square, N.Y. 2 ........Andrew O’Connell ........Medford, N.Y. 3 ........Sloan Millman ..............Woodmere, N.Y. 4 ........Richard Mitchell............Franklin Square, N.Y. 5 ........Erik Johann Lobben......Glen Head, N.Y. 6 ........Sander Brenner ............Port Washington, N.Y. 7 ........Samuel Hajibai..............Kings Point, N.Y. 8 ........Jonathan Carl Smucker Lido Beach, N.Y. 9 ........Alex Philip Rosenfield ..Holtsville, N.Y. 10 ......Roger Young ................Brookhaven, N.Y. 11 ......Milan Gunasekera ........Mount Sinai, N.Y. 12 ......Jonathan Sanders ........Holbrook, N.Y. 13 ......Zachary Aboody ..........Roslyn, N.Y. 14 ......Jeffrey Cherkin..............Melville, N.Y. 15 ......Zachary Mintz ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 16 ......Clark Ruiz ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 17 ......Christopher Schwab ....Seaford, N.Y. 18 ......Jared Drzal....................West Sayville, N.Y.


19 ......Josh Young ..................Old Bethpage, N.Y. 20 ......Jordan Reiley................Manorville, N.Y. 21 ......Kevin Kim......................South Setauket, N.Y. 22 ......Anton Averin ................South Setauket, N.Y. 23 ......Brett Titcomb................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 24 ......Richard DeGregoris ......Rockville Centre, N.Y. 25 ......Brian Heinze ................Garden City, N.Y. 26 ......Marco Betito ................Floral Park, N.Y. 27 ......Dylan Ander ..................Hewlett, N.Y. 28 ......Will Pratt-Stephen ........Northport, N.Y. 29 ......Zach Cooper ................Holbrook, N.Y. 30 ......Matthew Zuckerman ....Valley Stream, N.Y. 31 ......Steven Ferrantello ........Dix Hills, N.Y. 32 ......Felipe Magalhaaes ReisEast Hampton, N.Y. 33 ......Daniel Park ..................East Northport, N.Y. 34 ......Ian Baranowski ............Syosset, N.Y. 35 ......Erik Ujvari......................Hauppauge, N.Y. 36 ......Seth Kornfeld................Jericho, N.Y. 37 ......Jacob Rothstein ..........Port Jefferson, N.Y. 38 ......John Reilly ....................Mount Sinai, N.Y. 39 ......Justin Masure ..............East Rockaway, N.Y. 40 ......Joseph Falcetta ............Deer Park, N.Y.


Long Island Girls 12 Singles Rank..Name............................City 1 ........Olivia Rose Scordo ......Glen Head, N.Y. 2 ........Kaitlyn Byrnes ..............Massapequa, N.Y. 3 ........Francesca Karman ......Port Washington, N.Y. 4 ........Hannah Dayton ............East Hampton, N.Y. 5 ........Merri Kelly ....................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 6 ........Christina Lorraine Jud ..Glen Head, N.Y. 7 ........Devika Kedia ................East Norwich, N.Y. 8 ........Dasha Dlin ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 9 ........Celeste Wang Traub ....Jericho, N.Y. 10 ......Marisa L. Menist ..........Great Neck, N.Y. 11 ......Alexa Lynn Bracco........Freeport, N.Y. 12 ......Trinity Chow..................Glen Cove, N.Y. 13 ......Morgan Voulo................East Setauket, N.Y. 14 ......Danah Han....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 15 ......Stephanie Petras ..........Manhasset, N.Y. 16 ......Maryam Ahmad ............Albertson, N.Y. 17 ......Kerri Leah Goldfuss ......Westbury, N.Y. 18 ......Lauren Ann Bishop ......Woodbury, N.Y. 19 ......Marina Hilbert ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 20 ......Rachel Arbitman ..........Hewlett, N.Y. 21 ......Julia Dudley ..................Southampton, N.Y. 22 ......Angela Chi ....................Kings Park, N.Y. 23 ......Lauren Cherkin ............Melville, N.Y. 24 ......Ashley Yevdosin............Hewlett, N.Y. 25 ......Abigail Carrie Okin........Amagansett, N.Y. 26 ......Melissa Cooney ............Manhasset, N.Y. 27 ......Risha Malhotra..............Syosset, N.Y. 28 ......Brittany S. Polevikov ....Port Washington, N.Y. 29 ......Ariana Malik ..................Melville, N.Y. 30 ......Madeline Clinton ..........Manhasset, N.Y. 31 ......Amy Delman ................Great Neck, N.Y. 32 ......Denise Lai ....................Setauket, N.Y. 33 ......Morgan A. Wilkins ........Syosset, N.Y. 34 ......Elena Vlamakis ............Garden City, N.Y. 35 ......Rory Gallaher................East Hampton, N.Y. 36 ......Kaitlyn Schwarz ............Oceanside, N.Y. 37 ......Nicole Kielan ................Valley Stream, N.Y. 38 ......Samantha Lena Galu ....Jericho, N.Y. 39 ......Amanda Mintz ..............Sag Harbor, N.Y. 40 ......Erica Forrest ................Jericho, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 14 Singles Rank..Name............................City 1 ........Nikaylah Williams..........Wheatley Heights, N.Y. 2 ........Sarah Seeman ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 3 ........Rosa LaCorte................Merrick, N.Y. 4 ........Lexee Taylor Shapiro ....Syosset, N.Y. 5 ........Juliana Shenker ............Rockville Centre, N.Y. 6 ........Michelle N. Carnovale ..Massapequa, N.Y. 7 ........Michelle Haykin ............Great Neck, N.Y. 8 ........Sophie Grace Wilson ....Oyster Bay, N.Y.

