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Meet Our JMTA College Recruiting Combine Director Jay Harris!

Coach Jay Harris during his tenure at Brown!

Coach Jay Harris during his tenure at Brown!

We are now just days away from the first John McEnroe Tennis Academy College Recruiting Combine, which is scheduled for June 18 and 19 at Sportime Randall’s Island.

Meet our Combine Director/Sportime Roslyn General Manager,Jay Harris,

Jay, a native of Lexington, Ohio, was the Head Men’s Tennis Coach at Brown University for eight years prior to moving to New York in 2010 to join the SPORTIME Team. He was the most successful tennis coach in the Brown tennis program’s 100-plus year history, leading the team to its highest ever national ranking, #33, two Ivy League Titles, and seven consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2005, Jay was named the Northeast Region Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the National Coach of the Year Award. He coached five singles players and 15 doubles teams to national rankings, including one team that achieved All-American status.

Prior to Brown, Jay coached at Bowling Green State University where he was named the 2002 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year after leading the team to MAC Titles in 2000 and 2002. Jay was a successful collegiate player at the University of Cincinnati, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He then earned his Master’s degree in Sports Psychology and Sports Management from Miami University, where he also served as an assistant coach for the women’s tennis team.

JMTA Player Maxwell Kachkarov Wins Eastern Section Super Six Championship!

USTA Tournament Results 6/3-6/6

With the official start of summer just around the corner, the players of the JMTA took to the courts over the first weekend of June playing in tournaments ranging from Eastern Section Super Six events to local Level 3 tournaments.

While numerous JMTA players recorded tournament wins over the weekend, perhaps the most impressive result was Maxwell Kachkarov’s tournament victory in the Boys’ 14 competition at the Eastern Super Six Championships at Mendham. In his run to the Final, Kachkarov faced stiff competition, defeating the #6 seed in the Round of 16, the # 14 seed in the Quarterfinals, and the #9 seed in the Semifinals. In a very tough Finals match, Kachkarov then faced the #5 seed, in which it took a third set tiebreak to win the match.

In Level 1B action, the JMTA had several winners. First, at the Level 1B Mountainside Racquet Club June Challenger, Luke Smith claimed the Boys’ 18 title, while at the Level 1B Jericho/Westbury June Challenger, Emily Tannenbaum won the Girls’ 14 title. Winning both the Girls’ 12 Singles and Doubles titles at the Level 1B GST June Classic was Blakely Duskin. Our last Level 1B winner for this weekend was Theodora Rabman, who won the Girls’ 12 title at the Level 1B SPORTIME Syosset June Challenger.

In Level 2 action at the On Serve Junior June Open, Cal Wider had a very impressive run to the championship as he did not drop a game in 3 rounds of play. Rounding out our winners for this weekend was Allegra Wong, who defeated the #1 seed in the Finals match of the Girls’ 12 competition at the Level 2 Cunningham Park Tennis Center June Open.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Maxwell Kacharov following the finals match of the Eastern Super Six Section Championship at Mendham in which Maxwell won the Boys' 14 title.

Maxwell Kacharov following the finals match of the Eastern Super Six Section Championship at Mendham in which Maxwell won the Boys’ 14 title.

Eastern Super Six Section Championships at Mendham
Boys’ 14
Maxwell Kachkarov: Champion
Sujay Sharma: Quarterfinalist; defeated #3 seed in Round of 16
Hudson Beaudoin: Round of 32; won 3 consolation rounds & defeated #7 seed in consolation

Eastern Super Six Section Championships at Maywood
Girls’ 14
Daniella Benabraham: Round of 16; won 2 consolation rounds

Eastern Super Six Section Championships at Bogota & TRC
Boys’ 12
Adrien Jippov: Round of 64; won 3 consolation rounds

Eastern Super Six Section Championships at WOTC
Girls’ 12
Dana Livson: Round of 64; won 3 consolation rounds & defeated #12 seed in consolation

Level 1B Mountainside Racquet Club June Challenger
Boys’ 18
Luke Smith: Champion

Level 1B Jericho/Westbury June Challenger
Girls’ 14
Emily Tannenbaum: Champion

Level 1B GST June Classic
Girls’ 12
Blakely Duskin: Champion

Girls’ 12 Doubles
Blakely Duskin (w/ Phoebe Devine): Champion

Level 1B SPORTIME Syosset June Challenger
Girls’ 12
Theodora Rabman: Champion
Tola Glowacka: Semifinalist

Level 1B Future Stars June Challenger
Boys’ 18
Kieran Foster: Finalist

Level 1B SPORTIME Bethpage June Challenger
Boys’ 16
Matthew Cashin: Finalist

Daniel Chikvashvili: Semifinalist
Girls’ 16
Ashley Lessen: Semifinalist

Level 1B Hardscrabble June Challenger
Boys’ 12
Ryan Bernstein: Finalist; defeated #1 seed in Quarterfinals

Level 1B 10 & Under On Serve Challenger
Girls’ 10
Solene Luttway: Semifinalist

Level 2 On Serve Junior June Open
Boys’ 12
Cal Wider: Champion; did not lose a game in 3 rounds

Level 2 Cunningham Park Tennis Center June Open
Girls’ 12
Allegra Wong: Champion

Boys’ 12
Brody Pontarelli: Quarterfinalist

Level 2O Atlantic Beach June Open
Boys’ 12
Jacob Mann: Finalist*

*Tournament Final Match Not Yet Posted On Tennislink

JMTA Players finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at Empire Cup Doubles Tournament

USTA Tournament Results 5/20-5/22

As summer is just around the corner, the players of the JMTA took to the courts competing in Empire Cup Doubles, Level 1B’s, and Level 2O tournaments over the weekend of May 20th-22nd!

