Ossining, N.Y. declares Aug. 3rd “Jamie Loeb Day”
Jamie Loeb, who trains at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy at Sportime Randall's Island, recently received a huge honor from her hometown of Ossining, N.Y. The town declared Aug. 3 as "Jamie Loeb Day" to honor Loeb’s accomplishments on the court.
“It’s something that I’ll remember all my life,” Loeb told The Journal News. “It’s really nice giving back, helping the youth program out, and hopefully, have them become successful tennis stars in the future.”
Staten Island’s Kalieva wins National Clay Court Championship
Staten Island’s Elvina Kalieva won the USTA Girls 12 National Clay Court Championships singles tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Kalieva came back from a set down to defeat Boca Raton’s Charlotte Owensby 1-6, 6-4, 6-3. Soon after, she competed in the Girls 14 Singles draw of the USTA National Warm-Up Tournament, going all the way to the finals.
Centercourt hosts Wilander on Wheels Tour
Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham hosted the Wilander on Wheels Tour, as it made a stop at their club for a day of tennis training and lessons from International Tennis Hall of Famer and former world number one Mats Wilander and his training partner, Cameron Lickle. There was personalized coaching, fast-paced energy drills and the day concluded with a luncheon.
"This has been my third time working with Mats and Cameron,” said Michael Smookler, USPTA New Jersey District president and Centercourt Advantage Program manager. “They do such a wonderful job of putting everyone at ease. The energy and passion Mats and Cameron bring to the courts is infectious. I look forward to working with them again."
North Shore Towers wraps up Summer Championships
North Shore Towers Country Club in Floral Park, N.Y. recently hosted its Summer Championships, one of the most competitive clay court junior tournaments. The tournament was a success, and the winners are as follows:
►Boys 16 Singles: Spencer Brachman of Commack, N.Y. (pictured below left)
►Boys 18 Singles: Peter Lohrbach of North Port, Fla. (pictured below right)
►Boys 16 Doubles: Timothy Nacca of Garden City, N.Y. & Gabriel Sifuentes of Flushing, N.Y.
Mautner captures top prize at Roosevelt Island’s Annual Men’s Tournament
Roosevelt Island Racquet Club recently hosted its Fifth Annual Men’s Prize Money Singles Tournament. The tournament draw featured 16 top singles players and consisted of both college players and adult players. Kyle Mautner, who will be playing tennis at the University of Pennsylvania this fall, defeated Christopher Grant in the tournament’s final. Mautner went through the whole tournament without dropping a set, and walked away with the $700 prize. Grant took home $400, while the semifinalists each won $200.
Success for two HJTEP members at ATA National Championships
Congratulations to New York City’s Ameer Hosain (pictured below right), who recently captured the Boys 16s Championship at the 98th American Tennis Association (ATA) National Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Donovan Spigner (pictured below left) of New York City also had an excellent showing, finishing in second place in the Boys 12s Division. Both players are members of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program (HJTEP).
Columbia Women’s Tennis preps for big 2015 season
The Columbia Women’s Tennis team will be welcoming in the highest-ranked recruiting class in the program’s history this fall. The class is ranked sixth by TennisRecruiting.net, and features Star Makarome and Andrea Kevakian as blue chip recruits, Rani Rachavelpula as a five-star recruit and Sara Hu as a four-star recruit.
“Our 2015’s are the highest-ranked recruiting class in the history of Columbia Women’s Tennis,” said Columbia Head Coach Ilene Weintraub. “Not only are they really good, they are positive and fun people, and will add to our team dynamic.”