9 ........Elena Nastasi................Bayville, N.Y. 10 ......Vanessa L. Scott ..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 11 ......Matilda Bros ................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 12 ......Danielle Mirabella ........Wantagh, N.Y. 13 ......Brynn Maris April ..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 14 ......Julia Khan ....................Port Washington, N.Y. 15 ......Devika Kedia ................East Norwich, N.Y. 16 ......Aidan Owens ................Manhasset, N.Y. 17 ......Sabrina Ferretti ............Setauket, N.Y. 18 ......Courtney Kowalsky ......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 19 ......Ariel Natalie Eisenberg..Valley Stream, N.Y. 20 ......Amanda Allison Foo......Manhasset, N.Y. 21 ......Lia Petersen..................Bridgehampton, N.Y. 22 ......Ellen Nicole Huhulea ....Rockville Centre, N.Y. 23 ......Emily Kate Shutman ....Huntington, N.Y. 24 ......Jennifer Wang ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 25 ......Kaysha Forbes..............Valley Stream, N.Y. 26 ......Emily Rose Fernandez..Shirley, N.Y. 27 ......Laura Jean Halsey ........Westhampton, N.Y. 28 ......Celeste Rose Matute ....Oyster Bay, N.Y. 29 ......Adele Sukhov................Westbury, N.Y. 30 ......Olivia Rose Scordo ......Glen Head, N.Y. 31 ......Ryann Moelis ................Hewlett, N.Y. 32 ......Ayesha Jagi Chhugani ..Roslyn, N.Y. 33 ......Brooke Emily Digia ......Manhasset, N.Y. 34 ......Emily Margaret Marge ..Medford, N.Y. 35 ......Stephanie Marge ..........Medford, N.Y. 36 ......Danah Han....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 37 ......Gabrielle Raziel ............Melville, N.Y. 38 ......Courtney Digia..............Manhasset, N.Y. 39 ......Cecilia Combemale ......Bridgehampton, N.Y. 40 ......Mara Danielle Stewart ..Oceanside, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 16 Singles Rank..Name............................City 1 ........Emily Rees ....................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 2 ........Olivia Marie Ammirati....Halesite, N.Y. 3 ........Alexandra Linder ..........Sands Point, N.Y. 4 ........Lara Fishbane ..............Commack, N.Y. 5 ........Katharine Brandow ......East Northport, N.Y. 6 ........Laura Torsiello ..............Bayport, N.Y. 7 ........Lauren Difazio ..............Greenlawn, N.Y. 8 ........Lauren Ann Livingston ..Sands Point, N.Y. 9 ........Allison Gabrielle Huber Melville, N.Y. 10 ......Hannah Goldman..........West Hempstead, N.Y. 11 ......Taylor Sim ....................Plainview, N.Y. 12 ......Julia Ciardullo ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 13 ......Elena Nastasi................Bayville, N.Y. 14 ......Michele Sheila Lehat ....Great Neck, N.Y. 15 ......Bridget Elaine Harding..Northport, N.Y. 16 ......Rhea Malhotra ..............Syosset, N.Y. 17 ......Kristen Bomkamp ........Northport, N.Y. 18 ......Angelika Rothberg ........Centerport, N.Y. 19 ......Amanda Luper ..............Melville, N.Y. 20 ......Alexandra Dananberg ..Massapequa, N.Y. 21 ......Taylor Brent ..................Shoreham, N.Y. 22 ......Alanna Carole Kane ......Sea Cliff, N.Y. 23 ......Bridget Connors ..........East Quogue, N.Y. 24 ......Stefanie Ebo ................Sayville, N.Y. 25 ......Alexa Graham ..............Garden City, N.Y. 26 ......Rithika Reddy ..............Syosset, N.Y. 27 ......Elizabeth Kallenberg ....Port Washington, N.Y. 28 ......Morgan Herrmann ........Garden City, N.Y. 29 ......Aimee N. Manfredo ......Shoreham, N.Y. 30 ......Brittany Burke ..............Garden City, N.Y. 31 ......Matilda Bros ................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 32 ......Shannon Mullins ..........Oceanside, N.Y. 33 ......Michelle Haykin ............Great Neck, N.Y. 34 ......Alexandra Linde............Melville, N.Y. 35 ......Julia Khan ....................Port Washington, N.Y. 36........Sarah Seeman ..................Port Washington, N.Y. 37........Nikaylah Williams ..............Wheatley Heights, N.Y. 38 ......Marianne Rose Naleski Southold, N.Y. 39 ......Holly Hubsher ..............Sands Point, N.Y. 40 ......Elizabeth Gee ..............Garden City, N.Y. • March/April 2012 • Long Island Tennis Magazine


LONG Long Island Girls 18 Singles Rank..Name............................City 1 ........Veronika Paikin ............Valley Stream, N.Y. 2 ........Jennifer A. Carnovale ..Massapequa, N.Y. 3 ........Hannah Goldman..........West Hempstead, N.Y. 4..........Jennifer C. Ferguson ........Franklin Square, N.Y. 5 ........Lara Fishbane ..............Commack, N.Y. 6 ........Sara R. Finger ..............Saint James, N.Y. 7 ........Claudia M. Ruiz ............Glen Head, N.Y. 8 ........Rithika D. Reddy ..........Syosset, N.Y. 9 ........Kate C. Weidenman......Syosset, N.Y. 10 ......Bianca Posa..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 11 ......Jennifer Glukhman........Syosset, N.Y.

