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By Luke Jensen want to take this opportunity to write about the newest American tennis hero … Big John Isner! The University of Georgia product has put himself on a very short list of players who enter a Slam and have both the game and momentum to win one! I first saw John at the Easter Bowl, a junior event played annually in Palm Springs, Calif. His size was the first thing that stood out over the other kids, but I was really impressed with his kick-serve. He had the weapon every player needs … a one-swing-to-win-one-point at any time kind of weapon. When I see junior players, I see the skills and I see the potential, but only the player knows the love that is inside to grind that talent out towards the Pro Tour. Many players with Pro Tour-caliber talent quit way before their time. The Pro Tour is about losing, and the price you are willing to pay to improve enough to start winning … that is why I admire John Isner. His road to tennis stardom was different, but it had to be. Even though he had a gift, John needed the time to understand and learn how to use his gift. After an outstanding career at the University of Georgia, his first full summer on the ATP Tour after graduation was very impressive. Isner’s match against Roger Federer at Arthur Ashe Stadium may have been a loss, but the special elements I look for in elite players was evident in that particular match—poise, confidence, determination and firepower! Against Federer, the most dominant player in the universe at the time, John Isner was throwing bolts of lightning! Another massive moment was his three-day match at Wimbledon in 2010 against Nicolas Mahut. It is a special match in tennis history, and for me, I was there covering the match for ESPN from the first to last minute of every shot … all three days. John showed the key to every champion … TOUGHNESS, and over three

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days of tennis torture, Isner was nothing but titanium tough. Now in 2012, we have the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open left. Look for Isner to make serious runs at those Grand Slam titles. The French Open is a real possibility. He just bested Federer on red clay in the 2012 Davis Cup and Isner is the only man to take Rafael Nadal to five sets at the French Open. On a personal note, I want you all to get behind John. He is truly a GREAT kid! I have been around him in many situations before he was big time, and since making it big time, he is still the very simple and honest John Isner he always was. I have so much respect for him … like the respect I have for Federer and his accomplishments. They are kids at heart. They really love what they do, and do it in a way that seems to me where they cannot believe they are living this dream of being a tennis mega star. John has this way about him like a kid that has a player’s Guest Pass into the locker room and Player’s Lounge and he is hanging out with Federer, Nadal and

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2012 New York Sportimes Preview: Captain John McEnroe Leads the New York Sportimes Into the 2012 WTT Season

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The pros return to New York as the 2012 World TeamTennis season is set to begin in July. Get to know the 2012 Sportimes roster and get the details on when the stars from WTT make their trip to The Big Apple.

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Feature Stories 24 2012 French Open Preview A look ahead to this year’s second Grand Slam at Roland Garros, profiling the contenders, pretenders and sleepers on both the men’s and women’s sides of the draw.

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36 Long Island Tennis Magazine’s 2012 Apparel Guide A closer look at the area’s top tennis equipment and apparel providers, including Grand Slam Tennis, Solow Sports, Tennis East and Topspin Tennis & Fitness.

46 USTA Eastern Long Island Region 22nd Annual Awards Dinner Program Celebrate the accomplishments of the local tennis community over the past year at this annual event set for Wednesday, May 9 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y.

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Additional Features 17 Beginning Tennis … At What Age? By Butch Seewagen 23 Long Island Tennis Magazine’s Country Club Spotlight: Inwood Country Club 38 The Vitas Years By Jeffrey A. Greene

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The Jensen Zone By Luke Jensen How to Play in the Moment: It’s as Easy as Breathing! By Rob Polishook, MA, CPC College Tennis Spotlight: Mythbusters … As a College Freshman Playing Tennis, You Don’t Walk Alone By Ricky Becker A Blueprint for Accountability By Steve Kaplan Junior Player Spotlight: Eric Rubin & Matt Barry By Tonny van de Pieterman Adult League Wrap-Up By Kathy Miller Dr. Tom on Burnout: Symptoms, Causes and What to Do About It By Dr. Tom Ferraro Fitness and Nutrition: Has “Sports-Specific” Training Gone Too Far? By Frank Dolan, BS, CSCS Fitness and Nutrition: The Perfect Meal By Irina Belfer-Lehat Long Island Tennis Magazine’s Literary Corner: Epic … John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and the Greatest Tennis Season Ever By Matthew Cronin By Brent Shearer Tips From the Tennis Pro: The Art of the Serve By Lisa Dodson Long Island Rankings USTA/Long Island Region 2012 Tournament Schedule (May/June 2012)

Long Island Tennis Magazine July/August 2012 Distribution sceduled for 07/05/12 This edition will feature: • U.S. Open Preview • WTT Season Preview • A Look at Summer Events • Boys High School Season Recap


How to Play in the Moment It’s as easy as breathing! By Rob Polishook, Mental Training Coach, MA, CPC f you are reading this article, you are breathing. Interestingly, the majority of us take this subtle automatic action for granted. Why not? Breathing is regulated by our autonomic nervous system. This means it happens without our conscious awareness. This is probably fortunate because in competition, many of us would be too busy to remember to breathe and would forget! Another unique aspect of our breath, largely unknown by most athletes, is that by bringing your awareness to your breath, it will calm you and help to reach that state of mind where you are focused and centered. Our mind is usually in two places: The past and the future. When our mind is in the past, we are usually conjuring up thoughts, feelings and images of memories that have stayed with us. An example might be thinking about a missed shot from a previous game, set or even weeks ago. When our mind is in the future, we are usually focused on expectations of what we think is going to happen. An example would be thinking about winning the match when it is 5-2 in

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the third set. How many of us have done that only to lose the set? Both of these scenarios are mental traps for the athlete, as both scenarios fall into the realm of what an athlete cannot control. An athlete can only control what is presently happening, therefore focusing on the present moment and point is imperative. Fortunately, our body and breath are always in the present. It is said that the “present” is named as such because being in the present is like a gift. The breath is one of the greatest gifts we have. When this tool is used properly in sports, it can serve as an anchor, helping us to stay centered and focused. Simply bringing our attention to the natural rhythm of our breath serves to distract us from stressful situations and focus our minds. Try this experiment. Ask yourself, “Am I breathing?” Sit silently for 30 sec. and notice what happens. When you are focusing on something that you cannot control, such as winning or losing; what your friends, coach or parents are thinking; the weather conditions; or a future

expectation, be aware that your focus is not in the present. Your focus is clearly on something out of your control (past or future). Center yourself by focusing your awareness back to your breath. While it cannot guarantee that you win the next point, you will have separated from the previous stress, centered yourself and given yourself the chance to calmly process what your next steps may be. In doing so, you have put yourself in the best possible mindset and have, consequently, prepared yourself for the next point as best you can. Tennis great Billie Jean King, in her book, Pressure is a Privilege, says, “I cannot emphasize enough how big I am on using breathing exercises to stay in the process, whether my goal is winning a match or completing another task … this calms me down, relaxes me and makes me feel secure.” The following three breathing practices can be used to guide you to stay centered, focused and in a state of calm awareness. Practice them off the court for a few minutes each day. Then, use the one that feels

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best for you between points, games, or any time you find yourself losing focus. You can even use different breathing practices for different situations. Unguided breathing The object here is to bring your attention to your natural breathing, wherever it is at the present moment. Just being aware of one of the following senses: Sight, sound, feel or rhythm. How does your breath sound? How does it feel? Notice its rhythm at that particular moment. Don’t try to change anything or judge it. Just observe its natural organic pace. You may even prompt yourself by asking, “Am I breathing?” What you will usually notice after five or 10 sec. is that your breath will slow and you will become centered and calmer. Word association breathing As you breathe in, say to yourself the word “Relaxation” and imagine what it would “feel” like to be relaxed. Then, exhale and feel what it would be like to lose your stress and frustration. You may make up your own words to suit the situation, however, the key is to inhale what you want and exhale what you hope to rid yourself of.

Rhythmic breathing The object here is to breathe to an established rhythm that feels best for you. What’s important with this exercise is that you find a pattern that works for you and stick to it. Try inhaling to the count of three, then holding your breath for two counts, and then exhale to the count of four beats. In fact, you may have a different pattern for different situations. Have fun with it. Whichever breathing practice you are using, once you are centered with a soft focus on your breath, allow your attention to expand and take in everything around you. Be aware of sounds, sights and even thoughts as they pass by. Metaphorically, this breathing practice is similar to the eye of a hurricane … you are calm on the inside, but very active on the outside. Jim Courier once stated after he beat Marat Safin in an epic Davis Cup deciding tie match, “It was weird, I felt like I was in a hurricane, I was still on the inside, but acutely aware of everything that was going on around me.” This will allow you to calmly respond to the situation in front of you. Incorporating these breathing practices

between points, prior to a match, in the morning before you start your day, or any time you feel stress will help you approach a situation in a calmer, instinctual and more aware state, rather than being tight and reactive. In this state, you will be ready to respond to the situation versus spiraling downward with distracting selftalk and expectations. Using your breath, you have the ability to harness its calming power by staying focused and in the present moment. Rob Polishook, MA, CPC is the founder and director of Inside the Zone Sports Performance Group. As a mental training coach he works with athletes and teams of all levels. His work focuses on helping athletes gain the mental edge and letting go of blocks which get in the way of peak performance. He is a USTA Zonal Coach and has spoken and been published for the USTA, USPTA and ITA. Additionally, he has conducted workshops nationally and internationally in India and Israel. He may be reached by phone at (973) 723-0314, email rob@insidethezone or visit www.insidethezone.com.

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Mythbusters: As a College Freshman Playing Tennis, You Don’t Walk Alone By Ricky Becker great source of information for prospective college tennisplaying freshman are the people who have gone through their college tennis years. We took four Long Island raised student/athletes who just finished their first year of college and asked them to give us some insight on college tennis and what, if anything, was different than they expected. All of them referred to the companionship of playing on a team. In the next issue, we will speak to young adults who grew up on Long Island and just finished their college tennis careers, but this month, we will focus on the first-year experience.

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achieve a common goal, you end up forming a bond with your teammates that very few other students have with their peers. Academically, I have found the most challenging part of college to be keeping up with the work consistently. With no parents around, only a few hours in class every day, and little day to day work, it can be very easy to put off assignments and studying until later in the semester. In addition, one of your friends will always be doing something fun. Carly Siegel Ithaca College Half Hollow Hills West High School Class of 2011 I am so glad that I had the opportunity to play for the Ithaca Women’s Tennis team. Being part of the team was a terrific learning experience about teamwork and friendship. My teammates and I always cheer each other on and help each other through the matches and in all aspects of college life. We spend a lot of time together, both playing tennis and just hanging out. Going into the season, I did not know what to expect from the players and coaches since I had never been a part of a college team before. Everyone was so welcoming and helpful in anything I needed. It was scary being a freshman and not knowing anyone, but the team made my first year of college a lot easier to enjoy. The team spent a great week in Hilton Head, S.C. during spring break


practicing and playing matches against other colleges. College tennis is very rewarding not only for the tennis practice and matches, but also for making life-long friends. I am very happy I chose to play tennis at Ithaca College. Ashley Sandler Monmouth College Syosset High School Class of 2011 My first year playing college tennis at Monmouth University has been a very favorable experience. Although I had met most of the team prior to attending college (which I highly recommend), I was still nervous about where I would fit in. All of the returning players on the team welcomed me immediately and made me feel very comfortable. Since unlike high school tennis, you spend a lot of time traveling with your teammates and staying in hotels on the road, I was really happy that the other team members were so welcoming. I did not realize that many

of the other teams that we compete against would have so many international players. Since I was so used to playing girls within the Tri-State area, it has been an interesting experience competing against so many international players. I have found most of them to be pleasant to compete against. I have also found that on almost every team we compete against, there are always one or two players on the team that I have met through my experiences playing USTA tournaments and high school tennis. I did not expect to recognize as many people as I have. Eric Ambrosio Quinnipiac University Cold Spring Harbor High School Class of 2011 College tennis is certainly a different experience from junior tennis. I was shocked at how many people I knew from junior tennis. I thought that I would not see anyone again, but I was wrong. It is not something

I disliked … it is just an observation. One aspect I do like, is that now I am really part of a team. The people playing next to me are playing for the same reason … to represent Quinnipiac University. One thing I did not expect was the noise level of the matches. The cheering that comes from both teams can be borderline obnoxious. That also comes along with playing in front of crowds. While not every match has one, the ones that do can get very loud, and it was something I wish I could have prepared for in junior tennis. The whole college experience is far more exciting than I thought it would be and I am looking forward to the rest of my years. 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 e-mail at rbecker06@yahoo.com, by phone at (516) 605-0420 or via JuniorTennisConsulting.com.

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Tweets from the pros … what the stars do when off the court Caroline Wozniacki (@carowozniacki): I am embarrassed to say that I lost to @McIlroyRory in table tennis 11-9 in the third and deciding set! Sabine Lisicki (@sabinelisicki): I was stuck in traffic in Miami. Needed almost an hour for a usual max 15 min. ride! Ryan Harrison (@ryanharrison92): Currently 37,000 feet above ground on the way to Miami. Couple days to relax and enjoy the beach. Murphy Jensen (@murphyjensen): Living the dream for two days in Savannah Ga. and back to Sea Island on Wednesday! Come on! Kim Clijsters (@Clijsterskim): Dinner at Nobu with my sister.

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Hall for Guga One of Brazil’s most beloved and successful athletes, Gustavo “Guga” Kuerten, has been elected to receive the highest honor in the sport of tennis … induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Kuerten was the world’s number one player for 43 non-consecutive weeks, and he is a three-time major tournament champion, having captured French Open titles in 1997, 2000 and 2001. Kuerten’s induction was announced in a special presentation in São Paulo at the offices of Banco do Brasil, a long-time sponsor of the tennis champion

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Martina’s time to dance Tennis legend Martina Navratilova competed on Dancing With the Stars, which aired for 10 weeks. Martina danced with Tony Dovolani, a Kosovan-American professional ballroom dancer. Unfortunately, Navratoliva’s dancing is not on par with her tennis ability and she was the first person voted off. Navratilova was joined this season by The View co-host Sherri Shepherd; Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Donald Driver; Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls on the TV series “Little House on the Prairie;” Actor Jack Wagner of “Melrose Place” fame; Motown legend Gladys Knight; Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan; Opera Singer Katherine Jenkins; Singer Gavin DeGraw; CubanAmerican Actor William Levy; Entertainment Reporter Maria Menounos; and Actor Jaleel White, who played the role of Steve Urkel on the ‘80s show “Family Matters.”

60 Minutes for Djokovic The war in Yugoslavia and the bombing of Belgrade were a frightening distraction for a young boy trying to become a tennis champion. But it also meant no school and more tennis, says Novak Djokovic. And he credits the war and the


hardships it caused with instilling a hunger in him that ultimately drove him to fulfill his dream of becoming the world’s top ranked player. Djokovic told his story to Bob Simon for a 60 Minutes profile. He was a 12-year-old tennis prodigy during the bombing campaign, and now looking back, Djokovic says it was a formative time for him and his family. “[The war] made us tougher. It made us more hungry, more hungry for the success.”

19. Monica Seles, United States 18. Ivan Lendl, Czech Republic 17. Roy Emerson, Australia 16. Bill Tilden, United States 15. Jimmy Connors, United States 14. Serena Williams, United States 13. John McEnroe, United States 12. Andre Agassi, United States 11. Don Budge, United States 10. Billie Jean King, United States 9. Chris Evert, United States 8. Margaret Court, Australia Who is the best ever? 7. Bjorn Borg, Sweden 6. Rafael Nadal, Spain 5. Pete Sampras, United States 4. Martina Navratilova, United States/Czech Republic 3. Steffi Graf, Germany Tennis Channel hosted the 100 Greatest of 2. Rod Laver, Australia All-Time, presented by Ally Bank, a five1. Roger Federer, Switzerland night series ranking the top tennis players of all-time. Roger Federer was named the greatest of all-time, and the series was Gonzo hangs them up Former Australian Open hosted by Jack Nicklaus, Jerry Rice, finalist Fer nando Wayne Gretzky, Lisa Leslie and Carl Gonzalez of Chile has Lewis. The program aired for five consecannounced his retireutive nights with Federer being announced ment from the sport, the top player on the show‘s finale episode. after a 5-7, 6-4, 6-7(3) Here is the top 25 of all-time according to loss to Nicolas Mahut Tennis Channel: of France at the 2012 25. Stefan Edberg, Sweden Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. Gonzalez 24. Suzanne Lenglen, France wants to be remembered as someone who 23. Fred Perry, Great Britain gave “100 percent every single time when 22. Venus Williams, United States he went to the court. And, of course, I think 21. Boris Becker, Germany it is much better to be remembered as a 20. Ken Rosewall, Australia person than as a tennis player.” Gonzalez

was only able to play four tournaments last year after undergoing right hip surgery in October of 2010. His best 2011 result was reaching the third round at Wimbledon. He reached the 2007 Australian Open final, won 11 career singles titles, a gold medal in doubles and bronze medal in singles at the 2004 Olympic Games, along with a silver medal in singles in 2008.

Top of the class John Isner defeated Novak Djokovic in the semifinals but fell to Roger Federer in the finals of Indian Wells. Below is the back and forth between Djokovic and Isner post tourney: @DjokerNole: Congrats to @JohnIsner for breaking into the top 10 and having a great week! Congrats to Roger Federer for winning another big title in IW. JohnIsner: @DjokerNole Classy stuff. Thanks man. See u in Miami.

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accountability By Steve Kaplan Recently, Long Island Tennis Magazine asked me and several of my fellow teaching professionals a few philosophy-based question that touched on subjects like: What’s wrong with American tennis? Why doesn’t the U.S. dominate the world rankings? Will home schooling help me improve my game? Will high school tennis hurt my improvement? While these conversations are important and interesting, many of the answers I read singularly focused on performance issues and neglected to address what might be best for personal development. Perhaps the following questions should also be considered like: How much should performance alone matter? Should players sacrifice family, education, health or safety to achieve tennis improvement? Maybe it’s time we reevaluated our priorities and broadened our perspective to consider the personal growth and development of children above all else, even above improving their second serve. Let’s shift the accountability paradigm to reflect

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the betterment of young tennis players thru participation in tennis. When providing advice to players who look for guidance and support, parents, most coaches and some organizations, truly have their best interests at heart. Unfortunately, this leadership is shortsighted and ultimately counterproductive if it answers, “How do I improve in tennis,” without concurrently considering and addressing the full intra-personal investment of improvement. Tennis is a wonderful sport, and the pursuit of tournament tennis excellence is an invaluable learning and growth opportunity for players who choose this path. Tournament tennis training promotes important physical qualities like health, fitness and well-being. It demands and encourages personal attributes like focus, attentiveness, organization, courage, persistence and deferred gratification. It helps young children become mature, wise decision-makers and problem solvers, and the great news is that there is no direct positive relationship between rankings success and the quality of the experience.

