USTA Eastern Metro Region Update

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Washington Heights Tennis Association welcomes Victor Estrella-Burgos
The Washington Heights Tennis Association (WHTA), founded by Eligio “Leo” Reynoso, recently hosted a lively and interactive youth tennis demonstration. Kids enrolled in the WHTA program had the opportunity to demonstrate some of their tennis skills using the 10 & Under platform. The older kids had the opportunity to display their form and finesse.

This summer, WHTA, in conjunction with Columbia University, conducted a daily summer program at the Inwood Tennis Courts for 168 children. During the winter months, thanks to their affiliation with Columbia University, they’ll serve another 70 students at the indoor courts at Columbia’s athletic facility at Baker’s Field on 215th Street.

The WHTA has a proven record in helping in the developing of world-class tennis players, including Irina Falconi and Victor Estrella-Burgos.

In addition to the demonstration, WHTA hosted Victor Estrella-Burgos’ birthday at Inwood Park. Estrella-Burgos is a professional tennis player born in the Dominican Republic, and is currently ranked 52nd in the world. Victor was celebrating his 35th birthday. The event was attended by tennis players, teaching professional throughout, Univision, as well as Ydanis Rodriguez, New York City Council Member; and New York State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who represents the Washington Heights, Inwood and Marble Hill sections of Manhattan.

 


 

South Brooklyn Tennis Association: A year to remember
The South Brooklyn Tennis Association (SBTA) ended its season in great fashion. The season was highlighted by many events, concluding with the recent Vive Tu Vida in Corona, an event attended by approximately 80,000 people, while promoting “Tennis—Anywhere, Anytime, Anyplace.” The last event of the season concluded by having been invited by the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) to their Sports and Fitness Expo at its Bronx headquarters, which offered students a chance to participate in several sports.

One of the SBTA’s highlights of the season was having Pablo Sierra, founder of the SBTA, interviewed by ABC News Channel 7 Anchor Joe Torres for Hispanic Heritage Month. Sierra and the SBTA were highlighted for promoting the game of tennis throughout New York City. The spot aired daily throughout Hispanic Heritage Month. Sierra promoted “Tennis—Anywhere, Anytime, Anyplace” by setting up a tennis court in a classroom.

The SBTA is a registered CTA/NJTL member organization of the USTA, and 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The SBTA promotes the game of tennis to kids, ages 10 and under, and to combat childhood obesity through its participation in special events throughout the city of New York. Funding for the program is provided by USTA Eastern, and the USTA Eastern Metro Region.

For additional information, visit the SBTA at SouthBrooklynTennis.com or e-mail southbrooklyntennisassn@yahoo.com.


 

USTA and SBTA team up to Take a Swing Against Cancer
The USTA Eastern Metro Region and the South Brooklyn Tennis Association (SBTA) recently took part in the 6th Annual Maureen Henry Cancer Walk to Help “Take a Swing Against Cancer” event. The event raises money and honors cancer survivors and remembers those who lost their battle with cancer. The money raised went to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

 

 


 

New York City Aces host November Social
The New York City Aces recently hosted a Tennis Social at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y. Young professionals between the ages of 21-35 attended, as there was plenty of tennis, food and drinks. All levels of play were welcome and the Social is a great way to cap off a wonderful year with the USTA Metro Region.