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The Value of Slow Mastery By Steve Kaplan

In 1971, Larry Linett, a tenacious baseliner from Albany, N.Y., was ranked number one in the East in the Boy’s 12-and-Under Division. A talented lefty from Douglaston, N.Y., John McEnroe was ranked number eight, in that same age group. Six years later, as McEnroe was winning the French Open mixed doubles, advancing to the semifinals of Wimbledon and winning an NCAA singles title for Stanford, Larry Linett was finishing a standout season, at The University of New York at Albany. While both of these players achieved success as juniors and as adults, their earlier success cannot be completely correlated to their ultimate achievements. Talent is a given in the formula for tennis greatness. It gives players a head start and limits terminal success. Everything else in between—training, experience, court vision, fitness, conditioning, poise, courage, ambition and desire—are the variables that interact over time to influence the finished product. Malcolm Gladwell, in his 2008 book, Outliers, believes that opportunity is perhaps the most significant variable which promotes achievement. He cites the groundbreaking study by Anders Ericsson which talks about the 10,000-hour rule for mastery. Gladwell explains that 10,000 hours of practice are needed to master a skill and such opportunities for this practice are unique. The Beatles became masters of their musical skills by playing countless hours in small, smoky, German clubs before conquering Liverpool and then the world. Bill Gates lived within walking distance of one of the world’s most advanced computers which he was able to clandestinely access, and he had more access then perhaps anyone at such a young age in the world.

I am often asked by parents to evaluate their young child’s talent. This is a difficult task first, because at a very young age, it is impossible to distinguish between talent and precociousness. In other words, at the age of 10, a child may be an early developer or may be a true prodigy. By the age of 14, it is possible to look back and know,

“Talent is a given in the formula for tennis greatness. It gives players a head start and limits terminal success.” in hindsight, which was the more true statement, but at the age of 10, it is simply a guess and those who claim otherwise are probably “selling.” Talent judgment is also a misleading exercise, since it is not the definitive predictor of success anyway. Give a young player the opportunity for

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World TeamTennis returns to New York this summer as we look at the New York Sportimes as they take on the sport’s top stars at the state-of-the-art Sportime at Randall’s Island Tennis Center, including the Sportimes roster breakdown, home team schedule and a look at the stars the Sportimes will face this summer.

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49 Is It the Message or the Messenger? By Ed Wolfarth

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Steven Kaplan discusses evaluating talent in the tennis world.

16 Caesars Tennis Classic a Star-Studded Hit in Atlantic City Tennis returns to Atlantic City as Long Island Tennis Magazine takes a look back at the inaugural Caesars Tennis Classic at Boardwalk Hall.

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Tips From the Tennis Pro: Hydration and Fuel to Keep Your Campers Happy By Carl Barnett As the camp season nears, Carl Barnett explains how to properly hydrate your way through the dog days of summer.

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Names in the Game: Mary Carillo … The Long Island Tennis Magazine Interview By Brent Shearer Brent Shearer interviews former pro and current tennis analyst Mary Carillo in our newest column featuring interviews with the top names in the game.

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College Tennis Spotlight: Mythbusters … Why College Coaches Don’t Always Hear What Recruits Tell Them! By Ricky Becker Ricky Becker shares the truth behind college tennis recruiting from a coaches perspective

18 Long Island Boys High School Preview A look at the names and teams that shape the boys high school tennis scene on Long Island for the 2010 season.

20 Country Club Tennis on the Island By Jonathan Klee Jonathan Klee discusses the ways in which Long Island’s country clubs have looked to bolster their tennis membership numbers.

22 The Racquet Should Do the Talking! By Lonnie Mitchel Lonnie Mitchel takes a look at proving your game on the court and making all that practice time finally pay off.

28 I’m the Better Player … How Could I Lose? By Rob Polishook, MA, CPC One of the magazine’s newest authors, Rob Polishook, MA, CPC discusses the seven mistakes the so-called “favorite” makes in a match and what the underdog can do to exploit these mistakes.

32 The Restlessness By Eric Dietsche Eric Dietsche, a collegiate player for Williams College, shares his thoughts on shaking off the rust of the long, cold winter and getting ready for the new season.

38 Kim Clijsters: From Motherhood to Center Court

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Ed Wolfarth explains the science of teaching and how a lesson should be presented by a tennis instructor.

The Value of Slow Mastery By Steven Kaplan

Long Island Tennis Magazine takes part in a conference call with Kim Clijsters as she discusses her transition back into the sport after her hiatus.

43 In Defense of the 10 Point Super Tie-Break By Miguel Cervantes III

10 Court Six: Long Island Tennis Magazine’s Gossip Column By Emilie Katz

Emilie Katz delves into the off-court lives of the sport’s top stars.

12 Long Island Tennis Charitable Initiatives We take a look at the Hit for Haiti 2 charity event and the controversy surrounding the Agassi/Sampras incident, and Karen L. Bonnet takes a look at passionate tennis players dealing with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in her article, “Multiple Sclerosis: Winning Against the Odds.”

30 The Sand Pit Beach Tennis USA returns for yet another exciting, sun-soaked season on the beaches, specifically, right in our own backyard in Long Beach, N.Y.

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44 Teaching a Great Tennis Lesson Takes More Than a Nice Racquet and a Basket Full of Balls By Salomon Levy Bromet

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Salomon Levy Bromet discusses the formation of the ideal practice plan and the progression of a player’s tennis lessons.

Tennis returned to New York City and Madison Square Garden in March as “The World’s Most Famous Arena” hosted the BNP Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup in front of a crowd of 11,700 tennis fans.

46 Fitness and Nutrition

Chris Ostling, PT, DPT explains testing the limitations of the human body in his article, “Are You Listening to Your Body?”

48 My Opinion: What’s the Story With Tennis Lingo?

By Eric Meditz Trees? Tanks? Deefs? Bagels? Toasted bagels with cream cheese? Eric Meditz breaks down the meaning of the sport’s most commonly-used vocabulary.

52 Long Island Tennis Club Directory

53 USTA/Eastern/Long Island 20th Annual Awards Dinner Program

USTA/Eastern/Long Island will host its 20th Annual Awards Dinner Program on Wednesday, May 12 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. USTA/Eastern/Long Island will welcome the evening’s Keynote Speaker Ronald Agenor as the Region’s top players and scholar athletes are honored for their accomplishments and contributions to the sport over the past year.

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63 Jump Start: Determining the Right Time to Start a Plyometric Program By Mike Mejia, CSCS Author Mike Mejia, CSCS discusses sharpening your explosive tennis movements through the introduction of plyometric training.

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71 USTA/Long Island Region 2010 Tournament Schedule

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Hydration and Fuel to Keep Your Campers Happy By Carl Barnett It’s an early summer morning and you’re about to take the kids to tennis camp. They may not be hungry now, but it’s time to eat. Half a bagel or a bowl of cereal will do it if they are picky eaters. Just don’t let them go to work on an empty tank. It’s also time to hydrate. A small cup of juice and a six-ounce water will really come in handy around 10:00 a.m. If they wait until they are thirsty or around the time of the first break, it is too late. They will fall behind on hydration all day long. I like the combination of two waters for every sports drink. Give them a cooler and do not freeze their drinks in plastic. A sip of a sports drink and two sips of water

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every 15 min. will do the trick. Pack a snack for mid-morning and midafternoon. I like a banana at those times. If they don’t like bananas, then pack some coconut water. This will give them the potassium they are missing from the bananas. If they are listless at lunch, they should increase the water as they may be dehydrated. If all they drink is a high fructose sports drink, it will only make them thirstier. Stay with the 2:1 water to fruit drink ratio. Pizza is easy, but it is not the best lunch if they order themselves. A sandwich with meat, cheese, lettuce and tomato would serve them better. They do not need to eat all the bread if they don’t want it. Salads with a little meat and cheese will serve them best. Remember, hydration and fuel for the

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next day begins after camp at home. Too much late night junk may keep them from eating in the morning. Lastly, a good night sleep is essential. Not just for concentration, but for energy. They will more often suffer from a lack of sleep on the second day after a poor night’s sleep. Kids often do not connect the dots between a lack of sleep and poor performance. Going to tennis camp is a real commitment on the part of both the parent and the child. Both parties need to follow these guidelines in order to succeed. G Carl Barnett started the Early Hit Training Programs at Glen Head Racquet Club six years ago. He may be reached by phone at (516) 455-1225 or e-mail earlyhit@optonline.net.


Racquet Sports for Wii Released in North America

Ubisoft has announced that Racquet Sports, the multisport game that includes tennis, beach tennis, ping-pong, badminton and squash is now available on North American retail shelves, exclusively for the Wii system from Nintendo. The game was previously released in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Asia) territories under the name Racket Sports Party. Racquet Sports is rated “E” for “Everyone” and delivers an engaging and interactive experience for the entire family. Racquet Sports engages players in 40 graphical-rich environments in worldwide locations, including an underwater reef, a Moroccan palace, a New York loft and a fan-filled stadium. The multiplayer feature in Racquet Sports allows the family to play cooperatively with each other or to compete against one another. Compatible with the Wii MotionPlus accessory and Ubisoft’s Motion Tracking Camera for Wii, players will experience easy-to-use controls that precisely simulate their movements and will be able to play in multiple game play modes, from party to championship mode. Racquet Sports offers unprecedented realism and pinpoint game play mechanics, bringing every serve, swing and backhand to life while replicating the experience in the comfort of the living room. Racquet Sports is sold at the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $29.99. The game also comes bundled with Ubisoft’s Motion Tracking Camera and is priced at $39.99. G For more information, visit www.racquetsportsgame.com.

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By Brent Shearer Long Island Tennis Magazine book critic Brent Shearer recently had the opportunity to chat with noted tennis broadcaster, Mary Carillo on topics ranging from the Agassi-Sampras feud during the Hit for Haiti benefit in Indian Wells, Calif., to how Venus and Serena Williams have dominated the women’s game. As always, the Douglaston, Queens, N.Y. native spoke her mind with her customary blend of humor and optimism. Carillo has covered tennis for ESPN, CBS, NBC and USA networks. She has been a fixture at the Olympics, working for both CBS and NBC, starting in 1992. In addition, she is a correspondent for HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Together with veteran sportswriter Frank DeFord, Carillo won a Peabody Award for the HBO documentary “Dare to Compete: The Struggle of Women in Sports.” Before asking Carillo some specific questions about the state of our game and the state of Mary C., Shearer pointed out that one way to look at her career is that she is following in the footsteps of that other great reporter from Queens, Jimmy Breslin. The “Breslin” technique is to talk to the least important person in the room. It also involves getting away from the pack of reporters and basing your stories on “real” people who may have been overlooked by other media outlets. Carillo said she was honored to hear her work compared to Breslin’s. She acknowledged being impressed by such 6

legendary stories from the master as the time after the Kennedy assassination, when Breslin interviewed John F. Kennedy’s gravedigger. This influence, in part, explains Carillo’s penchant for finding unusual stories and adding color to sports broadcasts by talking to non-traditional sources. Carillo, who turned 53, a day before this March 16 conversation with Long Island Tennis Magazine, talked about changes the game needs to make; Patrick McEnroe’s role as Davis Cup Captain; and the effect her children, 22year-old Anthony and 18-year-old Rachel, have on her life. She squeezed in the interview from her home in Naples, Fla., en route to her daughter Rachel’s high school tennis match. Have your kids made it easier for you to communicate with the players on the tour? I hope so. I have a great respect for young people. When you think about all these young people, and not only tennis players, but also the athletes I met at the Olympics, and you consider their level of commitment to reaching publicly-stated goals, you have to be impressed. I’m a big fan of these kids. They really show an uncommon poise. And you can contrast this with what happened at the Hit for Haiti benefit where you had bad feelings between two veterans messing up the whole evening. It was really awkward and unpleasant between Agassi and Sampras. If you compare that with the way Rafa and Roger handled themselves, you have to admire the younger generation’s class and grace.

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What was your biggest challenge the first time you covered a non-tennis assignment? It really didn’t feel awkward. I made it clear that the only sport I’m fluent in is tennis. I got a chance at CBS to interview the skiers at the bottom of the hill at the 1992 Winter Games in France. I just feel a deep comfort level doing the research, and I’m naturally curious so whether its skiing or gymnastics or table tennis, or doing Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, it’s a lot of fun. What tennis commentary team that you’ve been on had the best chemistry? I think that working with John McEnroe and Ted Roberts has been pretty special. At first, I was just covering women’s tennis. When I started doing men’s, it was with Cliff Drysdale and Fred Stolle. I wanted to bring to these broadcasts what I thought I could deliver, but I also wanted to make sure it all blended. I didn’t want to step on anybody’s toes. Is women’s tennis too loud? Is all the grunting unfair to opponents? How should it be fixed? It’s a problem. Women’s tennis is too loud. When I hear that people cannot warm up to Maria Sharapova, I think that’s part of the problem. When Monica Seles grunted, I believed it was an organic part of her game. If it becomes just a tool for intimidation, it gets to be too much. Kids are being taught to make noise. I believe in doing hard things and making them look easy. It does give players an unfair advantage.


Is the reason the Williams Sisters have been able to dominate without being full-time tour players that they just serve better than anybody else? That’s a big part of it, but I think the one thing that has allowed them to stand apart is their mental fitness, especially in Serena’s case. In the past, the best female players, from Billie Jean King to Chris Evert to Steffi Graff to Monica Seles, were all mentally strong. Martina Hingis had it too, until people figured out they could break her serve. Justine Henin is the same. Plus she has so much variety in her game that she has a lot of options. But most of the women, they’re incredibly fit and they’re taught to hit hard, but there’s a lot of choking and nerves that hold them back. Serena is really the last word in mental toughness, but for a lot of the top women, this is where they’re vulnerable. The U.S. Davis Cup team just suffered a tough loss in Belgrade. Is Patrick McEnroe’s job in danger? No, I think Patrick did a great job. He didn’t

have Andy Roddick, so it was tough. I have a lot of admiration for what he’s done as Davis Cup coach. He earned the respect of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. He told the Bryan Brothers that they could own Saturdays (the doubles match, normally played on Saturday) and that’s worked out pretty well. We also haven’t seen James Blake play his best tennis at the Davis Cup so, overall, I don’t think you can fault Patrick. You’ve been an outspoken opponent of on-court coaching. What is your take on the issue now? I still think you have to teach the kids that it’s their responsibility to show up and play on their own. Obviously, there’s a lot of coaching going on despite the rules against it. You cannot have the chair umpire try to police it, they have to pay attention to what’s going on while on the court. You could station people in the player’s boxes. You’d have to use common sense in the trickier situations when coaching is going on, but the beauty of our game is that you are out there all alone and we should keep it that way. Part of that is teaching kids that they’re on their own.

Where do you draw the line in the use of sex to market WTA players? Are you happy with the current standards? I feel some hesitation about putting these young women in fairly revealing, suggestive poses and positions. There is a lot of pressure from agents to market their players this way, but I think you have to be careful. In the past, tennis was, by far, the biggest women’s sport and its athletes were taken seriously. I don’t think we want to lose this. You’ve come a long way from hoisting the French Open Mixed Doubles Trophy with John McEnroe in 1977. What lessons have you learned covering the game since then? What I tell my kids is that it’s a big and a fascinating world out there, make sure you see as much of it as you can. I’ve been fortunate to have had a lot of great opportunities in covering tennis and other sports. I love to travel and see new people. Not everyone, for example, who was covering the Vancouver Olympics, would have jumped at the chance to go to the Arctic Circle. As long as I get to spend enough time with my family, I’m up for chasing stories. I really have a lot of respect for athletes, and I love bringing their stories to people. G Brent Shearer may be reached by e-mail at bbshearer@gmail.com.

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Mythbusters: Why College Coaches Don’t Always Hear What Recruits Tell Them! By Ricky Becker Many relationship magazines like to run columns with the format, “What a member of one gender says and what the member of the other gender really hears.” This column delves into the topic of speaking with a college coach. What a prospective student-athlete says and what the coach really hears. 1. Prospective student/athlete says: I haven’t really had a good year because I have been battling a few nagging injuries. I’m usually better. What the college coach hears: I am injury-prone, tread carefully. 2. Prospective student/athlete says: I have worked with a few coaches over the last couple of years, but haven’t really found one that I like yet. I know I have a lot of potential though. What the college coach hears: I often put the

responsibility of my results on my coaches instead of taking responsibility for my own results. You may be my next excuse, and I will tell others about it, making it harder for you to recruit! 3. Prospective student/athlete says: I should not have lost to that other recruit you are looking at. I played with the wrong strategy and went for stupid shots. What the college coach hears: I understand why you are looking closer at that other recruit more than me. Instead of being classy about it, showing character and letting my record do the talking for me, I’m going to make excuses, discredit your taste in choosing recruits and act like my poor decision-making during a match is irrelevant. I’m desperate to make a better impression! 4. Prospective student/athlete says: My opponent kind of “Treed” the last time I played him/her. I usually win.

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What the college coach hears: I am quick to disrespect my opponents and make excuses at the same time. Recruit me for your team and you could hear more negativity from me! 5. Prospective student/athlete says: I’m sorry it took me a couple of weeks to respond to your communication. I have been real busy. What the college coach hears: I am really not that fired up on your school, but cannot rule you out yet. I’m going to string you along a bit until I am sure I can go some place that I think is better. 6. Prospective student/athlete says: I absolutely love playing high school tennis. What the college coach hears: I really enjoy being on a team, being a leader and helping everyone on my team raise the level of their play. 7. Prospective student/athlete says: I am planning to visit your campus within the next few weeks with my family. Are you going to be around so I can meet you? What the college coach hears: I am going the next step to show you how interested I am in your school and how serious I am about possibly playing for your tennis team by paying for a trip on my own dime and bringing my busy parents. I am also very conscientious by making sure you will be there when I come to visit. Tennis is an extremely important factor in my college choice and I will be very committed to your team. G Ricky Becker is the founder of JuniorTennisConsulting LLC, which offers off-court college guidance services to junior tennis players. He can be reached by phone at (516) 605-0420, e-mail rbecker06@yahoo.com or visit www.JuniorTennisConsulting.com.


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By Emilie Katz Tennis tweets of late The following are just a few of the things that the sport’s top stars have been “tweeting” about through the social networking tool that is changing the way we have come to communicate with, Twitter. In addition to Facebook and MySpace, Twitter’s 140-word short blasts of info keep the fans of the pros up to date on their daily activities, both private and public. N Robin Soderling loves Cheesecake Factory … “Best thing about the United States,” according to Soderling. N Venus Williams started playing guitar again. N Lindsay Davenport watches Celebrity Apprentice.

N Andy Roddick followed his brackets for the NCAA Tournament … “Shocked by the Big East showing much weakness early on … I had Notre Dame in the Elite 8!” N The Bryan Brothers were nervous about their spot on 60 Minutes, but in the end, were relieved and happy with how it turned out. N The Bryan Brothers had trouble sleeping on their flight … “Tried to sleep on the flight, but the baby next to me was doing an audition for the next ‘Scream’ movie. She definitely nailed it.” N Svetlana Kuznetsova … her dream when she is done playing tennis is to have a big dog. N Ryan Harrison got to meet Jonathan Vilma from the New Orleans Saints and thought it was “So cool!”

Ivanisevic finds a place as part-time Cilic advisor Croatian Goran Ivanisevic has joined up with compatriot Marin Cilic’s camp as a part-time coach as the number ninth-ranked youngster strengthens his bid for a top five ranking.

Vaidisova retires at 20, set to tie the knot

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Nicole Vaidisova has retired from the sport of tennis at the age 20 and will marry fellow Czech player Radek Stepanek in July. A former top-10 player and winner of six WTA titles, the big-hitting Vaidisova reached the semifinals of the 2006 French Open and 2007 Australian Open before falling on hard times. She went 11-17 in 2009, and will end her career ranked number 176.

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Another new mom has returned to the tour, as American Ashley Harkleroad played in the Sony Ericcson Open in Miami in late March, with a protected ranking of 70th. The former Playboy cover model took a leave from the tour in October of 2008 to have her first child,


Charlie, with her husband and coach, Chuck Adams. The 25-year-old Harkleroad is allowed to play eight tournaments under her protected ranking and also accept wild cards. She reached a career high ranking of 39th in 2003.

