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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.”

JMTA Expands Local School Programs

After a successful 2013-14 programming year, and with its dual purposes of training the next generation of great American players and providing free tennis instruction to under-resourced children in New York City, JMTA announced that it will continue and expand its free school programs that focus on serving children in the neighborhoods closest to its flagship location on Randall’s Island. This 2014-2015 programming season started on October 20 and will continue throughout the remainder of the 2014-15 school year.

JMTA Master professional Jamie Moore, who doubles as Community Outreach Director for Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP), oversees a program in which Sportime Randall’s Island and the JMTA, supported by the JMTP, provide thousands of hours of free tennis instruction each year to local children.

Through the program, Sportime Randall’s Island welcomes public and charter school children from Harlem and The Bronx for on-site tennis at the SPORTIME Randall’s Island facility.  In addition, JMTA sends its pros to other schools in Harlem.  Many of these schools are serviced in a continuing partnership with the Wellness in the Schools not-for-profit foundation, bringing the sport of tennis, along with a commitment to health and fitness, to the kids during their lunch and recess hours.

Between its on and off-site efforts, JMTA and JMTP are reaching kids from local schools including P.S 7, P.S. 37, P.S. 72, P.S. 88, P.S. 112, P.S. 146,   M.S. 224, Central Park II 964, Bronx Studio for Writers and Artists, Our Lady Queen of Angels School, International Community High School, Fanny Lou Hamer Freedom High School, Union Settlement, ALCS Group Home and the Hyde Leadership Academy.

Approximately 400 children per week attend the on-site sessions, while hundreds of others benefit from the off-site programs. JMTA is also offering a session on Monday afternoons to a seniors group from the Union Settlement Association in East Harlem as an extension of the program.

“This was so successful last year and we are pleased to be able to continue to address both legs of the mission of JMTP,” said Mark McEnroe, President of JMTP.  “Feedback from kids, parents and administrators at the schools has been tremendous, and I know that our pros have enjoyed the experience of working with these groups very much.”

The twin purposes of JMTP are:

• To make tennis accessible to hundreds and even thousands of under-resourced kids from the NYC communities surrounding Randall’s Island each year, and to do so in a manner that allows those kids to excel at the game of tennis and to progress as far as their talent and interest takes them.

• To help train a smaller group of NYC kids to be serious players, with many receiving  college scholarships, with the hope that someday soon many of those young athletes will be coming out of these community programs and outreach efforts.

JMTP provides scholarships, coaching, transportation and other financial assistance to qualified young tennis players in the greater New York area, as well as introducing the sport to hundreds of new junior players each year in the neighborhoods surrounding Academy locations. JMTP and Sportime Clubs, home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, have already provided more than $1.5 million in scholarships and no-cost programming to young players in New York City and its communities. Sportime Randall’s Island has been the flagship location of JMTA since 2010.

Rubin Falls in Open Debut Tuesday

It’s been quite a summer for 18-year-old Noah Rubin of Rockville Centre. The Wake Forest-bound freshman won the Wimbledon Juniors title and followed that up with a championship at the USTA 18s title in Kalamazoo, Mich. While the former may have had more international cachet, particularly to casual tennis fans, it was the latter that earned Rubin a wild card entry into the main draw into the US Open.

In just his second pro tournament (he accepted a Wild Card into Winston-Salem last week), Rubin drew Argentina’s Federico Delbonis, a 23-year-old who came into the Open ranked No. 66. With a packed Court 13 crowd solidly behind him, Rubin was strong early before falling in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-0.

“I learned that I can definitely compete with these guys at the best level,” he said. “If I stayed on serve throughout the whole first set, who knows what would have happened. If I kept the momentum going, I probably would have had more opportunities but just didn’t capitalize on it.”

The big crowd, opening match jitters and Delbonis’ lefty stroke put Rubin in an early 3-0 hole. Though Rubin got one of the break points back and closed to 2-3, his Argentine opponent’s experience proved critical.

In the second set, Delbonis broke in the seventh game for a 4-3 lead and wouldn’t lose a game the rest of the way.

Rubin has played here in Flushing Meadows before, competing in the US Open juniors. But the big stage of the main draw was a different experience.

“It’s completely different sports,” he added. “The pros, they are doing it for a living. Been out here for so long. The experience is a different level. Fitness is at a different level. So it’s definitely something to get used to.”

