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Giant Killer Kerber Topples Serena for First C

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Angelique Kerber pulls off a major upset at the Aussie Open in her win over Serena Williams to capture her first Grand Slam Title. See page 30

Featured Stories 18 Year 2016 Guide to Court Builders & Suppliers As the spring thaw begins, it’s time to prep those courts for the spring and summer as we present the area’s top court maintenance companies available to service your surface’s needs.

42 2016 Long Island Tennis Magazine Camp Guide With summer around the corner, we present the area’s top tennis camp destinations and what they have to offer your child for the summer of 2016.

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58 2016 Boys High School Preview By Brian Coleman With the boys high school season soon underway, we take a look at who to watch in the 2016 season and who is gunning for bragging rights in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

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Empire State Open Brings WTA Tennis to Long Island

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Tennis Growth Highlights USTA Eastern and USPTA/USPTR Annual Conference

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World Team Tennis Returns to New York

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Tennis at the Garden: A Timeless Idea By Jerry Solomon

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2016 Australian Open Recap: First Grand Slam of 2016 Wraps Down Under By Brian Coleman

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The Health of a Tennis Players’ Arm By Corynne Pereira

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The Only Constant in Life is Change By Tonny van de Pieterman

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At the Net With Paul Annacone

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

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College Tennis Spotlight: Mythbusters By Ricky Becker

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

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Tennis Injury Prevention: Three Signs It Is Time to Have Your Knee Examined By Dr. Charles Ruotolo, MD, FAAOS

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USTA Eastern Long Island Region Update

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Emotional Balance: The Key to the Mental Game By Rob Polishook, MA, CPC

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Physically + Mentally + Emotionally Strong = Success By Carl Barnett

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Tips From the Tennis Pro: Determine the Essentials and Set a Plan for Your Best Tennis By Lisa Dodson

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Adult League Wrap-Up By Kathy Miller

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The Most Difficult Thing to Do in Tennis By Steven Kaplan

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The Psychology of Injuries: Why They Happen and How to Prevent Them By Dr. Tom Ferraro

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Fitness & Nutrition: It’s All About Grains By Irina Belfer-Lehat, RD, CDN

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The Jensen Zone: The Dark Clouds of Gambling Forming Over the Court By Luke Jensen

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Long Island Tennis Magazine’s Charitable Initiatives

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Long Island Rankings

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Empire State Open Brings WTA Tennis to Long Island he inaugural Empire State Open is bringing professional tennis back to Long Island, with the nine-day tournament set to run from SaturdaySunday, May 7-15 at Hempstead Lake State Park in West Hempstead, N.Y. The qualifying tournament will be played from Saturday-Tuesday, May 7-9, with the main draw beginning Monday, May 9 and will be played through May 15. From Monday-Friday, May 9-13, the main draw matches will begin at 10:00 a.m., with the featured match of the night on Centre Court starting after 5:00 p.m. For more information on the tournament, the schedule and the various ticket options and VIP Packages offered, visit EmpireStateOpen.com. The event is sure to be the professional sports highlight of the spring on Long Island. It will bring to our area some of the WTA’s best and brightest stars to compete in this red clay, WTA 125K tournament that will serve as a tune up for the 2016 French Open. “Both the players and fans are looking forward to professional tennis returning to Long

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Island,” said Empire State Open Tournament Director Tony Driscoll. “We have world-class amenities and accommodations for our players and are setting up the ultimate fan experience for our patrons. I personally am excited to have this event take place in New York.” The tournament will bring a combination of local and international talent to Long Island. The following players have signed on to play the Empire State Open as we went to press: 93rd-ranked Naomi Broady, who recently defeated Ana Ivanovic in January at the ASB Classic in Auckland; 189th-ranked Olga Savchuk; 190th-ranked Barbora Krejcikova; 215th-ranked CiCi Bellis; 227thranked Grace Min; 330th-ranked Jamie Loeb, a local who trains out of Sportime Randall’s Island; and 525th-ranked local Alexa Graham from Garden City, N.Y. “I’m so excited to accept the main draw wild card into the Empire State Open and to be able to play in the backyard where I grew up,” said Graham. “I’m so happy to have the WTA Tour come back to this area.” Hard courts are where Bellis has shined,

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first as the winner of the Girls 18s National Championship, her ticket to the 2014 U.S. Open where she went toe-to-toe with Dominika Cibulkova, the number 12 seed, in a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory that captured the imagination of a country starved for a young tennis hopeful. The final draw acceptance will not be available until three weeks prior to the tournament, when the Main Draw is announced and all players at that time will be accepted by the tournament and will be committed to play. Long Island Tennis Magazine and the Empire State Open are also giving more of the area’s top talent a chance to shine and fulfill a dream of playing in a WTA tournament with the Wild Card tournament, which will run from Friday-Monday, April 8-11 at Bethpage Park Tennis Center. The winner of this will earn a wild card entry into the Empire State Open main draw, and the runner-up will earn a wild card into the Empire State Open qualifying draw. You can sign up for the wild card tournament at TennisLink.usta.com under Tournament ID: 100076416.


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In addition to the top-level tennis that will be coming to the area for the WTA portion of the Empire State Open, there will be two high-level tournaments for current and former college players. The Men’s Invitational will be held Thursday-Sunday, May 12-15, and will feature 16 former Division I all-American players, former ATP players, as well as high-performance coaches and instructors. The final of this singles only, prize-money tournament will be played on the Main Stadium Court. Also from May 12-15, there will be the Elite 16 Collegiate Shootout, which will feature 16 current Division I and elite Division II women’s players, with the finals to be played on the Main Stadium Court as well. The Empire State Open is welcoming recommendations of players to participate in both of these tournaments, and to do so, reach out to Info@EmpireStateOpen.com

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or call (516) 208-3804. Tennis won’t be the only thing for fans to enjoy. On the first day of the qualifying tournament, May 7, there will be a Kentucky Derby Party. New York Equestrian Center will be on hand to give free pony rides to kids and a former jockey will serve as celebrity bartender for the day. There will also be a bonnet contest as a part of the equine festivities, and this event is open to anyone with a ticket. On the first day of the main draw, Garden City Hotel will be the host of the Player’s Party. The stars of the WTA will be on hand and this event will give partygoers the opportunity to meet and mingle with the players. The cost of the event is $100 per person and features food and an open bar. You can purchase tickets for the Player’s Party at EmpireStateOpen.com/Tickets. The Garden City Hotel is also offering numerous special offers

Jamie Loeb and packages for fans and attendees of the tournament, including a Red Door “Stay and Spa” package when you stay at the hotel during the tournament’s semifinals and final. The tournament’s amenities and grounds are sure to impress with renovated courts and facilities which will give the Empire State Open a big-time tournament feel. Stadium 1 will hold more than 3,500 fans, and offer courtside dining, as well as an indoor and outdoor Ultra VIP Lounge. Stadium 2 will also have its own VIP Lounge and a variety of dining, vending and concession options available throughout the grounds. The Empire State Open is bringing top tier professional tennis back to Long Island, and is a great chance for local players and fans to experience this opportunity. With an array of tennis, parties and events, this tournament is sure to be the highlight of the tennis lover’s spring here on Long Island.

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aul Annacone was born and raised on the East End of Long Island before going on to carve out a decorated career in the sport of tennis. The Long Island native graduated from East Hampton High School before moving on to the University of Tennessee, where he would win the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Player of the Year in 1984. That same year, Annacone would advance to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Following a successful playing career, Annacone would go on to coach some of the world’s top players, most notably all-time greats Pete Sampras and Roger Federer. Long Island Tennis Magazine recently sat down with Paul to talk about his Long Island roots, his coaching style and playing career, and much more.

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Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida for about three-and-a-half years to train. But I was fortunate enough to come back and graduate with my friends at East Hampton High School. I loved growing up a Long Island kid, and I still spend a lot of time in New York and have a house out in The Hamptons. How did you first get involved with the sport? My parents started playing. Growing up in a middle-class home, they didn’t have a lot of extra money lying around for babysitters, so they would take my brother and I down to the public parks to play with them. When I was about six- or seven-years-old, I became pretty good and started enjoying the sport more and more. At the age of nine, I played my first Under-12 tournament, and my passion for the sport just took off from there. I always enjoyed it, and always loved the competition. I simply fell in love with the sport. You always have to go back to your parents. I had to make some tough decisions as a kid to pursue a dream and the Bollettieri Academy in Florida was the answer. My parents were always supportive and gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream.

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Pete Sampras with Coach Paul Annacone

When did you have the moment of realization that you could play on the pro tour? I went to the University of Tennessee and my tennis career really began to take off, especially in my junior year when I made a really big jump. I had a great season, finishing as the number one collegiate player and went from the ranks of NCAA tennis to playing at Wimbledon. I ended up going to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, and that was my introduction to the pro circuit.


ATP world number three Roger Federer discusses match strategy with coach Paul Annacone In that junior year of college in 1984, I went from being a good college player to winning three qualifying rounds and four main draw rounds at Wimbledon. I ended up playing my childhood idol, Jimmy Connors, in the quarterfinals. He gave me a pretty good tennis lesson (6-2, 6-4, 6-2), but that’s when I realized I could compete on the pro-

fessional level. Coming from that small-town mentality, it took me a while to grasp that, but that was a very big moment for me. When you were playing, did you ever think that coaching would be in your future? I always thought that I was a pretty expan-

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at the net continued from page 7 formally, and I saw my athletic mortality coming as I had foot surgery, elbow surgery and ultimately, a herniated disc. I was interested in the game and helping other players, so that’s when the coaching aspect really started to intrigue me. How did your coaching relationship with Pete Sampras come about? I was fortunate to be put into an unfortunate situation. I knew Pete was a young kid on tour, and he traveled with his brother, just like I did with my brother, Steve, and we got to be friends. A few years later, his coach, Tim Gullikson, became very sick and I was asked to help Pete and try to make some good of a bad situation. My timeline as a player was winding down, so the timing worked out well. Tim was unbelievably gracious in helping me help Pete, and I was able to build a rapport with Pete. After Tim unfortunately lost his battle with cancer, I became Pete’s full-time coach. You would go on to coach another all-time great in Roger Federer. What similarities and what differences did you find between the two? Roger and Pete are two very different people. Both have similar goals of being as successful as possible, but did so in differ-

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ent ways. Roger is much more extroverted. He loves life and enjoys being a global citizen. He embraces the global environment and what comes from being an international superstar, whereas Pete was much more introverted and liked a small, controlled environment. All that mattered to Pete was being humble, professional and winning as many Grand Slams as he could. We had to use different tools to get the same message across. The most successful coaches are the ones who can get their message across to different personalities. It’s a great challenge, but also a fun one. Roger could sit around at great length talking about tennis. He liked watching a lot of film and could talk about different ways to get things accomplished, absorb a lot of information, and still go out and be super-focused. With Pete, he needed things much more clear and concise. We would go over four or five bullet points and then move on. He didn’t want a lot of extraneous conversation that could cloud his mission. The point was to get your message across to him in a clear and simplistic manner, then evaluate it afterwards and move on. As great of tennis players as they were and are, they were better people. That really helped me feel comfortable in dealing with people despite how successful they may be.

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“The most successful coaches are the ones who can get their message across to different personalities. It’s a great challenge, but also a fun one.” —Paul Annacone

You spent time as the head of USTA Player Development. How would you evaluate the current state of American tennis? Tennis has become such a global game, and I think in the U.S., we lose a lot of our best athletes to other sports, such as baseball, basketball and football. It’s much more convenient and simple to play those sports in high school, and it makes tennis a bit more of an isolated sport. In the long-term, I think player development in the U.S. is more about focusing on participation numbers than


development. The Player Development staff do a terrific job with their players, but the more people who play, the more likely you are going to have a deeper talent pool to work with. That being said, I think Patrick McEnroe did a terrific job in his role as head of USTA Player Development over the last decade, just look at the current number of players on the pro tour who are progressing in both the men’s and women’s games. At the end of last year, there were approximately 14 American women in the top 100, with Serena obviously carrying the torch, but players like Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens are knocking on the door. On the men’s side, 10 U.S. players ages 20 or younger are currently inside the top 500. It may not sound like a lot but it’s significant. A lot of youngsters are starting their career arc as teenagers and that’s a great sign. Because the game has become so physical, I’d be shocked to see a teenager win a Grand Slam, but I do think we will see more players like Taylor Fritz,

Jared Donaldson and Frances Tiafoe break into the top 50 quickly. On both the men’s and women’s tour, we’re going to have more players in the top 50 coming soon, and I think the signs are terrific right now. You recently partnered with Oasis Day Camps. How did that partnership come about and what are the goals of the partnership? Oasis Day Camps reached out to me, and after they did, I read about them and started to learn what they had started back in 2000. The Oasis-Gold Coast partnership is one that really resonates with me. As a small-town, New York kid, it really hit close to home. The foundation of what they are trying to do is community-oriented and to give kids an opportunity to learn life lessons through sports. I think the processes, lessons and discipline you learn in tennis can help you no matter what you do in life, and it’s rewarding to be able to come back to the Tri-State Area where I grew up and help kids pursue their dreams and goals.

Will you be on-site at the camps to coach tennis? Absolutely, and that was a big part of the initial conversation. As excited as I was, I wasn’t going to do it if I wasn’t going to be there. I didn’t want to lend my name to it and just be there once. That’s not the goal. Clearly, I have a pretty full plate, but we have put together a nice blueprint so that I can have a significant impact on the campers, and also help the coaches teach the philosophy that I believe in. I want to be there to have an impact. Another piece of good news is that my brother Steve’s company, Annacone Tennis Management, will have a hands-on role and Steve will be the point person to push my philosophy and message when I am not there. Steve and I are going to educate the coaches who will be there every day about the message we want to get across. That way, the coaches are teaching the philosophies we have passed on, and the kids have the repetition, format and environment they need to succeed. We are very excited about this opportunity.

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Across Long Isla Menaker named director of tennis at Hofstra

Pellerito-Kingsley win Empire Cup Doubles Tournament Syosset’s Daniel Pellerito and Northport’s Cannon Kingsley recently teamed up at the Eastern Empire Cup National Doubles at Stadium Tennis Center. The top seeds rolled through the tournament without dropping a set, culminating in a 6-1, 6-4 win in the finals.

Hofstra Tennis has added a new member to its staff. Jeffrey Menaker, who coaches the Bronx Science High School Girls Tennis team in New York City, was named director of tennis at Hofstra. Menaker has previously coached at Lehman College and Yeshiva University. “I am grateful to President Stuart Rabinowitz and Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeff Hathaway for granting me this opportunity,” said Menaker. “I look forward to working with the talented student-athletes on our tennis teams and connecting with the program’s alumni and friends.”

Ross School players shine at Winter Challenger Gabe Rissman of the Ross School Tennis Academy defended his title at the L1B Ross School Tennis Academy February Challenger, coming back from a set down to beat second-seed Bruno Paolino Alves 3-6, 62, 10-6 in the finals. Ross School’s Jodie Paffrath also enjoyed success at the tournament, reaching the finals in her division.

Sportime Lynbrook hosts Winter Recess Tournament Sportime Lynbrook members got out of the cold to compete in the club’s Winter Recess Tournament. The tournament saw high-quality tennis being played by the ladies, as the team of Jackie Pinto & Janet Pomeranz came out victorious. Congratulations to the Pinto-Pomeranz duo, as well as finalists Aliza Bitton & Anne-Marie Cosma on a job well done.

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Great Neck’s Silverstein anchoring Iowa

Schreibers capture Gold Ball National Title

Josh Silverstein of Great Neck, N.Y. has had an excellent sophomore campaign for the Iowa Hawkeyes. As part of the Big 10/Ivy League challenge played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Silverstein was able to come closer to home to play and lead the Hawkeyes past Cornell. Silverstein won at third singles, as well as at second doubles in a 4-2 Iowa victory.

Alan & Judith Schreiber of East Quogue, N.Y. won the USTA Gold Ball National Championship in the Husband-Wife Combo Doubles 140 Division. The couple didn’t lose a set in the tournament, resulting in a 6-1, 64 victory in the finals.

Point Set holds round-robin special Point Set celebrated the holidays with its Ladies Round Robin Holiday Special. It was a day of fun and competitive tennis, and a great time was had by all in attendance, both on and off the courts.

Port Washington’s Seeman succeeding at the collegiate level Former Port Washington star Sarah Seeman has continued her success at California Lutheran University. Just a freshman, Seeman is playing second singles, as well as second doubles, and has been a key component to the early season success of Cal Lutheran.

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Tennis Growth Highlights USTA Eastern and USPTA/USPTR Annual Conference

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USTA Eastern recently partnered with the USPTA/USPTR for its annual weekendlong conference at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel in West Harrison, N.Y. The theme of the event was to continue to grow tennis together. With more than 300 people from various tennis backgrounds and organizations at the event throughout the weekend, the conference

was a great way for members of our community to come together with the common goal of growing the sport. “The goal of the conference was to inspire our tennis advocates to take action locally to spread the love of the game,” said USTA Eastern Executive Director and COO Jenny Schnitzer. “The energy and enthusiasm was at an all-time high among the attendees and

are confident in a strong year ahead.” Expanding tennis inside the schools and growing its Hispanic initiative were some of the main topics discussed at the event. There were seminars, clinics, a cocktail reception, and the weekend culminated with an awards ceremony to honor those who impacted the game in the local tennis community in 2015.

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World Team Tennis Returns to New York he 2016 Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) season will have a fresh look this year, as six teams will compete for the King Trophy, including a new franchise based in New York City. The New York Empire has been announced by league officials and will play at the historic Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club in Queens, N.Y., former home of the US Open. Former world number one Andy Roddick will be one of the headliners for the NY Empire in their inaugural season. The team picked up the rights to Roddick in a recent transaction with the Orange County Breakers. The Empire also announced that ESPN commentator and former tour player Patrick McEnroe will serve as their coach. The Empire brings Mylan WTT back to New York for the first time since the New York Sportimes moved to San Diego after

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the 2013 season. The Sportimes played in the area from 2000-2013, winning one championship in 2005. The iconic New York Apples competed in the 1970s, where they won the title in 1976 (as the New York Sets) and again in 1977. Along with the return to the New York market, the 2016 season will include 45 hours of live match coverage on ESPN3 which highlights more than 250 hours of Mylan WTT matches and special programming airing on Tennis Channel, Comcast SportsNet, Altitude Sports, Mediacom and other regional sports networks. ESPN3 will broadcast one match daily and ESPN2 will also air one featured match broadcast. Building on the ESPN coverage, the league is also increasing its international broadcast reach. A season preview show and weekly highlight series will air internationally on five continents in more than 100 countries, including Eurosport, Eurosport Asia, Supersport, Gaora, FOX Sports Aus-

tralia, and WHY TV. Although the Mylan WTT season traditionally begins immediately following Wimbledon, the start of the season has moved to the end of July, during this action-packed Olympic summer. Each team will play 12 regular season matches (six home, six away) in 14 days. The regular season runs from July 31-Aug. 13, culminating with the top two teams advancing to the Mylan WTT Finals on Saturday, Aug. 27 in the New York City area. The six teams will build their rosters at the Mylan WTT Player Draft, scheduled for March 25 in Miami, during the Miami Open in Key Biscayne. The Kastles look to keep their dynasty intact in 2016. “As both a player and an owner I have always enjoyed all that encompasses Mylan WTT,” said Roddick. “To be able 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.”

