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Noah Rubin Helps NY Empire To First WTT Win

Noah Rubin had sat on the NY Sportimes bench a few times when the Mylan World TeamTennis franchise was housed at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, but he never had a chance to suit up for Claude Okin’s squad.

The old Sportimes are just a memory, as they shuffled off to San Diego a couple of years back. But a new N.Y. team made its debut this year, the New York Empire, coached by Patrick McEnroe, and when a spot opened up on the team roster for Wednesday’s match against the Springfield Lasers, McEnroe needed to look no further than a few miles west to JMTA to find Rubin, back after an ankle injury and ready to hit the multi-colored courts at Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club.

That turned out to be quite a smart move, as Rubin contributed nine of the team’s 19 points in the Empire’s 19-15 victory over visiting Springfield, including a 5-2 doubles win and a narrow, 5-4 singles defeat in which he held three set points.

“It’s a different experience playing in a team situation,” said Rubin, who teamed with Neal Skupski for the doubles win. “In some ways there is less pressure, because you have a team behind you, but in some ways there is more pressure because they are depending on you.”

Rubin’s heroics helped Patrick’s team win its first match after three defeats. He will next compete at the ATP World Tour event in Los Cabos, Mexico, beginning on Monday.

Golovin Advances To NCAA Round Of 32

With a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) victory over No. 62 Mayar Sherif Ahmed of Fresno St, LSU women’s tennis freshman Jessica Golovin became the fourth player in school history to advance to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championships.

Golovin’s became just the second freshman in school history to earn a first round win after her victory over Ahmed. She joined Suzana Rodrigues (1994) as the only freshmen to reach the round of 32.

“Jessica fought through some tough, windy conditions to gut out a win against a tricky opponent,” co-head coach Michael Sell said. “I’m proud that she remained in control of the match even during momentum shifts. Jessica sustained great energy throughout the match and willed herself to victory.”

The New York native will take on eight-seeded Sinead Lohan of Miami in the second round. Lohan is 26-1 overall this season and 24-1 in dual play. The sophomore is on a 22-match win streak and holds a record of 14-1 against nationally ranked opponents.

Golovin Set for NCAA Singles Championship

Jessica Golovin will compete for LSU in the NCAA Division I Single Championships, May 25-30 at the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

She will be joined by her Tigers teammate Joana Vale Costa, who was also selected.

“Joana and Jessica drew tough opponents in the first round, but they have been training hard and are ready to compete,” LSU co-head coach Michael Sell said. “Joana just missed out on being seeded but she looks to gain revenge on an incredible battle with her opponent from ITA National Team Indoor Championships in February.”

Golovin will play Fresno State sophomore Mayar Sherif Ahmed at 11 a.m. CT. The 2016 Mountain West Player of the Year, Ahmed is ranked 62nd in singles play. The Cairo, Egypt native posted a 30-11 record this season and owned a 7-7 record against ranked opponents.

Golovin was named to the All-SEC freshman team after compiling a 12-14 record in dual matches. Golovin played court two for LSU this season and faced off against 17 ranked opponents.

The New York, N.Y. native clinched LSU’s first round NCAA Tournament win over Columbi in Charlottesville, Virginia. Golovin clinched the Lady Tigers’ second round win in the SEC Tournament over Kentucky with a comeback victory as well as LSU’s first ever appearance in the ITA Team Indoor Championships

All matches of the singles championships shall be the best-of-three sets. No-ad scoring and a seven-point tiebreaker (first to seven points, must win by two points) at six-games-all will be used for all matches.

Golovin Named To All-Freshman SEC Team

(via LSU Sports Info.)

After a strong performances at No. 2 singles this year, Jessica Golovin has been named to the All-Freshman team, the league office announced Wednesday.

Golovin owns an 11-14 record in dual matches this season. Golovin has competed against 17 ranked opponents. This season, Golovin clinched the Lady Tigers’ win over Georgia Tech in the ITA Kickoff Weekend and win over Kentucky in the second round of the SEC Tournament.