In the Girls’ 18 competition at the Empire Cup Doubles at SPORTIME Schenectady, Michelle Sorokko defeated fellow JMTA player Sophia Graver in the finals match 6-4; 6-2 to win the tournament. In the 3rd place match of the Girls’ 18 competition, Lauren Haukova defeated Courtney Kowalsky to claim 3rd. It should be noted that in this event, JMTA players claimed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place! Finishing 2nd in the Girls’ 16 Doubles competition of the same tournament was Daniela Hernandez and Katherine Kachkarov. In their run to the Finals match, Hernandez defeated the #2 and #3 seeds. It should be noted as well, that Aleksandra Bekirova finished 4th in the Girls’ 16 competition. On the Boys’ side of the competition at this Empire Cup tournament, Sean Wei finished 2nd in the Boys’ 18 Doubles tournament, while Lantis Wang finished 2nd in Boys’ 16 Doubles.

At the Empire Cup Doubles at Tri-City Fitness, the JMTA had numerous impressive finishes. In the Boys’ 14 Doubles competition, Robbie Werdiger finished 2nd, while the team of Maxwell Kachkarov and Wesley Zhang finished in 3rd place. In Girls’ 12 Doubles competition at the same tournament, Dana Livson finished in 3rd place, while in Boys’ 12 Doubles action, Nicholas Murphy finished in 4th place.

At the Level 1B Long Beach Memorial Challenger, Matthew Cashin won the Boys’ 16 competition. In Boys’ 14 play at the Level 1B Cary Leeds Late May Challenger, Astro Pilipovic won the title, by overcoming the #1 seed in the Semifinals on his way to a tough fought finals match against fellow JMTA player Sean O’Reilly, which Pilipovic ultimately won after finishing out a very close 3rd set tie break. Also winning at the same tournament for the Boys’ 12 competition was Dominick Mosejczuk, who defeated the #1 seed in the Finals to claim the tournament victory. Our last Level 1B winners for this weekend were Lev Seidman and Charlie Valentine, who won the Boys’ 10 Doubles competition at the Level 1B 10 & Under On Serve Challenger.

In Level 2O action at the Level 2O SPORTIME Randall’s Island May 2016 Open, the JMTA had two winners. First, in Boys’ 16 action, Matthew Mosejczuk defeated fellow JMTA player Michael George Mullner to win the Boys’ 16 competition, while Gabriel Markowitz won the Boys’ 14 competition.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Michelle Sorokko (Left) holding her championship trophy after she won the Girls' 18 Doubles Competition at the Empire Cup Doubles at SPORTIME Schenectady

Michelle Sorokko (Left) holding her championship trophy after she won the Girls’ 18 Doubles Competition at the Empire Cup Doubles at SPORTIME Schenectady

Empire Cup Doubles at SPORTIME Schenectady
Girls’ 18 Doubles
Michelle Sorokko (w/ Dasha Kourkina): Champion; defeated #2 seed in Quarterfinals
Sophia Graver (w/ Stephanie Schrage): 2nd place; defeated #1 seed in Semifinals
Lauren Haukova (w/ Mia Rabinowitz): 3rd place
Courtney Kowalsky (w/ Claire Handa): 4th place

Girls’ 16 Doubles
Daniela Hernandez/ Katherine Kachkarov: 2nd place

Aleksandra Bekirova (w/ Brianna Omar): 4th place

Boys’ 18 Doubles
Sean Wei (w/ Michael Sun): 2nd place

Boys’ 16 Doubles
Lantis Wang (w/ Eliot Spizzirri): 2nd place
Kabir Rajpal (w/ Logan Paik Chang): Round of 16; won 3 consolation rounds; defeated #4 seed in consolation

Empire Cup Doubles at Tri-City
Boys’ 14 Doubles
Robbie Werdiger (w/ Connor Morris): 2nd place
Maxwell Kachkarov/ Wesley Zhang: 3rd place; defeated #1 seed in Quarterfinals
Noah Edelman: Quarterfinalist
Sujay Sharma (w/ Connor Aylett): Quarterfinalist

Dana Livson (Left) finished in 3rd Place for Girls' 12 Doubles at the Empire Cup at Tri-City Fitness

Dana Livson finished in 3rd Place for the Girls’ 12 Doubles competition at the Empire Cup at Tri-City Fitness

Girls’ 12 Doubles
Dana Livson (w/ Seren Agar): 3rd place; defeated #3 seed in Quarterfinals
Rebecca Suarez (w/ Olivia Zuba): Round of 32; won 3 consolation rounds

Girls’ 14 Doubles
Shawnte Beale (w/ Ava Givone): Quarterfinalist

Boys’ 12 Doubles
Nicholas Murphy (w/ Benjamin Kantor): 4th place; defeated #4 seed in Round of 16
Adrien Jippov/Sam Scherer: Quarterfinalists
Ari Cotoulas (w/ Alan Hua): Quarterfinalist

Level 1B Long Beach Memorial Challenger
Boys’ 16
Matthew Cashin: Champion

Level 1B Cary Leeds Late May Challenger
Boys’ 14
Astro Pilipovic: Champion; defeated #1 seed in Semifinals
Sean O’Reilly: Finalist; defeated #2 seed in Quarterfinals

