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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.”

John McEnroe Tennis Academy To Move Long Island Base To Syosset This Fall

Below is today’s big announcement that the JMTA is moving its Long Island base to SPORTIME Syosset… the flagship JMTA location remains at SPORTIME Randall’s Island…

The John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA) today announced that it will be accommodating its growing Long Island base of students with a move of its home facility on Long Island to SPORTIME Syosset Tennis & Multi-Sport this fall. The flagship JMTA location remains at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, and SPORTIME Bethpage will remain a valuable Academy resource.

Long Island JMTA students will benefit immediately from the more easily accessible location of SPORTIME Syosset (75 Haskett Drive) as well as its larger and more diverse space. In addition to a much larger functional training room, a full multi-sport court, a large pro-shop with on-site stringing service, the beautiful SPORTIME Syosset facility offers both hard court (deco-turf) and clay (har-tru) surfaces, ideal for tournament training throughout the competitive seasons.

Private coaching and match play will now be available at SPORTIME Bethpage with more day/time options, as well as an expanded schedule of “home club” tournaments.

The Academy is really starting to take hold here on Long Island,” said Mike Kossoff, JMTA Director, “And with SPORTIME and JMTA student Noah Rubin having just won the Wimbledon Junior title, the phones have been ringing. The move to SPORTIME Syosset, with its multiple surfaces, larger training space, and other amenities, will help foster that growth for all of our students, including the many elite players who train with us.”

For more information on the JMTA, visit http://www.johnmcenroetennisacademy.com. For more on SPORTIME Syosset, visit http://www.sportimeny.com/Syosset-Tennis.

About SPORTIME:

SPORTIME is proud to operate the finest tennis facilities in New York State, with over 160 indoor and outdoor courts at 13 clubs across Long Island, in NYC, in Westchester and in the NY Capital Region. SPORTIME strives to provide its members with welcoming and comfortable environments and the best instructional programs anywhere. SPORTIME’s “fitness for real life” philosophy is reflected in clubs that are state-of-the-art, yet affordable, and that offer the best tennis facilities and instruction, along with great gyms, camps and sports and fitness programs. SPORTIME is most proud to be the home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy at Randall’s Island since 2010, and home the JMTA Annexes at Syosset and Bethpage, Long Island; and Lake Isle, Eastchester, since 2012.

 

JMTA and SPORTIME Director of Tennis Lawrence Kleger Discusses Rubin Wimbledon Victory, Recent JMTA Success

JMTA and SPORTIME Director of Tennis Lawrence Kleger took a few minutes from a whirlwind past few days to discuss Noah Rubin’s resounding Wimbledon Juniors title and the continued success that JMTA has experienced.

JMTA Blog: It has been a pretty remarkable spring at JMTA, between the success of some of the kids at elite tournaments, Jamie Loeb at North Carolina and now Noah’s breakthrough, what is the secret to the way the Academy is going?

Lawrence Kleger: I believe that there are no secrets in running a successful academy. It’s about dedication and hard work. Our coaching staff at JMTA is world-class, and they put in long hours and are willing to do whatever it takes to elevate our students to the next level. But if there is one area where I believe we excel it would be the positive way we challenge and motivate our athletes.  We hold our students to a very high standard of attitude and effort, but we do so in an encouraging way that brings out the best in each and every player. Our Student Code of Conduct and our carefully designed curriculums provide the framework and structure for our academy’s success.  And we have what no other academy has—John McEnroe—arguably the greatest competitor in the history of tennis.

JMTAB: Some people see Noah’s win as surprising, were you surprised and why or why not? 

LK: To be honest, nothing that Noah accomplishes surprises me. He has won at every level including the ITF Professional Futures circuit. So while Noah winning the Wimbledon Junior Championship was a thrill, it was not a shock. That is why I am so convinced that he will be successful on the ATP Tour in the very near future. However, to be honest, I did not think that grass was Noah’s best surface. I will now have to reconsider that assessment!

