JMTA’s Jessica Golovin Commits To LSU

Jessica Golovin has announced that she will attend Louisiana State University and play tennis for the Tigers next fall!

Her coach, Felix Alvarado, said, “I’m very happy for Jess to go to an excellent program and a great conference. I know Julia Sell will be a great coach and mentor for her as Jessica makes her transition into collegiate tennis. Jessica has worked hard for the past year towards getting into a great school and I believe LSU will be a good fit for her. We wish her the best of luck and look forward to Jessica’s continued success.”

JMTA Tournament Team Excels At Eastern Super Six

JMTA brought a strong contingent to the Eastern Super Six in Syracuse, with several standout performances. Brianna Williams earned third place in 18′s and Loren Haukova was the consolation champion in 16′s.

“It was great having the girls involved in the G14′s, G16′s and G18′s practicing together in the mornings and supporting each other during the matches at the Eastern Super-Six tournament in Syracuse”, said Coach Greg Bolitsky. “There was a real sense of JMTA Tournament Team camaraderie and enthusiasm both on and off the court.”

The next JMTA Tournament Team trip is to the +L1 Eastern Grand Prix in Albany, Oct. 17-19 and 24-26.

Here are other JMTA student results from the weekend:

Girls 18 (Liverpool, NY – Tennis-N-Gear)
Madison Battaglia; No.1 seed; Singles Champion
Brianna Williams; Singles Semifinalist
Ekim Buyuk; reached the Quarterfinals; 2 wins in consolation
Shayna Spooner; Main Draw Singles; Consolation Champion

Girls 16 (Syracuse, NY – Drumlins Tennis Club)
Michelle Sorokko; Reached the Quarterfinals
Loren Haukova; Main Draw Singles; Consolation Champion
Victoria Sec; reached the Round of 16; 2 wins in consolation
Ashley Lessen; reached the Round of 16
Aleksandra Bekirova; Main Draw Singles; 1 win in consolation
Lauren Munari; reached the Round of 16; 1 win consolation
Courtney Kowalsky; Main Draw Singles; 1 win in consolation

Girls 14 (Syracuse, NY – Drumlins Tennis Club)
Katherine Kachkarov;; reached the Quarterfinals and was defeated by the No.1 seed; 1 win in consolation
Merri Kelly; Main Draw Singles; 3 wins in consolation
Katelyn Walker; Main Draw Singles
Chelsea Williams; Main Draw Singles

Boys 18 (Williamsville, NY – Village Glenn)
Felipe Osses-Konig; reached the Round of 16;  1 win in consolation
Athell Bennett; Main Draw Singles; 1 win in consolation
Ananth Raghaven; Main Draw Singles; 2 wins consolation
Jake Bhangdia; Main Draw Singles; 1 win in consolation
Michael DeNigris; reached the Round of 16
Sean Mullins; Main Draw Singles
Maurice Russo; Main Draw Singles

Boys 16 (Pittsford, NY – Mendon Racquet and Pool Club)
Sean Wei; reached the Round of 16 and was defeated by No.1 seed; Consolation Champion
Colin Sacco; reached the Round of 16; 1st round win over No.8 seed
Sean Patrick; reached the Round of 16

Boys 14 (Rochester, NY – Midtown Athletic Club)
Cannon Kingsley; reached the finals and took 2nd place; Singles Finalist
Ronald Hohmann; defeated in Singles Semifinals by the player who went on to win the tournament; Singles Semifinalist
Shawn Jackson; reached the Round of 16 and was defeated by the No.1 seed
Neel Raj; reached the Round of 16; 1 win in consolation
Lantis Wang; Reached the Quarterfinals and was defeated by No1 seed

Boys 12 (Williamsville, NY – Village Glenn)
Ty Switzer; reached the Round of 16
Sebastian Sec; reached the Round of 16; 1 win in consolation
Sidharth Chawla; Main Draw Singles; 3 wins in consolation
Maxwell Kachkarov; Main Draw Singles; 2 wins in consolation
Wesley Zhang; Main Draw Singles; 1 win in consolation


Emge Student, Princeton Soph Yablon Earns Flight Final

Josh Yablon, sophomore at Princeton University, formerly coached by JMTA Associate Director Nate Emge, is off to a strong start for the Tigers, reaching the final of the Farnsworth Ivy Plus tournament last week.

