Monthly Archives: April 2015

Loeb Tabbed UNC Athlete of the Year, ACC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year

Huge dual honors for JMTA standout and University of North Carolina soph Jamie Loeb, who has been named both the UNC Female Athlete of the Year and ACC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year by the school and conference, respectively.

Loeb earned the ACC honor for the second straight year. She is ranked No. 7 in singles this week according to the ITA. She has compiled a 23-4 singles record during the 2014-15 campaign, including an 18-2 mark in dual matches this spring. She went 13-1 against the ACC and is a remarkable 27-1 against the league the last two seasons playing exclusively at No. 1 singles.

Noah Rubin Named ACC Player, Freshman of the Year

JMTA’s own Noah Rubin was named Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Player and Freshman of the Year after a standout campaign in which he was named ACC Player of the Week a conference-high four times during the regular season, including each of the final three weeks of the season leading into last week’s ACC Championships.

In 22 matches during the spring season, Rubin posted a stellar record of 19-3 with 18 of those victories coming at No. 1 singles. In conference play, he posted a 10-1 mark with his only loss coming to Nicolas Alvarez of Duke, who was the No. 11 player in the country at the time of the match.

When it mattered most in the ACC Championships last week, Rubin posted three straight-set wins over the likes of Hunter Harrington of Clemson, No. 61 Christopher Eubanks of Georgia Tech and No. 7 Shane of Virginia.

Chikvashvili, Eisenberg Take Titles

Stephanie Chikvashvili and Noah Eisenberg were tournament winners among JMTA students in action the weekend ending April 17.

Chikvashvili won at Girls 16s at L1A Sportime Bethpage Spring Championships, while Eisenberg was the Boys 12 champion at L1A Jericho/Westbury Spring Championships.

Full results follow:

Eastern Super Six (National L4)

Boys’ 12 Singles

Sebastian Sec; Finalist

Wesley Zhang; Quarterfinalist; won two consolation matches

Ty Switzer; Round of 16; won one match in consolation

Alexander Karman; Round of 16

Sachin Palta; won three consolation matches

Sam Scherer; Main Draw

Girls’ 12 Singles

Daniella Benabraham; 3rd Place

Rebecca Suarez; Round of 16

Boys’ 18 Singles

Sam Turchetta; 3rd Place

Felipe Osses-Konig; Quarterfinalist

Ananth Raghavan; Consolation Finalist

Jake Bhangdia; Round of 16

Athell Bennett; Main Draw

Colin Sacco; Main Draw

Girls’ 18 Singles

Loren Haukova; 4th Place

Girls’ 16 Singles

Michelle Sorokko; 5th Place

Merri Kelly; Round of 16; won one consolation match

Nathalie Rodilosso; Round of 16

Courtney Kowalsky; won two consolation matches

Lauren Munari; won two consolation matches

Georgia Ryan; won two consolation matches

Maranda Sears; won two consolation matches

Aleksandra Bekirova; Main Draw

Katherine Kachkarov; Main Draw

Boys’ 16 Singles

Cannon Kingsley; Round of 16; Consolation Winner

Sean Wei; Quarterfinalist; won one consolation match

Lantis Wang; Round of 16; won one consolation match

Sean Patrick; won one consolation match

Hayden Cassone; Main Draw

Daniel Weitz; Main Draw

Girls’ 14 Singles

Francesca Karman; Round of 16

Perene Wang; Round of 16

Denise Lai; won one consolation match

Calista Sha; won one consolation match

Boys’ 14 Singles

Billy Suarez; won one consolation match

Robbie Werdiger; won one consolation match

L1A Sportime Bethpage Spring Championships

Girls’ 16 Singles

Stephanie Chikvashvili; Champion

Katelyn Walker; Semifinalist

L1A Jericho/Westbury Spring Championships

Boys’ 12 Singles

Noah Eisenberg; Champion

Bradley Bennett; Quarterfinalist

Luca DeMare; Quarterfinalist

L1A NYJTL Spring Championships

Boys’ 14 Singles

Marcos Lee; Finalist

Jeffrey McCready; Semifinalist

Tristan Taylor; Quarterfinalist

Maxwell Moadel; Round of 16

Girls’ 14 Singles

Diana McCready; Quarterfinalist

L1A GHRC Spring Championships

Boys’ 16 Singles

Timothy Nacca; Semifinalist

L1B Stadium Tennis Center April Challenger

Boys’ 16 Singles

George Kaslow; Finalist

Girls’ 12 Singles

Kassia Taylor; Semifinalist

Leila Epstein; Quarterfinalist

L1B CourtSense at BRC April Challenger

Girls’ 12 Singles

Dana Livson; Finalist

Boys’ 12 Singles

David Hendon; Semifinalist

Adrien Jippov; Quarterfinalist

L20 TI Academy April Open

Boys’ 14 Singles

Noah Kaye; Quarterfinalist

Five Win Titles in Tournament Play Ending April 12

Five JMTAers took titles in tournament play over the April 10-12 weekend.