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Tennis at the By Jerry Solomon

hen my longtime client and friend Ivan Lendl called me to tell me that Pete Sampras wanted to play Roger Federer back in 2007, we laughed and said it would never happen. But I said to him if it is going to happen, it should happen at Madison Square Garden. There hadn’t been tennis at the Garden in seven years at that point, and the days of the Masters and Virginia Slims Championships were a distant memory. But not to me. And not to Ivan. And fortunately, not to the guys at the Garden. I started my career in sports working at the first Colgate Grand Prix Masters held at the Garden and remember the night that 16,000 people stayed in their seats until well past 1:00 a.m. to watch Guillermo Vilas and Jimmy Connors duke it out. I was representing Ivan when he had a run-in with Jimmy in the Garden hallway over how he had manipulated the tournament’s round-robin format. And I know how the MSG crowds react to superstars putting on a show that is worthy of their appreciation. So, how could you put arguably the two best tennis players of all time anywhere other than center court at the World’s Most Famous Arena? Fortunately, when I walked into discuss this with Joel Fisher and Adam Thier in their Garden offices, they too remembered the history of tennis at the Garden and said “Yes.” Of course there were risks and there are lots of stories behind the scenes about how the event almost didn’t happen ... we joke about those now, but it was nerve-wracking for sure. So with J. Wayne Richmond, Marisa D’Amico and Karen Scott Happer at my side, we marched into the unknown and 60 days prior to the event, put tickets on sale. Within a couple of weeks, we sold out The World’s Most Famous Arena. Roger and Pete put on a great show, as

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Garden:A Timeless Idea Roger eked out a victory in a third set tiebreaker, in front of 19,690 fans which set the stage for what has become an annual night of tennis for New Yorkers. Going back to Jack Kramer, Bobby Riggs, Billie Jean King and Vitas Gerulaitis, the star power of the sport of tennis has always attracted a celebrity-filled crowd to the Garden. We have tried hard to build on that history, so over the last eight years, have had virtually every major star in the sport play at the BNP Paribas Showdown. In addition to Roger and Pete, the likes of John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Victoria Azarenka and more have graced the Garden court. And a celebrity crowd has responded, including the likes of Bill Clinton, Ben Stiller,

Donald Trump, Vera Wang, Nancy Kerrigan, Anna Wintour, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Rupert Murdoch and many others. So we continue to try our best to carry on a tradition ... a legacy of tennis on the world’s biggest stage … and this year will be no different. We will feature fantastic tennis with 21time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams, former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, two-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka and the flamboyant French star Gael Monfils. But it is Serena’s presence that will get the most attention and with good reason. In part because of her Grand Slam singles and doubles titles, Olympic victories and number one rankings, Serena has probably been the most important female athlete in the world over the last 20 years. Off the court, she has built schools in

Africa, been Sports Illustrated’ s “Sportsperson of the Year,” has been an ambassador for the United Nations, a staple on Home Shopping Network, a target for gossip columns and a role model for women around the world. She has had her share of ups and downs, but at the age of 34, she stands atop the sports world as one of her generations most outstanding and impactful people. Over the years at the BNP Paribas Showdown, we have paid tribute to the U.S. Davis Cup team, Billie Jean King and Roy Emerson. This year, in addition to watching her play, we will honor Serena for her greatness on the court, but also for her tenacity, longevity and contributions that go far beyond the tennis courts. We don’t often get a chance to honor living legends. This will be another in those unique tennis moment that has made tennis timeless at Madison Square Garden. It will be exciting to be part of it. Jerry Solomon is executive producer of the BNP Paribas Showdown and creator of World Tennis Day.

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Do You Think You Know All the Rules of Tennis? Here Are 16 Rules You Might Not Know By Ricky Becker nowledge is power and even though I have been in tennis for more than 30 years, there are a lot of rules that I learned or wasn’t sure about when I read Friend at Court, The Official USTA Rulebook. In the last issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine, I covered some of these rules. This is the second half of the book. I want to thank Dave Hanzies, head of tennis officials in the Eastern Section, for confirming that these rules are in fact correct.

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1. If a player was not in the draw due to a tournament director error and the tournament has not started, the omitted player must be placed in the draw even if it affects the draw. There is a system in the rulebook to do it as fairly as possible.

jury timeout of three minutes from when it starts being treated (not to exceed 15 minutes). If they re-aggravate the injury during the match, they can take another timeout of the same length for the same injury.

2. In singles, when playing a best of three tie-break third set match outdoors, any player is allowed a two-hour break before their next best of three tie-break set match … even if one of the players retires during the match.

4. An injury timeout is a maximum of 15 minutes, but only a maximum of three minutes for treatment. The remainder of the time is getting the official, supplies and evaluation on what the injury is.

3. If a player aggravates an old injury during the warm-up, they can take an in-

5. A bleeding timeout consists of up to 15 minutes to stop visible bleeding, clean up the court and throw things out. If

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this is not enough time to stop the bleeding, the player must retire. 6. A player is entitled to a medical timeout for cramps, vomiting, dizziness, blisters or any treatable condition. “General player fatigue” is not entitled to an injury timeout. Author’s note: This is a terrible large loophole players can use to bend the rules. 7. A player is allowed to leave the court to get/buy a drink if they get permission from the umpire. If there is no umpire in the area, the player is assumed that permission. 8. If players lose one of the balls, they should get a new ball if the lost ball is discovered before the third game of a match. Otherwise, it should be replaced by a ball similar to the balls in play. 9. Interestingly, ball abuse is when a player deliberately hits, throws or kicks a ball that is not in play when the ball leaves the playing area, comes close or

hits a person or could cause damage or harm. This would seem to imply that a player who slams a ball into the back curtain on his/her side without spectators nearby would not be subject to the code. 10. If an umpire sees a code violation from a few courts away and another point is played while the umpire walks over, that point stands and the penalty is enforced once the umpire gets there. 11. A player who is the beneficiary of a penalty imposed on an opponent may not decline to accept it. A player who disobeys the instructions of an official in such a case can be defaulted. 12. Making an obvious bad call in retaliation to an opponent’s call is an immediate code violation. 13. If both players arrive and check-in late (but less than 15 minutes), the clock starts at the first player’s arrival. If both players are more than 15 minutes late, the official can default both players or

use the first player’s arrival as the match time and penalize the second player accordingly. 14. If a player is late after the 10 minute rest period between the second and third set, up to five minutes, it is a game penalty. If it’s more than five minutes, it is a default. 15. When playing an outdoor tournament, there should be no play for at least 30 minutes after a lightning strike. 16. A roving umpire who is stationed on a court can call a ball “out” that was played as good if the ball was obviously out. Ricky Becker is director of tennis at Pine Hollow Country Club and independently coaches high-performance juniors yearround at Bethpage State Park and Jericho/Westbury. He can be reached by phone at (516) 605-0420, e-mail rbecker06@yahoo.com or visit JuniorTennisConsulting.com.

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World number two Andy Murray and his wife, Kim Sears, welcomed in their first child, a baby girl, Sophia Olivia, in early February. Soon after losing another Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic, Murray, who married Sears last April, rushed home to be with his wife, who gave birth about a week after the first major of 2016 wrapped up Down Under.

The world of tennis was hit with an array of rumors, allegations and revelations about match fixing over the last couple of months. A BBC and Buzzfeed report the night before the Australian Open started much of the talk, and a recent investigation by The Guardian, revealed more information about various umpires from around the world being suspended or banned for their involvement.

Wozniacki poses in body paint for SI Swimsuit Issue

For the second straight year, Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki posed for the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. This time around, however, Wozniacki ditched the bikini for some body paint.

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Serena Williams did not spend any time sulking after her Australian Open final loss to Angelique Kerber. The 21-time Grand Slam champion headed down to Jamaica to help build a school. Her organization, The Serena Williams Fund, along with Helping Hands Jamaica, teamed up to build the Salt Marsh Primary School.


Raonic, Bouchard compete in NBA AllStar Celebrity Game

player and after her playing career, recently campaigned with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as the former New York senator tries to break down her own barrier and become the country’s first female president.

Mardy Fish (@MardyFish): Really excited to announce my new partnership with @championporsche!

Tweets from the pros Canadian tennis stars Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic put down their rackets and stepped onto a different court at the NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto. The two competed on Team Canada during the Celebrity Game, and helped lead their team to a 74-63 victory. Raonic even threw down a two-handed dunk right before halftime.

Billie Jean King on the campaign trail with Hillary

John Isner (@JohnIsner): Thanks to the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte for the amazing hospitality. #rcmemories

Venus Williams (@VenusesWilliams): First title of the year, Asia is very lucky for me! Thank you to all the fans and the Taiwan …

Aga Radwanska (@ARadwanska): G’day mate! Happy Australia Day from Melbourne

Tennis legend Billie Jean King, who broke down many barriers in her time as a tennis

Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal): I ignore the odds and take every serve as a fresh start.

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@judmoo what a tournament 4 her, both her boys and Joana Konta making runs! Eugenie Bouchard (@GenieBouchard): Views from Doha #bikershorts

Christina McHale (@ChristinaMcHale): What do you guys think of my @RioOpenOficial caricature? We decided I look like Gretchen from Recess LOL Noah Rubin (@Noahrubin33): Things become so insignificant 10,000 feet in the sky.

Roger Federer (@RogerFederer): On my way to Melbourne

Victoria Azarenka (@Vika7): In case Peyton retires for @broncos I’ll be ready :)

Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole): That feeling of coming back to your country ... #proud #excited #Serbia #BelgradeAirport #NikolaTesla Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki): Danish girlssss!! Double trouble! @ninaagdal @si_swimsuit by @lebrechtmedia @playerstribune

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TENNIS INJURY PREVENTION

Three Signs It Is Time to Have Your Knee Examined By Dr. Charles Ruotolo, MD, FAAOS For many with knee pain, it can be difficult to determine the symptoms of soreness or overexertion, and those symptoms may indicate something more serious. Below is a helpful guide to determine when it may be time to have your knee examined by an orthopedic specialist. 1. Your knee catches or locks up If you have catching or locking going from sitting to standing, or bending your knees, it may be a sign of cartilage degeneration in your kneecap or even a meniscal tear. Usually, pain and locking is felt on the front of the knee when it is your kneecap and on either side of the knee when it is a meniscal tear. It is important to have this condition addressed as cartilage degeneration is progressive and can result in increased pain and weakness. 2. Your knee gives out The knee giving out, or buckling, is a nonspecific reflex of the quadriceps muscle that occurs when the knee is in a painful position and the quadriceps muscle releases causing the knee to buckle. Several conditions can cause the knee to give out and it is important to have the specific cause diagnosed by an orthopedic specialist to start the appropriate treatment for this painful condition. One of the most common reasons this

occurs is due to patellofemoral problems (problems between the knee cap and the thigh bone). In other cases, buckling of the knee can be caused by instability of the kneecap due to repeated dislocations of the kneecap. Another cause of buckling can be from instability caused by ligament injuries such as an ACL tear.

conditions can cause this type of pain and include arthritic conditions, tears of the back of the meniscus or, in some cases, from a large Bakers Cyst that forms in the back of the knee. Assessment by an orthopedic surgeon can diagnose the problem causing the pain and tailor a treatment plan that is specific for the problem.

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USTA Eastern Lo Save the Date: Awards Dinner Coming May 3 Join your Long Island tennis family on Tuesday, May 3 when the USTA Long Island Region will honor many special people within the Nassau and Suffolk tennis communities. Awards will go to volunteers, league players and teams, adult players, juniors, high school team members, coaches and more. The 26th Annual USTA Long Island Region Awards Dinner is moving to a new location this year, Chateau Briand Caterers, located at 440 Old Country Road in Carle Place, N.Y. Stay tuned to LongIsland.USTA.com, and the Facebook page, USTA Long Island, for more information on the dinner, the honorees and how to register to attend. The Awards Dinner Committee is working hard to make this year’s event the best yet, with deserving honorees, an engaging awards ceremony, fabulous raffle prizes and much more. The USTA LI Board looks forward to seeing everyone there!

New TSR for LI Photo credit: James Alfalla

The USTA Long Island Region welcomes Gustavo Loza Padilla, the new USTA Eastern Section Tennis Service Representative (TSR) for Long Island. As TSR, Gustavo is responsible for the growth and development of tennis on Long Island and works closely with the LI Regional Board and others to ensure that tennis enthusiasts and other stakeholders have positive tennis experiences. A former top-ranked junior from Mexico City, Gustavo competed at the collegiate level at the University of Oregon and St. John’s University before joining the ATP tour in 2010. In 2013, he returned to St. John’s as a graduate assistant and earned a master’s degree in sports management. Prior to joining USTA Eastern, Gustavo served as Global Youth Advocate for the United Nations. According to the Eastern Section, “his advocacy skills combined with his knowledge of the international tennis landscape and passion for the game will serve him well in the TSR role.” Gustavo says his objectives and goals for his new position are in line with the objectives of the Section, and include expanding the schools’ tennis programs, seeking to stimulate demand for the sport throughout local Hispanic communities and increasing overall youth, adult and young adult partici26

pation throughout the Region. “I am currently in the process of reaching out and meeting with organizations, club directors, club members and tennis pros in the Long Island region,” Gustavo said. “I had the opportunity to meet many interesting and important people at the Eastern Tennis Conference and I am looking forward to formally introducing myself and meeting with everyone in the upcoming weeks.” Gustavo can be reached by phone at (914) 393-8377 or e-mail Padilla@Eastern.USTA.com.

Eastern Section Honors The USTA Eastern Section recently held its annual awards ceremony honoring its top volunteers and participants. Long Island’s honorees were … Photo credit: James Alfalla

Lionel Goldberg, Regional Volunteer of the Year (Long Island), is a lifetime tennis player and enthusiast. As tennis chairman and a board member at Inwood Country Club in Inwood, N.Y., he was instrumental in working with the Inwood Charities Foundation to host the 2014 Kids’ Tennis Festival and the 2015 Nassau County Kids’ Day–along with the USTA Long Island Region at the Club. More than 300 children and adults attended each of these events and enjoyed a day of tennis instruction, match play, lunch and fun with new friends. A threetime winner of the Long Island Tennis Magazine Long Island Tennis Challenge, Amateur Division, with his longtime doubles partner Jonathan Klee, Goldberg participates in several USTA Leagues and captains teams in the North Shore Men’s Tennis League and the Long Island Men’s Tennis League. Photo credit: James Alfalla

Member Organization of the Year World Gym Setauket has been owned by tennis enthusiast Tom Jaklitsch since 1989. A tennis instructor for more than 40 years, Jaklitsch also is a longtime tennis player and advocate for tennis on Long Island. Under Jaklitsch’s guidance, World Gym Setauket has developed and fostered ten-

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ng Island Region nis throughout Suffolk County by offering a wide variety of programs and lessons on its nine indoor and seven outdoor courts. Its staff pros work with players of all ages and abilities. Director of Tennis Tito Perez runs the club’s successful 10-and-Under program, which has more than 100 players. He also runs the club’s Junior Team Tennis program, whose red, orange and green ball teams have been very successful in Regional and Sectional play. In 2015, World Gym Setauket held the first LI Region High School Team Tennis Day. It also hosted the LI Region’s Suffolk County Kids’ Day, providing free lessons to children. Photo credit: Farmingdale State College

Adam Waterhouse is the head tennis coach for both the Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams at Collegiate Award Winner Farmingdale State College. Waterhouse works hard to bring Long Island athletes into the college, encouraging local tennis players to stay within the Eastern Section. He runs a successful Division III program within the Skyline Conference. The men’s team has won the conference title three out of the last five years, and the women’s team is the defending back-to-back champion, finishing in first place for the 2015 fall season. Waterhouse’s coaching philosophy is to help players continuously improve to achieve their fullest potential and, most importantly, have fun while doing so. The teams regularly participate in community service activities, including the “Smash Out Cancer” charity doubles tournament held in June. This event raised money for the father of a former Farmingdale State College player who recently passed away, but was able to watch his kids and friends play in the tournament. Photo credit: James Alfalla

Clinician of the Year Chuck Russell is a longtime clinician and 10-andUnder coach. A senior professional at Long Beach Tennis Center with more than 30 years of experience, he has a USPTA P1 Rating and is a PTR National Tester. In 2015, Russell received the Long Island Region’s USTA After School Tennis Program Award for his creation of LIFTALL, a free and affordable tennis program in Long Beach. Through LIFTALL (the Long Island Foundation for Tennis And Learning Ltd.), Russell provides tennis and related skills development and training programs to underserved minorities on Long Island.

Photo credit: James Alfalla

Film director and producer Rex Miller received a Special Service Award for producing and directing the Althea Gibson documentary, which was viewed initially in select locations across the Long Island, Metro and Southern Regions. A resident of Durham, N.C., Miller was recognized for his work on Long Island and the surrounding regions. A professional film director and producer who has received two 2015 Emmy Award nominations, Miller also has a long history with tennis. His mother, Millicent Miller, was a professional tennis player who competed against Althea Gibson and, growing up in New York, Rex Miller trained at the Port Washington Tennis Academy. Photo credit: James Alfalla

At the Junior Awards program, Calista Sha of Roslyn Heights, N.Y. received the Edith Martin Girls’ 14 Sportsmanship Award. Calista is pictured here, third from the right.

Coming soon … Please visit LongIsland.USTA.com for details on these and other Long Island Region events: l March 13: 9th Annual High School Coaches Workshop at Bethpage Park Tennis Center l April 4: First Regular Season Match: Boys High School Tennis l May 3: USTA Long Island 26th Annual Awards Dinner at Chateau Briand l May 9-15: WTA Empire State Open at Hempstead Lake State Park l May 13-14 & 16: Suffolk County Boys High School Divisional Individual Tournaments at various locations l May 14-15: Boys High School County Tournament (Nassau) at Oceanside High School l May 21 & 23: Boys High School Sectional Individuals Tournament (Suffolk) at William Floyd High School l June 2-4: Boys High School New York State Championships at BJK National Tennis Center

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Emotional Balance The Key to the Mental Game By Rob Polishook, Mental Training Coach MA, CPC It’s Monday morning, and my inbox is filled with emails from parents whose child has just played in a tournament over the weekend. Most e-mails lament about how the results could have gone better, including what could be done to change what appears to be this “monster inside” of their usually mild-mannered child. “You don’t know me, but I wanted to share something that happened this last weekend. I’d love to get your insight … My daughter, Jane Doe just finished a USTA L1 tournament.

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“What’s imperative to know is that before a parent or a coach can f igure out how to help their child, they must f irst try to understand what’s going on in their head, what they are experiencing, and feeling.” She started off well in her match, but then was cheated, unable to deal with the situation, she spiraled out of control until she lost the set. Fortunately, she was able to regroup and then won the second set. However, in the tiebreaker she got down 1-4, then missed an

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easy volley, and the tears started flowing, her shoulders slumped, and body looked deflated. Why does she get so upset? It never helps her. How can I help?” From the child’s perspective, a few days


later, I might hear something like this: “Before the match, I was so nervous, then when I stepped on the court, it only got worse, I know I should beat this girl. Everyone expected me to beat her! When the score got tight I got scared, then … I was cheated. I can’t believe she called that ball out! Then I missed an easy shot in the tie-breaker, OMG! I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I just wanted to get off the court. I totally sped up, forgot about any rituals, I just lost it.” As a mental training coach, you can imagine, I encounter this type of scenario often, especially in the younger age groups. What’s imperative to know is that before a parent or a coach can figure out how to help their child, they must first try to understand what’s going on in their head, what they are experiencing, and feeling. Think of your child’s emotional state like a see-saw. On one side, you have “Emotional Balance” and the other side, “Emotional Imbalance.” Emotional Balance implies the degree that a player is to be able

to stay calm and deal with adversity, challenges and setbacks. The greater their Emotional Balance, the greater their resilience and ability to deal with events they cannot control. Conversely, “Emotional Imbalance” means they get caught up in what they cannot control, they react quickly and negatively to adversity, challenges or momentum shifts. They act out, and go faster when an opponent mounts a challenge. This is usually followed by a fast downward spiral, followed by that “deer in a headlights” look. Overall, there is a lot of drama and ups and downs. It seems the only way this cycle stops is by crashing. When we look at the performance through the lens of Emotional Balance or Imbalance, we stop passing judgment, take our emotions out of it, and also let go of the score. In reality, we recognize that no amount of mental or technical skill corrections are going to hold up when a player is emotionally imbalanced and overwhelmed. They are essentially in a frozen state! Of course, the behavior—crying, tantrums, racket throwing—is brutal to

watch. In fact, it may even trigger things about how you parent. However, if you can step back, you can see that the behavior is not the problem, rather, it’s a window into the fears and insecurities that your child is experiencing. This will allow you to think more about what they need and how you can give it to them. Our work as parents and coach is to help them deal with what’s really triggering them, what’s behind the behavior. If we can get to the root of the behavior, your child will unwind, let go of things, and get back to a place of emotional balance next time. From this place, your child will be calmer and certainly the parent/coach watching will be, too! 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, email Rob@InsideTheZone.com or visit InsideTheZone.com.

