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JMTAers Noah Rubin and Jamie Loeb Reach the Quarterfinals

JMTA Student Noah Rubin

JMTA Student Noah Rubin

With a big 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 Round of 16s win over Ronnie Schneider, Noah Rubin heads into the Quarterfinals with great momentum.  His quarterfinal match will be against the unseeded Logan Staggs.  The winner of the main draw will receive a wild card into the main draw of the U.S. Open! Rubin’s long-time coach, the Director of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, Lawrence Kleger, spoke to Noah after today’s match.  Lawrence told Noah, “If I ever yell at you for anything, just remind me of how tough you were in today’s match and I’ll take it back immediately.”

Noah was down the entire match.  He lost the first set 6-3 and was tied in the 2nd set 4-4 before their match was suspended for the day due to rain.  Today, he came out of the blocks strong and won the 2nd set 7-5.  Ronnie, not happy with the outcome of the 2nd set, stormed to a “Hold, Break, Hold” 3-0 lead in the 3rd.  Noah rebounded to tie the match at 3-all and eventually got a huge break of serve at 5-5 to take a 6-5 lead.   He then played a near perfect game, holding serve for a hard-fought 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory.  Noah plays his quarterfinal match in the Boys 18s doubles draw later today.

Other JMTA students still alive in the main draws of their tournaments, Jamie Loeb and Sasha Lebedev, were in action today as well.  Jamie, after dropping the first set 0-6, came back to beat 5th seeded Jan Abaza, the WTA #374 ranked woman in the world, 0-6, 6-0, 6-4.  Jamie, who is WTA #461 in the world, will take on Allie Kiick, the 2 seed and WTA #297, in the quarterfinals tomorrow at 2pm EST.  Jamie, like Noah, would be given a Wild Card into the main draw of the U.S. Open if she were to win the tournament.

Sasha Lebedev tried valiantly to fight through a pulled back muscle but lost his round of 16 match to the  #4 seed Jake DeVine in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.  If he is physically able, he will play a consolation match against the  #10 seed Alex Rybakov.

Results from JMTA Juniors National Hard Courts; Jachuck, Hohmann, and Kingsley advance to Quarterfinals in Little Rock, AR

With Nationals underway, JMTA students are fully determined to advance to the finals. One group in particular is clearly outshining the competition: JMTA students competing in the Boys 12s Nationals in Little Rock, AR. JMTA players Ronan Jachuck, Ronald Hohmann and Cannon Kingsley all reached the quarterfinals after today’s matches. Training under some of the best tennis coaches in the country as well as one of the game’s greatest players has certainly proven to be worth the hard work. The future looks promising for these JMTA students, as they are hopeful to keep up the momentum and bring home the “W.”

Below are the results from all JMTA players currently competing in Nationals:

Still alive in main draw:

  • Boys 18s: N. Rubin (2) def. M Lippman 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 (Advances to the Round of 16’s, will play R. Schneider (15). Match Time T.B.D. due to rain)
  • Boys 16s: A. Lebedev (11) def. C. Klinger (23) 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 (Advances to the Round of 16’s, will play J. DeVine (4). Match Time T.B.D. due to rain)
  • Boys 12s: R. Hohmann (7) def. R. Cash 6-1, 6-1 (Advances to the QF, will play T. Yu (4) on Thursday at 10:00am)
  • Boys 12s: R. Juchuck (3) def. N. Arimilli 6-1, 6-4 (Advances to the QF, will play N.Han (6) on Thursday at 8:00am)
  • Boys 12s: C. Kingsley (5) def. S. Sculley 6-0, 6-3 (Advances to the QF, will play G. Johns on Thursday at 10:00am)
  • Girls 18s: J. Loeb (9) def. H. Carter 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 (Advances to the Round of 16s, will play J. Abaza (5) Thursday at 11:00am)

Still alive in the consolation draw:

  • Boys 16s: A. Knight (27) def. J. Wasserman 4-6, 7-6(13), 7-6(2) (Fed in to the 3rd Round Consis. Match against S. Ko. T.B.D. due to rain)
  • Boys 16s: V. Pham def. J. Lee 6-3, 6-4 (Fed in to the 3rd Round of the consis. Match against J. Collins. T.B.D. due to rain)
  • Boys 14s: S. Patrick def. L. Greif 6-3, 6-4 (Advances to the QF of the consis-SW Draw, will play C. Wilson Thursday at 9:30am)
  • Boys 12s: S. Brachman def. T. Gonzalez 6-1, 6-4 (Advances to the QF of the consis-W Draw, will play A. Branicki Thursday at 8:00am)
  • Boys 12s: B. Cohen def. A. Mercado 4-6, 6-3, 1-0(8) (Advances to the QF of the consis-S Draw, will play P. Brown Thursday at 9:30am)
  • Girls 14s: L. Haukova (17) def. K. Pierre-Louis 6-2, 6-1 (Advances to the SF of the consis-NE Draw, will play A. Bright (17) today at 3:40pm)
  • Girls 12s: M. Kelly def. I. Tushaj 2-6, 6-0, 6-1 (Advances to the 3rd Round of the consis-W Draw. 3rd round match against A. Hrastar postponed to Thursday, time T.B.D., due to rain.)
  • Girls 12s: G. Ryan def. E. Verizova 6-1, 6-1 (Advances to the 3rd Round of the consis-W Draw. 3rd round match against M. Leal postponed to Thursday, time T.B.D., due to rain.)
  • Girls 12s: W. Osuigwe def. M. Sorokko 3-6, 6-0, 7-5 (Consis Feed in match to Round of 16s of the consis-NE Draw. Round of 16s match against C. Hand (17) postponed to Thursday, time T.B.D., due to rain.)


