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Rubin Completes Sweep Of Singles, Doubles In Kalamazoo, Earns US Open Wild Cards

When Noah Rubin’s new classmates at Wake Forest ask him what he did this summer, he’ll have quite a list to rattle off. The Wimbledon juniors champion and John McEnroe Tennis Academy student completed a sweep of the singles and doubles championships at the USTA Boys 18’s National Championships this weekend, defeating defending champion Collin Altamirano in three straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in singles action in the final today.

He teamed with Stefan Kozlov as the No. 2 seeded duo to win yesterday’s doubles championship, 6-2, 6-2 over Altamirano and Deiton Baughman.

Rubin, the No. 3 seed, won seven matches in the 128-player draw, dropping just two sets along the way.

The two victories earn Rubin the automatic wild card entries into the main draw of the US Open singles and doubles championships later this month in Flushing. Play begins in men’s singles on Monday, August 25.

He also became the first to win the Wimbledon juniors and USTA Boys 18s titles in the same year since Van Winitsky in 1977.

Noah has had a tremendous summer, and by following up the Wimbledon title with his wins at Kalamazoo he has shown exceptional resolve and determination,” said Hall of Famer JohnMcEnroe, “Everyone at the Academy is excited to welcome him home and also, to see him play against Novak Djokovic on August 21 at the Johnny Mac Tennis Project benefit match at SPORTIME Randall’s Island and then to see what he can do in the US Open the following week. Let’s just hope he doesn’t have to play Novak again in the first round.”

“Noah played very well today in his first best of five match. He got broken serving for each of the first two sets at 5-2 but held at love serving for them again at 5-4,” said JMTA and SPORTIME Director of Tennis Lawrence Kleger. “Other than those two hiccups he played a near flawless match. Winning singles and doubles here is quite a feat so I am extremely proud of his accomplishment. I’m thinking he is going to be a tough out in men’s draw at the Open!”

In addition to McEnroe, Rubin and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, the JMTP benefit will also feature Wimbledon Semifinalist Lucie Safarova, National College Player of the Year and JMTP product Jamie Loeb, N.Y. Rangers superstar goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and actor Edward Norton for a gala evening of tennis and fun.

Claude Okin, CEO of Sportime clubs, explained, “Sportime’s commitment to and investment in Noah Rubin began more than a decade ago, and grew over time with Noah, as our commitment, partnered with Johnny Mac, to develop future generations of college players and pros right here in New York has taken hold. Noah’s story shows that tennis is local, and that those of us who love the game must invest in future generations of players locally, where great players are made. If only the USTA has the resources to try to develop great American players, there will never be another generation of them, and Noah Rubin proves that. Sportime, the John McEnroe Tennis Academy and our charitable arm are 100% committed to finding and supporting more Noah Rubins in the years to come. But mostly, we are just thrilled for Noah, who is a wonderful and humble young man and who has blown the tennis world away this summer.”

Rubin Tops Tiafoe, Rolls Into USTA Semis

It was deja vu all over again for Noah Rubin today, as the third-seed from Long Island kept up his solid play at the USTA Boys 18s in Kalamazoo, besting Francis Tiafoe, 6-3, 6-3, to advance to the semifinals. Rubin beat Tiafoe on his way to the Wimbledon juniors title earlier this summer.

Rubin next faces No. 7 seed Michael Mmoh in Saturday’s semifinal.

In doubles, Rubin teamed with buddy Stefan Kozlov to advance to the semifinals, a hard-fought 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (6) win doing the trick.

The Zoo Tennis blogspot had a nice piece today, getting their thoughts on the idea of no-ad scoring in NCAA play. The rising freshman at Wake Forest comes out vehemently against the format change.

“It’s not how I feel about it, it’s just that pros is ad,” he told blogger Colette Lewis.  “It’s very simple. We go to school to get the best tennis we can, to prepare for professional tennis, which is what a lot of these guys are doing and the fact that they’re changing the rules just so it could be quicker for TV and stuff like this is a little absurd.”

Read more here.

Jamie Loeb On USTA Collegiate Team; Felix Alvarado To Assist

Jamie Loeb, whose many accolades as a freshman at the University of North Carolina included being named ITA Rookie of the Year, was selected to the USTA Collegiate National Team, a high-level training program designed to help top American college players make a smooth transition to professional tennis.

