Monthly Archives: June 2013

Noah Rubin Falls Short at Roehampton

IMG_6053566x435Roehampton – After a thrilling run to the semifinals, Noah Rubin and partner Clement Geens were eliminated Thursday at Roehampton. The duo was outplayed by the 4th seeded team of Nicholas Jarry and Frederico Ferreira Silva in a heartbreaking super-tiebreaker defeat. Despite losing the first set 6-3, Rubin and Geens rallied to win a hard fought 2nd set 7-5, but came up short in a 10-8 super-tiebreaker loss.

Rubin looks to bounce back next week in the Wimbledon juniors. He is matched up against Great Britain’s Luke Bambridge in the 1st round. JMTA’s Jamie Loeb is also set to participate and drew Viktoriya Lushkova of Ukraine in the opening round of the girl’s draw.

Noah Rubin Marches on at Roehampton

April 5, 2011Noah RubinRoehampton- JMTA junior Noah Rubin moved on to the semifinals yesterday at Roehampton with doubles partner Clement Geens of Belgium. The duo outlasted Luca Corinteli and Adrian Ortiz of Mexico in a thrilling 3rd set super tiebreaker. Facing a 7-2 deficit in the tiebreaker, Rubin and Geens rallied to win 11-9, making it the No. 6 seeded tandem’s 3rd straight super tiebreak victory.

As for singles, despite a 3rd round exit, Rubin was the last U.S. junior remaining when he was eliminated by Enzo Couacaud of France in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. Although Couacaud is an excellent grass player, Rubin felt he missed out on a number of opportunities that he failed to cash in on. But the biggest opportunity lies ahead as Rubin is set to play in the semifinals for doubles today.

JMTA students playing Aegon ITF at Roehampton

Roehampton – The 2nd day’s results are up at the Grade 1 Aegon ITF at Roehampton.  This is the prep tournament for the Wimbledon Juniors.  In the boys draw are 28 of the top 30 players in the world are entered; on the girls side 17 of the top 30 players are entered. 

Noah Rubin is through to the round of 16 in singles and doubles.  He beat a tough Japanese kid in the 1st round 7-6 (1), 7-5 and followed that with a routine 6-4, 7-5 win over the #14 seed Nicolas Jarry of Chile.

Jamie Loeb won her 1st round 7-5, 6-1 over a Lithuanian girl; then lost a heart-breaking 7-5, 6-4 to the #2 seed from the Czech Republic.  Jamie won her doubles today and is the round of 16. 

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Updates to follow!

JMTA Juniors hope for US Open Wild Card

JMTA Player Jamie Loeb

JMTA Player Jamie Loeb

“The USTA has announced another series of Pro Circuit events to decide a men’s and a women’s wild card to this year’s US Open. As they did last year and this year for the reciprocal French Open wild card, and last year for a US Open wild card, the USTA will award a wild card to one American man and one American women who has the highest total of ATP/WTA points in several designated tournaments.

This year a men’s wild card will be given to the player with the best two results in four tournaments–the $50,000 Binghamton Challenger, the $50,000 Lexington Challenger, the $100,000 Vancouver Challenger and the $100,000 Aptos Challenger. Last year Steve Johnson won the wild card by winning Aptos, the only one of the four tournaments he played, while Mallory Burdette made the quarterfinals of Lexington and won Vancouver, which is not one of the three women’s events this year. The women’s wild card this year will be decided based on points won in two of these three tournaments: the $50,000 Yakima Challenger, the $50,000 Portland Challenger and the $50,000 Lexington Challenger.

The usta.com article, which mentions that all these tournaments will have live streams, is here. The fact sheets are on the Pro Circuit home page. Holding US passports and being eligible for US Davis Cup or US Fed Cup participation are requirements.

