June marks an exciting month for the USTA National Campus as it heads into its first summer of activities in Lake Nona. Summer Camp 2017 will be in full swing for kids, and the full complement of adult programming will be up and running. In preparation for the famous heat and the unpredictable Florida summer weather, all evening adult programming will be moved to the six indoor courts in the USTA Player Development’s Adidas Performance Center. The six courts, which are typically closed to the public and reserved for the Team USA professionals, will now be made available for select programs over the summer. The Rebound Ace courts replicate the surface of the Australian Open and are fully equipped with the revolutionary Playsight technology. Starting with the programming session set to begin June 5, as well as the second summer session starting July 10, programs such as Live-Ball, Cardio Tennis, Tennis 101 and HITS will be played indoors. Also new for the summer is adult open social play, which is the equivalent of a “pickup” league, directed by USTA National Campus tennis pros. Those evening sessions will be played entirely indoors as well.
Some of the most unique offerings found at the USTA National Campus this summer come by way of the Pro Shop and Racquet Bar. Located in the Welcome Center lobby, the Racquet Bar provides first-class stringing services. From deciding on the right string at the right tension for the right racquet to making sure all of your racquets have identical weights and balances, the team of elite stringers is there to help. The National Campus stringing team boasts an impressive resume, previously stringing for some of the top players on the ATP and WTA tours, at Grand Slam events as well as for the U.S. Davis Cup team.
In addition, the Pro Shop offers two demo programs that allow patrons to test out some of the highest-end equipment in the game. Players who are interested in a new racquet can demo a racquet on a one-time basis or join a monthly program. The program includes the newest frames from Head, Wilson and Babolat. All of the demos are freshly strung and gripped.
The Pro Shop also offers a large variety of Maui Jim sunglasses for testing on the court. Players can get a taste of different lens colors, frame sizes and styles before they decide to purchase. Players can find the fit, feel and play to combat the Florida sunshine.
The biggest event on tap for the month of June is the inaugural USTA All-American College Combine, hosted by USTA Player Development. For the first time ever, American junior players will be able to show off their tennis skills in front of scouts from several college tennis programs throughout the country.
The USTA All-American College Combine scouting event is designed to give U.S. junior players exposure, knowledge and data to help in their college recruitment. The event will be held June 14-16, during which the athletes will engage in a number of on- and off-court evaluations, including tournament match play in front of college tennis coaches. The tournament will be considered a Tennis Recruiting “National Showcase,” so results will count toward each player’s Universal Tennis Rating, and the tournament winners will receive main-draw wild cards into a USTA Pro Circuit $15,000 event.
American boys and girls, ages 13-18, are eligible to participate in the combine and will be evaluated on their tennis skills, including serve speed, serve accuracy and ground-stroke accuracy, as well as fitness testing and a psychological selfassessment.
In conjunction with the combine, the USTA National Campus also will host a combined USTA/ ITA College Coaches Workshop, with more than 100 collegiate coaches from NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College programs expected to attend. The workshop will offer a variety of coaching education and professional development sessions.
For more information on the USTA All-American College Combine, as well as the full slate of June events, please visit www.ustanationalcampus.com.