Monthly Archives: March 2013

Noah Rubin & Jamie Loeb – top of ISC acceptance list

Noah Rubin & Jamie Loeb

Noah Rubin, Jamie Loeb
Photo: Adam Wolfthal

“Acceptances for the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships in Carson, Calif. were posted some time ago, with the boys field containing just three ITF Top 30 players (at the date of acceptance) and the girls just two.

Noah Rubin, who hasn’t played since the Eddie Herr, is at the top of the acceptance list, with Spencer Papa and Mackenzie McDonald, who have since fallen out of the Top 30, the other two.  Because the ISC is open to all players, there is an array of international competitors, with Japan’s Naoki Nakagawa, Mexico’s Lucas Gomez, Canada’s Tommy Mylnikov and Germany’s Alexandre Zverev among them.

Christina Makarova is at the top of the girls acceptance list, and she is followed by three international players: Victoria Rodriquez of Mexico, Sandra Samir of Egypt and Alejandra Cisneros of Mexico.  Jamie Loeb and Mayo Hibi, who have been having success on the Pro Circuit, will come into the juniors with added confidence.  Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and Americans Katerina Stewart, Louisa Chirico and Sachia Vickery have withdrawn, as did Thai Kwiatkowski and Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka.”

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Article written by Zoo Tennis Blog.

Check out all the Winners and Players Doing Well!

Brianna Williams, Elizabeth Tsvetkov, Eva Siskova

JMTA Players
Brianna Williams, Elizabeth Tsvetkov,
Eva Siskova

Lots of results to report for the last two weeks.  In single elimination sectional action which finished on March 10th, JMTA players posted doubles victories in 3 divisions.  Loren Haukova and Brianna Williams from JMTA Randall’s Island combined to win the G14 doubles event while Ronnie Hohmann from JMTA Bethpage with partner Ronan Jachuck won the B12 doubles and Maurice Russo from JMTA Randall’s Island with partner Edan Sossen won the B16 doubles.  Brianna Williams & Sabrina Xiong from JMTA Randall’s Island were finalists in the G14 & G16 singles events, respectively.  Many of our other players did well in their divisions of this event.

Last week, in another Sectional qualifying event – Justin Park, Danny Weitz & Ronnie Hohmann from JMTA Bethpage and John Ziolo, Amber O’Dell, Chelsea Williams and Perene Wang from JMTA Randall’s Island qualified in their respective divisions.  They will be joining over 35 other JMTA players in Main Draw action this weekend.

In other Eastern Section tournament action – Zoe Kava, Bella Kaplan, Peter Frelinghuysen, Xavier Pacthod, & Elektra Frelinghuysen from JMTA Randall’s Island and Benji Grossman, Francesca Karman, Madeline Richmond & Michelle Carnovale from JMTA Bethpage all won their events.

Check out all the details below.

Let’s give all our players a BIG WELL DONE!

Singles – JMTA Players doing well at the +L1 Sectionals Finishing March 10th

Finalist – Brianna Williams(2) – G14s – Randall’s Island
Finalist – Sabrina Xiong(2) – G16s – Randall’s Island

4th/SF – Ronnie Hohmann – B12s – Bethpage
4th/SF – Alan Delman(6) – B14s – Bethpage
4th/SF – Aleksandra Bekirova(6) – G14s – Randall’s Island

QF – Neel Raj(5) – B12s – Bethpage
QF – Loren Haukova(3) – G14s – Randall’s Island
QF – Mackenzie Clark – G14s – Lake Isle
QF – Oliver Sec – B18s – Randall’s Island – playing up
QF – Eva Siskova – G18s – Randall’s Island – playing up

Doubles – JMTA Players doing well at the +L1 Sectionals Finishing March 10th

Winners – Loren Haukova & Brianna Williams(1) – G14s – Randall’s Island
Winners – Ronnie Hohmann(1) – B12s – Bethpage (with partner Ronan Jachuck)
Winners – Maurice Russo – B16s – Randall’s Island (with partner Edan Sossen)

Finalists – Aleksandra Bekirova(2) – G14s – Randall’s Island (with partner Anna Brylin)
Finalists – Lubo Cuba(2) – B16s – Bethpage (with partner Brenden Volk)
Finalists – Sabrina Xiong(3) – G16s – Randall’s Island (with partner Sophia He)
Finalists – Amber Policare – G18s – Randall’s Island (with partner Madison Battaglia)

SF – Spencer Brachman(3) – B12s – Bethpage (with partner Cannon Kingsley)
SF – Neel Raj(2) – B12s – Bethpage (with partner Abhinav Srivastava)
SF – Alan Delman(3) – B14s – Bethpage (with partner Calvin Chung)
SF – Eva Siskova(1) – G18s – Randall’s Island (with partner Joanna Zalewski)

