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Vitas Gerulaitis ... a Long Island Tennis Hero By Nancy McShea Thanks to Danny Burgess, and the members of the USTA Eastern Long Island Region Board members for bestowing the honor of the Vitas Gerulaitis For the Love of Tennis Award upon me. I was a junior tennis parent here in the 1970s, so I’ve been covering this beat for more than 40 years, and if any of you here have never heard of Vitas Gerulaitis, you should know that he put Long Island on the map during the New York tennis boom. Vitas lived in Howard Beach, N.Y. and played at the Port Washington Tennis Academy. He and another Long Island guy, Sandy Mayer of Woodmere, won the 1975 Wimbledon doubles title.

Vitas also won singles titles in Australia and at the Italian Open before he lost to his friend John McEnroe in the finals of the 1979 U.S. Open. McEnroe has said, “Vitas was the big shot player in the East who we all looked up to, and suddenly, I’m 20 and he’s 24 and we’re playing in the U.S. Open final … I don’t think it will ever happen again—two guys from New York playing for the U.S. Open title.” You never know. Another Long Island Vitas could emerge from the group of young players and join international junior stars who have emerged from the area, like Noah Rubin and Julia Elbaba. America and New York would love a new tennis boom. I have heard fascinating stories about people over the years as I researched and

wrote more than 2,000 tennis articles for a variety of publications and Web sites. I believe that every tennis player who earns a ranking of any kind, league teams, officials, writers and people who volunteer valuable time to promote the sport are indeed stars and should be acknowledged and honored by Eastern and the USTA. Nancy McShea has worked as a copy editor at a major New York advertising agency, spent 15 years teaching English and running the library in two Long Island high schools and coached varsity tennis. She has spent the past 27 years reporting in magazines and newspapers about tennis players and the game’s leaders in the United States Tennis Association, Eastern Section.

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College Tennis Spotlight: Mythbusters … Some Recruiting Words of Wisdom From Long Island Stars Who Have Recently Finished Their College Careers By Ricky Becker Court Awareness: Playing With Your Mental Positioning System By Rob Polishook, MA, CPC Good to Great: A Model for Safely Building the Tennis Champions of Tomorrow (Part V) … Environments of Excellence By Steve Kaplan The Jensen Zone By Luke Jensen Dr. Tom on Murphy’s Law in Tennis By Dr. Tom Ferraro Court Six: Long Island Tennis Magazine’s Gossip Column By Emilie Katz USTA Eastern Long Island Region Update Tips From the Tennis Pro: Getting a Handle on Grips By Daniel Kresh Fitness and Nutrition: Fluids and the Balance of Electrolytes By Irina Belfer-Lehat Adult League Wrap-Up By Kathy Miller Long Island Tennis Magazine’s Literary Corner: Winning Ugly By Brad Gilbert With Steve Jamison By Brent Shearer Long Island Tennis Club Directory


East Quogue’s Dillon Pottish Crowned Men’s Division III National Singles Champion BY ADAM WOLFTHAL illon Pottish grew up in East Quogue, N.Y., a small coastal community on the south shore of Long Island’s East End. As a youngster, his parents encouraged him to play every sport, but he developed a liking for two in particular, tennis and baseball. Knowing that both sports are played in the spring season for high school, Pottish knew that he had to choose one or the other. There was easy access to outdoor tennis courts in his hometown and two indoor clubs to play in for the winter. At first, tennis was his choice, but after committing to it full force, it became his passion. Pottish remembers his experience on the Westhampton Beach high school tennis team with very fond memories. The team atmosphere, camaraderie and traveling to face distant opponents was all good preparation for college tennis. Being from such a small town and the small community of Long Island, naturally, rivalries were a big part of his high school career and Pottish looked at them as a building block for what was to come. Being a Suffolk County high school tennis player, not to mention one of Suffolk’s elite, the opponents became quite familiar. Pottish’s high school career was successful, as he won the Suffolk County Championship on two occasions, but he had to work extremely hard both on and off court to be able to reach the level he did. He credits his work ethic for helping him in high school and also for being the backbone of his college success. His college career began at the University of Portland, a Division I school in Oregon. Sports were taken very seriously at Portland and tennis became the number one priority in Pottish’s life. After one year, he knew that finding a balance was important to him, as well as being closer to home and he decided to transfer to the East Coast to Emory University in Atlanta. Emory is known around the country as one of the top academic schools in the nation, and one of the best Division III tennis programs. Beyond the balance between academic and athletic life that he was looking for, the Emory Eagles also provided Pottish with better weather to practice.

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Pottish has been ranked as the number one singles player in the D-III ranks the past two seasons, with an overall record of 29-3. Pottish was named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Most Valuable Player all three seasons that he competed for Emory, helping the Eagles to a 25-0 record in 2012. During the fall, he became the first player in school history to win three ITA Regional Singles Championships. Over the course of his collegiate career, Pottish has an overall record of 92-14, with his victory total good for fourth place on Emory’s all-time list. Pottish also currently holds the school record for highest winning percentage in program history with an .867 mark. In his recently-completed senior season, Pottish was able to successfully achieve the goals he had set on the court, helping Emory to the Men’s Tennis Division III National Team Title and taking the Men’s Tennis Division III Individual crown with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 win over Nick Ballou of Cal Lutheran. Winning a National Championship as an individual, means that you are the best at your chosen sport, in your given division, in the entire country, while winning as a member of a team, means that, collectively, your team has outperformed every team in the nation for the year.

“Doing both in one year is extra special,” said Pottish. For his outstanding play in 2011-2012, Pottish was recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) as the Division III National Senior Player of the Year. As for the future, Pottish plans to give going pro a shot. He is currently training in Atlanta working towards competing in the Futures Tour in late August. Pottish’s advice to any Long Island high school tennis player is to “definitely explore the Division III option. Use your tennis to get into a great academic school because your degree will be with you the rest of your life.” Adam Wolfthal is the director of business development for New York Tennis Magazine. Adam is a former Dowling College men’s tennis player.

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Mythbusters: Some Recruiting Words of Wisdom From Long Island Stars Who Have Recently Finished Their College Careers By Ricky Becker A great source of untapped recruiting wisdom is from former Long Island players who have finished college. These young adults have all the experience of college and are still young enough to relate to today’s junior players. I asked two Long Island-bred college graduates some recruiting questions and tapped on their wisdom. Our panel for this discussion includes Allison Dender from Washington University in St. Louis (Class of 2010) and Ryann Cutillo from Wake Forest University (Class of 2012). Allison Dender Washington University in St. Louis (Class of 2010)

Ryann Cutillo Wake Forest University (Class of 2012)

Looking back at your college career, was there any advice you were given as a high school student regarding choosing a college that you now disagree with? Allison Dender: I learned that Division I 4

and Division II teams are not necessarily stronger than Division III teams. My team and other Division III schools regularly beat Division I and Division II schools. It is important to understand the quality of the tennis program and the schools that they compete with, outside of what division the school presides. Ryann Cutillo: When I was choosing a college, I was told that, aside from the school’s academic and tennis rankings/standings, that the coach and team should be a major part in my decision. While this is true, because you will spend a lot of time with your teammates and coaches, I think an aspect of college life that recruits don’t focus enough on is the school’s social life and atmosphere. Official visits are so important, because they allow you to experience what it will be like to make friends, socialize, and go out as a student in college. Tennis will be a major part of the college experience, so team dynamics are very important, but I think it is imperative to focus on how you think you will fit in with the entire school atmosphere, location and student body. Were you always happy with your college decision or was there ever a time while in college that you questioned your choice? Cutillo: For the most part, I was extremely happy with my college decision. There were a lot of ups and downs with the team because of a coaching change. It was dif-

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ficult getting used to a new atmosphere and coaching style, but I think this was a great learning experience for me. Being part of a team is such a great experience, and I think the challenges I faced made me a better person. Dender: I had a great college experience, so I was always happy with my decision to go to Washington University in St. Louis. I played highly-competitive NCAA tennis, but as a student-athlete, I was also able to pursue academic and social interests off the tennis court. I had amazing teammates who made my college experience very special, and who are still some of my best friends. Is there anything you didn’t realize about your whole tennis experience until after you graduated? Dender: Since graduating, I have seen how being a college athlete has made me more successful in the work place. The time management skills, work ethic, flexibility, teamwork and leadership traits that are important to success in college tennis are extremely important in the real world. Furthermore, the relationships you make with your teammates and other studentathletes last well beyond your college years. While I realized this as a senior in college, it is surprising how few players complete four years of college tennis, especially in Division III and conferences without athletic scholarships. When players get to college,


they start to realize other interests that they want to pursue, which are sometimes difficult to balance with a college sport. Since graduating, I value that I went to a school that allowed me to balance different interests and play tennis. I was able to study abroad (in the summer and fall), pursue my master’s degree, two majors and a minor, and serve as president of a business organization. These experiences, in addition to my athletic endeavors, have made me more well-rounded now that I am working. Cutillo: I didn’t realize how different tennis would be in college compared to the junior tennis experience. While I loved junior tennis, college tennis, for me, was so much more enjoyable. Being able to play for your school and your team—who are people you consider your best friends—is such an honor. What advice would you give someone who is now playing junior tennis? Cutillo: I would say to start looking as early as possible! While being recruited is a fun experience, it can also be overwhelming and stressful. The earlier you look into schools and start reaching out to coaches, the more you will realize what you want for your college experience. My coach urged me to start the college process very early and it was the best advice I could have received. It gave me more options because I was well ahead of the game compared to others, and I could play with a little bit less pressure and stress, which is very helpful! Dender: My best advice is to work hard to

put yourself in a position where you have a lot of options, both athletically and academically, and then make a decision that is truly the best fit for you and is what you want (not what your parents or coaches want for you). Did you host any recruits while you were in college? Do you have any advice for high school athletes who are visiting schools? Dender: I hosted a number of recruits my freshman year, a few of which became my teammates. My advice is to really get to know the players on the team and understand their lifestyle, including school culture, tennis schedule, social life and academics. Spend time socially with the team and make sure you fit into the team culture, as you will definitely be spending a lot of time with them if you attend the school. Inquire about the relationship between the players and the coach. Learn if there are any limitations to what you can do outside of tennis, such as extracurricular activities, fraternities and/or sororities, or studying abroad. Speak with some upper classmen, as you are making a commitment for four years. Attend a class and ask about how academic and athletic conflicts are resolved, and if there are academic resources available to athletes. Cutillo: I hosted many recruits on their visits. Some good experiences and some bad! The best piece of advice I can give is to be respectful and friendly to your host. There is nothing worse than trying to host some-

one who doesn’t give you the time of day or doesn’t seem interested. While your tennis playing abilities are very important to the coach and the team, how you socialize and interact with the girls on the team is a major part of your visit as well. How did your coach decide spots in the lineup? Cutillo: We had a few days a week of set play which is where the majority of our lineup was decided. On top of that, how you performed in dual matches was a major indicator as well. Some people are better practice players compared to match players, so how you perform on match day became the most important indicator of where you would play in the lineup. Dender: There were a number of factors that went into determining the lineup and the lineup could change on a match by match basis. We played practice matches and had a lot of matches against outside competition where our coach observed our performance, efforts and attitude. Ricky Becker is founder of JuniorTennisConsulting LLC, which offers off-court college guidance services to junior tennis players. He is now director of tennis at Pine Hollow Country Club and will be running tennis programs at Glen Head Racquet Club in the winter. He can be reached by email at rbecker06@yahoo.com, by phone at (516) 605-0420 or via JuniorTennisConsulting.com.

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Four New Yorkers Headed to New Haven for Shot at U.S. Open Qualifying Draw BY KRISTEN KELLEHER n June 16, the U.S. Open National Playoffs came to a close at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, as the women’s singles, men’s singles, and mixed-doubles finals were all played. For six days, players battled at the National Tennis Center for a chance to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Open. The winners of all the draws advance to the next part of the National Playoffs against the winners from the other USTA Sections. The following stage will be played in New Haven, Conn. in August. The winners of the singles and doubles draws from that tournament advance to the U.S. Open Qualifying draw. The Mixed-Doubles winner advances to the U.S. Open Main Draw as there is no qualifying draw in mixeddoubles for the U.S. Open. The final day of the U.S. Open National Playoff started off with the women’s singles final, as Brooklyn’s Magda Okruashvili defeated Rima Asatarian of New Jersey in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. Okruashvili was last year’s Eastern runner up, but this year, she was able to pull out the win. Okruashvili is originally from the country of Georgia and moved to the United States in 2006, where she trains

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and plays in ITF and USTA Pro Circuit tournaments. “The first steps are the best. This is nothing, we still have to play New Haven, but the first steps are definitely the best,” said Okruashvili of her win. The second match of the day was the men’s singles final which featured Nikita Kryvanos of Flushing and Winston Lin of Buffalo, N.Y. Kryvanos has had experience on this stage before, winning the 2010 U.S. Open National Playoffs Eastern event. For Lin, the 2012 Ivy League Rookie of the Year at Columbia, it was his first time playing in the tournament. The

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match featured many long points and was tightly contested, and after over two hours, Kryvanos came out with a hardfought straight-set win, 6-4, 6-3. Kryvonos was born in Ukraine and came to the U.S. with his family when he was 13. He established himself as a promising junior player, but contracted a staph infection at the age of 16 following leg surgery. After a long recovery, he worked back to become ranked as high as 389th in the world by playing on the USTA Pro Circuit. He won a USTA Pro Circuit Futures in Irvine, Calif., in 2007 and also competed in the 2007 U.S. Open


qualifying draw and the 2005 U.S. Open men’s doubles main draw. He also served as a practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup team in the 2006 semifinal in Russia alongside Andy Roddick, James Blake and the Bryan Brothers. Shortly after Kryvonos’ played in the 2010 U.S. Open National Playoffs Men’s Championship, he started to have knee trouble, which lingered last year. He decided not to play much tennis in 2011, skipping the National Playoffs and USTA Pro Circuit events. However, Kryvonos has been back training at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center this year and is finally feeling good again. The last match of the day was the mixed-doubles finals which featured Alison Adamski (Jamaica, N.Y.) & Keith Kessler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) against Malika Rose (Davie, Fla.) & Steven Wilson (Bronx, N.Y.). Adamski & Kessler, who struggled in their semifinal match, pulling out a super tiebreaker to advance to the finals, were on their game in this one and had a relatively quick win over Rose & Wilson, 6-1, 6-1. Adamski, 26, played tennis for St. John’s University and currently coaches the Hofstra tennis team, while Kessler, 26, played for Florida Tech and is a teaching pro in Brooklyn, N.Y. The duo has played many national tournaments together, winning a bronze ball at the 2011 USTA Open Indoors Championships. This was the first time the pair has competed in the U.S. Open National Playoffs, but they were familiar with the surroundings.

“We’ve played the National Open here at the National Tennis Center for the past three years, so we decided to give this tournament a shot,” said Kessler.

Kristen Kelleher is an intern with Long Island Tennis Magazine. She is currently attending Loyola University Maryland and may be reached by e-mail at kristen@litennismag.com.

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Three Long Island Teams Earn Spots at Junior Team Tennis Section Championships By Steve Abbondondelo

he 2012 Long Island Winter Junior Team Tennis season ended after two exciting weekends of competition. Point Set Racquet Club’s (Oceanside, N.Y.) 14 & Under intermediate team, captained by David Nisenson, prevailed in the round robin to be crowned champions. The event

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was held at Robbie Wagner Tournament Training in Glen Cove, N.Y. The Point Set 12 & Under team edged out five other teams for the intermediate division title after five rounds of play. The Regional Championships cul-minated on May 5. The Hicksville Smash, representing

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Hicksville Community Tennis and coached by Steve Abbondondelo, prevailed over the Blue Point Fahrenheit team, captained by John Lapham, in the finals. The 12 & Under and the 18 & Under intermediate divisions were held at Robbie Wagner Tournament Training Center in Glen Cove, N.Y. The winning teams advance to the Eastern Sectional in Schenactedy, N.Y. Junior Team Tennis has been growing dramatically on Long Island with more than 30 teams and hundreds of children competing in the various categories. This year, Junior Team Tennis in Long Island was sponsored by PM Pediatrics. To learn more about Junior Team Tennis in Long Island, or to start or join a team, contact Junior Team Tennis Coordinator Steve Abbondondelo at steveabby@optonline.net.

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Sharapova Reclaims Top Spot and Completes Career Grand Slam With 2012 French Open Win ussia’s Maria Sharapova completed her career Grand Slam with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Italy’s Sara Errani to win the 2012 French Open Championship. In addition to her 2012 Roland Garros victory, Sharapova won at Wimbledon in 2004, the U.S. Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008. She joins an elite group who has accomplished the feat, including Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Serena Williams, Maureen Connolly, Shirley Fry and Billie Jean King. “It’s the most incredible feeling. I don’t know what to say,” said Sharapova after clinching her career Grand Slam win on the

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clay courts of Roland Garros. “I’m so happy. I’ve worked so hard for this. It took a lot to get to this stage and even more to win it. There are so many tough days where you feel like giving up, but you don’t. It’s been such a journey to get to this stage again.” Sharapova’s showing at Roland Garros vaulted her back into the top spot of the WTA Women’s Singles Rankings from number two, moving ahead of former world number one-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. A U.S. resident since 1994, Sharapova has now won 27 WTA singles titles, including the four Grand Slam singles titles. She was also year-end winner of the WTA

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Tour Championships in 2004. Sharapova has been ranked number one atop the WTA Women’s Singles Rankings on five separate occasions. She became world number one for the first time seven years ago on Aug. 22, 2005, and regained the ranking for the fifth time on June 11, 2012 with her finals appearance at Roland Garros. Sharapova made her professional breakthrough in 2004 at the age of 17, when she defeated two-time defending champion and top-seeded Serena Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon finals for her first Grand Slam singles title, entering the top 10 in the WTA Rankings with the win. She subsequently won major titles at the 2006 U.S. Open and 2008 Australian Open, before being forced out of the game for 10 months by a recurring shoulder injury, which required surgery in October of 2008. Sharapova came back to the game in May 2009, and returned to the top 10 in March 2011. This summer, in addition to playing in Wimbledon 2012 and in the U.S. Open, Sharapova was asked by the Russian Olympic Committee to carry the Russian flag at this year’s London Olympic Games. She will be the first-ever woman to carry the Russian flag at the Olympics. “I am so honored, and especially excited, as it will be my first Olympics in my career,” said Sharapova on her Facebook page. “I have had to keep this hush-hush for two weeks and keeping secrets is not my best quality!”


