Category Archives: John McEnroe

40-for-40: John McEnroe Tennis Academy

If you don’t know what we do here at John McEnroe Tennis Academy, you’re about to find out. Tennis is our life. From early morning to late night, we train champions, both young and young-at-heart. Our friends at Gillette produced a feature about JMTA. Above are a few still shots of the full 5:45 video. But you can check out the entire video on Youtube (link is below). There, you’ll learn more about our ethos, core values and our training. It provides incredible insight to this facility. With interviews from Johnny Mac himself and his tremendously skilled staff, you’ll begin to understand the sheer amount of work our players and coaches undertake.  It’s worth saying again: Tennis is our life. And we LOVE it!

McEnroe Tosses First Pitch Before Mets-Red Sox

In between battling Jonas Bjorkman and his brother Patrick Wednesday night and readying for a two week stint on ESPN, John McEnroe fulfilled another lifelong dream, taking the mound to throw out the first pitch Friday night before the Mets and Red Sox opened a three game series at Citifield. Mac never disappoints, throwing  a strike before the BoSox took out the Mets in 10 innings.

McEnroe Set For August 22 Johnny Mac Tennis Project Pro Am Benefit at SPORTIME Amagansett

For most, playing doubles with Tennis Hall of Famer John McEnroe would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. With the Johnny Mac Tennis Project as beneficiary, it can become a reality when McEnroe hosts the Johnny Mac Tennis Project Pro-Am Benefit at Sportime Amagansett (320 Abrahams Path/150 Town Lane) on Saturday, August 22 from 4-7 p.m.

Participants will compete in a round robin doubles tournament (six rounds of approximately 15-20 minutes each) alongside rotating pro partners, including current WTA and ATP World Tour professionals and legends and John McEnroe Tennis Academy and SPORTIME pros. Other local luminaries, including actor and comedian John Leguizamo will also participate. Up to six lucky participants will have the chance to play a rotation with McEnroe as their partner by becoming “Friend of Mac” underwriters of the event.

“I look forward to meeting and competing with Johnny Mac Tennis Project Pro-Am Benefit players,” said McEnroe. “The ability to compete with current and former Tour players and Academy pros will make it an extra special occasion for them, with the primary benefit of helping grow the game among youth in NYC, changing some young lives and making some future NY champions.”

To participate in the event as a player, a $1500 donation is required; spectators can attend for $50. Each participating player will receive a ticket for him/herself to play in the Pro-Am, plus one Event guest ticket. The afternoon also includes food and beverages provided by Moby’s East Hampton, with celebrity hosts and musical entertainment also to be announced prior to the event.

Those interested may go to to sign up or for more information or contact organizers directly via email at or by calling 888-988-6921.

World No. 1, All-Time Greats Appear As Rafael Nadal, John McEnroe Compete At 2015 Johnny Mac Tennis Project Benefit at SPORTIME Randall’s Island Wednesday, August 26

It will be a great night of tennis for a great cause when 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal joins Hall of Famer and fellow former World No. 1 John McEnroe, plus other tennis stars, legends and celebrities, on Wednesday, August 26, for a gala evening 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, the Spanish superstar will compete against another top ATP professional or legend to be announced. The evening will also include pro-celebrity doubles action, featuring Johnny Mac and friends, 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, 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 Bjorn Borg (2011), Andre Agassi (2012), Jim Courier (2013) and Novak Djokovic (2014). JMTP and Sportime Clubs, home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, have already provided over $2.0 million in scholarships and no cost programming to young players in NYC and its surrounding communities. SPORTIME Randall’s Island has been the flagship location of JMTA since 2010.

Rafa has meant so much to tennis and I’m excited that he’s agreed to be a part of this great cause,” said McEnroe. “He is a first-class individual and has proven to be one of the best players of all time. His participation is a perfect continuation of the tradition of this important annual event.”

Nadal, 29, is one of just 10 players to win the Career Grand Slam (nine French Open, two Wimbledon, two US Open, one Australian Open), among his 66 career singles titles. The Mallorca native first reached No. 1 in 2008, returning in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 while finishing in the top three nine times in the past 10 years. His 14 Slam titles tie him for second all-time with Pete Sampras, behind Roger Federer (17).

As ferocious a competitor as tennis has ever produced, steely in his resolve, unwavering in his convictions, McEnroe was a left-hander who played with singular verve and sparkle. A New Yorker with rare talent, his imagination knew no boundaries. McEnroe’s touch on the volley was golden, and his match playing instincts were remarkably sound. He claimed the US Open crown four times and was victorious at Wimbledon three times. He was an American Davis Cup stalwart, and many believe he may be the greatest doubles player of all time.

Tickets start at $75. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to For information about special VIP packages, corporate packages, or to become a sponsor, please call Teresa Alimo at 888-988-6921 or email

McEnroe, Students Take Part In Randall’s Island Riverkeeper Sweep

John McEnroe and Academy students were among the army of volunteers clearing trash and removing invasive plants at Randall’s Island Park today.

Riverkeeper is a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.

