| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

While the pros are preparing for the 2012 U.S. Open, more than 75 beginner level tennis players, ages eight to 16, competed in the final rounds of City Parks Foundation’s Novice Tennis Tournament. The youngsters, who learned to play tennis this summer in parks across the five boroughs through free lessons with City Parks Tennis presented by Chase, were narrowed down from over 300 players who participated in two days of pre-tournaments. Winning competitors will also be presented with trophies of recognition.

City Parks Tennis presented by Chase provides free tennis lessons to more than 7,000 children, ages five to 16, each year in more than 35 parks throughout the five boroughs.

The program promotes physical fitness while building self-confidence and is designed to make the sport of tennis freely available to those who want to learn the game in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

North Shore-LIJ Health System, the nation’s third-largest, non-profit, secular healthcare system, is a signature sponsor of City Parks Foundation’s Sports & Fitness Programs, which offer free expert instruction to 15,000-plus New York youth and seniors at over 60 locations citywide.