Boys & Girls Sectional Rankings (as of 01/30/12)


Sectional Boys 12 Singles— Long Island Region Rank..Name............................City 4 ........Ryan Goetz ..................Greenlawn, N.Y. 5 ........Alan Delman ................Great Neck, N.Y. 13 ......Brian Shi ......................Jericho, N.Y. 14 ......Daniel Eric Pellerito ......Syosset, N.Y. 15 ......Keegan James Morris ..Franklin Square, N.Y. 17 ......Steven Well Sun............Glen Cove, N.Y. 19 ......Rajan Jai Vohra ............Glen Head, N.Y. 23 ......Patrick F. Maloney ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 27 ......Yuval Solomon..............Plainview, N.Y. 30 ......Cannon Kingsley ..........Northport, N.Y. 34 ......Michael Medvedev ......Oceanside, N.Y. 37 ......Ronald P. Hohmann ......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 41 ......Nicolas Demaria ..........New Hyde Park, N.Y. 42 ......Neel Raj ........................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 43 ......Pete Siozios..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 54 ......Daniel Weitz ..................Roslyn, N.Y. 60 ......Gardner Howe ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 66 ......Ben Snow ....................Water Mill, N.Y. 67 ......Benjamin Grossman ....Sands Point, N.Y. 76 ......Billy G. Suarez ..............Huntington, N.Y. 81 ......Matthew Porges ..........Sands Point, N.Y. 87 ......Eli Grossman ................Woodbury, N.Y. 95 ......Spencer Brachman ......Commack, N.Y. 99 ......Eric Li............................Old Westbury, N.Y. 109 ....George Kaslow ............Port Washington, N.Y. 120 ....Niles Ghaffar ................Massapequa, N.Y. 124 ....Jake Grossman ............Sands Point, N.Y. 126 ....Sujary Sharma ..............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 129 ....Daniel Meinster ............South Setauket, N.Y. 130 ....Matthew Roberts ..........Setauket, N.Y. 142 ....Abhinav Srivastava ......Melville, N.Y. 145 ....Jonas Feuerring............Sagaponack, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 14 Singles— Long Island Region Rank..Name............................City 2 ........Brenden Volk ................Dix Hills, N.Y. 5 ........Alexander Lebedev ......Island Park, N.Y. 25 ......Palmer T. Clare ............North Bellmore, N.Y. 32 ......Colin Francis Sacco......Brightwaters, N.Y. 38 ......Lubomir T. Cuba ..........Massapequa Park, N.Y. 41 ......Chris Kuhnle ................Shoreham, N.Y. 42 ......Finbar Talcott ................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 44 ......Eric Wagner ..................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 45 ......Travis Leaf ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 47 ......Brian Hoffarth ..............Fort Salonga, N.Y. 48 ......Sean Patrick ................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 49 ......Stephen Gruppuso ......Bayport, N.Y. 51 ......Trippie Franz ................Bridgehampton, N.Y. 54 ......Sean Mullins ................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 59 ......Nasser Abdel Ghaffar ..Massapequa, N.Y. 64 ......Jesse M. Levitin............Manhasset, N.Y. 73 ......Daniel Shleimovich ......Merrick, N.Y. 75 ......Alex Grossman ............Sands Point, N.Y. 80 ......Brandon Eric Remer ....Hewlett, N.Y.



85 ......Andy Zhou ....................Commack, N.Y. 89 ......Keegan Morris ..............Franklin Square, N.Y. 91 ......David Reinharz ............Rockville Centre, N.Y. 105 ....Dylan Granat ................Woodbury, N.Y. 108 ....Michael Liebman ..........Roslyn, N.Y. 110 ....Daniel Khodosh ............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 124 ....Jordan Bennett ............Valley Stream, N.Y. 127 ....Duane Davis ................Dix Hills, N.Y. 128 ....Del Schunk ..................Westhampton Beach, N.Y. 129 ....Garrett Malave ..............Laurel, N.Y. 131 ....Ian Friedman ................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 133 ....Michael DeNigris ..........Islip, N.Y. 134 ....Aziz Rashidzada ..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 138 ....Pete Siozios..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 143 ....Matthew Holweger ......Manhasset, N.Y. 145 ....Rajan Jai Vohra ............Glen Head, N.Y. 149 ....James Kyrkanides ........Stony Brook, N.Y.