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Open champion Serena Williams in the championship match. “The last moment was something I will never forget,” Kerber said afterwards. “I had match point and I remember hoping that she would not serve an ace again. I returned the ball, then her volley went out, and suddenly I was lying on my back thinking, ‘Ok, I can hold the trophy now.’” ‘The new Steffi Graf,’ as she has already been tabbed by her German fans, held her nerve in the final set against Serena. After opening up a 5-2 lead in the set, Serena got it back to 4-5, and had a chance on serve to even things up. But in a spot where most players usually cave against Serena, Kerber embraced the

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moment and closed out Serena with a break of serve. “Kerber closed with her belief, it surprised me,” 18-time Grand Slam champion and current ESPN analyst Chris Evert told USA Today. “A lot of players tightened up last year against Serena. They let her off the hook. She played some of her best tennis, but I also think there were times when players just didn’t believe. And this was a case where Angie just kept believing.” It may be cliché, but having confidence and believing in yourself, especially against a dominant player like Serena, is half the battle. From a tennis standpoint, Kerber played


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ks through Down Under the exact style you need to take down Serena. Kerber was able to rally with her from the baseline and forced Serena into 46 unforced errors. Kerber entered that match with losses in five of her previous six matches against Serena, but brought forth a gutsy performance against the woman whom was named “Sportsperson of the Year” in 2015 by Sports Illustrated. “She had an attitude that I think a lot of people can learn from: just to always stay positive and to never give up,” said a gracious Serena following the loss. “I was really inspired by that. Honestly, she’s a really good girl. If I couldn’t win, I’m happy she did.’ It should come as no surprise that

Kerber’s tennis idol growing up was the legendary Graf, whose record she helped preserve, for the time being, with her win over Serena. “Yeah, I think I helped Steffi right now,” said Kerber. “This is the first big tournament of the year, and I won it … my first Grand Slam. It sounds crazy, but I can say I’m a Grand Slam champion now.” The next step for Kerber, is building off this victory. With the rest of the top 10 in the world, outside of Serena, seemingly unable to break through on the biggest stage, the door is open for Kerber to parlay her success. She has gotten over the hump once, and now knows what it takes.

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“The mental part … it’s really big,” Kerber said. “I was able to see it. I mean, you must be relaxed and must really believe in yourself. This is actually the biggest thing I learned in these two weeks: To go for it.” Kerber told Open Court, “Now I have a lot of confidence. I beat Serena and I played great tennis, so for sure it gives me a lot of confidence for the next tournaments and everything that’s coming. I will just try to enjoy every moment.” Brian Coleman is senior editor of 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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he first major of 2016 came and went in Melbourne, but not without its fill of excitement. Germany’s Angelique Kerber shocked the world by defeating the top-seeded Serena Williams in the women’s final, and Novak Djokovic once again showed his dominance over the men’s tour, capturing yet another Grand Slam title. Here are some of the biggest takeaways and top moments from the 2016 Australian Open ...

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Kerber shocks Serena Last year, it was Roberta Vinci who took out a seemingly unbeatable Serena Williams at the U.S. Open, and this year, it was Angelique Kerber, who possesses a much different style of play than Vinci. Serena had looked incredibly dominant in her run up to the final, including a 6-0, 6-4 rout of Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals. But Kerber seemed to have destiny on her side. She faced a match point in the first round, and after coming back to win that, seemed to play loose the rest of the tournament to win the first Grand Slam title of her career.

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Martina Hingis’ last singles title at a Grand Slam came before the new millennium, a triumph at the 1999 Australian Open. But she has found a rebirth in her career on the doubles court with India’s Sania Mirza, and the two have formed quite a dominant duo. They captured the Australian Open title, the third straight major title for the pair.

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Raonic shows marked improvement Canada’s Milos Raonic reached the semifinals in Melbourne and was one set away from reaching the first Grand Slam final of his career. But a leg injury slowed him down and Andy Murray rallied to win in the semis and reach the finals. Despite that disappointment, Raonic still enjoyed a fantastic tournament. He entered the Aussie Open coming off a title in Sydney where he defeated Roger Federer in the finals and rode that momentum into Melbourne. Known as a big server, Raonic showed he could do more than just hit the ball hard, adding a formidable net game to show opponents that they just cannot sit

back on the baseline against him. Still just 25-years-old, Raonic’s play in Australia indicates that he is not too far away from a Grand Slam title. Zhang’s return run Shuai Zhang entered the tournament as an after-thought for many. The 27-yearold qualifier had never won a Grand Slam main draw match entering the tournament and drew the secondseeded Simona Halep in the opening round. But Zhang put together a masterful run, upsetting Halep in straight sets, before going on to defeat Alize Cornet, Varvara Lepchenko and Madison Keys on her way to the quarterfinals. Not bad for someone who was on the verge of retirement.

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LI’s Rubin upsets the 18th-seeded Paire Long Island’s Noah Rubin made his Australian Open debut, and pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the tournament, beating 18thseeded Frenchman Benoit Paire in straight sets, 7-6, 7-6, 7-6. Rubin would fall in the next round, but his first round performance showed that he will be a threat on the tour soon. Brian Coleman is senior editor of Long Island Tennis Magazine. He may be reached by phone at (516) 409-4444, ext. 326 or e-mail BrianC@USPTennis.com.


Physically + Mentally + Emotionally Strong =

Success By Carl Barnett Oftentimes, the better athlete fails. Technique makes a tennis player, but training makes a competitor. The combination of finely developed technique, hitting a high volume of balls and working often with a trainer prepares one for the next level. When one is physically and technically prepared, focus can begin to be addressed. A player begins to exhibit focus when they can consistently hit longer than needed, they experience less anxiety and have a higher level of self-confidence. The intangible it produces is a player who is calmer and ready to fight.

One doesn’t become strong overnight, nor does one hone their technique quickly. As physical and mental strength come together, competitive play with regularity is necessary. This can be as simple as four-game sets against many different opponents in a group setting. Match play for those competing at advanced levels is essential. Match play is where the player starts to master emotions while under stress. Anger, crying, screaming and cursing are merely the symptoms that precede giving up. Giving up can be as obvious as not running a ball down, or as murky as overplaying shots to allow one’s opponent to win more expediently. The player that does the work on technique, strength, flexibility and endurance—

“As physical and mental strength come together, competitive play with regularity is necessary.” coupled with match play focused on managing emotions—believes at every juncture that they can win. This unwavering belief is what you want your child to believe both in tennis, and more importantly, in life. Carl Barnett started the Early Hit Training Center over 10 years ago. He has coached countless ranked pre-college tennis players. He may be reached by phone at (516) 455-1225 or e-mail EarlyHit@optonline.net.

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tips from the tennis pro Determine the Essentials and Set a Plan for Your Best Tennis By Lisa Dodson Whether it’s money, health, work or sports, goal-setting is an essential component to success. All goals take time and effort to reach, and planning is required to make meaningful progress. Goals can be slow to achieve, but amazing when we succeed. Understanding this for tennis makes it all worthwhile. Tennis goals can be a little tricky. First, we must realize that we need to improve and then we have to want to make the effort. Typically, we want too much too soon and don’t understand the process of learning to play our best tennis. Skipping elements and taking

short cuts just doesn’t do it. Maybe you have one big end goal. Achieving this big goal requires another set of goals. For example, a friend of mine wants to win one round in a Men’s Open Tournament. To do this he’ll have to get fitter, play more practice matches, sharpen up his entire skill set and believe that he can do it. That will take a lot of work and love of the game. Let’s think about some big, realistic goals that tennis players of all levels aim for. We’ll choose essentials to reach the goal and form a simple plan that will allow you to grow. Below are four examples of some basic and realistic goals. 1. Beat an archrival Just can’t beat the guy or gal you play

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every week? It’s always close and you’ve taken a few sets, but haven’t yet won the match. It’s the same old story. You don’t really believe you’re going to win, you just hope you will. What essentials do we need? l A good, solid, positive attitude l Countering skills to make the opponent uncomfortable l Willingness to work through uncomfortable and difficult situations l Consistency What’s the plan? Go to the match thinking that you are going to win. Chances are your skills are good enough, but your mindset won’t let you do it. If the difference is a few points here and there, be aware of where you are giving away points. For example, are you missing service returns, double-faults, over hitting or under hitting in rallies? Sometimes we don’t recognize how many points we just throw away. Every point you give away is a steal for the opponent. Play high percentage tennis and attempt to determine what makes the opponent uncomfortable. If they like to receive a hard flat ball, give them a high ball. If they serve and volley well, respond with an off-speed chip return. If they like to rally high and keep you back, then return a high ball to them and run to the service line to hit the next ball as a volley. Basically, the better your counter skills are, the more effective you will be.


It’s all about the fight. The biggest fight is your willingness to stay focused, make good decisions, stay energized and keep up the intensity. The rest of the stuff falls into place. Get some professional advice on a specific strategy that will work against this player. Chances are, you need some stroke work for better consistency, but sometimes, we simply need to form a better tactical plan. All of it will help you grow. 2. Hit aces and double fault less by swinging the same speed on all serves Is that really possible? Yes and it is also essential. The key to serving success is swinging the same speed on both first and second serves. This is the only way you will both hit aces and reduce double faults. In fact, you will often swing harder on a second serve than you will on a first serve. When talking about a “second” serve, we are simply referring to the serve that follows the first one, or your second opportunity to start the point and not a serve that just has to get into the box. First and second serves are interchangeable and use the same basic technique and tempo. They are delivered with different spins, speeds, arcs and target points. Typically, a second serve will have a lot of spin to allow height over the net and to bring the ball into the box, but this “second” serve can also be used as a first. In order to hit more first serves in, you need to stay in rhythm by swinging the same speed all of the time. Swinging slower on a second serve disrupts timing and takes away your natural rhythm. Then, your first serve percentage decreases and your double faults increase. What essentials do we need? l A Continental Grip (and willingness to modify grips for varying serves) l Knowledge of where the toss contact point is located for varying serves l A slice serve What’s the plan? Bite the bullet and move your grip to the Continental. Be willing to fail first in order

“Goals can be slow to achieve, but amazing when we succeed. Understanding this for tennis makes it all worthwhile.” to make a big improvement. Slight variations of this grip are used for varying serves so first master the Continental Grip. It is your base serve grip. Learn a slice serve first. Slice spin should happen naturally if your grip and toss are in place. This teaches your brain that the front edge of the racket should be heading to the ball, and the arm and body what the correct serve action should feel like. Hitting a slice serve lets you branch out into hitting more complex spin serves. Practice away from the court and without a ball. If you cannot go through the movements without a ball, then you don’t need one. Experiment by getting on the court and let yourself make mistakes. Find out what works and what doesn’t. Have fun and just see what you can make the ball do. Variation in serve types comes from grip changes and ball toss location, not from changing the serve motion or tempo. Changing a grip allows your hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder to move on different planes. This allows you to strike different parts of the ball and creates spin. Spin will let you swing away on all serves.

the same point value as a double fault. It can also give your opponent the same sense of power as hitting an ace. All in all, it is a giant boost and a free point for the opponent. Just like the serve, the return is necessary to start a point. It’s really that simple. Typical errors are over- or under-hitting the return. What essentials do we need? l A specific landing point for our return l Quick recognition of what you are receiving l Shot selection that is deliberate and not impulsive What’s the plan? Keep it simple! When in doubt, go for depth on returns. Remember your opponent has just come out of a service motion that typically lands them inside the baseline. Depth will drive them back and reduce their shot selection and power. Be specific about where you want your ball to land, but allow yourself “spray room.” Whether you are going cross-court or down the line, aim for a specific spot

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tips from the tennis pro continued from page 37 about eight-feet inside the inside alley line and 10-feet inside the baseline. If you miss it long or wide by three to six feet, you are still well inside the boundaries. Aiming closer to the lines is a sure way to miss frequently by a small margin. Watch your opponent’s serve carefully. When they toss the ball, look at the strike of the ball, not at the toss. React immediately by turning first, not moving first. Recognize quickly which way to turn: Right or left for forehand or backhand preparation. Don’t be impulsive, but return smart, clean and at a high percentage. Serves can be difficult to return if they are very hard, have a great deal of spin or are very soft. Figure out a way to make a good play on every ball. It has to go back in order to make your opponent play. 4. Begin playing league matches This doesn’t sound difficult to many, but for

those who have never really competed, it can be a truly frightening experience. What essentials do we need? l Know how to score l Basic ability to rally from the baseline, volley and hit overhead from the net area and get one out of two serves in the box l Reasonable expectations of self What’s the plan? You don’t need anything high-powered yet. Remember you are just venturing into playing matches that count for something besides your own personal gain. Practice the basic skills of tennis— ground strokes, volleys, overhead and serves—outside of playing sets and matches. Find a practice partner to do organized drills with. For example, five minutes of cross-court forehands and backhands, controlled groundstroke to vol-

ley series, overhead/lob drill, and serving to targets. Improvement happens quickly if you stay with a plan. Get some lessons to supplement and speed up skill development. Drills form your points in a match. The patterns we practice are ones that happen over and over in rallies. You just need to recognize the situations and be able to handle them. Working on skills and technique is much more important than playing points at this stage. Determine your own essentials for improvement in one area then set your plan into action. Don’t hesitate to get some advice from a friendly pro. If you ask nicely, you might even get some free tips! Be brave, be willing to fail and you’ll soon be a very happy tennis player. It’s really that simple. Lisa Dodson is owner of Servemaster at The Total Serve, a USPTA Elite Pro, a formerly world ranked player and radio show host. She may be reached by e-mail at Lisa@TheTotalServe.com or visit TheTotalServe.com.

   

   



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Registration has begun for USTA League Summer teams! We will have teams for the 18 & Over League, the 40 & Over League, 55 & Over League, and we are working at getting teams for the 65 & Over League. 18 & Over League The minimum age for players is that they must turn 18 in the 2016 calendar year. We have teams at the 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0+ Levels. The 2.5 and 5.0+ play one court of singles and two courts of doubles. The 5.0+ League can have two 5.5 players on their team. All of the other levels play two courts of singles and three courts of doubles. League play begins in mid-May and runs through the end of July. 40 & Over League The minimum age for players is that they must turn 40 in the 2016 calendar year. We have teams at the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5+ Levels. All matches feature two courts of singles and three courts of doubles. The 4.5+ League can have three 5.0 players with two playing in

each match. The 40 & Over League also plays from mid-May until the end of July. 55 & Over League The minimum age for players is that they must turn 55 in the 2016 calendar year. We have teams at the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 Levels. The 55 & Over League is run with combined ratings. The 6.0 Level is for 2.5-3.5 players, the 7.0 for 3.0-4.0 players, the 8.0 for 3.5-4.5 players, and the 9.0 for 4.0-5.0 players. Matches are three courts of doubles. This League plays from the first week of June until mid-August. 65 & Over League The minimum age for players is that they must turn 65 in the 2016 calendar year. This will be the first year for Long Island to have teams play in the 65 & Over League. Right now, we have a women’s 7.0 League and would love to get more levels playing. The 65 & Over follows the same rating and format of the 55 & Over. Playoffs for all leagues have not yet been

determined, as teams are still registering. However, the Sectional and National Championship schedule can be found at LITennisMag.com/UpcomingEvents. I must know of all teams by early March. Scheduling will then be done and the Captain’s Cocktail Party where the schedules will be distributed is on Tuesday, April 19 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y. Anyone looking to be placed on a team, please let me know and I will do my best to get you placed. Please understand that I do not put the teams together. Team captains assemble the teams, and I cannot guarantee finding spots for all people looking, but will try. I look forward to a successful season of USTA League tennis where everyone’s goal is to show the best possible sportsmanship … okay, so I’m a dreamer! 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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SPORTIME RANDALL’S ISLAND | JUNE 18 AND 19, 2016 SPORTIME and the John McEnroe Tennis Academy understand what it takes to be a champion – it's in our DNA. Now we are offering winning strategies to help qualified scholar/athletes navigate the college recruitment process with the best possible results. Introducing the JMTA College Recruiting Combine to take place at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, NY, June 18 and 19, 2016. Apply to showcase your tennis and athletic abilities to some of the finest colleges and universities in the country. Who should apply? Qualified college tennis prospects who will be heading into their high school sophomore, junior or senior years in September 2016. Space is limited to 60 Boys and 60 Girls. What Colleges/coaches are expected to attend? Men's and women's college coaches from top conferences across the country, including the Ivy League, the ACC, the Big East, the SEC, the Big 10, the Patriot League, the NESCAC and many others. APPLICATION PROCESS CLOSES MARCH 31, 2016! Go to www.SportimeNY.com/JMTACombine to apply and find out more today.

‘’This is a valuable resource for the college tennis coaches around the country as well as a great opportunity for the junior tennis players to showcase their skills.’’ Jim Thompson, Head Men's Tennis Coach, Virginia Tech University

“The upcoming college recruiting combine at Sportime is an outstanding concept. Certainly college coaches are looking for tournament results, but they also want to be sure that they are recruiting players that are both physically and mentally tough. And coaches like to meet their future players as early in the process as possible. This combine will be a great way for coaches to interact with a very select group of players and to get a first-hand sense of their tennis skills, as well as their mental and physical capacities. There is no better place than the John McEnroe Tennis Academy to hold this showcase, which should be a real leg-up for East Coast players.” Tony Bresky, Head Men's Tennis Coach, Wake Forest University

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week, sessions so that tournament players can design a schedule that accommodates their individual needs. The facility believes that the summer is a great time to drill skills, get match tough and develop fitness habits that will help yearround.

Bethpage Park Tennis Center Summer Tennis Camp 99 Quaker Meeting House Road, Building #4 Farmingdale, N.Y. (516) 777-1358 BethpageParkTennis.com To be your best, you need the best program, facilities and players Bethpage Park Tennis Center’s Summer Tennis Camp is designed for maximum time efficiency and productiveness. Bethpage Park’s wealth of tennis courts enables the facility to provide indoor and outdoor courts, hard courts and clay courts. No camp provides a more favorable camper to court ratio than Bethpage Park. This means campers can play singles and doubles matches daily. These opportunities for match play are most beneficial because they are with the finest players the East Coast has to offer.

Is this program right for you? At Bethpage Park Tennis Center’s Summer Tennis Camp, the standards are high, the prerequisites are not! They encourage and value beginners equally with nationally-ranked players. All that is required is the desire to attend a serious tennis camp to learn in an intensive, personal and fun environment, and the drive to achieve your personal best! Transportation is available, and a daily deli or pizza lunch is included.

Carefree Racquet Club 1414 Jerusalem Avenue North Merrick, N.Y. (516) 489-9005 CarefreeTennis.com Where can you find a junior summer multi-sport camp highlighting the excitement of competition, highstructured instruction and plenty of all-around play time? At Carefree Racquet Club, complete with seven air-conditioned indoor tennis courts, two racquetball courts that convert to walleyball, a halfcourt basketball court, a cozy lounge and snack area … that’s where! At Carefree’s Summer Camp, the staff encourages the social and healthy aspect of loving sports

To be the best, you need the best staff! Bethpage Park Tennis trains players to excel with greater success than any other eastern camp because of its unique staff. Since year-round program are conducted, Bethpage Park employs proven, full-time professionals to oversee the camp. The rest of the staff is comprised of topranked students, many of whom are college standouts, to ensure quality, enthusiasm and continuity of instruction. Bethpage Park Tennis is very flexible, with nine one-week, as well as partialLITennisMag.com • March/April 2016 • Long Island Tennis Magazine

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just for the fun of it. Carefree stresses the positive approach of competition, which gives juniors perspective both on and off the playing surface. In the long run, this brings out the confidence to succeed in whatever their students venture into later in life. The key is to develop behavioral characteristics of success for all of students: Vision, action, responsibility and independence. Carefree’s staff is comprised of knowledgeable and caring counselors, some of who were, or currently are, college players who also trained at Carefree. The program is directed by Louis Vallejo, and with 27 years of tennis experience, Louis has coached juniors of all levels of play. Along with his head pros, the tutelage of Carefree’s students is unsurpassed. Carefree Racquet Club is proud to celebrate its 24th year of its Junior Summer Camp. The success of the summer program comes from the outstanding facility, fun to win attitude and superior pro staff. Camp hours are from noon to 5:00 p.m. Students come in fresh and relaxed with energy, and ready for action. Each participant follows their schedule for the day of tennis, basketball and walleyball. Carefree’s Junior Summer Multi-Sport Camp is the most flexible on Long Island. You can attend full-time (eight weeks, five days a week) or a fewer number of weeks. You can also attend just two or three days a week if you’d like. You can even come just once a week, but Carefree bets that if you come once, you’ll want to come twice! So come on down and see for yourself … the staff at Carefree Racquet Club will be waiting!