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As Arthur Ashe explained, “Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” Sure, the experience of the player ranked 100th in the East will be somewhat different than the experience of the player ranked number one in the nation, but it need not be inferior if the goal is to integrate a tennis education and athletic identity as part of an overall healthy education and positive self-esteem. The sport can be about enhancing physical, intellectual and interpersonal development as a means towards achieving selfactualization and growth. Over 30 years ago, Arthur Ashe had this powerful observation on culture: “I strongly believe the Black culture spends too much time, energy and effort raising, praising and teasing our Black children about the dubious glories of professional sports.” Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Ashe, Black educational culture has strived in a positive direction, but I worry that if we substitute the word “tennis” for “Black,“ then this statement reflects a troubling trend and resonates disturbingly and needlessly close to home for too many young tennis players. The dangers of a narrow path of tournament tennis achievement are similar and consistent with the risks of any myopic focus for children. A singular educational focus encourages insolated, entitled and pampered children who may grow up to become disillusioned adults. I call it “Crushed Star Syndrome” and it’s too common amongst former tennis standouts. We all want to shine and to be the center of adoration and attention. Unfortunately, when you step out of the insular protective bubble of the tennis environment, the world is indifferent that you were once a star tennis player at your club, school, section or


nation. Blue chip tennis recruiting status and a token will get you a subway ride and nothing more at the age of 22. A huge forehand is only a relevant job skill for a very limited number of tennis employment opportunities. Parents, coaches and organizations who lavish tennis entitlements to young players borne out of tennis talent and ability alone become facilitators and must take enormous responsibility to provide perspective. When freedoms are granted to young players without the checks and balances of responsibilities also demanded of them, it is a source of great concern. “Panem et cirenses,” which translates to “give them bread and circuses,” was the early Roman formula for creating a docile population. Educationally, are we feeding our children empty calories and teaching them that their highest aspiration and achievement is to perform for our pride and entertainment? Are we encouraging that tennis is their education and not just a vital and synergistic part of it? Are we reinforcing dysfunction by neglecting to remind children of humility; that being a better young tennis player does not make you a more entitled person. Do we intensify this by failing to demand the responsibility of recognizing that, as an elite player, if you have more, then you have more to give? Tennis achievement is not a singular goal, rather it provides the structure and context for a life of achievement, health, fitness and personal development and growth. What I love most about my experience as a tennis coach is seeing students actualize their tennis success not as an end goal, but as the path to a richer and fuller life. 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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Captain John McEnroe Leads the New York Sportimes Into the 2012 WTT Season fter coming one victory short of first place in the Eastern Conference last year, the New York Sportimes of World TeamTennis (WTT) look to rebound in 2012 as the team will play seven July home dates this season, including five at the Sportime Randall’s Island Tennis Center in Manhattan and two at SEFCU Arena at the University of Albany. For the second consecutive year, Hall of Famer Martina Hingis is scheduled to compete in all seven NY Sportimes home matches. Venus Williams and John Isner are scheduled to compete for the opposition, Venus for the Washington Kastles and Isner for the Boston Lobsters, in the two matches at the SEFCU Arena in Albany. Andre Agassi will compete for the Boston Lobsters at Sportime Stadium. The team will be coached by Chuck Adams for the 2012 season. Sportimes team captain and New York tennis legend John McEnroe will compete in the matches at Randall’s Island on Thursday, July 19 (against the Boston

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Lobsters) and Wednesday, July 25 (against the Washington Kastles). Andre Agassi will appear and compete on the night of July 19th against John McEnroe, which, for the second straight year, will be an evening to benefit the Johnny Mac Tennis Project, a charitable foundation that raises money to support youth tennis in the New York City area. The Sportimes open their 2012 campaign on Tuesday, July 10 against the Springfield Lasers, and also have home dates scheduled at Randall’s Island against the Philadelphia Freedoms on Friday, July 13 and again on Wednesday, July 18; against the Boston Lobsters on Thursday, July 19; and on Wednesday, July 25, meet the defending WTT champion Washington Kastles. In Albany, the Sportimes will face the Washington Kastles again on Monday, July 23 and the Lobsters again on Tuesday, July 24. Home matches at Sportime Stadium Randall’s Island begin at 7:00 p.m., while first serve for the Albany events is at 7:30 p.m.

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“This schedule is a challenging one, with two home matches against our big rival, the defending champion Washington Kastles. The matchups should be great this year,” said Sportime Clubs and New York Sportimes CEO Claude Okin. “Every night of WTT action offers intense tennis and fun for the whole family. Our Captain and leader, Johnny Mac, will inspire us and we have all-time great Martina Hingis leading the charge at every home match. Our goal is to return to the WTT Finals for the second time in three years.” The Sportimes finished one win out of first place in the Eastern Conference in 2011 after winning the Eastern Conference title in 2010. They were WTT Champion in 2005. The 2012 WTT regular season runs from July 9-28, with the top two teams from both the Western and Eastern Conference advancing to the WTT Finals Weekend, presented by GEICO, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 14-16 at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C.


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The Sportimes also have seven road dates scheduled, including matches against Eastern Conference rivals the Washington Kastles on Thursday, July 12; the Philadelphia Freedoms on Friday, July 20; the Boston Lobsters on Sunday, July 22; and two swings through the Western Conference, Sunday, July 15 against the Kansas City Explorers and the following night, Monday, July 16, against the Sacramento Capitals; Friday, July 27 against the Springfield Lasers and the following night, Saturday, July 28 against the Explorers in Kansas City. Another highlight on the schedule will be on Wednesday, July 18 at 5:00 p.m. prior to the Sportimes matchup with the Philadelphia Freedoms. That evening, the Sportimes are looking to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people bouncing a tennis ball in the air at the same time for 10 seconds. Mark down July 18 as only the first 750 registrants will be able to take part in this recordbreaking attempt. In order to participate and be a part of history, you must purchase a ticket to the July 18th SportimesFreedoms match. Racquets and balls will be provided by the Sportimes.

Tickets for Sportimes matches are available by calling (888) WTT-NYC1 or by visiting NYSportimes.com, or for more information on the matches in Albany, visit NYSportimes.com/Albany or call (518) 393-0440. A number of companies and firms have aligned themselves to support the Sportimes’ 2012 season, including: the USTA Eastern Section, GEICO, USTA, Wilson, DecoTurf, Principal Funds, SPORTIME Clubs, Tennis.com, Arizon Tennis Domes, NY Orthopedics, WarrenTricomi Salons, Metal Building Restoration, Zurita Architects, Lazer Aptheker Rosella & Yedid PC, Tamir Kfir-Orthotist and Prothetist, Florida Atlantic University-College of Business, Smart & Skinny Snacks, Powerade, Fernando Limousine, and Randall’s Island Sports Foundation.

Who’s who on the Sportimes? At the 2012 World TeamTennis Draft, the Sportimes welcomed back some familiar faces for another season of World TeamTennis. In the first round, the Sportimes selected California native

Robert Kendrick, followed by Jesse Witten of Naples, Fla. in round two, and Georgia native Ashley Harkelroad in round three. These three selections will join John McEnroe and Martin Hingis, who are already on the Sportimes roster, having been selected in the Marquee Draft. Ashley Harkleroad Residence: Los Angeles, Calif. Birthdate: 05/02/85 Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) A native of Flintstone Ga., and a long-time crowd favorite on the WTA Tour, Ashley Harkleroad, aka “Pebbles,” is playing in her fourth WTT season and her fourth for the Sportimes. She resumed her professional career in Miami, playing with a protected ranking of 77th in the world after having given birth to her first child, with husband and Sportimes Head Coach Chuck Adams in March of 2009. Ashley has achieved a career-high ranking of 39th in the world in both singles and doubles. continued on page 14

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Martina Hingis Residence: Hurden, Switzerland Birthdate: 09/30/80 Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) The Sportimes boast two former number one players, John McEnroe Photo credit: Kenneth B. and Martina Hingis. Goldberg Hingis returns to the Sportimes for a third season, having been a member of the Sportimes championship team in 2005. Over her professional career, Hingis has won five Grand Slam singles titles and nine doubles titles. In 1998, she became the fourth woman in tennis history to win all four Grand Slams in the same year. Hingis is also one of only five players in WTA history to simultaneously be ranked number one in singles and in doubles.

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Robert Kendrick Residence: Orlando, Fla. Birthdate: 11/15/79 Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) The 2012 season will be Robert Kendrick’s fifth season playing for the Photo credit: Kenneth B. Sportimes, having been a Goldberg member of the Sportimes 2005 WTT Championship team. Kendrick has a career-high singles ranking of 69th and has wins over many of the world’s top players. He is a former All-American at both the University of Washington and Pepperdine University. John McEnroe Residence: New York, N.Y. Birthdate: 02/16/59 Plays: Left-handed (one-handed backhand) Long Island’s own John McEnroe will be back with the Sportimes this Photo credit: Kenneth B. summer, his 11th season Goldberg with his hometown team. John has won seven Grand Slam singles ti-

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tles and 10 doubles titles throughout his career. After a long and stellar career, he was inducted into the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Hall of Fame in 1999. Jesse Witten Residence: Naples, Fla. Birthdate: 10/15/87 Plays: Right-handed Participating in his sixth season with the New York Sportimes, Jesse Witten is now a seasoned veteran of World Photo credit: Kenneth B. TeamTennis. His career Goldberg high singles ranking is 163rd and his best performance in a Grand Slam came in 2009 where he lost to Novak Djokovic in the third round of the U.S. Open. Last year, he qualified for both Wimbledon and the French Open. Jesse is a former All-American with the University of Kentucky.


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NY Sportimes 2012 Home Schedule Including Marquee matches in parentheses (subject to change, as of April 1, 2012) *Matches played at the SEFCU Arena at the University of Albany. All other home matches played at Sportime Stadium at Randall’s Island. Date

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Tuesday, July 10

Springfield Lasers at New York Sportimes

Martina Hingis (Sportimes)

Friday, July 13

Philadelphia Freedoms at New York Sportimes

Martina Hingis (Sportimes) & Ryan Harrison (Freedoms)

Wednesday, July 18

Philadelphia Freedoms

Martina Hingis (Sportimes) at New York Sportimes

Thursday, July 19

Boston Lobsters at New York Sportimes

Martina Hingis & John McEnroe (Sportimes) and Andre Agassi (Lobsters)

*Monday, July 23

Washington Kastles at New York Sportimes in Albany, N.Y.

Martina Hingis (Sportimes) & Venus Williams (Kastles)

*Tuesday, July 24

Boston Lobsters at New York Sportimes in Albany, N.Y.

Martina Hingis (Sportimes) & John Isner (Lobsters)

Washington Kastles at New York Sportimes

Martina Hingis & John McEnroe (Sportimes)

Wednesday, July 25

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Friday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m. Sportimes Featuring Martina Hingis vs. Philadelphia Freedoms

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Thursday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m. Sportimes Featuring John McEnroe & Martina Hingis vs. Boston Lobsters Featuring Andre Agassi *(Johnny Mac Tennis Project Benefit Night)

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Box: $440 Loge: $260 Grandstand: $100

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Beginning Tennis … At What Age? By Butch Seewagen ennis is the sport for a lifetime. Unlike many sports, tennis is a “carry over” sport, meaning it can be enjoyed from childhood through adulthood. It is a sport that when played proficiently, provides the cardiovascular aerobic exercise needed for a healthy life, while developing character, physical and mental competence and self-esteem. Equally as important, tennis provides an ideal opportunity for parents and children to spend quality time together … having fun, learning, playing and competing. In all of my years as a tennis pro, the question most asked by parents is: “When should my child start tennis?” Before responding to the question, it is important to realize that tennis is a complex and highly-skilled activity. Broken down into its component parts, tennis requires the ability to track a moving object, anticipate and coordinate body movement, while simultaneously employing eye-hand coordination. Tennis should be started as early as there is interest, provided that the child has the basic athletic skill-sets needed for success. Years ago, it was generally agreed that seven to nine years of age was the optimum time to begin tennis. The thought process was that by the age of seven, a child would have the foundational motor skills needed for tennis. For a child to have fun, there needs to be success—namely hitting the ball over the net. Children who are not physically prepared suffer failure and frustration which often drives them away from this great sport. The kids who had success had fun, played more, causing more success and so on. Fortunately, there has been a new approach in introducing children to tennis; courts are smaller (36’ long for up to age eight) (60’ for ages eight through 10); rackets are shorter and lighter; and the balls are bigger and bounce slower and

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lower. The USTA’s 10 & Under Tennis and QuickStart Programs have made the game more child-friendly than ever before. Children are having an easier time playing and are having a ball! Instruction has also changed from a style of simply throwing or hitting balls to children, to an approach of crosstraining children to develop skill sets needed to play tennis. Not only are balls being struck, but children are becoming more physically competent by performing movements, throwing, fielding and catching drills, dribbling races, etc. Proper tennis technique is more easily attained when other more general athletic skills are mastered in a fun and nurturing environment. For example, serving becomes easier when one learns how to throw a ball properly. The thrill of rallying has replaced constant ball feeding. With an emphasis on fun, new equipment, new court size, and instruction, children as young as three are now enjoying tennis … hopefully for a lifetime. Butch Seewagen, along with his sister Barbara Steger, started the nation’s first Children’s Athletic Training School (CATS) in 1984 to develop young children’s foun-

dational motor skill sets. CATS has helped thousands of children to enjoy sports at its Rockville Centre, N.Y. and New York City locations. A former U.S. National Amateur Champion and holder of 15 National and International titles, Butch also started the Butch Seewagen Tennis Academy, a fullday summer tennis camp for children ages five through nine in Manhattan. This past February, the Butch Seewagen Tennis Academy opened in Rockville Centre, the first three-court indoor facility designed exclusively for children ages three through nine. CATS has been featured in NY Magazine’s Best Bets, The New York Times, The New York Post and on the CBS National Evening News. He may be reached by phone at (212) He may be reached by phone at (212) 832-1833 or visit CATSNY.com.

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Eric Rubin and Matt Barry: Two Long Islanders Taking Their Talents to Division I Tennis Programs By Tonny van de Pieterman About 12 years ago, I covered a lesson for one of my colleagues at Long Beach Tennis Center. On the other side of the net were two curious and shy boys named Eric Rubin and Matt Barry. They were both five-years-old and lived around the block from each other. Three years later, I started teaching them on a weekly basis and soon started spending lots of time with them on the court or watching them play matches. They are seniors in high school now and are soon moving on to bigger and better things. They have both been ranked in the top of the USTA Eastern rankings in every age group. I thought

a little Q&A with two of Long Island’s latest NCAA Division I bound products was in order. When and where did you start playing tennis? Eric Rubin: I started playing tennis around the age of four at Long Beach Tennis Center. Matt Barry: I started playing tennis when I was five-years-old with my mom at Long Beach High School. Did you play any other sports? Eric Rubin: I played many sports when I was younger. I was on both a travel baseball team and a travel lacrosse team. I was very serious about my pitching in baseball, but eventually stopped

to focus solely on tennis. I believe pitching in baseball really helped my serve when I was younger based on the similar motion. Matt Barry: I played baseball, basketball, lacrosse and soccer. When did you get more serious? Eric Rubin: I really started taking tennis seriously around the age of nine. I remember going to the U.S. Open and being amazed by all of the professional players and wanting to try to copy them. Prior to this, tennis was actually one of my least favorite sports, but once I went to the U.S. Open, I fell in love with it. As I got older, I started to like tennis more

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and more. I felt like tennis was a sport where there was always something new to learn and work on. Matt Barry: I started to get more serious about tennis when I hit the age of 10. I knew that I wanted to play tennis seriously because I loved the mental and physical aspects of the game. I am a very competitive person, and I think that tennis is the most competitive sport of all the other ones I’ve played. When I was 10, I knew that I wanted to work hard and play college tennis. My parents and my coach, Tonny van de Pieterman, helped push me towards my goal. Do you remember your first official USTA tournament? Eric Rubin: One of the first tournaments I played was at Freeport Tennis. I ended up reaching the finals and won every match in a super tie-breaker. After every match, I would come off the court and my dad would tell me that the other kid changed the score multiple times, but I never had any idea. Looking back, I think this shows how much fun I was having to the point that I didn’t even care about winning or losing. Matt Barry: My first USTA tournament was at the Deer Park Tennis Center, a Level 2 tournament. I was very nervous because it was the first tournament I ever played in and I didn’t know any of the others participating. I remember that I was so nervous to go on the court for my first match because I was scared

NCAA Division I-bound Eric Rubin (left) and Matt Barry (right) of Long Beach with coach Tonny van de Pieterman (center)

that the kid would cheat. I won the match easily and the kid did not cheat. I then became much more comfortable on the court and eventually won the tournament. What was your favorite Long Island tournament? Eric Rubin: The Sectionals at Point Set are always my favorite tournaments. Aside from the fast courts which really help my serve, it’s great to play on your home courts. I always have all of the coaches from the club cheering me on, and it always helps to have a crowd pull you through that third set. Scott Axler is the tournament director for the Sectionals at Point Set, and he always has everything running smoothly, which is great. Matt Barry: My favorite Long Island tournaments are the ones at Point Set Racquet Club in Oceanside, N.Y. I always love playing tournaments there because it’s my home court. I have been training

at Point Set for a long time, and I feel very comfortable playing there. I also love playing there because my coaches always watch all of my matches there. They always get me fired up to play and give me great advice on my opponents. Did you play high school tennis? Eric Rubin: I’ve played high school tennis for Long Beach High School every year since seventh grade. When I was younger, it was great to have Danny Kreyman on the team. Danny was always a kid I looked up to and it was great always getting to play with him. Since I started playing in seventh grade, I always felt like Danny was the next level ahead of me in terms of tennis, so I always knew what I had to work on to get to the next level. I remember playing him when I was about 16 and he was acing me a couple of times every game. After that, I spent the whole summer working on my serve and it really paid off. Matt Barry: I play high school tennis at Long Beach High School. I started playing tennis on the Long Beach team when I was in seventh grade as well. During my first year on the team, I met a player named Danny Kreyman. He helped my game out tremendously, and also helped me manage my time with school and tennis. I looked up to Kreyman because I knew he was a great player, and he also wanted to play college tennis. He showed me how hard work gets

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you where you want to go in life. High school tennis was always fun because I had my all of my friends playing, including Eric [Rubin] and Ethan Bogard. Tell me about your college choice. Eric Rubin: I decided to attend college at Columbia University in New York City. I started the search very early, and I basically wanted to go to a place where I thought my game would improve the most. I also wanted to go to a school with very serious academics. At first, I was skeptical about going to an Ivy league school to improve my tennis because of all the stories you hear about kids not taking tennis seriously once they get there. However, at Columbia, I felt like they were training just as hard as any top 10 tennis school. There were several kids on the team who were motivated to try to continue their tennis careers beyond the four years at Columbia which really showed me just how serious this team was. Matt Barry: I will be attending Penn State University next year. I choose Penn State because the tennis is really serious there, and I connected well with

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the coaches and my future teammates. I felt that the Penn State coaches (Coaches Jeff Zinn and Chris Cagle) will help develop my game and also make me a better person. I also loved the campus and I have always loved Penn State football. My dream was to play tennis at a Big 10 school and my hard work made this happen. How did you enjoy your tennis on Long Island? Eric Rubin: Growing up playing tennis on Long Island is an experience that very few kids have, and I am grateful for getting to participate in it. Not only was I able to compete with kids at a very high level of tennis, but I’ve made some of my best friends playing tennis. I think Long Island is overlooked as a place where kids could improve their tennis game. It annoys me when kids leave Long Island to go to Florida and other “tennis hot spots” to improve their game because I believe there are several places on Long Island where you can train and compete

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at a very high level. Many of my friends and I have been training on Long Island since we were young, and we’ve been able to compete at a high level with kids playing many hours a day. Matt Barry: I really enjoyed tennis on Long Island. The best part about it was that I made such great friends through all of the tough matches we played. Some of the friends I made are, Eric Rubin, Josh Levine, Ofir Solomon, Andrew Yaraghi and many more. We were all so close that we went to each other’s Bar Mitzvahs, sporting events and are always in touch with each other. At Zonals we all hung out with each other and had great times. We will all have great memories about Long Island tennis. Tonny van de Pieterman is director of tennis at Point Set Indoor Racquet Club. He was recently named USTA Tennis Professional of the Year for the USTA/EasternLong Island Region and helped the Eastern Section win this year’s Talbert Cup. He may be reached by phone at (516) 536-2323 or e-mail tonny@pointsettennis.com.


