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On Sunday, April 28 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the tennis world will converge for one of New York’s largest grassroots tennis events to date, the First Annual New York Tennis Expo.

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2013 New York Tennis Magazine Camp Guide New York Tennis Magazine helps you chart the course for your summer camp plans by highlighting some of the top summer programs.

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Work Hard and Have Fun: Your Program Will Thrive By Tim Mayotte Virginia Wade Hosts Clinic for City Parks Foundation’s Free Chase Aces Program Do New York Tennis Players Need to Move to Florida? No! By Gilad Bloom Spatial Reasoning—A True Phenomenon … Part I: Traffic Light By Ajay Kumar Zone Practice … The Perfect One-Hour Workout By Lisa Dodson U.S. to Host Two Upcoming International Pro Events in April Where Can I and Should I Play College Tennis? By Eric Rebhuhn Is Men’s Tennis Too Predictable These Days? By David Cox A Coaching Philosophy: The CORE 4 By Lonnie Mitchel The Biofile: Luke Jensen By Scoop Malinowski Keeping It Plain By Richard Thater What NYC Parents Should Know About Player Development By Tom Clear Tennis Professionals: Guardians of the Tennis Community By Brett Bothwell Tennis Celebrates Banner Night at MSG

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The Jensen Zone By Luke Jensen Court Six: New York Tennis Magazine’s Gossip Column By Emilie Katz Junior Player Spotlight: Robert Levine & Lena Litvak By Adam Wolfthal Tips From the Tennis Pro: Tennis Tip Reminders By Bill Longua Metro Corporate League Recap, Presented by Advantage Tennis Clubs USTA Eastern Metro Region Update Adult League Recap By Deborah-Rose Andrews Upcoming Events New York Tennis Club Directory New York Rankings USTA/Metropolitan Region 2013 Tournament Schedule


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YOUR PROGRAM WILL THRIVE By Tim Mayotte We were sad to see our wonderful and colorful Hungarian fitness trainer Beci Ilyes move back to Europe last month. Besides doing a great job motivating and working our players, the kids had grown quite attached to him. Instead of letting him slip out of our minds, we decided to say goodbye formally and have a gas doing it! Beci wears his hair in the most impeccable fashion, sporting a sharp spiked Mohawk kept in place by quarts of hair gel. When he demonstrated an exercise, he would move powerfully, often using his signature phrase, “Like this … Boom Boom!” knowing that not a hair on his head would move and inch. To have some fun and bind the group of coaches together and create a team feeling, we decided to have a “Beci Hair Day.” All of the kids will be styling like the man himself and say “Boom Boom!” We will give prizes for the best look and then send some photos back to Hungry to let Beci know that he is not forgotten. Great programs get kids to work hard, learn to compete intensely, but also make sure it’s fun. I have been fortunate enough to have a number of talks with famed coach and motivator extraordinaire Wayne Bryan, father of the Bryan Brothers. He advocates taking your players to see events like Davis and Fed Cups, Futures and college matches. My group, for example, took our kids to the 2013 BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden on March 4. Wayne feels that such an event is equal to 30 days of practice, as the kids were animated and motivated by the event. Above

all, he preaches that watching great tennis brings joy, the driver to greatness. Wayne also suggests unconventional events to get the kids jacked up. He tells of a program in Las Vegas that had a talent show. According to the program director, the tennis improved significantly, and after working together made the time spent together a blast. Some of the coaches I have been lucky enough to work with have tried some offbeat things as well. When coach Carl Thorsen worked with me at the USTA Player Development Center, he agreed to let the court of girls he was training cut his overgrown hair, if they worked hard for the whole week. Carl’s haircut looked awful, but that group worked like crazy for that week, all the kids, not just the ones on his court, laughed hysterically during the styling session, and we giggled about it for days to follow.

So, we are looking forward to Beci Hair Day and I know that the laughs will make the hard work a lot of fun and a good friend of the program will be truly honored. I would love to hear of any tales of other programs doing fun stuff and having a great time while doing it. Tim Mayotte was one of the nation’s best tennis players during the 1980s. Twice during the 80s, he finished the year ranked in the world’s top 10. Besides reaching the semifinals of Wimbledon and the Australian Open, he also won a Silver Medal in the Olympics and represented his nation in Davis Cup action. For the last decade, Tim has shifted his focus to developing top American players and is currently running 360 Tennis at the Cunningham Tennis Center with his partners, Lee Hurst and Carl Thorsen. He may be reached by phone at (917) 596-0746 or visit 360Tennis.net.

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Free Tennis Expo for Tennis Enthusiasts of All Ages New York Tennis Magazine and Long Island Tennis Magazine, the Ultimate Guides for New York and Long Island Tennis, have announced that the First Annual New York Tennis Expo will take place Sunday, April 28, 2013 at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. The event will be free to attendees of all ages, and brought to you by New York Tennis Magazine and Long Island Tennis Magazine. With more than 1,000 pre-registrants as of late February and still two months to go until the Expo, more than 1,500 attendees are expected to take part in the event. In 2009 and 2011, the Long Island Tennis Expo attracted more than 1,200 attendees, and the First Annual New York Tennis Expo will surpass that total and will go down as one of the largest grassroots tennis events ever held in New York. Tennis enthusiasts and their families will be able to enjoy interactive discussions and presentations, headlined by world-renowned tennis coach Nick Bollettieri. Sean Hannity, television personality, author and political commentator, will emcee the discussion and presentation portion of the event. The panel of experts assembled will feature former top 10 player Tim Mayotte, former top 50 player Robert Kendrick, as well as highly respected coaches from the New York and Long Island regions. There will be on-court tennis demonstrations featuring a 10 & Under Tennis area run by Nick Bollettieri, a Speed Serve Booth, a table tennis area, racquet demos, a Hit for Prizes court and much more. The Kids Zone will feature a parent-child tennis deck, face painting and other fun games with great prizes. Tours of Arthur Ashe Stadium Court will give a behind-the-scenes look at the U.S. Open’s famous stadium facility. Exhibitors will be set up throughout the day, displaying the latest and greatest tennis-related products and services. Food and drink will be available. The New York Tennis Expo is an incredible opportunity for local and national businesses and professionals to expose their products and services to the ever-important New York market. Using this event as a base, all companies that deal with tennis players, tennis families, coaches or the sport of tennis in any way can use the New York Tennis Expo to showcase their products and services in a one-day, one-stop location. The First Annual New York Tennis Expo will highlight the leaders in tennis clubs, summer camps, training techniques, manufacturers, experts in the field of sports medicine, college scholarship advisors, training facilities, reps from colleges and universities, health food and energy drinks, tennis travel destinations, and much more. The New York Tennis Expo has a limited number of exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities available. As of mid-March, more than 90 percent of the exhibitor spaces have been filled. For more information on the First Annual New York Tennis Expo, e-mail info@usptennis.com or call (516) 409-4444 for information on the many available sponsorship packages. For free pre-registration to the event, log on to http://nytennisexpo.eventbrite.com. NYTennisMag.com • March/April 2013 • New York Tennis Magazine

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Virginia Wade Hosts Clinic for City Parks Foundation’s Free Chase Aces Program Former U.S. Open and Wimbledon Tennis Champion Virginia Wade was joined by players from City Parks Foundation’s free Chase Aces program on Feb. 2 for a clinic and discussion at the USTA National Tennis Center. During the clinic, 25 dedicated tennis players, ages 10-16, hit balls, worked on their form, and picked up tips for on and off the court from the tennis legend. Wade led the day with a demonstration of her own style of serving and volleying, and then gave tips and techniques to the youth players on how to improve their game. Afterwards, Wade answered questions, took photos and gave autographs to this next generation of tennis enthusiasts.

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“This is an opportunity of a lifetime for these young players,” said Mike Silverman, director of sports for City Parks Foundation. “Virginia Wade is one of the greatest players of all time, and her dedication to the sport and to the young players involved in our free program is incredible.” CityParks Tennis presented by Chase, provides free tennis lessons to thousands of kids ages 5-16 in more than 36 parks throughout the five boroughs. The indoor program is designed to make tennis less cost-prohibitive and freely available on a year-round basis to children who want to improve their skills. Lessons for kids are of-

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fered at all skill levels. “It was great being on the court and learning with Virginia Wade,” said 16-yearold Raven De Leon from Bushwick, Brooklyn. “She definitely gave me great tips especially for my serve, which is where I need the most practice.”


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Do New York Tennis Players Need to Move to Florida?

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By Gilad Bloom As a New Yorker and a teaching pro, I have faced frustration from many parents regarding the challenges of raising a tennis player in the New York metropolitan area. First and foremost, the weather forces us to play indoors for more than half of the year, but the real problem is the cost of lessons and the court time, especially during the school year when we go indoors, as court time becomes difficult to come by and very expensive. The fact that New York kids play indoors for most of the year puts them at a disadvantage when they go out of state and compete against kids who are used to playing in hot and humid conditions year round. On top of that, if you take into consideration that the competitive nature of New York City makes the school regiment more intense than most other parts of the nation, you will come to the conclusion that it takes a lot of effort to produce a high-level player from this area. Some families choose to relocate to a warmer place or send their child to a boarding school/tennis academy. Another option is to have the child take 8

home schooling courses and quit regular school which allows more time for practice in earlier times of the day. But for the vast majority of New York tennis parents, these options simply do not exist because of their job commitment, financial limitation or simply because they like the New York lifestyle and don’t want to relocate. I don’t think that it is right to remove a child from their natural environment, relocate them, put them in another school and change their life completely. There is a way to become a good tennis player in the Northeast region of the U.S.; it just takes more careful planning and discipline from both the player and their parents. It sounds great when you think of your child being able to play outdoors all year at cheaper rates in warm weather, but the truth of the matter is that many of the academies are pretty commercial, there is not too much technical instruction, and while they do spend a lot of time on the court, it’s not necessarily quality time. In my opinion, to get to a college level, there is absolutely no reason to move out of New York or to even take the child out of a regular school. Here are a few tips on how to increase the chance of a child to maximize their

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potential as a tennis player in the New York area: 1. Do the research Try out a few programs before you decide, the nearest club might not be the best one for your child. Sometimes it’s smarter to spend an extra 20-30 minutes in the car to travel to a better facility with better coaching. 2. Find a good coach early on and stick to him/her I have often seen parents switching coaches and programs frequently, which can be counter-productive to the player’s development. Like anyone else, the child needs stability and continuity. Tennis is a long-term sport that takes years to master, if you find a good coach or program that works for the player, it is best to keep the consistency. The kids who excel the most in my programs are those who stuck with me for years and took advantage of a continuing and consistent way of teaching. 3. Don’t have more than one pro be the primary teacher I faced this dilemma many times in the past where the child will have a “summer coach” or a different coach for weekends


at the country club. This too can be counter-productive to the player’s development. The child needs to know who their primary coach is … who is in charge of their technical development and who has the last word. All other pros should be considered as a supplement and should communicate their thoughts to the primary coach. I have had cases where a child would work with me for seven months and then would go to Florida and work with another pro for a week and when he came back, their strokes were all different without the pro telling me what they did, thus creating a very confusing situation for the child. 4. Sense of urgency on the court New York kids need to know from an early age that the New York reality is such that “time is money.” Due to the unique pace of life in our area, court time during prime time is extremely valuable, therefore, the child is expected to make the most of the time on

the court, start on time, give 110 percent while out there and listen carefully to their instructors. 5. Off-court fitness The colder climate makes Northeastbased players more vulnerable to heat and humidity, making the fitness part of your child’s development even more crucial for New Yorkers. They will have to do some extra work at the gym during the winter so they don’t melt when summer comes. 6. Take advantage of the summer and vacations Due to the grueling school schedule endured by New York area kids during the fall and winter, the summer becomes a vital time to step up the volume of hours on the court and play more practice sets and tournaments when court time is easier to get. 7. Think outside the box It may be challenging, but there are ways to find court time and quality prac-

tice time during the indoor season. I have kids coming for lessons before school, some of them come out of school early on certain days, some schools are flexible that way if you write a letter. Weekends are always a good time to play more tennis during the school year. The bottom line is that it is very possible to produce good tennis players in the New York area. It’s just like anything else in New York … it’s just a bit harder than in other places in the country. Gilad Bloom is a former ATP touring professional who, at his peak, was ranked 61st in singles and 62nd in doubles in the world. Five times an Israel’s Men’s Champion, three times in singles and twice in doubles, Gilad is currently the director of tennis at The Club of Riverdale. He was the director of tennis at John McEnroe Tennis Academy for two years, and before, that ran Gilad Bloom Tennis for nine years. He may be reached by phone at (914) 907-0041 or email bloom.gilad@gmail.com.

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e are seeing the game on the ATP Tour better than at any other time in the history of men’s tennis. The historic accomplishments of The Big Four—Fed, Rafa, Djoker and Murray the Scott—have promoted the game to levels of interest never seen before. The game has always had its ups and downs, driven by the star power of the top players. The main difference is the complete global nature of the sport of tennis. When I played in the 1990s, there were massive stars like Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Boris Becker and many others, but the tour’s stars came from only a few nations. Today’s stars come from countries like Serbia that did not exist just 20 years ago. The popularity of tennis around the world is tied directly to the instant ability of social media that allows the player to show the off-the-court

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side of themselves. The many amazing stories of great white shark hunting with Agassi in Australia or parasailing with Sampras in Qatar stayed in my tennis journal and photo albums, but today, the experience would be shared live as it happened to tennis fans around the world. The game is evolving at supersonic speed. The strings with the ability to add amazing amounts of spin and now racquets specifically developed to add even more production through spin. The game of tomorrow is going on today! What we see on the WTA Tour is a tour in transition. The ATP went through this early on in the last decade. Agassi and Sampras were handing the game over to Fed, Roddick and Rafa. The Williams Sisters are doing the same thing to stars like American Sloane Stephens, a semifinalist at this year’s Aussie Open with a win over Serena Williams. Stephens is a

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hybrid player between power and control—the ability to strike fast with offense like Serena and counter with redirected absorption of the opponent’s power like Martina Hingis. Stephens is a superstar at her core. I have seen her handle media, sponsors and fans with confidence and poise. Her game is just starting to explode. Like all young stars, she will make her mistakes, but as her self-confidence grows, so will her poise in big pressure moments. Until her run at the Aussie Open, I did not see a “can’t miss” Grand Slam American prospect. I even saw Stevens as a very emotional underachiever, but what I saw from her in the first major of the year changed everything. As long as injury, wealth and fame do not slow her down, I believe we are going to see Miss Sloane Stephens fill her trophy case with a bunch of Grand Slam titles. Until next time … keep going for the lines! Born in Grayling, Mich., Luke Jensen is head coach of the Syracuse University Women’s Tennis Team. Jensen’s resume includes 10 ATP Tour doubles titles and singles victories against Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg and Jim Courier. Jensen and his brother, Murphy, won the 1993 French Open doubles title. He was also a member of the 1991 and 1992 Davis Cup Teams. His ambidextrous play, including his ability to serve the ball with either hand at 130 mph, earned him the nickname “Dual Hand Luke.” He may be reached by phone at (315) 443-3552 or e-mail lbjensen@syr.edu.


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Kirilenko and the Great 8 Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin and tennis star Maria Kirilenko, are planning to get married. The Washington Capitals forward and two-time NHL MVP took to Twitter and announced: “We are engaged !!!!!!! )))))))))” Ovechkin is 27 and Kirilenko is 25 and is currently ranked 15th in the WTA Women’s Singles Rankings and with doubles partner Lucie Hradeka, is ranked sixth in the world in Women’s Doubles.

when Sharapova was first seen walking with Dimitrov and her team in Milan, where Sharapova was scheduled to play an exhibition.

Murray purchases hotel in Scotland World number three Andy Murray has purchased a hotel near his hometown in Scotland. He plans to transform the Cromlix House Hotel into a 15room, five-star property. The U.S. Open champ and Olympic Gold Medalist says he is “Pleased to be able to give something back to the community I grew up in.’’ The project is expected to be completed by 2014

A good boyfriend Caroline Wozniacki’s kept her golf star boyfriend Rory McIlroy awake late into the night during her matches at the Australian Open. The former number oneranked Wozniacki came back from 3-0 down in the final set to win the last six games of the match against big-hitting Lisicki 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. McIlroy got up at 3:00 a.m. to watch from Abu Dhabi, where he was preparing to play in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championships. He was coming off a busy time himself after an announcement of a lucrative multi-year contract with Nike. Of course, the multimillion dollar golf contract became a topic of conversation. “It wasn’t really a big surprise to me. I kind of knew,” Wozniacki said to laughter in her post-match press conference. “I felt bad for him because I think he went to bed at midnight their time and woke up at 3:00 and watched me and then back to sleep for a couple of hours … that’s a true fan.”

Tennis stars make a match World number three Maria Sharapova is dating Bulg a r i a ’s t o p player, Grigor Dimitrov. Speculation about the possible pairing began in November

Stephens meets Ellen After defeating Serena Williams at the Australian Open, young American Sloane Stephens has seen her celebrity status grow. The 19-year-old sat down with Ellen

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DeGeneres on “The Ellen Show” and the TV host presented her with a poster to put up in her bedroom, to replace the one of Serena Williams that she may or may not have truly had up before. Stephens also did a whirlwind tour of major media, talking to major outlets such as CNN and more. Happy birthday down under Rennae Stubbs presented a cake to Ang e l i q u e Kerber after she defeated Madison Keys, and the Aussie Open crowd serenaded her with a “Happy Birthday” rendition kick-started by Stubbs herself. Kerber was unfortunately upended in the next round by Ekaterina Makarova, who fell to Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals. Meanwhile, Laura Robson, turned all of 19 years young while in Melbourne. Robson defeated Melanie Oudin and then Petra Kvitova (11-9 in the third set, no less) before falling to American Sloane Stephens. Ex-soccer star wants to coach del Potro Former soccer star Diego Maradona, who is an ambassador for Dubai Sports Council and attended WTA matches in Dubai, joked that he will take charge of a fellow Argentine next week, when the ATP begins its tournament there. “Next week, I’ll be the one training [Juan Martin] del Potro myself,” he told Gulf


News. “I will ask Franco Davin to step aside and Diego will train del Potro.” Tweets from the tennis pros John Isner (@JohnIsner): Who’s gonna face the #Undertaker at #Wrestlemania this year? I say #Lesnar

Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole): Good day today! Celebrated with Brad Drewett and Roger Federer 40 years of the ATP rankings and rich tennis history. Proud to be part of it! Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76): Finally back watching my second favorite sport live. It’s been too long @anahiemducks.

Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob): Always fun reconnecting with long time friend @TommyHaas13 He drinks from the Fountain of Youth!

Laura Robson (@laurarobson5): Guy on the treadmill next to me has sunglasses on. Not sure why as the gym has tinted windows and they’re falling down his face every 2 secs.

Amer Delic (@AmerDelic): I was hoping #Oscars would honor Michael Jordan & #SpaceJam. After all, this is his birthday month. Seemed appropriate.

Maria Kirilenko (@MKirilenko): We were playing pool and my opponent Monica hit the light ball instead of pool ball!

Mardy Fish (@MardyFish): My wife wants to meet Giuliana Rancic so badly. How can I make this happen?

