By Salomon Levy
This week’s analogy is about one of the most important shots in the game but sometimes the one we train the less: The return of serve. We are talking here about a skill that looks like a forehand or a backhand but with some variations to adjust to the situation. We know that our opponent has total...Read more
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By Salomon Levy
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By Steven Kaplan
Sports don't build character, they reveal it. And a lot was revealed about the character of the President of the ATP Tour Player’s Council, Novak Djokovic, as well as local tennis hero Noah Rubin, this week. While over 300 players joined an ATP zoom call to discuss this year's US Open, Djokovic was...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Famed statesman, epidemiologist and philanthropist Nick Kyrgios has said the USTA is being selfish by planning to play the US Open this year. Oh, wait. I might have overstated Kyrgios' qualifications. Let me start over. Highly ranked, and often sighted for misconduct, Nick Kygrios said, "I’ll get...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
After many weeks of angst and indecision, it looks like the US Open will be played on time. It will be anything but business as usual and many of the biggest names in the sport will be missing. I say who cares? The sport is bigger than the stars. I hope everyone watches. The stars of tennis are...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
Arlen Kantarian could be the most important person in the history of US tennis whom you have never heard of. Kantarian, the former president of Radio City Music Hall and a top NFL executive, is a marketing genius. He was hired as CEO of professional tennis for the USTA from 2000 until he resigned...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
The USTA is closing its White Plains office, which houses the USTA Eastern staff, amid its desire to achieve $20 million in cost reductions by reducing salaries, canceling annual meetings, reducing promotion and training of "blue chip" players as well as canceling non-essential capital projects...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
A "razor" is a problem solving principle that states the simplest solution and answer to any problem, the one which requires the fewest assumptions, is generally the correct one . Many studies now indicate that tennis is THE safest sport to play in this COVID-19 era because it is a socially distant...Read more
By Salomon Levy
So many times we find ourselves trying to fix one of our tennis strokes. It seems so complicated to find the solution that is right in front of our eyes, but we can’t see it because we are looking at the wrong direction. Some examples of this is footwork, the knees aren’t bent and so on. The...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
In another confusing, contradictory article about local tennis, Newsday talked about how Long Island programs are concerned about losing funding if the US Open is canceled. The article goes on to say: "In April the USTA issued a comprehensive plan on how it intends to support the tennis community...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
As this pandemic is receding in the local area, I have been going out more in my car as well as my road bike, and I can't help but notice that many people are walking and jogging. It's a great way to get in tennis shape and be ready for a full reopening, but here is one simple safety rule : Cycle,...Read more
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By Steven Kaplan
The headline on another confusing and ambiguous Newsday article on tennis says "US Open considers allowing limited number of fans." As a reminder, the USTA had previously announced that "every option is on the table", so I don't know how that report of no news is newsworthy; but at least it's...Read more