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s the Mixed-Doubles season winds down, the adult, senior and super senior matches are about to begin. The captain’s scheduling meeting is set for Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y. Matches will begin the week of May 21st. The Mixed-Doubles League is finishing up and will be going into the playoff rounds in the middle of May. The winning team from each of the levels, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 and 10.0, will advance to the Section Championship in Albany, N.Y. We wish all of our advancing Long Island team lots of luck and good tennis! The Adult League is for players 18 years of age and older. Teams start at the 2.5 Level and go all the way to the 5.0 Level. Levels 2.5 and 5.0 play one court of singles and two courts of doubles. All other levels—3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5—play two courts of singles and three courts of doubles. The Senior League is for players 50 years of age and older, and plays at the 3.0 to 4.5 Levels. All senior matches are three courts of doubles. The Super Senior League is for players 60 years of age and above, and they also play three courts of doubles. The level for Super Seniors are combined NTRP ratings. We have divisions at the 6.0 for women (two 3.0 players or a 2.5 and 3.5), 7.0 for both men and women (two 3.5 players or a 3.0 and 4.0), 8.0 for both men and women (two 4.0 players or 3.5 and 4.5) and 9.0 for men (two 4.5 players or a 4.0 and 5.0). The league runs from midMay to August. To play, you must be a USTA member, pay a $25 roster fee and it is then $18 per match which is payed to the club where the match takes place. For those interested in getting on a team, you can find out if there are still openings by e-mailing me, the Long Island League Coordinator at kathym65@aol.com. Please state your name, level of play and area

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where you live, and I will get back to you with any teams that have let me know they are still in need of players. Playoffs for the Adult League will take place sometime between Saturday-Friday, July 28-Aug. 3 depending on the level (this is presently being worked on). Region Championships for the Women’s 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 will be sometime over the weekend of Aug. 3, with Region Championships the same weekend for the Men’s 3.5 and 4.0 Divisions. Exact dates and times will be available at the May 2 scheduling meeting at the Crest Hollow. Section Championship dates, to be held in Schenectady, N.Y., are as follows: I Friday-Sunday, Aug. 10-12 Men’s and Women’s 2.5, 3.5 and 4.5 I Friday-Sunday, Aug. 17-19 Men’s and Women’s 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 I Friday-Sunday, Sept. 14-16 All Senior winning teams I Friday-Sunday, Sept. 21-23 All Super Senior winning teams

National Championships are as follows: I Friday-Sunday, Sept. 28-30 2.5 and 5.0 Adult I Friday-Sunday, Oct. 5-7 3.5 Adult and 3.0 Senior I Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14 3.0 Adult and 3.5 Senior I Friday-Sunday, Oct. 19-21 4.0 Adult and 4.5 Senior I Friday-Sunday, Oct. 26-28 4.5 Adult and 4.0 Senior I Friday-Sunday, Nov. 9-11 7.0 and 9.0 Mixed I Friday-Sunday, Nov. 16-18 8.0 and 10.0 Mixed I April 2013 Super Seniors I look forward to another successful season of USTA League Tennis! Kathy Miller is the manager at Carefree Racquet Club and is also the Adult League Coordinator for USTA/Long Island. She may be reached at kathym65@aol.com.

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Dr. Tom on Burnout Symptoms, causes and what to do about it By Tom Ferraro, Ph.D. Burnout is one of the big issues in tennis, and it’s especially common at the highest levels of play where competition is so great and practice is intense. Let’s discuss the symptoms of burnout, its causes and what to do to prevent it.

What are the symptoms of burnout? The three most common signs of burnout are exhaustion, illness and injury. Exhaustion is a feeling of constant fatigue

that comes when you work out too much and rest too little. This is when your performance will begin to fall. If you do not rest at this point, then illness comes next. Your immune system gets depleted and you become very vulnerable to a host of illnesses, including colds, sore throats, coughs, digestive problems, chest pain, depression and allergies. And if even this is ignored, you enter the final danger zone of burnout and are very susceptible to injury. All of those knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder injuries are often due to fatigue and overuse.

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Who is prone to burnout? We are all prone to burnout since we live in a culture that tells us we must be number one or we are nothing. This creates perfectionism, which means the athlete is never satisfied and keeps pushing beyond their limits. Tiger Woods may be the best example of an athlete who was never satisfied and it led to serious knee injuries which may shorten his career. The young athlete who tastes success sometimes begins to overwork in an effort to gain more success.

What can you do about burnout? As an athlete, you must realize that your body is of prime importance and needs rest. If you are exhausted, always sick or injury prone, your body is telling you to slow down. You must learn to give it what it asks for. You need to be sleeping at least eight hours per night, eat well and pace yourself. It is important to add some balance in your life. If you are not having fun at your sport, you may be working too hard. It’s time to slow down and relax before your body forces you to. For consultations, treatment or on-site visits, contact Dr. Tom Ferraro Ph.D., sport psychologist, by phone at (516) 248-7189, e-mail drtferraro@aol.com or visit www.drtomferraro.com.


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County Club Spotlight Inwood Country Club 50 Peppe Drive • Inwood, N.Y. Phone#: (516) 239-2800 • inwoodcc.org • membership@inwoodcc.org nwood Country Club is one of the premier family-oriented country clubs on the South Shore of Long Island. Founded in 1901, Inwood played a significant role in the history of golf. Bobby Jones won his first major at Inwood, the 1923 U.S. Open, and Walter Hagen won the first of his five PGA Championships at Inwood. Inwood also features an Atlantic Ocean Beach Club, 10 Har-Tru tennis courts, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and rooms and suites for members who make Inwood their summer residences. Conveniently located just 30 minutes from Manhattan, and 10 minutes from JFK Airport, Inwood has something special for everyone. Inwood Tennis is now considered one of the premier country club programs on Long Island. The program caters to all levels of play, from a 2.5 Level beginner player, to a 5.0 Level advanced player. Head Tennis Pro David Brent has obtained many National and Eastern rankings, and in 2009 and 2011, was a finalist at the USTA 55 National Grass Court Doubles Championships. An avid participant in the Country Club Leagues, Inwood won the Long Island Men’s Tennis League (LIMTL) in 2011 and made it to the semifinals of the North Shore Men’s Tennis League (NSMTL) that same year. In season, there is a ladies clinic every Friday and a children’s clinic every Saturday. Inwood’s pros are available for lessons and hitting seven days a week. In addition to the usual pick-up games or club tournaments, Inwood Country Club offers a variety of dining events throughout the year, all of which provide exceptional value and entertainment to its members. In addition to its traditional, formal dining events, Inwood Country Club also offers family-friendly buffet dinners, and pub nights featuring casual attire and cuisine. Inwood’s Sunday evening bingo

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dinners have been very successful and all ages, both young and old, are invited to attend. Theme dinners, such as Italian Night, Steak, Jeans & Martinis, and Cinco de Mayo are also very popular. Summers at Inwood Country Club are second to none as the Club has the unique distinction of serving as a full-service beach facility. Every Thursday evening, there is an informal beach party and lobster bakes with music and casual fare. Inwood’s

weekend beach theme parties, such as July 4th and Havana Nights, have always been favorites among club members and this year promises to be no exception. During the summer, there is no place like the beach, and when at the beach, there is no place like Inwood! To experience Inwood Country Club in person, call Membership Director Heidi Chriest at (516) 239-2800, ext. 186, or e-mail membership@inwoodcc.org to arrange a visit.

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Stars Take to the Clay in Paris for a Shot at Grand Slam Glory

2012 French Open Preview he 2012 French Open, the year’s second Grand Slam event, will take place May 27June 10 at the famed clay courts of Roland Garros. The event was first played in 1891 as a French national tournament on grass. The surface would be changed to red clay in 1912. The first French Open, then called the French Championships, was held in 1891. For the first 34 years of the tournament’s existence, it was open only to French club players. In 1925, the Championships expanded, allowing foreign players to gain entry. With a change in rules came a name change, then dubbed the “French Internationals.” During its early years, the tournament had been held in several venues, mostly throughout Paris. It

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found a permanent home in 1928, when Stade Roland Garros was constructed to host the upcoming Davis Cup final. World War II forced the French Internationals to close its doors from 19401945. In 1946 the tournament resumed and Frenchman Marcel Bernard won the title. Since then, only one other Frenchman—Yannick Noah in 1983 —has won the crown. Three French women have won the title since 1946, the last being Mary Pierce in 2000. When tennis ushered in the Open Era in 1968, the French Open became the first Grand Slam tournament to embrace the new, professional philosophy. One of the most celebrated pros to play in Paris was Bjorn Borg, who won the first of his six French Open titles in 1974. In the 1980s, the women’s game came to

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the forefront at the French. After winning three French Opens in the 1970s, Chris Evert won four more in the following decade, her last title coming 12 years after her first. Evert squared off against Martina Navratilova in three consecutive French Open finals (19841986), winning the last two.

The red clay court at the French Open is unique among Grand Slam events. It is a slower playing surface than grass or a hard court surface, which makes success difficult for even some of the best tennis players. The tournament also boasts the largest broadcast audience of any tennis event. Since 2006, the tournament has begun on a Sunday, featuring 12 singles matches played on the three main courts. Additionally, on the eve of the tournament’s opening, the traditional Benny Berthet exhibition day takes place, where the profits go to different charity associations. In March 2007, it was announced that the event would provide equal prize money for both men and women in all rounds for the first time


2012 French Open Preview French Open Past Champions Year

Men’s Singles

Women’s Singles

Men’s Doubles

Women’s Doubles

2011

Rafael Nadal

Na Li

Daniel Nestor & Max Mirnyi

Andrea Hlavácková & Lucie Hradecká

2010

Rafael Nadal

Francesca Schiavone

Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic

Serena & Venus Williams

2009

Roger Federer

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Lukas Dlouhy & Leander Paes

Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual

2008

Rafael Nadal

Ana Ivanovic

Pablo Cuevas & Luis Horna

Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual

2007

Rafael Nadal

Justine Henin

Mark Knowles & Daniel Nestor

Mara Santangelo & Alicia Molik

2006

Rafael Nadal

Justine Henin-Hardenne

Jonas Bjorkman & Max Mirnyi

Lisa Raymond & Samantha Stosur

2005

Rafael Nadal

Justine Henin-Hardenne

Jonas Bjorkman & Max Mirnyi

Virginia Ruano Pascual & Paola Suarez

2004

Gaston Gaudio

Anastasia Myskina

Xavier Malisse & Olivier Rochus

Virginia Ruano Pascual & Paola Suarez

Justine Henin-Hardenne

Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan

Kim Clijsters & Ai Sugiyama

2003 Juan Carlos Ferrero 2002

Albert Costa

Serena Williams

Paul Haarhuis & Yevgeny Kafelnikov

Virginia Ruano Pascual & Paola Suarez

2001

Gustavo Kuerten

Jennifer Capriati

Mahesh Bhupathi & Leander Paes

Virginia Ruano Pascual & Paola Suarez

2000

Gustavo Kuerten

Mary Pierce

Todd Woodbridge & Mark Woodforde

Martina Hingis & Mary Pierce

The men’s side of the draw The ATP Tour seems to be very top heavy right now with the top four dominating the competition, especially in Grand Slam play. Since 2004, there have only been three players not named Nadal, Federer or Djokovic to win a Grand Slam. Then, you add the fourth player to the mix, Andy Murray, who has consistently been thought of as nearly the same caliber of player, but he has yet to win a Grand Slam.

most French Open titles. The biggest obstacles in his way (aside from rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic) will be a lingering knee ailment and his two fellow countrymen from Spain, David Ferrer and Nicholas Almagaro, who have historically

faired extremely well on clay. If he can stay healthy through the entire clay season, Nadal is the odds on favorite to be hoisting his seventh title in Paris. continued on page 26

The favorites … Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg

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Novak Djokovic is currently the topranked player in the world, and would be considered the overall favorite heading into the French Open if not for Nadal. If he wins, he will be making history with a career Grand Slam and his fourth consecutive major title.

He has been playing well on clay and how can we forget his epic five-set match against Nadal in the first round of last year’s French Open. He is 20-7 on the season and not only is he America’s best hope for a victory, but is a definite sleeper to win the event.

Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg

Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg

Roger Federer is always a favorite whenever he steps onto the court. He still has yet to show signs of slowing down and has as good a chance to win the title as anyone else.

The sleepers … Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg

John Isner has been playing some of the best tennis of his life and has recently jumped over Mardy Fish as the topranked American at ninth in the world. He won both his Davis Cup matches against France, and clinched the victory with a 6-3, 7-6(4) 5-7, 6-3 victory over sixth-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

David Ferrer/Nicolas Almagro—The two Spaniards are top 10 players on clay. Almagro is a little underrated, but has been improving dramatically lately. Ferrer is the more established of the two and is viewed as one of the toughest competitors on the ATP Tour. These two hopefuls tend to get overshadowed by Nadal, but don’t be surprised if one of them makes a strong run at the title.

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Andy Murray is a top talent, and his hiring of Ivan Lendl as coach was a great move, which shows his true dedication to win-

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ning a Grand Slam title. However, Roland Garros is not his best opportunity to do so and the coaching switch to Lendl might take some time to gel. Murray should eventually win that major that eludes him, but odds are it won’t be in Paris.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has consistently improved throughout his career and often causes fits for some of the top players, especially in Grand Slams. Tsonga will have the hometown crowd behind him, but despite being one of the top players on the ATP Tour, his game doesn’t translate as well on clay. With that being said, he is the French’s best hope to make any noise in Paris.

The women’s side of the draw On the women’s side, it is quite the opposite of the men’s side of the draw as the field seems wide open and there is no clear cut winner predicted to raise the title in Paris. Without a dominant favorite, a few veterans will be looking to add to their resumes, in addition to some young guns looking to make a name for themselves. A hip injury has forced Belgium’s Kim Clijsters to withdraw which further opens the field. Women’s Grand Slams have seen a lot of young rising stars crawl out from out from the shadows to win on the big stage. Do not be shocked to see a winner that no one can predict. How many picked Li Na to win last year?

The favorites … Victoria Azarenka finally showed what she is capable of by winning the Australian Open earlier this year. Based upon her dominant season thus far in 2012, currently with a

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2012 French Open Preview 26-1 mark, she is one of the favorites heading into France. She is playing as good as anyone else right now and should be pretty confident heading into Roland Garros.

Paris. The fact that she won’t have to answer questions about being ranked number one without having a major to her name should relieve her of some pressure. Clay does suit her game well so a major title might be in her near future.

Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg

Maria Sharapova has recently been playing some of her best tennis after a few seasons filled with injury woes. She is one of the hardest workers on the WTA Tour and Roland Garros is her only missing Grand Slam title. Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg

Serena Williams is coming off a big tournament run at the Family Circle Cup and looks to be in top form heading into the French Open. Serena is the only current active female to hold a career Grand Slam and also has a strong game on clay courts. She has put some off the court commitments on hold for now and is back focused on playing her game. Add that to the fact that she is healthy, and Serena has a good chance to add another title to her resume.

The sleepers‌ Agnieszka Radwanska has been a consistent top 10 player for a while now, and many believe she has her best chance to win a Grand Slam on clay. She tends to make it to the later rounds of Slams, but does she have enough to make that next step and make the semifinals or finals? Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg

Caroline Wozniacki as a sleeper? She isn’t ranked number one anymore, and many do not view her as a viable candidate to win in

The pretenders ‌ You may find it hard to believe that defending French Open champion Li Na is listed as a pretender, but the fact of the matter is she was overlooked by everyone last year, allowing her to fly under the radar and eventually win the title. This year, players will not overlook her and she should have more difficult and

intense matches beginning with her first round of play. Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg

Being the reigning U.S. Open champ, Samantha Stosur should be viewed as a favorite on any surface, at any tournament, against anyone. Stosur will be considered a favorite heading into Roland Garros based on her U.S. Open victory, but clay is not her strong surface and she is still considered to be a better doubles player than a singles player. In her recent match against Serena at the Family Circle Cup (on clay) she did not fare so well, losing 6-1, 6-1 to the dominant Williams.

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Has “Sports-Specific” Training Gone Too Far? By Frank Dolan, BS, CSCS ver the last five years, there has been a major shift in the perception and practice of physical training and its relationship to on-court performance. Instead of looking at becoming “fit” as a means to an end, players are now looking for programs that will enhance actual tennis skills. One common flaw to recent tennis performance training is to simply resist tennis-specific movements or skills. The thinking is that if you make these movements “harder,” the athlete will get stronger and more explosive in those movements. At first glance, this might seem “functional” for the game of tennis, but it can become problematic and even considered negligible. An example of this would be to resist the forehand, back-

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hand or serve with a cable system. Since this is not how the racquet actually “feels” going through the stroke, this drill will create neural “confusion” and can alter the stroke mechanics. You would also be resisting an already over-utilized movement that competitive players are using hundreds of times every day. This will inevitably lead to an overuse injury, especially in players who are compensating through their stroke to begin with. When designing tennis-specific training programs, you must take into consideration many other factors besides the sport of tennis. Tennis performance is the primary goal, but a quality program is derived from a quality assessment of what is needed. To get on the right track, you must ask yourself: I What is the athlete lacking? I Is it mobility or stability?

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“One common flaw to recent tennis performance training is to simply resist tennis-specific movements or skills.” I Are speed and agility holding them back from being the player they could be? I What about power and strength deficiencies? I Are they injured a lot? I Do they lose their intensity and wear out at the end of a match or tournament? Once you ask these questions, you can begin to design a program with priorities. Priorities will keep you on track to do what is needed to enhance the physical attributes that comprise an athlete. After the athletic “weak links” are addressed, you can start to think about being more specific. You can develop conditioning protocols that mimic the start and stop of a match. You can implement exercises to improve rotational power for your serve. You can add any training that enhances the musculature, endurance and speed involved in tennis movements, not the actual tennis movements themselves. Once you start messing with the actual tennis movements, you have crossed a fine line that should only be crossed by a teaching pro. It is also important to note here that a teaching pro should not cross the line into performance training unless they have training in body biomechanics and how resistant force can impact functional movement. The ankle and wrist weights, the cable attachments on racquets, and all the other circus-like balancing exercises while you


hit a ball can look cool and specific, but they are far from what is needed to build a better-performing tennis player. Frank Dolan, BS, CSCS is a strength and conditioning specialist, and the owner of Sports and Fitness Performance in Islip,

N.Y. In addition to studying directly under such industry luminaries as Gray Cook, Mark Verstegen and Mike Boyle, Frank consults for organizations such as Equinox Fitness Clubs, Major League Strength, The Baseball Factory, and several local colleges, high schools and

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The Perfect Meal By Irina Belfer-Lehat ennis is a unique sport that involves intense physical activity for a prolonged period of time. Nobody knows how long one’s match will last until the final point is won. Thus, it is vital for every tennis player to have the aerobic capacity to have endurance and tolerance. As discussed in my previous articles, nutrition plays a very important role and should be part of every athlete’s preparation. It is not a secret that most of the professional tennis players on the tour have their nutritionists working with them as a part of their team—evaluating, calculating and personalizing a meal plan is part of their jobs. In this article, I have prepared a sample meal plan for the day before and for the hours leading up to your match. Please note that this is a general, basic meal plan that may or may not work for your body type or intensity. It is always recommended to be evaluated by a registered dietitian before following a meal plan. Start by loading up on carbohydrates two to three days prior to your match. Adding just an extra serving of carbohydrates will definitely help you with your endurance. Pasta, potato, rice and bread are all great choices. Avoid heavy sauces, creams, excessive sweets and fried foods as they will make you tired.

