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Johnny Mac Tennis Project Tryouts in Harlem; Tennis Stars John McEnroe & Patrick McEnroe Hope to "Bring the Buzz Back" to NYC Tennis

Posted August 22, 2017

tennis superstars John McEnroe and Patrick McEnroe hosted 50 New York City kids at Harlem’s Frederick Johnson Playground for academy scholarship tryouts. Hailing largely from neighborhoods in the South Bronx and East Harlem, youngsters arrived at the playground’s tennis courts—shoes laced tight and rackets in hand—to take part in a series of physical and mental agility tests, in the hopes of being invited to attend the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, through the Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP) scholarship program.

As John McEnroe told the publication amNY at the event: "My goal since I started this academy seven years ago is to be more inclusive and to make tennis more affordable and available to more kids. The idea of having a champion come out of Harlem or the Bronx or Queens -- specifically the city -- that would be the most rewarding thing.”After speaking with the kids, McEnroe gathered the group in a circle and led a cheer of “New York City!”

A nonprofit affiliated with the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, the Johnny Mac Tennis Project was created by John McEnroe to remove social and economic barriers to tennis participation for NYC kids and to bridge the gap between recreational community-based programs and advanced tennis training. JMTP provides a pathway to success through competitive tennis, often leading to college scholarships, careers in the industry and, for a few, professional tennis careers. Since its inception in 2012, over 4,700 East Harlem and South Bronx youth living adjacent to the SPORTIME/JMTA facilities on Randall's Island have enjoyed the sport of tennis through free community programs offered to their schools.




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