Kim Clijsters (@ClijstersKim): Hi everyone, we have some exiting news to tell you … Jada is going to be a big sister :-) ! Xxx Kim, Brian and Jada

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Spatial Reasoning—A True Phenomenon Part I: Traffic Light By Ajay Kumar patial reasoning (SR) is not a new phenomenon. In fact, it is a routine aspect of our daily lives that people use unconsciously and goes unchecked and unused efficiently. Spatial reasoning is used in a few ways. One of the ways it helps is to form a mental map of where things are. Secondly, it is used to construct imaginary pathways in our heads before executing our movements. In this article, I will discuss mental mapping and how one can use it to teach a certain skill. I hope to demonstrate mental mapping via a simple visual cue that I use on a regular basis in order to help my players in one area for the time being: Volleys. Take your average traffic light. You’ve got your red, yellow and green—all having recognized meanings that we need not elaborate here; unless you live and drive your way around my hometown in Manhattan and the traffic light coupled with clogged roads have unprecedented colorful-language associated with it. Back to our traffic light and volleys … most players have a tendency to be uncomfortable at the net, and one of the reasons behind it is the lack of continental grip, but however, for our purpose, we will assume we have the proper grip and footwork. I now want you to flip the traffic light upside down in your head and the order now changes to green, yellow and red. With our volleys, our contact point is always in front of us, however, where and what swing length is a point of discussion at times—especially for players learning and or new to the game. If a player is making the contact above their shoulders, they have a ‘green light’ and can be a bit free to swing at the vol-

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leys, perhaps even take a swinging volley—depending on their discretion and control (because if it is a swing volley, then it is a full stroke without the bounce; if it is a volley, then it is a “block”). Now, I hope you have noticed that the player has already created a mental map of where a high volley is and how to execute it. When the player meets a volley between their shoulders and waist, it’s a

‘yellow light’ and again, can use their discretion to make a decent block or light swing at the volley; depending on where the contact is made within that zone. And finally the dreaded low-volley, where the ‘red light’ should ring alarm bells to help the player ‘stop’ the contact and not swing through the contact point. A general tip to most leisure and intermediate players: Your contact on your volley can and should be your followthru. Leave it to the professionals and advanced players to “carve” at the point of contact. This is a minute aspect “mental mapping.” And it is made possible by a synapse, a structure within our brain that permits a neuron (or nerve cell) to pass an electrical or chemical signal (that carries information) to another cell within the

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brain and or spinal cord. The more signals that are passed within neurons, the more exercise the brain receives, hence making synapses be a metaphor for roots in a tree: the stronger the roots, the taller the tree can grow—and this is irrefutable information proven by neurospecialists time and again over the years. As a teacher of this beautiful sport, which also happens to be my religion, I believe in using tips and knowledge from other fields and use it to help my players realize their innate abilities and learn about themselves and excel and enjoy in this sport to their fullest capacity! Spatial reasoning is a vital aspect in my workings—no matter the age or level. Once understood and used well, the benefits are significant! Now, it’s time for you to head out there and practice! If you need more help, feel free to contact me at your convenience. Enjoy, and play well! Stay tuned for Part II of my series on Spatial Reasoning: A True Phenomenon. Ajay Kumar is currently a head pro at Roosevelt Island Racquet Club. Prior to this role, he was a partner/director at Metro Tennis Academy and was instrumental in developing a renowned junior program that serviced both recreational and competitive players. He has degrees in both education and sports medicine from Manhattan College, a former Division I college, where he competed as a scholar-athlete for the tennis squad. Ajay has also coached winning teams at both high school (Fieldston Girls Varsity), and collegiate (Manhattan College Girls Women’s Varsity) levels. He also has had extensive playing experience in both USTA and ITF (International Tennis Federation) tours. Apart from his tennis roles, He is a regular columnist for the New York Tennis Magazine. He may be reached by phone at (646) 294-2653 or e-mail ak.advantagetennis@gmail.com.


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Zone Practice: The Perfect One-Hour Workout By Lisa Dodson Can you really make huge strides in your game in just one hour? Absolutely. The key is to be organized, have a plan and don’t waste time. In this article, I am going to provide a foolproof workout that, done regularly, will make you a better player in a very short period of time. It may be tough going at first but you will soon find improvement. First, let’s consider a few concepts and ideas that will make the workout effective and something that you like and want to do. Most players, whether “social” or competitive, do a combination of hitting, drilling and playing for practice. We’re going to merge hitting and drilling and call this Zone Practice. Why? Honestly, just hitting the ball with no purpose represents random hitting and is a huge waste of the time that players spend on court. “Drilling” sounds like a chore and is often not successful so players give up and don’t do it. Zone Prac-

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tice is user-friendly and can be done with a ball machine, practice partner, feeder or tennis professional. Practice doesn’t have to be a chore or boring if you know what to do. Intensity, variety and a constant challenge are key to improvement. Take a few seconds to digest this statement: Tennis is NOT a random game. The sooner players understand this fact the faster they will improve. Every hit potentially causes a certain response or at least narrows down what can be hit in return. If your hits are random, then you will find no pattern in response and you will have no understanding of whether the shots you are choosing are easy, difficult or impossible (known as playing percentage tennis). You will also continue to make the same mistakes over and over again without understanding why. Consequently, Zone Practice and patterning are essential to success and to attaining our personal goals on the court. Tennis demands physical, mental and emotional skills. Zone Practice and goal-

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setting develop all of these factors. Physically, we need to pattern our body into specific stroke and footwork patterns and we need to develop strength and endurance. Mentally, we need to lengthen the time that we can stay in a point and not be impulsive. We need to be able to think on our feet and make good shot selection decisions. Physical and mental aspects combine to create a strong or weak emotional balance. For example if you get tired (physical) you make sloppy errors (mental) which makes you sad, angry or want to give up. If you are fit you can focus more on how to play the game than how to hit the ball. You will be happier and more confident and win more matches. Why is it important to hit to Zones? In order to play good tennis, you have to be able to hit certain areas of the court consistently. Certain areas are more important than others. If you can hit those zones better than your opponent can, then you will


win. When you are hitting to a zone, you are aiming for a specific target area. Practice should ALWAYS be done with targets. A player’s perception of where a ball lands may be vastly different from where it is actually landing because of the visual distance between the hitter, the ball and the lines on the opposite side of the court. For example, a cone line that is 6’ inside the opposing baseline looks like 2’ from the hitter’s baseline. So, a ball that lands 12’ from the baseline looks like 6’. We think we are hitting with depth, but we’re really hitting a non-forcing and attackable ball. A specific place to aim for will tell your body what modifications it needs to make in order to actually hit the zone. It’s amazing how intuitive your body can be in its ability to make adjustments given the chance. If you can hit zones at will you will be in command and control of play. That is the ultimate goal of playing tennis. Why should I set a goal? If you set goals with Zone Practice, you’ll be able to measure your improvement and dramatically strengthen your concentration and focus. In order to understand what focus or concentration is on the tennis court we must be able to measure it. For example, if you hit three balls in your target zone and then miss, you might find that you were thinking about what to have for lunch instead of what you are doing in the moment. Or, if your goal is 10 hits in a row and at the eighth ball, you start hoping you

won’t miss, you’ll realize that you were focusing on not missing and not on succeeding (commonly known as fear). Focus and concentration need to be practiced as much as strokes do. Sometimes the best way to find focus is to understand our lack of it. The One-Hour Zone Practice Workout … keep it simple!

n Ten minutes: Crosscourt Backhand: Hit from crosscourt side to Zone 2 n Five minutes: Inside Out Forehand: Hit forehand from backhand side to Zone 2 n Five minutes: Crosscourt Forehand Volley: To Zone 1 n Five minutes: Crosscourt Backhand Volley: To Zone 2 n Five minutes: Overhead to Zone 4 & 5: Concentrating on hitting the top of the ball. Progress to hitting deeper into court to Zones 1, 2 & 3 and replace with extra serving if using a ball machine. The Set-Up Serve Zone 4 & 5 is formed by placing a line 2’ in-

Zones 1 & 2 form a square with cones in the forehand and backhand corners. For singles, make the square 8’x8’ inside the baseline and inside alley lines. For doubles, make a 12’long x10’deep square inside the baseline and outside alley line. Zone 3 is the deep space between zone 1 & 2. This is always a safe place to hit. With a feeder, pro or ball machine: Set a realistic goal for the number of consecutive hits in target area. Score a point for each time the ball lands in the confines of the zone or hits a cone marker. Start over when you miss. Lefties need to reverse some of the information. n Ten minutes: Crosscourt Forehand: Hit from crosscourt side to Zone 1

side the service line. n Fifteen minutes: Serve for depth and concentrate on direction later. Aim for the area between the 2’ line and the service line. Depth is primary for success of the serve. Even if you cannot place the serve in various parts of the service box you will alcontinued on page 18

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ways be safe with a ball that lands deep in the box. As you practice and improve make the baseline zones smaller by 1 ft. increments and narrow the serve box zone by a few inches at a time. When you are finding success stay with it until you have mastered the area before you increase the difficulty. This is actually a 55-minute workout which leaves time for ball pickup, rest and water. If you are working hard, you will need a few short breaks between sections. With a practice partner: Set up zones as above on both sides of the court. Now you are playing a live ball from an unpredictable source. Your job is to do YOUR job. Get the ball to your intended destination while working WITH your practice partner. HINT: The longer you keep a ball going the less you have to pick up! The drills are basically the same, but we will add a few things: n Five minutes: Short Court: Use the

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service boxes for controlled under spin and topspin rally. Concentrate on footwork, movement, compact swing and longevity of rally Five minutes: Close Volley: Start inside the service line and keep continuous volley going. The ball must remain in the air, no swinging. Ten minutes: Crosscourt Forehands: To Zone 1 playing a live ball Ten minutes: Crosscourt Backhand: To Zone 2 playing a live ball Five minutes: Inside-Out Forehand: To Zone 2 playing a live ball Ten minutes: Overhead/Lob Drill (Five minutes each player): Player 1 stands on crosscourt side and feeds lob. Player 2 hits overhead to deuce court crosscourt direction keeping overhead/lob ball going as long as possible. Switch to ad court half way through. One player lobs for five minutes and the other hits overheads for five minutes. If you are good at this you may need to switch sooner than the five minutes because it is a real workout!

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n Fifteen minutes: Serve and Return: This is simply serving and returning. One player will serve for 7.5 minutes switching half way through from deuce to ad court. The returner will hit returns only to Zone 1 and Zone 2. Switch server and returner. Do NOT play out points. Each player hits and concentrates on only one shot. In summary, even if you have more than one hour to practice, it’s good to get into an organized routine that you can pound out for a complete and thorough workout. Be as productive as time will allow. This goes for ALL levels of play! Play practice matches in equal proportion to Zone Practice and you will begin getting great results! Look for more Zone Practice ideas and how to get the most from your practice matches in the next issue! Lisa Dodson is owner of The Total Serve, a USPTA Pro 1, and a formerly WTA worldranked player. She may be reached by email at ldodson57@yahoo.com or visit www.thetotalserve.com.


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U.S. to Host Two Upcoming International Pro Events in April The USTA and U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier have announced that Boise, Idaho has been selected as the site for the 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal match between the United States and Serbia, April 5-7. The matches will be played at the Taco Bell Arena on the campus of Boise State University, which will have an expected capacity of approximately 11,700. The best-of-five match series begins Friday, April 5, with two singles matches, featuring each country’s number one player against the other country’s number to player. Saturday’s schedule features the pivotal doubles match, and the final day of play on Sunday includes two “reverse singles” matches, where the number one players square off followed by the number two players going headto-head. All matches are best-of-five sets until one country wins three matches.

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This will be the second consecutive home tie for the U.S. Davis Cup team after winning the 2013 World Group First Round in Jacksonville, Fla., against Brazil. This will be just the third home match as U.S. Davis Cup Captain for Courier and just the fourth home tie for the U.S. since 2009. In that time, the U.S. team has played seven road matches–all on clay. The U.S. is 110-16 all-time in Davis Cup ties played at home. Idaho is the 34th state to host a U.S. Davis Cup tie. This match will mark just the second meeting between the U.S. and Serbia in Davis Cup competition. Serbia won the only meeting, 3-2, in the 2010 World Group First Round in Belgrade by a Novak Djokovic-led team. Serbia is only one of three countries to have a winning record against the U.S. Davis Cup Team. The winner of the United States and Serbia tie will play in the semifinals,

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Sept. 13-15. The United States Fed Cup Team has also announced that it will host Sweden in the 2013 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Playoff, April 20-21 at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in Delray Beach, Fla. Winning nations in the 2013 World Group Playoff qualify for the 2014 World Group to compete for a Fed Cup title. The U.S. fell to Italy, 3-2, in the 2013 World Group first round in Rimini Feb. 910 despite two singles victories by world number 21 Varvara Lepchenko (Allentown, Pa.) over seventh-ranked Sara Errani and number 16 Roberta Vinci in Lepchenko’s Fed Cup debut. Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the world’s largest annual international women’s team competition with 97 countries entering in 2013. The United States leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup titles, the last coming in 2000.


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Where Can I and Should I Play College Tennis? The five factors that will help you decide By Eric Rebhuhn 1. Location, location, location As with everything, the location of the university where you want to play college tennis is important. Playing college tennis in the south is a lot different than playing in the north where the entire winter you are playing indoor tennis. Other aspects of location are whether you want a school in the city or in a traditional college town, close to or far from home. Overall, it is important that as you are selecting your potential schools where you want to spend the next four years of your life. 2. The size of the school The size of the school is another factor that needs to be considered. Most high schools have less than 1,000 students, while most universities have many more. This is a major change in your life and this

factor can be overwhelming. It is very important that you visit the universities during the middle of a semester to see what campus life is like. If you have a chance to spend an evening on campus that too is very helpful. 3. Cost of attending This could be the single most important factor in deciding where you can attend college. For the last 17 years, your parents have either saved enough money for your education or have spent lots of money trying to get you to a high enough level in tennis to get a partial or even a full scholarship. Once you narrow your choices to a few schools and see what kind of financial aid package the university puts together, you are closer to making your choice. Remember to look for all types of financial opportunities including but not limited to academic scholarships, student loans, work/study, community service scholarships, etc.

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4. Coaching staff Now that you have decided in general where you want to go to school and have worked out a budget the next area to consider should be the coach. Find out as much as you can about the coaches from current and former players. Read the coaches’ biographies and do as much research as possible to further educate yourself on the coaching styles. Will you be a good fit into the team culture that has been created by a particular coach? 5. Academic reputation and opportunities You want your college tennis experience to be the best possible, but in most cases, it will not become your profession. The main goal of your college education is to establish your life’s work doing something to support yourself, a family and loving what you do. Two of the most important considerations by college admissions are your grades and your SAT scores. Start early in middle school to elevate those as high as possible. During high school, try to narrow your professional options so that the university you choose can give you that very important opportunity and support in the field of your choice. With more than 100 career wins and the 2011 Big East Coach of the Year Award under his belt, head men’s tennis coach Eric Rebhuhn has solidified himself as one of the most successful coaches in St. John’s tennis history. Last season, Rebhuhn’s squad finished with a 17-9 record, while peaking at number 50 in the national polls during the season, the highest ranking in school history. He may be reached by phone at (718) 990-5549 or e-mail rebhuhne@stjohns.edu.


Robert Levine & Lena Litvak By Adam Wolfthal

Having reached 325th in the world in the WTA Rankings, it’s safe to say that Lena Litvak has seen her share of tennis clubs, but none have her heart quite like Stadium Tennis Center, just a stone’s throw from Yankee Stadium. Lena started playing at Stadium “way back when” in 1997. She has always appreciated the family feel of the club, saying Stadium is a place “You want to hang out at, before and after tennis, the facility and the people both make it home-y.” Lena was the number one ranked junior player in the Eastern Section, a top 10 player in the country and ranked 37th in the world before heading to Harvard University. Robert Levine, a two-time National Champion, is currently the number one freshman in New York State, with a junior ranking of 650th in the world. Robert loves training at Stadium Tennis Center in the High Performance Elite program under the direction of Gotham Tennis Academy. He likes that Stadium has 12 of the newest indoor courts in New York City with 65 foot high ceilings, excellent lighting, spacious backcourts, both morning and afternoon practice sessions, and top-tier coaches and players through Stadium’s partnership with Gotham Tennis Academy. Training with a peer group of players who are playing in the same level tournaments, and striving for the same goals, has helped prepare Robert for competitive play on both the National and International levels. Lena has been preparing for competition, taking advantage of focused fitness groups and drilling sessions that Stadium Tennis provides throughout the day. “They have the coaches on hand and a hitting partner out there even if there is only one player on court.” “You get a lot of attention, which is very rare to find,” said Lena. “The club owners are

tennis people with a unique vision of creating a special tennis training atmosphere, especially where the highest level tournament players can train and improve.” Having been around Stadium Tennis Center for so long, Lena has seen the club’s commitment to constantly improving its facilities and programs, striving to make it a special place for tennis players and their families. Stadium Tennis recently completed a renovation of its clubhouse, which now includes the Grand Slam Café, a pro shop, locker rooms and lounge areas, Wi-Fi computer access, and workspaces for schoolwork. After Lena’s first year playing at Harvard, she went down to Venezuela with her Harvard teammate and entered a Futures Tournament, her first pro event. Lena won the

doubles and decided to turn pro and put her college career on a temporary hold. She already had the idea to turn pro, but the win pushed her to take on the pro tennis life slightly earlier than she had planned. “It’s a lot, being pro … everyone thinks it’s all of this luxury stuff and it’s all fantastic, but it’s not,” said Lena. “There is something about competing for yourself … that drive and that intensity came out, and I liked it.” Robert started playing tennis because his older brother exposed him to the game. He began competing at a young age, stating The Little Mo Nationals and Internationals, which he played as a nine year-old, as one of the experiences that got him hooked on competition. Robert is very mature, and has a keen understanding of how important it is to have a good attitude both on and off the court. He was the recipient of the Boys 14s National Sportsmanship award in Mobile, Ala., and also serves as a mentor for several of the younger players at Stadium. Robert’s recommendation for young tennis players is to “Love sports in general … stay out there on the court, stay active and do what you love.” For up and coming players, Lena believes that the kids need to have fun with it. Too often young players are overly-strict on themselves and too committed to results. “Never forget to enjoy it and take a moment to appreciate how lucky you are playing the sport of tennis.” Adam Wolfthal is director of business development for New York Tennis Magazine. He may be reached by e-mail at adam@usptennis.com.

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Tennis Tip Reminders By Bill Longua Here are some quick tips about the opposites that occur in tennis … The first opposite is the shorter the groundstroke swing, the longer the shot will go, generally out. When the swing is cut short, there is very little topspin on the ball and the racquet face is still open causing a long floating shot. There are three main parts to any groundstroke, backswing, contact and follow through-in order of importance the follow through comes first. When the swing continues through and up after contact the ball stays on the face of the racquet longer creating topspin on the ball, which is the controlling factor on your shots. So, finish your swing over the shoulder.

The second opposite … if you stand up too soon on groundstrokes, the shot will go down into the net. You want the ball to contact the face of your racquet from the center, or sweet spot, to just above on the top half. This allows for the ball to cover more strings generating topspin, by standing up too soon you also pull up the head of the racquet so that your contact is made on the bottom half of the face resulting in net shots. So, maintain a slight knee bend until contact and then come up. Another opposite occurs on serves and overheads, if the shots are too long, you have hit the ball too low. On shots above the head, the lower contact is made, the farther the ball will travel. The racquet

face will come over the ball when the arm is at full extension. If the arm is not extended, the face of the racquet remains open at contact thus sending the shot out. The two-hand backhand opposite is the power that comes from the opposite hand. If you are righthanded and have a twohand backhand, the left hand does most of the hitting, snapping up and finishing over the shoulder just like your forehand should be doing. Think of the shot as a lefthanded forehand. All shots that are hit low to high should have a loose wrist so you can snap or roll the wrist up the backside of the ball for power and topspin. The opposite here is that all high to low shots (slices and volleys) are struck with an extremely firm wrist. Bill Longua is the tennis director/head pro at Palm Island Resort in Cape Haze, Fla. Bill is a member of the USPTA, has been teaching tennis for more than 35 years, and is the author of Winning Tennis Strokes. Bill also enjoys teaching tennis on his Web site, http://onlinetennistraining.com. To purchase Bill’s book, visit http://onlinetennistraining.com. He may be reached by e-mail at bill@onlinetennistraining.com.

