Perene Wang

Singles, Doubles Champions In Nov. 14-16 Action

JMTA students grabbed headlines last weekend with more stellar performances.

Oliver Sec and Tyler Schick combined to win the Boys 18 doubles title at Eastern Sweet 16 at Stadium Tennis Center, and individually Sec reached the finals and Schick the semis. Sean Wei was also a doubles winner, at Boys 16 at Eastern Sweet 16 at NYJTL.

Perene Wang led the parade of singles winners, taking Girls 14 at the L1 Championships at Courtsense & Bogota. Singles titles were also claimed by Ty Switzer (Boys 12,L1 Huntington November Championships), Chelsea Williams (Girls 16, L1 November Championships at Mtn Lakes), Astro Pilipovic in Boys 10 at L1 Centercourt of Marlboro November Challenger and Xavier Pacthod in Boys 16 at L1B Sportime Lake Isle’s November Open.

Full results follow:

WinnersEastern Sweet 16 at Stadium Tennis Center

Boys’ 18

Oliver Sec; Singles Finalist; Doubles Champion

Tyler Schick; Singles Semifinalist; Doubles Champion

Ananth Raghavan; Singles Semifinalist; Doubles Quarterfinalist

Sean Mullins; Singles Quarterfinalist; Doubles Quarterfinalist

Jake Bhangdia; Round of 16 Singles; Doubles Quarterfinalist

Felipe Osses-Konig; Round of 16 Singles; Doubles Semifinalist

Eastern Sweet 16 at NYJTL

Boys’ 16

Hayden Cassone; Singles Semifinalist; Doubles Quarterfinalist

Sean Wei; Round of 16 Singles; defeated the number (2) seed; Doubles Champion

Sean Patrick; Singles Quarterfinalist; Doubles Finalist

Eastern Sweet 16 at RWTTC

Boys’ 14

Neel Raj; Singles Finalist; Doubles Semifinalist

Ronald Hohmann; Singles Quarterfinalist

Lantis Wang; Round of 16 Singles; Doubles Finalist

Eastern Sweet 16 at Sportime Bethpage

Boys’ 12

Maxwell Kachkarov; Singles Semifinalist; Doubles Main Draw

Wesley Zhang; Singles Quarterfinalist; Doubles Semifinalist

Eastern Sweet 16 at Mendham

Girls’ 18

Ekim Buyuk; Singles Semifinalist; Doubles Finalist

Gillian Perotta; Singles Semifinalist; Doubles Finalist

Mia Vecchio; Round of 16 Singles; Doubles Quarterfinals

Eastern Sweet 16 at Lifetime Westchester

Girls’ 14

Merri Kelly; Singles Semifinalist; Doubles Semifinalist

Georgia Ryan; Singles Semifinalist; Doubles Quarterfinalist

Katherine Kachkarov; Round of 16 Singles; Doubles Quarterfinalist

Eastern Sweet 16 at APTC

Girls’ 16

Brianna Williams; Singles Semifinalist; Doubles Quarterfinalist

Aleksandra Bekirova; Round of 16 Singles; Doubles Semifinalist

Lauren Munari; Round of 16 Singles; Doubles Semifinalist

Ashley Lessen; Round of 16 Singles; Doubles Quarterfinalist

Nathalie Rodilosso; Round of 16 Singles; Doubles Quarterfinalist

Michelle Sorokko; Round of 16 Singles; Doubles Quarterfinalist

Victoria Sec; Round of 16 Singles

Eastern Sweet 16 at Jersey 34

Girls’ 12

Daniella Benabraham; Singles Round of 16; Doubles Main Draw

L1 Huntington November Championships

Boys’ 12 Singles

Ty Switzer; Champion; defeated the number (1) and (2) seeds

Luca Demare; Main Draw

Sam Scherer; Main Draw

Michael Weitz; Main Draw

L1 Championships at Courtsense & Bogota

Girls’ 14 Singles

Perene Wang; Champion

Boys’ 18 Singles

Colin Sacco; Quarterfinalist

Alexander Pintille; Round of 16

Zachary Kaplan; Main Draw

L1 November Championships at Mtn Lakes

Girls’ 16 Singles

Chelsea Williams; Champion

L1 Centercourt of Marlboro November Challenger

Boys’ 10 Singles

Astro Pilipovic: Champion

L1 New Shrewsbury November Classic

Boys’ 16 Singles

Brandon Grill; Round of 16

Boys’ 14 Singles

Blake Frank; Main Draw

Xavier PacthodL1B Sportime Lake Isle’s November Open

Boys’ 16 Singles

Xavier Pacthod; Champion

L1B Sportime Kings Park November Challenger

Girls’ 12 Singles

Janelle Chen; Semifinalist

Alina Kargin-Utkin; Quarterfinalist

