Eight boys and girls, ranging in age from seven to 16, were introduced this week as winners of full or partial scholarships to the John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA). Each were among approximately 170 participants ages six through 17 in an open tryout on July 21, and the eight were honored on-court during the World TeamTennis matchup between the New York Sportimes and Washington Kastles at Sportime Randall's Island.
The eight winners were:
►Palmer Clare, North Bellmore, N.Y. (16);
►Diane McCready, Brooklyn, N.Y. (11);
►Natalie Eordekian, Woodside, N.Y. (7);
►Cameron Daniels, Oakland Gardens, N.Y. (15);
►Leonte Wilder, Plainfield, N.J. (11);
►Sean Wei, Yorktown Heights, N.Y. (12);
►Tomas Kopczynski, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. (12); and
►Amber O'Dell, Chesterfield, Mich. (11)
In all, 23 semifinalists advanced to an afternoon session at the tryout, from which the winners were selected.
“These eight boys and girls showed a great deal of potential and positive, winning attitude,” said McEnroe. “I was pleased with how much talent and competitive spirit we saw at the tryout, and my Academy staff and I are looking forward to working with these exceptional young athletes to maximize their abilities.”
The JMTA, expanding with annexes on Long Island and in Westchester to open in September 2012, continues to draw a wide range of talented young people from all walks of life who are interested in learning tennis from its Hall of Fame namesake and from the elite team of JMTA coaches that have been assembled. The third annual session of the Academy will begin in September.
The day-long tryout was held at the JMTA Flagship location, Sportime Randall’s Island, with young players between the ages of six and 17 having worked out for JMTA coaches. McEnroe observed and evaluated the players in the second opportunity for young players to participate in open tryouts for spots in the JMTA. In July 2010, over 300 young people participated in tryouts, with five boys and seven girls awarded full or partial scholarships to the JMTA.