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Florida Tennis Briefs(5): Play Days, Arthur Ashe Kids' Day Line-up

July 18, 2012 12:46 PM
Tennis Jr. Play Day at Florida Yacht Club in Jacksonville, Open to Public

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The Florida Yacht Club in Jacksonville will host a USTA Jr. Team Tennis Play Day, open to the public, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, from 1:30-4:00 p.m.

The Play Day is for beginner and intermediate boys and girls ages 12-18, and the $10 registration fee includes refreshments and prizes. Current or previous participation in the USTA Jr. Team Tennis league is not required for this non-team event. Parents or players must register for the event by Aug. 8 by e-mailing Diana Gardner at jrtennisjax@yahoo.com, or calling (904) 247-5460 or (904) 652-7172 with player's name, age, gender, and level information.

"This is a great way for kids to meet and play new opponents," says Gardner, the Jacksonville-area Jr. Team Tennis organizer.

Information will also be available on local Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) leagues. JTT brings kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. It is designed for kids ages 5-18, and matches can be held anywhere from a local park or school to a commercial or private club.

JTT teams are co-ed and divided by the play levels Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and the age groups 18-under, 14-under, 12-under, and utilizing the 10 and Under Tennis format for the 10-under and 8-under leagues. The Fall/Winter season will begin match play the end of September. 

For more information email jrtennisjax@yahoo.com.

Tennis Play Day for 10-U Kids in Ft. Lauderdale During 95th ATA Championships

10_UnderPlayDaysAn American Tennis Association (ATA) Play Day will be held at the Jimmy Evert Tennis Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Aug. 1, 2012, from noon-2 p.m. for children age 10 and under.

The event will utilize the USTA 10 and Under Tennis format, which allows smaller children to emulate adult play on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, foam and low-compression balls, a simple scoring system,  all adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where current stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes.

The ATA Play Day will be held in conjunction with the 95th ATA National Championships, played July 29-Aug. 4, 2012, at the Ft. Lauderdale Tennis Club. Founded in 1916, the American Tennis Association is the oldest African American sports organization in the United States. The ATA was formed by a group of African American businessmen, college professors, and physicians who yearned for and enjoyed the camaraderie and competition that the sport of tennis offered.

In August 1917, the organization held its first ATA National Championships at Baltimore's Druid Hill Park. Since then the organization has become a Mecca for African Americans from all walks of life that enjoy the sport of tennis, and it has contributed to producing tennis greats such as Tally Holmes, Althea Gibson, and Arthur Ashe, to name only a few. Most African American professional tennis players were trained by ATA clubs and played ATA tournaments across the country before turning pro.

To register for the ATA Play Day, go to http://ataplayday.eventbrite.com.

Vote for USTA 'Create Your Own Tennis Court' Finalists

create-your-own-court-logoThe United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced the 10 photos that have been selected -- from hundreds of entries received -- as finalists in its "Create Your Own Tennis Court" Photo Contest. 

Fans across the country now can cast their vote for the court they feel is the most creative. The USTA's 10 and Under Tennis initiative has made tennis the new pick-up game with smaller courts and modified equipment, so the sport can be played anywhere.

The 2012 "Create Your Own Tennis Court" Photo Contest grand prize winner will be determined by a nationwide online vote at www.createyourowntenniscourt.com. Voting began July 18, and continues through Sept. 12, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The grand prize winner will be awarded a trip for four to New York City to attend the 2013 US Open.

Photos of creative tennis courts from all over the country were submitted by entrants for consideration on www.createyourowntenniscourt.com between May 7 and July 8, 2012. After carefully reviewing each submission, a panel of judges selected 10 photos as finalists. The 10 finalist photos can be viewed on www.createyourowntenniscourt.com.

To encourage consumers to vote for their favorite, a secondary sweepstakes component has been added.  Every consumer who votes in this contest will be included in a weekly drawing for a chance to win a 2012 US Open hat. For more information on the "Create Your Own Tennis Court" Photo Contest and to cast your vote, visit www.createyourowntenniscourt.com.

