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By Tennis Now | @Tennis_Now | Thursday, May 9, 2024
New York area juniors can play for a scholarship to the Johnny Mac Tennis Project.

Sportime, the home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, and the Johnny Mac Tennis Project present their annual scholarship tryout and athletic scouting combine at Sportime Randall's Island, Saturday June 15th.

Tryout for players ages 8-16, Sportime, JMTA and JMTP will award full and partial scholarships to selected tryout and combine participants for the 2024-2025 season at Sportime Randall's Island.

For the eleventh year, young hopefuls 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 15th, as JMTA coaches seek to discover untapped tennis and athletic talent.

The goal of both the tryout and the combine is to find young players who are deserving of full or partial scholarships to attend the Sportime and JMTA program starting in fall 2024.

The event is a joint initiative of Sportime, JMTA and the Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP), a 501(c)(3) charity that strives to change 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.

The tryout is open to players ages 8-16, who do not currently participate in Sportime/JMTA programs, but who have some tennis experience. The tryout will take place on Saturday, June 15th, from 9:30am-12:00pm, with check-in at 8:30am. The tryout will include tennis and athletic drills, point/match play and athletic/fitness testing.

The combine is open to athletes ages 6-10, with little or no tennis experience, who currently excel in other sports and/or who demonstrate an above-average athletic skill set, and will take place 1:00pm to 2:00pm, with check in from 12:30pm to 1:00pm. The combine will include athletic drills and testing.

Participants will be evaluated by a Selection Committee consisting of Sportime/JMTA directors, coaches and leaders, including JMTA Executive Director Patrick McEnroe.

“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 Executive 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 15th.”

Scholarship winners for both the tryout and combine will be notified at a later date.

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

Photo credit: Sportime/John McEnroe Tennis Academy