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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.”

“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!

Learning the Hard Way About a Banned Ingredient

Dimitar Kutrovsky

Dimitar Kutrovsky
Photo: Jerry Laizure/The Norman Transcript, via Associated Press

“The stimulant DMAA has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Major League Baseball. But it is still found in Jack3d and other supplements sold at stores like GNC and the Vitamin Shoppe.

Dimitar Kutrovsky found that out the hard way.

Mr. Kutrovsky came to the United States from Bulgaria in 2006. He had a full athletic scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, where he was the tennis team captain and an all-American singles and doubles player. He turned pro after graduation, and in August 2011, exhausted from his travel schedule and the sweltering Texas heat, he visited a GNC store in Austin.

Looking for an energy lift, Mr. Kutrovsky asked the sales clerk for advice, according to an arbitrator’s ruling in an anti-doping proceeding brought against him by the International Tennis Federation. He told the clerk that he was a professional tennis player subject to drug testing. The clerk recommended Jack3d and told him that it was used by a lot of athletes. It was “like a Red Bull but stronger,” he told Mr. Kutrovsky, according to the ruling.

At home, Mr. Kutrovsky compared Jack3d’s ingredients with those banned in Olympic sports. Finding no matches, he began using Jack3d. The arbitrator found that Mr. Kutrovsky did not realize that the stimulant listed on the label — dimethylamylamine, or DMAA — had been banned by many sports associations under another name, methylhexaneamine.

A year ago, things were looking up for Mr. Kutrovsky. In February 2012, he reached the quarterfinals of the SAP Open in San Jose, Calif. He planned to enter the qualifying rounds of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Bulgaria had chosen him to represent the country in the Davis Cup.

But a month later, International Tennis Federation officials informed him that he had tested positive for DMAA. It has since imposed a 15-month ban. Mr. Kutrovsky has lost all of the points he earned on the tour and dropped out of the rankings. When he resumes his career this summer, he will have to start from scratch. Mr. Kutrovsky declined to comment for this article, but a lawyer for him said his story was not uncommon.”

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Article written by Peter Lattman and Natasha Singer

Fitness Tip of the Week –Director of Performance Sophie Scott

Sophie, Scott

Sophie Scott
Director of Performance

Warm Up – be prepared!

Whether getting ready for a tournament or a JMTA clinic, players should always aim to have completed a brief 10-20 minute warm-up to ensure they are both physically and mentally prepared and have taken precautions to reduce the risk of injury. It is often difficult to find time to warm up if rushing from school to a lesson or match, however being prepared when you arrive will allow you to get on the court early and start warming up.

Upon arrival to your clinic or tournament, have everything ready to go; racket, shoes, and water, then head straight to the court by jogging a few laps or jump rope while waiting for your session/match to begin. Both mental and physical preparations are keys to becoming a successful tennis player; start as you intend to go on the court and get an edge on your opponent.

Components of a good warm up:

  • Heat Generation – Players should perform some type of cardiovascular activity so they can generate a light sweat. This can be done on-court or in the gym by jogging, biking or jumping rope.
  • Dynamic Stretching – Involves moving parts of the body, gradually increasing with reach and/or speed movement to the limits of your range of motion.  
  • Tennis Specific – On court, mimic tennis strokes at the beginning of your match or lesson to increase fluidly of motion.