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Centercourt Performance Tennis Academy 65 Columbia Road Morristown, N.J. (973) 539-2054 CentercourtAcademy.com Contact: Clay Bibbee at Clay@CentercourtClub.com A commitment to excellence! Centercourt Performance Tennis Academy has quickly earned the reputation as one of the sport’s premier destination for player development in the Northeast. With access to 50 tennis courts (hard, Har-Tru, red clay and indoor hard), Centercourt’s tennis camps are a perfect opportunity for players to refine and develop their skills in a short period of time. Why choose Centercourt? l Train in a world-class environment with high-performance level coaches from around the world. l Achieve significant individual improvement in all facets of the game, including technical, physical and mental aspects. l Centercourt is dedicated to meeting the individual needs of each and every one of its players. l Academy players are among some of the top Sectional-, National- and ITFranked players from around the country. l Centercourt puts the needs of the

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player first, in a development-focused model of training. l Each camp is tailored to the skill levels and goals of the players; featuring small group training, match play, individualized fitness plans, mental coaching and video analysis. l Tournament coaching and travel. l Players who commit to Centercourt’s training will see themselves develop life skills that will enable them to become champions, both on and off the court. Centercourt Performance Tennis Academy provides a superior junior player pathway that satisfies the needs of Sectional- and Nationally-ranked juniors. Centercourt Performance Tennis Academy offers programs with rolling admissions year-round and a 12-week Summer Camp from June 13-Sept. 2, 2016.

Doubles Boot Camp With Hall of Famer Gigi Fernandez Chelsea Piers 1 Blachley Road Stamford, Conn. (203) 989-1800 or (203) 807-3848 MasterDoubles.com DoublesBootCamp.com Info.MasterDoubles@gmail.com A unique opportunity to learn the game of doubles from one of the best doubles players in the history of the game, Gigi


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Fernandez, in partnership with one of the premier fitness experts in the tennis industry, Dr. Mark Kovacs. What makes Gigi unique from other Grand Slam doubles champions is that she has spent the past four years teaching recreational players from the 3.0 to 5.0 Levels how to excel at doubles. She now brings her expert perspective on doubles to tennis enthusiasts who can attend a weekend of intense doubles education, training and fun at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, Conn. Space is limited. Subjects covered: l Understanding high percentage shot selection with positioning to make your opponent play low percentage shots. l Court coverage in doubles. l Serve strategies for holding serve, even if your serve is weak and your partner doesn’t help. l Return strategies that will give you the best opportunity to break serve. l Optimal and high percentage shot selection based on the three different formations that you face in doubles: Two up, two back and one up/one back. l The mental game of doubles: How it differs from singles. l Partnerships and communication: How to pick the right partner, who should play what side and how to work with your partners.

Ed Krass’ 27th Annual College Tennis Exposure Camp 4 June 15-17 at The University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla. 4 July 8-10 at The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va. 4 July 17-21 & July 23-27 at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa. 4 July 30-31 at Brandeis University, Waltham, Ma. (813) 684-9031 CollegeTennis.com Coach Ed Krass’ 27th Annual College Tennis Exposure Camp is the nation’s only training camp taught exclusively by head college coaches. The camp is open to all

players, ages 15-18, who are interested in playing college tennis. Players receive instruction and training from head coaches representing every level of the college game. Ed Krass coached varsity tennis teams at Harvard University, Clemson University and the University of Central Florida prior to founding the College Tennis Exposure Camp. Under the skillful eyes of top college coaches, players showcase their singles, doubles and One-on-One Doubles skills, and receive specific feedback on their game. Instructional drills and match play competitions are conducted with the same style and intensity as collegiate practice sessions. Players have the opportunity to sample various coaching styles and receive on-court coaching during team competitions. Classroom seminars with college coaches motivate and educate players about college tennis preparation. The camp is offered at University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. from June 15-17; the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. from July 8-10; Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. for two sessions, July 17-21 and July 23-27; and

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Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. from July 30-31. Dormitory accommodations, cafeteria meals and 24-hour adult supervision are provided. For more information, call (813) 6849031 or visit CollegeTennis.com.

Gold Coast Sports Academy Locations in New Hyde Park, Greenvale, Sag Harbor, East Hampton and Montauk (516) 551-9122 GoldCoastAcademy.org GoldCoastAcademy@gmail.com This summer Gold Coast Sports Academy (GCSA) is proud to announce a

partnership with Paul Annacone and Annacone Tennis Management to launch The Paul Annacone Tennis Academy. Paul is a former top-ranked ATP professional and is known as “The Coaches Coach,” having coached among others: Pete Sampras, Sloane Stephens and Roger Federer during his 2012 Wimbledon title. Paul brings his years of experience in playing professionally and coaching at the highest level to its highly-skilled coaches in intense train-thetrainer sessions and visits to Gold Coast camps. It is in these train-the-trainer sessions and their visits to camp that the coaches and players will become experts in Paul’s methodology and philosophy. Paul Annacone Tennis Camps will open in five different locations on Long Island: Michael J. Tully Park in New Hyde Park, N.Y.; CW Post LIU in Greenvale, N.Y.; Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor, N.Y.; East Hampton Tennis Club in East Hampton, N.Y.; and Montauk Downs in Montauk, N.Y. GCSA is a member of the Oasis Children’s Day Camps family of camps. GCSA, launching in the summer of 2016, takes all the professional experience and know-how developed over the last 16 years about summer camp and combines it with

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world-class professional sports training. Gold Coast has partnered with premier professional athletes to develop the most sophisticated state-of-the-art training methodology to bring to its camper-athletes. GCSA Summer Sports Academy is for boys, girls, and teens, ages five through 16. Gold Coast’s other Academies are the; KarlAnthony Towns Basketball Academy, Sue Bird Basketball Academy, Jozy Altidore Soccer Academy, Brad Guzan Goalkeeper Academy, and Max Seibald Lacrosse Academy. These unique sports camps provide camper-athletes with an unprecedented opportunity to get the highest level of training each and every time they step on the court and field at GCSA. GCSA camper-athletes will learn about what it takes to succeed in sports—both physically and mentally.

Gotham Tennis Academy in The Hamptons Napeague Tennis Club 47 Montauk Highway Amangansett, N.Y. (646) 524-7069 East Hampton Tennis House 226 Patingo Road East Hampton, N.Y. GothamTennis.com Info@GothamTennis.com Gotham Tennis Academy offers summer tennis and sports day camps in the Hamptons at the Napeague Tennis Club,


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located at 47 Montauk Highway in Amangansett, N.Y. Gotham Tennis Academy’s newest location is at East Hampton House Resort, located at 226 Patingo Road in East Hampton, N.Y. The Academy is directed by enthusiastic, USPTA-certified tennis coaches in a beautiful setting emphasizing skill development, fun and a supportive environment. The tennis and sports camp based at the Napeague Tennis Club is situated in a beautiful location on the Napeague Stretch, five miles east of Main Street in Amagansett, N.Y., next to Cyril’s, and only steps from the beach and the bay! The Napeague summer program features: An outstanding tennis and multi-sport day camp featuring instructors with international

backgrounds; half-day and full-day options available; basketball, soccer and other field sports on multi-purpose courts; kayak, beach trips and mountain bike excursions may be arranged; and transportation can be arranged upon request. New this year, an early drop-off option between 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Light snacks and beverages are provided. Round-trip or one-way transportation may be arranged. Hofstra Summer Tennis Camp (516) 463-CAMP Hofstra.edu/Camp A great tennis experience for two, four or six weeks The Hofstra Summer Tennis Camp is suitable for both the beginning player

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through the advanced player interested in tournament play or wishing to participate on high school tennis teams. Basic techniques are taught to beginners and the Camp also offers the experienced player advanced skills and game strategy. Each child is instructed according to their ability and previous training is not required. Most lessons are taught in the form of a game. Additionally, all of Hofstra’s instructors have been trained in the 10 & Under Tennis/Quick Start program, the newest approach to teaching tennis to youngsters 10 years of age and younger. QuickStart is sanctioned by the USTA and its format takes a new approach to introducing kids to the game. Campers spend half the day in tennis and the other half participating in swimming, recreation and special events. Transportation and lunch are included in tuition. No instructors are below college age. Tennis Camp Directors Sunny and Eddie Fishkind have been running the camp for 30 years and have won many awards. Hofstra Summer Tennis Camp’s philosophy is that you cannot make a child a great tennis player in two weeks,

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but you can make them love the game for life! For additional information about Hofstra Summer Tennis Camp, call (516) 463CAMP or visit Hofstra.edu/Camp.

Indian Head Camp (914) 345-2155 IndianHead.com Camp@IndianHead.com “Childhood Unlimited” … that’s the mantra at Indian Head Camp. Indian Head Camp is a seven-week traditional sleep away camp experience where seemingly endless days bring

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limitless opportunities to celebrate the wonder of being a kid. Tennis happens to be a huge part of Indian Head’s days, especially since one of the Camp’s Owner/Directors Lauren Rutkowski began her camp experience as a tennis instructor. Many years later, Lauren is still very much leading the way for Indian Head’s A+ ranked tennis program, which consists of a USTA-accredited pro and an international team of instructors and players. Indian Head has 16 state-of-the-art tennis courts, four indoor—all with lighting for nighttime play. In addition to group and private one-on-one lessons, Indian Head’s facility is available for tennis retreats, group rentals, specialty camps, weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and birthday parties. At Indian Head, your camper will trade in electronics, the Internet, and their cellphone (none are allowed at camp), for a seven-week experience in athletics, arts, aquatics and outdoor adventure. Their days will be packed, so they can play in all their favorite activities, and challenge themselves in areas they never knew they would love. So while your camper will hone in on their tennis talent and find their true potential, they’ll also come home exhausted from one of the best summer experiences of their lives. Get a copy of the award-winning documentary “Camp” about a single summer at Indian Head at IndianHead.com—and get answers to all your questions. Indian Head Camp cannot wait to welcome you and your family to their home!


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Julian Krinsky School of Tennis 610 South Henderson Road King of Prussia, Pa. (866) 879-5527 Info.JKCP.com/TennisMag Julian Krinsky School of Tennis was created

more than 35 years ago by Julian Krinsky, who played at Wimbledon and the French Open. Over the years, the School has trained more than 20,000 tennis players. Julian Krinsky School of Tennis knows each player has unique goals, interests and strengths. This is why the School has reimagined the tennis camp experience and allows you to choose the intensity you want to learn to achieve the best results for YOU! First, choose from five levels of tennis. Then, each day, pick from a variety of concentrations so you can focus on the areas of your game that matter most to you: l Tennis Basic Training: Makes the game easier and more fun; play games and build confidence in a relaxed environment. l Tennis for Improvement: Increase

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consistency, endurance, footwork and compete in weekly tournaments. l Tennis to Compete: Ideal for school team players to prep for next season’s tryouts or to improve your spot on the team. l Tennis for Tournaments: This is the turning point. Prepare for USTA tournaments, step up your training, and learn to execute your best game every time. l Tennis for College: For the true competitors who want highperformance and high-intensity classes to prepare for college level tennis. Classes that will push you past your limits to achieve greatness. No matter what your goal or level is, work with Julian Krinsky School of Tennis’

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can learn to play tennis or further advance their skills. This program will test the endurance and skill of players of every level. The outdoor program operates Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.4:00 p.m. with the flexibility to customize a registration package: l Daily, weekly or monthly rates l Half- or full-days offered l Early drop-off and late pick-up available l Full Lunch Menu Daily (including Kosher or gluten-free by request)

Max Tennis Academy Jericho, N.Y. (516) 244-2979 MaxTennis.net MaxTennis75@hotmail.com Max Tennis Academy is proud to offer a nine-week, full-service summer program where children, ages five through 18,

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The summer camp is conveniently located in Nassau County, just minutes from the Long Island Expressway, Meadowbrook Parkway and Northern State Parkway. It operates under the supervision of internationally-respected coaches Andrei Rosianu and Cornel Marola. With more than 20 years of experience, Andrei’s coaching technique has positioned students in world-class ITF competitions, as well as placement in top-tier universities. Cornel shares his time between coaching on the ATP Tour (including Florin Mergea, ranked 12th in

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world doubles ranking) and instructing local competitive juniors. A typical day begins with warm-up and stretching. Then focuses on stroke technique, introduction to game play, and confidence-building drills. The afternoon will emphasize competitive singles/doubles matches, fun games and conditioning. This program is a great way to introduce children to tennis or expand the skills of experienced players. Other highlights include: l Preparation for high school or college teams l Fitness and mental resilience preparation for competition l Indoor play available upon inclement weather After camp, an adult outdoor program is offered, “Maximum Performance Zone.” The Max Zone is available every Tuesday and Thursday night. This program is fast-paced competitive doubles games, with upbeat music in the background. The first 20 minutes are dedicated to drills, followed by a variety of high-intensity cardio games. Players can come with a partner or one will be assigned. Call Andrei at (516) 244-2979 for more information or to schedule a free evaluation.


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New York Tennis at Shelter Rock Tennis and Country Club Summer Camp 100 Long Island Expressway Manhasset, N.Y. Contact: Howie Arons (516) 233-2790 New York Tennis Academy was formed

more than 25 years ago and has since produced more than 250 ranked junior players and more than 75 Division I college players. The Academy has trained more than 1,000 high school and middle school scholastic players. The Academy’s intermediate and advanced programs integrate match play into most sessions. Camp facilities are among the finest on Long Island. The Shelter Rock Tennis and Racquet Club is undoubtedly at the top of the tennis club ladder. Many of Long Island’s top players are members there. With an Olympic-sized swimming pool, three indoor courts and more than 20 outdoor Har-Tru tennis courts, Shelter Rock is the ideal place for a junior tennis player to spend their summer. New York Tennis Academy is under the

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direction of Howie Arons. For more than 35 years, Howie has developed and coached some of the top junior players in the area. In addition to Howie, Brian Stein and Rob Weidenbaum serve as camp directors. They will be sure to look after every junior’s personal needs at camp. Brian and Rob currently coach many top juniors and will instill a true competitive presence at camp. The staff will be completed with top college players who were once juniors in the program and fully New York Tennis Academy’s Hard Work Philosophy. Every junior player should love going to camp and have a great summer tennis experience. The entire staff at New York Tennis Academy will be dedicated to giving its players a great summer of tennis.

The "Road to the Little Mo Nationals" is a yearlong circuit of sectional, regional, and national tournaments open to any player in the United States. The top 8 players from the Sectionals in each age division will advance to the "Little Mo" Regionals. The top 4 players from the Regionals will qualify for the "Little Mo" Nationals in Austin, Texas from October 14-17. For more information on the "Road to the Little Mo Nationals", please email cartennis@aol.com or call (214) 754-7065. "Little Mo" Middle States Sectionals Aronimink Tennis Center, Newton Square, PA May 14-15, 2016 Info: agcracquets@aronimink.org "Little Mo" Eastern Sectionals Armonk Tennis Club, Armonk, NY May 28-29, 2016 Info: tennisdirector@armonktennis.com "Little Mo" New England Sectionals Longfellow Club, Wayland, MA May 28-30, 2016 Info: lftennisdirector@hotmail.com Topnotch Resort Stowe, VT June 4-5, 2016 Info: milan@topnotchresort.com

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(Bronx, N.Y.); Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville, N.J.); Randy Mani Tennis Academy at Hardscrabble Club (Brewster, NY); Colgate University (Hamilton, N.Y.); Chirico-Cohen Tournament Training at Chestnut Hill College (Chestnut Hill, Pa.); and Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, Conn.).

What makes New York Tennis Academy different? l Early drop-off for working parents l Individualized attention—meeting each students’ need l Flexibility—accommodating students’ and parents’ busy schedules Why choose us? l Programs for all levels—from beginners through tournament training l Daily singles ladders with weekly camp champions—trophies weekly l Olympic-sized heated swimming pool l Campers can order from a wide menu for lunch (we have country club food and Kosher food upon request) l Sports drinks and water readily available all day l Indoor courts available for inclement weather

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Who says that only kids can go to camp? The Nike Adult Tennis Camp at Amherst College has hosted more than 30,000 adult tennis players since 1972. Camp Directors Reiny Maier and Maureen Rankine are outstanding teachers and passionate coaches who inspire all players to get better and love the game. Multiple camp options and dates offered throughout June and July. Visit USSportsCamps.com/Tennis for details. The Lawrenceville School and Curry College also offer adult weekend clinics.

Peter Kaplan’s Westhampton Beach Junior/Adult Tennis Academy Contact: Peter Kaplan at (631) 288-4021 or (914) 234-9462 PeterKaplan2002@yahoo.com WestHamptonBeachTennis.com Peter Kaplan’s Westhampton Beach Junior/Adult Tennis Academy, and the affiliated Grassmere Inn, is a wonderful destination for beginners to nationally-


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ranked players of all ages. Private instruction and clinics are offered daily. Camps and one- through sevenday programs are available. The flexibility of the programming enables participants to enjoy the nearby beautiful beaches, charming village, Performing Arts Center, wine country, flower farms, and other East End attractions. Peter Kaplan, former New York State Tennis Champion, and a graduate of Cornell University, is onsite every day. Resident students/families/teams stay at the historic Grassmere Inn, located on quiet, tree-lined Beach Lane in Westhampton Beach, only 50 yards from the beginning of the charming village, yet less than one mile from a beautiful beach. The

Grassmere has 22 guest rooms, all with air conditioning, WiFi, cable television and private bathrooms. Ideal for families, are two suites or interconnected rooms. A delicious breakfast of fresh muffins, bagels, cereal, fruit, juice, coffee, tea, milk and yogurt is included daily. The Tennis Academy, located three miles away, is primarily a teaching center featuring 12 soft courts. We have welcomed participants from over 25 countries and 30 states. The Academy features an enthusiastic staff, renowned for its high-quality instruction and low student-to-staff ratio. Thirty-five Japanese juniors have been coming for three weeks annually, for the last eight years. They run three

miles before breakfast and then 10 hours of instruction, running and matches. However, most participants seek a less intensive program, taking three to five hours of instruction daily. The staff is always accommodating and happy to tailor programs to fit the needs of the customer. There are also tennis pros who bring groups. The Academy’s staff is available to supplement visiting pros staff. The groups always have an incredible time, some having returned for 10 consecutive years. Tennis during the day, a trip to the beach in the late afternoon, perhaps a glass of wine at sunset, and then dining at a great restaurant, a movie or a show at the Performing Arts Center.

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Port Washington Tennis Academy Camp Programs 100 Harbor Road Port Washington, N.Y. (516) 883-6425 PWTA.com Port Washington Tennis Academy’s Summer Camp and Year-End Camp There is a difference in tennis day camps. The “unique� concept at the Port Washington Tennis Academy starts with a limited enrollment of only 50 juniors (a maximum of four per court). Tournament players to beginners receive special concentrated training from an elite international staff of

Academy-trained professionals. Specific additional training on an exclusive 1/4mile indoor running track provides the unusual benefit of maximizing each student’s speed and endurance performance capability. At Port Washington Tennis Academy (PWTA), 17 indoor courts guarantee 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. all-weather instruction. PWTA’s proven method includes intensive instruction, supervised practice and match play. Daily tennis-specific fitness drills provide for a super summer experience. Each camper will return home a much improved player. Luncheon (prepared in PWTA’s own kitchen) and additional weekend and weekday playing time is available for our students at no extra cost. The Junior Summer Camp consists of two five-week sessions, held Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. MiniCamp and Junior Clinics are also held from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. The End-of-Year Junior Camp takes place during the December school vacation period. Call (516) 883-6425 for additional information.

