Monthly Archives: July 2015

Bhangdia, Brown, Werdiger, Apps, Ryu, Mandis Win Titles

Six JMTA students won tournament titles the week ending July 20, as Jake Bhangdia, Coby Brown, Julie Werdiger, Eleanor Apps, Jih Su Ryu and Isabella Mandis claimed championships.

Bhangdia won Boys 18 singles at the L1 RWTTC July Championships; Brown was the winner at Boys 12 singles at the L1B Kela Tennis Mount Vernon Summer Challenger; Werdiger took Girls 12 singles at the L1B Capital Challenge; Apps won Girls 10 singles at the L1B 10U WOTC Summertime Challenger; Ryu claimed Girls 14 singles at the L1B Christopher Morley July Challenger; and Mandis was the Girls 12 champ at the L2O Sportime RI July Open.

Full results:

L1 RWTTC July Championships

Boys’ 18 Singles

Jake Bhangdia; Champion

Colin Sacco; Semifinalist

L1 Point Set Tennis July Championships

Girls’ 16 Singles

Stephanie Chikvashvili; Finalist

L1 Sportime HI July Championships

Boys’ 16 Singles

Shawn Jackson; Quarterfinalist

Neel Raj; Quarterfinalist

L1 RSTA July Championship

Boys’ 14

Sidharth Chawla; Quarterfinalist

L1 Jersey 34 July Championships

Girls’ 12 Singles

Natalie Eordekian; Semifinalist

Dana Livson; won one consolation match

L1B Kela Tennis Mount Vernon Summer Challenger

Boys’ 12 Singles

Coby Brown; Champion

L1B Capital Challenge

Girls’ 12 Singles

Julia Werdiger; Champion

L1B 10U WOTC Summertime Challenger

Girls’ 10 Singles

Eleanor Apps; Champion

L1B Christopher Morley July Challenger

Girls’ 14 Singles

Jih Su Ryu; Champion

Boys’ 14 Singles

Gunnar Overstrom; Quarterfinalist

L1B Sportime Kings Park July Challenger

Girls’ 18 Singles

Anna Maite Kaplan; Finalist

Boys’ 16 Singles

Kabir Rajpal; Semifinalist

L1B Sportime Amagansett July Challenger

Boys’ 12 Singles

Marcus Demare; Semifinalist

Cal Wider; Semifinalist

L1B CourtSense at Tenafly & BRC July Challenger

Boys’ 16 Singles

Brandon Grill; Semifinalist

L2O Sportime RI July Open

Girls’ 12 Singles

Isabella Mandis; Champion

 

McEnroe Set For August 22 Johnny Mac Tennis Project Pro Am Benefit at SPORTIME Amagansett

For most, playing doubles with Tennis Hall of Famer John McEnroe would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. With the Johnny Mac Tennis Project as beneficiary, it can become a reality when McEnroe hosts the Johnny Mac Tennis Project Pro-Am Benefit at Sportime Amagansett (320 Abrahams Path/150 Town Lane) on Saturday, August 22 from 4-7 p.m.

Participants will compete in a round robin doubles tournament (six rounds of approximately 15-20 minutes each) alongside rotating pro partners, including current WTA and ATP World Tour professionals and legends and John McEnroe Tennis Academy and SPORTIME pros. Other local luminaries, including actor and comedian John Leguizamo will also participate. Up to six lucky participants will have the chance to play a rotation with McEnroe as their partner by becoming “Friend of Mac” underwriters of the event.

“I look forward to meeting and competing with Johnny Mac Tennis Project Pro-Am Benefit players,” said McEnroe. “The ability to compete with current and former Tour players and Academy pros will make it an extra special occasion for them, with the primary benefit of helping grow the game among youth in NYC, changing some young lives and making some future NY champions.”

To participate in the event as a player, a $1500 donation is required; spectators can attend for $50. Each participating player will receive a ticket for him/herself to play in the Pro-Am, plus one Event guest ticket. The afternoon also includes food and beverages provided by Moby’s East Hampton, with celebrity hosts and musical entertainment also to be announced prior to the event.