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baked turkey or chicken topped with your choice of vegetables, and a side of pasta salad (hot or cold), and orange or grapes. I Midday snack: Fruit smoothie with milk or soy milk. Blueberries and bananas are very high in potassium, and I would recommended to incorporate them into your smoothie. I Dinner: Baked fish or chicken (four to five ounces cooked), a baked potato with sour cream or brown rice, a salad, dark chocolate ( >70 percent cocoa). This plan provides approximately three meals, two snacks, four to five servings of fruits and vegetables, two to three servings of Calcium, 10 to 12 servings of carbohydrates, and four to five servings of protein (1,800 kcal, 60-65 g protein). Remember to drink a minimum of two liters of fluids daily for proper hydration. Day of the tournament Generally, your last big meal should be at

“… nutrition plays a very important role and should be part of every athlete’s preparation.” least three hours before the match. However, it does not mean that you don’t snack or drink after your last meal. Small, frequent, light snacks are very important to keep your energy levels up even throughout the day. A good example of this type of snack would be a banana, an orange, a snack bar with protein, and/or a yogurt with granola. Please have a registered dietitian help you to estimate your caloric, protein and fluid needs, and prepare you an individualized meal plan that would help you to be a better tennis player. Irina Belfer-Lehat is a New York State-licensed dietitian and certified dietitian-nutritionist. She may be reached by phone at (917) 769-8031 or e-mail irinalehat@gmail.com.

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Literary Corner

By Brent Shearer Epic: John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and the Greatest Tennis Season Ever By Matthew Cronin

t is impossible not to compare Matthew Cronin’s Epic: John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and the Greatest Tennis Season Ever with Stephen Tignor’s High Strung: Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and the Untold Story of Tennis’ Fiercest Rivalry. If you have to read only one, I’d recommend Tignor’s book as he offers the reader more interesting period details about larger issues beyond the Borg-

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McEnroe matches. But Cronin’s book gives a compelling portrait of the famous matchup, and while it is a narrower take on the era, it has its share of stories that help put the rivalry between the two players in context. Both books do a good job of setting their central drama, the Borg-McEnroe battles, against the background of an era when our sport was populated with a fascinating cast of players and functionaries, many of whom have had books written about their contribution to this rich era in tennis history. Cronin tells us a lot about players like Jimmy Connors, Vitus Gerulaitis, Ilie Nastase and Arthur Ashe on the men’s side and Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Martina Navratilova and Evonne Goologong among the women. Epic features a foreword from Tracy Austin, herself the author of a memoir that has achieved a kind of mini-fame by being attacked by the tennis enthusiast and author David Foster Wallace. One of the most interesting tidbits that

Cronin provides, although it is pretty far removed from the Borg-McEnroe central theme, is the story of Chris Evert being barred from visiting her then fiancée, Jimmy Connors, the night before his 1974 U.S. Open finals match with Ken Rosewood. Apparently, Connors coach, Pancho Segura, forbade any distractions and Evert left in tears. Another highlight of Cronin’s book is his interview with Long Island tennis pro Gene Mayer who describes what playing Borg at Wimbledon was like: “At Wimbledon, there was never the sense that he (Borg) wasn’t beatable, he was constantly struggling and down.” It is interesting that his fellow competitors thought Borg was beatable on grass, despite his run of five Wimbledon titles. It’s as if his six French titles were more intimidating as Mayer goes on to say that nobody thought they had a chance against Borg on clay. It is understandably tempting for Cronin to supply the reader with some period background to “set” the Borg-

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McEnroe face-off in the context of other things going on in the late 1970s and early 1980s. But this impulse is particularly troubling as it leads him into tangents about how the Italian “Red Brigades” terrorism affected the Italian Open or the effect of India’s nuclear bomb tests on the lead-up to Roland Garros. It is the rare tennis writer who is content to just write about tennis, whether it’s Pete Bodo’s treatment of the murdered Iraqi tennis player some years ago, or Mitchell Jon Fisher’s book about the 1938 match between the U.S. and German Davis Cup teams. The impulse to muck around with themes larger than tennis gets Cronin in trouble as his uses McEnroe’s high media profile to align him with just about everybody except Mother Theresa. “Like McEnroe, Reagan was no fan of compromise or being proverbially held hostage by another person’s rules or regulations.” This sentence comes in the midst of an eight-paragraph run in which the author compares the U.S. President to the tennis star from Queens.

But apparently, the McEnroe personality is elastic, as Cronin sees it, because he also writes that “Mac wasn’t quite a rebel without a cause like his folk hero, James Dean.” Then, Cronin quotes McEnroe’s doubles partner, Peter Fleming, as saying, “Sitting in the stands, the guys who were the punk rockers were for Junior (McEnroe). He was the Sex Pistols of tennis.” Just to prove that you can compare McEnroe to anybody, Cronin quotes tennis writer Pete Bodo as saying that John was like billionaire recluse Harold Hughes. For my part, I think McEnroe’s artistry on the court resembled Liberace and Jay-Z. Well, you get the idea. Other scene-setting mistakes Cronin throws in lead him to write a paragraph that begins: “France has been known for some time to be a liberal, permissive nation” and that goes on to mention Charles Manson and Roman Polanski in order to set the scene for the 1978 French Open, which Borg won without dropping a set. But Cronin does well to pay attention to McEnroe’s doubles career by including

a lot of material gleaned from interviews with his partner, Peter Fleming. In one unintentionally funny comment, along the lines of the “I’m not robbing and stealing” phrase so common here in New York, Fleming says of his career with McEnroe, “We would never tank just because one of us got beat.” Well, that’s a relief. I didn’t come across any errors of the magnitude of Tignor’s saying that Gerulaitis was from Brooklyn, so it is safe to conclude that Epic is more carefully edited than High Strung. Now that we have had two books on the Borg-McEnroe rivalry, two books on the Nadal-Federer 2008 Wimbledon match, I guess we will soon see a few takes on Djokovic’s record-setting 2011. You have to appreciate tennis writers who stake out their own path like Long Island Tennis Magazine’s Mark “Scoop” Malinowski. You’re not going to see dueling bios of the unpopular former number one Marcello Rios any time soon. Brent Shearer may be reached by e-mail at bbshearer@gmail.com.

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The Titanic Sank 100 Years Ago …

I Won’t By Lonnie Mitchel pril 15th marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic during its Transatlantic maiden voyage. On that night in 1912, the perceived greatest of passenger liners sank into the North Atlantic, and with it, more than 1,500 lives perished. It was the largest catastrophe of its day. Its owners were piloted by a captain who took his many years of experience for granted and ignored iceberg warnings when giving “fullspeed ahead” orders. Certainly the loss of 1,500 lives and tennis are not to be compared, but you can still gain lessons from it. Arrogance on the tennis court is usually

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a recipe for disaster. The arrogant attitudes of The White Star Line owners and a captain who was equally culpable resulted in a catastrophe that changed nautical history forever. If you think you are the greatest and do not adapt to changes and conditions, you will find out there is a catastrophe waiting to happen. When that lesson happens as it relates to tennis, it can change your game forever if you allow it to, or you can just go full steam ahead making more of the same mistakes. The lessons that can be drawn from one of the great catastrophes of the 20th Century transcends passenger ship sailing and can be compared to our own lives in the smallest and largest of ways. The historical events which took place

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100 years ago and my experience as new head men’s and women’s tennis coach at State University of NY at Oneonta was a great tie in for this month’s article. In February, I drove up to Oneonta, N.Y. as an emergency hire, leaving my wife and family to head the tennis program at SUNY Oneonta, replacing a coach who resigned prior to the start of the season. It was my maiden voyage into this foray, but with the blessing of the athletic director who took a chance on me, I decided I would not let her, the college and the student athletes down. I am a high-performance tennis coach, an accomplished player and a family man. However, I refused to believe that I knew it all when meeting the players for the first time. I decided that I was going to learn


from these student athletes. Academia, NCAA guidelines, administrative activities and more were being thrown at me faster than a Roger Federer serve. Two tennis teams had to be assessed just three weeks prior to our first match, and a two-team trip to Florida to compete against many good Division III tennis teams from around the country. Let’s throw in the fact that the travel plans were not finalized and our athletic director was coming along for the ride to Florida to see the tennis team play. Now that is what I call a maiden voyage! Twenty-five-plus years in the corporate world and 20-plus years as a tennis coach taught me that I had to start this position with the most open of minds in order to be successful. A high level of arrogance similar to White Star Line and its captain would seem great at first, but would eventually send me to the bottom of the Atlantic along with the Titanic. Therefore, I succumbed to all of my superiors’ knowledge, my fellow coaches on campus, as well as the student athletes.

An assistant coach assigned to the tennis team was a former four-year starter and All-Conference athlete, as well as an academic award winner. I also decided that she could teach me a few things even though she is 30 years my junior. Now, just six weeks into this assignment, I was still assessing the players and myself every single day. I am determined to take the program to another level and the best way to do that is to believe in what I am doing. Recently, I was reading some of John Wooden’s quotes (perhaps one of the greatest coaches ever who led the UCLA men’s basketball team to 10 National Championships) … “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything.” I certainly made mistakes, but I will try different approaches and some will work and others I’m sure will not. I must adapt and change to the situations presented. On a tennis court during a match, you must adapt and change, otherwise you are doomed to failure. I sum it up this way … I watched a You Tube video recently where

Rafael Nadal’s serve was being totally revamped by his coach. Therefore, we can see that being one of the top players in the world and one of the greatest to have ever played, and he still had to be humble enough to change parts of his game. He was not perfect and had to be open to change and criticism. The Titanic ended up on the ocean floor because its captain did not adapt to changing conditions and circumstances. Everyone must realize that no matter how good you may think you are, you have to leave room for improvement. 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, including his own children, Wayne (who plays at Muhlenberg College) and Trevor (who competes regularly on the USTA Long Island Junior Circuit, gaining the number one ranking in the 14s). His wife, Harriet, is a club level tennis player and can often be found on the court. Lonnie may be reached by phone at (516) 414-7202 or e-mail lonniemitchel@yahoo.com.

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In 2007, Derek Hsiang founded Solow Sports with Doris Maffia on the revolutionary principle that people should be able to buy tennis stuff on the Internet. Aside from all the other massive tennis e-commerce sites that have done it before, it had never been done before. Armed with a passion for tennis, a dash of blissful ignorance, no business plan, and little industry knowledge, Derek threw together a Web site and began operating out of his bedroom, laptop, cell phone and a closet in Tennisport in Long Island City, while juggling multiple side jobs. It proved to be a massively successful exercise … in mediocrity. Two short years later in 2009, the bedroom and laptop enterprise revolutionized the industry again, when Derek came up with the industry-transforming concept of allowing people to buy tennis merchandise and equipment in a store. Eminent domain may have also had a hand in this move, but we won’t discuss that. With all the inventory and operations together in its 582-sq.-ft. headquarters in Huntington Village, N.Y., operational efficiencies shot up 610 percent (this figure is completely made up). Fast-forward another two and a half years to 2012: Solow Sports tripled its retail storefront to its current home 30-ft.away at 347 A Main Street in Huntington Village, N.Y. Solow Sports is 1700-sq.-ft. of pure retail sexiness that you’ll have to see for yourself, although the picture is pretty much what it looks like. It features all of the innovations of before: Racquets, re-stringing, apparel, footwear, bags, racquets, demos, platform tennis, etc. There’s just a whole lot more of it, and the display shelves are significantly shinier than the previous iteration. Also, we built a cage to hit balls in. How awesome is that? So stop by and check out the fastest-growing and sexiest tennis store in Huntington Village. Demo some racquets, shop for the latest gear, or maybe get your racquet re-strung … Derek will gladly destroy you in Topspin 4 for Playstation 3 while you wait.


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By Jeffrey A. Greene

If you came of age as a tennis player some time during the early days of the Open Era, eventually you came into contact with Vitas Gerulaitis. He was, on some level, the embodiment of tennis in the New York metropolitan area and why it was cool to play. There had been other great players to come from the East, national junior champions, All-American college players, Davis Cup players, and even Grand Slam champions, but there had never been anyone before like Vitas Gerulaitis. Even if he was quickly overtaken and surpassed as an American tennis champ of his own era by another Port Washington student and fellow New Yorker, John McEnroe, Vitas retained a special aura, which couldn’t be infringed upon. Once he burst upon the tennis scene with his distinctive game, unique look, and his hybrid persona of rock star/layman, you never forgot him. Tennis was starting to become big in the mid-1970s, with an unusual combination of

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factors creating a boom in the sport. Nowhere was it more evident than in the East, where there was abundant indoor tennis, major national junior tournaments, the Masters and Virginia Slims at the Garden, and the U.S. Open at Forest Hills, New York’s own Grand Slam event. In this vortex of tennis energy emerged the most dynamic and charismatic tennis player of this era, Vitas Gerulaitis. He came from New York, which of course meant that he had played Eastern junior tournaments, so when he became a regular fixture in the U.S. Open starting in 1971, it was a confirmation of tennis success for everyone. He was a guy, granted, a wickedly talented one, who’d come up through the ETA ranks to now being in the main draw of the U.S. Open. Sure, others had come before him and others would come soon afterwards, but it was Vitas who made you feel that you were part of the Open because he was one of us. Anyone remotely involved in any serious tennis endeavors on almost any level had come into contact with Vitas. Consequently, his much deserved success and inexorable rise to the highest level of pro

“Vitas Gerulaitis was a straight-shooting New York original, an athlete first, a tennis player second, but absolutely a New Yorker through and through.”

tennis was validation for all of us. The U.S. Open was always a distinctly more American-flavored tournament back in the nascent stages of its development, with the main draw normally being heavily weighted with more than 50 percent of American-born players. The game is much more global now, but back then, the tournament was infinitely more of an American event, with the bulk of the players having played Sectional USTA tournaments, national tournaments such as Kalamazoo, and more than likely having played college tennis as well. Even if the tournament from Forest Hills to Flushing Meadows, or from grass to clay to hard courts, it was still a predominantly American event, with an

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American, Arthur Ashe, having won the first Open to include professionals in 1968. Coincidentally, Vitas eventually played Ashe at the Open in 1974, losing in straight sets. Not surprisingly, he also played most of the other great U.S. players of that era, beating some and losing to others, eventually getting to the semis twice and the finals once. He played in the Open 15 straight years, an estimable accomplishment in and of itself, having suffered some rough early round losses along the way, but also notching some incredible wins against some of the very best players our country produced during this period. Like his style of tennis, Vitas’ results were so much like New York in general, quick and exciting, yet erratic and confounding at times. He could beat almost anyone on any given day, but was vulnerable to the upset because of his style of play and his gusto for the life befitting a true New Yorker of his ilk. He was so different than other tennis players that it was hard not to be drawn to his matches, which, given his lifestyle, weren’t always pretty. Yet, regardless of the results, or maybe

even because of them, this was the guy who made tennis relatable to many of us. His game wasn’t developed in a country club and his persona and demeanor couldn’t be corralled and boxed in by the USTA hierarchy. Vitas Gerulaitis was a straightshooting New York original, an athlete first, a tennis player second, but absolutely a New Yorker through and through. You could envision him at a racetrack or at a nightclub, or maybe just hanging out with his buddies and playing some ball. He just happened to develop into a world-class tennis player, right there in our own backyard, right there amongst us in New York. My remembrances of Vitas are crystallized by a couple of brief episodes where our paths intersected. While I played with him once, it certainly wasn’t in an actual match, nor would I have the temerity to think that I was in his ballpark. However, it wasn’t the first time our paths had crossed and it wouldn’t be the last. He played in the Davis Cup, representing the United States against South Africa a few years later in a match held at my alma mater, Vanderbilt University. It was during the heated

Apartheid protests of 1978, when I had to cross picket lines to watch him play at Memorial Gymnasium. A younger version of him crashed at my hotel room in Miami Beach during the Orange Bowl one night when he had no money, no ride back home and no place to stay. I was only too happy to help him and another buddy out considering they were real players, whereas, I was a scrub. The only thing that I had going for me was a good heart, an extra bed, along with some oranges and bananas in the refrigerator to offer them. Within another year, he’d be playing Bjorn Borg in the finals of the Orange Bowl. I’d be playing Paul Feldman in the finals of the New Rochelle Parks & Recreation Tournament. We both lost. He was supposed to be the poster boy to emerge out of the once illustrious Port Washington Tennis Academy, directed by the legendary Australian Davis Cup Coach, Harry Hopman. He was groomed and destined for greatness. I even remember having seen his picture in The New York Times Sports Section when, as a high school tencontinued on page 40

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nis champion, he was to play an exhibition doubles match along with another high school champ, partnered with the two great Panchos, Gonzales and Segura, at Madison Square Garden. Seeing your picture in the Times was heady stuff for a kid back then, but not for a guy who was on the fast track to becoming a star. Not even one year at Columbia could throw him off course from his eventual destiny with pro tennis success at the highest levels and the accompanying pitfalls of fame and fortune. But through it all, he always played the U.S. Open, and if the New York Jets had Broadway Joe Namath, then the tennis fans of New York had Vitas Gerulaitis. He always answered the bell, so even if he had some disheartening losses that may have crushed others, he’d shake them off and live to play again. Playing in the Open must have been as potent an elixir to him as it was for the people who came out to see him play. He was a fixture and a mainstay in the draw, nearly always seeded once he had turned pro, and certainly a threat to take out anyone, but like any other flawed human hero, vulnerable to the unexpected ambush by a determined competitor on a hot, steamy late August afternoon. The U.S. Open wasn’t the U.S. Open if Vitas wasn’t in the tournament. He may have never won the event, but his meteoric rise into the upper echelons of professional tennis is inextricably interwoven with the rise of the U.S. Open itself and

its evolution into what it has become today, a mega-event. However, instead of broadcasting from up above, he was out there as a 17-year-old battling a little known Japanese guy on the patchy turf of West Side Tennis Club in 1971, going down 6-1 in the fifth. It was the first main draw match of 48 matches he’d play over the next 15 years at the Open, the last of which was a straight sets loss to Yannick Noah in the third round in 1985. His overall 33-15 singles record is still quite impressive, with an enviable .687 winning percentage. While I might not have seen many these matches, they are surely representative of quite a body of work from a special player during a pivotal transitional era in the history of modern tennis. This was the guy who embodied what was cool about tennis, so it no longer seemed lame to be playing such a rich kid’s sport, as it was formerly known. Now it had some city roots, some blue-collar toughness and realness, and a rock ‘n’ roll vibe like never before. Rather than being shunned for being a tennis player, which wasn’t considered a real sport, now you could be proud to be called a tennis player. This was especially true if you were a New York guy who was already a tennis player to begin with, because this guy spawned from your own ranks and was truly one of you. He didn’t descend from Mount Olympus or emanate from the privileged, aristocratic country club culture that had produced the bulk of the elite players up until then. No, this character grew up in

Queens, N.Y. A rare combination of talent, hard work, a little luck, and exquisite timing created a perfect storm for our antihero, Vitas Gerulaitis, to arise from. The Vitas Years were unique and special. I doubt that this kind of highly unusual confluence of events could possibly ever take place again, let alone another individual or character like him elevate to the heights that he ascended to. Yet to be of that era and to have known Vitas, even if only peripherally like myself, makes you feel that you got on the tennis bandwagon at just the right time because that’s what you needed to attach yourself to the game. It’s a long time ago now, but I’m still banging away in the tennis world as are many others, and Vitas’ legacy and glowing aura will not fade away. I wish that there was a tennis version of “The Wonder Years,” so you could see that period through the eyes of an adolescent, but with the clarity provided by the wisdom and knowledge of an older, more mature version of you doing the commentary. Little did I know in reality how lucky I was to be attempting to become a tennis player during the Vitas Years. Jeffrey A. Greene is currently entering his 12th year as the tennis director at Camp Pemigawasett in Wentworth, N.H. He played his college tennis at Vanderbilt and he received his masters in sports administration from USC. Jeff is currently ranked fourth in the Eastern ONE-ON-ONE DOUBLES Rankings in the Men’s 35s Division.

