In September 2010, tennis legend John McEnroe, in partnership with SPORTIME Clubs, launched the John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA) in his hometown of New York City at SPORTIME Randall's Island in Manhattan. SPORTIME Randall's Island is the flagship location for the Academy and for SPORTIME's twelve clubs.
John's passion and belief is that great players can be developed in urban settings, while still having the opportunity to live at home, to pursue their educational goals, and to participate in a variety of sports and extracurricular activities. Through various channels, including community outreach, the Academy works to recruit the most talented and the most highly motivated young athletes in the New York City Metropolitan area, and beyond.
In September 2012, JMTA expanded its geographic reach to SPORTIME locations in Westchester and on Long Island: SPORTIME Lake Isle, a state-of-the art 8-court facility in lower Westchester (Eastchester, New York); and SPORTIME Syosset in central Long Island, an 11-court facility that is SPORTIME's high-performance training.
Johnny Mac and JMTA Managing Director, Bennett Schlansky, have assembled a world-class team of directors including: Co-JMTA Directors Patrick McEnroe and Lawrence Kleger; JMTA Performance Director Richard-John Mensing, Jr.; JMTA Director of Mental Toughness and Performance, Dr. Dom Lausic, PhD; JMTA Director, Westchester Annex, Fritz Buehning; JMTA Director, Long Island Annex, Michael Kossoff.
JMTA professionals work as a team to deliver a training program that will assure the best possible outcome for serious junior players; a program that will enable JMTA players to make the most of their abilities, while supporting them in their academic pursuits and in living balanced, healthy lives.
SPORTIME VBC provides expert private instruction for boys and
girls who are interested in receiving special one on one attention. Our
coaches evaluate the player's level and discuss what areas of the
game he or she would like to focus on. He or she then creates an
individualized lesson plan to address those goals. Private Instruction
is an excellent way to focus on specific skills, gain valuable feedback
and receive a high number of skill repetitions.
For private lesson fees or to schedule a private training session with one of our coaches, please contact Jose Brito at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 516-731-4432.
JMTA Tournament Team
JMTA coaches attend certain USTA and ITF tournaments to support JMTA juniors. Individual coaching at tournaments is available to JMTA students for an additional cost. Challenge matches, invitational training camps and other special trips are offered throughout the year.
If you are interested in participating or in learning more about the JMTA Travel Team, please contact JMTA Associate Director Felix Alvarado at 212-427-6150 or FAlvarado@sportimeny.com
Please check back over the summer for the Fall 2015 schedule!
Hours & Directions
SPORTIME Randall's Island is open year round, every day:
Weekends: 6:30am to 11:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 6:30am to 10:00pm
On holidays, our hours of operation are:
Thanksgiving Day: 7am to 3pm
Christmas Eve: 7am to 4pm
Christmas Day: 9am to 5pm
New Year's Eve: 7am to 4pm
New Year's Day: 9am to 5pm
Easter Sunday: 9am to 5pm
Memorial Day: 8am to 8pm
Independence Day: 8am to 8pm
Labor Day: 8am to 8pm
From Long Island: Take the Grand Central Parkway to the RFK (fka TriBorough Bridge). Stay in the right lane and exit for Randall's Island, after the tolls. Once on Randall's Island, follow the signs for the Tennis Center. From NYC: Take the FDR Drive to the RFK Bridge. Continue as above. From Westchester/Connecticut: Take the Major Deegan (I-87), New England Thruway (I-95) or the Bruckner Expressway (I-278) to the RFK Bridge. Continue as above. Click here to see map.
JMTA Program Benefits
JMTA Advisor - A JMTA coach advisor who is his/her liaison to the team of JMTA directors, coaches and other staff members, and is his/her initial contact for advice, questions, concerns, comments, etc. In addition, JMTA Advisors will provide tournament scheduling support to JMTA students upon request.
Player Development Plan - An individualized Player Development Plan, which includes an athletic performance screening, completed by his/her Player Advisor and the performance coaching staff, within the first quarter of the JMTA season. That PDP is updated, and a second athletic performance screening is conducted, to evaluate progress, identify new goals, etc., at the end of the season. In addition, directors provide on-court video analysis, with voice-over and tagging, to JMTA students. Additional video analysis services, including “Match Analytics”, are available for an additional cost.
Performance and Conditioning - Intensive group athletic training and conditioning designed to complement on-court instruction is offered to JMTA students. One-on-one training, comprehensive assessments, and other services are available for an additional cost.
Mental Toughness - Group Mental toughness training sessions, created and executed by Dr. Dom Lausic, designed to prepare JMTA players for any and all on-court situations. One-on-one sessions with Dr. Lausic are available for an additional cost.
Tournament Support and Travel Team - JMTA coaches attend certain USTA and ITF tournaments to support JMTA juniors. Individual coaching at tournaments is available to JMTA students for an additional cost. Challenge matches, invitational training camps and other special trips are offered throughout the year.
College Advising - Coordinated by JMTA Associate Director, Nate Emge, basic college search/recruiting support is provided to all JMTA students approaching college age. Additional college placement services are available for an additional cost, including an annual showcase, which will bring top college coaches to Sportime to evaluate JMTA players.
Court Time - Complimentary open court walk-on privileges are offered to all JMTA players.
Coached Match Play (Randall’s Island only) - Complimentary match play is offered once per week and is supervised by a member of the world-class JMTA coaching staff.
SPORTIME World Tour and Warrior Games
In addition to the program detailed above, JMTA Green Ball players are invited to participate in SPORTIME World Tour and Warrior Games. The SPORTIME World Tour is our “Grand Slam” competition held at multiple SPORTIME sites each year, which allows students to compete in an age and level appropriate format. Go to www.SportimeNY.com/WorldTour to find out more.