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Is Men’s Tennis Too Predictable These Days? By David Cox Most news stories on men’s tennis in the past two years have been scraping the thesaurus for new ways to eulogize the current state of the game. And fair enough, it’s undeniable that in Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, we are privileged to be witnessing three of the greatest players of all time doing battle on the biggest stages of all. But after witnessing the Australian Open this year, I couldn’t help but wind back the clock a decade and think that in January 2003, things were altogether more exciting for tennis fans. Back then, we had a whole host of players capable of lifting the game’s biggest titles. Lleyton Hewitt was world number one, but was by no means dominant. Andre Agassi was still winning Grand Slams, Andy Roddick was breaking onto the scene, Tim Henman was a genuine threat on grass, Marat Safin was up there in the rankings, Juan Carlos Ferrero ruled the clay, and in Federer, there was a mercurial young talent waiting to mature and blossom into a serial major winner. Nowadays, the Grand Slams are dominated by a select elite group of four players. It’s been the case since Juan Martin del Potro managed to break through and win the U.S. Open in 2009. Before del Potro’s triumph, you had to look back to Safin’s 2005 Australian Open win to find the last time someone not named Federer, Nadal or Djokovic won a ‘big one.’ Yes we’ve marveled at the standards the ‘Big Four’ have pushed the game to and the myriad of rivalries have been intriguing, but unfortunately, it’s made everything a little too predictable and it’s robbed tennis of the very essence of what makes the sport exciting. The Premier League (the English professional league for association football clubs) would be ridiculous if Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal won every single game apart from the ones be-

tween themselves and the title race was decided by a select handful of weekends. The fact that even the most dominant clubs slip up every so often keeps us watching. Formula One suffered a little in 2012 because Sebastian Vettel was so brilliant, he had the title sewn up halfway through the season. With men’s tennis at the moment, it almost feels like a waste of time tuning in before the semifinals because you know who’s going to be there and that’s often reflected in much lower viewing totals during the first week as the top seeds go through the motions without breaking sweat. The first 10 days is one grand warm-up before the real event gets underway in the final three days. The appetite for both quality and unpredictability was reflected by the media interest in November’s Paris Masters when qualifier Jerzy Janowicz came through nowhere to beat four top 20 players on the way to the final. Unfortunately in the Slams, it seems like many in the draw don’t really believe they can beat the very best players. Just look at the easy ride Andy Murray had on the way to the semifinals of the Australian Open. And the most disappointing match of the tournament was to see David Ferrer get brushed aside so comprehensively in the semis. While Djokovic in full flow is great to watch, he didn’t even

need to be close to his best to win that match and Ferrer’s comments after the match suggested that he’d been a beaten man before he even walked on court … not the kind of attitude you want to hear from the fourth seed. I find myself hankering for the days when a player ranked outside the top 10 could have a genuine shot at winning a major. The problem is partly the ATP’s decision to make the surfaces for the four slams more uniform and so it’s not too hard for the very best players to succeed wherever they go. This probably all sounds a little pessimistic, but you have to wonder, would tennis be more entertaining if it was a little more unpredictable? David Cox’s earliest tennis memory was watching Tim Henman save match points to beat Yevgeny Kafelnikov back at Wimbledon 1996. He’s been in love with the game ever since and sports journalism seemed like a natural career path. David has been working for Live-Tennis.com since 2009 and became site editor in 2010. Since then he’s had the opportunity to report from courtside on ATP events like the ATP World Tour Finals and has conducted many player interviews with some of the biggest stars in the game.

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A COACHING PHILOSOPHY:

The CORE 4 By Lonnie Mitchel fter many years of teaching and working in the business world, I learned you must develop a philosophy and live by it and be true to it. If you are about to embark on a search for the best instructor, ask him/her what is their teaching/coaching philosophy? You need a mission statement as a professional and the student should be agreeable to that mission statement. Learning from my mentors and my experience, you must brand yourself in everything you do and be true to your philosophy and mission. If you visit my office at SUNY Oneonta, on my door you will see the slogan and components of The CORE 4. The CORE 4 is a constant reminder to my players as to my expectations during practice and matches. This

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guides me in almost everything I do as a teacher and coach. CORE 4 may be catchy, it rhymes and can be considered as a device to augment my beliefs and I don’t deny it. When I worked for the Walt Disney Company, I was reminded of one the greatest men of the 20th century and how he branded Mickey Mouse as the icon of the company. A cartoon mouse skyrocketed this company to “The” entertainment company five decades even

after the death of Walt Disney. Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.” I try to look at the habits of some of the most successful people and emulate their habits and learn something from them. Use the tools that are available to you through their knowledge, experience and combine it to fit your own goals. CORE 4 in tennis My players walk into my office and they recite back The CORE 4. They know it

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and live up to it on the tennis court or they will be behind the eight ball on my team. You are likely at this point wondering just exactly what the CORE 4 is. On the tennis court, you better have: 1. Great footwork: Nick Bollettieri will not consider a student for his IMG Academy without good footwork translating to good body language which can tell a lot about a person and as a tennis competitor. 2. Poise: You better have poise or develop some and be receptive to my coaching of it. I want you to keep your composure, both while winning and losing and in practice when you are working to improve. Poise in the classroom separates you from the rest. 3. Consistency: Not just being able to hit the ball back and forth more than your opponent, but doing all the right things on and off the court consistently. From the six pillars of character are Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.

Being persistent to perform in those areas repeatedly is vital. 4. Focus … you and the ball: One of my mentors became one of the most successful amateur players in the world by embracing the components of focus in everything he did. The great champions all have it and I want my players to have it on the court and in the classroom. What about technique? If you are a competent instructor, you are teaching it. If you are taking a lesson, you will want to attain it. A teacher can teach good technique and strategy, but getting students to do well for a long period of time is necessary for long-term growth. Microsoft, one of the most successful companies in the world, has a very simple mission statement: “To enable people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential.” Microsoft continues to realize their mission. In my journey to be a successful collegiate tennis coach and role model, my mission is to be true to my CORE 4 beliefs and teach my

players the components of such on the court and in life. Are you a teacher and do you have a philosophy or mission? You will be successful if you do. Get your mission written down and it becomes real and your chance for success increases dramatically. Or, you can be just one of those people existing and not knowing where to go or what to do on the tennis court or in life. Lonnie Mitchel is head men’s and women’s tennis coach at SUNY Oneonta. He has produced many high school and collegiate level tennis players, including his own children, Wayne (who plays at Muhlenberg College) and Trevor (who competes regularly on the USTA Long Island Junior Circuit, gaining the number one ranking in the 14s). Lonnie was named an assistant coach to Team USA for the Maccabiah Games in Israel this summer for the Grand Master Tennis Division. Lonnie may be reached by phone at (516) 414-7202 or e-mail lonniemitchel@yahoo.com.

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The Biofile: Luke Jensen By Scoop Malinowski Status: Former ATP Tennis Professional. Former French Open doubles champ. Currently serves as head coach of Syracuse University women’s tennis team. Date of birth: June 18, 1966 in Grayling, Mich. First tennis memory: Playing the Firecracker Open at the court in Luddington, Mich. My dad was the high school tennis coach and he always had the Firecracker Open during the Fourth of July, and the Cannonball Classic on Labor Day and during the U.S. Open. Just going out there and competing for the first time, figuring out what the score meant and trying to get the ball in the box and rallying with a wood racquet with the white tennis balls.” Tennis inspirations: Honestly, probably watching the 1979 Wimbledon on TV live, Bud Collins calling it with Bjorn Borg and Roscoe Tanner. Tanner had the perm going. Left-handed. Goes five sets and him hitting the match point into the side fence, basically

into the front row and Borg going down on his knees. And then saying to myself, “I don’t know what I have to do to become a professional tennis player but this is what I want to do. This is just the coolest thing.” Bud Collins’ calls of “Net cord!” And “Chalk dust!” And he just elevated live tennis. The Ice Man Borg and the lefty American, red, white and blue. And then McEnroe-Connors and the whole thing. Tennis was just in a zenith. Greatest sports moment: I would say it’s a slam dunk—winning the French Open with my brother (Murphy Jensen). But internally— being in the 1996 Australian Open with my brother and sisters (twins Rachel, Rebecca), to be a family of four that come from really nothing in terms of tennis, in Luddington, Mich., and now all four of us were in the main draw in the Australian Open in doubles. That was, as a team, we were always a team, the Jensens was about a team concept. And we were all going be on the Tour and do it. That was our real pinnacle.” Most painful moment: Blowing out my knee and never being able to play again. Going through that, on a daily basis, that when I’m at a major and watching professional tennis,

knowing that I can still be there. But you blow your knee out, you have surgery and do everything you can to come back … you just have to move on. I blew my knee out at Coral Springs playing Jonas Bjorkman, going out for a forehand, and split out. It just basically crumbled, annihilated and imploded and I was never the same. Closest tennis friends: My brother Murphy. We were fishing buddies growing up as munchkins. We got into sports and got into tennis, got a chance to play at the highest level of the game. Still today, we get to travel around and be this thing called “The Jensen Brothers” … whatever we created is through our own energy and enthusiasm. He’s definitely the closest. Outside of my family, I would say probably Richey Reneberg. He used to always get me in trouble, he was the instigator. He would tell me to do something, I’d do it. From winging water balloons at Pete Sampras and doing other crazy stuff … Richey was the instigator and we were really close. Funniest players encountered: I really had a lot of fun with Andre Agassi before he got serious … that was a lot of fun. Because

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when he said, “Hey, let’s take off and do something,” it was in a private plane and it was with some celebrity … he paid for everything! It was a shark trip in Australia when he was going to give me $50,000 to take a lap around a shark-infested boat. I mean, it was always something. To me, he was always the funniest guy to be around. Toughest competitors encountered: The guy I felt never gave me a point in practice or anything was always Jimmy Connors. My first year here as a junior in 1983, Connors took me out basically as a sacrificial lamb and beat the living snot out of me. He didn’t give me any points, but taught me so many things as he continues to do to this day. Whenever I see him, I learn so much from him just based on his philosophy of “You don’t play this to win, you play this to compete.” He just never lets up. He never let up on the media, he never let up on his opponents. Even now, he just wants someone to play against and battle against. Why you love playing tennis: To be honest, whether it’s a park or whether it’s a final of a Grand Slam or anything … I just like winning. I like going out there and knowing that someone is going to win and someone is going to lose. It doesn’t matter where you are ranked, and it doesn’t matter what your age is … spin the racquet and it starts up zero-zero. Someone is going to serve and someone is going to return the ball. At the end of the contest, if you’ve put in a full effort and have put in the right tactics and have executed correctly, you have a solid shot to win. To me, it’s about putting it on the line. No one can pull you off the court, there are no politics … it’s raw … it’s out there and it’s real. It’s the best thing of all time. Once you leave that arena, it’s political. Either you are out there winning or losing. Strangest match: I think every match we ever played is kind of out of the ordinary. The first thing that jumps out of my mind, and it’s a match I didn’t even play in, was dealing with Murphy’s disappearance in 1995 at the Wimbledon Championships. We were out of the doubles and we were staying at a house at Wimbledon. And Murphy is playing with Brenda Schultz and

they were in the quarters of the mixed-doubles draw, and he honestly just disappears and leaves. And dealing with all the media and it was reality TV. He was running away from the media and they were trying to chase him up in Scotland. It wasn’t a match, but it was a situation … and to do it at Wimbledon. Coming from our humble tennis beginnings, and now you are this center of attention because your brother is a knucklehead and just doesn’t want to play Wimbledon? How do you not want to play Wimbledon? But Murphy was just being Murphy. Most embarrassing tennis memory: I know there are lots of them. When I was a junior player, I went out and I had on my warm up gear. One time, I pulled my warm up gear down and didn’t have any shorts on. Favorite players to watch: Number one, to be perfectly honest, I could watch Rafael Nadal practice, I could watch him in the player’s lounge … the man is so intense. He is so focused and has so much purpose and drive that he’s truly such an overachiever because he doesn’t have the biggest guns and he doesn’t have the most talent. This is all self-made. He’s like one of those self-made millionaires. He came from nothing really. He plays with his opposite hand. He’s not left-handed, he’s righthanded. He’s not a hard court player, but he became one. He’s not a grass court

player, but he became one. He has evolved. Many players get to a point and it becomes too hard and they don’t evolve. They just kind of sit in the same spot. They drop and they come back, but Nadal continues to get better. His new challenge is Djokovic, truly is, another kind of chapter in his life where he’s going to figure it out, it may be the next tournament, it may be next year, I don’t know, but the guy is not going away, and I have so much respect for that type of attitude. Which match were you at your very best: In 1996 against Agassi … playing him in Memphis. I played completely out of my mind. Playing that good should have been illegal … I should have been arrested after that match. I had to play a certain way against him … I couldn’t play any other way. It was all-out, two first serves, there was no second serve. Nothing under 100 miles an hour. It was as hard as I could hit … every single point and everything went in. It was one match, one time the stars were aligned and it was a Supernova time. I was just so on Cloud Nine. I’ve seen it on video since then a bunch of times. I still cannot believe that person who won that match is actually me! Scoop Malinowski is the co-owner of Tennisprose.com. His book, Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew, is available at Amazon.com. He may be reached by e-mail at mrbiofile@aol.com.

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Challenge. The Corporate Tennis Challenge provides a forum for companies of all sizes and representing diverse industries to compete in a two-day event at Westside Tennis Club (original site of the U.S. Open). Come out and enjoy a day of good competition in beautiful surroundings. A light breakfast, snacks and buffet lunch will be served. The day will end with a trophy presentation to the winning team. The Open for Business event will be held on Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Corporate Teams: Each company will field either a Combination Team (six to 12 players, paired as men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed-doubles teams), or a Division Team (two to four players, paired either as a men’s doubles or a women’s doubles team). Player substitutions are permitted between matches. All teams are guaranteed two hours of tennis, breakfast and lunch. The tournament format will be a roundrobin elimination tournament, no-ad sets. In case of a tie, the head-to-head scores will be the tie-breaker. The four corporate teams with the best cumulative match records in the round-robin will advance to the semifinal round. The two corporate teams with the best cumulative match records in the semifinals will play in the Championship Match. The Open for Business Corporate Tennis Challenge will be held at The Westside Tennis Club, located at One Tennis Place in Forest Hills, N.Y. The cost is $750 per entry for a Combination Team and $300 per entry for a Division Team. For more information, visit www.metrotennis.com or e-mail luis@metrotennis.com.


keeping it plain By Richard Thater he tennis landscape is littered with labels and language that often does not help us say what we mean. “Take the net” has led generations of players to take the wrong place on the doubles court, usually one racket length from the net. If you are stuck with a bossy partner, you may even be told to stand in the alley and “cover down the line.” Modern tacticians recommend that the forward player stand at the spot where two diagonal lines bisect the service box. A plainer way to say that is to tell the nonserving player to stand in the middle of the service box and change his position as play progresses. And what purpose is served by using geographical terminology to describe the grips we use? Is an eastern grip more spiritual? Most knowledgeable players understand that those terms evolved because the different playing surfaces in the eastern and western United States required different grips to efficiently play the game. But in our multicultural world, that information has little practical value. The new trend is to designate grips by the position of the palm relative to the racket handle—palm up/western, palm behind/eastern, and palm on top/continental. Large organizations, whether educational, business or governmental, tend to develop

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their own jargon. And the language used is expected to serve many masters. Does anyone disagree that bureaucratic language thwarts communication? Employees of the federal government in the United States recognized this problem and began meeting to try to spread the use of plain language. Most recently, President Obama signed the Plain Language Act of 2010, requiring agencies to write in plain language. Plain Language.gov explains its purpose this way: Plain language (also called plain English) is communication your audience can understand the first time they read or hear it … No one technique defines plain language. Rather, plain language is defined by results— it is easy to read, understand, and use. So, let’s take a look at a typical service lesson. “Good morning, today we will learn how to serve a tennis ball using the continental grip which requires you to place the knuckle of your index finger over bezel number two on your racket handle and pronate your forearm as you strike the ball at the top of the toss.” At this point, students will be readying themselves to ask if this stuff will be on the test. But I could make things worse by telling the student that a great proponent of the continental grip was Fred Perry, a champion in the 1930s, whose extreme continental grip

on the forehand probably contributed to him blowing out his elbow in a match and prohibited him from further success in tennis. I think pronation is an overworked word, and even seems inaccurate. Checking an anatomy atlas did not help, so I turned to Wikipedia for a simple definition. I was looking for plain language but instead found this—“pronation is a rotational movement of the forearm at the radio ulnar joint … when standing in the anatomical position pronation will move the palm of the hand from an anterior-facing position to a posterior-facing position without an associated movement of the shoulder.” No way this lesson passes the plain language test-it is not easy to understand or use. None of this is meant to disparage the work of the many thousands of teachers and writers who struggled to explain how we could improve our play on the tennis court. Rather, it suggests a simple language tool we can use to improve the way we speak to students, especially those new to the game. They want a peanut butter sandwich, so why tell them how to grow peanuts? Richard Thater is director of 10 & Under Tennis at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills N.Y. He is PTR-certified in Junior Development. He may be reached by phone at (917) 749-3255 or e-mail richthater@aol.com.

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25th Annual College Tennis Exposure Camp University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. June 16-20, 2013 University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. July 6-10, 2013 Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. July 14-19, July 21-26 & July 28-August 2, 2013 (813) 684-9031 www.collegetennis.com Coach Ed Krass’ 25th Annual College Tennis Exposure Camp is the nation’s only training camp taught exclusively by head college coaches. The camp is open to all players, ages 15-18, who are interested in playing college tennis. Players receive instruction and training from head coaches representing every level of the college game. Ed Krass coached varsity tennis teams at Harvard University, Clemson University and University of Central Florida prior to founding the College Tennis Exposure Camp. Under the skillful eyes of top college coaches, players showcase their singles, doubles and One-on-One Doubles skills, and receive specific feedback on their game. Instructional drills and match play competitions are conducted in the same style and intensity as collegiate practice sessions. Players have the opportunity to sample various coaching styles and receive on-court coaching during team competitions. Classroom seminars with college coaches motivate and educate players about college tennis preparation. The camp is offered at University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. from June 1620; University of Mary Washington in Fred36

ericksburg, Va. from July 6-10 and at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., from July 14-19, July 21-26 and July 28-Aug. 2. Air-conditioned dormitory accommodations, cafeteria meals and 24-hour adult supervision are provided. For more information, call (813) 684-9031 or visit www.collegetennis.com. 360Tennis Cunningham Tennis in Cunningham Park, Queens 196-00 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, N.Y. (917) 596-0746 www.360Tennis.net

“Only for the most motivated” 360Tennis is running its summer programming at Cunningham Tennis in Cunningham Park, Queens, N.Y. Former top 10 player Tim Mayotte and expert developmental and pro coach Lee Hurst (who has developed a number of tour-level players) bring years of experience in getting players on track to be top players. These two coaches will be on-court leading the work with their expert staff. Sessions begin June 24 and end Aug. 30 with two sessions daily (10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.). Because of 360Tennis’ low player to coach ratio and the extraordinary training of its coaches, the competitors receive world-class training in technique, tactics and fitness and mental training. 360Tennis is singular in that its players develop technically in group settings. The five hours of daily work include: Technical skill building, tactical work, daily fitness, and on-court mental skill building. The indoor courts will be utilized on rainy days. Our junior players often train next to our pros when they are not on Tour. A lim-

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ited number of spots are available! For younger players, there is 360Development (programming hours will be determined). For more information, visit 360Tennis.net, or call (973) 626-5236 or (917) 596-0746. The Centercourt Academy Summer Tennis Camp Centercourt Athletic Club 222 North Passaic Avenue Chatham, N.J. (973) 635-1222 www.centercourtclub.com Contact: Clay Bibbee clay@centercourtclub.com “Where champions come to train!” The Academy at Centercourt Athletic Club is the Northeast’s premiere High Performance Tennis Academy. As a USTACertified Regional Training Center, we embrace our role as a member of the USTA coaching team and the mission to develop top student athletes. We offer a junior player pathway that can satisfy the high performance needs of nationally ranked juniors. The Academy offers an afterschool program, high performance summer programs, full-time home-schooling program and an Academy travel team. Why choose the Centercourt Tennis Academy: n Train in a world class environment with high-performance level coaching n Achieve significant individual improvement in all facets of your game; technically, physically, and mentally n We are dedicated to meeting the individual needs of each and every one of our students n Our Academy players are among some of the top section, national, and ITF ranked players from around the world n We put the needs of the player first, in a development-focused model of training


