Monthly Archives: November 2013

Julian Rozenstein Signs with Quinnipiac as he and Sasha Lebedev Compete in the Bahamas

Julian Signing his Letter of Intent to play for Quinnipiac

Julien Signing his Letter of Intent to play for Quinnipiac

JMTA’ers Julian Rozenstein and Sasha Lebedev are competing in the main draw of the Goombay Splash Bowl.  Both won their first round matches.  It took 3 sets for Julian to beat his doubles partner, Maxim Borcuti, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.  Sasha, on the other hand, only needed 2 sets to beat wild card Dylan Walker, 6-3, 6-2.  Both will play their 2nd round matches today.

In other news, Julian officially signed with Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT and was welcomed to the Bobcats in an article on their webpage.  A snippet of this article is below.  To read the full article, click here.  Julian’s JMTA Coach, Felix Alvarado, is happy with Julian’s choice of schools, “Julian will be a great addition to Quinnipiac’s tennis program and can take advantage of the school’s fine academic reputation.  Quinnipiac Men’s Tennis Coach Mike Quitko will be a good asset for Julian and should help take his game to the next level.  I am excited to see him play as a Bobcat next fall!”

“HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University men’s tennis head coach Mike Quitko has announced that Julian Rozenstein has signed a National Letter of Intent and will be listed on the Bobcats’ roster for the beginning of the 2014-15 campaign. Rozenstein, who hails from Morganville, N.J., will look to make an immediate impact on the Bobcat rotation next fall.

“Julian is a tremendous addition to the men’s tennis program,” said Quitko. “He brings a lot of passion on the court and will make an immediate impact in our starting line-up. Julian has consistently been ranked among the nation’s best players, and has been one of New Jersey’s top athletes for quite some time.”

“I am extremely excited about attending Quinnipiac where I plan on studying sports medicine and joining the Bobcat family,” said Rozenstein. “Although the men’s tennis program has already archived considerable success, I am committed to enhancing the programs reputation and strongly believe that the men’s tennis program will soon be recognized as one of the finest in the country. Being able to play tennis for Quinnipiac and to receive an outstanding education will fulfill many of my personal goals and will most definitely prepare me for a rewarding future.”

Rozenstein is currently training at the prestigious John McEnroe Academy on Randall’s Island with Felix Alvarado and Lawrence Kleger. He resides in Morganville with his parents, Stella and Alexander Rozenstein, and his sister, Lauren.”

Once Again JMTA Students Take 3 Singles Titles at National Level 5 Sectionals

Boys 12 (Oceanside, NY)

Spencer Brachman (Bethpage) won the Singles Title. Lost a total of 8 games all tournament.

Noah Edelman (Randall’s Island) Quarterfinals

Kabir Rajpal (Bethpage) Quarterfinals

JMTA Players making the Round of 16

Oliver Worth (Bethpage)

 

Boys 14 (Alley Pond, NY)

Cannon Kingsley (Bethpage) Semifinals; 3rd Place

Daniel Pellerito (Bethpage) Quarterfinals

Sean Wei (Lake Isle) Quarterfinals

JMTA Players making the Round of 16

Ronald Hohmann (Bethpage)

Neel Raj (Bethpage)

 

Boys 16 (Glen Cove, NY)

Felipe Osses-Konig (Randall’s Island) won the Singles Title

 

Boys 18 (Port Chester, NY)

Richard Sec (Randall’s Island) Semifinals

JMTA Players making the Round of 16

Lucas Pickering (Randall’s Island)

 

Girls 12 (Hastings on Hudson, NY)

Perene Wang (Randall’s Island) Quarterfinals

MK Hannity (Bethpage) Quarterfinals

 

Girls 14 (Mattawan, NJ)

Loren Haukova (Randall’s Island) Semifinals (Withdrew due to injury)

JMTA Players making the Round of 16

Chelsea Williams (Randall’s Island)

 

Girls 16 (Bethpage, NY)

Brianna Williams (Randall’s Island) won the Singles Title

Michelle Sorokko (Bethpage) Semifinals; 3rd Place

Mia Vecchio (Bethpage/Randall’s Island) Quarterfinals

JMTA Players making the Round of 16

Victoria Sec (Randall’s Island)

