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USTA Jr. Team Tennis Debuts in St. Augustine; Open House Meeting on Jan. 20

December 28, 2009 06:00 PM
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., Dec. 29, 2009 -- For junior tennis players in the St. Augustine area ages 18 and under, from beginners to advanced players, the year 2010 will be all about the team.

USTA Jr. Team Tennis will be offering a league season in St. Augustine for the first time in Spring 2010, and USTA Florida will host a USTA Jr. Team Tennis Open House on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Public Library, 1960 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Parents and junior players can learn more about USTA Jr. Team Tennis and the upcoming spring season in St. Augustine and the surrounding area. The meeting is open to coaches, parents, and players.

The USTA Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) league connects kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. All teams playing in the local leagues are invited to participate in the annual state/sectional championships in Daytona Beach, with the winners going on to the USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championships in Surprise, Ariz.

For the $35 league fee all JTT participants receive a Nike league jersey and a year-end player party with trophies and prizes. Team tennis emphasizes fun, fitness and friends, and with their USTA Florida membership ($18 for juniors), participants also receive SMASH tennis magazine and information on additional USTA benefits such as clothing, equipment and pro tournament ticket discounts.

"For the longest time tennis has been considered more of an individual sport, but USTA Jr. Team Tennis allows kids to get the team experience through tennis, which is vital to keeping kids in the sport," says Amanda Becker, USTA Florida tennis program coordinator for Northeast Florida.

For beginner players under 10 years of age, USTA Jr. Team Tennis has introduced QuickStart Tennis, the exciting new play format for learning tennis, designed to ease small children into the game by utilizing specialized equipment (junior racquets and foam or low-compression balls), shorter court dimensions and modified scoring, all tailored to age and size. QuickStart Tennis is divided into two different levels -- ages 8-and-under and ages 10-and-under.

Approximately 7,500 children ages 18 and under participated in the USTA Jr. Team Tennis league in Florida in 2009. In 2009 teams from Jacksonville, Gainesville and Miami won state/section age division championships.

For more information:

Diana Gardner                    &n​bsp;                   &n​bsp;          
USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis Local League Coordinator   
jrtennisjax@yahoo.com; (904) 247-5460                           

Amanda Becker
USTA Tennis Program Coordinator
becker@florida.usta.com; (904) 281-1187

Established in 1949, USTA Florida is a section of the United States Tennis Association. It is a not-for-profit volunteer organization with more than 50,000 members, 1,000 organizational members and a $3.8 million budget. As the official governing body of tennis in Florida, USTA Florida operates from an executive office in Daytona Beach with 27 staff members and more than 600 volunteers throughout the state working towards a mission to promote and develop tennis in Florida. To learn more about USTA Florida visit www.ustaflorida.com.
 

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