Georgia Ryan took Girls 16 singles at the L1 Gold’s Dewitt April Championships; Annie Reiner won the Girls 18 event at the L1B Sportime Lake Isle April Challenger; Calista Sha was the winner at Girls 16 at the L1B Point Set April Challenger; Bennett Bradley took the Boys 12 singles crown at the L1B Sportime Syosset Challenger; and Alyssa An won at Girls 12 at the L1B Hardscrabble Nike Camp Spring Challenger.

Full results:

L1 Gold’s Dewitt April Championships

Girls’ 16 Singles

Georgia Ryan; Champion

L1 APTC April Championships

Boys’ 18 Singles

Jake Bhangdia; Finalist

Sean Patrick; Semifinalist

L1 Sportime Harbor Island April Championships

Girls’ 16 Singles

Maranda Sears; Finalist

Chelsea Williams; Quarterfinalist

L1 Armonk Sports Center’s April Championships

Boys’ 14 Singles

Blake Frank; Finalist

Marcos Lee; Quarterfinalist

Jeffrey McCready; Round of 16

Joseph Wilkanowski; Round of 32

Wesley Zhang; Round of 32

L1 Stadium Tennis Center April Championships

Girls’ 18 Singles

Merri Kelly; Semifinalist

Ashley Lessen; Quarterfinalist

Nathalie Rodilosso; Quarterfinalist

L1 Sportsplex Hudson Valley April Champions

Girls’ 14 Singles

Denise Lai; Semifinalist

L1 Club Fit JV Westchester April Championships

Boys’ 16 Singles

Lantis Wang; Quarterfinalist

L1 Courtsense at Bogota April Championships

Girls’ 12 Singles

Rebecca Suarez; Round of 16

L1B Sportime Lake Isle April Challenger

Girls’ 18 Singles

Annie Reiner; Champion

L1B Point Set April Challenger

Girls’ 16 Singles

Calista Sha; Champion

L1B Sportime Syosset Challenger

Boys’ 12 Singles

Bennett Bradley; Champion

L1B Hardscrabble Nike Camp Spring Challenger

Girls’ 12 Singles

Alyssa An; Champion

L1B WOTC April Challenger

Boys’ 14 Singles

Scott Fischer; Round of 16


Loeb, Rubin Garner ACC Weekly Honors

JMTA stars Noah Rubin of Wake Forest and Jamie Loeb of North Carolina have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Tennis Players of the Week!

Rubin continued his impressive freshman year with a 4-0 week, including singles and doubles wins to help the Deacons topple North Carolina.

The sophomore Loeb, perfect at 12-0 in ACC singles action and 22-3 overall, helped the second-ranked Tar Heels defeat No. 12 Virginia last Friday, winning her singles and doubles matches.

Read more here.

JMTA Announces Partnerships with SportsLab NYC, Hourglass Performance Institute

The John McEnroe Tennis Academy announced today that it has expanded its partnerships with two elite organizations, SportsLab NYC and Hourglass Performance Institute, with the goal of maximizing athletic performance, mental performance and preparation, and the well-being of JMTA students. Both companies provide on-site services at JMTA at Randall’s Island, as well as off-site services, and are available to the over 800 young athletes who attend the Academy at its Manhattan, Long Island and Westchester locations.

“Our goal from the start of JMTA has been to develop complete players – well-rounded young people who can reach their potential as tennis players and beyond tennis. We think that these two partners will help our students to become physically and mentally stronger and more mature,” JMTA Founder John McEnroe said.  “We want our JMTA students to be smarter, stronger, fitter and faster, and, maybe most important, able to deal with competition and adversity in a tough, well-adjusted manner, on and off the court.”

JMTA Director, Lawrence Kleger, explains, “As the sport of tennis continues to evolve, athleticism and athletic performance, recovery and injury prevention are all critical to the successful player. So too are the psychological elements of the game of tennis, including mental toughness, the capacity to deal with adversity, and the psychology of winning, vital to a player’s success. SportsLab NYC and Hourglass Performance Institute are providing word-class support to our JMTA players in these essential areas of development.”

Led by Andrew Small, SportsLab NYC is committed to education, innovation and excellence, offering a multidisciplinary and seamlessly linked approach to therapy, rehabilitation and performance. SportsLab is working closely with JMTA staff on all aspects of the physical development, nutrition and well-being of JMTA athletes, both when they are training at Academy locations, and when they are competing off-site and in their day to day lives.
“The John McEnroe Tennis Academy goes well beyond the traditional approach to the development of young tennis players.  We are excited to be able to work holistically with JMTA players, with the goal of developing well-rounded athletes who will become tennis ambassadors for a lifetime.” Small said.

