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

Jessica Golovin

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 www.SportimeNY.com/JMTACombine 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 www.SportimeNY.com/JMTACombine.

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.” Tony Bresky, Head Men’s Tennis Coach – Wake Forest University.

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

 

 

 

In a weekend full of snow up to our knees, several JMTA players were in action!

With a very impressive final match at the L1B Hardscrabble January Challenger in which he defeated the #1 seed, Nikolay Sahakyan was able to take home the Boys’ 14 championship trophy, the week ending Jan. 24! Also winning this weekend was Neel Epstein, who grabbed the L2O January Open Boys’ 14 title at the New Rochelle Racquet Club.

Congratulations to Nikolay and Neel!

L1B Hardscrabble January Challenger

Boys 14

Nikolay Sahakyan: Champion; defeated #1 seed in finals

Girls 14

Sara Hove: Semifinalist

L1B Jericho/Westbury January Challenger

Boys 14

Alex Vinsky: Semifinalist

Azim Gangat: Quarterfinalist

L1B Courtsense Bogota & Tenafly Winter Challenger

Girls 14

Elisabeth Schlossel: Quarterfinalist

L1B 10U Green Ball Challenger at Hardscrabble

Boys 10

Charlie Valentine: Semifinalist

Lucas Villamizar: Quarterfinalist

L2O Eastern Athletic January Open

Boys 14

Zachary Chan: Semifinalist

L2O January Open at New Rochelle Racquet Club

Boys 14

Neel Epstein: Champion

 

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.

Jessica Golovin lsu

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 

 

 

Eight Win Crowns Weekend Of Dec. 4-6

Last weekend was another prolific one for JMTA students, with eight emerging victorious in tournament play.

At the Empire Cup National Doubles Tournament at Reis Tennis Center of Cornell University, Peter Lohrbach won the Boys 18 doubles crown by defeating #1 seed and fellow JMTA Players Jake Bhangdia and Sean Mullins in the finals. Also at the Empire Cup, in an all JMTA final, Georgia Ryan and Chelsea Williams won at Girls 16s by also defeating the #1 seeded team of MK Hannity and Sophie Graver in the finals; At the L1B RWTTC Winter Challenger, Daniela Hernandez defeated the #2 seed in the finals, and the #1 seed in the semifinals; Astro Pilipovic took the Boys 12 title at the L1B NYJTL December Challenger; Bobby Duskin was the champion of Boys 10 at the L1B CourtSense at Bogota & TRC Racquet Club December Challenger. Bobby defeated the #1 seed in the semifinals; Griffin Schlesinger won the Boys 14 title at the L1B Point Set Winter Challenger. He defeated the #2 seed in the quarterfinals; Zoe Kava claimed the Girls 14 crown at the L1B SPORTIME Lake Isle December Challenger.

Full Results:

Empire Cup National Doubles at Reis Tennis Center of Cornell University

Boys 18

Peter Lohrbach w/ John Drake: Champion

Jake Bhangdia & Sean Mullins: Finalists

Girls 18

Courtney Kowalsky w/ Celeste Matute: Semifinalist

L1B RWTTC Winter Challenger

Girls 16

Daniela Hernandez: Champion

Boys 16

Jack Flores: Finalist

David Ammendola: Quarterfinalist; defeated #1 seed in Round of 16

L1B NYJTL December Challenger

Boys 12

Astro Pilipovic: Champion

Andres Fente: Finalist; defeated #3 seed in semifinals

Julian Fente: Quarterfinalist; defeated #4 seed in round of 16

Boys 16

Ilya Semenov: Quarterfinalist

L1B CourtSense at Bogota & TRC Racquet Club December Challenger

Boys 10

Bobby Duskin: Champion

Charlie Valentine: Finalist

Lev Seidman: Semifinalist

Boys 14

Alex Zlotchenko: Semifinalist; defeated #3 seed in round of 16

Girls 12

Natalie Eordekian: Finalist

Girls 10

Chantajah Mills: Finalist

L1B Point Set Winter Challenger

Boys 14

Griffin Schlesinger: Champion

Luca DeMare: Finalist; defeated #2 seed in semifinals

Boys 18

Neel Raj: Finalist; defeated #2 seed in semifinals

Girls 14

Emily Tannenbaum: Semifinalist

L1B SPORTIME Lake Isle December Challenger

Girls 14

Zoe Kava: Champion

Fiona Boettner: Semifinalist

Boys 12

Shane Cashin: Semifinalist

L1B WOTC December Challenger

Boys 16

Blake Frank: Finalist; defeated #1 seed in quarterfinals, #5 seed in semifinals

L20 TTTC Winter Open

Girls 16

Natalie Margulies: Finalist

Boys 12

Cal Wilder: Semifinalist

 

Thanksgiving Weekend Bountiful for JMTA Students

Thanksgiving weekend brought in a harvest of championships for JMTA students in tournament play.

Audrey Pacthod won at Girls 16s at the L1B TI Academy Thanksgiving Challenger. Audrey defeated the #2 seed in the finals; Isabella Sha took the Girls 12 title at the L1B Jericho/Westbury Fall Challenger by defeating the #1 seed in the finals; Laura Ziets-Segura was the champion at Girls 10 at the L1B GHRC Glen Head Challenger; Ari Cotoulas won the Boys 12 Singles title at the L1B WOTC Thanksgiving Challenger. He defeated the #2 seed in the quarterfinals; Maxwell Kacharov claimed the Boys 16 crown at the L1B Bethpage State Park Thanksgiving Challenger by defeating the #1 seed in the finals; Gunnar Overstrom was the winner at Boys 16 doubles at the L1B Huntington Winter Challenger.

Full Results:

L1B TI Academy Thanksgiving Challenger

Girls 16

Audrey Pacthod: Champion

Sofie Levine: Semifinalist

L1B WOTC Thanksgiving Challenger

Boys 12

Ari Cotoulas: Champion

L1B Bethpage State Park Thanksgiving Challenger

Boys 16

Maxwell Kachkarov: Champion

L1B Jericho/Westbury Fall Challenger

Girls 12

Isabella Sha: Champion

Taylor Overstrom: Semifinalist

Eleanor Apps: Semifinalist

L1B GHRC Glen Head Challenger

Girls 10

Linda Ziets-Segura; Champion

L1B Long Beach Pumpkin Pie Classic

Boys 16

Matthew Cashin: Semifinalist; Defeated #3 seed in quarterfinals

Blake Frank: Semifinalist

Boys 12

Shane Cashin: Semifinalist

L1B Huntington Winter Challenger

Boys 12 – Singles

Justin Oresky: Semifinalist

Gunnar Overstrom: Semifinalist

Boys 12 – Doubles

Gunnar Overstrom: Champion