L1B Sportime Lynbrook November Challenger

Boys’ 16 Singles

David Pines; Round of 16

L1B CMTC November Challenger

Boys’ 18 Singles

Michael DeNigris; Main Draw

L20 LBTC November Open

Boys’ 14 Singles

Alfonso Laffont; Semifinalist

Boys’ 12 Singles

Nicholas Laffont; Quarterfinalist

Girls’ 16 Singles

Natalie Marguilies; Quarterfinalist

Girls’ 14 Singles

Leah Margulies; Main Draw

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Player Spotlight: Astro Pilipovic

JMTA’s Astro Pilipovic won his first and second tournaments in consecutive weekends!

Astro had his first tournament win on November 2 at the Boys’ 10 & Under L1B held at Bogota. The weekend immediately following, Astro won the singles championship at the Boys’ 10 & Under at CenterCourt Marlboro, beating the number 1, 2, and 3 seeds on his way to the victory.

Astro has been training at JMTA for several years and is currently privately coached by JMTA Assistant Director, Greg Evans. Astro also trained for several years under U10 Director, Ted Dimond.

“Astro has been working really hard on his approach to playing matches and strategy, and on giving 100% in both groups and in matches. It’s great to see his hard work beginning to pay off, but I know this is just the beginning of the great things we will see from Astro,” said Coach Evans.

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JMTA Hosts First Invitational Training Camp

The John McEnroe Tennis Academy launched its newest offering this weekend: JMTA Training Camps! The inaugural Training Camp was held on Sunday, November 16 at SPORTIME Bethpage for a select group of Boys’ 12 players from all three JMTA sites: Randall’s Island, Lake Isle and Syosset. Training Camps, which are complimentary, are intensive, full-day sessions of live-ball drills, point play simulation training, match-play, and athletic training and conditioning.

November 16 JMTA Training Camp attendees included: Sebastian Sec, Justin Oresky, Gunnar Overstrom, Nicholas Murphy, Sam Scherer, Jack Benavides, David Hendon, Noah Eisenberg, Kevin Golub, Luca Demare, Maxwell Kachkarov, and Roey Nornberg.

JMTA Training Camps are coordinated and run by JMTA Assistant Director and Tournament Team Director Greg Bolitsky.

“Sunday was about bringing players from all three JMTA sites together to work, train and compete as a team,” said Bolitsky. The boys worked extremely hard, not only pushing themselves, but pushing each other to the limit.”

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McEnroe-Courier Match Opens D.R. Resort

Tennis legends John McEnroe and Jim Courier kicked off the new tennis offerings at the Casa de Campo Resort by competing a special exhibition match November 7. The appearance by the two tennis Hall of Famers was part of the resort’s effort to raise the profile of its tennis offerings at its 16-court tennis center.

Read more at TennisGrandstand.net here.

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Eight JMTAers Win Titles

JMTA students collected a total of eight championships the weekend of Nov. 7-9.

Sean Mullins (Boys 18, L1B Alley Pond November Challenger), Hayden Cassone (pictured above; Boys 18, L1B Cherry Pie Challenger, also a doubles semifinalist there), Chelsea Williams (Girls 16, L1B CourtSense at Bogota & TRC Racquet Club Winter Challenger), Astro Pilopovic (Boys 10, L1B at Bogota), Maxwell Moadel (Boys 14, L1B Jericho/Westbury Fall Challenger), Nicholas Laffont (Boys 12, L20 Bethpage State Park Fall Open, taking out the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 seeds), David Pines (Boys 16, 20 Sportime Syosset November Open) and Scott Fischer (Boys 14, L20 Armonk Indoor November Open, toppling the No. 1 seed) all took singles titles.