Boys’ 12
Dominick Mosejczuk: Champion; defeated #1 seed in Finals

Level 1B 10 & Under On Serve Challenger
Boys’ 10 Doubles
Lev Seidman/ Charlie Valentine: Champions

Boys’ 10
Charlie Valentine: Semifinalist

Level 1B Stadium Tennis Center May Challenger
Girls’ 18
Daniella Benabraham: Semifinalist
Clemence Balzano: Quarterfinalist

Boys’ 18
Ilya Semenov: Finalist; defeated #2 seed in Semifinals
Lazar Markovic: Semifinalist

Girls’ 16
Audrey Pacthod: Semifinalist

Boys’ 16
Felix Levine: Finalist
Julian Szuper: Quarterfinalist

Level 1B PTST Memorial Challenger
Boys’ 16
Harry Portnoy: Semifinalist

Level 1B SPORTIME Bethpage May Challenger
Girls’ 14
Emily Tannenbaum: Finalist

Boys’ 14
Joshua Elenowitz: Semifinalist
Azim Gangat: Quarterfinalist
Mykhailo Nosenko: Quarterfinalist

Level 1B TI Academy May Challenger
Boys’ 14
Nikolay Sahakyan: Semifinalist

Girls’ 14
Leila Epstein: Quarterfinalist
Anya Kornfeld: Quarterfinalist

Level 1B RSTA May Challenger
Boys’ 12
Theodore Murphy: Finalist
Damian Stellings: Semifinalist

Level 1B May Challenger at Courtsense Bogota-Tenafly
Boys’ 12
Alexander Aney: Quarterfinalist; defeated #5 seed in Round of 16

Level 2O SPORTIME Randall’s Island May 2016 Open
Boys’ 16
Matthew Mosejczuk: Champion
Michael George Mullner: Finalist; defeated #1 seed in Semifinals

Boys’ 14
Gabriel Markowitz: Champion
Sidarth Chawla: Semifinalist

Girls’ 14
Sheyna Karen: Finalist
Maxie Karen: Finalist
Sadie Warshaw: Semifinalist

Level 2O TTTC Spring Open
Boys’ 12
Cotton Snoddy: Quarterfinalist

 

USTA Tournament Results 5/6-5/8

In yet another great weekend of tournament play for the students of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, several of our players recorded impressive tournament wins over the Mother’s Day Weekend!

At the Level 1 CourtSense at BRC May Championships, Mac 1 Player Christina Sisti recorded her first tournament win of 2016 in impressive fashion, as Sisti did not drop a set throughout the entire tournament to claim the Girls’ 18 title.

In Level 1B tournament action at the RWTTC May Challenger, George Kaslow also notched his first tournament win of 2016 by claiming the Boys’ 18 title.  At the Level 1B Rockland Spring Challenger, Eikoh Hayashi won the Boys’ 16 title having todefeat the #3 seed in the Quarterfinals, and the#2 seed in Finals.  In other Level 1B action at the Cary Leeds May Challenger, Robbie Werdiger defeated the #2 seed in the Quarterfinals, the #4 seed in the Semifinals, and the #1 seed in Finals to win the Boys’ 16 title.  Rounding out our Level 1B winners for this weekend were Alex Vinsky, who won the Boys’ 14 SPORTIME Syosset May Challenger, and Andrew Ena, who won the Boys’ 12 title at the Level 1B TI Academy May Challenger.

At the Level 2 Long Beach Early May Open, Diya Chawla won the Girls’ 12 title, having to defeat the #2 seed in the Quarterfinals, while Jeffery Rosario claimed the Boys’ 12 doubles title.  Rounding out our winners for this weekend was Talia Kahan, who won the Girls’ 12 title at the Level 2 SPORTIME Lake Isle May Open.  In her run to the title, Kahan defeated the #1 seed in Quarterfinals, the#3 seed in the Semifinals, and the #4 seed in Finals.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

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Christina Sisti with her championship trophy!

Level 1 CourtSense at BRC May Championships
Girls’ 18
Christina Sisti: Champion

Level 1 Point Set May Championships
Boys’ 16
Lantis Wang: Semifinalist
Neel Raj: Quarterfinalist

Level 1 GHRC May Championships
Girls’ 16
Ashley Lessen: Quarterfinalist

Level 1 Stadium Tennis Center May Championships
Boys’ 14
Wesley Zhang: Finalist
Hudson Beaudoin: Quarterfinalist

Level 1 Tennis-N-Gear Eastern May Championships
Boys’ 14
Noah Eisenberg: Quarterfinalist

Ari Cotoulas with JMTA Tennis Director Lawrence Kleger

Ari Cotoulas with JMTA Tennis Director Lawrence Kleger

Level 1 Jericho/Westbury May Championships
Boys’ 12
Ari Cotoulas: Finalist; defeated #2 seed in Round of 16
Nicholas Murphy: Quarterfinalist; defeated #3 seed in Round of 16

Level 1B RWTTC May Challenger
Boys’ 18
George Kaslow: Champion

Girls’ 18
Madeline Richmond: Finalist; defeated #1 seed in Semifinals

Level 1B Rockland Spring Challenger
Boys’ 16
Eikoh Hayashi: Champion

Level 1B Cary Leeds May Challenger
Boys’ 16
Robbie Werdiger: Champion; defeated #2 seed in Quarterfinals, #4 seed in Semifinals; #1 seed in Finals
Julian Szuper: Quarterfinalist