Sam Querry, another American who rose through the ranks of juniors, had a bit of advice for Rubin.

“My advice to guys is to try to put your head down and battle through futures and champions,” he said. “I think he has a good game to move up the ranks. I know he’s going to college for a year, so try to dominate the next level and get in the Tour events as quick as he can.”

In all, Rubin, who also earned a wild card into the main doubles draw with partner and friend Stefan Kozlov and will play on Wednesday, is using his first Slam as a learning experience.

“I’m just trying to show everbody I can compete at this level and try to make people proud of me,” he explained. “I’m just getting used to the atmosphere, getting used to being out there with the best players in the world.

“It’s nice to know I belong here and I’m not just taking a vacation here just seeing what it’s like and going back. I deserve to be here and work to stay here.”

John McEnroe Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates Novak Djokovic

Thank you Henrik Lundqvist for nominating John McEnroe!

John accepts the #ALSicebucketchallenge and he now challenges Novak Djokovic to complete the challenge before next Thursday’s event at Sportime Randall’s Island where John, Novak, Henrik Lundqvist and Edward Norton will play to benefit the Johnny Mac Tennis Project.

www.jmtpbenefit.com

#strikeoutals

 

Author, Media Personality Mike Lupica Added As Guest Chair Umpire For August 21 Johnny Mac Tennis Project Event at Sportime Randall’s Island

The Johnny Mac Tennis Project today announced that New York media personality and best-selling author Mike Lupica will serve as a guest chair umpire on Thursday August 21 at Sportime Stadium on Randall’s Island, for its the 2014 benefit night. Lupica will join the announced lineup of Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, Hall of Famer John McEnroe, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, actor Edward Norton, World No. 17 Lucie Safarova, 2014 Wimbledon Junior Boys’ and now USTA National Boys 18’s Champion Noah Rubin, NCAA Number One Jamie Loeb, for a fun night of tennis prior to this year’s 2014 US Open.

“I am very pleased that my old friend Mike has decided to join us for a fun night of tennis that will raise funds to help us continue our mission of bringing tennis to young people in and around New York City” McEnroe said. “He better bring his eyeglasses though, because if he misses any line calls, he’ll be hearing from me.”

The JMTP benefit night will feature Djokovic, World No. 1 and 2014 Wimbledon champion, taking on John McEnroe Tennis Academy star Noah Rubin, the 2014 Wimbledon Junior Boys’ champion who more recently won the 2014 US National Boys 18 title in Kalamazoo, MI, earning him a wild card into the main draw of the upcoming US Open at Flushing Meadows. The evening will open with a match-up of 2014 Wimbledon singles semifinalist Lucie Safarova taking on another McEnroe Academy standout, Jamie Loeb, who recently finished her freshman year at North Carolina as the 2014 NCAA Player of the Year. The benefit night will conclude with the eagerly awaited pro-celebrity doubles match featuring Djokovic, McEnroe, Lundqvist and Norton, with long-time NY Daily News columnist and ESPN Radio personality Mike Lupica presiding from the umpire’s chair. All net proceeds from the evening will go to support the efforts of Johnny Mac Tennis Project, a 501(c)(3) public charity formed in 2011.

The twin purposes of JMTP are:

  • To make tennis accessible to hundreds and even thousands of under-resourced kids from the NYC communities surrounding Randall’s Island each year, and to do so in a manner that allows those kids to excel at the game of tennis and to progress as far as their talent and interest takes them.
  • To help train a smaller group of NYC kids to be serious players, with many receiving college scholarships, with the hope that someday soon many of those young athletes will be coming out of these community programs and outreach efforts.

JMTP provides scholarships, coaching, transportation and other financial assistance to qualified young tennis players in the greater New York area, as well as introducing the sport to hundreds of new junior players each year in the neighborhoods surrounding Academy locations. JMTP benefit nights in previous years have featured the likes of Bjorn Borg (2011), Andre Agassi (2012) and Jim Courier (2013). JMTP and Sportime Clubs, home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, have already provided more than $1.5 million in scholarships and no-cost programming to young players in New York City and its communities. Sportime Randall’s Island has been the flagship location of JMTA since 2010.

Tickets to the event start at $75. To purchase tickets, and for more information about special VIP packages, corporate packages or to become a sponsor, go to JMTPBenefit.com, call (888) 988-6921 or e-mail JMTP2014@sportimeny.com.