Full results below:

L1B Alley Pond November Challenger

Boys’ 18 Singles

Sean Mullins; Champion

Sean Patrick; Main Draw

Boys’ 14 Singles

Wesley Zhang; Quarterfinalist; defeated the number (4) seed

Noah Kaye; Main Draw

Girls’ 18 Singles

Courtney Kowalsky; Semifinalist

L1B Cherry Pie Challenger

Boys’ 18

Hayden Cassone; Singles Champion; Doubles Semifinalist

Colin Sacco; Round of 16 Singles

L1B CourtSense at Bogota & TRC Racquet Club Winter Challenger

Girls’ 16 Singles

Chelsea Williams; Champion

Boys’ 16 Singles

Brandon Grill; Finalist; defeated the number (2), (4), and (5) seeds

Daniel Ertel; Round of 16

Robert Millman; Round of 16

Peter Frelinghuysen; Main Draw

Boys’ 14 Singles

Harrison Saladini; Quarterfinalist; defeated the number (2) seed

Ethan Finley; Round of 16

L1B at Bogota

Boys’ 10

Astro Pilopovic; Champion

L1B Jericho/Westbury Fall Challenger

Boys’ 14 Singles

Maxwell Moadel; Champion

Girls’14 Singles

Denise Lai; Quarterfinalist

L1B Sportime Quogue November Challenger

Boys’ 16 Singles

George Kaslow; Finalist

L1B CMTC Fall Challenger

Boys’ 12 Singles

Bradley Bennett; Finalist

Adrien Jippov; Semifinalist

Gunnar Overstrom; Main Draw

Girls’ 12 Singles

Janelle Chen; Main Draw

L1B World Gym November Challenger

Boys’ 10 Singles

Dominick Mosejczuk; Finalist

L1B Sportime Lake Isle November Challenger

Girls’ 14 Singles

Audrey Pacthod; Quarterfinalist

L1B Stadium Tennis Center November Challenger

Girls’ 12 Singles

Natalie Eordekian; Quarterfinalist

Katherine Krieger; Main Draw

Boys’ 12 Singles

Luca DeMare; Main Draw

Sam Scherer; Main Draw

Mike Shepard; Main Draw

Jack Volpert; Main Draw

Girls’ 16 Singles

Alexandra Sanford; Main Draw

L1B Sportime Harbor Island November Challenger

Girls’ 16 Singles

Cosima Boettner; Round of 16

Fiona Boettner; Round of 16

L20 Bethpage State Park Fall Open

Boys’ 12 Singles

Nicholas Laffont; Champion; defeated the number (1), (3), and (4) seeds

Girls’ 12 Singles

Blakely Duskin; Semifinalist

Taylor Overstrom; Quarterfinalist

L20 Sportime Syosset November Open

Boys’ 16 Singles

David Pines; Champion; defeated the number (1) and (3) seeds

Boys’ 14 Singles

Justin Oresky; Semifinalist

Alfonso Laffont; Main Draw

L20 Armonk Indoor November Open

Boys’ 14 Singles

Scott Fischer; Champion; defeated the number (1) seed

L20 Chestnut Ridge November Open

Boys’ 12 Singles

David Hendon; Semifinalist

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Chikvashvili, Kowalsky NYS HS Championships Highlight Title-Filled Weekend At JMTA

Ester Chikvashvili of East Hollow Hills East HS and Courtney Kowalsky of Oyster Bay HS won the New York State girls singles and doubles championships, respectively, on Monday. Chikvashvili topped Tomo Iwasaki of Edgemont to take the singles title, while Kowalsky teamed with her school teammate Celeste Matute for the doubles win.