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n Each camp will be tailored to the skill level and goals of all players; featuring small group training, match play, individualized fitness plans, mental coaching and video analysis n Tournament coaching and travel n Players who commit to our training will see themselves develop life skills that will enable them to become champions on and off the court The Centercourt Academy Summer Tennis Camp offers three distinct levels: Academy I, Academy II and Centercourt Advantage. The Camp also features an Overnight Camp option for those interested in the complete summer camp experience. For more information, contact Clay Bibbee by phone at (973) 635-1222 or e-mail clay@centercourtclub.com. Advantage All-City Junior Tennis Camp at New York Tennis Club 3081 Harding Avenue Throgs Neck, N.Y. Contact: Julien Morel (718) 239-7919 (New York Tennis Club) info@advantagecamps.com advantagecamps.net

Called one of the “Best kept secrets in New York City,” New York Tennis Club is conveniently located just minutes from Manhattan, Queens and Westchester. Advantage All-City Junior Tennis Camp at New York Tennis Club has a beautiful setting with six Har-Tru tennis courts, a clubhouse and viewing deck. Our mission is to provide each player with the opportunity to learn tennis fundamentals, improve their game, have fun and make new friends. Our team of in-

structors are some of the finest coaches in the East and they help build self-esteem and a respect for others that are valuable both on and off the court. Transportation is provided from Manhattan and the Bronx. Advantage All-City Junior Tennis Camp at Roosevelt Island Racquet Club Roosevelt Island Racquet Club 281 Main Street Roosevelt Island, N.Y. Contact: Xavier Luna (212) 935-4049 myadvantagetennis@gmail.com advantagecamps.net

Advantage All-City Junior Tennis is the city’s oldest and most established junior tennis program. Our summer day camps and year-round programs serve players of all ages and skill levels, including our QuickStart program for four- through 10-year-olds. Programs and groupings are based on age, playing level and goals, and include beginners, recreational, competitive, and serious tournament players. Xavier Luna, director of junior programs for the Advantage Tennis Clubs, has been directing the Advantage All-City Junior Tennis Camps for eight years. His love of the game and professional skills inspire campers who return year after year to the All-City Junior Tennis Camps. The Advantage All-City Junior Tennis Camp at Roosevelt Island is a wonderful place for young tennis players to grow and to have fun this summer. The Advantage All-City Junior Tennis Camp incorporates tennis drills, competitive play and rounds out each day with other recre-

ational activities. The camp also utilizes an adjacent indoor swimming pool, Sportspark and various other athletic fields just a short walk from the club. Advantage Sea & Sports Camp at SUNY Maritime College New York Tennis Club 3081 Harding Avenue Throgs Neck, N.Y. Contact: Paul Fontana (718) 239-7919 info@advantagecamps.net advantagecamps.net SUNY Maritime College 6 Pennyfield Avenue Throgs Neck, N.Y.

The Advantage Sea & Sports Camp is unique in the New York Metro area. Located at the Maritime College in Throgs Neck, N.Y. on a beautiful 55acre campus, the Camp is within 15 minutes of Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens and Westchester. The Maritime College award-winning waterfront program offers our campers, ages six through 17 the opportunity to sail, kayak and motorboat their way to fun! An aquatic center and extensive recreational facilities encourage swimming, soccer, basketball and more. The Camp includes a tennis program at the New York Tennis Club, only minutes from Maritime College. Staffed with tennis professionals, the Club includes a QuickStart and tournament training program at a beautiful country-like setting.

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Go! Tennis Summer Day Camps 34-28 214th Place • Bayside, N.Y. (718) 224-6303 www.gotennisprograms.com

program is directed by Michael Misiti and features teaching veteran Marvin Dent. The camp season consists of nine, one-week sessions beginning June 24 and ending Aug. 23. There are scheduling and programming options available for all campers.

The year 2013 marks the 16th year of operation of the Go! Tennis Day Camp in Bayside, N.Y. Conducted at North Shore Tennis & Racquets Club by Director of Tennis George Garland, the camp has the use of 19 courts (14 Har-Tru and five hard courts). There is a daily program for every level of player, from QuickStart to ranked tournament juniors. The Tournament Player

Gotham Tennis Academy Summer Camp at Riverside Park in Manhattan 96th Street Red Clay Courts in Riverside Park New York, N.Y. (646) 524-7069 info@gothamtennis.com www.gothamtennis.com Dates: June 10-Aug. 30, 2013 Camp hours: Weekdays from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

(half-day option: 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.) NEW! Early drop-off option: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Make your plans now for an unforgettable summer tennis camp experience with Gotham Tennis Academy! Gotham Tennis Academy’s Summer Camp at Riverside Park is a great way to keep your child active and improve his or her tennis in a fun and supportive environment. Situated in a beautiful park setting at the 96th Street Red Clay Courts in Riverside Park on the Upper Westside, the camp also features field trips in Riverside Park and other fun, athletic activities, in addition to

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taking your child to the next level towards tennis proficiency. Gotham Tennis Academy certified tennis instructors with international backgrounds excel at teaching junior players of all levels. Whether your child is a beginner or advanced level player, he or she will gain confidence and learn appropriate stroke production fundamentals, strategy, match play, conditioning, and footwork during the camp. The camp’s directors are continuously adapting the year-round Gotham Tennis Academy teaching curriculum to our fun and supportive camp environment. Campers can expect to improve their fundamental tennis skills, self-confidence and conditioning. Below is a typical camp day which illustrates the range of scheduled activities: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Early Drop-Off Option; 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Warm-Up, Stretching; 10:30 a.m.-Noon Morning instruction, drills and games focusing on agility, balance and coordination; Noon-1:00 p.m. Lunch; 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Instruction, footwork drills, match play and cross-sport training; and the day wraps from 3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. with a cool down. Light snacks and beverages are provided, and round-trip or one-way transportation may be arranged. Gotham Tennis Academy in The Hamptons Napeague Tennis Club 47 Montauk Highway Amangansett, N.Y. (646) 524-7069 info@gothamtennis.com www.gothamtennis.com Gotham Tennis Academy offers summer tennis and sports day camps in the Hamptons at the Napeague Tennis Club, located at 47 Montauk Highway in Amangansett, N.Y. Di-

rected by our enthusiastic, USPTA-certified tennis coaches in a beautiful setting emphasizing skill development, fun and a supportive environment. The tennis and sports camp based at the Napeague Tennis Club is situated in a beautiful location on the Napeague Stretch, five miles east of Main Street in Amagansett, N.Y., next to Cyril’s, only steps from the beach and the bay! The Napeague summer program features: An outstanding tennis and multi-sport day camp featuring instructors with international backgrounds; half-day and full-day options are available; basketball, soccer and other field sports on our multi-purpose court; kayak, beach trips and mountain bike excursions may be arranged; and transportation can be arranged upon request. New this year, an early drop-off option between 9:00 a.m.10:00 a.m. Light snacks and beverages are provided. Round-trip or one-way transportation may be arranged. Gotham Tennis Academy Morning Summer Camp at Reebok Sports Club/NY Reebok Sports Club/NY 160 Columbus Avenue New York, N.Y. (646)-524-7069 info@gothamtennis.com www.gothamtennis.com Dates: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, June 3-Sept. 6 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Gotham Tennis Academy Morning Summer Camp at Reebok Sports Club/NY (Upper West Side) is a great way to keep your child active and improve his or her tennis in a fun and supportive indoor atmosphere. Indoor tennis offers a safe, sun/rain/bug-free environment so children can really enjoy the sport!

The Gotham QuickStart Tennis Program emphasizes skill development and fun on a specially equipped tennis court at the Reebok Sports Club/NY. In friendly, small group tennis lessons, Gotham Tennis Academy’s certified professional instructors utilize foam balls and pressure-free balls, mini-nets, and age- and level-appropriate miniature racquets to accelerate the development of early muscle memory. In no time, your child will learn to swing the racquet and move his or her feet like a tennis prodigy! For beginners and advanced beginners between the ages of three to nine, you can expect your child to have fun, develop self-confidence, and learn tennis fundamentals. IMG Academy Bollettieri (800) 872-6425 www.imgacademy.com/sports/tennis silvia.fiumara@imgworld.com madora.mak@imgworld.com

Since its inception more than 30 years ago, the IMG Academy Bollettieri tennis program has earned the reputation as the sport’s premier destination for tennis improvement by developing complete players who can perform in any match situation. Coaching n Guided by founder Nick Bollettieri, who has coached 10 worldwide number one-ranked players n Directed by Rohan Goetzke, former technical director of the Dutch Tennis Federation, who oversees approximately 60 experienced coaches. Facilities n More than 50 tennis courts (hard, clay and indoor) n Stroke analysis by V1, the sport’s most respected video system

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n The “Mission Room” provides an inspirational setting for “classroom” match play strategy and instruction. Notable Alumni/Trainees n Dozens of international tennis champions, including 10 number one players in the world: Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Jim Courier, Tommy Haas, Ryan Harrison, Martina Hingis, Jelena Jankovic, Sabine Lisicki, Xavier Malisse, Max Mirnyi, Kei Nishikori, Marcelo Rios, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, Heather Watson, Serena Williams and Venus Williams. Features n Skill level-specific camps available for all abilities n Age 10 and under tennis camps available

n Learn the keys to successful match play n Low student-to-coach ratios n Recruiting education n Train and compete like athletes in our renowned Academy program (Ascender Camp) n Get one-on-one coaching from our expert coaches (Game Changer Camp) toughness, mental n Improve speed/agility, nutrition, hand-eye coordination and leadership ability (TOTAL ATHLETE Camp) n Improve agility, endurance, power and confidence with group Mental and Physical Conditioning (Core Camp)

Joel Ross Tennis & Golf Camp info@joelrosstennis.com www.joelrosstennis.com (914) 723-2165 Joel Ross, owner and director of Joel Ross Tennis & Golf Camp in Kent, Conn., is a native Long Islander, having grown up in Westbury, N.Y. He won the New York State High School Singles Championships two consecutive years and earned a full tennis scholarship to the University of Michigan, where he captained the team and played number one singles. In 1971, Joel was Big 10 Singles Champion

CORPORATE SPORTS OPPORTUNITIES City Parks Foundation’s sports-themed outings and special events provide fun, unique and tax-deductible ways for NYC corporations to engage with their staff or clients, while helping us provide free sports programs for kids in New York. Over the years we have created a variety of tennis and golf events and competitions for companies who are looking for new team-building or entertainment options that are fun, nearby and socially conscious. Opportunities range from a weekly tennis league in Central Park to attending our annual US Open Tennis Benefit!

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and was featured on the cover of Tennis Magazine. His best circuit wins include John McEnroe and Tom Gullikson. He currently resides in New Rochelle, N.Y. with his wife, Ellen, and four children. Joel Ross Tennis & Golf Camp, located only 90 minutes from the Whitestone Bridge, is located in beautiful Kent, Conn., at the base of Mt. Algo, alongside the Housatonic River. The camp facilities include 17 on-campus tennis courts, including four indoor in our own steel building. We do not have to bus the campers to tennis facilities! Our swimming pool and squash courts are also on-campus. We have recently added a golf program. We have a 300-yard driving range/mini course right on campus! Our tennis campers can even do one week of golf! Joel is a hands-on director, in attendance 24/7. His program of instruction and fitness in the morning and ladder play in the afternoon and evening has endured for 20 years since the inception of the camp in 1991. Our campers play ladder matches daily and our tennis groups change two to three times each week, based on the ladder results. The afternoon/evening ladder is the glue of the camp. All of our campers and staff are residents. Our tuition covers everything: Private lessons, laundry, snacks, trips, etc. Our campers can also participate in many electives, including archery, squash, canoeing, kayaking, basketball, soccer, football and more! We have a multi-tiered “Bully Prevention Program” in place as well. Our campers can canoe and kayak in the Housatonic River! Give us a call at (914) 723-2165 and find out why Joel Ross Tennis & Golf Camp is a keeper!

Midtown Tennis Club 2013 Summer Camps 341 8th Avenue (27th Street) New York, N.Y. (212) 989-8572, ext. 104 www.midtowntennis.com

27th Street) and easily accessible by the C, E or 1 Train. The first outdoor classes will be in June and registration begins Wednesday, May 1. The programs sell out quickly, so call Alex at (212) 989-8572, ext. 104 to reserve your spot!

Midtown Tennis Club (MTC) offers a unique summer option in New York City … outdoor rooftop tennis! The bubble is dismantled from June through September and the upper four courts become the city’s best kept tennis secret. The main attraction on these courts is the club’s Adult Outdoor Tennis College. MTC hosts these group classes year-round, but the summer months attract tennis enthusiasts of all levels looking to meet new people, while improving their skills. Groups of six are arranged based on skill level and include instruction on stroke technique, footwork and strategy. In the summer months, classes are held daily for all levels at convenient after work hours (6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.) in both one- and two-hour formats. The one-hour classes are drill-based and instructional, covering all the basics. The two-hour edition adds match play, strategy and games to complete your game. Classes are offered in a series of four sessions at competitive rates and there are no membership fees. For advanced players, Midtown offers Camp from 9:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. MondayWednesday for 4.0-5.0 Level players. Also “Stroke of the Week” clinics on Saturdays and Sundays are a great way to sharpen your skills. Midtown’s spectacular view of the Empire State Building and city street life are an ideal escape from the office. MTC is centrally located in Chelsea (8th Avenue at

Nike Tennis Camps (800) NIKE-CAMP (645-3226) www.ussportscamps.com

Come join the fun and get better this summer at a Nike Tennis Camp! With more than 80 locations nationwide, both overnight and day options, there is a camp for everyone. Nike Tennis Camps provide young players the opportunity to improve their tennis skills, work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun. Our dedicated camp directors have a passion for teaching and a gift for helping you take your game to the next level. This summer, Robbie Wagner’s Tournament Training Camp in Glen Cove, N.Y. is offering four weeks of overnight and day camp (8:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m.) for ages nine through 18 and an additional six weeks of day camp only (8:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m.) for ages nine through 18 with half day (9:00 a.m.-Noon or 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.) options for ages five through 10. Other locations in the Northeast include: Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville, N.J.), Peddie School (Princeton, N.J.), Colgate University (Hamilton, N.Y.), Elizabethtown College (Elizabethtown, Pa.), Chirico-Cohen Tournament Training at Chestnut Hill College (Chestnut Hill, Pa.), Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, Conn.), Amherst College

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(Amherst, Mass.), and Curry College (Milton, Mass.). Who says that only kids can go to camp? The Nike Adult Tennis Camp at Amherst College has hosted more than 30,000 adult tennis players since 1972. Camp Directors Reiny Maier and Maureen Rankine are outstanding teachers and passionate coaches who inspire all players to get better and love the game. Multiple camp options and dates offered throughout June and July. Visit www.ussportscamps.com for details. Another great option, The Lawrenceville School offers an adult weekend clinic, the weekend of June 14-16.

Peter Kaplan’s Westhampton Beach Junior/Adult Tennis Academy Contact: Peter Kaplan (631) 288-4021 or (914) 234-9462 peterkaplan2002@yahoo.com www.westhamptonbeachtennis.com

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Kaplan’s Westhampton Beach Junior/Adult Tennis Academy

Peter Kaplan’s Westhampton Beach Junior/Adult Tennis Academy, and the affiliated Grassmere Inn, is a wonderful destination for beginners to nationallyranked players of all ages. Private in-

struction and 90-minute clinics are offered daily. Camps and one- through seven-day programs are available. The flexibility of the programming enables participants to enjoy the nearby beautiful ocean beaches, charming village, Performing Arts Center, movie theatre, wine country, flower farms, shopping, cafes, restaurants, water park and other East End attractions. Peter Kaplan, an attorney, former New York State Tennis Champion, and a graduate of Cornell University, is on-site every day. Resident students/families/teams stay at the historic Grassmere Inn, located on quiet, tree-lined Beach Lane in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., only 50 yards from the beginning of the charming village,

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yet less than one mile from a beautiful ocean beach. The location could not be better. The Grassmere has 22 guest rooms, all with air conditioning, WiFi, cable television and private bathrooms. Ideal for families, are two suites or interconnected rooms. A delicious breakfast of fresh muffins, bagels, cereal, fruit, juice, coffee, tea, milk and yogurt is included daily. The Tennis Academy, located three miles away, is primarily a teaching center featuring 12 soft courts. We have welcomed participants from over 25 countries and 30 states since 2000. The Academy features an enthusiastic staff, renowned for its high-quality instruction and low student-to-staff ratio. The maximum ratio is 4:1, but the average ratio is 2:1. Thirty-five Japanese juniors have been coming for three weeks annually, for the last eight years. They run three miles before breakfast and then 10 hours of instruction, running and matches. However, most participants seek a less intensive program, taking three to five hours of instruction daily. The staff is always accommodating and happy to tailor programs to fit the needs of the customer. Frequently, an adult team will come at the beginning of the season and return for a family vacation. There are also tennis pros who bring groups. The Academy’s staff is available to supplement visiting pros staff. The groups always have an incredible time, some having returned for 10 consecutive years. Tennis during the day, a trip to the beach in the late afternoon, perhaps a glass of wine at sunset, and then dining at a great restaurant, a movie or a show at the Performing Arts Center. Occasionally, guests are coaxed into karaoke with the international staff!