74 ......Clark Ruiz ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 79 ......Douglas Notaris ............Wantagh, N.Y. 80 ......Sean Jagi Chhugani ....Roslyn, N.Y. 91 ......Vihar Shah ....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 92 ......Josh Silverstein ............Great Neck, N.Y. 93 ......Doron Saraf ..................Great Neck, N.Y. 96 ......Daniel Grinshteyn ........Hewlett, N.Y. 99 ......Alan Pleat......................Roslyn, N.Y. 107 ....Jacob Mishkin ..............Woodbury, N.Y. 112 ....Eric Sumanaru ..............Middle Island, N.Y. 117 ....David Greenbaum ........Great Neck, N.Y. 130 ....Chris Casamassima......Franklin Square, N.Y. 132 ....Jonahiby Tauil ..............Valley Stream, N.Y. 137 ....Ethan Bogard................Lido Beach, N.Y. 138 ....Ian Baranowski ............Syosset, N.Y. 140 ....Richard Mitchell............Franklin Square, N.Y. 142 ....Erik Johann Lobben......Glen Head, N.Y. 146 ....Alex Sacher ..................Glen Head, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 16 Singles— Long Island Region Rank..Name............................City 5 ........Josh Silverstein ............Great Neck, N.Y. 7 ........Noah B. Rubin ..............Rockville Centre, N.Y. 9 ........Vihar Shah ....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 10 ......Ethan Bogard................Lido Beach, N.Y. 13 ......Alex Sacher ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 14 ......Philip Daniel Antohi ......Glen Head, N.Y. 15 ......Daniel Grunberger ........Great Neck, N.Y. 17 ......Douglas Notaris ............Wantagh, N.Y. 21 ......Alexander Lebedev ......Island Park, N.Y. 27 ......Brandon T. Stone..........Melville, N.Y. 29 ......Jeremy Dubin................Southampton, N.Y. 40 ......Matthew R. Demichiel ..Hewlett, N.Y. 43 ......Zain Ali..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 46 ......John P. D’Alessandro....Northport, N.Y. 51 ......Conor Mullins ..............Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 53 ......Jared R. Halstrom ........Bellmore, N.Y. 56 ......Jonathan Paris..............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 67 ......Lamar Remy ................Roslyn, N.Y. 69 ......Eric Wagner ..................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 81 ......Bryant Born ..................Manhasset, N.Y. 85 ......Alex Brebenel ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 87 ......Mark Daniel Temporal ..Carle Place, N.Y. 92 ......Julian Alexi Zlobinsky ..Greenvale, N.Y. 93 ......Brian W. Slivonik ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 96 ......Kyle Alper ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 100 ....James Heaney ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 104 ....Benjamin Rosen ..........Port Washington, N.Y. 111 ....Erik Ujvari......................Hauppaugh, N.Y. 125 ....Brett Edelblum..............Roslyn, N.Y. 130 ....Cole Laffitte ..................East Setauket, N.Y. 132 ....Josh Young ..................Old Bethpage, N.Y. 137 ....Jeffrey G. Cherkin ........Melville, N.Y. 143 ....Andrew Reiley ..............Manorville, N.Y. 144 ....Cory Seltman................Dix Hills, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 18 Singles— Long Island Region Rank..Name............................City 5 ........Bert Vancura ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 7 ........Josh M. Levine ............Syosset, N.Y. 11 ......Eric Rubin ....................Lido Beach, N.Y. 12 ......Andrew Yaraghi ............Mill Neck, N.Y. 15 ......Brendan Henry..............Massapequa, N.Y. 17 ......Matthew O. Barry ........Lido Beach, N.Y. 20 ......Howard J. Weiss ..........Great Neck, N.Y. 21 ......Ofir Solomon ................Plainview, N.Y. 23 ......Alexander Schidlovsky....Sea Cliff, N.Y. 24 ......Noah B. Rubin ..............Merrick, N.Y. 27 ......Samuel Lam..................Old Westbury, N.Y. 34 ......Jensen H. Reiter ..........Syosset, N.Y. 39 ......Aidan Talcott ................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 44 ......Kevin A. Katz ................Woodbury, N.Y. 51 ......Daniel Khanin................Baldwin, N.Y. 60 ......Austin Davidow ............Glen Head, N.Y. 67 ......Conor Dauer ................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 70 ......Tyler J. Hoffman............Sayville, N.Y.


Sectional Girls 12 Singles— Long Island Region Rank..Name............................City 2 ........Hannah Zhao ................Syosset, N.Y. 14 ......Jasmine Olivia Abidi ....Glen Head, N.Y. 17 ......Jacqueline Rae Bukzin Manorville, N.Y. 19 ......Stephanie Chikvashvili..Syosset, N.Y. 20 ......Lea Ma..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 24 ......Ashley Lessen ..............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 37 ......Alexa Susan Goetz ......Greenlawn, N.Y. 38 ......Olivia Rose Scordo ......Glen Head, N.Y. 44 ......Francesca Karman ......Port Washington, N.Y. 49 ......Celeste Wang Traub ....Jericho, N.Y. 59 ......Merri Kelly ....................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 63 ......Katelyn Walker..............Sands Point, N.Y. 69 ......Trinity Chow..................Glen Cove, N.Y. 74 ......Maryam Beshir Ahmad Albertson, N.Y. 80 ......Stephanie Anne Petras Manhasset, N.Y. 88 ......Theodora Brebenel ......Glen Head, N.Y. 92 ......Nicole Rezak ................Merrick, N.Y. 96 ......Julia Kielan ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 109 ....Marisa Menist ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 114 ....Kaitlyn Byrnes ..............Massapequa, N.Y. 120 ....Morgan Voulo................East Setauket, N.Y. 122 ....Rory Gallaher................East Hampton, N.Y. 124 ....Rachel Arbitman ..........Hewlett, N.Y. 125 ....Ava Ignatowich ............Sag Harbor, N.Y. 134 ....Marina Hilbert ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 139 ....Victoria Bialczak ..........New Hyde Park, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 14 Singles— Long Island Region Rank..Name............................City 3 ........Madison Battaglia ........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 12 ......Alexa Graham ..............Garden City, N.Y. 16 ......Taylor S. Cosme ..........New Hyde Park, N.Y. 17 ......Shanice Nadia Arthur....Glen Head, N.Y. 27 ......Morgan Hermann..........Garden City, N.Y. 37 ......Claire Handa ................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 42 ......Esther Chikvashvili ......Syosset, N.Y. 49 ......Amber Nicole Policare ..East Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 52 ......Vanessa L. Scott ..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 54 ......Michele Sheila Lehat ....Great Neck, N.Y. 55 ......Dominique Woinarowski Syosset, N.Y. 57 ......Celeste Rose Matute ....Oyster Bay, N.Y. 71 ......Stephanie Chikvashvili..Melville, N.Y. 75 ......Alexandra Lipps............Roslyn, N.Y. 76 ......Courtney B. Kowalsky ..Oyster Bay, N.Y. 90 ......Karen A. Serina ............Islip Terrace, N.Y. 95 ......Emily Shutman..............Huntington, N.Y. 108 ....Nikaylah Williams..........Wheatley Heights, N.Y. 113 ....Sarah Seeman ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 115 ....Brynn Maris April ..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 116 ....Josephine Winters ........Elmont, N.Y. 120 ....Lexee Taylor Shapiro ....Syosset, N.Y.