Level 1B SPORTIME Syosset May Challenger
Boys’ 14
Alex Vinsky: Champion
Bradley Bennett: Finalist; defeated #2 seed in Semifinals
Joshua Elenowitz: Semifinalist; defeated #4 seed in Quarterfinals

Level 1B TI Academy May Challenger
Boys’ 12
Andrew Ena: Champion

Level 1B Cunningham Park Tennis Center May Challenger
Girls’ 12
Ines Roti: Finalist

Level 1B Randolph May Challenger
Boys’ 12
Cal Wider: Quarterfinalist

Level 1B Ross School May Challenger
Boys’ 12
Theodore Murphy: Finalist

Level 2 Long Beach Early May Open
Girls’ 12
Diya Chawla: Champion

Boys’ 12
Jeffery Rosario: Finalist
Luke Hollman: Semifinalist

Boys’ 12 Doubles
Jeffery Rosario (w/ Jaden Lee): Champion

Level 2 SPORTIME Lake Isle May Open
Girls’ 12
Talia Kahan: Champion
Charlotte Calick: Semifinalist; defeated #2 seed in Quarterfinals
Rory Christian: Semifinalist
Natalie Hu: Quarterfinalist

Boys’ 12
Ryan Mark: Quarterfinalist

JMTA Players win several tournaments over Easter weekend!

USTA Tournament Results 3/25-3/27

With a large number of JMTA players breaking from tournament play over the Easter weekend, a select few players took to the courts with several recording tournament wins!

At the L1B CourtSense at Bogota RC Spring Challenger, Alexander Roti won the Boys 16 title. Winning the Boys 14 championship at the L1B GHRC Glen Head Challenger was Sachin Palta. Our last tournament winner for this weekend was Linda Ziets-Segura who won the Girls 12 title at the L1B Bethpage State Park March Challenger.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

L1B CourtSense at Bogota RC Spring Challenger
Boys 16
Alexander Roti: Champion

Boys 10
Charlie Valentine: Semifinalist

L1B GHRC Glen Head Challenger
Boys 14
Sachin Palta: Champion
Bilal Rashidzada: Quarterfinalist
Azim Gangat: Quarterfinalist

Girls 14
Madeline Richmond: Finalist

L1B Bethpage State Park March Challenger
Girls 12
Linda Ziets-Segura: Champion

Boys 12
Andrew Ena: Semifinalist

L1B Cunningham Park Tennis Center Spring Challenger
Boys 16
Matthew Cashin: Semifinalist
Julian Szuper: Quarterfinalist

Girls 16
Denise Lai: Semifinalist

Boys 12
Luka Markovic: Semifinalist

L1B Garden State Easter Classic
Boys 18
Lucas Arora: Quarterfinalist

L1B SPORTIME Kings Park March Challenger
Boys 10
Marco Ziets-Segura: Semifinalist

L2O Jericho/Wesbury March Open
Boys 14
Joshua Elenowitz: Semifinalist

L2O SPORTIME Harbor Island March Open
Girls 16
Michele Getselevich: Finalist

 

 

USTA Super 6 Tournaments Highlighted by Several All-JMTA Finals This Weekend!

USTA Tournament Results March 18th – 20th

With spring now officially upon us, the players of the JMTA took to the courts to play in tournaments ranging from Eastern Super Sixes to Level Threes.

In the first of three all JMTA finals, second seeded Cannon Kingsley defeated fellow JMTA player and #1 seed Daniel Pellerito to win the Boys’ 16 title at the Eastern Super Six at Glen Head Racquet Club. In other Eastern Super Six action also marked by an all JMTA final, Billy Suarez defeated Kabir Rajpal to take home the Boys’ 14 trophy. This tournament was held at SPORTIME Bethpage. In other Super Six action at the Girls’ 16 event at Alley Pond Tennis Center, JMTA players took 2nd, 4th and 5th places – Chelsea Williams was a finalist, Merri Kelly was a semi-finalist and Michelle Sorokko won the quarterfinal playoffs. In the Girls’ 12 Super Six at Sportsplex, Nathalie Eordekian took 3rd place, defeating the first seed in the quarterfinals.

The last all JMTA final this weekend was at the Level 2O SPORTIME King’s Park March Open in which Theodore Murphy defeated Julian Messina to win the Boys’ 12 title. In other tournament action this weekend, at the Level 1A Courtsense at Bogota & TRC Spring Championships, Shawnte Beal won the Girls’ 14 title. At the Level 1B MatchPoint Spring Championships, Lucas Arora won the Boys’ 16 title. Rounding out our tournament winners for this weekend was Anya Kornfeld, who won the Girls’ 14 title at the Level 2O SPORTIME Harbor Island March Open. In her run to the championship, Anya defeated the #2 seed in the semifinals, and the #1 seed in the finals.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Eastern Super Six at GHRC
Boys 16
Cannon Kingsley: Champion
Daniel Pellerito: Finalist
Spencer Brachman: Round of 16; defeated #8 seed in Round of 32

Eastern Super Six at SPORTIME Bethpage
Boys 14
Billy Suarez: Champion
Kabir Rajpal: Finalist
Wesley Zhang: Quarterfinalist; 6th place; defeated #6 seed in second round