SPORTIME Randall’s Island Excel Summer Camp One Randall’s Island New York, N.Y. (212) 427-6150 tcri@sportimeny.com sportimeny.com/manhattan Dates: June 10 until Labor Day (MondayFriday, weekly from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) Welcome to 2013 Excel Summer Tennis Camp at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, flagship location of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy! Starting on June 10, and extending until Labor Day weekend, our 2013 edition includes training programs specifically designed for players competing in USTA National tournaments and those interested in pursuing their tennis to play in college and possibly beyond. Come train where top American juniors, including Noah Rubin and Jamie Loeb, train full time. The Excel Camp is designed and directed by Lawrence Kleger, Sportime’s executive director of tennis and director of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy. Assisting Lawrence as head coaches will be Excel Camp Director Greg Evans and JMTA directors Fritz Buehning, Bruce Haddad, Felix Alvarado and Nate Emge. Our pro staff includes former ATP and WTA ranked professionals, world-class developmental coaches and top collegiate players. This team will ensure the highest quality and most intense summer tennis camp experience in the New York Metropolitan Area. Program Philosophy Excel Tennis Camp offers a uniquely challenging tennis training program for seriousminded junior competitors. It is ideal for those interested in improving their skills and taking their game to the next level. Instilling confidence and pursuing excellence is a big part of everything we do at Excel. We turn weaknesses into strengths; and strengths into a

winning game. Our head coaches carefully evaluate campers and customize a program to meet their developmental needs. Campers are divided into small groups to achieve the following: n Technical Proficiency n Peak physical conditioning n Effective implementation of strategy and tactics n Positive self-esteem and mental toughness We believe that attitude, intensity and commitment are key elements in developing a complete tennis player and determining future success. For juniors interested in mixing a variety of team sports with great tennis, SPORTIME Randall’s Island offers our Tennis & Sports Summer Camp. Campers ages five through 15 will take part in a variety of group sports, fitness training, and fun activities with daily tennis instruction, including by teaching professionals from the John McEnroe Tennis Academy. Tennis & Sports campers learn to play basketball, soccer, kickball, flag football, softball and other team sports on our beautiful outdoor fields and facilities. And don’t forget our popular slip ‘n slide! This is a perfect summer camp program for young athletes who love tennis and sports! Both camps are offered on a weekly basis from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, and will operate from June 10 until Labor Day weekend. SPORTIME Randall’s Island offers a unique Summer Tennis & Sports camp experience minutes from Manhattan. SPORTIME Randall’s Island features 160,000-square feet of tennis courts and amenities, including five indoor and five indoor/outdoor Deco-Turf hard courts, and 10 indoor/outdoor Har-Tru clay courts. Camp facilities also include outdoor sports fields and an outdoor multi-sport court. This extraordinary club also features a functional training

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and fitness center; comfortable lounge areas with excellent viewing; a junior lounge/computer lab; a pro shop featuring top brands and 24-hour stringing and a cafe serving healthy food, snacks and beverages. 2013 Summer Tennis Academy at St. John’s University 8000 Utopia Parkway Queens, N.Y. (718) 990-5549 ericrebhuhn@gmail.com www.ersummertennisacademy.com As summer 2013 approaches we invite you to explore the exciting tennis opportunities that are part of our 2013 Summer Tennis Academy here at St. Johns. In keeping with our commitment to quality in tennis development, we are streamlining the summer experience and adding an emphasis on physical fitness and conditioning through concentration on movement, balance and ball control. Together with development of stroke techniques reinforced with drills and competition, they form the basis of a rewarding tennis experience. Our mission at the Summer Tennis Academy is to develop a high quality student athlete through technical and physical skill development, concentration and responsibility. The Rookie Program (ages five through seven) focuses on agility and strength as organized by St. John’s Men’s Tennis Coach Eric Rebhuhn and uses the USTA QuickStart Program (based on the French Early Training Method) that uses shorter rackets, lighter balls and smaller courts. This brings the game to the younger children, much like soccer and golf, allowing them to more efficiently improve their techniques and movement. Juniors (ages eight through 11) will focus on learning ground44

strokes, serves and volleys in order for each player to achieve their desired potential. Groundstroke and volley technique development drills will be incorporated into games. Advanced Juniors (ages 12-16) add plyometrics and dead ball drills, serve and volley game analysis and strategy sessions. Throughout the program, both on and off the court, we focus on the development of social skills including team play, reliability and persistence and how they can impact each player’s self esteem. For more information, visit www.ersummertennisacademy.com or call (718) 9905549. Stadium Tennis Center Summer Camps Stadium Tennis Center at Mill Pond Park 25 Gateway Center Boulevard (formerly Exterior Street) at E152nd Street and the Harlem River Bronx, N.Y. Contact: Tom Clear or Eric Faro, Directors of Tennis (718) 665-4684 info@stadiumtennisnyc.com www.stadiumtennisnyc.com

Stadium Tennis Center offers a unique array of summer camp programs designed for tennis players of all levels to experience. Through our partnership with Gotham Tennis Academy, we have assembled some of the most talented, and engaging tennis pros in New York City. Our pros share a passion to work closely with players of all levels and ages to help them develop their fullest potential.

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Stadium Tennis Center offers three distinct summer tennis camp experiences to choose from: n The Summer High Performance Tennis Academy is designed for those juniors who are ranked in the top 30 or better in their section. It includes a special 3:1 player-to-coach ratio, on-court drills, match play, video analysis, mental toughness training and an extensive fitness program to prepare for sectional and national events. If you want to train like the professionals and push yourself to new heights, then you owe it to yourself to join us at Stadium Tennis Center. n Stadium’s Summer Tennis Academy features drills, match play, video analysis, tournament and USTA teams and more; 10 & Under teaching tools used to prepare for USTA-sanctioned events; and emphasis on doubles play for high school players; and a sports and fitness program geared to develop the ABCs— Agility, Balance and Coordination—for all ages. n The Summer Tennis, Sports and Fitness program is designed for beginner and intermediate levels (geared toward middle school and junior players); an introduction to basketball, soccer and other sports; Summer QuickStart tennis, for ages three through seven, where your little players will love this tennis experience. Our QuickStart Camp was developed to introduce the sport in a fun and exciting way, while ensuring success during the development of strokes and hand-eye coordination. Stadium’s Tennis Summer programs offer your junior a daily dose of stroke development, private instruction, instructional group drills and games. Our camp director will ensure that each player is being challenged, while enjoying their fun and exciting day. One-way and round trip transportation may be arranged.


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TCR—The Club of Riverdale 2600 Netherland Avenue Riverdale, N.Y. (718) 796-9099 www.tcr-nyc.com For 20 years, our “one-of-a-kind” club has been refining the operation of our Tennis Camp, making it NYC’s best in facilities, program and staff. The 150,000-square-foot facility is one of the nicest clubs in the industry. The kids in camp will benefit from six indoor air-conditioned courts, 14 outdoor courts and an indoor 25-yard swimming pool. In addition, there are air-conditioned kids-only locker rooms, a table tennis rec-hall/lunch room and a basketball gymnasium. The club also boasts an indoor café, an outdoor deck with grill-service, fitness center, groupex/spin and pilates studios, a full service Spa and a Golf Center. The camp offers distinct programs for four groups: n Future Stars (ages four through seven) with two hours of tennis, two swim periods, gym sports, and arts and crafts. n Big Aces (ages eight through 11) with 2.5 to 3.5 hours of tennis, gym sports and a swim period. n Players ages 12 though 15 with three to four hours of tennis, gym sports and a swim period. n Tournament Players (10 and under & 16 and under) with 4.5 to five hours of tennis, strength/flexibility training and a short swim period. TCR has an everyday staff of 100. During camp, the staff number swells, providing a staff to camper ratio of 1:3. All on-court conduct is under the direction of Gilad Bloom. Gilad is a former number one player in his

home country of Israel and one of the most respected high performance motivators in the nation. In addition to tennis professionals, we have our sport/swim/activities leaders, group counselors and staff to make our transport and camp buffet on par with The TCR reputation. The administrative portion of the program is headed by our seasoned veteran, Gil Amar. TCR runs 12 weekly 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. sessions throughout the summer. Door to door transport is offered from Wall Street to as far north as Greenwich, Conn. TCR offers parents the convenience of an early drop-off from 8:00 a.m. and a late pick-up until 6:00 p.m. TCR provides staff to pick up and deliver campers to parents vehicles, so parents never have to get out of their car. For enrollment, additional information, a tour of the club and or a tryout with a TCR coach, call John Salvatore or Gil Amar at (718) 796-9099 or e-mail john@tcr-nyc.com or gil@tcr-nyc.com.

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Summer Camps Flushing Meadows Corona Park (718) 760-6200 www.ntc.usta.com The USTA Billie Jean National Tennis Center will once again offer seven weeks of fun in the sun tennis camps starting in June 2013. Enrollment is available online and you may choose to registration for one, two or as many as seven weeks. The weekly program runs from Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break or a twilight session from 4:30 p.m.7:00 p.m.

Campers work on development of tennis techniques, tactics, sports conditioning, and strategy geared to maximizing the learning experience in a fun presentation. As the juniors develop, they are advanced to more challenging groups. Tennis activities include Stroke-of the Day, team games and Competitive Match Play. The camp also offers cross-training activities such as soccer, softball and basketball in the park or at the Corona park multipurpose recreational facility, swimming at the nearby FMCP Aquatics Center, off-site field trips include ice skating, Mets games, etc., and full access to the many fun activities on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. We accept junior players, ages four through 10 for the 10 & Under programs (visit www.quickstarttennis.com for information about this new tennis learning format). Children 10-years-old and up are enrolled in the Junior Camps (8:30 a.m.5:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.). Advanced High Performance Tournament training campers will be invited to participate in an intensive Tennis Academy training program which runs Monday-Friday, from 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. We have 22 outdoor courts, 12 indoor courts, and four stadium courts. We have available on-site Ping-Pong tables, ball machines, fitness center, arts and crafts, and other engaging sporting activities. Our primary focus will be on developing tennis skills while offering other activities to enhance the learning and camp experience. Detailed information will be available soon at www.ntc.usta.com. We are located in Flushing Meadow Corona Park. You may contact the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at (718) 7606200 for more information about year round and summer camp programs.

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Van Der Meer Tennis Camp offers junior clinics every week of the summer from June 2-Aug. 31. These are 27 hours of clinic instruction. They begin Sunday from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., followed with a daily schedule of 9:00 a.m.-Noon, a lunch break and then 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m., finishing on Friday from 9:00 a.m.-Noon. The junior clinics are for ages 10 to 18, with placement into Van Der Meer’s Academy level with ranked tournament players. Boarding is offered for ages 13 to 18 years in townhouse style apartments. The cost is $675 for the clinic and $1,010 to include room and board. All clinics are led by Van Der Meer Academy Director Marcos Ondruska, formerly ranked 27th in the world in the ATP World Tour Rankings.

camp guide West Side Tennis Club’s 2013 Summer Camp The West Side Tennis Club One Tennis Place Forest Hills, N.Y. Contact: Thomas Gilliland, Assistant Tennis Director (718) 268-2300, ext. 135 thomas@forestillstennis.com www.foresthillstennis.com

The West Side Tennis Club’s Summer Camp offers top notch coaching at the most historic tennis venue in the U.S. Led by former touring pro Bob Ingersole, who has coached numerous sectional, national and professional players, our program outlines the “Road to Success.” Former home of the U.S. Open, the Club still maintains grass, hard, red clay and Har-Tru courts. Each day, campers receive three hours of instruction from our certified staff. Our 10 & Under program is an innovative way to start children off on the right foot. Using graduated-length racquets, low compression balls and smaller nets, we can imme-

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diately increase their success rate which makes learning tennis more fun. Our Tournament Training Program was created to meet the needs of the top players in the area. Gus Alcayaga, one of the highest caliber coaches in the area, heads up our team of senior staff professionals. In addition to the high intensity drills we conduct on the court, we incorporate conditioning and match play into the curriculum to make sure our players reach their maximum potential. The camp consists of players ranging from touring pros to complete beginners. Campers also have two hours of free swim in our Junior Olympic-sized pool. The camp provides drinks throughout the day, a snack of fresh fruit, a lunch catered by our restaurant and towels for pool time. Day to day activities are handled by Assistant Tennis Director Thomas Gilliland. A national coach, graduate of Columbia University’s Maters of Sports Management Program and vice president of the USTA Metro Region, Thomas has run the camp for the past five years. Thirteen weeks of camp begin June 4, and transportation is available from Queens and Manhattan. For more information please call (718) 268-2300 or email thomas@foresthillstennis.com.

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A Message From USTA Eastern Metro Region President Jackie Clark The first time I picked up a tennis racquet, I immediately fell in love with the sport of tennis. It was not at a tennis club or a country club where this happened, but on a somewhat beat up tennis court with cracks and dips all over in a local park. At that moment, I knew tennis and I were a match made in Heaven. I loved playing and competing, and although my family could not afford private lessons or summer tennis camps, I always knew that tennis would have a major impact on my life, forever. After college I started playing again in the public parks and loved going to the tournaments at Madison Square Garden, The Hamlet Cup, and of course, the U.S. Open. One year at the U.S. Open, I walked over to the USTA Membership Booth to see what the USTA was all about, and of course, to get the free giveaway. I immediately envisioned myself in that booth one day telling visitors about USTA’s programs and leagues, and encouraging people who never actually played tennis to get started. I have learned over time that it is truly all about vision. As the USTA Eastern Metro Region President, I am so excited to be working with a group of very talented and motivated tennis enthusiasts who share the same vision … to grow tennis participation in New York City and to give people of all ages, diversity and economic backgrounds the opportunity to play the sport that we all love. Whether it is playing competitively in a USTA Adult League or tournament, as part of Junior Team Tennis or in a 10 & Under Tennis program, parks and recreational programs, or Adaptive Tennis and Wheelchair Tennis programs, we are dedicated to promote and develop opportunities for all to play tennis. The USTA Metro Region Board is ready to lock arms and work together to get everyone playing tennis. This passionate group of volunteers is looking forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting out into the communities across all the five boroughs of New York City. It is our mission to get everyone out, hitting the ball and having fun. Appointed in 2013, Jackie Clark is currently president of the USTA Eastern Metro Region and is also an executive board member of the USTA Eastern Section. Clark also serves on the USTA National Membership Services Committee since 2009. She has been second VP of the USTA Eastern Metro Region and a board member since 2009. Clark also served as chairperson of the USTA Eastern Adult Competition Committee, 2010-2012. She is an avid USTA Adult League player and competes on many women’s and mixeddoubles teams in the Metro, Long Island and Southern Regions of the Eastern Section. Clark has been a school counselor at Commack High School for the last 15 years and has coached the varsity boys and junior varsity girls tennis teams. She has also been 48

a strong advocate of parks and recreation programs and has directed the Smithtown Parks tennis program for the last 12 years.

Queens College Hosts USTA 10 & Under Workshop More than 20 participants recently braved the winter weather to participate in the USTA 10 & Under Workshop at the Queens College Tennis Center. The event, hosted by Head Tennis Pro and Queens College Men’s Tennis Head Coach Wayne Martin, took place at the newly-renovated indoor facility on the Queens College campus in Flushing, N.Y. The purpose of the instructional event was to educate coaches, parents and other tennis instructors on the best way to work with young children to foster a love of tennis. The event featured Coach Martin and also had teaching tips from USTA clinician, Chuck Russell.

USTA Eastern Metro Region Awards $5,000 in Grants The USTA Eastern Metro Region has awarded $5,000 in grants to increase tennis participation and support tennis programming, across New York City. The grants of $1,000 each are being given to Harlem SERVES, New York Tennis Association, The Knickerbocker Field Club, Metropolitan Tennis Group and The New York Foundling. “We are very excited to award these grants,” said Jackie Clark, president of the USTA Eastern Metro Region. “Each of these organizations are working hard to grow tennis participation throughout our diverse city and we are so happy to support them.” Harlem SERVES (New York, N.Y.) Harlem SERVES is a program dedicated to 10 & Under tennis using the QuickStart format. They are an outreach program even though they have facilities to use. The group is capable of setting up anywhere i.e. gymnasium, hall and classrooms because of the QuickStart play format. They are not just a tennis “program,” providing a network of resources, life-skills, and education to every organization served, they also work in conjunction with Harlem Hospital to provide free health screenings for youth and adults called “Health Day”. For more information about Harlem SERVES, email harlemserves@gmail.com.

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The Knickerbocker Field Club (Brooklyn, N.Y.) offers an eight-week instructional program every summer for kids on three of its five courts. Through personal contacts and word of mouth, 45 neighborhood kids, ages five through 18, have flocked to the club for a chance to play tennis, incorporating both fitness and fun! For more information about The Knicks, call (718) 856-5098. Photo credit: Metropolitan Tennis Group (MTG)

Metropolitan Tennis Group (MTG) (New York, N.Y.) was formed to provide its membership with expanded opportunities to play recreational and competitive tennis. The organization also serves as an alternative social forum for all members of the LGBT community. The group holds monthly singles and doubles parties, has a winter doubles league and a singles ladder during the summer. For more information about MTG, visit www.metrotennisgroup.com. The New York Foundling (New York, N.Y.), founded in 1869, is one of the country’s oldest and largest social service agencies, touching the lives of more than 13,000 of the community’s neediest residents each year. A diverse network of programs provides care for families with a range of social, economic, medical and psychological needs. The tennis program at Haven Academy will support tennis programming for disadvantaged children, increase tennis participation for a population that does not normally have exposure to the sport, and will foster diversity within the sport of tennis. For more information about The New York Foundling, visit www.nyfoundling.org.

National Tennis Center. Kids got a chance to play tennis in a variety of formats–on courts, on tables and on the Nintendo Wii–while parents got to learn about the program and sign their kids up for the winter season. Esu Ma’at, tennis service representative for the USTA Eastern Metro Region, “The event was a great way addressing the crowd to start the JTT season in New York City,” said Esu Ma’at, tennis service representative for the USTA Eastern Metro Region. “This year, the kids will get a chance to compete on teams, improve their skills and most importantly, have fun playing tennis with friends.” Any current USTA member, ages six through 18, can play JTT, which features co-ed teams for beginner, intermediate and advanced players. Each team match consists of five individual matches: Boys singles, girls singles, boys doubles, girls doubles and mixed-doubles. USTA Eastern Section JTT is run by a committee led by Mel Vice President Mark Swanson, JTT Coordinator for the USTA McIntyre with Mel Eastern Metro Region. In addition to Swanson, Swanson, JTT Coordinator for the the committee includes Jonathan Williams USTA Eastern Metro and Joani Akpan. Region For questions regarding JTT or to sign up, call (718) 789-5084, e-mail msvolley60@yahoo.com or visit http://eastern.usta.com/jrteamtennis.

RCTA vs. Sandy … RCTA Wins 0-6, 6-0, 6-0 New York Tennis Association (New York, N.Y.) which works to create and maintain opportunities for members of the American Tennis Association across the region, to compete, develop and network through the sport of tennis. Preserving the history of African-American’s in the sport of tennis, the group provides scholarships for incoming and existing college students who are ATA members and is working to fight against obesity in the community by offering tennis oriented health and fitness initiatives. For more information about NYTA, visit www.americantennisassociation.org.

Metro Region Kicks off JTT Season at Home of the U.S. Open USTA Eastern’s Metro Region began its Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) season in style in February, with a fun-filled kick-off party and registration session at the home of the U.S. Open, the USTA Billie Jean King

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A surging Hudson River crested over eight feet above its banks during Hurricane Sandy, completely engulfing the 96th Street Red Clay Tennis Courts in Riverside Park and leaving a thick deposit of black mud on the beautiful red clay. More than 70 RCTA volunteers turned out in the ensuing days to rake, scrape and remove the muck and mud, and thanks to their efforts, the public courts were fully restored by the end of the week. “When I first saw the courts the morning after the storm, I was

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convinced we would not be able to reopen till the spring,” said Riverside Clay Tennis Association (RCTA) Executive Director Mark McIntyre. “There was mud everywhere, and I thought it would take weeks—maybe months—for our small staff to scrape it off. We worked very hard for a few days and made some progress—but with

10 courts, it just felt like an overwhelming, quixotic task. So I sent an e-mail to our members asking for some help, and the next day, over 70 people showed up. It was amazing. Parents, kids, seniors … so many people came out—and it was a pretty chilly day. By the late afternoon, all the mud was gone. We opened the next day.”

New USTA Metro Board Takes Office Credit photos to James Alfalla

USTA Metro Region meeting participants and attendees at the Eastern Annual Conference

Metro Region junior award winners Felipe Osses-Konig of Rego Park, N.Y., winner of the Lawrence A. Miller Boys’ 16 Sportsmanship Award

Brianna Williams of Brooklyn, N.Y., winner of the Edith Martin Girls 14 Sportsmanship Award

The Spigner Family with executive director of USTA Eastern, Jill Fonte, and Gerry Cuva, president of the USTA Eastern Board of Directors, as they were honored with the USTA Eastern Family of the Year Award

Bob Ryland of New York, N.Y. received the Eastern Section’s Lifetime Achievement Award

A new group of volunteers will be bringing their talent and energy to grow tennis in New York City on USTA Eastern’s Metro Board. At the Section’s Annual Meeting on Jan. 26, the new Metro board took office, with Jackie Clark as Regional President, Daisy Schwartz as First Vice President, Nelson Kier as Second Vice President and Allon Lifshitz as Secretary. The borough representatives are: Charlotte Oestreicher Ganberg (Bronx); Pablo Sierra (Brooklyn); Jeffrey Fairbanks (Manhattan); Deborah-Rose Andrews (Queens) and Don Malech (Staten Island). 50

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Greg Jackson of Brooklyn, N.Y. was honored with the Regional Volunteer of the Year (Metro)

Sabrina Xiong of Fresh Meadows, N.Y. was recognized with the Lawrence A. Miller Girls 16 Sportsmanship Award

All board members are volunteers and serve two-year terms. “I am extremely fortunate to be working with such a talented and enthusiastic group of people on the Metro board,” Clark said. “Their dedication and passion for the sport will help us grow tennis among players of all ages and abilities throughout the city.” On Jan. 26, USTA Eastern also honored more than 35 juniors, adults and organizations, as the section held its annual awards Luncheon and Dinner at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel in White Plains, N.Y.

