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Table Of Contents Sharapova’s Slippery Slope By Brian Coleman

WTA star Maria Sharapova’s career sits in limbo as she awaits the appeal of her suspens the ITF’s substance policy. See page 10

Highlights 22 Your 2016 Guide to Sports Medicine Some of the best in the area at keeping you in shape and on the court, including: American Sports Psychology, Dr. Reuben S. Ingber, Dr. Tom Ferraro, Nutrition Solutions PC, Orin & Cohen Orthopedic Group, Peak Performance, and Total Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

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World TeamTennis returns to New York as the New York Empire will play their inaugural season at Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club.

54 2016 Boy’s High School Recap Celebrating the tops in 2016 in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and who moved on to make an impact at the State Championships.

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Long Island Tennis Challenge Recap

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Across Long Island … News and Notes From Across the L.I. Tennis Community

14 Adult League Wrap-Up By Kathy Miller 16 Beyond the Baseline: Ross School Tennis 19 Tennis Bubbles: A Grand Slam Victory Over the Elements 20 Sportime World Tour Stops in Paris By Brian Coleman 26 Tennis Medicine: Wrist Overuse and Today’s Tennis Player … Taking Preventative Action By Dr. Bennett Brown 28 Oyster Bay’s Elbaba Headlines U.S. Open National Playoff Eastern Section Winners 32 The Mini-Tennis Warm Up and Why We Love to Copy the Pros By Steven Kaplan 34 Court Six: Long Island Tennis Magazine’s Gossip Column By Emilie Katz

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Long Island Tennis Challenge Brings Top Competition to Engineers Country Club Long Island Tennis Magazine hosted the first of three Long Island Tennis Challenge Tournaments that will take place this summer in late May, bringing together players of all levels, including some of the top tennis players in the area at Engineer’s Country Club in Roslyn, N.Y. Despite weather concerns early on, the day turned out to be great and Engineers’ five Har-Tru courts were in excellent condition. With three-time defending champions Jonathan Klee & Lionel Goldberg out of the Men’s Amateur Division draw, the bracket opened up as the rest of the field saw their opening for a potential title run. Chris Colesanti & Casey Schnabel lost in the finals of one of last year’s installments of the Long Island Tennis Challenge, and would not let the same thing happen again this time around. The duo came in with a different attitude. “We stayed calm and focused, no matter what was going on,” said Schnabel. After finishing as the top seed in pool play,

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the pair took on the team of Dan Kresh & Bob Scheer in the semifinals. The two evenly-matched teams played outstanding tennis in a match filled with high-quality points and excellent winners before finally heading into a tie-breaker. Colesanti & Schnabel prevailed 7-5 in the tie-breaker thanks to some successful volleying at the net from Colesanti. “We figured out in the semifinals that me at the net and Casey at the baseline maximized our strengths,” said Colesanti. “He set me up with volleys that I could put away and it worked.” In the finals, the pair would take on Paul Wilson & Yuri Savransky, who ousted Ed Kornstein & Chuck Silverstein in their semifinals match. There was a packed crowd watching this final, as the participants of the Men’s Pro Division congregated to take in the exciting championship. The first three games all saw breaks of serve as the Colesanti & Schnabel pairing took a 2-1 lead.

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With Schnabel serving, the duo would secure the first hold of the match to open up a 3-1 lead. After a couple more holds of serve, Colesanti & Schnabel would secure one more break to open up a 5-2 lead. Schnabel calmly served out the match, finishing things off with a backhand winner that landed between Wilson & Savransky. “We didn’t panic and just stayed with it,” said Colesanti. “They were a good team, but we were able to come through.” After very competitive play in the Women’s Amateur Division, it came down to two teams: Defending champions Simone Crames & Lisa Goldstein and newcomers Hali Katz & Donna Weiss. Both of their roads to the finals did not come easy, as they had to get through tough teams in their respective semifinals, Sue Bacy & Maritoni Carlos, and Shanice Arthur & Kristina Hansen, respectively. Katz & Weiss opened up the finals by holding serve after a very long game that went to deuce. They were able to pull this game out after a great put away volley by Katz following a long rally. Crames & Goldstein looked to answer by holding their serve as well, and did so thanks to a strong service game from Crames. In the next game, after a very long and tough service game, Crames & Goldstein were able to break their opponents on deuce point with a beautiful lob. Up 2-1, Goldstein looked to close out the match by holding her serve. That is exactly what she was able to do after serving four balls that their opponents were not able to put back in play. Both Crames & Goldstein had not dropped a point on their service games and won the match by a score of 3-1. This was Crames & Goldstein’s second championship at the Long Island Tennis Challenge,


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defending their title from last summer. “We have been playing together for almost 20 years, so we know each other games backwards and forwards,” said Goldstein. “But I’ve never had to rise like I did today to win this tournament.” This win was even more special than the one last year for Crames. “It’s my birthday today, and this is exactly what I wanted to do to celebrate,” Crames said. Rounding out play for the day was the Men’s Pro Division, which consisted of two pools of six teams, with the top two teams from each pool advancing to the semifinals. One semifinal featured Gustavo Loza & Alan Nunez, both from St. John’s, taking on the team of Roey Heymann (Adelphi) &

Constantinos Papavasilou. On the other side were two pros from Sportime Kings Park, Dimitar Pamukchiyan & Martin Shishkov battling it out against Michael Nelson (Oneonta State) & Rajan Vohra, a high school player from the area. Advancing to the finals were Pamukchiyan & Shishkov and Loza & Nunez. The final was decided by one set to six games with no-ad scoring. The first game was an easy hold for Nunez, who had been serving well all day and the following game was a break of serve by Loza & Nunez on a return winner by Loza at deuce. Loza, Shishkov and Nunez held in games three, four and five respectively, and in the sixth game, Pamukchiyan hit a backhand slice wide at 30-40 to give the St. John’s duo a 5-1 lead.

Loza had the win on his strings serving at 5-1 but Pamukchiyan & Shishkov weren’t going to be put away so easily. At 15-15, Shishkov hit an incredible forehand winner to make it 15-30, but then made errors in the next two points to go down 40-30. Loza then hit an overhead long giving both teams a game point at deuce. In a lengthy final point, Shishkov hit a backhand into the net to give Loza & Nunez the 6-1 victory. “It is my favorite tournament of the year. It is at such a nice club, there is always top competition and the treatment of the players is always first-class,” said Loza, a twotime Long Island Tennis Challenge champion. “I encourage everybody to play and organize these types of events because they are great for the sport.”

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Hamlet Golf and Country Club Hosts Second Leg of the Long Island Tennis Challenge Long Island Tennis Magazine hosted the second Long Island Tennis Challenge of the summer, this time at the Hamlet Golf and Country Club in Commack, N.Y. The event brought together local players of all abilities and levels, including some of the best players in the area. The Hamlet was setup beautifully and what was once the stomping grounds of players like Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi became the home for local players on this day. Before the tournament began, pros from Sportime Kings Park and the John McEnroe Tennis Academy hosted a free clinic for the tournament participants to get things going. In the Men’s Amateur “A” Division, a new champion was crowned. Three-time LI Tennis Magazine Challenge winners Lionel Goldberg & Jonathan Klee were knocked off for the first time in challenge play, falling to the team of Chris Colesanti & RJ Narciso in the semifinals. Waiting for Colesanti & Narciso in the finals were Daniel Kresh & Bob Scheer, who came out victorious, win-

ning 6-4 to capture their first championship. The match started with Kresh & Scheer breaking Colesanti with great returns and swarming net play. Both teams were able to hold serve in the next couple of games, until Kresh & Scheer were able to secure another break, this time against Narciso, to jump ahead 5-2. Colesanti & Narciso broke back to stay in the match, but in the end, were unable to complete the comeback as Kresh served out the match for the 6-4 victory. “It was tough out there with the wind conditions, but we were able to break through and come out on top,” said Kresh. “The only thing we thought about was hitting one more shot than our opponents, and today, we were able to do that.” The Men’s Amateur “B” Division saw Neal Aronin & Barry Goldsmith dominate throughout the tournament. They went undefeated in pool play and advanced to play Jim Koeppel & Dan Brookes in the semifinals. After winning that match, the duo took on Eric Weiss & Scott Perlman in the finals.

Aronin & Goldsmith continued their winning ways in the finals, defeating Weiss & Perlman to capture their first LI Tennis Magazine Challenge title. Aronin & Goldsmith enjoyed the whole day both on and off the court. “They fed us a delicious breakfast and lunch, we got to play six fun and competitive matches, said Goldsmith. It’s been a great day!” Aronin added, “The play was great and the hospitality was amazing. Everyone was so nice.” In the Women’s Amateur Division, Marie Woitach & Michelle Stoerbach outlasted Dorian Consiglio & Merri Lafitte in a long grueling match 7-6(8-6). The pair were able to overcome a 1-5 deficit to win the title. Woitach & Stoerbach would not stop fighting, even when down 1-5. The two won five straight games to take a 6-5 lead and had a chance to serve for the match, but were broken to force the championship into a tie-breaker. In the tie-breaker, the points

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went back and forth before Woitach was finally able to put away a volley set up by a great Stoerbach serve. This was Woitach & Stoerbach’s first win at the Long Island Tennis Challenge after advancing to the finals last summer. In the last tournament of the day, the always competitive players of the Men’s Pro Division took to the courts. In the finals, Adrian Contreras, director of tennis at West Rock Indoor Tennis, and Michael-John Every, who just graduated from St. John’s, defeated Cory Hubbard, St. John’s associate head coach, and Rafael Charkiewicz, who plays for NYIT, 6-1 to be crowned champions. The pair of Conteras & Every defeated defending champion Gustavo Loza & Vaidik Munshaw, who just recently won the U.S.

Open National Playoffs Eastern Sectionals, in a super tie-breaker in the semifinals, fighting off match points in the process to advance to the championship. In the finals, Contreras & Every were able to start the match by quickly jumping ahead 2-0 after breaking the serve of Hubbard and holding their serve easily. Charkiewicz gained a little momentum back by holding with a quick service game. Contreras & Every took control from there, however, winning the final four games of the set. Every was able to close out the match on his serve, firing two aces and then finishing things off with a touch volley on match point. “I was a little rusty in the beginning, but was able to find my rhythm with my partner,” said Every. “Now that I’m coaching, it’s fun when I’m able to compete like this. I’ll defi-

nitely be competing again in the next Long Island Tennis Challenge!” Hubbard was playing in his first LI Tennis Challenge and said he enjoyed the tournament’s atmosphere. “It was a lot of fun, it was a really great group of guys.” said Hubbard. “It was my first tournament in nine years, so it was a lot of tennis, but a lot of fun as well. We had the U.S. Open National Playoffs winners lose in the semifinals, so the competition level was very high.” Long Island Tennis Magazine would like to thank its sponsors JMTA, Sportime Kings Park, KryoMed, inPhorm, Glam Slam, The Connecticut Open and The Hamlet for making the event a success. The next Long Island Tennis Challenge is scheduled for Engineer’s Country Club in Roslyn on July 30.

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Across Long Isla Two-time state champs recognized in Oyster Bay Two-time New York State Doubles Champions Courtney Kowalsky & Celeste Matute were recognized by Oyster Bay High School with a plaque on their home court. “Courtney & Celeste have so much fun playing doubles together. They showed me that you can perform at a high level and still enjoy yourself,” said Oyster Bay Girls High School Head Coach Greg Bilello. “I hope that players who see that sign, whether old or young, do the same.” Kowalsky will return to Oyster Bay High School for her senior season, while Matute will be taking her talents to UNC Wilmington in the fall of 2016.

Sportime Syosset pros show support for St. Patrick’s School Sportime Syosset pros headed out to Lloyd Harbor Bath Club for a fundraiser benefitting the St. Patrick’s School in Huntington at the 34th Annual St. Patrick’s School’s Golf and Tennis Outing and Dinner Dance. The pros were on hand to conduct tennis drills and clinics for fundraiser attendees.

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… News and notes from across the L.I. tennis community

NTC hosts 700-plus for Annual Say Yes to Tennis … No to Violence event More than 700 kids were on hand at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for the recent 19th Annual Say Yes to Tennis … No to Violence event. Students from 10 public schools were bussed to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the event. Say Yes to Tennis … No to Violence is the culmination of the Queens District Attorney’s S.T.A.R. Track anti-violence program, which encourages area youngsters to take an interest in sports.

Game Set Match Tennis Academy rolls at Eastern Sectionals The 12 and Under Junior Tennis Team out of Game Set Match Tennis Academy (World Gym, East Setauket, N.Y.) enjoyed a successful weekend at the USTA Eastern Sectionals. Led by Coach JP, the team advanced all the way to the finals.

SCJTL honors the best of 2016 at Annual Awards Dinner The Suffolk County Junior Tennis League (SCJTL) recently hosted its Annual Suffolk County Boys Varsity Awards Dinner at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook to honor the players, coaches and parents who made the spring 2016 season a success.

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Loss of endorsements and doping accusations may mar WTA star’s legacy B Y BRIA N C O LEMA N

n March 7 of this year, Russian star Maria Sharapova called a news conference for what she called a big announcement. But even the dozens of reporters in the room and those watching the conference from afar weren’t prepared and didn’t expect what she would say next. “I wanted to let you know that a few days ago, I received a letter from the ITF [International Tennis Federation] that I had failed a drug test at the Australian Open,” Sharapova said. “I did fail the test and I take full responsibility for it. I don’t want to end my career this way. And I really hope that I will be given another chance to play this game.” Following that press conference, tennis fans around the world played the waiting game as the ITF deliberated its ruling. In that time, people took sides: Sharapova was either a serial steroid user or she was being treated unfairly. The whole situation brought to light a previously unknown (to most of the world) substance: Meldonium. Meldonium, also known as Mildronate, is a drug used to treat coronary artery disease. It does so by expanding the arteries, helping increase blood flow and thus increasing the flow of oxygen in the body. As of Jan. 1 of this year, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) added Meldonium to its list of banned substances due to evidence that it was being used by athletes with the intention of enhancing performance. Meldonium is a drug manufactured in Latvia and distributed to Russian and Baltic nations, and is not permitted for use in the rest of Europe and the United States. Sharapova said it was a drug she had been taking for years due to a family medical history. “I had been taking this medicine for the past 10 years, but on Jan. 1, this became a prohibited substance which I did not know,” said Sharapova. “I received an e-mail on Dec. 22 from WADA about the changes happening to the banned list and you can see prohibited items, and I didn’t click on that link.” In the weeks following Sharapova’s announcement, WADA clarified Meldonium as a banned substance, saying that the

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jury was still out on the scientific evidence of the drug and its excretion time from the body, and saying that athletes who have tested positive before March 1 of this year could have their suspensions overturned. “We’re not talking about a big climb-down at all, we’re talking about a clarification and assistance we’ve given to help make sure the right outcomes are reached,” WADA spokesman Ben Nichols told ABC News Radio. “This is an unprecedented situation with a large number of cases—it’s a new banned substance.” Even with all of the fuzzy and often unclear discussion of the substance by WADA and the addition of the drug to the banned list, the ITF came down with its ruling of a twoyear suspension for Sharapova, retroactive to the Australian Open.

The ITF announced the decision of an independent tribunal in a 33-page report, which included that Sharapova had not listed Meldonium “to the anti-doping authorities on any of the doping control forms Sharapova signed in 2014 and 2015.” Sharapova promptly responded to the ITF’s ruling: “While the tribunal concluded correctly that I did not intentionally violate the anti-doping rules, I cannot accept an unfairly harsh twoyear suspension. The tribunal, whose members were selected by the ITF, agreed that I did not do anything intentionally wrong, yet they seek to keep me from playing tennis for two years. I will immediately appeal the suspension portion of this ruling to CAS, the Court of Arbitration for Sport.” In the ITF ruling, a bizarre revelation came

out from Sharapova’s agent, Max Eisenbud. One of his roles as her agent was to check WADA’s updated prohibited substance list each year during he and his wife’s annual vacation to the Caribbean. But Eisenbud and his wife filed for divorce and didn’t take their annual vacation, resulting in Eisenbud not checking the updated WADA banned substance list for 2016. “In November of every year, I would go on vacation in the Caribbean after the championships. I would have my assistant print out the most updated doping prohibited list, along with the new proposed WTA and ATP rules, and the calendar for next year,” Eisenbud said. “I would make a file. I would go on vacation and sit at the pool, with all the substances that my players were taking, and then sit there and just cross-check, to make sure that everybody, what they were doing, was not prohibited. In 2015, I didn’t go on vacation for obvious reasons.” Eisenbud, like a loyal agent or lawyer would, took complete responsibility for the lapse in judgment, but does that completely absolve Sharapova of responsibility? The ITF didn’t think so and in a very damning statement, said in the report: “She is the sole author of her own misfortune.” As she said she would and to the surprise of no one, Sharapova appealed the suspension. “Maria looks forward to CAS hearing her appeal and hopes she’ll be able to play again,” said Sharapova’s lawyer, John Haggerty. “The ITF tribunal concluded she had no intent to do anything wrong, and she thinks a two-year sus-

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pension is unfairly harsh.” The CAS announced it would have a ruling on her appeal no later than July 18, so until then, we don’t know how severe her full punishment will be. According to Forbes, Sharapova is currently the seventh-ranked female tennis player in the world and the second highestearning female athlete, a title she held for more than a decade. In 2014 alone, she earned $23 million from endorsements from a variety of major companies, such as Avon, Tag Heuer, American Express, Head, Cole Haan, Nike, Evian and Porsche among others. If the suspension stands, Forbes estimates that it could cost Sharapova as much as $50 million in lost earnings over the next several years, via reduced sponsor income and prize money, and the potential loss of future endorsements as the corporate world looks to avoid the controversial star. Nike and Porsche have suspended their promotional work with Sharapova, but have stood by their highly visible spokeswoman. Her suspended Nike contract is reportedly an eight-year deal worth nearly $70 million. Companies such as Avon, Evian and Head have backed Sharapova and shown their support. However, Tag Heuer did not pick up their option to renew with Sharapova, and American Express, who had a deal with the Russian based on the U.S. Open, did not renew their deal due to the fact her appeal may not be heard by the time the Open comes to Flushing Meadows late this summer. To further compound her losses on the financial side, recurring injuries to her rotator

cuff and shoulder limited Sharapova to just four WTA events in the last eight months. The longer she sits on the sidelines and awaits a resolution to her appeal, the clock ticks away on her career. But in this day and age, with players in their early to mid-30s such as Roger Federer and Serena Williams finding success, there is still a window for Sharapova to regain her form on the court. All that being said, the failed drug test revelation and ensuing punishment is the first time a major star in tennis has been caught for using a banned substance, making this a groundbreaking story. Sharapova’s fans continue to back and support her despite the suspension. Repucom’s Celebrity DBI, an independent index that quantifies and qualifies consumer perceptions of celebrities, revealed that Sharapova’s DBI score fell only two percent after the failed test and her appeal score was unchanged. The same poll found her endorsement score dropped by 11 percent and

her trust score dropped by 10 percent. Back in January, Repucom’s Celebrity DBI found Sharapova to be the most marketable female athlete globally. The poll found that Sharapova achieved the highest aspirational rating amongst all tennis players overall, with a score of 76.60 in Turkey, where she is the most marketable female athlete and 71.55 in her home country of Russia. Sharapova is also the tennis player who scored the highest for breakthrough, trend-setting and endorsements, compared to her fellow tennis female athletes. When Sharapova’s appeal is heard, there will undoubtedly be one side not happy with the ruling, but even if Sharapova wins the appeal, it may be tough for her to ever shake the label of “Cheater,” however unfortunate and unfair that label may be. Brian Coleman is senior editor for Long Island Tennis Magazine. He may be reached by phone at (516) 409-4444, ext. 326 or e-mail BrianC@USPTennis.com.