Eastern Super Six at Stadium Tennis Center
Boys 18
Jake Bhangdia: Quarterfinalist; 6th place
Athell Bennett: Quarterfinalist
Sam Turchetta: Quarterfinalist
Hayden Cassone: Round of 16; won 3 rounds of consolation

Eastern Super Six APTC
Girls 16
Chelsea Williams: Finalist
Merri Kelly: Semifinalist
Michelle Sorroko: Quarterfinalist, 5th place
Georgia Ryan: won 3 rounds of consolation
Gibson Thomas: won 3 rounds of consolation

Eastern Super Six at Port Washington
Girls 14
Danielle Benabraham: Quarterfinalist; 6th place; defeated #2 seed in Round of 32

Eastern Super Six at the Cary Leeds Center
Boys 12
Sam Scherer: Round of 32; won 3 rounds of consolation

Eastern Super Six at Sportsplex
Girls 12
Natalie Eordekian: 3rd place; defeated #1 seed in Quarterfinals

Eastern Super Six at Glen Cove
Girls 18
Nathalie Rodilosso: Round of 16; won two matches in consolation

L1A Courtsense at Bogota & TRC Spring Championships
Girls 14
Shawnte Beale: Champion

L1A Harlem Jr. Tennis Spring Championship
Boys 16
Felix Levine: Finalist; defeated #1 seed in Round of 32
Julian Szuper: Quarterfinalist; defeated #2 seed in Round of 32

L1A AISC Spring Championships
Boys 12
Nicholas Murphy: Semifinalist

L1A Point Set Spring Championships
Girls 12
Ines Roti: Quarterfinalist

L1B MatchPoint Spring Championships
Boys 16
Lucas Arora: Champion

L1B TI March Challenger
Girls 16
Janelle Chen: Quarterfinalist

Boys 16
Jeffery McCready: Quarterfinalist

L1B Murray Hill Spring Challenger
Boys 12
Benjamin Ebanks: Semifinalist

L2O SPORTIME Harbor Island March Open
Girls 14
Anya Kornfeld: Champion
Sophia Sheumack: Quarterfinalist

Boys 14
Gabriel Markowitz: Quarterfinalist; defeated #2 seed in Round of 16

L2O SPORTIME Kings Park March Open
Boys 12
Theodore Murphy: Champion
Julian Messina: Finalist; defeated #2 seed in Semifinals

L2O SPORTIME Lake Isle March Open
Girls 12
Chloe Bernstein: Finalist
Rory Christian: Semifinalist; defeated #4 seed in Quarterfinals
Natalie Hu: Quarterfinalist

Boys 12
Ryan Bernstein: Semifinalist
Karl Fadel: Quarterfinalist

L3 NCT March BG 12 UPS
Co-Ed 12 Singles
Cotton Snoddy: Finalist

JMTA players take three prestigious Empire Cup National Doubles titles and place five finalists! Plus three Level 1B winners and a Level 2O champion!

At the Empire Cup National Doubles at the Cary Leeds Center, Athell Bennett took home the Boys’ 18 title. In the finals match, Bennett was able to defeat fellow JMTA player Sean Hannity in straight sets. At the Empire Cup National Doubles at West Rock, Daniel Pellerito won the Boys 16 championship. In another match up of JMTA players in the final of the Boys’ 14 Empire Cup National Doubles at Armonk, Billy Suarez defeated fellow JMTA player Kieran Foster to take home the trophy. Georgia Ryan and Chelsea Williams made a run to the finals of the Girls’ 16 Empire Cup National Doubles at the Cary Leeds Center. Defeating the second seed in the semi-finals, Sophia Graver reached the finals of the Girls’ 18 Empire Cup National Doubles at Hardscrabble.

In a very impressive run at the Level 1B World Gym February Challenger, Matthew Cashin won the Boys’ 16 title, taking out the #1 and #2 seeds along the way. At the Level 1B Point Set Tennis Winter Challenger Najah Dawson also had a very impressive run to her Girls’ 16 title, as she was able to defeat the #1 seed in the semifinals as well as the #4 seed in the quarterfinals. Our last winner at the L1B level this weekend was Taylor Overstrom, who won the Girls’ 12 Level 1B SPORTIME Bethpage February Challenger.

Rounding out our JMTA winners for the weekend was Jack Benavides, who won the Boys’ 14 title at the Level 2O CourtSense at Bogota Racquet Club Winter Open.

Congratulations to all winners!

Empire Cup National Doubles at the Cary Leeds Center
Boys 18
Athell Bennett (w/ Brenden Volk): Champion
Sean Hannity (w/ Harris Walker): Finalist; defeated #3 seed in semifinals, #2 seed in round of 16
Peter Lohrbach (w/ Justin Lee): Quarterfinalist
Jake Bhangdia/Sean Mullins: Round of 16; won 3 rounds of consolation

Girls 16
Georgia Ryan/Chelsea Williams: Finalists
Lauren Munari (w/ Nicole Semenov): Quarterfinalist
Gibson Thomas (w/ Talia Shapira): Round of 32; won 4 rounds of consolation

Empire Cup National Doubles at West Rock
Boys 16
Daniel Pellerito (w/ Patrick Maloney): Champion
William Turchetta (w/ Peter Frelinghuysen): 3rd Place; defeated #3 seed in quarterfinals
Abhinav Srivastava (w/ Jack Kosiorowski): 4th Place; defeated #2 seed in quarterfinals