QF – Justin Mandell(4) – B12s – Lake Isle (with partner Ben Powis)
QF – Lantis Wang & Leonte Wilder – B12s – Randall’s Island
QF – Najah Dawson & Diana McCready – G12s – Randall’s Island
QF – Theo Van Eck – B14s – Lake Isle (with partner Hayden Cassone)
QF – Mackenzie Clark – G14s – Lake Isle (with partner Andrea Cerdan)
QF – Nathalie Rodilosso – G14s – Lake Isle (with partner Scarlett Blydenburgh)
QF – Oliver Sec – B18s – Randall’s Island (with partner Richard Sec)
QF – Ekim Buyuk – G16s – Randall’s Island (with partner Tomo Iwasaki)
QF – Elizabeth Tsvetkov – G18s – Randall’s Island (with partner Casey Marx)
QF – Robbie Werdiger – B12s – Randall’s Island Mac Invitational (with partner Kemal Aziz)

In other tournament action, JMTA Players from Randall’s Island and Bethpage doing well –

Winner – Benji Grossman – Bethpage – B14s – L1B Lake Isle (16 draw)
Winner – Zoe Kava(1) – Randall’s Island – G12s – L1B East Hampton (8 draw)
Winner – Francesca Karman – Bethpage – G14s – L1B East Hampton (2 draw)
Winner – Bella Kaplan – Randall’s Island – G12s – L2O Brewster (32 draw)
Winner – Peter Frelinghuysen(2) – Randall’s Island – B14s – L2O Randall’s Island (16 draw)
Winner – Madeline Richmond – Bethpage – G12s – L2O Harbor Island (16 draw)
Winner – Xavier Pacthod – Randall’s Island – B16s – L2O Randall’s Island (16 draw)
Winner – Michelle Carnovale(2) – Bethpage – G16s – L2O Deer Park (8 draw)
Winner – Elektra Frelinghuysen(2) – Randall’s Island – G16s – L2O Randall’s Island (8 draw)

Finalist – Brian Hoffarth – Bethpage – B16s – L1B Randall’s Island (32 draw)
Finalist – Brandon Stone(1) – Bethpage – B18s – L1B Randall’s Island (16 draw)
Finalist – Carolyn Brodsky(1) – Randall’s Island – L1B Nanuet (16 draw)
Finalist – Danny Weitz – Bethpage – B14s – L1B East Hampton (8 draw)
Finalist – Shawn Jackson – Randall’s Island – B14s – L2O Flanders (32 draw)
Finalist – Kevin Kowalsky(4) – Bethpage – B16s – L2R Long Beach (16 draw)
Finalist – Andreja Radevic – Randall’s Island – B16s – L2O Randall’s Island (16 draw)
Finalist – Stefan Radevic – Randall’s Island – B18s – L2O Bogota (8 draw)
Finalist – Francesca Karman(1) – Bethpage – G14s – L2R Long Beach (8 draw)

SF – Caroline Kantor – Randall’s Island – G12s – L1B Bogota (32 draw)
SF – Alex Pintilie(3) – Randall’s Island – B18s – L1B Randall’s Island (16 draw)
SF – Gussie Conway – Randall’s Island – G18s – L1B Randall’s Island (16 draw)
SF – Charlie Levinson(2) – Randall’s Island – B12s – L1B Nanuet (16 draw)
SF – Greg Coe – Randall’s Island – B14s – L1B East Hampton (8 draw)
SF – Wesley Zhang(2) – Randall’s Island – B12s – L2O Flanders (64 draw)
SF – Alfi von Auersperg – Randall’s Island – B14s – L2O Flanders (32 draw)
SF – Sid Chawla(3) – Randall’s Island – B12s – L2O Fresh Meadows (32 draw)
SF – Natalie Eordekian – Randall’s Island – G12s – L2O Fresh Meadows (32 draw)
SF – Michelle Carnovale(2) – Bethpage – G16s – L2R Long Beach (8 draw)
SF – Cosima Boettner – Randall’s Island – G14s – L2O Randall’s Island (8 draw)
SF – Samantha Fischer – Randall’s Island – G14s – L2O Randall’s Island (8 draw)
SF – Alex Chao(4) – Randall’s Island Mac Invitational – L1B Randall’s Island (32 draw)
SF – Lorraine Bergmann – Randall’s Island Mac Invitational – L2O Randall’s Island (32 draw)

