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Free Tennis Lessons and Local Programs to Be Featured at TennisFest

April 24, 2012 11:04 AM
TennisFestFamilies in USTA Eastern can enjoy free tennis lessons, hear from tennis coaching legend Nick Bollettieri, and watch a performance by Disney signing sensation Tiffany at the 2nd Annual TennisFest, a free day of activities for players of all ages and abilities, on Sunday, May 20, 2012, from 9 am to 4:30 pm, at Saw Mill Club in Mount Kisco, NY.
The United States Professional Tennis Association – Eastern Division is organizing the event which will include instruction by certified teaching pros, USTA 10 and Under Tennis, and a range of activities, tournaments, fitness programming  and games for juniors and adults. The event is one of several TennisFests that will be held this year throughout USPTA’s Eastern Division, including Albany, Long Island, northern New Jersey and Syracuse.
"We are very excited to bring TennisFest back this year," said Bill Mecca, Executive Director of the USPTA-Eastern Division. "It is a great way to showcase all of the ways families can enjoy the sport: from private lessons and clinics, to tournaments and leagues. We are also pleased to welcome back Disney singing sensation Tiffany and Nick Bollettieri, the dean of American tennis coaches, who along with other master professionals will be working with attendees to improve their games."
The USPTA, USTA and USTA Eastern have planned a menu of activities for the whole family at the event. Jenny Schnitzer, Managing Director of Competitive Tennis for USTA Eastern, said the event will highlight all that tennis has to offer, and help parents and kids find a program that meets their needs.
"There are outstanding instructors all across the section that can help players learn and improve, no matter what their skill level," said Schnitzer. "TennisFest is the perfect way to meet some of them and find a program that meets your needs."
This is the second year that Saw Mill Club will be hosting the event.
"We are honored to be hosting TennisFest 2012," said Kevin Kane, Vice President of Saw Mill Club. "We had a great time introducing tennis to players of all ages last year, and we’re looking forward again to celebrating everything the sport has to offer."
To learn more about the event, click here.

As part of its Annual Conference, USPTA's Eastern Division is teaming up with USTA Player Development to offer a USTA Player Development Workshop at Saw Mill Club (Mount Kisco, NY) on Sunday, May 20 (4:30 pm – 8 pm) and Monday, May 21 (8 am – 11 am).
The workshop will focus on the full continuum of Junior Player Development from the age of 7 to 17.  The curriculum will be presented in a comprehensive manner, with considerable focus on 10 and under developmental training during the first half of the workshop, then transitioning into the development of older players in the latter half of the workshop.
Workshop Topics will include:
  • Overview of USTA Coaching Philosophy
  • Teaching and Training Progressions (Beginning with the teaching of 7 year olds, progressing from 36 ft. (red), 60 ft. (orange), 78 ft. (green formats) all the way to elite junior players and transitioning into college and professional competition)
  • Fundamental parameters of Technique (Hands), Movement (feet) and Tactics (eyes and mind)
  • Creating purposeful and effective practices
  • Guidelines for 10 and under training
  • Progressive Development of World Class Players
The USTA Player Development Workshop is open to all Certified Teaching and Coaching Professionals, who coach and teach high performance players (7 years & older). To attend the workshop, you must register online at
There is a $50.00 charge to attend the USPTA Eastern Annual Conference, which includes other speakers and programming, breakfast and lunch on Monday, and the annual awards ceremony. There is no fee to attend the workshop for USPTA members. Non-USPTA attendees will be charged $25.00 for the workshop which will include a light dinner and breakfast. Space to attend the workshop is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis.