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nited Sports Publications Ltd. (USP), the team behind Long Island Tennis Magazine, has announced the launch of a new publication, New York Tennis Magazine, the official publication of the USTA/Eastern Metro Region. The inaugural issue will be released in July 2011 and will be distributed to more than 25,000 tennis enthusiasts at 200-plus locations throughout the five boroughs of New York City. New York Tennis Magazine will be available at tennis facilities, parks, tennis camps, fitness centers, country clubs, public libraries, Community Tennis Associations (CTAs), and retail establishments. Additionally, free bonus distribution will be provided at all special events at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center; World TeamTennis (WTT) matches at Randall’s Island in New York City, high school matches, junior and adult league play, special USTA functions, charity events, and much more. “Through our expansion into the Metro Region, we seek to further grow the sport of tennis,” said David Sickmen, publisher of United Sports Publications Ltd. “Through New York Tennis Magazine, we will bring a greater local awareness to the sport and highlight its continued growth and expansion. Along with the support of the USTA/Eastern Metro Region, this publication will become a major source for all things tennis in the five boroughs.” G

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July/August 2011 Volume 3, Number 4

Cover story He’ll Always Have Paris By David Drucker Local product Scott Lipsky of Merrick, N.Y. captures the 2011 Mixed-Doubles crown at the 2011 French Open. Long Island Tennis Magazine takes a closer look at a Long Island native living a dream on the pro tour.

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4 He Sure Made That Look Easy! By Darrin Cohen Author Darrin Cohen discusses the years of work put in at practice that makes the pros look like the play with relative ease.

5 Tennis Fashion & Apparel: Game, Set, In Style! By Joan Dziena Joan Dziena, a 30-year veteran of the fashion business, takes a look at the evolution of fashion in the sport of tennis over the years.

16 The No-Ad Advantage and the Super Tie-Break By Daniel Kresh Daniel Kresh dissects some of the sport’s latest rule changes, including ridding the game of advantage points and playing a super tie-break.

17 Three Long Island Teams Earn Spots at Junior Team Tennis Section Championships By Steve Abbondondelo Steve Abbondondelo takes a look back at the 2011 Long Island Winter Junior Team Tennis season and the successes of some local squads.

24 New York Sportimes Prep for 2011 WTT Season A look at the New York Sportimes’ quest for another trip to the World TeamTennis finals in 2011, highlighted by the July 14th matchup between two legends of the sport, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors.

28 Scratching the Surface on Equipment By Roman Prokes Author Roman Prokes takes a look at the various playing surfaces that the pros play on and must adapt to, from clay/Har-Tru to hard courts to grass courts.

29 Long Island Tennis Magazine Presents … Sandals and Beaches Resorts Along With Liberty Travel: Tennis and Much More! Sandals and Beaches Resorts along with Liberty Travel, detail some of their top travel destinations featuring tennis in exotic locations.

34 Doubles Weapons: Attitude and Accountability By Miguel Cervantes III

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Miguel Cervantes III discusses the psychological aspects of doubles tennis in his latest piece.

38 Highway to Health Festival Kicks Off With Dr. Oz By Michael Sarro Michael Sarro recaps the Highway to Health Festival at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, hosted by television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz.

40 USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region’s Annual Awards Dinner Celebrates Homegrown Talent A recap of the 21st Annual USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region’s Awards Dinner honoring the accomplishments and achievements of the local tennis scene over the past year.

Lonnie Mitchel discusses the responsibilities a parent must take on in order to foster the development of a child’s tennis abilities.

44 2011 High School Boys Recap

A look back at the 2011 Boys High School Tennis season, with another Long Island crown for Cold Spring Harbor; Josh Levine of Cold Spring Harbor taking home both the 2011 Nassau County Championship and New York State Championship; unseeded Brandon Stone of Walt Whitman capturing the Suffolk County title; and the SCJTL recognizing the accomplishments of the Suffolk County varsity players.

A look back at the Reebok Academy tryouts that provide kids the chance to receive tournament-level instruction free of charge.

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Columns

Rob Polishook discusses the six essential nutritional components in competition.

8 Fitness & Nutrition Irina Belfer-Lehat explains the keys to an essential nutritional plan, and Dr. Juan Gargiulo discusses the benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy and its growing popularity.

10 The Sand Pit By Anthony Pastecchi A look back at the official kick-off of the local beach tennis season with the first leg of the Long Island Tennis Magazine Challenge in Long Beach, N.Y. and a look ahead at the upcoming beach tennis season.

14 Court Six: Long Island Tennis Magazine’s Gossip Column By Emilie Katz A look at the off-the-court lives of the sport’s top stars.

18 Honor Yourself and the Game: The Importance of Playing by the Rules By Steve Kaplan Author Steve Kaplan discusses those who cheat and keeping an upright reputation both on and off the court.

20 College Tennis Spotlight: Mythbusters … The Only People Who care About College Tennis Are Friends and Family! By Ricky Becker Ricky Becker discusses the intense tennis action that recently took place at the collegiate level during the NCAA Tennis Championships.

23 Dr. Tom on Finding the Zone By Dr. Tom Ferraro Dr. Tom Ferraro details the search for the elusive “Zone” in tennis and how to maximize your focus prior to a tennis tournament.

31 Tips From the Tennis Pro: You Vs. the Backhand Volley By Carl Barnett Carl Barnett breaks down the backhand volley and the proper technique required for this shot.

36 USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region The latest happenings with the USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region, from QuickStart Tennis lesson for the kids of the Malverne school district, USTA/Eastern-Long Island benefiting U.S. troops abroad, honoring local legend Daniel Dwyer, 10 & Under Tennis at Jericho Westbury and the distribution of rackets to the boys and girls tennis teams from Roosevelt High School.

54 Adult League Recap By Kathy Miller Kathy Miller takes a look at the local Adult Leagues, as action gets underway in the Adult, Senior and Super Senior Leagues.

56 Long Island Tennis Magazine’s Literary Corner By Brent Shearer

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42 You Have to be Your Own Advocate By Lonnie Mitchel

52 City Parks Foundation and Reebok Host 25th Annual Academy Tryouts By Michael Sarro Long Island Tennis Magazine is published bi-monthly by United Sports Publications Ltd. Copyright © 2011 United Sports Publications Ltd.

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3 The Jensen Zone By Luke Jensen

Current Syracuse Women’s Tennis Coach and tennis great Luke Jensen explains the many lessons learned from match losses.

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Brent Shearer takes a look at the book, A Handful of Summers by Gordon Forbes.

58 Long Island Tennis Club Directory

60 Long Island Ranking, Sponsored by Denny’s

63 USTA/Long Island Region 2011 Tournament Schedule

News Briefs

1 New York Tennis Gets a New Voice

22 Ross School Hosts Tennis Family Weekend With Patrick McEnroe

35 Eastern Section Team Wins Second Talbert Cup

43 Long Island Tennis Magazine Wins 2010 USPTA Eastern Publication of the Year


By Luke Jensen f you play tennis to win, there is not a level of play that does not involve pressure. In tennis, someone will win and someone will lose. As a player, I felt my best when something was on the line. Money, trophies … pride! I liked playing tons of sets and if that was not an option, then tons of game-based drills. Victory was just the best feeling in the world and that amazing feeling justified all of the hard work I needed to dedicate towards improvement. Losing was just devastating. Looking back, I remember more of the tough losses than the wins. The losses stung deeper and lasted longer the higher I climbed the rankings. The tougher the loss, the more time I dedicated to development and I trained even harder. A simple formula is hard work = success, and the harder you work, the more success you will have. It was what I based my entire playing career on, and I approach coaching my players at Syracuse University the same way. But, my ability to work hard was not as important as my ability to play my best when the most pressure was on. It is THE most important area for any competitor. There are practice players and then there are BIG match players. This is a skill like any other skill that is learned. The emotional and mental toughness required to win defining points in every match at every level requires emotional discipline. This is not easy and winning is not easy. The ability to overcome the fear of losing will point your game in the right direction towards being a big point player.

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To overcome this fear, I use a pen to paper approach to make a fear inventory. After your matches, both in practice, tournaments or league play, take some time right after the competition while your feelings are still strong and write down all of the fears you had during the match. Allow yourself to start at the beginning of your match and recall any negative thought you had at the time. Write it down and allow yourself to let the emotions pour out. You should find that the there is an anxiety boulder you are probably playing with on your shoulders that is preventing you from being your best when you need your best the most. This exercise has been very important towards the development of my team. Remember … to be a student of the game in all areas and how you handle emotions is choice. You can choose to

be a master of them or your emotions will master YOU! Go for the lines! G 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 email lbjensen@syr.edu.

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He Sure Made That Look Easy! By Darrin Cohen his is a comment that I hear routinely from my students and club level players when watching professional tennis on television or when attending tour matches. So, how is it that some players, particularly the world’s greatest, make those miraculous feats you see on the tennis court look so easy? There is no simple answer to this question. However, I will share with you my thoughts on this subject in hopes that you might be able to incorporate some of them into your game, and start drawing similar reactions from your own viewing audience. Balance—both physical and mental—is a key factor in this equation. I will start by explaining my logic behind physical balance. If I’m playing against or watching a player who hits a flailing forehand with both feet flying in the air off his back heels, my first reaction is, “What a lucky shot!” Of course, out of good sportsmanship, I do not verbalize this, but the thought definitely goes through my mind. However, when a player hits the exact same winner with both feet planted on the ground, shifting his or her weight from the back leg to the front, and finishing in a stoic pose, I instantly determine that this player knew exactly what he or she was doing. The shot was most likely intended,

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and could probably be repeated, with little difficulty by this individual. In order to improve upon this specific skill, one must analyze what they are doing with their legs while striking the ball and see if they can freeze their pose after the shot has been struck. If you can nail a clean winner and hold your pose much like Michael Jordan did during his infamous game winner during the NBA playoffs you are on track to making the shot look easy.

“Mental balance can best be described by a reasonable degree of calm, focus and relaxation.” Mental balance can best be described by a reasonable degree of calm, focus and relaxation. In my opinion, the player that screams “Come on!” and pumps their fist after every point won is often unsure of their consistency and overall ability. In fact, it is my opinion that some of these players do not necessarily expect to make a large percentage of winners, and consequently, jester in such a way as to make an emphatic point to their opponent. Now don’t get me wrong … even the greatest players in the world pump their fists and shout to motivate themselves

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during strategic times in a match. But, the best players do not routinely overreact or make a big deal out of an incredible winner. Rather, they expect this to be the case. This is what makes tennis look easy. Uncertainty also breeds tense muscles and frantic facial expressions. A relaxed face and body will lead to better vision of the ball and higher shot accuracy. To improve your facial relaxation while playing a match, try placing a potato chip in your mouth during a point and see how many crumbs there are after the point is over. When watching Roger Federer play at Wimbledon next month, take notice of how his face looks exactly the same when he is hitting a running backhand winner down the line on a big point, or sitting in the chair during the changeover, mentally strategizing and planning for the next game. So, the next time you hit the practice court bring a bag of chips, a cup of water, and a video camera. See if you can play an entire point without breaking a chip in your mouth. Try hitting a forehand with a cup of water in your non-dominant hand and not spilling a drop of the water (remember, this requires physical balance). Record yourself and watch for proper weight transfer as well as balance. Yoga is another terrific way to improve body control. Give it a try and see if it makes a difference. These are but a few of the elements that make tennis, when played by the professionals, look “easy.” If you can start by improving these facets of your game, you too should find that you will start making the tough shots look easy. But remember: Act like it is no big deal when you do hit the winner. Believe that it is purposeful and expected. In turn, your opponents will very quickly start believing that you are the better player, and they will be seeing lots of winners go by. G Darrin Cohen was a top-ranked national junior player who went on to play four years as a scholarship athlete at the University of Virginia. He is now the director of tennis at Sportime in Kings Park, N.Y. He may be reached by e-mail at tdkingspark@sportimeny.com.


Game, Set, In Style! By Joan Dziena rom the very beginning of the game, tennis has been a sport where fashion has played a pivotal role. From the days of lawn tennis, to the Roaring 20s and on into the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s … tennis style has chronicled the growing need for on the court comfort coupled with proper performance. Today, tennis fashion has never been more relevant. The Grand Slams provide us live coverage of what our favorite athletes are wearing, taking their personal style with them to the court. Along with the design details that make the statements for each player, high tech-wicking fabrics and ergonomic fit are also important, both in the athlete’s everyday training and in the heat of competition. Construction details are paramount. Bonded seams and sonic welding are used to reduce chafing. Laser cut “no sew” seams make for a weightless feeling, offering freedom of movement along with an aerodynamic feel. Mesh gussets provide maximum cooling and ventilation. When it comes to the game of tennis, fans have much to get excited about this season! Going into our final Grand Slam, the U.S. Open, the game, players and clothing are heating up the court. Let’s take a look at a few of the must-have trends.

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Think bright! Vivid hues continue to dominate the court. For women, the crayon brights are layered with each other to create interesting shots of color under tank tops and skorts. Seaming details continue in the dress category to deliver the most slimming silhouette and for better support and comfort, all in one piece!

For men, bright shots of color are mixed in confetti prints and graphic designs that collide on shirts and tees. The color explosion travels down the leg to the performance shoe, where the primary bright colors are contrasted with traditional tennis white.

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Joan Dziena, along with partner Woody Schneider, owns and operates NYC Racquet Sports located in New York City. She also operates the NTC Pro Shop at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Queens, home of the U.S. Open. A 30-year veteran of the fashion business, she has held management positions in retail operations, product development and fashion marketing. She may be reached by phone at (212) 695-5353 or email joan@grandcentralracquet.com.

For those who are purists, Wimbledonesque bright whites are trimmed with the shimmer of metallic that give classic styles 21st Century appeal. Gold, silver and platinum piping running along the seams are subtly visible, outlining the silhouettes with an on court glow.

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Competeology: The Key to Athletic Success By Rob Polishook, Mental Training Coach MA, CPC any of us probably know the suffix “-logy” means “the study of.” For example, astrology is the study of stars, neurology is the study of the nervous system, and ideology is the study of ideas. So, what does this have to do with sports? I would like to introduce a new “-logy” into the world, one that sets the top players apart from the rest: Competeology, the study of competing. Understanding how to compete is the key to sustainable and long-term success in any sport. So, why is “competeology” so important during competition? Think of it this way: We require a basic knowledge of all the sciences to understand the world we live in, therefore, wouldn’t it make sense that we require a basic understanding of how to compete, what it means to compete, and what are the key tenants to competing. This understanding will position a player to maximize their potential?

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By successfully utilizing these six essential tenants of competing, you can earn your Ph.D in Competeology. More importantly, this applied degree will position you to unleash your potential. 1. Sportsmanship: A competitor respects themselves, their opponent and the game they play. Their focus is on ethically following the rules, while trying their best. A competitor plays with intense self-belief, but checks their ego at the door. This allows them to play free, adapt and adjust to situations, and opens the door to limitless performance. They do not hold onto the expectations of what others think, rather, they acknowledge their opponent for putting himself or herself on the line. This mindset allows them to focus on his or her own game and the best tactics to utilize within the contest. A true competitor understands that their opponent is not an enemy, but views them as a challenge, an opportunity, a

partner that is necessary to take your game to the next level. 2. Focus on what you can control and let go of the rest: A competitor stays focused on what they can control, things such as effort, energy, time management, and bouncing back from adversity, just to name a few. They understand they cannot control how well their opponent plays, the on-court conditions, or winning and losing. When a competitor focuses on his or her game, utilizes their strategy and competes to the fullest, they always walk away knowing they did their best on that day. 3. Never, ever, ever give up: Competing means never giving up and managing all situations, no matter how dire they may seem. A true competitor understands that not every day is going to bring top-level performance. Such a player thrives under adversity, especially the adversity of having to figure out what to do when their

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game is not on. A true competitor doesn’t mind winning a tight or even ugly contest. They have perspective and prioritize building experience and learning from the outing over the result. Before winning the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, Rafael Nadal said, “I just try my best in every moment, every practice, every point.”

like to. They understand that they may have to navigate through momentum shifts which are not always comfortable for them. However, they also understand that by embracing the idea of getting comfortable and being uncomfortable, their game will become more diverse and escalate to another level.

4. Adapt and adjust to situations: A competitor is constantly adjusting and adapting within a contest. This is what separates the great players from the good ones. Momentum shifts are a given in a contest. What’s most important is to be aware of what is happening and adjust and adapt. Too often in the heat of competition, athletes get caught up solely on the result, or what was. This singular focus takes them away from a key question: What do I need to do to play better now or get back in the match?

6. Be aware and make high percentage choices: A true competitor makes high percentage choices during all stages of their competition. For example, does a tennis player try to hit a screaming winner down the line that may appear on ESPN or counter with a defensive shot that will get them back to a neutral position? Or, does a player go for an outright winner, something they cannot control, or go for target zones? Sometimes, the best choice is to stay patient, stay in the point until an opportunity presents itself.

5. Get comfortable being uncomfortable: A competitor understands that during competition, they may have to take a calculated risk, try something new, or hit a shot not quite the way they would ideally

By following the above tenets of competeology, you will put yourself in the best position to achieve optimum results. These concepts are all within a player or teams

control and will therefore increase your confidence in competition. They will help you to stay present instead of worrying about results, focusing on the past, or looking ahead to the future. Lastly, they will help you become increasingly aware of what is happening, which will allow you to relax and make better decisions. Ultimately, following the tenets of competeology will free your path to learn and grow every time you compete. G 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) 7230314, e-mail rob@insidethezone or visit www.insidethezone.com.

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Proper Nutrition Prevents Poor Performance By Irina Belfer-Lehat Many people claim to be nutritionists … you can find one almost anywhere ... from a local vitamin shop, to a health food store or even your local gym. My goal is not to discredit them, but it does take approximately four years of college and one year of residency to become a licensed dietitian in the state of New York. Whenever consulting someone who is a “nutritionist,” one should always ask for a valid New York State License. My specialty is in broad nutrition, from weight management and diabetes to renal and cardio disease, but my primary focus is on sports nutrition. As a registered dietitian and mother of a competitive junior tennis player, I can relate how proper nutrition is important to an athlete. On many occasions, I observe kids and adults who do not know what to eat before and after tennis drills or they experience match fatigue, cramps and poor stamina. There are a lot of misconceptions on what to eat or what to avoid eating before the match. While some parents stuff their kids with heavy meals to sustain energy, there are others who do not allow any meals prior to a match. Just like having tennis and a fitness coach, a competitive tennis player needs to consult with a sports nutritionist. A change in diet can significantly improve athletic results. Novak Djokovic’s gluten-free diet completely changed his game and even seems to have improved his breathing issues. Proper caloric, liquid and electrolyte calculations are crucial for any athlete. Al8

though a parent cannot control the outcome of a match, they should certainly provide all the necessary tools to maximize their child’s success on the court, and proper nutrition is a big part of this winning formula. G Irina Belfer-Lehat is a New York State-licensed dietician and certified dietician-nutritionist. She may be reached by phone at (917) 7698031 or e-mail irinalehat@gmail.com.

PRP Isn’t Just for Athletes! By Juan Gargiulo M.D. Platelet Rich Plasma, or “PRP,” is one of a growing number of therapies which enhances the body’s ability to heal itself. During a PRP procedure, a certified physician extracts one to two ounces of blood from the vein, and uses a centrifuge to separate out the platelets. Platelets are the part of the blood that secretes growth factors to promote clotting and healing. A doctor can then re-inject the patient’s own plasma back in at the site of an injury in order to spur the repair of injured tissue. Relief is natural, and expected, within several weeks of the procedure. PRP has been used in the field of dentistry for over 40 years and has only recently caught on to help treat orthopedic injuries. It can be used in addition to surgery, but in a lot of cases, studies find that it is eliminating the need for it entirely. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons presented findings in March of 2010 that proved PRP was effective in treating tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis and osteo-arthritis in the knee. Further research has shown its effectiveness in treating plantar fasciitis, and other muscle in-

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juries. Heart surgeons are also using PRP to strengthen tissues in bypass operations and dermatologists are using it as an alternative to facial fillers. Additionally, further research is being conducted to find out what types of injuries PRP is best suited for. The great thing about PRP is the body’s usage of its own tissue, which people will not have an adverse reaction to. Furthermore, PRP has not been banned by U.S. professional sports organizations since no foreign substances are being injected into the body. Just last year, The Wall Street Journal reported that legendary golfer Tiger Woods used PRP for his knee before four majors. Even more extraordinary, Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu from the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers both used the procedure for sports-related injuries before going on to win the Super Bowl title in 2009. The only reported downside to PRP so far has been slight pain, since the procedure involves injecting fluid into tissues that are normally lacking it. For this, pain medication is usually given 12-48 hours after treatment. G As the medical director of AgeFocus in Southampton, N.Y., Dr. Juan Gargiulo devotes his practice to preventive medicine, hormone replacement therapy, and customized nutrition and fitness programs. A bio-identical hormone expert, Dr. Gargiulo has maintained a primary interest in the use of hormone therapy, fitness, and nutrition to keep the body in optimal shape. He also has the ability to discuss the AgeFocus Age Management program from his own experience as a patient. AgeFocus is currently offering PRP as an a la carte procedure to help eliminate pain at injury sites for clients. For more information, call (888) 724 4484, e-mail info@AgeFocus.net or visit www.AgeFocus.net.


