Helping young athletes attend the colleges of their choice, on full tennis scholarships whenever possible, is a primary goal of SPORTIME and of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA). With dozens of JMTA students currently competing at top colleges across the country, the Academy announced the 2020 John McEnroe Tennis Academy College Recruiting Combine, scheduled for Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21, to be held at SPORTIME Randall's Island, the New York City home of JMTA.
The Combine, a big success in each of the past four 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.
“One of the driving forces at JMTA is our commitment to preparing our players for college tennis, and helping them to find their best college fit,” said John McEnroe. “After an amazing first four years of the JMTA Combine, we are excited to be expanding the JMTA Combine in 2020 to include more coaches and more students, and we are confident that it will be a great resource for both.”
Just as in the past four summers, coaches representing all three NCAA Divisions are expected to attend. The commitments for 2020 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 last year, and are expected again this year.
Interested players can get more information and apply to participate in the Combine at www.SportimeNY.com/JMTACombine. Combine applications will be accepted until Monday, June 1 for the 120 Combine spots available, for 60 boys and 60 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. 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, which videos will be available for participants to send directly to college coaches. Included for each Combine participant is an integrated recruiting package, available, digitally, to both participants and coaches, at the touch of a button on their personal Player Portals.