Category Archives: Featured Pro

JMTA Featured Pro – Robert Kendrick

Robert Kendrick
Co-Director of JMTA Bethpage

ABOUT ROBERT KENDRICK

In the fall of 2012, Robert Kendrick became the Director of Tennis at SPORTIME Syosset and the Co-Director of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy Annex at SPORTIME Bethpage. Robert joined SPORTIME after a long and successful career on the ATP Tour. Robert was an All-American at both the University of Washington and Pepperdine University, where he was ranked as high as #3 in the nation. As a pro, he was ranked as high as #69 in the world in singles (taking Rafael Nadal to 5 sets at Wimbledon in 2006) and #77 in doubles. Since 2002, Robert has been Johnny Mac’s teammate on SPORTIME’s World TeamTennis squad, the NY Sportimes. Robert trains and supervises SPORTIME Syosset Tennis pros and coaches and is a driving force at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy Annex at SPORTIME Bethpage.  Robert works with players of all ages and abilities and brings amazing energy and dedication to the court, whether working with seniors, beginners, or with our nation’s top junior prospects. This coming July, Robert will once again play World TeamTennis for the NY Sportimes. The team who will play 14 matches across the USA, with 5 home matches in Albany and 2 home matches at the beautiful SPORTIME Stadium on Randall’s Island.  Around his WTT commitments this summer, Robert will be coaching and teaching at SPORTIME Amagansett, where he will design and supervise Amagansett’s EXCEL summer camp program for our most talented and dedicated junior players.   

Read more about Kendrick joining JMTA HERE!

JMTA’s Peter Fleming Talks Doubles

Fleming & McEnroe

Peter Fleming & John McEnroe
Photo: Bleacher Report

“With the rare Davis Cup loss suffered by the Bryan Brothers earlier this month to the Brazilian team of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares, it’s a good excuse to take a step back and evaluate the current state of doubles—among other tennis related topics.

As masterful a doubles player as McEnroe was and still is, he had help, and his name was Peter Fleming.

Fleming famously once said, “the best doubles pair in the world is John McEnroe and anyone,” but it’s safe to say that he knows a little something about the game too. 

Just as you would go to the doctor when you are sick, I went to see Fleming to talk a little Bryan Brothers, McEnroe, Federer and the lost art of the serve and volley.

Fleming recently reunited with McEnroe to become the Associate Director of McEnroe’s Tennis Academy, and we talked court side at the Randall’s Island location.”

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Article written by Benjamin Block – Bleacher Report

Featured JMTA Pro of the Week – Bruce Haddad

Bruce Haddad

Bruce Haddad
Assistant Academy Director

Bio: Bruce, born in New Jersey, was a standout junior player, reaching the #1 ranking in the USTA Eastern Section, and achieving national top ten rankings in the boys 12’s, 14’s, and 16’s divisions. As a junior, Bruce was the national clay court champion in singles and doubles and the national indoor champion in the 14’s, before winning the prestigious Easter Bowl in the 16’s. Bruce attended the University of Florida and graduated from Arizona State University, where he achieved a national collegiate ranking of #9 and was a two-time All-American, earning a degree in communications. Bruce competed professionally on the ATP Tour, and coached on the WTA Tour. Prior to joining JMTA in 2010, Bruce was the co-owner and founder of Knickerbocker Sports Tennis and was manager and director of the Columbus Racquet Club in NYC. Bruce brings extensive coaching experience at both the national and international levels to the John McEnroe Tennis Academy.

Currently:  Bruce has been Assistant Academy Director at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy since it began in 2010.  Bruce believes that the, “Academy’s philosophy and teaching techniques have been paying off. Our juniors are earning higher rankings than ever before and are getting farther in more competitive tournaments.”

In the Future:  On March 1st, the Johnny Mac Tennis Project will be hosting the 1st Annual Johnny Mac Tennis Project Junior Mixer.  Bruce will be running the mixer and has invited several of our top juniors to participate.  Proceeds from the event will assist with funding our current and future champions and providing programs for under-resourced children in our surrounding communities. We’re hoping this evening will expand JMTP’s resources and provide more opportunities for rising stars.