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The Sand Pit By Anthony Pastecchi Beach Tennis USA, along with Long Island Tennis Magazine, kicked off the summer beach tennis season on the weekend of June 4-5 with its first of five Long Island Tennis Magazine Challenge Tournaments. The challenge included all levels of beach tennis play, from amateur to professional, and for the first time, men’s singles was played in addition to doubles. Great weather brought a big turnout which made for a great weekend at the new beach tennis location in front of the Allegria Hotel on National Boulevard in Long Beach, N.Y. In the Men’s Professional Doubles draw, two of the top three seeds were upset in the quarterfinal, setting up an unexpected semifinal match between two unseeded teams, beach tennis newcomers Anthony De Ingeniis & Geoffrey Daniel and beach tennis veterans Bob Considine & Yan Lavrovsky. While De Ingeniis & Daniel were teaming up for the first time, the duo showed great teamwork all day, but Considine & Lavrovsky were too much for the newcomers in the semis, as they won in straight sets.

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In the finals, the top seeds Whitney Kraft & Devin Wakeford awaited the team of Considine & Lavrovsky. Kraft & Wakeford showed no rust from the offseason and won the first title of the year convincingly in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1. The title was the fifth consecutive Long Island Tennis Magazine Challenge win for the team of Kraft & Wakeford dating back to last year’s tournaments. In the first Beach Tennis USA Pro Singles Tournament held in New York, form held through the early rounds, as the top seed Stephen Sayoc and the second seed David “The Iceman” Sickmen went undefeated through pool play. In the semis, Sayoc and Sickmen won in straight sets, setting them up to face off in the finals. Both sides competed at a high level, but Sayoc who came down from Buffalo, N.Y.

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to compete in the event, would pull out the win in straight sets to take the first ever singles title in New York. In the Women’s Pro Doubles Division, Ashley Hornishny & Lisa Goldberg advanced to the final over two beach tennis newcomers, college tennis players Monica Gorny from Duke University & Melissa Coughlin from SUNY Albany in three sets. Waiting for them in the finals was the top seeds and tournament favorites, Nadia Johnston & Nicole Melch. Melch & Johnston took care of business quickly, defeating Hornishny & Goldberg in the finals, 6-1, 6-0, to capture their fifth straight Long Island Tennis Magazine Challenge Championship. The Amateur Doubles Division saw Gary Spitz & Robert Sokoloff take the title, as they defeated the team of Monica Gorny & Dr. Myles in straight sets. Spitz & Sokoloff will now look to step up in class and challenge the big boys while playing in the Pro Division at the next tournament. In the Amateur Singles Division, Jimmy Lorenzo defeated Tyler Hoffman in straight sets.


In the Mixed-Doubles Division finals, Anthony De Ingeniis & Barbara “Babs” Drozdzik took on Yan Lavrovsky & Katya Chirkina. Lavrovsky & Chirkina quickly took the first set 6-0, but were not able to keep the momentum and fell to the team of De Ingeniis & Drozdzik, 0-6, 7-5, 7-5. The weekend saw not only heated competition, but many new faces came down to

Long Beach to rent paddles and give the sport a try. The next Long Island Tennis Magazine Challenges will be held the weekends of July 16-17, Aug. 6-7 and Sept. 17-18 at the Allegria Hotel on National Boulevard in Long Beach, N.Y. The international tournament will be held the weekend of Aug. 1921, also in Long Beach, N.Y., and will feature competitors from around the world.

Anthony Pastecchi is an editorial and marketing assistant with Long Island Tennis Magazine. He is currently an undergrad at C.W. Post and participant in the honors program. He is also a USTA volunteer and coach for Hicksville Community Tennis. He was recently named USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region 2011 Junior Volunteer of the Year. He may be reached by e-mail at anthony@usptennis.com.

Scenes From the Long Island Tennis Magazine Challenge June 4-5 at the Allegria Hotel in Long Beach, N.Y.

Anthony De Ingeniis in action during the Men’s Professional Doubles semifinals

The team of Yan Lavrovsky & Katya Chirkina in action during the Mixed-Doubles Division finals

Beach tennis newcomers Melissa Coughlin and Monica Gorny enjoying the Long Island Tennis Magazine Challenge

Stephen Sayoc and David “The Iceman” Sickmen in action during the first ever Whitney Kraft & Devin Wakeford Beach Tennis USA Pro Singles Tournament en route to their the fifth consecuheld in New York tive Long Island Tennis Magazine Challenge Men’s Pro Doubles Championship The teams of Dr. Myles & Monica Gorny and Gary Spitz & Robert Sokoloff, finalists in the Amateur Doubles Division

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he magical run of Merrick, N.Y.’s Scott Lipsky and his mixed-doubles partner, Australian Casey Dellacqua, has finally come to a happy ending at Roland Garros, as the duo captured the 2011 French Open Mixed-Doubles Championship. The unseeded Lipsky & Dellacqua defeated the defending French Open champions and number one seeds, Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia & Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia, 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 10-7 for their first ever Grand Slam title. Lipsky & Dellacqua advanced to the finals with a 7-6(5), 2-6, 14-12 semifinal win over Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil & Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia. Lipsky’s French Open title comes just weeks after he teamed with Mexico’s Santiago Gonzalez, playing together for the first time, and upsetting world number ones, Bob & Mike Bryan, to win the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell Doubles Championship, 5-7, 6-2, 12-10. En route to their Barcelona Open championship, Lipsky & Gonzalez knocked off the number three seeds Jurgen Melzer & Nenad Zimonjic, and the number two seeds, Max Mirnyi & Daniel Nestor. Looking back now at the champions for this year’s French Open, you’ll see the name Scott Lipsky amongst players like Rafael Nadal and Na Li. For Scott, this run has been something he’s never experienced before. The best result Lipsky has ever had in a

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Grand Slam doubles draw was the third round at the 2007 Wimbledon Championships in men’s doubles and the third round in the 2008 Wimbledon Championships in mixed-doubles. Now, Scott can call himself a Grand Slam champion. Who is Scott Lipsky exactly? Some have only heard of him since he lived and played on Long Island. Well yes, but there’s more to it than that. Scott attended and played tennis at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, N.Y. It was there that Scott became the first player to win the New York State Tennis Championship from JFK High School. From there, Scott took his talents to California where he had been recruited to play at Stanford University. After graduating with a successful career at Stanford, he turned pro and started playing on the Futures Circuit and then the Challengers. Alan Fleischman, a teacher at JFK High School and coach of the boy’s tennis team during Scott’s playing days at Kennedy was simply overjoyed after hearing what Scott had accomplished over in Paris. “Everyone dreams of hitting the game winning homer, scoring in the Stanley Cup finals, throwing the Hail Mary pass that wins the football game. Scott will never have to dream of that moment … he has already experienced it,” said Fleischman. “It could not have happened to a more worthy team than Scott and Casey.” Gail Lipsky, Scott’s mother has always backed her son during his tennis career. From junior tennis, all the way through his path to the pros, she has been there in support of her son.

“We told ourselves that we should enjoy the experience and just play our games and not worry about the situation. In the end, I think we did that and came out as the winners.”

“We are all so incredibly proud of Scott,” said Gail. “We really appreciate all of the support he has gotten from friends and family. It’s really touching to see how many people have apparently followed his career over the years and reached out to let us know how happy they are for him.” For Scott, this dream run has truly been the highlight of his professional tennis career. As he lets his recent success sink in, Lipsky looks to keep the momentum going as he sets out for more titles in 2011. “I think it is something that all tennis

players dream of,” said Scott. “The chance to play on the center court in a Grand Slam final with the chance to become a Grand Slam champion. It was a great honor for me to win the mixed-doubles title with Casey in Paris, and it’s something I will remember for the rest of my life. We went on the court both having never hit a ball there. We told ourselves that we should enjoy the experience and just play our games and not worry about the situation. In the end, I think we did that and came out as the winners.” Co-champion and Lipsky’s partner Dellacqua tweeted after the big win, “Still buzzing with excitement after winning my first Grand Slam title with Scott yesterday at Roland Garros :) Yewwww!!” Lipsky’s partner in men’s doubles, Rajeev Ram of the United States, whom Scott has played with now for the past several tournaments also tweeted, “How about my partner Scott Lipsky taking the French mixed title? Anyone ever won a Challenger, a 250, a 500 and a Slam all in one year?” Scott will now surely look to keep the momentum flowing, as he closes out the back half of the 2011 season. It will be nice to get an up-close look at his progress as late August nears and he returns home to New York and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for the 2011 U.S. Open. G David Drucker is an intern with Long Island Tennis Magazine and is a member of the Nichols College Men’s Tennis team.

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By Emilie Katz Fun facts about the stars

N Novak Djokovic took some time off from playing and attended the Cannes Film Festival. With his girlfriend Jelena Ristic by his side, he walked the red carpet and went to see the Mel Gibson movie “The Beaver.” N Billie Jean King was the commencement speaker at the Andre Agassi Preparatory Academy on June 1.

N Dirk Nowitzki of the 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks has signed up to play for the TG Wuerzburg tennis club in a local league near Frankfurt. The Mavs forward is a former junior champion in Germany. N After years of being antiTwitter, Mardy Fish finally relented and joined. You may follow him @MardyFish. N According to CNN, Maria Sharapova is “the most followed of her gender on Facebook with more than four million “Likes.” Impressive … but wait, there’s more. Her number of “Followers” has doubled in the past two years. She now has more than Serena Williams (489,814 Likes), Ana Ivanovic (350,499 Likes) or Caroline Wozniacki (241,826 Likes) … combined! As the story also points out, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have around six million followers each. 14

N Dunlop balls have been used at all the major claycourt events leading up to the second grand slam of the year, but the French Open switched to Babolat balls. Players claim there is a significant difference between the two, with the Babolats being much faster and likely to favor power hitters who prefer hard courts. N Tiffany, the legendary jeweler, has inked a deal which means Maria Sharapova will give up her lobe to the company who will (for the French Open, Wimbledon & U.S. Open) accessorize her ears with $3,200 diamond earrings. N Anna Kournikova will be joining the cast of the hit NBC extreme-weight-loss show, The Biggest Loser. Kournikova will replace trainer Jillian Michaels, who is leaving the series. Executive Producer Todd Lubin told New York magazine’s Vulture that the show is “getting slightly away from just the tape measure, and getting into overall well-being and health. That’s where Loser needs to go.” Kournikova has appeared on the show before, taking the contestants through a tough cardio tennis workout. N Pippa Middleton and her friends attended the French Open. The sister of the Duchess of Cambridge sported an effortlessly classic chic look to the star-studded match, pairing a basic black top with a black and white polka-dotted skirt. Pippa, an avid

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tennis player herself, sat on the Court Philippe Chatrier at Roland Garros, laughing with pals as Rafael Nadal defeated Croatia’s Ivan Ljubicic, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. After the match, Middleton and her friends watched Robin Soderling’s straight set winning effort against Gilles Simon. N Stepping out to watch one of the most prestigious events in tennis, Bar Refaeli was spotted in the crowd at the Roland Garros during the French Open on Friday (May 27). Bar looked stylish in beige pants, a white tee, paired with a jean jacket and scarf and looked to be having a fabulous time during the match.

The tennis world’s thoughts on the Royal Wedding

N Bob Bryan was in London celebrating his and his brother’s birthday during the Royal Wedding. He Photo credit: biked and picnicked in Creatas Hyde Park and saw the movie “The Lincoln Lawyer” with his bride, Michelle Alvarez. But, he was a little annoyed about the attention the other big event going on in the city at that time was getting, saying on Twitter: “What? Who’s getting married today? No, it’s my day!!! I want attention!!!” N Novak Djokovic said, “It was nice to see people respecting tradition and history in today’s Royal Wedding. Lots of love and romance.” N Lindsay Davenport got up “WAY too early” to see the Royal Wedding. Was “fantastic,” though and Kate Middleton was a “beautiful, confident princess.”


Tennis tweets of late

When they are away from the court, the WTA and ATP stars are just like us … They travel … Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki): I love Moncao … :) Enjoying life … Heading to Brussels tonight. They watch TV shows Serena Williams (@serenawilliams): My favorite show EVER! 2hr Finale! RT@EvaLongoria: Who is watching Desperate Housewives tonight! Season Finale tonight! It’s soooo good! They eat sushi … Shahar Peer (@shaharpeer): Hi guys, I’m in Paris! It’s an amazing city! I love it here … had sushi tonight and now I’m going to sleep.. Layla tov :-)

They are ready for college football season … Amer Delic (@amerdelic): RT @JohnIsner 100 days till kickoff in the Georgia Dome vs. Boise. Go Dawgs (Can you please update us with the daily countdown? 99, 98, 97 …) They cook dinner … Andy Murray (@andy_murray): First up tomorrow, early night required … May even stay in and cook for myself however might not play well with an upset stomach! They get their hair done … Shahar Peer (@shaharpeer): At the hairdresser straightening my hair for tonight … Tali and Noam weeding!

They need time to relax … Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki): After the match, I had to talk to the media, had a massage, ate something and had a small meeting. Now back at the hotel chilling. They exercise … Shahar Peer (@shaharpeer): Good night everybody! Waking up tomorrow morning for a run on the beach! They get robbed … RajeevRam (@RajeevRam): Got my clay court shoes stolen from the locker room today! They go to sporting events … Shahar Peer (@shaharpeer): Who is going tomorrow to watch Miami vs. Dallas?!?! MMMEEEE :-)

They sing karaoke … Serena Williams (@serenawilliams Just ordered new karaoke CDs. I am about to have a heart attack! Cancel everything for today! Karaoke starts NOW! They overeat … Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob): Through two meals in Paris … think I’ve gained eight pounds. Upon return from French Open, I might eligible for The Biggest Loser! They get manicures … Victoria Azarenka (@vika7): Done my nails to match my dress :) important part of the style LOL! They get lost driving … RajeevRam (@RajeevRam):So our driver at the French Open this morning has no idea where we are going, refuses to use the GPS and refuses to call someone.

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The No-Ad Advantage and The Super Tie-Break By Daniel Kresh ecently, the format of professional doubles in select tournaments has changed, ridding the game of advantage points and playing a tie-break to 10 if the first and second sets are split. This greatly changes the dynamics of the match, and in my opinion, makes doubles tennis more exciting to watch. At any level of tennis, a service break decides sets and ergo, matches. A set is usually won by a margin of at least one service break (a game won by the receiver or receiving team), or in a tie-break set by at least one mini-break (one more point won on the opponents serve then he wins on yours); therefore, break points are crucial. With no advantage scoring, the deuce point becomes a break point, making holding serve a more difficult task. At any level, this means more opportunities to break, and in my opinion, adding more excitement as even more pressure is put on the server. High school tennis on Long Island is also played without advantage. High school players should be very aware of this and understand how to alter their strategy accordingly. Not only will it be more difficult for you to hold serve, but you will have more opportunities to

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break. Since the receiver or receiving team chooses the side for the deciding point, factors like whether the server is lefty or righty, or weather conditions, can make the choice of side crucial. It is also important to remember that with the traditional scoring system, games are almost always decided in the advantage court (left half of the court facing the net). The only scores where a game can be decided in the deuce court (right half of the court facing the net) are 15-40 and 40-15, so playing the deciding point in the deuce court might take the server out of their comfort zone.

“In a tennis match, there can be many swings in momentum and capitalizing on them can be crucial.” USTA League tennis has advantage scoring, but a super tie-break in place of the final set. Just like in professional doubles, this means that a win can be achieved without holding the momentum for very long. In a tennis match, there can be many swings in momentum and capitalizing on them can be crucial. With a super tie-break in lieu of a deciding set, a two-hour match could go to a

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player who only has control of the match briefly. If the sets are split then the match really could go in any direction. Winning the second set does not guarantee that one could keep the momentum through the tiebreak. Every point is crucial here, and matches often go to whoever can raise their game and maintain focus. This was seen at the professional level at Indian Wells this year when Alexandr Dolgopolov & Xavier Malisse won all five of their matches en route to the title in deciding tie-breaks. Tennis fans, USTA players and high school players, should watch and play with a new-found zeal as exciting formats add challenging entertainment to the game we all love. G Daniel Kresh is a USPTA-certified tennis professional working out of Sportime in Kings Park, N.Y. where he is also the tennis concierge. He graduated from Binghamton University in May of 2009 with a bachelor of arts degree in English. While at Binghamton, he was the captain of the Club Tennis Team and was the undefeated three-time champion of the school’s biannual Intra-Club Tournament. His was also a rookie ballperson at the 2010 U.S. Open. He may be reached by e-mail at dankreshtennis@gmail.com.


Three Long Island Teams Earn Spots at Junior Team Tennis Section Championships By Steve Abbondondelo he 2011 Long Island Winter Junior Team Tennis season ended with three exciting weekends of competition. On April 30, Point Set Racquet Club’s (Oceanside, N.Y.) 14 & Under intermediate team, captained by Matt Levy, squeaked past Rockville Racquet Club (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) in a tie-breaker in one match. The following weekend saw Rockville Racquet’s squad, captained by Pat Mosquera, edging out seven other teams for the 12 & Under intermediate division title. The Regional Championships then culminated on May 14 as the Hicksville Smash I, representing the Hicksville Community Tennis Association, coached by Steve Abbondondelo, prevailed over Pat Mosquera’s Rockville Racquet I. The 12 & Under and the 18 & Under intermediate divisions were held at Robbie Wagner Tournament Training Center in Glen Cove, while the 14 & Under intermediate division was played at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, N.Y. Good luck to all the teams representing Long Island in Schenectady, N.Y. on June 18-19. Junior Team Tennis has been growing dramatically on Long Island with more than 30

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Congratulations to the Hicksville Smash I (pictured here) who defeated Rockville Racquet I to advance to the states in June

Steve Abbondondelo is Junior Team Tennis Eastern Committee Chair/Long Island Regional Coordinator. For questions or inquiries about the USTA JTT program, email Steve at steveabby@optonline.net.

Long Island Regional Coordinator Steve Abbondondelo (far right) addresses the participants in the 14 & Under Junior Team Tennis Tournament

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Honor Yourself and the Game The Importance of Playing by the Rules

By Steve Kaplan n all but the highest levels of professional tennis, for the most part, players keep the score and call the lines with no outside help. While most players perform this important task fairly and honorably, some competitors regrettably give in to temptation and cheat, because in the short run, cheating works and cheaters win. One simple solution to the problem of cheating in junior tennis is to place a line judge on every court. Unfortunately, this is impractical because the expense would be prohibitive. Tournament entry fees would likely rise by 300 percent or more to cover the cost of referees who get paid for their services. You can cheat, but you shouldn’t and here is why … it will define you as a player and a person, and ultimately limit your opportunities to improve and progress both on and off the court. If you cheat, you will be known to everyone as a cheater. It will make no difference to the tennis world that you are fiercely competitive, incredibly fit, remarkably dedicated and athletically gifted. These qualities will be ignored when your name comes up in conversation, as you will be simply

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known as that kid that “cheats” or “hooks.” Perhaps your reputation is unimportant to you? Your reputation does matter to others, like college coaches for example, who seek players who will represent the team and school with honor, integrity and respect. Make no mistake about the extent to which your reputation for honesty is known to coaches, most check carefully and comprehensively. As an honest player, you cannot completely stop others from cheating, but you can limit the extent and impact of those who would cheat you in the following ways: N Be polite and courteous to your opponent immediately before the match begins as well as throughout play. It is human nature to treat others with respect when you are treated with respect. Cheaters will less likely cheat if you are nice. N Question calls calmly, but firmly. Let your opponent know that you will not idly tolerate cheating and you will not be bullied, but do so without bullying them. N If necessary, request a linesperson and ask for clarification on the rules they will use in calling lines. Sometimes, a linesperson call

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every line, and other times, they just overrule calls. Sometimes, they will only be involved if you ask for an overrule. N Have a rule book (“A Friend at Court”) with you at all times and know the rules. While many players and tournament officials do not know the rules, it is hard to argue with the rule book. N Keep score and call it out clearly on every point. Be careful to not get too excited about calling out a winning score with too much enthusiasm. Remember, it is more difficult for an opponent to cheat you if you demonstrate empathy for their feelings. N Be wary of opponents who question calls that are obviously correct. This is a rationalization for cheaters to begin cheating. Most cheaters do not believe that they cheat, rather they see themselves as getting even by cheating back against those who are cheating them first. I have heard this called “reverse cheating” or “giveback cheating,” by parents, coaches and players. It is still CHEATING! Sadly, behind most children who cheat are adults who impose enormous pressure on these young players to win at any cost. If you play a cheater, be compassionate and be grateful that you do not act as they do. Your reputation is far more important than the score or result of any match. G 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, 14 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 stevenjkaplan@aol.com.


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Mythbusters: The Only People Who Care About College Tennis Are Friends and Family! For two weeks in May, I couldn’t stop following tennis. I looked forward to coming home at the end of the day and watching more tennis. It wasn’t the French Open that captivated me … it was the NCAA Tennis Championships which I loved watching on the computer and on ESPNU. In case you missed it or want a Cliff Notes version of the championships, this is what I took of interest.

any other sporting event of the last 10 years. I was also very interested in the Virginia/Southern Cal Men’s Final as well. Most of the players know deep down this will be the climax of their tennis careers, and the excitement and intensity of that realization shows. YouTube “Florida Stanford Championship Match Point” for the last two points of the deciding match. The video isn’t too good, but the audio of the crowd and the post-match celebration give a great feel. YouTube “Virginia USC Tennis” and you get the feel of USC winning it. Just awesome!