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Two stars from two different sports came together in Miami during the Sony Ericsson Open for a showdown in both of their respective sports. Tennis great and Grand Slam champion Andy Roddick took on NBA world champion Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat. The day started with tennis, but Wade soon realized that maybe he should stick to basketball, as he was unable to even attempt to return the 100-plus mile per hour serves that Roddick was hammering towards him as he found himself ducking away from them rather than taking a swing.

When he did get the opportunity to rally, things didn’t get much better for Wade, as he managed to hit the ball everywhere except for the actual tennis court. Wade had his chance to get even next though as the event turned to basketball. Wade set the tone in warmups showing his full arsenal of dunks. Then the game of H-O-R-S-E began, as Roddick kept up with Wade early showing an unexpected shooting touch, but Wade, who was not allowed to dunk, took over and won. The jokes and playful banter made the event a great success for all in attendance, and the players graciously stayed after to sign hundreds of autographs. G

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Charitable Initiatives Sampras and Agassi Renew Longtime Rivalry at Hit for Haiti 2 n a positive note, Hit for Haiti 2 made a $1 million donation to Haiti, but Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi showed that the negative feelings between the longtime bitter rivals are still very much alive. The night started off with the ladies, as Lindsay Davenport and Steffi Graff lost 86 to Martina Navratilova and Justine Henin. Then came the main event: Roger Federer and Pete Sampras versus Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal. Four legends on the court together seemed like a great idea, but Agassi

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and forth lighthearted banter between Agassi and Federer, which brought laughter from the crowd. But as the night progressed, Agassi made things very public and very personal in the rivalry between himself and Sampras. It all started when Agassi provoked Sampras to stop being so serious and have some more fun. Sampras decided to oblige Andre and have some fun. Sampras’s idea of fun was impersonating Agassi. He fixed his strings and imitated Agassi’s pigeon walk, while walking over

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the baseline then back. The impersonation was funny and spot on, but then Agassi decided to do his impersonation of Sampras. However, instead of Agassi mocking Pete’s tennis quirks, he instead pulls his pockets inside out and says “Tip? I don’t have any money … Oh wait! Here’s a dollar.” It didn’t end there, as Sampras, clearly annoyed, served at Agassi and claimed Agassi had “made it personal.” Agassi responded by saying, “It wasn’t personal because everyone knows already.” This resulted in some very uncomfortable moments for everyone involved, including Federer and Nadal who seemed like they weren’t sure what to do or say to get Pete and Andre to calm down. The whole dialogue by Agassi was a clear and pointed reference to Agassi’s autobiography, Open, where Agassi writes about an instance in which he, along with his former coach Brad Gilbert, were in the same restaurant as Sampras. Agassi and Gilbert left minutes after Sampras. Beforehand, they bet on how much Sampras would tip the valet. Gilbert thought Sampras would tip plenty considering his daily income, but when they asked the valet, they found out he was only tipped $1 by Sampras. Sampras and Federer ended up winning the match 8-6, but by that point, the result was just an afterthought for all watching. After the match, Agassi and Sampras did hug and Sampras said, “You know I only have love for you.” Then, when Justin Gimelstob interviewed the players, Sampras again said he has no bad feelings towards Agassi. Agassi however, had nothing to say about the incident immediately after the match. A few days after the match and incident, Agassi spoke with ESPN.com’s Rick Reilly and Agassi showed his remorse for what transpired. “It was out of line,” said Agassi. “It was inappropriate. The night was on fire. We were all having fun. I was trying to be comedic. I only had a split second to make a decision. I went for it and it fell flat. I was trying to get past it, but Pete didn’t really let me get past it. He didn’t really roll with it. I’ve texted Pete to ask him if I can apologize in person.” Agassi continued, “The joke fell flat and I’m sorry. My hope was that the night was still enjoyable. My whole book is about living and learning, and I guess you never stop.” So far, Sampras has yet to respond to Agassi’s text message directly, but has described the whole situation as “regrettable and awkward.” G

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Charitable Initiatives Multiple Sclerosis: Winning Against the Odds By Karen L. Bonnet Every once in a while, life throws you a curveball that results in a few surprises. That’s exactly how a group of tennis players from Oceanside’s Point Set Indoor Racquet Club felt the first time they played tennis. But these players are unique because they play tennis and have Multiple Sclerosis (MS). They beat the odds with determination and perseverance every time they get out on the courts—and they love what they’re doing. No one is more aware of this than Dan Dwyer, managing partner and head professional at Point Set. A tennis coach for over 50 years, he has been coaching this group for seven years. The weekly hour-long classes are free of charge to all participants. As Dwyer recalls the initial goals of the group members, he smiles and chats about how

much they’ve advanced since they began. One of his players, Anastasia Papadopoulos, is a gutsy lady with scoliosis and multiple sclerosis. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1995, and wears leg and back braces for support. “Anastasia’s goal last year was to stand up and hit the tennis ball—she had a fear of falling. But on the first day, she stood up and hit 25 balls in a (Standing) Dan Dwyer, managing partner/head professional row,” said Dwyer. “All of them at Point Set Indoor Racquet Club, with volunteers Marlon felt they couldn’t do it but they Weeks, Donna Healy and Jack Gearns with (seated) Anastasia overcame their feelings. I’m not Papadopoulos, Linda Maisel, Christina Rouse and Dolly Pelini teaching this group anything different than what I taught my students and tennis ball. “We need repetition in our lives. So my own kids. They’re motivated and they’re when we hear Dan tell us to ‘keep your eye on the ball and focus,’ it helps us,” Papadopoulos enjoying the game.” Papadopoulos is a big sports fan, but she explained. “For me to show up each week says she never expected to be able to hit a means it has to be something really special.”

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Diagnosed with MS in 1983, Linda Maisel enjoys tennis for the social interaction, as well as the exercise. She began playing the sport when she was in her 20s, and started again one month ago. “It’s a reason to get out of the house and stop feeling sorry for yourself,” said Maisel, whose other hobby is her seven grandchildren, ages three to 14. Dolly Pelini, a resident of Franklin Square, N.Y., doesn’t miss a ride to Point Set each week. Her dedicated husband drops her off and picks her up when the lesson ends. Despite the fact that she lives a half-hour away from the facility and has had MS since 1990, she is not discouraged from participating in activities that she enjoys. “This is good exercise and makes me feel stronger, both mentally and physically,” said Pelini. In addition to tennis, she eats light and healthy foods and has an occupational therapist visit her weekly. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MS is a chronic, sometimes debilitating disease that attacks the central nervous

system. Many investigators believe MS to be an autoimmune disease—in which the body, through its immune system, launches a defensive attack against its own tissues. Symptoms usually occur between the ages of 20 and 40; the initial symptom is often blurred or double vision, red-green color distortion, or even blindness in one eye.

“… these players are unique because they play tennis and have Multiple Sclerosis (MS). They beat the odds with determination and perseverance every time they get out on the courts—and they love what they’re doing.” Most people experience muscle weakness in their extremities, and have difficulty with coordination and balance. Sometimes symptoms may be severe enough to impair walking or standing. Many with the disease

also experience transitory abnormal sensory feelings, such as numbness, prickling or “pins and needles” sensations. The progress, severity and symptoms are unpredictable and vary from person to person. But the good news is that new treatments and advances in research are providing hope to those affected by the disease. Experts say that exercise can help ease the symptoms of MS, but it’s important to remember to take certain precautions for your exercise program to be successful. Exercise in moderation is important and healthy, but as with anything else, don’t overdo it. G Karen L. Bonnet began her career as an editor/reporter in the early 1990s. Later, in public relations, she worked for schools, nationally-recognized non-profits and businesses. Her photography and articles have been published in news publications and regional magazines. She has written a fiction novel for middle-school children, to be published soon. She may be reached by email at kbonnet@optonline.net.

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ennis returned to the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday night April 10 for the first time in almost 15 years with the inaugural Caesars Tennis Classic. The event featured five of the sport’s top past and present stars, including Pete Sampras, Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, recent retiree Marat Safin and the current number one-ranked American player, Andy Roddick. The hostess for the event was seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams. The Caesars Tennis Classic set a new attendance record for a tennis event in Atlantic City, as the record crowd of 7,330 who witnessed the event surpassed the previous mark of 7,257 for the “Return of The Champions” event which featured Monica Seles versus Martina Navratilova in July of 1995. The night began with a battle of two Hall of Famers, as Ivan Lendl faced Mats Wilander. The 43-year-old Lendl was returning to match play for the first time since 1994. The rust showed a bit, as Lendl had trouble keeping up with the defensive play of Wilander, whose strategy seemed to be to wear down Lendl. “I am a tough opponent for Ivan due to my style of play,” said Wilander. Wilander was able to use his consistency to force Lendl into mistakes and win 6-3. When asked after the match if the result was

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what he expected after such a long layoff, Lendl responded, “Unfortunately, yes.” In the second match, Marat Safin defeated Pete Sampras 6-4. Safin and Sampras joked with each other a bit during the match, but the competition was certainly there. The match was even until Safin broke Sampras at 3-3, and then held serve the rest of the way to record the victory. Sampras then played again and took on Andy Roddick in the most entertaining match of the night. In the pre-match warm-up, the banter was already starting, mainly provoked by Justin Gimelstob who was co-hosting along with Venus Williams. Gimelstob started by joking with Roddick about how Roddick’s wife, Brooklyn Decker, had been on the cover of Sports Illustrated as well as has his opponent Pete Sampras but not Roddick himself. Roddick replied, “Hey Justin, have you ever even been in Sports Illustrated?” The two continued to exchange good-natured barbs, as Gimelstob commented on Roddick’s receding hairline and Roddick pointed out Justin’s tiny calves. Even Venus joined in on the fun when Roddick said, “Hey Venus, you should buy Justin calf implants,” she fired back, “I already bought him two Grand Slams (talking about their two mixed-doubles Grand Slams together), isn’t that enough?” The match itself was somewhat onesided, with Roddick in control throughout and able to hold on for a 6-4 victory. The match was played loosely, as after Sampras lost a few points in a row, he playfully threw

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his racket into the crowd and went over and took one of Roddick’s rackets to help gain an advantage. Roddick provided some fun for crowd and tried to get fans to engage in a drinking game each time he heard the term “old school” yelled from the crowd. In the final match of the night, Marat Safin returned to face Andy Roddick. With Safin getting more fatigued as the match went on, Roddick was again able to control the set and won 6-3. After the match, Roddick said he had a good time while in Atlantic City and that “the tables were good to him.” Roddick also provided the media with a couple laughs in his joint post-match press conference with Safin. When a reporter pointed out Roddick’s affinity with Twitter, Safin was asked about his use ... “I have no idea what Twitter is,” Safin replied to which Roddick shot back, “I think Marat has to get a computer before he can start using Twitter.” The night was a great success for everyone involved. All who took part seemed to enjoy themselves, from the players, to the fans. There were a few celebrities in the crowd, including, Bethany Frankel from The Real Housewives of New York, Jeremy Sisto of Law and Order and the movie Clueless, and Olympic Gold Medal figure skater Nancy Kerrigan were all on hand. In addition to setting a new attendance record, Harrah’s Entertainment, Caesars Atlantic City and Star Games also formally announced that the Caesars Tennis Classic will return to Atlantic City for a second event in the Spring of 2011. G


USTA’s QuickStart demonstration was a popular exhibit during the event

Pete Sampras takes some practice strokes prior to his Caesars Tennis Classic match Andy Roddick faces off against a lucky youngster in Wii Sports Tennis during the Caesars Tennis Classic event in Atlantic City

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Andy Roddick and Marat Safin joke with the media during their post-match press conference

Pete Sampras addresses the media following his Caesars Tennis Classic match

Andy Roddick jokes with the Boardwalk Hall crowd

The crowd of 7,330 filled Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City for the inaugural Caesars Tennis Classic

Pete Sampras and Marat Safin hug after their Caesars Tennis Classic match

Justin Gimelstob warms up Pete Sampras

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Long Island Boys High School 2009 season recap Last year, Cold Spring Harbor was crowned winners of the 2009 Nassau County Championship, while in Suffolk, Commack High School was the winner of the 2009 Suffolk County Championship. Cold Spring Harbor went on to defeat Commack 5-2 in the Long Island Championship to capture the overall Boys 2009 Long Island Tennis Championship. Cold Spring Harbor will have many of their players return from 2009 and are aiming to repeat in 2010.

Nolan Gelman—Half Hollow Hills (Senior) Nolan Gelman teamed with Matt Stevens, who has since graduated, to finish second in the Suffolk County Doubles Championships in 2009. This year, Gelman will look for a singles crown at Counties and States.

Players to watch in 2010 … Zach Morris—Garden City (Sophomore) Zach finished second in the county and advanced to his second straight state tournament. He was 11-0 in the regular season.

Teams to beat … Cold Spring Harbor—Nassau County Led by Eric Ambrosio, Josh Levine and Conor Dauer in singles, along with a premier first doubles team of Jensen Reiter and Alex Tropiano, Cold Spring Harbor returns most of their top talent from a team that lost only one match last year on their way to the Long Island Championship. They are the odds on favorite to take the Long Island title again this year.

Eric Ambrosio—Cold Spring Harbor (Junior) One of the many Cold Spring Harbor players returning from last year’s championship team, Eric Ambrosio finished fourth last year in the Nassau County Championships.

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Newcomer to watch for … Zain Ali—Half Hollow Hills East (8th Grade) The son of Deer Park Indoor Tennis head pro Efzal Ali, Zain will play with the big boys and play varsity as an eighth grader.

Half Hollow Hills East—Suffolk County Half Hollow Hills East has won the Suffolk County Title four out of the past five years. Last year, they were knocked off by Commack, and those two seemed destined to battle it out once again. Hills East brings in eighth grader Zain Ali who will play singles along with junior Chris Hunter, while the doubles team of Steve Ferrantello and Christian Bormann remains intact. Chaminade—Catholic High School Athletic Association The clear favorite and rightfully so is Chaminade. They have won 25 of the past 30 CHSSA titles. Brothers Pat and Chris Brosnan lead the way this year as they look for yet another CHSSA title. Check our Web site, www.LITennisMag.com for updates throughout the season and please send any match photos to info@litennismag.com. G

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he year is 1987. Ronald Reagan is president and country club tennis is flourishing on the South Shore of Long Island. American tennis players, such as John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Chris Evert and Tracy Austin, solidify tennis as part of the American landscape. South Shore golf and tennis country clubs, Inwood, Seawane, Woodmere and Middle Bay, have bustling programs. South Shore tennis clubs, Lawrence and Atlantic Beach have overflow capacity and full tennis courts throughout the day. Charity tournaments, such as the United Fund & South Shore Sweethearts, see bustling draws. The United Fund is so popular that each of the country clubs mentioned above send teams to compete in 16 flights with Lawrence and Atlantic Beach having so many players they need club elimination matches in order to qualify to compete.

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“While some country club tennis programs continue to suffer today due to the current environment, it seems that the clubs which have taken the initiative to grow their memberships have been successful.” many of these same golf and tennis clubs neglect their tennis memberships in order to attract higher paying golf members.

Country clubs who viewed aging tennis members as breeding grounds for future higher paying golf members saw the younger generation of members bypassing tennis memberships and joining directly as golf members with the emergence of players such as Tiger Woods. The younger generation of tennis members opting away from country clubs in order to play at more economical alternatives, such as public parks and USTA leagues. Field Maloney, in an article in Slate Magazine, compared golf and tennis by stating: “There’s a Cain and Abel element at play here. Golf and tennis are essentially sibling rivals, both raised in white polo shots, one wielding a nine-iron, the other a wooden racquet, who, during the leisure boom after World War II, left their stuffy country club to seek fame and fortune on a larger scale.”

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As the summer of 2010 approaches, the tennis programs at some of these clubs have become almost non-existent, especially the golf and tennis clubs on the south shore of Long Island. However, a few of these clubs who neglected their tennis program in favor of golf have reversed the course in order to re-attract tennis memberships. One of these South Shore golf and tennis clubs is Inwood Country Club, which also has a Beach Club located on the Atlantic Ocean in Atlantic Beach. David Miller, who is the tennis chairman at Inwood stated, “Inwood did a cost analysis by comparing the spending patterns of both golf and tennis players. The board was surprised to learn that tennis members, as a group, spent more of their entertainment dollars at Inwood than many of the golfers.” Miller went on to state that, “Percentage-wise, tennis players were more likely to participate in dinners and utilize the Beach Club by renting cabanas. Whereas in the past, the board made efforts to attract tennis members back to Inwood. Two years ago, the board aggressively made an effort to reconnect with tennis players. Instead of targeting anyone to join as tennis members, whether they played or not, we made a conscious effort to attract tennis players. Inwood’s board lowered the introductory Tennis family membership to $4,200 a year for the first two years, which included a halfshare of a locker at the beach and offered limited golf to its tennis members. In addi-

tion, we hired a new tennis pro that everyone respected, David Brent, and started women’s and kid’s clinics. The club also budgeted extra money to the tennis courts so they would rival any tennis club on Long Island.” Miller went on to state that Inwood’s efforts have created a healthy tennis program. “In the past two years, we have dramatically increased our tennis membership. More importantly, many of the members who have joined have 4.5 and 4.0 USTA Ratings, which has allowed us to create a travel team in the North Shore Country Club Leagues. It’s nice again to see all of the tennis courts used on the weekends with pickup games and clinics.” One of the strongest tennis clubs on the North Shore, Shelter Rock Tennis Club in Manhasset, has also changed with the times to attract new members. More than 200 families strong, Shelter Rock is a year-round facility with indoor courts in the winter, card rooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a dining facility open 10 months of the year. Lee Raisfeld, president of Shelter Rock stated that, “For the first time, Shelter Rock is now offering single memberships along with their family memberships. In addition, we made our food requirements and dress codes more user-friendly to attract some younger members.” Engineers Country Club, located in Roslyn Harbor, is one of the most family-friendly

country clubs on the North Shore. Justin Fries, membership chairman, stated that “Engineers came up with a step-up trial program four to five years ago to introduce tennis members to the club experience and the club life. By introducing gradual dues increases, the program attracted a number of young families who came to Engineers, enjoyed what we had to offer and allowed us to build a strong program. The program has not only been successful with the men, but with our ladies tennis program as well. Tennis members at Engineers enjoy all of the amenities of a country club in that they have full use of the clubhouse, dining facility, pool area with water slides, tennis clinics and limited golf.” While some country club tennis programs continue to suffer today due to the current environment, it seems that the clubs which have taken the initiative to grow their memberships have been successful. Clubs that have recognized their demographics and have increased their services have both retained and grown members. Country club tennis is, in fact, alive and well on Long Island. G Jonathan Klee is a partner at the Law Firm of Klee & Woolf LLP. He is a member of the USTA National Adult League Committee and is the Long Island Representative on the Eastern Adult Grievance Committee where he currently serves as chair. He may be reached by e-mail at jkleelaw@aol.com.

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The Racquet Should Do the Talking! By Lonnie Mitchel ne of my first tennis instructors when I first began taking lessons in the late 1960s-1970s taught me something I will never forget. I preach this message to this day to many of my students, as well as my own two boys who compete in college and the USTA Junior Circuit: “Just let your racquet do the talking for you.” The game of tennis has changed drastically over the last four decades, as has the technology of the racquets. That would be an understatement, to say the least, but can we just go beyond that for a moment and realize this … the person who plays better on a given day will win the match … case closed!