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121 ....Amanda Allison Foo......Manhasset, N.Y. 129 ....Cecilia Combemale ......Bridgehampton, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 16 Singles— Long Island Region Rank..Name............................City 22 ......Aleksandra Mally ..........Franklin Square, N.Y. 23 ......Vivian Cheng ................Woodbury, N.Y. 30 ......Nicholle Torres ..............North Hills, N.Y. 37 ......Bridget Elaine Harding..Northport, N.Y. 38 ......Sunaina Vohra ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 41 ......Mia M. Vecchio ............Manhasset Hills, N.Y. 44 ......Madison Battaglia ........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 51 ......Paulina Tafler ................Oceanside, N.Y. 54 ......Claudia M. Ruiz ............Glen Head, N.Y. 55 ......Aimee N. Manfredo ......Shoreham, N.Y. 58 ......Alexa Graham ..............Garden City, N.Y. 63 ......Rithika Reddy ..............Syosset, N.Y. 64 ......Zenat Rashidzada ........Dix Hills, N.Y. 68 ......Yuliya V. Astapova ........Port Washington, N.Y. 70 ......Cameron Moskol ..........Wantagh, N.Y. 74 ......Olivia C. Funk ..............Hicksville, N.Y. 86 ......Gabriella Nicole Leon ..Woodmere, N.Y. 91 ......Esther Chikvashvili ......Melville, N.Y. 96 ......Jennifer C. Ferguson ....Franklin Square, N.Y. 98 ......Danielle Giannetti..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 106 ....Emma R. Brezel ............Port Washington, N.Y. 107 ....Isabella Pascucci..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 109 ....Lauren Livingston ........Sands Point, N.Y. 115 ....Ruth Freilich..................Lawrence, N.Y. 127 ....Alexandra Linder ..........Sands Point, N.Y. 134 ....Lauren Difazio ..............Greenlawn, N.Y. 135 ....Amber Policare ............East Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 137 ....Michele Sheila Lehat ....Great Neck, N.Y. 141 ....Elena Nastasi................Bayville, N.Y. 150 ....Brittany Burke ..............Garden City, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 18 Singles— Long Island Region Rank..Name............................City 7 ........Katherine Yau ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 9 ........Hannah L. Camhi..........Woodbury, N.Y. 17 ......Vivian Cheng ................Woodbury, N.Y. 19 ......Sophie Barnard ............Mill Neck, N.Y. 27 ......Morgan Feldman ..........Glen Head, N.Y. 33 ......Stephanie Loutsenko....Bellmore, N.Y. 34 ......Ashley A. Masanto........Baldwin, N.Y. 39 ......Julia Elbaba ..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 41 ......Nicholle Torres ..............North Hills, N.Y. 55 ......Melissa Carlay ..............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 61 ......Claudia Ruiz..................Glen Head, N.Y. 67 ......Taylor Diffley ................Hampton Bays, N.Y. 74 ......Sara Finger ..................Saint James, N.Y. 81 ......Alison Wang..................Great Neck, N.Y. 82 ......Sunaina Vohra ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 92 ......Aleksandra Mally ..........Franklin Square, N.Y. 96 ......Erica Bundrick ..............Mattituck, N.Y. 98 ......Ludmila Yamus ............Deer Park, N.Y. 132 ....Bianca Posa..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 137 ....Rithika Reddy ..............Syosset, N.Y. 140 ....Veronika Paikin ............Valley Stream, N.Y. 147 ....Alexa Graham ..............Garden City, N.Y. 150 ....Emma Brezel ................Port Washington, N.Y.

Boys & Girls National Rankings (as of 02/15/12)


National Boys 12 Singles— Long Island Players Rank..Name............................City 41 ......Ryan Goetz ..................Greenlawn, N.Y. 48 ......Alan Delman ................Great Neck, N.Y 122 ....Brian Shi ......................Jericho, N.Y. 129 ....Rajan Jai Vohra ............Glen Head, N.Y. 162 ....Keegan Morris ..............Franklin Square, N.Y.

LONG 186 ....Patrick Maloney............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 235 ....Daniel Eric Pellerito ......Syosset, N.Y. 260 ....Michael Medvedev ......Oceanside, N.Y. 290 ....Ronald P.Hohmann ......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 345 ....Steven Well Sun............Glen Cove, N.Y. 542 ....Yuval Solomon..............Plainview, N.Y. 544 ....Daniel Weitz ..................Roslyn, N.Y. 661 ....Pete Siozios ....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 710 ....Neel Raj ........................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 738 ....Cannon Kingsley ..........Northport, N.Y. 795 ....Billy Suarez ..................Huntington, N.Y. 996 ....Gardner Howe ..............Locust Valley, N.Y.