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the semifinals, and then followed up by beating second-seeded Justine Henin from Belgium in order to win her second Grand Slam singles title. Sharapova finished 2006 ranked number two in the world, her best year-end finish to date.

Australian Open Seeded 13th and at the age of 17, Maria Sharapova reached her first Grand Slam semifinal by defeating Ai Sugiyama at Wimbledon in 2004. There, she defeated fifth seed and former champion, American Lindsay Davenport. In the finals, Sharapova upset the top seed and defending champion, American Serena Williams, to win her first Grand Slam singles title, and become the third youngest woman to win the Wimbledon title, behind only Lottie Dod and Martina Hingis. Sharapova also became the second Russian woman (after Anastasia Myskina had won the year’s previous major at Roland Garros) to win a Grand Slam singles title. The victory was hailed by the media as “the most stunning upset in memory,” with other writers commenting on her arrival as a serious challenger to the Williams’ dominance at Wimbledon. She entered the top 10 in the rankings for the first time as a result of the win.

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Sharapova was seeded fifth at the 2008 Australian Open, but was not considered a favorite. Nevertheless, she defeated former world number one Lindsay Davenport in the second round, and then world number one Justine Henin in the quarterfinals, ending the latter’s 32-match winning streak. She

proceeded to the finals by defeating Jelena Jankovic in the semis, where she defeated Ana Ivanovic to win her third Grand Slam title, having not dropped a set all tournament.

French Open

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Sharapova was seeded second at the 2012 French Open where she defeated Sara Errani in the Roland Garros finals. By reaching the final, she regained the top spot in the WTA Rankings. Coincidentally, the last time Sharapova was number one was right before the 2008 French Open, due to the sudden retirement of then number one Justine Henin, a four-time Roland Garros champion.

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Court Awareness: Playing With Your Mental Positioning System By Rob Polishook, Mental Training Coach, MA, CPC In today’s day and age, most people have a Global Positioning System (GPS) in their car. Certainly this device has made it easier to reach your destination. All that is necessary is to input the destination and “voila” … the GPS tells you where to go. There need be little awareness of where you currently are, and no thinking or planning is necessary. So what does this have to do with tennis? Stay with me … Let’s flash back a few years to a time when people read maps to determine how to reach a destination. There were usually three steps that were necessary: First, you needed to be aware of your current location. Second, you needed to know where you wanted to go. And third, you needed to plan the most efficient route to reach your desired destination. Then, along came an invention called “MapQuest.” This was hailed as

the greatest navigation tool ever. What made it so easy was that the driver no longer needed to plot their strategy to reach the destination as it was automatically calculated. Now, our fancy GPS system not only eliminates the need to plot a strategy to reach our desired destination, but we don’t even need to be aware of our current location! The GPS automatically finds us via satellite, and calculates where we need to turn to reach our destination. On the tennis court, we cannot turn to our GPS. However, all players have a similar, yet superior, tool of cognition when on the court, which combines the benefits of a knowledge of the destination, with the planning skills of reading a map. This tool is what I refer to as the MPS, or “Mental Positioning System.” The MPS is a human machine, run by the strongest computer in the universe—not an electronic device, but our own brain. It is activated by awareness.

It requires us to examine the same three points we needed to ask when using a map: Where we are at this exact point in time, where we want to end up, and what the necessary steps are in order to reach that goal. A mentally-sound player can employ their MPS system in both practice and in matches. When activated by awareness, the player’s MPS can tell them whether they are currently using ideal form on a stroke, what steps to take to improve technique, and lastly, where such adjustments will lead you. In a match, it can tell you where you are, where you want to be, and how to get back on track. Fortunately, we all have MPS devices, in fact, they are hard-wired into our brain. Some players may use theirs more than others, and consequently, reap the benefits, while others may take the shortcuts that our driving GPS system uses. For example, many players

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simply say, “I want to win.” In other words, they input the destination like they would with a GPS. However, on the court, this shortcut will fail. The players must first be aware and able to assess the complexion of the match, patterns of play that have developed, and the score that has resulted. Once they accomplish this, they can determine what has thus far prevented the desired outcome and move toward the steps to reach that outcome. It is the MPS which allows Roger Federer to make adjustments at any time during a match. If Roger has failed to return serves to his backhand side after a couple games, for instance, Roger’s MPS alerts him that he may need to move back, forward, or adjust the spin on his return. Then, Roger decides how he is going to accomplish this feat. Tiger Woods is known to be able to make on-the-fly adjustments, whether on the course or in front of a mirror, simply by being aware of the “feel” of his stroke. Choosing to use your MPS is a question of whether we are aware, objective

and courageous enough to admit where we are in our technical, strategic, physical or mental process. To use your MPS system properly in practice, ask yourself the following questions: 1. Where am I now on a particular element of the game? 2. Where do I want to be in a certain amount of time? 3. To get there what do I have to do? 4. Am I willing to put in the effort to do this? 5. Who can help me? 6. How will I know when I reach this goal? To use your MPS system in matches. Ask yourself these questions: 1. What is happening at this moment? 2. What do I want to be happening? 3. What do I need to do to change things? 4. How would my position change if I made these adjustments? 5. Am I willing to make the adjustments? Remember, when you are on the court,

don’t take the shortcut by trying to use your GPS. It only works in the car. Turn on your MPS system and trust yourself to objectively assess what is happening in the match or practice session, what you want to be happening, and the best strategy to effectively reach your goal/destination. You will find that using your mind to change the course of a frustrating match in your favor is one of the most fulfilling experiences in the game. Rob Polishook, MA, CPC is the founder and director of Inside the Zone Sports Performance Group. As a mental training coach he works with athletes and teams of all levels. His work focuses on helping athletes gain the mental edge and letting go of blocks which get in the way of peak performance. He is a USTA Zonal Coach and has spoken and been published for the USTA, USPTA and ITA. Additionally, he has conducted workshops nationally and internationally in India and Israel. He may be reached by phone at (973) 723-0314, e-mail rob@insidethezone or visit www.insidethezone.com.

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Good to Great:

A Model for Safely Building the Tennis Champions of Tomorrow (Part V) By Steve Kaplan

Environments of Excellence By Steve Kaplan ood tennis players develop and achieve in positive environments, and truly thrive and actualize great potential in environments of excellence. While great learning environments are a shared effort, they start at home and there is nothing more powerful and impactful to children than a parent who is a leader and role model. Coaches are vital to providing growth mindsets, but they play a subordinate role to parents because they do not most effectively instill core values to students nor should they seek to instill fundamental beliefs. Instead, coaches should reinforce the already-internalized values that students derived from home. My friend and one of my first students, Bobby Banck, talks frequently about parental responsibility in his insightful blog, “The Mission Dad.” Bobby has a unique perspective and passion

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concerning parental roles, both on and off the court as the father of two young boys; a former top player; as well as coach of Monica Seles, Mary Pierce, Mary Jo Fernandez and David Pate. Bobby spent several years at Nick Bollettieri’s Academy during the “Golden Era” of U.S. tennis and experienced one of the greatest citadels of excellence in U.S. tennis history. Bobby explains, “It wasn’t the quality of the coaching that was special, it was the attitude. My parents taught me devotion and instilled the idea that tennis was a privilege. Nobody at Nick’s viewed tennis as a chore.” Bobby’s consistent message is that parents must demonstrate and exemplify leadership to their children. He credits the support of his parents for his ability to greatly benefit away from home. Leaders are team players and parents cannot realistically expect to get the results they want from their child unless

they step up and become the leader of their child’s education. If you believe that, as a parent, you can best serve your child’s education by teaching them to serve, perhaps you should try this exercise. Sit down and write your coaching resume as if you are applying for the opportunity to be hired as your child’s coach. Include your education, background, experience and availability, and then evaluate it as a selfless leader and team player, rather than as a co- dependent. Consider the overwhelming theoretical and empirical evidence that indicates that coaching your child is physiologically risky. Would you really hire yourself as the most qualified candidate for the job? Bobby Banck explains, “I don’t know too many top players with happy relationships with both parents.” Are you so uniquely qualified for the role of coach and is tennis achievement so high on your list of priorities for your

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child that the hazards of coaching your child justify the potential rewards? An alternative to coaching your child is to lead them as a role model. It’s way more work but isn’t your child’s growth worth the effort? My friend, Dave McElwaine, is a wonderful example of the power of leadership. Dave is perhaps the premier senior mountain bike racer and photo journalist in the world. As an avid racer myself, I know very well just how much expertise Dave brings to this very demanding and competitive sport. On one occasion, Dave and I traveled to compete in the senior division of a national championship race in Showshoe, W. Va. Dave’s 14-year-old son Colt came with us to race in the junior class. I was amazed that, despite Dave’s vast knowledge and experience, he didn’t offer even one bit of advice to Colt. Instead, Dave extended invitations to Colt to join us as a peer. “Colt, Steve and I are pre-riding the course, you’re invited. Colt, we are prepping our bikes now if you are interested? My race is at 9am if you want to watch me. Afterwards I plan on watching you at 12.” As Colt developed, Dave hired Mark McCormick, a top racer and coach to further him. Colt went on to become national junior champion, graduate Harvard, and pursue his love of cycling as a top pro racer and leading bike journalist. Great competitive athletes need great leadership and mentorship. Who is better qualified to provide these essential qualities then the people with unconditional and limitless love? Coaching is a conditional role, parenting is not. Steve Kaplan is the owner of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as the director of Reebok Academy for New York City Parks Foundation. Over the last 33 years, Steve has been the longtime coach of more than 500 nationally-ranked junior players, 15 state high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous touring professionals and prominent coaches. Steve’s students have been awarded in excess of $7 million in college scholarship money. He may be reached by e-mail at stevenjkaplan@aol.com.

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2012 NEW YORK SPORTIMES

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Agassi, McEnroe and Hingis to Play WTT Match to Benefit the Johnny Mac Tennis Project Tennis Hall of Famers Andre Agassi and John McEnroe, and former world number one Martina Hingis, will compete as part of the World TeamTennis matchup between the New York Sportimes and Boston Lobsters, in a special benefit night on July 19. Proceeds will go towards the Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP) to provide scholarships, coaching, transportation and other financial assistance to qualified young tennis players in the greater New York area. The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. at Sportime Stadium on Randall’s Island. Last year, McEnroe faced Bjorn Borg in the first JMTP benefit evening in front of a sold-out Sportime Stadium crowd.

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Johnny Mac Tennis Project recipients will attend the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, which is completing its second year at Sportime Randall’s Island. Ticket prices for the match will be $250, $150 and $60; please consult your tax advisor concerning the tax deductibility of ticket purchases. Tickets for the Benefit night on July 19, and for additional NY Sportimes home matches on July 10, 13, 18 and 25, can be purchased by calling 1-888-WTT-NYC1 or by visiting www.nysportimes.com. “This year’s Johnny Mac Tennis Project Night will highlight three of the most popular and exciting players ever to play the sport,” said Sportime Clubs and NY Sportimes Chief Executive Officer Claude Okin. “Andre Agassi has become a notable humanitarian and ambassador for tennis as a life-changing opportunity. We are thrilled that he will be part of this great night to benefit our efforts to improve the lives of young people and young players here in New York City.” Agassi and McEnroe met four times while active on the ATP World Tour, each winning two matches. McEnroe won in 1986 in Stratton Mountain, Vt., and in 1989 in Dallas, while Agassi was victorious in

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1988 in Los Angeles and 1992 in the semifinals at Wimbledon. “I’m committed to giving opportunities to youngsters in the New York area to help them reach their full potential as tennis players and as people through the Johnny Mac Tennis Project,” said McEnroe. “This night is critical in making the JMTP a success, and getting to face Andre in a WTT match will make it even more special.” This will be the fifth appearance in WTT for Agassi, who previously competed for the Sacramento Capitals from 2002-2004 and the Philadelphia Freedoms in 2009. “Youth tennis and education have always been extremely important to me,” said Agassi, who won 60 career singles titles. Among those were eight Grand Slam crowns, including wins at all four major venues. “I am proud to support John’s program and look forward to competing against him in an exciting match on July 19.” The July 19 WTT match will feature Agassi and McEnroe competing against each other in both men’s singles and in doubles in the five-set WTT format. Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg H i n g i s w i l l Martina Hingis of the also play for New York Sportimes the New York Sportimes that evening as McEnroe’s team member; they will be joined by veteran New York Sportimes players Robert Kendrick, Jesse Witten and Ashley Harkleroad, three of the standouts who helped the squad reach the World TeamTennis finals in 2010. The 2012 WTT regular season runs from July 9-28, with the top two teams from both the Western and Eastern Conference


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advancing to the WTT Finals Weekend presented by GEICO, Sept. 14-16, at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C.

2012 partners show their support for the Sportimes

2012 Sportimes Home Schedule I July 10 vs. Springfield Lasers, 7:00 p.m. at Sportime/Randall’s Island (Sportimes– Martina Hingis) I July 13 vs. Philadelphia Freedoms, 7:00 p.m. at Sportime/Randall’s Island (Sportimes–Martina Hingis & Philadelphia–Ryan Harrison) I July 18 vs. Philadelphia Freedoms, 7:00 p.m. at Sportime/Randall’s Island (Sportimes–Martina Hingis) I July 19 vs. Boston Lobsters, 7:00 p.m. at Sportime/Randall’s Island (Sportimes– Hingis, McEnroe & Boston– Andre Agassi) I July 23 vs. Washington Kastles, 7:30 p.m. at Albany/SEFCU Arena (Sportimes– Hingis & Washington–Venus Williams) I July 24 vs. Boston Lobsters, 7:30 p.m. at Albany/SEFCU Arena (Sportimes–Hingis & Boston–John Isner) I July 25 vs. Washington Kastles, 7:00 p.m. at Sportime/Randall’s Island (Sportimes– Hingis & McEnroe)

Sportimes seeking volunteers Want to get involved? Are you ready to participate as a team member in a fast-paced environment and assist in game operations? Volunteering for the New York Sportimes of the World Team Tennis Professional League during July 2012 will provide you with valuable experience and build your resume. It’s a competitive world out there, so why not get a leg up? Applicants will have the opportunity to be hands-on and actively involved with the staging of an exciting professional tennis event. Volunteers are needed for all home

Sportimes’ partners for 2012 include USTA Eastern Section, GEICO, USTA, Wilson, DecoTurf, Principal Funds, SPORTIME Clubs, Tennis.com, Arizon Tennis Domes, NY Orthopedics, and Randall’s Island Park Alliance.

Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg

matches on Randall’s Island on the following dates: July 10, 13, 18, 19 and 25. Match time for all games is 7:00 p.m. and volunteer check-in time is 4:45 p.m. For more information and to download an application, visit www.nysportimes.com.

Sportimes Fans Aim to Set World Record at July 18 WTT Match

Ever wanted to help set a Guinness World Record? Fans in attendance at the World TeamTennis matchup between the New York Sportimes and the Philadelphia Freedoms on July 18 at Sportime Stadium on Randall’s Island will have the opportunity to take part in an attempt to set

the official mark for “Most People Bouncing Tennis Balls on Tennis Rackets,” prior to the 7:00 p.m. match, which will feature former world number one and Sportimes star Martina Hingis. Fans interested in participating should arrive at Sportime Stadium by 5:00 p.m., wear tennis sneakers and bring their rackets. Tennis balls will be provided. All participants must purchase a ticket to that evening’s World TeamTennis match in order to participate. Hingis, along with Sportime players Robert Kendrick, Jesse Witten, Ashley Harkleroad and Sportimes Coach Chuck Adams, will lead the attempt, which will take place on the Stadium Court. The previous record of 658 was achieved in advance of the U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on Aug. 26, 2011. In order to set the record, on the audible signal, all contestants must bounce the ball for a minimum of 10 seconds, using just the racket. Only those who maintain the bounce in the air, without the ball touching the ground for the full 10 seconds, will be counted towards the record.

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By Luke Jensen The Jensen Brothers are going to bring it in Georgia! I am so excited to tell you that Murphy and I are now part of the Sea Island Experience! From 1990 when Murphy played at the University of Georgia (UGA), the Jensen family has been part of the Atlanta tennis scene. The opportunity to work side by side, once again, with my brother Murphy like we did on the ATP Tour winning the 1993 French Open on through today, it develops a very special family experience at Sea Island through the game of tennis. Murphy and I have one mission in mind for our tennis program. Making doubles our number one priority! We call it Doubles Heaven! If doubles is your game, Sea Island is the name you need to know. With special events and weekend camps every month, Sea Island Tennis will have everything the hardcore tennis player needs.

Murphy and I made our living on the ATP Tour winning at doubles. To be honest, I was tired of hearing from the tennis fan that there needs to be more doubles on TV and a doubles emphasis from the ATP and WTA Tours. I wanted to do something about it. Sea Island has given the Jensen Brothers a platform to teach and promote the game MOST tennis players play … the complicated and rewarding game of doubles! At every level, doubles is a different game and one needs a different approach than in singles. The mindset, tactics and movements are unique and have to be mastered in order to be successful in doubles tennis. Junior players, college players and adult league players ALL need a depth of understanding and confidence in their doubles game. Junior players must understand that a winning high school program needs productive doubles players in order for the

team to win. For the player looking to play in college, 83 percent of the time, the team winning the doubles points wins the team dual match at the collegiate level. For the adult player, every year we lose a half a step of court coverage, and doubles tennis will find you sooner or later. Doubles is a game of mental tactical chess. It’s not as physical as singles, but more demanding in the way of strategy and communication. Doubles on any surface at any level can be very complicated. First, it is very important to choose the right partner. A great player may blame you if the team is losing. A player similar to you may not bring the game needed on that day to win. I have found that opposites attract in doubles. Find someone who is supportive when you are playing bad and find a partner who inspires you to have fun when things begin to get tough. After that, make sure the partner compliments

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what you do. If you are a power player, pick up a steady no-miss partner. If you are the rock of consistency, find a power plant of winners in your partner. These combinations can handle any type of team across the net. The team aspect, in the end, is critical. Successful teams enjoy being on the practice and match court together. Spending time with your doubles partner off the court in social situations creates a bond that will help the team perform well under pressure. Great doubles tennis is played and won with great team chemistry. My brother Murphy and I were so in tune that I knew what shot he would hit before he hit it based on the score and where on the court he was hitting from. By the end of our ATP careers, there were only brief tactical discussions from time to time after spending decades of meshing the team to a world-class machine. We had achieved what all great teams are searching for … UNITY. We thought, moved and played as one unit. We covered all areas of the court to the point where we became a wall around the net. Murphy and I are now excited about teaching the doubles concept and theory to achieve unity on the court for your team. Sea Island Tennis is dedicated to making all players at EVERY level better. The facilities at Sea Island and now the pro staff, with two French Open Doubles

Champions, are without equal on the planet. Join us soon at Sea Island, and let Murphy and I “Jensenize” your doubles game! Go on a horseback ride on the miles-long private beach, play some golf, go to our world-class shooting school, take up squash, then go to the spa for a manicure and a pedicure! There is unlimited fun and activities available at Sea Island on the Atlantic Ocean. See you soon on our manicured clay courts. Born in Grayling, Mich., Luke Jensen is head coach of the Syracuse University

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

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USTA Flex League Do you want to work on your singles game, without affecting your USTA rating? Does your schedule make it difficult to play on a USTA League team? USTA’s Flex League may be for you. Flex Leagues allow you to play when it’s convenient for you. You decide the match day, time and location with your

opponent. The home player covers the court costs, if any. Registration is done online at www.ustaflex.com. Once registration is closed, a schedule will be generated. You will receive a list of opponents and suggested “play by” dates. Once the match is played, the scores are recorded online.