QF – Jamie Loeb(Q) – Randall’s Island – Women’s ITF $10,0000 Orlando Pro
QF – Audrey Pacthod – Randall’s Island – G12s – L1B Bogota (32 draw)
QF – Julia Zbarsky – Randall’s Island – G16s – L1B Randall’s Island (32 draw)
QF – Ashley Lessen – Bethpage – G18s – L1B Bogota (16 draw)
QF – Nikolai Sahakyan – Randall’s Island – B12s – L1B Nanuet (16 draw)
QF – Andreja Radevic – Randall’s Island – B16s – L2O Bogota (32 draw)
QF – Dylan Charles(8) – Randall’s Island – B12s – L2O Fresh Meadows (32 draw)
QF – Kevin Golub – Randall’s Island – B12s – L2O Fresh Meadows (32 draw)

JMTA Players Qualifying  on 3/17 for the upcoming +L1 Sectionals

Bethpage – Justin Park – B16s, Danny Weitz & Ronnie Hohmann – B14s
Randall’s Island – John Ziolo – B12s, Amber O’Dell & Chelsea Williams – G14s, Perene Wang – G12s
Randall’s Mac Invitational – Justin Lee & Alexander Thrane – B16s, Jennifer Yu – G14s

+L1 Sectional JMTA Players with entry directly into the Main Draw – upcoming 3/22-3/24

B12s – Ishaan Kannan, Justin Mandell(7) & Josh Williams – Lake Isle;  Shawn Jackson & Lantis Wang – Randall’s Island   Spencer Brachman, Max Moadel, Neel Raj & Kabir Rajpal – Bethpage
G12s – Francesca Karman, Merri Kelly Hannity & Maryam Ahmad – Bethpage; Diana McCready & Carolyn Brodsky – Randall’s Island;  Mackenzie Clark(3) – Lake Isle
B14s – Luke Smith & Sean Wei – Lake Isle;  Alan Delman(5), Sean Patrick Hannity(8) & Danny Pellerito – Bethpage
G14s – Aleksandra Bekirova, Loren Haukova(4), & Victoria Sec – Randall’s Island;  Jacqueline Bukzin & Ashley Lessen – Bethpage;  Nathalie Rodilosso & Christine Sisti(3) – Lake Isle
B16s – Lubo Cuba & Felipe Osses-Konig – Bethpage;  Oliver Sec(8) – Randall’s Island
G16s – Eva Siskova(1), Ekim Buyuk, Brianna Williams, Sabrina Xiong(5), Amber Policare(3), & Christina Puccinelli – Randall’s Island
B18s – Richard Rangga – Randall’s Mac Invitational
G18s – Jessica Golovin

Fritz Buehning

Fritz Buehning
JMTA Associate Academy Director

Please note:  We do our best to post everyone’s results, but with so many players competing each week we may miss a result and apologize for any oversights.  For corrections, you can email –

A Word from our JMTA Director – Lawrence Kleger

 The John McEnroe Tennis Academy
A Word from our Director

Lawrence Kleger

Lawrence Kleger
JMTA Academy 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 and reached a career-best #6 ITF junior world ranking at the age of 16.  He has won two Level 1 ITF singles titles and reached the quarter finals of the 2012 Junior French Open.  Lawrence’s students have won countless National and regional Championships and 18 USTA Eastern Year-End Sportsmanship Awards. He is the Director of Tennis of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, overseeing it at its locations at Sportime Randall’s Island in Manhattan, Sportime Bethpage Tennis on Long Island and Sportime Lake Isle in Westchester.

As the Director of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, I occasionally hear observers, typically adult observers, watch a JMTA session in action and comment, that doesn’t look like the tennis lessons I had as a kid.  And that would be an accurate statement.  So too is it true that Novak and Roger and Rafa (and Serena and Maria and Victoria) don’t play much like the pros of the past.  Here is a brief explanation of what we do at JMTA and why we do it.

First and foremost is our founder’s vision for how we develop players to reach their maximum potential.  John McEnroe believes strongly that young players do not have to leave home or to train full-time at an academy in a location with warm weather. Family and familiar surroundings are important to the overall well-being of young athletes pursuing excellence.  Juniors do not have to play tennis five hours a day, six days a week; Mac believes that the quality of time spent practicing is far more important than the quantity of time.  Developing other interests, including participation in other sports, better molds the athletes of today.  Finally, in the end, focus, dedication and hard work pay off – in tennis and in life.

Second is the overall program design of JMTA.  

Our Coaching is Positive, Encouraging and Motivating.  We believe that when kids are motivated and encouraged, good things happen.  Our students work hard and are held to a high standard of attitude and effort.  Our coaches challenge players in a positive, supportive way.  We know that self-confidence is absolutely essential in building a successful competitive player in an individual sport.  And building self-confidence comes from hard work on the part of the player, encouragement from his or her coaches and the love and support of his or her family.  When all three are in place, we believe that our students will have a strong sense of accomplishment regardless of the ultimate level of play they attain. 

