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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Tennis Style Guide: A Look into Sloane Stephens’ Championship Attire

Do you want to play like a Grand Slam champion?
First you need to look the part!

The right apparel will help you to play like a champion. Making sure you have the right attire isn’t easy. When shopping for tops, you want to make sure you get something secure — this goes for men and women. As for the bottoms we suggest wearing loose-fitting shorts or skirts over compression shorts. Whatever you decide to wear, just make sure that you are styled up and ready to play like a champion.

Here is a closer look at the newest U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens’ outfit from this year’s tournament in Flushing Meadows:

Top: Under Armour Carol Tank 
Bottom: Under Armour Women’s Fall 2-in-1 Short
Racket: Head Graphene XT Radical MP

 

2017 U.S. Open Recap

Over the past two weeks, the best tennis players in the world descended upon Flushing Meadows for the biggest tournament of the year.  Although the event was missing some notable figures, (Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Victoria Azarenka, among others) the tournament did not disappoint and allowed for some of the future stars of the sport to make a name for themselves.

The Women’s Draw

This year’s US Open saw a living legend claim yet another Grand Slam, and a rising star fresh from injury burst back onto the scene to claim her first major title.  With the absence of tournament mainstay and six-time champion Serena Williams, the women’s field was wide open.  The most anticipated player in the tournament was Maria Sharapova, who entered the tournament as a wild card after coming off a 15-month suspension for using a banned substance.  Spectators that came out to the first night at Arthur Ashe were treated to an epic match where Sharapova triumphed over #2 seed Simona Halep.  Sharapova was one of the main draws of the tournament until she was finally eliminated in the Round of 16 by Anastasjia Sevastova. sharapova us open

The storyline that would evenutally overshadow Sharapova’s return was the all-American women’s semifinals, a feat that had not been done at the U.S. Open since 1981.  The semifinalists included the veteran Venus Williams, making her 20th appearance in the U.S. Open, along with young up-and-comers Coco Vandeweghe, Madison Keys, and the eventual champion, Sloane Stephens.

In Saturday’s final, 24-year old Sloane Stephens defeated her good friend Madison Keys in straight sets to claim her first Grand Slam title. Throughout the tournament, it was well-documented that Stephens had previously suffered a foot injury that had sidelined her for 11 months prior to this year’s Wimbledon.  Before the U.S. Open, Stephens was ranked #957 in the world and after her victory will be #17, an unprecedented jump in rankings. She is the lowest seeded woman to win the U.S. Open in the Open Era, and only the second unseeded woman to win the tournament. sloane holds trophy

The Men’s Draw

Prior to the U.S. Open, the tennis world was hoping to finally get to see a clash of titans between World #1 Rafael Nadal and #2 Roger Federer.  If everything played out correctly, the two would meet in the semifinals for the first time ever at the U.S. Open.  Federer struggled noticeably through the first few rounds of the tournament, having to endure multiple five-set matches to get to the quarterfinals.  His inconsistent play eventually got the best of him as he was defeated in four sets by crowd favorite Juan Martin del Potro, who had previously come back from a two-set deficit to upset Dominic Thiem in the previous round.  roger federer racquet

On the other hand, Nadal held up his end of the deal by cruising through his half of the draw, never having to face any opponents in the top-20 world ranking.  Nadal displayed amazing power with the forehand throughout the tournament, and eventually claimed his third U.S. Open title and 16th major championship by defeating veteran Kevin Anderson in straight sets.  nadal wins us open

Doubles

In one of the best feel-good stories of the event, Tennis Hall of Famer Martina Hingis went on to win both the ladies doubles’ championship and mixed doubles championship. Hingis is making a great case to be one of the best doubles players of all time, with 13 ladies’ doubles titles, and 7 mixed doubles titles.  She is also the 17th woman in history to have completed a career slam in doubles.