Those interested may go to www.JMTPBenefit.com/ProAm to sign up or for more information or contact organizers directly via email at JMTPBenefit@sportimeny.com or by calling 888-988-6921.

Battaglia National Clay Court Doubles Finalist; Vinsky, Bennett, Frank, Palta, Frelinghuysen, Portnoy Win Titles

Madison Battaglia advanced to the Girls 18 doubles finals of the USTA National Clay Court Championships in Memphis, Tenn., and six other JMTA students won titles in tournament play, July 10-12.

Alex Vinsky (Boys 12, L1 USTA BJK NTC Summer Championships), Bradley Bennett (Boys 12, L1B Armonk July Challenger), Blake Frank (Boys 14, L1B LBTC Stars & Stripes Challenger), Sachin Palta (Boys 14, L1B CityView Summer Challenger Series) and Peter Frelinghuysen (Boys 16, L1B Stadium Tennis Center July Challenger) were singles champions, while, Zachary Portnoy (Boys 14, L1B Rockland Summer Challenger) earned a doubles crown.

Full results:

USTA Boys’ 18 & 16 National Clay Court Championships hosted by the City of Delray

Boys’ 18

Oliver Sec; Round of 32 Singles; won three consolation matches

Athell Bennett; Round of 64 Singles; won one consolation match; Round of 64 Doubles

Sam Turchetta; Round of 128 Singles; won two consolation matches; Round of 16 Doubles

Sean Mullins; Round of 128 Singles; won one consolation match; Round of 64 Doubles

Jake Bhangdia; Singles Main Draw; Round of 64 Doubles

Felipe Osses-Konig; Singles Main Draw; Round of 64 Doubles

Boys’ 16

Ananth Raghavan; Round of 64 Singles; Round of 32 Doubles

Hayden Cassone; Round of 64 Singles; Round of 64 Doubles

Sean Wei; Round of 128 Singles; won one consolation match; Main Draw Doubles

Sean Patrick; Singles Main Draw; won one consolation match

 

 

USTA National Clay Court Championship – Memphis, TN

Girls’ 18

Madison Battaglia; Round of 32 Singles; won one consolation match; Doubles Finalist; Silver Ball

 

 

USTA National Clay Court Championships – Virginia Beach, VA

Girls’ 16

Victoria Sec; Round of 64 Singles; Doubles Main Draw

Loren Haukova; Round of 128 Singles; won three consolation matches; Round of 16 Doubles

Aleksandra Bekirova; Round of 128 Singles; won one consolation match; Round of 32 Doubles

Lauren Munari; Round of 128 Singles; won one consolation match

Ashley Lessen; Singles Main Draw; won two consolation matches; Doubles Main Draw

Courtney Kowalsky; Singles Main Draw; won one consolation match; Doubles Main Draw

Maranda Sears; Singles Main Draw; Doubles Main Draw

USTA National Clay Court Championships – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Boys’ 14

Cannon Kingsley; Singles Quarterfinalist; Round of 16 Doubles; Gold Draw Winner

Ronald Hohmann; Round of 32 Singles; won three consolation matches; Round of 32 Doubles

Lantis Wang; Round of 64 Singles; won four consolation matches; Main Draw Doubles

Spencer Brachman; Singles Main Draw; won three consolation matches; 4th Place Doubles

Billy Suarez; Singles Main Draw; won one consolation match; Round of 32 Doubles

USTA National Clay Court Championships – Plantation, FL

Girls’ 14

Georgia Ryan; Round of 32 Singles; won one consolation match; Doubles Main Draw

Merri Kelly; Round of 32 Singles

Katherine Kachkarov; Round of 64 Singles; Doubles Main Draw

Perene Wang; Round of 64 Singles

Francesca Karman; Main Draw

USTA National Clay Court Championships – Winston Salem, NC

Boys’ 12

Sebastian Sec; Round of 16 Singles; Round of 32 Doubles; Silver Draw Semifinalist

Teddy Truwit; Singles Main Draw; won four consolation matches; Doubles Quarterfinalist