She and JMTA Randalls Island Assistant GM and Director of Tennis Felix Alvarado, who will assist with the team, are noted in this feature on USTA.com introducing the team.

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!

Golovin, Rozenstein, Xiong Compete At Carson, Easter Bowl

Three prominent JMTA players headed West for key U.S. junior tournaments over the past couple of weeks. Jessica Golovin and Julian Rozenstein competed at the USTA International Spring Championships event at USTA Training Center West in Carson, Calif., and the Easter Bowl at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.; Sabrina Xiong played at Easter Bowl as well.

In Carson, Golovin started strong, forging a 5-0 lead in the first set of her first-round match against Gabrielle Andrews, but fell in three sets, 6-7(6) 6-1 4-6. She teamed with Marie Norris to win a first-round doubles match in straights, 7-5, 6-4, before dropping a second-round match to eventual singles champ Catherine Cartan Bellis and Mia Horvit.

At Easter Bowl, Golovin upended the No. 6 ranked U.S. player in 18s, Chloe Oullet Pizer, 4-6 6-2 7-6(4). She then dropped a straight-set decision to ITF World #91 Jessica Ho, 6-4, 6-0. She repeated her doubles results from the previous week, ousting the #8 seeded pair in straight sets with partner Jenna Friedel before losing a straight-set second round matchup.

Julian Rozenstein had solid results in both venues, winning three qualifying rounds, two of them in straights, to reach the main draw, where he fell to Aron Hiltzik in the first round. Rozenstein and partner Jose Carvajal dropped a first-round doubles match in straight sets.

Rozenstein also qualified at Easter Bowl, winning two rounds in straight sets after a first-round bye, before drawing the tough assignment of the #5 seed and 72nd ranked ITF player in Sameer Kumar, who eliminated Rozenstein in straight sets. His doubles partner withdrew before their main draw first-round match.

Xiong entered Easter Bowl as the #9 seed but lost her three matches, falling in the first round to Abigail Desiatnikov in three sets and the singles back draw to Gabrielle Schuck. In doubles, she drew the #8 seed and fell, 8-6.

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

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.

USTA/Eastern Designated Closed Tournament Results

Below are the results of the USTA/Eastern Designated Closed tournaments held throughout New York and New Jersey.  These are all Level 5 National Events.

Eastern Sectionals

Boys 12 at Roslyn, NY

Spencer Brachman, Commack, NY- WINNER! Doubles SEMIFINALIST!

Kabir Rajpal, Syosset, NY- QUARTERFINALS; Doubles SEMIFINALIST!

Girls 12 at Glen Cove, NY

Merri Kelly Hannity, Oyster Bay, NY- SEMIFINALIST! Doubles FINALIST!

Boys 14 at Mendham, NJ

Daniel Pellerito, Syosset, NY- SEMIFINALS (3RD PLACE)

Sean Wei, Yorktown Heights, NY- CONSOLATION WINNER (5th PLACE)! 

Ronald Hohmann, Oyster Bay, NY- Doubles FINALIST!

Gardner Howe, New York, NY- Doubles SEMIFINALIST!

Girls 14 at Bogota, NJ

Michelle Sorokko, Little Neck, NY- SEMIFINALIST (3rd PLACE)!  Doubles SEMIFINALIST!

Victoria Sec, New York, NY- CONSOLATION WINNER (5TH PLACE)! 

Ashley Lessen, Old Westbury, NY/ Nathalie Rodilosso, Rye, NY- Doubles SEMIFINALISTS!

Boys 16 at Oceanside, NY

Lubo Cuba, Massapequa Park, NY- SEMIFINALIST (3rd PLACE)!  UnseededLubo beat the #3 and 4 Seeds; Doubles SEMIFINALIST!

Felipe Osses-Konig, Rego Park, NY- QUARTERFINALS; Beat #2 Seed

Boys 18 at Mendham, NJ


Julian Rozenstein, Morganville, NJ Doubles FINALIST! Beat #4 Seed in Singles

Richard Rangga, Clifton, NJ- QUARTERFINALS; Beat #2 Seed

Girls 18 at Flanders, NJ

Sabrina Xiong, Fresh Meadows, NY- WINNER!– Sabrina wins her 2nd straight Eastern Sectional Championship

Lauren Sapienza, Bardonia, NY- CONSOLATION FINALIST!