Her teammate Joana Vale Costa was named to first team All-SEC.

LSU returns to the practice courts over the next few weeks before competing in the NCAA Regional May 13-15. The selection show for the tournament is at 4 p.m. CT Tuesday on

Golovin Leads LSU To 4-3 Win Over Kentucky

JMTA star and LSU freshman Jessica Golovin rallied to win in three sets on court two to lead the No. 20 Lady Tigers to a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over No. 23 Kentucky in the second round of the SEC Women’s Tennis Tournament on Thursday afternoon at the LSU Tennis Complex.

Golovin, ranked No. 59 in singles, defeated No. 75 Justina Mikulskyte, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, to clinch the victory and send the Lady Tigers into the quarterfinal round of the SEC Tournament.

“Kentucky gave us a heck of a match,” co-head coach Julia Sell said. “That was an unbelievable finish. Jessica is a special story today because the girl she played is usually number one. To come back after losing the first set and pull it out is big for her and the team.”

Levine Helps Duke to Win Over NCSU

JMTA’s own Josh Levine has racked up seven wins, settling in at No. 5 singles for the Duke University tennis team, helping the Blue Devils to a win at NC State on Friday with a supertiebreak win over Ivan Saveljic.

Levine also has recent ACC wins over Mitch Harper of Virginia Tech, Alexandre Thirouin of Boston College and Terrance Whitehurst of Florida State.

Golovin Named SEC Freshman Of The Week

For the second time this season, Jessica Golovin of the LSU women’s tennis team has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday.

Golovin earned two singles wins over the weekend to help lead 15th-ranked LSU to a 5-2 victory over No. 26 Arkansas and 7-0 win over No. 59 Missouri.

The New York, N.Y. native and JMTA star defeated No. 83 Ana Oparenovic of Arkansas 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 Friday. Golovin also teamed up with Joana Vale Costa to defeat Yuliya Lysa and Shannon Hudson, 6-1, on court one.

On Sunday, Golovin earned the win over Missouri’s Kelli Hine 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 on court two. With the victory, the freshman moved to 9-10 and 3-4 in conference.

Golovin and the Lady Tigers return to action at 4 p.m. Thursday against No. 6 Florida in Gainesville.

Rubin Wins Indian Wells Qualies; Loeb WC Into Main Draw

JMTA’s star pros Noah Rubin and Jamie Loeb will be on full display in front of the tennis world today at the huge BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., with both ready for main draw action today.

Rubin advanced through qualifying, bouncing Dennis Novikov to advance to the main draw, where he will take on Rajeev Ram, an American ranked No. 63. The Rubin-Ram match is scheduled fifth on Stadium 3 (first match begins at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET).

Loeb, issued a wild card into the main bracket, has drawn Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas, ranked No. 87. That match is first on Stadium 5 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET.

Follow matches in progress here.

JMTA Players Find Success over President’s Day Weekend!

Over President’s Day Weekend, the players of the JMTA took to the courts with several winners in Level 1B, Level 2R, and Level 2O tournaments!

At the Level 1B GHRC Feb Freeze Challenger, Calista Sha took home the Girls’ 16 title. In Level 2R action, Andrew Ena won the Boys’ 12 City Parks Indoor Regional, defeating the #1 and #3 seeds along the way. Ena’s weekend did not end there, however, as he also won the Boys’ 12 Level 2O SPORTIME Syosset February Open.

At the Level 2O Alley Pond President’s Week Open, several JMTA players won their respective divisions. In the Girls 14 competition, Leah Margulies took home the trophy. Also winning was Bobby Duskin. Not only did Bobby win the Boys’ 12 Singles competition, he also won the Boys’ 12 Doubles title along with fellow JMTA Player Jack Griffin.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