Sportime Randall's Island

JMTA Students

Tennis is an Open Skill Sport.  This means that players are constantly confronted with changing situations that require the players to adjust and adapt: what you do affects what I do, and vice versa.  For developing players, the majority of their time should be spent learning to understand and analyze what occurs prior to ball striking and what the tactical consequences of their shot selections will be, rather than focusing so much on the technical aspects of any particular stroke.  Working on skills like movement, balance, court awareness, anticipation, situational perception and decision-making are critical in the developmental stages of player development.  Teaching biomechanical techniques without due consideration of the open skills nature of the sport is not optimal or efficient. 

It is almost impossible to focus on technique and tactics at the same time.  Since we are trying to develop competitive players at JMTA, and since competitive players are best not being overly concerned with their technique while playing, our group sessions are geared toward developing our players tactical side, but do include carefully selected and timely technical corrections.

Too much teaching of the technical aspects of the game can result in tension, frustration and lack of ability to adapt to game situations.  When too much attention and too much time are spent on developing a skill or skills, we send the wrong message to the player. Working on stroke technique in isolation of related tactics can create a skewed perception of importance. In fact, when a player makes a technical error, there can be numerous causes, including mental, physical and tactical.  But if too much time is focused on perfecting strokes, over time, players and coaches create a misconception that all of their problems and solutions can be found in technical corrections, which is never the case.

Therefore, rather than giving instructions on proper stroke technique during point play, or during tactical games, JMTA coaches focus on helping our students with the challenges of successful point construction. Today’s modern methods recognize the essential value of having students play games as soon as possible.  In the short term, this may sacrifice some technique in favor of helping students learn to play and compete.  But over time, this allows for the development of players who maximize their potentials.  Our coaches do make important technical corrections when necessary.  But we do not want anybody to ever say about a JMTA player: she has beautiful strokes but she does not seem to be able to win. Our goal at JMTA is to develop players who know how to construct points, to compete and to win.

Players must be able to play the game while their technical aspects become refined. Our goal is to help students be players who are constantly improving, rather than to have them feel like students who will only become players sometime in the future.  JMTA students are players.

JMTA creates an environment where students can reach their maximum tennis potential. Our students and coaches live by a written JMTA Code of Conduct.  There is absolutely no moping after an error, no whining, and no quitting; no racquet throwing, curtain banging or ball slamming.  Every student is held to an exemplary behavioral standard in practice at JMTA, and in competition away from the club.  And we do not waste time!  When it is time to pick up balls, we do it quickly.  When it’s time to bring students together for whole group instruction, the students run in.  When we switch courts, it is done fast.  Our students are always moving their feet, ready to go.  Again, we value the quality of time spent in our practice sessions over the quantity of time spent on court, so we are efficient and we work hard.

Our goal is to teach our kids how to play the game (the tactical side) and to give them the means to execute those tactics (the technical side).  Teaching the technical side in a vacuum can many times result in players who look great in practice, but do not succeed in game situations.  This can slow the developmental process and lead to frustration and underachievement.  Our tactical games are designed so that students practice a particular tactic in a live ball point situation.  The senior JMTA professionals, our Program Directors who oversee each bank of courts, are trained and able to see where his or her players need work: tactically, technically or both.  Any technical issues are addressed as needed, but we always go back to the tactical games. By putting JMTA students in tactical situations over and over again, they learn point construction and then they expand their games to include additional ways to build and win points, giving them options to handle match situations.

It is a myth that the only way a junior player can get better is by ALWAYS playing with better players .  Our experience tells us that if a player is constantly playing up in level, he or she gets very good at one thing: Losing!  We make sure our students play up some of the time, to challenge them to raise their level.  Some of the time they play at their level, to see how they compete on an even field.  And some of the time they play down, which allows them to work on elements in their games that they might not try if the competition was at a higher level; this also allows them to win. Since many students and parents believe that if they/their child is at the bottom of the skill level in a given group, he or she will benefit from the high level of competition, we need to challenge that perception, and to make sure that JMTA students toward the bottom of any group also get to play with weaker players to accelerate the development of their tactical skills and to boost their confidence.  Many times that means having such students drop down a level at certain times and for certain drills.  This is definitely not a demotion; it is an important process that we believe crucial to our students success.   We attempt to provide the same mix of levels to our students at the very top of our skill range, or at the top of a group, and those at the top of a group will sometimes move up and back down, accordingly.

