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Local Clubs to Host Play Events in Celebration of World Tennis Day

February 12, 2014 10:51 AM
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Clubs across USTA Eastern will hold play events in celebration of World Tennis Day, a nationwide effort to get kids excited and active in tennis. During the next couple months, the USTA will invite families and kids of all ages and skill levels to try tennis at local events and facilities across the country—encouraging kids to get on the court and in the game.

Studies have shown that an early, positive experience in sports is vital to combatting physical inactivity and creating a lifelong commitment to an active lifestyle. More than a thousand facilities will host USTA Tennis Play Events this March, each showcasing how fun and easy it now is for families to get into the sport. These events will allow parents to sign up their children for spring and summer tennis programs.

“USTA Tennis Play Events provide an opportunity to engage children in a fun environment, as well as inspiring them to love physical activity and sports for life,” said Kurt Kamperman, USTA Chief Executive, Community Tennis. “These efforts are part of USTA’s strong commitment to making it easier for kids to get into the game—and stay in the game.”

“Our Play Event brings in a fresh format for children looking to keep score, run around, be kids and hit a tennis ball without lots of supervision,” according to Mark Savage, the Tennis Director at Sportsplex in New Windsor, NY. “Kids want to be kids. They want their own space to play and to perform for themselves.”

Savage’s club, which is located at 2902 US Route 9W, will hold a USTA Tennis Play Event on Saturday, March 8 from 5 - 8pm.

USTA Tennis Play Events are a fantastic way to inspire children to get into the game, according to Akiko Tohmatsu, the 10 and Under Tennis Program Coordinator for the Eastern Athletic Club in Blue Point. “In my view, they give another opportunity for kids to play the sport,” she said.

Tohmatsu, whose club recently held a Play Event and plans to hold others in the future, discussed the importance of teaching 10 and Under Tennis at USTA Tennis Play Events. The kids enjoy the many activities offered, she said, including the chance to play matches, improve technique through drills, and take part in round-robin tournaments. 

World Tennis Day on March 3 serves as a kick-off to the Play Events. It is a celebration of tennis around the world that includes professional tennis matches in New York City, Hong Kong and London. The World Tennis Day celebration in New York’s Madison Square Garden will feature Novak Djokovic squaring off against Andy Murray, and Bob and Mike Bryan taking on John and Patrick McEnroe. 

A number of other March Play Events have also been planned in Eastern. Below are the dates, times, locations and contact information to register. To learn more about USTA Tennis Play Events, please visit www.youthtennis.com.

 

March 1st

12 and Over Yellow Ball Play Day at Yonkers Tennis Center (Yonkers, NY)
6 pm – 8 pm
Contact: Claudio Armandi, carmandi@yonkerstennis.com
 
8 and Under Red Ball Play Day at Yonkers Tennis Center (Yonkers, NY)
4 pm – 6 pm
Contact: Claudio Armandi, carmandi@yonkerstennis.com
 
Orange and Green Court Play Day at Centercourt Athletic Club (Morganville, NJ)
5 pm – 6:30 pm
Contact: Will Lester, tenniswill16@gmail.com
 
8 and Under Red Ball World Tennis Day of Play at Yonkers Tennis Center (Yonkers, NY)
4 pm – 6 pm
Contact: Contact: Claudio Armandi, carmandi@yonkerstennis.com
 
Test March 2014 Play Event at Test Site (White Plains, NY)
10 am – 12:30 pm
Contact: Don Roberts, droberts312@aol.com
 
Red and Orange Play Day at East Brunswick Racquet Club (East Brunswick, NJ)
5 pm – 7 pm
Contact: Catarina Ryan, catarinaryan@comcast.com
 

March 2

Play Day at Point Set Tennis (Oceanside, NY)
1st, 2nd, 3rd graders
4 pm – 5pm
Contact: Bill Mecca, mecs@optonline.net
 
Play Day at Point Set Tennis (Oceanside, NY)
4th, 5th, 6th graders
5 pm – 6 pm
Contact: Bill Mecca, mecs@optonline.net
 
World Tennis Play Day at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (Flushing, NY)
8:15 am – 10:15 am
Contact: Tina Taps, taps@usta.com
 