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B Y K AT H Y M I L L E R

hen this article was due, I was having a lot of nasty and inaccurate accusations thrown at me for doing nothing more than my job of coordinating this League. I told David Sickmen, publisher of Long Island Tennis Magazine, that for the first time since the publication started, I cannot submit an article. At that point, every time I sat down to write it, the piece kept going into a personal direction with all the nonsense I was dealing with on one particular weekend. A couple of days have passed and there are some things that need to be addressed on as much of a “non-personal” level as possible. This League has more than 250 teams and more than 3,000 players. There is a Long Island League Committee that meets at the end of every season to go over rules that worked, rules that didn’t work, what the grievances were and how to make better rules to deal with those situations. This committee is comprised of seven people who all have their own opinions, thoughts

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and is 100 percent not controlled by me! Rules are given a lot of thought, are discussed and voted on. Many times, we end up trying to come up with rules to curtail some of the nonsense and cheating that goes on. There are times that these rules can make it difficult for innocent teams. Regardless of that, whether you agree or not, rules are rules and they need to be respected and followed. There are rules we’ve discussed where I have been on the losing end of a vote and may not agree with it, but it does not mean I won’t enforce it. That’s what they are there for. Many things get questioned every year and that’s a healthy thing. Its food for thought when going into our committee meetings. With the understanding that we cannot go against sectional or national rules, if it is something we can attempt to do something about, we discuss and vote, trying to make the League the best it can be. There have been two issues this year that have come up over and over again. The First is the 75 Percent Rule. A couple of

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players have told me that they think it’s a terrible rule, asking: “What’s the big deal to have many people ‘playing up’ on a team?” Here’s the answer: First of all, it’s in the sectional rules, but even if it wasn’t, it would be a rule on Long Island as we had it as a rule before the Section adopted it. Before the rule, on level teams were not happy to travel to a match, pay to play and to then be off the court in under an hour. Having a small percentage of the team being below level, that doesn’t happen as much. When we had a level that had all teams with many below level players, the team that advanced to Sectionals got their butts kicked, something no one enjoys, especially after travelling, paying for hotels, etc. The bigger issue has been The 30 Percent Rule. This really only applies to the 18 & Over and 40 & Over Ladies (and 4.0 Men) teams as there are night divisions and day divisions, and Nassau Divisions and Suffolk Divisions. Teams at the same level but different divisions (day/night, etc.) may not share more than 30 percent of the same players. This is a rule that was made a couple of years ago when we had quite a few teams that made it to playoffs, and had to play each other … and basically, they had to play themselves! It created watered down teams, last minute offers to the second place team and possibly third place team, and it was resented by many. There were other reasons as well, but this was the main one. The 75 Percent Rule is time-consuming to check and the 30 percent shared player rule is difficult to check and also extremely time-consuming. I count on captains to point out teams not in compliance. Doing this doesn’t make the captains seem petty, only caring about winning and a host of


other things they have very nastily been told. They respect the rules and want to see all teams playing by the same rules. There is nothing wrong with that! It is difficult to check the 30 percent rules before the roster deadline since I have let teams know before the deadline that a player had to be removed, and after they took care of the removal, they just went to add another one again putting them over the 30 percent. There isn’t enough time in the day to check all these teams over and over, so again, I welcome hearing about it from other captains and there are many that let me know these things. I thank each and every one of them. The argument has been made, “But my team is just a friendly team, we are not a competitive team.” Really? We have to have so many rules as it is. Do we now have to have different degrees of rules? Okay, if you’re a competitive team, these are your strict rules you must follow. If you are a middle of the road team, your rules will be a little more laid back and if you’re just a “for fun” team, you don’t have any rules, do whatever you want.

Oh, and you all have to play each other and follow your different rules. A League can never run like that. The League Committee tries really hard every year, but I am beginning to wonder why. We had so many grievances and problems last season with people watching matches from cat walks on adjacent courts and alleys between courts. It’s something we discuss year after year. After a men’s match almost becoming physical between a spectator and player last season, along with other grievances and complaints on the subject, the Committee decided it was time to put a rule in there for this! The rules now state that there must be a barrier between spectators and players. A tough one? Absolutely! All it takes is the home team speaking to the visiting team before the match and showing respect in recognizing the rule and asking if they mind if both teams have the ability to watch from the cat walk, alleys, etc. Most teams will go along with it. The one or two that may not, it should be respected without making them feel guilty about it. The worst part of

this is some of the people making a mockery of the rule are the people who should be setting an example. That’s it. The bottom line is that rules are needed and yes, it’s my job to enforce them. It is never personal on my part and the consistency in how I handle rules shows that. Not all of the rules will be agreed with by all, but they have to be followed. If you feel strongly about one, send me an e-mail “nicely” expressing your feelings and I will respond letting you know it’s a Section or National rule we have to follow and cannot change, or I will tell you that I will present your e-mail to the committee and it will be discussed and voted on by seven people. A League this large has to be policed by the other players and those who are fair, show sportsmanship and the ones whose help I appreciate. Good luck to all teams, and I hope things run smoothly the rest of the season! Kathy Miller is manager of Carefree Racquet Club and is also the Adult League Coordinator for USTA/Long Island. She may be reached by e-mail at KathyM65@aol.com.

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“You can go to Florida or California for good tennis academies, but the academics aren’t as strong. And you can go to boarding schools with good academics, but the tennis isn’t as strong. We have the best of both worlds here, and that’s what’s new and different about us.” —Vinicius Carmo, Director of Tennis, The Ross School

ROSS SCHOOL TENNIS or many young tennis players, finding the right tennis program or academy that offers a consistent balance of academics and tennis can be an elusive process. But if you look far out onto the South Fork of Long Island, The Ross School is providing just that. Five years ago, the institution launched The Ross School Tennis Academy (RSTA), a high performance academy that, in a very short time, is already rivaling some of the best tennis academies in the nation. “The main attraction is that there is no other school that offers top academics and a top tennis program in one place,” said Ross School’s Director of Tennis Vinicius Carmo. “You can go to Florida or Califor-

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nia for good tennis academies, but the academics aren’t as strong. And you can go to boarding schools with good academics, but the tennis isn’t as strong. We have the best of both worlds here, and that’s what’s new and different about us.” The tennis center has been around for about seven years, while the academy began about five years ago. The program began with just six players and has grown to 22 players in that short time, including players from Germany, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and across the United States. The school was incredibly supportive of the idea of launching the tennis academy, and has even helped tailor the course schedule for the academy’s players to en-

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sure they have time throughout the day to train. Students take their classes from 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., have lunch, and then hit the tennis courts at 1:30 p.m. for two hours. After playing, the kids do fitness for an hour, then have study hall and dinner from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. before going back onto the courts until 8:30 p.m. While it seems like a busy schedule, it allows the students to have a balance of both academics and tennis, and helps develop a responsibility to manage one’s time, which is imperative when heading to college. “We thought, at first, that it would be a long day,” said Carmo. “But it turned out that it works really well. They are able to


study for two hours, and having this structure keeps them focused on both academics and tennis.” Unlike other boarding schools, The Ross School doesn’t have dorms on campus and the kids are able to stay with house parents off-campus who are usually teachers or individuals who work at the school. “It’s a great pre-college experience,”

said Holly Li, manager of The Ross School’s Tennis Center. “They stay in wellappointed beautiful homes, scattered around the surrounding area with house parents and in groups of up to 14 kids from around the world. Instead of typical boarding school dorms, this unique style of boarding really gives them the benefit of having a ‘home’ lifestyle with chores and

off-campus responsibilities, combined with their on-campus academic schedule. Learning how to live independently and in this type of environment with ethnically diverse roommates is great preparation for college.” The tennis philosophy at Ross is pretty simple: “They don’t have a specific one.” Being a smaller program, it allows for

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beyond the baseline continued from page 17 Carmo and Developmental Coach Phillip Williamson to provide individualized instruction and teaching to the players. “I see the kids on an individual level, putting together a developmental plan for each of them,” said Williamson. “We essentially come up with a plan, similar to a financial statement, that goes over the four major areas of tennis: Technique, Tactical Abilities, Physical Capabilities and Mental Capabilities. We give every player a report that lays out their pros and cons, and then work from there.” This sort of coaching enables players to work specifically on aspects of their game that need refinement, and ensure that it is done in an efficient and productive manner. Former Grand Slam champion Jim Grabb recently joined the Ross School staff to help players with the mental side of the game. In the last few years, The Ross School has expanded on its already successful academy, building a junior academy and a youth academy, in hopes of developing its own players to enter the main academy. The youth academy is for grades one through four, while the junior academy is for grades five through seven.

“The level of play is increasing at the highest level here, and hopefully, we’re increasing it two-fold by developing players in our younger programs,” said Carmo. “That’s where our focus is right now. We’re recruiting and attracting higher-level players, but want to continue developing at an early level in order to create sort of a feeder program into the top academy.” The teaching and coaching extends beyond the tennis court and the classroom, as there is an entire department dedicated to prepping for college. The department works alongside Carmo, parents and other coaches and teachers to help make the stressful college selection process as

seamless as possible. “We sit down with them and give them all the support they need,” said Carmo. “The key is finding the right school for each individual.” In addition to its location in the Hamptons, the combination of tennis and academics and an emphasis on both are what make The Ross School such an intriguing destination for prospective student athletes. “The location is so nice … right near the ocean,” said Hleb Maslau, tennis pro at The Ross School. “It is very quiet out here, so it’s easy for the kids to focus on academics and tennis. The School is extremely helpful in adapting the schedule to the tennis players, and if they are able to be prepared for that, they will be ready when they go off to college.” The array of international players, both in the program as well as throughout the school’s two campuses, introduces the kids to others of differing backgrounds and cultures. “Getting to interact with the international community and learning other cultures and points of views is awesome,” said Ross School junior Audrix Arce. “The tennis is what captured my attention, but the location is great and it has really become my second home.” The Ross School Tennis Academy continues to grow and expand on its programs and its facilities to ensure its students the best academics and top tennis training. If you find yourself out in the Hamptons this summer, stop by the beautiful Ross School campus to see what it is all about.

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Sportime World Tour Stops in Paris BY BRIA N C O LEMA N

ith the 2016 French Open taking place, the Sportime World Tour halted in Paris for a Roland Garros-themed event at Sportime Massapequa. Continuing its string of successful World Tour events, the event featured DJ Curtis doing his thing to keep everybody entertained, along with a bouncy castle and delicious food. “Today has been an exciting day,” said Sportime World Tour Director Jason Wass. “There was a smaller crowd, but it allows us to do different things with the kids. We did some more team competitions and the kids are having a great time. What is really nice about the Paris event is we are able to go outside and that adds a lot. It was really fun

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to have the party going outside with the bounce house and even a photo booth, and a bunch of tennis going on inside. The kids are great and the crowd has been great.” Seven-year old Tessa enjoyed the event and said: “The bouncy castle was my favorite part.” Six-year old David echoed that sentiment, saying: “The bouncy house was my favorite part, I went on four or five times!” The bounce castle wasn’t everyone’s favorite, as some of the kids enjoyed playing tennis the most, including nine-year-old Nicholas. “The tennis was my favorite part,” said Nicholas. “We got to rally a lot and played all of my favorite games!”

Sportime’s World Tour events are a great way to get kids to play competitive tennis, but in a non-intimidating environment, allowing them to have a great time while playing. “We’re trying to introduce the kids into competition in a fun environment,” said Wass. “We want them to experience competition, but have food, other games and music being a part of it. That way they come away with having a great time at a tennis tournament.” Brian Coleman is senior editor for Long Island Tennis Magazine. He may be reached by phone at (516) 409-4444, ext. 326 or email BrianC@USPTennis.com.

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TENNIS MEDICINE

Wrist Overuse and Today’s Tennis Player: Taking Preventative Action By Dr. Bennett Brown ennis is a fantastic sport that tests an athletes’ accuracy, endurance and skill. It is becoming increasingly popular as a great way to exercise and have fun. However, like anything that involves repetitive use of a couple of body parts, those parts can wear down and cause pain. The entire upper extremity is placed under significant stress while swinging a tennis racquet. Although tennis elbow maybe the most popular tennis injury, wrist injuries are extremely common … just ask Rafael Nadal! Wrist injuries can occur with tennis players at any level. During a forehand backstroke, the wrist is typically in hyperextension and progresses to hyper flexion at the follow-through. Depending on the type of shot the player hits—slice or topspin—the wrist is also deviated toward the pinkie side, ulnar deviation (slice), or forced in a palm down position, supination (topspin). Either severe ulnar deviation or forced supination

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of the wrist can cause significant stress on the ligaments and tendons on the pinkie side of the wrist. This is the same with the players non-dominant hand while hitting a twohanded backhand. The complex anatomy in this area provides the hand and wrist with stability and strength- however when over used, it can start to wear down, get inflamed, and even tear. The pinkie (ulnar) side of the wrist is comprised of a tendon (extensor carpi ulnaris, ECU), numerous ligaments, and cartilage disc which all work together to stabilize the wrist with rotation and gripping. This unit of stabilization is called the TFCC (Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex). And because of its intricate and multifaceted anatomy, it can be difficult to treat. As with most problems in medicine, it is best to prevent the injury from occurring than to treat it afterwards. Equipment choice is extremely important in injury prevention. Grip size, string types, and string tension can all lead to wrist injuries in players if not tailored appropriately to the individual. Grip size can determine the amount of force the player

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needs to hold the racquet through the stroke. Too much strength can restrict motion in the wrist and lead to injury. Also extreme grips, like the Western Grip, can cause more strain on the wrist. String technology is always evolving. Natural gut strings are popular with professionals because of their elasticity, tension stability and liveliness—however, they are expensive and not durable. Synthetic strings are much more durable and less costly. However, they are typically not as gentle on the arm as gut or multifilament strings. Multifilaments are typically advantageous due to their combination of gentleness to the arm and tension hold, power, and control. Most important is to understand your ability, strength and technique and tailor strings accordingly. String tension can also cause wrist pain. Lower string tensions increase ball on string time and thus increase power and increase risk of injury. This is especially common in novice players who hit with off-center ball strike which increases rotational forces, thus increasing strain on the wrist. Although most high-level players like high-tension strings


due to increased control, it can be advantageous to have a combination of low tension with stiffer-acting strings (such as polyester) which decreases stress on the wrist. Physical preparation in tennis is more important than most sports because of overusing muscles on one side, while under-utilizing the other side. The non-dominant side will have less strength and endurance which increases susceptibility to injury. In addition to maintaining equal strength, it is just as important to maintain flexibility. It is essential that pre- and postplay stretching and strengthening sessions are instructed to the player early in their tennis career so they can maintain balance in their upper extremities while limiting risk of injury. Strengthening is best performed after practice/play or on off days. Examples of different exercises include low-weight wrist curls, radial (thumb-side) and ulnar deviation of the wrist with use of elastic bands for resistance, and endurance drills such as ball dribble. Tennis players with persistent wrist pain can be difficult to treat because they are typically playing three or four days a week and

do not want to stop. Initial treatment for wrist pain is rest, anti-inflammatory medication, ice and bracing. Hand therapy is very helpful after the initial two to three week resting period to increase flexibility and strength with professional guidance. High resolution MRIs are extremely useful in diagnosing inflammation, sprains or tears within the wrist. And if pain persists with conservative management, an MRI can guide your physician to further treatment options including injections (eg. cortisone, platelet-rich plasma, and/or stem cells) and surgery. For the player with significant inflammation, a cortisone injection can be extremely beneficial and potentially long lasting. Cortisone is an anti-inflammatory and when injected to the specific area of inflammation can cure the problem. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is blood plasma that is enriched with platelets and other healing factors that can stimulate tendon, ligament and cartilage healing. Stem cells have the ability to re-grow damaged tissue. Both PRP and stem cells are relatively new treatment options for wrist injuries and have the potential to heal tears and treat more severe

problems while avoiding surgery. Surgery is the last option, and can be avoided most of the time. However, when conservative management and injection(s) do not help, surgery can be beneficial. The vast majority of patients who require surgery are treated with minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery. This allows for a quicker return to sport than an open procedure. Each injury is different and the treatment and surgery would be tailored to the specific patient and problem. Wrist pain is extremely common with tennis players and can be difficult to treat. Understanding the basic anatomy of the wrist and the position and force generated in the wrist while stroking the ball, along with prevention techniques can significantly decrease a player’s risk for injury. Dr. Bennett Brown is a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hand and upper extremity orthopedic problems at Orlin & Cohen. An award-winning researcher, Dr. Brown joined the Orlin & Cohen hand sub-specialist team from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Headlines U.S. Open National Playoff Eastern Section Winners or the second straight year, Oyster Bay’s Julia Elbaba captured the Women’s Singles Title at the U.S. Open National Playoffs Eastern Sectionals, defeating Briarcliff Manor’s Rachel Lim 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 in the finals. Elbaba got off to a slow start and struggled to find her rhythm early on. Lim took advantage of this, breaking in the third game to open up a 2-1 advantage. After three straight holds, Lim found herself with a 4-2 advantage, and she would break again for the 5-2 lead, going on to serve out the set 6-2.

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But the former University of Virginia standout responded in the second set. Elbaba had a calm hold in the opening service game of the set, a huge mental lift after she dropped five of the last six games to close out the first set. “That first game was so big mentally. It’s not actually a crucial game, but from a mental standpoint it was huge,” said Elbaba. “Rachel came out very strong today. She was definitely playing better than me early on. She was more confident and more consistent than I was, so I sort of had to regroup after losing that set.” She did just that, playing much sharper and aggressive tennis. After Lim held to even things at 1-1 in the second, Elbaba rattled off the next 11 games, rolling to the three-set victory. “I was a little too fired up in the beginning so I needed to sort of calm down,” said Elbaba. “I was able to hit with more margin. I didn’t aim for lines as much and decided to work the points a little more. I made sure that I stayed composed.” With the win, Elbaba advances to the U.S. Open National Playoffs Championships in New Haven, Conn. in August. She fell in the final of that draw a year ago in a tight three-set match against fellow New Yorker, Jennifer Elie. “Last year, I lost in the New Haven final, and I had a match point. So I definitely feel like I can go all the way this year … I have the confidence,” said Elbaba. “It’s a new batch of girls, so there is going to be a lot

Women’s Singles Finalists Julia Elbaba (left) and Rachel Lim (right) are congratulated by U.S. Open National Playoff Eastern Sectional Director Whitney Kraft (center)

of tough matches. It’s always been my dream to play in the U.S. Open, so I am just going to continue to work hard.” In the Men’s Singles final, Columbia’s Shawn Hadavi outlasted Myles Schalet, 64, 3-6, 6-2. After Schalet forced a third set, Hadavi dominated the final set. He broke for the 2-0 lead, and after consolidating it with a hold, broke one more time to take a 4-0 lead.

