Masters Tennis Short-court Program Launch at Tallahassee Community Center
The Jake Gaither Community Center in Tallahassee, Fla., will beginning on Sept. 18, 2013, host a Masters Tennis program on Wednesday afternoons at 1 p.m.
Masters Tennis is the new short-court option played within a full-size 78-foot tennis court for a wide array of players -- veterans looking to get back in the game after injuries, players who can no longer cover a full court, or adults newer to the game looking for a fun challenge.
"Clubs and players in Florida with our older demographic have been asking us for a program like this for years," says USTA Florida Executive Director Doug Booth. "Anyone can play with the smaller racquets, slower balls and smaller courts. Players who left the game due to age or injuries can again play with this format, truly making tennis the 'Sport of a Lifetime.'"
The smaller court with the lower-bouncing ball provides the perfect learning laboratory for new players, or a challenging arena for experienced players in singles or doubles. Players can use their regular racquets, or smaller racquets which provide more control.
Masters Tennis programs are currently being played at approximately 20 sites across the state of Florida, the largest in Lee County (southwest Florida) hosting approximately 80 players in five park locations.
Win a 2014 ‘US Open Experience’ Trip from USTA Florida
Jose Alberto Darsin and Marcela Calderale of Weston, Fla., experienced a luxury US Open Experience package this year in Flushing Meadows, and next year it could be you!
Tickets are still available through Dec. 7, 2014, for the USTA Florida Section Foundation's 2014 US Open Experience Fundraiser, raising money for tennis programs that assist youth, special-needs children and adults, and building/renovating tennis courts across Florida -- and sending a lucky winner and their guest to New York and the 2014 US Open, along with other prizes.
The Grand Prize is a trip for two to the 2014 US Open, including two (2) tickets to the USTA President's Box, round-trip domestic airfare for two (2) to New York and two (2) nights hotel accommodation, complimentary US Open bus transportation to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, lunch in the USTA President's Dining Room, hospitality in the President's Suite, and access to courtside seating in Louis Armstrong Stadium, as well as Grandstand and all other courts.
Second Prize is two 2014 courtside box seats in Arthur Ashe Stadium, while Third Prize is two 2014 Sony Open box seats for the men's or women's final.
Tickets are a requested $20 donation each to the USTA Florida Section Foundation, and the drawing for the winners will be Dec. 7, 2013, at the USTA Florida Annual Meeting and Volunteer Weekend. Winners need not be present to win. See www.USTAFloridaFoundation.com
for rules, regulations and more information.