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JMTA Students Win 2 National Opens! Others Post Excellent Results in Recent Events

Boys 12s at Flushing Meadow, NY

Ethan Leon – Bethpage – Won the Singles and Doubles Titles without dropping a set!

Spencer Brachman – Bethpage – Quarters in Singles and won 1 Round Consolation; Doubles Finalist

Kabir Rajpal-Bethpage – Won 1 Round in Consolation Singles

Boys 12s at Augusta, GA

Evan Lee-Randall’s Island – Lost 1st Round Singles

Girls 12s at Queens Village, NY

MK Hannity-Bethpage – Quarters Singles

Perene Wang-Randall’s Island – Won 2 Rounds in Consolation Singles

Boys 14s at Austin, TX

Neel Raj-Bethpage – Won 1 Round in Consolation Singles

BG14s at Rocky Hill, CT

Lauren Haukova – Randall’s Island – Semifinals Singles; Doubles Finalist

Michelle Sorokko – Bethpage – Quarters Singles; Doubles Semifinalist

Sasha Bekirova – Randall’s Island – Round of 16 Singles; Doubles Semifinalist

Cannon Kingsley – Bethpage – Round of 16 and won 2 Rounds in Consolation Singles

Danny Pellerito – Bethpage – Round of 16 and won 1 Round in Consolation; Doubles Quarterfinalist

Sean Wei – Lake Isle – Won 3 Rounds in Consolation Singles

Luke Smith – Lake Isle – Round of 16 Singles

Alan Delman – Bethpage – Won 1 Round of Consolation Singles

Ashley Lessen – Bethpage – 1 Round of Consolation Singles

Boys 16s at Midland, MI

Patrick Hannity – Bethpage – Round of 32 in Singles; Doubles Quarterfinalist

BG 16s at Wayland, MA

Sabrina Xiong – Randall’s Island – Won Singles Title without losing more than 5 games in any match!

Lubo Cuba-Bethpage – Quarterfinals Singles

Athell Bennett – Bethpage – Won 2 Rounds in Consolation Singles; Doubles Quarterfinalist

Sabrina Barisano – Lake Isle – Won 1 Round in Consolation Singles; Doubles Semifinalist

Oliver Sec – Randall’s Island – Lost 1st Round Singles

Once Again JMTA Students Take 3 Singles Titles at National Level 5 Sectionals

Boys 12 (Oceanside, NY)

Spencer Brachman (Bethpage) won the Singles Title. Lost a total of 8 games all tournament.

Noah Edelman (Randall’s Island) Quarterfinals

Kabir Rajpal (Bethpage) Quarterfinals

JMTA Players making the Round of 16

Oliver Worth (Bethpage)


Boys 14 (Alley Pond, NY)

Cannon Kingsley (Bethpage) Semifinals; 3rd Place

Daniel Pellerito (Bethpage) Quarterfinals

Sean Wei (Lake Isle) Quarterfinals

JMTA Players making the Round of 16

Ronald Hohmann (Bethpage)

Neel Raj (Bethpage)


Boys 16 (Glen Cove, NY)

Felipe Osses-Konig (Randall’s Island) won the Singles Title


Boys 18 (Port Chester, NY)

Richard Sec (Randall’s Island) Semifinals

JMTA Players making the Round of 16

Lucas Pickering (Randall’s Island)


Girls 12 (Hastings on Hudson, NY)

Perene Wang (Randall’s Island) Quarterfinals

MK Hannity (Bethpage) Quarterfinals


Girls 14 (Mattawan, NJ)

Loren Haukova (Randall’s Island) Semifinals (Withdrew due to injury)

JMTA Players making the Round of 16

Chelsea Williams (Randall’s Island)


Girls 16 (Bethpage, NY)

Brianna Williams (Randall’s Island) won the Singles Title

Michelle Sorokko (Bethpage) Semifinals; 3rd Place

Mia Vecchio (Bethpage/Randall’s Island) Quarterfinals

JMTA Players making the Round of 16

Victoria Sec (Randall’s Island)