Yablon, who has previously played in SPORTIME’s Wednesday Invite Only group, had a straight-set semifinal win over R.J. Del Nunzio of St. John’s to advance.

In his freshman season, Yablon went 13-9 in spring singles and 8-4 in fall singles.

Photo Credit: Barton Silverman/The New York Times | JMTAer Noah Rubin

‘Tennis’ Magazine Features Noah Rubin Tuesday

Noah Rubin was profiled in the “Tennis Tuesday” feature in Tennis Magazine this week.

The item noted that Rubin “…doesn’t lack confidence or persistence, and those traits have already taken him a long way.”

The piece recycled Rubin’s post-US Open quote, “I learned that I can definitely compete with these guys at the best level.”

Cameron Silverman

Elon Grad Silverman Training At JMTA

Cameron Silverman is a recent graduate of Elon University, where he played #1 Singles and Doubles.  He was ranked as high as #21 in NCAA Division I and was the Southern Conference Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014.

When he is not playing professional tournaments he will be training at JMTA with Director Lawrence Kleger and our talented staff.

image: Southern Conference


‘Brooklyn’ Takes Stony Brook

JMTA alumna Elizabeth “Call Me Brooklyn” Tsvetkov, a freshman at Stony Brook, won the C-Singles Flight at the Stony Brook Classic this weekend. Tsvetkov outlasted Fairleigh Dickinson’s Shreya Pasricha, 6-4, 5-7, 10-6, in the finals.

More here.

In other JMTA news, two JMTA 13 year olds played in the finals of the G16s L1B CMTC September Challenger with Merri Kelly Hannity (Oyster Bay) besting Najah Dawson (Sarasota) 6-3, 6-3.

In the B16s, two JMTA13 year olds played in the finals as well with Cannon Kingsley (Northport) beating Daniel Pellerito (Syosset) 6-2, 4-6, 10-5.

JMTA players won the B&G18s with Athell Bennet winning the Boys 18s and Ashley Lessen winning the Girls 18s giving JMTA a sweep of the event.

JMTA's Noah Rubin and Jamie Loeb

ITA Fetes Jamie Loeb, Noah Rubin In Preseason Rankings

Two collegiate JMTA stars earned some high national honors today when the ITA released its preseason Division I collegiate rankings.

Jamie Loeb, last year’s college No. 1, is atop the first ranking in her sophomore year. She helped UNC reach the team championship match.

Fresh off his summer that included a Wimbledon juniors title and USTA juniors crown, Noah Rubin was named top freshman as he matriculates at Wake Forest.

See full women’s rankings here and men’s here.

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JMTA On The Road At Tournaments In Coming Weeks

The tournaments below with a  * are the tournaments that the JMTA Tournament Team will be traveling to and the others will have a JMTA coach present. For registration and further information regarding any of the JMTA Tournament Team trips, please contact JMTA Tournament Team Director, Greg Bolitsky, either by calling Coach Bolitsky at 718-939-3200 or by email, gbolitsky@sportimeny.com.

Sept 18-21
Eastern Super-6
Entry Deadline:Sept 8
B12-Williamsville,NY *
B14-Rochester,NY *
B18-Williamsville,NY *

Sept 26-28
L1B Long Beach Apple Pie Classic
Entry Deadline:Sept 22

Oct 10-13
L1 Sportime-Harbor-Isle
Entry Deadline:Sept 27

Oct 11-13
USTA National Selection Tournament
Entry Deadline:Sept 11
B12-Latham,NY *
B16-Queens Village,NY
B18-Glen Cove,NY
G18-Glen Cove,NY

Oct 17-19 & Oct 24-26
+L1 Eastern Grand Prix
Entry Deadline:Sept 26
B12-Latham,NY *
B14-Latham,NY *
B16-Schenectady,NY *
B18-Saratoga Springs,NY *
G12-Latham,NY *
G14-Latham,NY *
G16-Schenectady,NY *
G18-Saratoga Springs,NY *