Led by Domagoj Lausic, Ph.D., the tennis division of the Hourglass Performance Institute (HPI) provides mental performance services which teach athletes to master their thoughts and emotions, so as to execute their sport skills optimally under any and all circumstances. HPI offers traditional sport psychology services, including goal setting, imagery, concentration, relaxation, positive self-talk, communication, emotion regulation, thought control and stress management.  In addition, HPI uses state-of-the-art technology to collect objective and reliable mental performance data, and analyzes such data in the context of specific measures of performance, to maximize its capacity to assess and train athletes.

“We are very pleased to partner with JMTA to provide essential services built on HPI’s evidence-based techniques and innovative philosophy.  The goal is to enhance the development and performance of young players at all levels,” Lausic explained. “Our philosophy is exactly in step with John and his team – to make sure that we are supporting every aspect of athlete health and well-being.  In many cases, especially for the young players, the mental game is just as important as their physical development or their tennis skills.”

Rubin Participates In Easter Egg Roll With President Obama

Noah Rubin was in good company on Monday, participating in the 137th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Tennis had a big presence, with Rubin joining several ATP World Tour, WTA and USTA players and dignitaries on the youth tennis courts alongside President Obama in support of the First Lady’s initiative to get kids active.

Rubin, Rajeev Ram, Francis Tiafoe and Stefan Kozlov were the young American players representing men’s tennis, while USTA President and Chairman of the Board Katrina Adams, Caroline Wozniacki, David Wagner, Coco Vandweghe, Victoria Duval and Tornado Alicia Black were also among those from the sport in attendance.

The Wake Forest athletics Web site has more details on Rubin’s visit, including his statement that “It was a great experience getting to hit a few balls with the most important man in the country on his own personal court.”

Eight Take Home Titles In Weekend Play

Eight JMTA students collected championships March 27-29 in a banner weekend.

Merri Kelli took Girls 18 singles and Sean Patrick the Boys 18 at the L1B Bethpage State Park Spring Challenger; Georgia Ryan won at Girls 18 singles at the L1B Hardscrabble Springtime Challenger; Stephanie Chikvashvili beat the No. 1 seed on the way to the championship at Girls 16 at the L1B Point Set Tennis March Challenger; Maxwell Moadel was the Boys 14 singles winner and Denise Lai the Girls 14 singles champion at the L1B Jericho/Westbury March Challenger (each defeating the respective No. 2 seeds along the way); Matthew Mosejczuk won the Boys 14 singles at the L2O Sportime Lynbrook & *Bethpage* March Open.

Rebecca Suarez won the doubles crown at Girls 12 at the L1B LBTC Spring Challenger, also earning a semifinal spot in singles.

Full results:

L1B Bethpage State Park Spring Challenger;

Girls’ 18 Singles

Merri Kelly; Champion

Rachel Weiss; Finalist

Boys’ 18 Singles

Sean Patrick; Champion

L1B Hardscrabble Springtime Challenger

Girls’ 18 Singles

Georgia Ryan; Champion

L1B Point Set Tennis March Challenger

Girls’ 16 Singles

Stephanie Chikvashvili; Champion; defeated #1 seed

Boys’ 16 Singles

Billy Suarez; Semifinalist

L1B Jericho/Westbury March Challenger

Boys’ 14 Singles

Maxwell Moadel; Champion; defeated #2 seed

Alexander Karman; Quarterfinalist

Girls’ 14 Singles

Denise Lai; Champion; defeated #2 seed

L1B LBTC Spring Challenger

Girls’ 12

Rebecca Suarez; Singles Semifinalist; Doubles Champion

L1B CourtSense at Bogota RC Spring Challenger

Girls’ 14 Singles

Audrey Pacthod; Finalist

Natalie Eordekian; Quarterfinalist

Girls’ 10 Singles

Sophia Cisse; Finalist

Boys’ 14 Singles

Wesley Zhang; Semifinalist

Girls’ 12 Singles

Bianca Banilivi; Quarterfinalist

Boys’ 10 Singles;

Joseph Banilivi; Quarterfinalist

L1B WG March Challenger

Boys’ 12 Singles;

Sam Scherer; Finalist

Girls’ 12 Singles

Alina Kargin-Utkin; Semifinalist

L1B Sportime Kings Park March Challenger

Girls’ 10 Singles

Linda Ziets-Segura; Finalist

Catherine Karman; Semifinalist

L1B West Rock March Challenger

Boys’ 14 Singles

Joseph Wilkanowski; Semifinalist

L1B WOTC March Challenger

Boys’ 16 Singles

Ethan Finley; Quarterfinalist

L2O Sportime Lynbrook & *Bethpage* March Open

Boys’ 14 Singles

Matthew Mosejczuk; Champion

Girls’ 12 Singles

Greer Goergen; Finalist

L2O TTTC March Open

Boys’ 14 Singles

Harrison Saladini; Quarterfinalist