Helping young athletes attend the colleges of their choice, on full tennis scholarships whenever possible, is a primary goal of SPORTIME and of JMTA. With dozens of JMTA students currently competing at top colleges across the country, today the Academy announced the Fifth Annual, 2021, John McEnroe Tennis Academy College Recruiting Combine, scheduled for the weekend of June 26-27, to be held at SPORTIME Randall's Island, the NYC home of JMTA.
After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Combine, a substantial success in its first four years, will again give select rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, from around the country and beyond, JMTA students and non-JMTA students, the opportunity to showcase their technical and tactical tennis skills, and their athletic abilities, in front of coaches from top colleges and universities. This year, with the introduction of our new streaming platform, players will have the opportunity to do so for more coaches than ever before, as the event will not only be attended by coaches, in-person, but will be attended virtually by coaches from across the country.
“One of the driving forces at JMTA is our commitment to preparing our players for college tennis, and to helping them to find the colleges and universities that best suit their needs” said John McEnroe. “After an amazing first four years of the JMTA Combine, we are excited to be expanding the JMTA Combine in 2021 to include more coaches and more students, and we are confident that it will be a great resource for both.”
Just as in the past, coaches representing all three NCAA Divisions are expected to attend. 2021 commitments have been more impressive than ever, including coaches from Brown, Baylor, Cornell, Dartmouth, Penn State, William & Mary, Wake Forest,and many other top programs, with many more coaches expected to confirm their attendance before the Combine. Representatives from prestigious leagues, including the Ivy League, ACC, Big East, SEC, Big 10, Patriot League and NESCAC attended in previous years, and are expected again this year.
Interested players may get more information and apply to participate in the Combine at www.Sportime.com/JMTACombine. Combine applications will be accepted from March 15th through May 31st for the 120 Combine spots available, for 60 boys and 60 girls. The Combine Selection Committee will evaluate each application based upon objective criteria, and applicants will be informed of their status as “admitted” or “wait-listed”. Those who are wait-listed will be contacted if they are, subsequently, admitted.
Player check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. for all players on both Combine days. Participants will compete in singles and doubles match play with tracked results that count toward their UTRs.
Players will also receive athletic performance assessments, and will be invited to participate in Sports Vision Testing and in a College Coaches’ Panel Discussion. Combine partner Tennis Analytics will be video-recording all matches and will offer participant packages, including match videos with detailed analytics. Included for each Combine participant is an integrated recruiting package, including the match videos, available, digitally, to both participants and coaches, at the touch of a button on their personal Player Portals.