Road to Rafa Tournament Series

 

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Centercourt Tennis is excited to introduce the Road to Rafa UTR Tournament Series!

Road to Rafa is a monthly UTR tournament. The tournament takes place on weekends. Matches will take place in our Morristown and Florham Park locations. The 2 players accumulating the most points at the end of the series will win. Winners will spend the week of June 16-23, 2019 at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Spain.

We’re two weeks into the Road to Rafa Tournament Series, and really excited by the response. Congratulations to our Week 1 and Week 2 winners:

Week 1

WINNER: Drew Oppermann | RUNNER UP: Aayush Vartak

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Week 2

WINNER: Andrew Zielinski | RUNNER UP: Ansh Vats

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To register and for more information please click on the link below:

REGISTER HERE

ROAD TO RAFA RANKINGS

Centercourt Tennis building international alliances through UTR matches

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UTR brought the tennis world a little closer yesterday at Centercourt Tennis Academy. Japan’s Masahiro Yoshida, who is visiting and training at the Centercourt Tennis Academy’s High Performance Program, played a match against Centercourt Athletic Club member Rahul Pawar. Pawar was playing in his first UTR match. The two 9.0-UTR players needed a third-set tiebreaker to decide the match. After the match the two took a photo for memory sake. Masahiro’s family runs a well-know tennis club in Chiba, Japan.

Rubin Claims First Ever Saint Barnabas Medical Center UTR Men’s Singles Championship


In what turned out to be an extremely successful weekend, filled with high intensity tennis and fun-filled extracurriculars, Long Island’s own Noah Rubin claimed the first place prize with a 6-1, 6-3 victory in the final.

With some incredible point play back and forth between the two finalists, Rubin proved to be the more dominant of the two as he sealed his straight set win. In addition to the Men’s Open final, the Men’s 40s final featured some high quality of play of its own, with Martin Bengtsson claiming the title.

Sunday’s main event featured over 300 people in attendance at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham. As the morning rain and clouds sailed on, making way for afternoon sunshine, fans in attendance were treated to not only high quality tennis, along with some fabulous food by Mexican Spice food truck, cocktails from the 13thstreetcocktails’ retro camper and live music by Poet Section.

In addition to the conclusion of tournament play, those in attendance were able to participate in the New York Open Skills Challenge.  

From New York City, the New York Open Skills Challenge team ran 2 courts filled with junior and adult players alike where they competed against one another for the best forehand, backhand and volley!

A big thank you to our Premier Sponsor:  Saint Barnabas Medical Center and to our Official Event Sponsors: New York Open Skills Challenge, Dunlop, New Balance and UTR.

The Centercourt Team commends Noah Rubin on his stellar performance at the Atlanta Open!

Fierce Competition Highlights Day One Under The Sun At Saint Barnabas Medical UTR Men’s Professional Tournament

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Chatham, NJ, Fierce Competition Highlights Day One Under The Sun At Saint Barnabas Medical UTR Men’s Professional Tournament

As the Saint Barnabas Medical UTR Men’s Professional Tournament kicked off, there was plenty of competition to go around for all to see. Play kicked off and was highlighted by number one seed and Long Island native, Noah Rubin (15.11 UTR) who breezed through his opening round against Rodrigo Vallejo, a wild card entry from the Dominican Republic, with a 6-0, 6-4 victory. The match of the day though came from one court over, featuring a marathon battle between former Columbia University standout, Winston Lin (13.62 UTR) and current Tulane University Junior, Tyler Schick (13.62 UTR). After a long hard fought battle, Lin was able to edge out Schick in three sets, coming through with a 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 victory.