From 0-5 down, Schalet trimmed the deficit down to 2-5, but Hadavi responded with a break in the eighth game to close things out and win the title. “It was a really tough match, and I was just happy to come out on top,” said Hadavi. “I was able to hit all the right shots in the third set.” continued on page 30

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Women’s Doubles winners Michelle Sorrokko & Dasha Kourkina found success using their twoback strategy in their straight set win over Courtney Kowalsky & Samantha Galu

Hadavi advances to New Haven, where he will compete in the Men’s Singles Draw. The St. John’s duo of Gustavo Loza & Vaidik Munshaw captured the Men’s Doubles Championship, defeating the Princeton duo of Damian Hume & Alen Salibasic, 6-2, 6-2. Both sets looked like mirror images of each other, as Loza & Munshaw broke open 2-2 ties in each set, winning the final four games

in each to notch the straight set victory. “They were serving really well, and so we decided to just pick spots and go down the line on a lot of the key points,” said Loza. The Women’s Doubles final consisted of four local high school players, as Oyster Bay’s Courtney Kowalsky & Jericho’s Samantha Galu took on Little Neck’s Michelle Sorokko & Brooklyn’s Dasha Kourkina.

Kourkina & Sorokko got things started early, breaking Kowalsky’s serve in the opening game to take the early lead. The two would take it over from there, winning 12 of the match’s 16 total games on their way to a 6-3, 6-1 victory. “We play two-back and for us it’s a good strategy,” said Sorokko, referring to her and Kourkina both playing back at the baseline. “This is our fifth year playing together so we know each other’s movements really well.” The pair hopes their chemistry and success together will transfer into New Haven. “I know there are some pretty tough teams there so it will be a challenge,” said Sorokko. “But we’re excited to have the opportunity.” Former Grand Slam champion Alona Bonadrenko-Dyachok paired with husband Nickolay Dyachok to win the Mixed-Doubles title, defeating the team of Madison Appel & Myles Schalet, 6-2, 6-3. With Appel serving in the seventh game of the second set, the Dyachok duo broke for the 4-3 lead, and one more break in the ninth game to close things out. “They were a good team, but I’m glad we were able to win. It was a lot of fun,” said Nickolay Dyachok afterwards. The Mixed-Doubles Championships in New Haven will take place from Aug. 24-27.

1-The St. John’s duo of Gustavo Loza & Vaidik Munshaw celebrate win a point during their straight sets win in the Men’s Doubles Final 2-Former Grand Slam champion Alona Bonadrenko-Dyachok paired with husband Nickolay Dyachok to win the Mixed-Doubles Title 3-Rachel Lim fires a serve during the Women’s Singles Finals 4-Columbia’s Shawn Hadavi tees up a serve during his win over Myles Schalet in the Men’s Singles Final

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The Mini-Tennis Warm Up and By Steve Kaplan he top tennis stars have distinctive styles that we love to mimic because the sport is so highly individualistic. Back in the 1970s, young players carefully applied surgical tape to their racket grips to be like local hero Vitas. They wore Fila headbands to embody the coolness of Borg. They had huge windups to try to serve like McEnroe. By copying the habits and style of the best players, we felt further connected to these tennis gods. Today, I see young players copying the top stars, but looking a bit more to substance over style and that’s a good thing if applied properly. A good place to begin to explore this topic is the start of play by learning and emulating the “do’s” and “don’ts” of how the pros warm up. About 10 years ago, I traveled to the hallowed grounds of the All-England Club to bring a longtime student to play on the grass courts of Wimbledon. Usually, it’s next to impossible to find an empty practice court during the early rounds, but to my surprise, I saw courts open all over the place. It seemed as though half the players were on the sidelines doing functional movement exercises to get ready to play. It made me think that if the top players in the world were choosing to perform “glute bridges” and “lateral lunges” over hitting on these very unique courts, this was the start of something revolutionary. Today off the court training is as significant as on the court training as the sport is defined by athletic ability, as much as by racket skill. A good non-hitting, functional tennis warm up will:

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and Why We Love to Copy the Pros l Raise your respiratory rate, core temperature and hormonal levels. l Emulate actual tennis movements. Good tennis movement warm up protocols will help you play better, longer and with fewer injuries. One of the exercises that I am not fond of is the practice of holding the net and swinging one leg from side to side in an exaggerated hip abduction/adduction movement. Of the criteria above, it just address hip mobility and in a limited, highly unrealistic and impractical movement. You have to self-stabilize when you play, you don’t get to hold the net. Still somehow because Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer and others did it before a match, its copied by juniors time and time again. Maybe it’s popular because it’s simple, easy and it kind of looks like you are doing something

that is “high performance.” While it’s not a total waste of time, it’s a far cry from a best practice. In the same vain, while a warm up of jogging around the court a few times is better than sitting on the couch and eating potato chips, but not a great preparation for most tennis movements which are short, quick and multi-directional. My advice here is to find a top trainer and learn a sound, compact, practical and functional routine that is right for your needs and the demands of your play. Follow this routine before you start to hit each and every time. The pros prepare with many exercises, choose yours wisely and appropriately. A pro practice that I love is the popular habit of warming up “short court,” but again its value is found in understanding what can be gained and exercising discipline in performance. Short court warm ups are more

than gaining “feel” for the ball. The close distance between the hitters creates time urgency, which compensates for a slowed swing speed, and therefore, the ball will arrive soon even when hit slowly and your preparation must still be quick. The advantage of a slow tempo is that it promotes selfawareness and mechanical correctness so that you can move at the speed you “can,” not at the speed you “can’t” and begin play with great positioning and stroke production. If you use the short court to be lazy, this warm up will not help your game, but if you work your feet and your mind, the short court is a valuable tool to start play. Steve Kaplan is the owner of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as the director of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation. Steve has been the longtime coach of more than 600 nationally-ranked junior players, 16 state high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous touring professionals and prominent coaches. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.

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Sometimes when you know, you just know.”

Serena passes Sharapova on Forbes’ earnings list

American Taylor Fritz announced his engagement to girlfriend and fellow tennis player, Raquel Pedraza. Just 18-years-old, Fritz made the announcement via Instagram with the caption: “She said yes …

World number one Serena Williams can now call herself number one on a different list, as Forbes’ annual listing of the world’s highest earning athletes named her the top earning female athlete in the world. She made a total of $28.9 million, with $20 million of that coming from endorsements.

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Seven-time Grand Slam champion Jon McEnroe has joined the coaching team for Milos Raonic as a coaching consultant for the grass-court season. McEnroe will also continue his broadcasting duties, but sees a lot of potential in the 24-year old Canadian. “The timing made sense to me,” said McEnroe. “There was an opening in my schedule so I thought to myself: ‘Name six or seven guys that can win Wimbledon.’ I would put Milos as one of those guys.” Ivan Lendl has rejoined Andy Murray’s coaching team. Lendl previously worked with Murray from 2012-2013, the most successful period in Murray’s career, winning both the U.S. Open and Wimbledon. “I had two very successful years working with Ivan. He’s single-minded and knows


what it takes to win the big events,” said Murray. “I’m looking forward to Ivan joining the team again and helping me try and reach my goals.”

Dane was recently featured in an extensive feature in Esquire where she took the opportunity to open up about her personal life and life on the WTA Tour.

Cab driver takes jab at Bouchard Eugenie Bouchard was driving across the Netherlands border when a guard stopped her to ask the nature of her visit. When she said it was for a tennis tournament, the guard decided to take a jab at her:

Tweets from the pros

Ana Ivanovic (@AnaIvanovic): More Love. Less Hate. #PrayForOrlando

Murray gives Beckham’s son a tennis lesson

Nick Bollettieri (@NickBollettieri): Circle of life. Privileged 2 work w/@TommyHaas13 4 many years. Now got to work w/his daughter! Doesn’t get better! Prior to playing in the Aegon Championships at the Queen’s Club, Andy Murray took the time to give soccer legend David Beckham’s son, Romeo, a tennis lesson. “It’s obviously a huge treat and one that he wasn’t expecting … I wasn’t expecting it as well,” said David Beckham. “We were just coming down here to see some of the guys warm up and practice, so this is a big plus for him.”

Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki): When you go to the @adidas store & pick out all the things u didn’t know u needed! (yes that’s leopard print in there)

John Isner (@JohnIsner): Proud of my father for going after this at home in NC.

Serena Williams (@SerenaWilliams): The true GOAT. What a sad day for everyone to loose someone so great and kind …

Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole): Find your favorite “instrument” and play it with lots of love #dayatwork #RG16

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court six continued from page 35 Stanislas Wawrinka (@StanWawrinka): Thanks @LeRoyalMonceau always a pleasure to stay in the best hotel in #Paris !! Aga Radwanska (@ARadwanska): Proud to be a supporter and ambassador of Poland’s @uefa 2016 campaign in France #euro2016

Christina McHale (@ChristinaMcHale): Thanks @LacosteTennis for my new gear

Eugenie Bouchard (@GenieBouchard): What post match cool down looks like in Mallorca

Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal): GRACIAS! Victoria Azarenka (@Vika7): Hola #madrid

Roger Federer (@RogerFederer): Not looking good for tennis today, but so nice to be back on court.

Justin Gimelstob (@JustinGimelstob): Beautiful night in Paris @Tour Eiffel

Venus Williams (@VenusesWilliams): Enjoying the Italian Oceanside, after practice and gym of course!

Noah Rubin (@Noahrubin33): Nothing like playing on this incredible dirt after a long trip! Missed this stuff. #wakeupamerica @_JMTA Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova): Time for my coffee fix

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TENNIS INJURY PREVENTION

Why Ignoring Your Joint Injury May Make It Worse By Dr. Charles Ruotolo, MD, FAAOS

Below are three common injuries that go untreated:

any of us do not have enough time in the day to make an appointment with a physician and then wait for an appointment to treat a nagging injury. Instead, you may think that pain in your knee will just disappear with time. You may be “walking off” that hip problem you seem to have developed, or, just letting “time” heal that shoulder pain. However, putting these problems aside and not dealing with them correctly could be causing even more damage to your body. If you’re feeling pain in one or both of your shoulders, knees or hips, this may be your body’s way of telling you that something is not quite right. However, statistics indicate that 10 percent of Americans have had undiagnosed or untreated chronic pain for over three months. By ignoring this, you could be causing the body to compensate for the pain, causing stress to other parts of the body.

1. Knee problems If you develop an injury to your knee, this can stop you from doing a lot of things. There are a number of issues that can progress over time, which may not be dealt with as soon as they should be. This could be a knee ligament injury, when one of the ligaments becomes torn or strained. This injury needs rest in order to recover, but if you continue to put pressure on your knee, it could make it far worse, and may result in further tearing or straining of the ligament. If the ligament becomes torn, surgery may be required to repair the ligament. This is also the case for a knee cartilage tear injury. Getting an accurate diagnosis and treatment in the early stages can help avoid further injury and possible surgery.

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Common injuries you should address There are a number of orthopedic injuries you may have sustained. These may have appeared over time or could be due to an accident. Identifying and treating these are key to relieving the pain and avoiding making the injury worse.

3. Fractures This is something most of us will sustain at least once, and with the right amount of rest, they’re easily treated. However, repetitive strain on a fracture can cause complete breaks in the bone, which will leave you in a lot more pain and with the potential need for surgery.

Ignoring any signs from your body, whether you know you’ve injured yourself or the pain has appeared on its own, could be detrimen2. Shoulder problems tal to your health. If your body’s giving you It’s common for people to damage or injure warning signs, don’t put it off any longer and their shoulders when lifting something heavy seek professional medical advice as soon as or our shoulders can simply deteriorate over you can. time. Common problems include rotator cuff tears, which is what attaches the shoulder Dr. Charles Ruotolo is a Board-Certified Orblade to the humerus and allows you to ro- thopedic Surgeon and the founder of Total Ortate and lift your arm. thopedics and Sports Medicine with locations If you continue to use your shoulder with in Massapequa, East Meadow and the Bronx, this injury, it could cause further damage and N.Y. For more information, call (855) 321may lead to complications. ORTHO or visit TotalOrthoSportsMed.com. LITennisMag.com • July/August 2016 • Long Island Tennis Magazine

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How Tennis Saved My Life

BY JOE BARBUTO

n the summer of 2013, a business associate came to my office and I asked him how he stayed so fit at the age of 70. He mentioned that he exercised regularly and he used to play tennis with his brother-in-law, but recently gave it up because his brother-in-law’s knees no longer allowed him to play. I asked, half-joking, if he would teach me. The following spring at the age of 50, I called him and he welcomed the opportunity to get back on the court and teach me. As it turned out, I really liked the game. We have now been playing for the last two summers a couple of times per week, and I even started taking lessons. My wife and I even went on a tennis weekend to Westhampton Beach, N.Y., and that weekend, we were strolling down the street and I saw someone who looked familiar. I asked him where I knew him from, and he shook my hand and said, “You know me from tennis … my name is Nick Bollettieri.” At this point, it was clear that I had been bitten by the tennis bug. Anyway, towards

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the end of last summer, I began having a lot of indigestion while playing tennis. I figured that I was eating too close to playing or having large meals before matches, so I started eating smaller meals and even began substituting protein drinks for meals. But I realized that I was doing the same thing I was doing the year before when I wasn’t experiencing this indigestion issue. Because tennis was such a part of my life, my wife told me that I wasn’t allowed to

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play until I called a doctor, so I obliged. I called my gastroenterologist and he strongly suggested I go see a cardiologist. For some reason, I was in denial that it was my heart because I assumed I wouldn’t be able to run around and play tennis if it was my heart. After my EKG, the cardiologist looked at it and told me it was my heart. Now we started talking about heart stents. The cardiologist sent me for an echo cardiogram that same visit and called me that night to tell me that I did not have any heart muscle damage and to schedule a nuclear stress test. At the conclusion of the test, we spoke with the doctor and she directed me to a cath lab. When it was all said and done, it turned out that my LAD artery, which I later learned is called the “Widow Maker,” was 98 percent blocked. If it had become 100 percent blocked, one of two things would have happened: I either would have had a fatal heart attack or wouldn’t have been able to get away with stents and would have required bypass surgery.


I went home the next morning, the day before Thanksgiving, with a lot to be thankful for. I am still really thankful and it has changed my life. Someone said to me that it sounded like a scary situation, but in reality, looking back, the scary part was all of the signs I ignored that now appear to have been obvious. Two weeks later, I was playing tennis again. Now I play at least three times per week, and I go to the gym or use the treadmill in my house a couple of times per week. I actually installed a desk shelf on my treadmill so I can talk on the phone, walk on the treadmill and be on my laptop at the same time. I still cannot believe how great I feel! Between dieting, exercise and tennis, I’ve lost 30 pounds and my cholesterol numbers are in line for the first time. I played tennis indoors all winter long and made many new tennis friends. I have been going to tennis parties, playing in tournaments and taking lessons. I even talked my wife into joining a tennis country club this summer! The best time to ask for these things is when you are on your back after a life-altering heart procedure with

some tubes hanging out of you! I spent 30 years sitting in front of a computer most of the time. On the weekends, I would take our camper out and do a little hiking, but it was clearly not enough to prevent coronary heart disease. Now I schedule my exercise as if it is just as important as any business appointment, as opposed to exercising only if I have the time. Developing a love for tennis and the threat of not being able to play the sport directed me to the warning signs of my

health, so the next time you are feeling guilty about making time to play tennis or exercise, remember this story and how tennis saved my life. Joe Barbuto is president and CEO of an award-winning technology company, selling speech recognition software and dictation equipment. He has been an adjunct professor since 2006, teaching an array of business classes. He enjoys tennis, hiking, photography and RV-ing.

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The Empire Strikes Back World TeamTennis makes its return to New York with new franchise he summer is upon us and that means Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) action is right around the corner, highlighted by the inaugural season of the New York Empire as WTT action returns to the New York area after a brief hiatus. The New York Empire will play its home matches at Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club. The New York Empire is one of six teams in this year’s field and will be coached by New York native Patrick McEnroe. In addition to the Empire, this year’s WTT field features the Orange County Breakers

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(coached by Rick Leach), Philadelphia Freedoms (coached by Josh Cohen), San Diego Aviators (coached by John Lloyd), Springfield Lasers (coached by JohnLaffnie de Jager), and the Washington Kastles (coached by Murphy Jensen). This year’s Empire roster features an array of international talent, including Americans Andy Roddick and Christina McHale, Argentina’s Maria Irigoyen and Guido Pella, and Oliver Marach from Austria. “To play on the legendary courts at Forest Hills and be involved with a team in a city that I love, New York, will make this even more special,” said Roddick.

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CBS Sports Radio host and Gracie Award winner Amy Lawrence will serve as the “Voice of the New York Empire.” The host of the overnight radio program “After Hours With Amy Lawrence,” heard on hundreds of stations nationwide, online and via mobile app, Amy will help the crowd follow along with all the action, as well as host interviews with coaches and players during the six home matches of the NY Empire. “We are excited to have someone as creative and energetic as Amy Lawrence bring her voice to Empire matches this summer,” said Empire General Manager Colleen Hopkins. “Her skill sets will be vital in


highlighting the competitive, exciting atmosphere that is New York Empire Tennis, as well as bringing the fans as close as possible to the players and on-court strategy.”

The historic Forest Hills Stadium at the West Side Tennis Club On April 22, 1892, 13 initial members organized the West Side Tennis Club with the modest goal of renting ground on Central Park West, between 88th and 89th Streets, for three clay courts. The courts opened on June 11, 1892, and Club membership required a $10 initiation cost, a $10 annual fee, and the ability to play a good game of tennis. By the end of the first season, the Club expanded to 43 members and five courts. After 10 years, the Central Park West property became too commercially valuable for tennis, so the Club moved to 117th

Street near Columbia University, which had room for eight courts. Through the largesse of the land’s owner, Mrs. John Drexel of the prominent banking Drexel family, the Club paid a mere $20 per court annually With the success, however, came the realization that the West Side’s location was inadequate to accommodate the crowds. A committee was formed in 1912 to find a permanent location for purchase. The committee scouted 30-plus locations and narrowed the field to properties in the Bronx, Kew Gardens and Forest Hills. On Dec. 3, 1912, the Club voted on the Forest Hills location. The Club purchased the land, a few blocks from the Long Island Railroad, for a $2,000 down payment and a $75,000 mortgage. The Tudor-style clubhouse, built the following year, cost approximately $25,000. New York City featured a world-class tennis center by the spring of 1914. The 1915 transfer of the United States Lawn Tennis Association National Championship (later the U.S. Open) to the West Side Tennis Club from the Newport Casino was a watershed event in the history of ten-

nis. For the next six decades, the Championship would be held at West Side. Along with tennis events, West Side hosted music concerts in its stadium for decades. Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who, Diana Ross and the Boston Pops were just some of the musicians that performed at West Side. By the late 1970s, the popularity of the Open had boomed, and the 15,000-seat Forest Hills Stadium had become too small to handle the crowds. The USTA moved the Open to the broader expanses of Flushing Meadows in 1978. But professional tennis is now back at the West Side Tennis Club with the New York Empire who will be lighting up Forest Hills all-summer long.

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women. Originally founded in 1973, the league ended in 1978, but was resumed in 1981. In 1984, Billie Jean King was named commissioner and major owner of the league and its popularity has grown ever since. The matches consist of five sets, with each set being a different flight of men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles. The scoring is played with no-ad, and the first team to reach five games wins that respective set. The crowds are encouraged to cheer and music is played throughout the match to provide a lively atmosphere.

