According to the U.S. Wall Ball Association, back in the 1930s individuals at the beaches hit a bald tennis ball against the walls of wooden docks. This created interest in the New York Parks Department to make public handball courts in city parks. Today, the game is a professional sport usually known as Wall Ball and is played at sport centers across the country. Dmitry Druzhinsky, co-founder of MatchPoint NYC, a leading health and fitness complex in Brooklyn, was recently joined by leading lawmakers for the Pro Wall Ball Tournament. The annual remarkable competition known as “Battle of the Boroughs,” enlightens people about the topics of public health and youth empowerment. The winning team was given a trophy and a year of bragging rights.
A luxurious rec center for professional athletes and regular New Yorkers is rapidly becoming a global destination for tennis, swimming, basketball, gymnastics, martial arts and more. With members and guests experiencing the high number of activities available, famous professional athletes are utilizing the facilities during their training sessions. From stars, special occasions, and fundraisers, an abundance of sporting events are coming to MatchPoint NYC. The size and versatility of the luxury recreation facility allows for convenience and expert competitions, including the proper regulation sized quarters for accurate results. Co-founder of Brooklyn’s premier rec center, Dmitry Druzhinsky is honored about the activities and sporting events he is hosting at MatchPoint NYC.
Dmitry Druzhinsky, along with MatchPoint NYC’s staff, is proud to offer diverse activities and provide a superior center for athletic excellence. The center’s aquatic director, Konstantin Petrov, is an renowned athlete with a Bronze medal from the Olympics and European Championships Gold medals. Training on a year-round schedule, the swim team helps athletes meet their peak performance. Previous successful events at MatchPoint NYC also include the International Sambo Championship, in which the center partnered with the American Amateur Sambo Federation to welcome participants from all over the world sending athletes to participate in their Sambo, Judo, or mixed martial arts activities. The cutting-edge tennis facility at MatchPoint NYC hosts the world-class junior tournament training system, a program available based on invite only to highly ranked national and international players. Offering personalized coaching alongside intensive drills, match play, mental conditioning, and world-class sporting events, MatchPoint NYC is the premier fitness center in the region for youth and adults.
Along with sports fans, politicians, business and media professionals, and celebrities gather every year to witness the fast-paced competition. Local figures from Brooklyn and the Bronx have been smashing the ball to the wall since 2015 in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament at MatchPoint NYC. Dmitry Druzhinsky points out that the cross-town rivalry is led by both Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and engages inner-city and under-served youth in physical activity. The event also benefits the U.S. Wall Ball Association’s education, anti-violence and anti-obesity initiatives. Celebrating the life of Jonathan Ray, the late brother of the USWA CEO and inspiration behind the creation of the association the tournament originally formed in 2012. Dmitry gladly welcomes this opportunity to support organizations that encouorage a healthy lifestyle to the complex.
Druzhinsky, with his MatchPoint NYC members and staff, are honored to play host to several community-driven fundraisers and events that give players a place to demonstrate their abilities in fierce but friendly matches, while inspiring youth to stay healthy, follow their passion, and do good. Dmitry Druzhinsky, in addition to hosting wall ball tournaments, welcomes Wall Street finance industry professionals as they compete in the annual R Baby Foundation New York Tennis Tournament. This event helps improve outcomes of medical care for infants by financing hospital programs including telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training initiatives, symposiums and more. More than $500,000 has been raised by the Foundation in the two years it’s taken place at MatchPoint NYC.
In addition to the nine indoor tennis courts, MatchPoint NYC facilities include a full size gym with top of the line fitness equipment and three group fitness studios, a junior Olympic pool, rhythmic gymnastics center, a basketball court, Yoga studio, outdoor training field and sauna. There are even competitive MMA and Sambo training programs for youth and adults. As a proud partner with the American Amateur Sambo Federation (AASF), MatchPoint NYC has seen athletes from more than 12 countries – including Ukraine, Russia, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Israel, Belarus, Armenia and the U.S. – competing under its roof for international titles.
Sports fans mingle with politicians, business owners, journalists, and celebrities to watch the fast-paced competition each year. Local athletes from Brooklyn and the Bronx have, since 2015, been smashing the ball to the wall in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament at MatchPoint NYC. As noted by MatchPoint co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky, an intense cross-town rivalry has been fostered by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. in order to engage inner-city and under-served youth in physical activity, and also to benefit the U.S. Wall Ball Association’s education, anti-violence and anti-obesity initiatives. The five year old tournament celebrates the life of Jonathan Ray, the late brother of the USWA CEO, who inspired the association. Dmitry is honored at the opportunity to welcome such organizations that promote a healthy lifestyle to complex.
Back in the 1930s, as noted by the U.S. Wall Ball Association, beach-bums hitting a worn tennis ball up against wooden jetties gave the New York Parks Department the idea to create community handball courts in city parks. Today, the game has professional players and is known as Wall Ball, played at athletic centers across the country. Dmitry Druzhinsky, co-founder of Brooklyn’s top-notch health and fitness complex MatchPoint NYC, was recently joined by area politicians for the Pro Wall Ball Tournament, an annual big competition – billed as the “Battle of the Boroughs” – that raises awareness of overall health and youth empowerment. The winning team took home the trophy along with a year of top reputation.
“From the beginning, MatchPoint NYC was intended to be more than just a basic health center,” says 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.” Some of the events held at MatchPoint NYC include the 2015 Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament where politicians from Brooklyn and the Bronx raised awareness of public health and youth empowerment; the Say No to Bullying! Fitness Day with professional tennis star and Olympic silver medalist, Dinara Safina; and the New York Tennis Tournament which has been held annually at MatchPoint NYC since 2014. Wall Street leaders as Jon Bader, Bruce Richards, Rob Pohly, Jeremy Mindich, Dax Vlassis and Bill Ackman gather each year to compete in what New York Tennis Magazine called “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 more than $500,000 in just the two years being held at MatchPoint NYC, money that help to improve infant medical care through a range of hospital programs including telemedicine with pediatric experts, mobile simulation training program and symposiums.
With more than three acres of world-class facilities, including nine indoor tennis courts, MatchPoint NYC ranks as Brooklyn’s largest tennis complex, and the second largest in the entire New York area. Since its opening in 2013 in Coney Island, the location has played host to dozens of charitable events attended by politicians, Wall Street traders, sports icons and celebrities who have helped to raise millions of dollars for a range of non-profit groups. Much of the credit goes to MatchPoint NYC co-founder Dmitry Druzhinsky, who has learned to merge his personal interest in philanthropy with his successful real estate developments.