Assistant Academy Director Nate Emge is a native of Evansville, Indiana. Nate was ranked in the top 25 of the U.S. juniors, and participated on the ITF circuit, reaching the finals in doubles at the International Hard Courts in 2001. Prior to that, Nate was the Florida 3A singles and team champion. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Nate played as high as #1 and reached a U.S. collegiate singles ranking of #41 in 2007. During his time at Kentucky, Nate also played several futures events on the USTA Pro Circuit and earned an ATP doubles ranking. After graduating, Nate was an Assistant Coach at Michigan State University from 2008-2009 before moving to New York and joining the Sportime staff. Nate was named Assistant Academy Director of JMTA in 2012.
In the fall of 2012, Robert Kendrick became the Director of Tennis at SPORTIME Syosset and the Co-Director of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy Annex at SPORTIME Bethpage. Robert joined SPORTIME after a long and successful career on the ATP Tour. Robert was an All-American at both the University of Washington and Pepperdine University, where he was ranked as high as #3 in the nation. As a pro, he was ranked as high as #69 in the world in singles (taking Rafael Nadal to 5 sets at Wimbledon in 2006) and #77 in doubles. Since 2002, Robert has been Johnny Mac’s teammate on SPORTIME’s World TeamTennis squad, the NY Sportimes. Robert trains and supervises SPORTIME Syosset Tennis pros and coaches and is a driving force at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy Annex at SPORTIME Bethpage. Robert works with players of all ages and abilities and brings amazing energy and dedication to the court, whether working with seniors, beginners, or with our nation’s top junior prospects. This coming July, Robert will once again play World TeamTennis for the NY Sportimes. The team who will play 14 matches across the USA, with 5 home matches in Albany and 2 home matches at the beautiful SPORTIME Stadium on Randall’s Island. Around his WTT commitments this summer, Robert will be coaching and teaching at SPORTIME Amagansett, where he will design and supervise Amagansett’s EXCEL summer camp program for our most talented and dedicated junior players.
Read more about Kendrick joining JMTA HERE!