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





New York’s Evan Lee takes part in Junior Orange Bowl
Evan Lee, who trains out of the Gilad Bloom Tennis Academy, went down to Miami to compete in the 54th Junior Orange Bowl. Lee, pictured here with Coach Gilad Bloom, won two of his four matches at the prestigious tournament, and afterwards, headed to Arizona to compete in the USTA National Winter Championships.



Nassau Indoor Tennis under new ownership
Three-time Long Island Tennis Challenge champion Jonathan Klee has partnered with David Brent to purchase Nassau Indoor Tennis located in Inwood, N.Y. The property was close to being bought by another buyer who wanted to turn it into a multi-sport facility, but Klee and Brent wanted to keep it strictly a tennis facility, and decided to keep it that way.

“When I found out that the potential buyer was looking to eliminate tennis courts and convert the facility into a multi-sport, I spoke to David Brent and asked him if there was still a great demand for tennis in the Five Towns area,” said Klee. “Both of us love tennis, and with the loss of so many indoor facilities on the South Shore of Long Island, it was upsetting that another would close without giving it a try. In addition, being that Nassau Indoor is only 10 minutes from Queens and 30 minutes from Manhattan, we both felt that there was an untapped market of players that if they knew of our facility and how convenient it was to them they would give us a try. After evaluating the purchase price and crunching the numbers, both of us thought the facility was more valuable for other uses, but with some improvements, such as reconditioning the Har-Tru courts and new lighting, we could still be operated profitably as a tennis center, and decided to purchase the property together.”


Centercourt takes second place at National Junior Team Tennis Championships
Centercourt’s Marlboro's Island Grinders placed second at the 2015 National Junior Team Tennis Championships in the 14U Advanced Division at the Lexington County Tennis Complex in South Carolina. The team includes Jack Kosiorowski, Amy Kaplan, Olivia Kharkover, Anthony Prokurat, Juliette Moschella and Ryan Wang, coached by Andre Vagner.


USPTA hosts workshop at National Tennis Center
United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Master Professional Jorge Capestany, in conjunction with the USTA/ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships, held a workshop for approximately 30 coaches on the Prince Short Court at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Capestany discussed how to instruct different drills and clinics on the short court, and much more.


Parties highlight the holiday season at Midtown Tennis
Midtown Tennis Club got into the holiday spirit with one of its recent Tennis Parties. The event was open to the public and featured a round-robin doubles tournament for the 3.5-5.0 Levels. The party featured food and refreshments, and was a great way to combine tennis in a social atmosphere.


QuickStart event comes to MatchPoint NYC
MatchPoint NYC in Brooklyn hosted its annual QuickStart tournament for the second straight year. The tournament split kids up into two separate divisions for round-robin style play. Congratulations to the tournament winners, Ivan Televnyy and Joseph Belenky.

“It was really fun,” said Belenky. “I was so excited to win.”


JMTA’s Pilipovic captures title at L1B December Challenger
John McEnroe Tennis Academy’s (JMTA) Astro Pilipovic (pictured here right) took home the trophy at the L1B New York Junior Tennis and Learning December Challenger at the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis and Learning in Crotona Park. Pilipovic beat fellow JMTA student Andres Fente (pictured here, left) 6-4, 4-6, 10-4 in the finals.


Stadium Tennis Center’s Levine headed to Duke University
Robert Levine, who trains out of Stadium Tennis Center, has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his tennis career at Duke University.

“Robert is a relentless worker, fearless competitor and a lifelong student of the game,” said Duke Head Coach Ramsey Smith. “He has a world-class backhand and a knack for finding ways to win. I believe Robert is one of those student-athletes who will push himself to be the very best he can be, and he will be a competitive leader in college tennis.”


Boca West Country Club brings NYC to the Sunshine State
Boca West Country Club in Boca West, Fla. brought a little taste of New York down to Florida for its “Streets of New York” event. The huge extravaganza featured a little bit of everything, from Katz Delicatessen and Little Italy, to Broadway Theaters and Radio City Music Hall.


Dodson demos ServeMaster at CoachTube Chelsea Piers event
CoachTube, a video on-demand Web site, recently hosted its “Play With the Greats” event at Chelsea Piers. Lisa Dodson was on hand to demonstrate how her ServeMaster tool works and to offer tips to beginner and advanced level courses. She was also chosen to be the honorary introducer for CoachTube Founder Wade Floyd, and spoke to 800-plus on hand about how CoachTube has helped grow her own business.