Monthly Archives: March 2014

Wei, Sorokko Championships Lead JMTA Students At Super 6

JMTA Students Had a fine showing in Super 6 Tournaments held across the Eastern Section over the weekend, paced by championships by Sean Wei from the Lake Isle club at Boys 14 and Michelle Sorokko from Bethpage at Girls 14.

Some of the other highlights include an appearance in the finals of Boys 16 by Athell Bennett, a semifinal finish by Max Moadel in Boys 12, quarterfinals by Neel Raj at Boys 14. All three train at Bethpage.

On the girls side, Sabrina Xiong reached the semifinals at 18 and Brianna Williams advanced to the quarters at 16. Both are from the Randall’s Island center.

Full results below, and congratulations to all.

Girls 18 (Bayside, NY)
Sabrina Xiong (Randall’s) Semifinals
Nia Rose (Randall’s) 2 wins in Consolation
Gillian Perrotta (Randall’s) 1 Win in Consolation
Sabrina Barisano (Lake Isle)

Girls 16 (Alley Pond, NY)
Brianna Williams (Randall’s) Quarterfinals
Ashley Lessen (Bethpage) 1 Win in Consolation
Ekim Buyuk (Lake Isle) 1 Win in Consolation
Loren Haukova (Randall’s)
Esther Chikvashvilli (Bethpage)
Michele Lehat (Bethpage)
Nathalie Rodilosso (Randall’s)

Girls 14 (West Harrison, NY)
Michelle Sorokko (Bethpage) Tournament Champion!
Sasha Bekirova (Randall’s) Finalist
Georgia Ryan (Randall’s) 3 Wins in Consolation
MK Hannity (Bethpage)

Girls 12 (Bronx, NY)
Perene Wang (Randall’s) Rd of 16
Rebecca Fisch (Randall’s) 1 Win in Consolation

Boys 18 (Port Chester, NY)

Lubo Cuba (Bethpage) Rd of 16
Oliver Sec (Randall’s) Rd of 16
Felipe Osses-Konig (Randall’s) 3 Wins in Consolation

Boys 16 (New Windsor, NY)
Athell Bennet (Bethpage) Finalist
Patrick Hannity (Bethpage) Rd of 16
Aziz Rashidzada (Bethpage)

Boys 14 (Hastings on Hudson, NY)
Sean Wei (Lake Isle) Tournament Champion!
Neel Raj (Bethpage) Quarterfinals
Luke Smith (Lake Isle) Rd of 16
Lantis Wang (Randall’s) Rd of 16
Ronald Hohmann (Bethpage) 2 Wins in Consolation
Gardner Howe (Randall’s)
Shawn Jackson (Randall’s)

Boys 12 (Port Washington, NY)
Max Moadel (Bethpage) Semifinals
Oliver Worth (Bethpage) Rd of 16; 1 Win in Consolation
Kieran Foster (Lake Isle)
Wesley Zhang (Randall’s)
Harry Portnoy (Randall’s)

Three Compete in National HS Invitational; Oliver Sec Co-MVP

This past weekend, the finals of the prestigious National High School Tennis All-American Team Invitational were held in Newport Beach, Calif. Sixteen of the top boys high school teams in the nation competed for this title.

On Saturday, the Beacon School of New York City won the championship by beating a very talented Menlo School (Atherton, Calif.) team in the semis; and University High School (Irvine, Calif.) in the final. JMTA was very well represented on the Beacon team by Felipe Osses-Konig, Richard Sec and Oliver Sec, who was named Co-MVP of the tournament.

Rubin Advances Through To Finals In Poitiers, France Futures

Though Noah Rubin’s run ended today in the finals of the $15K Future in Poitiers, France, it was a tournament to remember for the 18-year-old as he turned plenty of heads with his run through qualifying, into the main draw, and past four others and into the championship, where he lost to top-seeded David Guez of France 6-4, 6-0.

Rubin’s quarterfinal win on Friday, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 over No. 2 seed Gregoire Burquier of France propelled him into the semis, where he took out another Frenchman, Sadio Doumbia in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

Noah now heads to Saint-Raphael, France for a $10K event.

Rubin Advances To Quarterfinals In France

Photo Credit: Adam Wolfthal  | JMTA's Noah Rubin

Photo Credit: Adam Wolfthal | JMTA’s Noah Rubin

On Thursday, Noah Rubin won his round of 16 match at the $15K Future in Poitiers, France, beating Michal Konecny from the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4. Noah went through three rounds of qualifying and won his first round match against Frenchman Gregoire Barrere 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 coming back from 2-5 in the 3rd set.

On Friday, he plays #2 Seed (ATP#192) Gregoire Burquier of France in the quarterfinals.

Johnny Mac Back On The Road This Week Preaching The Gospel Of Tennis

McEnroe-CharlotteWhile he has spent most days in and around the Academy at Randall’s Island, the demand to have John McEnroe on court is still high. Tonight John is in Nashville, Kentucky, and Thursday night he is in Charlotte, North Carolina, playing in The Champions Cup. McEnroe will headline the one-night tournaments, along with Jimmy Connors, Pat Cash and Ivan Lendl both nights.

Following “Play with the Pros” experiences with fans, they will compete in one-set semifinals followed immediately by finals both nights.

Here is a preview featuring McEnroe and Connors in the Nashville Tennessean.

And the Charlotte Observer had this story in advance of Thursday night’s action.

“Senior-Itis” Not Just For Our High School And College Kids

SeniorsThe warmer weather the last few days has turned the thoughts of many in and around the JMTA and Sportime to visions of the outside courts vs. our state-of-the-art bubbles. While that usually involves many of our young people that we often chronicle on our blog, it also includes people of all ages and backgrounds as tennis is a game for all. Recently we started getting an increasing number of seniors from our neighboring communities coming over to join us, get in shape and play the game we love.