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.

 

Experts: College Is The Way To Go

The Tennis.com headline screams, “98 percent of aspiring pros should consider college.”

They are the words of Patrick McEnroe, echoed by many in the sport, and a prevailing thought here at JMTA. According to Kamakshi Tanton’s Tennis.com piece, Patrick said to the the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“Unless it’s a given that you will be a Top 20 player, and you never know that, I think college is a great place to go and mature physically, emotionally,” he said. “There’s great coaching, great facilities. I think the competition is coming back to where it’s getting better and better.”

JMTA students have two perfect examples in Jamie Loeb, whose training her helped her blossom into the top-ranked collegian as a freshman at the University of North Carolina, and Wimbledon Juniors champion Noah Rubin, who selected another ACC school in the same state, Wake Forest, and will matriculate there this fall.

Rubin, Loeb Added To JMTP Benefit With Pros Djokovic, Safarova

Noah Rubin and Jamie Loeb, who have made big splashes in the tennis world in recent weeks, will have another big day in the spotlight on August 21, when they join Wimbledon men’s champion Novak Djokovic and women’s semifinalist Lucie Safarova in competing in the Johnny Mac Tennis Project Benefit at SPORTIME Randall’s Island.

John McEnroe, Rangers star Henrik Lundqvist, actor Edward Norton and others will participate in the massive Pre-US Open fundraiser.

“I want to personally thank Novak for donating his time in support of my foundation, Johnny Mac Tennis Project,” said McEnroe. “This a tremendous opportunity for two of our brightest JMTA stars to show their skills against the best in tennis. All of us at JMTA are so proud of what Noah and Jamie have accomplished, and also excited that a player of Lucie’s caliber has added her support to this special night.”

Loeb will take on Safarova, currently ranked at No. 17 on the WTA Tour, at 6:30 p.m., followed by Djokovic, the reigning Wimbledon men’s singles champion, against Rubin at 7:30.

Rubin, 18, of Long Island, advanced through qualifying, winning eight matches – six in the main draw – on the Wimbledon grass to claim the junior title. He defeated sixth-seeded Stefan Kozlov in the finals to cap a run that also included wins over the seventh and 12th seeds.

Loeb, 19, from Ossining, N.Y., had an incredible year at UNC, recording a 53-4 singles mark, including 19-1 in the fall, racking up the most single-season wins in UNC history, and helping the Tar Heels to the National championship match. The ITA All-American in singles and doubles is also the first UNC female player to be the top-ranked singles player in the country.

Safarova, 27, is a native of the Czech Republic. She has won five titles since turning pro in 2002, most recently in Quebec City last year. In addition to her semifinal run at Wimbledon, which included a win over 10th-ranked Dominika Cibulkova, Safarova reached the fourth round at Roland Garros. Her current ranking matches her career best.

The evening will also include pro-celebrity doubles action, featuring Djokovic, McEnroe and their guests, Lundqvist and Norton, both almost as serious about their tennis as they are about their day jobs, as well as other promising junior players from the JMTA, a lively auction and great hospitality, with all net proceeds to support the efforts of Johnny Mac Tennis Project, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

JMTP provides scholarships, coaching, transportation and other financial assistance to qualified young tennis players in the greater New York area, as well as introducing the sport to hundreds of new junior players each year in the neighborhoods surrounding Academy locations. JMTP benefit nights in previous years have featured the likes of Bjorn Borg (2011), Andre Agassi (2012) and Jim Courier (2013).  JMTP and Sportime Clubs, home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, have already provided over $1.5 million in scholarships and no cost programming to young players in NYC and its communities.

McEnroe, Rubin Talk Tennis On ESPN Radio

Our friend Scoop Malinowski at Tennis-Prose has this nice recap of John McEnroe‘s interview with Noah Rubin yesterday when John hosted the afternoon drive show on ESPN Radio N.Y.

Maybe Noah’s best line: “Djokovic is a great matchup. I think I really have a chance (to win)…I hope he’s not listening to this.”

Check out Scoop’s piece for more from John and Noah.

