USTA Tennis Block Parties in Pinellas County, Miami in May

April 20, 2010 07:00 PM
Pinellas County Tennis Block Party on May 8; Featured on WTVT FOX 13

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- April 21, 2010 -- To celebrate the United States Tennis Association's (USTA) designation of May as National Tennis Month and USPTA's (United States Professional Tennis Association) "Tennis Across America Day," a Tennis Block Party is planned for Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henry L. McMullen Tennis Complex in Clearwater, Fla.

The event will be featured live on the WTVT FOX 13 "Good Day Tampa Bay" morning show on Wednesday, May 5. The live interviews will feature local tennis organizers and event features such as QuickStart Tennis, according to Suncoast Tennis Foundation Executive Director Judy Foster.

With approximately 600 participants, last year's event gained local and national attention as the largest and most successful Tennis Block Party in the country. The Suncoast Tennis Foundation has partnered with the City of Clearwater, local USPTA District 7 teaching professionals, and Advantage Yours Tennis to provide a day full of tennis racquet and skill games for all ages and levels.

"The fact is, tennis remains the fastest-growing traditional sport since 2000," Foster says. "Tennis participation grew by 43.0% while soccer grew by only 0.1% and golf was minus 5.2% between 2000 and 2009. Part of this is due to the QuickStart Tennis format for children 10-and-under that has been tremendously successful all over the country. Even adults love playing tennis with this format. We are all looking forward to working with Fox 13 again to grow tennis and bring the game to children and adults all over our community."

The event is FREE and open to the public, and NO registration is required. Kids and adults will find a variety of activities.

"The QuickStart Tennis format helps kids 10-and-under learn and play the game by utilizing scaled-down equipment, allowing any child to start playing tennis almost immediately, even if they have never picked up a racquet before," Foster says. "Another special feature this year is 'Parents Play' where parents will be on court playing QuickStart tennis with their children. For the 4-and-under group there will also be a Tot Tennis Carnival."

Adults and experienced youth players will have an opportunity to play in an informal round robin for all skill levels and receive a NTRP level assessment. Information will be available on joining the USTA and local leagues and programs for adults and youths, and all participants will receive prizes. Vendor courts will also be available with representatives from all the major equipment manufacturers providing demo racquets for trial use. All vendors will have giveaways, and Advantage Yours will give a percentage discount to all who make a purchase at the store as a result of their attending the Block Party.

The Henry L. McMullen Tennis Complex is located at 1000 Edenville Ave., Clearwater, FL 33764, (727) 669-1919. For further information contact Judy Foster at

Miami to Host USTA Tennis Block Party at Tamiami Tennis Center on May 29

MIAMI, Fla. -- April 21, 2010 -- Hey Miami, are you ready to cause a racquet? The biggest tennis party ever is coming to your neighborhood!

Throughout the month of May -- designated as "Tennis Month" across the U.S. -- the USTA is serving up an ambitious and exciting community initiative with a series of "Tennis Block Parties" in markets nationwide. The Tennis Block Parties will bring new ways to involve and expose new and existing players to the unparalleled health and social benefits of tennis. 

The Miami Tennis Block Party will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2010, at Tamiami Tennis Center from 1-4 p.m. and is free to the public. Besides fun games and prizes there will be Beach Volleyball and Beach Tennis exhibition matches.

Hosted at public parks facilities, Tennis Block Parties will feature three hours of tennis instruction, interactive games, and attractions, offering people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn and enjoy the benefits of the game -- from fun and competition to lifestyle and fitness. Skilled teaching professionals, accomplished touring pros, and special guests will guide attendees through games and skills during this day of fun and learning.

"National Tennis Month comes at an exciting time for the sport with participation at record levels in the U.S.," says USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the South Gold Coast Cathy Nordlund. "Tennis Block Parties help show why so many people are playing tennis by highlighting the fun and fitness benefits for people of all ages." 

Tennis Block Party events and attractions include:

* Family Fun Zone -- Parents and kids are on the court to play tennis in a fun, noncompetitive atmosphere;
* QuickStart Tennis -- The fast way to learn tennis for children 10-and-under;
* Beat the Pros -- Teaching pros and top-level players take on all comers in an abbreviated tennis match;
* How Fast is your Serve? -- How do you measure up to Andy Roddick?
* Hit For Prizes -- Have a chance to win prizes;
* Champions of the Court -- Competitors can strut their stuff and remain on the court until defeated by challengers in abbreviated tennis matches;
* Beach Volleyball and Beach Tennis exhibition matches

"Summer brings a new attention to fitness, and tennis offers unparalleled ways to have fun and get into shape," say the Friends of Miami Tennis staff. "The Tennis Block Parties celebrate the sport and provide a new way for people to get out and play."

For more information, contact Cathy Nordlund, USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator, at (305) 252-6591 or, or visit on the web at