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Ross School Tennis Academy 18 Goodfriend Drive East Hampton, N.Y. (631) 907-5162 Ross.org/TennisAcademy TennisAcademy@Ross.org The Ross School Tennis Center, located on the Upper School campus in East Hampton, N.Y., is a wonderful resource in the Hamptons open to seasonal and year-round residents. The Center features six Har-Tru tennis courts enclosed by a bubble from mid-fall through mid-spring, allowing for yearround play. The courts are adjacent to the beautiful, state-of-the-art Fieldhouse, where players can take advantage of its many amenities, including locker rooms, lounge, snack bar, and ping-pong tables. The Fieldhouse is also used for a variety of special events and is available for private parties. USTA/ITF players in grades five through 12 can join the Ross School Tennis Academy program, where you can increase your skills under a high-level tennis training program. This intensive program is specially designed for a small group of players dedicated to training to their highest potential every day. Boarding is available for ages 12 and up. At the Ross School Tennis Academy (grades nine through 12th) and the Ross School Junior Tennis Academy (grades


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fifth through eighth) Summer program, you will: l Train on six impeccably maintained HarTru courts in preparation for USTA tournaments. l Practice for four hours tennis daily, plus one hour of fitness in group and private sessions with other high level players. l Receive top-level instruction, custom designed to improve your game by seasoned RSTA pros. l Reside in luxurious boarding houses with students from around the world, dining at the renowned Ross Café and taking part in weekend and evening excursions to local Hamptons activities or to New York City. l Additional private training, sports psychologist sessions and coaching are available for a fee.

Southampton Camp & Club Director: Thomas Coffey & Cindy Davidowitz Winter: 85 Crescent Beach Road Glen Cove, N.Y. (516) 953-5176 Summer: 665 Majors Path Southampton, N.Y. (631) 488-4700 SouthamptonCC.com Fun@Southamptoncc.com Southampton Camp & Club (SCC), part of the TLC Family of Camps, offers an

extraordinary program at their Southampton, N.Y. location for children ages two-and-a-half through 14 years of age. SCC’s campus features a beautiful 17-acre wooded landscape in the middle of Southampton, just 1.5 miles north of Route 27. SCC offers the perfect summer program for every camper with our camp program filled with a unique blend of age appropriate activities including aquatics, athletics and tennis and creative and performing arts and special events that help build a strong foundation of physical movement skills and cross-training, essential for the development of every child. SCC also offers a Tennis Academy program for campers ages eight through 14. SCC offers air-conditioned bus transportation, included in the tuition, from Westhampton-Bridgehampton, flexible enrollment options, including full- and mini-day, and is also committed to small groups with extensive staffing. Qualified teachers, coaches and activity specialists ensure that all campers have the best summer possible. SCC’s tennis program is facilitated by the nationally-renowned Cliff Drysdale Tennis company, and provides worldclass coaching from a highly-qualified national and international staff. With a well-balanced program of technique, strategy, game-play, fitness and having lots of fun, SCC’s program is established to instill qualities, both on and off the tennis court. With its structured curriculum, SCC helps improve and develop tennis and skills in young players, not just for the season, but for life. Come and join us at Southampton Camp & Club and enjoy the perfect summer program, building selfconfidence, self-esteem and resilience in a safe and fun environment.

SPORTIME JMTA and EXCEL Tennis Training Camps Locations on Long Island, in Manhattan and Westchester (888) NY-TENNIS (888) 698-3664 SportimeCamps.com Camps@SportimeNY.com With multiple SPORTIME Tennis Camp locations across Long Island, in New York City and in Westchester, aspiring tennis players can experience SPORTIME and the John McEnroe Tennis Academy’s premier tennis training programs for recreational and aspiring junior players of all ages and abilities. SPORTIME’s training methods are fun and fast-paced, featuring stroke production, competitive games and tactical training for match play. Innovative tennis training techniques and tennis-specific conditioning regimens help newer players learn and enjoy and prepares serious juniors for the physical, mental and emotional demands of the sport of tennis. SPORTIME campers develop positive self-esteem and laser-like focus. The program is dedicated to turning weaknesses into strengths and strengths into winning games. Tennis programs vary at each camp location. Visit SportimeCamps.com to find out more information on SPORTIME JMTA and EXCEL Tennis Training Camps.

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SPORTIME Summer Tennis & Sports Camps Locations across Manhattan, Westchester and Schenectady (888) 698-3664 SportimeCamps.com Camps@SportimeNY.com

The Early Hit Training Center Junior Summer Tennis Camp at Glen Head Racquet Club Contact: Carl Barnett 95 Glen Head Road • Glen Head, N.Y. (516) 455-1225 EarlyHit@optonline.net

“Last year, I had the best summer ever!” Who said that? Every kid who attended a SPORTIME Summer Camp last summer! That’s because at all SPORTIME summer camps, the staff makes sure that every kid is safe, that every kid has fun and that every kid has positive experiences that they will always remember. How does SPORTIME do it? It’s really quite simple: l The staff is experienced and skilled l The programming is challenging, innovative and educational l The facilities are state-of-the-art and safe l And … SPORTIME knows how to make camp fun!

The comprehensive program at Early Hit Training Center will provide your child with all of the resources necessary to reach their maximum tennis potential. The Early Hit Training Center incorporates all aspects of the game into a complete program. Each session begins with a nutritionally-complete and balanced shake from Court 7, an on-premise restaurant and smoothie bar. After a thorough warm-up, the student will work through the core components of tennis, including stroke production, drilling and physical fitness training before breaking for a healthy lunch. Then, the player moves on to playing dynamics and strategy, and these lessons are reinforced with focused match play. A thorough cool-down and stretching session completes a world-class day of tennis for your child. With a team of renowned tennis teaching professionals, experienced physical conditioning trainers, movement experts and on-site chef, The Early Hit Training Center offers a unique and total tennis experience. Contact Carl to attend a spring ALPS session as his guest to experience what camp is like.

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Tiger Tennis Summer Camp at LIU Post (646) 339-6450 TigerTennisAcademy.com Cubs@TigerTennisAcademy.com Tiger Tennis & Swim Day Camp, located on the campus of LIU Post University in beautiful Brookville, N.Y., will be running an eight-week program starting on June 27, 2016. LIU Women’s Tennis Head Coach Walter Giacometti is excited for another great summer camp after a successful year one. The camp is for children ages six- to 17years-old. The camp has children from the beginner level, who have never played tennis before, all the way to tournament players who compete not only in tournaments, but also on their high school teams. Each day begins at 9:30 a.m. with a warm up of group activities and coordination exercises with both static and dynamic stretching. After the warm up, kids are divided up by level and are placed on courts for their lesson of the day. Tennis instruction is completed at 11:30 a.m. Children then have one-hour of indoor swim time. The indoor pool is located right next to the tennis courts at the Pratt Recreation Center. Lunch is from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Hillwood Commons Center. Students can pick from most any items in the cafeteria, as lunch is included. After lunch is completed,


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students head back to the courts for some supervised free play on the tennis courts or adjacent fields. At 2:00 p.m., students begin match play. If beginner students are not capable to play matches, there will be more instruction and supervised games that will take place. Each week, Tiger Tennis has team competitions that the kids look forward to every time. Pick up from camp is at 4:00 p.m. and transportation is offered if needed. Tiger Tennis is looking forward to another summer of fun and to seeing all of the children at LIU Post. For more information on programs and to register, visit TigerTennisAcdemy.com or e-mail Walter@TigerTennisAcademy.com.

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Flushing Meadows Corona Park Flushing, N.Y. (718) 760-6200 NTC.USTA.com The USTA Billie Jean National Tennis Center will once again offer seven weeks of fun in the sun tennis day camps starting in June. Enrollment will soon be available online and you may choose registration for one, two or as many as seven weeks. The weekly program runs Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break or a

twilight session from 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Campers work on the development of tennis techniques, tactics, sports conditioning, multi-sports and strategy geared toward maximizing the learning experience in a fun presentation. As the juniors develop, they are advanced to more challenging groups. Tennis activities include Stroke of the Day, team games and competitive match play. The camp also offers cross-training activities, such as soccer, softball and basketball in the park or at the Corona Park multi-purpose recreational facility, off-site field trips include ice skating, Mets games, and more, and full access to the many fun activities on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The program accepts junior players, ages four- through 10-years-old for the 10 & Under programs. Recreational players 11years-old and up are enrolled in the Junior Camps (8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.7:00 p.m.). Advanced High Performance Tournament training campers will also be invited to participate in an intensive Tennis Academy training program. The National Tennis Center has 22 outdoor courts, 12 indoor courts, and four stadium courts. Also on-site are ping-pong tables, ball machines, a fitness center, and other age-appropriate fun activities like arts, multi-sports, arts and crafts, and other engaging sporting events. The primary focus will be on developing tennis skills, while offering other activities to enhance the learning and summer camp experience. Also offered are junior evening and weekend programs, as well as adult daytime, weekday evening and weekend camps. Detailed information will be available soon at NTC.USTA.com. You may contact the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at (718) 760-6200 for more information about year-round and summer day camp programs.

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PREVIEW BY BRIAN C O LEM AN

Nassau County Boys High School preview

Mullins leads Cold Spring Harbor’s County Championship hopes Cold Spring Harbor has been one of the most, if not the most, dominant programs in Nassau County over the last decade, so dropping the County Championship to Syosset last year was unexpected. The Seahawks hope to return to the county title match this year, and if they are to do it, it will be on the back of senior Sean Mullins. Mullins, who trains out of Sportime Syosset, had a fantastic individual campaign for Cold Spring Harbor last spring. He paired up with Patrick Hannity and the two reached the Nassau County Doubles Finals and eventually the New York State Doubles Finals. “That was a great experience,” Mullins said of playing in the state tournament. “I had never been to States before. We played 58

against some really good kids and saw different styles that we had to work through. I was able to take a lot away from that experience … getting better at strategy and figuring out things on the court without coaches.” Learning how to play smarter and more strategically was something Mullins wanted to improve on heading into this season. “The main thing I wanted to work on was just being smarter as a player,” said Mullins. “I wanted to get tactically better, not taking points for granted and giving them away. It wasn’t something specific like a forehand or a serve, just learning to play smarter.” Mullins has all the physical tools: A big serve, clean forehand and shows good movement at the baseline. “At 6’4”, Sean has one of the most powerful games I’ve seen from a kid his age,” said Mullins’ Sportime Coach Austen Childs. “He has the potential to hit anyone off the court with his huge lefty serve and deadly forehand.” Mullins says being a lefty can work out to his benefit at times. “It’s definitely an advantage,” said Mullins. “When I play righties, their regular style of play of hitting cross-court shots to get to a

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championship from Syosset,” Mullins added. “There are a lot of good players and teams out there, but I think we can have a great season.”

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Other Nassau County players to watch ...

Alan Delman l Great Neck North Alan Delman reached the state tournament in doubles a season ago, and will play first singles in his senior year, as he hopes to lead Great Neck North deep into the county tournament.

Yuval Solomon l Plainview JFK Yuval Solomon returns for his junior year as the defending Nassau County Singles Champion. He reached the finals of the New York State tournament before falling to defending champion Matt Gamble. Solomon is one of the best players in the state. He will seek to defend his County Title, and punch his ticket for a return to the state finals.

Jake Cohen l Oceanside Jake Cohen played first singles for Conference II finalists Oceanside a year ago, and now as a senior, will lead the Sailors once again.

Keegan Morris l Sewanhaka Just a sophomore last year, Keegan Morris enjoyed a fantastic season that saw him reach the Nassau County Finals. The junior should be a threat once again in Nassau County, as he hopes to break through later in the season at the state tournament. Brady Berman l Jericho Brady Berman finished third in the county tournament last year as a junior. He won his first round matchup at the state tournament before losing to fellow Long Islander Chris Kuhnle of Shoreham-Wading River and is due for a big senior campaign.

Teams to Watch in Nassau County ... Syosset Syosset ended the seven-year reign of Cold Spring Harbor as Nassau County Champions in a thrilling final last year. The Braves return this year as defending Nassau County Champions, and despite graduating five seniors from that team, players like Spencer Lowitt will look to lead them to another county title. Cold Spring Harbor Cold Spring Harbor had their string of Nassau County Championships snapped by Syosset last year, so the Seahawks will be

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out to take back the title. CSH returns top singles player Sean Mullins and has a deep roster that should make it a threat in Conference I once again. Port Washington Port Washington had a great 2015 season, going 11-3 and reaching the Nassau County finals before falling to eventual champions Syosset. The Vikings graduated just one starter from a year ago, and led by George Kaslow and brothers Max and Austin Egna, Port Washington will be a contender in 2016. Great Neck North Great Neck North reached the Nassau County quarterfinals last season and is poised to make a deeper run in 2016. The Blazers have made steady improvements in the last couple of seasons, and led by top singles player Alan Delman, hopes to build on last year’s success. Great Neck South The strength of the Rebels will be its depth. The singles play will be led by Jack Briamonte, who is returning from an injury suffered last season, as well as Landon Phillips. The team of Brian Klig & Eric Rofe are also returning to anchor the team at doubles, making Great Neck South a viable contender.

Nassau County Boys Tennis key dates for 2016 ... l Monday, April 4: Matches begin l Saturday-Sunday, May 14-15: Nassau County Individual Tournament at Oceanside High School l Monday, May 16: Nassau County Team Playoffs Begin l Thursday-Saturday, June 2-4: 2016 New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center


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SWR’s Kuhnle seeks to defend Suffolk County Title Shoreham-Wading River’s Chris Kuhnle had a fantastic 2015 spring season, finishing with a 27-2 record, a Suffolk County singles championship and a fourth-place finish at the New York State tournament, a huge jump from his sophomore year. “I really started working on my physical fitness and I grew a lot,” Kuhnle said on his improvements last year. “I was working with trainers that really helped me with my game. I got into great shape and was able to last longer in matches.” Kuhnle lost just two matches all season last year, with those two losses coming towards the end of the state tournament, and hopes to build on his success in his senior campaign. Over the past year, Kuhnle, who doesn’t train out of a specific club, worked and hit with various college players from the area, including collegiate players from Stony Brook, NYIT and ASA, which he says has helped his game develop. “I don’t play at a club, I moved around a lot and some clubs are 40 minutes to an hour away, so I started hitting with college play-

ers from around Long Island,” said Kuhnle. “When I started doing that I could really see improvement. It was a great experience playing with high-level players with different styles and it really helped push my game to the next level.” Kuhnle, who prides himself on his versatility, and his ability to use different styles depending on the situation, his opponent or how he is feeling at the time. “I don’t have a single style. I’m not a serve and volleyer or a baseline-type player. I try to incorporate everything,” he said. “I’m constantly changing things up from match to match. I can serve and volley if I need to, other days I’m feeling great and can use a big forehand. So I try and adapt my game to whatever player I’m playing on that particular day.” Kuhnle hopes his improvement, as well as the continued improvement of his Shoreham-Wading River team, will be on display this season. The Wildcats went from two wins in 2013, to five wins in 2014, and last season went 8-8, showing evidence of the program’s steady improvement. If that trend continues, Shoreham-Wading River could be a threat later this season in the Suffolk County playoffs. “I have seen Chris mature as a student-athlete both on and off the court. I believe that the time that he devotes to improving his game as well as his conditioning program and natural athletic ability separate him from his competitors,” said Shoreham-Wading River Head Coach Debbi Lutjen. “Chris has set the bar high for any Shoreham-Wading River tennis player who will follow him. His work ethic has shown his teammates what it takes to excel at the county and state level. I believe that Chris will continue to grow as a student-athlete and use his talent to accomplish his goals.” Shoreham-Wading River opens up its season on the road at Ward Melville.

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Other Suffolk County players to watch ... Aziz Rashizada Half Hollow Hills West The senior returns in the top singles spot for the defending county champions Half Hollow Hills West. Cannon Kingsley l Northport Cannon Kingsley reached the State Championships as an eighth-grader a year ago before falling to eventual semifinalist Marcus Smith. Andy Zhou l Commack Andy Zhou led Commack to a fantastic 2015 season and is due for a big senior campaign. Abihnav Srivastava Half Hollow Hills East Just a sophomore, Abihnav Srivastava will lead a Half Hollow Hills East squad that graduated its top two singles players from a year ago. Nick Gadja l Smithtown West The junior returns in the top singles spot for a Smithtown West team that went 9-3 a season ago.

Jack Flores l Huntington Jack Flores is only an eighth-grader, but will lead the way for a Huntington team looking to build off a successful 2015 campaign.

Teams to watch in Suffolk County ...

Commack While the county championship was an all-Dix Hills battle a year ago, the Commack Cougars put together a 12-5 record and came up just short in the Suffolk County semifinals. The Cougars will be led by Andy Zhou in singles and boast a young core of Peter Yu, Sol Yoon and Andrew Lin that will make them a tough matchup for anybody.

Half Hollow Hills West Half Hollow Hills West defeated rival Hills East in the Suffolk County Championship last year, after two straight years of falling short to them in the county final. It was a huge win for the Colts and their seniors, and they will look to defend its title in 2016. Hills West lost a number of seniors including County Doubles Champions Dylan & Duane Davis, but return with experienced players such as Aziz Rashidzada, Jackson Weisbrot, Cameron Klepper and Tyler Nierman.

East Hampton The Bonakers of East Hampton had a great 2015 season coming out of League VIII. East Hampton went undefeated until the county tournament, and surprised a lot of people in Suffolk County when they reached the quarterfinals. Despite losing to Ward Melville in the quarterfinals, the Bonakers showed that it can compete with the best in the county. East Hampton only lost three seniors to graduation, and returns Jack Louchheim to lead the way in singles along with an experienced core.

Half Hollow Hills East The aforementioned Thunderbirds of Hills East are always a threat in Suffolk County, and things should be no different this spring. Despite losing top singles players Travis Leaf and Ross Reifman, Hills East still has a deep roster and will be led by Abihnav Srivastava in the top singles spot as it seeks a return to the 2016 Suffolk County Championship.

Huntington The Huntington Blue Devils will look to improve on a quarterfinal appearance in the Suffolk County tournament a year ago. Huntington fell to Hills East in the final eight, but returns a deep singles lineup that includes Jack Flores, Cody Bogard and Marco Amirratti that will give their team a chance to win each time they take the court.

Suffolk County Boys Tennis key dates for 2016 ... l Monday, March 21: Matches begin l Friday-Monday, May 13-16: Individual Division Tournaments (Division I at Smithtown East; Division II at East Islip; Division III at Patchogue-Medford; and Division IV at William Floyd) l Saturday, May 21: Individual Sectional Tournament at William Floyd High School l Monday, May 23: Individual Sectional Tournament at William Floyd High School l Thursday-Saturday, June 2-4: 2016 New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

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The Most Difficult Thing to Do in Tennis By Steve Kaplan “So … does my child have talent?” I cringe when asked this all too frequent question for a few compelling reasons. First, I defer to child development experts who agree that, at a very young age, it’s virtually impossible to distinguish between real physical talent and precocious development. Most talent evaluations are

misleading because a seemingly gifted child may have simply progressed early. Only time reveals the truth, and no tennis pro has a crystal ball. Next, even if we could identify talent, it’s a dangerous quality to focus on as study after study confirms that children who are told they have “talent” are less likely to tolerate failure constructively. Physical talent is largely a threshold for 99.9 percent of players and greater talent for anyone but one in 1,000 players is a weak indicator of

the potential for more success. It’s too bad that science and common sense doesn’t slow down unethical coaches who “sell the dream” to those eager to buy it. If the sales pitch “Your child has the talent to be a pro, and I’m the only one who can take them there” came with a money-back guarantee, I am sure it would be heard a lot less. A more responsible way to evaluate the potential of young players is to look for signs of an aptitude to succeed which is the most difficult thing to do in tennis. Here

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are a few hints … it’s not a stroke, shot or tactic and it’s so difficult that even some of the best players in the world are unable to master this skill. The most challenging thing to do in tennis is to display the mindset to adeptly balance being a great self-conscious student with being an uninhibited performer. For psychology buffs out there, I’m not referring to a “fixed” versus “growth” mindset. I’m assuming that, as a motivated student, you already have a growth mindset and you believe that you will learn and develop. The art of having a mindset of optimal growth requires that you know when to focus on the growth part and when to quiet your mind and “just do it.” For clarity, I’m also not referring to the valuable practice of “periodization” in which athletes will undergo dedicated periods or phases to focus on an aspect of their game or to gain recovery. The balance between growth-intensive play and performance-focused play is not a mutually exclusive choice, but an important quality at every step of the way. The ability to be self-conscious promotes discovering that every mistake is a

“If the sales pitch ‘Your child has the talent to be a pro, and I’m the only one who can take them there’ came with a money-back guarantee, I am sure it would be heard a lot less.” valuable learning opportunity. Great care must be taken because too much selfawareness undermines performance by causing “paralysis by analysis.” In contrast, great performances result from a reliance on what you know and not what you think. The best players walk a constant tightrope, displaying efficient learning in practice with effective flow in competition. Therefore, students should hold themselves accountable and be held by coaches to the highest performance standards, while competing but it’s important to risk poor performances to learn and grow in practice. Great talent alone does not create great players. Optimal learning environments and immersion in cultures of success pave the path to achievement. The great champion Martina Navratilova, when asked about

how her physical gifts helped her dominate women’s tennis, responded, “A lot of players have the talent and the will to compete. Fewer are willing to prepare to win. I did that work.” Talent is the luck of the draw, but achievement is not an accident, it’s a choice. Take confidence from your preparation. High purpose leads to high performance. 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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The Health of a Tennis Players’ Arm By Corynne Pereira There are two simple rules in relation to arm health and injury prevention in tennis players: Strength and mobility of the fingers, wrists, elbows and shoulders. Mobility and stability go hand-in-hand. By increasing mobility, along with strength, you will have the ability to increase the velocity of your serve, endurance and ensure long-term arm health. Strengthening distal (fingers) to proximal (shoulder) goes a long way to the health of one’s elbow and shoulder. l The hands of a tennis player are doing work the whole time they are holding a racket, returning a ball and serving.