Our coaches know where each student is developmentally, where he or she is going and how he or she is going to get there.  Our JMTA Program Directors have been carefully chosen and trained and have a keen understanding of what it takes to become a top player.  They are expert in the tactical, technical and emotional development at all levels.  Our professional staff consists of former world-class players and world-class coaches. Many JMTA professionals have achieved accreditation from tennis federations across the globe.  Our curriculums are carefully designed for every stage of development and we tailor and update to ensure that our students receive the best instructional experience.

In our JMTA Programs, our coaches do not bark corrections after every shot or point .  Our coaches are trained not to give technical or tactical feedback after every shot of every drill.  I think that bears repeating: Our coaches are trained not to give technical or tactical feedback after every shot of every drill.  In programs where the coaches are trained to give constant technical feedback, the overwhelming majority of the time, the feedback is a correction (negative feedback). There have been many studies examining how children learn.  While repetition is clearly a key component to reinforcing proper technique, barking at a child with corrections after every repetition is not recommended.  Too much barking of corrections becomes annoying noise that students quickly tune out.  Most successful coaches believe that feedback should be divided between negative and positive feedback, and most agree that there should be more positive than negative.  At JMTA we believe the breakdown of feedback to our students should be: 10% negative feedback; 30% positive feedback; 60% NO FEEDBACK!  We believe in letting our students have the benefits of discovery based learning.  Therefore, a JMTA student might hit multiple shots or strokes in a game situation without a coach interrupting play to bark a correction. The basic question is: Do we want our students to be independent problem solvers or dependent on a coach’s corrections to be able to play?  Our goal is to give our students the tools that allow them to compete well, to respond to situations with multiple and adaptable tactics and choices, and to win matches.

I hope that this document helps to clarify JMTA’s philosophy, our approach to player development and our beliefs about how junior players and their families can maximize the quality of their tennis experience and the overall enjoyment of our great sport.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at Randall’s Island at 212-427-6150 or at .  


Learning the Hard Way About a Banned Ingredient

Dimitar Kutrovsky

Dimitar Kutrovsky
Photo: Jerry Laizure/The Norman Transcript, via Associated Press

“The stimulant DMAA has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Major League Baseball. But it is still found in Jack3d and other supplements sold at stores like GNC and the Vitamin Shoppe.

Dimitar Kutrovsky found that out the hard way.

Mr. Kutrovsky came to the United States from Bulgaria in 2006. He had a full athletic scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, where he was the tennis team captain and an all-American singles and doubles player. He turned pro after graduation, and in August 2011, exhausted from his travel schedule and the sweltering Texas heat, he visited a GNC store in Austin.

Looking for an energy lift, Mr. Kutrovsky asked the sales clerk for advice, according to an arbitrator’s ruling in an anti-doping proceeding brought against him by the International Tennis Federation. He told the clerk that he was a professional tennis player subject to drug testing. The clerk recommended Jack3d and told him that it was used by a lot of athletes. It was “like a Red Bull but stronger,” he told Mr. Kutrovsky, according to the ruling.

At home, Mr. Kutrovsky compared Jack3d’s ingredients with those banned in Olympic sports. Finding no matches, he began using Jack3d. The arbitrator found that Mr. Kutrovsky did not realize that the stimulant listed on the label — dimethylamylamine, or DMAA — had been banned by many sports associations under another name, methylhexaneamine.

A year ago, things were looking up for Mr. Kutrovsky. In February 2012, he reached the quarterfinals of the SAP Open in San Jose, Calif. He planned to enter the qualifying rounds of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Bulgaria had chosen him to represent the country in the Davis Cup.

But a month later, International Tennis Federation officials informed him that he had tested positive for DMAA. It has since imposed a 15-month ban. Mr. Kutrovsky has lost all of the points he earned on the tour and dropped out of the rankings. When he resumes his career this summer, he will have to start from scratch. Mr. Kutrovsky declined to comment for this article, but a lawyer for him said his story was not uncommon.”

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Article written by Peter Lattman and Natasha Singer

John McEnroe looking to repeat as champion

John McEnroe

John McEnroe defeats Mats Wilander
Photo: Tennis World

Tennis – John McEnroe defeated Mats Wilander in the Kings of Tennis ATP Champions Tour event in Stockholm.

“Defending champion McEnroe defeated Wilander 6-3, 6-4 and is now the front runner to reach the finals later this week. After the match, McEnroe commented, “Mats is a great player obviously and we’ve had a lot of great matches over the years. He’s won the same number of Grand Slams as I did which is incredible, so I guess that makes me pretty incredible also! I knew it was going to be tough. Mats has been playing better and better and he hit a lot of great shots and I was lucky not to have to go to a third set.’

In other matches, last year’s finalist Magnus Larsson beat fellow Swede Mikael Pernfors 6-3, 6-2.