Look Ahead to Next Year

This year brought in a major milestone with the 20th anniversary of Arthur Ashe stadium, the biggest tennis stadium in the world.  However, next year’s celebration should be even bigger as we look forward to the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Open, and the opening of the much-anticipated Louis Armstrong Stadium.  louis armstrong stadium

2017 U.S. Open Quarterfinal Preview

The greatest tennis players in the world have all flocked to Queens, New York for the year’s biggest Grand Slam.  The first week of the U.S Open was filled with many memorable moments, including grand upsets, rainy days, and the emergence of some young, next-generation stars in the making.  After some outstanding play, the field has dwindled down to just eight players each in both the men’s and women’s draws Let’s take a look at the upcoming matchups for the quarterfinals:

Men’s Draw

#1 Rafael Nadal vs. Andrey Rublev

The always rambunctious Spaniard has cruised through this year’s tournament and has reached the quarterfinals for the first time in four years.  He won his last match against Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets to face the young Russian Rublev on Tuesday. At 19 years old, Rublev is the youngest male to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals since Andre Agassi.  He had to defeat two top-10 players (David Goffin and Grigor Dmitrov) in order to progress to this point. In the first quarterfinal tournament appearance, Rublev looks to make the biggest upset of his career against Rafa.

#3 Roger Federer vs. #24 Juan Martin del Potro

Federer is arguably the greatest tennis player of all time and he has had one of his best seasons this year, winning both the Australian Open and Wimbledon.  So far in the U.S. Open, he has been tested, having to play two five-set matches to begin his campaign. In his latest matches, he has been stronger and cruised past his opponents. However, this upcoming match should be his greatest test yet as he faces the ultra-resilient Del Potro.  In his latest match, he fed off the energy of the heavily favorable crowd to come from a two-set deficit to defeat #6 Dominic Thiem.  The 2009 U.S. Open champion Del Potro will either be riding the wave of momentum from that dramatic win or come out fatigued from having to fight so hard in that match.

#12 Pablo Carreno Busta vs. #29 Diego Schwartzman

 

This is Carreno Busta’s second appearance in a Grand Slam quarterfinal this year.  A few months ago, he lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the French Open quarterfinal.  This will be his first match in the U.S. Open against an opponent that was not a qualifier. However, he had a tough battle in the last round against the up-and-coming Canadian star Denis Shapovalov. On the other side of the net, Schwartzman at 5’7” is trying to make history and become the shortest man to win a Grand Slam in the Open Era. He has had an impressive run to this point with wins over Lucas Pouille and Marin Cilic.

#17 Sam Querrey vs. #28 Kevin Anderson

Sam Querrey has made a big name for himself this year and is becoming the toast of American men’s tennis.  He looks to back up his semifinal appearance at this year’s Wimbledon with another such run in the U.S. Open.  His last match against Mischa Zverev was very impressive as he defeated the German in just 77 minutes, accumulating 18 aces over the course of the match.  The giant (by tennis standards) 6’ 8” South African Kevin Anderson has played some of his best tennis this year.  This is his second U.S. Open quarterfinal appearance in the last three years and he is looking to achieve a top-20 ranking after this tournament. His last Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance was at this year’s Wimbledon where he lost to the same opponent he will face on Tuesday—Sam Querrey.

Women’s Draw

 #1 Karolina Pliskova vs. #20 Coco Vandeweghe

Pliskova has been impressive in the tournament so far and cruised in her latest match in the round of 16 to defeat American Jennifer Brady in straight sets.  Besides competing for the crown at Flushing Meadows, Pliskova must also reach the finals in order to keep her #1 overall world ranking. Vandeweghe is continuing to ride the wave of her best Grand Slam season to date, making an appearance in the Australian open semifinal, Wimbledon quarterfinal, and now looking to progress further in the U.S. Open.

#9 Venus Williams vs. #13 Petra Kvitova

Of all the competitors left in the draw, Venus Williams has been the most familiar name in tennis fans’ lexicon for over 20 years. Making her 20th appearance in the U.S. Open, Venus is the oldest woman left in the draw at 37 years of age.  She has had an impressive resurgence this season, reaching the finals in both the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and looking for her 3rd title at Flushing Meadows.  One of the biggest stories in tennis was the tragedy that Kvitova faced when she suffered a terrible hand injury after fending off invaders in her home just nine months ago.  Since then, the lefty has made a splendid comeback. Her last match was her most impressive as she defeated the incoming favorite to win, Garbine Muguruza in three sets.

