Team MGS Sponsorship Kickoff Ceremony Recap

On Sunday, October 29th, My Game Solutions hosted a kickoff ceremony to celebrate our newly-sponsored athletes in Team MGS. The event took place at the Murray Hill Tennis & Fitness Center in New Providence, New Jersey.  Despite some really nasty weather, all of the athletes and their families came out and participated in the event.

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The event began with the sponsored athletes participating in some drills and icebreaker sessions on court. As they were enjoying the fun and cementing a bond with their fellow MGS team members, all athletes were pulled away individually for one-on-one interviews to discuss their tennis-playing career, and their excitement of being a sponsored athletes for My Game Solutions.

Meanwhile, parents listened to a presentation conducted my MGS staff discussing the company’s history, the MGS app (available now for download on App Store and Google Play), as well as the future direction of the company and the sponsorship program.  As the presentation concluded, the kids rejoined the group and everyone took a break to enjoy pizza and other light refreshments.

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Once everyone reconvened, Manuel Cavaco and Francisco Dias, leaders of the newly-minted MGS Tennis Academy, spoke more in-depth about the opportunities available for the athletes to become part of the academy to improve their game. We saved the best part for last. The final portion of the event saw each athlete come up one-by-one to receive all of their official Team MGS apparel and gear. Here are the new members of Team MGS:

  • Adam BojkovicRandolph, NJ
  • Adit SinhaNorth Brunswick, NJ
  • Daniel KongCommack, NY
  • Dominick MosejczukEast Elmhurst, NY
  • Eric HeMartinsville, NJ
  • Giuseppe CerasuoloBayside, NY
  • Jack WongEast Brunswick, NY
  • Malik TrailMill Neck, NY
  • Naomi KarkiEast Brunswick, NJ
  • Nibedita GhoshKendall Park, NJ
  • Nikhil KamdarBranchburg, NJ
  • Patricia GrigorasMiddle Village, NY
  • Ronit KarkiEast Brunswick, NJ
  • Safin ShaikhWoodside, NY
  • Stephan GershfeldHewlett, NY
  • Tauheed BrowningPhiladelphia, PA

We are looking forward to expanding our sponsorship program to other regions of the country in the upcoming months. If you are a young, elite tennis player or you know of one looking to get sponsored, stay on the lookout for a Team MGS tryout near you!

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Introducing the My Game Solutions Online Community!

My Game Solutions is the new app for players in all sports, whether you play casually or competitively. Our robust online community gives you the ability to connect with thousands of players, sports facilities, and coaches right at your fingertips, anytime, from anywhere in the world.

Tennis is our first sport to launch on the app. Other racquet sports including pickle ball, platform tennis, squash, and racquetball are soon to follow. After that, we will venture into many other sports and become a service that changes the face of the sports industry around the world!