McEnrore takes on Henri Leconte while Larrson plays Stefan Edberg on Thursday.

Former world no. 5 Robin Soderling was in the crowd watching McEnroe and Wilander.”

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Article written by Tennis Stories – By Prakash

Fitness Tip of the Week – Sophie Scott

JMTA Nutrition and Hydration Tips 

Healthy nutrition and hydration are key components to helping you feel good and play better. It is not always easy to eat and drink well when you are busy and on the go – it is all too easy to slip into bad habits of unhealthy snacks and sodas.

Top Tips for Healthy Eating:

  • Always eat breakfast (oatmeal, low fat cereal, toast, bagel) and don’t skip meals
  • Have a healthy snack before your JMTA session or match
  • Try to eat and drink within 30 minutes of training
  • Stay hydrated by always carrying a water bottle and taking regular sips
  • Sports drinks – if using a sports drink, take a few sips and then top off with water to dilute

Healthy Snacks Options:

  • Cereal bars, low fat muffins, fruit, dried fruit, pretzels, filled wholegrain sandwiches or bagels (lean meat/low fat cream cheese), vegetable sticks and hummus, nuts, fruit yogurts and smoothies 

Post Training Meal:

  • Whole wheat pasta or rice with grilled chicken or fish and vegetables

    Sophie, Scott

    Sophie Scott
    Director of Performance

Sophie is a United Kingdom trained Osteopath and Performance Enhancement Specialist with over 12 years experience working in professional sport.  For the past 5 years, Sophie has worked at the Lawn Tennis Association with top British tennis players, including Andy Murray and junior Wimbledon champion Laura Robson. She has traveled internationally to all the Grand Slams, as well as many of the other major tour events and the Federation Cup. Sophie was instrumental in the design and set up of the musculoskeletal screening programme for all the elite British players at National Tennis Centre in London. Prior to her time with the LTA, Sophie worked as part of the multidisciplinary medical team at Fulham Football club in the UK’s Premier League for 7 years, working with international soccer players including Carlos Bocanegra, Brian McBride, Clint Dempsey and Edwin van der Sar.

JMTA Featured Pro – Robert Kendrick

Robert Kendrick
Co-Director of JMTA Bethpage


In the fall of 2012, Robert Kendrick became the Director of Tennis at SPORTIME Syosset and the Co-Director of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy Annex at SPORTIME Bethpage. Robert joined SPORTIME after a long and successful career on the ATP Tour. Robert was an All-American at both the University of Washington and Pepperdine University, where he was ranked as high as #3 in the nation. As a pro, he was ranked as high as #69 in the world in singles (taking Rafael Nadal to 5 sets at Wimbledon in 2006) and #77 in doubles. Since 2002, Robert has been Johnny Mac’s teammate on SPORTIME’s World TeamTennis squad, the NY Sportimes. Robert trains and supervises SPORTIME Syosset Tennis pros and coaches and is a driving force at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy Annex at SPORTIME Bethpage.  Robert works with players of all ages and abilities and brings amazing energy and dedication to the court, whether working with seniors, beginners, or with our nation’s top junior prospects. This coming July, Robert will once again play World TeamTennis for the NY Sportimes. The team who will play 14 matches across the USA, with 5 home matches in Albany and 2 home matches at the beautiful SPORTIME Stadium on Randall’s Island.  Around his WTT commitments this summer, Robert will be coaching and teaching at SPORTIME Amagansett, where he will design and supervise Amagansett’s EXCEL summer camp program for our most talented and dedicated junior players.   

Read more about Kendrick joining JMTA HERE!

JMTA Players Post Victories

Krevlin, Fischer & Radevic Post Victories

The first weekend of Sectional +L1 Single Elimination play took place across the Eastern section from March 1-3 with JMTA well represented — over 50 players in 8 divisions from Randall’s Island and our Annex locations at Bethpage & Lake Isle with many players posting their best sectional results to date.  Details of players making it through to the 2nd weekend of play are listed below.

In other tournament action, Andreja Radevic(B14s), Scott Fischer(B12s) and Sam Krevlin(B16s) from Randall’s Island all won their events.  Unseeded, Radevic went through his L1B B14s draw without dropping a set – taking out the 1st seed 6-3, 6-4 in the semi-finals & the 3rd seed 6-1, 6-1 in the finals en-route to his victory.  In similar fashion, Sam Krevlin playing a B16s L2 and had little problems with his draw – also taking out the 1st seed 6-2, 6-0 in the semi-finals & the 3rd seed 6-3, 6-0 in the finals. Scott Fischer posted his 3rd consecutive tournament win – an L1B victory in the B12s!