L1B GHRC Feb Freeze Challenger

Girls 16

Calista Sha: Champion

Boys 16

Jack Flores: Semifinalist

L1B Point Set Tennis February Challenger

Girls 18

Rachel Weiss: Finalist

L1B SPORTIME Quogue February Challenger

Boys 16

David Pines: Semifinalist

L1B Armonk Indoor Winter 10U Challenger

Boys 10

Rahul Vasudev: Finalist

Leo Nir: Semifinalist; defeated #1 seed in quarterfinals

L2R City Parks Indoor Regional

Boys 12

Andrew Ena: Champion; defeated # 3 seed in finals, #1 seed in semifinals

Dominick Mosejczuk: Semifinalist

Boys 14

Matthew Mosejczuk: Finalist

L2O Alley Pond President’s Week Open

Girls 14

Leah Margulies: Champion

Boys 12

Bobby Duskin: Champion

Jack Griffin: Semifinalist

Boys 12 Doubles

Bobby Duskin/Jack Griffin: Champions

L2O SPORTIME Syosset February Open

Boys 12

Andrew Ena: Champion; defeated #1 seed in finals

Boys 14

Johnny Donohue: Finalist

L2O SPORTIME Lake Isle February Open

Boys 14

Ben Gilman: Finalist

SPORTIME/ John McEnroe Tennis Academy To Host College Combine June 18th-19th

Today the Academy announced the first College Combine, June 18-19, for rising HS sophs, juniors and seniors… See below…

SPORTIME/ John McEnroe Tennis Academy To Host College Combine June 18th-19th

Rising High School Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors Invited To Participate At SPORTIME Randall’s Island; College Coaches From Wake Forest, Princeton and Tulane and Many Others Committed To Attend With Others Pending

New York, February 9, 2016 – Helping young athletes attend the colleges of their choice, and on full tennis scholarships whenever possible, is a primary goal of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA). With dozens of JMTA students currently competing at top colleges across the country, today the Academy announced the inaugural John McEnroe Tennis Academy College Recruiting Combine scheduled for the weekend of June 18th and 19th at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, the NYC home of JMTA. The Combine will give selected rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to showcase their technical and tactical skills, their athletic capabilities and their mental toughness, in front of leading collegiate coaches from around the country.

With the great success we have had helping to place Academy students in college programs where they are most likely to flourish academically and athletically, the JMTA Combine is a natural progression for us. The Combine will enable us to help a broader group of youngsters, including those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to interact with college coaches in a live showcase of their skills and personalities. My hope is that this first Combine is going to shine a light on some of the great tennis talent we are developing here in the greater NYC area, and that future annual Combines will show that we are only just getting started,” said John McEnroe.

Coaches representing all three NCAA Divisions are expected to attend, with commitments from Penn State, Columbia, Amherst, Harvard, Wake Forest and many other top programs. Interested players can apply to participate in the Combine at beginning February 8th, with registration closing on March 31st. A limited number of Combine spots are available for boys and girls. JMTA Directors will evaluate each application based upon objective criteria. Those chosen to participate will be informed by no later than April 15th and will be required to pay an entry fee.

Player check-in will begin at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday for boys and girls. Participants will compete in singles and doubles match play throughout both days, with results tracked. Players will also receive athletic performance assessments, mental toughness assessments, and will have ½ hour of their match play recorded and analyzed by Tennis analytics. An integrated recruiting package for each Combine participant will be compiled and made available, digitally, to both the participants and the coaches, at the touch of a button. For further details, go to

The upcoming college recruiting combine at Sportime is an outstanding concept. Certainly college coaches are looking for tournament results, but they also want to be sure that they are recruiting players that are both physically and mentally tough. And coaches like to meet their future players as early in the process as possible. This combine will be a great way for coaches to interact with a very select group of players and to get a first-hand sense of their tennis skills, as well as their mental and physical capacities. There is no better place than the John McEnroe Tennis Academy to hold this showcase, which should be a real leg-up for East Coast players.”

JMTA students who have gone on to compete on the collegiate level include: current ATP #247 and 2014 junior Wimbledon champion Noah Rubin, who was the ACC Player of the Year at Wake Forest University and NCAA singles finalist in 2015; Jamie Loeb, the 2015 NCAA singles champion from the University of North Carolina who also turned pro in the fall; Jessica Golovin, a freshman already making her mark at LSU; and Sabrina Xiong, a freshman at Harvard who was the recipient of the first full scholarship to JMTA in 2010.