Nothing in tennis compares to the excitement of watching a good college tennis team match Some people say you need a dog in the fight to have interest in a particular match. But, I only partially disagree. Being a former Stanford player, I was more into the Stanford-Florida Women’s Final than just about

The NCAA draw is too big The Division I draw has 64 teams. The top 16 teams play the bottom 16 teams in the first round. In the men’s draw, 15 of the 16 matches were 4-0. The other was 4-1. And the women’s draw? The exact same thing! In a sport that loses most schools money, a 48-team draw is more

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Former Easterner and JuniorTennisConsulting client Kristie Ahn can make a darn good YouTube video YouTube “Stanford Tennis Promo Video.” Not a bad effort from a former number one nationallyranked player who “only” had a full course load and NCAA Championship quest to balance. Unfortunately, she was injured for the final. There can be more pressure playing at home than playing on the road College tennis players are not used to playing in front of raucous crowds the way that professional athletes might be. Watching Mallory Burdette play in the decisive match of the championship reminded me of that fact. There is the fear of letting the home crowd down and losing your focus. It is also challenging and fun to have the “road warrior” mentality of you, your teammates and small section of supporters against the world. In 1996, I was fortunate to come back 5-2 and three match points down in the third set of a decisive semifinal NCAA match against Georgia on Georgia’s home turf. To this day, I think I would have probably lost the match if there weren’t 7,000 people there rooting against me and about 100 people there rooting for me. Cheating, unfortunately, is alive and well in college tennis The urban legend is that there are no service lets in Division I college tennis because people were calling “phantom” lets. This may have eliminated a problem, but after watching numerous matches the last couple of weeks, unfortunately, bad line calls were definitely a problem. I was surprised whenever a shot on the sideline away from the umpire was called in. Improvement in college, is at best, questionable People love taking me on about this fact. However, if you look at the draws of the NCAA individual championships, a lot of underclassmen defeated upperclassmen who had similar junior rankings. G Ricky Becker is founder of JuniorTennisConsulting LLC, which offers off-court college guidance services to junior tennis players. He is also co-director of tennis at Sportime Syosset and Sportime Bethpage. He can be reached by email at rbecker06@yahoo.com, by phone at (516) 605-0420 or via juniortennisconsulting.com.

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Ross School Hosts Tennis Family Weekend With Patrick McEnroe he Ross School Tennis Center in East Hampton, N.Y. recently hosted a Tennis Family Weekend with tennis great, Patrick McEnroe. The weekend kicked off with a dinner at Race Lane Restaurant, honoring grandparents and special friends. Cocktails, dinner, dessert and a student art auction were all part of the evening that was headlined by entertainment by Broadway star and vocalist Melissa Errico. On Saturday, a tennis clinic and talk with USTA High Performance Program Advisor and tennis great Patrick McEnroe was the highlighted activity. The kids took advantage of the opportunity to learn from and ask questions of McEnroe. “It was a great experience for the kids in our program, and they all had a great time,“ said Ross School Program Director Vinicius Carmo. “It was very nice of Patrick to take part and give back to the community here.� G

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Confidence Focus Pleasure Relaxation Excitement

When I prepare one of my players for a tennis tournament, we get them into the zone about a week before opening round. Here is what we do: 1. About 10 days before the tournament, we get them to clear away all social, family and work obligations as much as possible. We want them to be stress-free and undistracted. 2. We then ask them to taper off practice and to make no swing or equipment changes. Swing changes at this point are usually counterproductive.

3. I remind them of all their accomplishments to build confidence.

and do not exaggerate its importance. Try this and you too will find “The Zone.”

4. I give them a quick course game strategy. 5. We establish realistic expectations. 6. We keep the tournament in perspective

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McEnroe and Connors Set to Meet July 14th at Sportime Stadium Randall’s Island wo American tennis legends will renew their tennis rivalry this summer, when Hall of Famers John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors square off in a World TeamTennis (WTT) match on July 14 at Sportime Randall’s Island. The pair will play singles and doubles against each other that night when the defending WTT Eastern Conference Champion New York Sportimes face the Philadelphia Freedoms. The evening will be a special benefit for The Johnny Mac Tennis Project, with tickets sold by the Project to raise funds to provide scholarships, coaching, transportation and other financial as-

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sistance to qualified young tennis players in the greater New York area. Recipients will attend the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, which is completing its first year at Sportime Randall’s Island. “We are thrilled that our team captain Johnny Mac will get to renew one of the greatest rivalries in the history of tennis when he competes against Jimmy Connors on this special WTT night for charitable purposes. I am sure that some sparks will fly, but the biggest winners on July 14 will be the young athletes who will be the ultimate beneficiaries of the money that the Project raises,” said Claude Okin, chief executive officer of Sportime Clubs and the New York Sportimes WTT franchise. “In its heyday, their rivalry produced some of the greatest theater in

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Connors and McEnroe have met 34 times during the ATP portion of their storied careers, with McEnroe leading the series 20-14. They spilt their Grand Slam singles finals matchups, with Connors winning at Wimbledon in 1982 (3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4), and with McEnroe prevailing in 1984 (6-1, 6-1, 6-2). They last met in an ATP event in Basel, Switzerland in 1991, with McEnroe winning 6-1, 6-3. “It is always fun to play Jimmy, and I don’t think either of us has lost our competitive fire. We both love to put on a show, and in the WTT format, we should be able to turn back the clock a bit,” said McEnroe. “Anyone who knows me knows that I work hard to stay in shape and to try and compete well every time I step on a tennis court. But with the opening of my Academy at Sportime, my number one goal is to do my part to help grow American tennis and to make some great players right here in New York City. The match on July 14 is all about helping locals who have great talent but who otherwise could not afford the right training and support. And, of course, I do plan to get a couple of wins that night.” The July 14 WTT matchup will feature Connors and McEnroe competing against each other in both men’s singles and men’s doubles in the five set WTT format. Former world number one-ranked Martina Hingis will also play for the New York Sportimes that evening as McEnroe’s fellow team member. They will be joined by former British number one player Katie O’Brien

and talented Americans Robert Kendrick and Jesse Witten. “I’m excited to be part of World TeamTennis again and to play against John in New York City,” said Connors who first played World TeamTennis during the League’s inaugural season in 1974. “There’s always something special about playing John, especially in front of a New York crowd. Add that to the intensity of a World TeamTennis match and it’s a great environment for both the players and the fans. Billie Jean and Ilana have supported me throughout every stage of my career so WTT has been a big part of my tennis life for a long time. I love the format and I’m looking forward to being on a team again.”

New York Sportimes 2011 Roster Kim Clijsters This season, the current number two-ranked women’s player in the world Kim Clijsters will don a New York Sportimes jersey. The reigning U.S. Open Champion became the first mother to win a Grand Slam in over 25 years in 2009. In addition to her brilliant singles career, Kim has also has won doubles titles at the French Open and Wimbledon.

Martina Hingis The Sportimes boast three former number one players, John McEnroe, Kim Clijsters and Martina Hingis. Hingis returns to the Sportimes in 2011 after winning the WTT Championship with them in 2005. Hingis has won five Grand Slam singles titles and nine doubles titles. In 1998, she became the fourth woman in tennis history to win all four Grand Slams in the same calendar year. She is also one of only five players in WTA history to simultaneously be ranked number one in singles and doubles.

Robert Kendrick The year 2011 will be Robert Kendrick’s fifth season playing for the Sportimes. He was a member of the Sportimes 2005 WTT Championship team. His career high singles ranking is 69. Kendrick has wins over many of the world’s top players, and is a former All-American at both the University of Washington and Pepperdine University.

John McEnroe Long Island’s own John McEnroe will be back with the Sportimes this summer. This will be Johnnie Mac’s 10th season with his hometown team the Sportimes. John won seven Grand Slam single’s titles

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and 10 doubles titles in his career. After a long and stellar career, he was inducted into the ITF Hall of Fame in 1999.

Katie O’Brien This season will be the first WTT season for Katie O’Brien, a young, up and coming player from Beverly, England. She is a former British number one-ranked singles player and has a career high ranking of 84th. Since turning pro in 2004, Katie has four ITF singles and two ITF doubles titles in her career.

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Jesse Witten Participating in his fifth season with the New York Sportimes, Jesse Witten is now a seasoned veteran of World TeamTennis. His career high singles ranking is 163rd and his best performance in a Grand Slam came in 2009 where he lost to Novak Djokovic in the third round. Last year, he qualified for both Wimbledon and the French Open. Jesse is a former All-American with the University of Kentucky.

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Scratching the Surface on Equipment By Roman Prokes As the U.S. Open nears, tennis players have the obstacle of playing on a third surface in less than two months. Shuffling between these surfaces creates key variations for players to compensate for. Players are constantly switching their timing of shots, style of play, strategy and even footwork. Perhaps the most significant alteration comes in equipment. Here are some tips to use when moving from surface to surface.

Clay/Har-Tru Clay/Har-Tru courts tend to slow the game down, promote longer rallies, magnify spin, and demand proper sliding. The string to match this surface is a thicker gauge string with texture and you should experiment

with lower tensions than normally played with. The thicker string will hold up with the abrasive clay as the tension gives more power to counter the slow courts. Use a racquet with a more open string pattern and slightly larger racquet head where the

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grip on the clay for agility, while also allowing you to reduce friction when needed to slide. A final adjustment could be made in racquet length.

balls. Find a shoe with heavy reinforcement (Kevlar or added padding) at the toe to increase durability on this surface which eats shoes alive.

cleat-like soles that provide extra grip and protection for the hallowed grass courts, but for those of us who don’t frequent the grass enough, a clay court shoe will work too.

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Hard courts are the national surface of the United States and probably the most common surface encountered. The hard court is faster than clay where speeds vary upon the amount of sand sprinkled on top to give grit during construction. An important attribute of the hard court surface is that it gives the truest bounce. The string choice here should be thinner gauges incorporating full string beds of polyester or hybrids (half-polyester and half-synthetic/natural gut). Give higher tension strings with dense string patterns a try on mid- or small-racquet head sizes. This combination blends well with true bounces on hard courts so players can unload on higher predictable

Grass courts are a rare surface to encounter, with lightning-fast play, low bounces, inconsistent terrain, and typically, soft net cords. These courts are so arduous to maintain that most grass court clubs are very strict on equipment. Wimbledon and other major grass facilities are changing the density of the grass where players are starting to call it “Green Clay.” Nonetheless, the court still produces agility-demanding serve and volley net play. Natural gut strings of thinner gauges are the number one choice for this surface. Test lower tensions where the ultimate goal on this surface is feel and touch during net play and low bounces. Grass court-specific shoes have pegged

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he backhand volley is the nemesis of many a player in both singles and doubles tennis. Compact and minimal movement can improve most players’ volley when your basics are correct. Even the smallest players volley powerfully. From your ready position, lift your racquet with the left hand to the ball at a 45degree angle with the grip changing to continental (see Fig. 1). Your left hand stays in front of you so you won’t be caught by the ball with the racquet behind you. This minimalist approach leaves you more time for the all-important step through the ball. As you turn your right shoulder 90 degrees toward the ball, your weight is now on your left foot. As this happens the racquet is now almost perpendicular. You are ready to swing (see Fig. 2). You now find most of your weight on your left foot from the shoulder turn. Most people volley only one foot when they fail to step. A natural stride will turn a one-foot volley into a four-foot volley, thus dramatically boosting your power. Step and volley

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Fig. 04 the left quad pushing you forward is the key to a powerful volley. That, and your improved timing, will leave you looking like a pro. G Carl Barnett started the Early Hit Training Programs at Glen Head Racquet Club six years ago. He may be reached by phone at (516) 455-1225 or e-mail earlyhit@optonline.net.

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Doubles Weapons: Attitude and Accountability By Miguel Cervantes III In this article, I will cover two of the psychological aspects of tennis … particularly doubles tennis. The topics up for discussion here are attitude and accountability. Attitude on the tennis court is of vital importance. The reason is that attitude will often dictate how well you play. Tennis is as much mental as it is physical. In order to have more success, you will need to have a good attitude. One thing I tell my students is that if you want to succeed, you have to start with the expectation that all of your shots are going to be great, that all your serves will be excellent, and that you will

have one of the best tennis days of your life. When you start with this expectation, you’ll find that a good day can turn into a great day and even a bad day can turn into an okay day. It’s like the old saying goes, “Whether you think you can or you cannot, you’re probably right either way.” Along with this winning attitude, it’s important to visualize everything you do before you do it. In your mind, try to see the cross-court lob, try to imagine that drop volley catching the line, and try to see that serve hit the box and curl out into the side curtain. If you can imagine it in your head, chances are that you can make it happen. All you really need is the courage to know that you’re capable of it.

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game due to my poor volleys and even worse overheads. He responded in a way I’ll never forget. Without sarcasm or malice, he said it was his fault and that he should have served harder. What he meant was that, although I might have been a large liability on the court, his service game was his responsibility. He put the pressure on himself to serve better. If he serves better, it takes me out of the equation. If he hits the serve harder or with better placement, I wouldn’t have to put away a volley at all. This level of accountability he held himself to astounded me and it turned my thinking around completely. From that point forward, I decided to take accountability myself of everything that happens on the court in my doubles matches. If my partner is having a bad day, it’s up to me to figure out a solution. I have to help pick up our team and make something happen, and if we lose, then it’ll be

my fault for not having the ability to compensate for the things that are outside of my control. It seems like a completely irrational idea, but in truth, it is also brilliant.

“If you can imagine it in your head, chances are that you can make it happen.” Holding yourself accountable makes you work harder, smarter and better. I suspect that this is one of the reasons that Rafael Nadal is as successful as he is. Whether it’s a bad bounce or crazy wind, Nadal’s attitude is that he should have been able to overcome the variables through hard work and practice. Like many people, I have walked off a court thinking to myself that we lost because my partner played poorly. It’s a hard thing to get over and even harder

to put the blame on yourself, so apologies to all the partners that I might have blamed in the past. Although the mental aspect of tennis is as difficult to master as the physical aspects, there are things we can do to increase our chances of success on the court. Having a good attitude and starting from the expectation that we’re going to play amazing tennis makes a difference that has to be seen to believe. Just as important, we need to start holding ourselves accountable for everything that happens in a match. Only when we can accept the responsibility of our team’s success, will we find success at the end of our matches. G Formerly with Daniel Burgess at Freeport Tennis, Miguel Cervantes III now teaches at the Long Beach Tennis Center and Carefree Racquet Club. He may be reached by e-mail at UnderstandingTennis@gmail.com.

Eastern Section Team Wins Second Talbert Cup Annual Eastern Seaboard Competition Hosted by Sportime Roslyn Credit all photos to Anthony Pastecchi he USTA Eastern Section team, captained by Russell Heier, has captured the 2011 Talbert Cup for the second time, defeating teams from New England, the Mid-Atlantic region and Middle States region at the event, which was hosted this year by Sportime Roslyn. The Talbert Cup, an annual event established in 1986 in memory of ninetime Grand Slam Champion Bill Talbert, pits men ages 35 and above in roundrobin competition. The format for the 2011 Talbert Cup was six singles and three doubles, with each team playing a full two-out-of-three-set match with add (new balls for a third set). The winning team retains the rights to hold onto the Talbert Cup, as well as have team members’ names etched into the cup itself. Members of the 2011 winning Eastern Section team include Captain Russell Heier, Adam Mandell, Tonny Van de Pieterman, Daniel Montez De Oca, Robert Kresberg, Ricky Becker, Robert Janecek, Barry Ruback, Domagoj Hum, Rafael Picon, Raj Vaswani and Adrian Chirici.

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Malverne students take up tennis The Malverne School District’s second and third graders took to the courts recently during two field day events sponsored by the USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region. This “QuickStart Day” introduced more than 250 children to the sport of a lifetime with lessons, drills and games. As a special bonus, each child received a free one-year membership in the USTA. Volunteer USTA pros instructed the children and supplied all equipment, including balls, racquets and nets. QuickStart is a new teaching style that introduces children under the age of 10 to the game of tennis in a format that is designed just for them. The courts are shorter at just 36 feet, the racquets are smaller and the balls are softer. “Events like the Malverne Field Days were created to introduce schools to the new format and help them to pursue tennis programs in Physical Education classes, after school or through teams,” said Jocelyn Cruz, tennis program specialist for USTA Eastern. “By exposing kids to tennis now, we can get them excited about it. USTA offers funding for equipment and staff training for schools to support them in their efforts to add tennis to their curriculum.” The Malverne Field Days were hosted at Hempstead Lake Indoor Tennis, under the guidance of Daniel Burgess, the club’s director of tennis and the USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region president. Also participating were Brenda White, athletic director for the Malverne School District and Scholastic Representative Chair for the Region Board; Bill Bennett, physical education teacher at the Davison Avenue School; and Charles Nanton, president of the Lakeview Youth Federation—which organizes community tennis programs and basketball leagues, funds and ad36

ministers track teams and provides tutoring programs—and a longtime volunteer tennis coach in the Malverne School District.

Tennis for troops The USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region is proud to announce its participation in the USTA’s Adopt-A-Unit Program, which supports U.S. troops in the field by providing them with needed personal supplies and the gift of tennis. USTA National has already sent a supply of racquets, nets and balls for the troops’ recreation, and Eastern and the Long Island Region will be sending personal hygiene and other items, such as socks, toothpaste, deodorant and more. “What a great way to show support for our troops overseas by sharing our favorite sport with them,” said Daniel Burgess, USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region president. Burgess urges anyone who would like to contribute to the Adopt-A-Unit Program to contact Bill Mecca, USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region Tennis Service Representative, by e-mail at mecca@eastern.usta.com.

Dwyer Way rises in Oceanside The Town of Hempstead has renamed New Street in Oceanside, N.Y. as Dwyer Way in honor of Daniel B. Dwyer, managing partner at Point Set Indoor Racquet Club for many years until his sudden death one year ago. The USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region also honored Danny by presenting his children with an award for his distinguished service at its 21st Annual Awards Dinner in May. Point Set is located at 3065 Dwyer Way (formerly 3065 New Street). Kate Murray, Supervisor of the Town of Hempstead, and Assemblyman Anthony Santino of Oceanside presented

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the new street sign to Danny’s children. At the renaming ceremony, Point Set announced the creation of the Dan Dwyer Scholarship Fund, which will give financial assistance to a college-bound scholar-athlete. All contributions can be made at the club.

10-and-Unders get started at Jericho Westbury

Jericho Westbury Indoor Tennis recently hosted a 10-andUnder party for children from the Red Robin Country Day School in Westbury, N.Y. and others thanks to a grant from the USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region. The purpose of the party was to introduce Long Island’s future stars to the sport of tennis using the QuickStart format, the new way to teach younger children. As part of the program, a number of the children received free USTA memberships. Pictured here are the party’s par-

ticipants and their instructors: (back row, from left to right) Russell Heier, Laura Gordon, Jayne Alterman and Clinton Clark.

Long Islanders help tennis grow Bill Mecca (pictured here left), the USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region Tennis Service Representative, recently presented gentlyused racquets and balls to Jarred Kershaw (pictured here right), coach of the boys and girls tennis teams at Roosevelt High School, for distribution to his players. “The contribution of used racquets has been outstanding,” said Mecca. “Our goal is to provide every child who wants to play with their own racquet and a supply of balls so that they can play whenever they want—at a park or a school or just hitting against a wall. Most people start playing tennis in a public park, and by making the equipment available, this grassroots effort will help ensure the future growth of tennis.” Thanks to the generosity of the Long Island tennis community, almost 500 racquets and thousands of tennis balls have been given to Long Island’s school teams and non-profits so that children can enjoy the many benefits of tennis—the sport of a lifetime.

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Highway to Health Festival Kicks Off With Dr. Oz By Michael Sarro he USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center recently hosted “The Highway to Health Festival,” which provided attendees with an opportunity to see how making simple lifestyle changes in eating, mental thinking and fitness can change their lives for the better. “Highway to Health” was organized in partnership with the USTA and HealthCorps, a proactive health movement whose core mission is to fight childhood obesity and empower teens and communities to become health agents of change. HealthCorps was founded in 2003 by Dr. Mehmet Oz, from “The Dr. Oz Show,” with his wife, Lisa. Since then, HealthCorps has created several health initiatives and has partnered with nearly 50 schools spanning 11 states. Like a Peace Corps for Health, HealthCorps is a national service and peer mentoring initiative that empowers teens in underserved populations. The day of festivities included many different demonstrations to show people various activities they can do in order to live a healthier lifestyle. Some of the activities and demonstrations offered included Capoiera

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Photo credit: Michael Sarro Dr. Oz. “Each one of them shows you that drastic changes can happen if you put in the effort to change and adjust your lifestyle to a healthier one.” The festival also included a 5K fun run and Teen Battle Chef Competition which made for a jam-packed day of fun and healthy activities. At around noon, Dr. Oz walked over to where the QuickStart Tennis demonstrations were being held, grabbed a junior racquet, and starting hitting some foam balls with tennis students. The competition got heated as Dr. Oz went up against a team of experienced QuickStart players. After a rally of about 10 points, one of the players smashed a backhand down the line to which Dr. Oz said, “Wow, that was a great backhand!” Admitting defeat, he walked over to the net, shook his opponent’s hands and offered his congratulations to them. After his QuickStart match, Dr. Oz took photos with the players and informed them all to “Make big muscles and put on your mean face.” Dr. Oz indicated that “I love the precision of the game and the great exercise it offers.” G Michael Sarro is director of business development for Long Island Tennis Magazine and New York Tennis Magazine. He may be reached by phone at (516) 409-4444, ext. 330 or e-mail michael@litennismag.com.