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I have attended many USTA junior and collegiate matches over the years, and the competitive trait I have come to admire most is of those competitors who go out on the court and go about their business competing. I can live without the tantrums, the endless array of line call questioning, the fist-pumping after winning “every” point and the sense of entitlement that top competitors feel they have when they walk on the court that all is going to go their way. Guess what, you have to earn it! I am not suggesting that everybody should be a robot on the court without expression or enthusiasm, but there is a time and a place for everything. I will even add some more controversy … I am willing to bet that some coaches teach their students to fist-pump,

shout after winning almost every point and generally be as obnoxious as possible. This strategy may work from time to time, but over the long haul, the player who stays in the moment, thinks logically and strategically and relies on their tennis and mental skills will go further in the game. Leave the antics behind and get on with the game! There are those who say, “What about John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Ilie Nastase who made a living on being obnoxious and intolerable on the court?” Sure, there are exceptions, and when you have the talent of those players, you might be able to overcome those attributes. I often wonder how much better McEnroe could have been? Could Nastase have won more Grand Slam titles? Connors was

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one of the fiercest competitors to play our sport and he sold a lot of tickets, but he was an exception and perhaps a freak of nature having reached the U.S. Open semis at the age of 39. You can find exceptions from the norm in every sport I suppose, but for every McEnroe, Nastase and Connors, there were great champions, including Chris Evert, Bjorn Borg, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Ivan Lendl, Rod Laver, Pete Sampras, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin, Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova just to name a few. I believe those players represent traits we should choose to emulate. These players represent a cross-section of those who tirelessly worked on their game with attention to detail with every stroke. It seems as though as their careers advanced, they continued to show improvement when the average weekend warrior could even argue why improve when you are already the best. You improve because a great champion is never satisfied with the status quo and besides that there is always the next player who would be happy to take your throne away. Let your racquet do the talking is my way of saying “Go on the court and prove it!” Work on the details of your game with great devotion and because it is the “hard that makes it great.” It seems to me that the obnoxious behaviors I see in today’s juniors never really change this fact: “The better player will win.” I will be fair though, it is not the majority and for those who do not engage in this behavior I say bravo. So go out there and just “Let Your Racquet Do the Talking!” G Lonnie Mitchel has been teaching tennis since 1985, mostly at Carefree Racquet Club in North Merrick, N.Y. and is a USPTA Level 1 certified tennis instructor. He has produced many high school and collegiate level tennis players, including his own children, Wayne (who plays at Muhlenberg College) and Trevor (who competes regularly on the USTA Long Island Junior Circuit, gaining the number one ranking in the 14s). Lonnie has also worked in the travel and tourism industry as a regional sales manager for 25-plus years for such companies the Walt Disney Company and Royal Caribbean International. 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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he world’s top tennis professionals will compete in World TeamTennis (WTT) action once again this July at the state-ofthe-art Sportime at Randall’s Island Tennis Center, where the New York Sportimes will play their second season at their new home in New York City. New York will open their home schedule against the defending WTT Champion, the Washington Kastles, on Monday, July 5 at 7:00 p.m. World TeamTennis at Sportime at Randall’s Island Tennis Center is the perfect place to come this summer to see the stars of tennis up close and personal in high-energy and exciting tennis matches. It is great fun for the whole family, as the atmosphere and entertainment is fantastic. The Sportimes will once again be captained by New York tennis legend John McEnroe, playing in his 10th WTT season. On Monday, July 19, McEnroe will take the court in a star-studded night of Grand Slam champions, teaming with defending U.S. Open Champion Kim Clijsters in her only New York pre-U.S. Open appearance, to face off against former number one-ranked women’s player Martina Hingis and her New York Buzz team. McEnroe will also play at home for the Sportimes when they host the 2009 Western Conference Champions Springfield Lasers on Monday, July 12. Andy Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open Men’s Singles Champion,

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will make his first-ever WTT playing appearance in New York on Wednesday, July 14, leading the Philadelphia Freedoms against the Sportimes. Roddick is presently ranked number eight in the world and has 28 career singles titles. He is a former world number oneranked player and has played for the United States Davis Cup Team. Other highlights of the Sportimes’ home schedule include visits by New York native James Blake playing for the Boston Lobsters on Wednesday, July 7, and a return match with the Washington Kastles and their star, Serena Williams, on Thursday, July 15. “We were very pleased to be able to bring back four of my favorite New York Sportimes players ever, especially welcoming new mom Ashley Harkleroad back to full-time WTA and WTT action. With Ashley’s husband, and proud father, Chuck Adams returning for his third stint as coach, it will be a family affair in 2010,” said Sportimes Chief Executive Officer Claude Okin. “This group, combined with the many great fan-friendly elements we have in store, not to mention the leadership of our great captain John McEnroe and the addition of our newest star, Kim Clijsters, should make 2010 very competitive and a lot of fun. We want to win a second championship this year, while bringing great professional tennis to New York area fans, up close and personal the WTT way.” Season tickets are currently available. Tickets for the Sportimes are available by calling (888) WTT-NYC1 or by visiting www.nysportimes.com. The team will be adding a number of fan-friendly promotions, and will offer free shuttle bus service from the east side of Manhattan on all event days and nights this season.

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2010 New York Sportimes home schedule All matches begin at 7:00 p.m. N Monday, July 5 vs. Washington Kastles N Wednesday, July 7 vs. Boston Lobsters (with James Blake) N Sunday, July 11 vs. Philadelphia Freedoms N Monday, July 12 vs. Springfield Lasers (John McEnroe will be playing for the Sportimes) N Wednesday, July 14 vs. Philadelphia Freedoms (with Andy Roddick) N Thursday, July 15 vs. Washington Kastles (with Serena Williams) N Monday, July 19 vs. New York Buzz (with Martina Hingis, and John McEnroe and Kim Clijsters will be playing for the Sportimes)

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2010 WTT full rosters (including marquee and roster players) James Blake, Eric Butorac, Jan-Michael Gambill, Coco Vandeweghe and Raquel Kops-Jones (Coach: Bud Schultz) Jarmila Groth, Sam Groth, Kveta Peschke and Ricardo Mello (Coach: Brent Haygarth)

Brett Joelson, Vania King, Dusan Vemic and Riza Zalameda

Prakesh Armitraj, Ramon Delgado, Noppowan Lertcheewakam, Courtney Nagle and Andy Roddick (Coach: Craig Kardon)

Lindsay Davenport, Liga Dekmeijere, Anna Kournikova, Andrei Pavel and Tripp Phillips (Coach: Rick Leach)

Sarah Borwell, Alex Domijan, Martina Hingis and Scoville Jenkins (Coach: Jay Udwadia)

Martin Damm, Rik DeVoest, Carly Gullickson and Chani Scheepers (Coach: John-Laffnie de Jager)

Kim Clijsters, Ashley Harkleroad, Robert Kendrick, John McEnroe, Abigail Spears and Jesse Witten (Coach: Chuck Adams)

Angela Haynes, Leander Paes, Bobby Reynolds, Rennae Stubbs, Serena Williams and Venus Williams (Coach: Murphy Jensen)

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New York Sportimes player profiles Long Island’s own John McEnroe is a former world number one-ranked professional player. McEnroe won seven Grand Slam singles titles—three at Wimbledon and four at the U.S. Open—nine Grand Slam men’s doubles titles and one Grand Slam mixed-doubles title.

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Robert Kendrick Kim Clijsters is a two-time U.S. Open Champion (2005 and 2009) returns to WTT this summer, but this time as a member of the Sportimes. Clijsters is a former world number one-ranked women’s player who, because of her enthusiasm, spontaneity and sportsmanship, will make many fans amongst the New York crowd.

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; her third for the Sportimes. She recently 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 Ashley Harkleroad and Sportime’s coach Chuck Adams, in March of 2009. Ashley has achieved a career-high ranking of 39th in the world in both singles and doubles.

Robert Kendrick is an ATP veteran and is in his fourth WTT season with the Sportimes, he was a member of the Sportimes’ WTT championship team in 2005. Kendrick is a former All-American at both the University of Washington and Pepperdine University, and achieved his career-high ranking of 69th in the world during last year’s WTT season.

Abigail Spears is a native Californian, playing in her third WTT season, her second for the Sportimes. Spears is currently the 47thranked doubles player in the world, having achieved a career-high ranking of 40th in the world in doubles and 66th in singles.

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2010 will be his Jesse Witten’s fourth consecutive WTT season with the New York Sportimes. He was Male Rookie of the Year in 2007, and is a former all-American at the University of Kentucky. Jesse reached the third round of the 2009 U.S. Open before losing to Novak Djokovic in four sets and achieving his career-high ranking of 163rd in the world.



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I’m the Better Player … How Could I Lose! The seven biggest mistakes the favorite makes By Rob Polishook, MA, CPC “I’m the better player, how did I lose?” Does this phrase sound familiar? Imagine this: it was the finals of the annual 16-and-Under Tournament, the weather was hot and muggy, and the sun was beaming down like a laser. The time was 3:00 p.m. and the stands were jammed with fans, coaches and the local media. The match featured the heavily favored local boy, Sander Myles, and his opponent Paul Robinson. They had never met before, but many people suspected that Myles was the stronger player based on his reputation and ranking. Some people even referred to Robinson as a pusher. Robinson referred to himself as a competitor. The match did not go as most expected. Myles, who had looked so self-assured during the warm-up, seemed surprised by the steady Robinson. At points in the match, Myles got a bit deflated, began missing some easy balls, berated himself a few times, and soon was shaking hands at the net with his head down. The score was 4-6, 2-6. The boy now looked shell-shocked. He had no idea how he could lose to a fellow with strokes like that. But one

thing he did know was that Robinson never gave up, always ran down that last ball that seemed out of reach, and maintained a steady level of play until the last point. All club, high school and tournament players have probably experienced this situation at least once in their competitive career. Yet how many of these players really seek to understand what happened, and try to put a plan together so that history doesn’t repeat itself in the next match? This article is intended to highlight the biggest mistakes a favorite can make against a supposed underdog:

1. Overconfidence How many players have you seen begin a match feeling like they are entitled to win based on seeding, technique or past results? The downfall with such a mindset is that focusing on off-court factors will take a player out of the present moment, and distract them from performing their best during the match.

our control; he or she must also take into account that they have an opponent who also wants to win. Additionally, winning is in the future, and we cannot control the future. Whenever a player begins to think ahead to the result, he or she should change their focus away from the outcome and back to the process of the present moment on something they can control. They could ask themselves, “What do I need to do to play this point well?” It might start with focusing on their breathing and getting themselves in a centered and relaxed place.

3. Listening to the hype Your friends, teammates, coaches and maybe even the media are going to be singing your praises. While these accolades are nice to hear, they will not get you one point on the scoreboard. All of your efforts should be on what you can do to prepare for the match. This mindset isn’t glamorous, but if you listen to the true champions, this is how they approach each match. They focus only on what they can control and let the rest go.

2. Focus on winning We all want to win! However, it is important to remember that winning is not 100 percent in

4. Rely on talent alone Talent is great, it makes the sport easier to

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learn for some than for others. However, everyone eventually faces an opponent where talent alone isn’t enough to earn the victory. In fact, sometimes talent is a curse for a player who views his or her ability as “enough” to get results. Talent, work ethic, on-court intelligence, and the ability to compete are all crucial factors in player development.

get close, the underdog is inspired, while for you, the frustration kicks in. Before you know it, the negative self-talk begins, the racket flies, and suddenly you have lost control on the court. The favorite always has to be prepared to give a full effort, remain focused, and work for every point, no matter what the level of player they are competing against.

5. Lack competitive intensity

7. Awareness

If you ask anyone what percentage of a match is about competing, and what percent is about playing your best, the answer always comes back that competing is more important. Brad Gilbert, author of Winning Ugly, spoke about how essential it is to scrap, battle and fight no matter what the circumstances. It’s extremely rare that someone is able to play their best all the time. However, a player can always control how ferociously they compete.

Oftentimes, the favorite is not even aware of what is happening on the court in regards to tactics and strategy. This is particularly the case because they have a pre-conceived notion of how the match should play out. Once again, their focus is in the past/future and they are playing to an ideal instead of playing in the present. It’s important to play the match with no preconceived notions except that you will compete fully and attempt to play your best. This will put the player in a state of curious presence and allow them the calm to see what’s unfolding before them. This open mindset will allow the player to be relaxed enough to make necessary adjustments.

6. Lose composure Sure, if you’re the favorite, everybody is expecting you to win. Therefore, when things

As a favorite, it is important to remember that you must focus on the present, compete and let go of uncontrollable expectations. The famous Tiki Barber, former football player for the New York Giants and current NBC analyst, was once asked what his mother said to him before games. Tiki replied that, regardless of whether he was a favorite or an underdog, “She told me to play proud.” These words are simple, empowering, and show respect to the person, opponent and game—a perfect mindset for entering any match. G Rob Polishook, MA, CPC is the founder and director of Inside the Zone Sports Performance Group. As a mental training coach, he works with athletes and teams at the middle school, high school, national, collegiate and professional levels. His work focuses on helping athletes and teams gain the mental edge, often the difference between winning and losing. He may be reached by phone at (973) 723-0314, e-mail rob@insidethezone, or visit www.insidethezone.com.

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The Sand Pit Now in its sixth full season, Beach Tennis USA continues to spread the gospel of beach tennis throughout the U.S. and beyond or the 2010 season, the biggest development for Beach Tennis USA (BTUSA) is the switch from standard tennis racquets to paddles for regulation tournament play. The change was made largely to facilitate the unification of the many international beach tennis associations throughout Europe, South America and Asia. “By converting to the paddle, Beach Tennis USA will be able to work more closely with our international partners to grow the sport, both on the pro and recreational levels,” said Marc Altheim, BTUSA’s founder and commissioner. Altheim added that he believes the switch to paddles will

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help introduce beach tennis to more “nontennis” players, thereby allowing it to become a more mainstream activity for casual beachgoers. Jim Lorenzo, president of BTUSA, has been working to achieve the company’s long-term goal of making beach tennis an Olympic sport. “In addition to implementing the use of paddles we have initiated dialogue with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to discuss ways that we can unify the sport of beach tennis worldwide,” said Lorenzo. Finally, to further its efforts in standardizing the sport on a global level, Beach Ten-

nis USA also has adopted the international court dimensions of 8 X 16 meters and a net height of 170 centimeters (5’ 6 ¾”). Another major development in 2010 is a partnership with the Amateur Athletic Union of the USA Inc. (AAU). For the first time, beach tennis will be included in the AAU Junior Olympic Games, the largest youth multi-sport event in the country; which this year will be held from July 29Aug. 7 in Hampton Roads, Va. More than 14,000 participants representing 50 states and U.S. territories take part in more than 20 sports. The Beach Tennis Championships will be held on July 31 and Aug. 1. “The 2010 AAU Junior Olympic Games will be open to anyone who wants to play beach tennis, even if it’s for the first time,” said Altheim. “We’ll have clinics, games and activities for anyone who wants to give it a try.” BTUSA’s first major tournament of 2010 was held in Key Biscayne, Fla. on March 27-28 at the Sony Ericsson Open in Crandon Park. Pro and amateur play was held

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for men and women, and players from throughout the U.S. and around the world competed. This was the fourth consecutive year that BTUSA held a tournament at the Sony Ericsson Open. Winners of the BTUSA tournament Pro Divisions at the Sony Ericsson Open were Lee Whitwell and Joslyn Burkett of San Diego (Women’s Division) and Alex Mingozzi and Alessandro Calbucci of Ravenna, Italy (Men’s Division). “Once again, our tournament at Sony Ericsson was a huge success,” said Lorenzo. “Our relationship with the City of Miami and Miami Dade County has progressed to the point where they gave us permission to set up five permanent beach tennis courts.” The first BTUSA Instructor Certification Program was held at the Sony Ericsson Open. According to Lorenzo, 12 individuals completed the one-day certification program, which was taught by master instructors Alex Mingozzi, Massimo Mattei and Matteo Marighella of Italy. A certification program will be held on Long Island during the month of June and the date and place will be posted on the BTUSA Web site, www.beachtennisusa.net, in the weeks to come. In addition to the Sony Ericsson Open and the AAU Junior Olympics, BTUSA will be holding tournaments in cities including, Long Beach, N.Y.; Virginia Beach, Va.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Chicago; San Diego, Calif.; Hermosa Beach, Calif.; Santa Barbara, Calif.; Santa Cruz, Calif.; and Charleston, S.C. The sixth annual National Championship will be held in Long Beach, N.Y. on Labor Day weekend (Sept. 4-6).

Long Beach, N.Y., which is the unofficial home of American beach tennis, will also be the site of league and recreational play on both weekdays and weeknights during the summer. Courts will be located on the beach at New York Avenue, and people of all ages and skill levels can sign up. Details will be posted on the BTUSA

Web site (www.beachtennisusa.net) in the weeks to come. Also in Long Beach, N.Y., Skudin Surf and BTUSA have entered into a partnership for 2010. Beach tennis will be incorporated into the surfing school’s summer camp program, and children who attend the camp in July and August will have the opportunity to learn the sport of beach tennis. If you want to try your hand at beach tennis this year you should check out Beach Tennis USA’s Web site to find out where you can play and how you can purchase an official BTUSA/Vision Paddle. These high-quality carbon paddles are available in several varieties and can be purchased individually or in bundles. Official paddles are available in the U.S. only through Beach Tennis USA.

In case you don’t live near a beach or have access to a sand court, don’t fret. Beach tennis can now be played on the grass or in the snow, making it a year-round sport. Look for more about this in the next installment of The Sand Pit. G For more information, visit www.beachtennisusa.net.

BTUSA on the Island in 2010 This summer, Beach Tennis USA will hold at least one Ranking Tournament per month in Long Beach, N.Y. As we went to press, two tournaments have been scheduled with more to follow. Log on to www.beachtennisusa.net and www.LongIslandTennisMagazine.com. Both sites will be updating the tournament schedule throughout the spring/summer as more information becomes available. June 12-13 ................................................................BTUSA Ranking Tournament September 4-6............................................2010 BTUSA National Championships

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ready been a wide range of injuries on the team that everyone is working through, including, but not limited to, shoulder, back and spinal vertebrae injuries, knee, hamstring and ankle problems, as well as wrist and elbow issues. Some of these injuries have persisted since the fall season, while some are new. The increased difficulty of our workouts, like five mile runs outside in near-

“…the spring season has begun, and the restlessness of the winter has ended.” freezing weather, does not help most of the time, but we hope that this work will make us less vulnerable to more injuries in the future. When we are all doing our four min. plank, our coach and our cap-

tains just tell us that we don’t want to peak in our first couple of matches, but, rather, we should peak in early to midMay, when we have our championships. These workout routines are supposed to allow us to do that, since we are building from our core, which, as I mentioned in one of my earlier articles, is the center of everything. We can channel energy from our core, and, if we learn the proper discipline, we can focus all of our energy in tough matches and outlast tough opponents who may not have as much discipline as we do, since they have not had the pleasure of going through such fun workouts. In the end, all of this becomes worth it, though, when you are able to walk out on the courts in the spring and play. At this point, we are even in too good of a mood to notice the snow and ice that is still continued on page 34

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THE RESTLESSNESS frozen along the fence line. Hitting the ball on a real court instead of playing on an all-purpose surface, like the one that we have in our field house, is such a pleasure. You can have reliable bounces, instead of the ball just rolling when it hits a bubble in the rubber surface. You can also revel in the sun and the wind once again, which is usually seen as a blessing after the first couple of times outside, and then quickly switches to being a curse when you can no longer see due to the blinding glare or when the nice breeze turns into gale force winds that blow hard enough to change the course of the ball even after it bounces. Of course also with the beginning of the season, come the inevitable questions. One of the most frequent is which team, if any, will dominate the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) (for the teams like Williams

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College that are in the Northeastern Division), and, on the national level, which team will be best suited to take the NCAA title. Many teams this year have done an extraordinary job of recruiting and building their squad by successfully replacing small senior classes with equally, if not more, talented first year players. With every team posting good wins while on spring break trips, this upcoming season is bound to be competitive and exciting. Although all of these thoughts will almost inevitably be floating around in all of our minds, the main thing that we still need to focus on will obviously be to improve as much as we can to make our odds of winning and being successful that much greater. It is easy to be distracted by looking at all of the statistics, but those can both help and hurt you. They can lead to certain expectations

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Kim Clijsters: From Motherhood to Center Court One of the sport’s shining stars looks back at her comeback year

Long Island Tennis Magazine took part in a teleconference with Kim Clijsters in late February. She called in from her native country of Belgium. Kim discussed many topics, including her appearance at the recent BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden, her first matchup against Serena Williams since the infamous Clijsters-Serena U.S. Open Semifinal match/tirade received such media exposure.

was a decade ago. I am going back there as a mother, and this kind of event I think is really special. I really look forward to playing Serena and playing in this environment. Of course, playing at MSG has always been one of the highlights of my career. Since I was so young when I played there, it just blew me off my feet. I was so inspired by going to New York City, but also playing in MSG which is so inspirational. I was very disappointed to see the Chase Championships leave, but now, after knowing that tennis is back at Madison Square Garden, it is exciting, and I am glad that I can be a part of it this year.

