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Rubin Helps Lead No. 20 Wake Forest To Season Opening Win

Freshman Noah Rubin came up straight set singles wins to help 20th-ranked Wake Forest topple Charlotte and East Tennessee State on Saturday.

Playing at #1 singles, Rubin topped Charlotte’s Forrest Edwards, 6-1, 6-0, and defeated ETSU’s David Biosca (ranked #85), 6-3, 6-1.

Rubin also teamed with junior Jon Ho to win both doubles matches,

Rubin and his coach Tony Bresky discussed the win in this video:

Golovin, Rozenstein, Xiong Compete At Carson, Easter Bowl

Three prominent JMTA players headed West for key U.S. junior tournaments over the past couple of weeks. Jessica Golovin and Julian Rozenstein competed at the USTA International Spring Championships event at USTA Training Center West in Carson, Calif., and the Easter Bowl at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.; Sabrina Xiong played at Easter Bowl as well.

In Carson, Golovin started strong, forging a 5-0 lead in the first set of her first-round match against Gabrielle Andrews, but fell in three sets, 6-7(6) 6-1 4-6. She teamed with Marie Norris to win a first-round doubles match in straights, 7-5, 6-4, before dropping a second-round match to eventual singles champ Catherine Cartan Bellis and Mia Horvit.

At Easter Bowl, Golovin upended the No. 6 ranked U.S. player in 18s, Chloe Oullet Pizer, 4-6 6-2 7-6(4). She then dropped a straight-set decision to ITF World #91 Jessica Ho, 6-4, 6-0. She repeated her doubles results from the previous week, ousting the #8 seeded pair in straight sets with partner Jenna Friedel before losing a straight-set second round matchup.

Julian Rozenstein had solid results in both venues, winning three qualifying rounds, two of them in straights, to reach the main draw, where he fell to Aron Hiltzik in the first round. Rozenstein and partner Jose Carvajal dropped a first-round doubles match in straight sets.

Rozenstein also qualified at Easter Bowl, winning two rounds in straight sets after a first-round bye, before drawing the tough assignment of the #5 seed and 72nd ranked ITF player in Sameer Kumar, who eliminated Rozenstein in straight sets. His doubles partner withdrew before their main draw first-round match.

Xiong entered Easter Bowl as the #9 seed but lost her three matches, falling in the first round to Abigail Desiatnikov in three sets and the singles back draw to Gabrielle Schuck. In doubles, she drew the #8 seed and fell, 8-6.

Jessica Golovin Loses in a Tight Match at The Evert American ITF

Jessica and Jada at Practice

Jessica and Jada at Practice

JMTA’er Jessica Golovin lost a tight match yesterday at the Evert American ITF in Boca Raton, Florida to fellow American Sophie Chang 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.  Jessica fought hard and came back from down one set to love, but couldn’t complete the comeback as she was outlasted in a tough 3rd set.  “Sophie played a great match and deserves to move on” said Jessica, “I hope I get to face her again.” Jessica’s JMTA coach Bruce Haddad said, “First off, my congratulations to Sophie. This was a tough loss for Jessica.  She played a very tough match and I am very proud of her for fighting tooth and nail all the way.  She’ll get past this one and come back next tournament both mentally and physically stronger because of it.”

The week is not over for Jessica, as she and her partner, Jada Robinson of the U.S., are the #7 seeds in the doubles draw and have advanced to the quarterfinals and will play later on Thursday.

Check back for Jessica’s results, and for a preview of Jaime Loeb’s draw in next week’s USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.

Noah Rubin Competes in Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger

Noah Rubin practicing with Coach Lawrence Kleger.

Noah practicing with Coach Lawrence Kleger at JMTA.

JMTA’er Noah Rubin received a Wild Card into The Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger, a tournament featuring top Americans like Rajeev Ram, Donald Young, and Tim Smyczek.  Noah’s first round match was yesterday against one of the hottest players on the Challenger circuit, Canadian Peter Polansky.  Polansky, #165 in the world ATP rankings, is playing the best tennis of his career, and is coming off of a win in his last Challenger in Tiburon, CA.  Noah got off to a slow start, but settled in to make Polansky work for a very hard-fought 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory.  Considering Noah is ranked 600 spots below Peter in ATP rankings, it was a very respectable showing for the 17-year old.  Noah’s coach, JMTA Academy Director Lawrence Kleger said that “Noah was understandably disappointed in the loss, but all who saw the match said that he played very well.  He is playing top ATP pros very tough and I know that it will not be long before he has that ‘breakthrough win’ on the Challenger level.”

In other JMTA tennis news, Jessica Golovin will be in 2nd round action later on Wednesday in the Evert American ITF when she takes on Sophie Chang.  Former JMTA star and current UNC Freshman, Jamie Loeb, will be playing at the National Tennis Center next week in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.  Be sure to check back in tomorrow for Jessica’s results, and next week for updates on Jamie.