Not to be forgotten during the latter half of play, was the Men’s 40s Singles play, which saw quite a few competitive matches of their own. Featured players included Centercourt’s own Clay Bibbee, CEO + Managing Partner, along with Sean Cahill, Centercourt’s Adult Tennis Director. As play continues, on what is expected to be a hot and sunny Saturday, featured matches can be seen beginning at 11am at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham. A full schedule of play can be found below:

Saturday, July 13th Schedule of Play

Men’s Open Singles – Quarterfinals (11am)

  • Noah Rubin (1) vs. Winston Lin – Court 12
  • Matija Pecotic (2) vs. Gary Kushnirovich – Court 11
  • Jose Olivares (3) vs. Karl Poling – Court 10
  • Sam Shropshire (4) vs. Shawn Hadavi – Court 9

 

Saturday, July 13th Schedule of Play

Men’s 40s Singles (2pm)

  • Raj Vaswani (1) vs. Steve Millerman (4) – Court 12
  • Martin Bengtsson vs. Clay Bibbee (3) – Court 11

 

A Full list of results from Day One can also be found below:

Friday, July 13th Results

Men’s Open Round 16 Results

  • Noah Rubin (1) defeated Rodrigo Vallejo – 6-0, 6-4
  • Winston Lin defeated Tyler Schick – 3-6, 7-6, 7-6
  • Shawn Hadavi defeated Sam Turchetta – 6-4, 6-2
  • Sam Shropshire (4) defeated Christopher Racz – 6-2, 6-1
  • Jose Olivares (3) defeated Abhijeet Joshi – 6-1, 6-4
  • Karl Poling defeated Cameron Silverman – 6-3, 7-6
  • Gary Kushnirovich defeated Julian Zlobinsky – 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
  • Matija Pecotic (2) defeated Brett Winters – 6-0, 6-1

 

Men’s 40s Quarterfinal Results

 

  • Raj Vaswani (1) defeated Johnathan Klein – 6-0, 6-0
  • Martin Bengtsson (2) defeated Chris Soulios – 6-1, 6-1
  • Clay Bibbee (3) defeated Frances Verpoucke – 6-0, 6-1
  • Steve Millerman (4) defeated Sean Cahill – 6-2, 7-6

 

Matches are FREE to watch throughout the week (just mention “St. Barnabas Open)

MEDIA: If you’re wishing to cover the event you can contact Asma Haq at asma@centercourtclub.com

 

 

 

Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham carries on a long tradition of hosting elite tennis tournaments

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Chatham, NJ JULY 13-15, 2018 — This weekend kicks off three straight days of top flight tennis at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham, NJ, with sixteen (16) professional players competing for the title at The Saint Barnabas Medical Center UTR Men’s Singles Professional Championship.

Players from all over the world will be making their way to New Jersey to feature in what will be a loaded draw, consisting of players ranging from an impressive 13 to over a 15 Universal Tennis Rating (UTR). This is shaping up to be a very exciting weekend of competition with sixteen (16) players competing for over $15k in prize money with $9,450 going to the champion!

The Men’s Open field is full of talent with Long Island native Noah Rubin featured as the 1st seed. With a 15.11 UTR, Noah currently holds a singles ranking of 169 in the world, with a career high of 161 in January of this year. Noah has gone toe to toe on the pro tour with the likes of Roger Federer, John Isner, and Kei Nishikori, as well as earning impressive wins over well-respected players such as Benoit Paire and Marcos Baghdatis at the 2016 Australian Open, and 2018 Geneva Open, respectively.

Prior to turning pro, Noah Rubin (singles ranking 169), played at Wake Forest University in 2015, reaching the NCAA singles final and becoming the 1st player to be named ACC Player and Freshman of the Year in same season.

In addition to the Men’s Open Professional Tournament, there will be a Men’s 40’s division, which will feature former collegiate standouts from Columbia University, Northwestern University, and the University of Louisville.

The weekend will be topped off with a “champions barbeque” during the Men’s Open finals. In addition, there will be an interactive tennis skills challenge sponsored by the newly featured ATP 250 tournament, the New York Open.

The champions party will also feature live music by Poet Section, with drinks being served by 13th Street Cocktails out of Philadelphia during and following the Men’s Open finals. Invitation to the courtside champions barbeque as well as general admission to the tournament is complimentary to all of the tennis community

“This is going to be an incredible weekend of professional tennis. I’d like to give a huge shout out to Saint Barnabas Medical Center for their support and bringing back elite tennis to the Northern New Jersey tennis community. All are welcome to Centercourt with hopes of a huge turnout from the local tennis community!”