Kim Clijsters: I am going to the states and I am going to train in New Jersey, where my husband is from for a few days, and then will be going off to New York to Madison Square Garden. It’s been almost 10 years since I played at MSG. The only time I ever played there was my first championship, the Chase Championships, and that

It was interesting to hear what you had to say about MSG about being an inspirational place for you to play. Can you talk a little bit about what it’s going to be like to play in New York again, especially coming back at this stage of your career? Like I said before, when I was young, it in-

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Can you also address how you keep an even balance between your family life and your professional life? You came back on your own terms and you have been so successful. Now that it’s been so many months after the U.S. Open, can you still do that in keeping balance with your private life? Of course you have your ups and downs at times. Each tournament, we have to learn that I am going back to places where I used to go when it was just me, my coach, and my fitness instructor, we would as a family. I need to get used to it and adjust on a daily basis. I have a good team around me, and I think that where the trust issue plays a big part in our team. We travel with a nanny, so it’s really important for me to trust her, so that when I go off practicing, running or whatever it is I have to do with tennis, I know that my daughter Jada is in good hands with the nanny. Brian, my husband, is there, my fitness coach, my tennis coach, everyone is there and John, our manager, is there as well. I think it’s something that has always been really important, in a somewhat crazy lifestyle that we live in on tour ... that I’m with people I know and trust. I’m with the same group all the time. It kind of brings more of a home at-

mosphere to the tournament. A few little things that we picked up in Australia that we learned as well … sometimes it’s just easier to stay in an apartment. We are lucky with Jada, she is a great kid and sleeps well … of course that makes it easier! I’m not by myself, I have a lot of help from my team, otherwise it would be impossible. You come back and win a major at the U.S. Open and Justine Henin comes back to the finals at a major. Do you expect to be at the top of the game for the foreseeable future? That is what I train for and I’m not talking so much about rankings. In my situation, and the amount of tournaments I’m playing in, I think focusing on the rankings is not going to be a realistic goal. My goal is to prevent injuries and grow strong mentally as well by being fresh for each tournament … cutting down on my schedule and focusing on the important tournaments. It’s a new approach for me, because a few years ago, I enjoyed playing in a lot of tournaments. I played singles and doubles at most of the events, I was also injured a lot and obviously, in my situation right now, I cannot afford to be hurt. I look forward to playing in big tournaments and big matches, especially the Grand Slams and the event at Indian

Wells, where you can get into the quarterfinals in the second week and really play those big matches, that is what I am aiming for. It’s helped me in my second career, because I’ve been there in my first career and I know what it’s like. You really don’t change that much as a person, of course, I became a mother and a wife but, once you get out on the court, the basic mental approach has not changed that much. It only becomes better, because in the last two years, so many things in my life have changed. You grow as a person and it makes it a lot easier, but I think you learn a lot more about yourself when you are out on the court in tough situations. I’m not really focusing on rankings, but I really hope I can bring my best playing ability to the tournaments so that I can hope to compete with the rest of the players on the women’s tour. How has motherhood changed your preparation? I’ve really grown as a person since the birth of my daughter. The basic mental aspect hasn’t changed at all. I‘m very superstitious, so I do not like to adjust my routine too much. I think the arrival of my daughter Jada has made me stronger. We bring a great nanny along to help with Jada, so trusting her is essential. I am playing less this time around with a new family, and am staying fresh for each tournament. G

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Are You Listening to Your Body? By Chris Ostling, PT, DPT If everyone could put down their rackets and hold their breath for a second, you might be able to hear your body talking to you. How do you feel after playing a tennis match? The next morning, do you always have stiffness in your groin or hips? Do you have some soreness in your shoulder that fortunately goes away within a day or two? Shhh! Be quiet and listen, because your body is trying to talk to you. It may be telling you that something’s wrong. Your body is an incredible healing machine, but at times, it needs our help. This is true for the avid player who plays six days a week, as well as the occasional player who gets out there twice a month.

The great news about musculoskeletal pain is that if you listen to your body’s aches and pains, you can usually identify exactly where your problem lies. If you play tennis once a week and every day after you play, your hip muscles are sore, then the message that your body is trying to tell you is that “my hip muscles aren’t strong enough to do what I’m asking them to do. They’re not used to doing what I’m making them do.” This is most often the case for players who don’t play frequently enough for their muscles to adapt to the rigors of tennis. For these people, adding a little more activity between tennis dates (when you are not sore anymore) can often influence the body to adapt so that the muscles can tolerate the stresses of tennis. A great idea

would be to add a “lighter” tennis date during the week where you just hit instead of playing a full match. Don’t have time? How about adding a walking program for 20-30 min. at lunch? The idea is that the body needs repeated stimulus in order for the muscles to adapt, and for many individuals, exercising once a week isn’t enough of a stimulus to cause a change in muscles. These people are unfortunately stuck in a cycle of injury and repair every week. This type of muscle soreness is part of the normal process, and as long as the pain resolves after a few days, there shouldn’t be any cause for concern. If the pain does not resolve after one week and is carried over into your normal daily activicontinued on page 42

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F I T N E S S A N D N U T R I T I O N continued from page 40 ties, then a trip to the physical therapist is definitely warranted. Let’s take a look at the other end of the tennis activity spectrum … the avid player who cannot get enough tennis no matter how much he or she plays. These people don’t have the same problem, but they need to listen to their body as well. The avid player’s muscles are accustomed to playing tennis. They’re used to the stresses encountered with all the strokes, footwork and changes in direction. They are more likely to experience repetitive stress and overuse injuries. Just like the “under-use” injuries, your body will tell you when you may be getting an overuse injury—if you are listening. These injuries typically appear very insidiously, seemingly out of nowhere, with no specific event causing them. At first, it is usually felt the next day or later that day. As a matter of fact, noting when it hurts can tell

you a little bit about the severity. If it hurts after playing, the injury is currently less severe than if it hurts during play. If it hurts only when you play tennis, it is currently less severe than if it hurts when you play and when taking part in normal daily activities. I use the word “currently” because these injuries tend to progress as the repetitive motion continues (we’re not about to stop

“Shhh! Be quiet and listen, because your body is trying to talk to you. It may be telling you that something’s wrong.” playing tennis are we?). Pain levels, duration and frequency of pain all tend to increase as we continue. This would be your body’s way of no longer talking, but rather screaming, for help. At this point, rest and

rehabilitation would be the proper course of action. A good physical therapist, and for those of you serious enough, a good tennis pro (to identify errors in your stroke), can figure out why you’re having a repetitive stress syndrome and what to do to correct it. The good news is that if you listen to your body, you can detect these syndromes very early. By getting the proper treatment, you can save yourself a tremendous amount of pain and lessen the time it takes to get you back to the sport we all love. G Chris Ostling, PT, DPT is with Next Step Physical Therapy in Hicksville, N.Y. Chris is an orthopedically-trained physical therapist with experience treating both novice and professional tennis players. For more information, contact Chris by phone at (516) 681-8070, e-mail nextstep@nextsteppt.com or visit www.nextsteppt.com.

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In Defense of the 10 Point Super Tie-Break By Miguel Cervantes III So you are in a USTA League here on Long Island and you have split sets. Now comes the dreaded 10 Point Super Tie-Break and you’re thinking to yourself, “Ugh, this is so stupid, it’s anyone’s match now.” Not true though, I would argue that the 10 Point Super Tie-Break is one of the best things to happen to USTA League tennis. At this time, you may be asking yourself what my record is in Super Tie-Breaks … the answer: Not very good, but much better now. Like most people, I was with the popular opinion that the 10 Point Super Tie-Break is just a luck-based mechanic at the end of two sets, and for a long time, that attitude caused me to lose most of them. Changing my attitude, I looked at the Super Tie-Break from a dif-

ferent perspective, and recently, I’ve found that it’s really a dynamic challenge of mental toughness that, if embraced, has the potential to be the best part of your match. A lot of people have come to say that they would rather win or lose a match in a third set than to play a Super Tie-Break, but I would argue that a third set is not only undesirable, but going further … detrimental. First of all, there is the issue of time. On more than one occasion, I have played a match where the second set has not even been decided, yet my opponent and I were already past the two-hour mark. After finishing a second set, is a third set really what we need? Adding a third and deciding set to a match where the first two sets are split would increase a match’s time conservatively by at least 30 min., and re-

alistically, 45 min. to an hour, and that’s if the set should prove to be a regular set, not one that goes to a regular tie-break. People playing in USTA Leagues have lives outside of tennis and the idea of playing a threehour match is just shy of crazy. When you add on the time it takes to travel to the venue to leave the venue and move on to the next thing you are doing in the day (or evening) you’re looking at a very commitment of your time. People have places to go, people to see, and things to do. On the other side of the coin, I am not sure that the club hosting the match is going to be thrilled about giving up that extra hour of court time. A third set adds a lot of time to a match which hurts both the club and the player in more ways than one. continued on page 45

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By Salomon Levy Bromet Whenever I step on to the court to teach a lesson, I ask myself three things: N Who am I teaching? N What am I teaching? N How am I going to teach it? When planning my lessons, I consider the age and level of the student, what the student’s goals are, the strengths and weaknesses in his game, and how many times per week I will be working with them. Is the student new or have I been working with them for a while? Are they participating in competitions? If so, at what stage are they at (technical, pre-competition, competition or the transition period)? Some of the lessons I design are to build up confidence. However, if I feel the player

is too comfortable, I try to challenge them mentally. If the student is a recreational player, when is the next time I will be working with them? If there is a break in the lessons (for instance, a three-week vacation), should I introduce a new topic or skill? There is no sense in introducing the kickserve if we won’t be able to practice it continuously. Intensity is key. Tennis is an anaerobic alactic sport, which means that the body gets the energy from the anaerobic system (without oxygen) and its considered a-lactic, because the average duration of the effort is between 8-10 sec. This is not long enough to accumulate more than four millimoles of lactic acid in the muscles. Based on that information, every game and drill is designed for 8-10 sec. of high intensity and 15-20 sec. for recovery. This simulates game play and prepares the student for the

rigors of competition. Sometimes, I will keep the effort longer to challenge the player mentally. Drills need to be specific and based on scenarios that a player will encounter during competition. You’re pulled out wide, where should you hit the ball? How can you work the point to get to the net? Where should you place your first volley? I create situations in which the student needs to solve tactical problems under pressure. How I’m teaching is what really keeps me motivated and makes my job interesting, because every student learns differently, which challenges me to find new and better ways to teach. Some students pick things up just by watching (visual). Others need to hear an explanation (auditory). There are students that need to feel a stroke to get the hang of it (kinaesthetic). continued on page 47

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1 0 P O I N T S U P E R T I E - B R E A K continued from page 43 Second, we have the fitness issue. Playing a third set would lead to far more injuries on court. The longer you play, the more of a beating your body takes, and being out there for an extra hour (very often on a hard court) means a great deal more pain. USTA Leagues are a recreational endeavor, no one is out there playing for a wild card to the U.S. Open, so is the third set really necessary? Adding a third set to match play would also have a large negative result to the USTA Leagues’ older players. One of the things that makes League play so great is that it allows for so many people, young and old, to get together and play competitively with each other. The addition of a third set though would become a welcome asset to the arsenal of the younger player. Going on court, I am always wary of the older players on the other side of the net, mostly because I know that their experience will allow them to be competitive and make

for a great match. The experience of the older player is shown in strategy and guile, stealth and finesse. Those are things that I want to see stay in League play. But with a third set, much of that will be diluted. I am of the opinion that, although fitness should be a factor in USTA League match play, it should not be the deciding factor. In professional play and at Open events, fitness is something that separates those who want it and from those who don’t, because at that level all of the pros have great technique. In recreational play, no one should win a match just because they were able to still be swinging hard in the third hour of a threesetter. Let the folks go out there and play their game using what tools they have, and let the winner be the one who did it better. The 10 Point Super Tie-Break does several things well. At first glace, we must recognize that the Super Tie-Break is much shorter than playing a third set. This means

the elimination of the time issue (after all, we all have other things going on in our lives as well), and the fitness issue as well. The Super-Tie Break allows everyone to be competitive without the pressures and detriment of a long third set. Aside from this, the Super Tie-Break is extremely dynamic. One of the things I like most about the Super Tie-Break is that it’s different from set play. Set play gets repetitive and boring. You serve, you hold or don’t … they serve, they hold or don’t … wash, rinse, repeat. But wait, here comes the Super Tie-Break, it’s different and exciting. Part of the dislike of the current system is the same reason why I like it … because it’s different. Players have been habituated to play using the scoring system of the set format and are unable to change their strategies to compensate for the scoring system of the Super Tie-Break. But, where does the fault continued on page 46

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1 0 P O I N T S U P E R T I E - B R E A K continued from page 45 lie? The fault lies with the player for not making the mental change necessary to adjust their game. In the same way that players will sometimes not make the mental change in their head to recognize that they cannot play at the net the way they do at the baseline, players will play the Super Tie-Break the way they played the split sets. After enough match play, you start to forget your sets. You’ll win or lose a set 6-0 or 6-1 … it was a blowout. You’ll win or lose a set 6-2 or 6-3 … it was a fairly easy set. You’ll win or lose a set 6-4 or 7-5 … it was a competitive set decided by a break or two. You’ll win or lose a set 7-6 … it was a very close set that could have gone either way. Sure, there are exceptions where a 6-2 set will be very competitive, but for the most part, there is not a lot of fluctuations in scoring, these are the possible outcomes. In a 10 Point Super TieBreak, there is very much more room for different outcomes … 10-1, 10-2, 10-3, 10-7, etc., etc. A Super Tie-Break is dynamic because every point is like a game in itself; even the language suggests this as when we lose a point on our serve saying we gave up a mini-break. Think back to your Super TieBreaks … speaking honestly, can you suggest that walking off the court, you were unable to remember every point in vivid detail? Why then do we hate it so much?

Mental toughness is the answer and also what the Super Tie-Break is all about. It would be a bad idea to try to make the more professional three-set match a recreational tennis standard for the reason of fitness. What element of the game can we add though, where all parties, regardless of age,

“The experience of the older player is shown in strategy and guile, stealth and finesse. Those are things that I want to see stay in League play. But with a third set, much of that will be diluted.” would be able to participate on even ground to win a close match. Mental toughness … it’s what separates good players from great players in those times when the match is close. Hours at the gym, youthful vigor and a brand new set of string won’t help in the arena of mental toughness, and in a Super Tie-Break, that’s what you need. In the much-hated third set Super Tie-Break because it is so short (although when points are counted, you would need at least two-anda-half games won at love worth of points) every point is important; will your team stay

in it mentally or will they break down. If you are down in the beginning of the tie-break, will you fold or will you fight back. If you are up in the beginning, will you stay mentally strong or will you allow your lead to slip. When presented with a match point, will you have the mental fortitude to win it there or will you allow your opponent back into the match by choking. Will the team that won the second set win the tie-break on momentum, or are you going to stop them? Was your first set win a fluke or can you repeat that success in the tie-break? The emotions, the thoughts and the adrenaline causing your heart to pump faster are all factors, will you be able to use your mind to control it all and succeed or will it get the best of you? If it gets the best of you, will you give the credit to your opponent or will you blame a play mechanic that you don’t like? Friends, when that third set Super TieBreak comes, focus, because if you do, you’ll find a positive conclusion to the exciting and dynamic mechanic called the 10 Point Super Tie-Break. Formerly with Daniel Burgess at Freeport Tennis, Miguel Cervantes III now teaches at the Long Beach Tennis Center and Carefree Racquet Club. He may be reached by e-mail at UnderstandingTennis@gmail.com.

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T E A C H I N G A G R E AT T E N N I S L E S S O N Custom-tailoring the lesson to each student’s learning style is the hallmark of great coaching. It keeps the student’s interest level high. I love to use analogies when I teach. When a student can connect a new concept to one they already know, the light bulb goes on. Make like you’re throwing a Frisbee when you’re accelerating through your backhand. Pretend you’re dipping your racquet in a can of paint before the pronation on the serve. Have a sense of humor! Keeping the atmosphere light will help the student feel at ease, and that will accelerate the learning process. But be careful and never make fun of the student because it can result in a negative effect. Continuity, rhythm and tempo are the three factors that need to be present in every successful lesson. N Continuity: There is a logical progression in the games and drills from easy to difficult, from simple to complex and from the known to the unknown. N Rhythm: Is keeping the right level of intensity. N Tempo: Determines the right amount of time for each activity in the lesson and that is an art the teaching pro picks up

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over time. What to focus on and when. We need to know how to lead, but also know when to follow our student’s lead.

Tell some jokes. In the end, your students will enjoy learning, and they’ll see progress in their games. G

Tennis is a beautiful game and enthusiasm for it is contagious. Plan ahead for each lesson, keeping the specific student’s game in mind. Keep practices intense … push, then back off. Simulate game situations. Be mindful of your student’s learning style. Use analogies whenever you can.

Salomon Levy Bromet is a physical education teacher, and is a master in tennis coaching and high performance training in Wingate, Israel. A former national coach in Colombia, Salomon has worked as a tennis coach for Sportime since 2000. He may be reached by e-mail at zenmaster18@hotmail.com.

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my opinion BY ERIC MEDITZ

What’s the Story With Tennis Lingo? I was recently at a dinner party at a friend’s apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. I got caught up in a conversation with some guy who said that he worked in the city as some sort of financial or investment banker. I wasn’t quite sure what he was talking about, because I was trying not to fall asleep while he was explaining to me what he does for a living. Battling the melatonin that this guy’s job description was forcing my brain to secrete, I quickly tried to change the subject so I wouldn’t collapse and destroy another coffee table like I did back in my college days (I went to a state school … nuff said!). While looking at this guy cross-eyed and trying to keep my head up, I interjected, “How about those Mets this year? What a disaster this team has become! The only way these scrubs can possibly do well this year is if they tree every game they play.

But seriously, even if they do that, I see them getting bageled every other game.” This uptight guy looked at me as if I was speaking another language and walked away scared for his own well-being. Ironically enough, this is nothing new for me. I’m pretty used to getting this response when I use my tennis lingo to people outside of our tennis world. If you have been a part of junior tennis in one way or another over the last couple of decades, you are well aware that tennis players speak a certain language that people who aren’t involved with the sport have no idea about. So if you live in that outside world and you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, here is a list of those words that we use and how you can use them in your everyday “boring” life. Okay … let’s get started …

Tree Tennis player definition: It’s a term used when someone is playing absolutely out of his or her mind. This person is hitting shots and winners that are well-beyond their regular playing ability. N Used in a tennis sentence: “I cannot believe that you just hit that forehand passing shot. That’s such a tree.” or “I lost to Jimmy yesterday. I played well, but he tree’d the whole match … what can I do?” N Used in a real world sentence: “Did you see all the good-looking women that Mark has been picking up lately? That guy is totally treeing!” Hook Tennis player definition: This term is used when someone makes an intentional bad

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call to screw you over. It’s when they call a ball out that is clearly in. N Used in a tennis sentence: “It’s five-all in the third set tie-breaker, and then this guy from Indiana who I’m playing decides to hook me … what the hell?” or “I lost. I got hook’d the entire match!” N Used in a real world sentence: “I went to the supermarket and bought a dozen oranges. When I got home, I saw that there were only 11 in the bag. Stop & Shop just hook’d me big time!” Tank Tennis player definition: When someone loses points intentionally. They don’t want to play anymore, and instead of fighting their way back, they just want to go home. Tennis players do this to get the match over with as fast as possible. N Used in a tennis sentence: “I wasn’t going to beat this guy anyway, so I decided to just tank.” N Used in a real world sentence: “I’ve been driving around the city for the last two hours and I cannot find a parking space. Forget it, I’m just going to tank and go home.” Scrub Tennis player definition: A player who isn’t very good at all. Someone who plays recreationally and then gets a crazy idea to all of a sudden play in a tennis tournament. You can tell right away if someone is a scrub when they show up to a tournament match and they are holding one racquet and an iced coffee. A scrub is a very poor tennis player who is totally out of their element. N Used in a tennis sentence: “I have a great draw. It looks like I’m playing a scrub in the first round.” N Used in a real world sentence: “Where are those PCA reports that are supposed to be on my desk this morning? Tommy, you are one of the biggest scrubs I have ever met! If you weren’t my nephew, I would have fired you years ago!” Deef Tennis player definition: This is a term that is short for the word “default.” Tennis players abbreviate it by saying, “deef.” It’s when we win a tournament match without even

having to play it, because our opponent decided to never show up. N Used in a tennis sentence: “My stomach has been killing me all day. I think I’m going to just deef my match tonight.” N Used in a real world sentence: “I showed up to the restaurant for my blind date, but as soon as I saw her, I decided to just deef and call it a night. Bagel Tennis player definition: To win or lose a set six-love. The shape of a bagel looks like a zero, but, don’t say donut or any other round-shaped food. Even though a donut is the same shape as a bagel, for some reason, it never caught on in the tennis world, and if you say anything other than bagel, people will look at you weird. N Used in a tennis sentence: “I just gave this guy a double bagel.” or (if you want to get a little sassy) “You are fully aware that I played your coach years ago, and I gave him two bagels, toasted with cream cheese, and then I asked him if he wanted a side order of potato salad. He replied with, ‘yes,’ and took it to-go.” N Used in a real world sentence: “I went to the bank and they said my checking and savings accounts were a double bagel.”