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USTAByLeagues Update Deborah-Rose Andrews he Manhattan Mixed-Doubles regular season has completed and playoffs began at the end of February. Finals Day was March 3 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The Queens and Bronx Mixed Leagues are in the midst of their season. Unfortunately due to club damage, we were unable to have the Brooklyn Mixed League this season, which was a huge disappointment to all. The 40 & Over League started in early February. Twenty-six teams signed up to try this new league type. It’s an exciting time as Metro is the first area in the Eastern Region to kick off this new league type. This league is not borough-specific, as teams are playing in the Bronx, Queens and Manhattan. The 18 & Over League will continue to run in the boroughs. Manhattan is ex-

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partners shall not exceed one point. For example, at the 8.0 Level you can have a 3.5 and 4.5 pairing, but cannot have a 3.0 and 5.0 pairing. In order to run any level, we require two independent teams. Additional information will be posted on our Web site (www.metrotennis.com) as it becomes available. Please be sure to “Like” us on Facebook—Metrotennis League Page. All “Call for Captains” are posted on this page. We also post playoff results and photos. Are you ready to play League Tennis? If you know your rating, you can contact the appropriate level coordinator through our Web site at www.metrotennis.com. Click on USTA Leagues, click the appropriate borough on the left, then “Coordinators.” Fill out the form completely, which will be sent on to the level coordinator. If you do not know your rating, please e-mail info@metrotennis.com with your full name, current age, area you wish to play in and tennis background. If you played college tennis, please include the college name, years played and position(s) played. A coordinator will get back to you. You can also go to TennisLink, complete your self-rating in advance of the league and then contact the appropriate level coordinator. Deborah-Rose Andrews is the Local League Coordinator for the Metro Region. She is also vice chair of the Adult League Committee and a member of the Metro Region board of directors. She may be reached by e-mail info@metrotennis.com.


What NYC Parents Should Know About

Player Development By Tom Clear What is development? A buzzword? A marketing tool? The USTA Player Development’s mission is “to develop world-class American players through a clearly-defined training structure and competitive pathway as well as through the implementation of a comprehensive coaching philosophy and structure.” In my opinion, development is gradual growth where a student progresses from dependence to independence. I feel some coaches and parents are obsessed with a quick fix, a “win by Friday approach,” rather than development. They want a short cut. They want all “problems” solved without the growing pains, but true growth/development is gradual. It takes years to develop tennis players. My teaching style focuses on four components of development: Physical, Technical, Tactical and Mental. I will add meaning to the four components. n Physically: The tennis player must PERFORM physically. They must perform a physical task like a sprint or an endurance run.

n Technically: I am asking my student to EXECUTE or hit the ball technically correct. n Tactically (Strategy/Game Plan): I am asking my student to apply or implement tactics that will lead to success. An example … hit your backhand down the line to your opponent’s weak forehand. n Mentally: My students must ACHIEVE mentally. Achieving things mentally brings all the components together. As many people say, “You are only as strong as you are mentally strong.” All components of development are needed for success. In a perfect world, the components would be in a specific order (Physical, Technical, Tactical and Mental) and the student will be proficient in all four areas. But we all know this is not a perfect world. As a coach, I must understand that there is no perfect player. All players have limitations. My student can only execute technically that which they can perform physically. My student can only apply tactically that which they can execute technically. However, the most successful players compensate for their limitations.

A student may be limited technically, but extremely proficient tactically, and as a coach, I must recognize that and build from that standpoint. I will work on improving my students’ limitations, but understand I have to help compensate for that limitation. There are many other variables in a student’s growth including parents, facility, environment and medical care. As you can see, development is a long process with many fluctuating forces. Tom Clear is a director of tennis for Gotham Tennis Academy at Stadium Tennis Center. Tom brings more than 25 years of industry experience as a coach and director. Most recently, Tom served as a coach at the USTA Player Development Training Center East, working with some of America’s most talented players. He is a member of the USTA Eastern Section Coaches Commission and was a head coach for the Eastern Section 12s National Zonals Team. Tom has served as a head coach at USTA/Eastern High Performance Camps and at USTA National Talent ID Camps. Tom can be reached by e-mailing tom@gothamtennis.com or by calling Stadium Tennis Center at (718) 665-4684.

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Tennis Professionals: Guardians of the Tennis Community By Brett Bothwell recent article by Fritz Buehning in the January/February 2013 issue of New York Tennis Magazine on string technology was a refreshing reminder of how important it is for tennis professionals and coaches at the grassroots level to stay informed and to take a lead in educating the tennis community regarding equipment and technological advances. Strings, racquets, balls and even sneakers have become very player-specific, and it’s essential for professionals to take an active role in matching players up with the appropriate “tools” to play. Injuries can occur and even player retention/participation can suffer greatly if players aren’t given proper guidance. The role of “educator” is an obvious

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one for teaching professionals, and it’s a role pros must embrace with as much regard for equipment as for stroke production. There are lots of ways to hit a tennis ball and pros serve as information filters everyday when considering how to teach. In this same manner, pros can serve as filters regarding equipment and technical information as well. It’s not enough for pros to be merely vehicles of commerce. The tennis community needs more precise guidance and the natural place to get it is from tennis professionals. Ideally, pros are continually sifting through the latest information, in fact are seeking it out, in order to help players find the “best fit” possible. Players who are mismatched with their equipment, particularly a racquet or string, are far more susceptible to injury. Thoughtless recommendations can be dangerous, making the tennis industry it-

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“According to the Tennis Industry Association (TIA), approximately 30 percent of frequent player participation is lost each year due to injury.” self vulnerable to harm. According to the Tennis Industry Association (TIA), approximately 30 percent of frequent player participation is lost each year due to injury. For the industry as a whole, that’s a big number: less court time sold, fewer balls sold, etc. Pros can form the last line of defense at the grass-roots level, and just as a coach on the court must be alert to a problematic stroke technique, a coach must also be alert to an equipmentplayer mismatch. Should a 3.5 Level player swinging a racquet at a fraction of Rafa’s swing speed, and who is half the weight of Rafa, and who is a mortal being unlike Rafa, use the same string and the same type of racquet as Rafa? Most of the time the answer should be “No,” yet this combination of player and equipment can be found on tennis courts everywhere. This is inexcusable, and it’s the responsibility of teachers and coaches to intervene and to open up a conversation which leads to smarter consumer decisions, for the benefit of all. There are certainly instances when a player will insist on using inappropriate equipment in spite of a credible recommendation otherwise, but the frequency of mismatches suggests the lack of an active dialogue. There is no doubt that players can be persuaded by direct ap-


peals from manufacturers, but more often than not, tennis pros and/or stringers are the final customer consultation regarding an equipment purchase, and if the pro is armed with a solid knowledge base, then a sound recommendation is likely to hit home. A proper equipment fit can make tennis easier to play and making the game easier leads to a greater conversion rate of casual participants to frequent players. A good example of this is 10 & Under tennis. The equipment has been scaled down to fit the small scale of the children making the game much more engaging and enjoyable. It’s not an accident that the conversion rate of 10 & Under kids to frequently playing juniors is significantly on the rise. The same principle applies

to fitting adults for equipment. The likelihood of a beginning adult enjoying the game and embracing it as a game for life is much greater if they’re using an appropriate beginner racquet and string, and maybe even a special ball. These are decisions that pros must actively engage in for the greater good of the game. In order to maximize everyone’s enjoyment of tennis and to grow the game, coaches and teaching professionals must embrace their role as guardians of

the tennis community. It’s not enough to sell the latest stuff because it’s readily available. Pros must seize the opportunity to do more, and to make themselves an even greater asset to the game by taking responsibility for fitting players with appropriate equipment. Just as pros and coaches spend time training to play and to teach, they must take time as well to understand the impact and implications of new products and technologies in order to make sound recommendations to the playing community. Brett Bothwell is founder and director of BOLT Sports, and senior staff pro, USPTA for Roosevelt Island Racquet Club. He may be reached by phone at (877) 430-BOLT, email contact@bolt-sports.com or visit www.boltadvance.com.

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Tennis Celebrates Banner Night at MSG P

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rofessional tennis returned to New York City on March 4, as the BNP Paribas Showdown was held at Madison Square Garden. The night started with a women’s match between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka, the top two players in the WTA Tour rankings. It was an entertaining match which featured an appearance from Azarenka’s friend Redfoo of LMFAO, who came out to play a couple points against Serena. In the end, even with the assistance of Redfoo, it was Serena who defeated Azarenka in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.

The main event of the evening was a men’s exhibition between Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal of Spain. It was a battle of former U.S. Open champions, but the real story was Nadal’s return to the hard courts. Nadal, an 11-time Grand Slam champion who missed seven months due to knee injuries, was back on a hardcourt surface for the first time since March 2012, when he played in the ATP Sony Open in Miami. The Nadal-del Potro match was a combination of big forehands with touch shots and crowd pleasing plays mixed in. There were at least a half dozen between-thelegs shots. The match was delayed in the second set when Nadal went in to the crowd and brought actor Ben Stiller on to the court with him. Del Potro then got a young girl sitting courtside to be his partner and a doubles match was born. “Ben was fantastic to come out here tonight. He needs to practice a little more tennis,” Nadal said. “And to play with a kid is a fantastic experience for all of the fans and for her, too. We enjoyed all of the show.” When singles play resumed, del Potro was able to pull out a 76(7-4), 6-4 win. “It was an amazing opportunity

to play here at Madison Square Garden,” said Nadal in a televised interview. “This kind of thing just happens once in life and we tried to enjoy it as much as possible.” Currently fifth in the ATP Men’s Singles Tour rankings, Nadal is scheduled to play his first hard-court tournament of the season this week at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. “It was fantastic for me playing against Rafa in this stadium,” said del Potro, who is ranked seventh in the world. “The good thing for everybody is that Rafa is back. It’s amazing how quickly he’s recovered and he’s playing really well. He’s going to be fighting for the number one spot very soon.”


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Boys & Girls Metro Rankings

16 ......Noah Solano ..................Brooklyn, N.Y.

39 ......Jonathan Tse ..................Staten Island, N.Y.

32 ......Audrey Pacthod..............New York, N.Y.

17 ......Wiley Schubert................Brooklyn, N.Y.

40 ......Barak Harari....................Hollis, N.Y.

33 ......Samantha Fischer ..........New York, N.Y.

(as of 01/22/13)

19 ......Andrew Hauser ..............New York, N.Y.

BOYS Metro Boys 12 Singles Rank Name............................City 1 ........Nicholas Pustilnik ..........Brooklyn, N.Y. 2 ........Alexander Petrov ............Middle Village, N.Y. 3 ........Wesley Zhang ................Staten Island, N.Y. 4 ........Stevan Stojkovic ............Flushing, N.Y. 5 ........Igor Maslov ....................Brooklyn, N.Y. 6 ........David Krasner ................Staten Island, N.Y. 7 ........Shawn Jackson ..............Staten Island, N.Y. 8 ........Blake Frank ....................New York, N.Y. 9 ........Henry Hochfelder ..........New York, N.Y. 10 ......Mizel Stevens..................New York, N.Y. 11 ......Ryan McCook ................Saint Albans, N.Y. 12 ......Joseph Wilkanowski ......Long Island City, N.Y. 13 ......David Dylan Pines ..........New York, N.Y. 14 ......Jacob Livianu..................Brooklyn, N.Y. 15 ......David Weiner ..................Rego Park, N.Y. 16 ......Pieter Wernink ................New York, N.Y. 17 ......Brandon Torres ..............Bronx, N.Y.

20 ......Jordan Rey-Anatole ......Brooklyn, N.Y. 21 ......Peter Frelinghuysen........New York, N.Y. 22 ......Leaf Fagerberg ..............New York, N.Y. 23 ......Leonidas Vrailas..............New York, N.Y. 24 ......Jorge Arenas ..................Bronx, N.Y. 25 ......Jack Metzger ..................New York, N.Y. 26 ......Daniel Corona ................Fresh Meadows, N.Y. 27 ......Josh Charap ..................New York, N.Y. 28 ......Brandon Zhang ..............Brooklyn, N.Y. 29 ......Dan Ion Negru ................Middle Village, N.Y. 30 ......Max Lederman................New York, N.Y. 31 ......Mitchell Mu......................Oakland Gardens, N.Y. 32 ......Robert Shinder................Brooklyn, N.Y. 33 ......Alex Huynh......................Astoria, N.Y. 34 ......Mark Karpovas ..............Staten Island, N.Y. 35 ......Eric Ryklin........................New York, N.Y. 36 ......Nicholas Kingsley ..........New York, N.Y. 37 ......Jacob Daly ......................Oakland Gardens, N.Y. 38 ......Tristan Taylor ..................New York, N.Y. 39 ......Gabriel Sifuentes ............Flushing, N.Y. 40 ......Andrew Pokorny ............New York, N.Y.

18 ......Peter Frelinghuysen........New York, N.Y. 19 ......Scott Fischer ..................New York, N.Y. 20 ......Isaac Rose-Berman........Brooklyn, N.Y.

34 ......Tomi Alalade....................Rosedale, N.Y.

18 ......Tanner Ross Bhonslay ..New York, N.Y.

Metro Boys 16 Singles

21 ......Anthony Cataldo ............Brooklyn, N.Y.

Rank Name............................City

22 ......Sidharth Chawla ............New York, N.Y.

1 ........Jonathan Cohen ............New York, N.Y.

23 ......Joseph Shulkin ..............Staten Island, N.Y.

2 ........Kevin Huynh....................Astoria, N.Y.

24 ......Rudolph Merlin ..............Brooklyn, N.Y.

3 ........David Farina....................New York, N.Y.

25 ......Leonidas Vrailas..............New York, N.Y.

4 ........Samuel Caloras ..............Little Neck, N.Y.

26 ......Christian Rabinowitz ......Bayside, N.Y.

5 ........Leonard Margolis............Brooklyn, N.Y.

27 ......Jeffrey Yu ........................Forest Hills, N.Y.

Metro Boys 18 Singles Rank Name............................City 1 ........David N. Zhukovsky ......Brooklyn, N.Y. 2 ........Jonathan Cohen ............New York, N.Y. 3 ........Jordan Selig....................New York, N.Y. 4 ........Kevin Ching ....................Bayside, N.Y. 5 ........Joshua Freud..................New York, N.Y. 6 ........Lorenzo Soo....................New York, N.Y.

35 ......Shakima Hotaki ..............Flushing, N.Y. 36 ......Isabella Tushaj ................Bronx, N.Y. 37 ......Rebecca Sitkovetsky......Staten Island, N.Y. 38 ......Danielle Kezeli ................Staten Island, N.Y. 39 ......Sophia Weiland ..............Ridgewood, N.Y. 40 ......Alexandra Miasnikova....Rego Park, N.Y.

Metro Girls 14 Singles

7 ........Justin Selig......................New York, N.Y.

Rank Name............................City

8 ........Christopher Huynh ........Astoria, N.Y.

1 ........Jennifer Yu ......................Forest Hills, N.Y.

9 ........Josh Weiner ....................New York, N.Y.

2 ........Sarah Hirschfield ............New York, N.Y.

10 ......Michael Lesser................New York, N.Y.

3 ........Victoria Zezula ................Ridgewood, N.Y.

11 ......Alexander Pintilie ............New York, N.Y.

4 ........Christina Huynh ..............Astoria, N.Y.

12 ......Nolan Crawford ..............New York, N.Y.

5 ........Donna Marie Episcopio..Bayside, N.Y.

13 ......Stefan Radevic ..............New York, N.Y.

6 ........Nicole Khorosh ..............Brooklyn, N.Y.

14 ......Teddy Drucker ................New York, N.Y.

7 ........Olivia Morris ....................Floral Park, N.Y.

15 ......Sean Solomonoff............New York, N.Y.

8 ........Marierose Apice..............Brooklyn, N.Y.

16 ......Jordan Jordan ................Astoria, N.Y.

9 ........Veronika Semenova........Brooklyn, N.Y.

17 ......Matthew Glaser ..............Brooklyn, N.Y.

10 ......Anna Maite Kaplan ........New York, N.Y.

18 ......Enrique Torres ................Brooklyn, N.Y.

11 ......Kyra Bergmann ..............Forest Hills, N.Y.

19 ......Jahmall Forde ................Jamaica, N.Y.

12 ......Isabelle Rovinski ............New York, N.Y.

20 ......Zachary Kaplan ..............New York, N.Y.

13 ......Sydney Lynn Katz ..........New York, N.Y.

21 ......Michael Leon ..................Woodhaven, N.Y.

14 ......Victoria Judy Hanuman..Brooklyn, N.Y.

22 ......Travis Arffa ......................New York, N.Y.

15 ......Amalia Parrish ................Queens Village, N.Y.

23 ......Kevin Huynh....................Astoria, N.Y.

16 ......Brooke Jin ......................New York, N.Y.

24 ......Alexander Fallone ..........New York, N.Y.

17 ......Kayla Schumacher ........Brooklyn, N.Y.

26 ......Mark Semerik..................Brooklyn, N.Y.

18 ......Stephanie Li ....................New York, N.Y. 19 ......Rosa Aksanova ..............Brooklyn, N.Y. 20 ......Jean Soo ........................Flushing, N.Y.

GIRLS

21 ......Olga Drahanchuk............Brooklyn, N.Y.

6 ........Leonardo Escudero........Ozone Park, N.Y.

Metro Girls 12 Singles

22 ......Rosie Garcia Gross ........New York, N.Y.

28 ......Gabriel Rissman ............Brooklyn, N.Y.

7 ........Christopher Huynh ........Astoria, N.Y.

Rank Name............................City

29 ......Ameer Hosain ................New York, N.Y.

8 ........Michael Jasienowski ......Middle Village, N.Y.

1 ........Sabrina Boada................Woodhaven, N.Y.

30 ......Jonathan Glinsky............Brooklyn, N.Y.

9 ........Joshua Freud..................New York, N.Y.

2 ........Miriam Aziz......................Staten Island, N.Y.

31 ......Sadi Gulcelik ..................New York, N.Y.

10 ......William Trang ..................Staten Island, N.Y.

3 ........Dakota Fordham ............New York, N.Y.

32 ......Jace Alexander ..............New York, N.Y.

11 ......Gabriel Kramer-Garcia ..New York, N.Y.

4 ........Christina Huynh ..............Astoria, N.Y.

33 ......Robert Shinder................Brooklyn, N.Y.

12 ......Adam Borak....................Brooklyn, N.Y.

5 ........Lorraine Bergmann ........Forest Hills, N.Y.

34 ......Elias Rabayev ................Brooklyn, N.Y.

13 ......Adam Bernstein..............New York, N.Y.

6 ........Nadejda Maslova............Brooklyn, N.Y.

35 ......Noah Edelman................New York, N.Y.

14 ......Garrett Sopko ................Brooklyn, N.Y.

7 ........Isabella Cooper ..............Brooklyn, N.Y.

36 ......Eli Taylor-Kerman............New York, N.Y.

15 ......Peter Sillis........................Brooklyn, N.Y.

8 ........Theodora Vrailas ............New York, N.Y.

37 ......John-Tomas Bilski ..........New York, N.Y.

16 ......Michael Lesser................New York, N.Y.

9 ........Caroline Kantor ..............New York, N.Y.

38 ......Kai Yuminaga..................Little Neck, N.Y.

17 ......Ira Rey-Anatole ..............Brooklyn, N.Y.

10 ......Zoe Kava ........................New York, N.Y.

39 ......Jorge Luis Arenas ..........Bronx, N.Y.

18 ......Bojidar Todorov ..............Rego Park, N.Y.

11 ......Sofie Levine ....................New York, N.Y.

40 ......Garrett Chao ..................New York, N.Y.

19 ......Robert Millman ..............New York, N.Y.

12 ......Maryna Bohdanovska....Brooklyn, N.Y.

20 ......Sam Vagner ....................Staten Island, N.Y.