New York Empire 2016 Roster Coach Patrick McEnroe (USA) Patrick McEnroe is a Long Island native who had a decorated doubles career, winning 16 titles, including the 1989 French Open with Jim Grabb. That same year, he also won the year-end Tour Finals with Grabb. Since his playing days, McEnroe has been busy. He currently serves as a tennis broadcaster for ESPN, and has previously been a Davis Cup captain, as well as the general manager of USTA Player Development.

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Andy Roddick (USA) Andy Roddick is a former world number one who is a fan favorite amongst American tennis fans, most notably for his triumph at the 2003 U.S. Open, which is still the most recent Grand Slam title for American men’s singles players. He has been a staple of World TeamTennis and the PowerShares Series since his retirement, and his power and energy will bring fans to their feet this summer. Over the course of his career, Roddick captured 32 Tourlevel singles titles, including five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns. He reached world number one in the ATP Men’s Singles Rankings on Nov. 3, 2003, and finished in the top 10 of the ATP Rankings for nine consecutive years (2002-2010). He helped lead the U.S. team to 2007 Davis Cup title, the first for the U.S. since 1995. His Andy Roddick Foundation has raised more than $14 million for charity since 2001.

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Christina McHale (USA) A New Jersey native, Christina McHale was the first player chosen by the Empire for its inaugural season. She is currently ranked 68th in the world and reached a career-high ranking of 24th in 2012. Most recently, McHale helped lead the U.S. past Australia in the Fed Cup Playoffs with a victory over Samantha Stosur. She advanced to the third round at all four Grand Slam events. Christina has represented Team USA at the London 2012 Olympics and has represented her nation in seven Fed Cup ties as well, with her latest appearance coming in April 2016. Over the course of her career, she owns top 10 wins over Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova and Marion Bartoli. Guido Pella (ARG) Making his WTT debut this year, Guido Pella hails from Argentina and reached a career high ranking of 39th in the world back in March. He reached the second round of the 2016 French Open before losing a hard-fought five-set match to the 18th-ranked Gilles Simon. Pella has won eight ATP Challenger Tour singles titles over his career, including the 2012 ATP Challenger Tour Finals trophy in


Sao Paulo. In 2013, he secured his first top 10 victory by defeating then world number 10 Janko Tipsarevic in Dusseldorf. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) Like Pella, Maria Irigoyen is an Argentina native who is known as a doubles specialist and is making her WTT debut in 2016. She has won two career doubles titles on the WTA Tour, most recently the Rio Open in February with partner Veronica Cepede Royg. Irigoyen has won a combined 75 ITF titles (17 singles, 58 doubles), and reached a career-high WTA ranking of 147th in singles in July of 2015 and 49th in doubles in May 2016. She made her Fed Cup debut in 2008 representing her home nation of Argentina. Oliver Marach (AUT) Austrian Oliver Marach turned pro back in 1998 and will make his WTT debut this season. He has had a lot of success in doubles over the years, claiming 15 titles and reaching 25 finals in that time, and reached a career high of eighth in doubles in October 2010. This year, he picked up ATP

doubles titles in Chennai and Delray Beach with Fabrice Martin, and partnered with fellow countryman Philipp Oswald to win the ATP Challenger crown in Aix en Provence. He has advanced to the doubles quarterfinals at all four Grand Slam events, highlighted by a semifinal run at the 2009 Australian Open. With partner Lukasz Kubot, Oliver qualified for the year-end ATP World Tour Finals in backto-back seasons (2009 and 2010). He made his first Davis Cup appearance for Austria in 2003.

Season highlights for the New York Empire l Opening night for the Empire will be July 31 when Mardy Fish and the fivetime defending WTT Champion Washington Kastles will visit Forest Hills for the first ever New York Empire match. This will also be USTA Eastern Night. l Caroline Wozniacki will be the featured player for the Philadelphia Freedoms when the Freedoms visit Forest Hills and the Empire on Aug. 1. l Andy Roddick will join the New York Empire as its featured player during the Aug. 9 match against Mardy Fish and the Kastles.

l Long Island’s Scott Lipsky will visit West Side Tennis Club when the Orange County Breakers take on the Empire Aug. 11 l The 2016 Mylan World TeamTennis Finals will take place at West Side Tennis Club on Aug. 26.

2016 New York Empire Home Schedule l Sunday, July 31 vs. Washington Kastles (featuring Mardy Fish), 6:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club l Monday, Aug. 1 vs. Philadelphia Freedoms (featuring Caroline Wozniacki), 7:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club l Wednesday, Aug. 3 vs. Springfield Lasers, 7:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club l Tuesday, Aug. 9 vs. Washington Kastles (featuring Mardy Fish for the Kastles & Andy Roddick for the Empire), 7:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club l Thursday, Aug. 11 vs. Orange County Breakers (featuring Scott Lipsky), 7:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club l Friday, Aug. 12 vs. San Diego Aviators, 7:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club

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USTA Eastern Lon Kids Days Are Coming!

Attention Long Island kids! Love to play tennis? Whether you’re an expert who’s been playing for years or a newcomer who’s never touched a racket before, Nassau and Suffolk Summer Kids Days are for you! Coordinated by the USTA Long Island Region and Long Island Tennis Magazine, these fun and free annual events are designed to give you a day of fun on the tennis court—including lots of time for instruction, game play and competition and meeting new friends. In addition to some great tennis action, with instruction provided by volunteer USTA pros, participants will enjoy a dunk tank, DJ, prizes, carnival games and more, courtesy of Long Island Tennis Magazine. Lunch, snacks and drinks will be provided to all kids as well. Participants must wear sneakers, but everything else will be pro-

vided, including rackets and balls. Individuals and groups are asked to sign up in advance by e-mailing ustaonlongisland@gmail.com. Please include your name and your group’s name, e-mail address, phone number and number and ages of children in your group. l Nassau County Kids Day is scheduled for Monday, July 11 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Engineer’s Country Club, located at 55 Glenwood Road in Roslyn, N.Y. The rain date for the event will be Monday, July 18. l Suffolk County Kids Day is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 4 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Hamlet Golf & Country Club, located at 1 Clubhouse Drive in Commack, N.Y. The rain date for the event is Thursday, Aug. 11.

LI Region Takes Part in 11th Annual Robbie’s Run

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ong Island Region LI Celebrates at Annual Awards Dinner Roberta Feldman (right) receives the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award from USTA LI Region President Daniel Burgess (left)

Tito Perez (center), recipient of the Arthur Ashe Multicultural Award, is joined by Daniel Burgess (left) and Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran (right)

More than 350 members of the Long Island tennis community converged on Chateau Briand Caterers in Carle Place, N.Y. in May for the 26th Annual USTA Long Island Region Awards Dinner, recognizing all that’s great in local tennis. More than 100 awards were presented, recognizing the achievements and contributions both on and off the courts, as participants enjoyed an evening of celebration and fun with their fellow tennis lovers. Special congratulations go to the evening’s Prestigious Adventureland Angel Tips Salon (Glen Head) Baskets by Andrea … Beauty Counter Bob Coburn Brands Cycle & Fitness Butch Seewagen Tennis Academy/ CATS Long Island Carefree Racquet Club Central Park Tennis Center Contact Me Inc.

Daniel Burgess presents Eddie Fishkind with the Vitas Gerulaitis For the Love of Tennis Award

Awardees: Roberta Feldman, winner of the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award; Eddie Fishkind, recipient of the Vitas Gerulaitis For the Love of Tennis Award; and Victor ‘Tito’ Perez, winner of the Arthur Ashe Multicultural Award. Photos from the evening can be found online at LongIsland.USTA.com. The LI Region extends its sincere appreciation to all of the event’s sponsors. Thank you so much for your support of local tennis!

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Coming Soon Please visit LongIsland.USTA.com for details on these and other Long Island Region events. l July 1-September 6: The Hempstead Lake State Park 2016 Open Tennis Tournament will feature Men’s and Women’s Singles, Men’s and Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles play and is open to all ages and abilities. Matches will be played between 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. during the week. l July 9 at Newbridge Road Park in Bellmore & July 16 at Harold Walker Memorial Park in Lakeview: Free Tennis Clinic for Kids (10:00 a.m.-Noon). Volunteer pros from the USTA Long Island Region will conduct a free tennis clinic for Town of Hempstead youngsters ages 4-13. The USTA will teach the rules of the game and basic fundamentals in a fun setting. Rackets and balls will be provided. This event is part of the

Town of Hempstead Department of Parks & Recreation’s Summer Activities Program. l July 11: Annual Nassau County Kids Day (10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) at the Engineer’s Country Club, 55 Glenwood Road in Roslyn, N.Y. Rain date will be July 18. l August 4: Annual Suffolk County Kids Day (10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) at the Hamlet Golf & Country Club, 1 Clubhouse Drive in Commack, N.Y. Rain date August 11. l September 17: Freeport Memorial Library Outside the Lines Event (10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) at Northeast Park, Parsons Avenue in Freeport, N.Y. Stop by the park for the Freeport Memorial Library’s Annual Outside the Lines event, featuring tennis lessons for adults and kids provided by USTA Long Island Region volunteers.

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Secrets of a Spo

How to insure victory By Dr. Tom Ferraro have worked for many years with top level athletes and have come to realize that the 24 hours leading up to any big event will determine how you do during your match. Here are the basic psychological approaches that will help you to win:

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1. It ought to be obvious that any high level athlete will be both fit and skilled This usually means that they have a fitness trainer to get them flexible and strong, and they also have a swing coach who works with them on technique. After the above foundation is laid down, the remaining task is to be able to control your mental set. This is by no means easy to do, given the high level of competitive stress you will be facing. This is where the expertise of a sport psychologist comes into play. With 24 hours to go before the tournament, one needs to establish a strong mind set. 2. Early to bed The first thing one must do is relax and conserve energy the night before a big match. In thoroughbred racing for a day prior to the race, the horse is kept in his stall and allowed to rest. The danger the athlete faces is social distractions that can drain energy the night before a big match. If the tournament site is far from home, you may be in a hotel and can be tempted to go out and be distracted. If you are home, you may be tempted to stay out late as well. This can only hurt your chances of winning. 3. The mental approach on the morning of the match A feeling that tennis is fun and that 50

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ory by using the right pre game routine tournaments are a great way to spend the day is helpful. It is necessary for the athlete to instill a positive mood state rather than feeling dread or anxiety. 4. An aggressive attitude Deep down inside, the mindset of any champion is aggression. Whether it’s John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic, the champion has one thing in mind … to win. And winning means being very aggressive. They all smile on the outside, but on the inside, they are killers at heart. In that way, sport is like war. You either win or you lose. It helps to remind yourself of that so you can get

more in touch with your aggressive nature. 5. Murphy’s Law Always be ready for things to go wrong on the day of the event. Maybe you get there late, there is a rain delay, someone makes a wisecrack or starts to cheat. Rest assured, things like this happen in every tournament, so be ready for it and don’t let it affect you. 6. Have a strategy for each point, game, set or match A good one is to remind yourself that the only thing that matters is the point at hand. It is natural to get ahead of yourself from time to time, but train

yourself to refocus on this point only. 7. Forgiveness Tennis is a tough sport. You are only human and will make mistakes from time to time. Train yourself to let the mistake go and get back into focusing on the point at hand. To be a winner in tennis, you need a strong body and great racket skills, but you also need a great mindset. To win more often, try to follow the plan I just laid out for you and you will fare much better in tournament play. For consultations, treatment or on-site visits, contact Dr. Tom Ferraro Ph.D., sport psychologist, by phone at (516) 248-7189, e-mail DrTFerraro@aol.com or visit DrTomFerraro.com.

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MYTHBUSTERS

The Current 10-and Under Format is Brutal and the Silence Speaks Volumes! BY R I C K Y BE C K E R

Although well-intentioned, are short courts, deflated balls, round-robins and short sets pulling kids into tennis on Long Island? Through five years, the answer is: “No!” Age Group/Level

2010 Players Per Long Island Tournament (Average)

2016 Players Per Long Island Tournament (Average)

Boys 10’s Level 1B

16.3

10.0

Boys 10’s Level 2

15.6

1.4

Boys 10’s Level 3

6.2

3.2

Girls 10’s Level 1B

10.7

5.4

Girls 10’s Level 2

8.8

1.1

Girls 10’s Level 3

3.6

2.3

Boys 12’s L1+

72.6

42.0

Boys 12’s L1/L1A

31.3

5.0

Boys 12’s L1B

26.0

6.0

Boys 12’s L2

14.1

8.9

Boys 12’s L3

3.8

5.0

Girls 12’s L1+

41.5

41.0

Girls 12’s L1/L1A

15.5

9.5

Girls 12’s L1B

11.8

5.1

Girls 12’s L2

5.0

4.1

Girls 12’s L3

1.7

1.2

*Tournament averages taken from January-April The numbers speak for themselves, but anecdotes, theories and solutions will be presented in the next issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine. Ricky Becker is director of tennis at Pine Hollow Country Club and independently coaches high-performance juniors year-round at Bethpage State Park and Jericho/Westbury where he is the junior tournament director. He can be reached by phone at (516) 605-0420, e-mail rbecker06@yahoo.com or visit JuniorTennisConsulting.com. 52

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Wheatley Sophomore Brett Katz Helps Raise Money for Grow Tennis New York

heatley High School Sophomore Brett Katz recently hosted “Grow Tennis Night” at Christopher Morley Park Tennis Center, a charity event where all the proceeds went to the Grow Tennis New York charity to allow kids to play tennis who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity. The fundraiser for Grow Tennis New York was the brainchild of Katz, along with the help of Long Island Tennis Magazine. Katz wanted to make a difference in the community, and decided to host a charity event. His next step was choosing a charity and the type of event to be held.

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“Around here, a lot of people can take tennis for granted, and there are a lot of underprivileged people who don’t get the chance to play the sport,” said Katz. “I wanted to give people who may not always have a chance to play tennis the opportunity to do so, and that’s where this started.” When coming up with ideas for what type of charity event to run, Katz immediately thought of a tennis event. He has played for many years and is currently playing for the Wheatley High School Boys Tennis Team. From there, Brett elicited the help of Long Island Tennis Magazine and once their staff created the invitations and put together a

plan for the event, it was ready to go. The event was a big success, raising nearly $7,000 for Grow Tennis New York. Katz invited friends and family down to play and those who could not make it still donated to the cause. “I think the event went great,” said Katz. “Everyone had a lot of fun and we were able to raise a lot of money for a really good cause, so it was definitely a success. I was happy to see a lot of people from the community who feel the same way I do about making tennis accessible to more people donate to this cause. It’s something I definitely want to do again.”

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Nassau County Boys High School Season Recap Credit all photos to Brian Coleman

Plainview JFK’s Yuval Solomon, winner of the 2016 Nassau County Singles Championship

Valley Stream Central senior Athell Bennett finished runner-up at the 2016 Nassau County Singles Championship

The Syosset duo of Neel Rajesh & Kabir Rajpal captured the Nassau County Doubles Championship

Plainview’s Solomon Repeats as Nassau County Singles Champion, Syosset Pair Captures Doubles Title Plainview JFK’s Yuval Solomon is as evenkeeled as they come on the tennis court, so when he fell behind 0-2 in the Nassau County Singles Finals to Valley Stream Central senior Athell Bennett at Oceanside High School, there was no panic. “I was a little disappointed, but I knew I could stay in the match,” said Solomon. “I knew I had to stay aggressive and make him move around.” The junior gathered himself and calmly held serve to trim the lead to 1-2 and get himself on the board. During the changeover, Solomon and Plainview Head Coach Nick Ventimiglia went over some slight adjustments, one of which was to prevent Bennett from coming to the net. “We knew he was a really good player. They had faced each other twice during the year, both indoors, and they split the meetings, so we knew it would be a tough match,” said Ventimiglia. “Bennett has some of the softest hands I’ve ever seen at the net, so we 54

Cold Spring Harbor’s Sean Mullins finished in third place to qualify for the state tournament

Cold Spring Harbor’s Sean Mullins joined Valley Stream Central’s Athell Bennett and Plainview JFK’s Yuval Solomon in heading to the NYS Championships

wanted to avoid the net. I just told Yuval to play his game and that’s what he did.” With his rhythm back and some slight adjustments made, Solomon rattled off six straight games to take the opening set 6-2. The two would exchange holds of serve through the first three games of the second set, but Solomon notched the key break when he hit a ridiculous backhand passing shot for the 3-1 lead. After a few more holds of serve, Solomon would break Bennett one more time to close out the match, winning his second straight Nassau County Singles Championship, 6-2, 6-2.

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“He has a stronger game, a wider game,” said Ventimiglia on how Solomon has improved from a year ago. “He hits the ball harder and has such a soft touch. He’s like a pitcher with four pitches, his game is versatile and he has so many weapons he can use.” “I worked on being more aggressive, coming to the net when I needed to, and just trying to get as many balls in as possible as well,” said Solomon. “My conditioning is better and I did a lot of running.” In the third place match, Cold Spring Harbor’s Sean Mullins defeated Keegan Morris of Sewanhaka, 6-4, 6-3, to qualify


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BOY’S HIGH SCHOOL RECAP for the state tournament, joining both Solomon and Bennett. In the doubles final, the Syosset duo of Neel Rajesh & Kabir Rajpal defeated Zachary Khazzam & Sangjin Song of Roslyn, 6-1, 6-3 to keep the Doubles Championship with Syosset. Daniel Shleimovich & Dylan Granat of Syosset won the title last year. The eighth and ninth grade duo of Rajesh & Kabir Rajpal fought off a second-set rally from Khazzam & Song to hang on for the victory. “We stayed calm and stayed active at the

net,” said Rajpal. “We served with a purpose, hitting our spots, which allowed us to poach and be aggressive. We were able to stay steady and consistent.” Syosset Head Coach Shai Fisher continued to be impressed by not only the pair’s success, but their attitude on the court. “I am extremely proud of Neel & Kabir,” said Fisher. “For being so young, they are both mature on the court, always keep their composure and consistently communicate with each other. I’m also

proud that they both could have played singles and excelled there as well, but they realized and made the decision that playing together in doubles they can accomplish great success not only at the county tournament, but possibly the state tournament.” Joining Rajesh & Rajpal in the state tournament, in addition to the Roslyn duo, were Syosset teammates Spencer Lowitt & Preet Rajpal, who beat Great Neck North’s Jared Hakimian & Won Jung, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, in the third-place match.

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Syosset Head Coach Shai Fisher (center) congratulates Yash Samantaray (left) and Adam Canarick (right) on winning the 2016 Nassau County Championship

Syosset Beats Roslyn for Second Straight Nassau Championship The Syosset Braves captured its second straight Nassau County Championship, defeating Roslyn 5-2 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. With the victory, Syosset extended its win streak to 32 straight. “It takes a lot of perseverance from them. Every guy on this team stepped up throughout the year,” said Syosset Head Coach Shai Fisher. “All of those pressure situations we went through during practice helped. It’s a testament to each guy on the team. They worked hard throughout the year, and it allowed them to pull out these tough matches.”