Level 3 Play Day at Village Glen (Williamsville, NY)
5 pm – 6:30 pm
Contact: Brittany Walters, brittany.walters120@gmail.com
 
Sunday Junior Match Play at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham (Morganville, NJ)
3 pm – 5 pm
Contact: Will Lester, tenniswill16@gmail.com
 

March 3

Tennis Round-Up at Ossining Recreation (Ossining, NY)
4 pm – 6 pm
Contact: Shannon Ross, sssross@aol.com
 
Tennis Day 2014 at Warrentownship Municipal Tennis Courts (Warren, NJ)
4 pm – 7 pm
Contact: Steve Levin, SLevin530@optonline.net
 
Raising a Racquet at Maple Hill High School (Castleton, NY)
3 pm – 4:30 pm
Contact: Kolby Flach, koflach8@hotmail.com
 
World Play Day at Midtown Athletic Club (Rochester, NY)
6 pm – 8 pm
Contact: Laramie Gavin, Laramie.gavin@midtown.com
 

March 4

Canandaigua Family YMCA at Canandaigua Family YMCA (Canandaigua, NY)
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Contact: Todd Freelove, tfreelove@canandaigua-ymca.org
 

March 6

Thunder Tennis Academy at Cherokee Street Elementary (Ronkonkoma, NY)
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: Ryan Cavanagh, rshamrock21@gmail.com
 
Play Day at The Play Place (Elmsford, NY)
4 pm – 5:30 pm
Contact: Anthony Ma, Anthony@theplayplace.net
 

March 7

Red Ball Box League Play Day at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham (Chatham, NJ)
6 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: Jeff Rothstein, jeff@centercourtclub.com
 
Orange Ball Box League Play Day at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham (Chatham, NJ)
6 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: Jeff Rothstein, jeff@centercourtclub.com
 
Green and Yellow Ball Box League Play Day at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham (Chatham, NJ)
6 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: Jeff Rothstein, jeff@centercourtclub.com
 
Pre-K Tennis Lesson at Our Lady of Good Counsel School (Staten Island, NY)
2:15 pm – 3 pm
Contact: Ed Perpetua, eptatennis@aol.com
 

March 8

Hudson Valley Super Duper Play Day at Sportsplex (New Windsor, NY)
5 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: Mark Savage, savtennis@gmail.com
 
10 and Under Orange Ball Play Day at Yonkers Tennis Center (Yonkers, NY)
4 pm – 6 pm
Contact: Claudio Armandi, carmandi@yonkerstennis.com
 
Red Ball Parent and Child Special Event at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham (Chatham, NJ)
6 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: Jeff Rothstein, jeff@centercourtclub.com
 
Hudson Valley Play Day at Sportsplex (New Windsor, NY)
5 pm – 8 pm
Contact: Mark Savage, savtennis@gmail.com
 
EBRC Open House Junior Play Day at East Brunswick Racquet Club (East Brunswick, NJ)
5 pm – 7 pm
Contact: Catarina Ryan, catarinaryan@comcast.net
 
Carefree Racquet and Health Club Play Day at Carefree Racquet and Health Club (Merrick, NY)
5 pm – 7 pm
Contact: Daniel Burgess, amertwist@aim.com
 
10 and Under Tennis Bonanza at Saratoga Regional YMCA (Saratoga Springs, NY)
2 pm – 4 pm
Contact: William Brahler, billbrahler@me.com
 

March 9

JTT Play Day at Robbie Wagner Tournament Training (Glenwood Landing, NY)
6 pm – 8 pm
Contact: Terry Fontana, terry196@optonline.net
 
Play Day at Point Set Tennis (Oceanside, NY)
1st, 2nd, 3rd graders
4 pm – 5pm
Contact: Bill Mecca, mecs@optonline.net
 
Play Day at Point Set Tennis (Oceanside, NY)
4th, 5th, 6th graders
5 pm – 6 pm
Contact: Bill Mecca, mecs@optonline.net
 
10 and Under Tennis Bonanza at Saratoga Regional YMCA (Saratoga Springs, NY)
2 pm – 4 pm
Contact: William Brahler, billbrahler@me.com
 

