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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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.

New Balance and Centercourt Club & Sports Announces Partnership

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New Balance Press Release

Centercourt Club & Sports unveils a unique partnership with New Balance Athletics, Inc. that will see New Balance as the exclusive provider of apparel, footwear and uniforms for our Centercourt Club stores and sports team divisions:  tennis, girls lacrosse, boys lacrosse, soccer, ninja training, strength + conditioning and field hockey. Under the New Balance umbrella, Centercourt Club & Sports will gain access to the coveted Warrior and Brine lacrosse merchandise and equipment which is extremely rare in the youth sports industry.

The partnership, effective immediately, brings the renowned sports apparel and footwear company as a sponsor to many of our Centercourt Club & Sports events, programs and teams at our eight world class facilities located in New Jersey.

Bruce Schilling, GM – Global Sports Marketing at New Balance:

“This is an incredibly unique and exciting partnership for New Balance to have with Centercourt Club & Sports, it showcases our important sport brand investment in youth and adults across a broad spectrum of sports.”

Clay Bibbee, Managing Partner and CEO of Centercourt Sports:

“We are thrilled to be partners with New Balance, a leader in athletic apparel and footwear, which will serve all of our sport divisions at Centercourt Club & Sports.  The partnership will help us to continue to deliver a first class product to all of our sports programs/teams throughout our 8 facilities as we maintain our leadership position in the tristate area in creating a pathway of success for athletes of all ages and abilities.”

Centercourt Club & 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. Additionally, Centercourt has established high level elite teams, programs, clinics and events for boys and girls soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, strength + conditioning and ninja training.

 

Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Centercourt Club & Sports Partner Together 

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 June 22, 2018 

(Livingston and Chatham, NJ) Saint Barnabas Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health flagship, announces a new partnership with Centercourt Club & Sports.

“We are very excited to work with  Centercourt Club & Sports. This association brings together a best in class Medical Center with a leader in sports programming,”

says Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, President and CEO, Saint Barnabas  Medical Center.

Clay Bibbee, Managing Partner and CEO of Centercourt Club & Sports welcomes the new relationship.

“We are thrilled to partner with Saint Barnabas Medical Center a healthcare leader in New Jersey.”  

“In addition to being a premier tennis center, Centercourt Club & Sports provides families superior  facilities to support their active lifestyle aligning with our priority of keeping our community healthy. We look forward to expanding the breath of services available at their facilities beginning with The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes (MJM) providing an athletic trainer on-site during the Ultimate Summer Camp at the Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham,” continued Mr. Zieniewicz.  The Trainer will be available throughout the camp season to provide education, evaluation and assessment of sports injuries.

“Safety is our priority.  Educating students about injury prevention and safety in sports is integral to our Center and one of the benefits this relationship brings to the campers and the Centercourt team,”

states Mr. Zieniewicz.    

In addition, to sponsoring tournaments and programs throughout the year, Saint Barnabas Medical Center will be offering educational classes and events for members in support of healthy lifestyle.

“The partnership includes sponsoring the Premier Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s Men’s UTR Tennis Open in July and our Live Ball Tennis Program which highlights an active lifestyle while incorporating a social element to the sport.  The partnership helps us to continue to deliver a first class experience at three of our world class tennis and sport camp training facilities as we maintain our leadership position in the tristate area in creating a pathway of success for athletes of all ages,”

states Mr. Bibbee.  

