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February 26, 2015

Two talented junior players will once again be featured as part of the annual BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden. The match, presented by HEAD Penn Racquet Sports, will feature Cori “Coco” Gauff and Gabriella Price as part of World Tennis Day on Tuesday, March 10.

February 26, 2015

American qualifier Ryan Harrison notched the first top 10 win of his career on Wednesday, knocking off the 10th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 4-6, 6-0 at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel. Harrison entered the match with a 0-22 record against top 10 opponents, but converted on five of nine break point chances to move past the Bulgarian in one hour and 49 minutes.

February 26, 2015

Borna Coric of Croatia pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the young year on Thursday, storming past world number three Andy Murray 6-1, 6-3 to reach the Dubai Duty Free Championships semifinals.

February 25, 2015

Novak Djokovic rolled into the quarterfinals of the Dubai Duty Free Championships on Wednesday, defeating Russia’s Andrey Golubev 6-1, 6-2 in just over an hour.

February 25, 2015

The North Carolina women remain atop the ITA Division I College Tennis Rankings for the second straight week, while the USC men leap back ahead of Oklahoma after the Sooners were upset by Texas A&M this week. This is the first ranking edition of the spring that is based on a computerized point-per-match formula, which caused several major changes.  

February 25, 2015

StarGames Inc. and MSG, promoters of the eighth annual BNP Paribas Showdown and World Tennis Day, have announced that the USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), has been selected as the official charity of the BNP Paribas Showdown for the second consecutive year.

February 24, 2015

The USTA and United States Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier have announced that top-ranked American and world number 20 John Isner, world number 45 Donald Young, and the world’s number one doubles team of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan will represent the U.S. in the 2015 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round against Great Britain. 

February 24, 2015

Premium polarized sunglasses brand Maui Jim has announced a new global partnership with the ATP, in which the Hawaiian company will become the Official Eyewear of the ATP World Tour.

February 24, 2015

Playing in his first match since rising to number three in the world rankings, third-seeded Andy Murray knocked off Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller 6-4, 7-5 on Monday night to advance to the second-round of the Dubai Duty Free Championships.

Featured Blogs

February 23, 2015

I got an e-mail last week from Nate Gross, assistant men's tennis coach at Idaho State University. Nate authored several concise books on charting tennis matches and they are the best of this genre that I have ever read.

February 10, 2015

As American tennis re-evaluates it's High Performance programs, specifically its methods of "talent identification" to reclaim a lofty position in the world, it's worth learning from the NFL and four-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady.

February 3, 2015

The current era of tennis is defined by power, and that power was on display in Melbourne during the 2015 Australian Open. What was fascinating to me after watching Novak Djokovic defeat Andy Murray for an eighth Grand Slam title is that these players are not the biggest hitters on the tour.

January 16, 2015

It's time to pick up the remote and switch from the Travel Channel to the Tennis Channel to dream of basking in hot weather again. Sorry, not sorry but I have little sympathy for those experiencing another "heat alert" in Sydney. It's better than a polar vortex.

December 19, 2014

As reported in New York Tennis Magazine (from an ITA press release), the ITA Intercollegiate Tennis Association Operating Committee is re-submitting its dual match format proposal to shorten college tennis matches after a decisive vote, a move explained as "a powerful indication of the group's commitment to adopt creative and innovative measures to enhance the sport of tennis during this time of seismic change in collegiate athletics." 

December 11, 2014

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and Perform, a British media company, signed a 10-year, $535 million deal for broadcast rights to every WTA tournament in its annual calendar. 

November 24, 2014

The holidays mean different things to different people. If your a national tournament player, parent or coach, Thanksgiving can be a day spent at a tennis club, with turkey at the hotel restaurant or at a nearby Applebee's.

November 19, 2014

Fourteen-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal criticized Spain's female Davis Cup captain Gala Leon for feeding a "false and absurd" debate. He said, "It seems strange to me as Davis Cup captain that instead of seeking union and harmony between players, captains and federations, she has incited and fed a debate that is totally false and absurd."

October 30, 2014

Tennis participation numbers are down all over, and the Long Island/New York metro area is no exception. This could be a temporary cycle or an alarming trend and I hope it's the former.

October 21, 2014

It seems that tennis, like football and basketball, is making news off the court because of insensitive and ignorant jerks.


By Daniel Kresh
October 8, 2012
In the first three months of 2013 the ATP challenger tour will be testing out a new rule, the elimination of the service let. Though there are no immediate plans to implement this rule in a broader scope there is no question that this is the first attempt at doing just that. Would this potential change be a positive thing for the sport? I think so.
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By Bill Longua
September 6, 2012
There are many reasons doubles teams may want to stray from the traditional service formation to the “I” formation. (also known as the Australian formation) Let’s go over some of them.
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By Bill Longua
August 24, 2012
The stance you use when hitting the ball determines the concentration needed concerning your shoulder turn. If you hit in the more conservative closed stance, where there is a turn step and hit, the shoulders will naturally turn sideways because the left leg (if right handed) is pointed toward the net.
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By Bill Longua
August 6, 2012
To improve your level of play a variety of different shots are needed, one of which is the forehand slice. Let’s go over a few tips to help you hit it better, or if you are new at it, get started.
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By Bill Longua
July 17, 2012
When playing doubles, we are positioned many times during the match at the service line, or we are attacking forward toward the net, in both cases, we are subject to low, oncoming shots that require us to pick the ball up off a short hop, that’s the half volley.


Radio personality Mike Greenberg of ESPN's "Mike and Mike in the Morning" realizes a lifelong dream of playing at the National Tennis Center with idol and 18-time Grand Slam Champion Chris Evert.
A great video helping to explain USTA's new 10 and under QuickStart rules.


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Tue, 03/10/2015

The 8th annual BNP Paribas Showdown is set for Tuesday, March 10th at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The exhibition features Monica Seles taking on Gabriela Sabatini while Roger Federer battles Grigor Dimitrov.  




Sat, 03/21/2015

The Public School Athletic League (PSAL) will have its Boys and Girls Invitational Tournament on Saturday, March 21st from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The location of the event has not been determined yet.