Scottsdale to host USTA Tennis Play events in celebration of World Tennis Day

Two facilities in Scottsdale will host USTA Tennis Play Events in celebration of World Tennis Day, a nationwide effort to get families excited and active in tennis.

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During the month of March, 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 everyone  to get on the court and in the game.

The first event takes place 5-7 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at DC Ranch Desert Camp, 9620 E. Desert Camp, Scottsdale.

For information, contact KJ James at scottsdaletennislessons@gmail.com or Lisa James at XtraTennis@gmail.com. Visit YouthTennis.com to regsiter.

The event is for children 10 and under (beginners) from 5 to 6 p.m. and 11 and over (intermediate and advanced) from 6 to 7 p.m.

Admission is free.

The second event is 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 at the Phoenician Resort, 6000 E. Camelback Road.

The event is for beginners, 10 and under. Admission is free.

Contact Jason Purcell at purcelltennis@me.com or call 480-423-2488. Visit YouthTennis.com to register.

World Tennis Day on March 10 serves as a kickoff to the Play Events. World Tennis Day is a celebration of tennis around the world and is held in conjunction with the BNP Paribas Showdown at New York’s Madison Square Garden featuring 17-time Grand Slam singles champion  Roger Federer taking on rising star Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in one match, and tennis legends Monica Seles and Gabrielle Sabatini squaring off in the other.

“World Tennis Day is a wonderful platform to inspire healthy and active lifestyles for families throughout the country,” said Kurt Kamperman, USTA chief executive, Community Tennis.

“The thousands of USTA Tennis Play Events in celebration of World Tennis Day are part of USTA’s continued commitment to provide opportunities to bring more kids and their families into the game.”

Studies have shown that an early, positive experience in sports is vital to combatting physical inactivity and to creating a lifelong commitment to an active lifestyle. More than 1,000 facilities will host USTA Tennis Play Events in March, showcasing how fun and easy it is for families to get into the sport of tennis.

The events also will allow parents to sign up their children for spring and summer tennis programs.

The USTA is making it easier and more fun for kids to get into the game—and stay in the game. With tennis now sized right for age and skill level, kids play on shorter courts, with smaller racquets, and slower, lower-bouncing balls. Kids are able to play tennis made just for them, so they have a great time and want to keep playing and improving.

To learn more about USTA Tennis Play Events, please visit www.youthtennis.com.

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