Florida Tennis Facilities -- Host a USTA/Nickelodeon WWDOP Event

Nickelodeon-Day-of-PlayRegistration is now open for tennis facilities to host a USTA Free Tennis Play Day in celebration of Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play, any day from Sept. 1-Oct. 6, 2012.

Host events will be featured in a searchable database on www.YouthTennis.com, and will receive customizable marketing materials to promote the event.

Event hosts will receive:
Nickelodeon Branding: Use Nickelodeon's powerful brand and logo on publicity materials to reach more parents and kids;
Promotional Materials: Download customizable posters, flyers, press release templates and an event "How-to" Guide to make this event your most successful to date;
Exposure: The USTA will use the power of the US Open broadcast to drive consumers to YouthTennis.com to search for local events. Increase attendance at your event and reach new audiences;
Membership Offers: Promote the Free 1-Year USTA 10 and Under Junior Membership or the exclusive USTA Junior Membership for consumers to receive a 2012 US Open hat;
More Free Stuff: The first 2,000 events to register will receive 50 copies of Bounce magazine, the USTA's youth publication, and 50 magnetic photo frames

To register to host an event go to www.Youthtennis.com/host_events/?InitiativeCode=WWDP2012&linkidentifier=_emailsection2.

Music Line-up Announced for 2012 Arthur Ashe Kids' Day at US Open

arthur ashe kids dayArthur Ashe Kids' Day alumnus Jordin Sparks and TV personality Quddus will host the 2012 Arthur Ashe Kids' Day Presented by Hess on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. the weekend prior to the Monday start of the 2012 US Open at Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

The musical line-up is scheduled to include The Wanted, chart-topping singer Carly Rae Jepsen, special guest performer Owl City, and from Nickelodeon's How to Rock, Cymphonique Miller and Max Schneider.

Players participating will be world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, U.S. No. 1 John Isner, Mardy Fish, and three-time US Open champion Kim Clijsters. Kids and their families can enjoy an exciting schedule of free tennis games, live music and attractions taking place throughout the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Stadium show tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster (1-866-OPEN-TIX), at www.usopen.org and at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office. General admission promenade tickets cost $10 and loge tickets are $20. Arthur Ashe Kids' Day will be broadcast nationally by CBS on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 12? 1:30 p.m. ET. Kids 12-and-under with stadium show tickets will receive a free Arthur Ashe Kids' Day hat from the USTA and Hess on a first-come, first-served basis.

Over the years, Arthur Ashe Kids' Day has featured many of music's biggest acts including Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Sean Kingston, Britney Spears, Ne-Yo, Gavin DeGraw, Jessica Simpson, Backstreet Boys, Cody Simpson, Bow Wow and Hanson. 

This year's Grounds Festival lineup of activities will feature the Hess Express Stage, 10 and Under Tennis, the Hess Express Obstacle Course, Hess Target Time, Nike Tennis skill activities, IBM Speedzone, Xerox Beat the Pro, Mario Tennis Open for Nintendo 3DS, USTA Serves/Aetna Tennis Skills, PTR Speed Tennis, USPTA Little Tennis, the USRSA Pro Racquet Round-Up, World TeamTennis, and other events including Watch the Pros Practice, Player Autographs, Juggling Workshop, Face-Painting, Hair Braiding, Storytelling, and more.

Presented by Hess and produced by the USTA, Arthur Ashe Kids' Day honors tennis legend Arthur Ashe and continues his mission of using tennis as a means to instill in kids the values of humanitarianism, leadership and academic excellence. The USTA recently launched a new interactive, kid-friendly website for Arthur Ashe Kids' Day. For more information on the event, log on to www.arthurashekidsday.com, "like" the official Facebook page facebook.com/ArthurAsheKidsDay, or follow @AAKidsDay on Twitter. 






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