 To learn more about the programs and services available at Saint Barnabas Medical Center go to www.rwjbh.org/saintbarnabas.  For more Centercourt Club & Sports information please visit  www.centercourtacademy.com  

 

Media Contact: 
Sally Malech, Director Marketing and Public Relations 
Saint Barnabas Medical Center 
973-322-5441 (office), 862-438-7226 (cell) 
Sally.Malech@rwjbh.org 

 

Ari Zuckerman 
Centercourt Club & Sports – VP of Sales 
973-855-3111 (office) 
ari@centercourtclub.com 

 Saint Barnabas Medical Center 

Saint Barnabas is a flagship hospital of RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey’s largest integrated health care delivery network. Since 1865, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, New Jersey’s oldest and nonprofit, nonsectarian hospital, has worked to exceed our community’s highest expectations for compassionate care, healthcare excellence and superior service.  Saint Barnabas Medical Center is one of only 49 hospitals in the United States to earn straight ‘A’s for quality and safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit Hospital Watchdog organization, since the inception of their program in 2012.   Saint Barnabas Medical Center is the only hospital in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Rhode Island to have received an ‘A’ grade each time. Learn more at rwjbh.org/saintbarnabas or call 973.322.5000.  

 Centercourt Club & Sports 

Centercourt Club & Sports is a leader in sports programming in the Northeast. Centercourt Club & Sports is approaching 10,000 athletes per season enrolled in sport camps, developmental programs, club teams, tournaments and leagues.  

Currently, the Centercourt Sports staff focuses on adult tennis memberships, junior tennis programming, soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, field hockey, ninja training, athletic development and nutrition.  

 Centercourt Club & Sports strives to create a pathway of success for all its athletes.  

  • Leader in Sports Programming
  • Approaching 10,000 athletes enrolled at Centercourt annually
  • 8 state-of-the-art Sports Training Facilities
  • Over 740,000 sq. ft of field, ice, and court space • 600,000 sq. ft. of which is enclosed seasonally/year-round to meet our sport program needs

 CENTERCOURT SPORTS TRAINING  

  • Membership Tennis Club
  • Programming • Club Teams • Tournements
  • Classes
  • Leagues
  • Full time Tennis Academy
  • Holiday Camp
  • Speed Training
  • Summer Ultimate Multi-Sport Camps
  • Performance Training

 

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.

To Find The Sun Learn To Weather The Storm

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The biggest change for me as a head coach transitioning from high school to college was how early the “big boys” began their regular in-season practices.  The 2 month head start to a clean slate was always a refreshing way to start over.  Cold, but refreshing nonetheless.

 The importance of lacrosse fundamentals are seen daily at any college practice as they prepare for their first tri-scrimmages.  Those scrimmages are an opportunity to not only see the freshman compete against someone other than their roommates, but also seeing if the coaches have learned from the mistakes in the substitution game, or if they have found the right personnel combination on extra man.  
 
I was always hopeful mistakes were made in the preseason in which we could learn from.  Winning at the college, high school and recreation levels is going to come, but not without a little rain first.
 
Centercourt Sports and the Jack Sandler Foundation are happy to announce a partnership to give your town programs the same opportunity. The Sandler Foundation’s goal is to educate young athletes, and provide them with opportunities to fulfill their potential in all aspects of life, as well as to empower them to become leaders, to achieve goals and to inspire others along the way.

A positional clinic, and 3 scrimmages with certified officials will give coaches and players a chance to correct mistakes an improve for the warmer months ahead.

Teams from all over the state of NJ are currently entering our 1st annual Town Tournament at Morris County Central Parks on March 24th and 25th.  For more information please click the link below to register your teams now.

Channeling My Inner Ninja

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice” – Bob Marley

I was diagnosed with Stage 2a Testicular Cancer at the age of 21. You never think you are going to be the one diagnosed with cancer, especially at such a young age. Nevertheless, as we all know too well, cancer does not discriminate against age, gender, or ethnicity.

It all started in the summer of my junior year going into my senior year of college. I had just finished my outdoor season at Rider University where I was a Long/Triple Jumper. I just had the best season of my career and had set all my personal best in both my events. I was in the best shape of my life. Then came August 14, 2012. After going to see a few doctors to be evaluated, they urged me to go and speak with an Urologist. My life changed that day. I remember walking into the office with my dad. We shook the doctor’s hand and then took a seat. The first words that came out of his mouth were, “Greg there is no beating around the bush, you have cancer.” You hear the words “you have cancer,” and you immediately start having hundreds of questions run through your head. How could I have cancer? How did I get it? Am I going to live? Then I looked up over at my dad and made eye contact. We both just said, “well we are going to beat it!” It was this positive attitude that made the difference and got me through it.

