Scholarships to increase access to high-level tennis training for low-income players
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John McEnroe with inaugural Johnny Mac Tennis Project Sponsored Scholarship Recipient David Burke of the Bronx, N.Y.


The Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP) announced today that John McEnroe has donated the inaugural scholarship to officially launch the JMTP Sponsored Scholarship Program. Through the program, individual or institutional donors sponsor a young tennis aspirant who would otherwise lack the financial capability to fully develop his or her tennis potential.

Donors work with JMTP leadership to set the selection criteria for their named scholarship, and receive regular updates on their player’s progress. Scholarship recipients will train exclusively with world-class coaches at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA). All Sponsored Scholarships provide for the year-round on-court training necessary for a child to compete at a sectional level. Additionally, Grand Slam-level scholarships fund the tournament travel, equipment, and off-court training required for a player to compete at a national or international level. A 4-year sponsorship commitment is requested to ensure continuity in the child’s training.

“Participating in sports transforms lives, and we’re committed to removing the financial barriers that prevent so many kids from playing tennis,” said John McEnroe. “I am thrilled to be personally kicking off this program because these scholarships will help some very deserving kids pursue their dreams of playing tennis at a high level, and will let donors see firsthand how their contributions directly impact the recipients.” 

McEnroe’s call to action has already been answered by another donor, who has committed to immediately sponsoring a player. The inaugural John McEnroe Tennis Scholarship has been awarded to David Clarke, a 13-year old 5-Star recruit from the Bronx, NY. The 8th-grader was born on the same day as his favorite tennis player, Rafael Nadal, and received his first  tennis racquet when he was just eight-months-old. With the support of JMTP, David has been training at JMTA since 2018, and finished his last year of Boys 12s with a national ranking of number 3 in the United States.

“David was selected for this scholarship because we are impressed with his ambition and his undeniable potential,” said McEnroe. “I know what a game changer tennis can be and our goal is to continue to support David’s dreams as he develops his game and benefits from the great sport of tennis on and off the court.”

“It is an honor to receive this scholarship and recognition from someone I truly admire,” said David. “I am so grateful for the support I have received from JMTP, and my coaches at JMTA, as well as my family and friends. I look forward to continuing to work hard and making everyone proud. Thank you John!”

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