| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Samantha Sklar

Young hopefuls from across Long Island were on-hand at SPORTIME Syosset, the Long Island home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA) on June 27 to try out for a full scholarship to attend JMTA at SPORTIME Syosset for the 2015-2016 season. The day entailed a variety of tryout evaluation sessions.

The tryout was open to players ages six through 16, as the Scholarship Committee evaluated players as they participated in tennis drills, athletic assessments and played in matches.  

"There are so many good players here, it will be hard to determine who to pick to receive the scholarship," said Lawrence Kleger, JMTA Director. "I am looking for attitude, effort, character, athletic ability and tennis ability." 

Another Scholarship Committee member, Mike Kossoff, director of tennis at Sportime Bethpage, added: "It was a fantastic turnout. I am looking for a kid who is motivated, with the goal to be the best tennis player they could be. Noah Rubin and Jamie Loeb being in the NCAA Finals this year, and Jaime being an NCAA Champion, they both came through the Sportime system. To give back to a local Long Island kid and give them the opportunity to play tennis brings a smile to my face."

The scholarship winner will be notified by Monday, July 6.

Credit all phots to Samantha & Sarah Sklar