McEnroe was joined by (see photo above) Sabrina Xiong, Madison Battaglia, Felipe Osses-Konig and Oliver Sec.

Among the work they performed were clearing invasive plants and litter from Little Hell Gate Saltwater Marsh, a rare, 5-acre habitat on the Harlem River; an urban forest (and former Christmas tree dump site) up the slope from the marsh, and the Little Hell Gate Freshwater Wetland, which helps filter stormwater runoff from the island’s playing fields.

JMTA Launches Mac 1 for its top players

Sportime and the John McEnroe Tennis Academy are pleased to announce the launch of Mac 1, an invitation-only program designed to recognize a special group of JMTA’s “top tier” students, and to allow those students to serve as role models for the rest of the Academy. The inaugural 2014-2015 Mac 1 class has been selected by JMTA’s team of Academy Directors, in consultation with Johnny Mac. Selections were based on each student’s competitive success and leadership qualities, including his/her ranking in age group, athletic and tennis potential, dedication, work ethic and attitude.

Members of Mac 1 are expected to abide by stringent Mac 1 guidelines. Mac 1 is not a “lifetime” appointment and members must maintain the high personal standards and continue the competitive success that led to their induction, and must meet their obligations to Sportime/JMTA, to remain Mac 1 members.

JMTA Managing Director Bennett Schlansky explains, “In our efforts to continue to raise the bar at JMTA, we are very excited to have launched Mac 1 at JMTA, and we look forward to its continued evolution. In an Academy setting it is critical to have a group of players at the top of the “pyramid”- young players who exhibit admirable work ethic and sportsmanship and who achieve competitive success – qualities and achievements to which other Academy students will aspire. At JMTA, that’s Mac 1.”

The inaugural Mac 1 class was inducted on Wednesday, December 10th, at a ceremony for the players and their families held at the famed Red Rooster in West Harlem, NYC.

Mac1 Inductees


NY Post Highlights JMTA Free Tennis Program

Sunday’s NY Post‘s popular section ‘The Rumble’ featured the expanded JMTA local schools programs, lauding John McEnroe by noting that “…the work he is doing now may have an even bigger impact on tennis future than tennis past, especially for inner city kids.”

The Post went on to describe the JMTA program as “…the most ambitious inner city private tennis project in the area.”

McEnroe-Courier Match Opens D.R. Resort

Tennis legends John McEnroe and Jim Courier kicked off the new tennis offerings at the Casa de Campo Resort by competing a special exhibition match November 7. The appearance by the two tennis Hall of Famers was part of the resort’s effort to raise the profile of its tennis offerings at its 16-court tennis center.

Read more at here.

Djokovic, McEnroe, JMTA Stars Join Others In JMTP Fundraiser

Novak Djokovic is not just regarded as one of the best tennis players in history but also as one of the most generous.

The Wimbledon champion and world No. 1 took time out of his preparations for the U.S. Open to join John McEnroe and a slew of celebrities at the tennis fundraiser for the non-profit Johnny Mac Tennis Project Thursday night at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy at Sportime at Randall’s Island.

The event was organized to raise funds and awareness for the Johnny Mac Tennis Project, a non-profit organization, which is making the sport of tennis accessible to New York City children who normally would not think to play the sport of cannot afford it.

“This is a noble cause” said Djokovic of the Johnny Mac Tennis Project Thursday. “I am happy to be here to help raise funds and raise more awareness for tennis in New York, the community and of course this tennis center.”

McEnroe spoke about Djokovic and tennis in the United States and in New York City in this short clip from his pre-match meeting with the press here.

Djokovic and McEnroe were joined by New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and Academy Award-nominated actor Ed Norton, Jr. along with Wimbledon semifinalist Lucie Safarova and John McEnroe Tennis Academy students Noah Rubin, the reigning Wimbledon junior champion, and Jamie Loeb, the top-ranked women’s college player last year at the University of North Carolina. Other bold faced names in the sell-out crowd of 1,500 included actor Danny DeVito, TV commentator Sean Hannity and Boris Becker, Djokovic’s coach.

The evening began as Safarova beat Loeb 6-3, following by Djokovic beating Rubin 8-5. McEnroe and Lundqvist then teamed to beat Norton and Djokovic 4-3, decided by a sudden-death point tiebreaker at 9-9 by chair umpire and media personality Mike Lupica.

The Johnny Mac Tennis Project, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity whose purpose is to expose young athletes in the greater New York metropolitan area to the life-changing sport of tennis without regard to their economic circumstance. To this end, JMTP raises public and private funds in order to provide tennis academy scholarships and financial assistance to New York City Metropolitan area children. JMTP promotes the lifelong sport of tennis to and for players of all levels, from introductory programs that reach out to schools and neighborhoods in surrounding communities, to world-class tournament training for aspiring professionals. For NYC juniors striving to achieve at the highest levels of the game, JMTP funds the costs associated with travel to regional, national and international tournaments and provides on-site coaching.

To read more about McEnroe’s commitment to tennis in the United States and New York, click 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.



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, call (888) 988-6921 or e-mail