“If you have been a part of junior tennis in one way or another over the last couple of decades, you are well aware that tennis players speak a certain language that people who aren’t involved with the sport have no idea about.” my mind after that. Once I won the first set, he started to tank, and to make things interesting, I decided to hit a tweener on match point. I gave him a whole wheat bagel in the second set, because I figured that white flour would be just empty calories.” You will know exactly what they mean! G Tennis Pro Eric Meditz may be reached by e-mail at meditzisfunny@yahoo.com.

Tweener Tennis player definition: To hit a shot between your legs. It’s an abridged version of the word, “between.” N Used in a tennis sentence: “The lob went over my head, but instead of trying to flick it over my shoulder, I decided to hit a tweener.” N Used in a real world sentence … your guess is as good as mine! So, now you have our tennis lingo down. Armed with this new knowledge, you will be able to listen and understand what junior and college tennis players are saying to and about each other. Now when you are in a tournament lobby and you overhear: “I thought I was going to get a deef, but this scrub showed up 10 min. late. He hook’d me in the first game, but it was totally fine because I started to tree out of

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Venus Wins the Billie Jean King Cup at MSG he BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup took place on Monday night, March 1 at Madison Square Garden, as a crowd of more than 11,700 got a chance to watch high quality tennis as some of the top players on the WTA Tour competed on Monday night. The unique format of the event featured two one-set, no-ad scoring semifinals, first between Kim Clijsters and Ana Ivanovic, and then between Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova. In the first semifinal, Clijsters came back from an early deficit to defeat Ivanovic 7-6 (2) and Williams defeated Kuznetsova 6-4 to reach the finals. In the final, a best two out of three set match, Venus defeated Clijsters 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to win her first Billie Jean King Cup. The match was thrilling from beginning to end and had some sensational points. It was a

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battle of Clijsters great touch versus the power of Williams. The crowd, which was mainly pro-Williams, was highly entertained. “I had such a great time playing at MSG,” said Venus Williams. “The crowd was amazing. Thanks to the fans for pulling me through for a win, great way to cap off the last two weeks.” This title win for Venus avenged her defeat in last years final to sister Serena. Serena Williams, the 2009 Billie Jean King Cup champion, was originally part of the event but was forced to withdraw with a leg injury. Ivanovic, who was in last year’s competition, happily replaced her in her match against Clijsters. “New York is definitely the most exciting city to play in,” said Ivanovic. “The atmosphere is amazing! Playing at Madison Square Garden, a place so rich in history,

is thrilling and it’s an honor to play in such an arena.” Between the Williams-Kuznetsova semifinal and the final, a special on-court ceremony celebrated the 2010 Tennis Hall of Fame inductees. This year’s Hall of Fame class includes doubles legends Gigi Fernandez and Natasha Zvereva, along with Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde in the Recent Player Category; Owen Davidson in the Master Player Category and in the Contributor Category, Brad Parks, the founder of wheelchair tennis, will be the first-ever wheelchair tennis inductee. Derek Hardwick will also be inducted posthumously. On hand for the ceremony were USTA Chairman of the Board and President Lucy Garvin, along with a group of tennis greats, including John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl and Tony Trabert to celebrate the class of 2010’s achievements. “I had a lot of fun at the Garden tonight playing Ana and Venus,” said Clijsters. “This is the best city to play in, and I’m happy my game has returned to a good level.” G

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Scenes From the BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup March 1 at Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden, dubbed the “World’s Most Famous Arena,” hosted the 2010 BNP Parabis Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup Ana Ivanovic faces Svetlana Kuznetsova at The Garden

Kim Clijsters during her match at MSG

Ana Ivanovic with the serve during her match with Svetlana Kuznetsova

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Ana Ivanovic returns a serve in New York City during the 2010 BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup

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USTA/Eastern/Long Island Region Board Scott Axler ....................President ..................................................................................................................................................................superscoot@aol.com Daniel Burgess ..............First Vice President, USPTA Representative, Liaison L.I. Tennis Magazine ..............................................................amertwist@aim.com Craig Fligstein ..............Secretary/Treasurer, Membership Committee........................................................................................................craigfligstein@aol.com Joe Arias ......................Suffolk County District Delegate, Web Site Committee, Public Courts Committee..............................................jarias@ariastennis.com Bob Coburn ..................Membership & Marketing Committee, Web Site Committee Dinner Committee ........................................bobcoburnsales@yahoo.com Roberta Feldman ..........L.I. Ranking Chairperson, By-Laws Committee, Dinner Committee ..............................................................................rlf1020@aol.com Sunny Fishkind..............Parks & Recreation, College Liaison, Dinner Committee ........................................................................................sunny28@verizon.net Terry Fontana ................Rally Day Co-Chair, CTA Liaison, Dinner Committee, By-Laws Committee ........................................................terry196@optonline.net Steve Haar ....................Nassau County District Delegate, PTR Representative, Web Site Committee, Dinner Committee ......................steveoncourt@aol.com Herb Harris....................Volunteer Liaison, Grants Committee, Dinner Committee ............................................................................................tfgl@optonline.net Anneleis Karp ................Junior Competition, Scheduling, Sanctioning ................................................................................................akatennislady@verizon.net Eileen Leonard ..............Competition Training Center Committee, Dinner Committee ..............................................................................cocoaviii@optonline.net Kathy Miller ..................League Coordinator....................................................................................................................................................kathym65@aol.com Emily Moore ..................Multicultural Committee ..................................................................................................................................tennispro137@yahoo.com Mike Pavlides ................Scholastic Representative, Web Site Committee, Dinner Committee ............................................................mpavlides@msd.k12.ny.us Chuck Russell ..............Nassau County QuickStart Clinician ..................................................................................................................prochuck@optonline.net Ed Wolfarth....................Grievance Committee, By-Laws Committee, Dinner Committee..............................................................................wolfarthe@msn.com

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A Message From USTA/Eastern/Long Island Region President Scott Axler Congratulations to all the honorees! The Long Island Region Board of the United States Tennis Association/Eastern Section takes great pleasure in recognizing our top junior and adult awardees for their outstanding accomplishments both on and off the tennis courts. Your achievements are the result of your hard work and dedication. Each of you is an inspiration to the Long Island tennis community. We are confident that your success will continue as you set new goals and challenges. Your efforts will serve as examples that will set the standards and motivate many others. This year, for the first time, we opened the awards selection process to the Long Island tennis community, making the process more open and transparent. The tennis community responded and identified those who were worthy, submitting nomination ballots online. We thank you for your support and participation. This year, we have added a new award in honor of the late Madeline Zausner, who, with her husband, Dick, owned the Port Washington Tennis Academy. Madeline focused her efforts on making sure that talented juniors could learn and play tennis, no matter their families’ financial abilities. She did this by creating tennis training scholarships for kids in need, and making tournaments affordable and accessible for juniors. We are proud to create this new award, which recognizes the region’s best tournament director, in Madeline’s honor. We are very excited to announce the keynote speaker for this year’s awards dinner, the “Haitian Sensation,” Ronald Agenor. During his 19-year career, Ronald was a top-20 tennis player who defeated Andre Agassi (three times), Jimmy Connors, Yannick Noah, Brad Gilbert and Mats Wilander, among many others. He won three ATP tour titles, was a quarterfinalist at the French Open and reached the fourth round at both the U.S. Open and the French Open in 1988. Ronald holds the record for the longest match in the history of the French Open in the number of games (71) since the open era and recorded the second fastest serve of the year in 1991 with 128.6 mph. In 1987, he made history by playing against France’s Yannick Noah in what would be the first all-black male ATP Tour tennis final in men’s professional tennis history. Ronald retired from professional tennis and opened the Ronald Agenor Tennis Academy in Los Angeles in 2002. Ronald Agenor will discuss Haitian earthquake relief and how the tennis community can help. The son of a former United Nations Diplomat and Minister of Agriculture of Haiti, he has long been a strong advocate on behalf of Haiti and the Haitian people. We look forward to hearing his comments and thoughts about the disaster in Haiti. Continuing in our mission to support the people of Haiti, your Region is working to support the Haitian-American Alliance, a group of doctors who provide medical services to amputees in Haiti. Stay tuned to our Web site, www.longisland.usta.com, for more information. Scott Axler, President USTA/Eastern/Long Island Region

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Edward P. Mangano Nassau County Executive

Dear friends: I am pleased to join all of you who have gathered to celebrate the success of The United States Tennis Association/Eastern/Long Island Region on the occasion of its 20th Annual Award Dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. Tennis has evolved into an exemplary sporting event, providing the athletes who participate an opportunity to develop their skills and to enjoy the excitement, camaraderie and lasting friendships inherent in sports. This wonderful organization is to be commended for its charitable involvements, quality leadership and selfless service which have made a permanent and positive impact on us all. Please accept my best wishes and allow me to extend hearty congratulations to The United States Tennis Association/Eastern/Long Island Region for its exemplary leadership and dedicated community service, and to all of you who work toward forwarding the goals of this fine organization throughout the year. On behalf of the residents of Nassau County, I wish to extend best wishes for an exciting and memorable event. Sincerely,

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Steve Levy Suffolk County Executive

Dear friends: On behalf of the thousands of tennis enthusiasts who make their homes in Suffolk County, I would like to congratulate members and friends of the United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Eastern/Long Island Region, on the occasion of its 20th Annual Award dinner. I would also like to recognize the deserving tennis players who are honored in over 20 categories for their excellence on the court and tireless efforts to promote the game of tennis throughout Long Island. For their exceptional contributions, outstanding achievements and talent, all are certainly worthy of our praise. Support of amateur and professional competitions and tournaments serves to elevate competitive play to the highest levels in our region and contributes to increasing the quality of life for our residents. My sincere best wishes to all for what I am sure will be another exciting and successful event this year. Very truly yours,

Steve Levy Suffolk County Executive

Edward P. Mangano Nassau County Executive

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USTA/Eastern/Long Island Region 20th Annual Awards Dinner Keynote Speaker Bio Ronald Agenor USTA/Eastern/Long Island Region 20th Annual Awards Dinner Keynote Speaker Ronald Agenor is a former top20 tennis player who defeated Andre Agassi (three times), Jimmy Connors, Yannick Noah, Brad Gilbert and Mats Wilander, among many others during his 19-year career. He will discuss Haitian earthquake relief and how the tennis community can help. The son of a former United Nations Diplomat and Minister of Agriculture of Haiti, Agenor has long been a strong advocate on behalf of Haiti and the Haitian people. Nicknamed “The Haitian Sensation,” Agenor won three ATP tour titles, was a quarterfinalist at the French Open and reached the fourth round at both the U.S. Open and the French Open in 1988. He holds the record for the longest match in the history of the French Open in the number of games (71) since the open era and recorded the second fastest serve of the year in 1991 with 128.6 mph. In 1987, he made history by playing against France’s Yannick Noah in what would be the first all-Black male ATP Tour tennis final in men’s professional tennis history. Agenor has traveled the world, experienced many different cultures and speaks several languages fluently. He was born in Rabat, Morocco in 1964. The youngest of six children, he started playing tennis in Congo, Africa, and discovered competitive tennis in Bordeaux, France at age 14. Under the wing of his brother Lionel, Agenor was able to combine intensive training and competition while attending high school. He turned pro and earned his first ATP point in 1983 and was ranked 793th in the world that year. Once the Honorary Consul of Haiti in Bordeaux, France, today Agenor is a U.S. citizen. He retired from professional tennis and opened the Ronald Agenor Tennis Academy in Los Angeles in May 2002. He and wife Tonya have two daughters, Sascha Lourdes and Chloe Iman. In addition to coaching the game of tennis, Agenor produced the first two of a series of instructional tennis videos, “Monster Forehand” and “Blazing One-Handed Backhand” and is the publisher of InternationalTennisMagazine.com.

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20th Annual Awards Dinner Program 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m...........................................................................................................................................Registration—The Terrace 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. ......................................................................................................Photographs of Award Recipients—The Terrace 6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. ......................................................................................................................................Cocktail Hour —The Terrace 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.................................................................................................................................Awards Ceremony—The Terrace 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.............................................................USTA/Eastern/Long Island Region 20th Annual Awards Dinner—The Plaza O Welcome and Opening Remarks From Scott Axler, USTA/Eastern/Long Island Region President O Introductions by D.A. Abrams, USTA Eastern CEO O Keynote Speaker Ronald Agenor O Award Presentations O Prestigious Award Presentations O Musical Entertainment by Mamafunk and the Mudcats O Closing Remarks From Daniel Burgess, USTA/Eastern/Long Island Region First Vice President *Raffle drawings to be held throughout the evening.

20th Annual Awards Winners

Prestigious Award Winners Arthur Ashe Multi-Cultural Award ..............Daniel Burgess of Freeport, Tennis Pro at Pointset Racquet Club, Oceanside Charles Karp Memorial Award for Overcoming Diversity Awards ..................Jasmine Arama of Valley Stream, Jack Gearns of Garden City Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award............Robbie Wagner of Glen Cove, Founder of the Robbie Wagner Tennis Tournament Training Center Vitas Gerulaitis for the Love of Tennis Award ......................................................William Mecca of Garden City

Adult Volunteer of the Year Award ..................................................................................Mike Pavlides of Massapequa Anuj Agarwal Sportsmanship Award ......................................Noah Rubin of Merrick, Merrick Avenue Middle School Corporate Award ..................................................................................................................................Channel 55, Melville Innovative Tennis Program of the Year Award ......Matt Swift of Amityville, Stop World Hunger Tennis Tournament Jennifer Sherry Sportsmanship Award ............................................................................Sophie Barnard of Mill Neck Junior Team Tennis Award ........................................Hicksville Community Junior Tennis Team, Terry Fontana, Coach Junior Volunteer of the Year Award ........................................Ross Binder of Merrick, Merrick Avenue Middle School Madeline Zausner Tournament Director of the Year Award ..........................................Scott Axler of Huntington Outdoor Site of the Year Award—Nassau ........................Oceanside High School, Denise Kiernan, Athletic Director Outdoor Site of the Year Award—Suffolk................................Mt. Sinai School District, Scott Rheh, Athletic Director Retail Facility of the Year Award ........................................................................................................Top Spin Pro Shop Rose Buck Scalmandre Award ............................................................................The Albornoz Family of West Babylon Scholastic Coach of the Year Award—Nassau ..............................Christine Roblin of Floral Park, Franklin Square, Sewanhaka Central High School District Scholastic Coach of the Year Award—Suffolk..............................................................Mike Drozd of Baiting Hollow Special Community Service Award ..................................................................Long Island Tennis Magazine, Wantagh Special Community Service Award—Nassau....Rossana Weitekamp of Malverne, Director, Malverne Tennis Program Special Community Service Award—Suffolk ..............................................................Jason Pasion of North Babylon Tennis Club of the Year Award—Nassau ................................................................Port Washington Tennis Academy Tennis Club of the Year Award—Suffolk ........................................................East Hampton Indoor Tennis, Wainscott Tennis Family of the Year Award ......................................................................................McKeen/Dellassandro Family Tennis Official of the Year Award ................................................................................................Joe Brattoli of Syosset Tennis Player of the Year Award ......................................................................Charles H. Hurme of Huntington Station Tennis Professional of the Year Award ............................................................................Jason Wass of Farmingdale LITennisMag.com • May/June 2010 • Long Island Tennis Magazine

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USTA/Eastern/Long Island Region 20th Annual Tennis Achievements Men’s Open/Singles Men’s Open Singles ..............................Andrew Adler, Roslyn Men’s 25/30 ............Gary McNulty, World Gym, East Setauket Men’s 35/40 ............................Adrian Chirici, Robbie Wagner Tournament Training Center, Glen Cove Men’s 55 ....Mark M. Harrison, Nassau Indoor Tennis, Inwood Men’s 60 ............................ Richie Bustamante, East Norwich Men’s Open/Doubles Men’s 35................................Eric Forman, Port Washington & Robert J. Janecek, Locust Valley Men’s 40 ....Joseph Perri, Floral Park & Mitch Pessin, Dix Hills Men’s 45....Clifford M. Berck, Great Neck & Mitch Pessin, Dix Hills Men’s 55 ...... Barry Brahver, Lawrence & Ben Adler, Brooklyn Men’s 65 ..................................Robert McKenna, Hicksville & Ronald Rebhuhn, Westbury

Girls Singles Champion—Suffolk Robyn Romanoff of Middle Country High School Girls Doubles Champions—Nassau Melissa Edelbaum & Paige Mintz of Roslyn High School Girls Doubles Champions—Suffolk Lindsay Kantor & Brooke Pottish of Westhampton High School

2009 Long Island Region Top Two Juniors by Age Group Boys 10-and-Under #1 ..............................................Cannon Kingsley—Northport #2 ..................................Justin Ilan Lempert—Roslyn Heights Boys 12-and-Under #1 ..............................................Stephen Gruppuso—Bayport #2 ..................................................Curran Varma—Manhasset

Women’s Open/Singles Women’s Open #2 ..............Joan Manfredi-Carter, Woodbury Women’s 60 ..........................................Peggy Gluck, Syosset Women’s 50 ....................................Eileen Walker, Patchogue

Boys 14-and-Under #1 ....................................Drew F. Feldman—Port Washington #2 ........................................................Daniel Sliwowski—Islip

Women’s Open/Doubles Women’s 65 ..............................Joan K. Nevins, Forest Hills & Peggy Gluck, Syosset

Boys 16-and-Under #1 ................................................Pasha Shapouri—Albertson #2 ..............................................Sean Jagi Chhugani—Roslyn

Long Island Regional League Awards Women’s 5.0 ..........................Gina Marie McNulty, Nesconset Men’s 4.0 (Won Nationals) ..............Adam Kolenberg, Merrick Men’s Senior 4.5 ................................................Robert Slater Women’s Senior 3.0 ............................Janet Chase, Wantagh

Boys 18-and-Under #1 ..................................................Scott Johnson—Northport #2............................................Benjamin Bogard—Lido Beach

USTA/Eastern/Long Island Region 20th Annual Scholastic Tennis Achievements Boys’ Singles Champion—Nassau and New York State Daniel Kreyman of Long Beach High School Boys Singles Champion—Suffolk Brett Gordon of Commack High School Boys Doubles Champions—Nassau Steven Milo & Rickey Wang of Syosset High School Boys Doubles Champions—Suffolk Zach Dean & Bryan Roberts of Commack High School

Girls 10-and-Under #1 ................................................................Lea Ma—Dix Hills #2 ..............................................Nicole Kielan—Valley Stream Girls 12-and-Under #1 ..............................................Michelle Haykin—Great Neck #2 ..................................................Vanessa L. Scott—Dix Hills Girls 14-and-Under #1 ......................................Cameron Leigh Moskol—Wantagh #2......................................Emma R. Brezel—Port Washington Girls 16-and-Under #1 ......................................Amy Ginny Naula—East Hampton #2............................................Veronika Paikin—Valley Stream Girls 18-and-Under #1............................................Veronika Paikin—Valley Stream #2................................................Eliza J. Budd—Locust Valley

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Jump Start: Determining the Right Time to Start a Plyometric Program By Mike Mejia, CSCS omic book geeks the world overall remember that famous quote from Spiderman, where Uncle Ben warns a troubled Peter Parker that: “With great power comes great responsibility.” Had he been a strength and conditioning coach, however, Spidey’s uncle likely would have said something more like, “With great power comes an underlying need for strength and stability.” Okay, so maybe this version doesn’t roll off the tongue quite the same way, but there’s no denying its validity. Because,

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while it’s true that explosive power training can offer young athletes a world of potential benefits, engaging in it before you’re physically ready can often do more harm than good. Any time you’re talking about training to increase power, the word “plyometrics” immediately comes to mind. A popular form of training ever since it was first introduced in the United States in the 1970s, plyometrics have more recently infiltrated virtually every type of youth sports setting imaginable … and therein lies the problem. These days, it is not uncommon to see kids of various ages and ability levels jumping up onto boxes, over hurdles and slinging around medicine

balls, as well-meaning coaches and trainers coax them to go “higher” or “harder” with each subsequent repetition. So long as these athletes have spent adequate time training to develop the stability and strength needed to serve as the foundation for these movements, have been thoroughly instructed on their proper mechanics, and are carefully monitored to ensure that fatigue is in no way compromising their ability to execute these drills with proper form, this doesn't present a problem at all. I can tell you from experience though, that this is seldom the case. continued on page 64

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Young athletes routinely rush, whether of their own volition, or due to the zeal of coaches and trainers, into plyometric training long before they’re physically ready. Once they do, breakdowns in form due to weaknesses somewhere along the kinetic chain (think knees that “pinch inwards� upon landing from a jump) wind up swinging the risk/reward ratio of the training stimulus way out of balance. Factor in the fatigue build up that often results from doing too many reps and sets, often without sufficient rest, and you’ve basically got an injury waiting to happen. I should mention, however, that not all plyometric exercises carry with them the same degree of potential danger. It really depends on the magnitude of the jump, or more accurately, the landing forces resulting from that jump. Something like a simple line hop for instance, poses a lot less of an injury risk than say, a depth jump from a two foot platform.