Empire Cup National Doubles at Armonk
Boys 14
Billy Suarez (w/ Ryan Fishback): Champion
Kieran Foster (w/ Charlie Levinson): Finalist
Jack Flores (w/ Justin Cadeau): 3rd place
Sujay Sharma (w/ Kai Yuminaga): 4th place; defeated #3 seed in quarterfinals
Wesley Zhang (w/ Daniel Cohen): Quarterfinalist

Empire Cup National Doubles at Hardscrabble
Girls 18
Sophia Graver (w/ Stephanie Schrage): Finalist; defeated #2 seed in semifinals
Merri Kelly (w/ Elysia Bolton): 3rd place; defeated #3 seed in quarterfinals
Nathalie Rodilosso/ Victoria Sec: Round of 16; defeated #4 seed in consolation

Empire Cup National Doubles at Saw Mill
Girls 14
Leila Epstein/Jih Su Ryu: Quaterfinalists

Empire Cup National Doubles at Stadium Tennis Center
Girls 12
Natalie Eordekian/ Rebecca Suarez: 3rd Place

Boys 12
Ari Coutoulas/Astro Pilipovic: Round of 16; won 4 rounds of consolation
Nicholas Murphy: Round of 16; won 3 rounds of consolation

L1B World Gym February Challenger
Boys 16
Matthew Cashin: Champion
Daniel Meinster: Finalist

Girls 16
Zoe Kava: Semifinalist

Boys 12
Andrew Ena: Finalist; defeated #2 seed in semifinals

L1B Point Set Tennis Winter Challenger
Girls 16
Najah Dawson: Champion
Denise Lai: Quarterfinalist

L1B SPORTIME Bethpage February Challenger
Girls 12
Taylor Overstrom: Champion
Olivia Tiegerman: Semifinalist

L1B Mountain Lakes February Challenger
Boys 18
Xavier Pacthod: Semifinalist

L1B GHRC Winter Challenger
Girls 10
Diya Chawla: Semifinalist

Boys 10
Rahul Vasudev: Semifinalist; defeated #3 seed in round of 16
Charlie Valentine: Quarterfinalist
Lev Seidman: Quarterfinalist

L2O CourtSense at Bogota Racquet Club Winter Open
Boys 14
Jack Benavides: Champion

Boys 12
Brody Pontarelli: Round of 16; defeated #4 seed in round of 32
Max Meyer: Round of 16; defeated #8 seed in round of 32
Pepe Baselga Garriga: Round of 16; defeated #11 seed in round of 32

L2O SPORTIME HI February Open
Girls 16
Daniella Salvi: Finalist

Boys 16
Drew Myers: Quarterfinalist; defeated #4 seed in round of 16

L2O SPORTIME Lake Isle February Open
Boys 12
Karl Fadel: Quarterfinalist; defeated #8 seed in round of 16
Harrison Gradin: Quarterfinalist; defeated #3 seed in round of 16

USTA Tournament Results 1/15-1/18

USTA Tournament Results 1/15-1/18
JMTA players take two prestigious Eastern Super Six titles in addition to multiple Level 1B and Level 2O tournaments.

January 15-18 was an important weekend in Eastern junior tennis, with Super Six events in all age groups that were also national Level 3 events. At the Super Six at Port Washington, Athell Bennett was crowned the Boys’ 18 champion, defeating fellow JMTA player Jake Bhangdia in the semi-finals. In the Boys’ 16 Super Six at the Ross School, Sean Wei defeated another JMTA player, Cannon Kingsley, to take the title.

Denise Lai went two-for-two in finals in 2016, taking home the Girls’ 16 Level 1B title at Jericho/Westbury. Xander Roti was the champion of the Boys’ 16 Level 1B event at SPORTIME Harbor Island. And in doubles competition at the Level 1A in Binghamton, Alex Portnoy (partnered with Josef Sajonz) was the winner.

Level 2 action also saw JMTA champions, with Alex Vinsky taking the title at the Boys’ 14 Level 2O at Alley Pond, Sunjay Singh claiming the Boys’ 14 trophy at SPORTIME Randall’s Island and Olivia Boccia defeating the first seed in the semis to win the Girls’ 14 Level 2O at SPORTIME Lake Isle. The Level 2O at Long Beach had two JMTA champions, with Tola Glowacka winning the Girls’ 12 division and Costa Gizas taking the title in the Boys’ 12 doubles. Rounding out our winners for the weekend was Chantajah Mills, who took the Girls’ 10 title at the PSP Level 2 in the Bronx.

Congratulations to all of our tournament winners!

All JMTA results:
Eastern Super Six at Port Washington Tennis Academy (National L3)
Boys 18
Athell Bennett: Champion
Jake Bhangdia: Semifinalist; defeated #3 seed in consolation

Sean Wei

Sean Wei

Eastern Super Six at Ross School (National L3)
Boys 16                                                                             
Sean Wei: Champion 
Cannon Kingsley: Finalist
Daniel Pellerito: Quarterfinalist
Spencer Brachman: Quarterfinalist; defeated #5 seed in Round of 16
Ronald Hohmann: Quarterfinalist; defeated #8 seed in Round of 32
William Turchetta: defeated #5 seed in consolation

Eastern Super Six at World Gym (National L3)
Loren Haukova: Quarterfinalist
Michelle Sorokko: won 5 consolation rounds; defeated #8 seed in consolation
Christina Sisti: won 4 consolation rounds; defeated #5 seed in consolation
Nathalie Rodilosso: won 3 consolation rounds