Neel Rajesh fires a serve during Syosset’s victory over Roslyn

It was singles play that led the way for the Braves. Syosset’s Neel Rajesh got past Sangjin Song 7-5, 6-2 at first singles, Kabir Rajpal defeated Roslyn’s Zachary Khazzam 6-3, 6-4 at second singles, and Syosset’s Eli Grossman beat Justin Lempert 6-3, 6-2 in the third singles flight. The clinching match came on the second doubles court, as Syosset’s Adam Canarick & Yash Samantaray outlasted Ben Tenner and Jared Cohen 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to seal Syosset’s second straight Nassau championship. “It’s very exciting … it’s a great feeling,” said Grossman. “We worked very hard to get here. It’s a combination of coaching, the system, the practices and how serious we take the tennis.” Syosset’s success could be contributed to a great number of things, one in particular being the chemistry of the teams. Each year, the cap-

Roslyn Head Coach KerriAnn JannotteHinkley (right) congratulates her team on finishing as runners-up for the Nassau County Championship tains are selected by the outgoing captains who choose who they feel is most suited to lead the team, and the kids take that responsibility seriously. A loss in the Nassau County Championship doesn’t take away from the incredible year the Roslyn Bulldogs had, especially considering it lost a number of seniors from last year’s squad. “I am 100 percent proud of how they played,” said Roslyn Head Coach KerriAnn Jannotte-Hinkley. “They put together a herculean effort against a very strong Syosset team. They couldn’t have worked any harder, and made their coach look very smart. We have a tradition where the captains set the tone for the whole team, and they and the seniors did just that. The young kids saw what needed to be done, and that’s exactly what happened. I couldn’t be prouder.”

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BOY’S HIGH SCHOOL RECAP Suffolk County Boys High School Season Recap Credit all photos to Brian Coleman

Northport freshman Cannon Kingsley hits a backhand during the Suffolk County Championship

Aziz Rashidzada of Half Hollow Hills West smashes a volley during the Suffolk County Doubles Championship

Shoreham-Wading River’s Chris Kuhnle digs out a shot during the Suffolk County Final

Northport’s Kingsley Captures Suffolk Singles Title, Hills West’s Rashidzada & Weisbrot Win Doubles Northport freshman Cannon Kingsley captured the 2016 Suffolk County Singles Championship, playing near-flawless tennis to defeat defending champion Chris Kuhnle of Shoreham-Wading River 6-1, 6-1 at William Floyd High School. After rolling to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Half Hollow Hills East’s Abhinav Srivastava in the semifinals, Kingsley did not miss a beat in the final. “I just stayed steady and patient and took my opportunities when they were there,” said Kingsley. “It was definitely one of the best matches I have played.” Kingsley took advantage of some doublefaults from the big-hitting Kuhnle throughout the match, pouncing on the opportunity to break. After a Kuhnle double-fault gave Kingsley a break point chance, the freshman hit a net cord that dropped in on the other side of the net to take a 2-0 lead. He continued to play clean tennis throughout the match and was able to seize some 56

Hills East’s Abhinav Srivastava gets ready to hit a shot during his third-place match against Huntington’s Jack Flores opportunities on Kuhnle errors. A screaming forehand winner on set point gave the freshman a 6-1 first set win, and he carried that momentum into the second set. “I was able to get some more confidence from there,” said Kingsley. “I took advantage of some easy points and just really tried to make every point count” The second set went similar to the first and when it was all said and done, Kingsley captured the Suffolk County Title with a 6-1, 6-1 victory. Kingsley, who has grown five inches since last year, said his improved serve and fore-

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Aziz Rashidzada & Jackson Weisbrot of Half Hollow Hills West were crowned 2016 Suffolk County Doubles Champions hand were the keys to his success this season and in this tournament. “Last year, my backhand was better than my forehand, so I really worked on that just about every day this year,” Kingsley said. “I’ve been hitting my serve a lot better and with better placement.” This was the first time that Kingsley and Kuhnle had played against one another, and this win is a huge confidence builder for the freshman as he qualified for the state tournament. “To know that I just beat the guy who made the quarterfinals in states last year


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BOY’S HIGH SCHOOL RECAP is huge for me,” said Kingsley. “I know I can do well at states.” Kingsley and Kuhnle both advanced to the states, and were joined by Srivastava, who downed Huntington’s Jack Flores 6-0, 6-1 in the third-place match. In the Suffolk County Doubles Finals, top-seeded Aziz Rashidzada & Jackson Weisbrot of Half Hollow Hills West defeated Ross School’s Jonas Linnman-Feuerring & Gonzalo Trapote, 6-2, 6-1 to win the title. “We just kept our focus and had a good mindset,” said Weisbrot. “We are two players

who normally play singles, so the more we’ve played the better our chemistry has been, and this was our best match together.” The duo played seven doubles matches together throughout the regular season to be eligible to compete in the tournament, and the two have improved each and every match, culminating in the Suffolk County Championship. “In the semifinals, we were definitely both a little nervous and let our opponents get in our heads a little bit,” said Rashidzada. “In the finals, we didn’t let up. We always kept our feet moving and played it point to point.”

In the semifinals, Rashidzada & Weisbrot let a 3-0 second-set lead slip away before closing it out 6-4, but the duo kept their foot on the gas pedal in the finals. “That was a really good match for us heading into states, definitely our toughest one,” added Weisbrot. “If we play like that, we think we can beat anybody.” In the third-place doubles match, the Hills East pairing of Justin Dubler & Adam Wilck outlasted North Babylon’s Tyree Grimsley & Lynus Fortaleza 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to qualify for the State Tournament.

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Half Hollow Hills West captured the 2016 Suffolk County Championship

Hills West Beats Hills East to Repeat as Suffolk County Champions Half Hollow Hills West reigned supreme for the second consecutive year in Suffolk County, defeating cross-town rival Half Hollow Hills East 4-2 to capture the 2016 Suffolk County Championship. Hills East entered the match at 17-0 and had beaten Hills West twice during the regular season by scores of 4-3, something the Colts did not forget. “Our team was so pumped to play this one,” said Hills West Head Coach Kim Langendorfer. “During the season, it was sort of touch and go with them, and we lost some close 4-3 matches, but this time they

were so determined to make it happen. It’s so hard to come back and repeat, but our guys were ready.” Langendorfer and her team knew they needed to strengthen its doubles lineups in order to take down Hills East, so it moved its first singles player Aziz Rashidzada into first doubles with Dan Rubinowitz, and bumped second singles player Jackson Weisbrot into the first singles flight. Weisbrot thrived under the pressure. Even after falling behind 0-2 to Abhinav Srivastava in the opening set, the junior won four straight games to go ahead 4-2, and eventually closed out the first set with a forehand winner that struck the net cord and went over on set point. He continued his strong play in the second set, breaking for a 2-1 lead before going on to the 6-4, 6-2 victory. “Coming into the match, I just felt like if

Hills West’s Jackson Weisbrot in his first singles match against Abhinav Srivastava I could be consistent and play my game, I’d be able to win,” said Weisbrot, who paired with Rashidzada to win the Suffolk County Individual Doubles Title. “I was confident in what I’d be able to do if I got my first serves in and didn’t make too many unforced errors.” Weisbrot used his big forehand to take advantage of some short balls he got in the middle of the court, and played clean, consistent tennis throughout the match. “He was giving me a lot of shot balls in the middle,” Weisbrot added. “I was able to hit approach shots into the corner and come up to the net.” Spencer Kirshman & Roham Mathur won 6-4, 6-2 over Adam Stein & Paul Rhee at third doubles and Tyler Nierman knocked off Bradley Weltman at third singles to bring Hills West within one victory of its second

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BOY’S HIGH SCHOOL RECAP straight county title. That victory would come on the first doubles court, as Rashidzada & Rubinowitz defeated Justin Dubler & Adam Wilck, 6-4, 7-6(3) to seal the deal.

“Adam and Justin are great players,” said Rubinowitz. “We were able to capitalize when we got opportunities and took some chances when they came.” Rashidzada, a senior, has been on the

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Courage & Hope Crawford of Mamaroneck Plainview JFK’s Yuval Solomon hits a forehand during his State Championship win celebrate capturing their second consecutive against two-time defending champion Matt Boys Doubles State Championship Gamble

NYSPHSAA 2016 Boys Tennis Championship Plainview’s Solomon Captures New York State Championship It was one year in the making, but Plainview JFK junior Yuval Solomon finally got his rematch with Webster-Schroeder’s Matt Gamble, the two-time defending New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) champion. “I knew I wanted to come back and win it this year, and I knew I wanted to play Gamble and beat him,” said Solomon. “I was confident, and knew I had to just play my game.” Solomon did just that, taking his game to the next level in a third-set tiebreaker, eventually outlasting Gamble 6-0, 5-7, 7-6(4) at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows to win the New York State Boys Singles Title. Solomon is the first state champion from Long Island since Cold Spring Harbor’s Josh Levine won the second of his back to back titles in 2012. “I’m so happy,” Solomon added. “I was getting tired at the end, but I knew that this is what I have been working so hard for and was able 58

to pull through.” Solomon looked like a man on a mission from the onset. A backhand passing shot gave him a break in the match’s first game, and after holding serve, a Gamble forehand into the net handed Solomon a 3-0 advantage. He would hold again to jump ahead 4-0, and after Gamble failed to put away a volley, Solomon chased it down and hit a winner for the 5-0 lead. A hold of serve in the ensuing game closed out the 6-0 set for Solomon. In the second set, Gamble began playing sharper tennis. He held serve in the opening game to get himself on the board for the 1-0 lead. After Solomon held serve, Gamble would win three of the next four games to take a 4-2 advantage. With the intensity of the match rising, Solomon broke back to bring things to 3-4, and held serve with a forehand winner down the line to even things at 4-4. The set would remain on serve until 6-5 when Gamble, showing why he was the two-time defending champion, broke Solomon to win the set 7-5 and force a deciding third. “He’s a great comeback player, so I knew he wasn’t going to give up and he would come back,” said Solomon. “I just had to stay fo-

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varsity team for six years and knows just how special winning back to back championships is. “It’s just a surreal feeling knowing we won back to back,” Rashidzada said. cused and play my heart out.” Solomon served well to open the third set, firing a couple of aces in his opening service game to get his rhythm back. The set would remain on serve until 3-3, when three straight breaks of serve saw Solomon take a 5-4 lead and have an opportunity to serve for the state title. Gamble once again showed his muster, though, breaking back to stay in the match and knot things at 5-5. After two holds of serve, the match headed into a tie-breaker. In the tie-breaker, Solomon illustrated how much he wanted this victory. He raced out to a 5-0 lead, and even after Gamble made it close with four straight points, Solomon sealed the deal with back to back aces. “I just told myself that I knew I could do this. I have been working at this and playing tennis for years,” said Solomon. “I had to fight. I was able to get some more first serves in and stayed aggressive.” “He’s the hardest working kid I’ve ever coached, and I’ve been coaching for 43 years,” said Plainview Head Coach Nick Ventimiglia of Solomon. “I’ve never seen anybody work as hard as he does. I told him you deserve to be here, now go finish it. And he did.” In the doubles final, Hope & Courage Crawford of Mamaronek, N.Y. defended their title, defeating Horace Greeley’s James Wei & Spencer Lowitz, 7-5, 6-2. The pair becomes the first doubles team to repeat as state champions since Prem Vadlamudi & Vijay Vadlamudi of New Hartford did it in 1988 and 1989. Syosset’s Neel Rajesh & Kabir Rajpal finished in third place, defeating Brighton’s Ryan Gao & Josh Marvald 6-3, 6-2 in the consolation match. Brian Coleman is senior editor for Long Island Tennis Magazine. He may be reached by phone at (516) 409-4444, ext. 326 or e-mail BrianC@USPTennis.com.


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JMTA Long Island Hosts Scholarship Tryouts at Sportime Syosset

he John McEnroe Tennis Academy’s (JMTA) Long Island annex of Sportime Syosset hosted its annual scholarship tryouts in June, where kids from across the Island came to compete and play for a scholarship for the Fall 2016 campaign at the JMTA. “We’re looking for talented, homegrown players who are athletic and show great sportsmanship and character,” said Mike Kossoff, director of tennis at Sportime Syosset/Bethpage. “We have more than 100 kids here, and so many of them seem so motivated to be part of the program. I’m really excited about all the potential I’m seeing.”

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character and talent.” The JMTA team was seeking players with a foundation for them to build off of, and someone eager to join the successful programs. “We want them to know that they will be part of something special. We’re all one team here,” said Kossoff. “We do things that separate us, such as the college advisory process and video and photo analysis, where we chart matches. We incorporate everything involved in the game … the mental, physical, tactical and technical parts, in order to put our players in the best possible situation.”


Footwork as the Foundation to an Explosive Game By Luke Jensen am often asked “What is the very best way to improve in the sport of tennis?” There are many aspects of a growing and developing game. The ability to be consistent is always essential. The work done on your shot placement can give your game a boost, as well as adding some pop to your game with added swing speed. One area where you can become a better tennis player that I have found throughout my tennis career was how to become a quicker tennis player. Even in the doubles game, quick movements in all directions can be a massive difference maker. In the singles game, the points are longer and there is more court coverage required. The footwork in both singles and doubles can make all the difference in reaching the next level of your tennis potential. Whenever I felt my game was in a slump, I would map out a footwork routine that would give me more of an explosive first step. Tennis is a series of sprints over a long period of time. I would first go to work on the jump rope. This simple old school approach builds the calf muscles and revs up footwork. I used the jump rope in 30 second intervals. These can be longer or shorter to fit your starting point, but 30 seconds jumping rope, followed by 30 seconds of rest for 15 minutes, is a solid place to start speed training. Increase the time to one minute of jumping with 30 seconds of rest as you progress. When I was playing, I would go for 30 minutes with this ap-

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results. To get some really good hints on how to improve your speed, go online and find an approach that works best for you. These days, there is great advice online and even speed camps to attend to improve your athletic ability. I hope your next step on the tennis court is a fast one! Born in Grayling, Mich., Luke 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. Luke is currently director of tennis at Sea Island Tennis Center in Georgia. He may be reached by phone at (315) 443-3552 or e-mail LukeJensen84@yahoo.com.

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By Jimmy Delevante ecoming a better tennis player is a journey, not a destination. There are so many different levels in tennis that it is almost impossible to know how far a player will go. They might reach the middle school or high school level, the college level, the professional level or anywhere in between. It is my belief that rather than focusing on the destination, players should focus on enjoying the journey. Almost every player will tell you that they want to be better and improve their game. It doesn’t matter what level they will reach in the end, all that matters is that they work on getting better today. The most important thing for coaches to convey to their students is the idea of selfimprovement. Self-improvement is vital because it takes the focus off of everyone else and it puts the focus solely on the individual. Imagine what it would be like to try to win a 100-yard dash while you are busy paying attention to how fast your competitors are running instead of your own speed. Your speed is the only thing that you can control … doesn’t it make

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more sense to focus on yourself instead of everyone else? Self-improvement can be measured by comparing your past skill level with your current skill level. The best question to ask yourself is: Am I a better tennis player today than I was six months ago? The idea behind this question is to take the focus off all the other players around you and only pay attention to improving yourself. As a coach, I try to get my players to be aware of their personal bests and highlight them. I often use the length of a rally as a tool to measure that player’s success. A player who can sustain a 100-ball rally now should try to raise that number each practice. A player who can hit 10 technically sound serves in a row today should try to hit 11 consecutive tomorrow, and so forth. Another way to get players to improve themselves is by making them aware of their own level of effort. You can use a scale from one to 10 and after each game or drill ask that player to rate their own level of effort. Obviously the goal is not only to reach higher levels, but also to sustain it for longer periods of time. Other factors like energy level, focus, attitude and all-around performance can be measured by a self-rating method as well. By focusing on yourself, it also becomes easier


to tune out everyone else. You cannot control how your opponents, teammates, or practice partners perform when they play with you. Paying attention to their performance ultimately takes the focus away from yourself. There are several other dangers to comparing yourself with other players around you. The first problem is that as you continue to improve your game, the players around you are also improving. If you have lost 6-3, 6-3 to your teammate and then lose to them by the same score again a year later, it does not mean that you have not improved! It is more likely the case that you have both become better at the same rate. The same example can hold true for any number of different match outcomes whereby the score may change, but the level of improvement might not exactly reflect it. Another danger of comparing yourself to others is when you become the strongest player on your team or court. In this situation, a player who compares themselves to those around them often experiences the “Big fish in a small pond,” dilemma. With that type of external focus, players are tempted to coast and not work

hard in that group because they are already better than the others. In contrast, however, a player who has more internal focus will continue to work just as hard because they are trying to beat their former self. There are many variables that tennis players are unable to control: Weather, facilities, opponents, etc. All of these factors are things that a player has to deal with in order to be successful. I look at all of these potential difficulties as speed bumps. They can slow you down, but they don’t have to stop you from going where you want to. However, there are only a few variables that players can control: Effort, energy, focus and maybe a few others. When players are trained to become more aware of these factors, they will be able to take their mind off of the ones that they cannot control. A player who focuses on things that they can control will become a better player. A player who focuses on things that they cannot control will become frustrated, distracted and not necessarily improve. Therefore, it is our responsibility as coaches to teach our players how to make themselves better. It is my belief that coaches and parents

should try to instill the idea of self-improvement as often as possible with their players and children. Players with internal focus make bigger gains than those with external focus. They will develop more confidence, independence and mental toughness and do it for the right reason: To make themselves better. Any good coach can tell you that what they try to do for their players is not only about tennis. The skills they learn on the court translate to real-life skills. A person who understands the concept of self-improvement can take that idea and apply it to any field they choose and be successful at every level. It would be great if we can get more tennis players to focus on what really matters in the bigger picture and teach them more than just the sport of tennis. Jimmy Delevante is a USPTA-certified teaching professional and a National HighPerformance Coach. He is the director of tennis at the Suffolk County Junior Tennis League Training Center, a former ATP professional tennis player, and master pro at Sportime Kings Park.

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mentally-challenged athletes for an eightweek instructional, mentorship and practice program. The Games culminated in a fun round-robin tournament, run in conjunction with The Special Olympics of New York. This year’s Unified program was organized by Kaplan, with help from his longtime student Ian Capell, a senior at Syosset High School, who will be heading to Cornell University in the fall. “I have been doing this for five years now and working with the same people for a long time, so I’ve developed relationships with them through tennis, but also on a personal level,” said Capell. “We got all the players together and they’re excited to be a part of it. They love the competition. And the amount of progress they’ve made in the five years I’ve been

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tember to the end of May, with players taking part in drills and practices to prepare themselves for competition.” One of the volunteers, Gabi Sklar, said she will absolutely return to the program once again. “I think from the beginning there has been so much progress. Meeting once a week has helped them all improve, and we’re all building relationships,” said Sklar. “It’s a great program and I’ll ab-

solutely be back for more events.” The event was made possible because of the help of the volunteers: Josh Antell, Adam Canarick, Ian Capell, Miles Capell, Aditya Dave, Spencer Lowitt, Risha Maholtra and Gabi Sklar from Syosset High School; Kaitlyn Byrnes from Plainedge High School; Alex Fried from Plainview JFK High School; and Alexis Huber, Gabby Raziel and Julia Raziel from Half Hollow Hills East High School.

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charitable initiatives Hauppauge HS sophomore raises $1,500-plus for Developmental Disabilities Institute

Jill Lawrence, a sophomore at Hauppauge High School, held her second annual “Tennis Serves the Community” event in late May to raise money for the Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI), an organization supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities in achieving a lifetime of growth, through exceptional care and innovative, individualized service. The first edition of the event, held last year, raised $1,200, and that amount was

increased this year, raising in excess of $1,500. “I’ve always wanted to make a difference in the community, and I wanted to combine it with the sport I love,” said Lawrence. “I picked a great organization in DDI because I knew many in the community who use their services.” There was a round-robin tournament between teachers and varsity tennis players in the morning, and the winners

were: Joe Tasman (Men’s Division), Giovanna Saulle (Women’s Division) and Jalaj Mehta and Victoria Arancio (Student’s Division). In addition to the tournament itself, Lawrence held bake sales throughout the year in order to increase the donations. A raffle was held at the event, with the prizes including a FitBit and an autographed photo of tennis legend Billie Jean King.