Tennis Star Novak Djokovic To Compete At SPORTIME Randall’s Island In Support of Johnny Mac Tennis Project on August 21st

Current world No. 2 and six-time Grand Slam singles champion Novak Djokovic will join Hall of Famer John McEnroe, N.Y. Ranger superstar goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, actor Edward Norton and other tennis stars, legends and celebrities, on Thursday, August 21, for a gala evening of tennis to benefit the Johnny Mac Tennis Project. The benefit night will take place at SPORTIME Stadium on Randall’s Island. In the main event of the evening, Djokovic will compete against another top ATP professional to be announced. The evening will also include pro-celebrity doubles action, featuring Djokovic, McEnroe and their guests, promising junior players from the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, a lively auction and great hospitality, with all net proceeds to support the efforts of Johnny Mac Tennis Project.

JMTP provides scholarships, coaching, transportation and other financial assistance to qualified young tennis players in the greater New York area, as well as introducing the sport to hundreds of new junior players each year in the neighborhoods surrounding Academy locations. JMTP benefit nights in previous years have featured the likes of Bjorn Borg (2011), Andre Agassi (2012) and Jim Courier (2013).  JMTP and Sportime Clubs, home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, have already provided over $1.5 million in scholarships and no cost programming to young players in NYC and its communities. Sportime Randall’s Island has been the flagship location of JMTA since 2010.

“This is an important night for a cause that has been close to my heart for a long time,” said McEnroe. “I have so much respect for Novak as a person and as a player, which makes me even more excited that he will be the first current top-ranked player to participate in a Johnny Mac Tennis Project benefit match. Fans can expect a night of fun and competition in a great atmosphere in New York, with the likes of Henrik Lundqvist and Edward Norton generously agreeing to be part of the festivities, and with more surprise guests to be announced between now and the event.”

Tickets start at $75. To purchase tickets, and for more information about special VIP packages, corporate packages, or to become a sponsor, please contact JMTP2014@sportimeny.com.

Djokovic has three titles to date in 2014, all in top-level Masters 1000 events in Rome, Miami and Indian Wells. He first reached the No. 1 ranking in April 2011 and has been the No. 1 or No. 2 ranked male player in the world ever since. His Grand Slam singles championships include the Australian Open (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013), Wimbledon (2011) and U.S. Open (2011). The Belgrade, Serbia, native is the top seed at Wimbledon this year and has opened his 2014 campaign with convincing wins over Andrey Golubev and Radek Stepanek.

Lundqvist is one of the National Hockey League’s great goalkeepers, winning the Vezina Trophy in 2011-12 and finishing second in 2012-13. He has 309 career regular-season victories in his nine-year career, plus 43 more in postseason play. This year he helped lead the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup finals appearance since 1993-94.

The prolific Norton is known for his roles in the films Fight Club, American History X, The Incredible Hulk, The Illusionist and many others. He is a two-time Academy Award nominee and a Golden Globes winner. He stars alongside Emma Stone in this fall’s Birdman.

SPORTIME Pros Look For Future Stars and John McEnroe Tennis Academy Students at Scholarship Tryouts At Randall’s Island June 14

Young hopefuls from all across the tri-state area will be out in force at SPORTIME Randall’s Island on Saturday, June 14, when SPORTIME coaches seek untapped talent in tryouts for full and partial scholarships to attend one of three John McEnroe Tennis Academy locations.  The day begins with registration at 8 a.m., with a series of evaluation sessions concluding at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Open to juniors ages 6-16, the tryouts will be led by an Assessment Committee, which will evaluate talent as players go through evaluations, drills and matches beginning at 9 a.m.  Scholarship winners will be notified by July 6.

For more information, parents of interested children can email JMTATryout@SportimeNY.com or visit www.JohnMcEnroeTennisAcademy.com. Registration closes on June 6 at 5 p.m. ET.

Proper tennis attire must be worn.  There is no fee to try out, but pre-registration is required.  Player locker and shower facilities will be available and food and beverages are available for purchase at the SPORTIME Courtside Café. Water will be available on court. Full service pro-shop and stringing service available on site. Entrants can visit www.sportimeny.com/JMTAScholarship for online registration or to print and submit via postal mail, online form or fax.

“Past tryouts at various SPORTIME locations have helped us find players with great potential” said JMTA Director Lawrence Kleger. “We all look forward to a great day of try-outs and to finding some amazing kids and future champions.”

And for parents who want to bring along other children ages 3-10 who are not trying out, SPORTIME will host the free U10 Tennis Kid-Tacular, specially-designed programs with prizes, games and fun. It will be held from 1-4 p.m. following completion of the first phase of the tryouts.