Madison Square Garden in New York City was filled with excitement on Nov. 5 as tennis legends Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Patrick Rafter and Pete Sampras competed in the PowerShares Series. But the hype at one local tennis club had been building for weeks prior to the event.
Yonkers Tennis Center was asked to showcase their highly successful 10 and Under Tennis program at the MSG event. Right before Rafter and Sampras competed in the first set, 15 Yonkers Tennis Center players and their coaches put on a 45-minute on-court demonstration, all while fans poured into the arena and cheered them on.
The purpose of the demonstration was to raise awareness about 10 and Under Tennis and show how this initiative can get youngsters playing the game quickly, with their friends, and having fun--all while learning proper strokes and techniques. Yonkers Tennis Center has been recognized by the USTA as a leader in 10 and Under Tennis instruction and was recently featured in a USTA Eastern video about the benefits of running a 10 and Under Tennis program.
“Yonkers Tennis Center has everything right,” says USTA Director of Coach Education & Development Kirk Anderson. “They were among the first to be using the new formats for 10 and Under Tennis, including smaller courts, lower nets, shorter racquets and softer balls. They have a highly trained and qualified staff who are experts with youngsters, and provide plenty of
opportunities for kids to play tennis.”