JMTAB:You have always talked about the value of college; what did a year in college now mean to Jamie as a tennis player and what could it mean to Noah?

LK: I think her coach at JMTA Felix Alvarado would agree that Jamie had a spectacular Freshman year at the University of North Carolina. Aside from being on her own and gaining the maturity one gains from the college experience, Jamie was able to improve her strength, fitness, and her play under pressure. Jamie was a highly touted freshman and was the team’s best player. That came with built in pressure. Every time Jamie walked on the court, her team was counting on her to win. I think that is the kind of pressure I would like Noah to be under. And of course I would like him to have a great college experience like Jamie’s. Being away from home, being independent, and being a mature, self-sufficient adult.

JMTAB: American tennis has taken some hits recently; were you surprised at the run of several boys in the juniors at Wimbledon and what will it take to sustain such play at the professional level down the line? 

LK: Obviously it was a great showing by the American juniors and hopefully we can sustain it. I know Patrick McEnroe is working very hard to see that it happens. I believe that the more the USTA and private academies and private coaches work together, the better the chances of seeing Americans regain their lost stature in the expanding world of tennis. I think that this is starting to happen and that has to be good news if we want to produce top players.

JMTAB: Who are some of the other faces we should be watching at JMTA this summer?

LK: Jessica Golovin, age 16 is already competing well at the ITF level. Sabrina Xiong, 17, should have a terrific summer at the Girls 18 Nationals. I believe Oliver Sec, 16, who has committed to UC-Santa Barbara for the fall, is ready to make a big impact on the ITF Junior Circuit in the coming months.  He is 6’2”, athletic and has really improved his physicality on the court. The JMTA’s Williams sisters, Brianna and Chelsea, have been sidelined with some minor injuries, but seem to be getting healthy; and that is bad news for whomever has to play them this summer. JMTA also has some of the best 12 and under talent in the country and we are expecting some impressive results in the younger age groups at clay courts and hard courts.

USTA Spotlights ITA No. 1 Jamie Loeb

The JMTA gets a nice shout-out in this week’s USTA College Spotlight feature on our own Jamie Loeb, tearing it up as the No. 1 college player in the country at the University of North Carolina. Loeb concluded the regular season with a stellar 45-2 singles record.

JMTA prides itself on helping prepare students for college tennis, and who better than Jamie to talk about that experience?

She tells USTA’s Sally Milano:

The biggest difference is that in college, you are no longer playing for yourself. Playing for a team is a great experience because you have teammates right beside you cheering you on. In juniors, you are by yourself on the court. The team atmosphere is so much fun and fires me up even more.

The ACC Championships begin Thursday in Cary, N.C. Fans can follow Jamie’s progress and that of her top-seeded Tar Heels teammates at Tournament Central here.

Good luck Jamie!

Tennis Hot Spots Profiles JMTA

Fine feature today on JMTA by longtime tennis enthusiast and industry pro Randy Walker over at Tennis Hot Spots. It captures the Academy’s philosophy and goals nicely, with a shout-out to a few of the coaches who make it all possible.

Randy spoke with Johnny Mac as well as Noah Rubin, who summed up his experience at JMTA nicely:

It’s been a great experience to be with all of these unbelievable coaches and players and have been fortunate to have this staff. The people here are very kind and they are always supportive. They have everything you need in order to get what you want in life as a tennis player.

Sean Wei Wins Again – Double Super Six Boys 14 Tournament Winner – First Hastings, Now Latham!

Last weekend in Latham, N.Y., 14 year old JMTA Lake Isle player Sean Wei earned another title in winning his second consecutive Eastern Super Six B14s Tournament in less than a month. Seeded first at the event, Sean made his run through the draw in routine fashion, without dropping a set in five matches, while maintaining a 77% game winning percentage – winning 60 of 78 total games.  The prior week in Hastings, Sean dropped a set in the semi-finals on his way to victory while winning (only!) 73% of 86 games on his way to the title. The victories also brought Sean another distinction – the #1 spot in this week’s B14s Eastern standings.