March 10

HJTEP Session Ending Play Day at Harlem Tennis Center (New York, NY)
5 pm – 7 pm
Contact: Esu Ma’at, maat@eastern.usta.com
 

March 13

Don’s Test Event at Test Site (White Plains, NY)
10 am – 12:30 pm
Contact: Don Roberts, doctor.roberts@gmail.com
 

March 14

Red Box League Play Day at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham (Chatham, NJ)
6 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: Jeff Rothstein, jeff@centercourtclub.com
 
Orange Ball Box League Play Day at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham (Chatham, NJ)
6 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: Jeff Rothstein, jeff@centercourtclub.com
 
Green and Yellow Ball Box League Play Day at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham (Chatham, NJ)
6 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: Jeff Rothstein, jeff@centercourtclub.com
 

March 15

12 and Under Green Ball Play Day at Yonkers Tennis Center (Yonkers, NY)
4 pm – 6 pm
Contact: Claudio Armandi, carmandi@yonkerstennis.com
 
Ross School Tennis Family Day at Ross School (East Hampton, NY)
2 pm – 5 pm
Contact: Vinicius Carmo, vcarmo@ross.org
 
TGA of Bergen County Tennis Festival at Fairleigh Dickinson University Tennis Courts (Teaneck, NJ)
11 am – 1 pm
Contact: Kevin Rooney, krooney@playtga.com
 
10 and Under Play Date at Eastern Athletic Club (Melville, NY)
4 pm – 6 pm
Contact: Jamie Stickney, eactennis@yahoo.com
 
Carefree Racquet and Health Club Play Day at Carefree Racquet and Health Club (Merrick, NY)
5 pm – 7 pm
Contact: Daniel Burgess, amertwist@aim.com
 
Orange and Green Court Play Day at Centercourt Athletic Club (Morganville, NJ)
5 pm – 6:30 pm
Contact: Will Lester, tenniswill16@gmail.com
 
Play Day at Eastern Athletic Tennis Club (Melville, NY)
4 pm – 6 pm
Contact: Bill Mecca, mecs@optonline.net
 

March 16

Play Day at Point Set Tennis (Oceanside, NY)
1st, 2nd, 3rd graders
4 pm – 5pm
Contact: Bill Mecca, mecs@optonline.net
 
Play Day at Point Set Tennis (Oceanside, NY)
4th, 5th, 6th graders
5 pm – 6 pm
Contact: Bill Mecca, mecs@optonline.net
 
Orange Ball Play Day at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (Flushing, NY)
2:30 pm – 5 pm
Contact: Tina Taps, taps@usta.com
 
Sunday Junior Match Play at Centercourt Athletic Club (Morganville, NJ)
3 pm – 5 pm
Contact: Will Lester, tenniswill16@gmail.com
 

March 20

Tennis Play Day at Roseland (Roseland, NJ)
3:45 pm – 6 pm
Contact: Lynne DiGiacomo, tennisalley@aol.com
 

March 21

Orange Ball Box League Play Day at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham (Chatham, NJ)
6 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: Jeff Rothstein, jeff@centercourtclub.com
 
Green and Yellow Ball Box League Play Day at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham (Chatham, NJ)
6 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: Jeff Rothstein, jeff@centercourtclub.com
 
Spring Tennis Play Day at Peter Machnica Community Center (Buffalo, NY)
6:30 pm – 8 pm
Contact: John Fracos, jfracos@yahoo.com
 

March 22

Orange Ball Event at Binghamton Tennis Center (Binghamton, NY)
5 pm – 7 pm
Contact: Michael Starke, BTC@tennisctr.com
 
Spring Tennis Meet and Greet at YMCA Greenwich (Greenwich, CT)
11 am – 3 pm
Contact: Sara Markowitz, sara@nowtennis.com
 
Carefree Racquet and Health Club Play Day at Carefree Racquet and Health Club (Merrick, NY)
5 pm – 7 pm
Contact: Daniel Burgess, amertwist@aim.com
 
Play Day at The Club at Woodbridge (Woodbridge, NJ)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Contact: Ed Perpetua, eptatennis@aol.com
 
