A sports and fitness facility built for all of New York is fast becoming an international destination for tennis, swimming, basketball, gymnastics, martial arts and other events. As members, and guests note the different activities available, high-profile professional athletes are enjoying the facilities during their training sessions. From famous big-names to competitions and fundraisers, a plethora of events take place at MatchPoint NYC. The size and adaptability of the luxury recreation center allows for ease of use and high-level competitions, including the standard regulation sized training centers for accurate markings. Co-founder of the premier Brooklyn-based center, Dmitry Druzhinsky elaborates on the activities and sporting events happening at MatchPoint NYC.
Each year, politicians, business and media professionals, and celebrities gather along with sports fans to watch some fast-paced competition. Since 2015 local athletes from Brooklyn and the Bronx have been smashing ball to wall in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament, which takes place at MatchPoint NYC. According to Dmitry Druzhinsky, a fierce cross-town rivalry is led by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. to get inner-city and under-served youth engaged in physical activity, and also benefit initiatives from the U.S. Wall Ball Association for education, anti-violence and anti-obesity. This tournament started in 2012 and celebrates the life of the USWA CEO’s brother Jonathan Ray, the inspiration behind the creation of the association. Druzhinsky welcomes the opportunity to host organizations that promote a healthy lifestyle to complex.
MatchPoint NYC members, employees, and Druzhinsky, are honorably the venue of choice for several cause-driven fundraisers and events that give athletes an opportunity to demonstrate their skills in fierce but friendly matches, while inspiring young players to stay healthy, pursue their passions, and do good. In addition to wall ball tournaments, Dmitry Druzhinsky welcomes Wall Street finance industry experts as they play in the annual R Baby Foundation New York Tennis Tournament working to improving outcomes of medical care for infants by funding programs at hospitals. Work includes telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training program, symposiums and more, and the foundation has raised more than $500,000 in just two year at MatchPoint NYC.
On top of the nine indoor tennis courts, MatchPoint NYC facilities offer a full size gym with top of the line exercise equipment and three group fitness studios, a junior Olympic pool, rhythmic gymnastics area, a basketball court, Yoga studio, outdoor training field and sauna. There are also competitive MMA and Sambo training programs for kids and adults. As a proud partner of the American Amateur Sambo Federation (AASF), MatchPoint NYC has welcomed athletes from more than 12 countries – including Ukraine, Russia, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Israel, Belarus, Armenia and the States – competing here for international titles, notes Dmitry Druzhinsky.
As noted by the U.S. Wall Ball Association, beach-goers hitting an old tennis ball against the sides of wooden jetties back in the 1930s drove the New York Parks Department to install community handball courts throughout city parks. Today, wall ball is a popular sport enjoyed at athletic centers throughout the country. Dmitry Druzhinsky, co-founder of Brooklyn’s MatchPoint NYC, an upmarket health and fitness complex, recently welcomed area politicians for the Pro Wall Ball Tournament. This celebrated annual competition – commonly referred to as the “Battle of the Boroughs,” raises awareness for youth empowerment and public health. The winning team was awarded a trophy and the next year’s bragging honors.
“From the beginning, MatchPoint NYC was intended to be more than just a basic health center,” notes Dmitry Druzhinsky. “Our approach has been to make it into a community hub, a kind of athletic village where Brooklyn residents can socialize, compete and collaborate.” Events held at MatchPoint NYC include the 2015 Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament where politicians from Brooklyn and the Bronx raised awareness for public health and youth empowerment; the Say No to Bullying! Fitness Day starring professional tennis player and Olympic silver medalist, Dinara Safina; and the New York Tennis Tournament which has been held each year at MatchPoint NYC since 2014. Wall Street leaders including Jon Bader, Bruce Richards, Rob Pohly, Jeremy Mindich, Dax Vlassis and Bill Ackman come together each year to compete in what New York Tennis Magazine referred to as “one of the top tennis charity events around, and… one of the biggest and most successful events put on by the R Baby Foundation.” The event has raised over $500,000 in two years at MatchPoint NYC, helping to improve infant medical care through a variety of hospital programs including telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training program and symposiums.
Dmitry Druzhinsky, co-founder of MatchPointNYC, Brooklyn’s luxury health and fitness complex, believes that philanthropy can leave a major mark on a community in need. By working with local charities and public welfare initiatives, Druzhinsky frequently provides crucial help to schools, hospitals, and at-risk youth. The entrepreneur firmly believes that by contributing his time, facilities, and resources on his plate, countless lives throughout New York City can be impacted in a positive manner.
In January, regional politicians and lawmakers gathered at MatchPoint NYC to grow awareness for social issues and partake in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament. According to the center’s co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. maintain a friendly cross-town rivalry in an attempt to get inner city and under-served children into organized sports. In addition to spirited competition, the inspirational leaders spoke on the importance sports play in youth health and empowerment.
MatchPoint’s most prized feature, according to Dmitry Druzhinsky, is a cutting edge indoor tennis arena with nine courts and six additional mini courts dedicated to youth. Local and international greats frequent the grounds, including Kazakhstan international Aleksandr Nedovyesv and the former number one ranked women’s player in the world, Dinara Safina. World-class junior training programs are comprised of highly ranked national and international competitors, offering personalized lessons and drills in combination with mental and physical conditioning. In addition, USPTA certified coaches lead Quick Start, Junior Development, adult leagues, and private programs for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players. For parents who wish to relax and enjoy a snack or beverage while watching their child, a WIFI enabled restaurant and lounge sits above the courts equipped with couches, full-length windows, HDTVs, and a juice bar.
With the phenomenal success of Brooklyn’s MatchPoint NYC, co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky has confirmed plans for two more locations to soon be serving New York City. The prominent real estate icon confirmed that one new center will be open during the fourth quarter of 2016, with the other in the works for 2017.