The crowns highlighted a championship-filled weekend, which also included an Empire Cup National Doubles wins by Sean Wei at Boys 16, Georgia Ryan and Chelsea Williams (toppling the No. 1, 2 and 3 seeds in the process!) at Girls 14, Michelle Sorokko in Girls 16 and Madison Battaglia and Sabrina Xiong at Girls 18s.

Other titles were won by Perene Wang at Girls 14 at the L1B Stadium Tennis Center October Challenger (defeating finalist JMTAer Kassia Taylor), Eleanor Apps at Girls 10 at the L1B CourtSense at Bogota Racquet Club October Challenger and Audrey Pachod at boys 14 at L1B Hardscrabble October Challenger.

Full results follow.

NY STATE HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Women’s Varsity Singles
Ester Chikvashvili; State Champion

Women’s Varsity Doubles
Courtney Kowalsky; State Champion

Empire Cup National Doubles at APTC

Boys’ 16 Doubles
Sean Wei; Champion
Daniel Pellerito; Finalist; defeated (3) and (5) seeds
Hayden Cassone; Round of 16; Consolation Semifinalist
Brandon Grill; Round of 16
Sean Patrick; Round of 16
George Kaslow; Main Draw
Shawn Jackson; Main Draw

Girls’ 14 Doubles
Georgia Ryan; Champion; defeated the number (1), (2), and (3) seeds
Chelsea Williams; Champion; defeated the number (1), (2), and (3) seeds
Katherine Kachkarov; Quarterfinalist; won one match in the consolation

Girls’ 16 Doubles
Michelle Sorokko; Champion
Aleksandra Bekirova; Semifinalist; 3rd place
Nathalie Rodilosso; Quarterfinalist; won two matches in consolation
Lauren Munari; Quarterfinalist
Ashley Lessen; Quarterfinalist

Girls’ 18 Doubles
Madison Battaglia; Champion
Sabrina Xiong; Champion

Boys’ 12 Doubles
Wesley Zhang; Finalist; defeated the number (1) seed
Ty Switzer; Quarterfinalist
Harrison Saladini; Round of 16; won one match in the consolation
Sidarth Chawla; Main Draw
Sebastian Sec; Main Draw

Boys’ 14 Doubles
Neel Raj; Quarterfinalist
Lantis Wang; Quarterfinalist
Jeffrey McCready; Main Draw; Consolation Semifinalist
Harry Portnoy; Main Draw; Consolation Semifinalist
Sujay Sharma; Round of 16
Noah Edelman; Round of 16
Robbie Werdiger; Round of 16
Maxwell Kachkarov; Main Draw; won one match in the consolation
Alex Portnoy; Main Draw; won one match in the consolation

Girls’ 12 Doubles
Rebecca Suarez; Main Draw; won one match in consolation
Julia Werdiger; Main Draw; Won one match in consolation

Boys’ 18 Doubles
Colin Sacco; Finalist
Sean Mullins; Semifinalist
Jake Bhangdia; Main Draw; won one match in consolation
Ananth Raghavan; Main Draw; won one match in consolation

L1B Stadium Tennis Center October Challenger

Girls’ 14 Singles
Perene Wang; Champion
Kassia Taylor Finalist

L1B CourtSense at Bogota Racquet Club October Challenger

Girls’ 10 Singles
Eleanor Apps; Champion
L1B Hardscrabble October Challenger

Boys’ 14 Singles
Audrey Pachod; Champion

Boys’ 12 Singles
Jasper Hunt; Finalist
L1B CMTC Halloween Challenger

Boys’ 16 Singles
Ronald Hohmann; Finalist
L1B Centercourt Morristown Fall Challenger

Boys’ 14 Singles
Blake Frank; 3rd Place
L1B Stadium Tennis Center October Challenger

Boys’ 14 Singles
Tristan Taylor; Semifinalist
Noah Kaye; Round of 16

L1B October Challenger at New Rochelle Racquet Club

Girls’ 16 Singles
Cosima Boettner; Semifinalist
Fiona Boettner; Semifinalist
L20 Sportime Syosset November Open

Girls’ 14 Singles
Leah Margulies; Finalist

Girls’ 16 Singles
Natalie Margulies; Finalist
L20 Sportime Syosset November Open

Boys’ 14 Singles
Zachary Chan; Finalist

NY STATE HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Women’s Varsity Singles

