Helping young athletes attend the colleges of their choice, on full tennis scholarships when possible, is a foundational goal of SPORTIME and of JMTA. With dozens of JMTA students currently competing at top colleges across the country, today the Academy announced the Sixth Annual, 2022, John McEnroe Tennis Academy College Recruiting Combine, scheduled for the weekend of June 25-26, to be held at SPORTIME Randall's Island, the NYC home of JMTA.
The Combine, a substantial success in its first five years, will again give select rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, from around the country and beyond, JMTA students and non-JMTA students, the opportunity to showcase their technical and tactical tennis skills, and their athletic abilities, in front of coaches from top colleges and universities. Last year, the Combine introduced a new live-streaming platform, which gave players the opportunity to perform for more coaches than ever before, as over 100 coaches from across the country “attended” the event, virtually, adding to those who attended in-person.
“One of the driving forces at JMTA is our commitment to preparing our players for college tennis, and to helping them find the colleges and universities that best suit their needs,” said John McEnroe. “After an amazing first five years of the JMTA Combine, we are excited about growing it in upcoming years. As our world-class facility on Randall’s Island expands, to include more coaches and more students, we are confident that it will continue to be a great resource for both.”
John is referencing the expansion of SPORTIME Randall’s Island from a 20-court to a 30-court facility, along with many other related improvements, currently underway. In the context of the expansion construction, 10 of SPORTIME’s 20 courts will be under construction from June through August, 2022, which is why, for JMTA Combine 2022, enrollment is limited to only 40 boys and 40 girls. Despite slightly reduced capacity in 2022, coaches representing all three NCAA Divisions are expected to attend. 2022 commitments to-date have been more impressive than ever, including coaches from Brown, Baylor, Cornell, Dartmouth, Penn State, William & Mary, Wake Forest, and many other top programs, with many more coaches expected to confirm their attendance before the Combine. Representatives from prestigious leagues, including the Ivy League, ACC, Big East, SEC, Big 10, Patriot League and NESCAC attended in previous years, and are expected again this year.
Interested players may get more information and apply to participate in the Combine at www.Sportime.com/JMTACombine. Combine applications will be accepted from March 15th through May 31st for the 80 Combine spots available for 40 boys and 40 girls. The Combine Selection Committee will evaluate each application based upon objective criteria, and applicants will be informed of their status as “admitted” or “wait-listed”. Those who are wait-listed will be contacted if they are, subsequently, admitted.
Player check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. for all players on both Combine days. Participants will compete in singles and doubles match play with tracked results that count toward their UTRs. Players will also receive athletic performance assessments, and will be invited to participate in Sports Vision Testing and in a College Coaches’ Panel Discussion. Combine partner, Tennis Analytics, will be video-recording all matches and will offer participant packages, including match videos with detailed analytics. Included for each Combine participant is an integrated recruiting package, including the match videos, available, digitally, to both participants and coaches, at the touch of a button on their personal Player Portals.