Additionally, all players registered for the Flex League are entered into the USTA Flex League Sweepstakes, where the grand prize is a trip for two to the U.S. Open. Online registration for the USTA Flex League’s Fall Season will take place from June 15-Sept. 20 at www.ustaflex.com.

For more information on the USTA Flex League, e-mail flexleague@live.com.

Correction … In the May/June 2012 issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine, a few names of the award recipients of the USTA Eastern LI Region Annual Awards Winners were misspelled. I Ron Rebhuhn (Westbury, N.Y.) was co-winner of the Vitas Gerulaitis For the Love of Tennis Award I Ken Coard (Suffolk) was the co-winner of the Adult Volunteer of the Year Award I Michael Ethan Rovner, Kelly Basdavanos, Sydney Menzin & Evan Landau were the winners from Glen Cove Cares of the Junior Volunteer of the Year Award

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Dr. Tom on Murphy’s Law in Tennis By Tom Ferraro, Ph.D.

2) Shelter yourself from social and family contacts prior to any big match. Your friends and family will be getting excited and this energy will serve to distract, make you more nervous and tire you out. 3) Always be ready for the unexpected during play. Expect your opponent to say something nasty to you. Expect a bad call … actually, expect many bad calls. 4) Do not be surprised if your opponent tries to cheat.

like the following, “Okay, here it is. So be it! It’s over; I can’t do much about it now. Let it go. Just take a great big breath and refocus.” Memorize this mantra and post it on your refrigerator. You are not immune to Murphy’s Law. Something will pop up before or during the next big match. If you know how to minimize the damage and let it go like water off a duck’s back, you will stay focused and go on to win.

Murphy’s Law applies to all things in life, especially in sports. The perverse, the unexpected and the unusual are always just around the corner in any tennis tournament. A bad call, a double fault or a nasty remark between points are just part of the unexpected and unscripted that may not kill you, but will often cause you to lose a point, a set or a match. For consultations, treatment or on-site visits, Tennis players are usually surprised when the contact Dr. Tom Ferraro Ph.D., sport psycholounfortunate happens to them and this rattles To be able to cope with these sudden mishaps, gist, by phone at (516) 248-7189, e-mail drtfercomposure and focus. The worst I ever witnessed was when David Ferrer lost his cool in you must be ready for them and say something raro@aol.com or visit www.drtomferraro.com. a quarterfinals match at the Sony Ericsson Open last year. A baby would not stop crying in the stands, and in anger, Ferrer hit a ball in the baby’s direction to get him to stop. Either David doesn’t like babies or he does not know how to deal with the unexpected. He went on “Your Tennis Store” to lose the match. Kids Apparel & Sneakers • Great Prices On Racquets Workout Apparel • 1 Hour Stringing The cure Tennis & Running Shoes • Warmup Suits Restringing/ There’s no question that Murphy’s Law is USTA valid. You need to give up the fantasy that the Long Island Regrip Combo Open 7 Days • Demos Available Retailer of ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED days’ tournament is going to go as planned. It W/COUPON • Exp. 8/31/12 • Non-combinable the Year ONE COUPON PER FAMILY will not. Here is how to prepare for the many 218 JERICHO TURNPIKE surprises that await you:

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Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob): 1st stop of wine tasting tour at Rombauer! Casey Dellacqua (@caseydellacqua): Bike riding in Brussels to find the laundromat.

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Forbes: Five tennis stars among “Most Powerful” Celebrities Five ATP and WTA pros landed at various points on Forbes magazine’s list of the globe’s “100 Most Powerful Celebrities.” Their rankings: Roger Federer at number 31, Rafael Nadal at 47, Maria Sharapova at 71, Serena Williams at 77, and Li Na at 87. Federer is considered the fourth most powerful athlete in the world, behind Tiger Woods, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. Tiger roars in at number 12. Jennifer Lopez tops the list, supplanting 2011’s number one celeb, Lady Gaga.

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Djokovic switches to UNIQLO The world’s top tennis player, Serbian Novak Djokovic, ended his deal with clothing sponsor Sergio Tacchini. In an emailed statement to media, the clothing company said, “It has been mutually and amicably decided that, as of the 2012 Roland Garros Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic will no longer be the brand ambassador.” Djokovic has inked a new five-year deal to wear UNIQLO clothing. The partnership will also include collaboration on future product lines, as well as co-developing the ultimate UNIQLO functional wear. A preview of the collaboration’s first results will be seen at the 2012 French Open, where Djokovic will debut his newly-designed UNIQLO match wear to spectators in Paris and to a worldwide TV audience.

Federer becomes a Man in Black

After Roger Federer won the Madrid Open, Will Smith came on the court and took the microphone. He spoke in Spanish about


Federer’s win and also how he was giving Roger his suit for his summer blockbuster, “Men in Black III.” This was all because of a press tour that Will and Jada Smith are doing to promote “Men in Black III”.

Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Chela’s “Top-10 Ways You Know You’re a WTA Tour Player”

Serena releases rap song

8. Serena Williams is now a rapper? She made her debut with a brand new song, a one-minute-long track recorded at the Florida studio of her friend, Bryant McKinnie of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. The unnamed track is about winning and Serena’s self-proclaimed dominance on the court. She even gives a shout out to frozen pizza and “beats so good they’ll blow ‘ya speakers.”

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2. You hate all of your colleagues. And … the top reason you know you’re a WTA Tour player is … 1. At the end of the match, you wave like Miss Universe.

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Watch the Ball 50 Percent of the Time and Watch Your Game Soar By Lisa Dodson Keep your head up! You’re late! Snap your wrist! Watch the ball! These common tennis phrases are actually meaningless on their own, but we hear and use them all of the time. A book could be written about each one. The most abused phrase shouted by pros and used by players when failing is, “Watch the ball,” but what does that actually mean? Most players think that you are supposed to watch the ball at all times when it is in play, and most pros actually reinforce this behavior. It is simply not true. In fact, visually letting go of the ball is a skill in itself that must be learned and practiced. So what’s the real scoop? When do we watch the ball? When do we visually let go of the ball? Let’s break it down into some hard facts: When TO watch the ball A player needs to see the origin of the hit. This is the opponent’s strike of the ball on

their racket. They need to follow the ball on its trajectory over the net to the bounce on their side (for a groundstroke) and as close to point of contact on their racket as possible. This seems simple, but due to many variables, few of us actually do it. We don’t see the origin of the hit and begin reacting “late,” which gives us less time for movement and preparation to strike our own ball. Then, the ball is watched part of the way to the bounce and is lost. We try to pick up sight again somewhere after the bounce to contact point. We may as well have our eyes closed when the opponent is striking the ball, open them for part of the flight, close them again when the ball is bouncing and open them for contact. When NOT to watch the ball After you have struck your ball and it is on its way forward, you STOP watching it and start watching your opponent. You are hitting the ball with intent, direction and purpose so you generally know where it is going. If you follow your opponent’s movement, they will tell you where your ball is by moving to it. In this way, you can gather in-

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“The most critical point in time concerning judging what a ball is going to do, how it will travel and how it will act when it hits the ground comes from seeing the opponent.” formation about their balance, position to the ball, racket position and shot selection. This visual information will give you what you need to respond quickly and to the best of your ability. The most critical point in time concerning judging what a ball is going to do, how it will travel and how it will act when it hits the ground comes from seeing the opponent. It is generally said that one needs to “read the ball” which is a very complex task. The “reading” starts from visual information available at the opponent’s hit, not from seeing the ball flying towards you and magically being able to see what it will do. If a player is still watching the flight of their ball and where it is landing, they miss all of the critical information that the opponent is giving them. Players need to watch everything about the way their opponent approaches a ball, and how their racket is prepared to gain information about the hit. Let’s look at three common point play situations and general responses to them. If you are watching your ball bounce and not your opponent, you will miss seeing the clear signs that will help you handle these balls: 1. If an opponent is running laterally or forward and is reaching and stretching for a ball, it will not have power. This fact tells us that we should start taking a few steps forward to be able to easily handle the short ball. What it


won’t tell us is exactly where it is going: Left, right, high or low. If you are headed forward, you’ll be able to handle any ball that is coming. 2. If you hit a high deep ball, the opponent is backing up and on their back foot you can probably expect an attempt at a high return. In this position, they cannot drive, so their ball may be weak or they may get lucky and launch a high one. In either case, this information will help you to respond. 3. If the opponent is setting up for a forehand or backhand and looks balanced and calm, you should be prepared for their drive. If you’ve been paying attention, you will have seen what their “best” strokes look like and what type of shot to expect. You may not know exactly what the ball will do, but you’ll prepare to receive a drive. You will know nothing if you don’t see the position of the opponent. The bottom line is this … Watch the ball fully and accurately for 50 percent of the point play. Watch it as carefully as you can when it is traveling towards you from the opponent’s hit, through the flight, to the bounce and to your contact point. Visually, leave it alone after you have hit it and shift your focus to your opponent. You can then begin to gather information about what your opponent can and can’t do, or what they are attempting to do. You will still see the ball in the “big picture,” but it will not be your focal point. If you are watching your ball travel from your hit to the bounce on the opposite side, you are not seeing what is important: The balance and position of the opponent, their physical relationship to the ball and the position of their racket. Test this out yourself next time you are on the court. Discover what you REALLY do. Make massive improvements in your game by changing your visual focus, not your strokes.

Gijon, Spain to Host the Davis Cup Semifinal The Spanish Tennis Federation has announced that the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Semifinal between the U.S. and Spain will be held on an outdoor red clay court at the Parque Hermanos Castro in Gijon, Spain. The semifinal tie will be held Sept. 14-16. The U.S. and Spain have met 10 times in Davis Cup play, with the series tied at five wins a piece. Spain defeated the U.S. in the 2011 quarterfinal in Austin, Texas, and in the 2008 semifinal on red clay in Madrid, Spain. The U.S. last beat Spain in the 2007 quarterfinal on an indoor hard court in WinstonSalem, N.C., en route to capturing its record 32nd Davis Cup title. The U.S. is undefeated in three road ties under U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier— all of which have been played on red clay—including wins over Switzerland and France in 2012. Should the U.S. defeat Spain in the semifinals, it will advance to the Davis Cup Final for the first time since winning the title in 2007, and would either host the Czech Republic or travel to Argentina.

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USTA Eastern Long Island Region Profile: Ed Wolfarth d Wolfarth of Syosset, N.Y. received the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement in Tennis Award from the USTA Eastern Long Island Region at its Annual Awards Dinner in May. This award is the Long Island Region’s highest honor. Ed has been one of Long Island’s most dedicated volunteers, both as a member of the USTA Eastern Long Island Region Board, which he currently serves as Grievance Committee Chair, and as a tireless volunteer at events such as the Fire Island Breast Cancer Tennis Fundraiser, 10 & Under clinics and workshops, Long Island Kids Day, Long Island Corporate Challenge, Long Island Corporate Tennis Fundraiser, USPTA workshops, Pro-Am Fundraisers and more. A former National Junior Handball champion and champion

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golfer, Ed didn’t take up tennis until the age of 28, but became a ranked senior player from the 35s to, most recently, number one in the 60s. After teaching with Vitas Gerulaitis Sr., Ed became the tennis director at Old Westbury Country Club. He was athletic director at SUNY Old Westbury College, where he instituted and coached their first women’s varsity tennis program. In their third year, the women’s team won the Hudson Valley AC Championship. Ed was tennis director at the Tam O’Shanter Club and was the only coach in Nassau County history to coach high school teams to both the boys and girls championships in the same academic year, with two different schools—Cold Spring High School Girls in the fall of 2004 and Roslyn High School Boys in the spring of 2005. Ed is currently the racket sports specialist at Hofstra University and a professor of physical education and sport sciences at Queens College.

Competitive Kids Visit West Point

en Long Island Competition Training Center (CTC) program members represented the USTA Eastern Long Island Region at the Eastern Section Rally Day at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point: Kaitlyn Byrnes, Trinity Chow, Melissa Cooney, Ariana Fixon-Owoo, Ben Grossman, Eric Li, Madison Li, Daniel Meinster, Sujay Sharma and Sohrob Yavari, along with coaches Steve Abbondondelo and Pat Breen.

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The CTC program brings together top juniors, ages 10-14, for competitive training opportunities that motivate and encourage all to develop to their highest competitive level. CTC helps young players develop competitive skills without worrying about rankings. The CTC program, which supplements players’ training schedules and is not intended to replace any aspect of their regular training, each year assists about 2,000 players nationwide. Local training sites this year are Pointset, Robbie Wagner, World Gym, Deer Park Tennis & Fitness and Locust Valley.

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Long Island Region Kids Day approaching

he USTA Eastern Long Island Region Kids Day benefitting the USTA National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) Program has been scheduled for Friday, July 13. Long Island juniors are encouraged to don their sneakers (racquets and balls will be supplied) and join the fun at the Malverne High School tennis courts, located at 80 Ocean Avenue in Malverne, N.Y. The event is open to Nassau NJTL Chapters and Community Tennis Associations (CTAs). The day’s events, which run from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., will include USTA 10 & Under lessons for newcomers to the sport, games for older players, a pizza lunch, prizes and t-shirts. For

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Region supports Cancer Society fundraiser

he USTA Eastern Long Island Region brought its 10 & Under tennis courts, kid-sized equipment and local pros to the Bellmore-Merrick Relay for Life to help support the annual American Cancer Society fundraiser. This event was a fun-filled family evening with lots of activities, music, games, raffles and more. The organization’s largest fundraiser, the Relay for Life event remembers those lost to cancer and celebrates the lives of those who have won their battles or who are currently fighting cancer.

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Tennis players come out for Robbie’s Run

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automated external defibrillators (AED) and to ensure that these life-saving devices are available and accessible at every youth sporting event. Long Island Region pros and local high school tennis team members contributed their time to give lessons to tennis newcomers. Forever 9 has been very supportive of the Long Island Region, hosting AED/CPR training sessions at area clubs and even donating an AED.

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USTA Eastern Long Island Region Honors Players and Coaches at Annual Dinner n May 9, the USTA Eastern Long Island Region Annual Awards Dinner was held at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y. There were more than 300 in attendance to honor all of the award recipients for all of their hard work on behalf of the tennis community over the past year. Top player awards were given in all divisions, along with special awards recognizing others for their efforts and contributions to the local tennis community. Congratulations to the following award winners and many thanks to the sponsors listed below as well for their generous support.

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USTA Eastern Long Island Region Board Members gather for a photo

Claude Okin, CEO of Sportime and recipient of the USTA Eastern Corporate Award, speaks to the award recipients

Josh Levine (center), 2011 New York State and Nassau County Boy’s Singles Champion, accepts his award

Ron D’Alessandro, winner of the USTA Eastern LI Region Tennis Professional of the Year Award The Rose Buck Scalamandre Tennis Family of the Year Award was given to the Mintz Family of Roslyn, N.Y.

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Kaitlyn Byrnes (right), the USTA Eastern LI Region Girls 12s Awards Winner, is congratulated by USTA Eastern LI Region President Daniel Burgess (left)


Queens Native Takes Home Doubles Trophy at 12th Annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial BY ADAM WOLFTHAL he 12th Annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tennis Tournament was held from June 7-10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Jana Hunsaker was the director of the wheelchair tennis program at the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park center until her death in 2000. She ran weekly clinics, as well as the annual tournament, which have both since been taken over by Aki Takayama, the current director of the event. Players from three continents were represented in both the Singles and Doubles Main Draw. In addition to the Open Draw, there are four Divisions, A through D, each with its own draw, as well as a round-robin Quad Draw in each discipline. The Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Doubles Open final round was played between John E. Becker, a Queens, N.Y. native currently residing in Boca Raton, Fla. & Stephen Welch of Arlington, Texas against the Brazilian team of Rafael Medeiros & Daniel A. Rodriques, with the American duo of Becker & Welch coming out on top, 6-2, 6-2.

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I Division A: Todd Cox defeated Paul J. Sullivan 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 I Division B: Atif Moon defeated Ricardo Corral 6-3, 6-3 I Division C: Wayne Bennett defeated Troy Eap 6-2, 6-1 I Division D: Rodolfo Guevara defeated Andre Lambert 8-6 Doubles I Open Division: Stephen Welch & John Becker defeated Rafael Medeiros & Daniel A. Rodriques 6-2, 6-2 I Division A: Kevin Green & Todd Cox defeated Chris Herman & Richard Lane 6-3, 6-3

I Division B: Atif Moon & Jerry Russel defeated Jose Gomez & David J. Kelly 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 I Division C: Troy Eap & Michael J. Sullivan defeated Wayne Bennett & Alan Salceda 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 I Division D: Rodolfo Guevara & Estephen Santiago defeated Andre Lambert & John Robert 8-4 Adam Wolfthal is the director of business development for New York Tennis Magazine. Adam is a former Dowling College menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis player. He may be reached by e-mail at adam@usptennis.com.

