The Lacoste Junior Tennis Academy returns for its 30th season this summer, and will hold tryouts for the Academy on May 16 from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Run by the City Parks Foundation, the Academy has helped develop youngsters into tournament-caliber players who have earned college scholarships and USTA rankings. It provides free coaching, practice time and tournament sponsorship to defray the high costs of tournament-tennis training so more urban youngsters have a chance to realize their potential.
In the program’s history, more than 100 participants have earned either a USTA ranking or a college scholarship.
The Academy offers:
►FREE tournament-training sessions
►FREE tournament entry fee sponsorship for selected USTA-sanctioned events
►FREE travel expenses to selected national junior tournaments for ranked players
►Specialized clinics with world class coaches
►Counseling and placement assistance for collegiate tennis scholarships
The tryouts are open to all New York City residents ages eight through 17 (must be a U.S. citizen) and for players of all ability levels.
Fifty players from the tryouts will be selected for the program. The first round of the tryouts will feature an on-court evaluation of athletic ability and tennis skills by a staff of tennis professionals. Those who pass the first-round of tryouts will be asked to come back on Sunday, May 17 to be evaluated in match-play situations.