So what does all of this mean when applied to a sport like tennis? Obviously, due to all of the quick starts and stops, lunging, bounding and the power required to strike the ball on both serves and volleys, there’s no arguing the fact that plyometric training can be extremely useful to young tennis players. So too for that matter can increasing the mobility and stability of the muscles that act on the hips, knees, ankles and shoulders, improving dynamic balance, and bolstering core strength- all of which can, and should be done, long before engaging in any form of structured plyometric training. It really all comes down to making an accurate assessment of your needs. If you are one of those rare young athletes who have devoted the early stages of your training to developing a sound physical base, then plyometrics might indeed help take your game to the next

level. The vast majority of those of you reading this, however, would likely benefit from focusing your conditioning efforts on other areas and saving any form of explosive power development for later on down the line. In a future installment of this series, I’ll be laying out a program containing the types of drills you’ll need to focus on to help construct that base, as well as a progression for how, and when to start implementing plyometric exercises for maximal benefit. Until then, heed the modified words of Uncle Ben, and don’t rush into anything your body isn’t ready for. G Mike Mejia, CSCS is the president of B.A.S.E. Sports Conditioning Inc., a training company that caters to the unique needs of young athletes ages 12 and up. For more information, call (516) 662-9717, or visit www.basesportsconditioning.com.

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Is It the Message or the Messenger? By Edward Wolfarth e know teaching is more art than science, but we’re still undecided on what matters the most … the message or the messenger? First, let’s take a look at the messenger, or the way in which we deliver the “goods.” Methodology is determined by many factors. Every teacher and coach, has their own shtick or style. Some are excessively verbal, others just feed you lots of balls and bull, while most are somewhere in between. The way we deliver our message is also influenced, and should be, by the one learning. Some students learn best by verbal cues, others by visual images and most, kines-

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thetically, by performing a task and selfdiscovery. The effective teacher or coach must take in to consideration all of these factors and choose the most appropriate method of delivery. While one needs to “be yourself,” it is the truly effective teacher, coach or pro who has the unique ability to be everything to everyone. To give tough love when that’s appropriate, to be a taskmaster, to be a father or mother figure, to guide, to cajole, use humor, anything that gets the message across to that specific student, class or group. Teachers are guides, facilitators and partners, not just teachers. Learning … and isn’t that what it’s all about … is a process best accomplished by the

learner, with assistance from an engaged teacher. Enough said! Now for the message … the body of knowledge, the skill, the tactic or anything we wish to convey is finite. It’s probably been done before (see my article in the November/December 2009 issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine, “What’s New is Old, Again …”). Take, for instance, the so-called “modern method” of teaching tennis. Windshield wiper forehands, double-handed backhands, swing volleys, etc. Is this really new and, more importantly, is it suitable to teach at any level. Today’s tennis professionals, in my humble opinion, continued on page 66

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THE MESSAGE OR THE MESSENGER are doing a disservice to their clientele by offering up a hybrid approach to teaching. I’ve seen it all. The classic teachers of early preparation and a straight follow through and the opposite, the so-called modern professionals who teach tracking balls until the last second and then striking with a more circular swing. No matter which method one teaches, it is more important not to give conflicting signals. Personally, I teach a more modern approach which I believe is suited to all levels of play. Let’s take a look at a couple of other motor skills to illustrate my point. In golf, one of my favorite activities, did anyone ever notice how today’s players seem more similar in their swings than their counterparts of years ago? Arnold Palmer looked nothing like Jack Nicklaus. Lee Trevino’s swing was so idiosyncratic that you could spot him

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miles away and all the greats of former eras had different swings and were all successful. Today, however, everyone looks alike! With the advent of video re-

“While one needs to ‘be yourself,’ it is the truly effective teacher, coach or pro who has the unique ability to be everything to everyone.” play, golf swings have evolved to become a model of efficiency. By that I mean the simplest and most natural technique has become the “modern” way to hit a golf ball. Taking into consideration differences in body builds, levels of flexibility and athletic prowess, everyone seems to swing a golf club in a similar manner.

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So too with tennis players. All great tennis players seem to have similar components to their games. They share commonalities that are evident and teachable, and teachable to everyone! Their techniques are natural and efficient. There is a reason why everyone walks in a similar manner. It’s the most natural and efficient way. A noted child psychologist once said, “If kids could talk before they could walk, then walking would be the most difficult motor skill.” He was referring to the fact that are no “walking gurus,” no one has to be taught to walk. You simply say to little Johnny, “Get over here!” Walking is natural and self-discovered, and ultimately, the most efficient way to get from point A to point B. Why can‘t tennis or golf be the same? To some extent, they can be the same. In order to teach a more natural and


comfortable way to strike a tennis ball, I believe you should allow the learner to figure it out for themselves. Learners will always do what comes natural or comfortable to them, rather than be correct. Allowing them to problem-solve is the key. If I can show you a better way to get from point A to point B, wouldn’t you be motivated to try it? Even if it were uncomfortable at first? It is this process that allows the most lasting and permanent learning, and in the end, the most efficient and natural. All of the greats of the past decade tend to look alike on many levels. Their serving motions, their forehands and their movements seems so efficient and natural, and thus, strikingly similar. Sure, there are exceptions, such as the early preparation of the Williams Sisters, the extreme grips of Nadal, etc. This merely points out that there is an acceptable range of style but, still many similarities of great performers. Personally, I believe that emulating the best,

most efficient methods of play is an excellent starting point. If the best do it a certain way, shouldn’t I? If they (the best) have discovered certain methods, styles or ways to perform, why shouldn’t I utilize them? You’ve heard the expression, “They make it look so easy.” Well, there’s a reason for that. It’s the economy of motion. It’s the shortest distance between two points. It’s the path of least resistance and the most natural and efficient. And, still better, it’s not just for the elite. So what have we learned? There’s a message and a messenger. The message hasn’t changed all that much, but there are many different ways to deliver it. It’s best not to confuse learners with hybrid methodologies. Form follows function. The way to hit a tennis ball is the most natural and most comfortable, although, in many instances, not comfortable at first. It’s the most efficient method that wins out in the end. While there are exceptions,

most successful athletes tend to perform in a similar manner. Just as people seem to walk, throw a ball, swing a golf club, and they similarly hit a tennis ball. The modern method of tennis is not that new, but it is the most efficient and natural. Until next time … G Edward Wolfarth is the tennis director at the Tam O’ Shanter Club in Brookville, N.Y. He is also a professor of physical education and sports sciences at Hofstra University. In addition to his class load, Edward finds time to coach high school tennis at Jericho High School. He’s an active member of the United States Professional Tennis Association and currently serves on the executive board of the United States Tennis Association-Long Island Region. He still plays competitively and is a highly ranked senior player. He may be reached at (516) 626-9005 or e-mail wolfarthe@msn.com.

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LONG Boys & Girls Long Island Rankings (as of 03/30/10)

BOYS Long Island Boys 10 Singles Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Ronald P. Hohmann ......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 2 ........Patrick F. Maloney ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 3 ........Justin Ilan Lempert ......Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 4 ........Yuval Solomon ..............Plainview, N.Y. 5 ........Cannon Kingsley ..........Northport, N.Y. 6 ........Neel Raj ........................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 7 ........Daniel Eric Pellerito ......Syosset, N.Y. 8 ........Michael Medvedev ........Oceanside, N.Y. 9 ........Gardner Howe ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 10 ......Billy G. Suarez ..............Huntington, N.Y. 11 ......Brian Shi ......................Jericho, N.Y. 12 ......Kyle C. Yaun ..................Sand Point, N.Y. 13 ......Ryan Goetz....................Greenlawn, N.Y. 14 ......Eli Grossman ................Woodbury, N.Y. 15 ......Pete Sizios ....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 16 ......Jacob Weiner ................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 17 ......David Ammendola ........Massapequa, N.Y. 18 ......Parker Appel ................Locust Valley, N.Y. 19 ......Amani Siddiqui..............West Babylon, N.Y. 20 ......Alex Joseph Amadio......Smithtown, N.Y. 21 ......Steven Well Sun ............Glen Cove, N.Y. 22 ......Jake Grossman ............Sands Point, N.Y. 23 ......Daniel Weitz ..................Roslyn, N.Y. 24 ......Benjamin Grossman......Sands Point, N.Y. 25 ......Connor Leaf ..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 26 ......Ben Snow ....................Water Mill, N.Y. 27 ......Alexander Roti ..............Woodmere, N.Y. 28 ......Joey Austin ..................Hewlett, N.Y. 29 ......Matthew T. Roberts ......Setauket, N.Y. 30 ......Grant A. Cantone ..........Oceanside, N.Y. 31 ......Nicholas DeMaria..........New Hyde Park, N.Y. 32 ......Matthew C. Schwartz ....Sands Point, N.Y. 33 ......Josh H. Cohen ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 34 ......Harris Charles Baskin....Jericho, N.Y. 35 ......Zachary Ian Khazzam....Roslyn Heights, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 12 Singles Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Stephen Gruppuso ........Bayport, N.Y. 2 ........Curran Varma................Manhasset, N.Y. 3 ........Sean Patrick..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 4 ........Brian Hoffarth................Fort Salonga, N.Y. 5 ........Arjun Mehrotra..............Woodbury, N.Y. 6 ........Zane Siddiqui ................West Babylon, N.Y. 7 ........Benjamin Tenner ..........Roslyn, N.Y. 8 ........Alex Grossman..............Sands Point, N.Y. 9 ........Garrett Malave ..............Laurel, N.Y. 10 ......Brian Shi ......................Jericho, N.Y. 11 ......Spencer Bozsik ............Sag Harbor, N.Y. 12 ......Michael Medvedev ........Oceanside, N.Y. 13 ......Spencer Swanson ........Remsenburg, N.Y. 14 ......Michael DeNigris ..........Islip, N.Y. 15 ......Alan Delman ................Great Neck, N.Y. 16 ......Dylan Granat ................Woodbury, N.Y. 17 ......James Kyrkanides ........Stony Brook, N.Y. 18 ......Ryan James Maloney ....Oyster Bay, N.Y. 19 ......Travis Leaf ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 20 ......Patrick F. Maloney ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 21 ......Kyle Hudson Gower ......Oceanside, N.Y. 22 ......Eric Schissel ................Port Washington, N.Y. 23 ......Jesse M. Levitin ............Manhasset, N.Y. 24 ......Terrill Cole Barnard........Mill Neck, N.Y. 25 ......Aziz Rashidzada ............Dix Hills, N.Y. 26 ......Ronald P. Hohmann ......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 27 ......Daniel Shleimovich........Merrick, N.Y. 28 ......Noah J. Reisch ..............Floral Park, N.Y. 29 ......Logan Beckerman ........Muttontown, N.Y. 30 ......Michael Jaklitsch ..........Islip, N.Y.

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31 ......Daniel Khodosh ............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 32 ......Michael Liebman ..........Roslyn, N.Y. 33 ......Jack Aaron Briamonte ..Great Neck, N.Y. 34 ......Ryan Goetz....................Greenlawn, N.Y. 35 ......Athell Patrick Bennett....Valley Stream, N.Y. 36 ......Joonho Ko ....................Huntington, N.Y. 37 ......Aaron Askowitz ............Great Neck, N.Y. 38 ......Colin Francis Sacco ......Brightwaters, N.Y. 39 ......Nasser Abdel Ghaffar ....Massapequa, N.Y. 40 ......Ian Bank ......................Old Westbury, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 14 Singles Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Daniel Sliwowski ..........Islip, N.Y. 2 ........Kevin Cino ....................East Quogue, N.Y. 3 ........Daniel Christopher Lee..Port Washington, N.Y. 4 ........Erik Ujvari ....................Hauppauge, N.Y. 5 ........Philip Foo ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 6 ........Brett Edelblum ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 7 ........Andrew J. Bentz............Massapequa Park, N.Y. 8 ........Cole Lafitte....................East Setauket, N.Y. 9 ........Ian Combemale ............Bridgehampton, N.Y. 10 ......Michael A. Vera ............Bethpage, N.Y. 11 ......Stone E. Mitchell ..........Woodmere, N.Y. 12 ......Jesse Richheimer..........Merrick, N.Y. 13 ......Daniel Grunberger ........Great Neck, N.Y. 14 ......Ty Stone........................Centerport, N.Y. 15 ......Nikhil Raj ......................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 16 ......Kevin Alec Kowalsky......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 17 ......Sahil Massand ..............Woodbury, N.Y. 18 ......Zachary M. Chang ........Massapequa, N.Y. 19 ......Steven Masciale............Bay Shore, N.Y. 20 ......Raymond Zhao..............Great Neck, N.Y. 21 ......Jeffrey G. Cherkin ........Melville, N.Y. 22 ......Henry Tell......................Woodbury, N.Y. 23 ......Rajkumar Pammal ........Dix Hills, N.Y. 24 ......Alec Tuckey ..................Melville, N.Y. 25 ......Brandon Kay ................Setauket, N.Y. 26 ......Michael J. Nelson..........Manhasset, N.Y. 27 ......Jacob Ethan Rosenthal..Jericho, N.Y. 28 ......Jamis Ross ..................Manorville, N.Y. 29 ......James Edward Heaney..Locust Valley, N.Y. 30 ......Justin Park....................Huntington, N.Y. 31 ......Palmer T. Clare ..............North Bellmore, N.Y. 32 ......Erik Joshua Klug ..........Sands Point, N.Y. 33 ......Connor Daniel Jeran......Islip, N.Y. 34 ......Jeremy Grossman ........Woodbury, N.Y. 35 ......Gregory Rosenthal ........Syosset, N.Y. 36 ......John C. Knight ..............East Northport, N.Y. 37 ......Ryan Evan Diaz ............Jericho, N.Y. 38 ......Benjamin Goldrich ........Syosset, N.Y. 39 ......Andrew Reiley ..............Manorville, N.Y. 40 ......Kavi Bhatia....................Westbury, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 16 Singles Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Sloan Millman ..............Woodmere, N.Y. 2 ........Pasha Shapouri ............Albertson, N.Y. 3 ........Sean Jagi Chhugani ......Roslyn, N.Y. 4 ........Eric Sumanaru ..............Middle Island, N.Y. 5 ........Gabriel P. Lazar ............Hewlett, N.Y. 6 ........JT Esposito ..................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 7 ........Doron Saraf ..................Great Neck, N.Y. 8 ........Brian Chalif ..................Huntington, N.Y. 9 ........Stephen Peng................Woodbury, N.Y. 10 ......Richard Mitchell ............Franklin Square, N.Y. 11 ......Trevor S. Mitchel ..........East Meadow, N.Y. 12 ......Henry D. Lee ................Sag Harbor, N.Y. 13 ......Darren Reisch ..............Floral Park, N.Y. 14 ......Ryan Gary Wennberg ....Huntington Station, N.Y. 15 ......Michael Freilich ............Lawrence, N.Y. 16 ......Seth Kornfield ..............Jericho, N.Y. 17 ......Matthew R. Demichiel ..Hewlett, N.Y. 18 ......Jacob Mishkin ..............Woodbury, N.Y. 19 ......Ethan Hayden Handa ....Rockville Centre, N.Y. 20 ......Ryan White....................Wantagh, N.Y.

RANKINGS

21 ......Daniel Wong..................Great Neck, N.Y. 22 ......Marcell Rengifo ............Copaigue, N.Y. 23 ......Ryan Marcus ................Merrick, N.Y. 24 ......Nick Wong ....................Jericho, N.Y. 25 ......Michael McFelia ............Huntington Station, N.Y. 26 ......Ian Hyland Glessing ......Manhasset, N.Y. 27 ......Sander Brenner ............Port Washington, N.Y. 28 ......Christian Thienel ..........East Quogue, N.Y. 29 ......Christopher DeSimone ..Centerport, N.Y. 30 ......Clark D. Ruiz ................Glen Head, N.Y. 31 ......Aman Sharma ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 32 ......Brett Ringelheim ..........Atlantic Beach, N.Y. 33 ......Michael Hakimi ............Great Neck, N.Y. 34 ......Chris Casamassima ......Franklin Square, N.Y. 35 ......Samuel Hajibai..............Kings Point, N.Y. 36 ......Jack Vissicchio..............Port Washington, N.Y. 37 ......Matthew Berman ..........North Massapequa, N.Y. 38 ......Erik Ujvari ....................Hauppauge, N.Y. 39 ......Jake Levin ....................Melville, N.Y. 40 ......William Degouveia ........Port Washington, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 18 Singles Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Scott Johnson ..............Northport, N.Y. 2 ........Jared Drzal ..................West Sayville, N.Y. 3 ........Stephen Peng................Woodbury, N.Y. 4 ........Matthew Zuckerman ....Valley Stream, N.Y. 5 ........Jaewon Kim ..................East Northport, N.Y. 6 ........JT Esposito ..................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 7 ........Sean Jagi Chhugani ......Roslyn, N.Y. 8 ........Eric Sumanaru ..............Middle Island, N.Y. 9 ........Sloan Millman ..............Woodmere, N.Y. 10 ......Benjamin Bogard ..........Lido Beach, N.Y. 11 ......Eric Dietsche ................Bay Shore, N.Y. 12 ......Brian Heinlein................Patchogue, N.Y. 13 ......James Robert Buda ......Northport, N.Y. 14 ......Justin Fitze ..................Greenlawn, N.Y. 15 ......Richard Sipala ..............Quogue, N.Y. 16 ......Darren Reisch ..............Floral Park, N.Y. 17 ......William Speranza ..........Hicksville, N.Y. 18 ......Michael T. Puntillo ........Sands Point, N.Y. 19 ......Kenneth D. Pinillos ........East Hampton, N.Y. 20 ......Faizan Khurram ............Long Beach, N.Y. 21 ......Matthew Corriston ........Wantagh, N.Y. 22 ......Jason Quintana ............Bethpage, N.Y. 23 ......Brandon Lum ................Great Neck, N.Y. 24 ......Gregory B. Gittler ..........Ronkonkoma, N.Y. 26 ......Ofir Solomon ................Plainview, N.Y. 27 ......Jacob Mishkin ..............Woodbury, N.Y. 28 ......Matthew R. Johnson ....Huntington, N.Y. 29 ......Dylan Marsh..................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 30 ......Richard A. Ferguson ......Franklin Square, N.Y. 31 ......Derek J. Wells ..............Massapequa Park, N.Y. 32 ......Steven Ferrantello ........Dix Hills, N.Y. 33 ......Daniel Sedgh ................Roslyn, N.Y. 34 ......Jeremy L. Pomerantz ....Sayville, N.Y. 35 ......Aman Sharma ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 36 ......Shane B. Liebenthal ......Old Westbury, N.Y. 37 ......Ryan Zuckerman ..........Valley Stream, N.Y. 38 ......Thomas Fischl ..............Huntington, N.Y. 39 ......Andrew O’Connell ........Medford, N.Y. 40........Sidesh Sachithananthan ..Hicksville, N.Y.

