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




McHale and company visit Wall Street
American Christina McHale (right), who trains out of Boca West Country Club in Florida, made sure she enjoyed her time in New York while competing in the U.S. Open. She made a trip down to Wall Street to and ring the NASDAQ opening bell, along with Gigi Fernandez (left) and former WTA CEO Stacey Allaster (center).




JMTA appears on GMA
Some of the top players from the John McEnroe Tennis Academy recently were on the set of ABC’s Good Morning America and had a chance to meet American tennis great James Blake.


Bondarenko joins Matchpoint NYC
Alona Bondarenko, who won the 2008 Australian Open Doubles Championship along with her sister Kateryna, recently became a pro at MatchPoint NYC. Bondarenko, pictured here with Nino Muhatasov, brings her professional experience and success to the Brooklyn facility. The Ukrainian was once a top 20 singles player and has singles victories on the WTA Tour against top players such as Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jelena Jankovic and Amelie Mauresmo.


Baruch wins CUNYAC Championship
The Baruch Bearcats won the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) Championship for the first time since 1997, defeating Hunter College 5-0 in the finals. The win completed an undefeated season for the Baruch girls, who finished the year at 13-0. Daria Vasekina was named Tournament MVP, and finished the year 12-0 in singles and 13-0 in doubles.

“I am very proud of the team,” Head Coach Florin Giuglescu told the Baruch Athletic Web site. “This team was together all season and each contributed equally to this championship. Hard work and team support helped make this championship possible.” 


Centercourt duo wins Wichita Fall ITA Junior Tennis Title
Mia Horvit & Victoria Flores of Centercourt Performance Academy paired up to win the Wichita Fall ITA Junior Tennis Doubles Championship recently. The two beat the third-seeded duo of Ann Li & Natasha Subhash 6-1, 6-4 in the finals.


NYJTL hosts Fall Festival
New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) recently hosted its third annual Fall Festival near its Cary Leeds Center. More than 1,000 students from the NYJTL program, and more than 100 volunteers, came out for a day of games, tennis, food, dance and music.


NTC takes part in 110th Precinct’s Pink Out Block Party
The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center recently participated in New York City’s 110th Precinct’s Pink Out Community Block Party in front of the 110th Precinct. There was food, music games and much more for all to enjoy, and the event raised money for Breast Cancer Awareness.