Alexandra Bekirova (Randall’s Island)

Ekim Buyuk (Lake Isle/ Randall’s Island)

 

Girls 18 (Mountain Lakes, NJ)

Jessica Golovin (Randall’s Island) Round of 16

Julian Rozenstein to Compete in the Goombay Splash Bowl

Julian and Felix at a Practice Session at JMTA

Julian and Felix at a Practice Session at JMTA

Julian and his coach, Assistant Academy Director Felix Alvarado, are training hard in preparation for a Boys Grade 5 ITF event next week in the Bahamas.  Instead of the annual turkey feast, Julian will be spending his Thanksgiving playing in the Goombay Splash Bowl at the BLTA National Tennis Centre in Nassau.  While the draws have not yet been posted, as of now, based upon the applicant pool, Julian will have to qualify for the tournament.  Leading up to the tournament, both Julian and Felix have their expectations.

“I expect a tough tournament with high level players,” says Julian. “I am going to take it one point at a time, try my hardest each point, and hopefully come out with the title!”  When asked if he is upset that he won’t be able to participate in Thanksgiving festivities, Julian said, “Tennis is my passion.  I’d rather be on a tennis court, especially in the Bahamas, then anywhere else.  So no, I’m not upset.”

“(Julian) may need to qualify for the tournament,” says Felix.  “If he does, I expect him to qualify.   Hopefully he gets into the main draw without needing to qualify so he saves some energy.  But either way, he is going to fight for every point, take it one match at a time and give it his all.”

Draws for the Goombay Splash Bowl should be out early next week.  Check back then for a preview of Julian’s opening round match-up.

Loeb Receives Accolades from UNC Press

As JMTA collegian Jamie Loeb returned recently to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from a long weekend in New York City (a weekend which saw her win the prestigious USTA/ITA National Collegiate Indoor Championships), she was the subject of a nice article in her college newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel.  Below is an excerpt from The Daily Tar Heel article, written by Ben Coley.  Ben’s article does a nice job of explaining Jamie’s life story from how her interest in tennis was sparked, to her training regimen (including an abnormal life as a high school student), and the life of a DI college tennis star.  For the full length article click here.

On Sunday, Nov. 10, North Carolina women’s tennis player Jamie Loeb arrived back in Chapel Hill with a national title. But there was no public celebration. No crowd awaited her in Chapel Hill. Instead, she was greeted by an 8 a.m. class the next morning. And at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center — just two days removed from taking the title — it was business as usual. Loeb shared some laughs with coaches and teammates, warmed up and prepared for an hourlong practice. The music blared, everyone seemed relaxed and a content Loeb was right in her comfort zone. Similar to the casual practice on a November afternoon, Loeb has quietly become one of the best tennis players in the country. She’s a singles, doubles and national champion with a 19-1 record. And if those accolades aren’t impressive enough — Loeb is just a freshman….

After a dominating performance in her first fall season of DI tennis, Jamie is considering an offer to play in a $25k WTA event in early January.  The tournament is not a collegiate event, but would be good competition during her college tennis break.  Jamie and Felix Alvarado, her JMTA coach, are determining if she will compete in the tournament.  Over winter break, Jamie will be training at JMTA with Felix.  “I’m really excited to work with Jamie over Thanksgiving and Christmas break,” says Felix,  “I saw her play a couple of weeks ago and noticed a few things we could work on so she is ready for the spring tennis season and for any other professional tournaments she might enter.  I’m happy with the way she’s playing, but obviously there is always room for improvement.”  Jamie’s next NCAA tournament, which is also the kickoff for the 2014 spring season, is the Freeman Memorial Championships in mid-January in Las Vegas.

Rubin Finishes As Semi-Finalist at the IMG Academy $10k Futures

JMTA’er Noah Rubin was in action over this past weekend in Bradenton, Florida at the IMG Academy $10k Futures. Noah was the #7 seed, and after winning his first two rounds rather easily, he faced Japanese up-and-comer Naoki Nakagawa in the quarters.  In a close match, Noah defeated Naoki 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to move on to the semis.  In his semifinal match on Saturday,  Noah faced, Andrey Rublev of Russia. After a rain delay, the clay courts were playing like mud.  Not the best conditions for a hard court player like Noah. Though he gave it his best effort, Noah lost the match to the tournament’s eventual champion,  6-3, 6-3.  According to his coach Lawrence Kleger, “Noah continues to post excellent results at the Futures level.  He will continue to play Futures and throw in a few Challengers to test him as he continues to improve his ATP Ranking.  After Bradenton he should be in the mid-700s.”  Next up for Noah is the January Future Circuit starting in Plantation, FL January 6th.

