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

 

 

 

Saint Barnabas Medical Center takes major sponsorship role in the first Saint Barnabas Medical Center UTR 15K Men’s Singles Championships at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham

CENTERCOURT ATHLETIC CLUB CONTINUES TRADITION OF HOSTING ELITE TENNIS

Saint Barnabas Medical Center takes major sponsorship role in the first Saint Barnabas Medical Center UTR 15K Men’s Singles Championships at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham

Chatham, NJ, July 13, 2018 – This weekend kicks off 3 days of high level Men’s Tennis with sixteen players from all over North America arriving in Chatham to compete for over 15K in prize money.

 Friday’s Featured Matches – Round of 16

4pm – (1) Noah Rubin (15.11) vs Rodrigo Vallejo (wildcard):

Top seed Noah Rubin is from Long Island, NY, and is currently ranked #169 in the world.  In 2014 Noah was the #6 ranked junior in the world, #1 in the USA, and was the Wimbledon Junior Singles Champion.  He went on to an All-American college career at Wake Forest University where he was ranked as high as #5 nationally, made the finals of the NCAA Men’s Singles Championships, and was the ACC Player of the Year in 2015.

Rodrigo Vallejo is from the Dominican Republic and has a career high ranking of 1120 in the world. He played for the Dominican Republic Davis Cup team for 10 years, was a Davis Cup Captain, and has coached players such as Tommy Haas, Taylor Dent, Nicole Vaidisova, and Kei Nishikori.

 6pm – (3) Jose Olivares (14.12) vs Ajhibeet Joshi (12.54)

Third seed Jose Olivares comes to Centercourt from the Dominican Republic.  He was ranked as high as #159 in the world as a junior, is currently ranked #690 in the world and is a current member of the Dominican Republic Davis Cup Team.   

 AJ is from Long Hill, New Jersey, and is a graduate of the Full-Time program at Centercourt Tennis Academy.  Ranked #1 in the Eastern Section of the United States at the ages of 14, 16, and 18, AJ was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school in 2017 before taking his talents to Northwestern University, where he recently completed a successful freshman season.

Admission to this event is free and it is open to the public. First round matches begin at 4PM and 6PM

Friday’s Featured Matches – Quarter Finals | Men’s 40s

 4pm – (4) Steve Millerman vs. Sean Cahill

 Steve Millerman an active member of Centercourt Athletic Club from Short Hills New Jersey. Steve played at Columbia University, and continues to play and win Club Championships at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham.

Sean Cahill has been the Adult Tennis Director at the Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham since 2012. Prior to joining the team, he was the Adult Teams Director at Midtown Tennis Club in Chicago, Illinois. Sean was both a player and coach for the Chicago Indoor Tennis Association (CITA) Men’s Open League Champions from 2008-2011.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Banerjee Doubles Down at 2017 National Winter Championships

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Centercourt’s own Samir Banerjee capped off his 2017 with a bang as he rolled through the Boys 14’s singles and doubles draw out west in Tucson, Arizona for the L1 USTA National Winter Championships. Samir has been training at the Centercourt Academy for a couple of years now, and it’s very clear to see all the hard work paying off.

“I have been playing quite well since the National Indoor Hard Court Championships in November, and was able to take that form and momentum into the highly coveted and historic Orange Bowl tournament, as well as Winter Nationals,” said Samir.
“Centercourt Tennis Academy has played a vital role in preparing me to compete at the national level. I now recognize the importance of planning for each match both on and off the court physically and mentally. I would like to thank Coach Clay, and Coach Adrian for their pivotal roles in preparing me to become the best player I can be. Having the opportunity to train at Centercourt with other high quality players and coaches is what I attribute to getting me where I am today,” Samir also added.

Coach Adrian Contreras, Director of Elite Tennis at Centercourt Tennis Academy has seen Samir really prove himself as of late as well. “Team Centercourt is extremely proud of Samir and what he has accomplished in Tucson. Samir is a very resilient and resourceful competitor. Not only does he love to play the big points, he is exceptional at finding the right combinations necessary to stay aggressive while playing high percentage tennis. Samir has continued to improve his tactical discipline and awareness; areas which I feel led him to his championship run so dominantly. We look forward to Samir’s continual tennis development here at Centercourt.”

Centercourt Tennis Academy looks forward to the continued success of it’s players heading into 2018. We hope to see many more trophies in the future for Samir and all of our hard-working players. Once again, congratulations to Samir and best wishes for continued success in your career!

Centercourt Morristown Serves Up 1st Annual Snowball UTR Tournament

 

This past Wednesday saw a great turnout for Centercourt’s 1st annual “Snowball UTR Tournament” with some incredible competition along the way.

Centercourt would like to wish a big thank you and congratulations to all players and parents that came out to support this event. UTR continues to revolutionize the sport of tennis in so many ways, and we at Centercourt will look to continue building off its momentum in the coming future. Allowing players to be seeded in various divisions based on their personal UTR ratings encourages and enhances the level of competition on a consistent basis. For our first tournament, there were three separate divisions, which included the Grinch Division, the Frost Division, and the Rudolph Division. A massive congratulations to the winners of each respective division, seen below:

Grinch Division Winner:
Jessie Rievman

Frosty Division Winner:
Dhruv Viswanathan

Rudolph Division Winner:
Caitlin Yang

All results from the tournament can be found by clicking the link below:

1st Annual Snowball UTR Tournament Results

 

Please be sure to keep an eye and ear out for information on our next event and all future events going forward in 2018. Thank you again to everyone included and we look forward to seeing everyone again very soon!