2017 Wimbledon Recap

Men’s Final Recap
Roger Federer has been crowned Wimbledon champion for a record eighth time after cruising through his 11th final at the tournament.
The Swiss player eased his way to his 19th Grand Slam title, beating Croatian Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in just one hour and 41 minutes on Centre Court.
Federer lifted his arms above his heads after serving an ace to win the final in straight sets.
Cilic seemed overcome by emotion during the clash, breaking down in tears during the change over after losing the first three games of the second set.
The 28-year old placed a towel over his head as he was attended to by his support team, before receiving a standing ovation as he returned on court.
Federer becomes the first man to win eight Wimbledon titles and at 35 years old, the oldest man in the Open Era to lift the trophy.  Even at his age, he shows no signs of slowing down.
Women’s Final Recap
An inspired Garbine Muguruza stormed to her first Wimbledon title on Saturday, blowing away American Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0, with the performance of her career after tight and tense early exchanges.
In the first women’s final played under the Centre Court roof, a high-quality first set gradually built towards a captivating conclusion after both players began with two comfortable service holds.
Muguruza saved two set points in the 10th game — the first a 19-stroke rally that ended when Williams netted a forehand. The Spaniard broke in the following game with another lung-bursting rally that concluded with a forehand error from Venus.
An astonishing defensive lob in the next game took Muguruza to two set points, the second of which she converted.
That three-game sequence seemed to break the resolve of Venus who was trying to become the oldest woman to win Wimbledon in 109 years.  She lost the second set 6-0 in an astonishing turn of events.
The 23-year old Venezuela-born Muguruza sealed her second Grand Slam victory after a successful challenge of a Williams forehand that sailed just beyond the baseline.  After her challenge was confirmed, she broke down in tears, overcome with emotion at the magnitude of her victory.
Gentlemen’s Doubles Final 
Playing under a closed roof for the final 20 minutes because of darkness, Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo won the men’s doubles title at Wimbledon on Saturday by beating Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 13-11.
The match lasted 4 hours, 40 minutes — only 21 minutes shorter than the longest men’s doubles final in history.
Women’s Doubles Final
The complete opposite of the men’s doubles final, the women’s final was a short one with Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina taking the trophy after a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Chan Hao-ching and Monica Niculescu. This was one of the shortest finals in Wimbledon history, as it took only 56 minutes for Makarova and Vesnina to secure the victory.

 

My Game Solutions July Tournament Recap

During the weekend of July 7th, My Game Solutions hosted two successful and exciting youth tennis tournaments at Queens College in Flushing, NY and the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ.  Both tournaments featured some of the premier youth tennis talents in the Tri-state area and were competitive in all draws.

The Queens College tournament began on Friday evening and started off with six highly competitive matches. After a decisive win against Azim Gangat, Thando Longwe-Smit cruised on to the second round of the tournament in the boys 16 and under division, and then continued to handily beat Morgan Weisberg to cruise to the semifinals. During the semifinals, Thando beat opponent Alexander Karman in straight sets (6-4, 6-2) to advance to the finals. In the final match, facing a talented opponent in Evan Brady, Longwe-Smit pulled out a tough (6-3, 7-5) victory in a grueling match. In the girls 16 and under draw, Isabella Hartman overcame some early struggles to defeat Gabriella Sciarotta (7-6(3), 6-3) in the first round and defeated Celina Liu in the second round in a tough match. In the finals against Josephine Kimball, Hartman pulled out an impressive victory and she was quite emotional receiving her trophy.

The College of Saint Elizabeth tournament began on Saturday and featured matches in three different age divisions. In the girls 14 and under draw, Caroline McGinley asserted herself as the player to beat early on, with decisive victories against Daniella Wisniewski and Olivia Gallucci. In the finals against Aira Evyln-Abalos, McGinley kept up her hot streak and won the tournament with a (6-2, 6-2) victory. In the boys 12 and under draw, Ethan Polen had a hard road to the finals, playing tough matches against Nathaniel Blum and Arian Abalos, narrowly escaping the match against Abalos. In the finals, he faced Sasha Kremliovski and won in straight sets (6-3, 6-3). Finally, in the boys 16 and under draw, Teddy Koide had a relatively easy path to the finals, where he was unfazed by Aidan Damiano, winning (6-1, 6- 0). Special thanks to Queens College and the College of St. Elizabeth for hosting us! Keep a look out for more My Game Solutions events coming soon!

See below for the final results:

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Queens College: Girls 16
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Queens College: Boys 16
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College of Saint Elizabeth: Girls 14
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College of Saint Elizabeth: Boys 16
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College of Saint Elizabeth: Boys 12

 

 

The Next Big Thing is Here!

June 20, 2017 was a very exciting day for the tennis world as the My Game Solutions online community went live! This platform will truly revolutionize the way tennis players enjoy their sport. Outlined below are some features already available on the website and a preview of the features coming soon! Check out the website and start improving your tennis game today!

