June 22, 2015
By Jacopo Tezza

All sports have a common factor: Results. I have been coaching for several years now, and I have often dealt with parents who were extremely results-oriented instead of development-oriented. The lack of results in their children caused a lot of drama in the family and pressure on both the player and the coach. So when is winning secondary in the sport of tennis?

June 10, 2015
By Brian Coleman

At the USTA Eastern Long Island Region Awards Dinner, long-time tennis coach and teacher Howie Arons received one of the highest honors given out in the New York tennis community: The Vitas Gerulaitis “For the Love of Tennis” Award.

June 9, 2015
By Eric Faro

For junior players, summer is a great time for them to improve all aspects of their game. These student-athletes do not have the pressures and responsibilities that go along with their education and schoolwork and can work on their games with a free and focused mind. 

June 8, 2015
By Rob Polishook

In Part  One of the “More Than an Athlete” series, we highlighted how, when an athlete brings his or her “whole self” (mental and skillset) to the performance, they are better able to play their game and be the best they can be. In Part Two, we highlighted how, when a player understands that results don’t define them, they can play from a more relaxed, aware, and grounded place. 

April 24, 2015
By Lisa Dodson

If you wanted to take the most comprehensive tennis lesson possible, what would it include? First, you’d have to think outside of that rectangular court and venture into areas of the game that you’re really not good at. You’ll need to set some priorities, but you’re not sure what those are. 

April 10, 2015
By Bill Longua

The Lob Volley is a tennis shot that is not discussed very much. Let's go over a couple of tips that will help you.

April 9, 2015
By Richard Thater

“Should I play tennis to get fit, or should I get fit to play tennis?” This question has bounced around the tennis world for years, and like most either/or questions, the answer lies somewhere in the middle.

April 7, 2015
By Lonnie Mitchel

So you are in a competitive match and the score is 4-4 in the third set with your ranking is on the line. Your parents, maybe a college coach, a friend or other adversaries are watching. Now is the time when the rubber hits the road. It does not matter if you win or lose, what matters is how you are going to complete the match. 

April 3, 2015
By Brian Coleman

There is no doubt that technological developments are always at the center of change, and that is no more evident than in coaching and teaching.

April 2, 2015
By Rob Polishook

In my last article, we discussed the secret to sustained peak performance, a principal called “More Than an Athlete: Person First. Athlete Second.” We also clarified that More Than an Athlete doesn’t require working harder, pushing or even pulling, it does require that the athlete, coach or parent shift their perspective so they can see the performer through a wider lens which includes the whole person, not just the athlete.

March 31, 2015
By Brent Shearer

David E. Moe has written a book that will be of use to any tennis player if they are open to a multi-disciplinary guide to improving their game. The Making of a Winner: A Fable About the Power Within takes tidbits from sports psychology, biofeedback and Eastern religions, and weaves them into a short primer on how to play better tennis.

March 12, 2015
By Luke Jensen

It is time to thaw out from the winter freeze and start planning ahead for a summer tennis camp for your little tennis champs. Attending a tennis camp can be one of the best experiences a young player has in their lifetime.

February 20, 2015
By Lisa Dodson

Tennis is ever evolving. Professional players are getting faster, stronger and bigger at a greater rate. Rackets, strings, training methods and strokes are changing just as fast. A broad spectrum of online teaching and information is at our fingertips. 

February 9, 2015
By Bill Longua

It sounds obvious that knowing your tennis strengths is a critical part of a successful tennis game, but it goes deeper than that to have success in matches.

February 6, 2015
By Richard Thater

I find it useful to ask students if they prefer to eat their spaghetti right out of the box, or if they prefer to eat it cooked—al dente.

February 4, 2015
By Luke Jensen

It's a new year and time to pick up the pace. Have you taken inventory of where your game is now and where it has to go to reach your full potential?

February 3, 2015
By Xavier Luna

It’s a common and often contentious debate among tennis instructors: Should we train young players with the standard yellow tennis ball or use the progressive red-to-orange-to-green approach? The latter—which relies on slower, less compressed tennis balls--is gaining momentum in tennis circles worldwide.

January 14, 2015
By Rob Polishook

What’s the secret to sustained peak performance? Let’s face it … this is the million dollar question! Federer, Monfils, Sharapova … all competitors are trying to solve this great mystery.

December 11, 2014
By Lisa Dodson

The tempo of the take-back is the first and most critical phase in the timing of the serve. It doesn’t matter whether you use a classic, abbreviated or somewhere in between motion. Remember you have to organize your feet, legs, hips, torso, shoulders, arms, hands and head in a continuous chain event to get to one specific moment in time: Contact point.

December 10, 2014
By John W. Sherwood

In today’s game, one of the most under-practiced shots is the inside-out backhand. While the inside-out backhand is not the weapon of choice players enjoy with their inside-out forehand, there are key times and reasons you should include this shot into your practice schedule and match play.

December 4, 2014
By Carl Thorsen

Proper footwork in tennis is as versatile and technical as it is physically demanding. Because of this, footwork is one of the most difficult aspects of the sport to attain a high level in. Furthermore, proper movement is extremely influential on the development of strokes and tactics, which ultimately dictates what level someone can compete at.

December 2, 2014
By Rob Polishook

What are the first things we do when things are not going the way they should be? Let’s say in tennis tournaments you are not getting the results you would like. In fact, you just played in the quarterfinals of a tournament and lost in three hard-fought sets. 

December 1, 2014
By Richard Thater

If you study sports movement long enough, you learn that most moves are considered to be either rotational (circular) or linear. In reality, most moves are some combination of both, but for easier understanding, it is helpful to look at them as separate moves.

November 26, 2014
By Steven Kaplan

The USTA has a whopping $30 million annual player development budget, according to The New York Times. Given their goal to "Create the Next Generation of Champions," things are not going too well.