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Join 17 Facilities Thus Far Hosting Florida Tennis Festivals in March

February 7, 2013 04:00 PM
Tennis_Festival_USTA_FL_graphicYour Florida facility or organization can be part of the thousands of Tennis Festivals in March across the country boosting junior participation in tennis. By hosting a Tennis Festival, tennis organizers, including facilities, parks and clubs, and schools have the opportunity to showcase their youth tennis programs and attract new players to the sport.
Tennis Festivals are designed to welcome whole families to play tennis at all skill levels. Parents and children are encouraged to participate and experience first-hand the way in which tennis is now sized right for their child's age and ability.
The Tennis Festival initiative coincides with "Tennis Night in America" on March 4, 2013, featuring the BNP Paribas Showdown from New York's Madison Square Garden, broadcast on ESPN and live online. This year's BNP Paribas Showdown features US Open champion and Olympic gold medalist Serena Williams against the world's No. 1 woman player, Victoria Azarenka, and former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal against former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.
With 10 and Under Tennis, the game is now scaled to a child's age and size, using lower-bouncing and slower-moving balls, lighter and shorter racquets, and smaller courts. This modified equipment and smaller courts allow kids to rally and play the game quickly, increasing the likelihood that kids will return to the court and continue to improve, all while having fun.
Florida facilities registered for Tennis Festivals as of Feb. 6 are:
Altamonte Springs – March 16, March Madness Youth Tennis Festival, Sanlando Park, charkins@seminolecountyfl.gov
Coral Springs -- March 7, Intramural Fun, Sawgrass Springs Middle School Tennis Courts, fbrooker48@bellsouth.net
Ft. Myers – March 16, Three Oaks Tennis Festival, Three Oaks Tennis Center, pat@threeoakstennis.com
Gainesville -- March 2, Community Tennis Festival, Jonesville Tennis Center, jonesvilletennis@gmail.com
Greenacres – March 30, Greenacres Elementary Tennis Festival, Greenacres Elementary School, tina.nye@palmbeachschools.org
Miami -- March 2, Tamiami Tennis Festival Grand Opening, Tamiami Tennis Center, nordlund@florida.usta.com
Mount Dora -- March 1, DTennis Festival!, North Lake Tennis Park (D Tennis) Parks & Recreation Agency, dtennisptr@gmail.com
Naples – March 9, Kids Tennis Festival, Vineyards Community Park, Tencapfl@aol.com
Ocala – March 16, Tennis Night in America, Ft. King Municipal Tennis Center, mzflaivy@aol.com
Palm Harbor – March 30, It Starts in the Parks, Putnam Park, wtacoach@verizon.net
Sebastien -- March 1, Tennis Festival, Schumann Tennis Complex, district15njtl@bellsouth.net
St. Augustine – March 23, Harbour Island Kids Day, Harbour Island Tennis Centre, marie@harbourislandtennis.com
Tallahassee – March 9, Venom Community Tennis Festival, FAMU Tennis Complex, jerrell.lowery.bxko@statefarm.com
Tampa – March 16, 10 and Under Tennis Festival, MacFarlane Park, barbarasoto@hotmail.com
Tavares -- March 4, DTennis Tavares Festival!, Aesop Park, dtennisptr@gmail.com
Titusville – March 16, Titusville YMCA Youth Tennis Festival, Titusville YMCA Tennis & Racquet Center, bspecht@cfymca.org
Umatilla -- March 2, DTennis North Lake Festival!, North Lake, dtennisptr@gmail.com
To register to host an event, or to find an event near you to play, go to www.YouthTennis.com.
Tennis Festivals will coincide with USTA Florida's new ROGY (for the Red, Orange, Green, and Yellow ball progressions) "Tourn-events," which are three-hour play periods where children age 8-18 hone their tennis skills in a fun, no-pressure format using modified equipment. ROGY events kicked-off this month across the state. For more information go to www.FloridaROGY.com.
Families and children of all ages are welcome at Tennis Festivals, and more experienced players will have the spotlight on Feb. 26, 2013, when USTA Florida debuts Masters Tennis with an event for players 55 years and older during The Delray Beach International Tennis Championships pro tour event. The Masters Tennis event will feature low-compression balls on 36', 60', and 78' courts. Doubles teams will be mixed gender with 55+ and 65+ age divisions. Look for Florida regional Masters Tennis events and leagues debuting this summer. For more information on Masters Tennis go to www.florida.usta.com/usta_adult_senior_leagues/masters_tennis.

To keep up to date on ROGY, Masters Tennis, and all the tennis news you can use, subscribe to the USTA Florida Weekly E-Newsletter at http://visitor.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001QOqrPM3hRDNNIOb_KDcZNQ%3D%3D&intloc=headernavsub.
For more information on USTA Florida programs, go to www.ustaflorida.com, and for all things youth tennis go to www.YouthTennis.com.





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