Oct 24-26
L1B Sportime Lake-Isle
Entry Deadline:Oct 19

Oct 24-26
L1B Hastings on the Hudson Fall Champs.
Entry Deadline:Oct 19

Oct 31-Nov 2
Empire Cup National Doubles Championships
Entry Deadline:Oct 24
B12,B14,B16-Alley Pond,NY *
G12,G14-Alley Pond,NY *
B18-Glen Cove,NY
G16,G18-Glen Cove,NY

Oct 31-Nov 2
L1B Stadium Tennis Center
Entry Deadline:Oct 24

Nov 21-23
Eastern Super-6
Entry Deadline:Nov 10
B14-Glen Cove,NY
B18-Queens Village,NY
G12-New Windsor,NY
G18-Port Chester,NY

Nov 28-30
USTA National Selection Tournament
Entry Deadline:Sept 18
G16-Glen Cove,NY
G18-West Point,NY

Nov 28-30
USTA Open Regional Tournament
Entry Deadline:Sept 18

Jamie Loeb (photo: Zoo Tennis)

Loeb Wins College Event At US Open

As if her freshman season wasn’t brilliant enough, JMTA’s Jamie Loeb has another notch in her racquet as her sophomore year at the University of North Carolina gets underway, topping fellow New Yorker and ACC foe Julia Elbaba of the Univ. of Virginia, 7-6, 6-1, on Saturday in the final of the inaugural American Collegiate Invitational at the US Open held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Read more at the UNC website here.

And on Zoo Tennis here.

And see her post-match video here:


James Wasserman

Wasserman Gains First ATP Points!

17 year old James Wasserman, a SPORTIME player coached by Associate JMTA Director Nate Emge and Assistant JMTA Director Phillip Simmonds, reached the doubles semi-finals in a 10,000 Future in Mexico. In the round of 16, he and his partner, fellow New Yorker Adam El Mihdawy took out the No. 1 seeds ranked (ATP #) 462 and 673.

Wasserman gained six ATP points and will receive a doubles ATP ranking for the first time in his career.

Photo Credit: Adam Wolfthal  | JMTA's Noah Rubin

Rubin Falls in Open Debut Tuesday

It’s been quite a summer for 18-year-old Noah Rubin of Rockville Centre. The Wake Forest-bound freshman won the Wimbledon Juniors title and followed that up with a championship at the USTA 18s title in Kalamazoo, Mich. While the former may have had more international cachet, particularly to casual tennis fans, it was the latter that earned Rubin a wild card entry into the main draw into the US Open.

In just his second pro tournament (he accepted a Wild Card into Winston-Salem last week), Rubin drew Argentina’s Federico Delbonis, a 23-year-old who came into the Open ranked No. 66. With a packed Court 13 crowd solidly behind him, Rubin was strong early before falling in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-0.

“I learned that I can definitely compete with these guys at the best level,” he said. “If I stayed on serve throughout the whole first set, who knows what would have happened. If I kept the momentum going, I probably would have had more opportunities but just didn’t capitalize on it.”

The big crowd, opening match jitters and Delbonis’ lefty stroke put Rubin in an early 3-0 hole. Though Rubin got one of the break points back and closed to 2-3, his Argentine opponent’s experience proved critical.

In the second set, Delbonis broke in the seventh game for a 4-3 lead and wouldn’t lose a game the rest of the way.

Rubin has played here in Flushing Meadows before, competing in the US Open juniors. But the big stage of the main draw was a different experience.

“It’s completely different sports,” he added. “The pros, they are doing it for a living. Been out here for so long. The experience is a different level. Fitness is at a different level. So it’s definitely something to get used to.”

Sam Querry, another American who rose through the ranks of juniors, had a bit of advice for Rubin.

“My advice to guys is to try to put your head down and battle through futures and champions,” he said. “I think he has a good game to move up the ranks. I know he’s going to college for a year, so try to dominate the next level and get in the Tour events as quick as he can.”

In all, Rubin, who also earned a wild card into the main doubles draw with partner and friend Stefan Kozlov and will play on Wednesday, is using his first Slam as a learning experience.

“I’m just trying to show everbody I can compete at this level and try to make people proud of me,” he explained. “I’m just getting used to the atmosphere, getting used to being out there with the best players in the world.

“It’s nice to know I belong here and I’m not just taking a vacation here just seeing what it’s like and going back. I deserve to be here and work to stay here.”