Let’s give all our players a hand!

JMTA Players making it through to the 2nd weekend of Singles Sectional Play –

G12s – Sonia Tartakovsky – Randall’s Island
B12s – Spencer Brachman(16), Danny Chikvashvili, Benji Grossman(11), Ronald Hohmann(3) & Neel Raj(5) – Bethpage;  Ishaan Kannan & Justin Mandell(13) – Lake Isle;  Brandon Cohen, Noah Edelman, Shawn Jackson, Tristan Taylor, & Leonte Wilder – Randall’s Island
G14s – Aleksandra Bekirova(6), Regina Furer(9), Loren Haukova(3), Alexa Nobandegani, & Brianna Williams(2) – Randall’s Island;  Mackenzie Clark & Ava Markham – Lake Isle,  Jacqueline Bukzin(16) – Bethpage
B14s – Alan Delman(6) & Danny Pellerito – Bethpage; Luke Smith(13) – Lake Isle
G16s – Sabrina Xiong(3) – Randall’s Island
G18s – Amber Policare & Eva Siskova – Randall’s Island

JMTA Randall’s Island & Bethpage Players doing well at other tournaments:

Winner – Andreja Radevic – Randall’s Island – B14s – L1B Fresh Meadows – 16 draw
Winner – Scott Fischer – Randall’s Island – B12s – L1B Brewster – 16 draw
Winner – Sam Krevlin(4) – Randall’s Island – B16s – L2O Lake Isle – 32 draw

Finalist – Zoe Kava(2) – Randall’s Island – G12s – L1B Massapequa – 8 draw
Finalist – Sabrina Boada(1) – Randall’s Island – G12s – L1B Brewster – 8 draw
Finalist – Allie Linder(2) – Bethpage – G16s – L1B Glen Head – 4 draw
Finalist – Sid Chawla(5) – Randall’s Island – B12s – L2O Bogota – 32 draw
Finalist – Andrew Zucker(1) – Randall’s Island – B14s – L2O Armonk – 32 draw

SF – Michael Weitz – Bethpage – B12s – L1B Syosset – 16 draw
SF – Kole Moses – Randall’s Island – B10s green ball – L1B Nanuet – 16 draw
SF – Peter Frelinghuysen – Randall’s Island – B14s – L1B Cunningham – 16 draw
SF – Alex Grossman – Bethpage – B16s – L1B Glen Head – 16 draw
SF – Noah Eisenberg – Randall’s Island – B12s – L2O Bogota – 32 draw
SF – Alfi von Auersperg – Randall’s Island – B14s – L2O Bogota – 32 draw
SF – Elektra Frelinghuysen – Randall’s Island – G16s – L2O Lake Isle – 8 draw

QF – Sadi Gulcelik(6) – Randall’s Island – B12s – L2O Bogota – 32 draw

Corrections:  Last week, Noah Edelman won a B14s L2 event.  Alex Portnoy partnered Robbie Werdiger to win the L1 B12s doubles in Albany; Harry Portnoy was the finalist in the same doubles event.

Fritz Buehning

Fritz Buehning
JMTA Associate Academy Director

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Where have all the John McEnroe’s gone?

John McEnroe

John McEnroe
John McEnroe Tennis Academy

Where did all the tennis players go? And, specifically, where are the American tennis players?

Let’s ask Johnny Mac?

“Andy Roddick’s now gone and we haven’t won any slams in 10 years since Pete Sampras quit other than Roddick’s one (2003 U.S. Open), so obviously there’s some concern here. There’s a lot of work to do and I think people remember the old days a bit,” said McEnroe to a media contingent assembled to see the John McEnroe Tennis Academy housed at Sportime facilities at three different locations in New York and its suburbs. “It was a great time for me and it was sort of a golden era for American tennis with Jimmy Connors and myself, then Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier.

“So, yes, there’s something that’s missing and hopefully we can fill that niche and maybe inspire some younger kids as well.”

What happened to the talent pool? Did the kids all start playing basketball and lacrosse, because they’re certainly not playing baseball and (American/NFL-style) football. Ask President Barack Obama about that, eh?

“I’ve seen them all,” McEnroe chimed in. ” What Billie Jean King has done for the game and the way she played was more like how I played, Then, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert won a billion tournaments, Steffi Graf. And, when Serena (Williams) is on, she’s the best I’ve ever seen play. She has the whole package as far as what she can bring to the table.

“Hopefully for us, (meaning American tennis), we’re wondering where the next American guy is? For the next American woman, we’re still looking pretty sharp. Hopefully this will inspire some other people to get out there,” noted McEnroe.

