Tennis Hall of Famer John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe, Chris Evert, Mats Wilander, Pat Cash and other Tennis Legends will participate in the Johnny Mac Tennis Project’s (JMTP) Third Annual JMTP Pro Am in the Hamptons on Saturday, August 26. The star-studded event will raise funds to support JMTP programs that change young lives by removing the economic and social barriers to success through tennis.
“The Johnny Mac Tennis Project believes that tennis is a change agent and a sport of opportunity for kids,” says JMTP Executive Director Ron Nano. “Our Tennis Pathway to Success® initiative provides multiple, year-round opportunities, from introductory programs provided to schools and community-based organizations, which focus on cultivating healthy lifestyles and self-discipline, to world-class tournament training for aspiring college scholarship recipients and professional athletes.”
John McEnroe shares, “We have created an annual event with 128 players, which is the size of a Grand Slam draw - pretty incredible. This year, we have added Chris Evert and Pat Cash to the group, joining my brother Patrick, me, and Mats, with more players to come. It is all about the mission - to bring tennis to New York City kids who could not otherwise get to play, and to make some great New York players.”
The annual Pro Am draws amateur players anxious to compete with top talent and alongside legendary tennis pros in a memorable afternoon of doubles matches.
The JMTP Pro Am will be held from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at SPORTIME Amagansett at 320 Abrahams Path, Town of East Hampton. Participants will compete in a round-robin doubles tournament (up to seven rounds of approximately 15-20 minutes each) alongside former WTA and ATP World Tour professionals, current and former Division I College players, and top John McEnroe Tennis Academy pros. In total, there will be 64 professional players partnered with 64 amateurs.
The Pro Am will include an exclusive Benefactor Level, in which eight lucky amateurs will compete with and against the tennis legends, and current and former ATP and WTA touring athletes. All Benefactors will get to play seven rounds of doubles against other Benefactor Pro Am teams.
Immediately following the tennis event will be an After Party at SPORTIME Amagansett for players, guests and fans. Dress will be casual and guests, hosted by Johnny Mac and friends, will enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner, an open bar, live entertainment and dancing, a live auction and more.
“This annual event is a unique and exciting opportunity in the Hamptons, right before the U.S. Open, to play or watch some great tennis, to see some Tennis Legends competing close-up, and to support a great cause,” says Patrick McEnroe, who serves as President of JMTP’s Board of Directors. “Most importantly, this event allows us to continue bringing tennis to kids and young adults who otherwise would not have access to the sport.”
JMTP’s Pro Am in the Hamptons sponsors include: Bird in Hand, Hamptons Magazine, HEAD Penn, Nike, and SPORTIME/ John McEnroe Tennis Academy.