White Plains, NY â€“Â Families in USTA Eastern can enjoy free tennis lessons, hear from tennis coaching legend Nick Bollettieri and learn about local opportunities to enjoy the sport at TennisFest 2011, a free day of activities for players of all ages and abilities, on Sunday, May 15, at the Saw Mill Club in Mount Kisco, NY.
The United States Professional Tennis Association â€“ Eastern Division is organizing the day-long event which will include instruction by certified teaching pros, a fast serve contest, Cardio Tennis, tournaments and exhibitions. The event will also feature USTA 10 and Under Tennis, which uses age-appropriate courts and equipment to introduce kids to the game.
â€œThe goal of TennisFest is to showcase all of the ways families can enjoy the sport: from private lessons and clinics, to special play formats geared to children and physical fitness,â€ said Bill Mecca, Executive Director of the USPTA- Eastern Division. â€œNo matter how you want to play, TennisFest 2011 is great way to kick off the outdoor tennis season.â€
The USPTA, the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), the USTA and USTA Eastern have planned a menu of activities for the whole family at the event. In addition to Bollettieri, USPTA Hall of Famer Bill Tym and other USTA dignitaries will also be speaking.
Jenny Schnitzer, Managing Director of Competitive Tennis for USTA Eastern, said the event will highlight all that tennis has to offer, and allow parents and kids to find a program that meets their needs.
â€œThe path to developing as a tennis player begins with a certified instructor and a great program,â€ said Schnitzer. â€œAnd TennisFest is a perfect way for parents to learn about what opportunities are available for their families to enjoy the sport.â€
The USTA Eastern Section, based in White Plains, New York, is a not-for-profit community service organization whose mission is to promote and develop the growth of tennis.Â The section encompasses all of New York State, Northern New Jersey and Greenwich, Connecticut.Â It is one of 17 geographic sections of the United States Tennis Association, the governing body of tennis in the United States, and supports more than 49,000 members.Â The section also establishes and maintains rules of fair play, high standards of sportsmanship and represents, in its jurisdiction, the programs and policies of the USTA.Â More information about the USTA Eastern section is available by visiting: www.eastern.usta.com.