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USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region’s Annual Awards Dinner Celebrates Homegrown Talent ore than 350 tennis players, enthusiasts and supporters from across Nassau and Suffolk Counties came together on Wednesday, May 11th at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y. to celebrate their achievements both on and off the court at the USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region’s 21st Annual Awards Dinner. The USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region presented plaques to juniors and adults, both singles and doubles players, as well as high school athletes and more. A highlight of the evening was keynote speaker Karin J. Buckholz, vice president of community relations and field marketing/fan development for MSG Sports Teams (Knicks, Rangers and Liberty), who spoke about growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., playing tennis both locally and in national tournaments, and her current responsibilities with Madison Square Garden. Daniel Burgess, president of the USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region, presented a special “Distinguished Service Award for a Lifetime of Devotion and Distinguished Service in Growing the Game of Tennis” to the family of Daniel B. Dwyer, who passed away suddenly in 2010. Dwyer was a Long Island Region fixture, having been managing partner and head tennis professional of Point Set Indoor Racquet Club in Oceanside, N.Y. for many years. He served in every volunteer position on the USTA/Eastern Board, from Long Island regional vice president to president of the Section and the Junior Tennis Foundation. Named USTA Man of the Year in 1997, Dwyer was inducted into the USTA Hall of Fame in 1998. A strong advocate on behalf of wheelchair athletes, one of Dwyer’s most visible and enduring legacies is his creation of the National Tennis Association for the Disabled and the international Lichtenberg Buick-Mazda Wheelchair Tournament in the mid-1980s. He made Point Set wheelchair accessible and began hosting one of the country’s first free wheelchair tennis clinics.

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Special awards also were also presented to: N John H. Dunn, 90, of St. James, N.Y., founder of Hempstead Lake Indoor Tennis in West Hempstead, N.Y. and a key figure on the Long Island tennis scene for more than seven decades, received the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award. Dunn, who played for Southside High School in Rockville Centre, N.Y., was the first tennis pro at Hempstead Lake State Park. He was joined by his children and grandchildren in accepting the award. N Charles Nanton of West Hempstead, N.Y. was named Adult Volunteer of the Year for his tireless efforts to provide positive outlets for children through athletics. Nanton is president of the Lakeview Youth Federation, which organizes community tennis programs and basketball leagues, funds and administers track teams and provides tutoring programs and has been a volunteer tennis coach for many years in the Malverne School District. N Jay Fagin of Long Beach, N.Y. received the Good Samaritan Award for his quick-thinking and reactions that saved the life of his tennis partner and friend during an early morning game in 2010. Also recognized were the Men’s 5.0 Team, captained by David Grossman of Woodbury, N.Y., and the Women’s 2.5 Team, captained by Carrie Alfano of Rockville Centre, N.Y., both of which advanced to Nationals in 2010. “On behalf of the Region Board, I want to thank everyone who attended the dinner and all the volunteers who devoted their time and energy to helping make it a great success,” Burgess said. “I especially want to express the gratitude of the entire Board to all of the companies and organizations that supported us by donating raffle and auction prizes.”

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Scenes From the USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region 21st Annual Awards Dinner May 11 at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y.

A great time was had by all at the USTA/EasternLong Island Region 21st Annual Awards Dinner

Bob Litwin and USTA/EasternLI Region Grievance Committee Representative Ed Wolfarth pause for a photo during the Awards Dinner

John H. Dunn (left), founder of Hempstead Lake Indoor Tennis, accepts the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award

Members of the family of Daniel Dwyer accept the “Distinguished Service Award for a Lifetime of Devotion and Distinguished Service in Growing the Game of Tennis” at the Annual Awards Dinner

USTA/Eastern-LI Region President Daniel Burgess (right) presents Gerry Ashley (left) of Sportime Roslyn with the Tournament Director of the Year Award and Jason Wass (center) of Sportime Kings Park with the Tennis Club of the Year Award (Suffolk County)

Bob Coburn (center), USTA/EasternLI Region Membership and Marketing Chairman, congratulates reps from Grand Slam Tennis of Commack, N.Y. on winning the Retail Facility of the Year Award

Anthony Pastecchi, 2011 USTA/Eastern-LI Region Volunteer of the Year, is congratulated by his mother, Diane Pastecchi

More than 350 were on hand for the 21st Annual Awards Dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club

Scott Axler, past president of the USTA/Eastern-LI Region, discusses the accomplishments of the honorees

USTA Eastern Region President Jeff Williams, USTA Eastern Executive Director & COO D.A. Abrams, and Claude Okin, managing partner of Sportime

Keynote Speaker Karin J. Buckholz addresses attendees USTA/Eastern-LI Region President Danny Burgess welcomes attendees to the Awards Dinner

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You Have to be Your Own Advocate By Lonnie Mitchel saw it growing up, and I see it today in the juniors. I have seen it as a teaching professional, and I practice it as a parent. You cannot rely solely on the tennis academies to develop tennis players. The parents and the players are the ones who need to do this. I know that we have many great programs across Long Island … that fact is certainly not the issue. The issue is when parents rely solely on the tennis academies. If you wish, you can certainly pay a great deal of money for extra private lessons and training, but the average family cannot afford that. It now becomes your responsibility and no one else’s

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of what you get out of a program … you get out of it what you put into it! I gave a child some lessons several years ago. I always felt that the student had potential and with some practice, could make drastic improvements. They discontinued their child’s lessons after three sessions and said to me, “I do not see an improvement.” My next question was, “Beyond the weekly lesson, did the child pick up a racket to practice?” The answer was predictably, “No.” I was being held accountable for them not taking responsibility for improvement. They didn’t do their homework. As a parent, you need to take on the responsibility, and in most cases, you are paying the bill so make a plan and stick with it.

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With the development of my older son (who just graduated Muhlenberg College as a four-year letterman, two-year captain and with over 40 wins on the collegiate level), my wife and I got the most out of the tennis program we chose with the budget we had for tennis. He was not the best player in the local program growing up; he was a capable athlete, but not a star in any sport. He sucked everything out of our program he could … Friday night practices, Saturday ladder matches, Sunday practice again and the weekly lessons were all attended. My son loved tennis and we were a tennis family, so we made a plan and stuck with it from beginning to end. I am quite sure that if I had relied only on other tennis instructors to help


“The formula in setting a goal is this: It has to be specific, it has to be realistic and it has to be attainable.” in his development, this story would not have the happy ending it does. We were the advocates and he was motivated. Muhlenberg College is a mid-level Division III school. I get that it is not a Division I school, but we could not afford the training that it would take to become a top Division I player. So we both defined our goals accordingly. He made it as a Division III player through hard work, and I am as proud of him as any parent could be of a son. In business, your goals have to be set. The formula in setting a goal is this: It has to be specific, it has to be realistic and it has to be attainable. The same is true in tennis, sports and education. We researched and discovered that Division III tennis had good talent, is looking for good talent and the educational opportunities were of the highest caliber. He did not wait for collegiate tennis recruiters to beat the door down, he marketed himself. So, fast-forward four years and how right we were as he has just graduated. He has great memories and a whole new social network that he tapped into. Education, tennis and no burnout continues to be the traveled road I select for my kids. Now, your plan may not be the same as ours. You may want your son or daughter to play Division I tennis or may want your son or daughter to just play socially or get on the junior high or high school team. That, to me, is as an important as any goal you could set, because it is your goal. Work your plan and plan your work. Specific goals, realistic goals and attainable goals are within reach—you must be the advocate and communicate your goals to the club and program and follow up with the instructors. Tennis is part of your sons’ and daughter’s education and I place it very high on a priority scale. Tennis adds to your sons and daughter’s athletic endeavors, self-esteem and well-being. If you think it important to invest in it, you should be the advocate. By the way, this does not mean to interfere in lessons, let the pro do the teaching. Just be the advocate, it will help you be involved and keep your child involved.

Lonnie Mitchel has been teaching tennis since 1985, mostly at Carefree Racquet Club in North Merrick, N.Y. and is a USPTA Level 1 certified tennis instructor. He has produced many high school and collegiate level tennis players, including his own children, Wayne (who played at Muhlenberg College) and Trevor (who played regularly on the USTA Long Island Junior Circuit, gaining the number one ranking in the 14s). Lonnie has also

worked in the travel and tourism industry as a regional sales manager for 25-plus years for such companies the Walt Disney Company and Royal Caribbean International. Lonnie is now the national account manager for Sandals and Beaches Resorts. His wife, Harriet, is a club level tennis player and can often be found on the court. Lonnie may be reached by phone at (516) 414-7202 or e-mail lonniemitchel@yahoo.com. G

Long Island Tennis Magazine Wins 2010 USPTA Eastern Publication of the Year

Joe Roediger, president of USPTA Eastern, presents Russell Sickmen of Long Island Tennis Magazine, with the 2010 USPTA Eastern Publication of the Year Award n May 16, Long Island Tennis Magazine received the 2010 USPTA Eastern Publication of the Year at the Divisional Convention in Mount Kisco, N.Y. Through two-and-a-half years of publishing, Long Island Tennis Magazine has helped grow tennis in the Long Island area through its free magazine that informs tennis enthusiasts of all tennis-related news in the Long Island area. The magazine is distributed for free at more than 300 Long Island locations, which helps promote tennis to both current players, as well as prospective ones. In addition, the magazine recognizes those players, coaches and volunteers who contribute to the success of local tennis on Long Island. Long Island Tennis Magazine has become a full multimedia publication with an influx of readers keeping up with the tennis scene on Long Island by logging on to LongIslandTennisMagazine.com, as well as following the publication on Facebook and Twitter. The success of Long Island Tennis Magazine has spurred a second free publication, New York Tennis Magazine, which will debut with its first edition on July 5 and will focus on coverage in the five boroughs of New York and will be distributed throughout the five boroughs. Long Island Tennis Magazine is very thankful to USPTA Eastern for recognizing it with this great award.

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2011 High School BOYS RECAP 2011 Long Island Championship 2011 Long Island Champion—Cold Spring Harbor Long Island Championship Match: Cold Spring Harbor 4–Half Hollow Hills East 3

2011 Nassau County Boys High School Team & Individual Results Conference I Nassau County Champion: Cold Spring Harbor

Semifinals North Shore 7-Lynbrook 0 Manhasset 5-Oceanside 2

Lawrence ..........................................2-12 Baldwin..............................................0-14

Playoffs Second place vs. third place playoffs (A) Syosset 7–Port Washington 0 (B) Herricks 5–Roslyn 2

Finals Manhasset 4-North Shore 3

Conference IV Conference IV-A Champion: Valley Stream Central Conference IV-B Champion: Oyster Bay

Semifinals Cold Spring Harbor 6–Herricks 1 Syosset 4–Hewlett 3 Finals Cold Spring Harbor 6–Syosset 1

Final records Conference I-A Cold Spring Harbor............................12-0 Syosset................................................9-3 Port Washington ..................................8-4 Great Neck North ................................7-5 Great Neck South ................................4-8 Jericho ..............................................2-10 Plainview JFK ....................................0-12 Conference I-B Hewlett ..............................................10-2 Roslyn..................................................9-3 Herricks ..............................................8-4 Long Beach ........................................6-5 Friends Academy ................................3-7 Wheatley..............................................2-7 Garden City..........................................1-9

Final records Conference II-A North Shore ........................................9-1 Manhasset ..........................................9-1 East Meadow ......................................5-5 Bellmore JFK ......................................5-5 Clarke ..................................................2-8 New Hyde Park..................................0-10 Conference II-B Oceanside..........................................10-0 Lynbrook..............................................7-3 South Side ..........................................6-4 Wantagh ..............................................3-7 Farmingdale ........................................3-7 Mepham ..............................................1-9

Finals Valley Stream Central 7-Bethpage 0 IV-B Playoffs Semifinals Levittown Division 4-Glen Cove 3 Oyster Bay 5-West Hempstead 2 Finals Oyster Bay 7-Levittown Division 0

Conference III Conference III Champion: Massapequa Playoffs Semifinals Massapequa 5-Locust Valley 1 Hicksville 4-Calhoun 3 Finals Massapequa 5-Hicksville 2

Conference II Champion: Manhasset

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Playoffs Second vs. third place playoffs (A) Lynbrook 5-South Side 2 (B) Manhasset 4-East Meadow 3

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Conference IV-A Valley Stream Central ........................12-0 Bethpage ............................................8-4 Sewanhaka/Carey................................7-4 Plainedge ............................................6-5 MacArthur............................................5-6 Valley Stream North ............................2-7 Freeport ............................................0-12 Conference IV-B Oyster Bay ........................................13-0 Glen Cove..........................................12-2 Levittown Division..............................10-4 West Hempstead ................................7-7 Uniondale ............................................5-8 Malverne/East Rockaway ....................5-7 Hempstead ........................................3-11 Roosevelt ............................................0-1


2011 High School Boys RECAP 2011 Suffolk County Boys High School Team & Individual Results League I Half Hollow Hills East ........................16-0 Walt Whitman.................................... 12-3 Harborfields ......................................10-5 Commack ............................................7-5 Elwood/J. Glenn ................................3-11 Half Hollow Hills West........................2-12 League II Northport ..........................................11-2 Smithtown West ..................................8-4 Smithtown East ..................................6-5 Huntington ..........................................4-8 Kings Park ........................................3-10 Hauppauge ........................................2-10 League III Bay Shore ..........................................13-2 Sayville ..............................................12-4 East Islip ..............................................7-7 Connetquot........................................5-10 West Islip ..........................................5-10 Islip ....................................................0-12

League IV Brentwood ........................................13-4 Central Islip........................................12-2 West Babylon ......................................7-5 North Babylon .................................. 6-10 Babylon................................................5-7 Deer Park ............................................3-9 Lindenhurst........................................0-14

League VII Ross ..................................................13-1 Westhampton ....................................12-3 Eastport/S. Manor ..............................8-7 Longwood..........................................6-10 Southampton ......................................4-9 Shoreham WR .................................. 6-10 E Hampton/BH/Pier ..........................3-11

League V Patchogue-Medford ..........................14-2 Bayport-Blue Point ............................12-5 Ward Melville ....................................11-4 Sachem East ......................................7-8 Miller Place ........................................3-10 Stony Brook ......................................2-12

League VIII Mattituck............................................12-0 Rocky Point ........................................8-4 William Floyd ...................................... 8-9 Center Moriches ..................................6-6 Southold/Greenpoint ..........................5-7 Riverhead ............................................3-9 Hampton Bays ..................................0-12

League VI Mt. Sinai ............................................11-2 Comsewogue ......................................8-4 Port Jefferson ......................................6-7 Sachem North......................................3-7 Bellport ................................................3-7 Middle Country ..................................0-10

Cold Spring Harbor Holds Off Half Hollow Hills East for Fourth Consecutive L.I. Championship By David Drucker Credit all photos to Jenna Poczik

With a bit of controversy regarding the lineups, the 2011 Long Island High School Boys Tennis Championship came down to the first doubles match with the score tied at three matches apiece. After Cold Spring Harbor swept sinCold Spring Harbor, 2011 Long Island High gles play, Half Hollow Hills School Boys Tennis Champions East answered with three straight doubles victories. The match would be decided by either the team of Jensen Reiter & Alex Tropiano of Cold Spring Harbor or Zain Ali & Eric Bertuglia of Half Hollow Hills East. Before this moment had even arrived, Cold Spring Harbor jumped out to a quick three to zero advantage. Josh Levine of Cold Spring Harbor made quick work of Kyle Alper of Hills East, 6-0, 6-3. Conor Dauer also from Cold Spring Harbor followed at third singles with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Hills East’s Eric Teplitz. Eric Ambrosio was last to close out his singles match,

defeating Brett Teplitz of Hills East, 6-3, 6-1. Meanwhile on the opposite side of the fence, Hills East got themselves on the board thanks to a win at third doubles from Alex Ricciuti & Jeremy Schnapp, who defeated Cold Spring Harbor’s Rich Pisano & Tim Schneir, 6-0, 6-3. Second doubles Chris Hunter & Sam Goldberg of Hills East earned the team’s second point after defeating Cold Spring Harbor’s Conor Mullins & Jon Paris, 6-3, 6-3. Just a few minutes later, Alex Schnapp & Jeff Cherkin of Hills East clinched their fourth doubles match, defeating Alex Fontini & Bret Titcomb of Cold Spring Harbor, 6-3, 6-4. The match was leveled at three matches apiece with all eyes now on the first doubles match. After winning the first set, Cold Spring Harbor found themselves down in the second set 3-2. However, with exquisite touch from Cold Spring Harbor’s Alex Tropiano at the net, Tropiano, along with Jensen Reiter, came right back and went on to break serve giving them a 43 edge. Reiter & Tropiano came out firing in the next game as they were able to hold quickly, extending their lead to 5-3 needing one more game for the championship. Two shaky service points from the team of Ali & Bertuglia put them in a 0-30 hole. Hills East’s Eric

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2011 High School Boys RECAP Bertuglia then came up with some spectacular placed serves to even the game. At 30-30, Hills East had the opportunity to close the point at net but Zain Ali let the ball go making it too much of a run for Bertuglia to get to. On match point, Bertuglia succumbed to the heat of the moment as he double faulted to give Reiter & Tropiano along with Cold Spring Harbor their fourth consecutive title. “Alex [Tropiano] and I were undefeated all four years as a team,” said Reiter. “We always wanted to be the deciding match in the championship and we were given that opportunity today and we came through.” The team of Reiter & Tropiano now split up as they head off to college where they’ll be attending Johns Hopkins and Georgetown University, respectively. “It really hasn’t hit me yet, but it will,” said Tropiano. “We’re savoring the moment right now.” First singles and Nassau County 2011 Singles Champion Josh Levine was asked how he thinks next year will play out for Cold Spring Harbor. “Winning five in a row will be tougher next year with the loss of our important seniors. However, I still think that if we push each other, we can continue the streak.”

Match results Singles 1. Josh Levine (CSH) defeated Kyle Alper (HE), 6-0, 6-3 2. Eric Ambrosio (CSH) defeated Brett Teplitz (HE), 6-3, 6-1 3. Conor Dauer (CSH) defeated Eric Teplitz (HE), 6-0, 6-0 Doubles 1. Alex Tropiano & Jensen Reiter (CSH) defeated Zain Ali & Eric Bertuglia (HE), 6-4, 6-3 2. Chris Hunter & Sam Goldberg (HE) defeated Conor Mullins & Jon Paris (CSH), 6-3, 6-3 3. Alex Ricciuti & Jeremy Schnapp (HE) defeated Rich Pisano & Tim Schneir (CSH), 6-0, 6-3 4. Alex Schnapp & Jeff Churkin (HE) defeated Alex Fontini & Bret Titcomb (CSH), 6-3, 6-4 David Drucker is an intern with Long Island Tennis Magazine and is a member of the Nichols College Men’s Tennis team.

Cold Spring Harbor’s Levine Defeats Farmingdale’s Henry for 2011 Nassau County Tennis Championship Credit all photos to David Drucker

The Nassau County Boys High School Tennis Championship Finals took place at Oceanside High School on May 21. The best high school boys tennis players from across Nassau County faced off in the individual championships, in hopes of capturing the County title and qualifying for the state championships in June. On the singles side of the draw, fourth-seeded Brendan Henry from 46

Farmingdale upset top-seeded Zachary Morris of Garden City, in the semifinals, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. Henry’s heavy hitting earned him decisive points in the first and third sets, leading him to victory. Morris was able to counterpunch his way back into a third set, however Nassau County High School Boys finalists Brendan Henry from Henry reeled off four straight games, Farmingdale and Josh Levine from setting him on his way to the finals. Cold Spring Harbor Second-seeded Josh Levine of Cold Spring Harbor quickly made his way to the finals when his opponent, Vihar Shah of Herricks, retired in the second set. It came down to an epic singles final battle between Josh Levine and Brendan Henry. At first, it looked as if Henry was on his way to a routine straight set victory; however, Levine combated the extreme shots of Henry, and was able to catch his opponent off guard late in the second Jared Lewis & Doron Saraf of Great set. After breaking Henry’s serve late Neck North faced the team of J.J. in the second set, Levine continued Tauil & Dan Grinshteyn of Hewlett to frustrate his opponent, giving him- in the Nassau County Boys Tennis Doubles Finals self the needed momentum to capture the singles title in a three set victory over Henry, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. “I was confident coming into the match because I knew Brandon’s game really well, but his shot making was unreal for a set and a half,” said Levine. Levine will now head to the state championships in early June and said, “I’m confident going into states only because I’ve been there before plus I’m seeing the ball really well, Brendan Henry of so it should be fun.” Farmingdale in action On the doubles side of the tournament, during his finals match against Josh Levine of Cold J.J. Tauil & Dan Grinshteyn of Hewlett, Spring Harbor faced off against Doron Saraf & Jared Lewis of Great Neck North. Tauil & Grinshteyn dominated the points throughout the finals, with overpowering serves that led to easy winners against the Great Neck North team. “We knew coming in that we should go all the way no matter what,” said Tauil. “Going to the states is going to be fun. We’re definitely going to remain confident and hopefully be able to put NasNassau County Singles Champ Josh Levine sau County and Hewlett back from Cold Spring Harbor, third-place finon the map.” The duo of Tauil & isher Zachary Morris of Garden City and Grinshteyn will be heading to runner up Brendan Henry from Farmingdale pause for a photo during the 2011 states for their first time in June. Nassau County Boys High School Tennis There were also consolation Championship

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2011 High School Boys RECAP matches for the runners-up in the semifinals for both the singles and doubles. On the singles side, Zachary Morris of Garden City defeated Vihar Shah of Herricks, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. On the doubles side, Jon Paris & Conor Mullins of Cold Spring Harbor defeated first-seed Kevin Katz & Stephen Peng of Syosset, 7-5, 6-4.