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“WHEN” College Sports Gets It

Right By Lonnie Mitchel am writing this article while sitting in front of the TV watching Rafael Nadal carve up David Ferrer in the semifinals of the 2012 French Open. I cannot even imagine what it is like to play at such a high level. The talent these top players have is off the charts compared to the average

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player. Maybe I just stated the obvious, but watching these super human beings compete at such a high level is hard to even comprehend. The difference in the level of play from the top of collegiate tennis is still a far cry from the top professionals. However, “when” are we going to give credit to the players in college who sacrifice their time at school just for the joy of competing on a tennis court? “When”

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are we going to acknowledge the tennis players in college who, after their practices and workouts, have to go to study and be successful not only on the court but in the classroom? “When” are we going to acknowledge that these men and women, for the love of the game, play in cold and windy conditions outdoors in March, while many club level players will complain if their indoor courts are two degrees off from perfect conditions, even though there is no sun, wind and cold to deal with. “When” are we going to acknowledge that these men and women simply just want to play competitive tennis, and in order to do so, sit in a van for four or five hours traveling to and from other colleges just so they can play a match. Nobody is forcing these young men and women to do this other than the desire of being part of an NCAA collegiate tennis team. “When” do we acknowledge many of these talented athletes who play second fiddle to the football, basketball, lacrosse and soccer players because tennis simply, in the majority of cases, continues to operate under a radar screen like our sport does in most high schools.


“When” do we applaud tennis players for their mental toughness which helps them later in life as it relates to perseverance. “When” does this all happen? Recently, I finished coaching the men and women’s tennis team during my inaugural season at SUNY Oneonta. I never met so many dedicated young men and women, not only on my team, but from many teams across the country. These men and women play tennis for the love of the game and play their matches before sparse crowds because tennis, as far as the layman is concerned, just does not strike the fancy of the average sports fan. They play their hearts out, and in most cases, the only accolades they get are from their school and teammates. I know how hard they work and they will be rewarded. They will be rewarded because they learned to dedicate themselves to a cause and learned many life’s skills through tennis which will help them to succeed in life and ward off any challenges that may be thrown their way. I was recently contacted by some student athletes from another local university who eliminated their varsity tennis programs. These student/athletes were looking to gain admission and play for SUNY Oneonta. Is it always about money? I say “shame on this local college and do not even try to rationalize your decision.” I will always question that, when the sole purpose of

a college is to help prepare men and women for life after graduation, they will actually eliminate tennis from their varsity sport offerings. Te n n i s , a s w e know, is the game that can be played for a lifetime … business and professional relationships can develop as a byproduct. I am not sure if I am even writing this article to the correct audience because I suspect most of our readers do understand. It is the non-tennis players who do not get it, right? The best players in the world … I applaud you for your talent. The collegiate and high school tennis player also do some extraordinary things both on and off the court. Let’s applaud these efforts as well. However, if you are an ambassador of our game and if you are reading this, you are now appointed as such whether you like it or not. Stand up, be proud of the game you play and let the world know what you do in your spare time. “When” you do that you change the world and can influence the next potential collegiate player or parent. Yes, you change the

Nobody is forcing these young men and women to do this other than the desire of being part of an NCAA collegiate tennis team.

perception “when” you show somebody how great our game and its players really are. Lonnie Mitchel is head men’s and women’s tennis coach at SUNY Oneonta. He has produced many high school and collegiate level tennis players. Lonnie may be reached by phone at (516) 414-7202 or e-mail lonniemitchel@yahoo.com.

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John McEnroe Tennis Academy to Open Location at Sportime Bethpage in September n September of 2010, John McEnroe opened the John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA) in New York City at the Sportime Randall’s Island Tennis Center in Manhattan. Sportime Randall’s Island is the flagship location for the Academy and for Sportime’s 13 clubs. The John McEnroe Tennis Academy was established to develop world-class players by exciting the local tennis scene in New York, especially kids, about the game of tennis. Another major purpose of the JMTA is to provide opportunities to motivated and deserving young players, who would not otherwise have the resources, to reach their full potential as players and/or scholar-athletes. John’s passion and belief is that great players can be developed in urban settings, while still having the opportunity to live at home, pursue their educational

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had a chance to sit down with Claude Okin, Sportime CEO; Eric Fromm, managing director of Long Island and Westchester and chief revenue officer for Sportime; Lawrence Kleger, executive director of tennis at Sportime; Mark McEnroe, chief corporate development officer of Sportime; and Mike Kossoff, Sportime’s regional director of tennis to discuss this newest endeavor and what the JMTA hopes to bring to the Long Island tennis community. What opportunities does JMTA provide to local kids/players? JMTA will provide a world-class academy setting without asking a young player to leave his/her family or local school system. It will provide the opportunity to interact with by arguably the greatest competitor in the history of our sport, New York’s own John McEnroe. John has chosen, and will lead, a team of world-class directors, assistant directors and coaches, both at the new JMTA annex sites, and at the JMTA flagship Randall’s Island site. It will make scholarship money available to JMTA players who show promise and who have need. When are the new JMTA facilities opening for instruction? The first week in September, 2012, JMTA programs will commence at Sportime Bethpage and at Lake Isle in Westchester, N.Y. JMTA programs will take place seven days a week, from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and from noon4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. There will also be private coaching sessions for JMTA students around those


hours, in addition to off-court training and JMTA coaching at most local and National USTA tournaments. When will you start accepting applications? Applications are available online now and can be downloaded at www.sportimeny.com. For additional information or personal assistance, contact Mike Kossoff, director of JMTA programs at Bethpage, by e-mail at mkossoff@sportimeny.com. What will make the JMTA stand out from other facilities on Long Island? Longtime Sportime Director of Tennis Lawrence Kleger, who was recently selected by Johnny Mac as the director of JMTA, created an elite program at Sportime Bethpage that is already one of the nation’s best, but with the transition to the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, we are taking it to a whole new level. Not only will we have an enhanced and diversified teaching and coaching staff, but we are also going to be inspired by John’s vision and passion, which will make each player’s experience that much stronger. John mandates that his programs have a maximum 4:1 player to coach ratio; this means more time playing and hitting. John also believes in an overall schedule philosophy that mixes group training and private lessons. He requires all JMTA players to play in at least two group sessions per week, but most JMTA players have the desire to play in more. Each JMTA player will receive a

“player package” that includes a Grand Slam style JMTA player credential, a Dartfish video technology stroke analysis and Nike JMTA gear. The JMTA is the real deal for serious junior players. The McEnroe Academy differs from many academies around the world in that it is non-residential. What are the positives of that? John became the world’s number one player training with Harry Hopman and Tony Palafox right here on Long Island, and more world-class American players were created at that time on Long Island than in any other time in history. John’s goal is to translate his experience for today’s young players. It has been well-documented that residential academies do not work for many young people. John’s belief is that great players can be developed in urban settings, while still having the opportunity to live at home, pursue their educational goals, and participate in a variety of extracurricular activities. John thinks that New York-based players can be the best in the world, and we think that Mac possesses the ability to make good players better and to make very good players great! Are there any amenities that are being added to Sportime Bethpage in preparation for the arrival of the JMTA? A major renovation of the facility is being done in time for the JMTA launch. This will

include: An upgraded and expanded lobby area with additional viewing; the addition of court-side viewing for the “back courts;” new junior computer/homework lounge; new locker rooms; new functional training and fitness room for 1:1 and small group training Who will be coaching at the JMTA Bethpage location? Lawrence Kleger will be joined by Mike Kossoff, regional director of tennis for Sportime Bethpage and Syosset, and the new director of tennis for JMTA Bethpage; and Jay Harris, Bethpage’s regional manager and former head men’s tennis coach at Brown University, will be joined by world-renowned assistant directors from JMTA at Randall’s Island’s, to direct the JMTA programs at Bethpage. These directors, along with a mix of the top coaches already working with our elite players at Bethpage, and some of John’s best pros from Randall’s Island, will all be supporting our new JMTA program at Bethpage. This is a staff, the quality and diversity of which other top academies in the country would be truly envious. What level of player are you looking for? Only serious-minded and accomplished juniors will be getting invitations and/or acceptances to join the JMTA, so the level of play and effort will be unlike anycontinued on page 38

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John McEnroe Tennis Academy thing else in our region. That does not mean you have to already be a nationally-ranked player. Developmental JMTA will provide a pathway to train like a world-class player and to work towards admission to the highest level JMTA sessions and coaching. How often will John be visiting/coaching in Bethpage? John expects to be at the JMTA annexes about once a month, and to schedule those visits so he gets to see all JMTA participants over the course of each JMTA session. JMTA players who directors and coaches feel would benefit from more 1:1 time with John, will be invited to train at Randall’s Island one or more days a week, in addition to at their home JMTA sites. What are the main teaching points of the JMTA and what would be the mission statement of the Academy? The mission of JMTA is to develop

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world-class players from the greater New York area and to excite New Yorkers, especially kids about the great and life-changing game of tennis. The JMTA will develop sound technical players, who are prepared to compete well on all surfaces, with a special focus on the tactical and strategic aspects of the game. John always explains how tennis is a problem-solving game, and that he played chess growing up and brought that sensibility to his construction of points. JMTA students will not just learn how to strike balls, but will learn how to play the game of tennis, how to construct points and how to win matches. Who are players at the JMTA that have produced the best results so far? We have had an excellent year of tournament results at JMTA. Noah Rubin (age 16) played his first ITF tournament in October, made it to the finals, and is

now the 17th-ranked junior in the world. He will be a threat at the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open junior events, where he will be a main draw player. Jamie Loeb just won the singles and doubles title at the ITF in Delray Beach, Fla. Jamie (age 17) also accomplished the same feat at the G18 Winter Nationals in Arizona. Jessica Golovin (age 14) reached the semis of the G16 Easter Bowl and has had great results on the G18 ITF Circuit over the last six weeks. At the last Sectional Closed, of the eight tournament winners, four of them were JMTA students. We are also very proud of our first JMTA Graduating Class. Our top B18s will be attending and competing for the following schools: Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Columbia University, Amherst College, University of Virginia, Wake Forest University, Tufts University, Washington University-St. Louis and Michigan State University.

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Jill Fonte Named New USTA Eastern Executive Director STA Eastern has announced the appointment of Jill Fonte as the Section’s new executive director. Fonte will lead the Section as it places a new emphasis on growing tennis participation among players of all ages and abilities. For the past 12 years, Fonte has worked as an executive coach, consultant and speaker, providing a wide range of leadership training to corporations, including selling and customer service, strategic planning, and executive presence. Earlier in her career, Jill served as executive director of the United States Racquet Stringers Association (USRSA), a trade organization that provides education and certification to racquet technicians across the country. During her 18 years at the USRSA, she introduced a range of new training materials and programs and oversaw the organization’s growth to more than 7,000 members. “I am very excited to lead Eastern through this transition,” said Fonte. “The

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new and creative ways for the section’s outstanding staff and volunteers to grow the game.” Fonte has also been a USTA volunteer for several years, serving as a member and president of the USTA Middle States Board of Directors, as chair of USTA’s Tennis Innovation Committee, and as a member of the USTA’s National Strategic Planning and Budget & Finance Committees. “Jill has outstanding experience as a leader and teacher, and understands how to develop the partnerships and programs we need to grow participation,” said Jeff Williams, president of USTA Eastern. “We are very excited to have her on board and look forward to working with her.” Jill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition from Simmons College in Boston and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California at Irvine, Calif.


Getting a Handle on Grips By Daniel Kresh In my opinion, many club players do not fully appreciate the potential benefits of varying grips to help produce and deal with a robust arsenal of shots. The modern game of tennis has racket technology and court surfaces that allow for increasingly higher bounces and the player to impart more spin than ever before. With the higher bounces, ground stroke grips tend to be moving more western, which allows for a higher contact point further out in front than other grips, and more easily produces topspin. If you take a look at the handle of a tennis racket, you will notice that rather than being rounded, there are eight bevels around the handle. By placing the knuckle of your index finger on different bevels, you change the angle of the racket face. The angle of the racket face significantly impacts the spin you can impart on the ball and the ideal contact point. If you hold a racket by the head in front of you in your dominant hand with the handle pointing down with your fingers on the outside side of the strings and your thumb on the inside and then slide your hand down the handle, you will have the Continental Grip. For a right-handed player, this would be mean your index finger’s knuckle is on the second bevel going clockwise from the top (lefties are counterclockwise.). This grip is often called the “Hammer Grip” and is a classic and versatile grip. In the modern game, the Continental Grip is often used for serves/volleys/halfvolleys/overheads/slice/drop shots, in fact, John McEnroe used it for every shot. In McEnroe’s days, the lower bounce allowed this to also be a viable grip for groundstrokes, but the groundstroke strike zone for Continental is very low and it is a difficult grip to produce topspin on groundstrokes with. If you rotate one more bevel (righties clock-

wise, lefties counterclockwise) to the third bevel, this is the Eastern Forehand Grip, one more over to the fourth bevel is the SemiWestern Grip, and the fifth or bottom bevel would be the Western Grip and a full 135 degrees away from the Continental Grip. Basically, as you move away from a Continental Grip, the racquet face will close (begin to rotate forward) slightly making the contact point a little higher, a little further in front, and topspin a little easier. The Eastern forehand grip used to be the predominant grip in the low bouncing grass court days but is now a rarity in the modern professional game. Most players today have Semi-Western or Western forehands and play with a two-handed backhand. There are many combinations possible for the two-handed backhand, but oftentimes, the non-dominant hand will be in a Semi- or FullWestern Grip. For those tennis purists who still hit a onehanded backhand the most common grip would be the Eastern Backhand Grip, which would have the base knuckle of your index finger on the first bevel, it is 180 degrees oppo-

site the Western Grip, like the Western Grip, is the same for righties and lefties. The Continental Grip is great for serves and volleys because it is neutral, it can impart all types of spin on the serve and can be used seamlessly for the forehand and backhand volley where, oftentimes, there wouldn’t be enough time to switch grips anyway. The other bevels offer grips so extreme that their deficiencies outweigh their benefits and are not worth mentioning here. I would suggest playing around with grips particularly if you’re looking to add more spin or get more comfortable with higher or lower contact points. Using new grips may feel weird at first, but with patience, you will vastly improve. Daniel Kresh is a USPTA-certified tennis professional who recently accepted the positions of director of junior tennis and assistant tennis professional at the Three Village Tennis Club in Setauket, N.Y. He is also the assistant professional at The Port Jefferson Country Club at Harbor Hills. He may be reached by e-mail at dankreshtennis@gmail.com.

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Fluids and the Balance of Electrolytes By Irina Belfer-Lehat Staying balanced with fluids and electrolytes is a key concern to every competitive athlete. Very common complaints such as fatigue and cramps could be easily avoided if properly-hydrated, especially during the hot and humid summer months. Water is the number one ingredient every cell and tissue of the body needs in order to survive. The fluids that circulate throughout your body dissolve minerals known as electrolytes. Electrolytes help properly regulate the fluid levels inside and between cells, and are vital for the proper functioning of your cells, tissues and muscles. It is very important for a tennis player to know how much to drink before, during and after the match. Dehydration can force your heart to work harder, your core body temperature rises, and as a result, your performance will fall dramat-

ically. Overhydration is the other extreme and it can decrease your athletic performance. Too much fluid will cause the electrolyte concentration in the body to become overly diluted, thus compromising athletic performance. Finding your fluid/electrolyte balance is key to sustaining long and multiple matches. Your hydration zone is the perfect level at which you perform your best. Here are some tips on how to keep your body’s fluid and electrolytes better-balanced:

quate hydration. A darker urine (color of an apple juice), suggests that more fluids are needed.

Check your weight before and after playing tennis Two percent of body weight lost after a prolonged match is normal, but proper rehydration must be followed in order to correctly replenish.

Consult a professional A registered dietitian, specializing in sports nutrition, can help you to calculate the exact amount and type of fluid needed for optimum athletic performance.

Monitor your hydration status by checking your urine color A light-yellow color is considered an ade-

Water is the best choice of drink Water is always the best choice, but if you play for more than two hours, a sport drink will be necessary. A sport drink provides carbohydrates to help to sustain your bloodglucose level. Electrolytes, such as sodium, help to retain the fluid that you are drinking.

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At the time this article was written, we will be more than halfway through the Adult USTA League Season, with teams starting to think about the playoffs. A reminder that the USTA Web site does not show the correct standings as it does not take the point system into account and the correct standings can be found online at www.litennisscores.com. These are the standings that determine playoffs. All playoff information and dates are will be in your packet on the sheet with the captain’s names and contact information. The winning teams from playoffs will advance to the first round of the Long Island Region Championship. The schedule is as follows: I Men’s 3.5 will be three rounds of playoffs on Thursday, Aug. 2 at 9:00 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 3 at 7:00 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 4 at 8:00 a.m. I Men’s 4.0 is Friday, Aug. 3 at 9:00 p.m. I Women’s 2.5 is on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 10:00 a.m. I Women’s 3.5 is Saturday, Aug. 4 at noon I Women’s 4.0 is Saturday, Aug. 4 at 2:00 p.m.

I Women’s 3.0 is on Sunday, Aug. 5th at 10:00 a.m. The only division in the senior league that has a Region Championship is the Women’s 3.5 and that will play on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 7:00 p.m. All Regional Championship matches will be played at Carefree Racquet Club. There has been a lot of talk about the restructuring of the USTA League for next season. The restructuring is for the Men’s and Women’s Leagues while the mixed is unchanged. The League will now be an 18-andOver Division which will be two courts of singles and three courts of doubles at the 3.0-4.5 Levels, and one court of singles and two courts of doubles at the 2.5 and 5.0 Levels (same as we have now). There will be a 40-and-Over Division which will be played on two courts of singles and three courts of doubles at the 3.0-4.5 Levels. There is no 2.5 or 5.0 Level in the 40-plus Division. Forty-plus players would have to play these levels in the 18-plus Division. There will be a 55-and-Over

Division which will be played as three courts of doubles using combined ratings and will run at the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 Levels. The new twist is that the highest level in a division which would be 5.0 in the 18-andOver, and 4.5 in the 40-and-Over Division is permitted to have two players one level above on their team. You can have two 5.5 players on a 5.0 team in the 18-and-Over Division and two 5.0 players on a 4.5 team in the 40-and-Over Division. I do not know all the details yet as far as if there will be restrictions to where in the lineup they play, etc., but will let everyone know as soon as I know. Next up for Long Island will be the Tri-Level League which will start organizing in September. If you plan to have a team, please contact me in early September. I look forward to hearing from you all, and enjoy the rest of your USTA League matches! Kathy Miller is the manager at Carefree Racquet Club and is also the Adult League Coordinator for USTA/Long Island. She may be reached at kathym65@aol.com.