JMTA’ers Noah Rubin and Sasha Lebedev in Action this Week

Noah Rubin practicing his volleys at JMTA.

Noah Rubin practicing his volleys at JMTA.

Sasha Lebedev finished his run in this week’s Grade 4 ITF event in Lexington, South Carolina when he lost to the #9 seed, Walker Duncan of the U.S., 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3 in the 3rd round.  Sasha, after needing to qualify for the tournament, won both of his first two round matches in straight sets.  He was one of only three qualifiers to reach the 3rd round.

As Sasha’s tournament comes to a close, Noah Rubin’s tournament in Bradenton, FL kicks off.  Noah is seeded 7th in the IMG Academy $10k Futures tournament.  He won his first round match yesterday in straights 6-3, 6-4 over South African Damon Gooch and today cruised by his 2nd round opponent, American qualifier Reilly Opelka 6-0, 6-3.  When asked about his expectations for Noah, Noah’s coach, JMTA Director Lawrence Kleger said, “Noah seems to handling the rough wind conditions extremely well.  He did a great job of holding serve and converting on almost all of his break point opportunities.  Tomorrow will be another tough opponent so he will have to continue to play well to get through this draw.”

Tomorrow Noah takes on Japan’s rising star, Naoki Nakagawa, who has played two very close matches to reach the 3rd round.  Naoki won his 1st round match 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 and his 2nd round match 7-6(7), 7-6(3).  Should be a good match tomorrow!

JMTA Students Take 3 Singles Titles at National Level 5 Sectionals; 3 More Make Finals

Boys 12 (Glen Cove, NY)

Spencer Brachman (JMTA Bethpage) Singles Finalist; Doubles Finalist

Max Moadel (JMTA Bethpage) Quarterfinals

JMTA Players making the Round of 16

Jeff McCready (JMTA Randall’s Island)

 

Boys 14 (Nanuet, NY)

Sean Wei (JMTA Lake Isle) Finalist; lost in 3 Sets

Cannon Kingsley (JMTA Bethpage) won the Semifinal playoff;  3rd Place

Daniel Pellerito (JMTA Bethpage) reached Quarterfinals; Doubles Semifinalist

JMTA Players making the Round of 16

Luke Smith (JMTA Lake Isle)

Oren Vasser (JMTA Lake Isle)

 

Boys 16 (New Windsor, NY)

Athell Bennet (JMTA Bethpage) Singles Finalist; Doubles Finalist

Justin Lee (JMTA Randall’s Island) Quarterfinals

 

Boys 18 (Alley Pond, NY)

Oliver Sec (JMTA Randall’s Island) won the Singles Title

JMTA Players making the Round of 16

Julian Rozenstein (JMTA Randall’s Island)

Lucas Pickering (JMTA Randall’s Island)

Felipe Osses-Konig- Doubles Semifinalist (JMTA Randall’s Island)

Lubo Cuba (JMTA Bethpage)

 

Girls 12 (Bogota, NJ)

Dianna McCready (JMTA Randall’s Island) Quarterfinals

JMTA Players making the Round of 16

MK Hannity (JMTA Bethpage)

 

Girls 14 (Mountain Lakes, NJ)

Chelsea Williams (JMTA Randall’s Island) won the Singles Title

Georgia Ryan (JMTA Randall’s Island) Semifinals; lost to Chelsea in 3 Sets

JMTA Players making the Round of 16

Michelle Sorokko (JMTA Bethpage)- Won Doubles Title

Nathalie Rodilosso (JMTA Randall’s Island)- Doubles Finalist

Ashley Lessen (JMTA Bethpage)

 

Girls 16 (Matawan, NJ)

Sabrina Xiong (JMTA Randall’s Island) won the Singles Title

Shayna Spooner (JMTA Randall’s Island) won the Semifinal playoff;  3rd Place

Loren Haukova (JMTA Randall’s Island) Quarterfinals

 

Girls 18 (West Caldwell, NJ)

Christina Puccinelli (JMTA Randall’s Island) Quarterfinals

JMTA’s Jamie Loeb is the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Champion!