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Bethpage Park Tennis Center Hosts Successful Player and Coaching Clinic BY GARY SIMEONE

n March 11, high school tennis coaches and players took part in the Annual Long Island Scholastic Coaches Conference and Clinic at Bethpage Park Tennis Center. The clinic, run by Bethpage Park Tennis Directors Steve Kaplan and Keith Kambourian, taught coaches how to incorporate different exercises and drills into their routine to help their players with conditioning and agility. Frank Dolan, owner of All 4 Sports and Fitness in West Islip, and trainer with the New York Yankees, was on hand to offer tips on how to better stabilize one’s body on the court and get the most out of preparatory exercises. It was the fourth year of the clinic, which brought together coaches from both Suffolk County and Nassau County. Kambourian demonstrated a two-part exercise using live ball and dead ball drills. He said that conditioning and consistency are the keys to improving a player’s overall game. “With the live ball drills, players can utilize only half of the court which helps them with their consistency,” said Kambourian. “The dead ball drills really focus on moving side to side which helps with conditioning and explosive movements.” He added that dead ball drills are great exercises for coaches to give to their players because they help build team camaraderie. “These drills let the top

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players on a team practice with the lower seeded players which is something that normally doesn’t happen.” Kaplan performed drills with topranked junior player and Syosset High School standout, Hannah Camhi. With Camhi positioned at the net, Kaplan demonstrated the importance of accelerating and decelerating leg angles. “Footwork and knowing when to start and stop to get the most power into your shots are such important elements in this game,” said Kaplan.

Bethpage Tennis instructor Levan Blagrove said that the clinic taught a lot of the same methods that he used with his players. “It reinforced some of the things I do with the kids I teach,” said Blagrove. “But there were a couple of new things, especially the stability exercises, that I will incorporate into my routine.”

Gary Simeone is writing intern/public relations associate for Long Island Tennis Magazine.

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Top Stars of the Court Put on a Show for 18,000-Plus at MSG Credit all photos to Kenneth B. Goldberg

rofessional tennis returned to New York City on Monday night, March 5 as four former world number oneranked players took to the court at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden for the 2012 BNP Paribas Showdown. In the opening match of the evening, current world number two-ranked Maria Sharapova of Russia defeated former world number one-ranked Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, 6-3, 6-4. In the second set, Wozniacki embraced the music being played on the loudspeakers during a changeover and began a dance-off with Sharapova. Each invited a fan from the crowd on to the court with them to show their moves. “The crowd was great tonight and this was a very fun exhibition match,” said Sharapova. “The crowd wants to see personalities, and I think we put on a pretty good show ... especially with our dance moves!” Also during the match, Wozniacki in-

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Maria Sharapova during her 6-3, 6-4 win over Caroline Wozniacki vited her boyfriend, Rory McIlroy, the number one-ranked golfer in the world who was sitting courtside, to the court. In jeans and a sweater, McIlroy showed off a one-handed backhand, and won the lone point he played when Sharapova hit his lob wide. “This was a great crowd tonight, and I am so proud of Rory for showing off his

Roger Federer during his 5-7, 6-7 loss to American Andy Roddick at Madison Square Garden tennis skills,” said Wozniacki. “He got a point off Maria, so I think he had a good tennis debut.” Next up on the Garden court was a battle between world number three-ranked Roger Federer and American Andy Roddick, currently ranked 27th in the world. Roddick prevailed in straight sets, 7-5, 7-6(7). While the level of play was high, it again

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American Andy Roddick during his 7-5, 7-6(7) win over world number three-ranked Roger Federer

Caroline Wozniacki, Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer field questions from the media after the 2012 BNP Paribas Showdown was the backdrop for the playfulness that abounded. One highlight was early in the first set when some fans yelled, “Let’s go, Rafa!” So Roddick played along by pushing up his sleeves and switching his racket to his left hand. He wound up playing the point right-handed, but grunted with every shot and celebrated winning the point with an exuberant fist pump a la Rafael Nadal. “To be able to play here where so much history has happened, so many events have happened in every area of entertainment, it was a real special experience for me,” Roddick said. “I am obviously a huge sports fan and there is so much history here at the mecca of sports. I loved watching all the legends play here ... Michael Jordan and Reggie Miller trash-talking with Spike Lee, and so on. This was a great experience to play in this building.”

After the match when asked about Andy’s level of play, Federer said, “I heard Andy was struggling a little bit, so it’s good see him play so well and hopefully make a run again into the top 10.” “Obviously, I’m in Roger’s head,” Roddick responded sarcastically. “He has no idea how to play me.” This night was a showcase of the best players in a market hungry for more professional tennis. It’s hard to imagine that many fans among the crowd of 18,079 didn’t go home happy and wanting more. “I am happy to be in New York City and this was a great night of tennis,” said Federer. “I am happy to have played with Andy and am happy at how well he played. I really enjoyed myself out there and I had a great time. It was a tough day at the office for me though as Andy got the victory.”

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in her match against Maria Sharapova at MSG

Actor Ben Stiller taking in a night of tennis at MSG during the 2012 BNP Paribas Showdown

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Tennis Scholarships and Saving for Higher Education By Flo Bleich-Levin was no different from many other tennis parents with high aspirations and dreams for my child. My son started playing tennis when he was eight-years-old. He quickly rose to the top of his Sunday ladder, finishing second in the “A” group. He did not have any formal tennis training at that point. While I hoped that he was a tennis prodigy in line for a tennis scholarship, I knew realistically that his tennis involvement would more likely help him gain acceptance to the college of his choice or a higher echelon school. I know many young rising “tennis stars” and their families as an active part

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of the tennis community for more than 20 years. Initially, we all think that our child may one day play at the U.S. Open, but in reality, the road to getting there is long and hard, and competition is so keen it is unlikely that most children playing USTA National Tournaments will even get an athletic scholarship to a top college. Here are some statistics on college tennis scholarships according to College Sports Scholarships 2011: I College tennis has more international athletes per capita than any other college sport. I Fifty percent of NCAA Division 1 scholarships are given to international athletes.

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I Competition for limited scholarships is tough. I Unless you will be a top five singles player or top three doubles team, coaches will probably not give you an athletic scholarship. I You may need to look at other division levels. With these statistics in mind, it is important to start saving for college as early as possible. There are conservative vehicles available. The earlier you start saving, the better off you and your child will be. Flo Bleich-Levin is a New York Life Agent. She may be reached by phone at (631) 8970301 or e-mail fbleich@ft.newyorklife.com.


The Art of the Serve By Lisa Dodson In 2011 and the first few months of 2012, I have traveled all over the country talking with pros, visiting tennis clubs, facilities and academies in order to observe and talk with pros about serve techniques. There are many thoughts about how to best achieve a great serve and many personal opinions on how to get the job done. Whether your technique is classic or abbreviated, platform or pinpoint, there are some core characteristics that every successful serve must contain. No ONE technique is the right or only way to produce a serve … beware of anyone trying to convince you otherwise. Generally speaking, the following components must be incorporated into every serve, no matter how you choose to get there: I Starting position and continental grip: In order to produce a “throwing” motion, the hand, arm and shoulder must be positioned so that they can produce the act of “pronating.” Pronation is defined as: The forearm moving the palm of the hand from an anterior (inside) position to a posterior (outside) position, or, palm away from the body. I Toss: Is the first critical movement of the serve. The toss is a “whole body” action: An integral part of the beginning phases of leg movement and the start of racket arm movement. I Weight loading (shifting): Platform and pinpoint stances are two primary stances for the serve. Weight is set back at the initial phase of the serve and it is important to get a feeling of pushing against the ground with this back foot. This weight is

then released upon acceleration to the point of contact. I Shoulder over shoulder position: Dropping the tip of the racket in back so that the tip is pointed to the ground as the tossing arm is beginning to tuck. I also refer to this as the “Chest to the Sky” position. I Acceleration and pronation: The lower and upper body quickly accelerating up with all timed forces to the contact point, combined with (pronation) the forearm moving the palm of the hand from an inward to outward position. I Contact point: The contact point is at full extension of the body, with the weight of the body falling into the court. The eyes and head are always up to the contact point. I Deceleration: Slowing and stopping of the racket as it crosses the center-line of the body after contact.

I Finishing position: With the finishing position, the head is still, the eyes are looking forward, while landing on a flexed front leg and being balanced for movement to the next shot The serve is commonly called the most important and most difficult shot in the game of tennis and rightfully so. The serve is often difficult to change, but great change is possible if you want it. Work towards developing these key components and challenge yourself to improving your serve at all costs. The benefits are many if you work on the basics. Have more fun, be the player everyone wants to play with and not against! Win more matches with a new and improved serve! Lisa Dodson is owner of The Total Serve, a USPTA Pro 1, and a formerly WTA worldranked player. She may be reached by email at ldodson57@yahoo.com or visit www.thetotalserve.com.

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USTA Eastern Long Island Board Executive Board Daniel Burgess ................................................................................................................................................President Scott Axler ............................................................................Past President, Boys Ranking Chair, Junior Competition Mike Pavlides..........................................Vice President, Web Site Manager, Scholastic Representative Chair/Nassau Craig Fligstein ................................................................................................................................Secretary/Treasurer Regional Board Joe Arias ..................................................................................................................................Suffolk County Delegate Jacki Binder..................................................................................................Public Relations Chair, Web Site Manager Jay Binder................................................................................................................................................Legal Counsel Bob Coburn ..............................................................................................................................Membership/Marketing Martin DeVito ..................................................................................................Strategic Planning & Development Chair Roberta Feldman ............................................................................................................................Girls Ranking Chair Robert Fernandez ........................................................................................................................Outreach Coordinator Sunny Fishkind ..........................................................................................Public Parks Advocate, Facebook Manager Terry Fontana..............................................................................................Rally Day Chair, Corporate Challenge Chair Herb Harris ......................................................................................................Volunteer Chair, Grant Committee Chair Anneleis Karp ..................................................................................................................................President Emeritus Ronni Klein ............................................................................................................................................League Liaison Eileen Leonard ....................................................................................................................Competition Training Chair Kathy Miller ....................................................................................................................................League Coordinator Emily Moore ....................................................................................................................Multicultural Committee Chair Marian Morris..........................................................................................Events Planner, Nominating Committee Chair Melanie Rubin ..............................................................................................................Community Development Chair Brenda White ..................................................................................Nassau County Delegate, Athletic Director Liaison Ed Wolfarth ........................................................................................................................Grievance Committee Chair

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A Message From USTA Eastern Long Island President Daniel Burgess Bienvenidos a la fiesta de Long Island tennis! On behalf of the volunteer Long Island Region Board of the United States Tennis Association Eastern Section, I am happy to welcome you to our 22nd Annual Awards Dinner/Fiesta and to congratulate all of our award winners. Tonight, we are celebrating the achievements of our local tennis champions for their outstanding efforts on tennis courts throughout our region. Not only do we have many terrific tennis players here tonight, but we also have many honorees whose achievements did not come while playing tennis. Instead, they worked hard throughout the year to support the growth of tennis across Long Island. In their volunteer spirit, we dedicate this evening’s festivities to the objectives of community service, our theme for 2011. In addition to our many terrific award winners, I want to offer special congratulations to three outstanding Long Islanders who recently were inducted into the Junior Tennis Foundation Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame: Nancy Gill McShea Ron Rehbuhn Molly VanNostrand Rice We can all be proud of their achievements. This past year was a turning point for our Region as our strong cadre of volunteers put the “community” into community service. Our members taught 10 & Under players the basics of tennis … brought tennis to community fairs and festivals … organized and played in fundraisers to support our military and their families … collected gently-used tennis clothing for needy populations … donated rackets and other equipment … and much more. And 2011 was just the start of our community focus. Look for many more community initiatives in the coming year, and when you see them, please offer your assistance as a volunteer. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you to the members of the board of the USTA Eastern Long Island Region for their continuing support and enthusiasm for the game of tennis, be it in schools, at parks, in private clubs or public community centers. A special thank you to Marian Morris, our hard-working Events Planner, who continues to put so much of herself into creating a fun and rewarding evening for us all. I would also like to thank our many supporters and volunteers for helping to make the Long Island Region strong. Judging from tonight’s award winners, we have a great deal of achievement across Long Island. I would also like to recognize and thank the Eastern Section representatives who are here tonight, including Section President Jeff Williams and Acting Executive Director Laura Canfield, for their continuing support, as well as the representatives of the other regions in the Eastern Section who are here tonight. Daniel Burgess, President USTA Eastern Long Island

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USTA Eastern Long Island 22nd Annual Awards Dinner Keynote Speaker Ann Liguori Ann Liguori, one of the original hosts at both WFAN Radio and The Golf Channel, is the owner, host and executive producer of the longest-running sports interview series on cable produced by a woman. “Sports Innerview with Ann Liguori” aired weekly on MSG Network and Fox Sports New York and regional sports cable networks throughout the country from 19892003. She continues to host and produce special shows featuring top names in sports and entertainment, as well as shows that showcase prestigious golf courses throughout the world. Ann is currently WFAN-NY Radio’s golf and tennis correspondent. Previously, she hosted a live, call-in weekly sports talk show on the station for 21 years. She continues to cover The Masters, U.S. Open Golf and Tennis, and other events. She has covered six Olympics for the network radio rights holders. In addition to WFAN, Ann hosts a Saturday morning weekly radio show on NPR affiliate WPPB 88.3FM broadcast throughout The Hamptons, the Gold Coast of Long Island, southern Connecticut and Westchester. The show is also heard on PeconicPublicBroadcasting.org. Her guests include athletes, owners, coaches, authors, reporters, agents and celebrities in sports, entertainment and business. In addition, Ann writes a weekly column which appears on both WFAN.com and on Hamptons.com. Ann was the first woman to host and produce her own weekly primetime show, “Conversations With Ann Liguori,” which aired on The Golf Channel the first three years of the channel’s existence. She also hosted the celebrity golf segment on the nationallysyndicated “Golf 2000 With Peter Jacobsen.” In 2001, Ann was the first woman in sports media honored with the Association for Women in Communication’s Headliner’s Award. Her book, A Passion for Golf—Celebrity Musings About the Game, features a collection of interviews on the golf course with some of the most successful celebrities in sports, Hollywood, music and business. The second edition of the book came out in June 2007. Ann narrated and produced the book into an audio book, A Passion for Life, Celebrity Musings From the Fairways. Ann served on the Board of Trustees for the National Academy of TV Arts and Sciences, the Advisory Board of the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Board of the University of South Florida (USF) Alumni Association. She currently serves on the Women’s Advisory Board of the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, is a board member of the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association, is on the Advisory Board of the International Network of Golf and on the Board of the USF Foundation.

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22nd Annual Awards Dinner Program 5:15 p.m. ..........................................Registration and Photos 6:00 p.m.....................................................................Cocktails 7:00 p.m. ................................................................Gala Buffet 8:00 p.m. ....................................................Awards Ceremony 9:00 p.m. ......................................................................Dessert Raffle drawings to be held throughout the evening.

USTA Eastern Long Island 22nd Annual Award Winners Prestigious Award Winners Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award......................................................................................Ed Wolfarth (Syosset, N.Y.) Vitas Gerulaitis For the Love of Tennis Award......................................................Nancy Gill McShea (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) & Ron Rehbuhn (Westbury, N.Y.) Arthur Ashe Multi-Cultural Award ........................................................................................................................D.A. Abrams Madeline Zausner Junior Tennis Award ..............................................................................Robbie Wagner (Glen Head, N.Y.) Anuj Agarwal Sportsmanship Award ........................................................................................Bryant Born (Manhasset, N.Y.) Jennifer Sherry Sportsmanship Award ..............................................................................Katelyn Walker (Sands Point, N.Y.) Tennis Professional of the Year ........................................................................................Ron D’Alessandro (Levittown, N.Y.) Junior Team Tennis Award ........................................................................................................Sue Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y.) Corporate Award ..........................................................................Joe Roediger of USPTA Eastern–Nassau (Garden City, N.Y.) & Claude Okin–Suffolk (Amagansett, N.Y.) Tennis Family of the Year ..........................................................................................Hoffman Family (West Hempstead, N.Y.) Rose Buck Scalamandre Participating Family of the Year ..........................................................Mintz Family (Roslyn, N.Y.) Adult Volunteer of the Year......................................................Ken Coards–Suffolk & Deb Indeck–Nassau (Long Beach, N.Y.) Junior Volunteer of the Year..................................................................Glen Cove Cares: Kelly Basdavanos, Michael Rozner, Sydney Menzis & Evan Landeau Outdoor Site of the Year ......................................................................................Longwood High School (Middle Island, N.Y.) Tennis Club of the Year ....................................................................................................................Long Beach Tennis Center Private Club of the Year ..............................................................................................................................Garden City Casino Press Service Award ............................................................................................................................TC McCarthy–Newsday Special Community Service Award ..................................................................Girl Scouts First Lego Team Merrick Masters, Lori D’Antonio, Troop Leader (Merrick, N.Y.) Innovative Tennis Program of the Year..............................................................................................Malverne School District 50

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USTA Eastern Long Island 22nd Annual Award Winners 2011 High School Champions New York State & Nassau County Boy’s Singles Champion Josh Levine (Syosset, N.Y.) of Cold Spring Harbor High School Nassau County Boy’s Doubles J.J Tauil (North Woodmere, N.Y.) & Dan Grinshteyn (Hewlett, N.Y.) of Hewlett High School Suffolk County Boy’s Singles Brandon Stone of Whitman High School

Suffolk County Athletic Director of the Year John Valente of Harborfields Central School District

Long Island Junior Award Winners

Eastern Section Junior Award Winners Boys 10s Sujay Sharma (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) Spencer Brachman (Commack, N.Y.)

Boys 10s Abhinav Raj Srivastava (Melville, N.Y.) Arjun K. Sharma (Glen Head, N.Y.)

Girls 10s Francesca Karman (Port Washington, N.Y.) Rachel Arbitman (Hewlett, N.Y.)

Girls 10s Alexa Lynn Bracco (Freeport, N.Y.) Madison Li (Old Westbury, N.Y.)

Boys 12s Ryan Goetz (Greenlawn, N.Y.) Alan Delman (Great Neck, N.Y.)

