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SPORTIME Announces $7 Million Renovation Of The Historic Port Washington Tennis Academy

    SPORTIME, the New York area’s most substantial operator of state-of-the-art racket sports facilities, today announced that a $7 million renovation and modernization of the former Port Washington Tennis Academy, which launched the careers of John McEnroe, his brother Patrick McEnroe, who Co-Directs the John McEnroe Tennis Academy and serves as President of both the Johnny Mac Tennis Project charity and the International tennis Hall of Fame, Vitas Gerulaitis, Tracy Austin and other legends. The facility will now be rebranded SPORTIME Port Washington/JMTA Long Island and will be the Long Island home of The John McEnroe Tennis Academy.

    “Our new Port Washington facility has been a part of American tennis history on every level, and a part of the history of the McEnroe family. We are proud to be able to make this restorative investment and to return this iconic facility to elite status,” said SPORTIME CEO Claude Okin. “Bringing the Port Washington facility into the SPORTIME family of clubs, and bringing Johnny Mac back to Port, along with the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, will truly link the past with the future in Port Washington. Our belief is that our investment and expanded commitment on Long Island will be great for local players and families, and for the racket sports business here.”

    “The Port Washington Tennis Academy, now SPORTIME Port Washington/JMTA Long Island, is a special New York place that is part of tennis history, and was a big part of my life and my brothers’ lives when we were training as juniors, ” said tennis legend John McEnroe. “I am thrilled to be able to expand my Academy to Port Washington, a full circle moment for me. I look forward to supporting and mentoring a new generation of talented and motivated young players there, and across the tri-state area.”

    Upon completion of the facility renovations, currently underway, SPORTIME Port Washington/JMTA Long Island will provide SPORTIME members and guests, and John McEnroe Tennis Academy students, with 7 beautiful soft-surface, Har-Tru tennis courts, 6 new hard-surface tennis courts and 12 new, dedicated, pickleball courts in their own building. These upgrades, along with countless others, and with SPORTIME’s introduction of John McEnroe Tennis Academy programming, will make SPORTIME Port Washington/JMTA Long Island a premier destination for adult and junior tennis and pickleball on Long Island.

    Scheduled to be completed by September 2023, SPORTIME’s $7 million dollar + facility improvement project will include the following:

    • New or refurbished roofs for all buildings
    • New court building interiors with upgraded insulation in all buildings
    • New and improved court lighting in all buildings
    • Upgraded locker rooms
    • New, easily accessible bathroom locations, in addition to the locker rooms, near courts and dining areas
    • New HVAC systems serving the entire facility – all court buildings will now be air-conditioned, providing comfortable temperatures and dehumidification year-round
    • Conversion of 6 existing Har-Tru courts to 6 new, cushioned, oversized hard courts, so that our future John McEnroe Tennis Academy stars, and adult players, can play, train and compete on both surfaces

    The John McEnroe Tennis Academy now has its second Long Island location at SPORTIME Port Washington/JMTA Long Island, 100 Harbor Road, Port Washington, NY. For more information, visit www.SportimeNY.com/portwashington.

    About Jerry Milani

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    Jerry Milani is a writer and public relations executive living in Bloomfield, N.J. He has worked in P.R. for more than 30 years in college and conference sports media relations, two agencies and for the International Fight League, a team-based mixed martial arts league, and as a freelance professional. His PR clients have included Wizard World and FAN EXPO, which produce pop culture and celebrity conventions across North America, USA Wrestling, the National Lacrosse League, Strat-O-Matic Media, the Pacific Life Open and Pilot Pen Tennis tournaments and dozens of others. Milani is also the director of athletic communications for Caldwell University. He is a proud graduate of North Rockland High School and Fordham University and when not attending a Yankees, Rams or Cougars game can be reached at Jerry (at) JerryMilani (dot) com.

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