Current Features:

  • Search For Courts – On the My Game Solutions platform, users have the ability to search our massive database for nearby courts at country clubs, public parks, schools, and other private facilities.
  • Deals For You – Currently, users can find deals to MGS-hosted events as well as special promotions and discounts from our partners. Currently, we are having a drawing where participants can win tickets to the 2017 U.S. Open!

Coming Soon:

  • Court Booking – Through the MGS platform, players can book courts anywhere in the United States at their convenience. Soon, players will have the ability to book available court slots in real-time.
  • Matchmaking – Improve your game by using the matchmaking feature of the website and find a hitting partner near you! Users will be able to search for other players based on their age and skill level. The added experience will improve your game, increase your fitness level, and expand your presence in the tennis community.
  • Private Coach Booking – Book a certified coach for one-on-one lessons or group training sessions to gain valuable insights on how to improve your game. View a short bio for each coach in the MGS community and read reviews from other players in order to select the coach that best fits your needs.
  • Stringing Services – Compare pricing at local clubs and tennis facilities to better educate yourself on the most cost-effective stringing options near you. Become a more informed tennis consumer and get the best quality strings for the lowest price on a comprehensive display.
  • More Sport Offerings – My Game Solutions is not stopping with tennis! Soon we will offer the aforementioned services in multiple sports. Stay tuned to learn when your other sports will be added to the MGS online community!

 

5 Things To Watch For This Week At The 2017 French Open

1. The Feud Ripping Apart the Women’s Draw 

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The three countrywomen have been on strained terms

For the first time since 1994, three French woman (Caroline Garcia, Alize Cornet, and Kristina Mladenovic) have reached the Round of 16 at Roland Garros.  One would think this would be a joyous occasion for the three fellow countrywomen, however, a personal rift has stemmed due to the abrupt termination of the dominant doubles pair of Garcia and Mladenovic, in addition to Garcia’s refusal to play in the Fed Cup due to injury.  Keep watching to see if the rift between these players is put on display in the later rounds of the tournament.

2. Rafael Nadal’s Quest For a 10th French Open Title 

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Can Nadal regain his throne at Roland Garros?

Rafael Nadal, the most dominant clay player of all time, has not won at Roland Garros since 2014.  Nadal, who has only lost two matches in the French Open since his debut in 2005, is still the player to beat.  Will the “King of Clay” make history this year and become the first player ever to win 10 titles at one Grand Slam tournament?  Don’t count him out.

3. Dominic Thiem’s Battle For His First Grand Slam Title

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With a stunning defeat of Novak Djokovic, can Dominic Thiem get his first Grand Slam Title?

The 23-year old Austrian, currently ranked seventh in the world, is an up and coming star in the sport but has yet to win a major title.  While Thiem is playing superb tennis thus far at Roland Garros, he has a challenging match against Rafael Nadal looming.  Can he defeat one of the all-time greats and continue his quest to win his first Grand Slam?

4. Can Andy Murray Avenge His U.S. Open Loss To Kei Nishikori and Advance To The Semi-Finals?

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Andy Murray faces Kei Nishikori on Wednesday afternoon

Andy Murray will face Kei Nishikori on Wednesday afternoon and will try to avenge his U.S. Open loss to the tough Japanese player.  With convincing wins against Juan Martin Del Potro and Karen Khachanov, Murray looks like he is getting his swagger back.  Can Nishikori stun the world number one and advance to the semi-finals?  Watch to find out.

5. Who Will Win On The Shared Birthday?

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Jelena Ostapenko has been a surprise contender thus far at Roland Garros

Jelena Ostapenko, the 19 year-old unranked Latvian has been a major surprise so far in the French Open, recently beating established players like Caroline Wozniacki.  She will face Timea Bacsinszky in the semi-finals on Thursday.  Aside from being one of the most important matches of their lives, it is both of their birthdays, with Ostapenko turning 20 and Bacsinszky turning 28.  One of these players will celebrate their birthday with a berth in the finals, and the other will be packing up early.