Unseeded Champion Crowned at Suffolk County Tennis Individual Championships Sophomore Brandon Stone of Walt Whitman High School surprised the local tennis community with a remarkable run to earn the Suffolk County Boys High School Individual Championship. Stone capped his championship run with a hard fought three set victory over top seeded Jeremy Dubin of Southampton, 5-7, 7-6(5), 7-5. Dubin had five match points in the second set, however while fighting off leg cramps, he was unable to put Stone away and Stone rallied for the win. In the consolation match, freshman Zain Ali of Hills East, defeated Rich Sipala of Ross in straight sets, 7-6(6), 6-1. Stone, Dubin and Ali will advance to the State Championships to be held June 2-4 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. In Doubles, the number one-seeded team fell as well. Felipe Reis & Henry Lee of Ross, won the doubles title by defeating top seeds, Chris Hunter & Eric Bertuglia of Hills East, in three sets, 16, 7-6(5), 7-5. Rallying from a forgettable first set, Reis & Lee won a second set tie-breaker, and used that momentum along with new-found confidence to pull out the third set and claim the title. Joining Reis & Lee and Hunter & Bertuglia at the State Championships, will be Sachem East’s Jason Quintana & Dylan Quintana, who won the consolation match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, over Alex Ricciuti & Jeremy Schnapp of Hills East.

SCJTL Caps Off Successful 2011 Boys Tennis Season Credit all photos to Anthony Pastecchi

The Suffolk County Junior Tennis League (SCJTL) sponsored the 2011 Suffolk County Boys Varsity Tennis Awards Dinner on May 31 at Villa Lombardi Restaurant in Holbrook, N.Y. Approximately 300 attendees enjoyed the culminating event of a phenomenal season, as 250 honors were given out, along with sportsmanship scholarships and an exciting raffle. Awards presented included Individual Awards for All-League, All-Division and All-County Players of the Year; Team Awards for the Suffolk County Champion, Division Champs, Coach of the Year, Big Four County Champions, League Champs, and Section 11 State Awards. The event ran smoothly and Joe Arias and his staff deserve recognition for a job well done. A great time was had by all as the kids, parents and coaches who made the 2011 season so successful, were recognized for their accomplishments throughout the season.

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2011 High School Boys RECAP Levine Wins New York State Individual Championship

Photo credit: Anthony Pastecchi

By David Drucker A big congratulations is in order to Josh Levine of Cold Spring Harbor for what he accomplished winning the 2011 New York State Public High School Athletic Association Tournament. Levine, along with the rest of his Nassau County and Suffolk County teammates representing Long Island, traveled to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to do battle. Levine, who was seeded second in the singles draw, was on pace to square off with number one seed Jeremy Court of New Rochelle, N.Y., whom Levine had fallen to in defeat just last year at the state tournament. After Levine took his opening match in straight sets, he went on to take his next three matches in straight sets as well, earning him a spot in the finals. New Rochelle’s Court would match Levine’s quality play, not dropping a set on his way to the finals as well. Court took out Nassau representative Zachary Morris of Garden City, 6-2, 6-0, in the semifinals, sending a message to the junior from Cold Spring Harbor. As the match got underway, it was clear who the aggressor was. Levine went for shot after shot, painting lines and racking up the winners. From last year until this year, you could see the difference in Levine’s game, as he stood with confidence on the court, controlling the baseline point after point. Strong serving kept the pressure off his shoulders and put them on the top seed from New Rochelle, who simply could not match Levine’s shot-making ability. Levine went on to defeat Court 6-4, 6-2, avenging last year’s loss and capturing his first ever state championship.

Josh Levine of Cold Spring Harbor en route to winning the 2011 New York State Public High School Athletic Association Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National tennis Center This season might be what you call the perfect season for Levine, as he along, with his team from Cold Spring Harbor, went undefeated. Levine also won the Nassau County tournament in late May. Then, he and his teammates went on to capture the Nassau County team championship, as well as the Long Island Championship for a fourth consecutive year. To top it all off, Levine brought home the New York State Title this past Saturday, capping off his flawless season. One can only imagine if Levine can be a repeat champion next season as he heads into his senior year at Cold Spring Harbor, but for now, Levine will enjoy his success, letting all his accomplishments of this season sink in. David Drucker is an intern with Long Island Tennis Magazine and is a member of the Nichols College Men’s Tennis team.

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Singles New Rochelle

1 1

1-1Jeremy Court Lancaster

5

2

6-3Brian Chowaniec

1-1Court 60, 63

Monroe Woodbury

4

3

9-3Tyler Crill Fayetteville-Manlius

5

4

3-2Nicholai Westergaard

3-2Westergaard

1-1Court 61, 75

60, 76(4) Webster Thomas

8 5

5-1Andrew Mason

6

8-2Brendan Henry

Farmingdale

1

1-1Court 63, 63 8-2Henry 60, 62

Francis Lewis

7

P-3Daniel Lakhman

8

11-1Brandon Stone

Walt Whitman

8-2Henry 61, 31 (retired) P-3Lakhman 57, 76(2), 63

Niskayuna

4 9

Garden City

3

1-1Court 62, 60

2-1Christopher Frost

10 8-3Zach Morris

8-3Morris 61, 61

Newburgh Free Academy

0

8-3Morris 61, 63

11 9-2Dennis Sult Beekmantown

12 7-2Eric Mitchell

9-2Sult 61, 60

Binghamton

8-3Morris 36, 62, 75

5 13 4-1Alex Tsai Clinton

9

14 3-3Jacob Crawford

4-1Tsai

(*3/4thPlace) 8-3Morris_

60, 61 Forest Hills

4-1Tsai 61, 63

15 P-2Justin Viungco Lancaster

16 6-1Mike Krantz

3-1Nardella

P-2Viungco 63, 75

8-1Levine 64, 62

Half Hollow Hills East

3

17 11-3Zain Ali Albany Academy

18 2-2Stefan Kuhar

2-2Kuhar 76(4), 64

Pittsford Mendon

8

3-1Nardella 6-1, 6-1

19 5-3Matt Renzi Christian Brothers Academy

6 20 3-1Matt Nardella

3-1Nardella 60, 60

Binghamton

3-1Nardella 64, 63

21 4-2Keith Jensen Cornwall

7 22 9-1Ernesto Dillon

9-1Dillon 62, 63

Fox Lane

2

P-1Ilic 64, 61

23 1-3Charlie Ghriskey Forest Hills

3 24 P-1Stefan Ilic

P-1 Ilic 57, 64, 61

Webster Schroeder

8-1Levine 64, 64

25 5-2Matt Gamble Elmira

26 4-3Mackenzie Park

5-2Gamble 64, 63

Southampton

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27 11-2Jeremy Dubin Beekmantown

28 7-1Mark Price

11-2Dubin 61, 60

John Jay Cross River

3

8-1Levine 62, 63

29 1-2Nick Crystal Amherst

30 6-2Philip Dockhorn

1-2Crystal 61, 62

Bethlehem

4

Cold Spring

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

1-1Jeremy Court 8-1Josh Levine P-1Stefan Ilic 2-1Christopher Frost 4-1Alex Tsai 3-1Matt Nardella 9-1Ernesto Dillon 5-1Andrew Mason

8-1Levine 62, 63

31 2-3Josh Jachuck 2 32 8-1Josh Levine

67(5),76(7),62

3-1Nardella

8-1Levine 62, 61

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DOUBLES Scarsdale

1 1

1-1Ben Fife/Austin Kaplan Sachem

2

11-3Jason Quintana/Dylan Quintana

1-1Fife/Kaplan 61, 75

Bethlehem

3

2-3Nick Mashuta/Nick DeLuke

1-1Fife/Kaplan

Minisink Valley

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9-2Nick Guardino/ Tom Nagel

5

7-1Shawn Bissonette/Corey Bissonette

2-3Mashuta/DeLuk

61, 60

26, 64, 61 Saranac

Brooklyn Tech

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P-2Mikolaj Borak/Sam Chahi

1-1Fife/Kaplan 61, 64

P-2Borak/Chahi 61,61

Cold Spring Harbor

7

61, 63 Clarence

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8-3Paris/Mullins

8-3Jon Paris/Conor Mullins 6-1Kevin Layer/Joe Gentile

8-3Paris/Mullins 61, 61

Victor

3 9

1-1Fife/Kaplan 63, 61

5-1Neil Weaver/Nicholas Mancuso Bronx Science/Cordozo

10 P-3Alex Cai/Spencer Chan

5-1Weaver/Mancuso 75, 62

Niskayuna

11-2Hunter/Bertugia

11 2-2Erwin Lin/Brendan Service

61, 62

Half Hollow Hills East

12 11-2Chris Hunter/Eric Bertuglia

11-2Hunter/Bertuglia 61, 61

Corning

11-2Hunter/Bertugia

13 4-1Arten Khrapko/Sam Schirmer

76(3), 26, 64

Newburgh Free Academy

14 9-3Jacques Laine/Vincent Diulio

4-1Khrapko/Schirmer 60, 61

Great Neck North

8-2Saraf/Lewis

15 8-2Doron Saraf/Jared Lewis

*11-2Hunter/Bertuglia (*3/4th)________ 1-3Gilman/Goldberg

63, 57, 63 Skaneatles

16 3-1Ethan Wilcox/Ryan Sayko

8-2Saraf/Lewis

*1-3Gilman/Goldberg

1-1Fife/Kaplan 46, 64, 63

17 3-3Trevor Haskell/Andy Parlow Pittsford Sutherland

18 5-2Julian Danko/Richard Shu

5-2Danko/Shu 61, 62

Plattsburgh

5-2Danko/Shu

19 7-3Shea Crockett/Danny O'Halloran Goshen

20 9-1Max Mallow/ Devin Valencia

63, 75

9-1Mallow/Valencia 61, 60

Horseheads

1-3Gilman/Goldberg

21 4-2Jake Frederick/Phil Patterson 22 23 4 24

76(5), 76(7)

64, 63

63, 63

Bethlehem 4-2Frederick/Patterson 2-1Kade Pettie/Rohin Bose 61, 63 1-3Gilman/Goldberg Horace Greeley 1-3Ben Gilman/Spencer Goldberg 61, 60 Hewlett 1-3Gilman/Goldberg 8-1J.J.Tauil/Dan Grinshteyn 62, 75 Lake Placid

1-2Berman/Kaufman

25 7-2Dolan Riley/Nick Hansen 26 27 28

64, 63

Elmira 4-3Parfianowicz/Parfianowicz 4-3Dominic Parfianowicz/Jacob Parfianowicz 60, 60 11-1Reis/Lee Orchard Park 6-2Sawyer Dina/Sam Korach 61, 76,(6) Ross School 11-1Reis/Lee 11-1Felipe Reis/Henry Lee 61, 76(7) Byram Hills

1-2Berman/Kaufman

29 1-2Kyle Berman/Jordan Kaufman 30 31 2 32

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

62, 61

East Syracuse Minoa1-2Berman/Kaufman 3-2Parker Stone/Brandon Stone 60, 60 Fairport 1-2Berman/Kaufman 5-3Andrew Radin/Alex Henderson 60, 63 Styvesant P-1Jou/Pan P-1Christopher Jou/Leon Pan 62, 63

1-1Ben Fife/Austin Kaplan P-1Christopher Jou/Leon Pan

5-1Neil Weaver/Nicholas M 8-1J.J.Tauil/Dan Grinshtey

Oneida

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City Parks Foundation and Reebok Host 25th Annual Academy Tryouts By Michael Sarro he year 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the New York City Reebok Tennis Academy. For the last 25 years, the City Parks Foundation and Reebok have partnered to provide local junior tennis players, the opportunities to play at a high, tournament-quality level, free of charge. In a city where tennis lessons and court time can be a big financial burden, free tournament training is literally priceless. The players at the Reebok Tennis Academy are extremely grateful for the opportunity and this can be seen by their dedication and hard work, on and off the court. The tryouts for the Reebok Tennis Academy at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center are comprised of three parts. On day one, hundreds of hopeful young junior

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players took the courts in hopes of making the Academy. Day one is where the players with strong skills are identified and about 100-130 players are selected for the second day where players demonstrate their ability in greater depth by participating in fun drills and games. Based on the second day, 70-80 players are selected that are vying for 50 summer spots in the Academy. The final selection is based on the tryout evaluation, tournament participation, past Academy participation and family income as preference is given to those with the greatest need. When the summer program is over, the 25 most outstanding participants are selected to receive winter training. Despite the fact that the skies were

overcast with the hint of rain and a slight chill in the air, “Today is our biggest turnout ever,” said Mike Silverman, director of sports for the City Parks Foundation. Many people were worried about the impending rainstorm, but while addressing the crowd of hundreds, Silverman said, “Do not worry about the rain, as we will get these tryouts in, rain or shine.” With that being said, many of the players buttoned or zipped up their clothing, and focused at the task at hand. With several hundred kids trying out, it could have been

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quite overwhelming for anyone. Amidst the crowd, you could overhear young tennis players saying to their parents, “I’m not going to make it” or “What if I don’t make it?” And while it was normal to overhear these sorts of questions, the answers given by the parents were simply, “Relax, have fun, and do your best. I don’t care if you don’t make it; I just want you to try your hardest.” With these encouraging words, the atmosphere at the event quickly shifted from tense and nervous, to relaxed and fun. Before the kids were assigned to their courts, they all sat together and were talking to each other, comparing equipment, and some were trying to find a little space to get some warm-up shots in. It turned from a stressful tryout to a fun day of hitting tennis balls. “The Reebok Tennis Academy has produced several local top players that have gone on to play college tennis and some have even played right here, at the home of the U.S. Open,” said Silverman. Last year’s Academy recipients were quite the crop of skilled tennis players. Steven Kaplan, director of the Reebok Ten-

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nis Academy, informed us that, “Overall, 10 of the 25 winter Academy participants were ranked in the top 20 of the USTA’s Eastern Section. This is a remarkable achievement when you consider that these players do not often have the training resources many others enjoy.” Steve then told us about some of last year’s players. “The Academy has produced some incredible talent in the last few years. Dasha Kourkina was ranked number one in the East Girls 10s. Brianna Williams reached the finals of a Girls 12s National Open, and Sabrina Xiong reached the finals of a Girls 14s as a 12-year-old.” When asked about directing the Academy, Kaplan replied, “Personally, while I have participated in a small way in this program for over 20 years, I have directed the program for the last two years. I am proud to do so, despite my considerable responsibilities as owner and tennis director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center on Long Is-

land. It is a pleasure to be involved, first, because Mike Silverman is a life-long friend and he does a tremendous job of helping to create an extraordinary number of unique opportunities for young players to improve and grow. Furthermore, the Academy players are a great group of dedicated, hardworking and enthusiastic kids.” The reason why the Tennis Academy has had so much success, according to Silverman, is that, “Parents and children appreciate the opportunity that we provide for them and they are dedicated due to that opportunity given to them. They are using tennis as a tool from life and learning team-building. This academy really gives these kids an opportunity to play off each other and get to know their peers in the community.” G Michael Sarro is director of business development for Long Island Tennis Magazine and New York Tennis Magazine. He may be reached by phone at (516) 409-4444, ext. 330 or e-mail michael@litennismag.com.

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By Kathy Miller

he USTA Adult, Senior and Super Senior League is off to a great start. We have a record number of teams this year with 288 teams, up from a total of 254 in 2010. It is great to see the continued growth of tennis on Long Island! Long Island’s mixed-doubles teams had a great time at the Section Championship in Schenectady, N.Y. June 3-5. All of the matches were very closely contested with lots of super tie-breaks. Our 6.0 team from Sportime Massapequa, captained by Zafar Malik, placed third and the 7.0 team from Sportime Syosset, captained by Dianne Rescigno, placed fourth. The 8.0 team from Eastern Athletic Blue Point, captained by Kara Parker, was fighting for first place all weekend, and ended up tied with the Metro region team. Unfortunately for Parker’s team, the first tie-break put them in second place by one court! So close! The 9.0 division from Sportime Lynbrook,

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captained by Chris Colesanti, had a weekend of close matches and finished in second place with the 10.0 Long Island team from Rockville Racquet, captained by David Marek, who finished third. A job well done by all of the Long Island teams! During the month of August, we will be running a pilot program for a new mixeddoubles league. Instead of the divisions being 6.0, 7.0, etc., they will be 7.5, 8.5 and 9.5. This allows for a 5.0 player to play with a 4.5, etc. It puts a different twist on the pairings a team can have. If you are interested in captaining a team, please contact me as soon as possible by e-mail at kathym65@aol.com as scheduling will be done in mid-July. As the Adult, Senior and Super Senior League continues, please remember to get me the hard copy of your scorecard with the winner of each court clearly defined. You can fax the scorecards to the attention

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of Kathy Miller at (516) 486-2940, e-mail kathym65@aol.com or mail it to: Carefree Racquet 1414 Jerusalem Avenue North Merrick, NY 11566 As the season gets closer to the playoffs, it is more important than ever that you get the scorecards to me within 24 hours of the match. Please remember that the correct standings are not on the USTA site as they do not take the point system into account. To get the accurate standings, please go to www.litennisscores.com. I hope everyone is having a great summer so far of USTA League Tennis! G Kathy Miller is the manager at Carefree Racquet Club and is also the Adult League Coordinator for USTA/Long Island. She may be reached at kathym65@aol.com.


USTA Billie Jean King NTC Hosts Annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tournament Credit all photos to Monica Gorny n June 9, wheelchair tennis players from around the world returned to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for the 11th Annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tennis Tournament. The four-day event is sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association and the International Tennis Federation, and is part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour. There were 65 athletes from the United States, Japan, Colombia, Great Britain, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Chile competing at the event for $10,000 in prize money. Wheelchair tennis follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis, except that wheelchair players are allowed two bounces of the ball instead of one. Jana Hunsaker, who passed away in 2000, was a tennis instructor at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. She was an advocate for wheelchair tennis and instrumental in starting a wheelchair tennis program at the National Tennis Center. In the men’s Open Singles, Steve Welch won the tournament, defeating Alexander Hewitt, 6-2, 7-6(4). Welch represented the U.S. in wheelchair tennis’ World Team Cup in South Africa this year—the equivalent to Davis Cup or Fed Cup. Other singles winners on the day included include:

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N Men’s Singles A: Hector MaldonadoGonzalez with a 6-1, 6-2 win over William Eno N Men’s Singles B: Ralffy Diaz with a 7-5, 0-6, 1-0(8) win over Edwin Lopez N Men’s Singles C: Ricardo Corral with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Steve Riley N Men’s Singles D: Michael Sullivan with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Tanya Hines In the Men’s Open Doubles, Steve Welch & Anthony Anderson defeated John Becker

and Alexander Jewitt, 6-3, 6-3, in the finals. Other doubles winners on the day include: N Men’s Doubles A: Scott Bonk & William Eno with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Miguel Lozada & Hector Maldonado-Gonzalez N Men’s Doubles B: Ralffy Diaz & Jerry

Russell with a 6-3, 6-3 win over David Gant & Pani Herath N Men’s Doubles C: Chris Herman & Steven Riley with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Ricardo Corral & Ruben Granda N Men’s Doubles D: Nathan Melnyk & Michael Sullivan with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Tanya Hines & Rodolfo Guevara G

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Literary Corner Long Island Tennis Magazine’s

By Brent Shearer A Handful of Summers By Gordon Forbes Right before the Grateful Dead played “Johnny B. Goode,” guitarist Jerry Garcia used to announce, “This is the one that started it all off.” For tennis memoirs, the same can be said about A Handful of Summers by former South African tennis pro Gordon Forbes. A Handful of Summers is a coming of age story set against the cosmopolitan background of the pro tour in the 1950s while it was still segregated between amateurs and pros.

