| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

This week marks the opening of the indoor season at New York Junior Tennis & Learning’s (NYJTL) Cary Leeds Center, with the bubbles going up at Crotona Park for the first time.

The two five-court bubbles were inflated earlier this month at NYJTL’s flagship facility and will remain on-site until after the winter season concludes in April. This allows players to practice and compete year-round, and not just during the warmer months.

“Since opening its doors in June, the Cary Leeds Center has become a destination for players of all ages in the South Bronx and beyond,” said Deborah Antoine, president and CEO of NYJTL. “Colder weather shouldn’t mean that on-court instruction ends. Instead, these bubbles allow our programming to take place 365 days a year.”

The $26.5 million Cary Leeds Center opened this June as a result of decades of planning, and a commitment by public and private partners, to create a destination that will touch the lives of an estimated 30,000 students in the South Bronx. NYJTL provides innovative and high-quality programming that helps children grow healthier, smarter, stronger, more self-confident, and become successful on and off the courts at the Center, as well as throughout New York City.

NYJTL offers junior programs, adult clinics, lessons and seasonal court time, in addition to free community tennis programs and advanced training programs at the Cary Leeds Center.