JMTA players capture +L1 Grand Prix, Level 1B and Level 2O tournaments.

In an all JMTA final at the +L1 Eastern Grand Prix at Alley Pond Tennis Center, second seeded Chelsea Williams defeated fellow JMTA player and #1 seed Merri Kelly to take home the Girls’ 16 title. Competing at the Level 1B SPORTIME Lake Isle January Challenger, Lia Kim won the Girls’ 16 event, defeating the #2 seed in the quarterfinals along the way, the week ending Jan. 31. At the Level 1B Ross School Winter Challenger, Janelle Chen took home the Girls’ 14 trophy, while at the Level 2O Hardscrabble Winter Open, Alex Portnoy won the Boys’ 16 title by defeating the #1 seed in the final. Rounding out our winners for this weekend, the team of Bobby Duskin and Blakely Duskin won the Mixed 12 Doubles title at the Level 2O Winter Whiteout Cup in Long Beach.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

+L1 Eastern Grand Prix at Alley Pond Tennis Center

Girls 16

Chelsea Williams: Champion

Merri Kelly: Finalist

Gibson Thomas: Quarterfinalist

Aleksandra Bekirova: Quarterfinalist

Katherine Kachkarov: won 3 rounds of consolation


+L1 Eastern Grand Prix at CourtSense Bogota and Tenafly

Boys 18

Jake Bhangdia: Quarterfinalist

Sean Mullins: Quarterfinalist


+L1 Eastern Grand Prix at West Rock

Girls 18

Nathalie Rodilosso: Quarterfinalist; defeated #6 seed in round of 32

Courtney Kowalsky: won 4 rounds of consolation


+L1 Eastern Grand Prix at Stadium Tennis Center

Boys 16

Cannon Kingsley: Finalist

Daniel Pellerito: 3rd place

Spencer Brachman: Quarterfinalist




+L1 Eastern Grand Prix at Sportsplex

Boys 14

Kabir Rajpal: Finalist; defeated #1 seed in quarterfinals

Sujay Sharma: Quarterfinalist

Billy Suarez: Quarterfinalist

Noah Edelman: won 3 rounds of consolation


+L1 Eastern Grand Prix at TI Academy

Girls 14

Daniela Benabraham: Quarterfinalist; defeated #5 seed in round of 32

+L1 Eastern Grand Prix at Cary Leeds

Boys 12

Adrien Jippov: won 3 consolation rounds, defeated #1 seed in consolation

+L1 Eastern Grand Prix at Armonk Indoor

Girls 12

Leila Epstein: defeated #6 seed in consolation

L1B SPORTIME Lake Isle January Challenger

Girls 16

Lia Kim: Champion

Boys 16

Lucas Arora: Quarterfinalist

Anton Semenov: Quarterfinalist; defeated #5 seed in round of 16


L1B SPORTIME Harbor Island January Challenger

Boys 18: Xavier Pacthod: Quarterfinalist

L1B RSTA Winter Challenger

Girls 14

Janelle Chen: Champion

Boys 14

Michael Weitz: Semifinalist

Nicholas Murphy: defeated #4 seed in round of 16


L1B Nassau Indoor Tennis Winter Challenger

Girls 12

Alexandra Ho: Semifinalist

Ines Roti: Quarterfinalist


L1B Green Ball January Challenger at Hardscrabble

Boys 10

Karl Fadel: Semifinalist

L2O Hardscrabble Winter Open

Boys 16

Alex Portnoy: Champion

Girls 16

Natalie Margulies: Semifinalist

Girls 14

Leah Margulies: Finalist

Boys 12

Cal Wider: Finalist

L2O Winter Whiteout Cup

Mixed 12 Doubles

Blakely Duskin/Bobby Duskin: Champions

Boys 12

Bobby Duskin: Semifinalist