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2012 Boys High School Nassau & Suffolk

SEASON RECAP

2012 Long Island Championship 2012 Long Island Champion—Cold Spring Harbor

Long Island Championship Match Cold Spring Harbor 5–Half Hollow Hills East 2

2012 Nassau County Boys High School Team Results Conference I Nassau County Champion— Cold Spring Harbor Playoffs Great Neck North defeated Port Washington in a third place playoff match (Second vs. third place playoffs) (A) Great Neck North 4–Syosset 3 (B) Friends Academy 5–Long Beach 2 Semifinals Cold Spring Harbor 5–Friends Academy 2 Hewlett 4–Great Neck North 2 Finals Cold Spring Harbor 5–Hewlett 2

Conference I-A Final Records Cold Spring Harbor............................11-1 Syosset..............................................10-2 Great Neck North ................................8-5 Port Washington ..................................7-6 Great Neck South ................................5-7 North Shore ......................................2-10 Jericho ..............................................0-12 Conference I-B Final Records Hewlett ..............................................11-1 Friends Academy ................................8-4 Long Beach ........................................8-4 Roslyn..................................................7-5 Plainview JFK ......................................6-6 Manhasset ........................................2-10 Herricks ............................................0-12 Conference II Champion—Wheatley

Playoffs (Second vs. third place playoffs) (A) Lynbrook 6–Massapequa 1 (B) Bellmore 6–Garden City 1 Semifinals Wheatley 4–Lynbrook 3 Oceanside 4–Bellmore 3 Finals Wheatley 6–Oceanside 1 Conference II-A Final Records Wheatley..............................................9-0 Bellmore JFK ......................................7-3 Garden City..........................................6-4 East Meadow ......................................5-5 Calhoun ..............................................1-7 Clarke ..................................................0-7 Conference II-B Final Records Oceanside..........................................10-0 Lynbrook..............................................7-3 Massapequa ........................................6-4 South Side ..........................................5-5 Farmingdale ........................................1-9 Wantagh ..............................................1-9 Conference III Champion—Valley Stream Central

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Conference III Final Records Mepham ............................................12-2 Valley Stream Central ........................12-2 Valley Stream South ..........................10-4 Locust Valley........................................9-5 Carle Place ..........................................5-9 New Hyde Park....................................5-9 Hicksville............................................2-12 Oyster Bay ........................................1-13


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Conference IV Conference IV-A Champion—Glen Cove

2012 Suffolk County Boys High School Team Results

IV-A Playoffs Semifinals Plainedge 4–MacArthur 3 Glen Cove 4–Sewanhaka/Carey 3

League I Half Hollow Hills East ........................15-0 Walt Whitman ....................................10-5 Commack ..........................................12-5 Harborfields ........................................9-7 Half Hollow Hills West..........................8-7 Northport ............................................7-9

Finals Glen Cove 4–Plainedge 3 Conference IV-B Champion—Freeport IV-B Playoffs Semifinals Uniondale 4–West Hempstead 3 Freeport 4–Division 3 Finals Freeport 4–Uniondale 3 Conference IV-A Final Records Sewanhaka/Carey..............................12-2 Plainedge ..........................................11-3 MacArthur..........................................10-4 Glen Cove..........................................10-3 Lawrence ..........................................3-10 Bethpage ............................................5-9 Valley Stream North ..........................3-11 Baldwin..............................................2-12 Conference IV-B Final Records Freeport ............................................13-0 Uniondale ..........................................11-2 West Hempstead ................................6-6 Hempstead ..........................................5-7 Levittown Division................................6-7 Malverne/East Rockaway ....................1-7 Roosevelt ............................................0-9

League II Smithtown East ................................10-3 Huntington ..........................................9-3 Smithtown West ..................................6-6 Elwood/John Glenn ............................6-8 Kings Park ........................................3-11 Hauppauge ........................................0-14 League III Bay Shore ..........................................13-2 Sayville ................................................8-7 West Islip ............................................8-6 Islip ......................................................7-6 East Islip ..............................................5-9 Connetquot........................................3-11 League IV North Babylon....................................13-4 Deer Park ............................................8-5 Central Islip..........................................8-6 Brentwood ..........................................8-8 West Babylon ......................................5-8 Lindenhurst........................................1-13 Babylon..............................................1-11 League V Ward Melville ....................................15-0 Patchogue-Medford ..........................12-3 Bayport-Blue Point ............................12-5 Mt. Sinai ..............................................7-8 Sachem East ......................................5-9 Stony Brook ......................................0-13

League VI Miller Place ..........................................9-3 Comsewogue ....................................10-4 Sachem North......................................5-5 Bellport ................................................5-5 Port Jefferson ....................................1-14 Middle Country ....................................1-9 League VII Ross ..................................................11-4 Westhampton ....................................10-6 William Floyd ......................................8-7 Southampton ......................................6-6 East Hampton/BH/Pier ........................6-8 Eastport/South Manor ......................3-11 Shoreham/Wading River....................1-13 League VIII Mattituck............................................12-0 Longwood............................................9-5 Rocky Point ........................................9-4 Center Moriches ..................................7-5 Hampton Bays ....................................3-9 Southold/Greenpoint ..........................3-9 Riverhead ..........................................0-12

Nassau County Boys Tennis Tournament Top three finishers represented Nassau County at the 2012 NYSPHSAA Boys Tennis State Championships. Singles Tournament All-New York State & All-County Honors Champion Josh Levine—Cold Spring Harbor Runner-up Andrew Yaraghi—Friends Academy Third Place Vihar Shah—Herricks Fourth Place Brendan Henry—Farmingdale

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All-County Honors (Quarterfinalists) Connor Dauer—Cold Spring Harbor Dan Grinshteyn—Hewlett Zach Lessen—Wheatley Stephen Savin—Valley Stream South

2012 NYSPHSAA Boys Tennis State Championships

Doubles Tournament All-New York State & All-County Honors Champions Matthew Barry & Ethan Bogard— Long Beach Runner-up Austin Davidow & Alex Sacher— North Shore Third Place Kevin Katz & Ian Baranowski—Syosset Fourth Place Jonathan Paris & Connor Mullins— Cold Spring Harbor All-County Honors (Quarterfinalists) Jacob Mishkin & Henry Tell—Syosset Jared Lewis & Doron Saraf— Great Neck North Ofir Solomon & Josh Young—Plainview Raymond Zhao & Cooper Spector-Salwen—Great Neck South

Singles Champion— NYS Public and Federation Josh Levine—Cold Spring Harbor Runner-up Andrew Yaraghi—Friends Academy Fourth Place Vihar Shah—Herricks Doubles Third Place Federation/Fourth Place Public Matty Barry & Ethan Bogard—Long Beach Fourth Place Public Austin Davidow & Alex Sacher—North Shore Team Championship Section VIII (Nassau County) Section VIII Sportsmanship Award— Vihar Shah—Herricks

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Cold Spring Harbor Captures Fifth Consecutive Nassau Conference I Crown By Kristen Kelleher

Cold Spring Harbor defeated Hewlett High School 5-2 to win the 2012 Nassau County Boys Tennis Conference I Championship old Spring Harbor defeated Hewlett High School 5-2 to win the Nassau County Boys Tennis Conference I Championship. All three singles matches were swept by Cold Spring Harbor. “I knew it would be a tough match going into it, but I prepared for it mentally,” said Jonathan Paris of the Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks, who won his match against Brandon Remer of Hewlett 6-0 6-1. Josh Levine of Cold Spring Harbor said, “I didn’t play my best, but came out with the victory. I’m excited to have won our fifth straight championship.” Levine won his match 6-1, 6-4 against Dan Grinshteyn. “We knew they would be a tough team from past experience. I think we will be okay for the Long Island Championships,” said Coach Paul Poschmann. This is the fifth consecutive Nassau County Boys Tennis Championship win for Cold Spring Harbor. In the Conference II championship match, Wheatley defeated Oceanside, 6-1.

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2012 Boys High School Nassau County Championship Results Singles I Josh Levine (CSH) vs. Dan Grinshteyn (H) 6-1, 6-4


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I Connor Dauer (CSH) vs. Harrison Brenner (H) 6-1, 6-0 I Jonathan Paris (CSH) vs. Brandon Remer (H) 6-0, 6-1 Doubles I Brett Titcomb & Connor Mullins (CSH) defeated Soahil Brahmbatt & Stone Mitchell (H) 6-1, 6-4 I Andrew Bienstock & Daniel Khryzopolsty (H) defeated Alex Fontini & Eli Rieders (CSH) 6-3, 6-1 I Nick Stammatos & Tim Schneir (CSH) defeated Adam Voyetsly & Josh Stein (H) 6-3, 6-4 I Perry Goffner & Mitch Portman (H) defeated Gary Carmi & AJ Arena (CSH) 6-2, 7-5 Kristen Kelleher is an intern with Long Island Tennis Magazine. She is currently attending Loyola University Maryland and may be reached by e-mail at kristen@litennismag.com.

Half Hollow Hills East Defeats Ward Melville for 2012 Suffolk County Title Half Hollow Hills East earned its 59th consecutive Suffolk County victory after a 6-1 win over Ward Melville. Hills East gave number two Ward Melville their first loss in 19 matches, and in the process, the top-seeded Half Hallow Hills East improved its season to a perfect 18-0, winning its third straight Suffolk County Championship and its seventh in eight years. HHHE took the first three points by winning first and third doubles and first singles in straight sets, as first singles player Ali was a 6-3, 6-0 winner over Ward Melville’s Cole Laffitte. Alec Tuckey then clinched the win for HHHE, winning at fourth singles pulling out a second set tie-breaker to win 6-2, 7-6(1). Ward Melville’s lone victory came at third singles where Jacob Rothstein pulled out a hard-fought 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 three-set win over Jeff Cherkin.

Cold Spring Harbor Wins Fifth Consecutive Boys Long Island Title

Cold Spring Harbor captured its fifth straight Long Island Boys Tennis Championship defeating Half Hollow Hills East or the third straight season Cold Spring Harbor (Nassau Champion) took on Half Hollow Hills East (Suffolk Champion) for the Boys Tennis High School Championship, and for the third straight year, CSH prevailed. This time, it was a 5-2 match victory for CSH which gave the Seahawks their fifth straight Long Island Championship. Cold Spring Harbor was led by their singles players as all four were victorious. Two-time State Champion Josh Levine, fresh off winning the 2012 NYSPHSAA Boys Tennis Championship, defeated Zain

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ery. Everything is mixed together perfectly; and that is CSH Varsity Tennis.” Not your typical analogy, but after five straight LI Championships who’s to argue. CSH Coach Paul Poschman summed up the victory by saying, “Each championship is unique and special.” 2012 Boys High School Long Island Championship Results Half Hollow Hills East Thunderbirds vs. Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks Singles Results I Josh Levine (CSH) defeated Zain Ali (HHHE) 6-2, 6-2 I Conor Dauer (CSH) defeated Kyle Alper (HHHE) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 I Jonathan Paris (CSH) defeated Alec Tuckey (HHHE), 6-1, 6-0 I Conor Mullins (CSH) defeated Travis Leaf (HHHE) 6-0, 6-0 Doubles Results I Alex Ricciuti & Jeremy Schnapp (HHHE) defeated Nick Stammatos & Eli Rieders (CSH) 6-1, 6-2 I Jeff Cherkin & Roger Cheng (HHHE) defeated Brett Titcomb & Alex Fontini (CSH) 6-3, 6-1 I Tim Schneir & Sean Mullins (CSH) defeated Eric Teplitz & Ross Reiffman (HHHE) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Josh Levine Repeats as Nassau County Boys Tennis Singles Champ ast year as a junior, Josh Levine of Cold Spring Harbor won both the Nassau County and New York State Singles Titles en route to an undefeated season. At the 2012 Nassau County Individual Championships, Levine, the top seed, defended the first of those titles in his senior season, with a straight-set 6-4, 6-4 win over his friend, Andrew Yaraghi of Friends Acad-

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Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2012 Nassau County Championships emy. Levine and Yaraghi spend time training together and know each other’s games very well which made for an interesting match-up. “Winning this tournament was one of my main goals coming into the season,” said Levine. The 2012 Nassau County Championship was the Cold Spring Harbor perfect way for the Boys Tennis Coach Paul whole Levine family Poschman congratuto begin Mother’s lates Josh Levine on Day. Josh’s mother capturing the 2012 Patty said, “It was a Nassau County Boys fabulous Mother’s Singles High School Day gift! I will really Championship miss watching Josh and the entire Cold Spring Harbor tennis team.” In the third place matchup, Herricks High School’s Vihar Shah defeated Brendan Henry of Farmingdale, 6-4, 6-0. The win sent Shah to the New York State Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, along with Levine and Yaraghi. The Doubles Tournament saw the top two teams squaring off in the final, as number one-seeded Austin Davidow & Alex Sacher of North Shore took on the secondseeded team of Ethan Bogard & Matt Barry of Long Beach. On this day, the top seeds were upset, as Barry & Bogard recorded an impressive 6-2, 6-3 straight-set win to claim the Championship.

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In the third place matchup, Syosset’s Kevin Katz & Ian Baranowski defeated Cold Spring Harbors Jonathan Paris & Conor Mullins, 6-2, 7-5. Katz & Baranowski will now join Bogard & Barry and Davidow & Sacher at the State Championships.

Levine Captures Second Consecutive NYSPHSAA Boys Tennis Championship With Win Over Yaraghi By Adam Wolfthal Josh Levine of Cold Spring Harbor defeated Andrew Yaraghi of Friends Academy 6-3, 6-2 to win the 2012 NYSPHSAA Boys Singles Championship ay Three of the 2012 NYSPHSAA Boys Tennis Championships brought many hard-fought matches and great victories. Due to poor weather, the final matches were played indoors at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Defending NYSPHSAA Boys Singles Champion, Josh Levine of Cold Spring Harbor, drew fourthseeded Taiya Hamanaka of Eastchester in the semifinals. This matchup looked to be a tough battle, as Hamanaka was yet to drop a set in the tournament, and came out swinging, taking the first set from Levine. Fighting his way back, Levine picked up

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the second set handily As the courts inside filled up for regu6-1, and forced a third larly-scheduled matches and practice play, set, played as a 10- the final matches would be played in the inpoint super tie-breaker. timate setting of Courts 11 & 12 indoors at After going down early, the National Tennis Center, as teammates, Levine fought back for families, fans and supporters all packed in a 10-8 victory and a to the observation deck above the courts. spot in the finals to deThe 2012 NYSPHSAA Boys Singles Fifend his title. nals were set to be a rematch of the NasThe other semifinals sau County Championship match. Only 35 Andrew Yaraghi of matchup was an all- minutes after winning the super tie-breaker Friends Academy Nassau County affair in the semifinals, Josh Levine had to take takes on Josh as Andrew Yaraghi of the court against a familiar foe, Andrew Levine in the finals Friends Academy Yaraghi. In an impressive display of calm of the Boys Singles faced Vihar Shah of and collected play both physically and Championship Herricks who had al- emotionally, Levine defended his title with a ready successfully taken out the third- 6-3, 6-2 win over Yaraghi. According to seeded 2012 Suffolk County Champion, Josh, “I felt I served very well, played Jeremy Dubin in the first round. Yaraghi smart, played my game, didn’t go for anywas able to keep up his blistering pace and thing big, and got it done.” make it to the finals without dropping a set The final match of the Doubles Champiin the tournament, defeating Shah 6-3, 6-4. onship was played by the teams from PelThe doubles tournament semifinals was ham and Beacon, schools that, despite full of suspense and being in different Secdrama. All three of the tions, are a mere 15 miles final matches (both the from one another. After semifinals and finals) taking a commanding were brought to third-set lead in the first set, super tie-breakers. The breaking Beacon in every top-seeded team from serve game, Pelham’s Long Beach of Matt Barry Lucas Pickering & Winn Smith of Morgan & Kaplan took & Ethan Bogard squared Beacon in the 2012 NYSPHSAA the first set 6-2, and off against the fifth- Boys Doubles Finals looked to have the match seeded team of Daniel in hand. Pickering & Morgan & Doug Kaplan of Pelham, N.Y. Smith had other ideas, fighting back to Neither team had given up a set yet in the bring the second set to a tie-break and win tournament and the Long Beach duo had it 8-6. The third set super tie-break saw let up only eight games in three matches. Beacon open up with an early mini-break After trading sets, Morgan & Kaplan were to go up 6-4. Pelham fought back to win able to squeeze out the victory with a 10-6 four straight points to take the lead to 9-7 upset in the super tie-break. and eventually finished off Beacon with an The second semifinal featured 2012 New 8-10 victory. York City Champs Lucas Pickering & Winn Smith of Beacon facing Matt Levine & Alex Adam Wolfthal is the Director of Business Meyer of Byram Hills. After giving up the first Development for New York Tennis Magaset by one crucial break of serve, Beacon zine. Adam is a former Dowling College scrapped back with a 6-3 second set victory men’s tennis player and author of the book, and 10-6 win in the deciding third set tie-break. Dudes Poetry Guide: With Girls in Mind.

Suffolk County Recognizes Achievements in Boys High School Tennis he 2012 Suffolk County Boys High School Tennis Awards Dinner took place May 29th at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook, N.Y. The event was organized by Joe Arias and the Suffolk County Junior Tennis League (SCJTL) management staff for the third straight year. SCJTL Founder & The Awards Dinner Executive Director Joe was attended by Arias recognizes the more than 300 Suffolk County Boys players and famiHigh School Tennis lies, as more than Award winners 200 awards for regular season and post-season accomplishments were presented on this great night for local tennis. The awards presented included:

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A great time was had by all at the 2012 Suffolk County Boys High School Tennis Awards Dinner at Villa Lombardi’s An award was also presented to Harborfield’s Athletic Director John Valente, honoring his service as Section XI Suffolk County Boys Chairman.