Sloane Stephens vs. #16 Anastasija Sevastova

Sloane Stephens is among four American women who have reached this year’s U.S. Open quarterfinals. The 24-year old has made an impressive comeback this year winning 12 of her last 14 matches after being sidelined with a foot injury for 11 months.  Sevastova is looking to continue the momentum after her impressive victory over the most anticipated comeback player in the tournament—Maria Sharapova.  Sevastova is looking to continue to carry the torch for Latvia after her fellow countrywoman and 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko was eliminated earlier in the tournament.

#15 Madison Keys vs. Kaia Kanepi

Madison Keys had an impressive upset of #4 ranked Elena Svitolina in her last match at Arthur Ashe to advance to the quarterfinal. At 22 years old, she is the youngest of the American women left in the draw.  Led by her coach and former 3-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport, Keys looks to finally break through and win her first major tournament.  Kaia Kanepi is another woman looking to make a large comeback to the upper echelon of the tennis world with this U.S Open run.  The former top-20 player started this tournament as an unseeded qualifier and has had some impressive wins to reach her sixth-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Little Mo Internationals NYC Recap

My Game Solutions is proud to be an official sponsor for the Little Mo Internationals in Queens, NY on August 21-26! The week-long tournament brought together some of the most talented youth tennis players aged 8-13 from all over the world!

The event began on Monday with families coming in from all over the world to exchange gifts on the first day and participate in several clinics to get warmed up for the actual tournament.  The day concluded with a parade through historic West Side Tennis Club and Forest Hills Stadium as the players waved flags from their respective countries.

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Over 150 players from all over the world represented at Little Mo NYC

The official matches began on Tuesday morning. Little Mo features several divisions of competition for singles players from age 8 to 13, as well as traditional doubles and mixed doubles in all age groups.  In addition to the awards for the individual age group championships, two of the young athletes are competing for the legendary “Little Mo Slam”, a six-foot trophy awarded to any of the athletes that manage to win all three of the Little Mo International tournaments in one year (California, New York, Florida, respectively).  Finally, aside from trophies, players could be awarded with “Little Mo Coins” which were awarded to them for demonstrating good character and sportsmanship on the court. These coins could later be redeemed for awesome prizes!

As an official sponsor, My Game Solutions had a table prominently displayed at the event. We had a smorgasbord of giveaways including towels, sunglasses, water bottles, clear drawstring bags, hand fans, and the most popular item by far — caps that gave participants some relief from the heat.  People at the tournament had to spin a wheel located at our table to win prizes, and many of the kids wanted to keep spinning even after they already won!IMG_5353

Overall, the tournament was amazing and everybody in attendance had a great time.  Thanks to the team from Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation– from the board members, event staff, and the referees and line judges for hosting a great event!

Catch the My Game Solutions team at the Little Mo Nationals in Austin, Texas on September 29- October 2!

My Game Solutions Sponsorship Tryout (Pennington, NJ) Recap

On Thursday, August 17th the My Game Solutions team traveled to the Hopewell Valley Tennis & Swim Center in Pennington, NJ to host our second sponsorship tryout for young tennis players aged 10-18.  There was a slew of great young talent that participated, many of them ranked in the top-20 of their respective USTA divisions.

The young athletes were evaluated on their play in a series of games against multiple similar opponents, as well as an interview where they got the opportunity to really let their personality shine through.  Look out for the My Game Solutions team at the next sponsorship tryout, which will take place on Tuesday, August 29th at Alley Pond Tennis Center in Queens, NY.

For more information about the sponsorship program, please visit www.mygamesolutions.com/sponsorship  or visit our previous blog post here.

My Game Solutions to Participate in 1st-Ever WTCA Conference in NYC

The Women’s Tennis Coaching Association (WTCA) was formed in 2015 and is the only professional global organization formed solely in support of coaches working with female tennis players. The WTCA supports the mission of increasing the number of female tennis coaches by providing certifications, classes, and special events to their membership.

On August 26-27, WTCA will be hosting its first conference in partnership with the Professional Tennis Registry.  The conference, “The Art and Science of Coaching Female Players” will be held at the Marriott East Side in Manhattan, NY.  My Game Solutions is very excited and looking forward to participating in this event!