An official announcement is expected next week, but Jamea Jackson is leaving her position as  Oklahoma State’s women’s assistant to join USTA Player Development as a National Coach. The 26-year-old Jackson, who spent four seasons with the Cowgirls, is a former WTA Top 50 player and US Fed Cup competitor. For more on what led to her early retirement from the WTA Tour, see this article.

The draws for the ITF Grade 1 in Roehampton have been released, with the ITF Junior No. 1s the top seeds. French Open girls champion Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, who lost today in the semifinals of a $25,000 outdoor clay challenger in her home country, but won the doubles title, will play wild card Alannah Griffin in Sunday’s first round, while boys top seed Nick Kyrgios of Australia meets Stefan Kozlov of the US.

Kozlov is joined in the boys draw by Martin Redlicki, Noah Rubin, Luca Corinteli and Spencer Papa, none of whom are seeded.

The US girls in the draw are qualifiers Dasha Ivanova and Katrine Steffensen, as well as Johnnise Renaud, Tornado Alicia Black, Jamie Loeb, No. 3 seed Taylor Townsend and No. 9 seed Louisa Chirico.

Bencic is not entered in the Wimbledon juniors, but may be getting a wild card. Australian Open boys finalist Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia was given a wild card into Roehampton and may also be requesting one for Wimbledon. Kokkinakis would play No. 2 seed Nikola Milojevic of Serbia in the second round if they both win their opening matches.

German Antonia Lottner, who lost to Bencic in the French Open girls final, won a $10,000 tournament this weekend in Germany. She has recently withdrawn from the Wimbledon juniors.

The European grass season for juniors is very short, just three tournaments, with the first one, a Grade 2 in Germany, just finished. No. 4 seed Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine won the girls singles and doubles, while unseeded Lucas Gomez of Mexico took the boys singles title.

The Roehampton draws and order of play for Sunday is available on the LTA website.

Article written by Zoo tennis staff member Colette Lewis 

SPORTIME Scholarship Tryouts in Kings Park June 23

NEW YORK — “Young hopefuls from Long Island and beyond will be out in full force at SPORTIME Kings Park on Sunday, June 23, when former touring professionals Robert Kendrick and Bea Bielik lead a group of SPORTIME coaches in tryouts for full-year and half-year scholarships to attend the Sportime Kings Park junior tennis program. Coaches will also be scouting for players to attend tryouts for John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA) in Bethpage, to be held in July with scholarships also to be awarded. The day begins with registration at 1 p.m., with a series of sessions concluding at 4 p.m.

Kendrick, a three-time NCAA All-American and currently the co-director of JMTA at Bethpage, and Bielik, an NCAA champion and today the general manager of SPORTIME Kings Park, will conduct a tennis exhibition, followed by “Play the Pro,” in which the students will try their skills out against these two stars.

Kendrick, Bielik and several other coaches, including JMTA Director Lawrence Kleger, JMTA Co-Director Mike Kossoff, Regional Manager Jay Harris and SPORTIME Kings Park Director of Tennis Jeff Morys comprise the Assessment Committee which will evaluate talent, as players go through a series of drills and matches between 2:30 – 4 pm. Scholarship winners will be notified by July 4.

SPORTIME Kings Park is located at 275 Old Indian Head Rd., Kings Park, N.Y. For more information, parents of interested children can email Tryout@SportimeNY.com. Updates will also be posted on the SPORTIME Kings Park homepage at http://www.SportimeNY.com/Kings-Park. Proper tennis attire must be worn. There is no fee to try out, and pre-registration is preferred. Entrants can visit http://www.SportimeNY.com/Tryouts for online registration or to print and submit via email or fax.

“We are always looking out for the next great players, and there is a tremendous amount of talent here on Long Island and across the tri-state area,” said Kleger, a native New Yorker who is recognized as one of the top developmental coaches in the U.S. “We look forward to a great day of try-outs and to finding some amazing kids and future champions.”

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”.