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and biceps can contribute to increased velocity, endurance, and the overall health of one’s elbow and shoulder. l Starting to strengthen and stretch at the fingers and moving to the shoulder will allow the arm muscles to improve properly. Strengthening the shoulder properly in all ranges is important for increased performance, as well as health. Stretching the shoulder is vital because of how aggressive the movement of hitting is. Muscles are contracting and relaxing so quickly, if not properly warmed up, it is very easy to injure any part of the chain if not all moving properly. Proper strengthening and stretching and proper mobility is important for the whole body. Every person has strengths and weaknesses unique to the individual, and figuring out how to improve those weaknesses is key to success. A screening can help to see what muscles need to be worked on. Some may need increased mobility, others may need strengthening, and most need both. Corynne Pereira is an exercise physiologist at Peak Performance. She is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and she has worked with athletes in most mainstream sports, as well as individuals looking to alter their body composition and all over better themselves. She played soccer and lacrosse for C.W. Post University and was a 2007 NCAA Division II National Champion in lacrosse.


The Only Constant in Life is

Change By Tonny van de Pieterman

This process will start at home, and a tennis professional will need to be on the same page with parents:

Uncertainty … For some reason, human beings are not wired to deal with uncertainty very well. We want to know. We need to know. In a tennis match, there are few certainties. That’s what fascinates me so much in the game of tennis. Momentum can change at any time. One minute. you are coasting, the next minute, you are in a dogfight. Every action by a player results in a reaction by the other player. At a very early age, you can already tell which children understand this. I used to think that some children just had a “knack” for this and others not so much, but now, I know better. By approaching everything in life from a growth mindset, children will be fascinated with challenges and constantly stimulate their creativity to find solutions. And because challenges and difficulties are seen as opportunities, these children will also be more persistent. The only failing would be to stop trying.

l Be careful with positive praise about ability, intelligence or talent Praise effort and persistence instead l Be careful with labels or comparisons Allow each person to build and grow without limitations l Don’t have all the answers Figuring it out is half the fun! Tonny van de Pieterman is director of tennis at Point Set Indoor Racquet Club. He was recently named USTA Tennis Professional of the Year for the USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region and helped the Eastern Section win this year’s Talbert Cup. He may be reached by phone at (516) 536-2323 or e-mail Tonny@PointSetTennis.com.

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The Psychology of Injuries: Why They Happen and How to Prevent Them By Dr. Tom Ferraro s a sport psychologist, I have treated many athletes who have been injured. There are 30 million kids playing sports and 10 percent of them will get injured this year. Tennis is not quite as dangerous as football, soccer or ice hockey, but there are plenty of ankle, knee, elbow and shoulder injuries. The consequence of a serious injury to an amateur tennis player can be devastating, can end a season, and sometimes, threaten a promising career. One of the most important questions to ask is why injuries occur. Fatigue, overuse and acute trauma leading to secondary gain are three reasons.

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2. Overuse injuries I recently attended a seminar run by Winthrop’s Dr. Mark G. Grossman and the bulk of the talk was how over use leads to injury in the young athlete. My experience with the young highly competitive athlete tells me that many tend to be obsessive compulsive and perfectionistic. When you add to this the highly competitive nature of elite or professional tennis, it’s predictable that the body will eventually give in. Tennis elbow is common, but so are ankle injuries, knee sprains, Achilles tendon problems and shoulder tendinitis. 3. Traumatic injury dictated by secondary gain This dynamic is more deeply unconscious, but by no means, rare. In fact, I believe this is one of the prime reasons that sports injuries take place. I recall one of the first interviews I did for a sports magazine. I met the athlete who was a nationally-ranked young golfer still in his teens. When I walked into his home, I could see that he had broken his arm and he was in a full cast. When I asked him what had hap-

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pened, he broke into a big smile and with a hushed voice, said “Isn’t it great … I finally get to stay home and rest for a while. I am so tired of flying around to play tournaments.” Here was a 16-year-old kid already burnt out. He incurred the injury through horseplay with his girlfriend. These kind of odd accidents are very common. Just recall the Tiger Woods incident when he crashed his car, broke his front teeth all of which triggered one of the sports world’s greatest sex scandals. I had long felt that Woods was under far too much pressure and public exposure, but was trapped inside his own fame and success. Who can walk away from a career bringing in $100 million-plus per year. And it’s my guess that he unconsciously and desperately wanted out of the whole game. Here was a guy dying to get caught. These accidents happen in sports all the time. These unconsciously driven accidents are not limited to sports. Recall the rise of Bob Dylan to world fame back in 1969. Immediately following his big world tour, he


nearly killed himself with in a motorcycle accident. He was forced to rest for a year. These escapes from the pressure of fame are largely unconscious, because it’s impossible to walk away from all the money and adulation so the unconscious takes over to do the job for them. How to prevent fatigue and overuse injuries These kind of injuries are easy to predict and coaches, trainers, parents, spouses or doctors need to intervene with the overworked tennis player. The player headed for an overuse injury will go through a three-phase process. They will first show signs of exhaustion with flat or lackluster performance on the field. This will go on for a while and if they are not forced to rest, they will then become illness prone with increases in colds, headaches and chronic muscle pain. If this is ignored, they will then get injured and everything will come to a crashing halt. The prescription for this problem is to ensure that the athlete is wellrested, takes breaks away from the sport and avoids overwork.

How to understand the secondary gains sought through accidents These are usually the worst injuries because they are often experienced by extremely talented and hardworking players who are surrounded by people who have a vested interest in seeing them continue to perform. The conflict of trying to please everyone, versus being in extreme anxiety or exhaustion, will produce accidents as the only way out. This is when the insight of the trained psychoanalyst is needed. Real success is always very difficult to manage because there is so much pressure and so much responsibility. I recall meeting some of Michael Jackson’s crew in Rome in the 1990s. Michael was selling out 50,000-seat stadiums night after night, and he was on tour for a full year with a team of 210 dancers, musicians, choreographers, seamstresses, production people, etc. His opening act was being paid $8 million for the year, and the entire staff of 210 was put up in five-star hotels every night. That is what you call pressure … unbearable pressure. It was no surprise to

me to learn that he succumbed to heavy drug use and death in order to escape such demands. Fame is a tough thing to turn away from and is tough to endure, and this is why accidents are often unconscious choices as the only way out. My belief is that it’s far better to help the athlete understand this hidden conflict so that they can chose a more conscious and less self-destructive way to slow things down before they break apart. This is what is meant by “The Fear of Success.” Success is usually filled with increasing amounts of hard work and responsibility, and quite often, the talented athlete will resort to injury as the only way to get a rest. Accidents in tennis can be devastating for the avid player and they would do well to follow the above guidelines so that they can prosper and thrive in the sport they love to 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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The Dark Clouds of Gambling Forming Over the Court By Luke Jensen Welcome back to the Jensen Zone! I am writing for you, the tennis fan, that in over four decades of being involved with the sport of tennis, I have seen every side of the game. It has been an honor to be part of this glorious game that reveals every ounce of your soul when you commit everything into the fight to win. I have been part and witnessed some of the most historic matches and moments in tennis history: l Being a sparring partner in the U.S. Davis Cup failure in 1991 and victory in 1992 l Warming up Andre Agassi for the final of his Wimbledon title and first of eight majors in 1992 l Through massive injuries that blew me out of the game in 2003 l Covering the amazing Rafael NadalRoger Federer Wimbledon final in 2008 l The three-day John Isner marathon match at Wimbledon Today, after so many legendary moments in the sport, I write you about a moment in the history of the game that will define the next 100 years in professional tennis. I am talking about the match fixing scandal that has been only whispers up until this point, and now, has morphed into a fullblown firestorm. How the leaders of the pro game attack this issue will determine a pathway of transparency and full disclosure of the problem. I remember, as a player in the mid-1990s,

starting to hear rumors of tanked matches by players who were match fixing. This was the dawn of Internet gambling. While the world of tennis was coming up with a cellphone etiquette, there was a storm cloud forming in the form of betting on matches from around the world with just a click of the mouse. When the game moved into the mid2000s, rumors became very clear of match fixing and players were investigated. It seemed like the situation was random and under control. Then about seven years ago, global tennis found itself seeing spikes in certain matches, but also betting on individual sets, games and even points. We are at the point of the top being blown right off this alarming story that the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has flagged numerous players at all levels of play including a Grand Slam champion! My firm belief is that tennis must grab this match fixing menace by the horns and squash any type of betting on individual points, games and sets. Any decent player can throw a point here or there by hitting shots just wide or long of the line. By surveying the betting lines and seeing spikes in wagering on one player that match should then be taken off the board and all bets on that specific match should be voided. What about the tennis players involved? This starts early on for these players moving up the minor leagues of the game when money is very tight. Even the smaller pro events are being bet upon. Once a player takes the action to match fix, that player will be in the pocket of a corrupted source. Imagine if that young player in three years makes it to the big time? Big stakes, big moments

“The game of professional tennis is at its defining moment. The moves the leadership of the sport make now must preserve the ethical integrity of the sport.” and big temptation will cloud the player who has been on the take in the past. The pro game must come down with lifetime bans for any players, coaches or staffers around the game if it is proven that they have been involved in this criminal business. This message must be absolute. The game of professional tennis is at its defining moment. The moves the leadership of the sport make now must preserve the ethical integrity of the sport. My heroes of the game have inspired me through their adrenaline and fire to be the very best at what they do. These elite athletes have the ability to find the most pressure-packed situations and conquer those moments. Pro tennis … get your act together and clean up this chemical spill of ethics for the generations of fans and champions to come. 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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More than 100 niños in kindergarten through fifth grade are having a bueno time learning to play tenis with their amigos during a new after-school program in Hempstead, N.Y. With the mission of making tennis accessible for all, Circulo de la Hispanidad, an organization that provides community programs and comprehensive human resources to vulnerable families and individuals on Long Island, along with the USTA Long Island Region and Fabiana Rezak, a PTR and USPTA Professional, is providing tennis lessons to children at the Evergreen Charter School. Circulo, a non-profit serving mostly Hispanic families, started bringing tennis lessons to the school during the fall. Previously, the organization offered tennis as part of its summer camp in 2015. The USTA Long Island Region has provided balls, racquets and nets which the children are using to develop basic tennis, athletic and rallying skills. The participants soon will be offered introductory match play in a friendly, non-pressure environment through Junior Team Tennis. For the children, this 72

program marks the first time they have picked up a tennis racket or hit a tennis ball over the net. The children love learning this new sport. According to five-year old Angie, “I love to play tennis because I can teach my mom to play with me!” “We are also working to involve the children’s parents and some volunteers who can help supervise practices, match play, teams and scoring,” said Rezak. “Everybody’s involvement will have an impact in the community, contributing to the greater good and the growth of the game. It’s rewarding to hear children express, ‘I got a new game,’ or ‘I want to play more!’ at the end of their weekly session.” Circulo would like each child to own his or her own racquet, balls and skill-building guide so they can play on their own time with family and friends at home. In order to help fulfill that wish, Circulo sent a letter to all parents suggesting the gift of tennis for Christmas. Circulo prepackaged a start-up kit that parents could buy at a low price. The gift set included a racket, sized appropriately for each child and My Play-

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book, a child’s guide with skill-building activities and goals. The set also includes red and orange foam balls. The program is becoming a real hit with the kids. Seven-year-old Rafael said, “I like to do the skills in My Playbook at home.” Ten-year-old Mikayla added, “I like to learn the backhand because I can hit on both sides.” “Our goal is to ensure that each child accomplishes the goal for each skill shown in the playbook by the end of March, at least by using the foam ball,” said Rezak. “After accomplishing all the skills with one type of ball, they can challenge themselves to try the same skills with the red, orange and/or green ball. By successfully accomplishing each skill with any color ball they can feel a sense of accomplishment and feel more comfortable with racket-handling skills such as dropping the ball and hitting it and hitting back with control.” Those skills will prepare the children to start playing introductory tennis matches in a team tennis format with other Circulo participants on the courts at outdoor


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le initiatives parks this spring, and later on, against other organizations. While the current program is offered after school, beginning shortly, all 300 students at the Evergreen School will get a taste of tennis and sporadic exposure to the game during gym class. “We want to offer the children and their families many playing opportunities to improve and enjoy the game,” Rezak said. “Since parental involvement is also important to children staying involved in the game, we are planning to organize Parent-Child Play Days this spring and later, Junior Team Tennis. These Play Days will give parents the chance to learn to play,

and have tennis as an activity for wellness and bonding with their family that they can do together for life.” To help with the parent and child programming, Rezak and Circulo are asking for volunteers who can give an hour or two, or an afternoon, to help teach basic tennis skills. In particular, the group is asking high school or college tennis players, tennis pros and people who enjoy playing tennis to help. To volunteer, e-mail FabRezak@gmail.com.

Carefree hosts Annual Susan Alvy Memorial Susan Alvy’s daughter, Debbie Semaya (center), congratulates runners up Keith Lopez (far left) & Eric Chaffer (far right) along with Susan Alvy Memorial “A” Division winners Jeff Snow (second from left) & Brad Shafran (second from right) Carefree Racquet Club recently wrapped up its Annual Susan Alvy Memorial Men’s Doubles Tournament in memory of the former Rockville Racquet manager. “Susan was the manager of Rockville Racquet, a Long Island board member for the USTA League, winner of the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award, along

Debbie Semaya (center) with Susan Alvy Memorial “B” Division winners Jake Kolenberg (second from right) & Craig Handleman (second from left) and finalists DJ Jones (far left) & Mike Fairman (far right)

with being someone whose friendship I valued,” said Carefree Racquet Club Manager Kathy Miller. “Susan and I managed competing clubs. She was at Rockville and me just a few miles away at Carefree. From the start, we knew we didn’t need to compete with each other. We knew we shared many customers and in-

stead of competing, we worked together. Susan was always level-headed, smart, caring.” Alvy would run a holiday tournament every winter break, and to keep that tradition going, Carefree has hosted that winter break tournament in honor of Alvy ever since.

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LONG Boys & Girls Long Island Rankings (as of 02/16/16)

BOYS Long Island Boys 12 Singles RankName ......................................City 1 ......Dylan D’Agate......................Melville, N.Y. 2 ......Evan Joseph Rupolo ..........East Patchogue, N.Y. 3 ......Jeremy Levine......................Woodbury, N.Y. 4 ......Candrin Chris ......................Port Washington, N.Y. 5 ......Andrew Cyril Mancheril ......New Hyde Park, N.Y. 6 ......Ajer Sher ..............................Jericho, N.Y. 7 ......Matthew Evan Kronenberg East Setauket, N.Y. 8 ......Aiden Patel ..........................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 9 ......Ian Kaish ..............................Northport, N.Y. 10 ....Benjamin Grushkovskiy ......Woodmere, N.Y. 11 ....Jeffrey Rosario ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 12 ....Aaron Rittberger ..................Huntington, N.Y. 13 ....Michael Ryan Safir ..............Old Westbury, N.Y. 14 ....Brian D. Gao ........................Syosset, N.Y. 15 ....Joseph Monticciolo ............Coram, N.Y. 16 ....Johnny Donohue ................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 17 ....Alejandro Pablo Perez ........Selden, N.Y. 18 ....Gabriel Chan........................Commack, N.Y. 19 ....Joseph Perry Boyle ............Setauket, N.Y. 20 ....Justin Shen ..........................Glen Head, N.Y. 21 ....Ethan Rabinowitz ................Great Neck, N.Y. 22 ....Nicholas M. Pham ..............Northport, N.Y. 23 ....Joshua Kaplan ....................East Quogue, N.Y. 24 ....Joshua Cyril Mancheril........New Hyde Park, N.Y. 25 ....Colin Liotta ..........................East Williston, N.Y. 26 ....Matthew Leonard Zeifman..Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 27 ....Mario Earl Simmons ............North Baldwin, N.Y. 28 ....Brandon Gicquel..................Huntington, N.Y. 29 ....Ben Botwinick......................Melville, N.Y. 30 ....Kyle Zhou ............................Commack, N.Y. 31 ....Ryan Carlos ........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 32 ....Trevor R. Hayes ..................East Moriches, N.Y. 33 ....Bilal Rashidzada ..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 34 ....Ryan Shayani ......................Old Westbury, N.Y. 35 ....Daniel Kong..........................Commack, N.Y. 36 ....Aron Bursztyn ......................South Setauket, N.Y. 37 ....Gavin Park............................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 38 ....Matthew Strogach ..............Commack, N.Y. 39 ....Brett Carnival ......................Smithtown, N.Y. 40 ....Albert Cheng........................Melville, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 14 Singles RankName ......................................City 1 ......Timothy Lewis Chiu ............Holtsville, N.Y. 2 ......Zachary Emmanuel Stern ..Dix Hills, N.Y. 3 ......Matthew Southard ..............Islip, N.Y. 4 ......Liam Thomas Schmidt........Wantagh, N.Y. 5 ......Zachary David Gruber ........Port Washington, N.Y. 6 ......Nicholas Harbans Sathi ......Port Jefferson, N.Y. 7 ......Max Daniel Safir ..................Old Westbury, N.Y. 8 ......Anthony Casale ..................Old Bethpage, N.Y. 9 ......Alex Eli Vinsky......................Westbury, N.Y. 10 ....Joshua Elenowitz ................Syosset, N.Y. 11 ....Danny Tocco........................East Quogue, N.Y. 12 ....Zachary Chan ......................Woodbury, N.Y. 13 ....Ashkan Moghaddassi ........Woodbury, N.Y. 14 ....Putimet Inroon ....................Greenvale, N.Y. 15 ....Joshua Rothbaum ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 16 ....Andre Kun Kirkorian ............Woodbury, N.Y. 17 ....Azim Gangat ........................Syosset, N.Y. 18 ....Ishan G. Varma ....................Dix Hills, N.Y.

