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Festive Fed Cup Block Party Draws 450 Participants

February 2, 2009 09:54 PM

Fed Cup Tennis Block Party
Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex - Surprise, Ariz.
Jan. 31, 2009

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A youngster runs through the obstacle course at the Fed Cup Tennis Block Party.

An estimated 450 tennis lovers came out Saturday, Jan. 31 to soak in a sunny afternoon full of free tennis and fun on at the Fed Cup Tennis Block Party in Surprise, Ariz. 

Newcomers to the sport just looking for a fun, family-friendly activity joined tennis lovers in this tennis-carnival-like party put on by the USTA Southwest, designed to showcase the sport and serve as a lead-up event for team USA's upcoming Federation Cup quarterfinal match with Argentina on Feb. 7-8 in Surprise. 

The Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex, one of the nation's finest public tennis centers, played host to the Block Party, which had a steady stream of participaints coming in throughout the three-hour of festivities. 

One of the specially designed Fed Cup tennis balls made at the kids' art station during the Block Party.

Participants young and old rotated through a dozen different types of tennis stations that included a Fast Serve area, a special USTA Southwest prize court, QuickStart Tennis, instruction courts, and vendor areas where players could play-test the latest tennis frames and equipmebt by Wilson, Prince and Babolat.

Tony Reyes of Phoenix After School Sports (P.A.S.S.) conducted a special kids' courts area that included an obstacle course, the 'Walk of Doom', a couple of foam hitaway tethered balls, QuickStart play courts, and an inflatable target area.   

Adjacent to the kids' zone was a ball decorating station where youngsters could design their own Fed Cup-themed tennis balls and write a 'Good Luck' message to Team USA on an oversized sheet.   

For players seeking a bit more competition and more of a tennis workout, there was also a Cardio Tennis area, in addition to 'Beat the Pro' and 'Champion of the Court' areas where players could test their mettle against teaching professionals.

Volunteer teaching pro Glenn Gerbino (in red) high-fives some of the players who ran through the Cardio Tennis area.

After the on-court activities were concluded, a raffle for all participants was held that gave them the chance to win racquets, t-shirts, USTA prizes and accessories, as well as five pairs of Fed Cup tickets.

A special thanks goes out to the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex for allowing USTA Southwest to put this community-driven event on at their facility, and to the volunteer teaching pros and volunteers who donated their time and services to help put on the Block Party.  

The USTA Southwest will also help conduct another Fed Cup-themed event on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at Surprise with the United States Fed Cup team.