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Help Your Game With Pattern Recognition By Miguel Cervantes III In many games, athletic and otherwise, patterns tend to surface. Recognizing these patterns can be used to your benefit. By recognizing patterns that arise, you will be able to respond more quickly. Not only will you be able to respond more quickly, but you will also be able to implement these patterns to the detriment of your opponent. There are several patterns that you are more than likely already familiar with in tennis. To name a few, most people are familiar with a pattern of serve and volley and chip and charge, but there are other less intuitive patterns that every player should familiarize themselves with. A pattern in tennis is a series of events that seem to occur repeatedly. In tennis, information is imperative. As soon as the ball is struck, you have a short time to decipher the direction, depth, power and spin of the ball. At the non-professional level, it is difficult to develop a great deal of variety, since no one has the time to be good at everything, so it follows that the non-professional will stick with the things that he or she does well. Being that our opponents are sticking

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with what they do well we can assume that their movements, shots and strategies will repeat themselves. The sooner we pick up on these patterns, the faster we can process the information it provides, and the sooner we can react to these patterns. These patterns can include someone repeatedly running around their backhand, consistently hitting only a slice serve, or solely hitting a drop shot when given any short ball. Let’s take the last example into account. Consider you are in a match and you recognize a pattern surfacing … a pattern that whenever you hit a short ball to your opponent, they only hit a drop shot in return. We can assume, after recognizing the pattern, that this will occur a majority of the time. You can then exploit this by hitting the ball short on purpose to solicit the drop shot. Knowing that the drop shot is coming, you can move in to counter and hit a winner either down the line or hit an easy lob over your opponent. The point here is that by recognizing any pattern, you no longer need to problemsolve on the fly. Rather, you can cause an event to occur and then control said event to your benefit. Patterns can also be created in order to defeat your opponent. Imagine that you

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recognize your opponent does not like hitting a forehand on the run. To take advantage of this, you could kick-serve to their backhand on the ad side to open up the court for a cross-court forehand, where your opponent will need to hit a forehand on the run. It seems like a minute thing, but if your opponent does not recognize this pattern, they will not be able to do anything about it. Now you know with certainty that you will be winning all of the points on the ad side of the court. Using pattern recognition, you can elevate your game to the next level. Pattern recognition is used in chess, boxing and soccer, so why not tennis. See events repeat themselves to make your life easier on the court. Use pattern recognition to take time away from your opponent, and then create a pattern to take advantage of your opponent’s liabilities. Be well and play safe. Formerly with Daniel Burgess at Freeport Tennis, Miguel Cervantes III now teaches at Carefree Racquet Club and privately outdoors. Miguel specializes in teaching beginners, training juniors and coaching doubles. He may be reached by e-mail at understandingtennis@gmail.com.


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1990s, but a lot of what Gilbert says about smart tennis is still relevant. Here’s an example.

Winning Ugly by Brad Gilbert With Steve Jamison

“The two most common mistakes recreational players make are: They don’t think about what they’re doing. They do it too fast.”

The two top American tennis players of the 70s and 80s, Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, were Irish-American lefties who were cheaters. Brad Gilbert doesn’t say this in his classic guide to the mental side of winning tennis matches, but it isn’t a far-fetched inference from some of the war stories he tells. Gilbert’s book, Winning Ugly, published in 1993, has been thoroughly absorbed into the minds of most players and coaches. Obviously, the game has changed since the early

Winning Ugly is a great book on two levels. It’s full of stories about Gilbert’s experiences with the pros of his era who, besides Connors and McEnroe, included Ivan Lendl, Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Michael Chang and Bjorn Borg. So it is a great read even for those tennis players who aren’t looking for advice on how to win more sets. The second level the book succeeds on is as a dispenser of tactical and strategic advice about winning matches. It’s only natural that Gilbert use his matchups with his contemporaries to illustrate points he’s making about playing smart. On the cheating issue, certainly there is a lot of gray area in determining where gamesmanship ends and actual cheating begins. When Gilbert tells the story in Winning Ugly

about his match with Connors in which the author wins match point, is standing at the net ready to shake hands, but ends up losing the match, it’s hard not to draw the conclusion that Connors cheated him. What happened was Connors protested the “in” call on Gilbert’s last shot, got it overruled and went on to win the match. But even for Jimmy Connors, it took a lot of histrionics to reverse a match point call. If any readers want to try this in their club tournament, they should be advised that Connors really had to throw a convincing fit, complete with snot coming out of his nose. Be prepared to sit by yourself at the post-tournament dinner, if you borrow this tactic. As for McEnroe’s manipulation of matches, Gilbert asks the same question that so many players who competed against McEnroe ask: Did he ever stage one of his outbursts when he was ahead? The implied answer is rarely, if ever. But Gilbert isn’t calling anybody a cheater, that’s my interruption. So what if tennis does sometimes resemble pro wrestling? When Marat Safin dropped his shorts at the French Open in 2004, that’s the kind of mo-

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ment YouTube is made for, right? The other thing that the tennis history part of the book has going for it is that Gilbert and his co-author Steve Jamison are hilarious. Not only is the prose in the book light-hearted, the authors give credit where credit is due to some of the book’s subjects. In one anecdote, Gilbert describes the way McEnroe won a match on a chilly night in Los Angeles. At 3-3 in the third set, McEnroe argued about a call and basically stopped the match for 10 minutes. When the match resumed, Gilbert tried to take his time, although he had started to get cold in the 45-degree weather. He got a warning for delay of play. McEnroe had just shut down the match for 10 minutes, but because Gilbert toweled off between points too slowly, he got hit with a warning. Gilbert freaked out and lost the match. Later, in the locker room, McEnroe said, “Brad, you’ve got to be more careful about delaying the game like that. In this weather, I could have caught a cold.” Anyway, beyond stories like this, Gilbert also supplies a ton of useful tips on getting

the most out of a player’s game. The great thing is that unlike a lot of tennis advice, Gilbert’s points are as useful for recreational players as for pros. Never mind McEnroe’s morality, Gilbert uses his matches with the New Yorker to illustrate one perennial problem for us righties when facing a lefty serving us wide in the ad court. Gilbert says the receiver should stand as far to the left as he can, in the alley or even past the alley, to make the lefty server beat him by changing his serving pattern to go down the middle. Gilbert argues, as he does with a lot of his advice, that even if the lefty server can adjust, the receiver is controlling that part of the match. As my friend, Stan, said as we discussed Gilbert’s book at the East River Park courts, the idea that Gilbert was such a weak player that he had to use his “smarts” to win matches is a little exaggerated. You don’t get to a career-high ranking of number four without a lot of talent. Then again, Gilbert’s Grand Slam results aren’t inspiring. For a career that lasted from 1982-1995, he only got to the quarters of Slams twice. Still, as we know, he has become one of

the game’s leading coaches (Andre Agassi, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, among others) and a popular TV analyst. And the same sense of humor that makes Winning Ugly such a delight is also evident in Gilbert’s commentary. Some years ago, he said he considered Wimbledon a warm-up, as far as sharpening his analytic skills, for a big, Northern California junior tournament that his son Zach was playing in. Gilbert also gives a shout-out to local pro, Fritz Buehning, associate academy director at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy at Randall’s Island, as he tells the story of a loss to the New Jersey native Buehning that inspired Gilbert to start to approach his matches more analytically. So, yes, there is a reason Winning Ugly is a classic. Buy it to get some help in maximizing the potential of your game, but read it a second and third time for its hilarious takes on tennis history from one of the game’s brightest commentators. Brent Shearer may be reached by e-mail at bbshearer@gmail.com.

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BOYS Long Island Boys 12 Singles Rank Name ............................City 1 ......Abhinav Raj Srivastava ..Melville, N.Y. 2 ......Zachary Khazzam ..........Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 3 ......Jackson Weisbrot ..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 4 ......George Kaslow ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 5 ......Cameron Klepper ..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 6 ......Austin Pomerantz ..........Old Westbury, N.Y. 7 ......Daniel Meinster ..............South Setauket, N.Y. 8 ......Matthew Roberts ..........Setauket, N.Y. 9 ......Tommy George Srisuro ..Garden City, N.Y. 10 ....Ben Snow ......................Water Mill, N.Y. 11 ....Jake Grossman ..............Sands Point, N.Y. 12 ....Karan Amin ....................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 13 ....Jack Flores ....................Huntington, N.Y. 14 ....Alexander Roti................Locust Valley, N.Y. 15 ....Arjun Sharma ................Glen Head, N.Y. 16 ....Preet Rajpal....................Syosset, N.Y. 17 ....Evan Kirsh ......................Roslyn, N.Y. 18 ....Adam Bradley Wilck ......Dix Hills, N.Y. 19 ....Matthew Lee Catton ......Woodbury, N.Y. 20 ....Drew Ingall ....................Melville, N.Y. 21 ....Daniel Chikvashvili ........Melville, N.Y. 22 ....Niles Ghaffar ..................Massapequa, N.Y. 23 ....Matthew Terlovsky ........Merrick, N.Y. 24 ....Logan Chang..................Old Westbury, N.Y. 25 ....William Sepanski............Huntington, N.Y. 26 ....Timothy Serignese ........Port Washington, N.Y. 27 ....Zachary Berlin ................Dix Hills, N.Y. 28 ....Connor Leaf ..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 29 ....Kabir Rajpal....................Syosset, N.Y. 30 ....Eric Li ............................Old Westbury, N.Y. 31 ....Bradford Lin ..................Kings Point, N.Y. 32 ....Bejamin Reichbach ........Syosset, N.Y. 33 ....Evan Hirsch ....................Old Westbury, N.Y. 34 ....Sujay Sharma ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 35 ....Eli Grossman..................Woodbury, N.Y. 36 ....Maxwell Moadel ............Brookville, N.Y. 37 ....Christopher Grisham......Huntington, N.Y. 38 ....Aman Sharma ................Glen Head, N.Y. 39 ....Louie Kotler....................Roslyn, N.Y. 40 ....Sam Reichbach..............Syosset, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 14 Singles Rank Name ............................City 1 ......Arnav Raj Srivastava ......Melville, N.Y. 2 ......Dylan Granat ..................Woodbury, N.Y. 3 ......Zachary Mollo ................Dix Hills, N.Y. 4 ......Zachary Khazzam ..........Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 5 ......Nick Stamatos................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 6 ......Jordan Diamond ............Mount Sinai, N.Y. 7 ......Pete Siozios ..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 8 ......Vincent Chen..................Hauppauge, N.Y. 9 ......Kenneth Chiu ................Holtsville, N.Y. 10 ....Jake Cohen ....................Oceanside, N.Y. 11 ....Harris Durkovic ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 12 ....Spencer Lowitt ..............Syosset, N.Y. 13 ....Mitchell Berger ..............Lake Grove, N.Y. 14 ....Jake Grossman ..............Sands Point, N.Y. 15 ....Simar Sawhney ..............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 16 ....Ben Snow ......................Water Mill, N.Y. 17 ....Marco Ammirati..............Halesite, N.Y. 18 ....Daniel Marzagalli............Patchogue, N.Y. 19 ....Austin Egna ....................Port Washington, N.Y. 20 ....Vincent Tozzi ..................North Babylon, N.Y.

ISLAND

21 ....Aaron Askowitz ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 22 ....Lucas Larese DeSanto ..Southampton, N.Y. 23 ....Eric Handelman..............Melville, N.Y. 24 ....JohnThomas Sepanski ..Huntington, N.Y. 25 ....Max Egna ......................Port Washington, N.Y. 26 ....Zane Siddiqui ................Long Beach, N.Y. 27 ....Connor Wright................Commack, N.Y. 28 ....Jake Sandler ..................Lynbrook, N.Y. 29 ....Del Schunk ....................Westhampton Beach, N.Y. 30 ....George Kaslow ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 31 ....Jackson Weisbrot ..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 32 ....Derek Menker ................Great Neck, N.Y. 33 ....Hunter Pomerantz ..........Old Westbury, N.Y. 34 ....Derek Zadrozny..............Huntington Station, N.Y. 35 ....Christian Esposito ..........Port Washington, N.Y. 36 ....Landon Phillips ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 37 ....Alex Amadio ..................Smithtown, N.Y. 38 ....Parker Tuthill ..................Cutchogue, N.Y. 39 ....Connor Dove ..................Baldwin, N.Y. 40 ....Joonho Ko......................Huntington, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 16 Singles Rank Name ............................City 1 ......Cole Laffitte....................East Setauket, N.Y. 2 ......Matthew Bahar ..............Woodbury, N.Y. 3 ......Dylan Granat ..................Woodbury, N.Y. 4 ......Nick John Stamatos ......Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 5 ......Chirag Doshi ..................Sands Point, N.Y. 6 ......Zachary Chang ..............Massapequa, N.y. 7 ......Milan Gunasekera ..........Mount Sinai, N.Y. 8 ......Arnav Srivastava ............Melville, N.Y. 9 ......Troy Michael Haas..........Huntington Station, N.Y. 10 ....Joshua Fried ..................Plainview, N.Y. 11 ....Zane Siddiqui ................Long Beach, N.Y. 12 ....Raizada Vaid ..................Old Westbury, N.Y. 13 ....Marco Betito ..................Floral Park, N.Y. 14 ....Craig Cusano ................Bellmore, N.Y. 15 ....Evan Kober ....................Wantagh, N.Y. 16 ....Jeremy Grossman ..........Woodbury, N.Y. 17 ....Gregory Rosenthal ........Syosset, N.Y. 18 ....Ryan Diaz ......................Jericho, N.Y. 19 ....Benjamin Goldrich..........Syosset, N.Y. 20 ....Joshua Sydney ..............East Northport, N.Y. 21 ....Jesse Richheimer ..........Merrick, N.Y. 22 ....Ronald Spinelli ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 23 ....Joseph D’orazio ............Saint James, N.Y. 24 ....Samuel Johnson ............Huntington, N.Y. 25 ....David Binler....................East Northport, N.Y. 26 ....Palmer Clare ..................North Bellmore, N.Y. 27 ....Austin Ash ......................Syosset, N.Y. 28 ....Sai Senthilkumar ............Manhasset, N.Y. 29 ....Jake Sandler ..................Lynbrook, N.Y. 30 ....Jack Vissicchio ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 31 ....Jarrett Levine ................Island Park, N.Y. 32 ....Mitchell Berger ..............Lake Grove, N.Y. 33 ....Duane Davis ..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 34 ....Richard Spinelli ..............Sands Point, N.Y. 35 ....Sam Kramer ..................Westhampton, N.Y. 36 ....Dylan Davis ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 37 ....Steven Marzagalli ..........Patchogue, N.Y. 38 ....Nicholas Fox ..................Commack, N.Y. 39 ....Nasser Ghaffar ..............Massapequa, N.Y. 40 ....Connor Dove ..................Baldwin, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 18 Singles Rank Name ............................City 1 ......Richard Liell ..................Nesconset, N.Y. 2 ......Samuel Hajibai ..............Kings Point, N.Y. 3 ......Sander Brenner ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 4 ......Anton Averin ..................South Setauket, N.Y. 5 ......Michael Vera ..................Bethpage, N.Y.

RANKINGS

6 ......Brian Heinze ..................Garden City, N.Y. 7 ......Marco Betito ..................Floral Park, N.Y. 8 ......Chris Casamassima ......Franklin Square, N.Y. 9 ......Ian Baranowski ..............Syosset, N.Y. 10 ....Alex Philip Rosenfield ....Holtsville, N.Y. 11 ....Brett Titcomb ................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 12 ....Connor Gehrke ..............Miller Place, N.Y. 13 ....Jonathan Smucker ........Lido Beach, N.Y. 14 ....Milan Gunasekera ..........Mount Sinai, N.Y. 15 ....Craig Cusano ................Bellmore, N.Y. 16 ....Kevin Kim ......................South Setauket, N.Y. 17 ....Christopher Schwab ......Seaford, N.Y. 18 ....James Heaney ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 19 ....Zane Siddiqui ................Long Beach, N.Y. 20 ....Julian Adler ....................Roslyn, N.Y. 21 ....Josh Young ....................Old Bethpage, N.Y. 22 ....Brett Edelblum ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 23 ....Ronald Spinelli ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 24 ....Richard Mitchell ............Franklin Square, N.Y. 25 ....Roger Young ..................Brookhaven, N.Y. 26 ....Will Pratt-Stephen..........Northport, N.Y. 27 ....Dylan Ander....................Hewlett, N.Y. 28 ....Jacob Rothstein ............Port Jefferson, N.Y. 29 ....Jonathan Ochoa ............Hicksville, N.Y. 30 ....John Reilly......................Mount Sinai, N.Y. 31 ....Jonathan Sanders ..........Holbrook, N.Y. 32 ....Eric Ross ........................Roslyn, N.Y. 33 ....Benjmain Mermelstein ..Northport, N.Y. 34 ....Zachary Romanzi ..........Brightwaters, N.Y. 35 ....Donald Wunder ..............West Islip, N.Y. 36 ....Andrew O’Connell ..........Medford, N.Y. 37 ....Zachary Aboody, Roslyn, N.Y.

GIRLS Long Island Girls 12 Singles Rank Name ............................City 1 ......Kaitlyn Byrnes ................Massapequa, N.Y. 2 ......Ivanna Nikolic ................Glen Head, N.Y. 3 ......Denise Lai ......................Setauket, N.Y. 4 ......Lucia Hu ........................Roslyn, N.Y. 5 ......Samantha Galu ..............Jericho, N.Y. 6 ......Alexa Lynn Bracco ........Freeport, N.Y. 7 ......Evangelia Frankis ..........Manhasset, N.Y. 8 ......Christina Jud ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 9 ......Ava Ignatowich ..............Sag Harbor, N.Y. 10 ....Lauren Bishop ................Woodbury, N.Y. 11 ....Marina Hilbert ................Locust Valley, N.Y. 12 ....Madeline Clinton ............Manhasset, N.Y. 13 ....Morgan Voulo ................East Setauket, N.Y. 14 ....Katelyn Walker ..............Sands Point, N.Y. 15 ....Olivia Rose Scordo ........Glen Head, N.Y. 16 ....Kerri Goldfuss ................Westbury, N.Y. 17 ....Calista Sha ....................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 18 ....Madison Li......................Old Westbury, N.Y. 19 ....Mina Sarcevic ................Dix Hills, N.Y. 20 ....Allison Cooney ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 21 ....Angela Chi......................Great Neck, N.Y. 22 ....Lauren Cherkin ..............Melville, N.Y. 23 ....Elena Vlamakis ..............Garden City, N.Y. 24 ....Brittany Polevikov ..........Port Washington, N.Y. 25 ....Ariana Malik ..................Melville, N.Y. 26......Sofia Anzalone ..................Center Moriches, N.Y. 27 ....Kaitlyn Schwarz..............Oceanside, N.Y. 28 ....Claire Weis ....................Glen Cove, N.Y. 29 ....Melissa Cooney..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 30 ....Stephanie Petras............Manhasset, N.Y. 31 ....Merri Kelly ......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 32 ....Maryam Ahmad..............Albertson, N.Y. 33 ....Dasha Dlin......................Glen Head, N.Y. 34 ....Marisa Menist ................Great Neck, N.Y. 35 ....Amy Delman ..................Great Neck, N.Y.