Article Written by Jerry Milani

Rockville Centre’s Noah Rubin to Play at Wimbledon

Noah Rubin 4.11.13 Easter Bowl

JMTA Player Noah Rubin

“Seventeen-year-old Noah Rubin of Rockville Centre, N.Y. will continue junior competition at Wimbledon, June 29-July 7 at the All-England Club in Wimbledon, London in the main draw. Rubin, who has been ranked as high as sixth in the world junior rankings, reached the third round of the 2013 French Open Junior Championship. He currently trains at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy. 

Joining Rubin will be Stefan Kozlov (15, Pembroke Pines, Fla.), the youngest boy in the Top 25 of the world junior rankings at number 21, leads the American boys in the main draw despite being the second youngest player entered in the field. Joining him are number 25 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (18, Charlotte, N.C.), number 42 Luca Corinteli (17, Alexandria, Va.) and number 58 Spencer Papa (17, Edmond, Okla.). Number 55 Martin Redlicki (17, Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) was accepted for qualifying.

Last year, Kozlov qualified and reached the second round of boys singles at Wimbledon as the youngest player in the main draw by more than a year. Kwiatkowski, meanwhile, reached the third round in 2012. 

On the girl’s side, Taylor Townsend of Chicago, the number one-ranked junior in the world for 2012, will continue junior competition as well at Wimbledon. Joining Townsend at the Wimbledon main draw will be two other local products, number 45-ranked Jamie Loeb of Ossining, N.Y. and 17-year-old Louisa Chirico of Harrison, N.Y. Seventeen-year-old Katrine Isabel Steffensen of Scarsdale, N.Y. been accepted for qualifying.

Townsend, still the top-ranked American girl at number eight in the ITF World Junior rankings, will play her second junior Grand Slam of 2013 at Wimbledon, where she is the reigning junior doubles champion. Townsend reached the quarterfinals of the 2013 French Open junior championship, which was her first junior tournament since turning pro to start the year. She trains at the USTA Training Center–Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla.

Chirico, who trains at the USTA Training Center–East in Flushing, N.Y., reached the French Open girls semifinals and now holds a career-high 18 world junior ranking”.

Article written by LI Tennis Magazine Staff.

John McEnroe Tennis Academy Coming To Eastchester

Peter Fleming and John McEnroe talk with Westchester tennis players Alexandra Sabe of Rye and Christina Sisti of Mout Vernon in Eastchester at the academy last year. Photo Credit: The Daily Voice File Photo

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – “Tennis enthusiasts in Eastchester and Bronxville who have been itching to try out the new courts at Lake Isle Country Club will have their chance this summer at the annual John McEnroe Tennis Academy.

Last September, Eastchester completed a town-owned, $6.5 million, eight-court tennis facility, dubbed “SPORTIME Lake Isle.” The facility has been chosen by International Tennis Hall of Famer John McEnroe as the Westchester home for his annual summer tennis camp.

The John McEnroe Tennis Academy currently trains many of the county’s top junior tennis players. This summer, instructors will provide training to Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe high school players, as well as other aspiring amateurs.

Although SPORTIME fully funded the construction of the facility, the town still maintains ownership and control. Each year, SPORTIME pays licensing fees in return for its operation of the facility that total 10 percent of every dollar spent at the courts. Eastchester residents also receive a 10 percent discount on all programs at SPORTIME.

Eastchester Athletic Director Jason Karol said the facility will allow the town to provide tennis instruction on a more permanent basis.

“As you know, our schools introduce and provide learning and playing opportunities for children in all the major sports, but we have not had the facilities or expertise to do so in tennis,” Karol said. “The town program can now do so, and on a year-round basis.”

Applications for summer camp, junior and adult tennis camp and the John McEnroe Tennis Academy can all be found online. Each camp will last a minimum of 10 weeks and will vary in cost depending on the dates, length and activity.

Completed applications can be mailed or faxed to the address or number listed. Any questions can be directed to SPORTIME’s Managing Director Eric Fromm at (914) 777-5151 or efromm@sportimeny.com“.