National Boys 14 Singles— Long Island Players Rank..Name............................City 24 ......Alexander Lebedev ......Island Park, N.Y. 29 ......Brenden Andrew Volk ..Dix Hills, N.Y. 336 ....Palmer T. Clare ............North Bellmore, N.Y. 344 ....Colin Sacco ..................Brightwaters, N.Y. 347 ....Lubomir T. Cuba ..........Massapequa Park, N.Y. 358 ....Eric Wagner ..................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 424 ....Finbar Talcott ................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 507 ....Athell Patrick Bennett ..Valley Stream, N.Y. 513 ....Chris Kuhnle ................Shoreham, N.Y. 628 ....Brian Hoffarth ..............Fort Salonga, N.Y. 728 ....Travis Leaf ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 908 ....Trippie Franz ................Bridgehampton, N.Y. 991 ....Nasser Ghaffar..............Massapequa, N.Y.

National Boys 16 Singles— Long Island Players Rank..Name............................City 1 ........Noah B. Rubin ..............Merrick, N.Y. 31 ......Josh Silverstein ............Great Neck, N.Y. 55 ......Vihar Shah ....................New Hyde Park, N.Y.


64 ......Philip Daniel Antohi ......Glen Head, N.Y. 132 ....Daniel Grunberger ........Great Neck, N.Y. 145 ....Douglas Notaris ............Wantagh, N.Y. 158 ....Ethan Bogard................Lido Beach, N.Y. 163 ....Alex C. Sacher..............Glen Head, N.Y. 188 ....Brandon T. Stone..........Melville, N.Y. 306 ....Lamar Remy ................Roslyn, N.Y. 354 ....Julian Alexi Zlobinsky ..Greenvale, N.Y. 367 ....Alexander Lebedev ......Island Park, N.Y. 447 ....John P. D’Allesandro ....Northport, N.Y. 553 ....Conor Mullins ..............Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 634 ....Zain Ali..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 684 ....Jeremy Dubin................Southampton, N.Y. 699 ....Jared R. Halstrom ........Bellmore, N.Y. 847 ....Matthew Demichiel ......Hewlett, N.Y. 982 ....Jonathan Paris..............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.

National Boys 18 Singles— Long Island Players


634 ....Lamar Remy ................Roslyn, N.Y. 886 ....Julian Alexi Zlobinsky ..Greenvale, N.Y.


National Girls 12 Singles— Long Island Players Rank..Name............................City 45 ......Hannah Zhao ................Syosset, N.Y. 191 ....Jasmine Olivia Abidi ....Glen Head, N.Y. 242 ....Ashley Lessen ..............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 292 ....Lea Ma..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 374 ....Jacqueline Bukzin ........Manorville, N.Y. 439 ....Stephanie Chikvashvili..Syosset, N.Y. 480 ....Francesca Karman ......Port Washington, N.Y. 517 ....Merri Kelly ....................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 549 ....Alexa Goetz ..................Greenlawn, N.Y. 604 ....Celeste Traub................Jericho, N.Y. 979 ....Olivia Scordo ................Glen Head, N.Y.

National Girls 14 Singles— Long Island Players

Rank..Name............................City 45 ......Noah B. Rubin ..............Merrick, N.Y. 49 ......Josh M. Levine ............Syosset, N.Y. 105 ....Bert Vancura ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 120 ....Matthew O. Barry ........Lido Beach, N.Y. 190 ....Eric Rubin ....................Lido Beach, N.Y. 212 ....Howard J. Weiss ..........Great Neck, N.Y. 246 ....Jensen Reiter................Syosset, N.Y. 261 ....Andrew S. Yaraghi ........Mill Neck, N.Y. 287 ....Samuel Lam..................Old Westbury, N.Y. 312 ....Aidan Talcott ................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 396 ....Brendan Henry..............Massapequa, N.Y. 414 ....Daniel Khanin................Baldwin, N.Y. 451 ....Alexander Schidlovsky Sea Cliff, N.Y. 488 ....Kevin Katz ....................Woodbury, N.Y. 571 ....Ofir Solomon ................Plainview, N.Y.

Rank..Name............................City 66 ......Madison Battaglia ........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 218 ....Alexa Graham ..............Garden City, N.Y. 276 ....Taylor Cosme................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 383 ....Shanice Nadia Arthur....Glen Head, N.Y. 400 ....Morgan Herrmann ........Garden City, N.Y. 547 ....Amber Nicole Policare ..East Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 773 ....Esther Chikvashvili ......Melville, N.Y. 821 ....Celeste Rose Matute ....Oyster Bay, N.Y. 824 ....Claire Handa ................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 973 ....Josephine Winters ........Elmont, N.Y.

National Girls 16 Singles— Long Island Players Rank..Name............................City 227 ....Aleksandra Mally ..........Franklin Square, N.Y. 259 ....Vivian Cheng ................Woodbury, N.Y. 454 ....Sunaina Vohra ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 710 ....Madison Battaglia ........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 721 ....Nicholle Torres ..............North Hills, N.Y. 763 ....Paulina Tafler ................Oceanside, N.Y. 984 ....Mia Vecchio ..................Manhasset Hills, N.Y.