Esther Chikvashvilli; State Champion

Women’s Varsity Doubles

Courtney Kowalsky; State Champion

Empire Cup National Doubles at APTC

Boys’ 16 Doubles

Sean Wei; Champion

Daniel Pellerito; Finalist; defeated (3) and (5) seeds

Hayden Cassone; Round of 16; Consolation Semifinalist

Brandon Grill; Round of 16

Sean Patrick; Round of 16

George Kaslow; Main Draw

Shawn Jackson; Main Draw

Girls’ 14 Doubles

Georgia Ryan; Champion; defeated the number (1), (2), and (3) seeds

Chelsea Williams; Champion; defeated the number (1), (2), and (3) seeds

Katherine Kachkarov; Quarterfinalist; won one match in the consolation

Girls’ 16 Doubles

Michelle Sorokko; Champion

Aleksandra Bekirova; Semifinalist; 3rd place

Nathalie Rodilosso; Quarterfinalist; won two matches in consolation

Lauren Munari; Quarterfinalist

Ashley Lessen; Quarterfinalist

Girls’ 18 Doubles

Madison Battaglia; Champion

Sabrina Xiong; Champion

Boys’ 12 Doubles

Wesley Zhang; Finalist; defeated the number (1) seed

Ty Switzer; Quarterfinalist

Harrison Saladini; Round of 16; won one match in the consolation

Sidarth Chawla; Main Draw

Sebastian Sec; Main Draw

Boys’ 14 Doubles

Neel Raj; Quarterfinalist

Lantis Wang; Quarterfinalist

Jeffrey McCready; Main Draw; Consolation Semifinalist

Harry Portnoy; Main Draw; Consolation Semifinalist

Sujay Sharma; Round of 16

Noah Edelman; Round of 16

Robbie Werdiger; Round of 16

Maxwell Kachkarov; Main Draw; won one match in the consolation

Alex Portnoy; Main Draw; won one match in the consolation

Girls’ 12 Doubles

Rebecca Suarez; Main Draw; won one match in consolation

Julia Werdiger; Main Draw; Won one match in consolation

Boys’ 18 Doubles

Colin Sacco; Finalist

Sean Mullins; Semifinalist

Jake Bhangdia; Main Draw; won one match in consolation

Ananth Raghavan; Main Draw; won one match in consolation

L1B Stadium Tennis Center October Challenger

Girls’ 14 Singles

Perene Wang; Champion

Kassia Taylor Finalist

L1B CourtSense at Bogota Racquet Club October Challenger

Girls’ 10 Singles

Eleanor Apps; Champion

L1B Hardscrabble October Challenger

Boys’ 14 Singles

Audrey Pachod; Champion

Boys’ 12 Singles

Jasper Hunt; Finalist

L1B CMTC Halloween Challenger

Boys’ 16 Singles

Ronald Hohmann; Finalist

L1B Centercourt Morristown Fall Challenger

Boys’ 14 Singles

Blake Frank; 3rd Place

L1B Stadium Tennis Center October Challenger

Boys’ 14 Singles

Tristan Taylor; Semifinalist

Noah Kaye; Round of 16

L1B October Challenger at New Rochelle Racquet Club

Girls’ 16 Singles

Cosima Boettner; Semifinalist

Fiona Boettner; Semifinalist

L20 Sportime Syosset November Open

Girls’ 14 Singles

Leah Margulies; Finalist

Girls’ 16 Singles

Natalie Margulies; Finalist

L20 Sportime Syosset November Open

Boys’ 14 Singles

Zachary Chan; Finalist

Youth-Tennis

JMTA Expands Local School Programs

After a successful 2013-14 programming year, and with its dual purposes of training the next generation of great American players and providing free tennis instruction to under-resourced children in New York City, JMTA announced that it will continue and expand its free school programs that focus on serving children in the neighborhoods closest to its flagship location on Randall’s Island. This 2014-2015 programming season started on October 20 and will continue throughout the remainder of the 2014-15 school year.

