February 3, 2017
By Ricky Becker

Some information probably won’t actually help you much, but may still be interesting. The table here is probably just that. Have you ever wondered which states are the biggest producers of top junior tennis players?

July 28, 2016
By Ricky Becker

Although well-intentioned, are short courts, deflated balls, round-robins and short sets pulling kids into tennis on Long Island?

June 13, 2016
By Ricky Becker

Many relationship magazines like to run columns with the format “What a member of one gender says and what the member of the other gender really hears.” I’d like to revisit the topic of speaking with a college coach. What a prospective student-athlete says and what the coach really hears.

February 12, 2016
By Ricky Becker

Students of mine love to ask me what the rules are on the most random hypothetical tennis questions. “Am I allowed to run to the baseline to serve?” (No.)

December 4, 2015
By Ricky Becker

Only 80 percent of you need to read this article if your child is thinking about taking up tennis. Ten percent of your children have won the genetic lottery. Congratulations! You can do less than the rest of us to achieve the goals I outline below. Your child stepped onto the soccer field at five-years-old and scored goals at will.

September 14, 2015
By Ricky Becker

What makes tennis a unique sport? You can play it for a lifetime, it tests you technically, physically and mentally. There is also no clock telling you it is physically impossible to make a comeback. There is no coaching during non-team play either. All of these aspects are unique to tennis, but there are a couple of other sports that this applies to as well.

September 12, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The UCLA pair of Mackenzie McDonald and Robin Anderson swept the second annual American Collegiate Invitational titles Saturday. The 20-year-old McDonald of Piedmont, Calif. beat Vanderbilt 22-year-old graduate Gonzales Austin of Miami, 6-2, 7-5, in the men's final. Anderson, a 22-year-old from Matawan, N.J. who was a senior in 2015, beat fellow UCLA grad, 21-year-old Chanelle Van Nguyen of Miami, 6-4, 6-4, in the women's final.

June 15, 2015
By Ricky Becker

In the last issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine, I tackled both sides of some issues in holding a junior tournament. I have been around tournaments for 30-plus years, as a player/coach, and bring my kids to tournaments, I think I’m a pretty good judge of what is acceptable and what is not.

December 1, 2014
By Ricky Becker

 We spoke to seven of the Long Island colleges that play tennis in the NCAA about what they look for in prospective recruits, Long Island as a college tennis destination and advice they have for high school students. Division I (Stony Brook and Hofstra), Division II (Adelphi, Molloy, Dowling and CW Post), and Division III (Farmingdale State College).

July 15, 2014
By Ricky Becker

Skidmore graduate Oliver Loutsenko left Skidmore with three All-American years under his belt, as well as being named Liberty Conference Player of the Year. Not just MVP of his team, but of the entire league. As a junior tennis player, Oliver had the opportunity to go D3 instead of D1.

March 20, 2014
By Ricky Becker

On the surface, it seems obvious. College coaches want the best tennis players. This is true to a point. The tense is incorrect. Coaches want players who will be the best tennis players. 

February 13, 2014
By Ricky Becker

Many people feel overwhelmed when trying to create a list of tennis schools for their child. I have spoken with many who fear that they are missing out on a “diamond in the rough” college. 

September 27, 2013
By Ricky Becker
Since school is right around the corner, I thought it would be good to get back into the flow with a Mythbusters Quiz.
August 1, 2013
By Ricky Becker
Former highly-ranked Eastern junior Stephanie Loutsenko logged a daily journal from the inside of Emory’s NCAA Division III run while they were at the year-end championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.
May 17, 2013
By Ricky Becker
Simply put … Dick Gould is college tennis and a living legend. He was the Stanford men’s tennis head coach for 38-years before becoming the John L. Hinds Director of Tennis at Stanford for the last nine years. Coach Gould’s career credentials are legendary.
April 16, 2013
By Ricky Becker
Late in 2012, Winthrop University Basketball Coach Pat Kelsey took advantage of the fact that his team just played the number four team in the country. He had more microphones in front of him after the game than ever before and a voice that he didn’t usually get.
February 14, 2013
By Ricky Becker
Last issue’s interviewee Jim Thomas and this month’s interviewee, Jeff Salzenstein, played professional tennis for 10-years after graduating from Stanford in 1996 and have some good insight and advice about tennis life as a pro, college and junior player to share.
November 21, 2012
By Ricky Becker
In this and the next edition of Long Island Tennis Magazine, I will be interviewing two former players who graduated from Stanford with me in 1996 and were my roommates/teammates. Both Jim Thomas and Jeff Salzenstein played professional tennis for 10-plus years after their four years of college and have some good insight and advice for today’s juniors about tennis life as a pro, college and junior player.
September 14, 2012
By Ricky Becker
It’s late in the summer and you want to play college tennis and use your tennis game to help your college prospects, but you haven’t done anything yet to prepare for your college search. This is what you should do first …
July 24, 2012
By Ricky Becker
A great source of untapped recruiting wisdom is from former Long Island players who have finished college. These young adults have all the experience of college and are still young enough to relate to today’s junior players. I asked two Long Island-bred college graduates some recruiting questions and tapped on their wisdom. Our panel for this discussion includes Allison Dender from Washington University in St. Louis (Class of 2010) and Ryann Cutillo from Wake Forest University (Class of 2012).
June 11, 2012
By Ricky Becker
A great source of information for prospective college tennis-playing freshmen are the people who have gone through their college tennis years. We took four Long Island raised student/athletes who just finished their first year of college and asked them to give us some insight on college tennis and what, if anything, was different than they expected.
April 26, 2012
By Ricky Becker
"Back in the day,” people were never home-schooled to play tennis. Back a “half-day ago,” it was done by a select few who had a slightly reasonable chance to make a living as a professional tennis player. It was considered putting all of your eggs in one basket. But what about today?
February 7, 2012
By Ricky Becker
Early college choices are starting to be decided by the Class of 2012 and Long Island should be very proud. So far, Long Island junior tennis players have been accepted to colleges with great academics and great tennis. According to TennisRecruiting.net, Long Island junior tennis players have been accepted to: Duke, Penn State, Wake Forest, Williams, Amherst, Washburn-Topeka, Virginia, Brown, Dartmouth, Emory, Marist and Adelphi.
November 15, 2011
By Ricky Becker
At this point in my college consulting career, each of my consults fall into one of a few categories. For example, many consults are with parents of freshmen in high school who want to know whether their child should make an academic or athletic run through college doors.