Suffolk County Boy’s Doubles Boys 12s Felipe Reis & Henry Lee of Ross School Matthew T. Roberts (Setauket, N.Y.) George Kaslow (Port Washington, N.Y.) New York State & Nassau County Girls Singles Champion Girls 12s Hannah Camhi (Woodbury, N.Y.) of Olivia Rose Scordo (Glen Head, N.Y.) Syosset High School Kaitlyn Byrnes (Massapequa, N.Y.)

Girls 12s Claire Handa (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) Celeste Rose Matute (Oyster Bay, N.Y.)

Nassau County Girls Doubles Gabriella Leon (Woodmere, N.Y.) & Veronika Paikan (North Woodmere, N.Y.) of Hewlett High School

Girls 14s Madison Battaglia (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) Alexa Graham (Garden City, N.Y.)

Suffolk County Girls Singles Nicole Daniggelis (Saint James, N.Y.) of Smithtown East High School Suffolk County Girls Doubles Bridget & Mickey Harding (Northport, N.Y.) of Northport High School Nassau County Coach of the Year KerriAnn Jannotte (Commack, N.Y.) of Roslyn High School Nassau County Athletic Director of the Year Dawn Cerrone of Roslyn Public Schools Suffolk County Coach of the Year Bob Davis (Commack, N.Y.) of Harborfields High School

Boys 14s Arnav Raj Srivastava (Melville, N.Y.) Dylan Granat (Woodbury, N.Y.)

Boys 14s Brenden Andrew Volk (Dix Hills, N.Y.) Alexander Lebedev (Island Park, N.Y.)

Girls 14s Nikaylah Imani Williams (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) Rosa LaCorte (Merrick, N.Y.)

Boys 16s Josh Silverstein (Great Neck, N.Y.) Samuel Lam (Old Westbury, N.Y.)

Boys 16s Cole Laffitte (East Setauket, N.Y.) Troy Michael Haas (Huntington Station, N.Y.)

Girls 16s Aleksandra Mally (Franklin Square, N.Y.) Nicholle Torres (North Hills, N.Y.)

Girls 16s Emily Rees (Rockville Centre, N.Y) Olivia Marie Ammirati (Halesite, N.Y.)

Boys 18s Bert Vancura (New Hyde Park, N.Y.)

Girls 18s Katherine Yau (Manhasset, N.Y.) Boys 18s Andrew Steven O’Connell (Medford, N.Y.) Hannah L. Camhi (Woodbury, N.Y.) Chris Casamassima (Franklin Square, N.Y.) Girls 18s Veronika Paikin (Valley Stream, N.Y.)

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USTA Eastern Long Island 22nd Annual Award Winners Adult Rankings— Eastern Section Men’s Open Singles Michael J. Mattelson (Great Neck, N.Y.) James M. Delevante (Deer Park, N.Y.) Men’s 25 PPR Singles Jack Eichler (Glen Cove, N.Y.) Viral Pandya (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) Men’s 30 PPR Singles Adrian Chirici (Huntington, N.Y.) Todd Ehren (Sands Point, N.Y.) Men’s 35 PPR Singles Adrian Chirici (Huntington, N.Y.) Todd Ehren (Sands Point, N.Y.) Men’s 40 PPR Singles Michael J. Mattelson (Great Neck, N.Y.) Men’s 45 PPR Singles David Fischbach (Port Washington, N.Y.) Jeffrey S. Snow (Glen Cove, N.Y.) Men’s 50 PPR Singles John Titcomb (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) Fred F. Coglietta (Saint James, N.Y.) Men’s 55 PPR Singles John Titcomb (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) Steven C. Brill (Great Neck, N.Y.)

Men’s 80 PPR Singles John M. May (Southold, N.Y.)

PPR and NTRP Final Rankings: Long Island

Women’s Open Singles Joan Manfredi-Carter (Glen Head, N.Y.) Shelby Talcott (Sea Cliff, N.Y.)

Mixed-Open PPR Doubles Bandar Kayali (Long Beach, N.Y.) Beth Mercante (Lido Beach, N.Y.) Brendan Henry (Massapequa, N.Y.)

Women’s 30 PPR Singles Men’s Open PPR Doubles Roslyn Chua-Mcalonie (Miller Place, N.Y.) Joseph D’Orazio (Saint James, N.Y.) Esther Forrester (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) Kyle Permut (Great Neck, N.Y.) Rick Liebman (Great Neck, N.Y.) Women’s 40 PPR Singles Roslyn Chua-Mcalonie (Miller Place, N.Y.) Men’s 40 PPR Doubles Agatha Nadel (Glen Head, N.Y.) Robert Chesney (Malverne, N.Y.) Eric Chaffer (Merrick, N.Y.) Women’s 50 PPR Singles Men’s 55 PPR Doubles Eileen Walker (Cutchogue, N.Y.) David Brent (Woodmere, N.Y.) Barbara M. Freeman (New Hyde Park, Mark Harrison (East Rockaway, N.Y.) N.Y.) Women’s 60 PPR Singles Sandy Cooper (East Northport, N.Y.) Camille Bauer (Woodbury, N.Y.) Women’s 70 PPR Singles Vanda Vebeliunas (Locust Valley, N.Y.)

NTRP Rankings Men’s 3.5 Singles Mariusz Jaskowski (Malverne, N.Y.)

Men’s 60 PPR Doubles Kevin Hayes (Northport, N.Y.) Lillo Casesa (Franklin Square, N.Y.) Women’s Open PPR Doubles Missy Edelblum (Roslyn, N.Y.) Women’s 50 PPR Doubles Joanne Florin (Port Washington, N.Y.) Jan Herdemian (Manhasset, N.Y.) Women’s 60 PPR Doubles Sandy Cooper (East Northport, N.Y.) Camille Bauer (Woodbury, N.Y.)

Men’s 4.0 Singles Paul F Schnabel (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) Men’s 60 PPR Singles Casey M. Schnabel (Rockville Center, Men’s NTRP 4.0 Doubles Richie Bustamante (East Norwich, N.Y.) N.Y.) Casey Schnabel (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) Alan E. Chaskin (East Patchogue, N.Y.) Paul Schnabel (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) Women’s 3.0 Singles Men’s 65 PPR Singles Women’s NTRP 3.5 Doubles Fran Breckon (Long Beach, N.Y.) Jack Cohen (Syosset, N.Y.) Ellen Siddiqui (Oceanside, N.Y.) Ilene Hearst (Woodmere, N.Y.) Bob Hoffman (West Hempstead, N.Y.) Andrea Beller (Merrick, N.Y.) Women’s 3.5 Singles Men’s 70 PPR Singles League Captains Ellen June Siddiqui (Oceanside, N.Y.) Paul Slayton (Southampton, N.Y.) Kathleen Thompson (North Baldwin, N.Y.) 2.5 Women—Marilyn Shimon (Hewlett, N.Y.) Stephen Siegel (Hauppauge, N.Y.) 4.5 Women—Jenn Miller (Hewlett, N.Y.) 4.0 Senior Women—Katrina Clifford Women’s 4.0 Singles Men’s 75 PPR Singles (Huntington, N.Y.) Cristina Camacho (Long Beach, N.Y.) Pete Bostwick (Glen Cove, N.Y.) 8.0 Super Senior Women—Susan Alvy, Nicole H. Slater (Island Park, N.Y.) William L. Rivers (Hempstead, N.Y.) Westbury, N.Y.) Long Island Tennis Magazine • May/June 2012 • LITennisMag.com 52


Congratulations to all awards Winners! Congratulations to all award winners, and especially to Ed Wolfarth. Well deserved! -Steve Haar, Tennis Workout of L.I.

Carefree Racquet Club congratulates Ronny D’Alessando and is proud to have him as our Director of Tennis

Congrats Josh Levine from SPORTIME. Good luck at Duke!

Congratulations Josh Levine You’ll Always Be A Champion In Our Eyes! May Your Success Continue As A Duke Blue Devil. Love You, Patty, Barry, Alison, Grandma And Grandpa

Congratulations on your award Josh Silverstein from your friends at Silverstein & Bast

Samuel Lam would like to thank sincerely his family, all coaches, conditioning coaches, tennis buddies and friends for the past years. Your support has motivated him to work hard and compete with sportsmanship. Thanks!

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Congratulations to all awards Winners!

Congratulations Katelyn Grace Walker on receiving the USTA Sportsmanship Awards. You couple your athleticism with brains, beauty and humility. That's a winning combination. You will always be my champion. All my love today and always, Grandy

The USTA Eastern Long Island Region in action Hempstead Lake Indoor Tennis hosted students from the Malverne School District at a tennis field day sponsored by the USTA Eastern LI Region over the summer

Teams from across Long Island competed in the USTA Eastern Long Island Corporate Tennis Challenge Fundraiser in December to raise money to provide tennis programming for U.S. Military families

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Members of the USTA Eastern Long Island Region set up 10 & Under courts and gave lessons to children attending local street fairs in Long Island Tennis Magazine • May/June March/April 2012 2012 • LITennisMag.com Merrick and• LITennisMag.com Bellmore in the fall

Money raised at the Corporate Tennis Challenge Fundraiser was used to bring tennis lessons to students at the Leo F. Giblyn School in Freeport, N.Y., many of whom have family members in the U.S. Military


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SPORTIME is proud to accept this year’s Corporate Award from the Long Island Region of the USTA Eastern Section, the best region in the best Section in the Country! SPORTIME’s passion and commitment is to bring our “Sport of Opportunity” to a broad cross-section of junior and adult players in our region, by offering the best and most modern facilities, the highest level of customer service and an unparalleled team of world-class pros and coaches. Thank you USTA, from the whole SPORTIME Family! LITennisMag.com • May/June 2012 • Long Island Tennis Magazine

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The USTA Eastern Long Island Region Board is thrilled to congratulate our own ED WOLFARTH WINNER OF THE HY ZAUSNER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD We are pleased and proud of all of your hard work over the years to support the growth of tennis across Long Island. Thank you, Ed! We are also excited to recognize all of tonight’s award winners for their outstanding efforts as tennis players, coaches and volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you!! -Regional Board, USTA Eastern Long Island Daniel Burgess Scott Axler Mike Pavlides Craig Fligstein Joe Arias Jacki Binder Jay Binder Bob Coburn 56

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

Carefree Racquet Club Kathy Miller—Manager 1414 Jerusalem Avenue • Merrick, NY 11566 516-489-9005 • carefreetennis@aol.com Eastern Athletic Club Cira Jones—Manager 9 Montauk Highway #A • Blue Point, NY 11715 631-363-2882 • easternathleticclubs.com Eastern Athletic Club Betsy Johnson—Manager 854 Jericho Turnpike • Huntington Station, NY 11746 631-271-6616 • easternathleticclubs.com Eastern Athletic Club Gary Jones—Manager 100 Ruland Road • Melville, NY 11747 631-753-3696 • easternathleticclubs.com Glen Head Racquet Club Stephanie Leo: 516-676-9849 Home of Early Hit Training Center glenheadrc@verizon.net Carl Barnett: 516-455-1225 95 Glen Head Road • Glen Head, NY 11545 earlyhit@optonline.net Long Beach Tennis Center Chuck Russell—Director of Tennis 899 Monroe Boulevard • Long Beach, NY 11561 516-432-6060 • www.longbeachtenniscenter.com info@longbeachtenniscenter.com New York Tennis Academy at Great Neck Estates Howie Arons—Director of Junior Tennis Program 12 Shore Drive • Great Neck, NY 11021 516-233-2790 • bightennis@aol.com Point Set Indoor Tennis Tonny vandePieterman—Director of Tennis 3065 New Street • Oceanside, NY 11572 516-536-2323 www.pointsettennis.com • tonny@pointsettennis.com Port Washington Tennis Academy Manny Iqbal—Director of Tennis 100 Harbor Road • Port Washington, NY 11050 516-883-6425 • www.pwta.com • tennis@pwta.com

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LONG Boys & Girls Long Island Rankings (as of 04/25/12)

BOYS

Long Island Boys 12 Singles Rank..Name ..........................City 1 ........George Kaslow ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 2 ........Daniel Meinster ............South Setauket, N.Y. 3 ........Austin Pomerantz ..........Old Westbury, N.Y. 4 ........Matthew Roberts ..........Setauket, N.Y. 5 ........Jackson Weisbrot ..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 6 ........Abhinav Raj Srivastava..Melville, N.Y. 7 ........Ben Snow ....................Water Mill, N.Y. 8 ........Adam Bradley Wilck ......Dix Hills, N.Y. 9 ........Karan Amin ..................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 10 ......Alexander Roti ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 11 ......Eric Li ..........................Old Westbury, N.Y. 12 ......Cameron Klepper ..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 13 ......Alexander Reiley ..........Manorville, N.Y. 14 ......Matthew Lee Catton ......Woodbury, N.Y. 15 ......Niles Ghaffar ................Massapequa, N.Y. 16 ......Evan Kirsh ....................Roslyn, N.Y. 17 ......Zan Ahmed....................Syosset, N.Y. 18 ......Drew Ingall....................Melville, N.Y. 19 ......Sujay Sharma................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 20 ......Matthew Porges ............Sands Point, N.Y. 21 ......Jack Flores ..................Huntington, N.Y. 22 ......Preet Rajpal ..................Syosset, N.Y. 23 ......Jake Grossman ............Sands Point, N.Y. 24 ......Matthew Terlovsky ........Merrick, N.Y. 25 ......Tommy George Srisuro ..Garden City, N.Y. 26 ......Nicholas Decker ............East Setauket, N.Y. 27 ......Eli Grossman ................Woodbury, N.Y. 28 ......Mark Julian Baker ........North Baldwin, N.Y. 29 ......Amani Siddiqui..............West Babylon, N.Y. 30 ......Arjun Sharma ................Glen Head, N.Y. 31 ......Lucas Larese DeSanto ..Southampton, N.Y. 32 ......Connor Leaf ..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 33 ......Jeffrey McDonnell ........Glen Cove, N.Y. 34 ......Cody Bograd ................Huntington, N.Y. 35 ......Billy Suarez ..................Huntington, N.Y. 36 ......Philip Chang..................Manhasset, N.Y. 37 ......Daniel Chang ................Manhasset, N.Y. 38 ......Jonathan Brill................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 39 ......Timothy Serignese ........Port Washington, N.Y. 40 ......Zachary Khazzam..........Roslyn Heights, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 14 Singles Rank..Name ..........................City 1 ........Arnav Raj Srivastava ....Melville, N.Y. 2 ........Dylan Granat ................Woodbury, N.Y. 3 ........Zachary Mollo ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 4 ........Nick John Stamatos ......Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 5 ........Jordan Diamond............Mount Sinai, N.Y. 6 ........Derek Steven Zadrozny ..Huntington Station, N.Y. 7 ........Kenneth Chiu ................Holtsville, N.Y. 8 ........Jake Cohen ..................Oceanside, N.Y. 9 ........Harris Durkovic ............Dix Hills, N.Y. 10 ......JohnThomas Sepanski ..Huntington, N.Y. 11 ......Zane Siddiqui ................Long Beach, N.Y. 12 ......Austin Egna ..................Port Washington, N.Y. 13 ......Derek Menker ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 14 ......Simar Deep Sawhney....New Hyde Park, N.Y. 15 ......Vincent Chen ................Hauppauge, N.Y. 16 ......Mitchell Reid Berger......Lake Grove, N.Y. 17 ......Pete Siozios ..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 18 ......Daniel Marzagalli ..........Patchogue, N.Y. 19 ......Vincent Tozzi ................North Babylon, N.Y. 20 ......Spencer Lowitt..............Syosset, N.Y. 21 ......Eric Handelman ............Melville, N.Y. 22 ......Max Egna......................Port Washington, N.Y. 23 ......Connor Wright ..............Commack, N.Y. 24 ......Benjamin Tenner ..........Roslyn, N.Y. 25 ......Del Schunk ..................Westhampton Beach, N.Y. 26 ......Cameron Posillico..........Bayville, N.Y. 27 ......Hunter Pomerantz ........Old Westbury, N.Y.

ISLAND

28 ......Jacob Lacks..................Woodbury, N.Y. 29 ......Aaron Askowitz ............Great Neck, N.Y. 30 ......Landon Phillips..............Great Neck, N.Y. 31 ......Alex Joseph Amadio ......Smithtown, N.Y. 32 ......Ben Snow ....................Water Mill, N.Y. 33 ......Parker Tuthill ................Cutchogue, N.Y. 34 ......Joonho Ko ....................Huntington, N.Y. 35 ......Evan Hochhauser ..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 36 ......Evan Kober....................Wantagh, N.Y. 37 ......Curran Varma ................Manhasset, N.Y. 38 ......Matthew Holweger ........Manhasset, N.Y. 39 ......Roger Cheng ................Melville, N.Y. 40 ......Jay Burkett ..................Syosset, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 16 Singles Rank..Name ..........................City 1 ........Cole Laffitte ..................East Setauket, N.Y. 2 ........Matthew Bahar ............Woodbury, N.Y. 3 ........Troy Michael Haas ........Huntington Station, N.Y. 4 ........Dylan Granat ................Woodbury, N.Y. 5 ........Gregory Rosenthal ........Syosset, N.Y. 6 ........Joshua Fried ................Plainview, N.Y. 7 ........Nick John Stamatos ......Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 8 ........Chirag Doshi ................Sands Point, N.Y. 9 ........Milan Gunasekera ........Mount Sinai, N.Y. 10 ......Brett Titcomb ................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 11 ......Samuel Johnson ..........Huntington, N.Y. 12 ......Zane Siddiqui ................Long Beach, N.Y. 13 ......Jesse Richheimer..........Merrick, N.Y. 14 ......Raizada Vaid..................Old Westbury, N.Y. 15 ......Marco Betito ................Floral Park, N.Y. 16 ......Craig Cusano ................Bellmore, N.Y. 17 ......David Binler ..................East Northport, N.Y. 18 ......Zachary Chang..............Massapequa, N.Y. 19 ......Sai Senthilkumar ..........Manhasset, N.Y. 20 ......Connor Gehrke ..............Miller Place, N.Y. 21 ......Joseph D’orazio ............Saint James, N.Y. 22 ......Jeremy Grossman ........Woodbury, N.Y. 23 ......Ryan Diaz......................Jericho, N.Y. 24 ......Benjamin Goldrich ........Syosset, N.Y. 25 ......Jeffrey Cherkin..............Melville, N.Y. 26 ......Joshua Sydney..............East Northport, N.Y. 27 ......Cooper Lacetera............Speonk, N.Y. 28 ......Alec Tuckey ..................Melville, N.Y. 29 ......Evan Kober....................Wantagh, N.Y. 30 ......Brian Heinze..................Garden City, N.Y. 31 ......Michael Vera ................Bethpage, N.Y. 32 ......Palmer Clare ................North Bellmore, N.Y. 33 ......Andrew Reiley ..............Manorville, N.Y. 34 ......Austin Ash ....................Syosset, N.Y. 35 ......Jack Vissicchio..............Port Washington, N.Y. 36 ......Jarrett Levine................Island Park, N.Y. 37 ......Andrew Bentz................Massapequa Park, N.Y. 38 ......Duane Davis..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 39 ......Richard Spinelli ............Sands Point, N.Y. 40 ......Dylan Davis ..................Dix Hills, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 18 Singles Rank..Name ..........................City 1 ........Richard Liell ..................Nesconset, N.Y. 2 ........Samuel Hajibai ..............Kings Point, N.Y. 3 ........Erik Johann Lobben ......Glen Head, N.Y. 4 ........Sander Brenner ............Port Washington, N.Y. 5 ........Anton Averin..................South Setauket, N.Y. 6 ........Richard Mitchell ............Franklin Square, N.Y. 7 ........Brian Heinze..................Garden City, N.Y. 8 ........Marco Betito ................Floral Park, N.Y. 9 ........Alex Philip Rosenfield ....Holtsville, N.Y. 10 ......Chris Casamassima ......Franklin Square, N.Y. 11 ......Ian Baranowski ............Syosset, N.Y. 12 ......Brett Titcomb ................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 13 ......Connor Gehrke ..............Miller Place, N.Y. 14 ......Jonathan Smucker ........Lido Beach, N.Y. 15 ......Andrew O’Connell ........Medford, N.Y. 16 ......Milan Gunasekera ........Mount Sinai, N.Y. 17 ......Craig Cusano ................Bellmore, N.Y. 18 ......Jeffrey Cherkin..............Melville, N.Y.

