A 5 a.m. wake up for 8-12 year olds normally doesn’t make for the easiest morning.
On the morning of August 31st, though, the kids had plenty of energy.
Frog Hollow Racquet Club attended the US Open last Thursday to participate in an on-court USTA Net Generation demo. The group of 15 kids, their parents and their coaches loaded onto a charter bus for the 120-mile trek to the Open, where they showcased their skills before the second round match of Tomáš Berdych and Alexandr Dolgopolov in front of a crowd of 8,000.
The Net Generation Team from Frog Hollow had the stadium full of smiles and excitement as they showed off the future of tennis with red dot balls and mini net courts. The demonstration ended with a member of the team, Hana Nouaime, running the coin toss before the start of the match.
The kids each commented on the unique experience of seeing the US Open in person. Several saw pro players like Roger Federer and Marin Cilic during practice and matches, while others took in matches from the Grandstand or simply walking around the US Open grounds.
Net Generation, the youth brand of the USTA, embraces all aspects of youth play for kids ages 5-18 and is designed to suit players based on their skill level and developmental readiness. The goal is simple: To inspire a new generation of tennis players, parents and tennis providers.
The main focus of Net Generation is on empowerment, unity and play, with an emphasis on learning through play and building character on and off the court – not just through drills and competition.
It was a chance of a lifetime for the Frog Hollow kids and a memory that they will always remember.
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