SPORTIME Warrior Games are held twice a year and reflect the competitive vision of John McEnroe. These events enhance and promote the competitive skills needed for the long-term development of our players.
John McEnroe Tennis Academy Tennis Program for juniors
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John McEnroe Tennis Academy Fitness Training
Fitness and Tennis go hand in hand. Just ask for our Fitness Director for more information. We offer group and private personal training sessions to adults and juniors, as well as the small group classes to JMTA students. Call 212/427-6150 for more information.
Tennis Parties for Kids!
If your children love tennis as much as we do, they're going to love our Tennis Birthday Parties. The birthday boy or girl and his/her guests will participate in a variety of exciting, fast-paced tennis games, activities and a round-robin "tournament". All activities will be adapted to the playing levels of the participants. Book your next party today! Click here for more information.
John McEnroe is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He held the #1 world ranking in singles for 170 weeks between 1980 and 1985, and was the #1 doubles player in the world for a record 257 weeks. He is the winner of 7 Grand Slam singles titles, including 4 US Open titles and 3 Wimbledon titles. He is also widely considered to be the greatest doubles player ever, having won 10 Grand Slam doubles titles and winning his last ATP doubles title just three years ago after a 12 year absence from the ATP Tour. He is the greatest Davis Cup player in history, and he also captained the US Davis Cup Team. John has been the captain of Sportime's World TeamTennis franchise, the NY Sportimes, since 2000, and he is an Emmy-nominated commentator for CBS, NBC, BBC, ESPN and USA. John grew up in New York City, where he graduated from the Trinity School, and later attended Stanford University, winning an NCAA team and singles title his freshman year. He continues to live in New York City, where he has raised his 6 children.
Lawrence Kleger JMTA Manhattan Flagship Director
A native New Yorker, Lawrence is recognized as one of the top developmental coaches in the US. He has trained more ranked juniors than anyone in the history of the USTA/Eastern Section. Lawrence is also the personal coach of Noah Rubin, who trains at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy and who has been Lawrence's student since the age of 7. Noah is a top American tennis prospect reaching a career-best #14 ITF junior world ranking for boys 18 and under, #1 in U.S. Boys16 and under standings, and reaching the quarter finals of the 2012 Junior French Open. His students have won numerous National and regional Championships and 18 USTA Eastern Year-End Sportsmanship Awards. He is the Director of Tennis of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, which makes its home at Sportime Randall's Island in Manhattan.
Patrick McEnroe Co-Director of Tennis, JMTA and SPORTIME RI
Patrick grew up in Douglaston, NY and trained in the New York area. As a junior, he reached the semifinals of Wimbledon and the US Open boys' singles in 1983. Patrick then partnered Luke Jensen to win the French Junior doubles and the USTA Boys' 18 National and Clay Court titles in 1984. He made his first impact on the professional tour that same year, teaming up with brother John to win the doubles title at Richmond, Virginia. Patrick won the Men's Doubles Gold medal at the 1987 Pan American Games with Jensen, and helped Stanford University, as team captain, win the NCAA team championship in 1986 and 1988. He graduated from Stanford in 1988 with a degree in political science, and then joined the professional tennis tour. On the tour, Patrick won one singles title and 16 doubles titles, including the 1989 French Open Men's Doubles title, during his 10‐year professional career, and achieved career‐high rankings of World No. 28 in singles and World No. 3 in doubles. After retiring from the tour in 1998, Patrick had a successful run as U.S. Davis Cup captain, the longest tenured captain in U.S. history, winning the cup in 2007. After leaving his Davis Cup role in 2010, McEnroe focused on his television commentary work, and also served as the General Manager of Player Development for the USTA until mid-2015. Patrick joined Sportime and JMTA in 2017.
Michael Kossoff JMTA Long Island Annex Director
Mike is one of the nation’s brightest young stars in junior coaching.After being recruited by SPORTIME’s own Jay Harris to join the Bowling Green State University squad, he led his team to two Mid-American Conference Championships and became the most successful player in the history of the program. Mike had been one of the top ranked juniors in the country prior to his collegiate career, and competed extensively in ITF tournaments around the world. After graduating, Mike quickly became one of the top coaches in the USTA Eastern Section, developing numerous nationally ranked players, while earning a Master’s degree in Education. Mike’s exceptional knowledge of the game, boundless energy, and positive attitude instill confidence in every player in his impressive stable of nationally ranked juniors.
Fritz Buehning JMTA Westchester Annex Direct
Fritz, a New Jersey native, has had a long and distinguished tennis career; from top junior, to successful ATP Tour Professional, achieving a career high ranking of #21 in singles and #4 in doubles before suffering a career ending foot injury at the age of 25. During his professional career, from 1979-1985, Fritz won one singles title and was a finalist in two other ATP Tour events, posting victories over top 10 players including Cash, Gerulaitis, Gilbert, Gomez, Kriek, and Wilander. As a doubles player, Fritz won 12 titles and was a finalist in 15 other events. In 1983, Fritz was the U.S. Open doubles runner up with partner Van Winitsky, losing to John McEnroe and Peter Fleming. Fritz was a top 50 USTA nationally ranked junior from the age of 10, and was the #1 ranked USTA junior in the 18s. As a college sophomore, Fritz led UCLA to the 1979 NCAA Team Championship, playing #1 singles and #1 doubles. He was the 1979 Pac10 Tennis Player of the Year and an All American. He has over 20 years experience teaching tennis and is an accredited USPTR Professional (1995), ATP Tour Teaching Professional (1995), and European Registry Professional Coach (2000).
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