Joining Together

After today I will be writing for the Times Union Tennis Blog.  I look forward to joining up with Sherwin So to make an even bigger and better tennis blog.  The archived articles will still be available here.  I hope everyone will continue to follow Sherwin and me.  Click HERE to follow the Times Union Tennis Blog.

Why Division 2?

This is excerpted from an article I recently posted on Tennis Recruiting.  It is the second in a series of articles about college tennis that I am writing for the Tennis Recruiting web site.  To read the whole article go to:

or to the Tennis Recruiting Home Page and look under Headlines (September 24): (the article will be on the home page for a limited time).

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Many people think of NCAA Division II athletics as a stepping stone that schools take when they want become Division I programs, but Division II is much more than that.

First of all, what are the requirements for a school to be D-II? They have to support a minimum of 10 sports, including at least four men’s programs and at least five women’s programs. Students must take 16 core courses – it was 14 core course until this year – and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. [1]

Division II’s philosophy calls for a comprehensive program of learning and development in a personal setting. Division II provides growth opportunities through academic achievement, learning in high-level athletics competition and development of societal attitudes in service to community. The balance and integration of these different areas of learning opportunity provide Division II student-athletes with a path to graduation while also cultivating a variety of skills and knowledge for life ahead. [4]

Mark Dolan – Le Moyne College

I have coached at all three levels. The Division II philosophy seems to be geared towards academics being first and foremost and yet we still have many of the same tools Division 1 possess.. In a way, the Division II mentality takes the best of the D-I and D-III and melds them together. For the potential student athlete that has made the decision that academics is first, Division II gives them the level of competition they desire and can be comfortable knowing that their academics will not be overly strained by their commitment to tennis.

 [1] – What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?

[4] Barry University Web Page – Inside Athletics – About Division II

Read the whole article HERE


This is excerpted from an article I recently posted on Tennis Recruiting.  It is the first in a series of articles about college tennis that I am writing for the Tennis Recruiting web site.  To read the whole article go to:

or to the Tennis Recruiting Home Page: (the article will be on the home page for a limited time).

Dan Greenberg, coach of the national champion Williams College men’s tennis team, says, “‘When someone asks me, ‘Why D-III?,’ I honestly say, ‘Why not?'”

Greenberg continues:


Dan Greenberg of Williams
courtesy, Williams Athletics

“Financially, many schools in Division III can provide need- and merit-based aid that exceeds the money available for D-I athletic scholarships. D-III seems like a great option for the majority of high school athletes looking to take their games – and their lives – to the next level.”

Emory‘s Amy Bryant also comments:

“In Division III tennis there is something for everyone. With over 400 schools to choose from, there is a wide spectrum of levels and resources. But, generally speaking, in Division III athletics the overall student-athlete experience is emphasized. So, for example, a D-III student-athlete can typically study abroad, where in D-I or D-II an extended period away from training may be frowned upon.”

Lopez wins 10th match as UAlbany Falls to Presbyterian, 6-1

CLINTON, SC – The University at Albany women’s tennis team dropped their first match of three in Carolina this week. They were defeated by Presbyterian College, 6-1, on Tuesday, March 19. Junior Rocio Lopez got her team-leading 10th singles win of the season at the No. 2 spot.  


UAlbany (5-6) won the first match of the day at  No. 1 doubles. The combination of Lopez and sophomore Kirsten Scott continued their dominance, defeating the duo of sophomore Greer Ransom and freshman Haley Elliot, 8-1. The Lopez/Scott combo have won their last four matches by a score of 32-3.


The Blue Hose swept the remainder of doubles play. They clinched the first point at the No. 3 spot. Freshman Kayla Stanford and sophomore Caroline deLoach defeated freshman Mireille Hermans and senior Sarah Iannone, 8-5.


In singles play, Lopez improved to 10-2 with a thrilling three set victory over junior Courtney Gardiner. She won the match 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (12-10). Irene Santos-Bravo was defeated due to injury at the No. 1 spot. The Spaniard graduate student was tied 2-2 before the match was called.


Elsewhere, Iannone and freshman Cat Crummey each took their singles matches to three sets. Crummey was defeated by deLoach in a back-and-forth contest, 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-2). Presbyterian (7-8) clinched the match at the No. 3 singles spot as Scott lost to junior Patricia Alves, 6-4, 6-0.


Inclement weather moved today’s match from Monday to Tuesday. The schedule change gives the Great Danes less than a 24 hour turnaround as they head to the College of Charleston tomorrow. Match time is set for 2 p.m.


