Brian Coleman
Brooklyn fifth-grader Kayla Moore is a dedicated young tennis player who trains at Gotham Tennis Academy and Stadium Tennis Center in the Bronx. And despite her age, Moore has already set lofty goals for herself as she pursues a tennis career. “My goal is to become a professional tennis player,”...Read more
To fully develop a player at every level of the game, there needs to be coaching at every level of the game.
Caleb Astwood
Tennis is one of those unique sports in that for the majority of a junior’s competitive career, the only people who consistently watch them play are their parents. Unlike team sports where the coach is with the team at practice and matches, tennis coaches often coach their hour-long private lesson...Read more
I believe, for juniors especially, coaching is about being a role model and a positive influence in their life.
Michael Forte
“I made it to the final of my tournament last week!” “I got a baby puppy this week!” “My AP History class is killing me!” These are just a few of the phrases I hear on a weekly basis from students during lessons/programs, and it’s easy to assume they are being talkative or only desire attention...Read more
In early February, more than 2,000 students from the Rochester City School District took part in a tennis workshop to commemorate Arthur Ashe Legacy Lives Day.
Brian Coleman
This article first appeared in the March/April 2020 issue of New York Tennis Magazine. You can read the full digital edition by clicking here . In early February, more than 2,000 students from the Rochester City School District took part in a tennis workshop to commemorate Arthur Ashe Legacy Lives...Read more
The fifth annual JMTA College Recruiting Combine will be held on June 20 and June 21.
Press Release
Helping young athletes attend the colleges of their choice, on full tennis scholarships whenever possible, is a primary goal of SPORTIME and of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA). With dozens of JMTA students currently competing at top colleges across the country, the Academy announced the 2020...Read more
Chris Lewit
As a coach, I counsel many families about how much tennis children should train at different ages and whether to cross-train in other sports and it’s a common question on my podcast, The Prodigy Maker Show. The bottom line is that every kid is different. Some can play tennis exclusively from the...Read more
In the 24 years that I have been a teaching pro, I have witnessed bizarre behavior from parents of junior players.
Gilad Bloom
About two years ago I went to watch one of my students play a USTA Eastern Section tournament. It was a 12U event, his opponent was a nice little player and it was a close match. However, I noticed right away that the kid kept looking at his watch before and after every point; it looked strange. It...Read more
Brian Coleman
In the summer of 2019, some of the best junior tennis players from across the country gathered at the Winward Lake Club in Alpharetta, Ga. for the USTA Girls 12s National Championships. The tournament is one of the more prestigious ones on the junior circuit, and can provide a real test for the...Read more
Geoffrey Jagdfeld
As a director of tennis at clubs and programs for more than 20 years, I’ve seen all the sides of tournament play … as a player, coach, tournament director and USTA official. Unfortunately, the number of players participating in tournaments these days is lower than in year’s past. Part of the issue...Read more
From left to right: Cary Leeds Executive Director of Tennis Liezel Huber, Shawn Mitchell Yon, Mayor's Cup Tournament Director Pam Glick and Cary Leeds' Director of High Performance Tony Huber.
Brian Coleman
When Shawn Mitchell Yon was in the first grade at P.S. 295, he was introduced to the game of tennis through a program run at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens. “I was one of the few kids selected to try out for the program,” he recalls. “The school transported us to the site and I’ve loved the game ever...Read more