National Girls 18 Singles— Long Island Players Rank..Name............................City 38 ......Julia Elbaba ..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 79 ......Hannah L. Camhi..........Woodbury, N.Y. 109 ....Katherine Yau ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 290 ....Vivan Cheng ................Woodbury, N.Y. 310 ....Morgan Feldman ..........Glen Head, N.Y. 396 ....Sophie Barnard ............Mill Neck, N.Y. 524 ....Stephanie Loutsenko....Bellmore, N.Y. 897 ....Taylor Diffley ................Hampton Bays, N.Y. 902 ....Ashley Masanto ............Baldwin, N.Y. 960 ....Melissa G. Carlay..........New Hyde Park, N.Y. • March/April 2012 • Long Island Tennis Magazine


USTA/Long Island Region 2012

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit MARCH 2012 Friday-Sunday, March 9-11 L3 Sportime Bethpage March UPS Championships Sportime Tennis Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (18-12)s, RR Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 5 at1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500. Friday-Sunday, March 9-11 L20 Eastern Athletic Club’s March Open Eastern Athletic Clubs 9 Montauk Highway Unit A. Blue Point, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (12)s, FRLC Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Thursday, March 1 at 11:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 363-2882. Friday-Sunday, March 9-11 L1 LBTC March Doubles Championships Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: BG (18-12)d, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $28 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 6 at 11:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060. Friday-Sunday, March 9-11 L2R Huntington March Long Island Regional Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway Street Huntington Station, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18, 12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, Feb. 27 at 5:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 423-3207. Friday-Sunday, March 9-11 L2R Deer Park March Long Island Regional Deer Park Tennis Center Inc. 30 Burt Drive • Deer Park, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (16)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, Feb. 24 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 667-3476.


Friday-Sunday, March 9-11 L2R World Gym March Long Island Regional World Gym Racquet & Sports Arena 384 Mark Tree Road East Setauket, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (14)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, March 2 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 751-6100.

Friday-Sunday, March 16-18 L1 Hempstead Lake March Open Hempstead Lake Indoor Tennis 535 Eagle Avenue West Hempstead, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG (18)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 12 at 11:00 p.m.) For more information, call (917) 991-0088.

Saturday, March 10 8U PlayDay & 10U L3 Sportime Syosset March UPS Sportime Syosset • 75 Haskett Drive Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: Novice: 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 (deadlines for entries is Friday, March 9 at noon) For more information, call (516) 364-2727.

Friday-Sunday, March 16-18 LBTC Men’s March Senior Championship Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard • Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked M (Op, 35-80)s, SE; M (Op)d, SE ; NM (4.0)sd, SE Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $65 per doubles team, $28 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 13 at 11:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.

Friday-Sunday, March 16-18 L1 Sportime Syosset March Championship Sportime Syosset 75 Haskett Drive Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: Championships B (16)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 6 at noon) For more information, call (516) 364-2727.

Friday-Sunday, March 16-18 L1 LBTC March Championship Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard • Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Championships B (14)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, March 2 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.

Friday-Sunday, March 16-18 L1 Sportime Massapequa March Championship Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Championships G (16-14)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 6 at noon) For more information, call (516) 799-3550. Friday-Sunday, March 16-18 L20 EAC St. Patty’s Open Eastern Athletic Clubs 9 Montauk Highway, Unit A Blue Point, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG (18-16)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, March 9 at 11:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 363-2882.

Friday-Sunday, March 23-25 & March 30-April 1 +L1 RWTTC Eastern Designated Closed Championships L5 FIC Robbie Wagner Tournament Training at Glen Cove 60 Sea Cliff Avenue • Glen Cove, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix B (16)s, FIC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 12 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 759-0505. Friday-Sunday, March 23-25 L3 Sportime Massapequa March UPS Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (18-12)s, RR Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 20 at noon) For more information, call (516) 799-3500. Friday-Sunday, March 23-25 L1B Ross School Tennis Academy March Challenger Ross School Tennis Academy 18 Goodfriend Drive • East Hampton, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, March 18 at 11:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 907-5162.

Friday-Sunday, March 16-18 L3 Sportime Roslyn March UPS Sportime Roslyn P.O. Box 1 Roslyn, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (14-10)s, RR Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222.

Friday-Sunday, March 23-25 L20 Glen Head March Open Glen Head Racquet Club 95 Glen Head Road • Glen Head, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 19 at 11:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 445-7258.

Friday-Sunday, March 23-25 & March 30-April 1 +L1 Sportime Bethpage Eastern Designated Closed Championships L5 FIC Sportime Tennis Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue • Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix B (14)s, FIC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 12 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

Friday-Sunday, March 23-25 & March 30-April 1 +L1 Point Set Eastern Designated Closed Championships L5 FIC Point Set Indoor Racquet Club 3065 New Street • Oceanside, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix B (18)s, FIC Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 12 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 536-2323.

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit Friday-Sunday, March 23-25 & March 30-April 1 +L1 Kings Park Eastern Designated Closed Championships, USTA L5, FIC Sportime Kings Park 275 Indian Head Road Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix G (14)s, FIC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 5 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 269-6300.

Friday-Sunday, March 23-25 & March 30 – April 1 +L1 Roslyn Eastern Designated Closed Championships L5 FIC Sportime Roslyn Landing Road, P.O. Box 1 Roslyn, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix G (12)s, FIC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player singles (deadline for entries is Monday, March 12 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222.

Friday-Sunday, March 23-25 L2R Huntington March Regional Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway Street • Huntington Station, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (16-14)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 423-3207.

Sunday, March 25 Eastern Athletic Club’s March Round Robin Eastern Athletic Clubs 9 Montauk Highway Unit A. Blue Point, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (14-12)s, RR Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Saturday, March 17 at 11:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 363-2882.

Friday-Sunday, March 23-25 & March 30-April 1 +L1 Sportime Lynbrook Eastern Designated Closed Championships Sportime Tennis Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road • Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix B (12)s, FIC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 12 at 11:59 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 887-1330.