Presbyterian College 6, UAlbany 1


1. Rocio Lopez/Kirsten Scott (UA) def. RANSOM, Greer/ELLIOTT, Haley (PCW) 8-1

2. ALVES, Patricia/GARDINER, Courtney (PCW) def. Irene Santos-Bravo/Cathryn Crummey (UA) 8-6

3. deLOACH, Caroline/STANFORD, Kayla (PCW) def. Mireille Hermans/Sarah Iannone (ALBANY) 8-5 *

Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2)

* Clinched doubles point



1. RANSOM, Greer (PCW) def. Irene Santos-Bravo (UA) 2-2 (ret.)

2. Rocio Lopez  (UA) def. GARDINER, Courtney (PCW) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (12-10)

3. ALVES, Patricia (PCW) def. Kirsten Scott (UA) 6-4, 6-0 $$

4. deLOACH, Caroline (PCW) def. Cathryn Crummey (UA) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-2)

5. LEAHY, Lucia (PCW) def. Mireille Hermans (UA) 6-4, 6-0

6. STANFORD, Kayla (PCW) def. Sarah Iannone (UA) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (12-10)

Singles (1,5,3,4,6,2)                                                                                                                  

$$ Clinched match

When they were young

An article on what men of the ATP looked like as a kid. Here are two. See the rest – HERE

Rafa kid

Rafael Nadal

Ferrer kid

Juan Carlos Ferrero

Video – Rafa, Delpo and

Tennis, Shopping and Fitness?

ShopRite (United States)

ShopRite (United States) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Macaroni and Cheese can be made with whole milk, a stick of butter, enriched semolina elbows, and a plethora of full-fat cheeses.

Or it can be lightened with whole wheat pasta, skim milk, and low-fat cheeses.
It’s the second recipe that kids learned last month at the ShopRite in White Plains, as part of a new afterschool program run by the Jerry Alleyne Memorial Foundation that combines 10 and Under Tennis instruction with hands-on lessons in nutrition and healthy cooking.
The program, called “Cooking Matters for Kids,” is being offered once a week by ShopRite nutritionists, and is part of an array of programs offered by JAMF to help kids develop the skills they need to succeed both on the court and throughout their lives.
“They need to be healthy to play tennis and perform well in class,” said JAMF Director and Founder Loretta Van Raalte. “The earlier they learn the importance of a well-balanced diet and the benefits of tennis, the better off they will be.”
The nutrition sessions started about three weeks ago, and have focused on the basics of a healthy diet: from reducing sugar and fat to eating whole grains.
But the kids in the JAMF don’t only benefit from cooking classes. They also learn from playing tennis.
On Sunday mornings, JAMF offers an academy at New Rochelle Racquet Club, where kids get to learn and improve their skills. The players also compete in USTA Jr. Team Tennis, and last year took home the National title in the 18 and Under Intermediate division.

This is excerpted from the USTA/Eastern website – Learn more


Rafa Tweets

Rafa FireRafa’s success at Indian Wells has resulted in a lot of Twitter activity.  Here are a few tweets:

4ª final consecutiva para @RafaelNadal tras su retorno! Sin palabras. 4th final in a row for Rafa since his return! Speechless. 


Nadal still on court signing every last autograph request. 

Rafa Signing


See the whole article at “Forehand Times” – HERE

Train Like Fed

If it weren’t for Indian Wells

The Dallas Challenger is the closest thing to a tour event you can have.  It comes at the same time as the Indian Wells tournament.  At this years tournament the average ranking is 103rd which is the best of any challenger tournament ever, while last years event was the second best (109th).  The median ranking – 90 – was also the best ever.  Again, last years tournament was the second best.  Next. look at the 8th seed – Lukas Rosol – ranked 62nd in the world.  No challenger has ever ever had a player with a ranking that low although Lukas Lacko, last years 8th seed was 69th.  According to Heavy Topspin Blog the average Challenger has 1.71 top 100 players, there are 18 top 100 players in Dallas.

The top seed in the Dallas Challenger is Marcos Baghdatis (35th in the world) who retired in his opening round match to Igor Sijsling of Netherlands.  Tennis Abstract picks the winner, out of the remaining quarter finalists as #5 seed Jurgen Meltzer. Tennis Abstract lists the probability for every player left in the draw.  Meltzer comes in at a 22.8% chance of winning.  Interesting enough, there are 3 qualifiers and 2 wild cards left out of the 8 quarter finalists.

Read more about the tournament – HERE

Follow the results – HERE



(Latham, NY). The UAlbany women’s tennis team let victory slip through their fingers today, dropping a 4-3 decision to Sacred Heart at Tri-City Tennis and Fitness. Sarah Iannone just ‘refused to lose’ and was the only double winner for the Danes, taking #5 singles in straight sets, then teaming with co-captain Fran White to clinch the doubles point for the Danes at #3. Cat Crummey continued to compete well, pulling out a three-set win at #4. And the #1 doubles team of Rocio Lopez and Kirsten Scott steamrolled their opponents, 8-1.