RANKINGS

19 ......Christopher Schwab ......Seaford, N.Y. 20 ......Michael Vera ................Bethpage, N.Y. 21 ......Zane Siddiqui ................Long Beach, N.Y. 22 ......Josh Young....................Old Bethpage, N.Y. 23 ......Brett Edelblum ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 24 ......Jordan Reiley ................Manorville, N.Y. 25 ......Kevin Kim......................South Setauket, N.Y. 26 ......Julian Adler ..................Roslyn, N.Y. 27 ......Clark Ruiz ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 28 ......Roger Young..................Brookhaven, N.Y. 29 ......Richard DeGregoris ......Rockville Centre, N.Y. 30 ......Dylan Ander ..................Hewlett, N.Y. 31 ......Daniel Park ..................East Northport, N.Y. 32 ......Erik Ujvari ....................Hauppauge, N.Y. 33 ......Will Pratt-Stephen ........Northport, N.Y. 34 ......Jacob Rothstein ............Port Jefferson, N.Y. 35 ......John Reilly ....................Mount Sinai, N.Y. 36 ......Jonathan Ochoa ............Hicksville, N.Y. 37 ......Benjamin Mermelstein ..Northport, N.Y. 38 ......Jonathan Sanders ........Holbrook, N.Y. 39 ......Justin Paul Masure........East Rockaway, N.Y. 40 ......Jesse Richheimer..........Merrick, N.Y.

GIRLS

Long Island Girls 12 Singles Rank..Name ..........................City 1 ........Kaitlyn Byrnes ..............Massapequa, N.Y. 2 ........Olivia Rose Scordo ........Glen Head, N.Y. 3 ........Alexa Lynn Bracco ........Freeport, N.Y. 4 ........Christina Lorraine Jud ..Glen Head, N.Y. 5 ........Morgan Voulo ................East Setauket, N.Y. 6 ........Lucia Hu........................Roslyn, N.Y. 7 ........Samantha Galu ............Jericho, N.Y. 8 ........Lauren Bishop ..............Woodbury, N.Y. 9 ........Denise Lai ....................Setauket, N.Y. 10 ......Danah Han ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 11 ......Katelyn Walker ..............Sands Point, N.Y. 12 ......Dasha Dlin ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 13 ......Kerri Leah Goldfuss ......Westbury, N.Y. 14 ......Hannah Dayton..............East Hampton, N.Y. 15 ......Madeline Clinton ..........Manhasset, N.Y. 16 ......Merri Kelly ....................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 17 ......Marina Hilbert ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 18 ......Angela Chi ....................Great Neck, N.Y. 19 ......Lauren Cherkin ............Melville, N.Y. 20 ......Elena Vlamakis..............Garden City, N.Y. 21 ......Brittany Polevikov..........Port Washington, N.Y. 22 ......Ava Ignatowich ............Sag Harbor, N.Y. 23 ......Ariana Malik..................Melville, N.Y. 24 ......Madison Li ....................Old Westbury, N.Y. 25 ......Melissa Cooney ............Locust Valley, N.Y. 26 ......Allison Cooney ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 27 ......Stephanie Petras ..........Manhasset, N.Y. 28 ......Rachel Arbitman............Hewlett, N.Y. 29 ......Calista Sha....................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 30 ......Amy Delman ................Great Neck, N.Y. 31 ......Maris Menist ................Great Neck, N.Y. 32 ......Maryam Ahmad ............Albertson, N.Y. 33 ......Kaitlyn Schwarz ............Oceanside, N.Y. 34 ......Trinity Chow ..................Glen Cove, N.Y. 35 ......Mina Sarcevic ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 36 ......Ivanna Nikolic................Glen Head, N.Y. 37 ......Hannah Abraham ..........Syosset, N.Y. 38 ......Stephanie Buchheim ....Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 39 ......Alexis Marie Kotsailidis..Manorville, N.Y. 40 ......Rory Gallaher ................East Hampton, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 14 Singles Rank..Name ..........................City 1 ........Sabrina Ferretti ............Setauket, N.Y. 2 ........Nikaylah Williams ..........Wheatley Heights, N.Y. 3 ........Michelle N. Carnovale....Massapequa, N.Y. 4 ........Sarah Seeman ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 5 ........Elena Nastasi ................Bayville, N.Y. 6 ........Adele Sukhov ................Westbury, N.Y. 7 ........Rosa LaCorte ................Merrick, N.Y. 8 ........Juliana Shenker ............Rockville Centre, N.Y.

9 ........Matilda Bros..................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 10 ......Danielle Mirabella ........Wantagh, N.Y. 11 ......Rebecca Stern ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 12 ......Jennifer Wang ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 13 ......Devika Kedia ................East Norwich, N.Y. 14 ......Lexee Shapiro ..............Syosset, N.Y. 15 ......Ariel Eisenberg..............Valley Stream, N.Y. 16 ......Courtney Kowalsky........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 17 ......Vanessa Scott ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 18 ......Amanda Foo..................Manhasset, N.Y. 19 ......Jennifer Berman ..........Jericho, N.Y. 20 ......Ellen Huhulea ................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 21 ......Mara Stewart ................Oceanside, N.Y. 22 ......Gabrielle Raziel ............Melville, N.Y. 23 ......Emily Feingold ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 24 ......Nicole Vassalle ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 25 ......Danah Han ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 26 ......Emily Shutman..............Huntington, N.Y. 27 ......Kaysha Forbes ..............Valley Stream, N.Y. 28 ......Emily Fernandez............Shirley, N.y. 29 ......Katelyn Walker ..............Sands Point, N.Y. 30 ......Morgan Voulo ................East Setauket, N.Y. 31 ......Brynn April ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 32 ......Olivia Scordo ................Glen Head, N.Y. 33 ......Stacy Denbaum ............Syosset, N.Y. 34 ......Emily Marge..................Medford, N.Y. 35 ......Stephanie Cole..............Manhasset, N.Y. 36 ......Sophie Wilson ..............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 37 ......Katherine Changtroraleke..Greenvale, N.Y. 38 ......Brooke Digia ................Manhasset, N.Y. 39 ......Cecilia Combemale ......Bridgehampton, N.Y. 40 ......Courtney Digia ..............Manhasset, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 16 Singles Rank..Name ..........................City 1 ........Emily Rees ....................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 2 ........Olivia Marie Ammirati ....Halesite, N.Y. 3 ........Lauren Difazio ..............Greenlawn, N.Y. 4 ........Allison Gabrielle Huber ..Melville, N.Y. 5 ........Laura Torsiello ..............Bayport, N.Y. 6 ........Alexandra Linder ..........Sands Point, N.Y. 7 ........Julia Khan ....................Port Washington, N.Y. 8 ........Michelle Haykin ............Great Neck, N.Y. 9 ........Katharine Brandow........East Northport, N.Y. 10 ......Elena Nastasi ................Bayville, N.Y. 11 ......Sarah Seeman ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 12 ......Taylor Sim ....................Plainview, N.Y. 13 ......Lauren Ann Livingston ..Sands Point, N.Y. 14 ......Alexandra Lipps ............Roslyn, N.Y. 15 ......Rebecca Stern ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 16 ......Lara Fishbane ..............Commack, N.Y. 17 ......Kristen Bomkamp..........Northport, N.Y. 18 ......Angelika Rothberg ........Centerport, N.Y. 19 ......Amanda Luper ..............Melville, N.Y. 20 ......Alexandra Dananberg....Massapequa, N.Y. 21 ......Alanna Kane..................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 22 ......Bridget Connors ............East Quogue, N.Y. 23 ......Taylor Cosme ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 24 ......Alexa Graham................Garden City, N.Y. 25 ......Rini Halder ....................Huntington, N.Y. 26 ......Sabrina Ferretti ............Setauket, N.Y. 27 ......Elizabeth Kallenberg......Port Washington, N.Y. 28 ......Morgan Herrmann ........Garden City, N.Y. 29 ......Matilda Bros..................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 30 ......Taylor Brant ..................Shoreham, N.Y. 31 ......Shannon Marie Mullins..Oceanside, N.Y. 32 ......Alexandra Nicole Linde..Melville, N.Y. 33 ......Marianne Naleski ..........Southold, N.Y. 34 ......Gina Paparella ..............Saint James, N.Y. 35 ......Alana Weitz ..................Roslyn, N.Y. 36 ......Rihanna Fitzpatrick........Saint James, N.Y. 37 ......Elizabeth Gee ................Garden City, N.Y. 38 ......Gina Ciliberti ................West Islip, N.Y. 39 ......Campbell Howe ............Locust Valley, N.Y. 40 ......Catherine Bartlett ..........Wainscott, N.Y.

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LONG Long Island Girls 18 Singles Rank..Name ..........................City 1 ........Veronika Paikin ............Valley Stream, N.Y. 2 ........Jennifer A. Carnovale ....Massapequa, N.Y. 3 ........Olivia Ammirati..............Halesite, N.Y. 4 ........Lara Fishbane ..............Commack, N.Y. 5 ........Sara Finger ..................Saint James, N.Y. 6 ........Emma Brezel ................Port Washington, N.Y. 7 ........Rithika Reddy................Syosset, N.Y. 8 ........Claudia Ruiz ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 9 ........Elena Nastasi ................Bayville, N.Y. 10 ......Laura Torsiello ..............Bayport, N.Y. 11 ......Bianca Posa ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 12 ......Jennifer Glukhman........Syosset, N.Y. 13 ......Amanda Gaimaro ..........Lynbrook, N.Y.

Boys & Girls Sectional Rankings (as of 04/03/12)

BOYS

Sectional Boys 12 Singles— Long Island Region Rank..Name ..........................City 4 ........Ryan Goetz....................Greenlawn, N.Y. 5 ........Alan Delman ................Great Neck, N.Y. 6 ........Brian Shi ......................Jericho, N.Y. 8 ........Daniel Eric Pellerito ......Syosset, N.Y. 11 ......Cannon Kingsley ..........Northport, N.Y. 14 ......Steven Well Sun ............Glen Cove, N.Y. 22 ......Patrick F. Maloney ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 25 ......Nicolas Demaria............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 28 ......Michael Medvedev ........Oceanside, N.Y. 31 ......Pete Siozios ..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 34 ......Yuval Solomon ..............Plainview, N.Y. 37 ......Neel Raj ........................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 38 ......Ronald P. Hohmann ......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 42 ......Daniel Weitz ..................Roslyn, N.Y. 55 ......Benjamin Grossman ......Sands Point, N.Y. 69 ......Gardner Howe ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 66 ......Ben Snow ....................Water Mill, N.Y. 69 ......Billy G. Suarez ..............Huntington, N.Y. 83 ......Matthew Porges ............Sands Point, N.Y. 88 ......Eli Grossman ................Woodbury, N.Y. 93 ......Sujay Sharma................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 94 ......Spencer Brachman........Commack, N.Y. 99 ......Eric Li ..........................Old Westbury, N.Y. 103 ....Abhinav Raj Srivastava..Melville, N.Y. 114 ....Jonas Feuerring ............Sagaponack, N.Y. 116 ....Niles Ghaffar ................Massapequa, N.Y. 120 ....Daniel Meinster ............South Setauket, N.Y. 133 ....Jeffrey McDonnell ........Glen Cove, N.Y. 135 ....Jake Grossman ............Sands Point, N.Y. 136 ....Matthew Roberts ..........Setauket, N.Y. 140 ....Oliver Worth ..................Locust Valley, N.Y. 142 ....Amani Siddiqui..............West Babylon, N.Y. 145 ....Michael Petersen ..........Bridgehampton, N.Y. 149 ....Austin Pomerantz ..........Old Westbury, N.Y.

ISLAND

63 ......Alex Grossman ..............Sands Point, N.Y. 68 ......Keegan Morris ..............Franklin Square, N.Y. 81 ......David Reinharz..............Rockville Centre, N.Y. 84 ......Andy Zhou ....................Commack, N.Y. 91 ......Daniel Khodosh ............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 92 ......Dylan Granat ................Woodbury, N.Y. 94 ......Michael Liebman ..........Roslyn, N.Y. 105 ....Aziz Rashidzada ............Dix Hills, N.Y. 110 ....Matthew Holweger ........Manhasset, N.Y. 111 ....Ben Snow ....................Water Mill, N.Y. 113 ....Pete Siozios ..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 115 ....Duane Davis..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 117 ....Garrett Malave ..............Laurel, N.Y. 125 ....Alan Delman ................Great Neck, N.Y. 126 ....Brian Shi ......................Jericho, N.Y. 127 ....Del Schunk ..................Westhampton Beach, N.Y. 130 ....Rajan Vohra ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 132 ....Ian Friedman ................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 140 ....Lucas Larese DeSanto ..Southampton, N.Y. 145 ....Dylan Davis ..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 148 ....Benjamin Tenner ..........Roslyn, N.Y.

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RANKINGS

47 ......Austin Davidow ............Glen Head, N.Y. 48 ......Daniel Khanin................Baldwin, N.Y. 49 ......Alexander Schidlovsky ..Sea Cliff, N.Y. 61 ......Conor Dauer..................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 63 ......Tyler J. Hoffman ............Sayville, N.Y. 73 ......Clark Ruiz ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 74 ......Ethan Bogard ................Lido Beach, N.Y. 75 ......Douglas Notaris ............Wantagh, N.Y. 84 ......Sean Chugani................Roslyn, N.Y. 86 ......Alex Sacher ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 95 ......Doron Saraf ..................Great Neck, N.Y. 97 ......Philip Antohi ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 106 ....Jacob Mishkin ..............Woodbury, N.Y. 114 ....Richard Mitchell ............Franklin Square, N.Y. 116 ....Daniel Grinshteyn..........Hewlett, N.Y. 119 ....Ian Baranowski ............Syosset, N.Y. 124 ....Chris Casamassimo ......Franklin Square, N.Y. 134 ....Erik Lobben ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 135 ....Alan Pleat......................Roslyn, N.Y. 141 ....Zachary Lessen ............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 144 ....Sander Brenner ............Port Washington, N.Y. 146 ....Matthew Demichiel ......Hewlett, N.Y. 147 ....Michael Mcfelia ............Huntington Station, N.Y.

GIRLS

(as of 04/10/12) Rank..Name ..........................City 2 ........Josh Silverstein ............Great Neck, N.Y. 5 ........Philip Daniel Antohi ......Glen Head, N.Y. 6 ........Daniel Grunberger ........Great Neck, N.Y. 13 ......Noah B. Rubin ..............Rockville Centre, N.Y. 14 ......Alex Sacher ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 17 ......Alexander Lebedev........Island Park, N.Y. 18 ......Douglas Notaris ............Wantagh, N.Y. 21 ......Brandon T. Stone ..........Melville, N.Y. 28 ......Jeremy Dubin................Southampton, N.Y. 33 ......Jared R. Halstrom ........Bellmore, N.Y. 44 ......Conor Mullins................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 47 ......Jonathan Paris ..............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 50 ......Eric Wagner ..................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 52 ......John P. D’Alessandro ....Northport, N.Y. 56 ......Zain Ali..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 68 ......Bryant Born ..................Manhasset, N.Y. 82 ......Lamar Remy ................Roslyn, N.Y. 84 ......Alex Brebenel................Dix Hills, N.Y. 86 ......Kyle Alper......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 89 ......Julian Alexi Zlobinsky ....Greenvale, N.Y. 93 ......James Edward Heaney..Locust Valley, N.Y. 99 ......Benjamin Rosen ............Port Washington, N.Y. 100 ....Brenden Andrew Volk ....Dix Hills, N.Y. 106 ....Brett Edelblum ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 109 ....Cole Laffitte ..................East Setauket, N.Y. 110 ....Cory Setlman ................Dix Hills, N.Y. 121 ....Fernando Filho ..............East Hampton, N.Y. 129 ....Josh Young....................Old Bethpage, N.Y. 133 ....Jeffrey Cherkin..............Melville, N.Y. 137 ....Andrew Reiley ..............Manorville, N.Y. 141 ....Palmer Clare ................North Bellmore, N.Y.

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Rank..Name ..........................City 2 ........Brenden Andrew Volk ....Dix Hills, N.Y. 20 ......Palmer T. Clare ..............North Bellmore, N.Y. 30 ......Athell Bennett ..............Valley Stream, N.Y. 32 ......Colin Francis Sacco ......Brightwaters, N.Y. 33 ......Travis Leaf ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 34 ......Finbar Talcott ................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 35 ......Sean Mullins ................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 38 ......Sean Patrick..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 39 ......Chris Kuhnle..................Shoreham, N.Y. 45 ......Brian Hoffarth................Fort Salonga, N.Y. 46 ......Daniel Shleimovich........Merrick, N.Y. 47 ......Trippie Franz ................Bridgehampton, N.Y. 49 ......Stephen Gruppuso ........Bayport, N.Y. 50 ......Lubomir Cuba ..............Massapequa Park, N.Y. 55 ......Nasser Ghaffar ..............Massapequa Park, N.Y.

Rank..Name ..........................City 3 ........Josh M. Levine..............Syosset, N.Y. 7 ........Andrew Yaraghi ............Mill Neck, N.Y. 10 ......Eric Rubin ....................Lido Beach, N.Y. 12 ......Matthew O. Barry ..........Lido Beach, N.Y. 14 ......Samuel Lam..................Old Westbury, N.Y. 15 ......Vihar Shah ....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 16 ......Brendan Henry ..............Massapequa, N.Y. 18 ......Aidan Talcott ................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 22 ......Noah B. Rubin ..............Merrick, N.Y. 23 ......Howard J. Weiss............Great Neck, N.Y. 24 ......Ofir Solomon ................Plainview, N.Y. 38 ......Bert Vancura ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 40 ......Josh Silverstein ............Great Neck, N.Y. 41 ......Jensen Reiter................Syosset, N.Y. 45 ......Kevin Katz ....................Woodbury, N.Y.

(as of 04/05/12) Rank..Name ..........................City 3 ........Madison Battaglia ........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 10 ......Alexa Graham................Garden City, N.Y. 17 ......Taylor S. Cosme ............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 18 ......Claire Handa ................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 24 ......Amber Nicole Policare ..East Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 36 ......Shanice Nadia Arthur ....Glen Head, N.Y. 39 ......Dominique Woinarowski Syosset, N.Y. 46 ......Esther Chikvashvili ........Syosset, N.Y. 48 ......Vanessa L. Scott............Dix Hills, N.Y. 51 ......Morgan Hermann ..........Garden City, N.Y. 53 ......Michele Sheila Lehat ....Great Neck, N.Y. 56 ......Celeste Rose Matute ....Oyster Bay, N.Y. 66 ......Courtney Kowalsky........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 71 ......Stephanie Chikvashvili ..Melville, N.Y. 82 ......Alexandra Lipps ............Roslyn, N.Y. 90 ......Josephine Winters ........Elmont, N.Y.

