July 13, 2017
By Brian Coleman

There is no shortage of high-quality tennis coaches on Long Island, and the area has helped grow some of the best players in the country. But few of those coaches carry the type of background and experience brought to the table by Andrea Retolaza. 

July 13, 2017
By Chris Lewit

I have players from all over the world coming to me to learn the secrets of movement and footwork in the Spanish system. On the pro tour, Spanish players are known for being the best movers … think Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and many others.

June 30, 2017
By Richard Thater

It seems strange to start an article about warm-ups with a note about cooling down (many teaching plans include a period for warming up and cooling down during a lesson). 

June 29, 2017
By Brian Coleman

For 10 years, Chris Lewit spent a month each summer living in Barcelona, traveling around Spain to learn from the country’s legendary tennis coaches.

June 28, 2017
By Rishan Kuruppu

I often hear the phrase “PLAY” used by coaches to begin a drill or scenario to emphasize the starting of a point. Play is a creative term used to elicit a behavior of imagination and randomness to help discover what experiences really mean.

June 28, 2017
By Dr. Tom Ferraro

It’s a truism that the best way to play well in competition, you need to relax, have fun and play freely. The moment a player starts to worry about outcomes or overthink the serve, is when tightness sets in and you begin to play weakly.

June 26, 2017
By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

The second annual John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA) College Recruiting Combine was held at Sportime Randall’s Island, as prospects and college coaches from across the country came together for a weekend-long showcase.

June 20, 2017
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Don’t miss the opportunity to be coached by world-renowned Emilio Sanchez and his team at Riverdale Tennis Center the week leading up to the U.S. Open this year!

June 20, 2017
By Steve Annacone

I have been increasingly perplexed and frustrated by the current day professional tennis players who refuse to work their way in to the net.

June 19, 2017
By Brian Coleman

When they were just kids, Tennis Innovators’ Cesar and Juan Andrade came to the United States from Ecuador with their family, first settling in Malverne, Long Island before going to live in Queens.

June 16, 2017
By Gilad Bloom

In today’s day and age, 99 percent of the players use a two-handed backhand and most players are playing a typical baseline style that is indicative of this era of high tech rackets with a power game that has ruled tennis over the past two decades.

June 15, 2017
By Mike Williams

The battle between the serve and return is a quintessential case of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object, and this clash of styles has given us some epic matchups over the years.

June 15, 2017
By Rob Polishook

We have all seen “It,” either as a player, coach or fan. The “It” I am referring to is a player in the throes of a slump. Maybe “It” is a tournament winless streak like Novak Djokovic is currently experiencing due to what he calls “personal issues.”

June 8, 2017
By Emilio Sanchez-Vicario

I’m writing from the terrace of the players’ lounge at the Indian Wells event, where the view is incredible, and the desert mountains in the background resemble a postcard. Fernando Verdasco just finished his match, as the hot temperature reached its peak around 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

June 2, 2017
By Philip Feingold

It’s obvious that speed plays a key role in tennis. However, speed is more than just how fast a player moves on the court. It also refers to reaction time, readiness and the ability to make tactical decisions on the spot.

June 1, 2017
By Lisa Dodson

Here is the big question: How can we expect players to do something as complicated as serving when they cannot throw and release a ball directly out of their hand? In this article, I am going to stress the importance of the grip and a throwing release as central principles to a great serve.

May 31, 2017
By Luke Jensen

I cannot wait for summer tennis! I love all of it … from hard courts to clay courts with all the heat and humidity. The entire country has tennis action for all levels and the courts are packed!

May 24, 2017
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On Tuesday, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced that Spanish duo Sergio Casal and Emilio Sanchez will receive the ITF’s highest accolade, the Philippe Chatrier Award, for their services to the game as players and coaches.

May 19, 2017
By Barbara Wyatt

I decided to read a tennis book to improve my game, and complement my practices in drills and lessons with instructors. But let’s face it … I need more than a book, I need a library.

May 18, 2017
By Richard Thater

Most New York tennis players are familiar with the two most popular tennis-teaching organizations: The PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) and the USPTA (Professional Tennis Association). They both offer workshops and testing to become certified tennis teachers. Each organization has about 15,000 members.

May 18, 2017
By Mike Williams

I’ve seen it time and again. Players working on their open-stance forehand with their bent elbows and breaking wrists trying to hit the ball like Rafael Nadal. I get it, just like you, I’ve dreamt of hitting just one forehand as big as Rafa’s ... and yet it’s never happened.

May 9, 2017
By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

SPORTIME and The John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA) today announced that JMTA Co‐Director Patrick McEnroe will be overseeing summer tennis training at the JMTA satellite at SPORTIME Amagansett, in the Town of East Hampton, beginning in summer 2017.   

May 8, 2017
By Chris Lewit

Toni Nadal has been instrumental in the development of his nephew, Rafael, into a world-class tennis player. I recently had the good fortune to study with him in Mallorca, Spain at the new Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy. 

May 5, 2017
By Ray Josephs

Tennis is one of the most technical sports to learn. Unlike basketball or soccer where someone can pick up a ball and play right away, it will take a young child up to a year or more to develop the skills to engage in realistic competition.