Bold = JMTA Player

Links to Draws:

Boys 16s & 18s Draws

Boys 14s Draws

Boys 12s Draws

Girls 16s & 18s Draws

Girls 14s Draws

Girls 12s Draws

Rubin Pulls Off Win; Advances to 16th Round


JMTA Student Noah Rubin

JMTA Student Noah Rubin

JMTA students’ results from Junior National Hard Courts will be posted later tonight.

JMTA student Noah Rubin has finished playing for the day. Read the snippet below posted by ZooTennis’ Colette Lewis.

“The top two seeds in the 16s division needed three sets to advance to Wednesday’s round of 16, while the top two seeds in the 18s division also found themselves in close contests Tuesday, with rain delaying the start and interrupting the afternoon action at Kalamazoo College’s Stowe Stadium.

…Rubin led unseeded wild card Maxx Lipman 4-0 in the first set, but the match got considerably closer from that point on, with Rubin eventually posting a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 victory. Lipman hit a tweener winner serving to stay in the match at 5-1 in the third, but it was too little too late for the incoming Florida Gator.”

Click here to read the full article by Lewis on ZooTennis.


JMTA's Noah Rubin and Jamie Loeb

JMTA’s Noah Rubin and Jamie Loeb

23 JMTA Juniors have made their way across country to compete in the August 2013 USTA Nationals. The country’s best juniors are competing in the following cities: Kalamazoo, MI (Boys’ 16-18); San Diego, CA (Girls’ 16-18); San Antonio, TX (Boys’14); Peachtree City, GA (Girls’ 14); Little Rock, AR (Boys’ 12); and Alpharetta, GA (Girls’ 12).

One of JMTA’s featured juniors, Jamie Loeb, has already advanced to the 4th round in the Girls’ 18s singles event in San Diego, CA. Loeb, seeded 9th, will be competing in the U.S. Open Juniors beginning in September before heading off to the University of North Carolina to play for the Tar Heels Women’s Team.  When asked about her thoughts on heading off to college and stepping away from the junior circuit, Jamie said, “I am excited for the next chapter of my life.  There is no question that it will be weird not traveling each week all over the country, but I am excited to be a Tar Heel and play tennis in a team format for the first time.”  Loeb’s 4th round opponent is Hayley Carter. Although opponents today, the two will soon be teammates; Carter will also be heading to North Carolina to play for the Tar Heels Women’s Team.

Another JMTA junior, Noah Rubin, easily defeated Marshall Sharp 6-1, 6-0 in Kalamazoo, MI in the 3rd round of the Boys’ 18s. Rubin, the 2nd seed in the Singles and 1st seed in the Doubles with teammate Martin Redlicki, still has a year to go before even thinking about college.  Still, like Loeb, he is preparing for the 2013 U.S. Open Juniors where last year he fell in the 1st round.  When asked how he feels going into this year’s U.S. Open, Noah said, “I’m excited and ready to go. I love playing at Flushing Meadows and feel hard courts are one of my better surfaces.  I’m playing some of the best tennis I have ever played and hope I can keep up that level of play throughout the (U.S.) Open.”  Rubin’s next opponent will be Max Lipman in the 4th round.

Other JMTA Students who are competing this include:

GIRLS 12’s: Georgia Ryan, Merri Kelly, Michelle Sorokko.

GIRLS 14’s: Sasha Bekirova, Lauren Haukova, Christina Sisti

GIRLS 16’s: Brianna Williams, Sabrina Xiong

BOYS 12’s: Spencer Brachman, Brandon Cohen, Benjamin Grossman, Ronald Hohmann, Ronan Jachuck, Cannon Kingsley, Neel Raj, Kabir Rajpal

BOYS 14’s: Patrick Hannity, Alan Delman

BOYS 16’s: Sasha Lebedev, Justin Lee, James Wasserman

Spotlight: JMTA’s Sabrina Xiong

Photo Credit: Adam Wolfthal | JMTA's Sabrina Xiong

Photo Credit: Adam Wolfthal | JMTA’s Sabrina Xiong

“Sabrina Xiong is a student of the Sportime John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA) at Randalls Island. Year after year, Sabrina has raised her ranking with consistency, and is currently ranked in the top 50 recruits in the country and the number two ranked recruit in New York State, according to Her first year on her high school team, as a freshman, she went an undefeated 7-0 as the lead singles player for Cardozo and went on to win the Girls Singles PSAL Tournament.

In 2010, when John McEnroe teamed up with Sportime to open up JMTA, nearly 200 players tried out for the chance to study under the tutelage of one of the game’s greatest players and biggest personalities. When Sabrina made the first cut and was among the final 25 players invited, she was thrilled. When she made the final six, she had the chance to play in front of Johnny Mac for a spot in the academy. When the field of six was narrowed even further and she got the chance to hit with John, she was accepted on a full scholarship to the program, and the experience has become an inspiration for her moving forward as JMTA at Randalls Island has become her second home. Playing at JMTA has fine-tuned Sabrina’s game and has helped take her game to the next level.
“Tennis provides you with discipline, and the coaches at Randalls make you work hard and you learn to never give up,” said Sabrina.”

Click here to read the full article by Adam Wolfthal on