Alexandra Bekirova (Randall’s Island)

Ekim Buyuk (Lake Isle/ Randall’s Island)


Girls 18 (Mountain Lakes, NJ)

Jessica Golovin (Randall’s Island) Round of 16

Rubin Finishes As Semi-Finalist at the IMG Academy $10k Futures

JMTA’er Noah Rubin was in action over this past weekend in Bradenton, Florida at the IMG Academy $10k Futures. Noah was the #7 seed, and after winning his first two rounds rather easily, he faced Japanese up-and-comer Naoki Nakagawa in the quarters.  In a close match, Noah defeated Naoki 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to move on to the semis.  In his semifinal match on Saturday,  Noah faced, Andrey Rublev of Russia. After a rain delay, the clay courts were playing like mud.  Not the best conditions for a hard court player like Noah. Though he gave it his best effort, Noah lost the match to the tournament’s eventual champion,  6-3, 6-3.  According to his coach Lawrence Kleger, “Noah continues to post excellent results at the Futures level.  He will continue to play Futures and throw in a few Challengers to test him as he continues to improve his ATP Ranking.  After Bradenton he should be in the mid-700s.”  Next up for Noah is the January Future Circuit starting in Plantation, FL January 6th.

JMTA’s Jamie Loeb is the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Champion!

Congratulations to Jamie on winning the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.  Jamie beat UCLA’s Robin Anderson in the finals 6-3, 6-2 in a re-match of the finals of last month’s Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Singles championships.  Jamie won the Indoors without dropping a set, and in so doing became the first women to win both the All-American and the Indoor titles in 20 years.

“Being the number one seed going in I expected her to win it” said Jamie’s JMTA coach, Felix Alvarado.  “Jamie is playing some great tennis and with the tournament being here in New York at the National Tennis Center, it was nice to be able to see her play again in person.”

“It was fun to play in front of family, friends, and Felix again” said Jamie, “Their support gave me a ‘home court advantage’ and helped propel me to winning the tournament.  Robin played a great match, congrats to her on a nice result.”

Below are excerpts from an article written by Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com. You can read the full article at www.zootennis.com.

Jamie Loeb with TrophyPhoto Cred: zootennis.com

Jamie Loeb with Trophy
Photo Cred: zootennis.com

©Colette Lewis 2013–
Flushing Meadows, NY–

North Carolina freshman Jamie Loeb continued her domination of the fall majors, while UCLA senior Clay Thompson is still pinching himself after winning his 15th straight match after the pair collected the singles championships at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center.

All-American champion Loeb repeated last month’s final result in California on the opposite coast, again defeating UCLA junior Robin Anderson, this time by a 6-3, 6-2 score.

Top seed Loeb, who hasn’t lost a set since the second round of qualifying at the Riviera All-American last month, won the big-hitting battle with defending champion Anderson.  Up 4-1 and two breaks in the opening set, Loeb gave back one, but the 18-year-old from Ossining New York reasserted herself late in the set, breaking Anderson to win it.

Anderson, who had dropped the All-American final to Loeb 6-4, 6-0, got off to a good start in the second set, breaking Loeb in the first game, but the 20-year-old from Matawan, New Jersey couldn’t consolidate, losing her next service game and watching Loeb take a 4-1 lead.  Anderson held for 4-2, and forced Loeb to win a deuce game to keep her lead, but when Loeb held there for 5-2, she let out a loud “c’mon,” pumping her fist in the direction of her family, friends and private coach sitting in the viewing area above the court.

Loeb was correct in thinking that was a key hold, with Anderson serving to stay in the match. Seeing the finish line, Loeb kept giving back Anderson’s pace with more of her own and soon it was 15-40. After so many penetrating ground strokes throughout the match, Loeb picked her first match point to display her variety, hitting an excellent backhand slice that Anderson had to come forward to get. When Anderson’s forehand went long, Loeb turned to her supporters with another fist pump and c’mon, having secured the first National Indoor title for the Tar Heels.