JMTA Master professional Jamie Moore, who doubles as Community Outreach Director for Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP), oversees a program in which Sportime Randall’s Island and the JMTA, supported by the JMTP, provide thousands of hours of free tennis instruction each year to local children.

Through the program, Sportime Randall’s Island welcomes public and charter school children from Harlem and The Bronx for on-site tennis at the SPORTIME Randall’s Island facility.  In addition, JMTA sends its pros to other schools in Harlem.  Many of these schools are serviced in a continuing partnership with the Wellness in the Schools not-for-profit foundation, bringing the sport of tennis, along with a commitment to health and fitness, to the kids during their lunch and recess hours.

Between its on and off-site efforts, JMTA and JMTP are reaching kids from local schools including P.S 7, P.S. 37, P.S. 72, P.S. 88, P.S. 112, P.S. 146,   M.S. 224, Central Park II 964, Bronx Studio for Writers and Artists, Our Lady Queen of Angels School, International Community High School, Fanny Lou Hamer Freedom High School, Union Settlement, ALCS Group Home and the Hyde Leadership Academy.

Approximately 400 children per week attend the on-site sessions, while hundreds of others benefit from the off-site programs. JMTA is also offering a session on Monday afternoons to a seniors group from the Union Settlement Association in East Harlem as an extension of the program.

“This was so successful last year and we are pleased to be able to continue to address both legs of the mission of JMTP,” said Mark McEnroe, President of JMTP.  “Feedback from kids, parents and administrators at the schools has been tremendous, and I know that our pros have enjoyed the experience of working with these groups very much.”

The twin purposes of JMTP are:

• To make tennis accessible to hundreds and even thousands of under-resourced kids from the NYC communities surrounding Randall’s Island each year, and to do so in a manner that allows those kids to excel at the game of tennis and to progress as far as their talent and interest takes them.

• To help train a smaller group of NYC kids to be serious players, with many receiving  college scholarships, with the hope that someday soon many of those young athletes will be coming out of these community programs and outreach efforts.

JMTP provides scholarships, coaching, transportation and other financial assistance to qualified young tennis players in the greater New York area, as well as introducing the sport to hundreds of new junior players each year in the neighborhoods surrounding Academy locations. JMTP and Sportime Clubs, home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, have already provided more than $1.5 million in scholarships and no-cost programming to young players in New York City and its communities. Sportime Randall’s Island has been the flagship location of JMTA since 2010.

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Rubin Wins First Match at WFU

Noah Rubin earned his first victory while at Wake Forest in the first qualifying round at the Knoxville Challenger on Sunday.

Playing against the University of Virginia’s two-time All-American Mitchell Frank, currently ranked No. 4 in the NCAA and No. 503 in the world, Rubin cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 win.

He plays 505th-ranked Frederik Nielsen on Monday in the second round.

Haukova, Kingsley, Mosejczuk, Overstrom, Jippov Win Oct. 24-26 Events, Kava Wins Oct. 17-19

It was another great weekend for JMTA students, October 24-26, as five won singles titles. Zoe Kava also won the L1B Sportime Lake Isle October Challenger, Oct. 17th-19th, which we missed in the last update.

Last weekend it was Loren Haukova taking the Girls 16 at +L1 Sportime Schenectady Eastern Grand Prix; Cannon Kingsley in the Boys 14 at +L1 Tri-City Eastern Grand Prix (one of four JMTA players in the final four there); Dominick Mosejczuk in Boys 10 at L1B Sportime Kings Park October Challenger; Gunnar Overstrom in Boys 12 at Kings Park; and Adrien Jippov in Boys 12 at L1B RSTA October Challenger.

