News and notes from across the New York Metro tennis community
  | By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

Advantage Tennis Clubs introduce Kids Club Play Days
Advantage Tennis Clubs recently introduced a program called the Advantage Kids Days. Conducted in Manhattan, Roosevelt Island and Throgs Neck, the Club Play program gave junior players from around New York City a friendly, fun way to play more tennis, get a little taste of competition and even prepare for joining in USTA events. The program also gives kids an opportunity to play with other boys and girls at their level, gain experience and hone their skills.

Play Days introduce children to the Advantage QuickStart method. This customized approach makes the game accessible without watering down its integrity or crushing the enthusiasm of eager beginners. QuickStart is “real” tennis, made age-appropriate for younger players. Kids use special-sized racquets, slower-bouncing balls and smaller courts. They learn to rally faster and enjoy themselves sooner. As their skills improve, players graduate to larger racquets, different balls and eventually full-sized courts.


St. John’s reaches ECAC Indoor Championships Quarterfinals
The St. John’s Men’s tennis team reached the quarterfinals of the ECAC Indoor Championships in Cambridge, Mass. The Red Storm won its first-round match against Monmouth 4-0, but fell to number five Dartmouth 4-3 in the quarterfinals.

After earning the doubles point against Monmouth, the St. John’s Red Storm earned three consecutive singles victories to clinch the match. Junior MJ Every clinched the victory in the sixth singles slot 6-4, 6-3.

Following the sweep of Monmouth, St. John’s faced Dartmouth in the quarterfinal round of the tournament. Entering singles play, the Red Storm were down 1-0. The team rallied to tie the match up 3-3 after wins from Elio Livi, Robert Livi and Vaidik Munshaw. However, the strong singles play from Dartmouth prevented St. John’s from advancing to the semifinals


Columbia defeats highest-ranked opponent in program history
The Columbia Men’s Tennis team went 1-2 at the ITA Men’s Team National Indoor Championship. The Lions faced some of the country’s best competition during the tournament, falling just short to number four Georgia before beating number 12 California 4-3. The win over California marked the highest ranked opponent ever defeated In the history of Columbia men’s tennis. The previous highest-ranked opponent Columbia defeated was number 14 Notre Dame earlier this season.



JTF to honor Bob Ingersole of West Side Tennis Club
The Junior Tennis Foundation (JTF) will recognize integral members of the tennis community on April 24 at 7:00 p.m. during the 28th Annual Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame celebration at the Beach Point Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Two of the individuals who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame are: Metro residents Katrina Adams (pictured left), USTA president and a former WTA professional player who ranked as high as 67th in singles and eighth in doubles; Bob Ingersole (pictured right), tennis director at West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y. and president of JTF.

Gotham Tennis Academy hosts High Performance Training Camp
Gotham Tennis Academy recently hosted a High Performance Invitational Training Camp. Led by High Performance Director Carl Thorsen, the players were challenged in an intensive setting, which included technical and tactical training, a fitness session and ended with a lunch and coaches talk.



JMTA coach Simmonds helps Brengle Down Under
John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA) Coach Phillip Simmonds accompanied WTA player Madison Brengle to a very successful trip abroad during the Australian Open. The team that paired up during the U.S. Open trained together previously at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Brengle had some great results, reaching her first WTA final in Hobart as well as a fourth round appearance in the Australian Open.

Madison looks to continue her good form with the help of Phillip moving forward into the early spring and the European swing of events coming up which will include the French Open and Wimbledon.





ServeMaster and Eye Coach come together at USTA Eastern Awards Dinner
Lisa Dodson (owner of ServeMaster), Ken DeHart (USPTA and PTR Master Professional) and Lenny Schloss (inventor of Eye Coach) came together at the USTA Eastern Awards Dinner. ServeMaster and EyeCoach are teaming up to teach the "total game" through accelerated methods. Pictured here on the left: Ken DeHart and Lisa Dodson of ServeMaster at the USTA Eastern Awards Dinner, and pictured here on the right: Lisa Dodson of ServeMaster, Ken DeHart, and Lenny Schloss.