Ty Switzer; Singles Main Draw; won four consolation matches; Round of 32 Doubles

Alexander Karman; Singles Main Draw; won two consolation matches; Round of 32 Doubles

USTA National Clay Court Championships – Palm Beach, FL

Girls’ 12

Daniella Benabraham; Singles Main Draw; won five consolation matches; Doubles Main Draw

L1 USTA BJK NTC Summer Championships

Boys’ 12 Singles

Alex Vinsky; Champion

Bradley Bennett; Quarterfinalist

Sam Scherer; Quarterfinalist

Girls’ 12 Singles

Janelle Chen; Round of 16

Girls’ 10 Singles

Sophia Cisse; Semifinalist

Julia Werdiger; Semifinalist

Linda Ziets-Segura; Round of 16

L1 WOTC Summer Championships

Boys’ 14 Singles

Robbie Werdiger; Semifinalist

Joseph Wilkanowski; Round of 16

L1 Mendham (National Showcase) Summer Championships

Boys’ 16 Singles

Shawn Jackson; Quarterfinalist

Timothy Nacca; Round of 16

Daniel Weitz; Round of 16

Gardner Howe; Round of 32

Girls’ 16 Singles

Stephanie Chikvashvili; Round of 16

L1B Armonk July Challenger

Boys’ 12 Singles

Bradley Bennett; Champion

L1B LBTC Stars & Stripes Challenger

Boys’ 14 Singles

Blake Frank; Champion

L1B CityView Summer Challenger Series

Boys’ 14 Singles

Sachin Palta; Champion

L1B Stadium Tennis Center July Challenger

Boys’ 16 Singles

Peter Frelinghuysen; Champion

L1B Rockland Summer Challenger

Boys’ 14

Zachary Portnoy; Singles Semifinalist; Doubles Champion

L1B CMTC July Challenger

Boys’ 18 Singles

Andreja Radevic; Finalist

Rachel Weiss; Semifinalist

L1B RSTA July Challenger

Boys’ 14 Singles

Frederick Bristowe; Semifinalist

Alfonso Laffont; Semifinalist

Boys’ 12 Singles

Nicholas Murphy; Semifinalist

Nicholas Laffont; Quarterfinalist

Girls’ 12 Singles

Blakely Duskin; Finalist

L1B 10U Green Ball Challenger at Sportime Quogue

Boys’ 10 Singles

Lev Seidman; won two matches

Jamie Loeb Takes Stockton Doubles Crown

Jamie Loeb teamed with fellow American Sanaz Marand to earn the doubles championship at the University Of The Pacific $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Stockton, Calif. last week.

Loeb and Marand, seeded No. 4, won their first three matches after having split the first two sets in each, topping Jessica Pegula and Maria Sanchez, 6-3 2-6 [10-3], Storm Sanders (AUS) and Chanel Simmonds (RSA), 6-7(4) 7-5 [10-8] and Nao Hibino (JPN) and Emily Webley-Smith (GBR), 7-5 2-6 [10-8], before disposing of Americans Kaitlyn Christian and Danielle Lao, 6-3 6-4 in the final.

Weitz, Livson, Portnoy Claim Titles

Tournament championships by Daniel Weitz, Dana Livson and Zachary Portnoy highlighted JMTA action the week ending July 9.

Weitz won the Boys 18 at the L1B Bethpage State Park Summer Challenger; Livson took Girls 12s at L1B On Serve Summer Challenger; and Portnoy grabbed the Boys 14 crown at the L2O GST July Open.

