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Hillsborough Community College Tennis in Tampa Hosts Community Events

February 22, 2011 02:52 PM

Three Community Tennis Grand Opening Events Planned for Recently Renovated Hillsborough Community College Complex

Tampa Tennis at Hillsborough Community College (HCC) will showcase its recently-renovated facility in a Grand Opening celebration with events in February and March 2011.
A "Free Tennis Lesson Week" will be held from Feb. 21-26, and the weekend of March 19-20 will feature a “USTA Tennis Block Party,” with a Kids Tennis Festival on March 19, and the Tampa Tennis at HCC Grand Opening on March 20.
Tampa community members can come out for the Free Tennis Lesson Week on Feb. 21-26 to sample programs on days or evenings, and to check out clinic and league offerings for adults and juniors, and meet with staff. For more info players can go to www.tampatennis.net.
The Kids Tennis Festival on Saturday, March 19 (9 a.m.-noon), open to youths ages 5-18 of all ability levels (beginners welcome), will feature free activities, games, skills challenges, and fun team events, along with free pizza, refreshments, music, a pro exhibition, and registration for local USTA Jr Team Tennis leagues and 10 and Under Tennis programs utilizing the revolutionary QuickStart play format. During the Grand Opening on Sunday, March 20, Tampa Tennis will host a carnival tennis atmosphere for adults, juniors and families of all ages and abilities featuring games, food, prizes, competitions, free lessons, pros exhibitions and more from 1-4 p.m.
The renovated Hillsborough Community College Tennis Complex, featuring permanent USTA 10 and Under Tennis featuring the QuickStart play format mini-courts, is part of a partnership between Hillsborough Community College, the United States Tennis Association-Florida Section (USTA Florida) which granted the complex funding through its "Share the Love" initiative, and NETRESULTS-All American Tennis, the new management company for the complex. The newly-renovated HCC Tennis Complex includes 10 clay courts, 13 hard courts, and 18 of the 10 and Under Tennis-lined mini-courts within a beautiful park setting.
David MacBurnie of NETRESULTS Tennis has been operating large municipal tennis operations for the last 20 years and have partnered with USPTA Master Professional Len Simard of All American Tennis LLC, who has directed some of the most exclusive and successful private clubs in the country.
"We are so excited to bring our brand of tennis programming and customer service to the HCC facility and Tampa this month. The skill set, past success and experience that has been brought together for this project at HCC will set a new standard of tennis experience," said NETRESULT-All American Tennis partner MacBurnie. "We operate with a great deal of confidence based on our results of operating similar operations in Brookline, Mass. and Palm Beach, Fla. We know we have a responsibility to the region to become a conduit for tennis growth in Tampa -- hence our new name -- Tampa Tennis at HCC."
USTA Florida President Dan Casey says the HCC facility will be a model for others.
"We were thrilled to support the court resurfacing and conversion of three hard courts into QuickStart courts, along with the resurfacing of six additional courts with blended QuickStart lines," Casey said. "The facility's QuickStart complex will not only serve as a model for facilities around Florida, but will provide wonderful practice and play opportunities for children in Hillsborough County."
The USTA funding also supports the Hillsborough County Tennis Association (HCTA) Inner City Youth Tennis Program, which in 2011 will feature six-week sessions, two-week summer camps, and tournaments for new players. Many of these children attended a mini-opening for the complex on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, when it hosted a 10 and Under Tennis Carnival from 10 a.m. to noon.
"We are anxious to unveil our brand new 10 and Under Tennis facility over the next couple of months to the community and show off our new staff that is trained and certified specifically in USTA 10 and Under Tennis," Simard said. "All of our Grand Opening events include free lessons and game courts, food and refreshments, prizes and tons of fun."
Tampa Tennis at HCC General Manager Ron Hakala says the facility will look to promote junior tennis as the team event for a lifetime.
"We plan to give juniors a whole new tennis experience," Hakala said. "The smaller racquets and smaller courts allow kids to learn the sport much quicker, and it's much more fun. If you have a child, you should seriously take advantage of the new wave of junior team tennis!"
For more information on the upcoming Grand Opening events at Tampa Tennis at Hillsborough Community College, go to www.tampatennis.net.





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