– Clay Bibbee, CEO and Managing Partner, Centercourt Club+Sports

The schedule is as follows this weekend:

Friday, July 13
4:30pm: Round of 16 UTR Men’s Open Singles & Men’s 40’s Singles
6:30pm: Round of 16 UTR Men’s Open Singles & Men’s 40’s Singles

Saturday, July 14
09:00am: Quarters Men’s 40’s Singles
11:00am: Quarters UTR Men’s Open Singles
02:00pm: Semi Finals Men’s 40 Singles
04:00pm: Semi Finals UTR Men’s Open Singles

Sunday, July 15
2:30pm: Finals Men’s 40’s Singles
4:00pm: NY Open Skills Challenge
5:00pm: Saint Barnabas Championship Finals
Followed by BBQ + Open Finals
Live Music by Poet Section
Cocktails by 13th Street Cocktails PA

Please come and support what will be some great tennis this weekend at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham!

Media interested in covering the event or scheduling player interviews should contact Asma Haq, 703-473-6859 or asma@centercourtclub.com

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Official Sponsors:

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UTR competition at Centercourt Tennis

The holiday barbeques were put on hold until the Centercourt Academy 4th of July UTR Shootout competition was decided this past Wednesday at the club’s Florhan Park venue.

The event drew 18 players in two UTR divisions, 3-to-4.5 and the 6.0-and-up level.

Charlie Bibbee and Adrian Treacy were the co-champs in the 3-to-4.5 UTR level competition. Each player tallied 19 games won in the three 30-minute rounds, using no-ad scoring. Ryan Sun took top honors in the 6.0-and-up level, edging Aryan Dugar and Katey Peretz by two games.

Three other days of Shootout competition also saw winning players earn a $25 gift certificate from the club’s pro shop at it’s Chatham facility.

On Monday, Andrew Zielinski won the 1.5-3.0 level. Isabella DeLuccia won the 3.0-4.5 level on Tuesday, winning 22 games and former Mercer County Community College player Jeremy Gottlieb won the 7.0-and-up UTR level on Thursday.

Centercourt will host its second Summer Series UTR Tournament July 13-15. Players can register for the tournament at myutr.com.

UTR competition at Centercourt Tennis

It has been a busy two weeks of UTR competition at Centercourt Academy,  to start off its summer programming. In addition to weekly weekend UTR match play, the club introduced its creative,  innovative and fast-paced shootout concept, as well as its Florham Park location hosting a 40-player UTR tournament in three division.

In the Shootout competition, players compete in three rounds of 30-minute play with no-ad scoring against three different opponents. The player who tallies the highest game total receives a $25 gift certificate at the club’s pro shop.

Approximately 100 players participated in the first week of shootout action.

First-week winners were Audrey Lee in the 1.5-to-3.0 level; Hudson Bonetti in the 4.5-to-6.0 level and Sebastian Wroe in the 6.5-and-up level. Last week, Audrey Lee repeated as the 1.5-3.0 level winner; Aarush Dwivedi won the 3.0-to-4.5 level while Vinay Venugopal and Rachel Shukham won the 4.5-to-6-0 level on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

Centercourt CEO, Clay Bibbee joined in on the UTR action, winning Thursday’s 7.0 and above division.

In the UTR tournament, players were guaranteed two matches, including a consolation-round match, which of course counted toward their UTR rating. Ari Bersch won the 16-player under 6.0 UTR division and Pratheek Thota was the runner-up. Arihan Hukeri didn’t lose a set en route to winning the eight-player 3.0 and under division. Audrey Lee played quite a bit of UTR tennis last week and ended the week with a runner-up spot. Teo Bengtsson won the 4.5-and-under UTR category

The club’s shootout competition will run throughout the summer, as well its weekly weekend match play.

California Dreaming

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Only four months into the year, and it already looks as if 2018 is shaping up to be one for the ages at Centercourt Tennis Acadmey.