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19 ....Zakir Siddiqui ......................Huntington, N.Y. 20 ....Deven Andrew Wackett ......Setauket, N.Y. 21 ....Pranav Vallapragada............Nesconset, N.Y. 22 ....Pius Lo ................................Massapequa, N.Y. 23 ....Arin Siriamonthep................Greenvale, N.Y. 24 ....Dylan D’Agate......................Melville, N.Y. 25 ....Aaron Marcos Vinsky ..........Westbury, N.Y. 26 ....Dion Park ............................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 27 ....Griffin Schlesinger ..............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 28 ....Joseph Monticciolo ............Coram, N.Y. 29 ....Austin Du Lai........................Manhasset, N.Y. 30 ....Michael Wang ......................Syosset, N.Y. 31 ....Gabriele TBrancatelli ..........Westhampton Beach, N.Y. 32 ....Gabriel Chan........................Commack, N.Y. 33 ....Sujay Alluri............................Old Westbury, N.Y. 34 ....Kian Louis Ghazvini ............Glen Head, N.Y. 35 ....Kian Ziari ..............................Locust Valley, N.Y. 36 ....Henry Son ............................Manhasset, N.Y. 37 ....Arthur Chechelniker ............Valley Stream, N.Y. 38 ....Andrew Cyril Mancheril ......New Hyde Park, N.Y. 39 ....Zachary Goldstein ..............Smithtown, N.Y. 40 ....Matthew Andelsman ..........Melville, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 16 Singles RankName ......................................City 1 ......Avi Anand ............................Dix Hills, N.Y. 2 ......Alexander Hazarian ............Garden City, N.Y. 3 ......Samir Singh..........................Syosset, N.Y. 4 ......Justin Ullman ......................Huntington Station, N.Y. 5 ......Ciro Baldinucci ....................Ronkonkoma, N.Y. 6 ......Jake William Buckley ..........Sound Beach, N.Y. 7 ......Rohan Dayal ........................Great Neck, N.Y. 8 ......Deven Andrew Wackett ......Setauket, N.Y. 9 ......Vincent Avallone ..................Smithtown, N.Y. 10 ....Matthew Moreida ................East Rockaway, N.Y. 11 ....Yoel Andre Yamus................Deer Park, N.Y. 12 ....Matthew Southard ..............Islip, N.Y. 13 ....Ashkan Moghaddassi ........Woodbury, N.Y. 14 ....Danny Tocco........................East Quogue, N.Y. 15 ....Garrett Joseph Sebold........Centerport, N.Y. 16 ....Pranav Vallapragada............Nesconset, N.Y. 17 ....Edward Brambil ..................Halesite, N.Y. 18 ....Neil Edward Sathi ................Port Jefferson, N.Y. 19 ....Justin Suzzan ......................Manhasset, N.Y. 20 ....Connor Leaf ........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 21 ....Michael Wexler ....................Old Westbury, N.Y. 22 ....Evan Kirsh............................Roslyn, N.Y. 23 ....Nicholas Gajda ....................Smithtown, N.Y. 24 ....Preet Rajpal..........................Syosset, N.Y. 25 ....Rohan Mathur......................Dix Hills, N.Y. 26 ....Ethan Ertel............................Dix Hills, N.Y. 27 ....Deven Madan ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 28 ....Evan Brady ..........................Glen Head, N.Y. 29 ....Alexander Benanti ..............East Setauket, N.Y. 30 ....Mark Julian Baker................North Baldwin, N.Y. 31 ....Timothy Serignese ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 32 ....Andrew Lin ..........................Commack, N.Y. 33 ....Jai Madisetty........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 34 ....Amani Siddiqui ....................West Babylon, N.Y. 35 ....Zachary Emmanuel Stern ..Dix Hills, N.Y. 36 ....Nicholas Goldman ..............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 37 ....Nicholas Mark Newell..........Huntington Station, N.Y. 38 ....Kian Ziari ..............................Locust Valley, N.Y. 39 ....Justin Alec Blicht ................Woodbury, N.Y. 40 ....Julian Mercante ..................Lido Beach, N.Y.

Long Island Boys 18 Singles RankName ......................................City 1 ......Matthew Moreida ................East Rockaway, N.Y. 2 ......Andrew Baichulall................Westbury, N.Y. 3 ......Brandon James ..................Wheatley Heights, N.Y.

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4 ......Parker A. Tuthill....................Cutchogue, N.Y. 5 ......Harris Durkovic ....................Dix Hills, N.Y. 6 ......Steven Gaudio ....................Miller Place, N.Y. 7 ......Luke Sandoval ....................Garden City, N.Y. 8 ......Michael Petersen ................Bridgehampton, N.Y. 9 ......Samuel R. Yuen ..................Selden, N.Y. 10 ....Avi Anand ............................Dix Hills, N.Y. 11 ....Simon Adler ........................Roslyn, N.Y. 12 ....Garrett Joseph Sebold........Centerport, N.Y.

GIRLS Long Island Girls 12 Singles RankName ......................................City 1 ......Daniella Victoria Paikin ........Valley Stream, N.Y. 2 ......Jennifer Rabinowitz ............Great Neck, N.Y. 3 ......Ines Roti ..............................Locust Valley, N.Y. 4 ......Emily Tannenbaum ..............Commack, N.Y. 5 ......Jacqueline Zambrotto ........Kings Park, N.Y. 6 ......Ariana Pursoo ......................Westbury, N.Y. 7 ......Theadora Yael Rabman ......Port Washington, N.Y. 8 ......Elle Brignati ..........................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 9 ......Anna J. Martorella................Wantagh, N.Y. 10 ....Kiera Agic ............................Miller Place, N.Y. 11 ....Alexandra Kaylee Ho ..........Syosset, N.Y. 12 ....Tola Pola Glowacka ............Jericho, N.Y. 13 ....Isabella Sha..........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 14 ....Nicolette Loeffler..................Syosset, N.Y. 15 ....Martina Eulau ......................Oceanside, N.Y. 16 ....Anna Vanessa Malin ............Oceanside, N.Y. 17 ....Lisa Baldinucci ....................Ronkonkoma, N.Y. 18 ....Kady Tannenbaum ..............Commack, N.Y. 19 ....Ava Thunder Scordo ..........Glen Head, N.Y. 20 ....Janae Fouche ......................Freeport, N.Y. 21 ....Alysson Dawn Pierro ..........East Patchogue, N.Y. 22 ....Elizabeth Becker..................Jericho, N.Y. 23 ....Ada Maria Amarghioalei......Port Washington, N.Y. 24 ....Remi Berlent ........................Huntington, N.Y. 25 ....Skylor Wong ........................Mount Sinai, N.Y. 26 ....Sadhana Sridhar..................Stony Brook, N.Y. 27 ....Natalie Becker ....................Jericho, N.Y. 28 ....Olivia Tiegerman..................Jericho, N.Y. 29 ....Taylor Goetz ........................Greenlawn, N.Y. 30 ....Kira Sydney Kronenberg ....East Setauket, N.Y. 31 ....Sofia Maurina Discipio ........Woodmere, N.Y. 32 ....Emma Sy..............................Port Washington, N.Y. 33 ....Sarah Elizabeth Lane ..........Garden City, N.Y. 34 ....Jennifer Perper ....................Valley Stream, N.Y. 35 ....Ella Griffiths ..........................East Hampton, N.Y. 36 ....Ellie Ross..............................Port Washington, N.Y. 37 ....Nicole Pinkus ......................Valley Stream, N.Y. 38 ....Katherine Tang ....................Great Neck, N.Y. 39 ....Angelina Troia ......................Floral Park, N.Y. 40 ....Serena Li ..............................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 14 Singles RankName ......................................City 1 ......Daniella Victoria Paikin ........Valley Stream, N.Y. 2 ......Jennifer Rabinowitz ............Great Neck, N.Y. 3 ......Charlotte Goldbaum............Old Westbury, N.Y. 4 ......Ida Nicole Poulos ................Manhasset, N.Y. 5 ......Sophia Elizabeth Schutte....Great Neck, N.Y. 6 ......Alexis Madison Huber ........Melville, N.Y. 7 ......Sofia Rose Anzalone ..........Center Moriches, N.Y. 8 ......Alexa Villez ..........................West Sayville, N.Y. 9 ......Hannah Rose Niggemeier ..Sayville, N.Y. 10 ....Mary Theresa Madigan ......Sayville, N.Y. 11 ....Anna J. Martorella................Wantagh, N.Y. 12 ....Olivia Zhang ........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 13 ....Ines Roti ..............................Locust Valley, N.Y. 14 ....Ashley Yu ............................Great Neck, N.Y.

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15 ....Emily Tannenbaum ..............Commack, N.Y. 16 ....Christine Kong ....................Commack, N.Y. 17 ....Jade Fixon-Owoo................Lynbrook, N.Y. 18 ....Jade Eggleston....................Stony Brook, N.Y 19 ....Lauren Hutton......................Huntington, N.Y. 20 ....Taylor Grace Hanscom........Patchogue, N.Y. 21 ....Jacqueline Zambrotto ........Kings Park, N.Y. 22 ....Anastasia Hoffman ..............North Massapequa, N.Y. 23 ....Soraya Koblence ................Jericho, N.Y. 24 ....Erica Silver ..........................Plainview, N.Y. 25 ....Madison Li ..........................Old Westbury, N.Y. 26 ....Olivia N. Fermo ....................Smithtown, N.Y. 27 ....Grace Isabel Riviezzo..........Syosset, N.Y. 28 ....Victoria Pensiero..................Commack, N.Y. 29 ....Julianna Marie Romeo ........Massapequa, N.Y. 30 ....Gabriela Glickstein ..............Commack, N.Y. 31 ....Hailey Rose Loughlin ..........Shirley, N.Y. 32 ....Onalee Batcheller ................Westhampton, N.Y. 33 ....Jennifer Perper ....................Valley Stream, N.Y. 34 ....Lisa Baldinucci ....................Ronkonkoma, N.Y. 35 ....Elena Gabriela Hull ..............Locust Valley, N.Y. 36 ....Andrea Irta Brazyte..............Ronkonkoma, N.Y. 37 ....Bianca Banilivi......................Great Neck, N.Y. 38 ....Emily A. Mowdy ..................Jamesport, N.Y. 39 ....Lauren Zola ..........................Rockville Centre, N.Y. 40 ....Megan Zim ..........................East Islip, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 16 Singles RankName ......................................City 1 ......Kaitlyn Schwarz ..................Oceanside, N.Y. 2 ......Marina Hilbert ......................Locust Valley, N.Y. 3 ......Nicole Kielan ........................Valley Stream, N.Y. 4 ......Kristen D. Cassidy ..............Wantagh, N.Y. 5 ......Taryn Roche ........................Greenlawn, N.Y. 6 ......Jillian Rebecca Shulder ......Setauket, N.Y. 7 ......Morgan Voulo ......................East Setauket, N.Y. 8 ......Natalia Caroline Krol............Greenvale, N.Y. 9 ......Elizabeth Leigh Dwyer ........Cutchogue, N.Y. 10 ....Isabella DiScipio ..................Woodmere, N.Y. 11 ....Ariana Lynn Fixon-Owoo ....Lynbrook, N.Y. 12 ....Maya Aerin Masheb ............Jericho, N.Y. 13 ....Morgan A. Wilkins................Huntington, N.Y. 14 ....Kaitlyn Byrnes......................Massapequa, N.Y. 15 ....Alexa Villez ..........................West Sayville, N.Y. 16 ....Rachel Flynn Collins............Port Jefferson, N.Y. 17 ....Sarah Bunk ..........................Sayville, N.Y. 18 ....Hannah Vimod Abraham ....Syosset, N.Y. 19 ....Jennifer Rose Cox ..............West Islip, N.Y. 20 ....Rose B. Hayes ....................East Moriches, N.Y. 21 ....Jessica Emma Lustig ..........Dix Hills, N.Y. 22 ....Gabrielle Vaillant ..................East Moriches, N.Y. 23 ....Elinor Simek ........................Glen Head, N.Y. 24 ....Andrianna Kaimis ................Commack, N.Y. 25 ....Gina LaRusso ......................Melville, N.Y. 26 ....Taylor Grace Hanscom........Patchogue, N.Y. 27 ....Adhele Sukhov ....................Westbury, N.Y. 28 ....Anna J. Martorella................Wantagh, N.Y. 29 ....Andrea Irta Brazyte..............Ronkonkoma, N.Y. 30 ....Riley Elizabeth Katzman......Halesite, N.Y. 31 ....Madeline Lane ....................Port Washington, N.Y. 32 ....Jade Eggleston....................Stony Brook, N.Y. 33 ....Jade Fixon-Woo ..................Lynbrook, N.Y. 34 ....Lauren Hutton......................Huntington, N.Y. 35 ....Sarah Khan ..........................Manhasset Hills, N.Y.

Long Island Girls 18 Singles RankName ......................................City 1 ......Rebecca Elizabeth Stern ....Dix Hills, N.Y. 2 ......Eleni Markopoulos ..............Seaford, N.Y. 3 ......Nicole Kielan ........................Valley Stream, N.Y. 4 ......Maya Aerin Masheb ............Jericho, N.Y.


LONG Boys & Girls Sectional Rankings (as of 02/08/16)

BOYS Sectional Boys 12 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 18 ....Mark Ryan Taranov..............Valley Stream, N.Y. 19 ....Aman K. Sharma ................Glen Head, N.Y. 27 ....Alexander Karman ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 37 ....Alex Eli Vinsky......................Westbury, N.Y. 50 ....Ty Nisenson..........................Port Washington, N.Y. 53 ....Ian Schunk ..........................Westhampton Beach, N.Y. 65 ....Dylan D’Agate......................Melville, N.Y. 66 ....Ryan E. Shayani ..................Old Westbury, N.Y. 68 ....Max Daniel Safir ..................Old Westbury, N.Y. 76 ....Luka David Markovic ..........Locust Valley, N.Y. 77 ....Joseph Perry Boyle ............Setauket, N.Y. 85 ....Michael Ryan Safir ..............Old Westbury, N.Y. 89 ....Matthew Strogach ..............Commack, N.Y. 92 ....Matthew Kronenberg ..........East Setauket, N.Y. 101 ..Evan Joseph Rupolo ..........East Patchogue, N.Y. 106 ..Candrin Chris ......................Port Washington, N.Y. 111 ..Matthew Leonard Zeifman..Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 114 ..Taylor Brooks Thomas ........Water Mill, N.Y. 127 ..Jeremy Levine......................Woodbury, N.Y. 132 ..Kyle Zhou ............................Commack, N.Y. 133 ..Aron Bursztyn ......................South Setauket, N.Y. 139 ..Aidan C. O’Connor ..............Manhasset, N.Y. 149 ..Joseph Monticciolo ............Coram, N.Y.

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11 ....Daniel Eric Pellerito..............Syosset, N.Y. 14 ....Patrick Maloney ..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 26 ....Spencer Brachman ............Commack, N.Y. 27 ....Pete Siozios ........................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 37 ....Alan Delman ........................Great Neck, N.Y. 39 ....Ronald P. Hohmann ............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 40 ....Rajan Vohra..........................Glen Head, N.Y. 45 ....Abhinav Raj Srivastava........Melville, N.Y. 64 ....Neel Raj................................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 65 ....Keegan James Morris ........Franklin Square, N.Y. 69 ....Daniel Weitz ........................Roslyn, N.Y. 78 ....Brian Shi ..............................Jericho, N.Y. 81 ....Alexander Roti ....................Locust Valley, N.Y. 83 ....Andrew Marc Nakhjavan ....Dix Hills, N.Y. 85 ....Timothy Hayden Nacca ......Garden City, N.Y. 87 ....Karin K. Amin ......................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 94 ....Matthew Franklin Porges ....Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 96 ....Daniel Meinster....................South Setauket, N.Y. 104 ..Rohan Gaddam Reddy ......Glen Head, N.Y. 105 ..Nicholas Demaria ................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 106 ..Kabir Rajpal..........................Syosset, N.Y. 109 ..Sangjin Song........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 114 ..Sujay Sharma ......................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 123 ..Emmanuel V. Vacalares ......Hicksville, N.Y. 127 ..George Kaslow ....................Port Washington, N.Y. 132 ..Jack Flores ..........................Huntington, N.Y. 136 ..Avi Anand ............................Dix Hills, N.Y. 144 ..Lazar Ivan Markovic ............Lattingtown, N.Y. 145 ..Logan Paik Chang ..............Old Westbury, N.Y. 150 ..Samir Singh..........................Syosset, N.Y.

Sectional Boys 18 Singles— Long Island Players Sectional Boys 14 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 1 ......Spencer Brachman ............Commack, N.Y. 2 ......Cannon Kingsley ................Northport, N.Y. 7 ......Billy G. Suarez......................Huntington, N.Y. 8 ......Logan Paik Chang ..............Old Westbury, N.Y. 10 ....Kabir Rajpal..........................Syosset, N.Y. 12 ....Ronald Hohmann ................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 23 ....David Raphael Weiner ........Glen Head, N.Y. 24 ....Sujay Sharma ......................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 37 ....Jack Flores ..........................Huntington, N.Y. 43 ....Niles Ghaffar ........................Massapequa, N.Y. 50 ....Luke Karniewich ..................Glen Head, N.Y. 56 ....Alexander Karman ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 62 ....Justin Benjamin Oresky ......Syosset, N.Y. 65 ....Rohan Gaddam Reddy ......Glen Head, N.Y. 81 ....Anthony Casale ..................Old Bethpage, N.Y. 89 ....Griffin Schlesinger ..............Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 91 ....Brandon Zhu........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 92 ....Jack Louchheim ..................Sagaponack, N.Y. 93 ....Valentine Le Goupil-Maier ..Oceanside, N.Y. 104 ..Maxwell Moadel ..................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 115 ..Ravi MacGum......................Amagansett, N.Y. 117 ..Matthew Charles Cashin ....Syosset, N.Y. 124 ..Aman K. Sharma ................Glen Head, N.Y. 133 ..Alex Eli Vinsky......................Westbury, N.Y. 138 ..Brandon Lee ........................Valley Stream, N.Y. 146 ..George Scriber Bader ........Water Mill, N.Y. 147 ..Zachary David Gruber ........Port Washington, N.Y.

Rank Name ......................................City 1 ......Athell Bennett ......................Valley Stream, N.Y. 8 ......Brenden Volk........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 10 ....Lubomir T. Cuba ..................Massapequa Park, N.Y. 18 ....Sean Mullins ........................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 19 ....Finbar Talcott ......................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 20 ....Ryan Goetz ..........................Greenlawn, N.Y. 27 ....Chris Kuhnle ........................Shoreham, N.Y. 28 ....Sean Patrick ........................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 30 ....Daniel Shleimovich ..............Syosset, N.Y. 33 ....Yuval Solomon ....................Plainview, N.Y. 35 ....Jesse M. Levitin ..................Manhasset, N.Y. 40 ....Eric Wagner..........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 41 ....Mark Julian Baker................North Baldwin, N.Y. 47 ....Rajan Jai Vohra....................Glen Head, N.Y. 57 ....Alexander Lebedev..............Island Park, N.Y. 62 ....Colin Francis Sacco ............Brightwaters, N.Y. 69 ....Keegan James Morris ........Franklin Square, N.Y. 94 ....Carl Grant ............................Sagaponack, N.Y. 98 ....Dylan Granat........................Woodbury, N.Y. 104 ..Nicolas DeMaria ..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 110 ..Travis Leaf ............................Dix Hills, N.Y. 135 ..Nicholas Braden Gunther....East Hampton, N.Y. 145 ..Garrett Malave ....................Laurel, N.Y. 150 ..Pete Siozios ........................New Hyde Park, N.Y.

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Sectional Boys 16 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 2 ......Ryan Goetz ..........................Greenlawn, N.Y. 5 ......Yuval Solomon ....................Plainview, N.Y. 7 ......Cannon Kingsley ................Northport, N.Y.

8 ......Rose Hayes..........................East Moriches, N.Y. 23 ....Rebecca Suarez ..................Huntington, N.Y. 32 ....Olivia N. Fermo ....................Smithtown, N.Y. 45 ....Gabriela Glickstein ..............Commack, N.Y. 57 ....Isabella Sha..........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 61 ....Alina Rebeca Lyakhov ........Great Neck, N.Y. 66 ....Hailey Stoerback ................Saint James, N.Y.

