| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

A Message From USTA Metro President Carl Summerlin
This is the inaugural printing of New York Tennis Magazine and I send a hearty greeting to all of New York City. It is an exciting time in the tennis industry, and I welcome all who are reading this message to get out and play the great game of tennis. Tennis is a great vehicle to enhance our lives through exercise, intelligence and fellowship. The new magazine will serve as a conduit of information, bringing together all tennis-related information in the New York City area. The magazine will list events, where to play and give tips on how to improve your game. At this moment, tennis is the fastest-growing sport in America; to which I say, “If you haven’t played, get out and play.”
In the Metropolitan Region (NYC), we are offering lesson packages at many tennis facilities and tennis service providers for a nominal fee of $99 for eight group lessons during the month of August. These group lessons are a great way to introduce tennis to those who haven’t started.

The largest sporting event, the U.S. Open, is in our own backyard, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park. There are other professional tennis events to enjoy in NYC, such as the World TeamTennis matches at Sportime Randall’s Island or the Emblem Health matches at Crotona Park. In NYC, we have adult leagues, junior team tennis, sanctioned tournaments, corporate leagues and now, the Tennis in the Parks Championship series. Whatever your level of play, there is a game for you and a place to play. Central Park, Crotona Park, Cunningham Park, Prospect Park and Roosevelt Island are just a few wonderful places to play in NYC. Remember, tennis can be played by everyone, including the old, young or even those with disabilities. So let’s get out and enjoy the greatest game in the world tennis.

Sunset Park Brooklyn Kids 10 & Under Tennis Shout Out a Tremendous Success
The South Brooklyn Tennis Association (SBTA) launched it’ first Kids 10 & Under “Shout Out” event on May 1, 2011, after being rained out the previous day. SBTA believes in taking tennis to the kids. The event drew an immediate crowd of youngsters who wanted to play the game. SBTA was extremely impressed at the enthusiasm of the kids, as many asked if SBTA was going to be at other parks as well.

The SBTA, founded by Pablo Sierra, is a registered CTA/NYJTL of the United States Tennis Association. SBTA plans on promoting the game of tennis to individuals of all ages, especially kids 10 years of age and under, and to the senior population throughout the South Brooklyn Area, and other sections of Brooklyn through programs and special events. For more information, visit www.SouthBrooklynTennis.com.

SBTA Takes a Swing at Cancer
The South Brooklyn Tennis Association, along with the USTA Eastern and USTA Metro Region Boards took part in the American Cancer Society-IKEA "Relay For Life" at IKEA in Brooklyn, N.Y. on June 11. Kids and adults learned to play tennis through the QuickStart format and great prizes were raffled off.



Supporting Our Troops
The USTA Metro Region Board is supporting our troops by getting involved in the USTA Military Outreach’s program, Adopt-A-Unit. USTA Metro will be sending care packages of necessities to a military unit that has been deployed to Afghanistan. In turn, USTA Serves will be sending portable tennis equipment to the adopted unit with instructions and educational information about tennis. This is a great opportunity for us to show our appreciation to our soldiers and introduce them to the great sport of tennis. If anyone is interested in donating and helping out, please contact Jackie Clark at by e-mail at jackiec555@aol.com. If anyone is interested in Adopting-A-Unit, more information is available at http://www.usta.com/About-USTA/Community-Tennis-Associations/adoptaunit.