Friday-Sunday, March 30-April 1 L1B Sportime Massapequa March Challenger Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (14-12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 20 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 799-3550.

Friday-Sunday, March 30-April 1 L1B Eastern Athletic Spring Fling Challenger Eastern Athletic Clubs 9 Montauk Highway, Unit A Blue Point, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (16-14)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, March 23 at 11:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 363-2882. Friday-Sunday, March 30-April 1 L1B LBTC Spring Challenger Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (18-16)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player singles (deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 27 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060. Friday-Sunday, March 30-April 1 Huntington Men’s 25 Singles Championships Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway Street Huntington Station, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked M (25)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Thursday, March 22 at 12:00 a.m.) For more information, call (631) 421-0040.

Sunday, March 31 L3 Sportime Syosset March UPS Championships Sportime Syosset 75 Haskett Drive Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (18-12)s, RR; BG (10 [60’Court/Orange Ball])s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 19 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 364-2727. Saturday-Sunday, March 31-April 1 L3 Sportime Syosset Spring UPS Sportime Syosset 75 Haskett Drive • Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (18-10)s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 27 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 364-2727. APRIL 2012 Friday-Sunday, April 6-8 L1B Sportime Bethpage April Challenger Sportime Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (18-16)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 27 at noon) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit

Friday-Sunday April 27-29 L1 Ross School Tennis Academy’s April Championships Ross School Tennis Academy 18 Goodfriend Drive East Hampton, N.Y. Divisions: Championships G (16-12)s Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries, Sunday April 22 at 11:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 907-5162.

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Friday-Sunday, April 13-15 L3 Huntington’s Eastern April UPS Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway Street Huntington Station, N.Y. Divisions: Novice: BG (18-12)s, RR; Quick Start: BG (10 [60’Court/Orange Ball])s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, March 30 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 421-0040.

Sunday, April 29 Eastern Athletic Spring Round Robin Eastern Athletic Clubs 9 Montauk Highway, Unit A Blue Point, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (14-12)s, RR Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Saturday, April 21 at 11:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 363-2882.

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Friday-Sunday, April 27-29 L1 Hempstead Lake Spring Championships Hempstead Lake Indoor Tennis 525 Eagle Avenue West Hempstead, N.Y. Divisions: Championships B (16-12)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, April 23 at 11:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 486-2165.




Friday-Sunday, April 13-15 L20 EAC’s April Open Eastern Athletic Clubs 9 Montauk Highway, Unit A Blue Point, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (14-12)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, April 6 at 11:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 363-2882.

Friday-Sunday, April 27-29 LBTC NTRP Spring Challenger Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked NM (Op, 2.5-4.5)s, SE; NW (2.5-4.5)s, SE; NM (3.0-4.5)d, SE; NW (2.5-4.0)d, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player singles, $28 per player doubles (deadline for entries is Tuesday, April 24 at 11:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.

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Friday-Sunday, April 20-22 L2O LBTC April Open Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18-16)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player singles, $27.38 per player doubles (deadline for entries is Wednesday, April 18 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.



Friday-Sunday, April 13-15 L20 Sportime Massapequa’s April Open Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Open BG (14-12)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, April 3 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 799-3550.

Friday-Sunday, April 27-29 L3 LBTC’s April Eastern UPS Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (18-12)s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, April 23 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.


Monday-Friday, April 9-13 L1 Port Washington Spring Classic Port Washington Tennis Academy 100 Harbor Road Port Washington, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG (18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player singles (deadline for entries is Thursday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 883-6425.

Friday-Sunday, April 20-22 L3 Deer Park Eastern April UPS Deer Park Tennis Center 30 Burt Drive • Deer Park, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (18-10)s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 243-0363.


Friday-Monday, April 6-9 & Friday-Sunday, April 13-15 +Jericho Amazing April Jericho Westbury Tennis 44 Jericho Turnpike • Jericho, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked: M (25, 35, 45, 55, 7075)sd, FMLC Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $60 for singles, $60 per team doubles (deadline for entries is Thursday, March 1 at 11:59 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 997-4060.

Friday-Sunday, April 13-15 L1 April Championships at Sportime Syosset Sportime Syosset 75 Haskett Drive Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: Championships G (18-12)s Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, April 10 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 364-2727.

Friday-Sunday, April 27-29 & May 4-6 L2R Ryan Kelly Memorial Regional at Huntington Indoor Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway Street Huntington Station, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18-12)s, SE; Intermediate BG (10 [78’Court/Green Ball])s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 421-0040.


Friday-Sunday, April 6-8 L2R Long Beach Tennis Center’s April Regional Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Blvd • Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18-14)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player singles, $27.38 per player doubles (deadline for entries is Tuesday, April 3 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.

Friday-Saturday, April 20-21 L3 Sportime Lynbrook Eastern UPS Sportime Tennis Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (14-12)s, RR Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 887-1330.

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Friday-Sunday, April 6-8 L3 Hempstead Lake April UPS Hempstead Lake Indoor Tennis 525 Eagle Avenue • West Hempstead, N.Y. Divisions: Unranked BG (14-12)s, RR Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, April 2 at 11:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 486-2165.

Thursday-Sunday April 12-15 & Friday-Sunday, April 20-22 L1 Point Set Hard Court Spring Championships Point Set Indoor Racquet Club 3065 New Street • Oceanside, N.Y. Divisions: Championships B (18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 536-2323.


Friday-Sunday, April 6-8 L1B Sportime Syosset Spring Challenger Sportime Syosset 75 Haskett Drive • Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 27 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 364-2727.

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