Article written by Zak Failla.

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Junior French Open comes to an end for Noah Rubin

Noah Rubin

Noah Rubin
Photo: ITF Tennis

PARIS – JMTA’s Noah Rubin, who made a name for himself at last year’s French Open junior championships in reaching the quarterfinals, was unable to match that feat in 2013. Noah opened this year’s event with two strong matches as he advanced to the round of 16. Once there, Noah faced the No. 5 seed, Kyle Edmund of Great Britain. After losing the first set, Rubin rallied from a 0-2 game in the second set, ultimately winning it to level the match at one set each. However, Rubin ultimately fell short, losing the third set and the match by the score of 7-5, 5-7, 6-3. Despite his loss, Noah performed strongly in Paris, and has clearly shaken off the effects of an injury that he suffered in early 2013, which kept him sidelined for a couple of months. The New Yorker will be looking to bounce back later this month as he is again set to compete in London at this year’s Wimbledon junior championships.

Strong Second Round for Noah Rubin; Valiant Effort by Jamie Loeb

French Open

JMTA Coach Felix Alvarado & John McEnroe
Watching Jamie Loeb at French Open

PARIS – JMTA’s Jamie Loeb and Noah Rubin were in second round action at Stade Roland Garros on Tuesday. Both players had strong showings, but only Noah will advance to the round of 16 in singles.

Jamie Loeb played No. 1 seed, Ana Konjuh of Croatia in a could-have-gone-either-way match before losing 7-5, 6-4.  Jamie and her Coach Felix Alvarado, will be heading home to begin preparations for Wimbledon later this month.  Jamie is also expected to join the NY Sportimes of Mylan World TeamTennis as an alternate coming this July at Sportime Randall’s Island.

Noah Rubin had a routine win against a very tough player, Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan, winning 6-1, 6-4.  Next up is the No. 5 seed, Kyle Edmund from Great Britain.  Edmund defeated Noah in last year’s US Junior Open.  Noah will face Edmund on Wednesday in the round of 16 with revenge in mind.

In doubles, Rubin and partner Martin Redlicki faced the Japanese duo of Ken Onishi and Takashi Saito in a gripping three set match. Rubin and Redlicki dropped the first set 6-4, but quickly bounced back for a 6-4 second set win. Unfortunately, they were unable to keep the momentum and lost to Onishi and Saito in a 10-point supertiebreaker.

Two JMTA Players Find Singles Success in Paris

French-Open-Tennis-2013-logoPARIS – It’s been nothing but sunny skies for the JMTA players at the French Open Junior Championships at Roland Garros in Paris. Noah Rubin and Jamie Loeb have both successfully advanced to the second round, and will be playing again on Tuesday, June 4th.

After his successful run to the quarterfinals of the 2012 French Open Junior Championships, Noah took the court in his first round at this year’s event against Benjamin Bonzi of France. After dropping the first set, Noah successfully rallied back for a riveting three set victory, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. In his second round match, Rubin will face Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan, currently ranked in world’s top 20.

Rubin has also advanced to the second round of doubles after he and partner Martin Redlicki defeated Young Seok Kim and Seong Chan Hong of Korea, 6-0, 6-3.

JMTA Players
Noah Rubin & Jamie Loeb

Playing in her first Junior French Open this week is JMTA’s Jamie Loeb of Ossining, NY. Jamie advanced to the second round in straight sets in a well-fought match against Nina Stojanovic of Serbia. Jamie won the hour-long first set 9-7 in the tiebreaker, and went on to win the second set 6-3. Next up in the second round is a match against the event’s No. 1 seed, Ana Konjuh of Croatia.

Jamie also competed in the first round of doubles with partner Ayaka Okuno of Japan, losing 7-5, 6-4 to the No. 1 one ranked doubles team of Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and Antonia Lottner of Germany.

Both JMTA junior players will be competing on Tuesday in the second round, hoping to continue their French Open runs.