Lebedev and Rozenstein Advance to the 2nd Round in Canadian ITF Event

Sasha Lebedev Hitting a Backhand.Photo Credit: TennisAdvisors

Sasha Lebedev Hitting a Backhand.
Photo Credit: TennisAdvisors

JMTA’ers Sasha Lebedev and Julian Rozenstein played their first round matches yesterday in singles and doubles at the Ace Tennis U18 ITF World Ranking Event in Ontario, Canada.  Both advanced to the 2nd round of the singles rather easily.  Julian bested Ivan Mitric of Canada 6-0, 6-2, while Sasha’s opponent, Victor Krustev of Canada, retired down 4-3 in the opening set.   In doubles, Julian and his partner, Chris Fletcher of Canada, won their 1st round match 6-2, 6-3.  Sasha’s match, on the other hand, wasn’t as straightforward.  After losing the first set 7-5, Sasha and his partner, Elijah Ogilvy of Canada, fought back to win the 2nd set in a tiebreak and even up the match at one set all.  Instead of a full 3rd set, the pair played a 10 point super tiebreaker to determine the winner.  Unfortunately, Sasha and Elijah lost the super tiebreaker and the match.  Still, Sasha remains a contender in the singles draw and we are excited to see how he and Julian play the rest of this week.  Julian’s coach, JMTA Assistant Academy Director Felix Alvarado, called Julian’s win “well fought” and “deserved” and said, “Julian has been working hard to improve his game and advance to the next level.  The progress we’ve made and the effort he has put in is beginning to show.”

In their second round matches, a tougher test awaits for each, as Sasha is matched up against the #14 seed, Maxim Borcuti of Canada, while Julian faces the #8 seed, Elijah Ogilvy, also of Canada. Be sure to check back for their 2nd round results tomorrow.

JMTA’s Alexander (Sasha) Lebedev Making a Run at U18 National Bank ITF in Canada

JMTA’s Sasha Lebedev is making an impressive run this week at the National Bank ITF Tennis U18 Tournament in Victoria, British Columbia. After winning two matches to qualify for the main draw, Sasha was pitted against Canadian Wild Card Jackson Koke.  Sasha dominated Koke, 6-1, 6-1 to reach the 2nd round.  He was one of only two qualifiers to win their 1st round match-up.

In the 2nd round, Sasha was matched against 2nd seeded Gerardo Penchyna Cardenas of Mexico.  Cardenas could not defend Sasha’s aggressive game and Sasha came away with 6-4, 6-3 upset victory.

Next up later today is Sasha’s quarterfinal match against 6th seeded Kyryll Kryvchun from Canada. “This is a breakthrough tournament for Sasha and the reward for a lot of hard work,” said Sasha’s coach and Academy Director Lawrence Kleger.  “He has a tough, but definitely winnable quarterfinal match today, so we will see how he does.  But I am certain that Sasha’s results will only get better going forward.”

Check back tomorrow for the results of Sasha’s quarter final match.  Click here to check out the ITF website’s tournament webpage.

JMTA’s Jessica Golovin’s Cinderella-like Run at the Pan American Closed Comes to an End


JMTA’s Jessica Golovin at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, the Manhattan home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy

Jessica Golovin, a long-time student of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, lost yesterday to 13th seeded Kaitlyn McCarthy, 6-1, 6-2.  Still, Jessica’s success at the Pan American ITF, where she defeated the #2 seed in the first round and notched a follow up win in the 2nd round, is little short of fantastic.  Jessica’s coach at JMTA, Bruce Haddad, is very proud of her.  “Jessica played great at this tough event, and she is capable of playing this well all of the time.  That is the next step for us.  I’m excited to see how she finishes up the year.”

Jessica now has a two-week break before she plays three straight ITFs in Florida and Georgia.  Following those events,  Jessica will focus her preparation on the two huge tournaments that end the year; the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships and the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships.  Keep checking our blog for updates on Jessica and other JMTA students.

JMTA’s Jessica Golovin Upsets 2nd Seeded Dasha Ivanova in the Opening Round of the ITF Pan American Championships

One of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy’s (JMTA’s) up-and-coming stars, Jessica Golovin, who is ranked #485 in the ITF World Junior Rankings and a qualifier in the ITF Pan American Championships, came back from one set down to upset 2nd seeded Dasha Ivanova (#66 in the ITF) in three sets (2-6, 6-0, 6-3).  Bruce Haddad, Assistant Director of the JMTA and Jessica’s private coach, is very proud of her. “To lose the first set against a top seed and come back to win the next seven straight games and win the match takes strong mental toughness and a ton of confidence. I am very proud of her!”

For more about Jessica’s big win, quotes from Jessica, and information regarding the tournament, see a snippet of Colette Lewis’ ZooTennis.com article below. Jessica’s 2nd round match is against Gabrielle Andrews (#593 in ITF).

JMTA's Jessica GolovinPhoto Cred: ZooTennis.com

JMTA’s Jessica Golovin
Photo Cred: ZooTennis.com

Written by Colette Lewis

Top seeds Michael Mmoh and Tornado Alicia Black began their quests for Pan American Closed titles Monday morning with straight set wins, but as the lights came on at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, girls No. 2 seed Dasha Ivanova was defeated by Jessica Golovin in the day’s major upset.
Golovin dropped the first set to Ivanova, but stormed back for a 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 victory, staying positive and focused throughout the final two sets.

“She was more aggressive in the first set,” said the 16-year-old Golovin, who trains at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York.
In the second set, I felt I started being more aggressive, going in more, using more variety, keeping her off balance. That helped me dictate the points. I had lost to her previously twice, so I got revenge.”

Golovin feels her improvement in the past few months is the result of more consistency.

“I’ve improved my serve percentage, all my shots, and have gotten more confident,” Golovin said. “It’s taking my game to a new level and I’m very happy and excited to get there.”

Second round singles action and first round doubles action is on the schedule for Tuesday.