Amid the excitement of the US Open in New York City, tennis greats John and Patrick McEnroe joined Jean-Yves Fillion, CEO of BNP Paribas USA, to announce the first seven scholarship athletes on the Johnny Mac Tennis Project’s Team BNP Paribas Mac 1 roster on Saturday, September 7, 2019.
Back row: Patrick McEnroe, Matisse Farzam, Olivia Benton, Theadora Rabman, John McEnroe;
Front row: Sebastian Sec, BNP Paribas US CEO Jean-Yves Fillion, Joseph Oyebog
This past March, the international bank and longtime tennis sponsor BNP Paribas joined forces with tennis greats John and Patrick McEnroe’s JMTP nonprofit, announcing the inception of the Team BNP Paribas Mac 1 program, backed by a yearly operating budget of $500,000. The program provides 10 young players ages 11-17, with a year of intensive tennis training through the John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA) at Sportime Randall’s Island in New York City, under the direct supervision of Patrick and John McEnroe. The program also increases access to local, national and international tournaments and assist players in preparing for the demands of collegiate and professional tennis.
International bank BNP Paribas has been a dedicated partner to world tennis since 1973. The BNP Mac 1 program joins the “BNP Paribas Young Talent Team” suite of programs, launched in May 2018 with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and the French Tennis Federation, and including the “BNP Paribas Kids Fête le Mur Team” partnership with Yannick Noah.
“We’re incredibly excited to partner with BNP Paribas, a loyal and longtime supporter of tennis around the world, to provide the opportunity for young Americans to succeed at the highest levels of the sport,” said John McEnroe, Co-Founder of JMTA and JMTP. “Growing tennis in America, and particularly in my hometown of New York City, is a passion of mine, and I’m grateful for the support that BNP Paribas is providing to these talented young players on the BNP Paribas Mac 1 team, who really are poised to become the next big names in the game.”
“The partnership between the Johnny Mac Tennis Project and BNP Paribas on the BNP Mac 1 program is a major step in our mission of providing opportunity to kids who might not otherwise have a chance to advance to the apex of this great sport,” said Patrick McEnroe, Co-Director of JMTA and President of JMTP. “This program will address a major challenge to many young American tennis hopefuls, the cost of training and high-level tournament play. John and I are delighted to be working with BNP Paribas to support youth tennis and help mint the next great American tennis champion.”
The BNP Paribas Mac 1 Team roster includes the following players. Information about each player is featured in the “Player Cards” section of JMTP website. (Click here to download full set of Player Cards, or on names below for individual cards):
§ Olivia Benton, 12, “This scholarship allows me to train and will help me not only with my pursuit of tennis, but throughout all aspects of my life.”
§ Sebastian Sec, 15, “I really don’t know where I would be without this scholarship. I would love to be able to play professional tennis, or even just play at a Division 1 college.”
§ Theadora Rabman, 14, “I love the John McEnroe Tennis Academy and could not be where I am today without it! I love how I can compete while still making amazing friends.”
§ Joseph Oyebog, 11, “Tennis is the most important thing in my future. I am so appreciate of the BNP Mac 1 scholarship because it allows me train more and with stronger, more developed players and it will enable me to travel to tournaments.”
§ Matisse Farzam, 12, “I’m always happy and feel at home on a tennis court. JMTA has helped me improve all aspects of my game and I love the atmosphere.”
§ Summer Chandler, 11, “The Johnny Mac Tennis Project has helped me pursue my tennis dream with access to courts, amazing trainers and really great coaches.”
§ Darren Huang, 12, “Receiving the BNP Mac 1 scholarship is a privilege and an honor. I will use it as motivation to be the best I can be, both in tennis and as a person”
Jean-Yves Fillion, CEO of BNP Paribas USA, added: “We are delighted to be supporting this program with the goal of developing tomorrow’s future tennis stars, and are honored to be partnering with Patrick and John to make this happen. This community-focused initiative is closely aligned with our many other tennis programs that use tennis to promote opportunity, equality and local engagement.”
Team BNP Paribas Mac 1 participants have been selected based on athletic criteria and financial need, as well as attitude, team-involvement and academic outcomes. The selection committee is composed of John McEnroe, Co-Founder of JMTA and JMTP and Mentor of the “Team BNP Paribas Mac 1”; Patrick McEnroe, President of JMTP and Co-Director of JMTA; and Lead Coach for the “Team BNP Paribas Mac 1”; Jordan Botjer, Executive Director of JMTP, Caryn Epstein, Head of Events and Sponsorships Americas at BNP Paribas. Scholarships are renewable annually at the discretion of the Selection Committee up to a maximum of 3 years.