13 ......Anastasya Menshikova..Brooklyn, N.Y.

Metro Boys 14 Singles

21 ......Douglas Nover................Bayside, N.Y.

14 ......Anna Tselikovskaya ........New York, N.Y.

22 ......Kristjan Tmoasson..........New York, N.Y.

15 ......Jean Soo ........................Flushing, N.Y.

Rank Name............................City

23 ......Andrew Hauser ..............New York, N.Y.

16 ......Kyra Bergmann ..............Forest Hills, N.Y.

1 ........Derek Lung......................Brooklyn, N.Y.

24 ......Jahmall Forde ................Jamaica, N.Y.

17 ......Amalia Parrish ................Queens Village, N.Y.

2 ........Kermal Aziz ....................Staten Island, N.Y.

25 ......Kumiel Hosain ................New York, N.Y.

18 ......Diana Sosonkin ..............Brooklyn, N.Y.

3 ........Kevin Yan ........................Brooklyn, N.Y.

26 ......Sam Krevlin ....................New York, N.Y.

19 ......Karolina Lankamer..........Brooklyn, N.Y.

4 ........Andrew Zucker ..............New York, N.Y.

27 ......Zachary Kaplan ..............New York, N.Y.

20 ......Isabella Hartman ............New York, N.Y.

Rank Name............................City

5 ........Barak Harari....................Hollis, N.Y.

28 ......Marc Betito......................Floral Park, N.Y.

21 ......Elisabeth Schlossel ........New York, N.Y.

1 ........Hediye Karabay ..............Flushing, N.Y.

6 ........Adam Bernstein..............New York, N.Y.

29 ......Andrew Penn ..................New York, N.Y.

22 ......Hanna Yip........................New York, N.Y.

2 ........Keri Anne Picciochi ........Flushing, N.Y.

7 ........David Moldovan..............Brooklyn, N.Y.

30 ......Michael Sklar ..................New York, N.Y.

23 ......Tiana Fernandez ............Bronx, N.Y.

3 ........Nicole Serras ..................Whitestone, N.Y.

8 ........Robert Millman ..............New York, N.Y.

31 ......Ray Fishman ..................New York, N.Y.

24 ......Najah Dawson ................Rosedale, N.Y.

4 ........Anika Pornpitaksuk ........Flushing, N.Y.

9 ........Ray Fishman ..................New York, N.Y.

32 ......Christian Gloria ..............Queens Village, N.Y.

25 ......Lena Kovacevic ..............New York, N.Y.

5 ........Emi Lewis........................New York, N.Y.

10 ......Adam Borak....................Brooklyn, N.Y.

33 ......Evan Liberman................New York, N.Y.

26 ......Naomi Park ....................New York, N.Y.

6 ........Electra Frelinghuysen ....New York, N.Y.

11 ......Emil Nadyrbekov ............Brooklyn, N.Y.

34 ......Adam Chan ....................New York, N.Y.

27 ......Rosa Aksanova ..............Brooklyn, N.Y.

7 ........Alexus Gill........................Brooklyn, N.Y.

12 ......Daniel Schaw..................New York, N.Y.

35 ......Josh Charap ..................New York, N.Y.

28 ......Steffi Antao......................Briarwood, N.Y.

8 ........Erika Tinalli ......................Brooklyn, N.Y.

13 ......Horia Negru ....................Middle Village, N.Y.

36 ......Stephen Fields................Bronx, N.Y.

29 ......Julia Sachman ................New York, N.Y.

9 ........Jennifer Yu ......................Forest Hills, N.Y.

14 ......Mizel Stevens..................New York, N.Y.

37 ......Gurjot Singh....................Flushing, N.Y.

30 ......Amanda Solecki..............Brooklyn, N.Y.

10 ......Zorriana Johnson............New York, N.Y.

15 ......Daniel Ertel......................New York, N.Y.

38 ......Eric Ryklin........................New York, N.Y.

31 ......Gabriella Kashulsky........Brooklyn, N.Y.

11 ......Keren Khromchenko ......Staten Island, N.Y.

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23 ......Val Leifer..........................New York, N.Y. 24 ......Alessandra Ricciardi ......Howard Beach, N.Y. 25 ......Alexandra Miasnikova....Rego Park, N.Y. 26 ......Maria Kogarova ..............Brooklyn, N.Y. 27 ......Grace Parker ..................New York, N.Y. 28 ......Anu Alalade ....................Rosedale, N.Y. 29 ......Emma Gray ....................New York, N.Y. 30 ......Julia Sachman ................New York, N.Y. 31 ......Miriam Aziz......................Staten Island, N.Y. 32 ......Elizabeth Khusid ............Brooklyn, N.Y. 33 ......Mia Simone Parrish ........Queens Village, N.Y. 34 ......Sabrina Lee Abrams ......New York, N.Y. 35 ......Hanna Yip........................New York, N.Y. 36 ......Cheyenne Jenkins..........Bronx, N.Y. 37 ......Chloe Trang ....................Staten Island, N.Y. 38 ......Julia Kirsh........................New York, N.Y. 39 ......Eliza Wyckoff ..................New York, N.Y. 40 ......Rebecca Krupatkin ........Brooklyn, N.Y.

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RANKINGS Sectional Boys 16 Singles— Metro Region

12 ......Vania Savic......................Woodside, N.Y.

48 ......Nicholas Pustilnik ..........Brooklyn, N.Y.

13 ......Nicole Schnabel..............Woodhaven, N.Y.

50 ......Alexander Chiu ..............New York, N.Y.

14 ......Annie Reiner....................New York, N.Y.

54 ......Shawn Jackson ..............Staten Island, N.Y.

15 ......Reena Sarkar ..................New York, N.Y.

63 ......Kai Yuminaga..................Little Neck, N.Y.

Rank ..Name ..........................City

16 ......Sofia Aisiks......................New York, N.Y.

67 ......Garrett Chao ..................New York, N.Y.

13 ......Oliver Sec........................New York, N.Y.

Rank ..Name ..........................City

17 ......Kiarah Williams ..............Bronx, N.Y.

68 ......Jeffrey McCready ..........Brooklyn, N.Y.

14 ......Artemie Amari ................New York, N.Y.

3 ........Dasha Kourkina ..............Brooklyn, N.Y.

18 ......Anna Tselikovskaya ........New York, N.Y.

69 ......Aleksa Pljakic..................Forest Hills, N.Y.

19 ......Cameron Daniels............Oakland Gardens, N.Y.

6 ........Nicole Semenov ............Brooklyn, N.Y.

19 ......Paolina Zanki ..................Astoria, N.Y.

71 ......Alexander Nielsen ..........New York, N.Y.

22 ......Victor Miglo ....................Kew Gardens, N.Y.

7 ........Michelle Sorokko............Douglaston, N.Y.

20 ......Julia Zbarsky ..................New York, N.Y.

72 ......Harry Portnoy..................New York, N.Y.

23 ......Marcus Smith..................Little Neck, N.Y.

10 ......Chelsea Williams ............Brooklyn, N.Y.

21 ......Shayna Spooner ............New York, N.Y.

76 ......Alexander Petrov ............Middle Village, N.Y.

24 ......Christopher Paul Auteri..Staten Island, N.Y.

12 ......Shelly Yaloz ....................Little Neck, N.Y.

22 ......Camille Price ..................New York, N.Y.

77 ......Alex Portnoy....................New York, N.Y.

26 ......James Wasserman ........New York, N.Y.

18 ......Anastasia Koniaev..........Forest Hills, N.Y.

23 ......Anna Kaplan ..................New York, N.Y.

79 ......Noah Edelman................New York, N.Y.

35 ......Edan Sossen ..................Oakland Gardens, N.Y.

20 ......Katherine Kachkarov......Flushing, N.Y.

24 ......Marion Goldberg ............New York, N.Y.

80 ......Maxwell Kachkarov ........Flushing, N.Y.

37 ......Felipe Osses-Konig........Rego Park, N.Y.

24 ......Christina Huynh ..............Astoria, N.Y.

25 ......Kara Rosenblum ............New York, N.Y.

82 ......David Krasner ................Staten Island, N.Y.

42 ......Gal Sossen......................Oakland Gardens, N.Y.

26 ......Miriam Aziz......................Staten Island, N.Y.

26 ......Alesssandra Ricciardi ....Howard Beach, N.Y.

85 ......Ameer Hossain ..............New York, N.Y.

44 ......Steven Koulouris ............Long Island City, N.Y.

28 ......Dakota Fordham ............New York, N.Y.

27 ......Gaelle Conille..................New York, N.Y.

91 ......Tristan Taylor ..................New York, N.Y.

48 ......Alexander Thrane ..........New York, N.Y.

31 ......Kyra Bergmann ..............Forest Hills, N.Y.

28 ......Savannah George ..........Bronx, N.Y.

93 ......Scott Fischer ..................New York, N.Y.

53 ......Ananth Raghavan ..........New York, N.Y.

34 ......Rosie Gross ....................New York, N.Y.

29 ......Yifei Wang ......................Little Neck, N.Y.

95 ......Ethan Finley ....................New York, N.Y.

55 ......Jack Haroche..................New York, N.Y.

37 ......Marie Ivantechenko........Brooklyn, N.Y.

30 ......Lindsay Jadow................New York, N.Y.

96 ......Joseph Wilkanowski ......Long Island City, N.Y.

57 ......Douglas Mo ....................Douglaston, N.Y.

40 ......Diana McCready ............Brooklyn, N.Y.

31 ......Isadora Braune ..............New York, N.Y.

98 ......Derrick Mu ......................Oakland Gardens, N.Y.

61 ......Maurice Russo................New York, N.Y.

43 ......Elvina Kalieva..................Staten Island, N.Y.

32 ......Donna Episcopio ............Bayside, N.Y.

101 ....Brandon Cohen ..............New York, N.Y.

62 ......Ethan Nittolo ..................Flushing, N.Y.

45 ......Isabella Tushaj ................Bronx, N.Y.

33 ......Jade Barnett-Irons..........New York, N.Y.

105 ....Teddy Brodsky................New York, N.Y.

64 ......Jun Yuminaga ................Little Neck, N.Y.

46 ......Najah Dawson ................Rosedale, N.Y.

34 ......Soraya Cornille ..............New York, N.Y.

112 ....Stevan Stojkovic ............Flushing, N.Y.

72 ......Alexander Pintilie ............New York, N.Y.

56 ......Diana Sosonkin ..............Brooklyn, N.Y.

35 ......Brittany Biggs ................Bronx, N.Y.

113 ....Michael Cooper ..............Brooklyn, N.Y.

81 ......Michael Anzalone ..........Howard Beach, N.Y.

57 ......Carolyn Brodsky ............New York, N.Y.

36 ......Sophia Kryloff ................Brooklyn, N.Y.

115 ....Wesley Zhang ................Staten Island, N.Y.

82 ......Jacob Frisch ..................New York, N.Y.

59 ......Nadejda Maslova............Brooklyn, N.Y.

37 ......Alicia Ng ..........................Howard Beach, N.Y.

118 ....Zachary Portnoy ............New York, N.Y.

107 ....Zachary Kaplan ..............New York, N.Y.

61 ......Amanda Solecki..............Brooklyn, N.Y.

38 ......Bria Heyward ..................Brinx, N.Y.

130 ....Tyler Kats ........................Astoria, N.Y.

119 ....Noah Sutter ....................New York, N.Y.

62 ......Sonia Tartakovsky ..........New York, N.Y.

39 ......Arianna Motta ................Staten Island, N.Y.

131 ....David Weiner ..................Rego Park, N.Y.

120 ....Cole Gittens ....................New York, N.Y.

71 ......Sabrina Boada................Woodhaven, N.Y.

40 ......Paula Faltynowicz ..........Flushing, N.Y.

132 ....Eitan Khromchenko........Staten Island, N.Y.

131 ....Antony Jippov ................New York, N.Y.

72 ......Sarah Finley ....................New York, N.Y.

135 ....Marcos Lee ....................New York, N.Y.

134 ....Michael Pisarek ..............Forest Hills, N.Y.

74 ......Perene Wang ..................New York, N.Y.

136 ....Jace Alexander ..............New York, N.Y.

138 ....William Trang ..................Staten Island, N.Y.

75 ......Zoe Kava ........................New York, N.Y.

140 ....Elias Rabayev ................Brooklyn, N.Y.

142 ....Christian Gloria ..............Queens Village, N.Y.

77 ......Steffi Antao......................Briarwood, N.Y.

145 ....Adam Sonntag................New York, N.Y.

147 ....Andrew Hauser ..............New York, N.Y.

84 ......Gabriella Eitkis ................Brooklyn, N.Y.

147 ....Magnus Von Ziegesar ....Brooklyn, N.Y.

149 ....Evan Liberman................New York, N.Y.

89 ......Audrey Pacthod..............New York, N.Y.

Metro Girls 18 Singles Rank Name............................City 1 ........Nicole Serras ..................Whitestone, N.Y. 2 ........Hediye Karabay ..............Flushing, N.Y. 3 ........Priscilla Signore ..............Staten Island, N.Y. 4 ........Bianca Signore ..............Staten Island, N.Y. 5 ........Kyra Bergmann ..............Forest Hills, N.Y. 6 ........Champagne Mills............New York, N.Y. 7 ........Alexus Gill........................Brooklyn, N.Y. 8 ........Nicole Schnabel..............Woodhaven, N.Y. 9 ........Charlotte Camacho........New York, N.Y.

148 ....Joseph Shulkin ..............Staten Island, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 14 Singles— Metro Region

Rank ..Name ..........................City 3 ........Joshua Yablon ................New York, N.Y.

Rank ..Name ..........................City

8 ........Justin Fields ....................New York, N.Y.

6 ........Jordan Jordan ................Astoria, N.Y.

12 ......Artemie Amari ................New York, N.Y.

7 ........Aleksandar Kovacevic....New York, N.Y.

14 ......Courtney Jaycen Murphy Bronx, N.Y.

15 ......Sumit Sarkar .................. New York, N.Y.

20 ......Lucas Pickering ..............Brooklyn, N.Y.

20 ......Calvin Chung ..................Bronx, N.Y.

Boys & Girls Sectional Rankings (as of 02/19/13)

Sectional Boys 18 Singles— Metro Region

27 ......Sachin Raghavan ..........New York, N.Y.

24 ......Mitchell Ostrovsky..........Brooklyn, N.Y.

31 ......Richard Sec ....................New York, N.Y.

46 ......Philip Raytburg ..............Brooklyn, N.Y.

41 ......Ryoma Haraguchi ..........New York, N.Y.

53 ......Max Prohorov ................Rego Park, N.Y.

65 ......Daniel Kerznerman ........Brooklyn, N.Y.

59 ......Zachary Lieb ..................New York, N.Y.

69 ......Oliver Sec........................New York, N.Y.

68 ......David Mizrahi ..................Brooklyn, N.Y.

BOYS

73 ......Tyler Pasko......................Staten Island, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 12 Singles— Metro Region

80 ......James Dill........................New York, N.Y.

74 ......Win Smith........................Brooklyn, N.Y. 79 ......Jonathan Selegean ........East Elmhurst, N.Y. 82 ......Zachary Yablon ..............New York, N.Y.

85 ......Ethan Moszkowski ........New York, N.Y.

106 ....Steven Koulouris ............Long Island City, N.Y.

89 ......Adam Bernstein..............New York, N.Y.

108 ....Victor Miglo ....................Kew Gardens, N.Y.

GIRLS Sectional Girls 12 Singles— Metro Region

96 ......Sofie Levine ....................New York, N.Y. 100 ....Caroline Kantor ..............New York, N.Y. 101 ....Lorraine Bergmann ........Forest Hills, N.Y. 103 ....Isabella Cooper ..............Brooklyn, N.Y. 111 ....Emily Moczulski..............Oakland Gardens, N.Y. 112 ....Anastasya Menshikova..Brooklyn, N.Y. 114 ....Rebecca Fisch................New York, N.Y. 122 ....Lena Kovacevic ..............New York, N.Y. 126 ....Anna Tselikovskaya ........New York, N.Y. 131 ....Sophia Weiland ..............Ridgewood, N.Y. 134 ....Rebecca Izyayeva ..........Staten Island, N.Y. 137 ....Shakima Hotaki ..............Flushing, N.Y. 138 ....Isabella Sifuentes............Flushing, N.Y. 139 ....Theodora Vrailas ............New York, N.Y. 141 ....Elisabeth Schlossel ........New York, N.Y. 144 ....Anita Wright ....................New York, N.Y. 149 ....Maryna Bohdanovska....Brooklyn, N.Y. 150 ....Karolina Lankamer..........Brooklyn, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 14 Singles— Metro Region

Rank ..Name ..........................City

95 ......Xavier Pacthod ..............New York, N.Y.

7 ........Ethan Leon......................Woodhaven, N.Y.

100 ....Gary Fishkin ....................Staten Island, N.Y.

15 ......Shand Stephens ............New York, N.Y.

103 ....Jeffrey Gorilovsky ..........Brooklyn, N.Y.

18 ......Igor Maslov ....................Brooklyn, N.Y.

106 ....Jacob Kern......................New York, N.Y.

20 ......Jeffrey Fradkin ................New York, N.Y.

111 ....Kemal Irfan Aziz..............Staten Island, N.Y.

22 ......Steven Daniel Nazaroff ..Brooklyn, N.Y.

112 ....Jordan Rey-Anatole ......Brooklyn, N.Y.

24 ......Derek Raskopf................New York, N.Y.

122 ....Sam Vagner ....................Staten Island, N.Y.

29 ......Kemal Irfan Aziz..............Staten Island, N.Y.

123 ....Ethan Leon......................Woodhaven, N.Y.

30 ......Christopher Tham ..........Flushing, N.Y.

125 ....Allan Magid ....................Brooklyn, N.Y.

31 ......Jonah Jurick....................New York, N.Y.

136 ....Christopher Kolesnik......Staten Island, N.Y.

35 ......Sam Vagner ....................Staten Island, N.Y.

142 ....Giacomo Eisler................New York, N.Y.

24 ......Lauren Munari ................Middle Village, N.Y.

37 ......Robbie Werdiger ............New York, N.Y.

144 ....Emil Nadyrbekov ............Brooklyn, N.Y.

26 ......Nicole Semenov ............Brooklyn, N.Y.

42 ......Will Coad ........................New York, N.Y.

146 ....Philip Belmatch ..............Staten Island, N.Y.

38 ......Anastasiya Malinouskaya Staten Island, N.Y.

44 ......Lantis Wang ....................New York, N.Y.

147 ....Andrew Zucker ..............New York, N.Y.

47 ......Stephanie Li ....................New York, N.Y.

114 ....Andrew Arnaboldi ..........New York, N.Y. 120 ....Alexis Cai ........................Woodhaven, N.Y. 125 ....Alexander Pintilie ............New York, N.Y.

Rank ..Name ..........................City

127 ....Mark Semerik..................Brooklyn, N.Y.

7 ........Brianna Williams ............Brooklyn, N.Y.

132 ....Michael Anzalone ..........Howard Beach, N.Y.

13 ......Alexus Gill........................Brooklyn, N.Y.

142 ....Jordan Selig....................New York, N.Y.

14 ......Yuka Lin ..........................Kew Gardens, N.Y.

144 ....Christopher Auteri ..........Staten Island, N.Y.

15 ......Aleksandra Bekirova ......Brooklyn, N.Y.

145 ....Jonathan Cohen ............New York, N.Y.

19 ......Regina Furer....................Brooklyn, N.Y.

148 ....Harold Schaaff................New York, N.Y.

21 ......Alexandra Koniaev ........Forest Hills, N.Y. 22 ......Victoria Sec ....................New York, N.Y.

