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“Tennis Night in America” Serves up a Winner

March 6, 2009 12:24 PM

More than 700 tennis facilities, recreation departments and community centers across the U.S. took part in the first-ever national youth registration initiative for spring and summer tennis programs on March 2. The event attracted tens of thousands of kids and parents to take part in the inaugural celebration of “Tennis Night in America” which included the ”BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup” at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

More than 55 facilities in Florida alone hosted a youth registration event to give young players and their families an opportunity to join the tennis family and partake in a sport that has seen a 30% increase in participation in the past 7 years (2000-2007 as reported by the TIA).

“We were excited about the possibilities of what Tennis Night in America could be, but we truly exceeded our expectations,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “The enthusiasm we saw and heard from kids, parents and fans throughout the 17 sections was a wonderful testament to the resurgence our sport has been experiencing at every level.”

Two successful examples of events that took place locally occurred at Bryan Park Tennis Center and Moore Park Tennis Center in Miami. Combined, the facilities welcomed over 200 youngsters for Youth Registration Night. The events, established by the City of Miami Parks and Recreation Department and the Greater Miami Tennis & Education Foundation (GMTEF), were directed by Bryan Park Manager and PTA/PTR tennis professional, Noel Cubela, and Moore Park Director of Operations and PTA tennis professional, Albert Mora. Thomas Simons, executive director of the GMTEF, oversaw the events which served as “opening day” for parents to sign-up their kids for league and team tennis play, including USTA Jr. Team Tennis.

Thanks to all Florida facilities who participated in the exciting night. “Tennis Night in America” promises to be an important component in the USTA’s effort to grow the game for years to come!

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Bryan Park Tennis Center “Tennis Night in America”












Tamiami Tennis Center "Tennis Night in America"




Radio Station 97.3 The Coast came out to the courts to cover the event!





Moore Park "Tennis Night in America"

 

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