GIRLS Long Island Girls 10 Singles Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Lea Ma..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 2 ........Jacqueline Rae Bukzin ..Manorville, N.Y. 3 ........Jasmine Olivia Abidi ......Glen Head, N.Y. 4 ........Julia Kielan ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 5 ........Olivia Rose Scordo ........Glen Head, N,.Y. 6 ........Alexa Susan Goetz ........Greenlawn, N.Y. 7 ........Theodora Brebenel........Glen Head, N.Y. 8 ........Francesca Karman ........Port Washington, N.Y. 9 ........Merri Kelly ....................Oyster Bay, N.Y.

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10 ......Trinity Chow..................Glen Cove, N.Y. 11 ......Celeste Wang Traub ......Jericho, N.Y. 12 ......Emily Austin ..................Hewlett, N.Y. 13 ......Nicole Kyrkanides ........Stony Brook, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 12 Singles Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Michelle Haykin ............Great Neck, N.Y. 2 ........Vanessa L. Scott............Dix Hills, N.Y. 3 ........Shanice Nadia Arthur ....Glen Head, N.Y. 4 ........Michele Shelia Lehat ....Great Neck, N.Y. 5 ........Courtney Kowalsky........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 6 ........Jacqueline Rae Bukzin ..Manorville, N.Y. 7 ........Taylor S. Cosme ............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 8 ........Jeannie Lozowski..........Amityville, N.Y. 9 ........Celeste Rose Matute ....Oyster Bay, N.Y. 10 ......Alexa Graham ..............Garden City, N.Y. 11 ......Stephanie Nakash ........Great Neck, N.Y. 12 ......Sabrina Ferretti ............Setauket, N.Y. 14 ......Emily Kate Shutman......Huntington, N.Y. 15 ......Danah Han ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 16 ......Vista Grinde ..................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 17 ......Sophie Grace Wilson ....Oyster Bay, N.Y. 18 ......Nicole Damaghi ............Kings Point, N.Y. 19 ......Laura Jean Halsey ........Westhampton, N.Y. 20 ......Madison Appel ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 21 ......Jasmine Olivia Abidi ......Glen Head, N.Y. 22 ......Jessica Schwarz ..........Oceanside, N.Y. 23 ......Nicole Kielan ................Valley Stream, N.Y. 24 ......Marissa Fuchs ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 25 ......Amanda Allison Foo ......Manhasset, N.Y. 26 ......Katie Jean Cirella ..........Woodbury, N.Y. 27 ......Rachel Weiss ................Great Neck, N.Y. 28 ......Ayesha Jagi Chhugani ..Roslyn, N.Y. 29 ......Caitlin M. Cosme ..........New Hyde Park, N.Y. 30 ......Theodora Brebenel........Glen Head, N.Y. 31 ......Julia Shenker................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 32 ......Kelsey Shields ..............Old Westbury, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 14 Singles Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Cameron Moskol ..........Wantagh, N.Y. 2 ........Campbell Howe ............Locust Valley, N.Y. 3 ........Emma R. Brezel ............Port Washington, N.Y. 4 ........Aidan Owens ................Manhasset, N.Y. 5 ........Lauren Ann Livingston ..Sands Point, N.Y. 6 ........Jeannie Lozowski..........Amityville, N.Y. 7 ........Aimee Manfredo............Shoreham, N.Y. 8 ........Ola Mally ......................Franklin Square, N.Y. 9 ........Shanice Nadia Arthur ....Glen Head, N.Y. 10 ......Lara Fishbane ..............Commack, N.Y. 11 ......Holly Hubsher................Sands Point, N.Y. 12 ......Brittany Burke ..............Garden City, N.Y. 13 ......Harley Nicole Kaiserman Setauket, N.Y. 14 ......Zenat Rashidzada..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 15 ......Sarah Han ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 16 ......Bridget Elaine Harding ..Northport, N.Y. 17 ......Rachel Murillo ..............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 18 ......Amanda Edelman..........Southampton, N.Y. 19 ......Elena Nastasi ................Bayville, N.Y. 20 ......Julia Ciardullo ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 21 ......Betty Ma ......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 22 ......Amanda Nowak ............Huntington, N.Y. 23 ......Sarah Dionisio ..............Shirley, N.Y. 24 ......Nicole Koskovolis ..........Manhasset, N.Y. 25 ......Ana Poslusny ................Centerport, N.Y. 26 ......Jennifer C. Ferguson ....Franklin Square, N.Y. 27 ......Julie Brenda Pliskin ......Glen Head, N.Y. 28 ......Emily Bentley ................East Islip, N.Y. 29 ......Rachel Gastaldo ............Syosset, N.Y. 30 ......Morgan Hermann ..........Garden City, N.Y. 31 ......Angelika Rothberg ........Centerport, N.Y. 32 ......Lauren Difazio ..............Greenlawn, N.Y. 33 ......Rhea Malhotra ..............Syosset, N.Y. 34 ......Dalina Muharemovic ....East Quogue, N.Y. 35 ......Taylor S. Cosme ............New Hyde Park, N.Y.


LONG 36 ......Lauren J. Mayo ............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 37 ......Taylor Brant ..................Shoreham, N.Y. 38 ......Victoria Maccia ............Seaford, N.Y. 39 ......Courtney A. Digia ..........Manhasset, N.Y. 40 ......Danielle Chaluts ............Great Neck, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 16 Singles Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Veronica Paikin ............Valley Stream, N.Y. 2 ........Amy Ginny Naula ..........East Hampton, N.Y. 3 ........Ashley Sandler ..............Jericho, N.Y. 4 ........Courtney Sokol..............Floral Park, N.Y. 5 ........Erica Bundrick ..............Mattituck, N.Y. 6 ........Ruth Freilich..................Lawrence, N.Y. 7 ........Jessica Nowak..............Huntington, N.Y. 8 ........Jessica Sickles ............Massapequa Park, N.Y. 9 ........Daria Schieferstein........Sag Harbor, N.Y. 10 ......Zenat Rashidzada..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 11 ......Rithika D. Reddy............Syosset, N.Y. 12 ......Amanda L. Seeley ........Sound Beach, N.Y. 13 ......Emily Bennett................Port Washington, N.Y. 14 ......Alison Wang ..................Great Neck, N.Y. 15 ......Sunaina Vohra ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 16 ......Paige J. Mintz ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 17 ......Robin R. Mehta..............Manhasset, N.Y. 18 ......Briel G. Smith................Locust Valley, N.Y. 19 ......Jennifer Glukhman........Syosset, N.Y. 20 ......Laura Torsiello ..............Bayport, N.Y. 21 ......Alyssa D. Rosello ..........Garden City, N.Y. 22 ......Amanda Edelman..........Southampton, N.Y. 23 ......Deana Davoudiasl ........Rockville Centre, N.Y. 24 ......Anita Krish ....................Greenlawn, N.Y. 25 ......Hannah Goldman ..........West Hempstead, N.Y. 26 ......Ola Mally ......................Franklin Square, N.Y. 27 ......Karishma Tank ..............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 28 ......Courtney Keating ..........Huntington, N.Y. 29 ......Ludmila Yamus..............Melville, N.Y. 30 ......Paulina Tafler ................Oceanside, N.Y. 31 ......Sarah Han ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 32 ......Cameron Leigh Moskol..Wantagh, N.Y. 33 ......Karen Serina ................Islip Terrace, N.Y. 34 ......Bianca Posa ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 35 ......Allie N. Rothstein ..........Plainview, N.Y. 36 ......Brittany Burke ..............Garden City, N.Y. 37 ......Shanice Nadia Arthur ....Glen Head, N.Y. 38 ......Christine Rienzo ............Smithtown, N.Y. 39 ......Gabriella Nicole Leon ....Woodmere, N.Y. 40 ......Betty Ma ......................Dix Hills, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 18 Singles Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Veronika Paikin ............Valley Stream, N.Y. 2 ........Jessica Nowak..............Huntington, N.Y. 3 ........Christine Bender ..........Amityville, N.Y. 4 ........Paige J. Mintz ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 5 ........Taylor A. Diffley ............Hampton Bays, N.Y. 6 ........Brooke Pottish ..............East Quogue, N.Y. 7 ........Marissa D. Lazar ..........Hewlett, N.Y. 8 ........Elizabeth Rossi..............Flanders, N.Y. 9 ........Zenat Rashidzada..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 10 ......Amy Ginny Naula ..........East Hampton, N.Y. 11 ......Andrea Arreguin ............Hicksville, N.Y. 12 ......Eliza J. Budd ................Locust Valley, N.Y. 13 ......Robin Mehta..................Manhasset, N.Y. 14 ......Kelly Marie Benini ........Northport, N.Y. 15 ......Gabrielle Dicroce ..........East Meadow, N.Y. 16 ......Courtney Sokol..............Floral Park, N.Y. 17 ......Ashley Sandler ..............Jericho, N.Y. 18 ......Elan King ......................Baldwin, N.Y. 19 ......Sophie Isabella Lanter ..East Rockaway, N.Y. 20 ......Alyssa Lavin..................Glen Head, N.Y. 21 ......Bianca Posa ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 22 ......Cassie Bender ..............Amityville, N.Y. 23 ......Robyn Romanoff............Centereach, N.Y. 24 ......Deana Davoudiasl ........Rockville Centre, N.Y.

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RANKINGS

124 ....Alex Grossman..............Sands Point, N.Y. 128 ....Spencer George Bozsik Sag Harbor, N.Y. 129 ....Nasser Abdel Ghaffar ....Massapequa, N.Y. 132 ....Arjun Mehrotra..............Woodbury, N.Y. 134 ....Michael Medvedev ........Oceanside, N.Y. 148 ....Daniel Khodosh ............Roslyn Heights, N.Y.

Boys & Girls Sectional Rankings (as of 03/30/10)

Sectional Boys 10 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 3 ........Alan Delman ................Great Neck, N.Y. 4 ........Ryan Goetz....................Greenlawn, N.Y. 5 ........Brian Shi ......................Jericho, N.Y. 21 ......Patrick F. Maloney ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 22 ......Giancarlo Cavallero ......West Hempstead, N.Y. 25 ......Michael Medvedev ........Oceanside, N.Y. 26 ......Daniel Eric Pellerito ......Syosset, N.Y. 27 ......Gardner Howe ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 33 ......Ronald P. Hohmann ......Oyster Bay, N.Y. 37 ......Neel Raj ........................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 41 ......Eli Grossman ................Glen Head, N.Y. 42 ......Billy Suarez ..................Huntington, N.Y. 47 ......Alex Joseph Amadio......Smithtown, N.Y. 49 ......Yuval Solomon ..............Plainview, N.Y. 50 ......Kyle C. Yuan ..................Sands Point, N.Y. 56 ......Justin Ilan Lempert ......Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 57 ......Cannon Kingsley ..........Northport, N.Y. 60 ......Parker Appel ................Locust Valley, N.Y. 64 ......Amani Siddiqui..............West Babylon, N.Y. 68 ......Pete Siozios ..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 72 ......Steven Well Sun ............Glen Cove, N.Y. 74 ......Daniel Weitz ..................Roslyn, N.Y. 77 ......Jacob Weiner ................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 83 ......Jake Grossman ............Sands Point, N.Y. 84 ......David Ammendola ........Massapequa, N.Y. 95 ......Benjamin Snow ............Water Mill, N.Y. 100 ....Benjamin Grossman......Sands Point, N.Y. 108 ....Nicholas DeMaria..........New Hyde Park, N.Y. 118 ....Cody Bograd ................Huntington, N.Y. 122 ....Connor Leaf ..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 126 ....Alexander Roti ..............Woodmere, N.Y. 148 ....Evan Hunter Hirsch........Old Westbury, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 12 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 2 ........Brenden Andrew Volk ....Dix Hills, N.Y. 6 ........Lubomir T. Cuba ............Massapequa, N.Y. 29 ......Tyler Ng ........................Great Neck, N.Y. 30 ......Chris Kuhnle..................Shoreham, N.Y. 31 ......Palmer T. Clare ..............North Bellmore, N.Y. 34 ......Finbar Talcott ................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 40 ......Jordan Bennett ............Valley Stream, N.Y. 48 ......Sean Patrick..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 49 ......Sean M. Mullins ............Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 52 ......Keegan James Morris ..Franklin Square, N.Y. 54 ......Athell Patrick Bennett....Valley Stream, N.Y. 56 ......Christian Moyer Ardito ..Rockville Centre, N.Y. 59 ......Rajan Jai Vohra ............Glen Head, N.Y. 63 ......Colin Francis Sacco ......Brightwaters, N.Y. 66 ......Stephen Gruppuso ........Bayport, N.Y. 67 ......Kyle Hudson Gower ......Oceanside, N.Y. 71 ......Logan Beckerman ........East Norwich, N.Y. 75 ......Andy Zhou ....................Commack, N.Y. 84 ......Alan Delman ................Great Neck, N.Y. 86 ......Curran Varma................Manhasset, N.Y. 89 ......Travis Leaf ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 90 ......Noah J. Reisch ..............Floral Park, N.Y. 98 ......Zane Siddiqui ................West Babylon, N.Y. 100 ....Terrill Cole Barnard........Mill Neck, N.Y. 103 ....Trippe Franz ..................Bridgehampton, N.Y. 104 ....Daniel Shleimovich........Merrick, N.Y. 106 ....Brian Hoffarth................Fort Salonga, N.Y. 107 ....Benjamin Tenner ..........Roslyn, N.Y. 110 ....Giancarlo Cavallero ......West Hempstead, N.Y. 113 ....Garrett Malave ..............Laurel, N.Y. 118 ....Patrick F. Maloney ........Oyster Bay, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 14 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 2 ........Noah Rubin ..................Merrick, N.Y. 4 ........Douglas Notaris ............Wantagh, N.Y. 5 ........Dylan Hobbs Appel ........Locust Valley, N.Y. 8 ........Philip Daniel Antohi ......Glen Head, N.Y. 9 ........Lamar Remy ................Roslyn, N.Y. 12 ......Julian Alexi Zlobinsky....Greenvale, N.Y. 15 ......Zain Ali..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 27 ......Josh Silverstein ............Great Neck, N.Y. 28 ......Conor Mullins................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 29 ......Brandon T. Stone ..........Melville, N.Y. 39 ......John P. D’Alessandro ....Northport, N.Y. 43 ......Jeremy Dubin................Southampton, N.Y. 44 ......Alexander Lebedev........Island Park, N.Y. 48 ......Jared R. Halstrom ........Bellmore, N.Y. 49 ......Lubomir Cuba ..............Massapequa Park, N.Y. 53 ......Matthew R. Demichiel ..Hewlett, N.Y. 66 ......Benjamin Pleat..............Roslyn, N.Y. 67 ......Jonathan Paris ..............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 72 ......Benjamin Rosen............Port Washington, N.Y. 74 ......Josh Young....................Old Bethpage, N.Y. 78 ......Gonzalo E. Mocorrea ....Locust Valley, N.Y. 79 ......Eric Wagner ..................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 84 ......Kyle Alper......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 94 ......Daniel Grunberger ........Great Neck, N.Y. 95 ......Joshua Gordon..............Hicksville, N.Y. 102 ....Brett Edelblum ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 110 ....Raymond Zhao..............Great Neck, N.Y. 114 ....Ian Combemale ............Bridgehampton, N.Y. 117 ....Daniel Sliwowski ..........Islip, N.Y. 119 ....Jeffrey Cherkin..............Melville, N.Y. 132 ....Cooper Spector-Salween..Great Neck, N.Y. 136 ....Kevin Cino ....................East Quogue, N.Y. 145 ....Daniel Christopher Lee..Port Washington, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 16 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 3 ........Eric Rubin ....................Lido Beach, N.Y. 5 ........Bert Vancura ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 7 ........Howard Weiss ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 11 ......Matthew O. Barry ..........Long Beach, N.Y. 13 ......Andrew Yaraghi ............Mill Neck, N.Y. 16 ......Josh Levine ..................Syosset, N.Y. 17 ......Jensen Reiter................Syosset, N.Y. 18 ......Jonahiby Tauil ..............Valley Stream, N.Y. 19 ......Brendan Henry ..............Massapequa, N.Y. 21 ......Aidan Talcott ................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 23 ......Samuel Lam..................Old Westbury, N.Y. 24 ......Zachary Morris..............Garden City, N.Y. 26 ......Noah Rubin ..................Merrick, N.Y. 34 ......Alan S. Pleat..................Roslyn, N.Y. 39 ......Ethan Bogard ................Lido Beach, N.Y. 42 ......Kevin Katz ....................Woodbury, N.Y. 51 ......Vihar Shah ....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 65 ......Ofir Solomon ................Plainview, N.Y. 69 ......Paul Abrudescu ............Great Neck, N.Y. 71 ......Stephen Peng................Woodbury, N.Y. 74 ......Michael Paul ................Baldwin, N.Y. 75 ......Matthew J. Richards ....Bayport, N.Y. 91 ......Sloan Millman ..............Woodmere, N.Y. 93 ......Alexander Schidlovsky ..Sea Cliff, N.Y. 95 ......Sean Jagi Chhugani ......Roslyn, N.Y. 97 ......Benjamin Q. King ..........East Meadow, N.Y. 98 ......Austin Davidow ............Glen Head, N.Y. 106 ....Daniel R. Grinshteyn......Hewlett, N.Y.