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For the eighth consecutive year, the Commack Varsity Tennis Team hosted its “Play With Teachers Autism Event” to raise money for a school for autism in Commack. The event raised more than $2,100, the most it has raised in its eight years. “This is the eighth year we have done this, and it’s one of my favorite commu-

nity events that we do,” said Commack High School Head Tennis Coach Shane Helfner. “The kids love to see the teachers outside of the classroom and in a different element. It’s a lot of fun for both the teachers and the students.” The event pairs Commack teachers with tennis players for a round-robin tournament, and the winners crowned

this year were the team of Sol Yoon (student) and Joe Pugh (teacher). “This is a great event, as we get to play tennis while raising money for autism awareness and helping the community,” said Jake Lampert, Commack team captain. “Watching all the teachers attempt to play tennis is definitely a lot of fun.”

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charitable initiatives Fourth Annual Ace it for Syd event held at Oceanside HS

The Sydne Jacoby Foundation held its Fourth Annual Ace It for Syd event at Oceanside High School to raise money for the Foundation. The event featured a round-robin tournament, as well as raffle

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tending the University of Massachusetts. “I wanted to thank everyone who came to support, it means a lot to me and my family,” said Nadine Jacoby, mother of Sydne. “This is the fourth annual charity event, and it just makes me so happy to see more people coming every year to support. This is the strongest it has been in its four years of existence.” The winners of the various divisions included: Liz Ingrassia & Laura Gilbert (Women’s A Doubles Division), Susan Moreo & Jessy Moreo (Women’s B Doubles Division), Panus Romsaitong & Daniel Calhoun (Men’s A Doubles Division), Nolan Tiss & Will Stern (Men’s B Doubles Division), and Barry Dayboch & Maggie Laxer (Mixed Doubles Division). Every year, the Sydne Jacoby Foundation offers a scholarship to an Oceanside High School senior. This year, it went to Rachael Combs, who will be attending the University of Massachusetts in the fall.


Discovering New Foods and Experimenting With Them By Irina Belfer-Lehat RD, CDN t can get really overwhelming not only for a consumer, but also for a registered dietitian with hundreds of new products popping up on the shelves of the supermarket. While some products are just repackaged goods that look brighter and cooler, but still have “poor” nutritional value, others are worth giving a shot and trying at home. I took some time to analyze my local supermarket, and here are my recommendations for this summer … enjoy!

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“For the young student who grows into a mature post-collegiate individual and ventures out in the workforce, let’s see how well it works out for you if you won’t do what your boss asks.”

have been watching the campaign for delegates for the presidential nomination in both major parties with great interest. One day Donald Trump throws accusations at his opponents, and the next moment, Hilary Clinton does the same. I am not going to take political sides for the purpose of this article as this is not the forum to advocate for one candidate over the other. What I am going to say is that “Neither of the presumptive presidential candidates are afraid to speak their minds or seem to be worried about any sort of backlash.” The candidates are committed to their point of view and each sees their names in the news daily, as the media either applauds or criticizes their points of view and the comments can be downright ugly at times. However, the candidates move forward with

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a steadfast manner hoping to sway the American public to get votes. At the end of the day, neither candidate seems fearful of pushback commentary that comes their way … they are committed and focused. My articles are usually directed at tennis players, where I hope to give some good advice to help live a richer life both on and off the tennis court. Now, my comments go to both the coaches and players. I have taught hundreds of players and student/athletes who compete for me on my college squad. Each has an opinion on how things should be taught, coached, scheduled and administered. Each one of their opinions, in most cases, differs from mine and from each other. You hit a forehand a certain way and no other, a backhand one way and not another. The problem with that train

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of thought is this … you take hundreds of professionals on the international circuit and no two strokes are alike. There are slight variations in everyone’s game, and that’s a fact. I learn from my students often in how the mechanics of a stroke are processed through a shot that can vary from person to person. I acknowledge that strokes vary from person to person, even when done completely correct. I now bring you back to real life to both the coaches and players. To the coach, I say this, “You know best, you are committed to your routines, style, rules and regulations.” You came to those conclusions because you are experienced, have had good mentors, have seen success competing and know how to attain it. You are confident and deliver that message with a steadfast focus. The student still believes that they know bet-


ter. The parent who calls and says, “My child cannot tolerate your style.” The collegiate athlete on a team who does not agree with my timing, style of running and preparation, along with the philosophy of the coach. Here is when I say, “Too bad!” Yes, too bad. There is a fine line between being a coach who is cooperative, which is the recommended style, and a coach who utilizes a dictatorship style. There is the time though the coach, with years of experience, simply knows better. The coach knows better than a parent, better than a student and better than a collegiate athlete. For those students who just cannot adopt, I say “You can’t or you won’t”—two entirely different four-letter words with different meanings. For the young student who grows into a mature post-collegiate individual and ventures

out in the workforce, let’s see how well it works out for you if you won’t do what your boss asks. That attitude will get you great success and is received very well on the unemployment line. In coaching, an “I won’t” attitude gets you on the “I cannot” side of the tennis court. I would rather hear students say, “I will” because I believe in you and I know you can. The responsibility for improvement does not lie with the coach, it lies with the student who says, “I can and will.” But for those who push back, I say with tongue in cheek, “I am wrong and you are right and you win and get your way.” Let’s see how that works out for you. Going back to our friends in the presidential campaign, they stand in front of the American public and state their position and policy. The press loves it or hates it, the public votes for or against, and yet the campaigner has the confidence to believe he or she is doing what is right and does not yield to the court of public opinion. If the political campaigners and corporate CEOs can do it, then I can stand in front of my students in a much smaller audience and believe that what I am doing is right and I can remain confident in my own decision-making process. Any coach that is reading this should learn as much as you can and then be confident in the message you pass along to your players. Believe it, because you know better, and despite what a student says, you have their best interest at heart and want to see improve-

ment. You can help them get better, and you want to get that student better and get them to believe they can improve. “Can” becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and they will get better. It’s simply magical what takes place. So to the students who I have encountered who say I am wrong and you are right … I now say you win, do it your way. I learned from the presidential candidates that every citizen will not agree, and from a coaches point of view, every student will not buy in. Coaches, please continue to deliver the message, build a great foundation for the student who wants it. And for those who want to build that foundation under your tutelage, if you build it, they will come. They will come and it will come. “It” is an improved game. Students, please trust your coach because they want you to get better, and coaches, you are right ... believe it and keep delivering that message. You are not wrong! For the student … it takes hard work to do it the way your coaches want, you might get it right. Imagine that. Lonnie Mitchel is head men’s and women’s tennis coach at SUNY Oneonta. Lonnie was named an assistant coach to Team USA for the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel 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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More Than an Athlete: Person First. Every Time. By Rob Polishook, Mental Training Coach MA, CPC n addition to talent, skills and technique, an athlete brings many attributes, values and characteristics to the court. These attributes can be thought of as the fuel that drives and motivates the performance. It’s essentially the player’s “X Factor.” When you bring “Who you are” to “What you do,” more happens because you will be performing from an authentic place with passion, perseverance and purpose.

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Rob Polishook, MA, CPC is founder and director of Inside the Zone Sports Performance Group. As a mental training coach, he works with athletes and teams, focusing on helping athletes gain the mental edge. Rob is author of Tennis Inside the Zone: Mental Training Workouts for Champions. He may be reached by phone at (973) 723-0314, e-mail Rob@InsideTheZone.com or visit InsideTheZone.com.

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Bethpage Park Tennis Center Andrea Pappas—Manager 99 Quaker Meeting House Road #1 Farmingdale, NY 11735 (516) 777-1358 BPTCenter@aol.com Butch Seewagen Tennis Academy @ Rockville Centre CATS Jami Madison—Director 188 Maple Avenue Rockville Centre, NY 11570 (516) 763-1299, ext. 10 CATSRVC@gmail.com Carefree Racquet Club Kathy Miller—Manager 1414 Jerusalem Avenue Merrick, NY 11566 (516) 489-9005 CarefreeTennis@aol.com Deer Park Tennis Club Afzal Ali—Director of Tennis 30 Burt Drive Deer Park, NY 11729 (631) 667-3476 DeerParkTennis.com Early Hit Training Center at Glen Head Racquet Club 95 Glen Head Road Glen Head, NY 11545 Carl Barnett: (516) 455-1225 EarlyHit@optonline.net Glen Head Racquet Club 95 Glen Head Road Glen Head, NY 11545 Stephanie Leo: (516) 676-9849 GlenHeadRC@verizon.net Huntington Indoor Tennis Club Richard Rottkamp—Manager/Owner 100 Broadway Huntington Station, NY 11746 (631) 421-0040 HITennis@myway.com New York Tennis Academy at Great Neck Estates Howie Arons—Director of Junior Tennis Program 12 Shore Drive Great Neck, NY 11021 (516) 233-2790 BighTennis@aol.com Point Set Indoor Tennis Tonny vandePieterman—Director of Tennis 3065 New Street Oceanside, NY 11572 (516) 536-2323 Tonny@PointSetTennis.com PointSetTennis.com

Port Washington Tennis Academy Manny Iqbal—Director of Tennis 100 Harbor Road Port Washington, NY 11050 (516) 883-6425 Tennis@PWTA.com PWTA.com Robbie Wagner’s Tournament Training Center at Glen Cove Stephen Alcala—Managing Partner 60 Sea Cliff Avenue Glen Cove, NY 11542 (516) 759-0505 RWTT.com Ross School Holly Li—Manager 18 Goodfriend Drive East Hampton, NY 11937 (631) 907-5162 HLi@Ross.org Ross.org/Tennis Southampton Racquet Camp & Club 665 Majors Path Southampton, N.Y. (631) 488-4700 SouthamptonRCC.com SPORTIME Amagansett (Open Seasonally) Sue de Lara—General Manager 320 Abrahams Path • Amagansett, NY 11930 (631) 267-3460 Amagansett@SportimeNY.com SportimeNY.com/Amagansett East Hampton Sports Camp @ SPORTIME (Open Seasonally) Eric Scoppetta—Camp Director Mark Crandall—Camp Director 320 Abrahams Path • Amagansett, NY 11930 (631) 267-2267 Ehsc@SportimeNY.com SportimeNY.com/EHSC SPORTIME Bethpage Tennis Joe Siegel—General Manager Chelsea Riccio-Assistant General Manager Mike Kossoff—Director of Tennis/JMTA 101 Norcross Avenue • Bethpage, NY 11714 (516) 933-8500 MKossoff@SportimeNY.com SportimeNY.com/Bethpage-Tennis

SPORTIME Lynbrook Bea Bielik—General Manager Vicki Weiss—Assistant General Manager Jeff Morys—Director of Tennis 175 Merrick Road • Lynbrook, NY 11563 (516) 887-1330 JMorys@SportimeNY.com SportimeNY.com/Lynbrook SPORTIME Massapequa Chris Leahy—General Manager Emmanuel Ponce—Director of Tennis 5600 Old Sunrise Highway • Massapequa, NY 11758 (516) 799-3550 CLeahy@SportimeNY.com SportimeNY.com/Massapequa SPORTIME Quogue Rene Bond—General Manager Greg Meyer—Director of Tennis 2571 Quogue-Riverhead Road • East Quogue, NY 11942 (631) 653-6767 RBond@SportimeNY.com SportimeNY.com/Quogue SPORTIME Randall’s Island Flagship Home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy Allison Hodgkins—Assistant General Manager Jared Karlebach—Assistant General Manager One Randall’s Island • New York, NY 10035 (212) 427-6150 AHodgkins@SportimeNY.com JKarlebach@SportimeNY.com SportimeNY.com/Manhattan SPORTIME Roslyn Jay Harris—General Manager Chris Pagoto-Assistant General Manager Jordan Dolberg—Director of Tennis 1 Landing Road Roslyn, NY 11576 (516) 484-9222 JHarris@SportimeNY.com SportimeNY.com/Roslyn SPORTIME Syosset Tennis & Multi-Sport John McEnroe Tennis Academy, Long Island Joe Siegel—General Manager Chelsea Riccio—Assistant General Manager Mike Kossoff—Director of Tennis/JMTA 75 Haskett Drive Syosset, NY 11791 (516) 364-2727 MKossoff@SportimeNY.com SportimeNY.com/Syosset-Tennis

SPORTIME Kings Park Bea Bielik—General Manager USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Jason Wass—Director of Tennis Whitney Kraft—Director of Tennis 275 Old Indian Head Road • Kings Park, NY 11754 Flushing Meadows Corona Park (631) 269-6300 Flushing, NY 11568 JWass@SportimeNY.com (718) 760-6200 Sportimeny.com/Kings-Park USTA.com LITennisMag.com • July/August 2016 • Long Island Tennis Magazine 73


LONG Boys & Girls Long Island Rankings (as of 06/21/16)

BOYS Long Island Boys 12 Singles Rank Name......................................City 1 ......Aaron Rittberger....................Huntington, N.Y. 2 ......Jeffrey Rosario ......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 3 ......Joseph Perry Boyle ..............Setauket, N.Y. 4 ......Jeremy Levine ......................Woodbury, N.Y. 5 ......Andrew Cyril Mancheril ........New Hyde Park, N.Y. 6 ......Ajer Sher................................Jericho, N.Y. 7 ......Evan Joseph Rupolo ............East Patchogue, N.Y. 8 ......Colin Liotta ............................East Williston, N.Y. 9 ......Michael Ryan Safir................Old Westbury, N.Y. 10 ....Brian D. Gao..........................Syosset, N.Y. 11 ....Aiden Patel............................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 12 ....Ian Kaish................................Northport, N.Y. 13 ....Benjamin Grushkovskiy........Woodmere, N.Y. 14 ....Alexander G. Davis ..............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 15 ....Candrin Chris ........................Port Washington, N.Y. 16 ....Dylan D’Agate ......................Melville, N.Y. 17 ....Johnny Donohue ..................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40

....Ethan Rabinowitz..................Great Neck, N.Y. ....Joshua Kaplan ......................East Quogue, N.Y. ....Nicholas M. Pham ................Northport, N.Y. ....Julian Daniele Messina ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. ....Ryan Newitz..........................Melville, N.Y. ....John Harold Adamo ............East Williston, N.Y. ....Michael Chan........................Commack, N.Y. ....Mario Earl Simmons ............North Baldwin, N.Y. ....Kevin Chen............................Smithtown, N.Y. ....Joshua Cyril Mancheril ........New Hyde Park, N.Y. ....Jordan Heyman ....................Melville, N.Y. ....Ben Botwinick ......................Melville, N.Y. ....Trevor R. Hayes ....................East Moriches, N.Y. ....Alejandro Pablo Perez..........Selden, N.Y. ....Conrad Kulikowski................North Bellmore, N.Y. ....Ansh Chadha ........................Westbury, N.Y. ....Matthew Kalfas ....................Merrick, N.Y. ....Matthew Leonard Zeifman ..Roslyn Heights, N.Y. ....Daniel Kong ..........................Commack, N.Y. ....Aidan Garvey ........................New Hyde Park, N.Y. ....Aryan Badlani........................Roslyn, N.Y. ....Daniel Beckles ......................Roslyn, N.Y. ....Avery Frekhtman ..................Woodmere, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 14 Singles Rank Name......................................City 1 ......Max Daniel Safir....................Old Westbury, N.Y. 2 ......Matthew Southard................Islip, N.Y. 3 ......Joseph Perry Boyle ..............Setauket, N.Y. 4 ......Alex Eli Vinsky ......................Westbury, N.Y. 5 ......Nicholas Harbans Sathi........Port Jefferson, N.Y. 6 ......Aaron Rittberger....................Huntington, N.Y. 7 ......Putimet Inroon ......................Greenvale, N.Y. 8 ......Arin Siriamonthep ................Greenvale, N.Y. 9 ......Joshua Rothbaum................Great Neck, N.Y. 10 ....Jeremy Levine ......................Woodbury, N.Y. 11 ....Pranav Vallapragada ............Nesconset, N.Y. 12 ....Gabriel Chan ........................Commack, N.Y. 13 ....Zachary Emmanuel Stern ....Dix Hills, N.Y. 14 ....Danny Tocco ........................East Quogue, N.Y. 15 ....Joshua Elenowitz..................Syosset, N.Y. 16 ....Liam Thomas Schmidt ........Wantagh, N.Y. 17 ....Ryan Bradley Schneider ......Melville, N.Y. 18 ....Aaron Marcos Vinsky............Westbury, N.Y. 19 ....Luca Anton Johnson ............Syosset, N.Y. 20 ....Justin Y. Shen........................Glen Head, N.Y.

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21 ....Ryan E. Shayani....................Old Westbury, N.Y. 22 ....Samuel Perlman ..................Great Neck, N.Y. 23 ....Ajer Sher................................Jericho, N.Y. 24 ....Dylan D’Agate ......................Melville, N.Y. 25 ....Matthew Evan Kronenberg ..East Setauket, N.Y. 26 ....Andrew Cyril Mancheril ........New Hyde Park, N.Y. 27 ....Brian Gao ..............................Syosset, N.Y. 28 ....Brian Rex Kornreich..............Great Neck, N.Y. 29 ....Alexander G. Davis ..............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 30 ....Brando John Fabri Corigliano East Hampton, N.Y. 31 ....Michael Wang ......................Syosset, N.Y. 32 ....Nate Hanley ..........................Rocky Point, N.Y. 33 ....Alejandro Pablo Perez..........Selden, N.Y. 34 ....Gabriele Brancatelli ..............Westhampton Beach, N.Y. 35 ....Anthony Casale ....................Old Bethpage, N.Y. 36 ....Luke Louchheim ..................Sagaponack, N.Y. 37 ....Joseph Monticciolo ..............Coram, N.Y. 38 ....Pius Lo ..................................Massapequa, N.Y. 39 ....Austin Du Lai ........................Manhasset, N.Y. 40 ....Michael Ryan Safir................Old Westbury, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 16 Singles Rank Name......................................City 1 ......Avi Anand ..............................Dix Hills, N.Y. 2 ......Yoel Andre Yamus ................Deer Park, N.Y. 3 ......Ciro Baldinucci......................Ronkonkoma, N.Y. 4 ......Alexander Hazarian ..............Garden City, N.Y. 5 ......Deven Andrew Wackett........Setauket, N.Y. 6 ......Putimet Inroon ......................Greenvale, N.Y. 7 ......Evan Brady............................Glen Head, N.Y. 8 ......Vincent Avallone ..................Smithtown, N.Y. 9 ......Pranav Vallapragada ............Nesconset, N.Y. 10 ....Kian Ziari................................Locust Valley, N.Y. 11 ....Jake William Buckley............Sound Beach, N.Y. 12 ....Zachary Emmanuel Stern ....Dix Hills, N.Y. 13 ....Danny Tocco ........................East Quogue, N.Y. 14 ....Ashkan Moghaddassi ..........Woodbury, N.Y. 15 ....Jonathan Brandon Lum ......Albertson, N.Y. 16 ....Justin Suzzan........................Manhasset, N.Y. 17 ....Matthew Southard................Islip, N.Y. 18 ....Aaron Marcos Vinsky............Westbury, N.Y. 19 ....Garrett Joseph Sebold ........Centerport, N.Y. 20 ....Arin Siriamonthep ................Greenvale, N.Y. 21 ....Deven Madan........................Great Neck, N.Y. 22 ....Michael Wexler......................Old Westbury, N.Y. 23 ....Rohan Dayal..........................Great Neck, N.Y. 24 ....Timothy Serignese................Port Washington, N.Y. 25 ....Alexander Benanti ................East Setauket, N.Y. 26 ....Evan Kirsh ............................Roslyn, N.Y. 27 ....Nicholas Gajda......................Smithtown, N.Y. 28 ....Mark Julian Baker ................North Baldwin, N.Y. 29 ....Andrew Lin ............................Commack, N.Y. 30 ....Ethan Ertel ............................Dix Hills, N.Y. 31 ....Rohan Mathur ......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 32 ....Ravi MacGum ......................Amagansett, N.Y. 33 ....Connor Leaf ..........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 34 ....Malik Bass ............................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 35 ....Julian Mercante ....................Lido Beach, N.Y. 36 ....Nicholas A. Troia ..................Floral Park, N.Y. 37 ....Andrew Neil Smith................Bellmore, N.Y. 38 ....Alex Eli Vinsky ......................Westbury, N.Y. 39 ....Adarsh Rajeev ......................Melville, N.Y. 40 ....Daniel Winston......................Roslyn Heights, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 18 Singles Rank Name......................................City 1 2 3 4

......Avi Anand ..............................Dix Hills, N.Y. ......Brandon James ....................Wheatley Heights, N.Y. ......Luke Sandoval ......................Garden City, N.Y. ......Michael Petersen..................Bridgehampton, N.Y.