36 ....Rachel Arbitman ............Hewlett, N.Y. 37 ....Julia Kepczynska ..........Southampton, N.Y. 38 ....Morena DeVito ..............Syosset, N.Y. 39 ....Hannah Abraham ..........Syosset, N.Y. 40 ....Alexandra Dinowitz ........Merrick, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 14 Singles Rank Name ............................City 1 ......Sabrina Ferretti ..............Setauket, N.Y. 2 ......Michelle N. Carnovale ....Massapequa, N.Y. 3 ......Elena Nitsa Nastasi ........Bayville, N.Y. 4 ......Adele Sukhov ................Westbury, N.Y. 5 ......Sarah Seeman................Port Washington, N.Y. 6 ......Danielle Mirabella ..........Wantagh, N.Y. 7 ......Nikaylah Imani Williams ....Wheatley Heights, N.Y. 8 ......Juliana Shenker..............Rockville Centre, N.Y. 9 ......Rebecca Stern ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 10 ....Rosa LaCorte ................Merrick, N.Y. 12 ....Jennifer Wang ................Dix Hills, N.Y. 13 ....Matilda Bros ..................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 14 ....Gabrielle Raziel ..............Melville, N.Y. 15 ....Jennifer Berman ............Jericho, N.Y. 16 ....Elizabeth Sossan............Valley Stream, N.Y. 17 ....Emily Feingold................Roslyn, N.Y. 18 ....Devika kedia ..................East Norwhich, N.Y. 19 ....Amanda Foo ..................Manhasset, N.Y. 20 ....Lexee Shapiro ................Syosset, N.Y. 21 ....Stephanie Cole ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 22 ....Katherine Changtroraleke..Greenvale, N.Y. 23 ....Mara Stewart..................Oceanside, N.Y. 24 ....Rachel Weiss..................Great Neck, N.Y. 25 ....Nicole Vassalle ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 26 ....Danah Han ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 27 ....Morgan Voulo ................East Setauket, N.Y. 28 ....Emily Fernandez ............Shirley, N.Y. 29 ....Emily Shutman ..............Huntington, N.Y. 30 ....Ellen Huhulea ................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 31 ....Katelyn Walker ..............Sands Point, N.Y. 32 ....Laura Halsey ..................Westhampton, N.Y. 33 ....Theodora Brebenel ........Glen Head, N.Y. 34 ....Olivia Scordo..................Glen Head, N.Y. 35 ....Ariana Fixon-Owoo ........Lynbrook, N.Y. 36 ....Brynn April ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 37 ....Emily Marge ..................Medford, N.Y. 38 ....Rachel Collins ................Port Jefferson, N.Y. 39 ....Brooke Digia ..................Manhasset, N.Y. 40 ....Sophie Wilson ................Oyster Bay, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 16 Singles Rank Name ............................City 1 ......Olivia Marie Ammirati ....Halesite, N.Y. 2 ......Emily Rees ....................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 3 ......Lauren Difazio ................Greenlawn, N.Y. 4 ......Allison Gabrielle Huber ..Melville, N.Y. 5 ......Elena Nastasi ................Bayville, N.Y. 6 ......Alexandra Linder ............Sands Point, N.Y. 7........Julia Khan ..........................Port Washington, N.Y. 8 ......Michelle Haykin..............Great Neck, N.Y. 9 ......Laura Torsiello ................Bayport, N.Y. 10 ....Rebecca Stern ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 11 ....Sarah Seeman................Port Washington, N.Y. 12 ....Sabrina Ferretti ..............Setauket, N.Y. 13 ....Taylor Sim ......................Plainview, N.Y. 14 ....Stacy Denbaum ............Syosset, N.Y. 15 ....Katharine Brandow ........East Northport, N.Y. 16 ....Alexandra Lipps ............Roslyn, N.Y. 17 ....Angelika Rothberg..........Centerport, N.Y. 18 ....Amanda Luper................Melville, N.Y. 19 ....Alexandra Dananberg ....Massapequa, N.Y. 20 ....Alanna Kane ..................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 21 ....Katherine Changtroraleke..Greenvale, N.Y.

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LONG 22 ....Bridget Connors ............East Quogue, N.Y. 23 ....Kristen Bomkamp ..........Northport, N.Y. 24 ....Rini Halder......................Huntington, N.Y. 25 ....Elizabeth Kallenberg ......Port Washington, N.Y. 26 ....Danielle Mirabella ..........Wantagh, N.Y. 27 ....Taylor Cosme ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 28 ....Matilda Bros ..................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 29 ....Lindsay Haley ................Hicksville, N.Y. 30 ....Gina Paparella................Saint James, N.Y. 31 ....Alana Weitz ....................Roslyn, N.Y. 32 ....Marianne Naleski............Southold, N.Y. 33 ....Jamie Brown ..................Huntington, N.y. 34 ....Elizabeth Gee ................Garden City, N.Y. 35 ....Rhianna Fitzpatrick ........Saint James, N.Y. 36 ....Kathryn Sinicropi............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 37 ....Gina Ciliberti ..................West Islip, N.Y. 38 ....Catherine Bartlett ..........Wainscott, N.Y. 39 ....Campbell Howe ............Locust Valley, N.Y. 40 ....Maxine Lizaso ................Glen Cove, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 18 Singles Rank Name ............................City 1 ......Olivia Ammirati ..............Halesite, N.Y. 2 ......Jennifer A. Carnovale ....Massapequa, N.Y. 3 ......Veronika Paikin ..............Valley Stream, N.Y. 4 ......Lara Fishbane ................Commack, N.Y. 5 ......Rithika Reddy ................Syosset, N.Y. 6 ......Laura Torsiello ................Bayport, N.Y. 7 ......Sara Finger ....................Saint James, N.Y. 8 ......Bianca Posa ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 9 ......Elena Nastasi ................Bayville, N.Y. 10 ....Emma Brezel ..................Port Washington, N.Y. 11 ....Jennifer Glukhman ........Syosset, N.Y. 12 ....Amanda Gaimaro ..........Lynbrook, N.Y.

Boys & Girls Sectional Rankings (as of 05/31/12)

BOYS Sectional Boys 12 Singles— Long Island Region Rank Name ............................City 3 ......Brian Shi ........................Jericho, N.Y. 4 ......Alan Delman ..................Great Neck, N.Y. 5 ......Ryan Goetz ....................Greenlawn, N.Y. 6 ......Daniel Eric Pellerito ........Syosset, N.Y. 8 ......Cannon Kingsley ............Northport, N.Y. 11 ....Steven Well Sun ............Glen Cove, N.Y. 14 ....Patrick F. Maloney..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 22 ....Michael Medvedev ........Oceanside, N.Y. 26 ....Nicolas Demaria ............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 27 ....Pete Siozios ..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 33 ....Ronald P. Hohmann ......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 35 ....Neel Raj..........................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 39 ....Gardner Howe................Locust Valley, N.Y. 48 ....Benjamin Grossman ......Sands Point, N.Y. 52 ....Billy G. Suarez................Huntington, N.Y. 71 ....Spencer Brachman ........Commack, N.Y. 74 ....Matthew Porges ............Sands Point, N.Y. 84 ....Abhinav Raj Srivastava ..Melville, N.Y. 85 ....Jeffrey McDonnell ..........Glen Cove, N.Y. 86 ....Eli Grossman..................Woodbury, N.Y. 89 ....Niles Ghaffar ..................Massapequa, N.Y. 91 ....Sujay Sharma ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 97 ....Eric Li ............................Old Westbury, N.Y. 101 ..Oliver Worth ..................Locust Valley, N.Y.

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108 ..Amani Siddiqui ..............West Babylon, N.Y. 118 ..Matthew Roberts ..........Setauket, N.Y. 123 ..Jonas Feuerring ............Sagaponack, N.Y. 125 ..Preet Rajpal....................Syosset, N.y. 128 ..Cameron Klepper ..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 131 ..Karan Amin ....................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 135 ..Connor Leaf ..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 136 ..Kabir Rajpal....................Syosset, N.Y. 139 ..Zachary Khazzam ..........Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 150 ..Austin Pomerantz ..........Old Westbury, N.Y.

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RANKINGS

88 ....Julian Zlobinsky ............Greenvale, N.Y. 91 ....Benjamin Rosen ............Port Washington, N.Y. 92 ....James Heaney ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 97 ....Brenden Volk..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 102 ..Cory Seltman ................Dix Hills, N.Y. 103 ..Fernando Filho ..............East Hampton, N.Y. 106 ..Cole Laffitte....................East Setauket, N.Y. 116 ..Andrew Reiley ................Manorville, N.Y. 125 ..Dennis Uspensky ..........Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 126 ..Josh Young ....................Old Bethpage, N.Y. 128 ..Palmer Clare ..................North Bellmore, N.Y. 131 ..Justin Park ....................Huntington, N.Y. 144 ..Joseph D’orazio ............Saint James, N.Y.

Rank Name ............................City 4 ......Brenden Andrew Volk ....Dix Hills, N.Y. 19 ....Palmer Clare ..................North Bellmore, N.Y. 24 ....Athell Bennett ................Valley Stream, N.Y. 26 ....Chris Kuhnle ..................Shoreham, N.Y. 30 ....Sean Patrick ..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 31 ....Travis Leaf ......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 34 ....Sean Mullins ..................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 35 ....Finbar Talcott ................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 44 ....Colin Francis Sacco ......Brightwaters, N.Y. 49 ....Keegan Morris................Franklin Square, N.Y. 51 ....Daniel Shleimovich ........Merrick, N.Y. 53 ....Trippie Franz ..................Bridgehampton, N.Y. 55 ....Brian Hoffarth ................Fort Salonga, N.Y. 56 ....Stephen Gruppuso ........Bayport, N.Y. 58 ....Nasser Ghaffar ..............Massapequa Park, N.Y. 62 ....Alex Grossman ..............Sands Point, N.Y. 66 ....Rajan Vohra....................Glen Head, N.Y. 67 ....Daniel Khodosh..............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 76 ....Andy Zhou......................Commack, N.Y. 84 ....David Reinharz ..............Rockville Centre, N.Y. 90 ....Mark Baker ....................North Baldwin, N.Y. 93 ....Michael Liebman............Roslyn, N.Y. 94 ....Dylan Granat ..................Woodbury, N.Y. 99 ....Pete Siozios ..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 105 ..Matthew Holweger ........Manhasset, N.Y. 108 ..Yuval Solomon ..............Plainview, N.Y. 109 ..Aziz Rashidzada ............Dix Hills, N.Y. 110 ..Ben Snow ......................Water Mill, N.Y. 116 ..Del Schunk ....................Westhampton Beach, N.Y. 120 ..Alan Delman ..................Great Neck, N.Y. 129 ..Garrett Malave ..............Laurel, N.Y. 134 ..Ian Friedman ..................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 136 ..Benjamin Tenner ............Roslyn, N.Y. 137 ..Nicolas Demaria ............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 145 ..Brian Shi ........................Jericho, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 16 Singles— Long Island Region Rank Name ............................City 3 ......Josh Silverstein ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 4 ......Daniel Grunberger ..........Great Neck, N.Y. 6 ......Noah Rubin ....................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 9 ......Philip Daniel Antohi ........Glen Head, N.Y. 11 ....Alexander Lebedev ........Island Park, N.Y. 18 ....Douglas Notaris ............Wantagh, N.Y. 20 ....Brandon T. Stone ..........Melville, N.Y. 29 ....Jared R. Halstrom ..........Bellmore, N.Y. 39 ....Zain Ali ..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 44 ....Conor Mullins ................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 45 ....Jonathan Paris ..............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 48 ....Bryant Born....................Manhasset, N.Y. 50 ....Eric Wagner....................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 52 ....John P. D’Alessandro ....Northport, N.Y. 68 ....Kyle Alper ......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 75 ....Lamar Remy ..................Roslyn, N.Y. 76 ......Lubomir Cuba........................Massapequa Park, N.Y. 84 ....Alex Brebenel ................Glen Head, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 18 Singles— Long Island Region Rank Name ............................City 2 ......Josh M. Levine ..............Syosset, N.Y. 4 ......Andrew Yaraghi ..............Mill Neck, N.Y. 8 ......Noah Rubin ....................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 11 ....Vihar Shah......................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 12 ....Samuel Lam ..................Old Westbury, N.Y. 13 ....Eric Rubin ......................Lido Beach, N.Y. 14 ....Brendan Henry ..............Massapequa, N.Y. 19 ....Matthew O. Barry ..........Lido Beach, N.Y. 20 ....Aidan Talcott ..................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 22 ....Ofir Solomon ..................Plainview, N.Y. 28 ....Josh Silverstein ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 33 ....Howard J. Weiss ............Great Neck, N.Y. 39 ....Conor Dauer ..................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 41 ....Ethan Bogard ................Lido Beach, N.Y. 45 ....Kevin Katz ......................Woodbury, N.Y. 50 ....Austin Davidow ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 51 ....Daniel Khanin ................Baldwin, N.Y. 57 ....Alexander Schidlovsky ..Sea Cliff, N.Y. 61 ....Tyler J. Hoffman ............Sayville, N.Y. 67 ....Clark Ruiz ......................Glen Head, N.Y. 74 ....Zachary Lessen..............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 84 ....Sean Chugani ................Roslyn, N.Y. 85......Bert Vancura........................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 96 ....Philip Antohi ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 100 ..Richard Mitchell ............Franklin Square, N.Y. 107 ..Douglas Notaris ............Wantagh, N.Y. 108 ..Matthew Demichiel ........Hewlett, N.Y. 111 ..Alex Sacher ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 118 ..Jacob Mishkin................Woodbury, N.Y. 119 ..Daniel Grinshteyn ..........Hewlett, N.Y. 121 ..Ian Baranowski ..............Syosset, N.Y. 126 ..John D’Alessandro ........Northport, N.Y. 135 ..Jensen Reiter ................Syosset, N.Y. 138 ..Chris Casamassima ......Franklin Square, N.Y. 139 ..Alan Pleat ......................Roslyn, N.Y. 141 ..Roger Young ..................Brookhaven, N.Y. 148 ..Sander Brenner ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 150 ..Brian Slivonik ................Oyster Bay, N.Y.

GIRLS Sectional Girls 12 Singles— Long Island Region Rank Name ............................City 2 ......Hannah Zhao..................Syosset, N.Y. 9 ......Lea Ma ..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 18 ....Jasmine Olivia Abidi ......Glen Head, N.Y. 21 ....Alexa Susan Goetz ........Greenlawn, N.Y. 25 ....Ashley Lessen ................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 27 ....Olivia Rose Scordo ........Glen Head, N.Y. 38 ....Katelyn Walker ..............Sands Point, N.Y. 39 ....Stephanie Anne Petras ..Manhasset, N.Y. 41 ....Francesca Karman ........Port Washington, N.Y. 43 ....Merri Kelly ......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 57 ....Celeste Wang Traub ......Jericho, N.Y.

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58 ....Trinity Chow ..................Glen Cove, N.Y. 60 ....Rachel Arbitman ............Hewlett, N.Y. 65 ....Maryam Beshir Ahmad ..Albertson, N.Y. 73 ....Ava Ignatowich ..............Sag Harbor, N.Y. 80 ....Jacqueline Rae Bukzin ..Manorville, N.Y. 94 ....Kaitlyn Byrnes ................Massapequa, N.Y. 99 ....Julia Kielan ....................Valley Stream, N.Y. 108 ..Lucia Hu ........................Roslyn, N.Y. 113 ..Amy Delman ..................Great Neck, N.Y. 115 ..Denise Lai ......................Setauket, N.Y. 120 ..Morgan Voulo ................East Setauket, N.Y. 124 ..Marisa Menist ................Great Neck, N.Y. 126 ..Rory Gallaher ................East Hampton, N.Y. 138 ..Kimberly Liao ................Commack, N.Y. 140 ..Madeline Clinton ............Manhasset, N.Y. 144 ..Samantha Galu ..............Jericho, N.Y. 145 ..Alexa Bracco..................Freeport, N.Y. 150 ..Madison Williams ..........Glen Cove, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 14 Singles— Long Island Region Rank Name ............................City 4 ......Madison Battaglia ..........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y 12 ....Alexa Graham ................Garden City, N.Y. 14 ....Amber Nicole Policare....East Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 15 ....Taylor S. Cosme ............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 17 ....Claire Handa ..................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 37 ....Dominique Woinarowski ..Syosset, N.Y. 38 ....Vanessa L. Scott ............Dix Hills, N.Y. 45 ....Esther Chikvashvili ........Syosset, N.Y. 48 ....Stephanie Chikvashvili ..Melville, N.Y. 51 ....Celeste Rose Matute......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 55 ....Courtney Kowalsky ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 65 ....Josephine Winters ........Elmont, N.Y. 89 ....Brynn Maris April............Dix Hills, N.Y. 90 ....Morgan Hermann ..........Garden City, N.Y. 91 ....Alexandra Lipps ............Roslyn, N.Y. 99 ....Emily Shutman ..............Huntington, N.Y. 102 ..Sarah Seeman................Port Washington, N.Y. 108 ..Danielle Mirabella ..........Wantagh, N.Y. 109 ..Amanda Allison Foo ......Manhasset, N.Y. 114 ..Lexee Taylor Shapiro......Syosset, N.Y. 120 ..Cecilia Combemale........Bridgehampton, N.Y. 121 ..Ellen Huhulea ................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 137 ..Ashley Lessen ................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 145 ..Nicole Kielan ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 147 ..Nikaylah Williams ..........Wheatley Heights, N.Y. 150 ..Laura Halsey ..................Westhampton, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 16 Singles— Long Island Region Rank Name ............................City 25 ....Madison Battaglia ..........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 27 ....Bridget Elaine Harding ..Northport, N.Y. 29 ....Mia M. Vecchio ..............Manhasset Hills, N.Y. 32 ....Sunaina Vohra ................Glen Head, N.Y. 34 ....Aimee N. Manfredo ........Shoreham, N.Y. 49 ....Danielle Giannetti ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 51 ....Paulina Tafler..................Oceanside, N.Y. 52 ....Aleksandra Mally............Franklin Square, N.Y. 53 ....Claudia M. Ruiz..............Glen Head, N.Y. 59 ....Alexa Graham ................Garden City, N.Y. 70 ....Olivia C. Funk ................Hicksville, N.Y. 72 ....Esther Chikvashvili ........Melville, N.Y. 74 ....Lauren Ann Livingston ..Sands Point, N.Y. 77 ....Zenat Rashidzada ..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 79 ....Amber Policare ..............East Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 86 ....Michele Lehat ................Great Neck, N.Y. 94 ....Nicole Koskovolis ..........Manhasset, N.Y. 97 ....Alexandra Linder ............Sands Point, N.Y. 99 ....Rithika Reddy ................Syosset, N.Y.