Full results follow:

L1B Sportime Lake Isle October Challenger (Oct. 17th-19th)

Zoe Kava; Singles Champion

+L1 Sportime Schenectady Eastern Grand Prix

Girls’ 16 Singles

Loren Haukova; Champion

Aleksandra Bekirova; Round of 16; won two matches in the consolation

Victoria Sec; Round of 16

Merri Kelly; won one match in the consolation

Nathalie Rodilosso; won one match in the consolation

Boys’ 16 Singles

Sean Wei; Semifinalist

+L1 Tri-City Eastern Grand Prix

Boys’ 14 Singles

Four JMTA Players in the Final Four

Cannon Kingsley; Champion

Daniel Pellerito; Finalist

Neel Raj; Semifinalist

Ronald Hohmann; Semifinalist

Blake Frank; Main Draw

Maxwell Moadel; Main Draw

Boys’ 12 Singles

Harrison Saladini; Quarterfinalist

Luca DeMare; won one match in qualifiers

Maxwell Kachkarov; Round of 16; won three matches in consolation

Sebastian Sec; won four matches in consolation

Wesley Zhang; Round of 16; won one match in consolation

Sidarth Chawla; Round of 32; won one match in consolation

Girls’ 14 Singles

Georgia Ryan; Quarterfinalist; won one match in consolation

Katherine Kachkarov; Main Draw; won one match in consolation

Girls’ 12 Singles

Daniella Benabraham; Quarterfinalist; won one match in consolation

+L1 Saratoga YMCA Eastern Grand Prix

Girls’ 18 Singles

Sabrina Xiong; Semifinalist; 3rd place

Boys’ 18 Singles

Colin Sacco; Quarterfinalist; defeated the number (3) seed in the round of 32

Athell Bennett; Quarterfinalist; defeated the number (4) seed in the Round of 16

Felipe Osses-Konig; Round of 32; won four matches in consolation

Lubomir Cuba; Round of 16

L1B APTC October Challenger

Boys’ 14 Singles

Jonah Jurick; Finalist

Dylan Charles; Quarterfinalist

Girls’ 14 Singles

Bella Kaplan; Semifinalist

Girls’ 12 Singles

Natalie Eordekian; Finalist

Abigail Hammer; Quarterfinalist

Elisabeth Schlossel; Quarterfinalist

L1B Sportime Kings Park October Challenger

Boys’ 10 Singles

Dominick Mosejczuk; Champion

Boys’ 12 Singles

Gunnar Overstrom; Champion

Girls’ 12 Singles

Janelle Chen; Semifinalist

L1B RSTA October Challenger

Boys’ 12 Singles

Adrien Jippov; Champion

Nicholas Murphy; Finalist

Jack Benavides; Semifinalist

Girls’ 12 Singles

Carolyn Finerman; Finalist

L1B Stadium Tennis Center Challenger

Boys’ 18 Singles

Zachary Kaplan; Semifinalist

Xavier Pacthod; Quarterfinalist

Boys’ 16 Singles

Peter Frelinghuysen; Quarterfinalist

Daniel Ertel; Round of 16

Girls’ 16 Singles

Lia Kiam; Semifinalist

L1B West Rock October Challenger

Boys’ 14 Singles

Ethan Finley; Semifinalist; defeated the number (4) seed

L1B Bethpage Park Fall Challenger

Boys’ 14 Singles

David Ammendola; Semifinalist

Daniel Chikvashvili; Quarterfinalist

L1B Point Set October Challenger

Boys’ 18 Singles

Colin Sacco; Quarterfinalist

L20 Sportime Syosset October Open

Boys’ 14 Singles

Alfonso Laffont; Finalist; defeated the number (2) and (3) seeds

Girls’ 12 Singles

Alina Kargin-Utkin; Semifinalist

Diana Frelinghuysen; Round of 16

Boys’ 12 Singles

Nicholas Laffont; Round of 16

Astro Pilipovic; Round of 16

Patrick, Pellerito, Sahakyan, Portnoy Gain Titles In Tourney Play

Four JMTA students won titles over the Oct. 17-19 weekend, including Sean Patrick (Boys 18) and Daniel Pellerito (Boys 16) at the L1B APTC October Challenger), Nikolay Sahakyan (Boys 12, L1B October Challenger at New Rochelle Racquet Club) and Alex Portnoy (Boys 14, L20 Sportime Bethpage October Regional). Sahakyan upended the No. 2, 3 and 4 seeds on the way to the championship.