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......Parker A. Tuthill ....................Cutchogue, N.Y. ......Steven Gaudio ......................Miller Place, N.Y. ......Nicholas Mark Newell ..........Huntington Station, N.Y. ......Garrett Joseph Sebold ........Centerport, N.Y.

GIRLS Long Island Girls 12 Singles Rank Name......................................City 1 ......Jennifer Rabinowitz ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 2 ......Nicole Pinkus ........................Valley Stream, N.Y. 3 ......Theadora Yael Rabman........Port Washington, N.Y. 4 ......Kiera Agic ..............................Miller Place, N.Y. 5 ......Emma Sy ..............................Port Washington, N.Y. 6 ......Jacqueline Zambrotto ..........Kings Park, N.Y. 7 ......Elle Brignati ..........................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 8 ......Ellie Ross ..............................Port Washington, N.Y. 9 ......Tola Pola Glowacka..............Jericho, N.Y. 10 ....Isabella Sha ..........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 11 ....Christasha McNeil ................Massapequa, N.Y. 12 ....Martina Eulau ........................Oceanside, N.Y. 13 ....Elizabeth Becker ..................Jericho, N.Y. 14 ....Lisa Baldinucci......................Ronkonkoma, N.Y. 15 ....Alexandra Kaylee Ho............Syosset, N.Y. 16 ....Olivia Tiegerman ..................Jericho, N.Y. 17 ....Kira Sydney Kronenberg ......East Setauket, N.Y. 18 ....Talluiah Pitti............................Huntington, N.Y. 19 ....Catherine Karman ................Port Washington, N.Y. 20 ....Nicolette Loeffler ..................Syosset, N.Y. 21 ....Sarah Elizabeth Lane............Garden City, N.Y. 22 ....Ada Maria Amarghioalei ......Port Washington, N.Y. 23 ....Rylie Stam ............................Roslyn, N.Y. 24 ....Hailey Stoerback ..................Saint James, N.Y. 25 ....Natalie Becker ......................Jericho, N.Y. 26 ....Tara Andrea Lurepa ..............Westbury, N.Y. 27 ....Janae Fouche ......................Freeport, N.Y. 28 ....Kady Tannenbaum................Commack, N.Y. 29 ....Anna Vanessa Malin ............Oceanside, N.Y. 30 ....Megan Riley Availone ..........Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 31 ....Sophia Nina Karmazin..........Hewlett, N.Y. 32 ....Natalie Phillips ......................Plainview, N.Y. 33 ....Alexa Reese Brecher............Syosset, N.Y. 34 ....Andrea Martinez de los Rios Glen Head, N.Y. 35 ....Katherine Tang......................Great Neck, N.Y. 36 ....Angelina Troia........................Floral Park, N.Y. 37 ....Skylar Blake Semon ............Melville, N.Y. 38 ....Hailey Lessen........................Old Westbury,N.Y. 39 ....Meghan Sherlock..................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 40 ....Alysson Pierro ......................East Patchogue, N.Y.

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....Lisa Baldinucci......................Ronkonkoma, N.Y. ....Lydia Mercante ....................Lido Beach, N.Y. ....Alexandra Nicole Yiachos ....Manhasset, N.Y. ....Jennifer Perper......................Valley Stream, N.Y. ....Emily Moran ..........................Rockville Centre, N.Y. ....Emily Tannenbaum ..............Commack, N.Y. ....Lauren Zola ..........................Rockville Centre, N.Y. ....Emily A. Mowdy....................Jamesport, N.Y. ....Elena Gabriela Hull ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. ....Bianca Banilivi ......................Great Neck, N.Y. ....Emma Sy ..............................Port Washington, N.Y. ....Meegan L. Galante ..............Huntington, N.Y. ....Megan Kim............................East Islip, N.Y. ....Ruth Vinod Abraham............Syosset, N.Y. ....Anna Vanessa Malin ............Oceanside, N.Y. ....Ashlyn Jane Hu ....................Jericho, N.Y. ....Sofia Maurina Discipio..........Woodmere, N.Y. ....Onalee Batcheller ................Westhampton, N.Y. ....Marin Vander Schaaf............East Quogue, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 16 Singles Rank Name......................................City 1 ......Kaitlyn Schwarz ....................Oceanside, N.Y. 2 ......Marina Hilbert........................Locust Valley, N.Y. 3 ......Emily Austin ..........................Woodmere, N.Y. 4 ......Alexa Villez ............................West Sayville, N.Y. 5 ......Natalia Caroline Krol ............Greenvale, N.Y. 6 ......Jessica Emma Lustig ..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 7 ......Rose B. Hayes ......................East Moriches, N.Y. 8 ......Kaitlyn Byrnes ......................Massapequa, N.Y. 9 ......Isabella DiScipio ..................Woodmere, N.Y. 10 ....Maya Aerin Masheb ............Jericho, N.Y. 11 ....Morgan Voulo........................East Setauket, N.Y. 12 ....Anna J. Martorella ................Wantagh, N.Y. 13 ....Morgan A. Wilkins ................Huntington, N.Y. 14 ....Daniella Victoria Paikin ........Valley Stream, N.Y. 15 ....Kristen D. Cassidy ................Wantagh, N.Y. 16 ....Jennifer Rose Cox ................West Islip, N.Y. 17 ....Elizabeth Leigh Dwyer..........Cutchogue, N.Y. 18 ....Rachel Flynn Collins ............Port Jefferson, N.Y. 19 ....Sarah Khan............................Manhasset Hills, N.Y. 20 ....Jill Olga Lawrence ................Hauppauge, N.Y. 21 ....Elinor Simek ..........................Glen Head, N.Y. 22 ....Taylor Grace Hanscom ........Patchogue, N.Y. 23 ....Alexa Lynn Bracco................Freeport, N.Y. 24 ....Jade Eggleston ....................Stony Brook, N.Y. 25 ....Ashlyn Jane Hu ....................Jericho, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 18 Singles Long Island Girls 14 Singles

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

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

1 ......Rebecca Elizabeth Stern......Dix Hills, N.Y. 2 ......Morgan Wilkins ....................Huntington, N.Y. 3 ......Maya Aerin Masheb ............Jericho, N.Y.

1 ......Daniella Victoria Paikin ........Valley Stream, N.Y. 2 ......Jennifer Rabinowitz ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 3 ......Anna J. Martorella ................Wantagh, N.Y. 4 ......Ida Nicole Poulos..................Manhasset, N.Y. 5 ......Christine Kong ......................Commack, N.Y. 6 ......Charlotte Goldbaum ............Old Westbury, N.Y. 7 ......Sophia Elizabeth Schutte ....Great Neck, N.Y. 8 ......Mary Theresa Madigan ........Sayville, N.Y. 9 ......Hannah Rose Niggemeier....Sayville, N.Y. 10 ....Ines Roti ................................Locust Valley, N.Y. 11 ....Ashley Yu ..............................Great Neck, N.Y. 12 ....Jordann Estelle Rosati..........Melville, N.Y. 13 ....Jacqueline Zambrotto ..........Kings Park, N.Y. 14 ....Gabriela Glickstein................Commack, N.Y. 15 ....Madison Li ............................Old Westbury, N.Y. 16 ....Christasha McNeil ................Massapequa, N.Y. 17 ....Julianna Marie Romeo ........Massapequa, N.Y. 18 ....Victoria Pensiero ..................Commack, N.Y. 19 ....Olivia N. Fermo ....................Smithtown, N.Y. 20 ....Hailey Rose Loughlin............Shirley, N.Y.

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LONG Boys & Girls Sectional Rankings (as of 06/15/16)

BOYS Sectional Boys 12 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 10 ....Aman K. Sharma ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 17 ....Mark Ryan Taranov ..............Valley Stream, N.Y. 39 ....Michael Ryan Safir................Old Westbury, N.Y. 42 ....Ty Nisenson ..........................Port Washington, N.Y. 47 ....Max Daniel Safir....................Old Westbury, N.Y. 60 ....Dylan D’Agate ......................Melville, N.Y. 61 ....Ryan E. Shayani....................Old Westbury, N.Y. 69 ....Candrin Chris ........................Port Washington, N.Y. 71 ....Matthew Strogach................Commack, N.Y. 75 ....Joseph Perry Boyle ..............Setauket, N.Y. 94 ....Luke Louchheim ..................Sagaponack, N.Y. 113 ..Jordan Reznik ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 114 ..Brian D. Gao..........................Syosset, N.Y. 117 ..Matthew Leonard Zeifman ..Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 125 ..Aron Bursztyn ......................South Setauket, N.Y. 128 ..Kyle Zhou ..............................Commack, N.Y. 130 ..Jeffrey Rosario ......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 135 ..Evan Joseph Rupolo ............East Patchogue, N.Y. 139 ..Aidan C. O’Connor ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 142 ..Aiden Patel............................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 143 ..Ajer Sher................................Jericho, N.Y.

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38 ....Abhinav Raj Srivastava ........Melville, N.Y. 40 ....Alan Delman..........................Great Neck, N.Y. 41 ....Logan Paik Chang................Old Westbury, N.Y. 42 ....Neel Raj ................................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 65 ....Alexander Roti ......................Locust Valley, N.Y. 66 ....Andrew Marc Nakhjavan......Dix Hills, N.Y. 67 ....Karin K. Amin ........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 68 ....David Raphael Weiner..........Glen Head, N.Y. 72 ....Michael Medvedev ..............Albertson, N.Y. 78 ....Billy G. Suarez ......................Huntington, N.Y. 83 ....Rohan Gaddam Reddy ........Glen Head, N.Y. 84 ....Kabir Rajpal ..........................Syosset, N.Y. 87 ....Timothy Hayden Nacca........Garden City, N.Y. 91 ....Matthew Franklin Porges ....Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 95 ....Brian Shi................................Jericho, N.Y. 100 ..Adrian Kristofer Tsui..............Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 107 ..Matthew Charles Cashin......Syosset, N.Y. 110 ..Niles Ghaffar..........................Massapequa, N.Y. 112 ..Nicholas Demaria ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 115 ..Jack Flores............................Huntington, N.Y. 116 ..Lazar Ivan Markovic..............Lattingtown, N.Y. 122 ..Luke Karniewich ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 133 ..Avi Anand ..............................Dix Hills, N.Y. 137 ..Sujay Sharma........................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 141 ..Evan Brady............................Glen Head, N.Y. 143 ..Maxwell Moadel....................Oyster Bay, N.Y.

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

Sectional Boys 14 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 4 ......Spencer Brachman ..............Commack, N.Y. 5 ......Billy G. Suarez ......................Huntington, N.Y. 6 ......Kabir Rajpal ..........................Syosset, N.Y. 7 ......Logan Paik Chang................Old Westbury, N.Y. 12 ....Ronald Hohmann..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 21 ....Sujay Sharma........................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 33 ....Alexander Karman................Port Washington, N.Y. 37 ....Niles Ghaffar..........................Massapequa, N.Y. 45 ....Jack Flores............................Huntington, N.Y. 50 ....Luke Karniewich ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 51 ....Maxwell Moadel....................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 52 ....Justin Benjamin Oresky........Syosset, N.Y. 68 ....Rohan Gaddam Reddy ........Glen Head, N.Y. 77 ....Matthew Charles Cashin......Syosset, N.Y. 79 ....Anthony Casale ....................Old Bethpage, N.Y. 82 ....Jared M. Phillips....................Plainview, N.Y. 84 ....Brandon Zhu ........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 92 ....Alex Eli Vinsky ......................Westbury, N.Y. 94 ....Ravi MacGum ......................Amagansett, N.Y. 100 ..George Scriber Bader ..........Water Mill, N.Y. 109 ..Aman K. Sharma ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 128 ..Joseph Monticciolo ..............Coram, N.Y. 129 ..Brandon Lee ........................Valley Stream, N.Y. 133 ..Max Daniel Safir....................Old Westbury, N.Y. 135 ..Pius Lo ..................................Massapequa, N.Y. 140 ..Joseph Perry Boyle ..............Setauket, N.Y. 143 ..Taylor Brooks Thomas..........Water Mill, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 16 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 2 ......Cannon Kingsley ..................Northport, N.Y. 4 ......Daniel Eric Pellerito ..............Syosset, N.Y. 6 ......Patrick Maloney ....................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 14 ....Ryan Goetz ..........................Greenlawn, N.Y. 19 ....Spencer Brachman ..............Commack, N.Y. 33 ....Pete Siozios ..........................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 37 ....Ronald P. Hohmann..............Oyster Bay, N.Y.

2 ......Athell Bennett........................Valley Stream, N.Y. 3 ......Brenden Volk ........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 9 ......Sean Mullins..........................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 12 ....Finbar Talcott ........................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 21 ....Sean Patrick Hannity............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 25 ....Yuval Solomon......................Plainview, N.Y. 28 ....Daniel Shleimovich ..............Syosset, N.Y. 32 ....Chris Kuhnle..........................Shoreham, N.Y. 35 ....Mark Julian Baker ................North Baldwin, N.Y. 36 ....Cannon Kingsley ..................Northport, N.Y. 40 ....Ryan Goetz ..........................Greenlawn, N.Y. 41 ....Rajan Jai Vohra ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 47 ....Patrick F. Maloney ................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 63 ....Daniel Eric Pellerito ..............Syosset, N.Y. 68 ....Keegan James Morris ..........Franklin Square, N.Y. 87 ....Michael Medvedev ..............Albertson, N.Y. 90 ....Colin Francis Sacco..............Brightwaters, N.Y. 91 ....Andrew Marc Nakhjavan......Dix Hills, N.Y. 97 ....Daniel Weitz ..........................Roslyn, N.Y. 98 ....George Kaslow ....................Port Washington, N.Y. 99 ....Carl Grant..............................Sagaponack, N.Y. 105 ..Nicolas DeMaria....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 109 ..Leonard Lazar Koblence......Jericho, N.Y. 124 ..Bruno Paolino Alves ............East Hampton, N.Y. 127 ..Julian Thomas MacGurn......Amagansett, N.Y. 133 ..Max Egna ..............................Port Washington, N.Y. 135 ..Nicholas Gajda......................Smithtown, N.Y. 139 ..Noah J. Reisch......................Floral Park, N.Y. 144 ..Alan Delman..........................Great Neck, N.Y. 147 ..Matthew Kolkhorst ..............Sea Cliff, N.Y.

GIRLS Sectional Girls 12 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 4 ......Rose Hayes ..........................East Moriches, N.Y. 24 ....Rebecca Suarez ..................Huntington, N.Y. 27 ....Olivia N. Fermo ....................Smithtown, N.Y. 38 ....Gabriela Glickstein................Commack, N.Y. 44 ....Isabella Sha ..........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 45 ....Theadora Yael Rabman........Port Washington, N.Y.

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....Emily Tannenbaum ..............Commack, N.Y. ....Ava Thunder Scordo ............Glen Head, N.Y. ....Skylor Wong..........................Mount Sinai, N.Y. ....Ariana O. Pursoo ..................Westbury, N.Y. ....Bianca Rose Lorich ..............Southampton, N.Y. ....Hailey Stoerback ..................Saint James, N.Y. ....Ines Roti ................................Locust Valley, N.Y. ....Andriana Rose Zaphiris........Smithtown, N.Y.

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..Tola Pola Glowacka..............Jericho, N.Y. ..Alexandra Kaylee Ho............Syosset, N.Y. ..Kiera Agic ..............................Miller Place, N.Y. ..Martina Eulau ........................Oceanside, N.Y. ..Kady Tannenbaum................Commack, N.Y. ..Christasha McNeil ................Massapequa, N.Y. ..Olivia Tiegerman ..................Jericho, N.Y. ..Nicole Pinkus ........................Valley Stream, N.Y. ..Kira Sydney Kronenberg ......East Setauket, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 14 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 1 ......Rachel Arbitman ..................Hewlett, N.Y. 11 ....Maryam Beshir Ahmad ........Albertson, N.Y. 13 ....Merri Kelly..............................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 17 ....Amy Delman..........................Great Neck, N.Y. 19 ....Alexa Susan Goetz ..............Greenlawn, N.Y. 30 ....Steffi Antao............................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 44 ....Kimberly Liao ........................Commack, N.Y. 46 ....Madison Jane Williams ........Glen Cove, N.Y. 49 ....Vitalina Golod........................Setauket, N.Y. 56 ....Rose B. Hayes ......................East Moriches, N.Y. 69 ....Ivanna Nikolic........................Glen Head, N.Y. 78 ....Kavina Amin ..........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 79 ....Kaya Amin ............................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 80 ....Alexis Madison Huber ..........Melville, N.Y. 81 ....Sofia Rose Anzalone ............Center Moriches, N.Y. 88 ....Sadhana Sridhar ..................Stony Brook, N.Y. 89 ....Soraya Koblence ..................Jericho, N.Y. 90 ....Janelle Chen ........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 92 ....Emily Tannenbaum ..............Commack, N.Y. 95 ....Ally Friedman ........................East Hampton, N.Y. 97 ....Madeline Sarah Richmond ..Syosset, N.Y. 98 ....Gabriela Sciarotta ................Woodmere, N.Y. 105 ..Tatiana Robotham Barnett ..Port Washington, N.Y. 131 ..Sarah Gunasekera................Mount Sinai, N.Y. 133 ..Daniella Victoria Paikin ........Valley Stream, N.Y. 144 ..Gabriela Glickstein................Commack, N.Y. 146 ..Andrea Irta Brazyte ..............Ronkonkoma, N.Y. 148 ..Jennifer Rabinowitz ..............Great Neck, N.Y.

