Join The Johnny Mac Tennis Project And SPORTIME Annual Scholarship Tryouts

May 9, 2023

For the eleventh year, young hopefuls from Harlem to Hartford area will be out in force at  SPORTIME Randall’s Island.

The flagship location of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA), on Saturday, June 17th, 2023, as JMTA coaches seek to discover untapped tennis and athletic talent. 

The goal of both the tryout and the combine is to find young players who are deserving of full or partial scholarships to attend SPORTIME and JMTA program, starting in Fall 2023. 

The event is a joint initiative of the Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP) and SPORTIME/JMTA. JMTP, a 501(c)(3) charity, changes young lives through its commitment and efforts to remove racial, economic and social barriers to success through tennis. The organization provides free tennis programs and scholarships to under-resourced young athletes from the NY Metropolitan area, providing a pathway to success through high-level coaching and competitive tennis opportunities. The ultimate goal is to lead these young people to college scholarships, careers in the industry and, for a few, professional tennis careers. 

Open only to players ages 7-16, who do not currently participate in SPORTIME/JMTA programs but have some tennis experience, the tryout will take place on Saturday, June 17th, 2023, from 9:30 am-12:00 pm, with check-in at 8:30am. Participants will be evaluated by a Selection Committee, consisting of SPORTIME/JMTA directors, coaches and leaders, including JMTA Co-Directors Lawrence Kleger and Patrick McEnroe. The tryout will include tennis and athletic drills, point/match play and athletic/fitness testing. 


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“We look forward to our scholarship tryout day each year, as it is an opportunity to meet new talented athletes and their families,”  said JMTA Co-Director Patrick McEnroe. “Our mission is to provide access to quality tennis programs for those who may not otherwise have that opportunity. We are excited to welcome young players to the Academy and look forward to another great tryout. I urge anyone interested in learning more to be sure to attend on June 17th.” 

Scholarship winners for both the tryout and combine will be notified at a later date. Means testing is a requirement for JMTP scholarships so winners will be required to submit requisite financial information prior to approval.  

SPORTIME Randall’s Island and JMTP are located at One Randall’s Island, in Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan. For more information, parents of interested players/athletes can email scholarshipnyc@sportimeny.com or visit  www.SportimeNY.com/JMTA

Proper athletic attire, including footwear, is required. Participants will have access to locker room facilities. Water will be available on court. SPORTIME Randall’s Island features the “Courtside Cafe” with a variety of food, snack  and beverage options, and a full-service pro shop, including professional stringing services. Registrants can visit https://www.sportimeny.com/jmtascholarship for online registration or to print and submit via postal mail, online form or fax.  

Sportime Clubs 

Since 1994, Sportime has been proud to operate the finest tennis and sports facilities in New York State. Sportime locations currently offer over 188 indoor and outdoor tennis courts, as well as rinks, turf, camps, gyms and more, at 15 sites across Long Island, in NYC, in Westchester and in the NY Capital Region. Sportime clubs are state-of-the-art, yet affordable, and feature the best tennis, sports and fitness facilities and programs, including the John  McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA) and Sportime Volleyball Club (VBC). Sportime clubs serve individuals of every age  and athletic ability, 365 days a year. Learn more: www.sportimeny.com

The Johnny Mac Tennis Project 

The Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP) changes young lives through its efforts to remove the racial, economic and social barriers to success through tennis. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by tennis legend John McEnroe, JMTP  introduces the sport of tennis as a life-long health, fitness and social activity to thousands of under-resourced New  York City area children. For a smaller group of dedicated young athletes, JMTP provides a pathway to success through competitive tennis, leading to college scholarships, careers in the industry, and, for a few, professional tennis careers and, perhaps, Grand Slam titles. Learn more: www.jmtpny.org

The John McEnroe Tennis Academy 

In September 2010, tennis legend John McEnroe and SPORTIME partnered to launch the John McEnroe Tennis  Academy, in John’s hometown of New York City, at the SPORTIME Randall’s Island Tennis Center in Manhattan. SPORTIME Randall’s Island is SPORTIME’s flagship location, and the flagship location of the Academy. In September  2012, JMTA expanded to SPORTIME Lake Isle, an 8-court, state-of-the-art, year-round facility in lower Westchester,  and to SPORTIME Syosset in central Long Island, an 11-court indoor facility that has long served as SPORTIME’s high-performance training center on Long Island. In 2015, JMTA Summer Tennis Training was added in the  Hamptons, at SPORTIME Amagansett, SPORTIME’s 34-court, seasonal, outdoor tennis facility in the Town of East  Hampton. With the satellite locations, the JMTA brand currently covers 4 sites with a total of 73 tennis courts,  serving approximately 1,500 players annually.  

John’s passion and belief is that great players can be developed in urban settings, while still having the opportunity to live at home, pursue their educational goals, and participate in a variety of sports and extracurricular activities.  The Academy works to recruit the most talented and highly motivated young athletes in the New York  Metropolitan area and beyond. Inspired by the vision and daily presence of Johnny Mac, under the guidance of  JMTA Managing Director, Bennett Schlansky, executed daily by Co-Directors Patrick McEnroe and Lawrence Kleger,  and featuring an international staff of tennis, athletic training, and performance directors and coaches, JMTA  delivers a complete on and off-court training program, including mental toughness, sports vision training, video analytics and more, designed to assure the best possible outcome for serious junior players. JMTA’s youngest students, who train with red and orange balls on 36’ and 60’ courts, participate in cutting-edge Mac Red and Mac Orange programs designed by world-renowned U-10 visionary, and SPORTIME’s Global Executive Director of  Tennis, Mike Barrell, and executed by SPORTIME/JMTA’s expert U-10 directors and coaches.

Learn more: www.SportimeNY.com/JMTA.

Photo credit: The McEnroe Brothers Host Young Tennis Players At Scholarship Tryout In Harlem (source).

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