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Mesa Regal Hosts USTA Fun Day

January 19, 2010 11:41 PM

Mesa, Arizona, January 9, 2010 – Mesa Regal RV Resort invited USTA Central Arizona out to their beautiful five court tennis facility for a fun filled day of tennis. Over a 150 members of the tennis club participated in the event! The members were divided up into two groups. The first group rotated through four courts of tennis instruction: serve court, doubles strategies, lob instruction, and volley transition. The second group was introduced to QuickStart tennis, and how this practice format can be used to introduce new players to tennis. The QuickStart curriculum has been a big help in giving new players the tools to be successful in the sport. Each group went through the tennis instruction and QuickStart demonstration.

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At the completion of the tennis and QuickStart instruction, the members gathered around center court while they watched a mixed doubles exhibition match. Lauren Colalillo of Wilson Sports, Marcin Pagor, Kelsey Lawson, and Geoffrey Russell, Managing Director of USTA Central Arizona played the exhibition match.

Mesa Regal RV Resort is one of about sixteen senior communities in east Mesa that has organized tennis. These senior communities all participate in the largest organized senior tennis league in the State of Arizona called the East Valley Senior Tennis League. This is the second fun day that the USTA Central Arizona office has put on with one of the sixteen parks. The goal of these events are to continue to promote and develop the growth of tennis, as well as educate these communities on how the USTA can help them continue to grow their tennis membership.

“The tennis fun day went very well indeed. A dozen people asked me: Can we do this again next year?" I hope we are able to do this next year. The lady who won the Wilson racquet in the raffle was ready to give up on tennis, and her husband was extremely worried. Winning that racquet has re-energized her and she is going to being playing again. Fate is an interesting thing,” said Ruth Cohen, organizer of the event.

“If these events can help keep players involved in the game then we have done our job as an organization, said Geoffrey Russell, Managing Director of USTA Central Arizona. “We want to continue to see tennis participation grow in the Greater Phoenix Area. We want people to know that the USTA is here to help promote and develop the growth of tennis, and give everyone the chance to be introduced to tennis.”

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About QuickStart Tennis:

QuickStart tennis is a new play format to help children and adults learn how to play the game of tennis with age and size appropriate equipment. QuickStart tennis includes six specifications, including age, court size, racquet length, ball weight and speed, net height and scoring format. This enables young children and late adopters to practice and play real tennis to scale and allows them to play and learn at the same time—as opposed to the traditional model of learning skills before playing the game. Since rallying and playing is much more fun than standing in line, children will want to continue to learn the game and develop the skills necessary to play with their friends on a team.

United States Tennis Association developed the QuickStart curriculum to help make tennis more enjoyable for the kids and late adopters to tennis. What makes tennis fun is being able to rally a ball back and forth over a net with a partner. The sooner the player can rally, the sooner they can actually play the game and participate on a team. The curriculum was designed to give coaches the necessary tools to get people playing the game during their first practice—tools such as simple lead-up activities and ways to modify the court, net, racquets, and balls.

USTA Central Arizona is the local governing body for the sport of tennis in the Greater Phoenix Area and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level – from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with 5,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game of tennis. USTA Central Arizona provides grants and scholarships through private donations which helps underserved youth and people with disabilities to improve academics, build character, and strive for excellence. For more information on USTA Central Arizona, log on to www.phoenixtennis.com

For more information, contact:

Geoffrey Russell, Managing Director, USTA Central Arizona

(480) 639-6700; russell@phoenixtennis.com