PHOTO CAPTIONS (Credit: André Whitehead, NeON Photographers):
Deep caption: On Saturday, September 7, John and Patrick McEnroe announced the roster of BNP Paribas Mac 1 Team youth tennis scholarship players, whose training at John McEnroe Tennis Academy and tournament play will be funded through a partnership between the Johnny Mac Tennis Project and international band and longtime tennis sponsor BNP Paribas.
About BNP Paribas and tennis
BNP Paribas is today the number one partner to tennis worldwide, with a commitment, unrivaled in sport, which goes back all the way to 1973. The Group’s support covers all levels and dimensions of the game all over the world, including singles, doubles, team tennis, wheelchair tennis and family tennis, ranging from beginners’ training to the top professional tournaments. Professional Tennis: Official sponsor of the French Open at Roland Garros; title sponsor of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas; title sponsor of 2 ATP Masters 1000 tournaments – BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, the Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Italian Open) in Rome; partner to the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, Open 13 (Marseille), Open Parc de Lyon, the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open, the Fever-Tree Championships (Queen’s Club, London) and the European Open (Antwerp); Wheelchair Tennis: BNP Paribas Open de France; BNP Paribas World Team Cup; Junior & University Tennis and Academies: The Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas; the Master’ U BNP Paribas; Amateur Tennis: Sponsor of the BNP Paribas Family Trophy; also providing support to over 1,000 amateur tournaments around the world through partnerships with more than 20 national tennis federations; also working with dozens of tennis-based charities. Young generations programs: ‘Team BNP Paribas Mac 1’ with John and Patrick McEnroe, BNP Paribas Young Talent Team, mentored by French player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in association with the FFT, ‘BNP Paribas Kids Fête le Mur Team’ within French player Yannick Noah’s charity organization ‘Fête le Mur’.
About the Johnny Mac Tennis Project
The Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP) changes young lives by removing the economic and social barriers to success through tennis. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, JMTP introduces the sport of tennis as a life-long health, fitness and social activity to thousands of under-resourced New York City area kids, particularly those living in East Harlem and the South Bronx, two communities immediately adjacent to its base at Sportime Randall’s Island. For a smaller group of dedicated young athletes, JMTP provides a pathway to success through competitive tennis, leading to college scholarships, careers in the industry, and, for a few, professional tennis careers and, perhaps, Grand Slam titles. Learn more: www.jmtpny.org.
About the John McEnroe Tennis Academy
In September 2010, tennis legend John McEnroe and Sportime partnered to launch the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, in John’s hometown of New York City, at the Sportime Randall’s Island Tennis Center in Manhattan. Sportime Randall’s Island is Sportime’s flagship location, and the flagship location of the Academy. In September 2012, JMTA expanded to Sportime Lake Isle, an 8-court, state-of-the art, year-round facility in lower Westchester, and to Sportime Syosset in central Long Island, an 11-court indoor facility that has long served as Sportime’s high performance training center on Long Island. In 2015, JMTA Summer Tennis Training was added in the Hamptons, at Sportime Amagansett, Sportime’s 34-court, seasonal, outdoor tennis facility in the Town of East Hampton. With the satellite locations, the JMTA brand currently covers 4 sites with a total of 73 tennis courts, serving approximately 1,500 players annually. Learn more: www.sportimeny.com/jmta.
John’s passion and belief is that great players can be developed in urban settings, while still having the opportunity to live at home, pursue their educational goals, and participate in a variety of sports and extracurricular activities. The Academy works to recruit the most talented and the most highly motivated young athletes in the New York Metropolitan area and beyond. Inspired by the vision and daily presence of Johnny Mac, under the guidance of JMTA Managing Director, Bennett Schlansky, executed daily by Co-Directors Patrick McEnroe and Lawrence Kleger, and featuring an international staff of tennis, athletic training and performance directors and coaches, JMTA delivers a complete on and off-court training program, including mental toughness, sports vision training, video analytics and more, designed to assure the best possible outcome for serious junior players. JMTA’s youngest students, who train with red and orange balls on 36’ and 60’ courts, participate in cutting-edge Mac Red and Mac Orange programs designed by world-renowned U-10 visionary Mike Barrell of Evolve 9, and executed by Sportime/JMTA’s expert U-10 directors and coaches.
About Sportime Clubs
Since 1994, Sportime has been proud to operate the finest tennis facilities in New York State. Sportime locations currently offer over 150 indoor and outdoor tennis courts at 13 sites across Long Island, in NYC, in Westchester and in the NY Capital Region. Sportime clubs are state-of-the-art, yet affordable, and feature the best tennis, fitness and turf and rink sports facilities, and programs, including the John McEnroe Tennis Academy and Sportime Volleyball Club elite volleyball training, serving individuals of every age and athletic ability, 365 days a year. Learn more: www.sportimeny.com.