Former ATP Professional, Long Island Native Phillip Simmonds Named To Staff At SPORTIME, John McEnroe Tennis Academy

Three-Time Challenger Champion Joins Fellow American Pro Robert Kendrick at SPORTIME Syosset and SPORTIME Bethpage McEnroe Academy Annex

Written By: Jerry Milani and Joe Favorito

Phillip Simmonds

Phillip Simmonds
Photo: Long Island Tennis Magazine

NEW YORK, February 13, 2013 – Long Island native and recent ATP Tour professional player Phillip Simmonds has joined the staff at the SPORTIME location in Syosset, N.Y., and at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy Annex at the SPORTIME location in Bethpage, N.Y., it was announced by SPORTIME CEO Claude Okin.  Fresh off a successful junior and pro career, Simmonds joins fellow ATP player Robert Kendrick, who has been Director of Tennis at SPORTIME Syosset since September 2012 and who helped bring the 28-year old into the Sportime fold.

Born in Selden, N.Y., Simmonds won nine ITF Futures and three USTA Challenger titles while achieving a career-best rank of #200 in the world.  He played in the US Open main draw singles in 2006 and in US Open main draw doubles in 2004, 2006 and 2007.  A member of the 2002 U.S. Junior Davis Cup team that reached the finals, Simmonds was semi-finalist at the French Open and Wimbledon juniors and won the prestigious Orange Bowl in 2002 and the Australian Open Junior Doubles in 2003.

“Adding a new, young coach, with junior and professional experience and accomplishments of Phillip Simmonds is a big boost for SPORTIME Syosset and for the John McEnroe Tennis Academy,” said Okin.  “He has already shown us that he is a great teacher and motivator.  He is a great guy and a great colleague and, best of all, he is a native Long Islander.  We are pleased and fortunate to have Phillip at SPORTIME.”

“I am excited about the opportunity to return home and to start taking what I have learned from my decades of experience as a tournament player and sharing it with students at SPORTIME and at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy.  Of course I can’t wait to work with our juniors, but I am also having fun with our adult and recreational players,” said Simmonds.  “So far I am very excited about this next chapter in my career in the sport.”

About SPORTIME:

Sportime is New York’s leader for tennis and sports clubs and programs. Operating 13 clubs across Long Island, in NYC, in Westchester and in the NY Capital Region, Sportime strives to provide its members with welcoming and comfortable environments and the best instructional programs anywhere.  Sportime’s “fitness for real life” philosophy is reflected in clubs that are state-of-the-art, yet affordable, and that offer the best tennis facilities, along with great gyms and every sports or fitness experience imaginable.

Featured JMTA Pro – Peter Fleming

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PETER FLEMING

Peter Fleming

Peter Fleming
JMTA Associate Academy Director

The John McEnroe Tennis Academy would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to Associate Academy Director Peter Fleming.  Peter turned 58 earlier this week (January 21) and in honor of his birthday, he is the subject of this week’s “Get to know the Pro”!

Peter, a native of Chatam, NJ, has been a highly successful tennis professional, as a player, coach and commentator, for over 40 years. He teamed up with John McEnroe to become one of the greatest doubles teams in tennis history. The duo won 54 doubles titles together, including four Wimbledon and three U.S. Open Grand Slam championships. The pair was named ATP Doubles Team of the Year in 1979, 1981 and 1983-84. Fleming played on three American Davis Cup winning teams 1979, 1981-82 and compiled a Davis Cup doubles record of 14-1, all with Johnny Mac. He reached the world No. 1 doubles ranking in 1984 and had a career high singles ranking of No. 8 in 1980. Prior to turning professional, Fleming played collegiate tennis for Michigan and UCLA; in 1976, he won the NCAA doubles title and led the Bruins to the NCAA team championship. Since retiring as a player, he has become a lead commentator for Sky Sports and relocated back to New York in 2012 to again team up with partner John McEnroe as Associate Academy Director of JMTA, at both Randall’s Island and Lake Isle.

Peter is now splitting his time between SPORTIME Randall’s Island and SPORTIME Lake Isle, where he is working both with JMTA’s top junior players as well as adult members.