And, he’s backing up his wish with a venture sure to create a few new stars, right from the New York metropolitan area because McEnroe’s academies help train more than 300 young prospects, who get first-hand training from Douglaston’s favorite son, along with his brother, mark, and Peter Fleming — Mac’s longtime doubles partner who heads up a gaggle of 30 of the top tennis coaches in the country, all packed into facilities on Randall’s Island, Westchester County and out on Long Island. Because of Johnny Mac’s heavy travels and TV commentary gig, his academy is managed by his brother after it was created by New York entrepreneur Claude Okin.”

So where’s the next American tennis champion?

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Article written by Terry Lyons – Huff Post Sports

McEnroe sees Sloane Stephens as Future Star


John McEnroe

John McEnroe

Hong Kong:  “US tennis legend John McEnroe on Monday singled out Sloane Stephens as a future women’s star for his country but admitted it is still looking to break its “dry spell” as far as the men’s game goes.

The 54-year-old won his first major in 1979 before he and countryman Jimmy Connors combined for nine Slams in the eighties, with Brian Teach and Michael Chang chipping in with one each.

Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Jim Courier meanwhile led the US to a decade of dominance in the 1990s with a combined 19 Slams between them, but the retirement last year of 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick has left a vacuum.

“I think hopefully it’s cyclical. We’ve had a pretty dry spell in the men. In the women we’ve had the Williams sisters and Sloane Stephens… she’ll be in the top ten for sure. I think she’s pretty close already,” said McEnroe.

Stephens, currently ranked 17th, rose to prominence after beating her idol Serena Williams in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.”

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Article written by Agence-France Press.

Featured JMTA Student of the Week – Jessica Golovin

Jessica Golovin

Jessica Golovin
JMTA Student

Interview with JMTA Student – Jessica Golovin

When Jessica Golovin was just a little girl, she saw professional tennis on ESPN and asked her parents if she could play. Her dream was consistent with her father’s, who said he always wanted his daughter to take up tennis. While still in his native Moscow, Mikhail Golovin traveled for the national biathlon team as a manager, and the excitement of being around competitive sports never left him. Today, he hopes Jessica will continue to enjoy tennis and do well in the sport. “The ultimate dream for any player, of course, is to win a Grand Slam,” he said.

Q.  Who is your tennis idol? Why?

A. “I have always admired Kim Clijsters for her ambitious attitude and work ethic. Maria Sharapova has also been my idol since I started playing tennis as a young girl. Sharapova has inspired me try harder and never give up despite the difficulties I face on the court.” 

Q.  Describe your greatest tennis victory.

A. “In 2012, I reached the semifinals of the Easter Bowl International Tournament where I faced some of the top girls in the nation. The Easter Bowl Tournament accelerated my tennis career by instilling confidence that has carried me through to this day.”

Q.  Describe your greatest tennis loss and how you overcame that loss.

A.  “It was my very first Grade-4 ITF tournament in Florida, where I reached the quarterfinals in singles and the finals in doubles. Despite losing in the quarters, my singles match convinced me that I could compete with tougher opponents at a much higher level. I also learned that when competing with stronger opponents, I need to stay tough mentally and tough physically along with keeping the ball deep and dictating the next point.”

Q.  You are just back from on a one-month break from tennis due to a wrist injury, how do you feel?

A.  “Coming back from an injury, you never know how you’re going to play. Of course you’re nervous, but for me, the first few days coming back was a little rough. After two weeks of practice, I feel I’ve returned to the game stronger than ever.”

Q.  What does your tournament schedule look like for the next 2 months?

A. “My first tournament of the year will be a sectional in New Jersey and then I will play a National Open in Florida at the end of February. My big highlight for the year so far, will be an ITF in Panama City at the beginning of March. I’m very excited to visit Central America and also experience my tenth ITF competition.”

The McEnroe Way Bringing the Buzz

Noah Rubin & Jamie Loeb

Noah Rubin & Jamie Loeb
JMTA Students

“John McEnroe is busy training the next group of great American tennis players. In 2010, he launched the John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA) in his hometown of New York City at the SPORTIME Randall’s Island Tennis Center in Manhattan. His vision? Bring the buzz back to tennis–starting in his stomping grounds.

John’s passion and belief is that great players can be developed in urban settings, while still having the opportunity to live at home, pursue their educational goals, and participate in a variety of sports and extracurricular activities. He is living proof. During his developmental years, McEnroe went to the Port Washington Tennis Academy on Long Island and remained involved in other activities, playing high school soccer until he was 18. He knows first-hand that training in a tennis-first environment would have been a recipe for disaster for him, and is instead trying to bring the New York urban mentality to training at his academy, while still producing spectacular talent.”

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Article written by Gina Antoniello – International Business Times