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

JMTA’s Kleger Honored as USTA Eastern Organizer of the Month
John McEnroe Tennis Academy’s (JMTA) Lawrence Kleger (pictured right) was named the USTA Eastern Organizer of the Month for April.

“I’m proud to say that I’ve had probably 15-20 students who have received USTA Eastern’s annual sportsmanship awards,” Kleger said. “Sportsmanship is everything to me. It is a big part of the process of becoming the best player you can be.”


CourtSense Duo Captures Empire Cup National Doubles Title
CourtSense’s Stephanie Yakoff and her partner Elizabeth Tkachenko captured the title at the recent Empire Cup National Doubles Girls 12 Division Championship at Alley Pond Tennis Center. The duo won all four of their matches in straight sets and lost just seven games total on their way to the title. Yakoff followed that victory up by winning the singles title at the New Shrewsbury April Championships.


QuickStart Talent on Display at MatchPoint NYC
MatchPoint NYC held its annual Advanced QuickStart Orange Balls Tournament to showcase the progress and talent of its young players. In the end, Mathew Rakov won first place in the competition, while Katherine Krupnikova came in second and Rebecca Kvurt finished in third place.


St. John’s Coach Leo Sets School Record
Credit photo: St. John's University Athletics
St. John’s Women’s Tennis Head Coach Lauren Leo etched her name in the record books following a 4-3 win over Seton Hall. With the victory, the second year head coach set the program record for the most wins in a coach’s first two seasons with 29, surpassing the mark set by Sheila Wildermuth from 1974-1976.

Leo (center) is pictured below with the team's two seniors, Anna Morozova (left) and Stephanie Elgegren (right).


Tennis Innovators’ Vora Wins Girls 12s Division
Maya Vora of Tennis Innovators (pictured right) captured the title at the recent L3 Sportime Harbor Island April UPS in the Girls 12s Division.


NYJTL’s Akhmedjanova Receives USTA’s David N. Dinkins Scholarship
NYJTL’s Jamila Akhmedjanova has received USTA Eastern’s David N. Dinkins Scholarship Award, earning a one-week scholarship to the Evert Academy in Boca Raton, Fla. Growing up in Uzbekistan, Akhmedjanova has been playing tennis since she was six-years-old and has been a part of NYJTL’s tournament team since 2014. Jamila currently trains out of the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning.

Pictured below is Olga Harvey, senior director of Development at NYJTL, presenting Jamila with the David N. Dinkins Scholarship.


Columbia’s Men Win Fourth Consecutive Ivy League Title
Photo credit: Colombia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin
The Columbia Men’s Tennis team has won its fourth straight Ivy League title, beating Yale 5-2.

"I had never done three consecutive Conference Championships, and I thought that was a great accomplishment because we lost four guys and almost everybody was new last year," Columbia Head Coach Bid Goswami told "The older guys did a great job with the younger class, and with their help, it bodes well for our future."


Gilad Bloom Tennis’ Bennett Captures April Flowers Challenger Title
Bradley Bennett of Gilad Bloom Tennis captured the title at the L1B Alley Pond Tennis Center April Flowers Challenger in the Boys 14s Division. Bennett, the number two seed, won all of his matches in straight sets, defeating Nicholas Steiglehner 6-1, 6-1 in the tournament’s final.


Centercourt Seniors Sign Collegiate Letters of Intent
It’s that time of year where high school athletes make their decision on where to continue their athletic careers. Centercourt Tennis Academy hosted its National Letter of Intent Day where its graduating class made commitments to where they will continue their tennis careers.