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71 ....Theadora Yael Rabman ......Port Washington, N.Y. 72 ....Bianca Rose Lorich ............Southampton, N.Y. 74 ....Ariana O. Pursoo ................Westbury, N.Y. 76 ....Emily Tannenbaum ..............Commack, N.Y. 93 ....Ava Thunder Scordo ..........Glen Head, N.Y. 97 ....Ines Roti ..............................Locust Valley, N.Y. 98 ....Daniella Victoria Paikin ........Valley Stream, N.Y. 114 ..Martina Eulau ......................Oceanside, N.Y. 115 ..Skylor Wong ........................Mount Sinai, N.Y. 117 ..Andriana Rose Zaphiris ......Smithtown, N.Y. 123 ..Alexandra Kaylee Ho ..........Syosset, N.Y. 124 ..Kiera Agic ............................Miller Place, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 14 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 2 ......Maryam Beshir Ahmad ......Albertson, N.Y. 9 ......Rachel Arbitman ..................Hewlett, N.Y. 11 ....Merri Kelly ............................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 16 ....Alexa Susan Goetz..............Greenlawn, N.Y. 17 ....Amy Delman ........................Great Neck, N.Y. 19 ....Francesca Karman ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 32 ....Steffi Antao ..........................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 33 ....Calista Sha ..........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 44 ....Kimberly Liao ......................Commack, N.Y. 47 ....Madison Jane Williams ......Glen Cove, N.Y. 61 ....Vitalina Golod ......................Setauket, N.Y. 66 ....Ivanna Nikolic ......................Glen Head, N.Y. 82 ....Alexis Madison Huber ........Melville, N.Y. 85 ....Rose B. Hayes ....................East Moriches, N.Y. 86 ....Kaya Amin............................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 87 ....Sofia Rose Anzalone ..........Center Moriches, N.Y. 88 ....Madeline Richmond ............Syosset, N.Y. 89 ....Sadhana Sridhar..................Stony Brook, N.Y. 97 ....Ally Friedman ......................East Hampton, N.Y. 100 ..Kavina Amin ........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 105 ..Janelle Chen ........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 106 ..Lucia Hu ..............................Roslyn, N.Y. 118 ..Emily Tannenbaum ..............Commack, N.Y. 119 ..Soraya Koblence ................Jericho, N.Y. 123 ..Jade Fixon-Owoo................Lynbrook, N.Y. 126 ..Tatiana Robotham Barnett..Port Washington, N.Y. 127 ..Gabriela Sciarotta................Woodmere, N.Y. 133 ..Daniella Victoria Paikin ........Valley Stream, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 16 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 4 ......Lea Ma ................................Dix Hills, N.Y. 13 ....Elysia Bolton ........................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 16 ....Merri Kelly ............................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 28 ....Maryam Beshir Ahmad ......Albertson, N.Y. 30 ....Ashley Lessen......................Old Westbury, N.Y. 37 ....Jacqueline Rae Bukzin........Manorville, N.Y. 41 ....Francesca Karman ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 51 ....Calista Sha ..........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 55 ....Oliva Rose Scordo ..............Glen Head, N.Y. 58 ....Alexa Susan Goetz..............Greenlawn, N.Y. 60 ....Stephanie Chikvashvili ........Melville, N.Y. 62 ....Steffi Antao ..........................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 71 ....Nicole Rezak........................Merrick, N.Y. 74 ....Kimberly Liao ......................Commack, N.Y. 79 ....Denise Lai ............................Setauket, N.Y. 81 ....Rachel Arbitman ..................Hewlett, N.Y. 83 ....Ivanna Nikolic ......................Glen Head, N.Y. 92 ....Trinity Chow ........................Glen Cove, N.Y. 96 ....Madison Jane Williams ......Glen Cove, N.Y. 112 ..Theodora Brebenel..............Glen Head, N.Y. 119 ..Elena Artemis Vlamakis ......Garden City, N.Y. 123 ..Kaitlyn Schwarz ..................Oceanside, N.Y. 127 ..Julia Kielan ..........................Valley Stream, N.Y.

131 ..Amy Delman ........................Great Neck, N.Y. 137 ..Vitalina Golod ......................Setauket, N.Y. 140 ..Kaitlyn Byrnes......................Massapequa, N.Y. 142 ..Samantha Lena Galu ..........Jericho, N.Y.

Sectional Girls 18 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 11 ....Taylor S. Cosme ..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 13 ....Madison Battaglia................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 14 ....Elysia Bolton ........................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 17 ....Claire Handa ........................Westbury, N.Y. 18 ....Celeste Rose Matute ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 19 ....Emma Scott ........................Syosset, N.Y. 29 ....Courtney B. Kowalsky ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 32 ....Alexa Graham ......................Garden City, N.Y. 34 ....Courtney Provan..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 42 ....Jacqueline Rae Bukzin........Manorville, N.Y. 55 ....Amanda Allison Foo ............Manhasset, N.Y. 57 ....Madison Courtney Appel ....Locust Valley, N.Y. 69 ....Ellen Nicole Huhulea ..........Rockville Centre, N.Y. 72 ....Ashley Lessen......................Old Westbury, N.Y. 80 ....Merri Kelly ............................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 88 ....Nicole Kielan ........................Valley Stream, N.Y. 106 ..Lea Ma ................................Dix Hills, N.Y. 118 ..Nicole Rezak........................Merrick, N.Y. 126 ..Stephanie Nakash ..............Great Neck, N.Y. 130 ..Rachel Weiss ......................Great Neck, N.Y. 138 ..Ivanna Nikolic ......................Glen Head, N.Y. 139 ..Danielle Mirabella ................Wantagh, N.Y. 143 ..Samantha Lena Galu ..........Jericho, N.Y. 146 ..Julia Klara Szymanska ........Elmont, N.Y. 149 ..Josephine Winters ..............Elmont, N.Y.

Boys & Girls National Rankings (as of 02/17/16)

BOYS National Boys 12 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 115 ..Aman K. Sharma ................Glen Head, N.Y. 141 ..Alexander Karman ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 202 ..Mark R. Taranov ..................Valley Stream, N.Y. 612 ..Alex Eli Vinsky......................Westbury, N.Y. 905 ..Luka David Markovic ..........Locust Valley, N.Y.

National Boys 14 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 7 ......Spencer Brachman ............Commack, N.Y. 20 ....Cannon Kingsley ................Northport, N.Y. 41 ....Billy G. Suarez......................Huntington, N.Y. 42 ....Ronald P. Hohmann ............Oyster Bay, N.Y. 61 ....Logan Paik Chang ..............Old Westbury, N.Y. 146 ..Kabir Rajpal..........................Syosset, N.Y. 185 ..Sujay Sharma ......................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 272 ..David Raphael Weiner ........Glen Head, N.Y. 300 ..Niles Ghaffar ........................Massapequa, N.Y. 371 ..Jack Flores ..........................Huntington, N.Y. 530 ..Alexander Karman ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 745 ..Luke Torel Karniewich ........Glen Head, N.Y.

National Boys 16 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 5 ......Ryan Goetz ..........................Greenlawn, N.Y. 53 ....Yuval Solomon ....................Plainview, N.Y. 72 ....Cannon Kingsley ................Northport, N.Y. 105 ..Daniel Eric Pellerito..............Syosset, N.Y.

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National Boys 18 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 23 ....Brenden Volk........................Dix Hills, N.Y. 69 ....Athell Patrick Bennett..........Valley Stream, N.Y. 111 ..Ryan Goetz ..........................Greenlawn, N.Y. 139 ..Finbar Talcott ......................Sea Cliff, N.Y. 198 ..Sean M. Mullins ..................Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. 217 ..Alexander Lebedev..............Island Park, N.Y. 219 ..Jesse Levitin ........................Manhasset, N.Y. 255 ..Lubomir Cuba......................Massapequa Park, N.Y. 270 ..Eric Wagner..........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 323 ..Sean Patrick Hannity ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 411 ..Brian Shi ..............................Jericho, N.Y. 431 ..Rajan Jai Vohra....................Glen Head, N.Y. 435 ..Chris Kuhnle ........................Shoreham, N.Y. 760 ..Daniel Shleimovich ..............Syosset, N.Y. 799 ..Yuval Solomon ....................Melville, N.Y. 917 ..Mark Julian Baker................North Baldwin, N.Y.

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National Girls 8 Singles— Long Island Players

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

36 ....Maryam Beshir Ahmad ......Albertson, N.Y. 38 ....Rachel Arbitman ..................Hewlett, N.Y. 109 ..Merri Kelly ............................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 134 ..Alexa Susan Goetz..............Greenlawn, N.Y. 171 ..Francesca Karman ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 183 ..Amy Delman ........................Great Neck, N.Y. 293 ..Calista Sha ..........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 407 ..Madison Jane Williams ......Glen Cove, N.Y. 550 ..Steffi Antao ..........................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 790 ..Kimberly Liao ......................Commack, N.Y. 911 ..Kavina Amin ........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y.

74 ....Madison Battaglia................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 91 ....Elysia Bolton ........................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 148 ..Taylor S. Cosme ..................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 276 ..Madison Courtney Appel ....Locust Valley, N.Y. 348 ..Claire Handa ........................Westbury, N.Y. 405 ..Celeste Rose Matute ..........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 409 ..Alexa Graham ......................Garden City, N.Y. 475 ..Emma Scott ........................Syosset, N.Y. 478 ..Courtney B. Kowalsky ........Oyster Bay, N.Y. 646 ..Lea Ma ................................Dix Hills, N.Y. 768 ..Courtney Provan..................Dix Hills, N.Y. 920 ..Jacqueline Rae Bukzin........Manorville, N.Y. 940 ..Amanda Allison Foo ............Manhasset, N.Y.

National Girls 16 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 27 ....Elysia Bolton ........................Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 29 ....Lea Ma ................................Dix Hills, N.Y. 208 ..Merri Kelly ............................Oyster Bay, N.Y. 397 ..Ashley Lessen......................Old Westbury, N.Y. 422 ..Maryam Beshir Ahmad ......Albertson, N.Y. 542 ..Francesca Karman ..............Port Washington, N.Y. 547 ..Olivia Rose Scordo..............Glen Head, N.Y. 568 ..Calista Sha ..........................Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 701 ..Steffi Antao ..........................New Hyde Park, N.Y. 716 ..Jacqueline Rae Bukzin........Manorville, N.Y.

GIRLS National Girls 12 Singles— Long Island Players Rank Name ......................................City 151 ..Rose B. Hayes ....................East Moriches, N.Y. 276 ..Rebecca E. Suarez..............Huntington, N.Y. 571 ..Olivia N. Fermo ....................Smithtown, N.Y. 587 ..Gabriela Glickstein ..............Commack, N.Y. 902 ..Alina Rebecca Lyakhov ......Great Neck, N.Y.

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. MARCH 2016 Friday-Sunday, March 25-27 L1B Sportime Kings Park March Challenger Sportime Kings Park • 275 Old Indianhead Road • Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls 10 and Under Singles: 78’ Green Ball 10 (FMLC) Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, March 20 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail tvanepps@sportimeny.com or call (631) 269-6300. Friday-Sunday, March 25-27 L3 Sportime Syosset March UPS Sportime-Syosset • 75 Haskett Drive • Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: Entry Level Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Green Ball 12 ,78’ Yellow Ball 14-18 (RR) Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 21 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail tournamentssyt@sportimeny.com or call (516) 364-2727. Friday-Sunday, March 25-27 L1B GHRC Glen Head Challenger Glen Head Racquet Club • 95 Glen Head Road • Glen Head, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Green Ball 14 (SE) Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 21 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail tenniscoach.mc@gmail.com or call (516) 676-9849. Friday-Sunday, March 25-27 L1B Bethpage State Park March Challenger Bethpage Park Tennis Center 99 Quaker Meeting House Road • Farmingdale, 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, March 20 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail rbecker06@yahoo.com or call (516) 359-4843. Saturday-Sunday, March 26-27 PSP L2; Long Beach Orange Clover Championships: 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: $38.13 per player (deadline for entries is Thursday, March 24 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail sid@longbeachtenniscenter.com or call (516) 432-6060.

Saturday-Sunday, March 26-27 PSP L3; Huntington LI Orange Ball Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway Huntington Station, N.Y. Divisions: Entry Level Co-ed 10 and Under Singles: 60’ Orange Ball 10 (NEF) Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $28 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, March 18 at 11:59 p.m.) For more information, e-mail hitennis@myway.com or call (631) 421-0040. APRIL 2016 Friday-Sunday, April 1-3 L1B World Gym April Challenger World Gym Racquet & Sports Arena 384 Mark Tree Road East Setauket, N.Y. Divisions: Boys & Girls 10 and Under Singles: 78’ Green Ball 10 (FMLC); Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12 (SE); and Boys & Girls 10 and Under Doubles: 78’ Green Ball 10 ,78’ Yellow Ball 12 (SE) Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 for first singles/$28 for first doubles For more information, e-mail vtapr@hotmail.com or call (631) 751-6100.

Friday-Sunday, April 1-3 PSP L2 East Setauket-Orange Ball World Gym Racquet & Sports Arena 384 Mark Tree Road • East Setauket, N.Y. Divisions: Boys & Girls 10 and Under Singles: 60’ Orange Ball 10 (NEF) Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m.) For more information, e-mail vtapr@hotmail.com or call (631) 751-6100. Friday-Sunday, April 1-3 L1B GHRC April Challenger Glen Head Racquet Club • 95 Glen Head Road • Glen Head, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 18 (SE) Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player For more information, e-mail tenniscoach.mc@gmail.com or call (516) 676-9849. Friday-Sunday, April 1-3 L2O Long Beach Freedom 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 14-18 (SE); and Intermediate Boys & Girls Doubles: 78’ Yellow Ball 14-18 (SE) Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 for first singles, $3 for additional singles/$33 for first doubles, $33 for additional doubles (deadline for entries is Monday, March 21 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail sid@longbeachtenniscenter.com or call (516) 432-6060.

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. Friday-Sunday, April 1-3 L1B Point Set April 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, March 27 at 5:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail ruiz.clark@yahoo.com or call (917) 991-0088. Friday-Sunday, April 1-3 L3 RWTTC April UPS Robbie Wagner Tournament Training at Glen Cove 60 Sea Cliff Avenue • Glen Cove, N.Y. Divisions: Entry Level Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Green Ball 12, 78’ Yellow Ball 14-18 (RR) Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Monday, March 28 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail superscoot@aol.com or call (516) 759-0505. Friday-Sunday, April 1-3 L1B Huntington April Challenger Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway Huntington Station, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 14 (SE) Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Thursday, March 24 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 421-0040.

Friday-Sunday, April 8-10 L1B Sportime Bethpage April Challenger Sportime Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue Bethpage, 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 Friday, April 1 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail tournamentssyt@sportimeny.com or call (516) 933-8500. Friday-Sunday, April 8-10 L1B Sportime Syosset Challenger Sportime-Syosset 75 Haskett Drive Syosset, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12 (SE) Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, April 1 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail tournamentssyt@sportimeny.com or call (516) 364-2727. Friday-Sunday, April 8-10 L1B GHRC Spring Challenger Glen Head Racquet Club 95 Glen Head Road • Glen Head, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 16 (SE) Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player For more information, e-mail tenniscoach.mc@gmail.com or call (516) 676-9849.

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Friday-Sunday, April 8-10 L2O Point Set April Showers Open Point Set Tennis • 3065 New Street • Oceanside, N.Y. Divisions: Intermediate Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 14-18 (SE) Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, April 3 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail ruiz.clark@yahoo.com or call (917) 991-0088. Friday-Sunday, April 8-10 L1B Port Washington Tennis Challenger Port Washington Tennis Academy 100 Harbor Road • Port Washington, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 14 (SE) Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, April 3 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail ruiz.clark@yahoo.com or call (917) 991-0088. Friday-Sunday, April 8-10 L1B Ross School April 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 Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, April 1 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail philwil@optimum.net or call (631) 907-5162. Friday-Sunday, April 8-10 L3 Huntington’s Eastern April UPS Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway • Huntington Station, N.Y. Divisions: Entry Level Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Green Ball 12, 78’ Yellow Ball 14-18 (RR) Surface Type: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, April 3 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 421-0040. Saturday, April 9 PSP L3: Bethpage Orange Ball Bethpage Park Tennis Center 99 Quaker Meeting House Road • Farmingdale, N.Y. Divisions: Entry Level Boys & Girls 10 and Under Singles: 60’ Orange Ball 10 (NEF) Surface Type: Hard Entry Fee: $38.13 per player For more information, e-mail bliss.ian@gmail.com or call (516) 359-4843.


USTA/Long Island Region 2016

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. Friday-Sunday, April 15-17 L1A Kings Park Earth Day Championships Sportime Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road • Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Championships Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 18 (SE) Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 269-6300. Friday-Sunday, April 15-17 L1B Sportime Bethpage Spring Challenger Sportime Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue • Bethpage, 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, April 10 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail tournamentssyt@sportimeny.com or call (516) 933-8500. Friday-Sunday, April 15-17 L1B Sportime Syosset Challenger Sportime-Syosset 75 Haskett Drive • Syosset, 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 Friday, April 8 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail tournamentssyt@sportimeny.com or call (516) 364-2727. Friday-Sunday, April 15-17 L1B GHRC Spring Break Challenger Glen Head Racquet Club 95 Glen Head Road Glen Head, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12 (SE) Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player For more information, e-mail tenniscoach.mc@gmail.com or call (516) 676-9849. Friday-Sunday, April 15-17 L1A Long Beach Earth Day Championships Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, N.Y. Divisions: Championships Boys Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 14 (SE) Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail sid@longbeachtenniscenter.com or call (516) 432-6060.

Friday-Sunday, April 15-17 L2O Long Beach April 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 14-18 (SE); and Intermediate Boys & Girls Doubles: 78’ Yellow Ball 14-18 (SE) Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 for first singles/$28 for first doubles (deadline for entries is Monday, April 11 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail andrew@longbeachtenniscenter.com or call (516) 432-6060. Friday-Sunday, April 15-17 L1A Point Set Earth Day Championships Point Set Tennis • 3065 New Street • Oceanside, N.Y. Divisions: Championships Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 14 (SE) Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Friday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail ruiz.clark@yahoo.com or call (917) 991-0088. Friday-Sunday, April 15-17 L1B Nassau Indoor Tennis Challenger Nassau Indoor Tennis • 73 Desibio Place • Inwood, 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 Sunday, April 10 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail ruiz.clark@yahoo.com or call (917) 991-0088.

Sunday, April 17 PSP Level 3, Glenwood Landing, NY-Orange Ball Robbie Wagner Tournament Training at Glen Cove 60 Sea Cliff Avenue • Glen Cove, N.Y. Divisions: Level 3 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 Wednesday, April 13 at 3:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail stephenaalcala@gmail.com or call (516) 759-0505. Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 L3 Kings Park Sportime April UPS Sportime Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road • Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Entry Level Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 14-18 (RR) Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, April 17 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 269-6300. Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 L1B Sportime Syosset 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, April 15 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail tournamentssyt@sportimeny.com or call (516) 364-2727.

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE For detailed information on these and all USTA tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments. Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 L1B Sportime Bethpage Spring Challenger Sportime Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue • Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 14 (SE) Surface Type: Hard Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 per player For more information, e-mail tournamentssyt@sportimeny.com or call (516) 933-8500. Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 L1B World Gym Springtime Challenger World Gym Racquet & Sports Arena 384 Mark Tree Road • East Setauket, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys 10 and Under Singles: 78’ Green Ball 10 (FRLC); Challenger Boys Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 16 (SE); Challenger Girls 10 and Under Singles: 78’ Green Ball 10 (FMLC); and Challenger Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 16 (SE) Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player For more information, e-mail vtapr@hotmail.com or call (631) 751-6100. Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 L1B Point Set Spring Challenger Point Set Tennis 3065 New Street • Oceanside, 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 Sunday, April 17 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail ruiz.clark@yahoo.com or call (917) 991-0088.

Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 & April 29-May 1 L2R Ryan Kelly Memorial Regional at Huntington Huntington Indoor Tennis 100 Broadway Huntington Station, 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: Clay Indoor Entry Fee: $54.25 for first singles/$28 for first doubles (deadline for entries is Thursday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 421-0040. Saturday-Sunday, April 23-24 PSP L2; Long Beach Orange Blossom Championships: 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: $38.13 per player (deadline for entries is Thursday, April 21 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail sid@longbeachtenniscenter.com or call (516) 432-6060.

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Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1 L1B Sportime at Kings Park May Regional Sportime Kings Park 275 Old Indianhead Road Kings Park, N.Y. Divisions: Challenger Boys & Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 12 (SE) Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $54.25 per player (deadline for entries is Sunday, April 24 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, call (631) 269-6300. Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1 L3 LBTC April Showers UPS Long Beach Tennis Center 899 Monroe Boulevard Long Beach, 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 Tuesday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m.) For more information, e-mail andrew@longbeachtenniscenter.com or call (516) 432-6060. Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1 L3 RWTTC April UPS Robbie Wagner Tournament Training at Glen Cove 60 Sea Cliff Avenue Glen Cove, N.Y. Divisions: Entry Level Boys Singles: 78’ Green Ball 12, 78’ Yellow Ball 14-18 (RR); Entry Level Girls Singles: 78’ Green Ball 12 (SE); and Entry Level Girls Singles: 78’ Yellow Ball 1418 (RR) Surface Type: Unknown Entry Fee: $43.50 per player For more information, e-mail superscoot@aol.com or call (516) 759-0505. Saturday, April 30 PSP L3; Sportime Bethpage Orange Ball Sportime Bethpage 101 Norcross Avenue Bethpage, N.Y. Divisions: Entry Level 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 Sunday, April 24 at 11:59 p.m.) For more information, e-mail tournamentssyt@sportimeny.com or call (516) 933-8500.


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