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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.

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!

McEnroe Opens New Indian Wells Stadium With ‘Challenge for Charity’

desert sunThe Indian Wells Tennis Garden opened its Stadium 2 on an chilly (well, for the Southern Calif. desert, anyway…) Saturday night, and who better than our own John McEnroe and fellow American Jim Courier to stage the inaugural match?

The 8,000-seat venue, which compliments the main IWTG stadium of nearly twice the capacity, much like Louis Armstrong Stadium does with Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open.

Courier won the McEnroe Challenge for Charity match in a Super Tie-Break after the two split two sets.

Read Leighton Ginn’s account of the match and the new stadium in the Desert Sun here.

Agassi Tops McEnroe In Portland

oregonianA huge crowd prone to huge ovations greeted John McEnroe and Andre Agassi in their PowerShares Series match Thursday in Portland, Ore., and while McEnroe ultimately fell, 7-5, in the semifinal match, the duo dazzled on a memorable evening in the Pacific Northwest.

McEnroe talked about the PowerShares Series prior to the match, saying that the circuit “gives me something to shoot for, to hold my own against these younger guys. I’m pushing myself harder, and so far it’s working out for me.”

The Oregonian’s Douglas Perry was duly impressed with McEnroe’s fitness level (working with kids at JMTA certainly hasn’t hurt that!), saying “He’s become a regular at the gym. He even does pilates, he said, and it showed on court Thursday night at Moda Center. Time and again he was up at the net in two quick hops.”

Read Perry’s recap here and a match summary here.

McEnroe Continues Champions Run In Sacramento

On Wednesday, for the second straight night in PowerShares Series play, John McEnroe advanced to the finals, again meeting 34-year-old James Blake for the title in Sacramento, Calif. Blake, who beat McEnroe in a tiebreak on Tuesday in Salt Lake City, claimed the 6-3 win.

Blake and McEnroe are now tied for first place in the 12-city series, each with 1200 points.

McEnroe defeated Jim Courier, 6-3, in a rematch of this past summer’s benefit match for the Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP), held at SPORTIME Randall’s Island.

World Tennis Magazine offered up this recap of Wednesday’s action.