Full results:

L1B Bethpage State Park Summer Challenger

Boys’ 18 Singles

Daniel Weitz; Champion

L1B On Serve Summer Challenger

Girls’ 12 Singles

Dana Livson; Champion

Boys’ 16 Singles

Donovan Brown; Semifinalist

L1B CourtSense at Tenafly & BRC July Challenger

Girls’ 12 Singles

Leila Epstein; Semifinalist

Julia Werdiger; Semifinalist

L2O GST July Open

Boys’ 14 Singles

Zachary Portnoy; Champion

 

World No. 1, All-Time Greats Appear As Rafael Nadal, John McEnroe Compete At 2015 Johnny Mac Tennis Project Benefit at SPORTIME Randall’s Island Wednesday, August 26

It will be a great night of tennis for a great cause when 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal joins Hall of Famer and fellow former World No. 1 John McEnroe, plus other tennis stars, legends and celebrities, on Wednesday, August 26, for a gala evening 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, the Spanish superstar will compete against another top ATP professional or legend to be announced. The evening will also include pro-celebrity doubles action, featuring Johnny Mac and friends, 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, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

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 Bjorn Borg (2011), Andre Agassi (2012), Jim Courier (2013) and Novak Djokovic (2014). JMTP and Sportime Clubs, home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, have already provided over $2.0 million in scholarships and no cost programming to young players in NYC and its surrounding communities. SPORTIME Randall’s Island has been the flagship location of JMTA since 2010.

Rafa has meant so much to tennis and I’m excited that he’s agreed to be a part of this great cause,” said McEnroe. “He is a first-class individual and has proven to be one of the best players of all time. His participation is a perfect continuation of the tradition of this important annual event.”

Nadal, 29, is one of just 10 players to win the Career Grand Slam (nine French Open, two Wimbledon, two US Open, one Australian Open), among his 66 career singles titles. The Mallorca native first reached No. 1 in 2008, returning in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 while finishing in the top three nine times in the past 10 years. His 14 Slam titles tie him for second all-time with Pete Sampras, behind Roger Federer (17).

As ferocious a competitor as tennis has ever produced, steely in his resolve, unwavering in his convictions, McEnroe was a left-hander who played with singular verve and sparkle. A New Yorker with rare talent, his imagination knew no boundaries. McEnroe’s touch on the volley was golden, and his match playing instincts were remarkably sound. He claimed the US Open crown four times and was victorious at Wimbledon three times. He was an American Davis Cup stalwart, and many believe he may be the greatest doubles player of all time.

Tickets start at $75. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.JMTPBenefit.com/rafa. For information about special VIP packages, corporate packages, or to become a sponsor, please call Teresa Alimo at 888-988-6921 or email jmtp2015@sportimeny.com.

Eleven Championships Highlight JMTA Action

Eleven championships — taken home by eight different JMTA students — highlight tournament play the week ending June 28.

Merri Kelly was a double winner, taking both the Girls 16 singles and Girls 18 doubles at the L1 Reis Tennis Center June Championships at Cornell. Sean Patrick was the Boys 18 doubles winner at the same event.

Alexander Karman and Francesca Karman also pulled off a unique “double,” each winning two events during the week. Alexander took the Boys 14 at the L1B Port Washington June Classic and L1B Jericho/Westbury Summer Challenger, while Francesca was the Girls 16 champ in the same Port Washington event as well as the L1B Sportime Bethpage June Challenger.

Other tournament winners were Jack Benavides at Boys 12 at the L1B Sportime Quogue June Challenger; Neel Raj at Boys 16 at the 1B Courtsense at Bogota & TRC Challenger; Peter Frelinghuysen at Boys 16 at the L1B Stadium Tennis Center June Challenger; and Dana Livson at Girls 12 at the L1B Thomas Blake Sr. June Challenger.

Full results:

