2013-04-24 / Front Page

USTA To Bring Battle Of The Boroughs Tennis Challenge

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) Eastern and the City Parks Foundation (CPF) are teaming up to present The Battle of the Boroughs Tennis Challenge, a new adult recreational tournament to be held in May and June in New York City parks. The tournament will feature the best of team competition and neighborhood pride, and support CityParks Tennis, which provides free tennis lessons and activities for children at city parks.
“We are so excited about the Battle of the Boroughs Tennis Challenge,” said Jenny Schnitzer, assistant executive director of USTA Eastern. “The event will showcase some of the best adult tennis players in New York City’s parks, and help create opportunities for children of all ages to learn the sport of a lifetime.”
“This is a fun new opportunity for adult players in our parks to get together for a friendly competition representing their own neighborhoods and boroughs,” said Mike Silverman, director of sports for City Parks Foundation. “We hope this will grow into an annual event that helps support CPF’s free youth tennis instruction provided to over 7,000 players each year.”
Open registration and the Queens final will be on May 11.  Adult teams of up to 10 players 19 years old and up, will compete against other teams in their borough before earning a slot in the citywide championships held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park on June 15. Registration is $20 per person, and proceeds will support CPF’s free youth tennis programs in all five boroughs.
To learn more and to register for the Battle of the Boroughs Tennis Challenge, visit eastern.usta.com/boroughs.
CityParks Tennis presented by Chase, one of the largest municipal tennis programs in the country, provides free tennis lessons and activities at 40 parks citywide to children ages 5-16. CityParks Tennis also features an advanced training academy, which offers talented youth with financial need the opportunity to bring their game to a higher level of competition. Hundreds of academy graduates have earned college athletic scholarships and sectional and national rankings. Two graduates of the academy have played in the junior division at the US Open.
City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. They work in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs. For more information about CPF visit www.CityParksFoundation.org
USTA Eastern, based in White Plains, New York, is a not-for-profit community service organization that administers a number of USTA tennis programs, including Jr. Team Tennis, Adult Leagues, and sanctioned tournaments. For more information about USTA Eastern and how to get started, visit eastern.usta.com.

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