Congratulations to Jamie on winning the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.  Jamie beat UCLA’s Robin Anderson in the finals 6-3, 6-2 in a re-match of the finals of last month’s Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Singles championships.  Jamie won the Indoors without dropping a set, and in so doing became the first women to win both the All-American and the Indoor titles in 20 years.

“Being the number one seed going in I expected her to win it” said Jamie’s JMTA coach, Felix Alvarado.  “Jamie is playing some great tennis and with the tournament being here in New York at the National Tennis Center, it was nice to be able to see her play again in person.”

“It was fun to play in front of family, friends, and Felix again” said Jamie, “Their support gave me a ‘home court advantage’ and helped propel me to winning the tournament.  Robin played a great match, congrats to her on a nice result.”

Below are excerpts from an article written by Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com. You can read the full article at www.zootennis.com.

Jamie Loeb with TrophyPhoto Cred: zootennis.com

Jamie Loeb with Trophy
Photo Cred: zootennis.com

©Colette Lewis 2013–
Flushing Meadows, NY–

North Carolina freshman Jamie Loeb continued her domination of the fall majors, while UCLA senior Clay Thompson is still pinching himself after winning his 15th straight match after the pair collected the singles championships at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center.

All-American champion Loeb repeated last month’s final result in California on the opposite coast, again defeating UCLA junior Robin Anderson, this time by a 6-3, 6-2 score.

Top seed Loeb, who hasn’t lost a set since the second round of qualifying at the Riviera All-American last month, won the big-hitting battle with defending champion Anderson.  Up 4-1 and two breaks in the opening set, Loeb gave back one, but the 18-year-old from Ossining New York reasserted herself late in the set, breaking Anderson to win it.

Anderson, who had dropped the All-American final to Loeb 6-4, 6-0, got off to a good start in the second set, breaking Loeb in the first game, but the 20-year-old from Matawan, New Jersey couldn’t consolidate, losing her next service game and watching Loeb take a 4-1 lead.  Anderson held for 4-2, and forced Loeb to win a deuce game to keep her lead, but when Loeb held there for 5-2, she let out a loud “c’mon,” pumping her fist in the direction of her family, friends and private coach sitting in the viewing area above the court.

Loeb was correct in thinking that was a key hold, with Anderson serving to stay in the match. Seeing the finish line, Loeb kept giving back Anderson’s pace with more of her own and soon it was 15-40. After so many penetrating ground strokes throughout the match, Loeb picked her first match point to display her variety, hitting an excellent backhand slice that Anderson had to come forward to get. When Anderson’s forehand went long, Loeb turned to her supporters with another fist pump and c’mon, having secured the first National Indoor title for the Tar Heels.

As for her future, Loeb is looking to catch up on the school work that she’s missed during the fall season, yet not being on the courts the next two months when she’s playing at such a high level is a concern.

“I know I’m going to want to play more, because that’s just me,” said Loeb, who trains at the John McEnroe Academy in New York. “When I come home for Thanksgiving, I’ll definitely be playing.”

 

JMTA Update!

A lot has happened in the past week and there is more to come this weekend.  Highlights include:

  • Jimmy Wasserman – Reached the finals of the Evert American ITF Boys 18 Doubles
  • JMTA Pros Taylor Dupre and Greg Evans – Completed the NYC Marathon in under 4 hours and raised almost $20,000 for their charities
  • Jamie Loeb – Playing in the USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at Flushing Meadows where she is the #1 Seed; advanced to the 2nd round with a win on Thursday
  • Sasha Lebedev – Won his 3rd round match to reach the quarterfinals after needing to qualify for the Atlanta ITF
  • Tatiana Mandis – 13 year old JMTA’er will be getting her book on Greece published! “Top 50 Places to Visit in Athens”

Coming up this weekend in the 2nd weekend of sectionals:

  • Jeff McCready – In the round of 16s of the Boys 12s Singles
  • Oliver Sec – In the quarterfinals of the Boys 18s Singles
  • Diana McCready – In the round of 16s of the Girls 12s Singles
  • Merri Kelly Hannity – In the round of 16s of the Girls 12s Singles
  • Chelsea Williams – In the finals of the Girls 14s Singles
  • Sabrina Xiong – In the quarterfinals of the Girls 16s Singles (facing Loren Haukova)
  • Loren Haukova – In the quarterfinals of the Girls 16s Singles (facing Sabrina Xiong)
  • Shayna Spooner – In the quarterfinals of the Girls 16s Singles
  • Christina Puccinelli – In the quarterfinals of the Girls 18s Singles

JMTA’s Jamie Loeb Named Top Seed for USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships

JMTA’s Jamie Loeb, a freshman at the University of North Carolina, has been named the top seed in this week’s USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships beginning Thursday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows. Jamie says that “I feel confident going into the tournament and believe I can win it.  I’m going to use the same mentality that I had going into All-Americans, which was focusing on one match at a time and not looking too far ahead.”  Jamie’s JMTA Coach, Felix Alvarado, says “This tournament is like a homecoming for Jamie. Lots of family and friends will be in attendance cheering her on. She’s going to feed off of their energy and fight hard to win the tournament. I am excited to watch her play as I rarely get to see her in action now that she is playing for UNC.  And I know she is excited to come back to New York and play in front of the same people who cheered her on throughout her junior tennis career.”

Below is an excerpt from an article written by Collete Lewis and posted on ZooTennis.com:

“The USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships begin Thursday in New York. The draws have not yet been released, but the ITA preview has the names of the top five seeds in singles as well as the four doubles seeds.

Women’s defending champion Robin Anderson of UCLA is the No. 2 seed this year, which gives an indication how strong the women’s field is.  All-American champion Jamie Loeb of North Carolina is the top seed, and understandably so, as she defeated Anderson in the Riviera final.”

The Championships begin Thursday, November 7th.  For draws, tournament news, updates, and more, you can either keep up with the blog or click here for the ITA tournament web page.

Shout-Out to JMTA Pros and NYC Marathon Runners Greg Evans and Taylor Dupre

Taylor Dupre running in the ING NYC Marathon

Taylor Dupre running in the ING NYC Marathon

The ING NYC Marathon was this past Sunday and JMTA was well represented. While Johnny Mac was a presence on TV at the finish line of the race, two JMTA pros – Tennis Director Greg Evans and Senior Pro Taylor Dupre actually ran the race. Greg and Taylor set out early Sunday morning to not only beat their own individual goals, but to also raise money for worthy causes.  Taylor was scheduled to run the marathon in 2012, but with that race cancelled due to Superstorm Sandy, he had to wait another 12 months to get their taste of one of the world’s great events.

Hailing from South Africa, Greg is no rookie runner.  He has run in multiple marathons and various other distance races in both South Africa and the U.S.  To prepare for the marathon, Greg and his wife Megan road-tripped down to D.C. to participate in the Marine Corp 10K.  Greg’s goal entering Sunday was to beat 3:45:00.  He not only beat his goal and finished in 3:39:41, but also raised $7,100 for Waterside School, which serves lower income families and helps place students into independent schools around the area.

Taylor has been working with the Michael J. Fox Foundation (which supports Parkinson’s research) for the past two years and raised over $11,000 for the foundation by running in this year’s marathon.  Taylor’s goal was to beat 3:30:00, which he did (3:22:44). Taylor’s father and co-worker, our own Adult Director, Andre Dupre, commented that with Taylor is getting up there in years (27 years old!), he needed to start taking better care of his body.  “When Taylor decided to run in the 2012 marathon” Andre said, “he also decided to make a lifestyle change.  He began watching what he ate incredibly closely, working out constantly, and taking care of his body much better.  Taylor is now in the best shape of his life and I am very proud of him.”

Congratulations to Taylor and Greg for finishing the NYC marathon, beating their race time goals, raising thousands of dollars for charity, and representing the JMTA well!

Even though the race is over, you can still donate and support the Waterside School by clicking here.