Patrick beat fellow JMTA student Aziz Rashidzada after the latter topped the No. 1 seed to get to the final. Pellerito also took an all-JMTA final over Xavier Pacthod.

Others reaching finals in tournaments include Tristan Taylor (Boys 14, L1B APTC October Challenger), Austin Egna (Boys 16, L1B Blueberry Pie Classic), and Michael DeNigris (Boys 18) and Nathalie Rodilosso (Girls 18) at the L1B CMTC Autumn Challenger.

Full results below:

L1B APTC October Challenger
Boys’ 18 Singles
Sean Patrick; Champion
Aziz Rashidzada; Finalist; defeated the number (1) seed in the semifinals
Nikhil Raj; Quarterfinalist
Boys’ 16 Singles
Daniel Pellerito; Champion
Xavier Pacthod; Finalist
Peter Frelinghuysen; Quarterfinalist
Girls’ 16 Singles
Katherine Kachkarov; Semifinalist; defeated the number (2) seed in the quarterfinals
Sabrina Abrams; Semifinalist
Katelyn Walker; Quarterfinalist
Boys’ 14 Singles
Tristan Taylor; Finalist
Maxwell Kachkarov; Semifinalist; defeated the number (2) seed in the quarterfinals
Dylan Charles; Quarterfinalist
Girls’ 12 Singles
Kassia Taylor; Quarterfinalist

L1B October Challenger at New Rochelle Racquet Club
Boys’ 12 Singles
Nikolay Sahakyan; Champion; defeated the number (2), (3), and (4) seeds.

L1B Blueberry Pie Classic
Boys’ 16 Singles
Austin Egna; Finalist; defeated the number (2) seed in the semifinals
Max Egna; Quarterfinalist

L1B October CourtSense at Bogota & Tenafly Racquet Club
Boys’ 14 Singles
Harrison Saladini; Quarterfinalist
Zachary Portnoy; Round of 16 Singles
Ethan Finley; Round of 16 Singles

L1B CMTC Autumn Challenger
Boys’ 18 Singles
Michael DeNigris; Finalist
Girls’ 18 Singles
Nathalie Rodilosso; Finalist
Boys’ 12 Singles
Bradley Bennett; Semifinalist

L1B Sportime Lynbrook October Open
Girls’ 14 Singles
Janelle Chen; Quarterfinalist

L1B Armonk Autumn Challenger
Boys’ 18 Singles
Daniel Neeson; Quarterfinalist

L20 Sportime Bethpage October Regional
Boys’ 14 Singles
Alex Portnoy; Champion; defeated the number (1) seed in the semifinals
Girls’ 14 Singles
Julia Kinalis; Semifinalist
Girls’ 12 Singles
Diana Frelinghuysen; Semifinalist
Alfonso Laffont; Quarterfinalist
Boys’ 12 Singles
Nicholas Laffont; Semifinalist

Felipe Osses Konig

JMTA’s Felipe Osses-Konig Commits to Elon University

We are excited to share the news that Felipe Osses-Konig has announced his plan to attend Elon (N.C.) University and play tennis for the Phoenix next fall.

Felipe, who has been training at JMTA since 2010, is currently ranked 19th in the East. “Based on Felipe’s talents as a tennis player and his outstanding character, he had some excellent scholarship opportunities,” said Lawrence Kleger, Director of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy. “I think Elon University is a good fit for Felipe and I am confident that the team, the athletic department and academic community there will be delighted to have him.”

JMTA recently become more familiar with Elon’s impressive program when recent Elon grad, Cameron Silverman, began training at JMTA, which is now his home-base when he is not competing in professional tournaments.

We wish Felipe continued success in this next stages of his academic and tennis careers.

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Jamie Loeb Wins Doubles Title At Florence

Jamie Loeb teamed with Sanaz Marand to win the doubles title at the USTA $25K at Florence, South Carolina over the weekend.

Loeb and Marand topped Danielle Lao and Keri Wong, 6-3, 7-6.

SC.now spoke to Loeb following the match.

“Obviously we knew they were a good team and had to start strong right away,” Loeb said. “They started playing better as the match went on, but we were able to finish strong, which is most important.”

More details here.