As for her future, Loeb is looking to catch up on the school work that she’s missed during the fall season, yet not being on the courts the next two months when she’s playing at such a high level is a concern.

“I know I’m going to want to play more, because that’s just me,” said Loeb, who trains at the John McEnroe Academy in New York. “When I come home for Thanksgiving, I’ll definitely be playing.”


JMTA’s Jamie Loeb Named Top Seed for USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships

JMTA’s Jamie Loeb, a freshman at the University of North Carolina, has been named the top seed in this week’s USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships beginning Thursday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows. Jamie says that “I feel confident going into the tournament and believe I can win it.  I’m going to use the same mentality that I had going into All-Americans, which was focusing on one match at a time and not looking too far ahead.”  Jamie’s JMTA Coach, Felix Alvarado, says “This tournament is like a homecoming for Jamie. Lots of family and friends will be in attendance cheering her on. She’s going to feed off of their energy and fight hard to win the tournament. I am excited to watch her play as I rarely get to see her in action now that she is playing for UNC.  And I know she is excited to come back to New York and play in front of the same people who cheered her on throughout her junior tennis career.”

Below is an excerpt from an article written by Collete Lewis and posted on ZooTennis.com:

“The USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships begin Thursday in New York. The draws have not yet been released, but the ITA preview has the names of the top five seeds in singles as well as the four doubles seeds.

Women’s defending champion Robin Anderson of UCLA is the No. 2 seed this year, which gives an indication how strong the women’s field is.  All-American champion Jamie Loeb of North Carolina is the top seed, and understandably so, as she defeated Anderson in the Riviera final.”

The Championships begin Thursday, November 7th.  For draws, tournament news, updates, and more, you can either keep up with the blog or click here for the ITA tournament web page.

Shout-Out to JMTA Pros and NYC Marathon Runners Greg Evans and Taylor Dupre

Taylor Dupre running in the ING NYC Marathon

Taylor Dupre running in the ING NYC Marathon

The ING NYC Marathon was this past Sunday and JMTA was well represented. While Johnny Mac was a presence on TV at the finish line of the race, two JMTA pros – Tennis Director Greg Evans and Senior Pro Taylor Dupre actually ran the race. Greg and Taylor set out early Sunday morning to not only beat their own individual goals, but to also raise money for worthy causes.  Taylor was scheduled to run the marathon in 2012, but with that race cancelled due to Superstorm Sandy, he had to wait another 12 months to get their taste of one of the world’s great events.

Hailing from South Africa, Greg is no rookie runner.  He has run in multiple marathons and various other distance races in both South Africa and the U.S.  To prepare for the marathon, Greg and his wife Megan road-tripped down to D.C. to participate in the Marine Corp 10K.  Greg’s goal entering Sunday was to beat 3:45:00.  He not only beat his goal and finished in 3:39:41, but also raised $7,100 for Waterside School, which serves lower income families and helps place students into independent schools around the area.

Taylor has been working with the Michael J. Fox Foundation (which supports Parkinson’s research) for the past two years and raised over $11,000 for the foundation by running in this year’s marathon.  Taylor’s goal was to beat 3:30:00, which he did (3:22:44). Taylor’s father and co-worker, our own Adult Director, Andre Dupre, commented that with Taylor is getting up there in years (27 years old!), he needed to start taking better care of his body.  “When Taylor decided to run in the 2012 marathon” Andre said, “he also decided to make a lifestyle change.  He began watching what he ate incredibly closely, working out constantly, and taking care of his body much better.  Taylor is now in the best shape of his life and I am very proud of him.”

Congratulations to Taylor and Greg for finishing the NYC marathon, beating their race time goals, raising thousands of dollars for charity, and representing the JMTA well!

Even though the race is over, you can still donate and support the Waterside School by clicking here.

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.

