QuickStart Tennis Is a Hit in New York

The 2008 USTA Tennis Teachers Conference, held in August in New York in conjunction with the US Open, featured many of the worlds’ best speakers on bringing kids ages 10 and under into tennis. The QuickStart Tennis play format was featured at the TTC and at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on certain days during the US Open. Children and their parents could stop by an outer court set up with QST lines and nets, and supervised by teaching pros who taught the play format to the kids, using shorter courts, shorter racquets, foam or low-pressure balls and modified scoring.

Five-year-old Evan was attracted to the activity at the QST courts. “The coaches showed him the ropes,” said his mother, Cecilia, “and before we knew it, he was popping the ball over. We are definitely going to get him a racquet and look into QuickStart programs in New Jersey.”

Also on hand at the QST courts during the Open were USTA Executive Director Gordon Smith and former pros Mary Joe Fernandez and MaliVai Washington.

The QuickStart Tennis play format is now being used at nearly 1,000 official sites across the country, bringing 10-and-under kids into the game! Sign up now as an official site at partners.quickstarttennis.com.


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