The match was played in reverse order due to court availability, with singles going first, followed by doubles. The Danes grabbed early leads with Lopez (#1), Scott (#2), Crummey (#4) and Iannone (#5), and things were looking up for awhile. But the Pioneers top two singles players fought back strong and both earned key wins to put them over the top in singles, making the doubles matches a mere formality.

The Danes now turn their focus to their spring break trip where they play three teams in 10 days in South Carolina. The College of Charleston, nationally ranked as high as #61 earlier this season, will be a big challenge, and the other two teams (Presbyterian and Coastal Carolina) won’t be much easier. So, this promises to be a good test for the Danes as they prepare for April and what they hope will be a run at the AmericaEast championship.

Coach Graham: “This was a tough loss. Even though we were missing two starters, this was a winnable match.
Wish we had a ‘do-over’.
We will take a lesson from this and get better in practice, coach smarter, and compete tougher next time.”


1. Gabi Kaldan (SH) def. Rocio Lopez (UA) 6-3,6-4
2. Katie DeRienzo (SH) def. Kirsten Scott (UA) 1-6,6-1,6-3 $
3. Nicole Rydzewski (SH) def. Mireille Hermans (UA) 6-3,6-4
4. Cat Crummey (UA) def. Paige Olson (SH) 6-1,3-6,6-4
5. Sarah Iannone (UA) def. Lindsey Post (SH) 6-4,6-4
6. Alyssa Migliorini (SH) def. Fran White (UA) 6-0,6-1
Order of finish: 6,1,3,5,4,2
$=Clinched match for Sacred Heart

1. Lopez-Scott (UA) def. Kaldan-Olson (SH) 8-1
2. DeRienzo-Post (SH) def. Crummey-Hermans (UA) 8-5
3. Iannone-White (UA) def. Rydzewski-Migliorini (SH) 8-5**
Order of finish: 1,3,2
**Clinched doubles point for UAlbany

UALBANY RECORDS: 5-6 (overall); 1-0 (America East)

NEXT MATCH: Monday, March 18, 2:30pm vs. PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE, Clinton, SC

NEXT HOME MATCH: Friday, April 5, 2:00 p.m. vs. BINGHAMTON @ Dutch Quad courts

Top player trivia quiz

Ivan Lendl Interview

Why not interview the man.  Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy used it’s blog to interview Lendl.  Good interview.  Here are some excerpts:

What bring you the most joy in the process of working with these kids?

“I really enjoyed to see the kids and how much they improve. When they are working on something, and I could give a bunch of examples…when they are working on something and then I see them a month or two months later and they have improved also having results, having good results; going to tournaments and winning some trophies and beating players they were not beating before they came to our academy. That’s what I really like.”

What is the biggest challenge in working with Andy for you and/or Andy?

“I can not speak for Andy so I am not going to. For me, the travel. I don’t like the travel. I have traveled so much in my life that whenever I have to go somewhere, it’s the worst part of what we do together. The best parts are when we are on the court and we are preparing and practicing. I like the practice weeks a lot more than the tournament weeks because it’s more fun. You get to interact more and also you see how much better he can get or how much he is getting.”

Read the whole interview – HERE

Summer Camp

Summer is coming and so is summer camp season.  Lots of kids go to summer camp programs at tennis clubs, country clubs as well as town and park programs.  Some kids go to overnight tennis camps for a week or two such as the Nike Tennis Camp at nearby Williams College.  Still others go to overnight camps for the summer or for one month.  Between the Adirondacks, the Catskills, the Berkshires and the Helderbergs we have a lot of overnight camps within a few hours drive.  Many of them have good tennis programs and lots of fun activities for their campers – from Baseball and Basketball to Rock Climbing; from Swimming and Boating to Dance and Arts & Crafts – the kids have loads of fun at these camps.

I recently toured one such camp – Camp Eagle Hill in Elizaville, New York.  From my door it took me one hour and ten minutes to get to Eagle Hill so it is fairly close by.  Eagle Hill is a family run, coed, 200 acre facility which features a lake, 2 swimming pools along with 8 tennis courts.  There are all types of sporting activities and activities for the mind and soul.  I will be working with Eagle Hill providing referrals from the Capital District area so if you want more information, feel free to contact me.

Through the years I have worked with a lot of kids who have attended various overnight camps.  Their experiences have always been positive.  I have also had hundreds of camp kids at my tournaments and have done intercamps with several overnight camps.  The kids all love it at camp and have a great time.  Not all of the overnight camps have the same commitment to tennis but there are a lot of camps with good tennis programs in our region.  If you are looking for a great experience for your child this summer, look into one of the great overnight camps in our region.

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