YONKERS, N.Y. – Young tennis players from the Yonkers Tennis Center participated in a showcase at Madison Square Garden on Monday.
Fifteen players from the 10-and-Under program put on a 45-minute demonstration on the court. Later that night, tennis legends Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Patrick Rafter played a few sets in the PowerShares Series.
The young players from Yonkers Tennis Center showcased their skills to both raise awareness of their division and to exercise the fruits of their practice and training. The United States Tennis Association recognizes Yonkers Tennis Center as a leader in teaching the 10-and-Under division.
“Yonkers Tennis Center has everything right,” said USTA Director of Coach Education & Development, Kirk Anderson. “They were among the first to be using the new formats for 10-and-Under tennis, including smaller courts, lower nets, shorter rackets and softer balls. They have a highly trained and qualified staff who are experts with youngsters, and provide plenty of opportunities for kids to play tennis.”
One of the Yonkers Tennis Center players expressed her excitement about the whole day.
“The coolest thing is that I got to play on the court at Madison Square Garden and then I got to watch Agassi, McEnroe, Rafter and Sampras play on that same court,” said 10-year-old Lauren Alexander. “I also loved carrying Agassi’s bag. He shook my hand and autographed two orange balls for me.”
Rafter won the Nasdaq Indexes Cup by beating McEnroe in the final set.
The Yonkers Tennis Center brings in players from Scarsdale, Yonkers, Bronxville, Hastings, Irvington, Ardsley and Dobbs Ferry.
From a report by Yonkers Tennis Center