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National Boys 12 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ............................City

National Girls 16 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ............................City 257 ..Aleksandra Mally............Franklin Square, N.Y. 342 ..Sunaina Vohra ................Glen Head, N.Y. 512 ..Madison Battaglia ..........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 598 ..Paulina Tafler..................Oceanside, N.Y. 616 ..Bridget Harding..............Northport, N.Y. 728 ..Mia Vecchio ......................Manhasset Hills, N.Y. 767 ..Claudia Ruiz ..................Glen Head, N.Y.

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National Boys 18 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ............................City

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24 ....Hannah Zhao..................Syosset, N.Y. 140 ..Jasmine Olivia Abidi ......Glen Head, N.Y. 195 ..Lea Ma ..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 205 ..Ashley Lessen ................Roslyn Heights, N.Y.

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5 ......Noah B. Rubin................Merrick, N.Y. 25 ....Josh M. Levine ..............Syosset, N.Y. 157 ..Bert Vancura ..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 162 ..Eric Rubin ......................Lido Beach, N.Y. 163 ..Matthew O. Barry ..........Lido Beach, N.Y. 173 ..Andrew S. Yaraghi..........Mill Neck, N.Y. 197 ..Howard J. Weiss ............Great Neck, N.Y. 214 ..Samuel Lam ..................Old Westbury, N.Y. 301 ..Brendan Henry ..............Massapequa, N.Y. 348 ..Aidan Talcott ..................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 434 ..Kevin Katz ......................Woodbury, N.Y. 438 ..Alexander Schidlovsky ..Sea Cliff, N.Y. 445 ..Daniel Khanin ................Baldwin, N.Y. 490 ..Jensen Reiter ................Syosset, N.Y. 515 ..Ofir Solomon ..................Plainview, N.Y. 544 ..Vihar Shah......................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 563 ..Dennis Uspensky ..........Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 632 ..Lamar Remy ..................Roslyn, N.Y. 750 ..Julian Alexi Zlobinsky ....Greenvale, N.Y. 755 ..Conor Dauer ..................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 759 ..Josh Silverstein ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 890 ..Ethan Borgard ................Lido Beach, N.Y.

30 ....Julia Elbaba....................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 72 ....Hannah L. Camhi ..........Woodbury, N.Y. 99 ....Katherine Yau ................Manhasset, N.Y. 183 ..Vivan Cheng ..................Woodbury, N.Y. 301 ..Sophie Barnard ..............Mill Neck, N.Y. 308 ..Morgan Feldman ............Glen Head, N.Y. 629 ..Stephanie Loutsenko ....Bellmore, N.Y. 805 ..Melissa G. Carlay ..........New Hyde Park, N.Y. 915 ..Ashley Masanto..............Baldwin, N.Y. 951 ..Claudia Ruiz ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 962 ..Nicholle Torres ..............North Hills, N.Y.

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27 ....Ryan Goetz ....................Greenlawn, N.Y. 55 ....Brian Shi ........................Jericho, N.Y. 102 ..Patrick Maloney ............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 114 ..Steven Well Sun ............Glen Cove, N.Y. 133 ..Daniel Eric Pellerito ........Syosset, N.Y. 181 ..Ronald P.Hohmann ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 188 ..Michael Medvedev ........Oceanside, N.Y. 331 ..Cannon Kingsley ............Northport, N.Y. 403 ..Pete Siozios ..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 523 ..Neel Raj..........................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 600 ..Billy Suarez ....................Huntington, N.Y. 626 ..Nicolas Demaria ............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 772 ..Gardner Howe................Locust Valley, N.Y. 835 ..Benjamin Grossman ......Sands Point, N.Y. 956 ..Matthew Porges ............Sands Point, N.Y.

1 ......Noah B. Rubin................Merrick, N.Y. 19 ....Josh Silverstein ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 52 ....Philip Daniel Antohi ........Glen Head, N.Y. 101 ..Daniel Grunberger ..........Great Neck, N.Y. 118 ..Douglas Notaris ............Wantagh, N.Y. 147 ..Brandon T. Stone ..........Melville, N.Y. 216 ..Alexander Lebedev ........Island Park, N.Y. 268 ..Julian Alexi Zlobinsky ....Greenvale, N.Y. 284 ..Lamar Remy ..................Roslyn, N.Y. 329 ..John P. D’Allesandro ......Northport, N.Y. 382 ..Dennis Uspensky ..........Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 422 ..Conor Mullins ................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 544 ..Zain Ali ..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 588 ..Jared Halstrom ..............Bellmore, N.Y. 696 ..Jonathan Paris ..............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 833 ..Eric Wagner....................Roslyn Heights, N.Y.

64 ....Madison Battaglia ..........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 152 ..Alexa Graham ................Garden City, N.Y. 226 ..Taylor Cosme ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 447 ..Amber Nicole Policare....East Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 481 ..Morgan Herrmann ..........Garden City, N.Y. 503 ..Claire Handa ..................Point Lookout, N.Y. 547 ..Esther Chikvashvili ........Melville, N.Y. 648 ..Celeste Rose Matute......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 700 ..Dominique Woinarowski Syosset, N.Y. 808 ..Josephine Winters ........Elmont, N.Y. 981 ..Courtney Kowalsky ........Oyster Bay, N.Y.

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5 ......Hannah L. Camhi ..........Woodbury, N.Y. 7 ......Katherine Yau ................Manhasset, N.Y. 8 ......Vivian Cheng ..................Woodbury, N.Y. 16 ....Sophie Barnard ..............Mill Neck, N.Y. 25 ....Nicholle Torres ..............North Hills, N.Y. 28 ....Morgan Feldman ............Glen Head, N.Y. 32 ....Stephanie Loutsenko ....Bellmore, N.Y. 38 ....Julia Elbaba....................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 40 ....Ashley A. Masanto ........Baldwin, N.Y. 55 ....Claudia Ruiz ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 56 ....Melissa Carlay................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 63 ....Taylor Diffley ..................Hampton Bays, N.Y. 64 ....Sunaina Vohra ................Glen Head, N.Y. 67 ....Alison Wang ..................Great Neck, N.Y. 70 ....Sara Finger ....................Saint James, N.Y. 86 ....Mia Vecchio....................Manhasset Hills, N.Y. 88 ....Erica Bundrick................Mattituck, N.Y. 89 ....Yuliya Astapova..............Port Washington, N.Y. 107 ..Rithika Reddy ................Syosset, N.Y. 116 ..Aimee Manfredo ............Shoreham, N.Y. 119 ..Gabrielle Leon ................Woodmere, N.Y. 124 ..Lisa Petruzillo ................Syosset, N.Y. 126 ..Laura Torsiello ................Bayport, N.Y. 128 ..Aleksandra Mally............Franklin Square, N.Y. 131 ..Alexa Graham ................Garden City, N.Y. 138 ..Bianca Posa ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 140 ..Emma Brezel ..................Port Washington, N.Y. 144 ..Ludmila Yamus ..............Deer Park, N.Y.

24 ....Brenden Andrew Volk ....Dix Hills, N.Y. 248 ..Palmer T. Clare ..............North Bellmore, N.Y. 290 ..Finbar Talcott ................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 323 ..Athell Patrick Bennett ....Valley Stream, N.Y. 329 ..Chris Kuhnle ..................Shoreham, N.Y. 353 ..Colin Sacco....................Brightwaters, N.Y. 395 ..Sean Patrick ..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 449 ..Travis Leaf ......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 498 ..Brian Hoffarth ................Fort Salonga, N.Y. 684 ..Trippie Franz ..................Bridgehampton, N.Y. 736 ..Keegan Morris................Franklin Square, N.Y. 760 ..Sean Mullins ..................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 878 ..Nasser Abdel Ghaffar ....Massapequa, N.Y. 976 ..Stephen Gruppuso ........Bayport, N.Y.

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392 ..Alexa Goetz....................Greenlawn, N.Y. 402 ..Merri Kelly ......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 427 ..Francesca Karman ........Port Washington, N.Y. 463 ..Anastasia Koniaev..........Forest Hills, N.Y. 504 ..Jacqueline Rae Bukzin ..Manorville, N.Y. 617 ..Olivia Scordo..................Glen Head, N.Y. 789 ..Katelyn Walker ..............Sands Point, N.Y. 895 ..Celeste Traub ................Jericho, N.Y.

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111 ..Allison Huber..................Melville, N.Y. 115 ..Ruth Freilich ..................Lawrence, N.Y. 117 ..Cameron Moskol............Wantagh, N.Y. 118 ..Jennifer Ferguson ..........Franklin Square, N.Y. 119 ..Lauren Difazio ................Greenlawn, N.Y. 123 ..Julia Khan ......................Port Washington, N.Y. 132 ..Elena Nastasi ................Bayville, N.Y. 135 ..Katharine Brandow ........East Northport, N.Y. 138 ..Rhea Malhotra................Syosset, N.Y. 139 ..Isabella Pascucci ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 144 ..Emily Rees ....................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 147 ..Claire Handa ..................Point Lookout, N.Y. 148 ..Bridget Connors ............East Quogue, N.Y.

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. JULY 2012 Friday-Sunday, July 13-15 L1 Sportime Bethpage July Championship Sportime Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG (10 [78’Court/Green Ball])s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 3 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500. Friday-Sunday, July 13-15 L3 Lynbrook Sportime July UPS Sportime Tennis Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Novice: BG (12)s, RR; QuickStart BG (10 [60’Court/Orange Ball])s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222. Friday-Sunday, July 13-15 L1B LBTC Summer Challenger Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (18-12)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player singles, $28 per player doubles (deadline for entries is Monday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060. Friday-Sunday, July 13-15 L1B Ross School Tennis Academy Summer Challenger Ross School Tennis Academy 18 Goodfriend Drive • East Hampton, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 907-5162. Friday-Sunday, July 13-15 L1 Sportime Massapequa Summer Championships Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway • Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG (16)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 3 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

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Friday-Sunday, July 13-15 L2O Eastern Athletic July Open Eastern Athletic 9 Montauk Highway, Unit A Blue Point, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (16-14)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Saturday, July 7 at noon) For more information, call (631) 363-2882. Friday-Sunday, July 13-15 L2O Sportime Syosset Summer Open Sportime Syosset 75 Haskett Drive Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18-16, 12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 3 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500. Friday-Sunday, July 13-15 L2R Kings Park July Regional Sportime Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 6 at 4:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222.

Friday-Sunday, July 20-22 L2O Kings Park Sportime Summer Open Sportime Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (14-12)s, SE; QuickStart BG (10 [78’Court/Green Ball])s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 13 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222. Friday-Sunday, July 20-22 L1B Sportime Lynbrook Summer Challenger Sportime Tennis Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (12)s, FRLC; QuickStart BG (10 [78’Court/Green Ball])s, FRLC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 13 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222. Friday-Sunday, July 20-22 L1B LBTC July Challenger Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard • Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (18, 14)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, July 16 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.

Friday-Sunday, July 13-15 L1B July Challenger at Sportime Kings Park Sportime Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (14-12)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player singles, $25 per player doubles (deadline for entries is Friday, July 6 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222.

Friday-Sunday, July 20-22 L3 Sportime Massapequa UPS Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway • Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (14-12)s, RR Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 10 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

Friday-Sunday, July 20-22 L2R Sportime Bethpage July Regional Sportime Bethpage Elite Tennis Center 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 10 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

Friday-Monday, July 20-23 L1 Port Washington Summer Classic-Dana DeCarlo Commemorative Championship Port Washington Tennis Academy 100 Harbor Road • Port Washington, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG (18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 883-6425.

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. Friday-Sunday, July 27-29 Sportime Kings Park July 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 singles, $27.38 per player doubles (deadline for entries is Friday, July 13 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 269-6300. Friday-Sunday, July 27-29 L2R Sportime Bethpage July LI Regional Sportime Bethpage Elite Tennis Center 101 Norcross Avenue • Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (12)s, SE; QuickStart BG (10 [78’ Court/Green Ball])s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 27 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500. Friday-Sunday, July 27-29 L2O Sportime Lynbrook July Regional Sportime Syosset 75 Haskett Drive Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (12)s, FRLC; QuickStart BG (10 [78’Court/Green Ball])s, FRLC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 20 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (646) 852-2283.

Friday-Sunday, July 27-29 L1B Sportime Syosset Challenger Sportime Syosset 75 Haskett Drive Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (18-16)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is esday, July 17 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

Friday-Sunday, August 3-5 L2R LBTC August Regional Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (16, 12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 383-2692.

Friday-Sunday, July 27-29 L2O Sportime Massapequa Summer Open Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway • Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18-14)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 16 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

Saturday-Sunday, August 4-5 Junior Team Tennis Tournament for the Preservation of Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles USTA Eastern Long Island Eisenhower Park East Meadow, N.Y. Surface Type: Hard Entry Fee: $180 per team, $35 individual (deadline for entries is Wednesday, Aug. 1) For more information, call (516) 822-9587.

Friday-Sunday, July 27-29 L1 Ross School Tennis Academy July Championships Ross School Tennis Academy 18 Goodfriend Drive East Hampton, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG (12)sd, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, July 23 at 11:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 907-5162.

Saturday, August 4 L3 Sportime Bethpage August UPS Sportime Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue • Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (14-12)s, RR; QuickStart BG (10 [60’Court/Orange Ball], 8 [36’Court/Red Ball])s, RR Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 31 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

Friday-Sunday, July 27-29 L1B Sportime Hamptons Challenger Sportime of the Hamptons P.O. Box 965 Quogue, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (18-14)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, July 16 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 653-6767.

Saturday-Sunday, July 28-29 L3 LBTC Eastern July UPS Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (18-12)s, RR; QuickStart BG (10 [60’Court/Orange Ball])s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 24 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 383-2692.

Thursday-Sunday, August 9-12 CMBC Prize Money Summer Championships Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked W (Op)s, SE M (Op)d, SE; X (Op)d, SE Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $81.13 per player singles, $54.25 doubles (deadline for entries is Monday, Aug. 6 at 8:59 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.

Friday-Sunday, July 27-29 LBTC Summer NTRP Classic Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked M (Op)sd, FRLC; X (Op)d, FRLC, NMW (3.0-4.5)sd, FRLC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player singles, $33 per player doubles (deadline for entries is Wednesday, July 25 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.

AUGUST 2012 Friday-Sunday, August 3-5 L2O Sportime Lynbrook Eastern August Open Sportime Tennis Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18, 14)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 27 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 887-1330.

Thursday-Sunday, August 9-12 L2O Kings Park Sportime August Open Sportime Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (12)sd, SE; QuickStart BG (10 [78’Court/Green Ball])s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, Aug. 6 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222.

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. Friday-Sunday, August 10-12 L3 Lynbrook Sportime Eastern UPS Sportime Tennis Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road • Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Novice: BG (14-12)s, RR; QuickStart BG (10 [60’Court/Orange Ball])s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, Aug. 6 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222.

Friday-Sunday, August 17-19 L2O Sportime Bethpage Summer Open Sportime Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18-16)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

Friday-Sunday, August 10-12 L2O Sportime Bethpage Summer Open Sportime Tennis Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (14)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 31 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

Friday-Sunday, August 17-19 L2O Sportime Syosset Summer Open Sportime Syosset 75 Haskett Drive Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (14-12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

Friday-Sunday, August 10-12 L1B Ross School Tennis Academy August Challenger Ross School Tennis Academy 18 Goodfriend Drive East Hampton, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, Aug. 6 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 907-5162.

Friday-Sunday, August 17-19 L1B Sportime Massapequa Summer Challenger Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (16, 12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

Thursday-Sunday, August 16-19 L3 Sportime Kings Park Summer UPS Sportime Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (16-12)s, RR; QuickStart BG (10 [60’ Court/Orange Ball])s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, Aug. 13 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222.

Friday-Sunday, August 17-19 L1B LBTC August Challenger Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (18, 14)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 383-2692.

Friday-Sunday, August 17-19 L3 Sportime Lynbrook August UPS Sportime Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road • Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (14-12)s, RR; QuickStart BG (10 [60’Court/Orange Ball])s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $40.00 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, Aug. 13 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222.

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Tuesday-Tuesday, August 21-28 L1 Dan Dwyer Memorial Championships Point Set Indoor Racquet Club 3065 New Street Oceanside, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG (18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, Aug. 13 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 536-8246.

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Thursday-Sunday, August 23-26 L2O Sportime Kings Park August Challenger Sportime Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (12)s, FRLC; Quick Start BG (10 [78’Court/Green Ball])s, FRLC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 (deadline for entries is Thursday, Aug. 16 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222. Friday-Sunday, August 24-26 Eastern Athletic Club’s Men’s August Open Eastern Athletic Clubs 9 Montauk Highway, Unit A Blue Point, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked M (Op)sd, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, Aug. 13 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 363-2882. Friday-Sunday, August 24-26 L2O Sportime Lynbrook Summer Open Sportime Tennis Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (12)s, FMLC; QuickStart BG (10 [78’Court/Green Ball])s, FRLC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, Aug. 17 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222. Friday-Sunday, August 24-26 L1 Ross School Tennis Academy Summer Championships Ross School Tennis Academy 18 Goodfriend Drive East Hampton, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (16-14)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, Aug. 20 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 907-5162. Friday-Sunday, August 24-26 L2O LBTC Summer Open Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard • Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18, 14)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.


Long Island Tennis Magazine - July/August 2012  

Long Island Tennis Magazine - July/August 2012

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