The seniors are from the Union Settlement Association, located in East Harlem, and they have been turning out in increasing numbers when our Academy players are in school during the day. They even got a recent visit from John McEnroe, who gave them some tips on the game. Welcome seniors, and bring your kids and grandkids over as well!

Loeb Named ACC Player of The Week

Jamie LoebJamie Loeb continued her singles dominance in NCAA play this past weekend, helping lead the No. 12 University of North Carolina Tar Heels to wins over Virginia Tech and 5th ranked Virginia. Loeb defeated Virginia Tech’s number one player Ilinca Stoica 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 on Sunday after taking down the NCAA’s fourth-ranked player, Julia Elbaba of Virginia 6-1, 7-5 on Saturday.

Loeb, from Ossining, N.Y., earned ACC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week honors last week as well.

Jamie Loeb: Top ranked in NCAA and going strong

One of the biggest success stories for the McEnroe Academy and our coaches continues to be Jamie Loeb of Ossining, NY. Loeb continues her run as the top-ranked girls singles player in the NCAA, as a freshman at the University of North Carolina. UNC is currently 9-3 as a team after a tough loss to top-ranked Duke last weekend. Despite the loss it was a big weekend for Jamie, who avenged one of her only losses this season, beating second ranked Beatrice Capra 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 and winning in doubles as well. She enters the weekend 32-2 overall.

UNC and will visit Virginia Saturday and Virginia Tech Sunday.

Xiong, Hannity Take Titles As JMTA Students Shine At Eastern Grand Prix

JMTA students continue to succeed at high-level events, earning two championships, one finalist, five semifinalists and five quarterfinalists at the Eastern Section Grand Prix held all over the section last weekend.

Titles were won by Sabrina Xiong at the Girls 18 in Mountain Lakes, N.J., and MK Hannity at Girls 12 in Alley Pond, N.Y. Xiong trains in Randall’s Island, while Hannity works out of Bethpage.

Sasha Bekirova reached the finals of the Girls 14 in Bogota, N.J., highlighting a weekend in which 39 JMTA boys and girls competed at eight events.

Full results below:

Girls 18 (Mountain Lakes, NJ)
Sabrina Xiong (Randall’s) Tournament Champion!
Christina Puccinelli (Randall’s) Quarterfinals
Nia Rose (Randall’s) Rd of 16; 3 wins in Consolation

Girls 16 (West Caldwell, NJ)
Victoria Sec (Randall’s) Rd of 16; Beat the #3 Seed
Michele Lehat (Bethpage) Main Draw
Gillian Perrotta (Randall’s) Rd of 16
Ashley Lessen (Bethpage) Main Draw
Brianna Williams (Randall’s) Main Draw

Girls 14 (Bogota, NJ)
Sasha Bekirova (Bethpage) Finalist
Michelle Sorokko (Bethpage) 3rd Place
Georgia Ryan (Randall’s) 4 wins in Consolation
Sonia Tartakovsky (Randall’s) Rd of 16
Katelyn Walker  (Randall’s) Main Draw

Girls 12 (Alley Pond, NY)
MK Hannity (Bethpage) Tournament Champion!
Perene Wang (Randall’s) Main Draw
Rebecca Fisch (Randall’s) Main Draw

Boys 18 (Roslyn, NY)
Lubo Cuba (Bethpage) Semifinals
Oliver Sec (Randall’s) Quarterfinals
Felipe Osses-Konig (Randall’s) Rd of 16; 3 wins in Consolation
Maurice Russo (Randall’s) Main Draw
Richard Rangga (Randall’s) Rd of 16

Boys 16 (Tinton Falls, NJ)
Justin Lee (Randall’s) 3rd Place
Patrick Hannity (Bethpage) Main Draw
Gardner Howe (Randall’s) Main Draw
Jake Bhangdia (Lake Isle) Main Draw
Alan Delman (Bethpage) Rd of 16
Aziz Rashidzada (Bethpage) Main Draw

Boys 14 (Roslyn, NY)
Neel Raj (Bethpage) Semifinals
Cannon Kingsley (Bethpage) Quarterfinals; 1 Win in Consolation
Ronald Hohmann (Bethpage) Quarterfinals
Sean Wei (Lake Isle) Rd of 16; 3 Wins in Consolation
Lantis Wang (Randall’s) Rd of 16; 1 Win in Consolation
Luke Smith (Lake Isle) Rd of 16

Boys 12 (Glen Cove, NY)
Noah Edelman (Randall’s) 3rd Place
Max Moadel (Bethpage) Quarterfinals
Evan Lee (Randall’s) Rd of 16; 1 Win in Consolation
Wesley Zhang (Randall’s) Rd of 16
Harry Portnoy (Randall’s) Rd of 16
Oliver Worth (Bethpage) Rd of 16

McEnroe Opens New Indian Wells Stadium With ‘Challenge for Charity’

desert sunThe Indian Wells Tennis Garden opened its Stadium 2 on an chilly (well, for the Southern Calif. desert, anyway…) Saturday night, and who better than our own John McEnroe and fellow American Jim Courier to stage the inaugural match?

The 8,000-seat venue, which compliments the main IWTG stadium of nearly twice the capacity, much like Louis Armstrong Stadium does with Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open.

Courier won the McEnroe Challenge for Charity match in a Super Tie-Break after the two split two sets.

Read Leighton Ginn’s account of the match and the new stadium in the Desert Sun here.