After visiting many other doctors to get multiple opinions on how to treat my cancer, we decided to go to Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City. Here I was to go through four rounds of chemotherapy, which consisted of 3-week cycles. A 3-week cycle consisted of 4 hours a day for 5 days a week. Then came hydration on the 6 th day with 2 weeks recovery to follow. After completing my chemotherapy on November 17th, I had to start mentally preparing for my major surgery that was to take place on January 4th. This 5-hour surgery was to remove all of the Lymph nodes in my abdomen. It left me with a scar from my pelvis to my sternum, which took 70 staples to close up. But, on January 11th we had found out that my surgery was a success and I was cancer free!

After the long road of recovery that took about 1 year, I was back in school and on my track team. With the help of my teammates, family, and roommate Anthony DeFranco (Ninja Regional Director), I was able to get back out on the track and continue right where I left off and break my Long Jump personal record post-cancer to finish off my career!

Now that Anthony and I had finished our collegiate careers, we were in search of our next sport. Then came American Ninja Warrior! Anthony and I started training together in October of 2015. We were both very new to the sport and found out quickly how tough both mentally and physically you had to be to compete in this sport. However, that was the one of the best parts about it. I loved the fact that it was a brand new challenge.

After training for a couple months, we decided that we were going to make submission videos and apply to the show. We submitted our videos in December and then had to wait 4 months to find out if we were going to get the call to compete. Then, in early May, we received the call. All of our training was going to be put to the test. On May 27th we got our chance to step out on the course in Philadelphia and compete as American Ninja Warriors!

Come visit me at Centercourt Club+Sports – Lawrence NJ, where I run the Centercourt_Ninja programs!!
 

2018/19 Tryouts for Centercourt Football Club and the U7 Scholarship Program

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U7 Scholarship Program

As the first club in the area to offer this program in the depth that we do, CFC is proud to see other clubs in the area start to offer the same scholarship style program for U7s for this upcoming tryout season. We are proud to have made a major shift in the NJ soccer world again and to help get more young athletes playing the game of soccer. The major difference between the CFC program and other clubs program is CFC is offering a full club program where as other clubs offer one session a week and some festivals. CFC is offering multiple sessions a week, tournaments and gameplay every weekend of the season in the fall, winter and spring seasons. This is what sets our U7 scholarship program apart from the others.

Tryouts
We are excited to host tryouts at our Gillette dome and look forward to the first tryout season in the new state of the art facility.  Our tryouts will be the same as previous years with players needing to attend both tryouts to be considered for the team. With our tryout numbers growing every year, we are looking forward to the number of players walking through our doors for the 2018/19 season tryouts.  We will be offering boys teams from U7 to U13 and U18 boys. On the girls side we will be offering teams from U7 to U15.

 ID Sessions

CFC understands the tryout process is stressful and not an extremely pleasant experience for players in the state of NJ, due to the way the state allows multiple different weeks, and the fact tryouts might clash with your current team’s schedule as majority of tryouts are held in the middle of your spring schedule.  For the past couple years CFC has tried to make this process a little easier and allow players a chance to be evaluated in a more natural environment that a player is used to and our ID Sessions have been a big hit over the past 3 tryout seasons. This allows players to come and train with their age group/level before the tryouts and this way they have an extra chance to be evaluated and looked at by our team of professional coaches. This is beneficial as players can have a bad tryout, or have had a bad day at school or be under the weather or they might get injured right before tryouts. The ID session allows for extra protection in this area and now they have a pre-evaluation as well as their tryout. We will be offering ID sessions in the months leading up to the tryout season.  The ID sessions do not count as a tryout and players must still attend the tryouts to be considered for a CFC team.

We look forward to seeing everyone very soon!

Register here!