Monthly Archives: June 2014

Noah Rubin Wins Wimbledon Boys’ Singles Opener

Noah Rubin continued his fine stretch of tournament play, taking a straight-set, 6-2, 6-4 win over Jamie Malik of Great Britain today in the first round of the Wimbledon Boys’ Singles division.

Rubin won in just over an hour and will next take on 12th-seeded Kamil Majchrzak.

Check out the match details here: http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/stats/day15/21106ms.html.

 

Tennis Star Novak Djokovic To Compete At SPORTIME Randall’s Island In Support of Johnny Mac Tennis Project on August 21st

Current world No. 2 and six-time Grand Slam singles champion Novak Djokovic will join Hall of Famer John McEnroe, N.Y. Ranger superstar goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, actor Edward Norton and other tennis stars, legends and celebrities, on Thursday, August 21, for a gala evening of tennis to benefit the Johnny Mac Tennis Project. The benefit night will take place at SPORTIME Stadium on Randall’s Island. In the main event of the evening, Djokovic will compete against another top ATP professional to be announced. The evening will also include pro-celebrity doubles action, featuring Djokovic, McEnroe and their guests, promising junior players from the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, a lively auction and great hospitality, with all net proceeds to support the efforts of Johnny Mac Tennis Project.

JMTP provides scholarships, coaching, transportation and other financial assistance to qualified young tennis players in the greater New York area, as well as introducing the sport to hundreds of new junior players each year in the neighborhoods surrounding Academy locations. JMTP benefit nights in previous years have featured the likes of Bjorn Borg (2011), Andre Agassi (2012) and Jim Courier (2013).  JMTP and Sportime Clubs, home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, have already provided over $1.5 million in scholarships and no cost programming to young players in NYC and its communities. Sportime Randall’s Island has been the flagship location of JMTA since 2010.

“This is an important night for a cause that has been close to my heart for a long time,” said McEnroe. “I have so much respect for Novak as a person and as a player, which makes me even more excited that he will be the first current top-ranked player to participate in a Johnny Mac Tennis Project benefit match. Fans can expect a night of fun and competition in a great atmosphere in New York, with the likes of Henrik Lundqvist and Edward Norton generously agreeing to be part of the festivities, and with more surprise guests to be announced between now and the event.”

Tickets start at $75. To purchase tickets, and for more information about special VIP packages, corporate packages, or to become a sponsor, please contact JMTP2014@sportimeny.com.

Djokovic has three titles to date in 2014, all in top-level Masters 1000 events in Rome, Miami and Indian Wells. He first reached the No. 1 ranking in April 2011 and has been the No. 1 or No. 2 ranked male player in the world ever since. His Grand Slam singles championships include the Australian Open (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013), Wimbledon (2011) and U.S. Open (2011). The Belgrade, Serbia, native is the top seed at Wimbledon this year and has opened his 2014 campaign with convincing wins over Andrey Golubev and Radek Stepanek.

Lundqvist is one of the National Hockey League’s great goalkeepers, winning the Vezina Trophy in 2011-12 and finishing second in 2012-13. He has 309 career regular-season victories in his nine-year career, plus 43 more in postseason play. This year he helped lead the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup finals appearance since 1993-94.

The prolific Norton is known for his roles in the films Fight Club, American History X, The Incredible Hulk, The Illusionist and many others. He is a two-time Academy Award nominee and a Golden Globes winner. He stars alongside Emma Stone in this fall’s Birdman.

JMTA Lake Isle Student Sean Wei Chosen For Eastern Intersectional Team

JMTA Lake Isle’s own Sean Wei, has been selected for the Eastern 14’s Intersectional Team. Held in early July, the Intersectional Team Championships are a National L1 Team event held in Auburn, Ala. Each team consists of the four best boys and girls in the 14U group for each section.

Sean, currently ranked #1 in the Eastern Section B14s is having an outstanding season, including back to back wins in two Super Six tournaments earlier this year.

“Sean has been working very hard the entire indoor season, and he is seeing the results of his efforts.  His wins in the Super Sixes are pretty significant accomplishments, and soon we will see how Sean stacks up in competition against some of the best kids in the country during the summer National season”, said Fritz Buehning, the Director of JMTA Lake Isle and Sean’s private coach. “Sean continues to bring it on the practice court every day, and rises to every new challenge.”

Following the Intersectional event, Sean will be competing in the National Clay Court Championships in Delray Beach, Fla., starting July 12.

Good luck Sean!

Lantis Wang Wins Mayors Cup Title

Congratulations to Lantis Wang, who won the Boys Middle School Singles division of the Mayors Cup All-Scholastic Tennis Championship last week.

Wang, the No. 1 seed, topped No. 2 Steven Nazaroff for his sixth consecutive straight-set win in the tournament. He dropped just 12 games in winning his first five matches.

New York Junior Tennis & Learning first hosted the Mayors Cup All-Scholastic Tennis Championship in 1988. The tournament is the premier event for scholastic tennis players in New York City. Held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the Mayors Cup has grown to become the second largest event to be held at this facility famed for the US Open. The Mayors Cup has additionally earned the honors of being named the largest scholastic tennis event in the Nation. With a total of 11 different events and over 600 participants, the Mayors Cup All-Scholastic Tennis Tournament provides the perfect opportunity for New York Citys junior tennis players to showcase their on-court talents.

Jamie Loeb On USTA Collegiate Team; Felix Alvarado To Assist

Jamie Loeb, whose many accolades as a freshman at the University of North Carolina included being named ITA Rookie of the Year, was selected to the USTA Collegiate National Team, a high-level training program designed to help top American college players make a smooth transition to professional tennis.

She and JMTA Randalls Island Assistant GM and Director of Tennis Felix Alvarado, who will assist with the team, are noted in this feature on USTA.com introducing the team.

Rubin’s French Run Stopped

Noah Rubin’s impressive run through qualifiers and into the second round of the Boys’ Singles championship at Roland Garros ended today with a loss to fifth-seeded Quentin Halys of France, 6-3, 6-3.