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Rank..Name ..........................City 3 ........Hannah Zhao ................Syosset, N.Y. 14 ......Lea Ma..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 18 ......Stephanie Chikvashvili ..Syosset, N.Y. 19 ......Jasmine Olivia Abidi ......Glen Head, N.Y. 23 ......Ashley Lessen ..............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 28 ......Jacqueline Rae Bukzin ..Manorville, N.Y. 30 ......Alexa Susan Goetz ........Greenlawn, N.Y. 32 ......Olivia Rose Scordo ........Glen Head, N.Y. 45 ......Francesca Karman ........Port Washington, N.Y. 50 ......Merri Kelly ....................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 52 ......Celeste Wang Traub ......Jericho, N.Y. 58 ......Katelyn Walker ..............Sands Point, N.Y. 63 ......Stephanie Anne Petras ..Manhasset, N.Y. 66 ......Trinity Chow ..................Glen Cove, N.Y. 73 ......Maryam Beshir Ahmad..Albertson, N.Y. 76 ......Theodora Brebenel........Glen Head, N.Y. 89 ......Ava Ignatowich ............Sag Harbor, N.Y. 93 ......Nicole Rezak ................Merrick, N.Y. 101 ....Rachel Arbitman............Hewlett, N.Y. 102 ....Rory Gallaher ................East Hampton, N.Y. 112 ....Lucia Hu........................Roslyn, N.Y. 119 ....Kaitlyn Byrnes ..............Massapequa, N.Y. 122 ....Maris Menist ................Great Neck, N.Y. 124 ....Morgan Voulo ................East Setauket, N.Y. 136 ....Julia Kielan ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 141 ....Amy Delman ................Great Neck, N.Y. 145 ....Alexa Lynn Bracco ........Freeport, N.Y. 150 ....Victoria Anna Bialczak ..New Hyde Park, N.Y.

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99 ......Emily Shutman..............Huntington, N.Y. 107 ....Brynn Maris April ..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 116 ....Nikaylah Williams ..........Wheatley Heights, N.Y. 117 ....Sarah Seeman ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 123 ....Lexee Taylor Shapiro ....Syosset, N.Y. 124 ....Amanda Allison Foo ......Manhasset, N.Y. 127 ....Danielle Mirabella ........Wantagh, N.Y. 132 ....Cecilia Combemale ......Bridgehampton, N.Y. 138 ....Ellen Nicole Huhulea ....Rockville Centre, N.Y. 145 ....Michelle Carnovale........Massapequa, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 16 Singles— Long Island Region Rank..Name ..........................City 24 ......Nicholle Torres ..............North Hills, N.Y. 29 ......Madison Battaglia ........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 30 ......Aleksandra Mally ..........Franklin Square, N.Y. 31 ......Bridget Elaine Harding ..Northport, N.Y. 35 ......Sunaina Vohra ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 37 ......Mia M. Vecchio..............Manhasset Hills, N.Y. 44 ......Aimee N. Manfredo ......Shoreham, N.Y. 49 ......Paulina Tafler ................Oceanside, N.Y. 52 ......Claudia M. Ruiz ............Glen Head, N.Y. 54 ......Danielle Giannetti ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 59 ......Alexa Graham................Garden City, N.Y. 64 ......Zenat Rashidzada..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 75 ......Cameron Leigh Moskol..Wantagh, N.Y. 77 ......Yuliya V. Astapova..........Port Washington, N.Y. 82 ......Olivia C. Funk ................Hicksville, N.Y. 84 ......Esther Chikvashvili ........Melville, N.Y. 89 ......Gabriella Nicole Leon ....Woodmere, N.Y. 90 ......Lauren Ann Livingston ..Sands Point, N.Y. 92 ......Rithika Reddy................Syosset, N.Y. 101 ....Jennifer C. Ferguson ....Franklin Square, N.Y. 102 ....Alexandra Linder ..........Sands Point, N.Y. 103 ....Ruth Freilich..................Lawrence, N.Y. 107 ....Emma R. Brezel ............Port Washington, N.Y. 117 ....Nicole Koskovolis ..........Manhasset, N.Y. 118 ....Michele Shiela Lehat ....Great Neck, N.Y. 126 ....Julia Khan ....................Port Washington, N.Y. 130 ....Allison Huber ................Melville, N.Y. 132 ....Elena Nastasi ................Bayville, N.Y. 138 ....Isabella Pascucci ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 141 ....Lauren Difazio ..............Greenlawn, N.Y. 142 ....Amber Policare..............East Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 145 ....Emily Rees ....................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 147 ....Bridget Connors ............East Quogue, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 18 Singles— Long Island Region Rank..Name ..........................City 5 ........Hannah L. Camhi ..........Woodbury, N.Y. 7 ........Katherine Yau ................Manhasset, N.Y. 14 ......Vivian Cheng ................Woodbury, N.Y. 17 ......Sophie Barnard ............Mill Neck, N.Y. 26 ......Morgan Feldman ..........Glen Head, N.Y. 31 ......Stephanie Loutsenko ....Bellmore, N.Y. 40 ......Nicholle Torres ..............North Hills, N.Y. 42 ......Ashley A. Masanto ........Baldwin, N.Y. 44 ......Julia Elbaba ..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 57 ......Melissa Carlay ..............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 59 ......Claudia Ruiz ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 60 ......Taylor Diffley ................Hampton Bays, N.Y. 61 ......Sunaina Vohra ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 73 ......Sara Finger ..................Saint James, N.Y. 90 ......Aleksandra Mally ..........Franklin Square, N.Y. 94 ......Erica Bundrick ..............Mattituck, N.Y. 108 ....Ludmila Yamus..............Deer Park, N.Y. 110 ....Rithika Reddy................Syosset, N.Y. 118 ....Mia Vecchio ..................Manhasset Hills, N.Y. 129 ....Veronika Paikin ............Valley Stream, N.Y. 131 ....Bianca Posa ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 135 ....Emma Brezel ................Port Washington, N.Y. 143 ....Yuliya Astapova ............Port Washington, N.Y. 144 ....Jennifer Carnovale ........Massapequa, N.Y. 146 ....Gabriella Leon ..............Woodmere, N.Y. 147 ....Laura Torsiello ..............Bayport, N.Y.


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BOYS

National Boys 12 Singles— Long Island Players Rank..Name............................City 30 ......Ryan Goetz....................Greenlawn, N.Y. 38 ......Alan Delman ................Great Neck, N.Y 81 ......Brian Shi ......................Jericho, N.Y. 141 ....Patrick Maloney ............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 148 ....Steven Well Sun ............Glen Cove, N.Y. 181 ....Daniel Eric Pellerito ......Syosset, N.Y. 236 ....Michael Medvedev ........Oceanside, N.Y. 242 ....Ronald P.Hohmann ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 461 ....Daniel Weitz ..................Roslyn, N.Y. 521 ....Cannon Kingsley ..........Northport, N.Y. 579 ....Pete Siozios ..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 583 ....Yuval Solomon ..............Plainview, N.Y. 588 ....Neel Raj ........................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 696 ....Billy Suarez ..................Huntington, N.Y. 799 ....Nicolas Demaria............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 847 ....Gardner Howe ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 983 ....Jake Grossman ............Sands Point, N.Y.

National Boys 14 Singles— Long Island Players Rank..Name ..........................City 32 ......Brenden Andrew Volk ....Dix Hills, N.Y. 291 ....Palmer T. Clare ..............North Bellmore, N.Y. 302 ....Colin Sacco ..................Brightwaters, N.Y. 355 ....Finbar Talcott ................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 419 ....Chris Kuhnle..................Shoreham, N.Y. 444 ....Athell Patrick Bennett....Valley Stream, N.Y. 508 ....Sean Patrick..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 570 ....Brian Hoffarth................Fort Salonga, N.Y.

ISLAND

581 ....Travis Leaf ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 601 ....Lubomir Cuba ..............Massapequa Park, N.Y. 795 ....Trippie Franz ................Bridgehampton, N.Y. 875 ....Nasser Abdel Ghaffar ....Massapequa, N.Y. 890 ....Stephen Gruppuso ........Bayport, N.Y. 903 ....Sean Mullins ................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.

National Boys 16 Singles— Long Island Players Rank..Name ..........................City 1 ........Noah B. Rubin ..............Merrick, N.Y. 23 ......Josh Silverstein ............Great Neck, N.Y. 56 ......Philip Daniel Antohi ......Glen Head, N.Y. 121 ....Daniel Grunberger ........Great Neck, N.Y. 135 ....Douglas Notaris ............Wantagh, N.Y. 147 ....Alex C. Sacher ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 173 ....Brandon T. Stone ..........Melville, N.Y. 309 ....Alexander Lebedev........Island Park, N.Y. 317 ....Lamar Remy ................Roslyn, N.Y. 320 ....Julian Alexi Zlobinsky ....Greenvale, N.Y. 399 ....John P. D’Allesandro......Northport, N.Y. 453 ....Dennis Uspensky ..........Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 491 ....Conor Mullins................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 598 ....Jeremy Dubin................Southampton, N.Y. 600 ....Jared Halstrom..............Bellmore, N.Y. 719 ....Zain Ali..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 836 ....Jonathan Paris ..............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 930 ....Eric Wagner ..................Roslyn Heights, N.Y.

National Boys 18 Singles— Long Island Players Rank..Name ..........................City 5 ........Noah B. Rubin ..............Merrick, N.Y. 34 ......Josh M. Levine..............Syosset, N.Y. 108 ....Bert Vancura ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 122 ....Matthew O. Barry ..........Lido Beach, N.Y. 156 ....Eric Rubin ....................Lido Beach, N.Y.

RANKINGS

188 ....Howard J. Weiss............Great Neck, N.Y. 252 ....Samuel Lam..................Old Westbury, N.Y. 274 ....Aidan Talcott ................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 275 ....Jensen Reiter................Syosset, N.Y. 281 ....Andrew S. Yaraghi ........Mill Neck, N.Y. 371 ....Brendan Henry ..............Massapequa, N.Y. 381 ....Daniel Khanin................Baldwin, N.Y. 474 ....Kevin Katz ....................Woodbury, N.Y. 476 ....Alexander Schidlovsky ..Sea Cliff, N.Y. 614 ....Dennis Uspensky ..........Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 631 ....Ofir Solomon ................Plainview, N.Y. 681 ....Lamar Remy ................Roslyn, N.Y. 716 ....Vihar Shah ....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 820 ....Julian Alexi Zlobinsky ....Greenvale, N.Y. 834 ....Josh Silverstein ............Great Neck, N.Y.

GIRLS

National Girls 12 Singles— Long Island Players Rank..Name ..........................City 26 ......Hannah Zhao ................Syosset, N.Y. 125 ....Jasmine Olivia Abidi ......Glen Head, N.Y. 211 ....Ashley Lessen ..............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 227 ....Lea Ma..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 403 ....Jacqueline Rae Bukzin ..Manorville, N.Y. 435 ....Stephanie Chikvashvili ..Syosset, N.Y. 468 ....Merri Kelly ....................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 469 ....Francesca Karman ........Port Washington, N.Y. 488 ....Alexa Goetz ..................Greenlawn, N.Y. 538 ....Celeste Traub ................Jericho, N.Y. 861 ....Olivia Scordo ................Glen Head, N.Y. 938 ....Theodora Brebenel........Glen Head, N.Y.

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172 ....Alexa Graham................Garden City, N.Y. 292 ....Taylor Cosme ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 427 ....Morgan Herrmann ........Garden City, N.Y. 473 ....Amber Nicole Policare ..East Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 522 ....Shanice Nadia Arthur ....Glen Head, N.Y. 697 ....Esther Chikvashvili ........Melville, N.Y. 702 ....Claire Handa ................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 739 ....Celeste Rose Matute ....Oyster Bay, N.Y. 867 ....Josephine Winters ........Elmont, N.Y. 892 ....Dominique Woinarowski Syosset, N.Y.

National Girls 16 Singles— Long Island Players Rank..Name ..........................City 218 ....Aleksandra Mally ..........Franklin Square, N.Y. 393 ....Sunaina Vohra ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 590 ....Madison Battaglia ........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 593 ....Nicholle Torres ..............North Hills, N.Y. 671 ....Paulina Tafler ................Oceanside, N.Y. 838 ....Bridget Harding ............Northport, N.Y. 947 ....Mia Vecchio ..................Manhasset Hills, N.Y.

National Girls 18 Singles— Long Island Players Rank..Name ..........................City 34 ......Julia Elbaba ..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 83 ......Hannah L. Camhi ..........Woodbury, N.Y. 105 ....Katherine Yau ................Manhasset, N.Y. 237 ....Vivan Cheng..................Woodbury, N.Y. 295 ....Morgan Feldman ..........Glen Head, N.Y. 352 ....Sophie Barnard ............Mill Neck, N.Y. 596 ....Stephanie Loutsenko ....Bellmore, N.Y. 820 ....Taylor Diffley ................Hampton Bays, N.Y. 878 ....Melissa G. Carlay ..........New Hyde Park, N.Y. 985 ....Ashley Masanto ............Baldwin, N.Y.

Rank..Name ..........................City 67 ......Madison Battaglia ........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. MAY 2012 Saturday, May 19 LBTC Springtime Adult Classic Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked M (Op, 35-80)s, FRLC; W (Op)sd, FRLC; M (Op)d, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, May 18 at 11:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060. Saturday, May 19 L3 World Gym’s Spring UPS World Gym Racquet & Sports Arena 384 Mark Tree Road East Setauket, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (12)s, RR Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Wednesday, May 16 at 11:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 581-3718. Sunday, May 20 8U May PlayDay at World Gym World Gym Racquet & Sports Arena 384 Mark Tree Road • East Setauket, N.Y. Divisions: Quick Start BG (8 [36’ Court/Red Ball])s, RR Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Wednesday, May 16 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 581-3718.

Friday-Sunday, May 25-27 L1B LBTC Late Spring Challenger Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (16)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player singles, $28 per player doubles (deadline for entries is Monday, May 21 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.

Friday-Sunday, May 25-27 L1B Eastern Athletic’s Memorial Weekend Challenger Eastern Athletic Clubs 9 Montauk Highway Unit A. Blue Point, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (14)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 363-2882.

Friday-Sunday, May 25-27 L1B Sportime Hamptons Summer Kickoff Challenger Sportime of the Hamptons P.O. Box 965 Quogue, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, May 21 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 653-6767.

Friday-Monday, May 25-28 L2R May Regional at Huntington Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway Huntington Station, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18-12)s, SE; BG (10 [78’Court/Green Ball])s, SE Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, May 13 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 421-0040.

Friday-Monday, May 25-28 L1B Sportime Kings Park May Challenger Sportime Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (12)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player singles, $28 per player doubles (deadline for entries is Friday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 269-6300.

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Saturday, May 26 L3 8U & 10U QuickStart Sportime Syosset UPS Sportime Syosset 75 Haskett Drive • Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: QuickStart: BG (10 [60’Court/Orange Ball], 8 [36’Court/Red Ball])s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, May 25 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500. JUNE 2012 Friday-Sunday, June 1-3 L2O Atlantic Beach June Open Atlantic Beach Tennis Center 60 The Plaza • Atlantic Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate G (16-14)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, May 28 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 239-3388. Friday-Sunday, June 1-3 L2O Sportime Lynbrook June Eastern Open Sportime Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road • Lynbrook, 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, May 25 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, June 1-3 L1B Sportime Amagansett June Challenger Sportime Amagansett 320 Abraham’s Path P.O. Box 778 Amagansett, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, May 27 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 267-3460. Friday-Sunday, June 1-3 L3 Sportime Kings Park Eastern UPS Sportime Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Novice: BG (18-12)s, RR; Quick Start BG (10 [60’Court/Orange Ball])s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, May 29 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 269-6300. Friday-Sunday, June 1-3 L2O LBTC June Open Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: B (18-14)s, SE; QuickStart: B (10 [78’Court/Green Ball])s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, May 29 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060. Friday-Sunday, June 8-10 L1B Sportime Bethpage June Challenger Sportime Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue • Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (16)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, May 29 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500. Friday-Sunday, June 8-10 L2O Sportime Hamptons June Open Sportime of the Hamptons P.O. Box 965 • Quogue, N.Y. Divisions: Regular BG (18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, June 1 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 653-6767.

Friday-Sunday, June 8-10 L2O Sportime Lynbrook June Open Sportime Tennis Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (10 [78’Court/Green Ball])sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, June 1 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222.

Friday-Sunday, June 8-10 L3 Huntington June UPS Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway Street Huntington Station, N.Y. Divisions: Novice: BG (18-12)s, RR; Novice BG (10 [60’Court/Orange Ball])s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, June 1 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 421-0040.

Friday-Sunday, June 8-10 L3 Sportime Kings Park June UPS Sportime Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Quick Start BG (10 [60’Court/Orange Ball])s; QuickStart BG (8 [36’Court/Red Ball])s Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, June 4 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222.

Friday-Sunday, June 8-10 L1B LBTC June Challenger Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (18)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player singles, $28 per player doubles (deadline for entries is Monday, June 4 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.

Friday-Sunday, June 8-10 & 15-17 L2R Point Set June LI Regional Point Set Indoor Racquet 3065 New Street Oceanside, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, June 5 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 536-8246.

Friday-Sunday, June 15-17 L1B Old Westbury June Challenger Racquet Club at Old Westbury 24 Quail Run Old Westbury, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger BG (14-12)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, June 8 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (718) 423-6454.

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. Friday-Sunday, June 15-17 L20 Sportime Hamptons June Open Sportime of the Hamptons • P.O. Box 965 • Quogue, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, June 1 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 653-6767. Friday-Sunday, June 15-17 L2O Sportime Syosset June 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, June 5 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500. Friday-Sunday, June 15-17 L2O Sportime Kings Park June Open Sportime Kings Park • 275 Old Indianhead Road • Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (18-16)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, June 8 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222. Friday-Sunday, June 15-17 L3 Sportime Lynbrook June UPS Sportime Tennis Lynbrook • 175 Merrick Road • Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Quick Start BG (10 [60’ Court/Orange Ball])s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, June 11 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222.

Friday-Sunday, June 15-17 LBTC Summer Challenger Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked MW (Op)sd, FRLC; X (Op)d, FRLC; NMW (3.0-4.0)s, FRLC; NM (3.5-4.0)d, FRLC; NW (3.0-4.0)d, FRLC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Wednesday, June 13 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060. Saturday, June 16 L3 Sportime Massapequa Summer UPS Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Novice BG (14-12)s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, June 12 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500. Friday-Sunday, June 22 L3 Sportime Lynbrook June 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: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, June 15 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222.

Friday-Sunday, June 22-24 L2R Long Beach Tennis Center June Regional Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (12)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, June 18 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060. Friday-Sunday, June 22-24 L2R Sportime Roslyn June Regional Sportime Roslyn 1 Landing Road Roslyn, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate BG (16, 12-10)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, June 8 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222. Friday-Tuesday, June 22-26 L1 Port Washington Eastern June Championships Port Washington Tennis Academy 100 Harbor Road Port Washington, N.Y. Divisions: Championships BG (18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, June 11 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 883-6425.

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