Young JMTA’ers Evan Lee and Teddy Truwit Shine in Little Mo Nationals

Teddy Truwit hoisting a trophy.Photo Credit: Contributed Photo

Teddy Truwit hoisting a trophy.
Photo: Contributed Photo

The 2013 Little Mo Nationals took place this past weekend in San Antonio, TX. The national Little Mo championships, named after the first female winner of the Grand Slam, Maureen Connolly, are comprised of separate competitions each year for boys and girls in 8, 9, 10, and 11 year old divisions. Players start out at sectional events, and if they qualify, move on to regional competitions.  The top four players in each age division from each regional advance to the Little Mo Nationals.  Each draw at the Nationals is made up of the top 16 qualifiers in the US in each age division.

This year, JMTA students Teddy Truwit and Evan Lee both reached the semifinals of the boys 10 event.  Teddy and Evan qualified for the nationals by reaching the semifinals of the Little Mo Eastern Regional in August.  This past weekend, after Teddy won his first two matches at the Nationals, dropping a total of just four games, he faced the #2 seed, Ethan Silva.  Teddy won the first set 6-2 and was even at 5-5 in the 2nd before losing two straight games, and then the 3rd set, to fall just short of the upset, losing  2-6, 7-5, 6-3.  Evan, like Teddy, won his first two matches in straight sets, before dropping his tight semifinal match, 7-6, 6-3, to the #4 seed and eventual winner of the tournament, Phillip Deaton.  Evan and Teddy then played the 3rd place match, which Evan won, 6-2, 6-1. After the tournament, Teddy was awarded the Little Mo Sportsmanship Award. A great weekend in Texas for two of JMTA’s youngest tournament players!

JMTA Announces 2013-14 Seminar Series Topics and Speakers

Lawrence Kleger, Director of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, recently announced the 2013-14 JMTA Seminar Series. Over the course of the JMTA season, Lawrence and other JMTA, Sportime, and USTA representatives will be hosting a series of seminars designed to give parents and students insight into what it takes to succeed in today’s competitive junior tennis environment.  This 8 part seminar series begins Sunday, October 27th when Lawrence takes the podium in an “Ask the Director” session.  Other topics that will be covered and the speakers include: The College Process, with former Brown University head coach and current Sportime Roslyn General Manager, Jay Harris; USTA Eastern Section Tournament Schedule and 2014 National Junior Competition Changes, with Julie Bliss of USTA Eastern section; A Coaches Perspective: What it Means to be a Coach?, hosted by JMTA Assistant Academy Director, Nate Emge;  The Parent’s Role, with JMTA Assistant Academy Director,  Felix Alvarado; Mental Toughness, with JMTA Assistant Academy Director,  Bruce Haddad; Off-Court Training, with former world top ten singles and doubles player and JMTA Associate Academy Director, Peter Fleming; and What it Takes to be a Champion, with none other than Johnny Mac himself.

More Recent JMTA Student Accomplishments

Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Sabrina Xiong hits a backhand as Johnny Mac looks on.
Photo Cred: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

On the heels of the excellent recent results posted by JMTA’ers Jamie Loeb (who became the first freshman since 2004 to win the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Singles Championships in Los Angeles), Noah Rubin (who competed in three professional tournaments in California since the end of the U.S. Open, reaching the quarterfinals and semifinals of two separate Futures events, and faced up against Tim Smyczek, the #91 player in the world, at a higher level Challenger event, where he lost in a hard fought 7-6, 6-0 match), and Jessica Golovin (who made the 3rd round in her latest ITF Event in Tulsa, OK beating the #2 seed along the way), closer to home, JMTA students continued to shine. 15 year old Sabrina Xiong of Queens, NY is coming off of two straight USTA Eastern Sectional Girls 18s Tournament Championships.  In her first of two championships, though unseeded, Sabrina didn’t drop a set on her way to beating the top seed to win the tournament, winning 48 of 67 total games played (72%). In the second of her two championship runs, Sabrina made it past the 3 and 5 seeds without dropping a set once again.  It wasn’t until the finals that she lost her first set.  “Sabrina is really stepping up and I’m very proud of her,” said Bruce Haddad, Assistant Director of JMTA and Sabrina’s Coach, “playing against girls as old as 18, and being relatively petite like Sabrina is, shows how confident she is in her game and herself.”