The USTA is leveraging its partnership with Nickelodeon, one of the largest cable TV networks capable of reaching children and their families, to promote and bring USTA Free Tennis Play Days to tennis sites across the country. These Free Tennis Play Days will be marketed as a part of and in conjunction with Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play to be held on October 6 at Riverside Park in New York City, where the USTA's growing 10 and Under Tennis initiative will be featured.
The USTA and TIA announced the launch of the new playtennis.com site, designed to help all tennis players—whether regular, new or returning to the game—find out everything they need to know about getting into the game and playing more tennis.
The 42nd Annual USTA Tennis Teachers Conference is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Grand Hyatt New York and will run through Aug. 27. The event brings together hundreds of tennis teachers, coaches, tennis advocates and industry partners. World-class speakers will provide current, cutting-edge educational opportunities for all tennis providers. For more information and to register, visit www.usta.com/ttc.
Former USTA Executive Director Lee Hamilton of Dallas passed away on June 15. Hamilton served a variety of roles at the community and section levels, and was a former president of the USTA Texas Section. He was executive director of USTA national from 2003 to 2007.
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To monitor and report on the progress of 10 and Under Tennis, the USTA has created a “Dashboard,” which sets 2012 goals and tracks the initiative across various categories.
“While our ‘Dashboard’ may be new this year, we’ve been tracking our progress throughout the last few years,” says Scott Schultz, the USTA’s managing director for Youth Tennis. “For 10 and Under Tennis, 2011 was a tremendous year. The industry really pulled together and we had major growth in every category.”
The USTA announced in May that Nintendo has signed on as an Official Sponsor of the SmashZone Mobile Tour, the interactive tennis fan attraction which introduces children to tennis in a fun and engaging way. As part of the agreement, Nintendo, the worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, will incorporate video game kiosks into the SmashZone experience throughout the duration of the tour. The partnership launched at the California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard, Calif., which was held on May 19 - 20.
Members of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) now have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the 2012 US Open, one of the most widely attended sporting events in the world. This advance ticket sale option for USTA Members only runs from April 24 - May 1, 2012.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame presented the 2011 Samuel Hardy and Tennis Educational Merit Awards on Saturday, March 17 during the International Tennis Hall of Fame Annual Awards Luncheon, which was held in conjunction with the USTA Annual Meeting in Carlsbad, Calif.
The 86th Annual National Public Parks Tennis Championships will be July 21-29 in Denver. The event—with competition for adult, junior, wheelchair and adaptive players—will be at the Gates Tennis Center and Denver City Park.