Play Day with Ramapo Parks & Rec and Rockland TGA at Joseph T. St. Lawrence Center (Hillburn, NY)
10 am – 12 pm
Contact: Fran Osei, fran10s@aol.com
 

March 23

10 and Under Play Day at Sportime Schenectady (Schenectady, NY)
5 pm – 7 pm
Contact: Peter Green, pro3schenectady@sportimeny.com
 
Tennis Day at Champion Day Camp (New City, NY)
1 pm – 2:30 pm
Contact: Greg Pinkham, greg@championdaycamp.com
 
Carnival at Reis Tennis Center (Ithaca, NY)
1 pm – 3:30 pm
Contact: Anda Perianu, reistenniscenter@gmail.com
 
Play Day at Point Set Tennis (Oceanside, NY)
1st, 2nd, 3rd graders
4 pm – 5pm
Contact: Bill Mecca, mecs@optonline.net
 
Play Day at Point Set Tennis (Oceanside, NY)
4th, 5th, 6th graders
5 pm – 6 pm
Contact: Bill Mecca, mecs@optonline.net
 
Sunday Junior Match Play at Centercourt Athletic Club (Morganville, NJ)
3 pm – 5 pm
Contact: Will Lester, tenniswill16@gmail.com
 

March 24

Play Tennis Ages 6 to 8 at South Orange (South Orange, NJ)
3 pm – 6 pm
Contact: Brenda Comissiong, brenda@tennisandyoga.com
 

March 27

Town of Hamburg Tennis Play Event at Frontier High School (Hamburg, NY)
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: Tim Jerome, tjerome@townofhamburgny.com
 

March 28

Red Box League Play Day at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham (Chatham, NJ)
6 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: Jeff Rothstein, jeff@centercourtclub.com
 
Orange Ball Box League Play Day at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham (Chatham, NJ)
6 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: Jeff Rothstein, jeff@centercourtclub.com
 
Green and Yellow Ball Box League Play Day at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham (Chatham, NJ)
6 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: Jeff Rothstein, jeff@centercourtclub.com
 
Spring into Tennis at the Play Place (Elmsford, NY)
6 pm – 8 pm
Contact: Anthony Ma, Anthony@theplayplace.net
 
Pre-K Tennis Lessons at Our Lady of Good Counsel School (Staten Island, NY)
2:15 pm – 3 pm
Contact: Ed Perpetua, eptatennis@aol.com
 
RiverRock Tennis Night at Nazareth Lutheran Church Gymnasium (Buffalo, NY)
5 pm – 7 pm
Contact: Marsha Huard, mhuard@buffaloschools.org
 

March 29

12 and Under Tennis Skills at DVB Tennis Courts (Plainfield, NJ)
1 pm – 3 pm
Contact: Curtis Young, youngs10s@comcast.net
 
Orange and Green Court Play Day at Centercourt Athletic Club (Morganville, NJ)
5 pm – 6:30 pm
Contact: Will Lester, tenniswill16@gmail.com
 
Youth Play Date at Pacquenac (Pequannock, NJ)
11 am – 3 pm
Contact: Bob Reich, thetennisbob@gmail.com
 

March 30

Play Day at Point Set Tennis (Oceanside, NY)
1st, 2nd, 3rd graders
4 pm – 5pm
Contact: Bill Mecca, mecs@optonline.net
 
Play Day at Point Set Tennis (Oceanside, NY)
4th, 5th, 6th graders
5 pm – 6 pm
Contact: Bill Mecca, mecs@optonline.net
 
Scout’s for Tennis at Ellyn Couts (Watchung, NJ)
1 pm – 4 pm
Contact: Cara Salas, salas258@aol.com
 
Play Day at Eastern Athletic Tennis Club (Blue Point, NY)
1 pm – 3 pm
Contact: Bill Mecca, mecs@optonline.net
 
Tennis Festival & Camp Preview at Long Beach Tennis Center (Long Beach, NY)
3 pm – 5 pm
Contact: Lori D’Antonio, lori@longbeachtenniscenter.com
 
Pee Wee Play Day at Village Glen Tennis Club (Williamsville, NY)
5 pm – 6 pm
Contact: Brittany Walters, brittany.walters120@gmail.com
 

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