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Forbes starts with his childhood on a farm in South Africa, where he learned the game with his brother and sister on a gravel court. He becomes a promising junior, eventually lands a spot on the South African Davis Cup team and begins touring. His is the era of Lew Hoad, Tony Trabert, Vic Seixas, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall. The Australian Davis Cup team ruled the international tennis roost and its lesser players, like Warren Woodcock and Don Candy, figure in many of Forbes’ stories. Tennis fans will recall that competition between pros and amateurs didn’t start

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until 1968, so in Forbes’ era, most of the tour and all of the Grand Slams were for amateurs only. There wasn’t much money to be made, and when it did change hands, it was usually done under the table. Less money may not always equal better stories, but in Forbes’ memoir, it seems to. There are a lot of anecdotes that start out “We had gone to dinner in Konigsberg,” or “Our boat put in at Las Palmas” or “We had finished the tour at Eastbourne” and then tells some madcap story that may or may not have much to do with tennis. Forbes wisely uses his friend and trav-


eling partner Abe Segal, another South African pro, as his comedic foil. The chemistry between the two men, Forbes, at the start of the book a provincial and somewhat shy and refined young man and Segal, a bull in a china shop, gives rise to numerous funny stories. How different was the pro tour then? Well, for starters, can you imagine a tournament promoter offering a small weekly stipend, lunch, maybe free housing in a club member’s home, and a return train ticket to the capital on the modern pro circuit? That would make for a small draw on today’s ATP or WTA tour. For some of today’s senior players, Forbes’ book is a place to find stories about the pre-Open era coaches some of us were lucky enough to have. You find a geezer tennis player using a continental grip, it might well be the legacy of lessons with some of the colorful characters out of the pages of Forbes’ book. For example, Forbes has a lot of stories about the Warren Woodcock. I took lessons with Woodcock at the Spring Lake Bath & Tennis Club in Spring Lake, N.J., in the early sixties. A few years later, Woodcock moved to Queen’s West Side Tennis Club where he taught Vitas Gerulitas among others. If fans remember Vitas’ clipped volleys, it’s safe to say he picked them up from his lessons with Woodcock. Former pro and current sportscaster Pam Shriver’s coach, Don Candy, another Australian star from this era, figures in one

of Forbes’ nuttiest stories in A Handful of Summers. In a tale that resembles the Abbot & Costello routine “Who’s on First?,” Candy threw a tantrum at a small pro event in England to get a linesman removed who wasn’t there. The dialogue went like this. “I want that man removed!” Candy said. “There is no one there,” said the umpire. “Well, I want you to get someone,” said Candy, “so I can have him removed.” “But if we get someone and then remove him, we will have no linesman,” the umpire said. “But we already have no linesman,” Candy said. And so on. In the wake of this year’s French Open, tennis fans are again debating the age-old question who is or was the best player

ever. Is it Federer? How can it be Federer given what Nadal has accomplished? Agassi and Sampras, Laver and Tilden all have their supporters. But read A Handful of Summers and Forbes will remind us of how dominant Australian pro Lew Hoad was in his prime. Injuries and turning pro may have blunted his legacy, but Forbes is quite good on just how much respect “Hoadie” earned in the 1950s. Of course, Hoad has fewer Slams than other contenders, but his peers tell a compelling story about how strong he was. Some of Forbes’ stories don’t quite come off but you can’t do better than A Handful of Summers for a description of the game before Open tennis. G Brent Shearer may be reached by e-mail at bbshearer@gmail.com.

Correction … On page 58 of the May/June 2011 issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine, the winners of the Girls 12s End of the Year L.I. Rankings were incorrectly listed in the USTA/Eastern-Long Island 21st Annual Awards Dinner Program. There was actually a three-way tie for first place in the Girls 12 and Under Division between Brynn April (Dix Hills, N.Y.), Nicole Kielan (Valley Stream, N.Y.) and Lexee Taylor Shapiro (Syosset, N.Y.). We apologize for any confusion.

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Bethpage Park Tennis Center Andrea Pappas—Manager 99 Quaker Meeting House Road #1 Farmingdale, NY 11735 516-777-1358 • bptcenter@aol.com Carefree Racquet Club Kathy Miller—Manager 1414 Jerusalem Avenue • Merrick, NY 11566 516-489-9005 • carefreetennis@aol.com Eastern Athletic Club Cira Jones—Manager 9 Montauk Highway #A • Blue Point, NY 11715 631-363-2882 • easternathleticclubs.com Eastern Athletic Club Betsy Johnson—Manager 854 Jericho Turnpike • Huntington Station, NY 11746 631-271-6616 • easternathleticclubs.com

Robbie Wagner’s Tournament Training Center @ Glenwood Landing Adrian Chirici—Director of Tennis 142 Glenwood Landing Road Glenwood Landing, NY 11547 516-676-9107 • www.rwtt.com Rockville Racquet Club Susan Alvy—Manager 80 North Centre Avenue • Rockville Center, NY 11570 516-764-5350 • rockvilletennis@optonline.net Ross School Holly Li—Manager 18 Goodfriend Drive • East Hampton, NY 11937 631-907-5162 www.ross.org/tennis • hli@Ross.org

SPORTIME Lynbrook Mohamed Shabir—Director of Tennis 175 Merrick Road Lynbrook, NY 11563 516-887-1330 www.SportimeNY.com/Lynbrook tdlynbrook@sportimetfm.com SPORTIME Massapequa Fayez Malik—Director of Tennis 5600 Old Sunrise Highway Massapequa, NY 11758 516-799-3550 www.SportimeNY.com/Massapequa fmalik@sportimetfm.com SPORTIME Randall’s Island Ted Dimond—Director of Tennis 1 Randall’s Island New York, NY 10035 212-427-6150 www.SportimeNY.com/Manhattan randallsisland@sportimeny.com

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

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 www.SportimeNY.com/Amagansett amagansett@sportimetfm.com

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 earlyhit@optonline.net

SPORTIME Bethpage Tennis Mike Kosoff—Director of Tennis 101 Norcross Avenue • Bethpage, NY 11714 516-933-8500 www.SportimeNY.com/Bethpage-Tennis tdbethpageten@sportimetfm.com

Hempstead Lake Indoor Tennis Daniel Burgess—Director of Tennis 525 Eagle Avenue • West Hempstead, NY 11552-3723 516-486-2165 • amertwist@aim.com www.hempsteadlakeindoortennis.com

SPORTIME Bethpage Multi-Sport Randy Louie—General Manager 4105 Hempstead Turnpike • Bethpage, NY 11714 516-731-4432 www.SportimeNY.com/Bethpage-Multi-Sport bethpagemulti@sportimetfm.com

SPORTIME Schenectady Philippe Ceas—Director of Tennis 2699 Curry Road Schenectady, NY 12303 518-356-0100 www.SportimeNY.com/Schenectady tdschenectady@sportimetfm.com

SPORTIME Quogue Will Van Rensburg—Director of Tennis 2571 Quogue-Riverhead, Route 104 East Quogue, NY 11959 631-653-6767 www.SportimeNY.com/Quogue tdhamptons@sportimeny.com

SPORTIME Syosset Tennis & Multi-Sport Karl Sommer—Director of Tennis 75 Haskett Drive Syosset, NY 11791 516-364-2727 www.SportimeNY.com/Syosset-Tennis tdsyossetten@sportimeny.com

SPORTIME at Harbor Island Eric Fromm—General Manager, Director of Tennis In Harbor Island Park • Mamaroneck, NY 10543 914-777-5050 www.SportimeNY.com/Harbor-Island efromm@sportimetfm.com

SPORTIME Syosset Fitness & Racquetball Jay Karl—General Manager 10 Gordon Drive Syosset, NY 11791 516-496-3100 www.SportimeNY.com/Syosset-Fitness jkarl@sportimeny.com

Long Beach Tennis Center Chuck Russell—Director of Tennis 899 Monroe Boulevard • Long Beach, NY 11561 516-432-6060 • www.longbeachtenniscenter.com info@longbeachtenniscenter.com Point Set Indoor Tennis Tonny vandePieterman—Director of Tennis 3065 New Street • Oceanside, NY 11572 516-536-2323 www.pointsettennis.com • tonny@pointsettennis.com Port Washington Tennis Academy Manny Iqbal—Director of Tennis 100 Harbor Road • Port Washington, NY 11050 516-883-6425 • www.pwta.com • tennis@pwta.com Robbie Wagner’s Tournament Training Center @ Glen Cove Stephen Alcala—Managing Partner 60 Sea Cliff Avenue • Glen Cove, NY 11542 516-759-0505 • www.rwtt.com

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SPORTIME Kings Park Darrin Cohen—Director of Tennis 275 Old Indian Head Road • Kings Park, NY 11754 631-269-6300 www.SportimeNY.com/Kings-Park tdkingspark@sportimetfm.com

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SPORTIME Roslyn Adam Mandell—Director of Tennis Landing Road, PO Box 1 Roslyn, NY 11576 516-484-9222 www.SportimeNY.com/Roslyn tdroslyn@sportimetfm.com

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Long Island Boys 14 Singles Boys & Girls Long Island Rankings Rank ..Name ............................City (as of 05/16/11)

BOYS

Long Island Boys 10 Singles Rank ..Name ............................City 1 ........Steven Well Sun ............Glen Cove, N.Y. 2 ........Oliver Worth ..................Locust Valley, N.Y. 3 ........Billy G. Suarez ..............Huntington, N.Y. 4 ........Jeffrey McDonnell ........Glen Cove, N.Y. 5 ........Zachary Ian Khazzam ....Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 6 ........Benjamin Grossman ......Sands Point, N.Y. 7 ........Spencer Brachman ......Commack, N.Y. 8 ........Niles Ghaffar ................Massapequa, N.Y. 9 ........Abhinav Raj Srivastava..Melville, N.Y. 10 ......Zachary Reid Berlin ......Dix Hills, N.Y. 11 ......Sujay Sharma ..............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 12 ......Robert Steven Bellino ....Huntington, N.Y. 13 ......Alec Hunter Barres ........Old Westbury, N.Y. 14 ......Michael Wexler..............Old Westbury, N.Y. 15 ......Wiktor Marek Figiel ......Sea Cliff, N.Y. 16 ......Maxwell Moadel............Brookville, N.Y. 17 ......William G. McCreery......Albertson, N.Y. 18 ......Kabir Rajpal ..................Syosset, N.Y. 19 ......Luke Torel Karniewich ..Glen Head, N.Y. 20 ......Michael Bruck ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 21 ......Dylan Spilko ..................Port Washington, N.Y. 22 ......JohnChristian Matute ....Oyster Bay, N.Y. 23 ......Karan K. Amin ..............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 24 ......Jacob Rusinek ..............East Hills, N.Y. 25 ......Daniel Chikvashvili ........Syosset, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 12 Singles Rank ..Name ............................City 1 ........Thomas A. Korossy........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 2 ........Steven Well Sun ............Glen Cove, N.Y. 3 ........Mark Julian Baker ........North Baldwin, N.Y. 4 ........Joonho Ko ....................Huntington, N.Y. 5 ........Yuval Solomon ..............Plainview, N.Y. 6 ........George Kaslow ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 7 ........Timothy Serignese ..........Port Washington, N.Y. 8 ........Amani Siddiqui..............West Babylon, N.Y. 9 ........Matthew Porges............Sands Point, N.Y. 10 ......Lucas DeSantos ............Southampton, N.Y. 11 ......Gardner Howe ................Locust Valley, N.Y. 12 ......Austin Egna....................Port Washington, N.Y. 13 ......Billy G. Suarez ..............Huntington, N.Y. 14 ......Arjun Mehrotra..............Woodbury, N.Y. 15 ......Tyler Spencer Bloch ......Jericho, N.Y. 16 ......Daniel Weitz ..................Roslyn, N.Y. 17 ......Ronald P. Hohmann ......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 18 ......Jackson Weisbrot..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 19 ......Jake Grossman ............Sands Point, N.Y. 20 ......Kyle C. Yaun ..................Sands Point, N.Y. 21 ......Aaron Askowitz ............Great Neck N.Y. 22 ......Eric Li ..........................Old Westbury N.Y. 23 ......Benjamin Grossman ......Sands Point, N.Y. 24 ......Adam Stein ..................Melville, N.Y. 25 ......Eli Grossman ................Woodbury, N.Y. 26 ......Brady Berman ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 27 ......Matthew Roberts ..........Setauket, N.Y. 28 ......Alex Joseph Amadio ......Smithtown, N.Y. 29 ......Matthew Lee Catton......Woodbury, N.Y. 30 ......Michael Jaklitsch ..........Islip, N.Y. 31 ......Daniel Meinster ............South Setauket, N.Y. 32 ......Alexander Reiley ..........Manorville, N.Y. 33 ......Austin Pomerantz ..........Old Westbury, N.Y. 34 ......Justin Ilan Lempert ......Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 35 ......Carl Grant ....................Water Mill, N.Y. 36 ......Ben Snow ....................Water Mill, N.Y. 37 ......Michael Petersen ..........Bridgehampton, N.Y. 38 ......Jonas Feuerring ............Sagaponack, N.Y. 39 ......Nicolas Demaria............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 40 ......Ian Bank ......................Old Westbury, N.Y.

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1 ........Brandon Eric Remer ......Hewlett, N.Y. 2 ........Dylan Granat ................Woodbury, N.Y. 3 ........Evan Kober....................Wantagh, N.Y. 4 ........Cory Seltman ................Smithtown, N.Y. 5 ........Michael DeNigris ..........Islip, N.Y. 6 ........Raizada Bhavin Vaid ......Old Westbury, N.Y. 7 ........Thomas Dacosta ..........Massapequa, N.Y. 8 ........Andrew Muran ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 9..........Andrew J. Bentz ................Massapequa Park, N.Y. 10 ......Braddock Chow ............Glen Cove, N.Y. 11 ......Bryant J. Born ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 12 ......Curran Varma................Manhasset, N.Y. 13 ......Garrett Malave ..............Laurel, N.Y. 14 ......Ethan Susser ................Old Westbury, N.Y. 15 ......Joseph D’Orazio............St. James, N.Y. 16 ......Jacob Lacks..................Woodbury, N.Y. 17 ......Nicholas Kevin Fox ........Commack, N.Y. 18 ......Samuel Federman ........Sea Cliff, N.Y. 19 ......Faran Nazir ..................Deer Park, N.Y. 20 ......Mitchell Reid Berger......Lake Grove, N.Y. 21 ......Michael L. Schumer ......Syosset, N.Y. 22 ......Varun Mehta ................Hauppauge, N.Y. 23 ......Arnav Raj Srivastava ....Melville, N.Y. 24 ......Spencer Bozsik ............Sag Harbor, N.Y. 25 ......Benjamin Tenner ..........Roslyn, N.Y. 26 ......Nasser Abdel Ghaffar ....Massapequa, N.Y. 27 ......David Henry Reinharz....Rockville Centre, N.Y. 28 ......Justin Scott Feder ........Bellmore, N.Y. 29 ......Ronald Hohmann ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 30 ......Grant Rosenberg ..........Melville, N.Y. 31 ......Simon Adler ..................Roslyn, N.Y. 32 ......Cameron Posillico ........Bayville, N.Y. 33 ......Derek Menker ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 34 ......Kevin Alec Kowalsky......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 35 ......Erik Joshua Klug ..........Sands Point, N.Y. 36 ......Zane Siddiqui ................West Babylon, N.Y. 37 ......Ian Friedman ................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 38 ......David Binler ..................East Northport, N.Y. 39 ......Jack Ian Lindenman......Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 40 ......Conner Dove ................Baldwin, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 16 Singles Rank ..Name ............................City 1 ........Richard Mitchell ............Franklin Square, N.Y. 2 ........Dylan Ander ..................Hewlett, N.Y. 3 ........Zachary Chang..............Massapequa, N.Y. 4 ........Ian Combemale ............Bridgehampton, N.Y. 5 ........Erik Johann Lobben ......Glen Head, N.Y. 6 ........Erik Ujvari ....................Hauppauge, N.Y. 7 ........Jeffrey Cherkin ............Melville, N.Y. 8 ........Gregory Rosenthal ........Syosset, N.Y. 9 ........Samuel Hajibai..............Kings Point, N.Y. 10 ......Brett Titcomb ................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 11 ......Daniel Sliwowski ..........Islip, N.Y. 12 ......Jack Vissicchio..............Port Washington, N.Y. 13 ......Joshua Fried ................Plainview, N.Y. 14 ......Jesse Richheimer..........Merrick, N.Y. 15 ......Troy Michael Haas ........Huntington Station, N.Y. 16 ......Michael Nelson ............Manhasset, N.Y. 17 ......Caleb Van Loon ............Port Washington, N.Y. 18 ......Connor J. Gehrke ..........Miller Place, N.Y. 19 ......Ian Baranowski ............Syosset, N.Y. 20 ......Cole Laffitte ..................East Setauket, N.Y. 21 ......Joshua Gordon..............Hicksville, N.Y. 22 ......Richard William Liell......Nesconset, N.Y. 23 ......Michael Hakimi ............Great Neck, N.Y. 24 ......Alec Tuckey ..................Melville, N.Y. 25 ......Benjamin Mermelstein ..Northport, N.Y. 26 ......Roshun Patel ................Syosset, N.Y. 27 ......Steven Marzagalli..........Patchogue, N.Y. 28 ......Jeremy Grossman ........Woodbury, N.Y. 29 ......Brian Heinze ................Garden City, N.Y. 30 ......Brett Edelblum ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 31 ......Richard DeGregoris ......Rockville Centre, N.Y. 32 ......Samuel Johnson ..........Huntington, N.Y.

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33 ......Daniel Wong..................Great Neck, N.Y. 34 ......Daniel Lee ....................Port Washington, N.Y. 35 ......James Edward Heaney..Locust Valley, N.Y. 36 ......David Saxman ..............Plainview, N.Y. 37 ......Julian Koby Adler ..........Roslyn, N.Y. 38 ......Matthew Kantor ............Westhampton Beach, N.Y. 39 ......Derek Thomas Esposito Stony Brook, N.Y. 40 ......Sai Senthilkumar ..........Manhasset, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 18 Singles Rank ..Name ............................City 1 ........Jared Drzal ..................West Sayville, N.Y. 2 ........Jacob Mishkin ..............Woodbury, N.Y. 3 ........Sloan Millman ..............Woodmere, N.Y. 4 ........Andrew O’Connell ........Medford, N.Y. 5 ........Chris Casamassima ......Franklin Square, N.Y. 6 ........Matthew Zuckerman ....Valley Stream, N.Y. 7 ........Ian Combemale ............Bridgehampton, N.Y. 8 ........Jason Fruchter ..............Lawrence, N.Y. 9 ........Christopher DeSimone ..Centerport, N.Y. 10 ......Richard Mitchell ............Franklin Square, N.Y. 11 ......Zach Cooper ................Holbrook, N.Y. 12 ......Kesar Virendra Shah......Great Neck, N.Y. 13 ......Steven Ferrantello ........Dix Hills, N.Y. 14 ......Michael Freilich ............Lawrence, N.Y. 15 ......Erik Johann Lobben ......Glen Head, N.Y. 16 ......Anton Averin..................South Setauket, N.Y. 17 ......Ryan Zuckerman ..........Valley Stream, N.Y. 18 ......Seth Kornfield ..............Jericho, N.Y. 19 ......William Speranza ..........Hicksville, N.Y. 20 ......Zachary Aboody ............Roslyn, N.Y. 21 ......Jonathan Sanders ........Holbrook, N.Y. 22 ......Roger Young..................Brookhaven, N.Y. 23 ......Matthew Ryan Basile ....Smithtown, N.Y. 24 ......Sean Jagi Chhugani ......Roslyn, N.Y. 25 ......Zachary H. Mintz ..........Roslyn, N.Y. 26 ......Jeffrey Cherkin ............Melville, N.Y. 27 ......Dennis Uspensky ..........Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 28 ......Clark D. Ruiz ................Glen Head, N.Y. 29 ......Jason Fiderer ................Oceanside, N.Y. 30 ......Darren Reisch ..............Floral Park, N.Y. 31 ......Jordan Lindenmam ......Commack, N.Y. 32 ......Ignacio Casali................Farmingdale, N.Y. 33 ......Felipe Reis ....................East Hampton, N.Y. 34 ......Erik Ujvari ....................Hauppauge, N.Y. 35 ......Brandon Lum ................Great Neck, N.Y. 36 ......Justin Paul Masure........East Rockaway, N.Y. 37 ......Joseph Falcetta ............Deer Park, N.Y. 38 ......Nick Wong ....................Jericho, N.Y. 39 ......Gregory Krolikowski ......Massapequa, N.Y. 40 ......Jonathan Smucker........Lido Beach, N.Y.

GIRLS

Long Island Girls 10 Singles Rank ..Name ............................City 1 ........Francesca Karman..........Port Washington, N.Y. 2 ........Rachel Arbitman............Hewlett, N.Y. 3 ........Marisa L. Menist ..........Great Neck, N.Y. 4 ........Julia Kielan ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 5 ........Maryam Beshir Ahmad..Albertson, N.Y. 6 ........Merri Kelly ....................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 7 ........Allison Cooney ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 8 ........Alexa Lynn Bracco ........Freeport, N.Y. 9 ........Kira Giordano ................Massapequa Park, N.Y. 10 ......Rebecca E. Suarez ........Huntington, N.Y. 11 ......Gabriella Sciarrotta ......Woodmere, N.Y. 12 ......Amy Delman ................Great Neck, N.Y. 13 ......Morena Devito ..............Syosset, N.Y. 14 ......Emily Austin ..................Woodmere, N.Y. 15 ......Alexandra Chirinkin ......Woodbury, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 12 Singles Rank ..Name ............................City 1 ........Trinity Chow ..................Glen Cove, N.Y. 2 ........Brynn Maris April ..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 3 ........Francesca Karman ........Port Washington, N.Y.

