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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.

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

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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.

Featured JMTA Student of the Week – Jessica Golovin

Jessica Golovin

Jessica Golovin
JMTA Student

Interview with JMTA Student – Jessica Golovin

When Jessica Golovin was just a little girl, she saw professional tennis on ESPN and asked her parents if she could play. Her dream was consistent with her father’s, who said he always wanted his daughter to take up tennis. While still in his native Moscow, Mikhail Golovin traveled for the national biathlon team as a manager, and the excitement of being around competitive sports never left him. Today, he hopes Jessica will continue to enjoy tennis and do well in the sport. “The ultimate dream for any player, of course, is to win a Grand Slam,” he said.

Q.  Who is your tennis idol? Why?

A. “I have always admired Kim Clijsters for her ambitious attitude and work ethic. Maria Sharapova has also been my idol since I started playing tennis as a young girl. Sharapova has inspired me try harder and never give up despite the difficulties I face on the court.” 

Q.  Describe your greatest tennis victory.

A. “In 2012, I reached the semifinals of the Easter Bowl International Tournament where I faced some of the top girls in the nation. The Easter Bowl Tournament accelerated my tennis career by instilling confidence that has carried me through to this day.”

Q.  Describe your greatest tennis loss and how you overcame that loss.

A.  “It was my very first Grade-4 ITF tournament in Florida, where I reached the quarterfinals in singles and the finals in doubles. Despite losing in the quarters, my singles match convinced me that I could compete with tougher opponents at a much higher level. I also learned that when competing with stronger opponents, I need to stay tough mentally and tough physically along with keeping the ball deep and dictating the next point.”

Q.  You are just back from on a one-month break from tennis due to a wrist injury, how do you feel?

A.  “Coming back from an injury, you never know how you’re going to play. Of course you’re nervous, but for me, the first few days coming back was a little rough. After two weeks of practice, I feel I’ve returned to the game stronger than ever.”

Q.  What does your tournament schedule look like for the next 2 months?

A. “My first tournament of the year will be a sectional in New Jersey and then I will play a National Open in Florida at the end of February. My big highlight for the year so far, will be an ITF in Panama City at the beginning of March. I’m very excited to visit Central America and also experience my tenth ITF competition.”