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Johnny Mac Project's Scholarship Tryouts

Juniors can play their way into a scholarship at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy.

For the 11th year, young juniors from across the tri-state area will be out in force at Sportime Randall's Island, the flagship location of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA), on Saturday, June 17th, as JMTA coaches seek to discover untapped tennis and athletic talent.

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The goal of both the tryout and the combine is to find young players who are deserving of full or partial scholarships to attend Sportime and JMTA program, starting in Fall 2023.

The scholarship tryout is a joint initiative of the Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP) and SPORTIME/JMTA. JMTP, a 501(c)(3) charity, changes young lives through its commitment and efforts to remove racial, economic and social barriers to success through tennis. The organization provides free tennis programs and scholarships to under-resourced young athletes from the NY Metropolitan area, providing a pathway to success through high level coaching and competitive tennis opportunities.

The ultimate goal is to lead these young people to college scholarships, careers in the industry and, for a few, professional tennis careers. Open only to players ages 7-16, who do not currently participate in Sportime/JMTA programs, but who have some tennis experience, the tryout will take place on Saturday, June 17th, from 9:30 am-12:00 pm, with check-in at 8:30 am.

Participants will be evaluated by a Selection Committee, consisting of Sportime/JMTA directors, coaches and leaders, including JMTA Co-Directors Lawrence Kleger and Patrick McEnroe. The tryout will include tennis and athletic drills, point/match play and athletic/fitness testing.

“We look forward to our scholarship tryout day each year, as it is an opportunity to meet new talented athletes and their families," said JMTA Co-Director Patrick McEnroe. “Our mission is to provide access to quality tennis programs for those who may not otherwise have that opportunity. We are excited to welcome young players to the Academy and look forward to another great tryout. I urge anyone interested in learning more to be sure to attend on June 17th.”

Scholarship winners for both the tryout and combine will be notified at a later date. Means testing is a requirement for JMTP scholarships so winners will be required to submit requisite financial information prior to approval.

Sportime Randall's Island and JMTP are located at One Randall’s Island, in Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan.

For more information, parents of interested players/athletes can email [email protected] or visit

Proper athletic attire, including footwear, is required. Participants will have access to locker room facilities. Water will be available on court. 

Registrants can visit for online registration or to print and submit via postal mail, online form or fax.

Photo credit: John McEnroe Tennis Academy