Eastern Super Six at RWTTC (National L3)
Girls 16
Georgia Ryan: Semifinalist
Aleksandra Bekirova: Quarterfinalist
Merri Kelly: Quarterfinalist

Eastern Super Six at Point Set (National L3)
Perene Wang: Finalist; defeated #1 seed in Semifinals

Eastern Super Six at Deer Park (National L3)
Boys 14
Billy Suarez: Semifinalist; defeated #2 seed in consolation final
Noah Edelman: Quarterfinalist
Jack Flores: defeated #5 seed in Round of 32
Sebestian Sec: defeated #6 seed in Round of 32

Eastern Super Six at Huntington Indoor (National L3)
Girls 12
Natalie Eordekian: Quarterfinalist
Dana Livson: Consolation Semifinalist

Eastern Super Six at SPORTIME Bethpage (National L3)
Adrien Jippov: defeated #4 seed in consolation

L1A Tiger Tennis Winter Championships
Neel Raj: Finalist
Ilya Semenov: Quarterfinalist; defeated #2 seed in Round of 32

L1A CourtSense at Bogota & TRC Winter Championships
Boys 14
Wesley Zhang: Finalist; defeated #1 seed in semifinals
Maxwell Kachkarov: Semifinalist

L1A Binghamton Tennis Center Winter Championships
Boys 14
Noah Eisenberg: Finalist
Boys 14 Doubles
Alex Portnoy (w/ Josef Sajonz): Champions

L1A Stadium Tennis Center Winter Championships
Boys 12
Nicholas Murphy: Semifinalist

L1A Cary Leeds Center Championships
Girls 18
Lauren Munari: Quarterfinalist; defeated #3 seed in Round of 16

L1B Jericho/Westbury Winter Challenger
Girls 16
Denise Lai: Champion

L1B SPORTIME Harbor Island January Challenger
Boys 16
Alexander Roti: Champion
Blake Frank: Finalist; defeated #2 seed in semifinals

L1B SPORTIME Kings Park Winter Challenger
Nicolette Loeffler: Finalist

L2O APTC January Open
Boys 14
Alex Vinsky: Champion
Aaron Vinsky: Semifinalist

L2O SPORTIME RI January Open
Boys 14
Sunjay Singh: Champion
Girls 14
Sheyna Karen: Finalist; defeated #2 seed in semifinals

L2O SPORTIME Lake Isle January Open
Girls 14
Olivia Boccia: Champion; defeated #1 seed in semifinals
Olga Lew-Kiedrowska: Semifinalist

L2O LBTC Bring It On Classic
Girls 12
Tola Glowacka: Champion
Boys 12 Doubles
Costa Gizas (w/ Joshua Staroselskiy): Champion

L2O Bethpage State Park Winter Open
Boys 14
Joshua Elenowitz: Finalist

L2O Hardscrabble Winter Open
Girls 16
Michele Getselevich: Finalist; defeated #1 seed in semifinals

PSP L2 Bronx: Orange Ball
Girls 10
Chantajah Mills: Champion
Boys 10
John Mills: Quarterfinalist

 

USTA Tournament Results 1/8-10/2016

USTA Tournament Results 1/8-10/2016

JMTA players claim four titles in Empire Cup Doubles events, plus two Level 1B and two Level 2O titles.

Playing together for the first time, top-seeded Daniel Pellerito and Cannon Kingsley took the Boys’ 16 Empire Cup Doubles title at Stadium Tennis Center, defeating the #6, #8 and #10 seeds on the way. In another impressive run at Stadium, unseeded Sophie Graver (partnered with Stephanie Schrage) took out the #1, #2 and #3 seeds on the way to the Girls’ 18 Empire Cup Doubles championship, defeating fellow JMTA players Madison Battaglia and Natalie Rodilosso in the final. Meanwhile, at the Boys’ 18 Empire Cup Doubles at Tiger Tennis, Sean Wei (partnered with Michael Sun) defeated fellow JMTA players Athell Bennett and Sean Patrick in the final to take the title there. Rounding out the show was Billy Suarez, who partnered with Ryan Fishback to win the Boys’ 14 Empire Cup Doubles event, defeating fellow JMTA player Noah Edelman in the final.

In Level 1B play, Lazar Markovic took the Boys’ 16 title at Sportime Bethpage, coming back from a set down to defeat the first seed in the final. Also defeating the first seed in the final, second-seeded Bradley Bennett took home the Boys’ 14 Level 1B trophy at Point Set.

Seeded first on his home courts at Sportime Randall’s Island, Sadi Gulcelik took the Boys’ 16 Level 2O title, while Alexandra Ho, also seeded first, won the Girls’ 12 division of the Level 2O at Sportime Kings Park.

Congratulations to all of our tournament winners!

