This week, the legendary grounds of Merion Cricket Club are hosting young tennis players from all over the world.
This week and for the fourth straight year, Merion Cricket Club is hosting the International Tennis Federation (ITF) International Grass Court Championships. Prior to its time being hosted by Merion, the ITF International Grass Courts were held at Philadelphia Racquet Club.
The boys’ and girls’ draw consists of 32 players from all over the world, including Venezuela, Turkey, India and Saudi Arabia. These tournaments provide an opportunity for players who are looking to eventually reach the higher level tournaments as juniors or adults.
The tournament will conclude Saturday, June 17th.
For many of the players, their comfort level on grass courts is much lower than that of the hard and clay courts because of their lack of experience and training on the slicker surface. Players are generally instructed to take the ball early and shorten the points by coming to net, a tactic that has long been effective on the quicker surface.
Grass court tennis is also unique because it provides a sense of uncertainty for the player through unreliable bounces and traction, which makes it harder to win points from the baseline.
As you enter the grounds at Merion Cricket Club, players, parents and spectators immediately notice the clubs architecture, flowers and lawn. Not only is Merion famous for its beautifully manicured lawn courts, but also for the tennis history on site, as the club has hosted numerous events since it was founded in 1865.
For more information about ITF tennis, visit http://www.ITFtennis.com.