Sean was joined at the Super Six in Latham by fellow Lake Isle JMTA competitors Sabrina Barisano (G18s), Luke Smith (B14s), Oren Vasser (B14s) and Kieran Foster (B12s). And at Schenectady, Jake Bhangdia, Ekim Buyuk and Ashley Granieri played in the B&G16s Super Six event.

When asked about the titles, Sean said “Winning back-to-back Super Six Tournaments has definitely been a great experience for me, as well as a great confidence booster. These wins are definitely the best accomplishments of my career.”  Sean first became interested in tennis when he was five years old and started playing tournaments when he was eight.

Sean, who earned the nod from Johnny Mac and a full JMTP Scholarship at the open tryouts held at Randall’s Island in July 2012, began training at the JMTA Lake Isle Annex in Eastchester in September 2012 – Sportime’s inaugural season at the Lake Isle Country Club location. A high school freshman, he attends Yorktown Heights High School, and has a very organized & balanced schedule placing academics first – homework & studying is completed before weekday tennis practice with the JMTA coaches. On the weekend, there is family and either tournament play or tennis with friends. Sean also finds time to relax and enjoys playing the piano and reading.

Fritz Buehning, Sean’s coach & Director of Tennis at the Lake Isle JMTA Annex said, “We are all very proud of Sean. His hard work, attitude, & intensity on the practice court is paying off for him and reflected in his tournament results. Sean is a pleasure to work with, very coachable,  and applies lessons to his game quickly. He has a high tennis IQ, very good focus, and uses his problem solving abilities to quickly make adjustments to his game as necessary in his tournament matches, optimizing his opportunities for success.”

But even with success, Sean knows there is always room for improvement. Both student and coach agree – Sean will be working on his serve.

Well done Sean!

Loeb Runs ACC Record To 11-0 As UNC Climbs To Third In Nation

JMTA’s own Jamie Loeb continues to smash her way through her freshman season at the University of North Carolina, piling up her third ACC Player of the Week honor, then dispatching Florida State’s Kerrie Cartwright, 6-1, 6-1, on Sunday to improve to 42-2 on the year, including 11-0 in ACC play.

Remaining at No. 1 in the ITA Division I singles rankings, Jamie and classmate Hayley Carter have teamed to rank at No. 3 nationally in doubles (28-3 overall, 7-0 ACC). The win over FSU boosted the Tar Heels’ record to 21-3 overall, 7-1 in the league and lifted their ITA National Team Ranking to No. 3.

Loeb leads UNC into action vs. Maryland on Sunday in Chapel Hill.

Johnny Mac Back On The Road This Week Preaching The Gospel Of Tennis

McEnroe-CharlotteWhile he has spent most days in and around the Academy at Randall’s Island, the demand to have John McEnroe on court is still high. Tonight John is in Nashville, Kentucky, and Thursday night he is in Charlotte, North Carolina, playing in The Champions Cup. McEnroe will headline the one-night tournaments, along with Jimmy Connors, Pat Cash and Ivan Lendl both nights.

Following “Play with the Pros” experiences with fans, they will compete in one-set semifinals followed immediately by finals both nights.

Here is a preview featuring McEnroe and Connors in the Nashville Tennessean.

And the Charlotte Observer had this story in advance of Thursday night’s action.

“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!

Loeb Named ACC Player of The Week

Jamie LoebJamie Loeb continued her singles dominance in NCAA play this past weekend, helping lead the No. 12 University of North Carolina Tar Heels to wins over Virginia Tech and 5th ranked Virginia. Loeb defeated Virginia Tech’s number one player Ilinca Stoica 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 on Sunday after taking down the NCAA’s fourth-ranked player, Julia Elbaba of Virginia 6-1, 7-5 on Saturday.

Loeb, from Ossining, N.Y., earned ACC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week honors last week as well.