Eastern Empire Cup National Doubles at Tiger Tennis

Boys 18 Doubles
Sean Wei (w/ Michael Sun): Champion
Athell Bennett (w/ Sean Patrick): Finalist
Hayden Cassone (w/ Sean Gorwara): Semifinalist; defeated #4 seed in Round of 16

Girls 16 Doubles
Georgia Ryan/Chelsea Williams: Semifinalists
Perene Wang (w/ Christina Huynh): defeated #4 seed in consolation

Eastern Empire Cup National Doubles at Stadium Center
Girls 18 Doubles
Sophia Graver (w/ Stephanie Schrage): Champion; defeated #1 seed in Round of 16, #3 seed in semifinals, #2 seed in finals
Madison Battaglia/ Nathalie Rodilosso: Finalists
Miranda Sears: Semifinalists
Daniela Hernandez (w/Kyra Bergmann): Quarterfinalist

Boys 16 Doubles
Cannon Kingsley/Daniel Pellerito: Champions; defeated #6 seed in finals, #8 seed in semifinals, #10 seed in round of 16
Lantis Wang (w/ Steven Nazroff); Semifinalst
Abhinav Srivastava: won 3 consolation rounds

Eastern Empire Cup National Doubles at Centercourt Mt Olive
Boys 12 Doubles
Ari Cotoulas/Astro Pilipovic: defeated #2 seed in consolation

Eastern Empire Cup National Doubles at Murray Hill
Daniella Benabraham (w/ Ian Mi): Finalist
Lara Berliner (w/ Olivia Fermo): Quarterfinalist
Rebecca Suarez: won 3 consolation rounds

Empire Cup Doubles at the Cary Leeds Center
Boys 14 Doubles
Billy Suarez (w/ Ryan Fishback): Champion
Noah Edelman (w/ Logan Paik Chang): Finalist
Jack Flores (w/ Evan Lee): Semifinalist; defeated #6 seed in round of 16
Wesley Zhang (w/ Sami Banerjee): won 4 consolation matches

Girls 14 Doubles
Diana McCready (w/ Rachel Caplan): won 4 consolation matches

L1B SPORTIME Bethpage January Challenger

Boys 16
Lazar Markovic: Champion; defeated #1 seed in finals

Girls 16
Denise Lai: Finalist
Gabriella Sciarrotta: Semifinalist

L1B Point Set January Challenger
Boys 14
Bradley Bennett: Champion; defeated #1 seed in finals

L1B SPORTIME Lake Isle Winter Challenger
Boys 14
Milan Jain: Semifinalist

Girls 14
Fiona Boettner: Semifinalist

L1B World Gym January Challenger
Boys 14
Jack Benavides: Semifinalist

L2O SPORTIME at Randall’s Island January Open
Boys 16
Sadi Gulcelik: Champion

Boys 14
Sunjay Singh: Finalist
Jonah Nir: Semifinalist

Boys 12
Max Meyer: defeated #7 seed in consolation draw

Girls 12
Charlie Liss: Semifinalist
L2O Mtn Lakes Winter Open

Boys 12
Cal Wider: Finalist; defeated #2 seed in semifinals

L2O SPORTIME Kings Park Winter Open
Girls 12
Alexandra Ho: Champion

Girls 16
Maya Masheb: Finalist; defeated #1 seed in semifinals

JMTA’s Own Jessica Golovin Clinches Indoor Championships Berth For LSU Women’s Tennis

Former JMTA Mac1 player and current Louisiana State University Freshman Jessica Golovin punched LSU’s ticket to the ITA Team Indoor Championships with 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, victory over Georgia Tech on Sunday, January 24, 2016.

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No. 21 LSU (4-0) advanced to the indoor championships for the first time in school history with a 4-2 win over No. 24 Georgia Tech.

“It was a great atmosphere throughout the day and the team really helped each other out,” Golovin said. “It’s a great feeling to be able to come back and clinch the match for the team. I am very excited and can’t wait for indoor nationals.”lly since 2007.

Although she dropped the first set, Golovin fought back to win the second set, moved to a 6-5 lead in the third and eventually clinched the match.

“I was so proud to watch this team come together and fight an incredible battle,” co-head coach Julia Sell said. “I thought we missed some opportunities to extend our leads but our team just stayed very composed to get the victory.”

Press release provided by LSU Sports Information.

40-for-40: John McEnroe Tennis Academy

If you don’t know what we do here at John McEnroe Tennis Academy, you’re about to find out. Tennis is our life. From early morning to late night, we train champions, both young and young-at-heart. Our friends at Gillette produced a feature about JMTA. Above are a few still shots of the full 5:45 video. But you can check out the entire video on Youtube (link is below). There, you’ll learn more about our ethos, core values and our training. It provides incredible insight to this facility. With interviews from Johnny Mac himself and his tremendously skilled staff, you’ll begin to understand the sheer amount of work our players and coaches undertake.  It’s worth saying again: Tennis is our life. And we LOVE it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ejRBqDahE0

JMTA’s Jessica Golovin Named SEC Freshman of the Week

Jessica Golovin mac 1 smJMTA’s ownJessica Golovin Jessica Golovin, who now attends Louisiana State University, was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week after her performance in the LSU’s victory over Nicholls and Southern, the conference office announced on Wednesday, January 20,2016.

Jessica began training at SPORTIME/JMTA in 2010 and still trains at the Randall’s Island facility during her college breaks.

In her first dual match play as a Lady Tiger, Golovin defeated Julia Melendez of Nicholls 6-1, 6-4 to clinch the match. The New York native returned in the afternoon to defeat Southern’s Darnesha Moore 6-0, 6-4 and complete the sweep of the Jaguars.

Golovin is No. 52 in the ITA singles rankings and compiled a 9-3 record, including a 4-1 mark against ranked foes thus far.

Golovin and the Lady Tigers team will take on DePaul on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT at Georgia Tech’s Byers Tennis Complex.

 Tennis information supplied by LSU Sports Information