Long Island Region
November 19, 2019
The USTA Eastern Long Island Region organizes all USTA tennis programs in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and reaches out to the entire Long Island community to bring tennis to people of all ages and skill levels. Our member organizations are tennis clubs, tennis facilities, parks, schools and community groups, all of whom support and foster tennis throughout Long Island.
- A team based out of Carefree Racquet Club in Merrick won the USTA National League Championships in the Mixed 18 & Over 10.0 division. Congratulations to Ben Marks, who captained the team, and his players. ADVERTISEMENT Check out a photo of the group after their big win below and learn more about their victory here!
- The 2020 New York Tennis Expo is Sunday, February 9, 2020 at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Free tickets (which include free parking) are available here.
- Check out photos from the 2019 USTA Long Island Awards Dinner here!
- USTA Long Island is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Awards Dinner. For more information, click here!
- An action-packed girls' high school tennis season on Long Island included a big win at the state championships.
- Learn more about the record number of varsity and JV girls' high school teams from Long Island who participated in community service events during the Fall 2019 season.
- Send your photos from tennis events on LI to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can publish them on our site! (Please remember to send files as large as possible. At this time we can only publish horizontally oriented photos.)
The best and brightest in the Long Island tennis community will be honored on court with top-ranked pro tennis champions at the 3rd NY Open in February.
In recognition of its 30th year, the Annual USTA Long Island Awards Dinner will be held at NYCB Live, the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to take advantage of the unique benefits the New York Open brings to the area.
The awards program will be held on Wednesday, February 12th, 2020, just prior to the evening session of play. (In case of inclement weather, the event will take place on Thursday, February 13th.) The evening will include a cocktail hour followed by the awards presentation, night tennis session and on-court recognition of awardees.
“Long Island is very fortunate to have an ATP 250 event right here in our own backyard and it’s a wonderful opportunity for the USTA Long Island Region to support the New York Open’s third year at the Nassau Coliseum,” said Jonathan Klee, executive director, USTA Long Island Regional Council.
“Combining the two events will give our award winners an opportunity to hear from and take pictures with touring players,” Klee said.
“In addition, award winners will receive a free ticket and parking pass to the matches that evening and will be recognized once again for their achievement between matches. Guests of award winners will be able to purchase tickets for the event at a discounted price,” Klee said.
“The dinner usually attracts more than 350 tennis enthusiasts and we are hoping that by combining the awards with a night of top-level professional tennis we can rock the coliseum that evening.”
As is customary, honorees will be selected through nominations from the local tennis community. Nominations are now open for the Long Island awards and can be made by (clicking here). Awards will be given in several categories for volunteering and play including Juniors, Adults and USTA National Teams. Nominations will close on November 25th.
30th Annual USTA Long Island Awards Dinner
Wednesday, February 12th, 2020
Night Session Tennis 7:30pm
Summer Fun for Kids
Several hundred children came out for tennis fun at two free Long Island Kids’ Days this summer.
Coordinated by the USTA Long Island Regional Council and Long Island Tennis Magazine, the Nassau and Suffolk events took place at the Old Westbury Golf & Country Club and the Hamlet Golf & Country Club in Commack, respectively. In addition to tennis fun and learning with local tennis pros, children enjoyed carnival games, a DJ, face painting, lunch, beverages and more. A new addition was the New York Open Skills Challenge competition.
Summer camp groups from across the Island attended the events. Participants, many of whom had never played tennis before, included children from the Circulo de la Hispanidad (Long Beach), the Boys and Girls Club (Glen Cove), RCA Children’s Academy (Roosevelt) and more.
“Bringing our kids’ day events to children across Nassau and Suffolk Counties has been a highlight of the USTA Long Island calendar for many years,” said Jonathan Klee, executive director, USTA Long Island Regional Council.
“For the past few years, Long Island Tennis Magazine has worked with us to expand the days’ offerings, and this year we were happy to welcome the New York Open as well. “Introducing tennis to new players is a key goal for us, and we hope that by offering programs like kids’ days to the community, we will help to spark an interest in tennis among the younger generation,” Klee said.
He expressed his appreciation to all the kids’ day volunteers, including event co-chairs Michelle Stoerback, Hillary Bressler and Jason Wass; Mike Pavlides, USTA Long Island Past Regional Director; Neil Thakur, USTA Eastern Tennis Service Representative/Long Island; David Sickmen and Long Island Tennis Magazine, the New York Open, Old Westbury Golf & Country Club, and Bruce Moodnik and the Hamlet Golf & Country Club.
- February 9-16, 2020: 3rd New York Open
- February 9, 2020: The 2020 New York Tennis Expo
- February 12, 2020: 30th Annual USTA Long Island Awards Presentation (inclement weather date is February 13)
Click here for a directory of Long Island Providers.
The Long Island Region Team
Long Island, Tennis Service Representative
- Neil Thakur - email@example.com
Regional Council Executive Committee
- Jonathan Klee, Regional Director
- Mike Pavlides, Past Regional Director
- Sunny Fishkind, Vice Regional Director
- Randi Wilkins, Secretary
- Terri Arnold-McKenzie, Secretary, Grant Committee
- Terri Arnold-McKenzie, Diversity & Inclusion Committee
- Scott Axler, Past Regional Director, Junior Competition Committee
- Shannon Blue, USTA League Committee Liaison
- Hilary Bressler, Events Planner, Awards Dinner Committee
- Daniel Burgess, Past Regional Director, Community Tennis Committee
- Steven Cloughen, Awards Dinner Committee
- Chris Colesanti, Adult League Committee
- Craig Fligstein, Veterans and Community Service Liaison
- Wayne Freeman, USTA League Committee Liason
- Herb Harris, Grant Committee, Community Development Liaison
- Eileen Leonard, Competition Training Committee
- Tito Perez, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Junior Team Tennis Committee
- Fabiana Rezak, Community Tennis Liaison
- Clark D. Ruiz II, Nassau County Delegate
- Denise Schmidt, Events Planner, Awards Dinner Committee
- Michelle Stoerback, Awards Dinner Committee
- Jason Wass, Suffolk County Delegate
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