L1 Reis Tennis Center June Championships at Cornell

Girls’ 16 Singles & 18 Doubles

Merri Kelly – Singles Champion; – Doubles Champion

Boys’ 18

Sean Patrick; Singles Semifinalist; Doubles Champion

Boys’ 14

Alex Portnoy; Round of 16 Singles

L1 Mendham June Championships

Girls’ 16

Perene Wang; Singles Finalist

Ashley Lessen; Singles Quarterfinalist; Doubles Semifinalist

Calista Sha; Singles Quarterfinalist; Doubles Main Draw

Boys’ 16 Singles

Lantis Wang; Singles Quarterfinalist; Doubles Seminfinalist

Brandon Grill; Round of 16 Singles

Billy Suarez; Round of 32 Singles; Doubles Main Draw

L1 Armonk Tennis June Championships

Girls’ 18 Singles

Georgia Ryan; Semifinalist

Nathalie Rodilosso; Quarterfinalist

L1 NYJTL June Championships

Boys’ 12 Singles

Alex Vinsky; Quarterfinalist

Astro Pilipovic; Round of 16

Girls’ 12 Singles

Natalie Eordekian; Quarterfinalist

L1B Jericho/Westbury Summer Challenger

Boys’ 14 Singles

Alexander Karman; Champion

Blake Frank; Finalist

Gunnar Overstrom; Round of 16

L1B Sportime Quogue June Challenger

Boys’ 12 Singles

Jack Benavides; Champion

Boys’ 16 Singles

Gregory Coe; Semifinalist

L1B Courtsense at Bogota & TRC Challenger

Boys’ 16 Singles

Neel Raj; Champion

L1B Port Washington June Classic

Boys’ 14 Singles

Alexander Karman; Champion

Girls’ 16 Singles

Francesca Karman; Champion

L1B Stadium Tennis Center June Challenger

Boys’ 16 Singles

Peter Frelinghuysen; Champion

Boys’ 14 Singles

Solomon Brown; Finalist

Rod Rofougaran; Semifinalist

L1B Sportime Bethpage June Challenger

Girls’ 16 Singles

Francesca Karman; Champion

L1B Thomas Blake Sr. June Challenger

Girls’ 12 Singles

Dana Livson; Champion

L1B Spring Valley Jr. & Adult Challenger

Girls’ 16 Singles

Natalie Margulies; Finalist

L1B RWTTC June Challenger

Girls’ 12 Singles

Taylor Overstrom; Finalist

L1B June Challenger at APTC

Girls’ 18 Singles

Anna Maite Kaplan; Semifinalist

L2O TI Academy Summer Open Series

Boys’ 14 Singles

Mykhailo Nosenko; Semifinalist

 

Loeb Wins In El Paso

Jamie Loeb battled with UCLA’s Jennifer Brady for nearly three hours before emerging with a 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-2 triumph in Sunday’s championship match of the Hunt Women’s Tennis Classic in El Paso, Texas .

From the El Paso Times:

Loeb eked out a break to take a 3-1 lead in the final set. Loeb, who just finished her sophomore season at North Carolina by winning the NCAA singles championship in May, consolidated that break by holding her own serve and taking a 4-1 lead. But Brady, who just finished her sophomore season at UCLA and has turned professional, held right back and the lead was a tenuous 4-2.

And then came the game … THE game.

The two 20-year-olds locked in, almost knowing this was more than just a game. It was the match. Loeb threw in a big serve to send the game to deuce. She then bombed home an ace to take the advantage. Then came Brady and another deuce. Then Brady had a break point. Then another deuce. Then, a big Loeb forehand later, she had the advantage.

In all, the game reached deuce 11 times. Loeb fought off four break points. Finally, finally, finally Loeb landed a big serve, moved to net and put away the Brady return with a fierce overhead and let loose a primal scream.

She had held serve, moving to a 5-2 lead. And she knew. Had she wavered, Brady would have served to level this match at 4-all and it almost certainly would have funneled into another tiebreak … and anything can happen there.

“That was the most important game in the whole match,” Loeb said after hoisting the championship trophy.

Madison Battaglia wins Bank of Bermuda Foundation ITF Junior Circuit Tournament

Madison Battaglia won the prestigious Bank of Bermuda Foundation ITF Junior Circuit Tournament at Bermuda Pembroke, winning the final over fellow American Kate Paulus, 6-1, 6-1. The event was held June 22-27 at the W.E.R. Joell Tennis Stadium in Pembroke.

Battaglia won all five of her matches in straight sets, dropping just 12 games en route to teh win which included a triumph over No. 2 seed Julia Goldberg in the second round and No. 7 Claire Koke in the semifinals.

“I’m very happy for Madison getting her first ITF trophy,” said Felix Alvarado. “She has worked very hard and it’s paying off already. I know she will win many more.”

Full results here.