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4 ........Olivia Rose Scordo ........Glen Head, N.Y. 5 ........Lexee Taylor Shapiro ....Syosset, N.Y. 6 ........Nicole Kielan ................Valley Stream, N.Y. 7 ........Marisa L. Menist ..........Great Neck, N.Y. 8 ........Ashley Debra Yevdosin ..Hewlett, N.Y. 9 ........Devika Kedia ................East Norwich, N.Y. 10 ......Hannah Rosalie Dayton East Hampton, N.Y. 11 ......Dasha Dlin ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 12 ......Celeste Wang Traub ......Jericho, N.Y. 13 ......Cecelia Combemale ......Bridgehampton, N.Y. 14 ......Merri Kelly ....................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 15 ......Brooke Emily Digia ........Manhasset, N.Y. 16 ......Morgan A. Wilkins ........Syosset, N.Y. 17 ......Abigail Carrie Okin ........Amagansett, N.Y. 18 ......Courtney B. Kowalsky....Oyster Bay, N.Y. 19 ......Katelyn Walker ..............Sands Point, N.Y. 20 ......Ellen Nicole Huhulea ....Rockville Centre, N.Y. 21 ......Amanda Allison Foo ......Manhasset, N.Y. 22 ......Julia Sherwood Dudley..Southampton, N.Y. 23 ......Kaitlyn Byrnes ..............Massapequa, N.Y. 24 ......Marina Bracken Hilbert..Locust Valley, N.Y. 25 ......Risha Malhotra..............Syosset, N.Y. 26 ......Adele Sukhov ................Westbury, N.Y. 27 ......Julia Kielan ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 28 ......Rachel Arbitman............Hewlett, N.Y. 29 ......Victoria Anna Bialczak ..New Hyde Park, N.Y. 30 ......Josephine Winters ........Elmont, N.Y. 31 ......Stephanie Anne Petras ..Manhasset, N.Y. 32 ......Elena Artemis Vlamakis Garden City, N.Y. 33 ......Maryam Beshir Ahmad..Albertson, N.Y. 34 ......Alison Coben ................Massapequa, N.Y. 35 ......Alexa Susan Goetz ........Greenlawn, N.Y. 36 ......Erica Forrest..................Jericho, N.Y. 37 ......Kerri Leah Goldfuss ......Westbury, N.Y. 38 ......Katia Sabrina Idiri..........Great Neck, N.Y. 39 ......Amanda Mintz ..............Sag Harbor, N.Y. 40 ......Stephanie Buchheim ....Roslyn Heights, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 14 Singles Rank ..Name ............................City 1 ........Lauren Ann Livingston ..Sands Point, N.Y. 2 ........Katharine Brandow ......East Northport, N.Y. 3 ........Brittany Burke ..............Garden City, N.Y. 4 ........Julia Khan ....................Port Washington, N.Y. 5 ........Nikaylah Williams..........Wheatley Heights, N.Y. 6 ........Michele Sheila Lehat ....Great Neck, N.Y. 7 ........Julia Ciardullo ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 8 ........Lexee Taylor Shapiro ....Syosset, N.Y. 9 ........Aidan Owens ................Manhasset, N.Y. 10 ......Michelle Haykin ............Great Neck, N.Y. 11 ......Elena Nitsa Nastasi ......Bayville, N.Y. 12 ......Vanessa L. Scott............Dix Hills, N.Y. 13 ......Sophie Grace Wilson ....Oyster Bay, N.Y. 14 ......Rhea Malhotra ..............Syosset, N.Y. 15 ......Sarah Seeman ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 16 ......Rosa LaCorte ................Merrick, N.Y. 17 ......Ryann Moelis ................Hewlett, N.Y. 18 ......Danielle Mirabella ........Wantagh, N.Y. 19 ......Cameron Leigh Moskol..Wantagh, N.Y. 20 ......Laura Jean Halsey ........Westhampton, N.Y. 21 ......Eva Rosalia Petersen ....Bridgehampton, N.Y. 22 ......Brynn Maris April ..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 23 ......Brianna Biancardi..........Merrick, N.Y. 24 ......Katie Jane Cirella ..........Woodbury, N.Y. 25 ......Sofiya Tumanova ..........Middle Island, N.Y. 26 ......Lauren B. Dolowich ......Jericho, N.Y. 27 ......Alana Weitz ..................Roslyn, N.Y. 28 ......Kaysha Forbes ..............Valley Stream, N.Y. 29 ......Michelle N. Carnovale....Massapequa, N.Y. 30 ......Celeste Rose Matute ....Oyster Bay, N.Y. 31 ......Claire Handa ................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 32 ......Eudice Wong Chong ......Port Washington, N.Y. 33 ......Courtney B. Kowalsky....Oyster Bay, N.Y. 34 ......Courtney A. Digia ..........Manhasset, N.Y. 35 ......Tracey Rosenlicht..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 36 ......Elizabeth K. Kallenberg..Port Washington, N.Y. 37 ......Mallie Feldman..............Woodbury, N.Y.


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38 ......Emily Kate Shutman......Huntington, N.Y. 39 ......Nicole Damaghi ............Kings Point, N.Y. 40 ......Stacy Denbaum ............Syosset, N.Y.

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133 ....Matthew Porges............Sands Point, N.Y. 134 ....Lucas DeSanto..............Southampton, N.Y. 135 ....Michael Jaklitsch ..........South Setauket, N.Y. 138 ....Timothy Serignese ........Port Washington, N.Y. 144 ....Max Egna......................Port Washington, N.Y.

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Rank ..Name ............................City 1 ........Lara Fishbane ..............Commack, N.Y. 2 ........Lauren Ann Livingston ..Sands Point, N.Y. 3 ........Ruth Freilich..................Lawrence, N.Y. 4 ........Emma R. Brezel ............Port Washington, N.Y. 5 ........Hannah Goldman ..........West Hempstead, N.Y. 6 ........Danielle Byrnes ............Massapequa, N.Y. 7 ........Jennifer Carnovale ........Massapequa, N.Y. 8 ........Nicholle Torres ..............North Hills, N.Y. 9 ........Bridget Elaine Harding ..Northport, N.Y. 10 ......Jennifer C. Ferguson ....Franklin Square, N.Y. 11 ......Aimee N. Manfredo ......Shoreham, N.Y. 12 ......Kristen Bomkamp ........Northport, N.Y. 13 ......Erica Bundrick ..............Mattituck, N.Y. 14 ......Rhea Malhotra ..............Syosset, N.Y. 15 ......Julia Ciardullo ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 16 ......Mary C. Harding ............Northport, N.Y. 17 ......Brittany Burke ..............Garden City, N.Y. 18 ......Michele Sheila Lehat ....Great Neck, N.Y. 19 ......Jennifer Glukhman........Syosset, N.Y. 20 ......Danielle Lapierre ..........Hicksville, N.Y. 21 ......Holly Hubsher................Sands Point, N.Y. 22 ......Rachel Gastaldo ............Syosset, N.Y. 23 ......Amanda Luper ..............Melville, N.Y. 24 ......Katharine Brandow ......East Northport, N.Y. 25 ......Rithika Reddy................Syosset, N.Y. 26 ......Alexa Graham ..............Garden City, N.Y. 27 ......Stefanie Ebo..................Sayville, N.Y. 28 ......Morgan Herrmann ........Garden City, N.Y. 29 ......Claudia M. Ruiz ............Glen Head, N.Y. 30 ......Stephanie Nakash ........Great Neck, N.Y. 31 ......Taylor Rose Anderson....Locust Valley, N.Y. 32 ......Karishma Ramesh Tank ..New Hyde Park, N.Y. 33 ......Nikaylah Williams..........Wheatley Heights, N.Y. 34 ......Alexandra Linder ..........Sands Point, N.Y. 35 ......Brianna Biancardi..........Merrick, N.Y. 36 ......Hannah Morgan Finger..Dix Hills, N.Y. 37 ......Giovanna Galante ..........Huntington, N.Y. 38 ......April Pun ......................Glen Head, N.Y. 39 ......Elianne Gabbay ............Jericho, N.Y. 40 ......Angelika Rothberg ........Centerport, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 18 Singles Rank ..Name ............................City 1 ........Hannah Goldman ..........West Hempstead, N.Y. 2 ........Erica Bundrick ..............Mattituck, N.Y. 3 ........Alyssa D. Rosello ..........Garden City, N.Y. 4 ........Nicholle Torres ..............North Hills, N.Y. 5 ........Veronika Paikin ............Valley Stream, N.Y. 6 ........Jennifer C. Ferguson ....Franklin Square, N.Y. 7 ........Amanda Seeley ............Sound Beach, N.Y. 8 ........Carly Siegel ..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 9 ........Jaclyn Mary Cartwright ..Deer Park, N.Y. 10 ......Courtney Sokol..............Floral Park, N.Y. 11 ......Yuliya V. Astapova..........Port Washington, N.Y. 12 ......Jessica Nowak..............Huntington, N.Y. 13 ......Kate C. Weidenman ......Syosset, N.Y. 14 ......Cameron Leigh Moskol..Wantagh, N.Y. 15 ......Mary Harding ................Northport, N.Y. 16 ......Taylor Wilkins................Syosset, N.Y. 17 ......Robin Mehta ................Manhasset, N.Y. 18 ......Amy Ginny Naula ..........East Hampton, N.Y. 19 ......Rachel Gastaldo ............Syosset, N.Y.

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Sectional Boys 10 Singles— Long Island Region 6 ........Cannon Kingsley ..........Northport, N.Y. 9 ........Neel Raj ........................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 10 ......Ronald P. Hohmann ......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 11 ......Sujay Sharma ..............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 13 ......Steven Well Sun ............Glen Cove, N.Y. 15 ......Spencer Brachman ......Commack, N.Y. 16 ......Billy Suarez ..................Huntington, N.Y. 20 ......Oliver Worth ..................Locust Valley, N.Y. 22 ......Benjamin Grossman ......Sands Point, N.Y. 24 ......Niles Ghaffar ................Massapequa, N.Y. 25 ......Amani Siddiqui..............West Babylon, N.Y. 34 ......Jeffrey McDonnell ........Glen Cove, N.Y. 44 ......Wiktor Marek Figiel ......Sea Cliff, N.Y. 45 ......Robert Steven Bellino ....Huntington, N.Y. 53 ......Abhinay Raj Srivstava....Melville, N.Y. 75 ......Zachary Reid Berlin ......Dix Hills, N.Y. 80 ......Maxwell Moadel............Brookville, N.Y. 84 ......Alec Hunter Barres ........Old Westbury, N.Y. 97 ......Daniel Chikvashvili ........Syosset, N.Y. 98 ......Kabir Rajpal ..................Syosset, N.Y. 103 ....Karan Amin ..................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 117 ....Sohrob Yavari ................Syosset, N.Y. 119 ....William McCreery..........Albertson, N.Y. 121 ....Arjun Sharma................Glen Head, N.Y. 122 ....Torin Suner Bograd ......Huntington, N.Y. 128 ....Michael Bruck ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 130 ....Luke Torel Karniewich ..Glen Head, N.Y. 134 ....Omar Matute ................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 137 ....Jacob Rusinek ..............East Hills, N.Y. 150 ....Sam Levine ..................Roslyn, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 12 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ............................City 2 ........Finbar Talcott ................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 7 ........Alan Delman ................Great Neck, N.Y. 9 ........Sean Patrick..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 10 ......Ryan Goetz....................Greenlawn, N.Y. 13 ......Daniel Shleimovich........Merrick, N.Y. 15 ......Keegan James Morris ..Franklin Square, N.Y. 23 ......Rajan Jai Vohra ............Glen Head, N.Y. 29 ......Patrick F. Maloney ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 32 ......Brian Shi ......................Jericho, N.Y. 41 ......Yuval Solomon ..............Plainview, N.Y. 44 ......Daniel Eric Pellerito ......Syosset, N.Y. 47 ......Michael Medvedev ........Oceanside, N.Y. 49 ......Ronald P. Hohmann ......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 53 ......Kyle Hudson Gower ......Oceanside, N.Y. 60 ......Neel Raj ........................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 67 ......James Kyrkanides ........Stony Brook, N.Y. 68 ......Pete Siozios ..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 70 ......Ian Bank ......................Old Westbury, N.Y. 72 ......Thomas Korossy............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 74 ......Logan Beckerman ........East Norwich, N.Y. 77 ......Cannon Kingsley ..........Northport, N.Y. 83 ......Steven Well Sun ............Glen Cove, N.Y. 88 ......Eli Grossman ................Woodbury, N.Y. 89 ......Benjamin Grossman ......Sands Point, N.Y. 95 ......Mark Julian Baker ........North Baldwin, N.Y. 96 ......Titus Syon Sung ............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 99 ......Justin Ilan Lempert ......Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 101 ....Giancarlo Cavallero ......West Hempstead, N.Y. 104 ....Brady Berman ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 115 ....Tyler Spencer Bloch ......Jericho, N.Y. 121 ....Billy G. Suarez ..............Huntington, N.Y. 122 ....Carl Grant ....................Water Mill, N.Y. 125 ....Amani Siddiqui..............West Babylon, N.Y. 128 ....Austin Egna ..................Port Washington, N.Y. 130 ....Daniel Weitz ..................Roslyn, N.Y.

Rank ..Name ............................City 2 ........Brenden Andrew Volk ....Dix Hills, N.Y. 4 ........Alexander Lebedev........Island Park, N.Y. 12 ......Daniel Grunberger ........Great Neck, N.Y. 20 ......Lubomir T. Cuba ............Massapequa Park, N.Y. 27 ......Eric Wagner ..................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 35 ......Bryant J. Born ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 43 ......Colin Francis Sacco ......Brightwaters, N.Y. 44 ......Palmer T. Clare ..............North Bellmore, N.Y. 49 ......Athell Patrick Bennett....Valley Stream, N.Y. 54 ......Alex Brebenel................Glen Head, N.Y. 57 ......Zacarias Imperial ..........Garden City Park, N.Y. 64 ......Sean Mullins ................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 71 ......Cory Seltman ................Smithtown, N.Y. 78 ......Jordan Bennett ............Valley Stream, N.Y. 80 ......William Scribner Bader..Water Mill, N.Y. 84 ......Travis Leaf ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 87 ......Joshua Gordon..............Hicksville, N.Y. 88 ......Brian Hoffarth ..............Fort Salonga, N.Y. 90 ......Brandon Eric Remer ......Hewlett, N.Y. 97 ......Chris Kuhnle ................Shoreham, N.Y. 98 ......Finbar Talcott ................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 100 ....Nikhil Raj ......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 104 ....Andy Zhou ....................Commack, N.Y. 112 ....Stephen Gruppuso ........Bayport, N.Y. 117 ....Dennis Uspensky ..........Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 118 ....Evan Kober....................Wantagh, N.Y. 128 ....Michael DeNigris ..........Islip, N.Y. 130 ....Nasser Abdel Ghaffar ....Massapequa, N.Y. 134 ....Trippie Franz ................Bridgehampton, N.Y. 137 ....Faran Nazir ..................Deer Park, N.Y. 142 ....Raizada Bhavin Vaid ......Old Westbury, N.Y. 144 ....Jesse M. Levitin ............Manhasset, N.Y. 147 ....Kevin Alec Kowalsky......Oyster Bay, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 16 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ............................City 1 ........Noah B. Rubin ..............Merrick, N.Y. 5 ........Aidan Talcott ................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 6 ........Samuel Lam..................Old Westbury, N.Y. 8 ........Philip Daniel Antohi ......Glen Head, N.Y. 9 ........Josh Silverstein ............Great Neck, N.Y. 11 ......Vihar Shah ....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 13 ......Ethan Bogard ................Lido Beach, N.Y. 16 ......Alexander Schidlovsky ..Sea Cliff, N.Y. 20 ......Douglas Notaris ............Wantagh, N.Y. 27 ......Conor Dauer..................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 38 ......Brandon T. Stone ..........Melville, N.Y. 40 ......Alex Sacher ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 51 ......Jeremy Dubin ..............Southampton, N.Y. 52 ......Tyler J. Hoffman............Sayville, N.Y. 53 ......Zachary A. Lessen ........Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 55 ......Julian Alexi Zlobinsky ....Greenvale, N.Y. 59 ......Daniel Grunberger ........Great Neck, N.Y. 60 ......Lamar Remy ................Roslyn, N.Y. 65 ......Conor Mullins................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 66 ......Zain Ali..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 68 ......Matthew R. Demichiel ..Hewlett, N.Y. 74 ......Mark Daniel Temporal ..Carle Place, N.Y. 75 ......John P. D’Alessandro ....Northport, N.Y. 84 ......Doron Saraf ..................Great Neck, N.Y. 100 ....Brian W. Slivonik ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 103 ....Daniel Wong..................Great Neck, N.Y. 107 ....Alexander Lebedev........Island Park, N.Y. 109 ....Jonathan Paris ..............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 111 ....Jared R. Halstom ..........Bellmore, N.Y. 112 ....Erik Ujvari ....................Hauppauge, N.Y. 113 ....Joshua Gordon..............Hicksville, N.Y.

125 ....Ian Combemale ............Bridgehampton, N.Y. 129 ....Jeffrey Cherkin ............Melville, N.Y. 130 ....Kyle Alper......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 134 ....Dylan Hobbs Appel ........Locust Valley, N.Y. 135 ....Benjamin Mermelstein ..Northport, N.Y. 137 ....Brett Edelblum ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 141 ....Benjamin Q. King ..........East Meadow, N.Y. 143 ....Gonzalo E. Mocorrea ....Locust Valley, N.Y. 144 ....Ian Baranowski ............Syosset, N.Y. 149 ....Richard Mitchell ............Franklin Square, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 18 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ............................City 2 ........Josh M. Levine..............Syosset, N.Y. 3 ........Andrew Yaraghi ............Mill Neck, N.Y. 4 ........Bert Vancura ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 6 ........Eric Rubin ....................Lido Beach, N.Y. 9 ........Matthew O. Barry ..........Lido Beach, N.Y. 16 ......Jensen H. Reiter............Syosset, N.Y. 21 ......Howard J. Weiss............Great Neck, N.Y. 32 ......Noah B. Rubin ..............Merrick, N.Y. 35 ......Brendan Henry ..............Massapequa, N.Y. 37 ......Alex Tropiano ................Laurel Hollow, N.Y. 38 ......Samuel Lam..................Old Westbury, N.Y. 41 ......Jonahiby Tauil ..............Valley Stream, N.Y. 42 ......Alexander Schidlovsky ..Sea Cliff, N.Y. 44 ......Eric Ambrosio................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 46 ......Ofir Solomon ................Plainview, N.Y. 51 ......Kevin A. Katz ................Woodbury, N.Y. 60 ......Jonathan Defrancesch ..Manhasset, N.Y. 61 ......David Greenbaum ........Great Neck, N.Y. 65 ......Alan S. Pleat..................Roslyn, N.Y. 66 ......Zachary Morris..............Garden City, N.Y. 67 ......Austin Davidow ............Glen Head, N.Y. 68 ......Eric Sumanaru ..............Middle Island, N.Y. 78 ......Adam S. Gottlieb ..........Great Neck, N.Y. 84 ......Jason Hubsher ..............Sands Point, N.Y. 86 ......Sean Jagi Chhugani ......Roslyn, N.Y. 93 ......Paul Abrudescu ............Great Neck, N.Y. 98 ......Doron Saraf ..................Great Neck, N.Y. 102 ....Clark D. Ruiz ................Glen Head, N.Y. 104 ....Matthew J. Richards ....Bayport, N.Y. 111 ....Shaun Bernstein............Plainview, N.Y. 113 ....Conor A. Dauer..............Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 114 ....Harrison R. Digia ..........Manhasset, N.Y. 115 ....Jacob Mishkin ..............Woodbury, N.Y. 116 ....Henry D. Lee ................Sag Harbor, N.Y. 126 ....Sloan Millman ..............Woodmere, N.Y. 132 ....Darren Reisch ..............Floral Park, N.Y. 136 ....Jared Drzal ..................West Sayville, N.Y. 137 ....Michael T. Puntillo ........Sands Point, N.Y. 141 ....Jason A. Fruchter ..........Lawrence, N.Y. 145 ....Pasha Shapouri ............Albertson, N.Y.

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Sectional Girls 10 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ............................City 3 ........Lea Ma..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 4 ........Francesca Karman ........Port Washington, N.Y. 15 ......Julia Kielan ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 20 ......Alexa Susan Goetz ........Greenlawn, N.Y. 21 ......Maryam Ahmad ............Albertson, N.Y. 22 ......Merri Kelly ....................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 24 ......Rachel Arbitman............Hewlett, N.Y. 31 ......Amy Delman ................Great Neck, N.Y. 46 ......Alexa Lynn Bracco ........Freeport, N.Y. 56 ......Allison Cooney ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 64 ......Kira Rose Giordano........Massapequa Park, N.Y. 66 ......Rebecca Suarez ............Huntington, N.Y. 72 ......Morena DeVito ..............Syosset, N.Y. 77 ......Gabriela Sciarrotta ........Woodmere, N.Y. 79 ......Madison Li ....................Old Westbury, N.Y. 82 ......Emily Austin ..................Hewlett, N.Y. 91 ......Alexandra Chirinkin ......Woodbury, N.Y.

