‘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,

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.”

Noah Rubin and Jamie Loeb (Mike Herschbein)

Djokovic, McEnroe, JMTA Stars Join Others In JMTP Fundraiser

Novak Djokovic is not just regarded as one of the best tennis players in history but also as one of the most generous.

The Wimbledon champion and world No. 1 took time out of his preparations for the U.S. Open to join John McEnroe and a slew of celebrities at the tennis fundraiser for the non-profit Johnny Mac Tennis Project Thursday night at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy at Sportime at Randall’s Island.

The event was organized to raise funds and awareness for the Johnny Mac Tennis Project, a non-profit organization, which is making the sport of tennis accessible to New York City children who normally would not think to play the sport of cannot afford it.

“This is a noble cause” said Djokovic of the Johnny Mac Tennis Project Thursday. “I am happy to be here to help raise funds and raise more awareness for tennis in New York, the community and of course this tennis center.”

McEnroe spoke about Djokovic and tennis in the United States and in New York City in this short clip from his pre-match meeting with the press here.

Djokovic and McEnroe were joined by New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and Academy Award-nominated actor Ed Norton, Jr. along with Wimbledon semifinalist Lucie Safarova and John McEnroe Tennis Academy students Noah Rubin, the reigning Wimbledon junior champion, and Jamie Loeb, the top-ranked women’s college player last year at the University of North Carolina. Other bold faced names in the sell-out crowd of 1,500 included actor Danny DeVito, TV commentator Sean Hannity and Boris Becker, Djokovic’s coach.

The evening began as Safarova beat Loeb 6-3, following by Djokovic beating Rubin 8-5. McEnroe and Lundqvist then teamed to beat Norton and Djokovic 4-3, decided by a sudden-death point tiebreaker at 9-9 by chair umpire and media personality Mike Lupica.

The Johnny Mac Tennis Project, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity whose purpose is to expose young athletes in the greater New York metropolitan area to the life-changing sport of tennis without regard to their economic circumstance. To this end, JMTP raises public and private funds in order to provide tennis academy scholarships and financial assistance to New York City Metropolitan area children. JMTP promotes the lifelong sport of tennis to and for players of all levels, from introductory programs that reach out to schools and neighborhoods in surrounding communities, to world-class tournament training for aspiring professionals. For NYC juniors striving to achieve at the highest levels of the game, JMTP funds the costs associated with travel to regional, national and international tournaments and provides on-site coaching.

To read more about McEnroe’s commitment to tennis in the United States and New York, click here.

Noah-Winson Salem Open-Presser

Rubin Edged By Klahn In Tour Debut In Winston-Salem

A great effort by Noah Rubin fell just short yesterday at the Winston-Salem Open, as he fell in a third-set tiebreak, 6-2, 0-6, 7-6 (5), to Bradley Klahn. It marked the ATP World Tour debut for the Wimbledon junior and USTA Boys National singles and doubles champion.

Winston-Salem happens to be the home of Wake Forest University, at which Rubin will matriculate in a few weeks.

Rubin told John Delong at “It was a great atmosphere, at my second home now, so it was just a great experience to get out there. I thought I came up with a good effort and just came up a little bit short. But I’ll get many more chances, hopefully.”

Klahn entered the match ranked at No. 117.

Read the rest of the wrapup article here.

Rubin will compete in the Johnny Mac Tennis Project benefit at SPORTIME Randall’s Island on Thursday.


John McEnroe Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates Novak Djokovic

Thank you Henrik Lundqvist for nominating John McEnroe!

John accepts the #ALSicebucketchallenge and he now challenges Novak Djokovic to complete the challenge before next Thursday’s event at Sportime Randall’s Island where John, Novak, Henrik Lundqvist and Edward Norton will play to benefit the Johnny Mac Tennis Project.




WAG Magazine Looks At Lake Isle

A recent article in WAG Magazine, a lifestyle publication, brings out some of the best things about SPORTIME Lake Isle and the good work being done by JMTA coaches, led by Fritz Buehning, and students there.

From the piece:

Sportime – which leases the property from the town of Eastchester, owner of Lake Isle – put $6.5 million into creating a facility with a cheery, contemporary 5,000-square-foot clubhouse and eight Har-Tru courts. McEnroe – a former world No. 1 singles and doubles player who serves as a commentator for NBC and plays on what he calls “the old fogeys’ tour” – still finds time to coach regularly at his academies.

Read more here.

Mike Lupica

Author, Media Personality Mike Lupica Added As Guest Chair Umpire For August 21 Johnny Mac Tennis Project Event at Sportime Randall’s Island

The Johnny Mac Tennis Project today announced that New York media personality and best-selling author Mike Lupica will serve as a guest chair umpire on Thursday August 21 at Sportime Stadium on Randall’s Island, for its the 2014 benefit night. Lupica will join the announced lineup of Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, Hall of Famer John McEnroe, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, actor Edward Norton, World No. 17 Lucie Safarova, 2014 Wimbledon Junior Boys’ and now USTA National Boys 18’s Champion Noah Rubin, NCAA Number One Jamie Loeb, for a fun night of tennis prior to this year’s 2014 US Open.

“I am very pleased that my old friend Mike has decided to join us for a fun night of tennis that will raise funds to help us continue our mission of bringing tennis to young people in and around New York City” McEnroe said. “He better bring his eyeglasses though, because if he misses any line calls, he’ll be hearing from me.”

The JMTP benefit night will feature Djokovic, World No. 1 and 2014 Wimbledon champion, taking on John McEnroe Tennis Academy star Noah Rubin, the 2014 Wimbledon Junior Boys’ champion who more recently won the 2014 US National Boys 18 title in Kalamazoo, MI, earning him a wild card into the main draw of the upcoming US Open at Flushing Meadows. The evening will open with a match-up of 2014 Wimbledon singles semifinalist Lucie Safarova taking on another McEnroe Academy standout, Jamie Loeb, who recently finished her freshman year at North Carolina as the 2014 NCAA Player of the Year. The benefit night will conclude with the eagerly awaited pro-celebrity doubles match featuring Djokovic, McEnroe, Lundqvist and Norton, with long-time NY Daily News columnist and ESPN Radio personality Mike Lupica presiding from the umpire’s chair. All net proceeds from the evening will go to support the efforts of Johnny Mac Tennis Project, a 501(c)(3) public charity formed in 2011.

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 benefit nights in previous years have featured the likes of Bjorn Borg (2011), Andre Agassi (2012) and Jim Courier (2013). 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.

Tickets to the event start at $75. To purchase tickets, and for more information about special VIP packages, corporate packages or to become a sponsor, go to, call (888) 988-6921 or e-mail