Monthly Archives: January 2013

Aussie Open Re-Cap: Day 3

Maria Sharapova

Sharapova makes Tennis History
Photo: Getty Images

Keys Stuns Paszek at Aussie Open as Maria Sharapova makes History!

17 year old American, Madison Keys, out hit the seeded Paszek in straight sets to advance to the 3rd round of the Aussie Open.  She is the youngest American in the main draw and improves the American’s already stunning record at this year’s open.

On another note, Maria Sharapova made history as she became the first woman to win consecutive matches at a Grand Slam without losing a game since Wendy Turnbull did it 28 years ago (112 Grand Slams).

For a great recap of the Australian Open’s Day 3 events see click here to read ESPN’s full article.

Training Insights from Star Athletes

Brian Sell, Natalie Coughlin, Meredith Kessler

Photo Credit: Left, Suzy Allman for The New York Times; center, Doug Mills/The New York Times; right, Jeff Kapic

“Of course elite athletes are naturally gifted. And of course they train hard and may have a phalanx of support staff — coaches, nutritionists, psychologists. But they often have something else that gives them an edge: an insight, or even an epiphany, that vaults them from the middle of the pack to the podium.

I asked several star athletes about the single realization that made the difference for them. While every athlete’s tale is intensely personal, it turns out there are some common themes.…” Read full article here.

A New York Times Article by Gina Kolata

Aussie Open Re-Cap: Day 2

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Serena Williams rolls ankle
Photo: Rob Griffith

American Serena Williams [3] routs Edina Gallovits-Hall for the 3rd “Double Bagel” of her career, but not before scaring the tennis world by rolling her ankle in the first set.  After her 54 minute win, Serena declined an x-ray deciding to wait to see if the ankle swells up overnight.  Still, at her post-match press conference she reassured tennis fans by saying, “I’m alive. My heart’s beating.  I’ll be fine.”

Victoria Azarenka [1], who won in straight sets, kept a close eye on her rival’s ankle injury.  When asked about Serena’s injury she responded, “I heard she won love and love, so what kind of injury are we talking about?”

In the end, the best clue we will have as to the status of Serena’s ankle will be whether she decides to participate in the Women’s Doubles Tournament with her sister.  Doubles begins when play resumes Wednesday, but the Williams sisters are not scheduled to begin until Thursday; the same day Serena’s 2nd round match is scheduled for.

Click Here to read NBC Sports’ full recap of Day Two of the Australian Open.

Aussie Open Re-Cap: Day 1

Aussie Open Day 1

Ausstralian Open
Photo: Robert Prezioso, Getty Images

Bonnie D. Ford of ESPN, in the below article, gives a nice   re-cap of how the United States did in Day 1 of the Australian Open.  Although the U.S. sent only one seeded male to the Open this year, Sam Querrey (20), they had an amazing first day of play going 4-2 against foreign opponents with both losses being against seeded players. Click here to read full article.

Results below:

  • Ryan Harrison (USA) def. Santiago Giraldo (2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4)
  • Sam Querrey [20] (USA) def. Daniel Munoz-De La Nava (6-7 [2], 6-4, 6-2, 6-4)
  • Brian Baker (USA) def. Alex Bogomolov Jr. (7-6 [4], 6-3, 6-7[0], 3-6, 6-2)
  • Tim Smyczek (USA) def. Ivo Karlovic (6-4, 7-6 [5], 7-5)
  • Nicolas Almagro [10] def. Steve Johnson (USA) (7-5, 6-7 [4], 6-2, 6-7 [6], 6-2)
  • Tomas Berdych [5] def. Michael Russell (USA) (3-6, 5-7, 3-6)

Tomorrow, the remaining two Americans will play their first round matches:

  • Rajeev Ram (USA) v. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
  • Rhyne Williams (USA) v. Florian Mayer [25]

Coverage begins at 9:00pm EST on ESPN2 with Serena Williams taking on Edina Gallovits-Hall.