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NEW 48 ......Patricia Obeid ................New York, N.Y. 49 ......Michelle Khaimov ..........Jamaica, N.Y. 53 ......Jennifer Yu ......................Forest Hills, N.Y. 63 ......Lisa Marchelska..............Brooklyn, N.Y. 65 ......Sydney Katz....................New York, N.Y. 70 ......Marierose Apice..............Brooklyn, N.Y. 75 ......Christina Huynh ..............Astoria, N.Y. 80 ......Sabrina Abrams..............New York, N.Y. 83 ......Katherine Kachkarov......Flushing, N.Y. 89 ......Anna Kaplan ..................New York, N.Y. 111 ....Chelsea Williams ............Brooklyn, N.Y. 112 ....Amalia Parrish ................Queens Village, N.Y. 114 ....Kyra Bergmann ..............Forest Hills, N.Y. 119 ....Shelly Yaloz ....................Little Neck, N.Y. 120 ....Alexa Nobandegani........New York, N.Y. 123 ....Victoria Zezula ................Ridgewood, N.Y. 124 ....Olivia Morris ....................Floral Park, N.Y. 126 ....Anastasia Koniaev..........Forest Hills, N.Y. 129 ....Isabel Balilo ....................Flushing, N.Y. 130 ....Lia Kiam ..........................New York, N.Y. 131 ....Michelle Sorokko............Little Neck, N.Y. 139 ....Yelizaveta Aginskaya......Brooklyn, N.Y. 140 ....Brittny Ferreira ................Brooklyn,, N.Y. 142 ....Isabelle Rovinski ............New York, N.Y. 148 ....Donna Episcopio ............Bayside, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 16 Singles— Metro Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 3 ........Jessica Golovin ..............New York, N.Y. 5 ........Arnelle Sullivan................Brooklyn, N.Y. 11 ......Jessica Melanie Livianu Brooklyn, N.Y.

YORK

Sectional Girls 18 Singles— Metro Region

944 ....Derrick Mu ......................Oakland Gardens, N.Y.

Rank ..Name ..........................City

999 ....Dylan Friedman ..............Brooklyn, N.Y.

4 ........Emily Safron....................New York, N.Y. 7 ........Ariana D. Rodriguez ......Bronx, N.Y. 9 ........Samantha P. Tutelman....New York, N.Y. 11 ......Nadia Smergut................New York, N.Y. 20 ......Hannah Shteyn ..............Staten Island, N.Y. 21 ......Lily Bondy ......................Brooklyn, N.Y. 29 ......Alexa Meltzer ..................New York, N.Y. 32 ......Destiny Grunin ................Brooklyn, N.Y. 33 ......Jessica Golovin ..............New York, N.Y. 40 ......Denise Starr ....................Brooklyn, N.Y. 52 ......Kimberly Salkin ..............Brooklyn, N.Y. 53 ......Paulina Velasquez ..........Kew Gardens, N.Y. 56 ......Laura Chitu......................New York, N.Y. 67 ......Ilana Levich ....................Staten Island, N.Y. 68 ......Anastasiya Malinouskaya Staten Island, N.Y. 85 ......Arnelle Sullivan................Brooklyn, N.Y. 87 ......Anna Ulyashchenko ......Brooklyn, N.Y. 91 ......Kyra Silitch ......................New York, N.Y. 97 ......Elizabeth Tsvetkov..........Brooklyn, N.Y. 98 ......Isis Gill ............................Brooklyn, N.Y. 100 ....Sabrina Xiong ................Fresh Meadows, N.Y. 111 ....Augusta Conway ............New York, N.Y. 113 ....Victoria Zoha ..................New York, N.Y. 114 ....Nakia Miller ....................Rosedale, N.Y. 118 ....Katie Derienzo ................Douglaston, N.Y. 119 ....Nia Rose..........................New York, N.Y. 137 ....Tristan Lorich ..................New York, N.Y. 141 ....Vania Savic......................Woodside, N.Y. 142 ....Lisa Ventimiglia ..............Bayside, N.Y. 146 ....Sophia Schlossel............New York, N.Y.

16 ......Anna Ulyashchenko ......Brooklyn, N.Y. 26 ......Shayna Spooner ............New York, N.Y. 28 ......Nia Rose..........................New York, N.Y. 34 ......Sophia Kryloff ................Brooklyn, N.Y. 35 ......Christina Puccinelli ........New York, N.Y.

978 ....Noah Edelman................New York, N.Y. 996 ....Richard Zusman ............Brooklyn, N.Y.

National Boys 14 Singles— Metro Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 89 ......Aleksandar Kovacevic....New York, N.Y. 115 ....Jordan Jordan ................Astoria, N.Y. 146 ....Mitchell Ostrovsky..........Brooklyn, N.Y. 163 ....Philip Raytburg ..............Brooklyn, N.Y. 287 ....Sumit Sarkar ..................New York, N.Y. 677 ....Calvin Chung ..................Bronx, N.Y. 744 ....Gary Fishkin ....................Staten Island, N.Y. 815 ....Jeffrey Gorilovsky ..........Brooklyn, N.Y. 995 ....James Dill........................New York, N.Y.

National Boys 16 Singles— Metro Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 95 ......James Wasserman ........New York, N.Y. 103 ....Oliver Sec........................New York, N.Y. 111 ....Win Smith........................Brooklyn, N.Y. 217 ....Victor Miglo ....................Kew Gardens, N.Y. 221 ....Richard Sec ....................New York, N.Y. 236 ....Cameron Daniels............Oakland Gardens, N.Y. 244 ....Artemie Amari ................New York, N.Y. 301 ....Christopher Auteri ..........Staten Island, N.Y. 407 ....Gal Sossen......................Oakland Gardens, N.Y. 437 ....Marcus Smith..................Little Neck, N.Y. 438 ....Edan Sossen ..................Oakland Gardens, N.Y.

12 ......Elizabeth Tsvetkov..........Brooklyn, N.Y. 13 ......Sabrina Xiong ................Fresh Meadows, N.Y.

RANKINGS

Boys & Girls National Rankings

460 ....Felipe Osses-Konig........Rego Park, N.Y.

(as of 02/20/13)

860 ....Ananth Raghavan ..........New York, N.Y.

BOYS

662 ....Steven Koulouris ............Long Island City, N.Y. 749 ....Maurice Russo................New York, N.Y.

National Girls 14 Singles— Metro Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 45 ......Brianna Williams ............Brooklyn, N.Y. 190 ....Yuka Lin ..........................Kew Gardens, N.Y. 196 ....Regina Furer....................Brooklyn, N.Y. 284 ....Alexandra Koniaev ........Forest Hills, N.Y. 291 ....Victoria Sec ....................New York, N.Y. 310 ....Alexus Gill........................Brooklyn, N.Y. 428 ....Aleksandra Bekirova ......Brooklyn, N.Y. 529 ....Elizabeth Munari ............Middle Village, N.Y. 565 ....Jillian Auteri ....................Staten Island, N.Y. 649 ....Patricia Obeid ................New York, N.Y. 758 ....Anastasiya Malinouskaya..Staten Island, N.Y. 801 ....Nicole Semenov ............Brooklyn, N.Y. 996 ....Jennifer Yu ......................Forest Hills, N.Y.

National Girls 16 Singles— Metro Region

905 ....Cole Gittens ....................New York, N.Y.

Rank ..Name ..........................City

996 ....Jack Haroche..................New York, N.Y.

15 ......Jessica Golovin ..............New York, N.Y. 121 ....Arnelle Sullivan................Brooklyn, N.Y. 143 ....Sabrina Xiong ................Fresh Meadows, N.Y. 195 ....Elizabeth Tsvetkov..........Brooklyn, N.Y. 208 ....Jessica Livianu................Brooklyn, N.Y. 299 ....Shayna Spooner ............New York, N.Y. 371 ....Nia Rose..........................New York, N.Y. 466 ....Sophia Kryloff ................Brooklyn, N.Y. 546 ....Brianna Williams ............Brooklyn, N.Y. 672 ....Anna Ulyashchenko ......Brooklyn, N.Y. 713 ....Christina Puccinelli ........New York, N.Y. 720 ....Stefani Lineva ................Middle Village, N.Y. 865 ....Anastasiya Malinouskaya..Staten Island, N.Y. 889 ....Isis Gill ............................Brooklyn, N.Y.

45 ......Brianna Williams ............Brooklyn, N.Y.

National Boys 12 Singles— Metro Region

46 ......Stefani Lineva ................Middle Village, N.Y.

Rank ..Name ..........................City

54 ......Jillian Auteri ....................Staten Island, N.Y.

29 ......Gary C. Fishkin ..............Staten Island, N.Y.

Rank ..Name ..........................City

58 ......Isis Gill ............................Brooklyn, N.Y.

122 ....Sam V. Vagner ................Staten Island, N.Y.

45 ......Daniel Kerznerman ........Brooklyn, N.Y.

61 ......Illana Levich ....................Staten Island, N.Y.

160 ....Alexander Chiu ..............New York, N.Y.

87 ......Joshua Yablon ................New York, N.Y.

64 ......Alexus Gill........................Brooklyn, N.Y.

174 ....Ethan Leon......................Woodhaven, N.Y.

273 ....Justin Fields ....................New York, N.Y.

68 ......Yuka Lin ..........................Kew Gardens, N.Y.

244 ....Derek Raskopf................New York, N.Y.

419 ....Artemie Amari ................New York, N.Y.

69 ......Michelle Khaimov ..........Jamaica, N.Y.

260 ....Oliver Jevtovic ................Astoria, N.Y.

501 ....Ryoma Haraguchi ..........New York, N.Y.

79 ......Tristan Lorich ..................New York, N.Y.

344 ....Henry Hochfelder ..........New York, N.Y.

508 ....Courtney Murphy............Bronx, N.Y.

85 ......Julia Zbarsky ..................New York, N.Y.

406 ....Kemal Aziz ......................Staten Island, N.Y.

550 ....Sachin Raghavan ..........New York, N.Y.

93 ......Julia Fisch ......................New York, N.Y.

441 ....Igor Maslov ....................Brooklyn, N.Y.

593 ....Zachary Yablon ..............New York, N.Y.

97 ......Champagne Mills............New York, N.Y.

453 ....JeffreyFradkin ................New York, N.Y.

767 ....Richard Sec ....................New York, N.Y.

112 ....Nicole Schnabel..............Woodhaven, N.Y.

454 ....Shand Stephens ............New York, N.Y.

787 ....Lucas Pickering ..............Brooklyn, N.Y.

114 ....Keren Khromchenko ......Staten Island, N.Y.

462 ....Steven Nazaroff ..............Brooklyn, N.Y.

809 ....Jonathan Selegean ........East Elmhurst, N.Y.

118 ....Erika Tinalli ......................Brooklyn, N.Y.

561 ....Jonah Jurick....................New York, N.Y.

901 ....Win Smith........................Brooklyn, N.Y.

120 ....Jenna Borenstein............New York, N.Y.

638 ....Christopher Tham ..........Flushing, N.Y.

121 ....Sofia Aisiks......................New York, N.Y.

665 ....Robbie Werdiger ............New York, N.Y.

123 ....Zorriana Johnson............New York, N.Y.

711 ....Will Coad ........................New York, N.Y.

134 ....Anna Kaplan ..................New York, N.Y.

789 ....Garrett Chao ..................New York, N.Y.

136 ....Jennifer Yu ......................Forest Hills, N.Y.

817 ....Alfi von Auersperg ..........New York, N.Y.

137 ....Anika Pornpitaksuk ........Fkushing, N.Y.

44 ......Anastasiya MalinouskayaStaten Island, N.Y.

91 ......Shelly Yaloz ....................Little Neck, N.Y. 109 ....Katherine Kachkarov......Flushing, N.Y. 165 ....Anastasia Koniaev..........Forest Hills, N.Y. 325 ....Christina Huynh ..............Astoria, N.Y. 327 ....Marie Ivantechenko........Brooklyn, N.Y. 392 ....Miriam Aziz......................Staten Island, N.Y. 462 ....Dakota Fordham ............New York, N.Y. 519 ....Isabella Tushaj ................Bronx, N.Y. 541 ....Kyra Bergmann ..............Forest Hills, N.Y. 608 ....Rosie Garcia Gross ........New York, N.Y. 669 ....Stephanie Li ....................New York, N.Y. 745 ....Elvina Kalieva..................Staten Island, N.Y. 759 ....Najah Dawson ................Rosedale, N.Y. 807 ....Steffi Antao......................Briarwood, N.Y. 808 ....Sonia Tartakovsky ..........New York, N.Y. 819 ....Nadejda Maslova............Brooklyn, N.Y. 919 ....Diana McCready ............Brooklyn, N.Y.

National Boys 18 Singles— Metro Region

National Girls 18 Singles— Metro Region Rank ..Name ..........................City 29 ......Denise Starr ....................Brooklyn, N.Y.

GIRLS

54 ......Emily Safron....................New York, N.Y.

National Girls 12 Singles— Metro Region

137 ....Samantha Tutelman ......New York, N.Y.

834 ....Nicholas Pustilnik ..........Brooklyn, N.Y.

293 ....Jessica Golovin ..............New York, N.Y.

141 ....Alana Davidson ..............Bayside, N.Y.

Rank ..Name ..........................City

835 ....Alexander Nielsen ..........New York, N.Y.

419 ....Nadia Smergut................New York, N.Y.

146 ....Kara Rosenblum ............New York, N.Y.

863 ....Aleksa Pljakic..................Forest Hills, N.Y.

20 ......Dasha Kourkina ..............Brooklyn, N.Y. 37 ......Michelle Sorokko............Little Neck, N.Y. 45 ......Chelsea Williams ............Brooklyn, N.Y. 67 ......Nicole Veronica SemenovBrooklyn, N.Y. 80 ......Jennifer Yu ......................Forest Hills, N.Y.

880 ....Tristan Taylor ..................New York, N.Y. 922 ....Lantis Wang ....................New York, N.Y. 943 ....Alexander Petrov ............Middle Village, N.Y.

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179 ....Ariana D. Rodriguez ......Bronx, N.Y. 217 ....Hannah Shteyn ..............Staten Island, N.Y.

442 ....Lily Bondy ......................Brooklyn, N.Y. 461 ....Alexa Meltzer ..................New York, N.Y. 895 ....Destiny Grunin ................Brooklyn, N.Y. 955 ....Paulina Velasquez ..........Kew Gardens, N.Y.


USTA/Metropolitan Region

2013 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. MARCH 2013 Friday-Sunday, March 15-17 & Friday-Sunday, March 22-24 +L1 Gotham Eastern Designated Closed Championships L4 Stadium Tennis Center 725 Exterior Street • Bronx, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix: G(14)s, FIC Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per singles player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 4 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (718) 665-4684.

Friday-Sunday, March 15-17 & Friday-Sunday, March 22-24 +L1 NCT G18 Eastern Designated Closed Championships L4 FIC North Shore Tennis Go! Tennis 34-28 214th Place • Bayside, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix: G(18)s, FIC Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 4 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (718) 224-6303.

Friday-Sunday, March 15-24 L2O Cunningham Park Tennis Center March Open Cunningham Sports Center 19600 Union Turnpike • Fresh Meadows, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG(12)s Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player for singles (deadline for entries is Sunday, March 3 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (718) 740-6800.

Monday-Sunday, March 18-24 Alley Pond Men’s & Women’s March Open Championships Alley Pond Tennis Center 79-20 Winchester Boulevard • Queens Village, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked: MW(Op)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $65 for first singles; $33 for first doubles (deadline for entries is Saturday, March 16 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (718) 264-2600.

Friday-Sunday, March 15-17 & Friday-Sunday, March 22-24 L2O Sportime RI March Open Sportime at Randalls Island 1 Randalls Island • New York, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG(18-14)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, March 8 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (646) 783-5301.

Friday-Sunday, March 22-31 2013 NCT March Classic North Shore Tennis Go! Tennis 34-28 214th Place • Bayside, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked: X(Op)d; M(40)sd; NM(3.5-4.5)s; NW(3.0-4.0)s Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $75.75 for first singles; $75.75 for additional singles; $38.13 for first doubles; $38.13 for additional doubles (deadline for entries is Friday, March 15 at 5:00 p.m.) For more information, call (718) 224-6303.

Friday-Monday, March 15-18 & Friday-Sunday, March 22-24 +L1 Alley Pond Eastern Designated Closed Championships L4 FIC Alley Pond Tennis Center 79-20 Winchester Boulevard Queens Village, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix: G(16)s, FIC Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 4 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (718) 264-2600. Friday-Sunday, March 15-24 Sutton East January Women’s Open Sutton East Tennis Club 488 East 60th Street • New York, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked: W(Op)s Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $70.38 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 12 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (212) 688-9759.

Thursday-Sunday, March 28-31 L1 John McEnroe Tennis Academy Spring Break Classic Sportime at Randalls Island 1 Randalls Island New York, N.Y. Divisions: Championships: BG(18-12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (646) 783-5301. Friday-Sunday, March 29-April 7 Sutton East Men’s March Open Sutton East Tennis Club 488 East 60th Street New York, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked: M(Op)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $70.38 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 26 at 12:00 a.m.) For more information, call (212) 751-3452.

APRIL 2013 Tuesday, April 2 10U & 8U NTC Spring Into Tennis PlayDay USTA National Tennis Center Flushing Meadows, Corona Park Flushing, N.Y. Divisions: Novice: BG(10 [78’Court/Green Ball])s, RR; E(8 [36’Court/Red Ball] ,10 [60’Court/Orange Ball])s, RR Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $38.13 per player (deadline for entries is Thursday, March 28 at 10:00 p.m.) For more information, call (718) 760-6200. Friday-Sunday, April 5-7 L2O Cunningham Park Tennis Center April Open Cunningham Sports Center 19600 Union Turnpike Fresh Meadows, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG(16)sd, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 for first singles; $28 for first doubles (deadline for entries Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m.) For more information, call (718) 740-6800. Friday-Sunday, April 5-7 L1B APTC’s April Challenger Alley Pond Tennis Center 79-20 Winchester Boulevard Queens Village, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger: BG(14-12)s, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (718) 264-2600. Friday-Sunday, April 5-7 L1 NCT BG 18 Singles +USTA L5 Doubles Championships North Shore Tennis Go! Tennis 34-28 214th Place • Bayside, N.Y. Divisions: Championships: BG(18)d, SE; Championships: BG(18)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 for first singles; $28 for first doubles (deadline for entries is Friday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (718) 224-6303. Monday-Friday, April 8-12 Alley Pond TC Men’s April Open Championships Alley Pond Tennis Center 7920 Winchester Boulevard • Queens Village, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked: M(Op)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $65 per player (deadline for entries is Saturday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (718) 264-2600.

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2013 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. Friday-Sunday, April 12-14 L2O Alley Pond TC’s April Open Alley Pond Tennis Center 7920 Winchester Boulevard Queens Village, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate: BG(16-12)s, SE; QuickStart Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, April 5 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (718) 264-2600.

Wednesday-Tuesday, April 17-23 +USTA BJK NTC Men’s Senior Sectionals USTA National Tennis Center Flushing Meadows, Corona Park Flushing, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked: M(35,45,55)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Entry Fee: $48.88 per player (deadline for entries is Wednesday, April 10 at 11:45 p.m.) For more information, call (718) 760-6200.

Saturday-Sunday, April 13-21 Roosevelt Island Robert Kelton Memorial Open Roosevelt Island Racquet Club 281 Main Street Roosevelt Island, N.Y. Divisions: Ranked: M(Op)s, SE Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $75.75 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, April 9) For more information, call (212) 935-0250.

Friday-Sunday, April 19-21 L1B APTC April Challenger Alley Pond Tennis Center 7920 Winchester Boulevard Queens Village, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger: BG(18-14)s, SE Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, April 15 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (718) 264-2600.

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Friday-Sunday, April 26-28 +L1 10U West Side Tennis Club Eastern Designated Closed Championship The West Side Tennis Club 1 Tennis Place Forest Hills, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix: BG(10 [78’Court/Green Ball])sd, SE Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 for first singles; $28 for first doubles; maximum fee charged per player is $60, plus the processing fees for the number of events you select (entries open Wednesday, Feb. 27) For more information, call (718) 268-2300.


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