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








Safina stops by MatchPoint NYC
Former world number one Dinara Safina of Russia (pictured right) stopped by MatchPoint NYC in Brooklyn recently to hit with featured coach and former Grand Slam Doubles Champion Alona Bonarenko from the Ukraine.


CourtSense tournament team continues to roll
The tournament team at CourtSense continued its excellent play this winter, sweeping the Boys 12U singles and doubles and Boys 14U singles and doubles at the L1A March Mayhem Junior Tennis Championships at the Tri-City Tennis Center in Latham, N.Y.


NTC’s Yakoff captures Super Six Title
Stephanie Yakoff (pictured below on the left), a 10-year-old from Fort Lee, N.J., who trains at USTA Feeder Program at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, captured her second Super Six Title at the Eastern Super Six at Sportsplex (National L4) in New Windsor, N.Y.


Centercourt tapped for Adidas’ Junior Tennis Academy Program
Centercourt Tennis Academy in Chatham, N.J. was recently selected as one of the clubs for Adidas’ new Junior Tennis Academy Program. The program is an all-encompassing partnership that includes outfitting all coaches and top level players, Adidas branding at the facilities and retail operations. Adidas will also utilize the Academy for future product wear testing and developmental feedback.

Adidas said in a statement: “Aligning Adidas Tennis with the most respected academy programs in the country allows Adidas to work and connect with some of the best junior talent.”


City Parks Foundation’s Lacoste Academy hits Miami Open
Members of the City Parks Foundation’s Lacoste Academy were treated to a nice trip recently, as the group headed south to Florida to take in some of the action at the Miami Open.


JMTA’s Golovin helps lead LSU to SEC Round of 16
Louisiana State University (LSU) Freshman Jessica Golovin from New York City, who trained out of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA), helped lead her Tigers past Kentucky 4-3 to reach the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Round of 16. Golovin came back to defeat 75th-ranked Justina Mikulskyte, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 to clinch the victory for LSU.

“That was an unbelievable finish,” said LSU Co-Head Coach Julia Sell. “Jessica was a special story today because the girl she played is usually number one. To come back after losing the first set and pull it out is big for her and the team.”

Photo credit: Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer


Stadium Tennis Center hosts Columbia Grammar Family Tennis Day
Stadium Tennis Center in the Bronx recently hosted students from Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School for a Family Tennis Day. It was a great way to introduce new families to Gotham Tennis Academy’s programs and instructors. They ran adult drills, high performance and recreational clinics, in addition to cardio and orange ball classes.


Berkeley Carroll Prep plays at historic West Side Tennis Club
The Girls Varsity Tennis Team at The Berkeley Carroll School, a prep school in Park Slope, Brooklyn, had a chance to play one of its matches this season on the historic grass courts of the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y.