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Women’s History Month

Joyce Short, the Community Tennis Site Director at the Roosevelt Island site, is an example of dedication and service within the NYJTL community. In the Winter of 1991, Joyce and NYJTL first opened the site at Roosevelt Island, and it has been going strong ever since under her leadership. Read the full story

Coach Ahsha Featured by the USTA

Former touring pro and Director of Tennis at the Cary Leeds Center, Ahsha Rolle was coached and mentored on the WTA tour by Grand Slam winner, Lori McNeil. Now Coach Ahsha has the same passion to give back and mentor the next generation. (Read her story on

Coach Spotlight: Anna Tatishvili

Anna Tatishvili, coach at the Cary Leeds Center, is a Georgian-American and former professional tennis player. Anna’s story comes full circle in working for New York Junior Tennis & Learning.  Read the full story!

New ACES Partnership

The NYJTL ACES Program brings in a new partner, Practice Makes Perfect (PMP) to strengthen resources for NYC children in the time of COVID. PMP works to narrow the achievement gap and to deliver tutoring services so students may realize their full potential. This partnership has triggered an uptick in student participation during and after the school day.