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Sectional Girls 14 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ............................City 4 ........Madison Battaglia ........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 13 ......Alexa Graham ..............Garden City, N.Y. 15 ......Isabella Pascucci ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 16 ......Shanice Nadia Arthur ....Glen Head, N.Y. 21 ......Morgan Hermann ..........Garden City, N.Y. 25 ......Taylor S. Cosme ............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 38 ......Mia M. Vecchio..............Manhasset Hills, N.Y. 43 ......Bridget Elaine Harding ..Northport, N.Y. 47 ......Karen A. Serina ............Islip Terrace, N.Y. 49 ......Rachel Gastaldo ............Syosset, N.Y. 51 ......Aimee N. Manfredo ......Shoreham, N.Y. 68 ......Michele Sheila Lehat ....Great Neck, N.Y. 71 ......Elena Nitsa Nastasi ......Bayville, N.Y. 75 ......Esther Chikvashvili ........Syosset, N.Y. 80 ......Nicole Koskovolis ..........Manhasset, N.Y. 85 ......Olivia C. Funk................Hicksville, N.Y. 92 ......Julia Ciardullo ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 96 ......Nikaylah Williams..........Wheatley Heights, N.Y. 103 ....Dominique WoinarowskiSyosset, N.Y. 104 ....Vanessa L. Scott............Dix Hills, N.Y. 105 ....Rhea Malhotra ..............Syosset, N.Y. 121 ....Katie Jean Cirella ..........Woodbury, N.Y. 125 ....Stephanie Chikvashvili ..Melville, N.Y. 127 ....Julia Khan ....................Port Washington, N.Y. 129 ....Alexandra Lipps ............Roslyn, N.Y. 148 ....Sophie Grace Wilson ....Oyster Bay, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 16 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ............................City 10 ......Hannah L. Camhi ..........Woodbury, N.Y. 13 ......Sophie R. Barnard ........Mill Neck, N.Y. 16 ......Nadia Smergut ..............East Hampton, N.Y.

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20 ......Ola Mally ......................Franklin Square, N.Y. 25 ......Vivian Cheng ................Woodbury, N.Y. 41 ......Paulina Tafler ................Oceanside, N.Y. 44 ......Nicholle Torres ..............North Hills, N.Y. 50 ......Alison Wang ..................Great Neck, N.Y. 53 ......Claudia M. Ruiz ............Glen Head, N.Y. 60 ......Sunaina Vohra ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 61 ......Sara Finger ..................St. James, N.Y. 62 ......Rithika D. Reddy............Syosset, N.Y. 66 ......Madison Battaglia ........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 67 ......Mia M. Vecchio..............Manhasset Hills, N.Y. 73 ......Zenat Rashidzada..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 75 ......Rachel Gastaldo ............Syosset, N.Y. 87 ......Gabriella Nicole Leon ....Woodmere, N.Y. 90 ......Julia Zhuang ................Great Neck, N.Y. 95 ......Bridget Elaine Harding ..Northport, N.Y. 96 ......Yuliya V. Astapova..........Port Washington, N.Y. 97 ......Cameron Leigh Moskol..Wantagh, N.Y. 98 ......Jennifer Ferguson ........Franklin Square, N.Y. 100 ....Aimee N. Manfredo ......Shoreham, N.Y. 104 ....Emma R. Brezel ............Port Washington, N.Y. 107 ....Shanice Nadia Arthur ....Glen Head, N.Y. 110 ....Ruth Freilich..................Lawrence, N.Y. 111 ....Erica Bundrick ..............Mattituck, N.Y. 112 ....Olivia C. Funk................Hicksville, N.Y. 119 ....Brittany Burke ..............Garden City, N.Y. 122 ....Bianca Posa ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 131 ....Karen A. Serina ............Islip Terrace, N.Y. 135 ....Mary C. Harding ............Northport, N.Y. 136 ....Isabella Pascucci ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 141 ....Laura Torsiello ..............Bayport, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 18 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ............................City 5 ........Shelby Talcott................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 7 ........Katherine Yau ................Manhasset, N.Y. 9 ........Hannah L. Camhi ..........Woodbury, N.Y. 32 ......Morgan Feldman ..........Glen Head, N.Y. 33 ......Theresa Smith ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 42 ......Stephanie Loutsenko ....Bellmore, N.Y. 47 ......Sophie Barnard ............Mill neck, N.Y. 54 ......Missy Edelblum ............Roslyn, N.Y. 55 ......Julia Elbaba ..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 56 ......Taylor A. Diffley ............Hampton Bays, N.Y. 58 ......Nadia Smergut ..............East Hampton, N.Y. 59 ......Samantha Rosca-Sipot ..Malverne, N.Y. 65 ......Nicholle Torres ..............North Hills, N.Y. 67 ......Ludmila Yamus..............Melville, N.Y. 74 ......Melissa Carlay ..............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 79 ......Carly Siegel ..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 83 ......Devlin-Ann Ammendola ..Massapequa, N.Y. 87 ......Alison Wang ..................Great Neck, N.Y. 90 ......Vivian Cheng ................Woodbury, N.Y. 92 ......Jacqueline Raynor ........Garden City, N.Y. 95 ......Ashley Sandler ..............Jericho, N.Y. 98 ......Claudia M. Ruiz ............Glen Head, N.Y. 103 ....Lila B. Martz..................Long Beach, N.Y. 107 ....Mia M. Vecchio..............Manhasset Hills, N.Y. 109 ....Samantha Gann ............Massapequa, N.Y. 113 ....Jessica Nowak..............Huntington, N.Y. 118 ....Ola Mally ......................Franklin Square, N.Y. 132 ....Sunaina Vohra ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 133 ....Paige J. Mintz ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 134 ....Alyssa D. Rosello ..........Garden City, N.Y. 141 ....Erica Bundrick ..............Mattituck, N.Y. 142 ....Samantha L. Elgort........Melville, N.Y. 147......Hannah Goldman ................West Hempstead, N.Y.

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Boys & Girls National Rankings (as of 06/08/11)

BOYS

National Boys 12 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ............................City 75 ......Finbar Talcott ................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 101 ....Sean Patrick..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 111 ....Ryan Goetz....................Greenlawn, N.Y. 167 ....Alan Delman ................Great Neck, N.Y. 215 ....Daniel Shleimovich........Merrick, N.Y. 228 ....Rajan Jai Vohra ............Glen Head, N.Y. 261 ....Keegan James Morris ..Franklin Square, N.Y. 340 ....Brian Shi ......................Jericho, N.Y. 378 ....Ronald P.Hohmann ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 419 ....Patrick Maloney ............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 521 ....Michael Medvedev ........Oceanside, N.Y. 705 ....Daniel Eric Pellerito ......Syosset, N.Y. 713 ....Kyle Hudson Gower ......Oceanside, N.Y. 796 ....Yuval Solomon ..............Plainview, N.Y. 846 ....Neel Raj ........................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 902 ....Pete Siozios ..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 969 ....James Kyrkanides ........Stony Brook, N.Y.

National Boys 14 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ............................City 66 ......Alexander Lebedev........Island Park, N.Y. 69 ......Brenden Andrew Volk ....Dix Hills, N.Y. 94 ......Daniel Grunberger ........Great Neck, N.Y. 162 ....Lubomir T. Cuba ............Massapequa Park, N.Y. 243 ....Eric Wagner ..................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 439 ....Bryant J. Born ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 449 ....Dennis Uspensky ..........Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 641 ....Colin Francis Sacco ......Brightwaters, N.Y. 761 ....Palmer T. Clare ..............North Bellmore, N.Y.

National Boys 16 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ............................City 10 ......Noah B. Rubin ..............Merrick, N.Y. 39 ......Aidan Talcott ................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 59 ......Samuel Lam..................Old Westbury, N.Y. 128 ....Vihar Shah ....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 140 ....Josh Silverstein ............Great Neck, N.Y. 159 ....Ethan Bogard ................Lido Beach, N.Y. 233 ....Alexander Schidlovsky ..Sea Cliff, N.Y. 269 ....Conor A. Dauer..............Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 302 ....Philip Daniel Antohi ......Glen Head, N.Y. 336 ....Douglas Notaris ............Wantagh, N.Y. 534 ....Brandon T. Stone ..........Melville, N.Y. 572 ....Lamar Remy ................Roslyn, N.Y. 594 ....Julian Alexi Zlobinsky ....Greenvale, N.Y. 619 ....Alex C. Sacher ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 688 ....Daniel Grunberger ........Great Neck, N.Y. 730 ....Zachary A. Lessen ........Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 749 ....Tyler J. Hoffman............Sayville, N.Y. 790 ....Stanislav Korshunov......Oceanside, N.Y. 919 ....Jeremy Dubin ..............Southampton, N.Y. 921 ....Conor Mullins................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 951 ....John P. D’Allesandro......Northport, N.Y.

National Boys 18 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ............................City 88 ......Josh M. Levine..............Syosset, N.Y. 131 ....Andrew S. Yaraghi ........Mill Neck, N.Y. 135 ....Bert Vancura ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 148 ....Matthew O. Barry ..........Lido Beach, N.Y. 162 ....Eric Rubin ....................Lido Beach, N.Y. 167 ....Jensen Reiter................Syosset, N.Y. 256 ....Howard J. Weiss............Great Neck, N.Y. 307 ....Eric Ambrosio................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 414 ....Alex Tropiano ................Laurel Hollow, N.Y. 430 ....Jonathan Defrancesch ..Manhasset, N.Y.

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475 ....Noah B. Rubin ..............Merrick, N.Y. 603 ....Zachary Morris..............Garden City, N.Y. 675 ....Shaun Bernstein............Plainview, N.Y. 686 ....Jonahiby Tauil ..............Valley Stream, N.Y. 853 ....David Greenbaum ........Great Neck, N.Y. 856 ....Samuel Lam..................Old Westbury, N.Y. 877 ....Brendan Henry ..............Massapequa, N.Y. 887 ....Aidan Talcott ................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 923 ....Alexander Schidlovsky ..Sea Cliff, N.Y. 952 ....Lamar Remy ................Roslyn, N.Y.

GIRLS

National Girls 12 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ............................City 90 ......Alexa Graham ..............Garden City, N.Y. 119 ....Claire Handa ................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 184 ....Celeste Rose Mautute ..Oyster Bay, N.Y. 302 ....Jacqueline Rae Bukzin ..Manorville, N.Y. 382 ....Jasmine Olivia Abidi ......Glen Head, N.Y. 386 ....Stephanie Chikvashvili ..Syosset, N.Y. 527 ....Courtney B. Kowalsky....Oyster Bay, N.Y. 553 ....Lea Ma..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 605 ....Ashley Lessen ..............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 621 ....Josephine Winters ........Elmont, N.Y. 625 ....Celeste Wang Traub ......Jericho, N.Y. 665 ....Francesca Karman ........Port Washington, N.Y. 700 ....Merri Kelly ....................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 939 ....Amanda Allison Foo ......Manhasset, N.Y. 995 ....Morgan A. Wilkins ........Syosset, N.Y.

National Girls 14 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ............................City 141 ....Madison Battaglia ........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 178 ....Isabella Pascucci ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 277 ....Shanice Nadia Arthur ....Glen Head, N.Y. 333 ....Alexa Graham ..............Garden City, N.Y. 336 ....Taylor Cosme ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 340 ....Mia M. Vecchio..............Manhasset Hills, N.Y. 488 ....Morgan Herrmann ........Garden City, N.Y. 671 ....Karen A. Serina ............Islip Terrace, N.Y. 772 ....Bridget Elaine Harding ..Northport, N.Y. 854 ....Aimee Manfredo............Shoreham, N.Y.

National Girls 16 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ............................City 54 ......Hannah L. Camhi ..........Woodbury, N.Y. 113 ....Vivian Cheng ................Woodbury, N.Y. 145 ....Nadia Smergut ..............East Hampton, N.Y. 152 ....Sophie R. Barnard ........Mill Neck, N.Y. 470 ....Ola Mally ......................Franklin Square, N.Y. 829 ....Paulina Tafler ................Oceanside, N.Y. 923 ....Alison Wang ..................Great Neck, N.Y. 975 ....Rithika Reddy................Syosset, N.Y.

National Girls 18 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ............................City 99 ......Hannah L. Camhi ..........Woodbury, N.Y. 122 ....Shelby Talcott................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 147 ....Katherine Yau ................Manhasset, N.Y. 185 ....Julia Elbaba ..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 196 ....Theresa Smith ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 510 ....Stephanie Loutsenko ....Bellmore, N.Y. 533 ....Morgan Feldman ..........Glen Head, N.Y. 808 ....Samantha Rosca-Sipot..Malverne, N.Y. 998 ....Jacqueline Raynor ........Garden City, N.Y. 999 ....Taylor A. Diffley ............Hampton Bays, N.Y.

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. JULY 2011 Friday-Sunday, July 1-3 L3 Sportime Bethpage UPS Championship Sportime Tennis Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (14-10) s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, June 27 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

Friday-Sunday, July 8-10 L2O Sportime Lynbrook Eastern Championships Sportime Tennis Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road • Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG(18)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, June 24 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (646) 852-2283.

Friday-Sunday, July 1-3 L2O Sportime Amagansett Summer Championship Sportime Amagansett 320 Abrahams Path, PO Box 778 Amagansett, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (16-10) s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, June 27 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 267-3460.

Friday-Monday July 8-11 & Friday-Sunday, July 15-17 Eastern Masters Sectionals The Tennis King 25 The Tulips • Roslyn, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked M(25,35,45,55,65)s, FMLC; M(25,35-45,55,65)d, FMLC; FS(0)d, FMLC Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $65 per player for singles or $32.75 per player for doubles (deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 5 at 10:00 a.m.) For more information, call (516) 621-2009.

Friday-Monday, July 1-4 L2O Massapequa Championship Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway • Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (16-14) s, SE Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, June 26 at 8:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 799-3550.

Friday-Sunday, July 8-10 L3 Huntington Eastern UPS Championships Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway Street • Huntington Station, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (18-10)s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 1 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 421-0040.

Friday- Sunday, July 1-3 L1B Atlantic Beach Challenger Atlantic Beach Tennis Center 60 The Plaza • Atlantic Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (12-10) s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Wednesday, June 29 at 11:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 239-3388.

Friday-Sunday, July 8-10 L2O Long Beach Championships Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard • Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (14-12)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $50 per player for singles or $27.38 per player for doubles (deadline for entries is Friday, June 24 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.

Friday-Sunday, July 1-3 L1B LBTC Summer Challenger Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (18-14) sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player for singles or $28 per player for doubles (deadline for entries is Monday, June 27 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 383-2692.

Friday-Sunday, July 8-10 L2O Atlantic Beach Championships Atlantic Beach Tennis Center 60 The Plaza Atlantic Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (16)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 5 at 11:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 239-3388.

Friday-Sunday, July 8-10 L2O Westhampton Championships Westhampton Beach Tennis & Sport 86 Depot Road Westhampton Beach, N.Y. Divisons: Intermediate BG(16-12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, June 24 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 727-6066.

Friday-Sunday, July 8-10 L2O Sportime Kings Park Sportime Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road • Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18-16)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player for singles or $27.38 per player for doubles (deadline for entries is Friday, June 24 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 269-6300.

Friday-Sunday, July 15-17 L1 Sportime Bethpage Championships Sportime Tennis Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG (10)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 5 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

Friday-Sunday, July 22-24 L2R Long Island Regional Sportime Bethpage Championships Sportime Tennis Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue • Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18-14)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 12 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

Friday-Sunday, July 15-17 L1 ATS Cedarbrook Championships Advantage Tennis Strategies LLC • Old Brookville, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG (12)sd, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player for singles or $27.38 per player for doubles (deadline for entries is Friday, July 1 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (917) 991-0088.

Friday-Sunday, July 22-24 L3 Hempstead Eastern UPS Championships Hempstead Lake Indoor Tennis 525 Eagle Avenue • West Hempstead, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (18-12)s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 15 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 486-2165.

Friday-Sunday, July 15-17 L2O Ross School Tennis Academy Ross School Tennis Academy 18 Goodfriend Drive • East Hampton, N.Y. Divisions: BG (16-12)s, SE; B (16-12)d, SE; G (12)d, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 8 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 907-5162.

Friday-Tuesday, July 22-26 L1 Port Washington Summer Classic-Dana DeCarlo Commemorative Championships Port Washington Tennis Academy 100 Harbor Road • Port Washington, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG (18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 8 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 883-6425.

Friday-Sunday, July 15-17 L2O Sportime Kings Park Championships Sportime Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road • Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (14-12) sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player for singles or $27.38 per player for doubles (deadline for entries is Friday, July 1 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 269-6300.

Friday-Sunday, July 22-24 L1B ATS Muttontown Summer Challenger Advantage Tennis Strategies LLC Charles Wang Campus Athletic Fields Tennis Courts 6140 Northern Boulevard • Muttontown, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (16)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 8 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (917) 991-0088.

Friday-Sunday, July 15-17 L1 Advantage Tennis Strategies Muttontown Summer Championships Advantage Tennis Strategies LLC Charles Wang Campus Athletic Fields Tennis Courts 6140 Northern Boulevard Muttontown, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG (14) s, SE Surface Type: Hard Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 1 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (917) 991-0088.

Friday-Sunday, July 29-31 L2R Long Island Regional Sportime Bethpage Championships Sportime Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (12-10)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 19 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

Sunday-Thursday, July 17-21 L1 LBTC Doubles Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard • Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG (18-12)d, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $27.38 per player (deadline for entries is Thursday, July 14 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.

Friday-Sunday, July 29-31 L2R Long Island Regional Sportime Lynbrook Championships Sportime Tennis Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road • Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18-14)s ,SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 15 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 887-1330.

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. Friday-Wednesday, July 29-August 3 L1B Ross School Tennis Academy Challenger Ross School Tennis Academy 18 Goodfriend Drive • East Hampton, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (16-12)s, SE; BG (14-12)d, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 15 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 907-5162. Friday-Tuesday, July 29-August 2 L1 Huntington Championships Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway • Huntington Station, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG (18-10)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 15 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 421-0040. Friday-Monday, July 29-August 1 L3 LBTC Eastern UPS Championships Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard • Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (18-10)s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 25 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060. Friday-Sunday, July 29-31 L1B Sportime Kings Park Challenger Sportime-Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road • Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (14-12)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player for singles or $27.38 per player for doubles (deadline for entries is Friday, July 15 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 269-6300. Saturday-Sunday, July 30-31 Sportime Amagansett Open Sportime Amagansett 320 Abrahams Path, PO Box 778 Amagansett, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked M (Op,45,60)s, SE; W (Op)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $70.38 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, July 24 at 11:59 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 267-3460. AUGUST 2011 Thursday-Sunday, August 4-7 L1B Sportime Kings Park Challenger Sportime-Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road • Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (18-12)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player for singles or $25 per player for doubles (deadline for entries is Thursday, July 21 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 269-6300.

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Monday-Friday, August 8-12 L2O Aspatuck Summer Open Championships Aspatuck Tennis Club Howell Avenue (between Aspatuck & Griffin Westhampton Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate G (18-10)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, Aug. 1 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 288-6030.

Friday-Sunday, August 19-21 L1 ATS Muttontown Summer Open Charles Wang Campus Athletic Fields Tennis Courts 6140 Northern Boulevard • Muttontown, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG (18, 14)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, Aug. 5 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (917) 991-0088.

Friday-Sunday, August 12-14 L1B Bayport-Blue Point Community Tennis Challenger Bayport-Bluepoint Community Tennis Association 150 Academy Street Bayport, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (18-12)sd, SE Surface Type: Hard Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 29 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 524-2971.

Friday-Sunday, August 19-21 L2O Sportime Amagansett Championships Sportime Amagansett 320 Abrahams Path, PO Box 778 Amagansett, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (16-10)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, Aug. 5 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 267-3460.

Friday-Sunday, August 12-14 L2O Sportime Massapequa Challenger Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18-16)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 29 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 799-3550.

Tuesday-Tuesday, August 23-30 L1 Dan Dwyer Memorial Championships Point Set Indoor Racquet 3065 New Street Oceanside, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG (18-10)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Thursday, Aug. 11 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 536-2323.

Friday-Sunday, August 12-14 L2O Atlantic Beach Challenger Atlantic Beach Tennis Center 60 The Plaza Atlantic Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (12)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 11:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 239-3388.

Friday-Sunday, August 26-28 L3 Atlantic Beach Open Atlantic Beach Tennis Center 60 The Plaza • Atlantic Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (14-10)s, RR Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 11:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 239-3388.

Monday-Friday, August 15-19 L2O Hampton’s Championships Montauk Racquet Club PO Box 274 • Amagansett, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18-10)s, FRLC Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, Aug. 1 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 324-5514. Monday-Friday, August 15-19 L2O Aspatuck Clay Court Open Aspatuck Tennis Club PO Box 916 Quogue, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate B (18-10)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, Aug. 1 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 288-6030.

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Friday-Sunday, August 26-28 L2O LBTC Championships Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18, 14)s, SE Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, Aug. 12 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060. Wednesday-Friday, August 31-September 2 USTA National Senior & Super Senior FS Grass Court Championships Piping Rock Club Piping Rock Road, Box 415 Locust Valley, N.Y. Divisions: RF (0)d; FS(SS)d Entry Fee: $99.94 per player for singles or $199.88 per team for doubles (deadline for entries is Friday, Aug, 12 at 11:59 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 674-2408.


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