JMTA player going to Aussie Open


Jamie Loeb
Photo Credit: Adam Wolfthal

Our very own Jamie Loeb was interviewed alongside her Coach Felix Alvarado about their exciting trip to the Australian Open. Check out their comments below.

Jamie Loeb recently won the singles title at the USTA Winter Nationals in Scottsdale, AZ for the second year in a row, also had some amazing results.  She won both the singles and doubles titles at pro events in Buffalo, NY and in Amelia Island, FL and she participated in the main draw of the U.S. Open juniors.  Jamie is currently #695 on the WTA women’s professional circuit, and now heading “Down Under” to play the 2013 Australian Open juniors. 

Question for Jamie. How have you been preparing for the Junior Aussie Open?

Jamie. “I came back from winning Winter Nationals in AZ, which has given me confidence going in to the Aussie Open. This past week I have been training and working on my transition game and tactics along with staying hydrated and watching my diet”.

Question for Coach Alvarado. How have your been preparing Jamie for the Junior Aussie Open?

Felix: “I am working on placement and pace of her approach shot along with an explosive first step after hitting the approach. I am also helping her gain confidence prior to match play by playing sets against top male pros from the JMTA each day leading up to our trip”.

Question for Jamie. What are your expectations going in to the Junior Aussie Open?

Jamie. “My main goal is focus on my first match and not look ahead too much. I’m going in with a positive attitude and hope to have a great experience there”.

Question for Coach Felix Alvarado. What are your expectations for Jamie going in to the Junior Aussie Open?

Felix: “Obviously, my goal for her is that she does a good job, it’s clearly difficult due to traveling such a long distance and training indoors as opposed to summer heat. However, I want to see Jamie come out a junior champion, but most importantly I want her to have the best experience possible”.

Question for Jamie. Is this the furthest you’ve traveled away from home?

Jamie. “This is my very first time out of the country; I am really looking forward to experiencing the “down under and maybe seeing a kangaroo or two”.

Question for Coach Felix. Is this your furthest distance traveling with a JMTA student?

Felix: “Yes, this will be my furthest distance traveling with a JMTA player. I’ve traveled with Jamie all over the United States, but never quite this far. I will make sure she sees a kangaroo or two”.

Question for Jamie.   How do you feel traveling such a long distance without your mom?

Jamie. “Considering my mom travels with me to every tournament, this will be a big change. However, I believe this trip will help me gain my independence along with responsibility and help me prepare for college in August”.

Welcome to the JMTA Blog

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The JMTA, based in New York City, has decided to open its virtual doors to the rest of the world using the web and social media.

One of John’s visions is for his Academy to be a national leader of junior tennis training instruction.  Having assembled the most experienced and knowledgeable professional staff in the country,  and to spread the Academy’s formula for success, the John McEnroe Academy Blog will publish the following:

  • Posts, thoughts and messages from John McEnroe
  • Tennis Tips from our JMTA Directors, including Peter Fleming (John’s longtime Doubles partner and seven-time Grand Slam Champio), Robert Kendrick (American ATP Tour Player – career high singles ranking #69), and Academy Director, Lawrence Kleger, coach of current ITF US  junior #1, Noah Rubin, and Fritz Buehning (Former Tour Player and US Open finalist – career high #21 in singles and #4 in doubles).
  • Fitness Tips from the Academy’s Director of Performance, Sophie Scott (has worked with top British athletes in various sports including Andy Murray, Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra, and Edwin van der Sar).
  • Current tennis news, both pro and junior.
  • Junior tournament schedules, information, and results.
  • Featured pro, featured junior, featured drill, and featured game of the week.

(Quote from John about the blog; his vision, his expectations, etc… Focus on other coaches and players using the information from the blog to advance their tennis careers.)

To keep up with the speed of New York City, the JMTA blog will be updating consistently during Grand Slams and other important parts of the tennis season.  So check back often!