107 ....Conor Dauer..................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 108 ....Christopher J. Hunter ....Melville, N.Y. 119 ....Tyler J. Hoffman............Sayville, N.Y. 121 ....Jacob Mishkin ..............Woodbury, N.Y. 125 ....Gabriel P. Lazar ............Hewlett, N.Y. 126 ....Eric Sumanaru ..............Middle Island, N.Y. 128 ....Christian Thomas ThienelEast Quogue, N.Y. 132 ....Henry D. Lee ................Sag Harbor, N.Y. 135 ....Zachary Mintz ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 140 ....Mark Daniel Temporal ..Carle Place, N.Y. 144 ....Doron Saraf ..................Great Neck, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 18 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 19 ......Eric Ambrosio................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 20 ......Shaun Bernstein............Plainview, N.Y. 22 ......Jason Simon ................Roslyn, N.Y. 23 ......Dennis Zlobinsky ..........Greenvale, N.Y. 24 ......Oliver Loutsenko ..........Bellmore, N.Y. 27 ......Daniel Kreyman ............Long Beach, N.Y. 32 ......Jonathan Defrancesch ..Manhasset, N.Y. 34 ......Shane Giannetti ............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 37 ......Bert Vancura ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 40 ......Zachary Morris..............Garden City, N.Y. 50 ......Austin Blau....................Roslyn, N.Y. 60 ......Jason Hubsher ..............Sands Point, N.Y. 64 ......Alex Tropiano ................Laurel Hollow, N.Y. 65 ......Ignacio Casali................Farmingdale, N.Y. 66 ......Zachary Weiss ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 70 ......Nolan Gelman ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 74 ......Corey Morgenstern........Old Bethpage, N.Y. 84 ......Alan S. Pleat..................Roslyn, N.Y. 90 ......Andrew Yaraghi ............Mill Neck, N.Y. 91 ......David Greenbaum ........Great Neck, N.Y. 96 ......Benjamin Bogard ..........Lido Beach, N.Y. 98 ......Matthew O. Barry ..........Lido Beach, N.Y. 101 ....Michael T. Puntillo ........Sands Point, N.Y. 104 ....Alexander Friedlich........Great Neck, N.Y. 118 ....Adam S. Gottlieb ..........Great Neck, N.Y. 121 ....Richard Sipala ..............Quogue, N.Y. 127 ....Matthew J. Richards ....Bayport, N.Y. 128 ....Stephen Peng................Woodbury, N.Y. 131 ....Howard Weiss ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 132 ....Constantinos Papavasiliou ..Roslyn, N.Y. 136 ....Jonahiby Tauil ..............Valley Stream, N.Y. 145 ....Scott Johnson ..............Northport, N.Y. 149 ....Brandon Burns ..............Wheatley Heights, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 10 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 4 ........Stephanie Chikvashvili ..Syosset, N.Y. 13 ......Jasmine Olivia Abidi ......Glen Head, N.Y. 14 ......Lea Ma..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 17 ......Jacqueline Rae Bukzin ..Manorville, N.Y. 24 ......Theodora Brebenel........Glen Head, N.Y. 31 ......Olivia Rose Scordo ........Glen Head, N.Y. 36 ......Alexa Susan Goetz ........Greenlawn, N.Y. 38 ......Julia Kielan ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 49 ......Francesca Karman ........Port Washington, N.Y. 50 ......Merri Kelly ....................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 53 ......Nicole Kyrkanides ........Stony Brook, N.Y. 57 ......Ashley Lessen ..............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 60 ......Trinity Chow..................Glen Cove, N.Y. 66 ......Emily Austin ..................Hewlett, N.Y. 72 ......Celeste Wang Traub ......Jericho, N.Y. 77 ......Kaitlyn Byrnes ..............Massapequa, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 12 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Morgan Herrmann ........Garden City, N.Y. 7 ........Madison Battaglia ........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 14 ......Jeannie Lozowski..........Amityville, N.Y.

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LONG 16 ......Alexa Graham ..............Garden City, N.Y. 26 ......Madison Courtney AppelLocust Valley, N.Y. 28 ......Taylor S. Cosme ............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 30 ......Shanice Nadia Arthur ....Glen Head, N.Y. 31 ......Celeste Rose Matute ....Amityville, N.Y. 33 ......Alexandra Lipps ..........Roslyn, N.Y. 35 ......Esther Chikvashvili........Syosset, N.Y. 53 ......Samantha Perri ............Floral Park, N.Y. 55 ......Courtney Kowalsky........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 59 ......Claire Handa ................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 74 ......Michele Sheila Lehat ....Great Neck, N.Y. 79 ......Jasmine Olivia Abidi ......Glen Head, N.Y. 83 ......Vanessa Scott ..............Dix Hills, N.Y. 85 ......Marissa Luchs ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 95 ......Michelle Haykin ............Great Neck, N.Y. 108 ....Sarah Paul ....................Baldwin, N.Y. 110 ....Jacqueline Rae Bukzin ..Manorville, N.Y. 116 ....Stephanie Nakash ........Great Neck, N.Y. 145 ....Kelsey Shields ..............Old Westbury, N.Y. 149 ....Sabrina Ferretti ............Setauket, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 14 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 19 ......Nadia Smergut ..............East Hampton, N.Y. 22 ......Paulina Tafler ................Oceanside, N.Y. 26 ......Ola Mally ......................Franklin Square, N.Y. 31 ......Isabella Pascucci ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 32 ......Mia M. Vecchio..............Manhasset Hills, N.Y. 33 ......Gabriella Nicole Leon ....Woodmere, N.Y. 37 ......Sunaina Vohra ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 42 ......Claudia M. Ruiz ............Glen Head, N.Y. 44 ......Karen A. Serina ............Islip Terrace, N.Y. 47 ......Madison Battaglia ........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 56 ......Rachel Gastaldo ............Syosset, N.Y. 60 ......Cameron Leigh Moskol..Wantagh, N.Y. 65 ......Zenat Rashidzada..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 68 ......Shanice Nadia Arthur ....Glen Head, N.Y. 74 ......Rithika D. Reddy............Syosset, N.Y. 78 ......Aimee N. Manfredo ......Shoreham, N.Y. 85 ......Jennifer Ferguson ........Franklin Square, N.Y. 86 ......Karishma Ramesh Tank New Hyde Park, N.Y. 88 ......Ruth Freilich..................Lawrence, N.Y. 94 ......Julia Zhuang ................Great Neck, N.Y. 95 ......Lauren Ann Livingston ..Sands Point, N.Y. 100 ....Campbell Howe ............Locust Valley, N.Y. 111 ....Emma R. Brezel ............Port Washington, N.Y. 116 ....Bridget Elaine Harding ..Northport, N.Y. 135 ....Aidan Owens ................Manhasset, N.Y. 137 ....Sarah Han ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 139 ....Jeannie Lozowski..........Amityville, N.Y. 141 ....Holly Hubsher................Sands Point, N.Y. 142 ....Megan M. Tamborino ....Massapequa Park, N.Y. 147 ....Brittany Burke ..............Garden City, N.Y. 150 ....Julia Ciardullo ..............Locust Valley, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 16 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 2 ........Katherine Yau................Manhasset, N.Y. 4 ........Julia Elbaba ..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 6 ........Hannah L. Camhi ..........Woodbury, N.Y. 17 ......Vivian Cheng ................Woodbury, N.Y. 29 ......Devlin-Ann Ammendola..Massapequa, N.Y. 33 ......Morgan C. Feldman ......Glen Head, N.Y. 34 ......Sophie R. Barnard ........Mill Neck, N.Y. 38 ......Stephanie Loutsenko ....Bellmore, N.Y. 44 ......Claudia Li......................Jericho, N.Y. 45 ......Diana Vamvakitis ..........Quogue, N.Y. 46 ......Nadia Smergut ..............East Hampton, N.Y. 54 ......Samantha Elgort ..........Melville, N.Y. 66 ......Samantha Rosca-Sipot..Malverne, N.Y. 77 ......Paige J. Mintz ..............Roslyn, N.Y. 84 ......Sara Finger ..................St. James, N.Y. 89 ......Robin R. Mehta..............Manhasset, N.Y.

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90 ......Melissa Carlay ..............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 95 ......Ashley Sandler ..............Jericho, N.Y. 100 ....Paulina Tafler ................Oceanside, N.Y. 105 ....Taylor A. Diffley ............Hampton Bays, N.Y. 107 ....Bianca Posa ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 114 ....Alison Wang ..................Great Neck, N.Y. 119 ....Lila Martz......................Long Beach, N.Y. 120 ....Ludmila Yamus..............Melville, N.Y. 125 ....Courtney Sokol..............Floral Park, N.Y. 126 ....Jessica Sickles ............Massapequa Park, N.Y. 127 ....Rithika D. Reddy............Syosset, N.Y. 130 ....Amy Ginny Naula ..........East Hampton, N.Y. 134 ....Veronika Paikin ............Valley Stream, N.Y. 136 ....Erica Bundrick ..............Mattituck, N.Y. 138 ....Sunaina Vohra ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 141 ....Emily Bennett................Port Washington, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 18 Singles— Long Island Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 1 ........Julia Elbaba ..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 7 ........Katherine Yau................Manhasset, N.Y. 11 ......Jennifer Kellner ............Smithtown, N.Y. 18 ......Olivia Pascucci..............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 22 ......Shelby Talcott................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 26 ......Jacqueline Raynor ........Garden City, N.Y. 28 ......Jennifer Fridman ..........Port Washington, N.Y. 36 ......Jessica Podlofsky..........Port Washington, N.Y. 37 ......Samantha Gann ............Massapequa, N.Y. 42 ......Blair Seideman..............Glen Head, N.Y. 43 ......Nicolle Stracar ..............Jericho, N.Y. 45 ......Theresa Smith ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 50 ......Robyn Romanoff............Centereach, N.Y. 53 ......Ashley T. Harel ..............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 67 ......Jamie Hann ..................Westhampton, N.Y. 74 ......Sydney Simpson ..........North Babylon, N.Y. 76 ......Deana Davoudiasl ........Rockville Centre, N.Y. 81 ......Andrea Arreguin ............Hicksville, N.Y. 84 ......Kristin Norton................Port Washington, N.Y. 85 ......Samantha L. Elgort........Melville, N.Y. 89 ......Hannah L. Camhi ..........Woodbury, N.Y. 90 ......Missy Edelblum ............Roslyn, N.Y. 94 ......Stephanie Loutsenko ....Bellmore, N.Y. 96 ......Eliza J. Budd ................Locust Valley, N.Y. 115 ....Kelsey Raynor ..............Garden City, N.Y. 122 ....Devlin-Ann Ammendola Massapequa, N.Y. 129 ....Jessica Nowak..............Huntington, N.Y. 130 ....Veronika Paikin ............Valley Stream, N.Y. 133 ....Samantha Rosca-Sipot..Malverne, N.Y. 138 ....Marissa Lazar ..............Hewlett, N.Y. 141 ....Claudia Li......................Jericho, N.Y. 143 ....Taylor A. Diffley ............Hampton Bays, N.Y.

Boys & Girls National Rankings (as of 03/30/10)

National Boys 12 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ..........................City 17 ......Lubomir Cuba ..............Massapequa, N.Y. 19 ......Brenden Andrew Volk ....Dix Hills, N.Y. 291 ....Palmer T. Clare ..............North Bellmore, N.Y. 527 ....Finbar Talcott ................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 531 ....Rajan Jai Vohra ............Glen Head, N.Y. 557 ....Chris Kuhnle..................Shoreham, N.Y. 587 ....Jordan Bennett ............Valley Stream, N.Y. 593 ....Sean Patrick..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 602 ....Keegan James Morris ..Franklin Square, N.Y. 692 ....Tyler Ng ........................Great Neck, N.Y. 760 ....Christian Moyer Ardito ..Rockville Center, N.Y. 787 ....Athell Patrick Bennett....Valley Stream, N.Y. 831 ....Sean Mullins ................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 985 ....Colin Francis Sacco ......Brightwaters, N.Y.

RANKINGS

National Boys 14 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ..........................City 9 ........Noah Rubin ..................Merrick, N.Y. 51 ......Philip Daniel Antohi ......Glen Head, N.Y. 103 ....Lamar Remy ................Roslyn, N.Y. 110 ....Julian Alexi Zlobinsky....Greenvale, N.Y. 131 ....Dylan Hobbs Appel ........Locust Valley, N.Y. 150 ....Douglas Notaris ............Wantagh, N.Y. 158 ....Zain Ali..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 258 ....Josh Silverstein ............Great Neck, N.Y. 300 ....John P. D’Allesandro......Northport, N.Y. 472 ....Brandon T. Stone ..........Melville, N.Y. 586 ....Jeremy Dubin................Southampton, N.Y. 633 ....Lubomir T. Cuba ............Massapequa Park, N.Y. 659 ....Conor Mullins................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 671 ....Alexander Lebedev........Island Park, N.Y. 770 ....Benjamin Pleat..............Roslyn, N.Y. 819 ....Jared Halstrom ............Bellmore, N.Y. 878 ....Matthew Demichiel ......Hewlett, N.Y.

National Boys 16 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ..........................City 23 ......Bert Vancura ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 44 ......Eric Rubin ....................Lido Beach, N.Y. 46 ......Howie Weiss..................Great Neck, N.Y. 74 ......Matthew O. Barry ..........Lido Beach, N.Y. 112 ....Andrew Yaraghi ............Mill Neck, N.Y. 115 ....Josh Levine ..................Syosset, N.Y. 133 ....Jensen Reiter................Syosset, N.Y. 218 ....Aidan Talcott ................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 238 ....Samuel Lam..................Old Westbury, N.Y. 277 ....Alan S. Pleat..................Roslyn, N.Y. 307 ....Zachary Morris..............Garden City, N.Y. 364 ....Jonahiby Tauil ..............Valley Stream, N.Y. 365 ....Kevin A. Katz ................Woodbury, N.Y. 463 ....Brendan Henry ..............Massapequa, N.Y. 514 ....Noah Rubin ..................Merrick, N.Y. 608 ....Vihar Shah ....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 722 ....Ethan Bogard ................Lido Beach, N.Y. 878 ....Michael Paul ................Baldwin, N.Y. 963 ....Matthew Richards ........Bayport, N.Y.

National Boys 18 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ..........................City 37 ......Shaun Bernstein............Plainview, N.Y. 310 ....Eric Ambrosio................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 314 ....Daniel Kreyman ............Long Beach, N.Y. 330 ....Dennis Zlobinsky ..........Greenvale, N.Y. 364 ....Jason A. Simon ............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 392 ....Oliver Loutsenko ..........Bellmore, N.Y. 411 ....Shane Gianetti ..............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 486 ....Bert Vancura ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 545 ....Jonathan Defrancesch ..Manhasset, N.Y. 755 ....Zachary Weiss ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 807 ....Zachary Morris..............Garden City, N.Y. 814 ....Alexander Friedlich........Great Neck, N.Y. 909 ....Corey Morgenstern........Old Bethpage, N.Y.

National Girls 12 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ..........................City 72 ......Morgan Herrmann ........Garden City, N.Y. 81 ......Madison Battaglia ........Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 230 ....Jeannie Lozowski..........Amityville, N.Y. 246 ....Alexa Graham ..............Garden City, N.Y. 257 ....Madison Appel ............Locust Valley, N.Y. 270 ....Taylor S. Cosme ............New Hyde Park, N.Y. 400 ....Alexandra Lipps ..........Roslyn, N.Y. 471 ....Samantha Perri ............Floral Park, N.Y. 480 ....Celeste Rose Mautute ..Oyster Bay, N.Y. 579 ....Shanice Nadia Arthur ....Glen Head, N.Y. 640 ....Courtney B. Kowalsky....Oyster Bay, N.Y.

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698 ....Esther Chikvashvili........Syosset, N.Y. 742 ....Jasmine Olivia Abidi ......Glen Head, N.Y. 798 ....Sarah Paul ....................Baldwin, N.Y.

National Girls 14 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ..........................City 217 ....Isabella Pascucci ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 272 ....Nadia Smergut ..............East Hampton, N.Y. 275 ....Paulina Tafler ................Oceanside, N.Y. 460 ....Sunaina Vohra ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 503 ....Gabriella Nicole Leon ....Woodmere, N.Y. 560 ....Ola Mally ......................Franklin Square, N.Y. 589 ....Madison Battaglia ........Cold Spring harbor, N.Y. 658 ....Mia M. Vecchio..............Manhasset Hills, N.Y. 813 ....Karen A. Serina ............Islip Terrace, N.Y. 915 ....Aimee N. Manfredo ......Shoreham, N.Y. 943 ....Claudia M. Ruiz ............Glen Head, N.Y. 953 ....Rithika D. Reddy............Syosset, N.Y.

National Girls 16 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ..........................City 37 ......Julia Elbaba ..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 42 ......Katherine Yau................Manhasset, N.Y. 52 ......Hannah L. Camhi ..........Woodbury, N.Y. 359 ....Morgan C. Feldman ......Glen Head, N.Y. 407 ....Devlin-Ann Ammendola ..Massapequa, N.Y. 419 ....Vivian Cheng ................Woodbury, N.Y. 516 ....Stephanie Loutsenko ....Bellmore, N.Y. 520 ....Sophie R. Barnard ........Mill Neck, N.Y. 821 ....Samantha L. Elgort........Melville, N.Y. 848 ....Samantha Rosca-Sipot..Malverne, N.Y. 994 ....Nadia Smergut ..............East Hampton, N.Y.

National Girls 18 Singles— Long Island Players Rank ..Name ..........................City 45 ......Julia Elbaba ..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 52 ......Jennifer Kellner ............Smithtown, N.Y. 146 ....Olivia Pascucci..............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 214 ....Shelby Talcott................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 278 ....Blair Seideman..............Glen Head, N.Y. 291 ....Katherine Yau................Manhasset, N.Y. 491 ....Robyn Romanoff............Centereach, N.Y. 505 ....Theresa Smith ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 539 ....Ashley T. Harel ..............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 548 ....Jennifer Fridman ..........Port Washington, N.Y. 556 ....Nicolle Stracar ..............Jericho, N.Y. 657 ....Jacqueline Raynor ........Garden City, N.Y. 808 ....Jamie Hann ..................Westhampton, N.Y. 851 ....Stephanie Loutsenko ....Bellmore, N.Y. 864 ....Sydney Simpson ..........North Babylon, N.Y. 866 ....Samantha B. Gann ........Massapequa, N.Y. 980 ....Samantha L. Elgort........Melville, N.Y.

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Friday-Sunday, May 21-23 & May 28-31 +L1 RWTTC Eastern Designated Closed Championship L3 FIC Robbie Wagner Tournament Training at Glen Cove 60 Sea Cliff Avenue • Glen Cove, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix: G (16)sd, FIC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player, additional $25 for players qualifying or accepted directly into the main draw and $28 per doubles player (deadline for entries is Friday, May 7 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 759-0505. Friday-Sunday, May 21-23 & May 28-31 +L1 Sportime Roslyn Eastern Designated Closed Championship L3 FIC Sportime Roslyn Landing Road, PO Box 1 • Roslyn, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix: B (12)sd, FIC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player, additional $25 for players qualifying or accepted directly into the main draw and $28 per doubles player (deadline for entries is Friday, May 7 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222. Sunday, May 23 Pilot Pen Tennis Family Classic at Point Set Racquet Club Point Set Indoor Racquet Club 3065 New Street • Oceanside, N.Y. Divisions: Unranked: PC (0)d, RR; HW (Op)d, RRE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $15.50 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, May 21 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 536-2323. Friday-Sunday, May 28-30 L20 Westhampton Championship Westhampton Beach Tennis & Sport Club 86 Depot Road • Westhampton Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG (16)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, May 14 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 288-6060. Friday-Sunday, May 28-30 L1 LBTC Championship Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard • Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Championships: BG (10)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player for singles players and $51 for two events (deadline for entries is Friday, May 14 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.

Friday-Monday, May 28-31 L2R Long Island Regional Huntington Championship Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway Street • Huntington Station, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: B (18-10)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, May 14 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 421-0040.

Friday-Sunday, June 18-20 L1B Kings Park Challenger Sportime-Kings Park 275 Indian Head Road • Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked: BG (16-18)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 for singles players and $25.50 per player for doubles (deadline for entries is Friday, March 5 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 269-6300.

JUNE 2010 Friday-Sunday, June 11-13 L1B Sportime Bethpage Challenger Sportime Tennis Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue • Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger: BG (16)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, May 28 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 933-8500.

Friday-Sunday, June 18-20 L3 Sportime Massapequa Eastern UPS Championship Sportime Massapequa 5600 Old Sunrise Highway Massapequa, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG (10-14)s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $45.00 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, June 11 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 799-3550.

Friday-Sunday, June 11-13 L1B LBTC Challenger Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard • Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger: BG (18)sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player for singles players and $28 per doubles player (deadline for entries is Friday, May 28 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060. Friday-Sunday, June 11-13 & June 18-20 L2R Long Island Regional Point Set Championship Point Set Indoor Racquet Club 3065 New Street • Oceanside, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG (18-10)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, May 28 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 536-2323. Friday-Sunday, June 18-20 L3 LBTC Eastern UPS Championship Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard • Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Novice: BG (10-16)s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, June 14 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 432-6060.

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Friday-Sunday, June 18-20 L3 Deer Park Tennis Eastern UPS Championship Deer Park Tennis Center 30 Burt Drive Deer Park, N.Y. Divisions: Novice: BG (10-18)s, RR Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, June 11 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 667-3476. Friday-Sunday, June 25-27 L2R Long Island Regional Sportime LR Championship Sportime Roslyn Landing Road, PO Box 1 Roslyn, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix: B (12)sd, FIC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, June 11 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 484-9222. Friday-Tuesday, June 25-29 L1 PWTA Championship Port Washington Tennis Academy 100 Harbor Road Port Washington, N.Y. Divisions: Championships: BG (12-18)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, June 11 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (516) 883-6425.


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