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..Trinity Chow ..........................Glen Cove, N.Y. ..Kaitlyn Schwarz ....................Oceanside, N.Y. ..Samantha Lena Galu............Jericho, N.Y. ..Cecelia H. Scheuer ..............Southampton, N.Y. ..Julia Kielan ............................Valley Stream, N.Y. ..Gabriela Sciarrotta................Woodmere, N.Y. ..Kaitlyn Byrnes ......................Massapequa, N.Y. ..Madeline A. Clinton ..............Manhasset, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 18 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 4 ......Elysia Bolton ........................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 15 ....Emma Scott ..........................Syosset, N.Y. 17 ....Madison Battaglia ................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 18 ....Claire Handa ........................Westbury, N.Y. 19 ....Courtney B. Kowalsky..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 34 ....Jacqueline Rae Bukzin ........Manorville, N.Y. 35 ....Rachel Arbitman ..................Hewlett, N.Y. 43 ....Lea Ma ..................................Dix Hills, N.Y. 49 ....Amanda Allison Foo ............Manhasset, N.Y. 50 ....Courtney Provan ..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 60 ....Celeste Rose Matute............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 63 ....Taylor S. Cosme....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 64 ....Julia Klara Szymanska ........Elmont, N.Y. 67 ....Ashley Lessen ......................Old Westbury, N.Y. 75 ....Merri Kelly..............................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 81 ....Nicole Kielan ........................Valley Stream, N.Y. 85 ....Steffi Antao............................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 97 ....Nicole Rezak ........................Merrick, N.Y. 99 ....Samantha Lena Galu............Jericho, N.Y. 108 ..Ellen Nicole Huhulea ............Rockville Centre, N.Y. 117 ..Kimberly Liao ........................Commack, N.Y. 125 ..Rachel Weiss ........................Great Neck, N.Y. 147 ..Ivanna Nikolic........................Glen Head, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 16 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 8 ......Elysia Bolton ........................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 10 ....Merri Kelly..............................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 15 ....Lea Ma ..................................Dix Hills, N.Y. 24 ....Maryam Beshir Ahmad ........Albertson, N.Y. 34 ....Ashley Lessen ......................Old Westbury, N.Y. 37 ....Francesca Karman ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 38 ....Rachel Arbitman ..................Hewlett, N.Y. 46 ....Calista Sha ............................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 50 ....Jacqueline Rae Bukzin ........Manorville, N.Y. 52 ....Steffi Antao............................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 54 ....Alexa Susan Goetz ..............Greenlawn, N.Y. 60 ....Oliva Rose Scordo................Glen Head, N.Y. 66 ....Kimberly Liao ........................Commack, N.Y. 67 ....Amy Delman..........................Great Neck, N.Y. 77 ....Denise Lai..............................Setauket, N.Y. 93 ....Ivanna Nikolic........................Glen Head, N.Y. 97 ....Madison Jane Williams ........Glen Cove, N.Y. 102 ..Vitalina Golod........................Setauket, N.Y.

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BOYS National Boys 12 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 16 ....Aman K. Sharma ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 162 ..Mark R. Taranov....................Valley Stream, N.Y. 321 ..Max Daniel Safir....................Old Westbury, N.Y. 436 ..Michael Ryan Safir................Old Westbury, N.Y. 445 ..Ty Nisenson ..........................Port Washington, N.Y. 603 ..Matthew Strogach................Commack, N.Y.

National Boys 14 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 1 ......Spencer Brachman ..............Commack, N.Y. 45 ....Ronald P. Hohmann..............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 48 ....Billy G. Suarez ......................Huntington, N.Y. 49 ....Logan Paik Chang................Old Westbury, N.Y. 114 ..Kabir Rajpal ..........................Syosset, N.Y. 120 ..Sujay Sharma........................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 252 ..Alexander Karman................Port Washington, N.Y. 280 ..Niles Ghaffar..........................Massapequa, N.Y. 411 ..Jack Flores............................Huntington, N.Y. 537 ..Justin Benjamin Oresky........Syosset, N.Y. 655 ..Rohan Gaddam Reddy ........Glen Head, N.Y. 685 ..Luke Torel Karniewich ..........Glen Head, N.Y. 696 ..Maxwell Moadel....................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 960 ..Jared M. Phillips....................Plainview, N.Y.

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..Karan K. Amin ......................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. ..Logan Paik Chang................Old Westbury, N.Y. ..Billy G. Suarez ......................Huntington, N.Y. ..Andrew Marc Nakhjavan......Dix Hills, N.Y. ..Neel Raj ................................Oyster Bay, N.Y. ..Alexander Roti ......................Locust Valley, N.Y. ..Rohan Gaddam Reddy ........Glen Head, N.Y. ..Luke Karniewich ..................Glen Head, N.Y. ..Matthew Franklin Porges ....Roslyn Heights, N.Y. ..Kabir Rajpal ..........................Syosset, N.Y.

National Boys 18 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 35 ....Brenden Volk ........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 65 ....Athell Patrick Bennett ..........Valley Stream, N.Y. 120 ..Ryan Goetz ..........................Greenlawn, N.Y. 123 ..Finbar Talcott ........................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 144 ..Sean M. Mullins ....................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 271 ..Sean Patrick Hannity............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 354 ..Rajan Jai Vohra ....................Glen Head, N.Y. 393 ..Brian Shi................................Jericho, N.Y. 452 ..Daniel Eric Pellerito ..............Syosset, N.Y. 481 ..Patrick F. Maloney ................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 486 ..Chris Kuhnle..........................Shoreham, N.Y. 595 ..Cannon Kingsley ..................Northport, N.Y. 670 ..Yuval Solomon......................Melville, N.Y. 733 ..Daniel Shleimovich ..............Syosset, N.Y. 769 ..Mark Julian Baker ................North Baldwin, N.Y. 810 ..Alexander Karman................Port Washington, N.Y. 887 ..Spencer Brachman ..............Commack, N.Y. 890 ..Billy G. Suarez ......................Huntington, N.Y. 937 ..Alan Delman..........................Great Neck, N.Y.

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GIRLS

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

National Girls 12 Singles— Long Island Players

21 ....Cannon Kingsley ..................Northport, N.Y. 32 ....Ryan Goetz ..........................Greenlawn, N.Y. 66 ....Daniel Eric Pellerito ..............Syosset, N.Y. 79 ....Patrick F. Maloney ................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 180 ..Pete Siozios ..........................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 222 ..Brian Shi................................Jericho, N.Y. 293 ..Spencer Brachman ..............Commack, N.Y. 295 ..Ronald P. Hohmann..............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 315 ..Alan Delman..........................Great Neck, N.Y. 435 ..Abhinav Raj Srivastava ........Melville, N.Y.

Rank Name ......................................City 84 ....Rose B. Hayes ......................East Moriches, N.Y. 208 ..Rebecca E. Suarez ..............Huntington, N.Y. 369 ..Olivia N. Fermo ....................Smithtown, N.Y. 378 ..Gabriela Glickstein................Commack, N.Y. 579 ..Ava Thunder Scordo ............Glen Head, N.Y. 900 ..Ariana O. Pursoo ..................Westbury, N.Y. 924 ..Isabella Sha ..........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 925 ..Theadora Yael Rabman........Port Washington, N.Y.

929 950 975 976 977

RANKINGS ..Tola Pola Glowacka..............Jericho, N.Y. ..Kady Tannenbaum................Commack, N.Y. ..Andriana Rose Zaphiris........Smithtown, N.Y. ..Lauren Zola ..........................Rockville Centre, N.Y. ..Hailey Stoerback ..................Saint James, N.Y.

National Girls 14 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 13 ....Rachel Arbitman ..................Hewlett, N.Y. 21 ....Maryam Beshir Ahmad ........Albertson, N.Y. 99 ....Merri Kelly..............................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 123 ..Alexa Susan Goetz ..............Greenlawn, N.Y. 152 ..Amy Delman..........................Great Neck, N.Y. 318 ..Madison Jane Williams ........Glen Cove, N.Y. 595 ..Kavina Amin ..........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 820 ..Kimberly Liao ........................Commack, N.Y. 829 ..Soraya Koblence ..................Jericho, N.Y. 835 ..Janelle Chen ........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 857 ..Rebecca E. Suarez ..............Huntington, N.Y. 960 ..Kaya Amin ............................Roslyn Heights, N.Y.

National Girls 16 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 19 ......Elysia Bolton ..................................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 54 ....Lea Ma ..................................Dix Hills, N.Y. 178 ..Merri Kelly..............................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 264 ..Maryam Beshir Ahmad ........Albertson, N.Y. 378 ..Francesca Karman ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 440 ..Ashley Lessen ......................Old Westbury, N.Y. 448 ..Calista Sha ............................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 478 ..Steffi Antao............................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 561 ..Rachel Arbitman ..................Hewlett, N.Y. 677 ..Olivia Rose Scordo ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 708 ..Jacqueline Rae Bukzin ........Manorville, N.Y. 781 ..Alexa Susan Goetz ..............Greenlawn, N.Y. 957 ..Denise Lai..............................Setauket, N.Y.

National Girls 18 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 23 ....Elysia Bolton ........................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 101 ..Madison Battaglia ................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 219 ..Taylor S. Cosme....................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 256 ..Lea Ma ..................................Dix Hills, N.Y.

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. JULY 2016 Saturday-Sunday, July 16-17 L1B Sportime Quogue July Clay Challenger Sportime of The Hamptons 2571 Quogue Riverhead Road • East Quogue, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12-18 (SE) Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Wednesday, July 13 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail GMeyer@SportimeNY.com or call (631) 653-6767.

Friday-Sunday, July 22-24 L1B Ross School Late July Challenger Ross School Tennis Academy 18 Goodfriend Drive • East Hampton, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 1218 (SE) Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, July 18 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail PWilliamson@Ross.org or call (631) 907-5732.

Saturday-Sunday, July 23-24 PSP L2; Long Beach July Orange Ball Championships Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard • Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Open Boys & Girls 10 and Under Singles: 60’ Orange Ball 10 (NEF) Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $38.13 per player (deadline for entries is Thursday, July 21 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail Andrew@LongBeachTennisCenter.com or call (516) 432-6060.

Friday-Monday, July 22-25 L1B Sportime Bethpage Summertime Challenger Sportime Bethpage • 101 Norcross Avenue • Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12 (SE) Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Wednesday, July 13 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail ATunaru@SportimeNY.com or call (516) 933-8500.

Friday-Sunday, July 22-24 L1B Point Set Summertime Challenger Point Set Tennis • 3065 New Street • Oceanside, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12 (SE) Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, July 17 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail Ruiz.Clark@yahoo.com or call (917) 991-0088.

Saturday-Thursday, July 23-28 L1B Huntington Heat Wave Challenger Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway • Huntington Station, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 14 (SE) Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 12 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail HiTennis@myway.com or call (631) 421-0040.

Friday-Sunday, July 22-24 L2O NIT July Open Nassau Indoor Tennis • 73 Desibio Place • Inwood, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12 (FMLC) and Intermediate Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 1418 (SE) Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 for first singles/$28 for first doubles (deadline for entries is Sunday, July 17 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail Ruiz.Clark@yahoo.com or call (917) 991-0088.

Monday-Friday, July 25-28 L1B Port Washington Dana DeCarlo Commemorative Challenger Port Washington Tennis Academy 100 Harbor Road • Port Washington, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12-18 (SE) Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Thursday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail Manny@PWTA.com or call (516) 883-6425.

Friday-Sunday, July 22-24 L1B Sportime Syosset Summer Challenger Sportime-Syosset • 75 Haskett Drive • Syosset, N.Y. Divisions Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 16 (SE) Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 15 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail ATunaru@SportimeNY.com or call (516) 364-2727. Friday-Sunday, July 22-24 L2O Sportime Lynbrook July Open Sportime Tennis Lynbrook • 175 Merrick Road • Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions Intermediate Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12 (FMLC) and Intermediate Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 1418 (SE) Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 for first singles/$28 for first doubles (deadline for entries is Monday, July 18 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail TournamentsLYB@SportimeNY.com or call (516) 364-2727. Friday-Sunday, July 22-24 L1B PWTA July Challenger Port Washington Tennis Academy 100 Harbor Road • Port Washington, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 18 (SE) Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, July 17 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail Ruiz.Clark@yahoo.com or call (516) 883-6425.

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Friday-Sunday, July 29-31 L1B Huntington Summer Challenger Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway Huntington Station, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 16 (SE) Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, July 25 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail HiTennis@myway.com or call (631) 421-0040. Saturday, July 30 L3 Sportime Bethpage August UPS Sportime Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue • Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Entry Level Boys & Girls Singles 78’ Green Ball 12, 78’ Yellow Ball 14-18 (RR) Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, July 25 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail ATunaru@SportimeNY.com or call (516) 933-8500. AUGUST 2016 Friday-Monday, August 5-8 L1B Huntington August Challenger Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway • Huntington Station, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 16 (SE) Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 29 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 421-0040. Friday-Sunday, August 5-7 L1B Bethpage August Challenger Sportime Bethpage • 101 Norcross Avenue • Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 18 (SE) Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, July 29 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail ATunaru@SportimeNY.com or call (516) 933-8500. Friday-Sunday, August 5-7 L1B PWTA August Challenge Port Washington Tennis Academy 100 Harbor Road • Port Washington, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12 (SE) Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, July 31 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail Ruiz.Clark@yahoo.com or call (516) 883-6425.


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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. Friday-Sunday, August 5-7 L1B Ross School August Challenger Ross School Tennis Academy 18 Goodfriend Drive • East Hampton, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 1218 (SE) Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player For more information, e-mail PWilliamson@Ross.org or call (631) 907-5732. Friday-Sunday, August 5-7 L1B LBTC August Challenger Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard • Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 16 (SE) Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 for first singles/$28 for first doubles (deadline for entries is Monday, Aug. 1 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail Andrew@LongBeachTennisCenter.com or call (516) 432-6060. Friday-Sunday, August 5-7 L2O Point Set Summer Open Point Set Tennis 3065 New Street Oceanside, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate Boys Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12 (FMLC); Intermediate Boys Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 14-18 (SE) and Intermediate Boys’ Doubles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12-18 (SE) Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 for first singles/$28 for first doubles (deadline for entries is Sunday, July 31 at 5:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail Ruiz.Clark@yahoo.com or call (917) 991-0088.

Friday-Sunday, August 12-14 L2O Sportime Syosset Summer Open Sportime-Syosset 75 Haskett Drive Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12 (FMLC); Intermediate Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 14-18 (SE) and Intermediate Boys & Girls Doubles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12-18 (SE) Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 for first singles/$28 for first doubles (deadline for entries is Friday, Aug. 5 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail ATunaru@SportimeNY.com or call (516) 364-2727. Friday-Sunday, August 12-14 L1B RWTTC August Challenger Robbie Wagner Tournament Training at Glen Cove 60 Sea Cliff Avenue Glen Cove, N.Y. Divisions: Grand Prix Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 14 (SE) Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player For more information, e-mail Superscoot@aol.com or call (516) 759-0505.

Friday-Sunday, August 12-14 L1B Sportime Amagansett August 2016 Challenger Sportime NY Amagansett 320 Abrahams Path East Hampton, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12-18 (SE) Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, Aug. 8 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail HRromova@SportimeNY.com or call (631) 267-3460. Friday-Sunday, August 12-14 L2O PWTA Summer Open Port Washington Tennis Academy 100 Harbor Road Port Washington, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12 (FMLC); Intermediate Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 14-18 (SE) and Intermediate Boys’ & Girls’ Doubles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12-18 (SE) Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 for first singles/$28 for first doubles (deadline for entries is Sunday, Aug. 7 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail Ruiz.Clark@yahoo.com or call (516) 883-6425.

Friday-Sunday, August 5-7 L2O Nassau Indoor Tennis Summer Open Nassau Indoor Tennis 73 Desibio Place Inwood, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12 (FMLC); Challenger Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 14-18 (SE) and Challenger Girls Doubles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12-18 (SE) Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 for first singles/$28 for first doubles (deadline for entries is Sunday, July 31 at 5:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail Ruiz.Clark@yahoo.com or call (917) 991-0088.

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. Friday-Sunday, August 12-14 L1B Point Set August Challenger Point Set Tennis 3065 New Street Oceanside, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 16 (SE) Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, Aug. 7 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail Ruiz.Clark@yahoo.com or call (917) 991-0088.

Monday-Thursday, August 15-18 L1B Bethpage State Park Summer Challenger Bethpage Park Tennis Center 99 Quaker Meeting House Road Farmingdale, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 16-18 (SE) Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, Aug. 7 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail RBecker06@yahoo.com or call (516) 359-4843.

Friday-Sunday, August 19-21 L1 PWTA Mid-Summer Championships Port Washington Tennis Academy 100 Harbor Road Port Washington, N.Y. Divisions: Championships Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 18 (SE) Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail Ruiz.Clark@yahoo.com or call (516) 883-6425.

Friday-Sunday, August 12-14 L1B NIT Summer Open Nassau Indoor Tennis 73 Desibio Place Inwood, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 18 (SE) Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, Aug. 7 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail Ruiz.Clark@yahoo.com or call (917) 991-0088.

Friday-Sunday, August 19-21 L2O World Gym Summer Open World Gym Racquet & Sports Arena 384 Mark Tree Road East Setauket, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12 (FMLC) and Intermediate Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 14-18 (SE) Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player For more information, e-mail Vtapr@hotmail.com or call (631) 751-6100.

Saturday-Sunday, August 13-14 PSP L3; Long Beach Sunny Dayz Open: Orange Ball Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Open Boys & Girls 10 and Under Singles: 60’ Orange Ball 10 (NEF) Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $28 per player (deadline for entries is Thursday, Aug. 11 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail Andrew@LongBeachTennisCenter.com or call (516) 432-6060.

Friday-Sunday, August 19-21 L2O Sportime Lynbrook Summer Open Sportime Tennis Lynbrook 175 Merrick Road Lynbrook, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12 (FMLC) and Intermediate Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 14-18 (SE) Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, Aug. 15 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail TournamentsLYB@SportimeNY.com or call (516) 364-2727.

Friday-Sunday, August 19-21 L2O LBTC Jellyfish Open Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12 (FMLC); Intermediate Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 14-16 (SE); Intermediate Boys & Girls Doubles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12-16 (SE) and Intermediate Mixed Doubles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12-16 (SE) Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 for first singles/$28 for first doubles (deadline for entries is Sunday, Aug. 14 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail Andrew@LongBeachTennisCenter.com or call (516) 432-6060.

Saturday-Sunday, August 13-14 L1B Sportime Quogue August Clay Challenger Sportime of The Hamptons 2571 Quogue Riverhead Rd East Quogue, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12-18 (SE) Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail GMeyer@SportimeNY.com or call (631) 653-6767.

Friday-Sunday, August 19-21 L1B Ross School Late Summer Challenger Ross School Tennis Academy 18 Goodfriend Drive East Hampton, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12-18 (SE) Surface Type: Clay Entry Fee: $54.25 per player For more information, e-mail PWilliamson@Ross.org or call (631) 907-5732.

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Friday-Sunday, August 19-21 L1B Point Set August Challenger Point Set Tennis 3065 New Street Oceanside, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 14 (SE) Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, Aug. 14 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail Ruiz.Clark@yahoo.com or call (917) 991-0088. Friday-Sunday, August 19-21 L1B NIT August Challenger Nassau Indoor Tennis 73 Desibio Place Inwood, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 16 (SE) Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 for first singles/$28 for first doubles (deadline for entries is Sunday, Aug. 14 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail Ruiz.Clark@yahoo.com or call (917) 991-0088.


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