Continuing to build off their recent respective successes, CTA players, which included Evan Wen, Samir Banerjee, and Michael Zheng, took their talents out west to the California desert for the 2018 Easter Bowl, held specifically in Indian Wells, which hosts one of the most prestigious Masters 1000 tennis events for the ATP and WTA tours. The Easter Bowl comes with a long list of professional players, some of which are hall of fame players, who competed at the event themselves. The list includes players such as Andy Roddick, Pete Sampras, Justin Gimelstob, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Jennifer Capriati, Pam Shriver, and Tracy Austin. Also included in the CTA army was Michael Sun, recent Yale University commit, who made his mark at the Boys 18s ITF tournament, held in Newport Beach, where he eventually fell in the semifinal round in both singles and doubles.

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Over at the Easter Bowl, under the watchful eye and tutelage of Centercourt’s Clay Bibbee, three of Centercourt’s finest were ready to leave their marks on the tournament.

Sitting atop the boy’s 14s draw was Samir Banerjee, the first seed, who in dominant fashion made his way through to the semifinals without dropping a single set. Upon reaching the semifinal, Samir dug deep and pulled through in a tough 3-set match, to earn himself a spot to the final. On the bottom half of the draw, sixth seeded Evan Wen also made his way through to the semifinals without dropping a single set, where he ultimately fell just short in what would have been an all Centercourt final. Despite a first round loss, Michael Zheng fought every moment throughout his match, where the scoreline could have easily tipped into his direction if not for a couple crucial points at high-pressure moments.

Coming off a hard fought semifinal victory, Samir somehow found it within him to keep pace in the final.

Unfortunately, after securing the first set, Samir eventually fell to his opponent in the 2nd and 3rd set. Despite the loss, Samir and Evan both fought valiantly throughout the whole tournament, earning themselves a Silver Ball and Bronze Ball, respectively, for their efforts in singles. Both Samir and Evan, did not stop there however, as the duo linked up to make the finals of the doubles event, where they would eventually fall in a final set tiebreaker to their competition. Samir and Evan would claim an additional Silver Ball each, for their efforts in doubles.

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As mentioned earlier, CEO + Managing Partner, and one the finest coaching minds at Centercourt, Clay Bibbee accompanied the boys on their successful trip and had nothing but praise for all of the competitors. “I am extremely proud of all the boys that came out to California and left not only Centercourt’s mark, but their own mark personally on the rest of the Tennis world,” said Coach Clay. “The level of competition throughout the event was extremely fierce, and I could not be happier with the effort shown by all of CTA’s players. A huge shoutout and big thank you to all of the coaches both past and present, who have worked tirelessly with our CTA players, especially with Samir, Evan, Michael Zheng, and Michael Sun,” Bibbee added.

Be sure to keep an eye out for future updates on all of our CTA players and athletes and their success throughout the year as Centercourt continues to strive for nothing but excellence, announcing themselves further to the rest of the world.

Press Release: Centercourt Club and Sports unveils an exciting new partnership with Dunlop Sports

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Centercourt Club and Sports unveils an exciting new partnership with Dunlop Sports that will see Dunlop as the exclusive provider of tennis racquets and tennis balls at the Centercourt Sports Facilities.

The partnership, effective immediately, brings the leader in racquet technology as the official equipment and ball sponsor to the Centercourt Tennis events, programs and teams at their world class facilities located in New Jersey.  Kai Nitsche, Vice President and General Manager at Dunlop Sports Group Americas: “This is an incredibly exciting partnership for Dunlop to have with Centercourt Clubs, it continues our important brand investment at the grassroots level.”

The Centercourt leadership team was impressed with Dunlop’s vision for investing and growing the sport of tennis which parallels the mission and vision of the Centercourt Sports Company.   Clay Bibbee, Managing Partner and CEO of Centercourt Sports: “We are thrilled to be partners with Dunlop Sports, the leader in racquet and tennis ball technology. The partnership will help us to continue to deliver a first class product at all of our tennis facilities as we maintain our leadership position in the tristate area of growing the game of tennis on all levels.”

Centercourt Sports offers a full complement of Tennis programming and events for adults, junior development and the high performance tennis players while also hosting signature tennis events and tournaments throughout the year at their tennis development centers.